Day in Rock Report for 04/27/2016

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David Gilmour Combines Pink Floyd Classic With 'Purple Rain'

(Radio.com) Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour paid tribute to fellow acclaimed guitarist Prince during his concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 24th, a few days following Prince's untimely death.

Nearly four-and-a-half minutes into the 1979 Pink Floyd hit "Comfortably Numb" Gilmour launched into a guitar-soaked instrumental version of "Purple Rain" that lasted for more than a minute.

As the band played, the stage was bathed in purple light. Nearly four-and-a-half minutes into the song, Gilmour played "Purple Rain" on guitar before kicking into the classic "Comfortably Numb" solo at 5:32. Watch it here.

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Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, Sixx: A.M. Tour Announced

Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown have announced that they are teaming up for a North American coheadlining tour this fall that will also feature Sixx: A.M. and As Lions.

The initial dates for the Fall Arena Rock Tour have been announced and the trek is currently scheduled to kick off on October 18th in Little Rock, AR at Verizon Arena and the tour is expected to run through December once all of the dates are revealed.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory had this to say about the trek: "I wanted to give you a brilliant quote about trying to keep rock music alive by assembling bills that can sell out arenas where everyone can have the production rock shows deserve, or bringing out new talented bands and expose them to huge crowds... or about rebuilding a community with the help of rock radio, and donating to good causes while we are at it... but we are so busy doing it that I ran out of quotes".

Shinedown frontman Brent Smith says, "Shinedown has always been about sharing the undeniable power of rock music. And performing live is where we make that connection most directly, where we can truly experience that power together with our fans in its purest form because we are literally sharing the same physical space, living in that moment as one. Five Finger Death Punch shares that passion and commitment, and, like us, leaves it all out on the stage every single night. Come experience the power of rock music with us."

Sixx: A.M. mastermind and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx adds, "We are really excited and proud to be part of this tour with FFPD and Shinedown. Having spent many months in the studio recording Prayers for the Damned, it will give us the opportunity to play our new songs and hits in arenas."
See the initial dates here.

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AC/DC Ticket Holders Offered Refunds After Axl Rose Announcement

(TeamRock Radio) AC/DC fans who have bought tickets for the band's show in London are being offered the chance to claim a refund. Seetickets customers who bought tickets for the June 4 gig at the Olympic Stadium were today sent an email giving them the opportunity to claim a refund.

The show is part of the band's Rock Or Bust world tour and will feature Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose on lead vocals after Brian Johnson was ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf.

The message reads: "You have the opportunity to request a refund of your ticket. Refunds will be available from now until 5pm on Friday, May 6." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Change Lyric At First Show In China

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden played their very show ever in China debut at Beijing's LeSports Center on April 24 and video from the historic show has been posted online.

Polish Iron Maiden fan club SanktuariuM reports the band performed the standard setlist from "The Book of Souls" world tour, but the show did feature a few changes.

From a production standpoint, there were no pyrotechnics during the concert and the band members were reportedly not allowed to throw items like wristbands and drumsticks into the crowd.

Iron Maiden did, however, make some minor alterations to their content: during "The Trooper", frontman Bruce Dickinson did not wave the Union Jack flag as usual, and he changed a line in the title track to 1984's "Powerslave" - "Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave" was presented as "Tell me why I had to be a Wicker Man."

The Beijing show was followed by a date at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 26. Watch the video including fan shot clips of the changed lyrics and the official video released by the band here.

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Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley Reunite For New Video

Ace Frehley has released a new music video for his cover of the 1970 Free hit "Fire and Water". Like the song, the video features a guest appearance from the guitarist's former KISS bandmate Paul Stanley.

Frehley had the following to say about working with Stanley again, "It was great working with Paul again and all the years we've spent apart doing other projects seemed to vanish once we hit the stage!"

The new video is also the first time since 1998 that both Frehley and Stanley appear in a music video together (KISS' "Psycho Circus"). "Fire and Water" is one of the tracks from Frehley's new covers album "Origins: Vol. 1" which topped the hard rock album chart. Watch the new video here.

