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Day in Rock Report for 04/21/2016


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Stones, McCartney, Dylan, The Who Megafestival Confirmed By Daltrey

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey appears to confirm in an interview that a new three-day mega-festival featuring a who's who of classic rock legends is in-fact being organized.

The Los Angeles Times broke the news that Coachella Festival organizers were putting together a new event this fall that will reportedly feature Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Who and Roger Waters.

When asked about it, Daltrey told Postmedia Network (via ABC Radio), "I think it's us and Roger Waters on the same day. I mean it's a fantastic idea for a festival. It's the greatest remains of our era. I'm glad we made it!"

The Times reported that the festival will take place over three days in Indio, California, where the Coachella festival is held, and will have Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones playing the first night on October 7th, Paul McCartney playing the second night and The Who and Roger Waters playing the final night.

So far the festival plans have not been officially confirmed by organizers.

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Former Member Reportedly Insults Guns N' Roses

A former longtime Guns N' Roses member reportedly called the band's reunion with Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan "boring" and labeled the group an "Oldies band".

Former keyboard player Chris Pitman, who played with Guns N' Roses for 18-years, allegedly made the negative comments to one of the moderators of the Guns N' Roses Chile Facebook community page, according to Loudwire.

The Facebook page reports that Pittman told the moderator during a chat, "hey brother! ive been off FB for awhile, and yes, I quit the Oldies band, they just wanna repeat that 30 year old music over and over,… boring."

They also report that Pittman then shared the news about his new project, "but gotta killer new band with Danny [Carey] from TOOL and Matthew [Setzer] from Skinny Puppy … and we are really excited! hope your doing great!"

Pitman has previous apologized after making a social media post that disparaged the reunion. "This is a nostalgia tour, please don't mention those who are there the last 20 fkg years," Pitman wrote according to Loudwire. "Oh god no! (a money grab) FU."

He then quickly deleted the posting and later said, "I sincerely apologize to GNR, especially the band and crew, for stupid comments about upcoming tour ..remember kids, don't drink n text!"

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ZZ Top Cancel More Dates, Reveal Dusty Hill Injury Details

ZZ Top have announced that they were forced to postpone additional tour dates on their North American tour and revealed more details about the injury suffered by Dusty Hill.

The band's dates through May 7th have now been postponed after Hill fractured his shoulder after tripping backstage at the Lone Star Events Center in Lubbock, Texas last Thursday night (April 14th).

The group's manager provided the following details, "Dusty was suited up and ready to go when he tripped on a step while on his way to the stage for the start of Thursday's show. It was very dark back there and the step - really a half-step - wasn't lit so there's no way he could've seen it.

"We found out that others had missed it and stumbled earlier in the day. Maybe some strategic lighting could've prevented this, but that's water under the bridge. What's important now is that Dusty and his medical team to do what's necessary for a complete recovery."

Hill adds, "My physicians told me that this type of injury is usually associated with contact sports. I'm not sure bass-playing qualifies as such but they're doing their best to get me back in the game as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone for all the good wishes we've received. We're determined to enjoy a speedy recovery and to see you soon!"

The band will soon announce the rescheduled dates for the postponed shows in Shreveport, LA; Biloxi, MS; Lake Charles, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Augusta, GA; Atlanta, GA; Sarasota, FL; Naples, FL; Clearwater, FL; and Shawnee, OK.

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Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe Writing Film With Billy Bob Thornton

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is working with Oscar-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton and rock photographer Rob Fenn on a music-themed documentary movie.

Entitled You, Me And A '63, it's co-written by the trio, narrated by Thornton and follows Fenn on a journey along the iconic US Route 66 highway. Fenn says: "This film will not only star Marilyn, my 1963 Ford Thunderbird, and myself - but it will be narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.

"So many wonderful and talented people are involved in this film. Another special part is that it's written by Billy Bob Thornton, Randy Blythe and myself. Imagine what will happen with those three creative minds spewing all over a page!" Read more here.

