Day in Rock Report for 04/26/2016

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Blink-182 Premiering New Song 'Bored to Death' This Week

(Radio.com) Blink-182 have announced that they will premiere the song "Bored to Death," this Thursday (April 28) on the Kevin & Bean morning show on Los Angeles radio station KROQ.

The band will join the morning show hosts in studio to play the song, which is the first single from their forthcoming album, and they will also reveal more about the album during the appearance during 7:00 a.m. hour (PT). Those outside Los Angeles can stream the broadcast at kroq.com/listen.

"I think any fan of Blink-182 is going to be ecstatic when they hear the music. I really do!," said Lisa Worden, KROQ Music Director after previewing the album. "It sounds like Blink-182 but it sounds like Blink in 2016. Lyrically it's clever."

Worden explained that of the songs she's heard, it's primarily Hoppus on vocals with Skiba adding harmonies. "As a fan of the band for the last 20 years, I was so happy with what I heard. It was the band I've loved all these years." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Add New Stadium Dates To Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have expanded their summer stadium tour of North America with the addition of four US concerts. The Not In This Lifetime Tour now includes second shows in Chicago, IL, Foxborough, MA and East Rutherford, NJ, as well as a new date at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

A Nightrain official GN'R fan club pre-sale for all four shows is on now; a Citi cardmember pre-sale begins Tuesday, April 16, and general public tickets will go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 am local - except Foxborough, which happens Saturday, April 30 at 10 am local.

The summer run opens at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23, with dates running to the end of August. The trek will see Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide. See the dates here.

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Steve Miller To Be Part Of HBO's Rock Hall Broadcast

(Radio.com) It appears Steve Miller will perform on the televised version of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A recent press release from HBO lists Miller as performing 'Rock'n Me" and 'The Joker."

Miller's inclusion had been in some doubt, the rock legend has revealed in a recent interview that he is still quibbling with HBO over television rights and could prevent the network from airing his portion of the awards ceremony.

'I spent part of today talking to my lawyer, and we're still negotiating," he told the San Diego Tribune. 'We're demanding they clean up their paper work -- their paper work is just ridiculous!" Read more here.

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Prince Cremated Over The Weekend, Family Hold Private Ceremony

(Radio.com) Prince was cremated this past weekend and remembered in a private ceremony organized by his family, confirmed the artist's publicist. The legendary music star died last Thursday, April 21st, at the age of 57

"Prince was celebrated by a small group of his most beloved: family, friends and his musicians, in a private, beautiful ceremony to say a loving goodbye," explained the family rep. "Prince's remains have been cremated and their final storage will remain private. We ask for your blessings and prayers of comfort for his family and close friends."

While family members are trying to stay private, his brother-in-law, Maurice Phillips has spoken with the press about Prince's final days. Even though Prince was suffering from the flu, Phillips reportedly said Prince didn't sleep for nearly a week before his death. 'He worked 154 hours straight," Phillips said. "I was with him just last weekend. He was a good brother-in-law." Read more here.

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Duff McKagan, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) Supergroup Stream New Songs

(TeamRock Radio) A supergroup featuring Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready have released two tracks featuring Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman.

Levee Walkers also include former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin in their lineup and they've enlisted Coleman for the songs, which can be heard now on their website.

Freedom Song and Tears For The West are also available on a 7-inch vinyl single from the Levee Walkers website, with digital versions available via iTunes. Read more here.

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Megadeth Go 360-Degrees For 'Poisonous Shadows' Video

(hennemusic) Megadeth have released a new 360-degree music video for their song "Poisonous Shadows", which is a track that comes from the veteran thrash band's latest studio album "Dystopia."

Directed by Blair Underwood, it's one of five songs included in the virtual reality experience package of the record, which sees the band perform within a virtual fallen city modelled after images in the video for the track "The Threat Is Real."

The footage provides fans with the opportunity to virtually enter, engage and explore this parallel world with the help of "Dystopia", a CEEK Virtual Reality cardbox headset and a download code to access and unlock the exclusive content. Watch the video here.

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Emmure's New Lineup Revealed By Frankie Palmeri

(TeamRock Radio) Frankie Palmeri has announced the new Emmure lineup in a series of Facebook posts. The frontman was left as the last man standing when the rest of the band left in December.

At the time, Palmeri said that he was already working with other musicians and that they were recording the follow-up to the sixth Emmure album "Eternal Enemies."