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Led Zeppelin's Page and Plant Unlikely To Appear At Stairway Trial

(TeamRock Radio) Led Zeppelin men Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are unlikely to appear in court to answer copyright charges over classic track Stairway To Heaven, because the judge may not have the authority to make them do so.

And the band have successfully argued for the repression of evidence that was to be used against them when the jury trial begins in California on May 10. The legal action centers on whether Led Zeppelin plagiarized 1967 Spirit track Taurus in the opening section of Stairway, which was released four years later and followed the bands touring the US together.

Page and Plant have both recorded depositions that will be presented to the court, assuming that no settlement is reached before the case commences next month. Bandmate John Paul Jones was excluded from the case during Klausner's pre-trial ruling.

Lawyers representing the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California this week submitted a list of various Taurus recordings that they believe reinforce their position.

But District Judge Gary Klausner has agreed that the only recordings to be heard are those taken directly from the copyrighted sheet music. Read more here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal's Dorio Reunited With Drum Kit From Bataclan

(Classic Rock) Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Julian Dorio has been reunited with the kit he was playing during last year's deadly Bataclan terror attacks in Paris. Dorio says the drumkit has damage that is "too heavy to share," although he has described a bullet hole in the kick drum.

Manufacturer C&C Drums restored the kit after it was sent to them by staff at the Paris Bataclan venue. EODM were on stage at the venue when extremist terrorists burst in and killed 89 people on November 13 last year.

C&C Drums had the kit blessed by a priest before returning it to Dorio. Dorio says: "After five months the kit I was playing on November 13 in Paris has returned to me. There was a time when I never wanted to see it again but I just couldn't let this instrument be thrown away.

"If salvageable, it should be used to bring people together, create new music and hopefully add some joy to the world." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Air-Sea-Land Performance Documentary Released

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck's air-sea-land performance - the first of its kind in the world - is the subject of a Jagermeister documentary video that's just been released.

Frontman Matt Tuck is featured discussing the Ice Cold Gig event, which saw him performing continuously during a skydive, a speedboat ride and a sled drive.

Tuck says in the video: "The point of the whole gig is a celebration of what I do, and an opportunity to get my friends involved in a once-in-a-lifetime trip."

Bullet For My Valentine - who recently signed a new record deal - commence a North American and European tour later this month, with UK shows booked at the end of the year. Watch the documentary here.

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Sixx: A.M. Say 'Don't Be Evil, YouTube'

(Classic Rock) Sixx: A.M. have called on YouTube to pay artists a fair share of streaming revenue, saying: "Don't be evil, YouTube." Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael say YouTube pay artists about one sixth of what rival Spotify and Apple do, adding that Google-owned YouTube's founders are worth a combined $75billion.

Sixx AM - who issue their second album Prayer For The Damned on April 29 - say: "We are a lucky band, grateful to have all had success prior to the creation of Sixx AM.

"We have always been vocal about artists' rights. We stood with Taylor Swift when she spoke up about the absence of royalty payments to artists by Apple Music.

"We chose today to speak up about how YouTube unfairly pays artists and labels an estimated 1/6 of what it's competitors Spotify and Apple pay and why this must be addressed.

"We have deep respect for Google's spirit of innovation and YouTube's contribution to the field of technology and entertainment, in fact the data we are citing comes from Google itself, but the facts don't lie. Our large community of hardworking artists is being exploited to make a very small percentage of people extremely rich." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop's Story Of The Stooges Book Coming

(Classic Rock) A book detailing the history of the Stooges is to be released later this year. Titled Total Chaos: The Story Of Iggy And The Stooges, it was edited by Jeff Gold who compiled the book after conducting several interviews with Pop.

The book is described as "the first book telling Iggy Pop's story of the Stooges from his own words. Grammy winning editor and avid music historian Jeff Gold spent two days at the rock legend's home sharing pictures and memorabilia from his collection."

