Day in Rock Report for 04/23/2016

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AC/DC With Axl Rose Is Karaoke Says Roger Daltrey

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey is critical of the way that AC/DC parted ways with longtime vocalist Brian Johnson and also compared the band performing with Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose to karaoke.

Daltrey tells The London Free Press, "I mean I really feel badly for Brian. It must be heartbreaking for him after all the service he's given that band over the years. I thought their farewell statement to the press and to Brian was fairly curt to say the least. I felt for him. That must have hurt.

"I've spoken to Brian. He's got loads of other things he wants to do in his life. I think AC/DC will miss Brian much more than Brian will miss AC/DC. There you go. What do you expect from Australians? (laughs) ... And he's such a lovely guy, Brian. I've known him for 40 odd years, more... I mean, go and see karaoke with Axl Rose? Give me a break. (Laughs)."

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Tributes Prince With Purple Rain Performance

(TeamRock Radio) Prince has received tributes from all corners of the rock world after his death at the age of 57 Thursday night. Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, who was performing in Minnesota last night, began his solo show with classic Prince track Purple Rain, then pointed to the sky at the end and stood in silence for some moments before continuing his show.

He was found unresponsive at his Paisley Park home and studio in Minnesota, and pronounced dead by emergency services. The cause of his passing has not been confirmed, although he'd recently been receiving medical attention.

While fans gathered outside Paisley Park, a rainbow was seen to appear above the premises. Prince's sister Tyka Nelson thanked supporters for turning out, saying: "He loved all of you - thank you for loving him back." Watch Taylor's tribute and read more tributes here.

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Metallica Release RSD Short Film

(TeamRock Radio) Metallica have released a short film of their Record Store Day performance in California. They previously made the entire performance available to stream, after it was originally broadcast live online.

The new clip shows the band arriving at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, California, last weekend and includes fly-on-the-wall footage of their performances of Diamond Head's Helpless and Jump In The Fire from 1983 album Kill 'Em All.

Metallica were ambassadors for this year's edition of the annual Record Store Day event. They opened their nine-song set with the Diamond Head cover. Watch the video here.

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MTV Resurrected Unplugged Series

(TeamRock Radio) MTV's Unplugged is returning to the pop culture network this fall. The live performance series, which debuted in 1989 and peaked in the mid-1990s with high-profile sets by Eric Clapton, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Rod Stewart, delivered stripped-down versions of classic hits by a wide range or artists.

The primarily acoustic format was inspired by a series of highly-publicised benefit performances in the late 70s and early 80s organised by the UK branch of Amnesty International, including Pete Townshend's appearance at The Secret Policeman's Ball in 1979 and other acts in the 1982 sequel The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, with compilation albums released from both events.

MTV revealed Unplugged's return as part of corporate media presentation in New York that announced additions to the network's 2016 lineup with a renewed focus on music after years of reality-based programming.

The network says: "Through its distinctive format, MTV Unplugged manages the miraculous feat of reaching beyond core fans to connect contemporary artists to heritage audiences and heritage artists to younger audiences in equal measures. The conditions are right in 2016 to do it again." Read more here.

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Gone Is Gone Supergroup Release 'Violescent' Video

(Prog) Gone Is Gone have released a video for their track Violescent - the first material from the supergroup. The band consists of Mastodon singer and bassist Troy Sanders, At The Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, and guitarist and keyboardist Mike Zarin.

The outfit are planning on releasing an EP this summer via their own label in conjunction with Rise Records/BMG. Sanders said: "We have been holding on to this music far too long. The gestation period has to end. Doctor's orders, we must birth this band into the world now.

"The vibe from day one was, and has been, very therapeutic and refreshing for me. The chemistry was immediate. I can only dedicate myself to something that rewards me purely, and we are all in this for the right reasons." Watch the video here.

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Nikki Sixx Looks Ahead To Life After Motley Crue

(Gibson) Motley Crue may have played their last-ever gig, but band co-founder Nikki Sixx is revved for the future. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the veteran bassist says he's excited about his other group, Sixx:A.M.

"Sixx:A.M. gracefully and patiently waited in the wings, while the mother ship, a.k.a. Motley Crue, had touring we had to do," says Sixx. "I've heard Tommy [Lee] say that it's hard to throw yourself 100 percent into a project, when you have to go out on the road to do other projects."