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Black Country Communion Supergroup Announce Return

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham have confirmed their supergroup Black Country Communion will return next year.

The band split acrimoniously in 2012 after relations broke down between frontman Hughes and guitarist Bonamassa over their differing career priorities.

Now the quartet are set to record a follow-up to third album Afterglow with producer Kevin Shirley, who was also part of the project from the start. Hughes revealed the news on Facebook, saying: "To quote Joe this morning, 'maybe it's time to break out the heavy bats again.'" He later added: "Time is the healer."

Shirley said: "We're refurbishing the fuel tanks and refitting the rocket. Getting ready for takeoff in 2017, and I'm fired up. Who's ready for another dose of BCC?" Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Calls Out 'Terrible Lie' About His Reputation

(TeamRock Radio) Dave Mustaine says that it's a "terrible lie" that he is difficult to work with. The Megadeth frontman has gained a reputation as one of the most divisive personalities in metal - particularly in the years following his expulsion from Metallica in 1983.

While he admits that their temporary drummer, Lamb Of God's Chris Adler, might have been afraid to share his own ideas with the frontman at first, he says it's a "bummer" when strangers approach him and say that they expected him to be an "a-hole."

He tells Elliot In The Morning: "Let's not kid ourselves. Unfortunately, there's a terrible lie out there about me and my reputation, how difficult I am to work with, and Chris will attest now, after working together, that it's B.S.

"I don't care about it. I think it's kind of a bummer, though, sometimes when people, for the first time, come up to you. It's such a pregnant pause when people will meet you and go, 'God, you know, I heard you were such an a-hole,' and you just kind of look at them, like, 'Uh-huh.'

He continues: "This reminds me of when I was a kid and my first dance. I went up to a girl and I asked her to dance, and she said 'no,' and I walked away and I thought, 'Screw you! You don't know what you're missing.' And I figured I would commence to destroy her reputation in school.

"I'm kidding, of course, but that's kind of what we do when we get any kind of rejection; we make the other person out to be really horrible." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Flying Burrito Brothers' Gib Guilbeau Dead At 78

(Classic Rock) Former Flying Burrito Brother Gib Guilbeau has died at the age of 78. Guilbeau's cause of death was not confirmed, but the Burrito Brothers issued a statement.

They wrote, "Gib was a beautiful guy, great singer and songwriter. One of the last of the early wave (1968-75) of Flying Burrito Brothers. He died last night.

"It was an honor to play a couple of times with him. Thoughts and prayers go out to Ronnie and the rest of the Guilbeau family. Thanks, Gib, for the music." Read more here.

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Bret Michaels Hopes Poison Will Regroup Following Rikki's Cancer Fight

(Classic Rock) Poison singer Bret Michaels says he'll wait for Rikki Rockett to recover from his cancer battle before deciding on whether or not the band will play together live again.

Rockett developed a tumor on his tongue last summer and underwent nine rounds of chemotherapy followed by 35 radiotherapy sessions. And although Michaels recently reported he was hopeful Poison would soon play together again for the first time since 2012, he now says wants to see Rockett back to full health before deciding on the band's future.

Michaels tells Eddie Trunk Live (via Blabbermouth): "Right now we've all got a prayer out for Rikki and his health - we hope that it's great. And that's number one.

"He's working really hard. But I think if all goes great, which it will, I'm hoping in the very near future we go out there and do some amazing shows together." Read more here.

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Wolfmother's Stockdale Sees Rock Gaining Popularity

(TeamRock Radio) Wolfmother mainman Andrew Stockdale believes rock is enjoying an upsurge in popularity and that the genre has a bright future. The Australian rockers released their fourth album Victorious earlier this year and Stockdale says he only needs to look at his own band's audience to see that rock is thriving.

Stockdale tells the WikiMetal podcast: "I think that people who love rock'n'roll seem to love it even more now. They seem like they wanna see it continue and grow. It's nice.