The hardback will be published on October 11 via Third Man Books and also features "a trove of unseen photos." Best-selling author Jon Savage and Johan Kugelburg also contributed to the final edit. Read more here.

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Pierce The Veil Streaming Song Inspired By Paris Terror Attacks

(Radio.com) Pierce The Veil have released a new track titled "Circles." The song is the second taste of the band's forthcoming album Misadvenutes, which is set to be released on May 13th.

According to a press release the song was inspired by last fall's Paris terrorist attacks, and is the hypothetical story of two friends attending the fateful Eagles of Death Metal show and their attempt to save each other.

Pierce The Veil will hit the road in June for the first leg of their summer tour, which will feature the band playing their new album in its entirety. See the dates and stream the song here.

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Damian Wilson's First Album In 10 Years Delayed By 'Personal Matters'

(Prog) Damian Wilson's first solo album in 10 years has been delayed due to "personal matters." The Threshold frontman launched a Kickstarter campaign last year to fund the follow-up to Let's Start A Commute, eventually raising 16,268 against a target of 11000.

He planned to release the album this month but says in an update that he hopes to have it out in August. Wilson says: "There have been some delays in post-production due to personal matters. Unfortunately, this means that the album has been delayed by a few months. At the moment we're looking at an August release."

As well as announcing the delay, Wilson has revealed the cast of musicians who will be appearing on the album, which is being mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. See the guests here.

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Periphery Announce New Album and U.S. Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Periphery have confirmed the release of their fifth album on July 22 via Sumerian Records, to be followed with a US tour that won't include bassist Adam 'Nolly' Getgood.

Periphery III: Select Difficulty follows the twin releases Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega last year, and that followed 2012's Periphery II: This Time It's Personal.

Guitarist Jake Bowen says: "For the past couple of years we've been refining our collaborative process, and we feel it's only getting better with the completion of this album.

"We spent two months writing songs that are not only representative of the Periphery sound, but also reflect where all of us are as musicians. Working together has helped us tread new ground musically and creatively."

Getgood, who produced the album, remains a member of the band but he'll no longer tour with them as he expands his production work. A touring bassist will be named in due course. Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Steve Hackett Announces Total Experience Live Package

(Prog) Steve Hackett has announced plans to release a live package titled The Total Experience Live In Liverpool. The 2CD, 2DVD and Blu-ray was recorded in the English city during the guitarist's Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited Tour last year. It'll be released on June 24.

Hackett says: "When Inside Out told me that I could film a gig on the British leg of the 2015 tour for release, I thought that we should do it away from London and I felt doing it in Liverpool had a certain ring to it.

"This is an extraordinary city and the Philharmonic Hall is an extraordinary venue. And as a huge Beatles fan, I also know the landmarks there, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields - I have been on the Magical Mystery Tour. So, the city means a lot to me from that point of view as well. The Beatles set the benchmark for all of us who have followed. We take our imagination from them." Read more and see the tracklisting here.

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Megadeth Guitarist Didn't Play During Audition

(Classic Rock) Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro has recalled how his audition for Dave Mustaine didn't include playing his instrument. The Angra member was recruited last year following the departure of Chris Broderick, and he appears on 15th album Dystopia alongside guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God.

Loureiro tells WSOU: "People are always asking, 'How is it to work with Mustaine?' He has this reputation because sometimes he says stuff that people don't agree with. But to be honest, Dave, he's just a super gentleman.

"When I met him the first time, when I was kind of auditioning, we just hung for a day in Nashville. He was showing me Nashville - we had lunch, we had coffee, beer at night.

"I hung with him the whole day. I didn't play at all for my, let's say, audition. I discovered a very sharp guy, very intelligent. He's very into politics, he's very sharp in the music business in general, and he's a gentleman." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Vs Record Label

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch are being sued by their record label Prospect Park. One of the company's producers says the band have reneged on a contract to record a new album along with a greatest hits package.

