Day in Rock Report for 04/13/2016

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Guns N' Roses Didn't Invite Matt Sorum To Reunion (Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum has said he wasn't invited to take part in Axl Rose's reunion with classic-era members Slash and Duff McKagan.

The lineup have delivered three shows, with festival appearances and a North American tour to follow, featuring Frank Ferrer behind the kit alongside guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardists Dizzy Reed and Melissa Reese.

Speculation ran high ahead of their surprise club set in Los Angeles that Sorum might take part, with his predecessor Steven Adler expected to play a guest role - but neither of them appeared.

Asked by Twitter user @davidblade69 if he was planning to join GN'R at any of their upcoming shows, Sorum has replied: "No sir, they didn't ask me." Read more here.

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The Story So Far Frontman Violently Kicks Female Fan Off Stage (TeamRock Radio) The Story So Far frontman Parker Cannon violently kicked a female fan off stage during the band's Toronto show. The fan-shot video was from the pop-punk outfit's show at the Toronto Mod Club. It shows Cannon kicking the girl off stage as she attempted to take a selfie.

This is not the first time the singer has been embroiled in controversy for violence towards fans who come on stage. Last June, Cannon also kicked a concertgoer who came up from the crowd for a selfie at their show in Houston, Texas.

Mod Club manager Jorge Dias admits he's never seen anything like it in the their 14 years of operation and says The Story So Far have been banned from the venue. Read his comments and watch video of the incident here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Star Joins Hollywood Vampires Supergroup (Classic Rock) Hollywood Vampires have called up Stone Temple Pilots' bassist Robert DeLeo for their upcoming North American tour. He's been brought in by Alice Cooper, Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Johnny Depp to replace Duff McKagan who has reunited with Axl Rose and Slash in Guns N' Roses.

Perry tells Rolling Stone: "Here is a gang of friends who came together really by chance and over the last year we were finally able to wrangle our schedules and the energy just fell into place.

"Playing with this lineup is like a dream come true. After seeing the reaction at Rock In Rio in front of 100,000 fans, I know this band is going to tear the house down. Hell, I would want to be in the audience to see us rip it up."

The lineup is completed by drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Tommy Henriksen, and pianist, percussionist and guitarist Bruce Witkin. The shows, which start next month, are in support of the band's self-titled debut album which launched last year. See the dates here.

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Of Mice & Men Announce New CD/DVD Package (TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men will next month launch their first live pack, which was recorded during a show at London's O2 Academy Brixton. Live At Brixton is released on May 27 via Rise Records

The CD/DVD package will be the band's first release since last year's deluxe version of third album Restoring Force, which was originally delivered in 2014.

Of Mice & Men have taken some downtime in recent months while frontman Austin Carlile recovers from surgery associated with his Marfans genetic disorder.

They predicted that they'd "come back in 2016 stronger than ever" - and they've since confirmed appearances at the UK's Slam Dunk festival, alongside European dates and a US tour. See the track details here.

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Maynard James Keenan Announces Autobiography (Prog) Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has confirmed the publication of official biography A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things in November this year.

And its publishers say the title will encourage readers to follow their own dreams and realize their own ambitions. Co-written by lifelong associate Sarah Jensen, it features detailed accounts of his life and times, along with episode's he's written himself.

Publishes Backbeat say: "The book traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight, and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking.

"Until now, Maynard's fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next." Read more here.

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Last In Line Reveal Jimmy Bain Replacement (Classic Rock) Last In Line have named former Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan as the man who will be appearing in place of the late Jimmy Bain at their upcoming shows.

The Dio offshoot's plans around the launch of debut album Heavy Crown were thrown into disarray in January after the sudden death of Bain, 68, who hadn't known he was suffering from cancer.

Guitarist Vivian Campbell later said that, while the band would perform a handful of shows, they were uncertain about their long-term future. Read more here.

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Paul McCartney, Roger Glover Lead All-Star Charity Album (Classic Rock) An all-star album with guests including Paul McCartney, Roger Glover, Steve Morse and the late Jon Lord have been confirmed for a new charity album.

Stay Tuned 1.5 is the brainchild of Austrian drummer Bernhard Welz, who set up the Allstars charity project in 2011 with the aim of raising cash for good causes.

