Day in Rock Report for 04/20/2016

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Aerosmith and Judas Priest Stars Joining Thin Lizzy For Tour

(hennemusic) Thin Lizzy have announced the addition of Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton and Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis to the lineup for a series of upcoming anniversary shows.

The final version of the legendary Irish band changed their name to Black Star Riders in 2012, and while that band is working on their third album, the members will regroup for shows to marks the 40th anniversary of the 1976 release, "Jailbreak", and 30 years since the passing of founder Phil Lynott.

"I'm really psyched to be playing these shows with Thin Lizzy during my downtime with Aerosmith this summer," says Hamilton. "It'll be great to rock out to their classic songs onstage."

While original drummer Brian Downey has stepped aside from the mini-tour for personal reasons, Motorhead's Mikkey Dee was originally on board for the dates but has had to change his schedule, with Travis stepping in on all shows except an August 6 gig at the Skogsrojet Festival in Sweden, where Europe drummer Ian Haugland will join the lineup.

"Unfortunately, due to circumstances that will be announced very soon, I cannot play the six shows with Thin Lizzy in 2016 & 2017," explains Dee. "As a life long fan of the band, I truly wish I could have been a part of this, but the reason will be revealed as soon as possible. I wish my great friends Scott Travis and Ian Haugland all the best with these shows and I know they will kick ass!"

"First of all, let me offer a sincere Thank You to Brian Downey and Thin Lizzy for allowing me to sit in with the band!," adds Travis. "Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me. I hope to do the position good. It's gonna' be a blast!"

The guests will support vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, and keyboardist Darren Wharton under the Thin Lizzy banner. See the dates here.

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Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan Previews New Documentary

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has released the trailer for his upcoming documentary, "It's So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore." Directed by Christopher Duddy, the project sees McKagan telling his life story in a live performance setting at the famed Seattle venue in 2013.

The preview mixes footage of the live event alongside animation and comments by Slash, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, among others.

The Seattle appearance was part of a promotional tour by McKagan in support of his 2012 memoir, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)", which debuted on the New York Times' Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list at No. 17.

The documentary will be screened across the US on May 26 and June 1 before its exclusive opening in Los Angeles on June 3 - three weeks before the partially-reunited Guns N' Roses will begin a summer stadium tour of North America at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23. Watch the trailer here.

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Leaves' Eyes 'Fed Up' With 'Social Media Lies' Over Liv's Departure

There has been a firestorm on social media since Leaves' Eyes announced that they had replaced frontwoman Liv Kristine with Finnish singer Elina Siirala.

The band first announced the change via a statement that the "parting ways was agreed by all members" but Kristine posted her own message online, saying in part, "I was told a bit longer than a week ago that I am not preferred as the band's singer for further tours and recordings anymore.

"I asked for the situation concerning Indonesia and the soon-to-happen up-coming shows. The answer was 'no'. I asked if there's a replacement and I got no clear answer. I can't believe this process happened behind my back, parallel to a huge disappointment in my private life. A few days later there certainly was a replacement. I must say - that was 'quick'!"

The band fired back on Tuesday by posting photos of the protocol documents for the separation and saying, "Since we are fed up with the lies on social media, and as we promised yesterday, here is the proof that we tell you the truth about what is going on.

"Here you can read the signed protocol documents (English and German) - certified by lawyer Frank Dehn - which proves that the news about the protocol from the mediator of our crucial band meeting is accurate and correct in every way.

"Furthermore the protocol shows that the decisions were made together! Since January this year Liv's exit from the band was already pending. We hope, we have finally cleared up the situation for every one now! Like posted before we wish Liv all the best for her future!" See the documents here.

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Pete Zorn Dead At 65

(TeamRock Radio) Richard Thompson collaborator and former Steeleye Span member Pete Zorn died in his sleep on Tuesday (April 19) at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer.

Zorn played guitar, mandolin, saxophone and flute, among other instruments. He began working with Thompson in the 1980s, while other activities included stints with the Albion Band, Gerry Rafferty and more.

He joined Steeleye Span in 2009 as temporary replacement for Rick Kemp, but remained when the bassist returned, and eventually spent six years with them.

His family said in a brief statement last night: "We are devastated to have to share this, but Dad passed away in his sleep in the early hours of this morning. We are heartbroken."

Thompson said: "Sadly, Pete passed on earlier this morning. We have lost an extraordinary musician and human being. Our thoughts, prayers and support are with his family and friends." Read more here.

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Melvins To Star In Kid's Cartoon Show

(Classic Rock) Melvins have revealed that they will star in a kid's cartoon show. The band says that two of their songs will be included in the as-yet-unnamed kids show and also confirm that the featured lineup will include an animated bassist.