Prospect Park say 5FDP signed a four-album contract in December 2012. Recording for the fourth album was to start this June. According to Courthouse News Service, when Prospect Park asked the band for two masters for a greatest hits record, the band refused and insisted on using a different producer "out of concern for lead vocalist Ivan Moody."

In papers recently filed at the California Superior Court, Prospect Park's attorney Michael Taitelman says: "This lawsuit is about the creative process outlined in the agreement and the rights of both parties to have involvement to ensure the best product. The band and its reps want to bypass that process, for no reason other than short-term gain." Read more including the response from the 5FDP camp here.

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Opeth's Triple Vinyl 'Lamentations' Coming In July

(Prog) Opeth's live album Lamentations will be released on vinyl in July. The audio from the band's 2003 Lamentations DVD package will be presented by Music For Nations on triple heavyweight 180 gram vinyl.

It was recorded during Opeth's show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on September 25, 2003, during which they performed the album Damnation in full.

Originally scheduled for release on June 3, it has been pushed back to July 22. Music For Nations boss Joel De'ath says: "Those who were at this Opeth show saw the band emerging from their chrysalis to become the force we know today." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Had More Fun At Second Coachella Show

(hennemusic) Axl Rose revealed his current favorite AC/DC song and reflected on the reunion shows at Coachella as he was caught on video Monday rolling through Los Angeles International Airport on a scooter en route to join the Australian band for rehearsals ahead of their European tour next month.

Rose will be fronting the group for the remaining dates on their Rock Or Bust tour after Brian Johnson was advised by doctors to stop performing immediately or risk total hearing loss.

AC/DC's European shows with Rose will begin May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal. TMZ touched base with Rose on AC/DC at LAX and asked him about Guns N' Roses recent pair of headlining sets at Coachella.

"The shows went really good," said Axl. "The crowd was amazing. It was really nice. The first show was good. The second show was more fun. The crowd was even more responsive." Watch the video and learn his favorite AC/DC song here.

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Reunited Akercocke To Play Bloodstock

(TeamRock Radio) With the Akercocke reunion confirmed this week, the question about live dates started swirling around the internet, and now Metal Hammer can exclusively reveal that they are playing the Friday of this year's Bloodstock festival!

Speaking about their upcoming set on the main stage, frontman Jason Mendonca says: "Akercocke have returned after five years absence from the live circuit. We are reinvigorated by the return of our original guitarist Paul Scanlan and the ranks are completed by Dam frontman Nathanael Underwood on bass guitar.

"Following the great experience the band enjoyed in 2008, we are proud to return to the Bloodstock main stage for a second time. Expect fan favorites from the past and killer new tunes from the present. See you down the front!" Read more here.

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The Dead Daisies Announce UK and Ireland Tour

(Classic Rock) The Dead Daisies have announced a UK and Ireland summer tour. The supergroup's seven shows are in addition to appearances at a number of European festivals and a tour with Kiss. The shows are in support of their upcoming third album Make Some Noise, due on August 5 via SPV.

They'll play seven shows in the UK and Ireland, including two gigs on the same day - July 23 - at Ramblin Man Fair where they will be onstage at around 2pm and later that night at the Ebbw Vale Steelhouse Festival, with a 10.30pm stage time.

Frontman John Corabi says: "Europe is always a blast. We love the festivals, and we're very much looking forward to playing another run of shows in the UK as well as our own dates in Germany. We'll bring new songs, a new monster player on guitar - so let's do this." Read more and see the dates here.

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Video From Ghost Acoustic Set Goes Online

(hennemusic) Ghost delivered a three-song acoustic set at KLAQ-FM in El Paso, TX on April 22 and video of one track from from the performance has surfaced. Currently on the road across North America on the Black To The Future Tour, Ghost unplugged for "Jigolo Har Megiddo" from 2013's "Infestissumam" ahead of their show at Tricky Falls.