Sixx went on to say he's proud that Motley Crue didn't linger on, as a touring band, longer than they should have. "We ended Motley Crue on our terms, so now we have the time--each guy, individual--to do whatever he wants to do."

He adds: "I've felt that we did the right thing.... I [wish] some of my heroes had called it a day when it was time, instead of dragging around a 50-percent version of what they were, or a quarter." Read more here.

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Incite Streaming Full New Album 'Oppression' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Incite have made their album Oppression available to stream in full online. The record was released Friday, April 22 and is available via iTunes, Amazon or Bandcamp.

Vocalist Richie Cavalera says: "This is an album full of aggression, frustration and pure energy. From beginning to end, you get a constant metal feel that's organic and crushing. We put a lot of hard work into it and hope everyone enjoys what we have created."

The band are currently on a tour of North America with Devildriver, Holy Grail and Hemlock. See the remaining tour dates and stream the entire new album here.

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Blues Pills Announce New Album 'Lady In Gold'

(Classic Rock) Blues Pills have announced that their second album will be titled Lady In Gold. The follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut will be released this summer via Nuclear Blast, with a launch date to be confirmed in the near future.

Singer Elin Larsson says of the album title: "Lady gold is a character who symbolises death. We wanted a twist on the typical stereotype of death being the grim reaper. So instead we made her a lady in gold."

Blues Pills have a number of festival dates scheduled for the coming months. See all of the upcoming dates as check out the tracklisting for the new studio album here.

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DevilDriver's New Album To Feature Dez's Very First Love Song

(TeamRock Radio) Dez Fafara says the first love song he's ever written will appear on DevilDriver's upcoming seventh album. Trust No One is released on May 13 via Napalm Records and the frontman says that while he has tried his hand at penning a heartfelt love song, it turned out heavier than expected.

In a video update from the studio, Fafara says: "This record is an all-out assault. There are songs about your life being destroyed by trust. There's also the first love song I've ever written, which is to my wife, called For What It's Worth. It's just the heaviest thing on this planet."

The songs draw heavily on Fafara's punk influences and he says he's put more into his vocal performance than ever before. He adds: "It has roots in a lot of my punk rock background. It's more volatile than I've ever been lyrically. It's DevilDriver but with more of a push and a punk rock feel. You're getting everything thrown at you, and feel that. What you're going to take out of this record is a lot of emotion." Watch the video here.

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Brian Eno Streaming Cover Of Velvet Underground's 'I'm Set Free'

(Prog) Brian Eno has issued a stream of this cover of Velvet Underground track "I'm Set Free." The song closes out Eno's Fickle Sun suite, which features on his upcoming album The Ship, out on April 29 via Warp Records.

Eno says on Facebook: "That particular song always resonated with me but it took about 25 years before I thought about the lyrics. 'I'm set free, to find a new illusion.' Wow. That's saying we don't go from an illusion to reality but rather we go from one workable solution to another more workable solution.

"Subsequently I think we aren't able and actually don't particularly care about the truth, whatever that might be. What we care about is having intellectual tools and inventions that work." Stream the song here.

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Orchid Announce Band Lineup Change

(TeamRock Radio) Orchid have confirmed they've split with drummer Carter Kennedy and replaced him with Ted 'TJ' Cox. The San Francisco doom metal band say they actually parted ways with Kennedy last year after wrapping up a European tour, but have held off making the announcement until now.

Orchid have thank Carter "for his contributions to their two full lengths, four EPs and numerous live concerts and tours and wish him all the best in his future musical endeavors."

They began working with Bay Area native and long-time friend Cox last August and are working on new material for their third album, set for release in 2017. Read more here.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Susie Q' Rockabye Baby Streaming

(Classic Rock) Creedence Clearwater Revival are the latest act to have their music reimagined as lullabies and the transformed version of the classic song "Susie Q" is streaming online.

An album of 12 CCR tracks has been produced by Rockabye Baby - the firm behind previous lullaby renditions of songs by Metallica, Blink-182, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and others.

