Day in Rock Report for 08/02/2016

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AC/DC's Future Uncertain Says Angus Young

AC/DC guitarist Angus Young is unsure what the future holds for the legendary band following their upcoming U.S. tour this fall which will feature Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose once again taking on lead vocals.

"At this point, I don't know," Young tells Rolling Stone via Radio.com about the band's plans for the future. "We were committed to finishing the tour.

"Who knows what I'll feel after? When you sign on and say, 'I'm gonna do this and that,' it's always good to say at the end of it, 'I've done all I said I would do.'

"That was always the idea, especially when we were younger- Me, Malcolm, Bon. You had to show up and be on time. You'd be playing in a pub in the afternoon. Then late at night, you'd be playing a club. You got into that habit: 'If we don't play, we don't eat.'"

Young also explains how Axl Rose landed the gig with the band and discussed what it has been like to work with him, "He's been really good. He prepares himself, ready to go. We sit and chew the fat before we get on, work out what songs we want to do.

"It's gotta be fun for him, and for us. In the beginning, he was confined [with a foot injury] to that chair he borrowed from Dave Grohl. But as soon as he could, he was out and moving."

Angus goes on to explain how AC/DC hooked up with Rose, "Axl contacted a production guy who had done stuff for us. He said, 'I know these guys. They have a work ethic. They want to finish these dates.' He volunteered.

"He came to a rehearsal place we set up in Atlanta, and he'd done his homework. He had a few songs like 'Touch Too Much' [on 1979's Highway to Hell] - 'Can you play this one?' 'No, we never learned it.' We had never attempted to play it live."

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Full Lollapalooza Set Streaming Online

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined Lollapalooza 2016 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL on July 30 and video of their full performance is available to stream online.

Organizers streamed acts live throughout the 25th anniversary weekend of the event created by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. The Chili Peppers delivered an 18-song set of classic tunes and material from their latest release, "The Getaway."

Produced by Danger Mouse, the record marks the Los Angeles group's first album in five years. The band continue The Getaway World Tour later this month when they launch a series of UK and European dates in Belfast, Ireland on August 25. Stream the Lolla performance here.

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Twenty One Pilots Fans Face Legal Trouble Over 'Heathens' Leak?

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots fans may face prosecution for downloading the leaked Suicide Squad song Heathens before its release date. Atlantic Records, who were forced to launch the track early, have filed a motion asking user-generated site Reddit for the IP address of the person who leaked the song. They say the track was sent out to a small sample group from within the band's label - and they believe the leaker is either a label employee, on the management team or in the band.

The petition reads: "If the poster is an Atlantic employee, he or she was a contractual and/or fiduciary duty to Atlantic not to distribute the recording to the public without Atlantic's authorization. By distributing the recording as described above, he or she would have breached his or her contract and/or fiduciary duties to Atlantic.

"If the poster is not an Atlantic employee, then he or she likely obtained the recording from an Atlantic employee, who would have breached his or her contract and/or fiduciary duties to Atlantic by providing the poster access to the recording."

Though many fans using the #TheCliqueGoesToJailParty hashtag joked about the prospect of facing a jail term for unlawfully downloading Heathens, their concerns are not without ground. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, people who make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music can be subjected to civil and criminal liability. Read more here.

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1,000 Musicians Play The White Stripes' 'Seven Nation Army'

(Radio.com) The Rockin' 1,000 are at it again. The group of 1,000 Italian musicians known for covering the Foo Fighters' "Learn To Fly," have recently made a new video.

This time, the musicians have covered the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." According to NME, Rockin' 1,000 recently gathered at Orogel Stadium in Cesena, Italy, to cover The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army."

The Foo Fighters were so impressed, the band played a show for their Italian fans. Could this gesture mean Jack and Meg will reunite The White Stripes? Only time will tell. Watch the performance here.

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Temple Of The Dog Add Dates To Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) Seattle supergroup Temple Of The Dog, featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, have announced that they have expanded their reunion tour after reported heavy demand for tickets.

In addition to the original five shows, the group added second dates in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle as part of their first official tour since forming in 1990.

Tickets for all shows went on sale July 29 and reportedly sold out so quickly that Ticketmaster were forced to respond to fans who questioned the system. "We're sorry," tweeted Ticketmaster. "For high demand events tons of people try purchasing from the limited inventory and tickets go quickly."

The lineup of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron - who plays with both bands - are regrouping to perform this fall in support of the 25th anniversary of the release of Temple Of The Dog's first and only album.

On September 30th, the group will release a special 25th anniversary reissue of the project, newly mixed by Brendan O'Brien. Read more, see the dates and watch the tour promotional video here.