The album, which will be released on August 5, will donate all profits to the Linda McCartney Centre. It'll feature a mix of rock tracks and ballads. Welz has released a nine-minute preview for the album which also includes guest contributions from Guy Pratt, Steve Lukather, Tony Martin, Don Airey and Ian Paice. Hear it here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Streaming New Solo Song (hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is streaming his new solo single, "I'll Do Happiness", featuring UK vocalist Terry Reid. Perry has been chipping way at his latest solo venture while Aerosmith is on hiatus as singer Steven Tyler works on his solo debut album.

Producer Jack Douglas hooked Perry up with Reid, someone he's been a fan of for decades. "Terry wasn't that big here in the States in the late 60s," Perry tells Classic Rock, "but I had friends who would go to England every summer and bring back piles of albums, and so I was lucky enough to know about him and when I heard him I thought his voice was incredible. So he came in and we got to know each other a little bit and played some tunes, and wrote some songs, and he was just great to work with."

Reid's own legacy includes an offer from Jimmy Page in 1968 to join him in The New Yardbirds - which went on to become Led Zeppelin. The singer was committed to opening dates on a US tour for Cream, and suggested Page contact Robert Plant for the gig.

While juggling the solo project alongside his duties with the Alice Cooper-led supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, Perry says he felt the need to put out some new music of his own.

"I'm excited to get it out there," he explains. "I had a really great time just hanging with Terry, he's a really 'up' guy, and he's a class act in the studio; he writes the lyrics on the spot and he just nails the vocals.

"And so I wanted to get something out there for people to hear. I haven't actually decided how I'm going to release some of this music, because I don't really know if putting out an album is the right way to go, if people don't buy albums the way they used to." Stream the new song here.

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Katatonia Announce 25th Anniversary Shows (Prog) Katatonia have announced two extra European shows for later this year. They'll play Plovdiv's Roman Theatre, Bulgaria, on September 22 and London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 21 to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary. The gigs will also mark 10 years since the release of their seventh album The Great Cold Distance.

Founding member Anders Nystrom says: "We once put up a poll asking fans which Katatonia album was their all-time favourite. The Great Cold Distance won.

"Over the years there is probably no other album from which we played more songs live and there's probably no other album with the same amount of songs that still remain in our setlist.

"So with mutual love for our decade old distance, we decided to celebrate its anniversary by playing the whole damn thing for you, on two different occasions. First in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, with an orchestra and later in London without an orchestra." Read more here.

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Yes Announce Album Series Summer Tour (TeamRock Radio) Yes have announced a 2016 US summer tour. The run of 25 shows will kick off in Columbus, Ohio, on July 27 and wrap up on September 4 with a performance in San Diego, California.

It's being billed as The Album Series and they'll play sides one and four from 1973's Tales From Topographic Oceans and 1980's Drama, plus other selected tracks.

Guitarist Steve Howe tells BraveWords: "We are proud to present the American public with forward-looking albums from the past. Promoting Drama at Madison Square Garden on multi-nights was a career milestone in 1980, and we are especially looking forward to performing both the opening and closing sides to Topographic Oceans."

Yes will head out on a European tour later this month where they'll perform Drama and 1971 album Fragile. The run of dates gets underway in Glasgow on April 27. See the dates here.

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Architects Release 'Gone With The Wind' Video (TeamRock Radio) Architects have released a video for their track Gone With The Wind. It features on the band's upcoming album All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, which is out on May 27 via Epitaph Records.

The album is described as a "record that pairs uncompromising heaviness and with a melodic heartbeat" and "the heaviest and darkest work to which the band have ever put their name, both on and below its surface."

Architects have a number of European dates lined up for 2016, including an appearance at Download. Check out the dates and watch the new music video here.

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Deftones Release 'Prayers/Triangles' Video (TeamRock Radio) Deftones have unveiled a music video for Prayers/Triangles, which is the first track released from the band's latest album, Gore. It's now available on iTunes.

Moreno recently said of the follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan: "We recorded it in sequence which was an experiment as we've never done anything like that. It was very much like recording something that was fluent from beginning to end.

"We really tried to put it together so it makes sense as a full album. I recorded my vocals in succession and built it that way from the ground up. It was a cool experiment that I feel worked." Watch the video here.

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Slipknot's Jay Weinberg Details Somber First Session With Band (TeamRock Radio) Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg has recalled how he started work on .5: The Gray Chapter just hours after being auditioned by the band. And he's enjoying the fact that he now takes part in meet-and-greet sessions with fans, even though he originally wasn't supposed to.