Drummer Dale Crover says: "Two of our songs are going to be included in a cartoon show - a kids cartoon show. Nobody knows that yet. I don't know if I can say what they are but it's pretty cool.

"We saw the finished version and it's really great. It's not just a cameo - we're actually in the whole show. It's a cool cartoon that kids and adults will both enjoy." Watch the full interview here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Announce Special Acoustic Show

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has announced that he will be playing a one-off solo acoustic show in London on May 8th at Koko in Camden.

Taylor had the following to say about the gig: "Everyone's been asking me when I was going to come back to the UK and do some acoustic stuff - honestly, it's not because I didn't want to. So since I'm going to be there doing some stuff in May, I decided we'd make one happen, and I cannot wait."

Meanwhile, Slipknot will head out on the road this summer with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice And Men across North America, starting in Salt Lake City on June 9. See the dates here.

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Late Queen Frontman Freddie Mercury's Voice Secrets Researched

(TeamRock Radio) Researchers have investigated the secrets behind late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's singing voice and revealed why it was one of the most distinctive and unparalleled in rock history.

A group of Austrian, Czech and Swedish researchers conducted a study to analyze the legendary singer's voice. While they couldn't substantiate claims that Mercury had a four-octave vocal range, they discovered some interesting findings about the voice once described as "a force of nature with the velocity of a hurricane."

Through examining archive recordings, and filming the larynx of a rock singer imitating Mercury's singing with a high-speed camera running at over 4000 frames per second, the researchers found a physical phenomenon called 'subharmonics'. This is an intentional voicebox distortion using both vocal folds and ventricular folds to produce an extreme 'growling' sound which is traditionally used by Tuvan throat singers in Mongolia.

They also concluded that Mercury was likely a baritone, despite being known as a tenor, and found that his vocal chords moved faster than other people's at 7.04 Hz, compared with the typical vibrato rate of between 5.4 Hz and 6.9 Hz. Read more here.

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Tweed Funk's Joseph 'Smokey' Holman Fighting Cancer

(The Blues) Tweed Funk frontman Joseph 'Smokey' Holman has been diagnosed with cancer. The group has cancelled all of their scheduled live appearances while Holman begins his treatment.

They revealed that the vocalist will undergo stem cell treatment in the summer to fight the multiple myeloma, while he has already started a course of chemotherapy.

The band say: "We are hoping that with successful treatment that Smokey will be able to resume performing later this fall and can have a number of happy and productive years ahead." See their full announcement here.

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Judas Priest Announce Return To The Studio

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest revealed via a social media photos post that they are back in the studio working on new material for the follow-up to their 2014 album
"Redeemer Of Souls."

The band shared the photos from recording sessions with the caption, "Making metal on ‪#‎metalmonday‬!! @robhalfordlegacy @falconfaulkner ‪#‎glenntipton‬ ‪#‎judaspriest‬‪ #‎priestfamily‬."

Frontman Rob Halford recently said the band aimed to release their 18th album in 2017, adding: "I can't wait to get into the writing zone again - that's one of the most thrilling moments for me in Priest.

"You go into a room with some amps, 'Hey, guys, have a cup of tea,' turn the amps on, start riffing, and boom - you could have another amazing Priest song by the end of the day.

"There was already an extraordinary amount of ideas collected throughout that tour, so I'm optimistic we should have something, probably not by the end of this year, but definitely by the early part of next year." See the photos here.

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Despised Icon Announce First Album In Seven Years

(TeamRock Radio) Despised Icon have announced they will be releasing their first album in seven years this summer. Entitled Beast, the follow-up to 2009's Day Of Mourning is set to be released on July 22 via Nuclear Blast.

The band say in a statement: "It's been seven years since our last record and our batteries are fully recharged. The O.G. line-up is back and the new sh*t hits hard.

"You'll hear sounds of our older slammin' death metal days blended with the speed and technicality of our latest records. Cheers to everyone that has stood by us after all these years. Can't wait to unleash the Beast."

In addition, Despised Icon have issued a teaser video for the album. Watch it here.

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Steve Miller In The Studio For 'Fly Like An Eagle' 40th Anniversary

(ITS) Steve Miller is the special guest on the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands which celebrates the 40th anniversary of Miller's 1976 mega hit album Fly Like An Eagle. The show sent over these details:

Raised in Dallas, Texas, befriended as a child prodigy by Les Paul and T-Bone Walker, and after college at the University of Wisconsin, Steve Miller got an intense "musical graduate school" at nearby Chicago's South Side with blues masters Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, and Jimmy Reed. Steve Miller and schoolboy chum Boz Scaggs took their blues internship westward to the vibrant San Francisco musical scene in 1967, where the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape were landing major record label deals. Steve would land the most lucrative deal of them all and proceeded to record four critically acclaimed records by 1973.

