Day in Rock Report for 08/01/2016

Today's Day in Rock Stories

Original Smashing Pumpkins Reunion In The Works?

(Radio.com) Billy Corgan used Facebook Live last Thursday night (July 28) to update fans about what's been going on in "Pumpkin Land." Besides talking about his new solo music and band, he said there's a possibility that the Smashing Pumpkin's original lineup will be reuniting in some capacity.

"Speaking of Pumpkins, there's some big stuff happening, so we're making plans," he said towards the end of the video. "I can't give that away, but it's going to be interesting."

The smile on his face seemed to suggest that he knew the announcement--whatever it may be in the future--would please fans. In March, original Smashing Pumpkins members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin joined Corgan onstage to play together for the first time in 16 years, reports Rolling Stone.

As for what else Corgan has been up to, he said, "I just sort of finished a new solo album, which I'll give more details on in the near future." According to Corgan, he recorded everything over two weeks in California, and the new music is nearly ready to share. Read more and watch Corgan's full announcement here.

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Iron Maiden To Stream Final Book Of Soul Tour Stop

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden will stream the final concert on The Book Of Souls World Tour from the Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany on August 4. On the road since late February, the veteran metal outfit have played 72 shows in 36 countries across six continents to over 1.5 million fans.

The band is teaming up with ARTE concert and Livestream to deliver the last show of the run. "We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary Metal festival," says Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood. "Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour.

"Everywhere we've played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal. The band has loved every minute on stage.

"So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift. Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn't get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed!" Read more here.

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KISS To Continue Without Stanley and Simmons

(Gibson) Back in March, Paul Stanley said he could foresee a day when KISS still existed without either himself or Gene Simmons. Stanley said, humbly, "KISS is immortal. I look forward to a day when I'll see KISS play without me.

"Don't want to do it next week, haven't penciled anything in, but it would be the culmination of what we've built and a consistent progression. Do you go to a Yankees ballgame and hold up a sign 'Where's Babe Ruth?' The team continues because the ideal is met. The standard is met.

"If someone else can be a great frontman and reflect the philosophy of KISS, it doesn't have to be me. Is there someone else out there either in their teens or early 20s now who is going to pick up the torch? I'm sure there is."

Gene Simmons is all up for it, too! He told WNCX radio, "one day we're gonna hang up our platform heels.... I'd like nothing better than if four new, young, deserving, hard-working guys would put on the makeup and carry the torch. That would be the coolest." Read more here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses' Orlando Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to Orlando, FL on July 29th and video from the show has been posted online. The show at the city's Camping World Stadium marked the 16th date on the group's summer reunion run across North America.

The band was joined by The Cult on the date for their second of four appearances on the tour as they are on the road in support of their latest album "Hidden City."

Following a stop in Atlanta on July 27, The Cult will next open for Guns N' Roses at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA on July 31 before the pair hit AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on August 3. Check out the videos from Orlando here.

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The Dillinger Escape Plan Reveal New Song 'Limerent Death'

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan last night revealed Limerent Death from their upcoming sixth album via the BBC iPlayer (around 2hr00min30sec) and via www.siriusxm.com.

The follow-up to 2013's One Of Us Is The Killer is thought to be called Dissociation and it's expected on October 14 via guitarist Ben Weinman's Party Smasher Inc label.

Frontman Greg Puciato recently said that the album was intended to be "less accessible" than their previous releases. He reported: "I don't know if I would use the word 'aggressive' - it's just really a change." Read more here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Stream New Song 'Left For Dead'

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have made their track Left For Dead available to stream. It's the first material from Geoff Tate and co's second album Resurrection, which will be released on September 23. It's the follow-up to 2015's The Key.

Resurrection features a number of guest musicians including Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, while Tim 'Ripper' Owens and Blaze Bayley feature on the track Taking On The World.

Tate previously said: "I'm excited for people to hear and experience Resurrection because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written." Check out the song here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Reacts To Being Considered A Hero

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne says it's "kind of nice" to be thought of as a hero by many people - but he wishes he could feel like a hero to himself. He admits he gives himself a hard time for his human failings, illustrated by his constant battle against returning to drink and drugs.

And the Black Sabbath frontman, who's been three years sober, has recalled a moment during the making of his new TV series where he felt sorely tempted to start drinking again.