Weinberg, 25, first encountered Slipknot when he was 10 years old, via his father Max, who plays drums for Bruce Springsteen. By the time he was invited to Los Angeles to try out as replacement for Joey Jordison in 2013, he'd been heavily inspired by their music.

Weinberg tells MusicRadar: "It was a somber occasion - there was a definite mood in the room of what the band was going through, moving forward without a brother that has been with them for 20 odd years. I wanted to treat the situation with a delicate, careful respect.

"I wanted to kick the door in with the Slipknot attitude, but I wanted to be respectful of what they were going through because it was a really heavy thing. I was one of the first people to know that the band was moving forward without Joey Jordison." Read more here.

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Budgie Box Set Coming Next Month (Classic Rock) A box set containing three Budgie albums is to be released in the coming months. The MCA Albums 1973-1975 will launch on June 3 and features 1973's Never Turn Your Back On A Friend, 1974's In For The Kill and 1975's Bandolier.

The trio of classic records have all been remastered from the original tapes for the first time and contain booklets containing photos and information from the era.

The collection features tracks including Breadfan and Crash Course In Brain Surgery which have both been covered by Metallica. Check out the artwork and track details here.

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Iron Maiden Launch The Trooper Festival Tent (Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have launched their own festival tent. It's called The Trooper and features the iconic cover art from their 1983 single, which featured on their Piece Of Mind album.

The product description reads: "Camp with Eddie the Head as two British classics come together to create a truly rockin' tent. A homage to the godfathers of modern metal and their iconic The Trooper cover art, you can now truly eat, breath and sleep Iron Maiden."

It's said to be able to "withstand whatever the weather or the rock festival throws at you" and is priced at 199 via Fieldcandy. Fans will have chance to test out the tent at this year's Download festival, where Maiden are headlining on Sunday, June 12. See their current dates here.

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Goo Goo Dolls Streaming New Song 'So Alive' (TeamRock Radio) Goo Goo Dolls have released a lyric video for their new single So Alive, which is a song that comes from their forthcoming 11th album Boxes, due out on May 6.

Boxes is described as, "A vibrant, sonically forward-looking album that manages to retain what legions of fans love about the Goo Goo Dolls - indelible melodies, intimate, heartfelt lyrics, and the anthemic, uplifting vibe of their songs - while pushing new boundaries in terms of sound and production."

Goo Goo Dolls will also tour North America this summer following the album release. See all of the tour dates for the trek and check out the new song here.

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Steve Hackett Albums Remastered For Box Set (Prog) Steve Hackett's first six albums on the Charisma label are to be reissued in a remastered vinyl box set next month. In addition, Please Don't Touch, Spectral Mornings and Defector will be issued on the same day on separate 2CD/DVD packages.

The Charisma Years (1975-1983) will be released on May 27 and features 1975's Voyage Of The Acolyte, 1978's Please Don't Touch, 1979's Spectral Mornings, 1980's Defector, 1981's Cured and Highly Strung from 1983.

The set will also include a double LP of a concert recorded on the Spectral Mornings tour at Oxford's New Theatre, an EP of his set at the 1981 Reading Festival, along with the EP I Know What I Like, featuring the Genesis track and live cuts recorded at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, in 1979.

Hackett says: "I'm pleased these early albums, rarities and 5.1 mixes are to be released now in this set on vinyl. Vinyl is still a very exciting listening medium." Check out the tracklistings here.

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Trivium's Matt Heafy Excited About Current Lineup (TeamRock Radio) Trivium mainman Matt Heafy says the decision to recruit drummer Paul Wandtke has been a revelation. He joined the Florida outfit last year on the recommendation of Dream Theater's Mike Mangini and replaced Mat Madiro who departed due to reasons of "creativity."

And Heafy says even after only a few months with Wandtke, it feels as if he's been part of the group for years. Heafy tells Loudwire: "For the first time in our careers, everything we're playing sounds like the record. I'm not putting that as a fault upon any of the previous drummers, but I'm putting that as a fault of the previous three lineups.

"At each point in time, we had to make a drummer change because our band either wasn't able to perform well or create good music or be functional as a unit anymore. So, thankfully with someone like Paul who comes to the table with a full set of musical pedigree, it allows us to play anything.

"We're playing music from records two-seven now. I finally retrained myself how to scream again, so everything is exactly how it was." Read more here.

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Chuck Mosley Announces Reintroduce Yourself Acoustic Tour (TeamRock Radio) Former Faith No More lead singer Chuck Mosley has announced his Reintroduce Yourself acoustic tour. He'll play eight dates across the US and hints that there are shows in the UK and Europe to be announced.