"People who come to Wolfmother gigs, whatever kind of music they're into - whether it's electro, pop, folk, metal - they usually like it. They walk away and they get it. There's something in it for everyone."

The singer/guitarist adds that rock is one of the few genres that appeal to people of all ages. He says: "Since we started we've had all kinds - young and old, kids to grandparents and 20-somethings out there partying. It's always been a bit of everything. The last few gigs we've played I've noticed a new wave of the new 20-year-old kids who are getting into it." Read more here.

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Flaming Lips Perform David Bowie Classic On Colbert

(Radio.com) Days after releasing an official music video for their cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity," The Flaming Lips performed the song live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The avant-garde production emphasizes just how strongly Bowie influenced the band's aesthetic. In his introduction, Colbert quipped, ""My next guests hail from space…or Oklahoma."

Frontman Wayne Coyne wore an LED sequined scarf, which lit like a Christmas tree, and once again the Lips were joined by Chewbacca for the extraterrestrial tribute flung from a galaxy far, far away. Appearing on Chewie's shoulders has become a regular thing for Flaming Lips vocalist--at a Carnegie Hall Bowie tribute this month, the Star Wars icon made a similar appearance for the Lips cover of "Life on Mars." Watch it here.

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Nikki Sixx Says Motley Crue Album Experience Was Difficult

(New Rock Times) Nikki Sixx says working with John Corabi 'was hard' due to the latter's lack of natural ability to write lyrics. Reflecting on the only album which Motley Crue released without long time frontman Vince Neil, Sixx recalls working with John Corabi on vocals in 1994 as a difficult time which resulted in a 'very unfocused record.'

The Motley Crue bassist tells Sweden Rock Magazine: "I've gotta tell you, I think it was a very unfocused record. It was painful for me, because John Corabi can't write lyrics, and I had to do all that work.

"It was the first time I ever had to work with somebody that wanted to participate in the lyrics. And my standard is so high that it was just… It was so hard, it took months... Usually, I write a set of lyrics in an hour. And it's all about having pent-up information and aggression and just [letting it out]. And it was just hard, because he was… a nice enough guy, but he just didn't have that fire, and it was hard for me."

He goes on: "And I just felt like Bob Rock really got us… 'Cause we just really wanted to get the riffs going and stuff, and he captured that. But in general, there's like… 'Hooligan's Holiday''s a good song. 'Poison Apples', I think, was a good song. But in general, it felt like a great-sounding record, but a little bit unfocused. That's just me. Like, the choruses weren't big enough. But it was just hard." Read more here.

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Mike Rowe Apologizes To Metallica's James Hetfield For Lars Mistake

(Classic Rock) TV host Mike Rowe has apologized to Metallica frontman James Hetfield after mistaking him for drummer Lars Ulrich. The broadcaster was dining outside when Hetfield approached him to praise his work on skilled trade shows such as Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs and Somebody's Gotta Do It.

Rowe admits that he initially failed to recognise the singer after he humbly said he played in a "local rock band" and, upon discovering that he was in Metallica, then mistook Hetfield for his drummer bandmate, Ulrich.

In his Facebook post, Rowe says he's usually good at remembering people's names - but blames his social faux pas on drinking mimosas in warm weather and failing to control his excited dog during the "botched encounter."

He says: "Thank you for being so gracious and saying such kind things about my foundation. I was very flattered. I also wish to apologies - not just for failing to recognize you - but for not recognizing you in front of your charming niece from Buenos Aires.

"It must have been very strange for her to watch her uncle - one of the greatest singers in the history of rock and roll - introduce himself to a guy with a psychopathic dog and no idea who he was. And it must have been especially gratifying for you, when I tried to recover by calling you Lars Ulrich - the first named that popped into my head when my synapses started firing off bad information." Read more here.