Told that he's "a hero to many people," Ozzy tells Goldmine: "That's kind of nice. I wish I was a hero to me, sometimes. I do a good job of beating myself up. The thing is, I don't like to treat people any less than I would like to be treated myself. I suppose I have an ego but I don't like to go, 'Do you know who the f*** you're talking to?'

"If I'm walking down the street and someone goes,' Hey, it's Ozzy!' I'll go, 'Oh my, here we go.' But if they don't recognize me then I'm like, 'Am I losing it?' I like to be recognized. I said it on the last album: 'I don't want to live for ever but I don't want to die.'" Read more here.

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Steven Tyler To Rock The Tonight Show This Week

(hennemusic) Steven Tyler will perform on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, August 4. The Aerosmith frontman is currently on the road across North America playing shows in support of his solo album debut, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere."

Tyler co-produced the record in Nashville, TN with roots master T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Jaren Johnston and Marti Frederikson. The record was previewed with the singles "Love Is Your Name" and "Red, White And You."

The project just debuted atop the US country music charts. The record entered Billboard's Top Country Albums chart at No. 1, while starting at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 18,000 equivalent album units. Read more here.

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The Dead Daisies Stream New Song 'Make Some Noise'

(Classic Rock) The Dead Daisies have released a stream of the title track from their upcoming third album Make Some Noise. The record is out on August 5 via SPV, with the band issuing a video for Long Way To Go last month, along with a teaser clip for the follow-up to 2015's Revolucion.

The band had the following to say about the track: "We made it extra massive for you guys to sing along on tour. What do you think? As always, turn it up, share and enjoy."

The Dead Daisies parted ways with Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed earlier this year after the pair joined Guns N' Roses for their reunion shows. The band recruited Doug Aldrich, and the former Dio and Whitesnake guitarist appears on Make Some Noise and has been with them on their current European tour.

They'll head out on the road with Kiss next month for a run of dates across the US before heading to Japan in October. Stream the new song and see the dates here.

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Max and Igor Cavalera Announce Return To Roots Tour

(Metal Hammer) Max and Igor Cavalera have announced that they'll head out on the Return To Roots tour later this year. It's also been confirmed that Warner Music will release a vinyl edition of Roots later this year, along with a CD and vinyl box set containing classic Sepultura albums.

The brothers and founding members of Sepultura have set up the shows to mark the 20th anniversary of their former band's 1996 album Roots - the last studio record to feature Max in the Sepultura lineup. They'll be joined onstage by guitarist Marc Rizzo and bassist Johny Chow.

They'll play the album in its entirety on all dates, with The Black Dahlia Murder, Combichrist, Allegaeon, All Hail The Yeti and Oni supporting on select dates.

Max Cavalera says: "Metalheads. It's time. Twenty years ago, we released the Roots album and changed the face of metal forever. Now, we're returning to 'the roots' to show everybody the magic and inspiration of the Roots live experience!"

Igor adds: "I am very proud to play Roots again - to reaffirm that after 20 years, it still moves people. We hit the stage again with Roots to destroy everywhere we pass by." See the tour dates here.

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Tool Working 'Four Days A Week' On New Music

(Metal Hammer) Tool have been working "four days a week" on new material, according to their website. Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne previously said the shortest track on the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 days - was 12 minutes long.

Now Tool webmaster Blair Mackenzie Blake reports the band have finished a song which includes "unique time signatures" and are close to wrapping up another track.

He says: "I casually asked about the status of the new album - namely, how the writing and arranging sessions were going - to which drummer Danny Carey replied, 'Good.' While enjoying his house specialty lasagna to the sounds of an excellent pianist, he added that they were very close to knocking out another tune, and that as soon as it was finished, they would send a recording of it to Maynard James Keenan."

Blake adds: "When I asked if this was the song with the really unique time signatures, he told me that they had already finished the music on that one. Admittedly, not exactly stop the press news, but other than that they are still grinding away on new material four days a week."

Tool will play a run of US dates this October. See the dates here.

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Nightwish Announce 'Vehicle Of Spirit' DVD

(Prog) Nightwish will release a live package titled Vehicle Of Spirit later this year. The DVD will feature the band's performances from London's Wembley Arena in the UK, along with their show at Tampere's Ratina Stadion, Finland - and it'll launch on November 4.

Mainman Tuomas Holopainen says: "The title came from a friend of Troy Donockley, who after seeing our show a few years ago, defined Nightwish as a 'vehicle of spirit that defies category.' That beautiful description has followed us ever since, and felt like a perfect match as the DVD title.