It's important to note that Fly Like An Eagle was Steve Miller's ninth studio album. Having scored his first # 1 single three years earlier with "The Joker", Steve shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how he managed to get off the album/tour, album/tour merry-go-round long enough to get his bearings, set his own course and deliver the album that would seal a Hall of Fame career.

Steve Miller says, "We had been basically touring nonstop for eleven years... I shut everything down and went to my house. I got a tape recorder, a multi-track 8-track tape recorder set up in my living room, and started first resting, then thinking, then writing.

"And then about a year later I went into the studio and called up Gary Mallaber and Lonnie Turner and we went in and cut about twenty, twenty-five tracks in eleven days. And I took them home and started working on them and about eighteen months later I'd finished Fly Like An Eagle and Book Of Dreams." Stream the episode here.

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Carcass, Crowbar, Ghoul and Night Demon Tour Announced

(TeamRock Radio) Carcass have announced that they will be launching the 'One Foot In The Grave' North American tour this summer that will also feature Crowbar, Ghoul and Night Demon.

The 17-date trek kicks off in Lawrence's Granada Theater, Kansas, on July 17. The run includes the band's appearances at Chicago Open Air Festival and Heavy Montreal.

Carcass will be touring in support of their latest album Surgical Steel, which they re-released earlier this year. Last month Carcass apologized to fans after frontman Jeff Walker broke two bones in his foot prior to their show in Seattle.

They posted a photograph of his cast with a caption, adding: "Sorry for Walker's lacklustre performance in Seattle - here's the reason why. Talk about 'break a leg.' Just a poor man's Dave Grohl." See the tour dates here.

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Messenger Release 'Calyx' Video

(Prog) Messenger have released a new music video for the song "Calyx," which is a track from their forthcoming sophomore album "Threnodies" (out on April 22 via InsideOut).

The band had the following to say about the video: "The music and images take us on a hallucinatory voyage into the calyx of a flower on a sub microscopic level - a journey into the centre of nature and existence that delves deeper into the mysterious fractal realm, exploring the innermost reaches of the human psyche.

"As the limit of our perceptions break down, the underlying nature of reality is revealed in a crescendo of color and motion, utilizing a fusion of time-lapse photography, animation, CGI and live action." Watch the video here.

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All Hail The Yeti Release 'Daughter Of The Morning Star' Video

(TeamRock Radio) All Hail The Yeti have premiered their new video for the song "Daughter Of The Morning Star" exclusively with Metal Hammer. Their new album 'Screams From A Black Wilderness' is already out in the U.S. and will be released in the UK on May 13th.

The song Daughter Of The Morning Star is the first in a three part story that ties in with "Before The Flames" and "After The Great Fire". "The story beings in the late 1400's with a pagan witch, or white Wiccan woman who lives alone away from a village of Christian puritans," says frontman Connor Garritty.

"They're scared of her because she's different and doesn't follow their ideals. The men from the village plan to get rid of her and hunt her down. They rape her, beat her and leave her for dead. She then transforms and summons the power of the devil and takes revenge on the men and the people of the village."

Speaking to Hammer about the video, Connor says he wanted to something different to the usual lyric videos and came up with the "old silent film style" you can see above.

"I wanted to find a way to tie the three songs together without making it too obvious, so the female lead role is the same girl in all three videos. There are some props that are continuous as well. It was a blast to shoot because we got to dress in costumes and actually play parts in the video!" Watch the video here.

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Knifeworld Streaming New Song 'The Germ Inside'

(Prog) Knifeworld have released a lyric video for "The Germ Inside." The song is one of the tracks from their forthcoming album "Bottled Out Of Eden," which will be released on April 22.

The band say of the track: "During a particularly fertile period in which Bottled Out Of Eden was being constructed, The Germ Inside seemed to appear from nowhere. It just seemed to turn up at the sessions, uninvited, like a gate crasher at a party. All the other songs were asking each other if they knew it.

"It wasn't until after the album was completed we asked ourselves 'Who is this guy?' By then it was too late - he'd already spiked the punch and upset a few of the guests." Stream the song and read more here.

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Amon Amarth Frontman Really Happy With Jocke's Work In The Band

(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth frontman Johan Hegg says drummer Jocke Wallgren is on course to become a permanent member of the band. He was revealed as touring replacement for Fredrik Andersson earlier this year, after Tobias Gustafsson was hired to record with for 10th album Jomsviking.