Now he's confirmed bassist Phil Lockett, guitarist Josh Travis and drummer Josh Miller are his new colleagues in Emmure. Travis and Miller are both members of Glass Cloud, while Lockett and Travis are both former members of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. See the Facebook postings here.

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Eddie Vedder and Trent Reznor Part Of Twin Peaks Cast?

(TeamRock Radio) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor have been named as part of the cast list for the upcoming TV series of Twin Peaks.

Vedder and Reznor are named among a cast of 217 people released by the makers of the hit TV show, which returns next year for its third season - 26 years after the second season was broadcast.

It is not clear how big Vedder and Reznor's parts will be. NIN guitarist Robin Finck is also named in the list. The official Twin Peaks Facebook page announced the names, along with the comment: "The cameras have stopped rolling. A key piece of the mystery is revealed." Read more here.

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It's Not Rainbow Unless They Do Album and Tour Says Ex-Singer

(Classic Rock) Former Rainbow and Deep Purple frontman Joe Lynn Turner says Ritchie Blackmore's new-look Rainbow need to record an album together to maintain the band's legacy.

The singer previously called Blackmore's lineup a "cover band" but later said he was "humbled" when the guitarist said he should have been given an award for his contribution to Deep Purple's 1990 album Slaves And Masters in light of Purple's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

But the singer says that he and fellow Rainbow ex Doogie White have been talking - and both agree that Blackmore, vocalist Ronnie Romero, keyboardist Jens Johansson, drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau, need to hit the studio or the group's name will be tarnished.

Turner tells Rock Pages: "I think Doogie said it best to me. He said, 'You know Joe, it's not Rainbow unless they do an album and a tour.' I said, 'I have to agree with you.'

"Because until you can write the songs, make some sense out of it all, add to the name Rainbow - our legacy, whether it's Ronnie James Dio, or Graham Bonnet, or myself, or even Doogie, our legacy comes down in stature. Because, then anybody can be in Rainbow like this." Watch the full interview here.

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Akercocke Announce Reunion and Working On Comeback Album

(TeamRock Radio) Akercocke have confirmed that the band have reunited and they're working on their sixth album. The 2016 lineup features co-founders Jason Mendonca and David Gray rejoined by guitarist Paul Scanlan, with Nathaniel Underwood completing the quartet.

Akercocke, formed in 1997, were last active in 2011 and announced their split the next year, after abandoning work on the follow-up to 2007's Antichrist.

The band say: "We have returned fuelled by positivity and a new collection of unique, challenging material. Akercocke's raison d'etre has always been to try and develop our sound from one album to the next." Read more here.

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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Gives New Album Update

(Classic Rock) Linkin Park mainman Mike Shinoda has given an update from the studio. The band began work on the follow-up to 2014's The Hunting Party in December. And Shinoda has checked in saying several of the new tracks are both "personal and revealing."

He says (via Musicology): "We just started narrowing down to some of our favourite songs, and we're starting to put our first 'final' vocals on them. As I listen through them, I feel like these songs are really personal and revealing. We have really poured our hearts into the words and melodies, and it's starting to show as we approach recording the 'keeper' vocals."

Shinoda reports the band have "a lot of material to choose from" and adds: "We clearly have an album in there. We're looking forward to getting the vocals right and starting to put sounds on them." Read more here.

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Hatebreed Release 'Looking Down The Barrel of Today' Video

Hatebreed have released a new music video for the track "Looking Down The Barrel of Today." The song comes from their forthcoming album "The Concrete Confessional," which is set for release on May 13th.

The video was directed by David Brodsky (Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, All That Remains) and was filmed at the band's rehearsal space in Connecticut earlier this month.

The clip features special text messages written by frontman Jamey Jasta as a message of keeping a positive mental attitude, according to the announcement. Watch the video here.

Hatebreed just launched their European tour which includes headline dates and appearances as part of the Impericon Festival. The band will be kicking off their North American tour on May 13 in Cleveland, OH.

The tour of the U.S. and Canada will be concluding on June 11th at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. Devil You Know will be the support band for the bulk of the tour with Act of Defiance taking over on June 5th in Montreal. See all of the upcoming dates here.

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Bad Company Stream Classic Live 'Shooting Star' Performance

(Classic Rock) Bad Company have released a version of Shooting Star recorded at Summit House in Houston, Texas in 1977 on the band's Burning Sky tour. It's taken from Bad Company: Live 1977 & 1979, the first official live album to be released featuring the band's original line-up.