He continues: "Wembley is mentioned first due to its recognisability and legendary status. I remember the show being very special, both a goal achieved, and a starting point. The crowd was heartwarming. The presence of Richard Dawkins on stage was just mind-blowing. The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride." Read more here.

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Late Megadeth Star Nick Menza Was Reluctant To Do Memoir

(TeamRock Radio) The co-author of Megalife: Nick Menza The Book says the late Megadeth drummer was initially reluctant to write his memoir as he didn't think his life was exciting enough.

J Marshall Craig is currently putting the finishing touches on the publication about the life of the former Megadeth sticksman, who died of natural causes in May while he was performing with his band Ohm. He was 51.

And the author reports that he, along with Menza's family, eventually managed to persuade the drummer that he did have a story to tell. Craig exclusively tells TeamRock: "Nick was very reluctant to do a memoir, as he believed he didn't have an exciting-enough life to warrant an entire book.

"Finally, back in 2012, I convinced him that he had a great story to tell - and also, the mother of his children was a big fan of the book I wrote with Eric Burdon, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, so she helped convince him that if anybody should write his story, it would be me." Read more here.

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Airbourne Stream New Song 'Breakin' Outta Hell'

(Classic Rock) Airbourne have released a lyric video for the title track from their upcoming album. Breakin' Outta Hell will be the Australian outfit's fourth album and is set for launch on September 23 via Spinefarm Records. It'll be the follow-up to 2013's Black Dog Barking.

Frontman Joel O' Keeffe says: "We get a lot of feedback from our fans saying how much they love the faster tracks but when they play them in the car - well, it can be tough on their pocket with all the speeding fines!

"Breakin' Outta Hell is definitely one of those numbers - even the guys who filmed the lyric video were stopped by the police and given a fine.

"These visuals really sum up the feeling behind the song, and the album, too - the whole message is right there. Put on the single, or the album, and it's f*** the boss and f*** all the tax I owe. I'm going out, I'm getting pissed and I'm going to listen to some hard rock'n'oll. No ballads, no bullsh*t. I'm breaking out of hell!" Check out the lyric video here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthrax, Black Keys Reissuing Pink Vinyls

(Radio.com) For the third year in a row, ten artists will issue or reissue their albums on pink vinyl to raise money for Gilda's Club NYC. The non-profit is named after comedienne Gilda Radner who died from cancer in 1989 at the age of 43.

"Gilda's Club's mission statement is simple, 'No one should face cancer alone,'" Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian said in a statement. "The vital support they give to cancer patients and their families is truly a noble cause and we are honored to be able to help."

This year's limited edition and collectible album reissues are Anthrax's For All Kings, the Black Keys' Chulahoma, Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Ed Sheeran's X, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy's Songs From the Garage, My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, NOFX's First Ditch Effort, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' The Getaway. All will be released September 27. The remaining three titles are brand new albums, two of which, Opeth's Sorceress and Pixies' Head Carrier Will come out September 30, and one, NOFX's First Ditch Effort will be released October 7. Read more here.

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Clutch Release 'A Quick Death In Texas' Video

(hennemusic) Clutch have released a music video for "A Quick Death In Texas", a track from their latest album, "Psychic Warfare." Frontman Neil Fallon says the song was the final tune written for the project while they worked with producer Machine at his Machine Shop studio in Austin, TX.

"I was staying in a kind of unique, maybe 100-year-old property, by myself," explains the singer. "I got spooked out because I come from the East Coast and the suburbs and I was out in the woods. That was the environment that brought out 'A Quick Death In Texas' - and the locals."

The Maryland band start a European tour in support of the record at the Off Festival in Katice, Poland on August 5; the trek wraps up at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK at the end of the month.

The group will then begin a headlining US tour at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY on September 28. They'll be joined by Black Sabbath cover band Zakk Sabbath, featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde (Black label Society, Ozzy Osbourne), bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson (Ozzy osbourne, Rob Zombie) and drummer Joey Castillo (Danzig, Queens Of The Stone Age), and Los Angeles-based metal band Kyng.

"We are pleased to announce that this fall Clutch will be hitting the road again in the US," adds Fallon. "This time with Zakk Sabbath and Kyng. Clutch toured with Black Label Society a few years back and it was a blast - and no doubt, this one will be a blast as well. We hope to see you all there!" Watch the new video and Fallon's commentary clip here.

