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Day in Rock Report for 08/08/2016


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Gregg Allman Hospitalized For 'Serious Health Issues'

(hennemusic) Gregg Allman has cancelled 28 tour dates after being hospitalized for "serious health issues" at the Mayo Clinic. The cancellations start with Allman's appearance at Scranton, PA's Peach Music Festival on August 12 and run through the Clearwater, FL Jazz Festival on October 16.

"I want to thank my fans and friends for supporting me while I rest up and focus on getting better and back on the road as soon as I can," says Allman. "I've been working hard with my band, my pride and joy, to play our music for everyone. We'll see y'all in October."

Allman's first date back is scheduled to be a performance at his very own Laid Back Festival at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA, on October 29.

"All concert dates beyond that are currently confirmed to take place," read an official statement from the rocker's camp. Allman has battled through a series of health issues in recent years: in 2007, he contracted Hepatitis C, underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010, cancelled live performances in 2011 due to an upper respiratory condition that resulted in lung surgery, and entered rehab in 2012. Read more here.

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Axl Rose Suffers Malfunction During Guns N' Roses Concert

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose could only laugh as his piano went rogue during a performance of November Rain. Rose's piano mysteriously starts playing unplanned high notes about four minutes and 20 seconds into the performance of the song at the band's recent show at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The singer at first looks confused by the notes before realizing there is a problem with the equipment, asking his stage tech: "What the f*** is that, can we stop it at least?"

He sees the funny side, saying later in the song: "I don't mind ghosts or gremlins, but they should probably learn the f***ing song." Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan announced their reunion earlier this year and are on the road on their Not In This Lifetime tour.

The vocalist said at the weekend that he was disappointed only six US dates remained on the tour. He said on Twitter: "Only six more shows of the GNR US tour to go. How can that be?! Say it ain't so!" Watch video of the piano incident here.

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Ronnie James Dio Resurrected Via Hologram At Music Festival

(Classic Rock) Dio Disciples were joined onstage at Wacken by a hologram of the late singer Ronnie James Dio. The surprise stunt took place towards the end of the band's set at the German festival Friday night (August 6) as 75,000 fans saw Dio reunite with former members of his band via hologram for a performance of We Rock .

The production was a year in the making and the firm behind the idea, Eyellusion, say it was "the first time a hologram has been accompanied by a live band in a traditional concert setting."

Future shows with the Dio hologram are being planned by the band. Ronnie's widow Wendy, who also manages Dio Disciples and works with Eyellusion, says: "When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears.

"With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience." Read more here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Going On 'Extended Hiatus'

(Metal Hammer) The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced they will likely go on an "extended hiatus" following the launch of their upcoming album Dissociation.

Though they offered no explanation for the move, the New Jersey outfit say their sixth title could "potentially be the final full-length" before they take a long break. The follow-up to 2013's One Of Us Is The Killer is due out on October 14.

The Dillinger Escape Plan released new track Limerent Death last week, which guitarist Ben Weinman describes as one of his "all-time favorite songs."

He adds: "I feel that this song is one of the rare instances where all the members are feeling, and conveying, the same energy from start to end. A sharp-focused dagger plowing its way through thick heavy walls." Read more here.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Resume Tour Following Guitarist's Heart Surgery

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd resumed their summer tour in Houston, TX on August 4 following guitarist Gary Rossington's recent heart surgery that shut down the trek for two weeks.

The show at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion marked both Rossington's and the group's return to the stage after the guitarist experienced some chest pains and sought medical attention.

"Welcome back Gary!!!," posted the band. "It's great to have Gary back on stage tonight in Houston!! Thank you fans for all the love!" The 15-song performance delivered one classic after another from Skynyrd's 1970s catalog - from opener "Workin' For MCA" to the "Freebird" finale. Check out video from the show here.

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Stephen Pearcy Teases Possible Ratt Reunion

(Classic Rock) Stephen Pearcy has teased the possibility of a Ratt reunion. The singer was pictured with former bandmates, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini at the Los Angeles birthday party of former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend last month. He hasn't ruled out the possibility of a comeback - saying "good things come to those who wait."