The live album features two previously unreleased concerts - the Houston show, and one recorded at the Empire Pool in London (now Wembley Arena) in 1979 on the Desolation Angels tour. Taken from original 24-track master tapes, neither recording features any overdubs or other enhancements.

The album also also includes the a cover of the classic Hey Joe, recorded in March 1979 at the Capitol Center in Washington, DC. Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 is released on April 29. It will also be issued as individual double vinyl sets later in the year. Watch the video here.

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Ace Frehley Tops Billboard Hard Music Chart With 'Origins Vol. 1'

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley's covers album, "Origins Vol 1.", has debuted in the US Top 25 also landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hard Music chart, No. 3 on the Billboard Rock chart and No. 6 on the Billboard Current chart.

The project enters the US Billboard 200 at No. 23 with opening week sales of 16,109 equivalent album units. Frehley's last album, 2009's "Space Invader", debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.

"Origins Vol 1." Sees Frehley deliver new versions of tracks by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Cream and Jimi Hendrix, among others, along with guests including Paul Stanley, Slash, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Lita Ford and John 5.

The original KISS lead guitarist launched the record with covers of the Cream classic, "White Room", and Thin Lizzy's 1976 track, "Emerald", which features Slash.

Frehley recently issued a third track, a cover of Free's "Fire And Water" with guest and former bandmate Paul Stanley. Stream that song and read more here.

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Lacuna Coil Stream Title Song For New Album 'Delirium'

(TeamRock Radio) Lacuna Coil are streaming the title track from their upcoming album "Delirium." The band's eighth studio album is set to be released on May 27 via Century Media Records.

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia previously had the following to say about the album: "Everything feels different this time in the Lacuna Coil camp. It's something I can hear and something I can breath.

"A new wave of confidence, a renewed essence and pure drops of energy sweating out of our pores." The band will hit the road later this month in support of the album. Check out the song and the tour dates here.

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Billy Sherwood And Tony Kaye Release Live Double Album and DVD

(Prog) Yes bassist Billy Sherwood and the band's former keyboardist Tony Kaye have launched a double live album. Live In Japan was recorded in the country in 2011 and features material from throughout both artists' careers.

Sherwood says: "It was very special for us to go to Japan and play these songs. We're both very excited to now be able to share the experience with everyone."

The 2CD/DVD release is available direct from Cherry Red Records, with each order bundled with a limited-edition signed postcard. See the DVD details and CD tracklists here.

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Kurt Cobain Threatened To Disband Nirvana In Angry David Geffen Letter

(Classic Rock) A letter penned by Kurt Cobain to record label boss David Geffen is expected to fetch up to $30,000 at auction next month. The handwritten letter sees the late Nirvana frontman tell of his anger at a 1992 Vanity Fair article which suggested his wife Courtney Love had binged on heroin while pregnant with the couple's daughter Frances Bean.

Cobain strongly denies the claims and threatens to disband Nirvana if action wasn't taken against the magazine. It was written as Nirvana were working on their third album, In Utero.

The letter addressed to the Geffen Records boss reads: "Something so severely defamatory towards my family has come up in an article in Vanity Fair that has forced me to decide on breaking up my band.

"The article suggest Courtney and I have been taking heroin constantly throughout her pregnancy, which is not true. Courtney found out she was first pregnant within the first month of our drug binge, she has stopped using and has since been visiting Danny Goldberg's pediatrician on a regular basis." Read more here.

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Spiritual Beggars Announce Limited Edition 7-Inch Single

(Classic Rock) Spiritual Beggars will release a limited edition 7-inch single featuring two cover versions. The Swedish supergroup will issue "Thumbsucker", originally by Mountain, and a version of Ten Years After's Stoned Woman on May 30.

The 7-inch will be available for pre-order from May 9 and only 450 copies will be pressed - 80 on brown vinyl, 150 on green vinyl and 220 black versions.

Both songs were previously only available on the limited' mediabook' version of the band's latest album Sunrise To Sundown, issued earlier this year. Stream 'Thumbsucker' here.

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Alice Cooper Featured In New Apple Watch Commercial

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is among the celebrities featured in a new ad campaign for the Apple Watch. Adweek reports Cooper joins music stars Nick Jonas and Jon Batiste and actress/fashion designer ChloŽ Sevigny in the series, which aims to show how the high-tech timepiece can make each day better.