Rockabye Baby says: "Rockabye Baby transforms rock favourites into beautiful instrumental lullabies. Guitars and drums are traded for xylophones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to a two. Tonight, the cradle will rock." Check out "Susie Q", the artwork and tracklisting here.

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Lonely The Brave Streaming New Song 'Rattlesnakes'

(TeamRock Radio) Lonely The Brave have released a stream of their track "Rattlesnakes," which comes from the band's upcoming second album 'Things Will Matter'. The record will be released on May 20 via Hassle Records.

The Cambridge outfit previously released Black Mire and What If You Fall from the record, as well as a video for Radar. The album is available for pre-order now.

Lonely The Brave launch a tour later this month, with support from Fatherson, Swedish Death Candy and Grumble Bee on the UK dates. Stream the song and see the dates here.

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Dan Patlansky Releases 'Run' Video

(The Blues) Dan Patlansky has premiered the video for his track "Run" with TeamRock. The song comes from Patlansky's upcoming seventh album Introvertigo, which is released on May 6. Run also features on the cover mount CD in the current issue of Classic Rock magazine, out now in print, digital and via TeamRock+.

South African bluesman Patlansky previously explained the album's title. He said: "I'm an introvert. When an introvert spends more than five minutes with an extrovert, the introvert gets a kind of dizzy feeling because of the energy the extrovert is drawing from you.

"I experience that all the time. Even though the songs are about different things, it all comes from the mind and the force of an introvert." He describes Run as "a song about running away from mob mentality. The fact is, when people gather in large numbers, their IQs tend to drop. They say and do stupid things." Watch the video here.

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Lee Abraham Announces New Album 'The Seasons Turn'

(Prog) Lee Abraham has announced that his fifth solo album The Seasons Turn will be out later this month. The follow-up to 2014's Distant Days will be released on April 25th

The album sees the former Galahad bassist reunited with his core band of Christopher Harrison, Alistair Begg, Rob Arnold and Gerald Mulligan. Dec Burke of Frost* and Marc Atkinson of Riversea also return.

Abraham said: "Mark Colton of Credo sings lead vocals on a track very far removed from his usual style. Simon Godfrey provides heartfelt vocals to the album's other epic track. And in a rare return to prog, Martin Orford has recorded some haunting flute." See the artwork and tracklisting here.

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Arch Enemy And Soilwork Announce UK Summer Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Arch Enemy have announced a short UK summer tour with Soilwork in support. The dates have been added as Arch Enemy felt they had "ignored" the UK for much of their 300 date world tour in support of 2014 album War Eternal.

The band tell TeamRock: "Already 300 shows in on our current War Eternal world tour and it's become painfully obvious that we've been ignoring the UK for far too long.

"This about to change in August. Norwich, Sheffield, Cardiff and Southampton - we're coming for you. Fellow Swedes Soilwork are along for the ride too. Get ready for the Scandinavian Metal attack." See the dates here.

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Coheed And Cambria, Good Charlotte, Brian Fallon Join Reading and Leeds

(Classic Rock) The Reading and Leeds twin festivals have added 70 additional acts to their bills for this year, including Coheed And Cambria, Good Charlotte and Brian Fallon.

They'll join the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro, Mastodon, Twenty One Pilots, the Eagles Of Death Metal, Five Finger Death Punch and others for the August bank holiday weekend events.

Day splits have also been confirmed via the latest festival poster. Organizers say: "With over 70 names added today, Reading and Leeds 2016 boasts the biggest names, sounds and festival moments for another unmissable year." Read more and see the event poster here.

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Combichrist Announce New Album 'This Is Where Death Begins'

(TeamRock Radio) Combichrist have confirmed their eight album will be released in June. This Is Where Death Begins arrives on June 3 via Out Of Line Music on CD, deluxe 2CD, 2LP and a limited fan box set which included a DVD of the band's 2015 Summer Breeze festival performance.

It features guest appearances from Motionless In White mainman Chris Motionless and MXMS singer Ariel Levitan. Combichrist frontman Andy LaPlegua says: "I finally feel like we came full circle with this album, considering we're all from the punk rock, hardcore and metal backgrounds.

"After 10 years of electronica in the studio and a full live band, I feel like I captured the live sound and energy. Every style of music that I have done through the last 25 years has some kind of presence on this album." See the artwork and tracklisting here.

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