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Last In Line Star Hints At Upcoming Tour plans

(Classic Rock) Last In Line may tour Europe with Saxon later this year, according to Vinny Appice. It would be the first-ever tour for the band, which features Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Appice and singer Andrew Freeman. Their late bassist, Rainbow and Dio ex Jimmy Bain, died of lung cancer during Def Leppard's Cruising Festival in January. He was 68.

Appice tells The Chainsaw Symphony: "We're going to do some dates on the West Coast at the end of October, and then we're gonna go over to Europe and do about a month there with Saxon and a couple of other bands, and a couple of dates on our own, and a festival or two in there.

He adds: "We haven't really gone out and bombarded the audience with this yet. And a lot of people can't wait for us to come to their cities. We're not doing this to just go out and try to make money - we're doing this because we wanna do it." Listen to the full interview here.

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Elvis Presley's Birth Certificate Being Auctioned

(Radio.com) After a lock of David Bowie's hair sold for $18,750 at an auction in June, it seems likely that a few pieces from Elvis Presley's estate will also draw a high bidding war. Four major items from the King's estate will be auctioned off on August 13 at Graceland.

Among the items are his birth certificate, a guitar he often played throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the karate outfit he wore while working towards his seventh degree black belt and a still-working revolver, according to Invaluable, the auction house handling the items. The guitar alone is expected to bring in between $20,000 and $30,000. But recent auctions involving music memorabilia have exceeded their speculative bids and then some. The same auction that sold Bowie's hair (which was supposed to go for only a few thousands dollars) also auctioned off Prince's Yellow Cloud Guitar for over six figures.

The biggest item, however, will be Presley's birth certificate, which registered his birth in Tupelo, Mississippi as well as his twin brother Jesse's stillborn death. Invaluable, who will host the auction, estimates that document will sell for between $80,000 and $100,000. Read more here.

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Evergrey Release 'Distance' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Evergrey have released a video for their track "Distance". The song comes from their 10th album "The Storm Within," which is set to be released on September 9.

Frontman Tom S Englund said of the follow-up to 2014's Hymns For The Broken: "We went from having no intention of making an album at all to having all the inspiration in the world on Hymns For The Broken. Honestly, we've never felt better.

"The Storm Within is a massive album. There are no fillers on it and we've never been about that. I think the inspiration speaks for itself." The Storm Within, which also features a guest appearance from Nightwish singer Floor Jansen, is available for pre-order in a variety of bundles. Watch the video here.

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The Cadillac Three Release Abby Road Studios Performance Video

(Classic Rock) The Cadillac Three have released a video of them performing Graffiti at Abbey Road Studios. It's lifted from the country-rock band's forthcoming album Bury Me In My Boots, due out on August 5.

They previously issued an official music video for the song. Percussionist Neil Mason said of the album: "It's just real songs, and I try to write about what nobody else is writing about at the time.

"It's country music, so a lot of people say the same things, and we touched on a lot of those things but with different ways of saying them. I'm real proud of it."

The Cadillac Three are currently touring North America. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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King 810 Announce 'La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God' Album

(Metal Hammer) King 810 have announced that their second album La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God. In addition, the band have released a video for album track "I Ain't Goin Back Again."

The new album was produced by the band along with Josh Schroeder and Justyn Pilbrow and is set for release on September 16 via Roadrunner Records and is now available for pre-order.

The follow-up to 2014's Memoirs Of A Murderer is said to be "an inspired body of work that marks a profound evolutionary leap for the restless, driven souls of King 810" with the album titled said to "reference to the dual themes of the record - Flint's real life violence and despair which builds the basis of frontman David Gunn's narrative, and the steady desensitisation and terminal shut down of the human spirit that is experienced under those conditions." Check out the new video here.

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Roy Harper Announces Early Albums Reissues and UK Tour

(Prog) Roy Harper has announced that he will be reissuing his first three albums Flat Baroque and Berserk, Stormcock and Lifemask on vinyl on September 2nd.

The folk singer is also set to play four UK shows to celebrate his 75th birthday that month - and will feature a brass and string ensemble arranged by composer Fiona Brice.

Harper says: "This year, I celebrate my 75th birthday. In my 30s, my lifestyle was such that I could never have imagined that I'd live as long as this, but here I am.

"Perhaps because I thought that my life might be shorter than this, I've tended latterly to want to celebrate significant milestones, so here we are. I'm really looking forward to being out there again.

"It'll be really great to see old friends and new, and be in that heady mix of the song and the moment on a stage again." See the tour dates here.

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