"As you can see I'm sporting shades today," Papa Emeritus III told the audience. "It's because I have an eye infection. Come see us in the fall and I will not wear them and you will have the full eye experience."

The band also performed "He Is" from their latest release "Meliora", and a cover of Roky Erickson's "If You Have Ghosts" from their 2013 Dave Grohl-produced EP of the same name.

In February, Ghost were honored for "Meliora" with their first Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category for the single, "Cirice", and a Swedish Grammis Award for the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Album" of the year.

Ghost's spring US tour will wrap up May 22 in Albany, NY, followed by a series of summer European dates. Watch the video from their unplugged performance here.

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Little Caesar Announce Double Live Album

(Classic Rock) Little Caesar have announced they'll release a double live album next month. Brutally Honest: Live From Holland will launch on May 6 via Unison. It was recorded at Muziekcentrum De Bosuil, Weert, Netherlands on June 20 last year.

The band say of the record: "It captures a moment in time where our adoration for the power of music, with all its subtle imperfections, combined with a welcoming audience, create an experience that will never occur again.

"We hope you enjoy it and we hope to get to enjoy a similar exchange with you - in person - so that we can get to make great music with you all. Without you, your love of music and your support of Little Caesar, we would never get the gift of that cherished exchange." Read more here.

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Real Friends Release 'Scared To Be Alone' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Real Friends have released a video for their track Scared To Be Alone. The song features on the band's upcoming album The Home Inside My Head, which is out on May 27 via Fearless Records.

Bassist Kyle Fasel says: "Scared To Be Alone was a song that stood out to us very early on. I remember when we wrote it, the song just hit me. It didn't sound like any of our other songs, yet it still sounded right for us. We tried a different approach in the beginning of the song with a darker sound. And then in the chorus we totally dug into our Jimmy Eat World influence.

"The lyrical content of the song is about my mom. So it hits pretty close to home for me. My mom and I have a great relationship. But over the past few years she has put herself in some situations that she doesn't deserve." Read more and watch the video here.

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Tortoise Expand Tour, Release Live Video

(Prog) Tortoise have added six dates to their European tour. They recently wrapped up the first run of shows in support of latest album The Catastrophist - and they'll head back out on the road later this week across North America.

And now the group has added further shows in Europe, with extra performances scheduled this summer in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the UK.

To mark the announcement, Tortoise have released a live video for their track Ox Duke from The Catastrophist, which was issued earlier this year via Thrill Jockey. See the dates here.

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No Sinner Streaming New Song 'Hollow'

(The Blues) No Sinner have premiered a lyric video for their track 'Hollow' with TeamRock. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album Old Habits Die Hard, released on May 20 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

The follow-up to 2014 debut Boo Hoo Hoo is produced by Ben Kaplan, who has worked with artists including Biffy Clyro, Shakira, Gallows, Rise Against and Atreyu.

Singer Colleen Rennison previously said: "I live and breathe rock'n'roll. It's a disease to want to push the envelope, to be an enemy to yourself at times, to want so much from the world that sometimes you can't even stand to be in it.

"I never really felt like I belonged anywhere, and then I found the people that felt like me, that woke up every morning with a hole in their heart that can only be filled by music." Stream the song here.

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The Jelly Jam Streaming New Song 'Stain On The Sun'

(Prog) The Jelly Jam have premiered their track Stain On The Sun with Prog. It's the second song released by the prog supergroup, which features John Myung of Dream Theater, Ty Tabor of King's X and Rod Morgenstein of Winger. They previously issued Care.

Both tracks feature on the band's upcoming fourth album entitled Profit, out on May 27 via Mascot Label Group. Tabor said of the album: "There really is no Jelly Jam 'sound.' In order to make Profit the strongest album, we recorded a lot of excess music and chose songs that work together towards the general story idea.

"Musically and sonically we started experimenting a lot further than we had before. It stands on its own as an album beginning to end with a purpose. It's not just a bunch of songs thrown together. It's an entire journey through a story." Stream the song here.

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