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Jack White's Label Release Video Of First Record Played In Space

(Classic Rock) The first vinyl record has been played in space after Jack White's Third Man Records launched a custom-built turntable by balloon. And he hopes the feat - completed over four years with the help of engineer Kevin Carrico and the Students And Teachers In Near Space organization - will prove inspirational among music fans.

White last month announced the project as a way to mark his label's seventh anniversary and third-millionth record pressing. The Icarus craft reached a height of 94,413 feet while playing a gold-plated disc containing late astrophysicist Carl Sagan's A Glorious Dawn recording on repeat.

The balloon burst after 81 minutes of flight and Icarus fell to Earth under a parachute - and it was still playing the record when it was recovered. White said: "Our main goal was to inject imagination and inspiration into the daily discourse of music and vinyl lovers.

"It was exhilarating to do something that hasn't been done before, and to work towards in completion." Watch the video here.

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Tool's Maynard James Keenan Adds More Dates To Book Tour

Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan has announced that he has added several new dates to his "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" book tour.

The book tour will now include new events in Portland, Seattle and San Francisco as well as additional second events in Chicago and Washington, D.C. after the original dates sold out.

Maynard James Keenan's biography "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" is set to be released on November 8th and can be preordered online here.

We were sent this ticket info: "General admission and VIP tickets for the Washington, D.C., Chicago, Portland and Seattle events are on-sale this Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 am eastern, San Francisco on-sale is Friday, Aug. 5 at 12 noon pacific. Tickets for the New York and Toronto dates are available now. Additional dates will be announced soon." See the announced dates.

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Of Mice & Men Announce Cold World Album Release Shows

Of Mice & Men have announced a handful of record release shows in various cities across the U.S. to celebrate the September 9th launch of their new album "Cold World."

They will be kicking off the series of dates with a release day concert at The Roxy in Los Angeles, followed by a show at The Gramercy in New York City on September 16th.

The band will then travel to Cincinnati, OH for a stop at Bogarts on September 20th and they will wrap up the release tour with a show in New Orleans at the House Of Blues on September 22nd.

The new album release shows follow the band's current tour with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. The group has also lined up appearances at several music festivals this fall include the Revolution Rock Fest, Rock Allegiance Fest, Mutiny Festival and Texas Open Air Festival. See the dates here.

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Dream Theater Announce U.S. Tour Dates

(Prog) Dream Theater have announced the first dates of a US tour in support of latest album The Astonishing. The double-length follow-up to 2013's self-titled 12th record will be performed in full at each show, set against the band's "immersive and interactive" stage show.

They've described The Astonishing, released in January, as "a sonic story that is our most ambitious creative work to date." Keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently reported that, although Dream Theater hadn't decided what to do next, they wouldn't try to emulate the format of their current record.

Rudess said: "I think this is a particular creative adventure for us, to write a concept album very much like a musical or a rock opera. Whatever we decide to do next will be something very different. It's not going to be another concept album. I don't think that would be the best thing to do.

"But it will be some creative adventure that we'll feel like we want to put our energies behind." See the dates here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Could Have Been Paralyzed

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has recalled the moment his doctor discovered the spinal injury that required emergency treatment - and realized that it could have paralyzed him.

And he's admitted he behaved like an "idiot" by ignoring the symptoms. The Slipknot frontman had broken his neck without knowing it, and dismissed increasing movement problems as a result of getting older.

He finally underwent surgery in June, although he's admitted he went back on the road too soon. Taylor tells Revolver: "I was losing strength on my right side. My balance was screwed. The last two or three years have been weird for me, physically. But you get to a certain point where you think it's just because you're getting older.

"My doctor sent me to a specialist, and he was like, 'We need to do surgery right now.' Me being me, I was like, 'Is there any way we can reschedule this for after the tour?' He's like, 'No.'

"He said my spinal cord injury was 20 times worse than what he's seen with UFC fighters. He pulled up the MRI and goes, 'You see that? That's really, really bad - that shouldn't even be growing like that.' I was like, 'Oh s-- You could have been paralyzed, dumba--!'" Read more here.

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David Bowie's Blackstar Band Tribute Icon On New Album

(Classic Rock) The band that appeared on David Bowie's last studio effort "Blackstar" are set to pay tribute to the late music legend with their upcoming album, Beyond Now.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his jazz group will release the record on October 14. The album includes covers of Bowie tracks "Warszawa" and "A Small Plot Of Land," among renditions of songs from other acts including Mutemath, Deadmau5 and the Chainsmokers.

McCaslin tells Entertainment Weekly: "Looking at him when I was playing in the studio and the conviction and the passion that he sang with, that's the same way that I play as a saxophone player.