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Monuments Pull Out Of The Contortionist's American Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Monuments have pulled out of their North American tour with The Contortionist for financial reasons. Monuments are one of three support acts for The Contortionist's run of dates, along with Entheos and Sleepmakeswaves.

Monuments' involvement in the tour got off to a bad start when vocalist Chris Barretto pulled out for personal reasons, leading the band to play instrumental sets instead. And 16 shows into the trek, they've had to pull out.

Monuments say: "We must regrettably inform you that Baltimore will be the last show for us on tour with the contortionist, Entheos and Sleepmakeswaves. We've tried everything in our power to continue to the end of the tour, but financially, we just can't make it happen." Read more here.

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New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert Shares His Humble Approach

(TeamRock Radio) New Found Glory's Chad Gilbert says bands should remain down-to-earth onstage, as there are "a million people" that can probably play their instruments better than them.

The guitarist, who has played in the band since 1997, also says the key to an energetic live show is staying humble and performing as though no one is watching.

Gilbert tells Altpress: "You put on an energetic live show. Not a show where you feel above the crowd, or you feel like you're better than anyone that's watching you, because you're not.

"We're all just humans that can play instruments. There's a million people out there that can do the same, probably better than you. I know most of them are better at guitar than I am. I think your attitude on stage should reflect that." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Rolling Stones Named Richest Band In Britain

(Classic Rock) The Rolling Stones are collectively the richest band in Britain, according to the latest annual Sunday Times Rich List. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell remain at the top of the rock music table, with a fortune of £760m, and U2 as a unit come second with £500m.

But Mick Jagger reaches third position on his own with £235m, while colleague Keith Richards is next with £220m. With the addition of Charlie Watts (11th) and Ronnie Wood (24) the band's total value is £630m. They're thought to have become wealthier by £40m over the past year.

The combined worth of Queen's Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon is £335m. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones have amassed £268m between them, and Pink Floyd men Roger Waters, David Gilmour and Nick Mason total £235m. Genesis frontman Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel are valued at £155m between them. Read more and see the list here.

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Jack White Teams Up With Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler

(Classic Rock) Jack White has joined forces with Detroit Tigers baseball star Ian Kinsler to back independent sporting goods company Warstic. The business designs wood and metal bats, clothing and gear specifically for baseball and softball players - and ball fan White says his interest in the firm was piqued by their design aesthetics.

He says in a statement (via Rolling Stone): "I discovered the Warstic company through my love of design. I was drawn to the simplicity and harshness of the designs.

"Most baseball bats and equipment in the sports world do not impress me much - but I think that there is a lot of room to explore aesthetic ideas in just baseball alone that can bring beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals." Read more here.

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Kurt Cobain Stage Smashed Guitar Expected To Fetch Over $100K

(TeamRock Radio) A guitar smashed up onstage by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana's last tour is up for auction - with the minimum bid set at $48,000. The black and white Fender Stratocaster is expected to fetch upwards of $140,000 according to auction house Cooper Owen.

The guitar was used during Nirvana's gig at Palais Omnisport in Rennes, France, on February 16, 1994. It was one of a batch sent to Cobain by Fender to be used in the band's traditional end-of-set jams during which the frontman smashed up his instrument.

The seller says the guitar was destroyed and then rebuilt. A description in the listing reads: "I've been doing a lot of research about this guitar. According to James Vincent, Kurt's guitar tech from December 1993 onwards, Kurt had five of these lefty black and white Strats, shipped by Fender specifically for the end of set jamming and destruction, as they were cheap and they were scared he would otherwise smash his new Mustangs." Read more here.

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The Rides Preview New Album 'Pierced Arrow'

(The Blues) The Rides have released a trailer for their upcoming second album exclusively via TeamRock. Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg issue Pierced Arrow on May 6 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

And album engineer Ed Cherney says the recording process has seen the supergroup return to the early roots of American blues rock.

He says: "The recording process has been old school. We're approaching it like it's 1970. Real performances by real musicians, with analogue technology."