Hegg tells EMP Rock Invasion: "To be fair to anyone, you need to give them a real chance to grow into it - it's a rough lifestyle and it can be very aggravating. You have to make sure that you feel you get along really well, and it's the right guy. I have a good feeling about Jocke."

He adds of Gustafsson: "We asked him to help us write and record the album, because we didn't want go out and find a complete replacement, start working and then realise halfway through, 'This is not working out.'

"Tobias is an old friend and a great drummer. He contributed a lot to the end result of the album. It would not have turned out as great as it did without him." Watch the full interview here.

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Inglorious Release 'Holy Water' Video

(Classic Rock) Inglorious have premiered their new music video for track "Holy Water" exclusively with TeamRock. The song comes from the group's self-titled debut album, which was released in February via Frontiers Records Srl.

Frontman Nathan James of the record: "For so long people have been hiding mistakes, singers using auto-tune to make them sound perfect, double tracking to make it sound bigger and using click to play in time. There is none of that on this album.

"This record is about vibe, feeling, excitement, energy and performance of songs we all wrote together. That's how it came out that day and it will never be exactly the same again. We captured a series of moments that make up our debut album." Watch the video here.

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Yossi Sassi Previews New Album 'Roots and Roads'

(Prog) Yossi Sassi has released a preview video features snippets of a number of tracks from his forthcoming third album, "Roots and Roads" which will be released on May 25th under the banner of the Yossi Sassi Band.

Sassi describes the album as "oriental prog metal" and it includes guest performances from former Guns N' Roses man Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Myrath's Zaher Zorgati.

Former Orphaned Land man Sassi previously said: "This release hopefully includes more vocally-driven songs than before, featuring some guest vocalists that you haven't seen before in my project.

"Overall it really shows a nice evolution from the material I used to compose for Orphaned Land, and my solo work. I think you'll appreciate it." Check out the preview video here.

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Stratovarius Streaming New Song 'Until The End Of Days'

(TeamRock Radio) Stratovarius have released a lyric video for their track Until The End Of Days. It's a new song from the Finnish outfit and appears on their upcoming Best Of compilation, due out on May 6 via Nuclear Blast.

The collection will launch on 2CD and limited-edition 3CD package, which includes a Live At Wacken disc. Both will include the new track. Frontman Timo Kotipelto says: "Twenty years in Stratovarius have passed at the speed of light. I still remember when I joined the band and was happy to do some power metal. And I am very happy to still be able to do it after all these years.

"This collection of songs is an excellent selections and a cool way to remember the history of the band from the past to the present. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did while selecting the songs." Check out the new song here.

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David Lee Roth Takes On Van Morrison Classic

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth covers the Van Morrison classic, "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)", on the latest edition of The Roth Show.

The tune originally appeared as the opening track on Morrison's sixth album, 1972's "Saint Dominic's Preview." The single peaked at No. 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while the album reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200.

Entitled "The Hendrix Mix", the singer discusses the late guitar icon while playing snippets of tracks from ZZ Top, Boz Scaggs, Lords Of Acid, Dan Hartman, Deep Purple and Wang Chung.

Roth continues to crank out new episodes of his online series since his return online in February after a year's absence. Van Halen closed out their 2015 tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the episode here.

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Against The Current Streaming New Song 'Forget Me Now'

(TeamRock Radio) Against The Current have released a lyric video for their track Forget Me Now. The song is taken from the pop-rock trio's upcoming debut In Our Bones, due out on May 20 via Fueled By Ramen. The promo follows the release of tracks Wasteland and Running With The Wild Things.

Against The Current said: "This album is as much yours as it is ours. We wouldn't be here doing what we love right now if it weren't for the endless support we've received from our friends and fans across the world over the last two years.

"We hope you love this record as much we do, and can't wait to play these songs for you the next time we make it to your city." The band are currently touring Japan. They'll kick off their US tour in June. Check out the new song here.

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Iamthemorning Completes Be Prog! My Friend Festival Lineup

(Prog) Iamthemorning have been announced as the final band for this year's TeamRock-sponsored Be Prog! My Friend festival, which will take place on July 1st and 2nd in Barcelona.

The festival will feature headline acts Steven Wilson and Opeth, along with Between The Buried And Me, Magma, The Pineapple Thief, Textures, Anneke Van Giersbergen's The Gentle Storm, Agent Fresco, Obsidian Kingdom and Exxasens.

Russian duo Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina say: "It's a great pleasure for us to join the amazing line up of Be Prog! My Friend this year - such a lovely surprise at the very last moment.

"It's a great pleasure, but also a great challenge. We'll be playing the chamber set with our string duo and some percussion - and you can't get more different from other bands on the festival." Read more here.

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