He adds: "The title track Beyond Now is directly inspired by a song of David's that we recorded during the Blackstar sessions, but that didn't make the final record. All the originals were written last summer - before he passed away, but while the Blackstar recordings were still really fresh." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Release Ed Force One Documentary Online

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden have released a documentary celebrating their journey across the world on Boeing 747 jumbo Ed Force One. They used the customised aircraft to travel to 45 cities across six continents on their global tour in support of their 16th album The Book Of Souls.

And among the moments captured on camera in the video special is frontman and pilot Bruce Dickinson's maiden Ed Force One flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The vocalist says: "Absolutely brilliant day out so far. Love the aeroplane, love the crew and I think everybody's having a great time. I'm up here and I'm learning a lot - so what's not to like?"

He later admits he'd get emotional when saying goodbye to the craft, and adds: "This aeroplane, painted up like this - it's incredible. It has the nickname the Queen Of The Skies - and she really is. And in this guise, with Iron Maiden down the side of it, it just blows the doors off ever other plane on the planet.

"Honestly, if you wanted me to swap for Air Force One, I wouldn't do it." Watch the documentary here.

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From First To Last And Sonny 'Skrillex' Moore Spark Reunion Rumors

(TeamRock Radio) From First To Last and their former frontman Sonny 'Skrillex' Moore are teasing a possible reunion. Skrillex ended his Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music this week with a mystery song called Bonus Track, which From First To Last later shared on social media.

The track is reminiscent of Moore's work with the band, but includes references to social media and photo-sharing app Snapchat, which would suggest it's a new recording rather than a previously unheard song. It could be a leftover demo with new vocals, or simply a one-off collaboration - but neither party has so far commented.

Moore left From First To Last in 2007 to pursue his solo career under the Skrillex banner. He recorded two albums with the band, 2004's Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count and 2006 effort Heroine.

From First To Last guitarist Matt Good previously revealed the band were working on new music. Earlier, he said the band and Moore had been keen to work together again, but that their schedules had so far made it impossible. Read more and hear the "Bonus Track" snippet here.

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Glenn Danzig Finishes His Elvis Album

(Classic Rock) Glenn Danzig is in the studio working on his next album - having also put the finishing touches to his album of Elvis Presley covers. Danzig was joined in the studio by longtime guitarist Tommy Victor and drummer Joey Castillo to record the as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2010's Deth Red Sabaoth. Further release details will be revealed in due course, and the release date for Danzig Sings Elvis will also be announced soon.

It was confirmed earlier this year that the singer would reunite with the classic lineup of Misfits for the Riot Fest events in Denver and Chicago next month. Danzig hinted that the comeback may lead to further tour plans down the line.

He said: "It is going to happen for at least two shows. We'll see how it goes. It may lead to some other work, but who knows how it's going to turn out? I mean, I don't think it's going to be a disaster - I think it's going to be incredible." Read more here.

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The Most 'Metal' Word Revealed In New Study

(Metal Hammer) A date-science blogger by the name of Degenerate State has researched the most 'metal' word in the English language. He initially published his findings in late April, but only now has his project come to light - and it throws up some surprising results.

To get the data, he mined website Dark Lyrics, which features a database of 222,623 songs from 7364 rock and metal bands spread over 22,314 albums. He then cross-referenced his findings with the Brown Corpus - a collection of documents published in 1961 covering a range of different genres.

By combining statistics to show the frequency of words used from both sources, Degenerate State came up with a comprehensive list of the "metalness" of each word.

And he found that while Five Finger Death Punch have the highest number of swear words in their lyrics, the word 'burn' is the most 'metal' word used in the English language. Read more including the top 20 list here.

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Anthrax At The Top Of Their Game With 'For All Kings' Says Bello

(Classic Rock) Anthrax bassist Frank Bello says the band are at the top of their game after the release of 11th album "For All Kings." It launched in February this year, and Bello says he, vocalist Joey Belladonna, drummer Charlie Benante, along with guitarists Scott Ian and Jon Donais, have "tapped into" something special throughout 2016.

Bello tells Kaaos TV: "I feel very fortunate. I think Anthrax is at the top of its game. I think we're in a good way of writing. We tapped into something really good of how to work with each other writing, and it's really paying off and connecting with people.

"Every time we think we can take a break, we're asked to do another tour - which is great to be wanted because it's a tough business, and we know that."

He continues: "The only way you get your music out now is to play out there and really to make people understand you have a new record and create the buzz. And so far it's been nothing but amazing." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Don Broco Announce Tour Dates With Bring Me The Horizon

(Metal Hammer) Don Broco have been confirmed as support for Bring Me The Horizon's upcoming UK winter tour. They'll team up for seven shows in November, starting in Birmingham and wrapping up in Glasgow. Basement are also on the bill.