The band agree, saying the old school process has been easier to settle into as the trio ave got more used to working together since the release of 2013 debut Can't Get Enough.

They say: "We make records the way they were originally meant to be done. We use many of the first takes. We're more sure of ourselves and you can hear the progression between the first album and this one, establishing who we are as The Rides." Watch the trailer here.

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Fit For An Autopsy Announce European Summer Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Fit For An Autopsy have announced a European summer tour. They'll be supported by Fallujiah, Deez Nuts, Thy Art Is Murder and From Sorrow To Serenity on select dates.

They'll kick off the run of shows in Antwerp, Belgium, on June 21, in support of their third album Absolute Hope, Absolute Hell, which was released last year.

Guitarist Will Putney said of the follow-up to 2013's Hellbound: "It's our new and fresh approach to aggressive music, not a half-hour of blast beats and breakdowns." See the dates here.

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Metal Church Frontman Mike Howe Explains Reason For Reunion

(Classic Rock) Metal Church frontman Mike Howe has explained why he came out of retirement for a second stint with his old band. The group released XI last month via Rat Pack - the first material with Howe on vocals since 1993's Hanging In The Balance.

And the singer says the lure of the old magic he had with the band was enough to persuade him to pick the mic back up. He tells The Metal Voice: "It was guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof's power of persuasion and hearing the amazing riffs and songs he put together in the demos stage - and the allure of getting together and having that magical writing and chemistry that we had back in the late 80s."

It might have been a gap of 21 years between albums, but Howe reports that the recording process is better now than it was back then. He continues: "I can't say things have changed for the worst - honestly it's all good. Computers to aid the writing process, keeping the chemistry from not having to stop and re-do things, that is an advantage - and a small record label." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses' Mexico City Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses performed the first of two shows at Foro Sol in Mexico City on April 19th and video of six song performances from the concert has surfaced online.

The band's 23-song set mixed classics with covers of tracks by the Misfits, Wings, Bob Dylan and The Who. Axl Rose continues to perform with a broken foot thanks to a throne on loan from Foo Fighter Dave Grohl.

The Foro Sol concert marked the fifth show of Guns N' Roses reunion tour, which launched April 1 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, followed by two dates in Las Vegas and an appearance at Coachella last weekend.

The group will play Foro Sol on April 20 before returning to Coachella on April 23 as part of the festival's second weekend. Guns N' Roses will begin a summer stadium tour of North America at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23. Watch the videos here.

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Singled Out: J Burn's Shine

J Burn will be returning to his rock roots on his new album "Randomly Banded" which comes out on May 6th. Today he tells us about the first song released from the effort. Here is the story for the song "Shine":

J Burn is getting ready to release his LP "Randomly Banded" on May 6th. The follow-up to the American Folk crafted "Burnt Blue" EP, released in 2015. This release moves the sound back to the Rock tones, but still melds in multiple genres. The first track off the new album is a song titled "Shine" and here is some of the story:

"Shine" was one of those songs that just flowed from me into the guitar and on to the paper, seemingly effortlessly. Which I think just added to its theme of mindfulness, acceptance and the connection with the life we all share. This was a song which I wanted to give a bright and positive energy, a sense of freedom, and uplifting feel and flow.

The song started off on the acoustic guitar and had a "Rivival (Love Is Everywhere)" by The Allman Brothers, feel to it for me. Jay Lane took charge of providing a rock steady percussion and drum kit beat with Robin Sylvester complimenting a playful bass groove riding the timing. I really wanted to add an electric jam feel and guitar lead and thought what better way than a classic auto-wah sound. So, I asked Michael Nuzum to run with that idea and he came back with some great tone and excellent placements. I feel like he really made it pop and play like a conversation off the bright lifting piano work which Jason Crosby had added.

Maybe somewhere in my sub-conscience it was a deep desire to have seen the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers playing live together but I think it all blended, to create a unique sound, very much in the J Burn style.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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