Half of the eight commercials feature sports themes - including real life golf enthusiast Cooper - who swings futilely at golf balls before settling for burning some calories as measured by his watch.

Cooper will spend 2016 juggling solo shows and performing dates with The Hollywood Vampires. The original shock-rocker recently extended his North American tour and unveiled a full live schedule with the supergroup that sees him joined by Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry. Watch the ad here.

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DevilDriver Energized By New Lineup

(TeamRock Radio) DevilDriver mainman Dez Fafara says the band's two new members injected much-needed energy into their upcoming seventh album. They release Trust No One on May 13 via Napalm Records and Fafara says the contributions of drummer Austin D'Amond and guitarist Neal Tiemann were vital.

D'Amond and Tiemann replaced John Boecklin and Jeff Kendrick, who left the group last year. Fafara tells Distorted Sound: "I think when you have members that come in and want to be part of a project, that want to get on a midnight flight and play four hours later and they're hungry, you can feel it.

"The only analogy I can give is that I know a hundred bands that tour together that hate each other. You can feel it. You can feel it backstage, you can feel it on the records, you can hear the record, and it may be touted as the best sh*t, and then I listen to the record, because I know the band, and I'm, like, 'Huh, they hate each other.' It's f***ing obvious.

"And I don't want to be in one of those bands, so when you get new cats and it's been a very long time since we've had new members in this band, you get that new feeling." Read more here.

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Jon Anderson Has New Songs For Anderson Ponty Band

(Prog) Original Yes singer Jon Anderson says he and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty have written six new tracks together. The Anderson Ponty Band are about to hit the road across North America in support of their 2015 CD/DVD Better Late Than Never. And Anderson reports that a follow-up could be in the works - and they could record with an orchestra.

Anderson tells Playback: "We wrote about four songs late last year, and in January, we wrote a couple more. So it's like we're always thinking about the next step.

"Jean-Luc comes from a very classical background, and I'm very interested in that world and that style of music, so who knows? It's going to be a very busy year coming up. We'll see if we can find some time to record next year." Read more here.

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Deftones Frontman Discusses Band's Community-Style Process

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says the band's community-style writing process allows all of the members to "shine." The band released their latest album Gore earlier this month and Moreno says they were careful not to put pressure on themselves by outlining what kind of record they wanted to make.

He tells Whiplash (via Blabbermouth): "We don't talk about what we're gonna try to do. We really try to make it an in-the-moment sort of experience, and it seems to be the most exciting way to make records.

"I feel like if we talked too much about it, or planned it out too much, or decided what type of record we were gonna make, we'd sort of be boxing ourselves in to have to stick to that.

"So we kind of just let it happen. We don't write before we get in there. Everything is pretty much written together while we're all in the same room, and for that reason, I feel like it has this sort of live communal kind of feeling to it. Everybody very much shines in the right way." Read more here.

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Rob Reed Releases 'Marimba' Video

(Prog) Rob Reed has premiered a video for his track "Marimba" with TeamRock. "Marimba" - which is taken from Reed's upcoming album 'Sanctuary II' - is available as a digital single featuring an edit of the album track, two remixes and a piano demo version.

Reed says: "It's always hard to now how to promote an album made up of two 20 minute pieces. Ideally, it needs to be listened to as a whole. This section, which I always called Marimba, I thought would work as standalone section.

"It features Simon Phillips on drums, and the chants of Synergy Vocals. There are four mixes of the track. Each mix has a completely different take on the track.

"The Chimpan A remix is very modern and really powerful, the orchestral mix by Ryan Yard is dark and atmospheric, and the piano version is stripped back and hopefully shows the melody at its best." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Blacklist Union's Evil Eye

L.A. rockers Blacklist Union have just released a Matt Zane directed video for their single "Evil Eye" and to celebrate we asked frontman Tony West to tell us about the track. The song is from their new album "Back To Momo". Here is the story:

"Evil Eye" is about my mother and the abuse I suffered and endured from her as a little boy. It was devastating. She has rejected me all my life actually. It affects my relationships with women and relating at a deep level. I had to let this go so that I can have peace and move on with my life and be happy joyous and free.

I had to make peace and let it go for my own sanity. I had to let her off the hook and realize she is a sick woman who doesn't know any better. This ran me for so long. I drank and used behind it for years and questioned many things including my own sexuality.

I am a survivor and have a beautiful woman in my life and 2 gorgeous amazing children. So in the end I'm grateful these things happened because I love myself today.

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

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