Their mooted reunion would exclude drummer Bobby Blotzer, who has been touring the US with his own version of Ratt - which has ignited a legal battle with guitarist Warren DeMartini over the use of the band's name. The new incarnation includes former Ratt bassist Robbie Crane and several new members.

Pearcy hints that the legal process over the band name would have to play out before they consider their own comeback. He tells Mitch Lafon: "We still all talk - Juan, Warren and I. We're all friends - most of us - and we still have integrity for what we created. Warren and I actually got together and wrote a song a while back, which is phenomenal.

"We're just waiting for some dust to settle. I really can't say anything right now, but if the public has any positive message, it's being heard. Dust settles, things happen. Just never say never. And it's not gonna be called Ratt either." Read more here.

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Megadeth Visit Fan That Was Stabbed At Their Concert

(Metal Hammer) Megadeth visited a fan in hospital after he was stabbed three times at the band's show in Neuquen, Argentina. The fan, named in some reports as Fabian Young, reportedly got into an argument after a woman attempted to rob him at the Estadio Ruca Che venue.

An alleged accomplice of the woman, described only as an overweight man wearing a cap, then stabbed the victim in the arm, body and near his spine. It is understood the victim was robbed of 5000 pesos (250).

After the gig, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said via Twitter that he was going to see the fan in hospital, along with his bandmates. Mustaine has since reported that the fan will be flown by the tour promoter to see the band in Buenos Aires later this month.

He says: "I really was happy to see him. Our promoter is flying him to Buenos Aires to see the show." Read more here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Streaming New Song 'Clap Like Ozzy'

(Metal Hammer) Suicidal Tendencies have made their track Clap Like Ozzy available to stream. It's the first song to be unveiled from the thrash heroes' upcoming 12th album World Gone Mad, which is released on September 30 and features former Slayer man Dave Lombardo on drums.

Suicidal Tendencies say: "The new Suicidal Tendencies CD World Gone Mad comes out September 30th, but pre-sales start today. Order it now and get the song Clap Like Ozzy as an instant download on iTunes and Amazon.

"Featuring the legendary Dave Lombardo on drums, it's truly Cyco and Brutal! It also will be available as a special blue colored vinyl double LP." Check out the song and read more here.

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Eric Clapton Streams Video From Upcoming Live With JJ Cale DVD

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton is streaming a performance of "Anyway The Wind Blows" from his forthcoming package, "Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale."

Due September 30, the set captures Clapton joined by longtime mentor J.J. Cale in concert at San Diego's iPayOne Center on March 15, 2007 as part of a tour in support of the pair's 2006 Grammy Award-winning album, "The Road To Escondido."

Cale sits in on five tracks, including three from "Escondido" and two made famous by Clapton: "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." Before performing with Cale, Clapton said: "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition: to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."

Clapton's touring band at the time included guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks, keyboardists Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Steve Jordan and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White. Watch the video here.

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Stewart Bell Explains Citizen Cain Break Up

(Prog) Citizen Cain mainman Stewart Bell has confirmed that the band have split indefinitely. Bell and former bandmate Cyrus have been busy working on their respective solo careers and Bell says they took the decision to put Citizen Cain to bed to avoid being repetitive.

The band revealed their split last week and Bell has given Prog a further, exclusive, insight into their decision. The Edinburgh-based band's last album was 2012's Skies Darken. Bell is in the process of finalising release details for his The Antechamber Of Being Part Two album, while Cyrus hopes his debut solo effort Black Moth The Honeybee will be issued in 2017.

Bell tells Prog: "Cyrus and myself are thoroughly enjoying working on our own projects so we can safely say - Citizen Cain is over. We've had two, three years to find our feet with our solo projects and can now say that we wont be going back.

"We've both found a new lease of life in our musical endeavours through doing our solo stuff. As I said, Citizen Cain was in danger of becoming repetitive and it was becoming a struggle to progress and move forward with the same old formula." Read more here.

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Meshuggah Reveal New Album Details, Release Teaser Video

(Metal Hammer) Meshuggah have revealed the title, tracklist and artwork for their upcoming eighth album. The Swedish extreme metal heroes will release The Violent Sleep Of Reason on October 7 via Nuclear Blast Records.

Meshuggah say the follow-up to 2012's Koloss is "inspired by a Goya painting called The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters."