Mosley says: "When you're young and touring around, even the second or third time, you're thinking about how much you drank last night and what girl was cute all that kinda crap. And you're looking out the window, but you're not seeing. I guess the one thing about being older is that I will be taking it in a lot more."

The singer says he's most looking forward to returning to the UK and mainland Europe. He adds: "I've always been a groupie of England and Europe, but the people are really nice. When you go to London it's kinda like L.A or New York, but I like it up North and Scotland. I just love it out there." Read more and see the dates here.

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The Graham Bonnet Band Filming Show For CD/DVD Release (TeamRock Radio) The Graham Bonnet Band have announced they'll release a live concert DVD. Their performance at the Frontiers Festival at Milan's Live Club on April 24 will be filmed for the CD/DVD release.

Bonnet says: "It's been a very long time since I last released a live video, 32 years to be exact, with Alcatrazz. Myself and the band are very excited to be filming and recording our performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival for a live album and DVD.

"The setlist will draw from my time with Rainbow, MSG, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri and my solo career. I think the fans will be very happy with the selection of songs." Read more here.

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Surgical Meth Machine Streaming New Song 'I Don't Wanna' (TeamRock Radio) Surgical Meth Machine have released a lyric video for their track I Don't Wanna. The Al Jourgensen-fronted project will release their self-titled album on April 15 via Nuclear Blast and previously issued Tragic Alert and I'm Invisible from the record.

The former Ministry man said of the album: "I understand it's not a real commercial project for us, it's not gonna put bank in my wallet, but it was a lot of fun to do, in the sense of not having the constraints of the expectations of what you've done for 20 years."

Jourgensen recorded the project at his home studio in Burbank, California, with longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso. Surgical Meth Machine is available for pre-order from Nuclear Blast - including an exclusive version on limited-edition neon pink vinyl. Check out the new song here.

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The Ever Living Release 'Geometric Sleep' Video (Classic Rock) London quartet The Ever Living are premiering the video for their track 'Geometric Sleep' exclusively with TeamRock. The song is taken from the band's self-titled EP, which was released earlier this month. Fans of Stanley Kubrick may recognize some of the images in the video for this particular track.

Says vocalist and keyboardist Chris Bevan Lee: "We had a few ideas for the Geometric Sleep video but the one you see, using footage from 2001: A Space Odyssey, was essentially our reference for doing something similar ourselves. Over time, we realised that it did exactly the job we wanted it to so there was no point reinventing the wheel. Our style and the length of our songs meant that seeing the video on television was always going to be out of the question, so we used the opportunity to repurpose something that already existed.

"We're living in a remix culture and the tried and tested formula for music videos is stale," he adds. "A video should service the music, not massage the ego. Audiences these days aren't sat in front of a television watching what one music channel puts in front of them all day, but instead making their own selections and listening on YouTube - it means bands can experiment and take risks." Watch the video here.

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Rick Wakeman And Neil Innes Lead Sir Henry Soundtrack (Prog) Rick Wakeman and Neil Innes are among the guests who appear alongside comedy actor Michael Livesley on the soundtrack album for Vivian Stanshall play Sir Henry At Rawlinson End.

Livesley has been performing the show for six years to positive responses, with Stephen Fry calling him an "outrageous talent" who "embodies to perfection the spirit and brilliance of Stanshall."

The album is to be released via RRAW Records, co-founded by Wakeman. They say: "Originally created for John Peel's Radio 1 show in the 1970s, Sir Henry At Rawlinson End - the meandering gin-soaked saga of a crumbling English stately home and the grotesques who inhabit it headed by the heroically drunk Sir Henry - perfectly distilled and encapsulated Viv's absurdly hilarious wordplay and songwriting, which first hit the public consciousness during the 1960s via the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band." Read more here.

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Buffalo Summer Announce New Album 'Second Sun' (The Blues) Buffalo Summer have confirmed the release of second album Second Sun on May 20 via UDR. It follows the Welsh outfit's self-titled debut record, which was launched in 2011.

The 12-track work is produced by Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and Queens Of The Stone Age fame, and it's described as "a bubbling-fresh selection of songs" featuring music that's "big, bluesy, heavy and full of soul."

Second Sun is available for pre-order now in CD, vinyl and digital formats, with an instant download of lead track Make You Mine accompanying digital orders. See the artwork and track details here.

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