Don Broco recently released their new single Everybody and they're currently on the road, playing their albums Priorities and Automatic in full on consecutive nights.

On Everybody, frontman Rob Damiani previously said: "It sounds like Don Broco, but at the same time I don't think it sounds like anything we've ever done before.

"It's got elements from Automatic in, it's got elements from Priorities in and it's also got a lot of new ideas. It's just an out and out banger." Don Broco recently announced they had signed with the newly-formed SharpTone Records, along with Miss May I, We Came As Romans and Attila. See the dates here.

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Prog Icon Steven Wilson On Relating To Fans

(Prog) Steven Wilson says he aims to get the audience onside by reminding them that he's "just an idiot." The prog hero says humility is the key to forming a bond with gig crowds and adds that he goes out of his way to remind them that he's just a regular guy.

Wilson tells Musicradar: "I'm just trying to highlight the fact that I'm no different to them, except the fact that my job happens to be - if you call it a job - writing and performing songs.

"I'll put on the best show I can, but I will always go out of my way to remind the audience that I'm just an idiot, basically. I do try to talk to the audience and I think it's important, when you're on stage. I mean, there's something inherently bizarre about the idea of being on stage in front of a couple of thousand people. So, between songs when I'm talking to the audience, I'm kind of just joking with them." Read more here.

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Joe Bonamassa Announces Return To Royal Albert Hall

(The Blues) Joe Bonamassa will return to London's Royal Albert Hall for two shows in April 2017, he's confirmed. It's the third occasion he'll have appeared at the iconic venue, following performances in 2009 and 2013.

His latest live commitments come after his Salute To The British Blues Explosion tour, which saw him paying tribute to the work of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.

Last month he revealed that he knew the location of the guitar stolen from Clapton after he'd recorded the Bluesbreakers' Beano album in 1966. Read more here.

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Nightwish's Tuomas 'Not A Dictator Or Tyrant' Says Bandmate

(Prog) Nightwish bassist Marco Hietala insists the band isn't a dictatorship. Despite mainman Tuomas Holopainen overseeing much of the band's output and direction, Hietala says he and the other members play an important part in the decision-making process.

Hietala tells Planetmosh: "Every democracy has their president and Tuomas, he's not a dictator or tyrant - everybody has their say.

"Obviously Tuomas writes most of the songs and lyrics but there are four or five songs on the latest album where I got music written, a couple where I got some lines of lyrics written, and then when we get together to rehearse and arrange, everybody has their say.

"When you write songs with keyboards you cannot really tell if something is uncomfortable for a bass player to play, so sometimes things will have to be changed that way, but there's also the fact that we have really free sharing of ideas in the rehearsal room so anybody can come up with something and we'll try it out and see if it works." Read more here.

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Periphery Make Albums For Themselves

(Prog) Periphery say whether or not fans like their new music is "irrelevant." The progressive metal outfit, who released Periphery III: Select Difficulty last week, say they write music because they enjoy the collective creative process - and it doesn't matter whether other people like it or not.

In their documentary Remain Indoors: The Making Of Select Difficulty, singer Spencer Sotelo says: "I've never been cool with writing art with the mindset of pleasing someone else. That's not true art.

"It comes from your heart and soul and I think that's why people are drawn to it - it comes from within. You're not writing because you want to do something for somebody else. This record is for us - if people dig it, that's just the icing on the cake."

Guitarist Misha Mansoor adds: "I know this will come off as cold and I know that people have misinterpreted what I'm about to say, but I'm not really thinking about the fans. I don't think about what people want and I know no one else in the band is.

"I know the things that make us happy and it's the process of creating those moments where those sparks of an idea you have comes together. so you're like, 'Wow, that is just what i was expecting - or even cooler.' Those are the things we care about.

"I hope some people love it, but it's kind of irrelevant." Read more here.

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Wacken Open Air Ban Backpacks Following Terrorist Attacks

(TeamRock Radio) Wacken Open Air has banned backpacks following the recent spate of terrorist attacks across Europe. Organizers have increased security measures for the 2016 edition after a run of tragic incidents in France and Germany - including a suicide bomber who blew himself up and injured 15 others after he was refused entry to Ansbach music festival last month.

Wacken Open Air will take place from August 4-6 and will see an estimated 85,000 people in attendance. Founder Thomas Jensen says: "We update our security plan constantly, counting in recent events such as bad weather or the security situation in Germany.

Because of that our staff knows what to do and is well prepared. Due to the recent events we decided that backpacks and all kind of bags are no longer allowed on the festival grounds." Read more here.

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