The Violent Sleep Of Reason was produced by the band and engineered by Tue Madsen at Puk Studios in Kaerby, Denmark. Keerych Luminokaya produced the cover art, having worked with the band on previous releases Koloss and The Ophidian Trek.

The album can be pre-ordered now on coloured vinyl and a limited edition box set, as well as in a limited digipak CD, vinyl and special vinyl picture disc. A digital version can be pre-ordered via iTunes.

A 'reveal video' for The Violent Sleep Of Reason has also been released and can be viewed here.

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New Kansas Song 'With This Heart' Goes Online

(Prog) Kansas have streamed their track With This Heart - their first new material in 16 years. The song features on the band's upcoming album The Prelude Implicit, which will launch on September 23. It's their first studio outing since 2000's Somewhere To Elsewhere.

Phil Ehart tells Billboard: "The title of the album, The Prelude Implicit, means without a doubt this is a new musical beginning for the band. This is the prelude - this is the beginning of a new musical expanse for us. The thing that Richard Williams and I realised is: it's the music, the Kansas music. If the band Kansas stops, then the music stops."

The band are currently on tour across the US where along with playing tracks from the new album, they're also performing 1976 album Leftoverture in full to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Read more and check out the new song here.

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Lemmy-Inspired Basses To Be Unveiled At Bloodstock

(Metal Hammer) Bloodstock are set to unveil a pair of bespoke Lemmy bass guitars at next weekend's festival. Event boss Paul Raymond Gregory commissioned Cynosure Guitars to create two instruments as a tribute to the late Motorhead frontman - which took them six months to make.

They'll be displayed at the Rock And Metal Gallery at the Catton Park festival in the UK, which will also feature music-inspired art from other musicians.

Cynosure say: "Though stylistically very different from one another, both bass guitars represent the iconography and mise-en-scene of perhaps one of the most prodigious and pioneering rock and metal acts in musical history." Read more and check out pictures here.

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Peter Hook Announces Book About New Order

(Gibson) Peter Hook, the former New Order and Joy Division bassist who's recently toured their material as Peter Hook and the Light, has announced a new book. The 768-page, complete biography of New Order, titled Substance: Inside New Order, is out October 6 via Simon & Schuster UK.

Hook will cover the band's formation in the wake of Joy Division and Ian Curtis's suicide and offer a "no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band's entire history," according to the press release.

"We didn't really think about it afterwards," Hook writes of Curtis's death. "It just sort of happened. One day we were Joy Division, then our lead singer killed himself and the next time we got together, we were a new band..." Read more here.

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An Evening With Anathema Tour Dates Announced

(Prog) Anathema have scheduled a short run of tour dates for later this year. And the band are heading out on the road across the UK and the Netherlands to test our new material for the follow-up to 2014's Distant Satellites - their last studio release.

Vincent Cavanagh says: "There's something about the immediacy of playing something new before an audience who are hearing it for the first time. There's a sense of urgency and excitement to it.

"Also you know instantly whether or not something is working. Quite often in the past we have ended up changing previously recorded songs and arrangements after playing them live. We thought we'd try it the other way around for once."

Following the seven dates, they'll enter the studio and begin putting the pieces in place for what will be their 11th studio album. Check out the list of tour stops here.

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First Authorized Visual History Of Pantera Set For Release

(Metal Hammer) The first-ever authorized visual history of Pantera will hit shelves on September 13. A Vulgar Display Of Pantera will feature rare, never-before-seen images of the band "from their humble beginning to their grand finish" and will feature contributions and recollections from band members Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul Abbott.

It's also said to feature "vital moments of the band on the road, in the studio, at home, behind-the-scenes, and kicking ass on stage are all captured here in vulgar detail. Spanning two decades of metal decadence, this monograph is both a love song to Dimebag Darrell - one of rock's last great guitar heroes - as well as a testament to Pantera's enduring legacy."

Meanwhile, former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo's supergroup Scour have announced their live debut in February at Bergen's Blastfest in Norway next February. Read more here.

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Phil Anselmo Says Eyehategod Shows Are Not About Him

(Metal Hammer) Phil Anselmo says his upcoming stint as Eyehategod's guest vocalist is "not about me." It was announced last week that the former Down and former Pantera frontman would fill in for Mike Williams for two shows - at Southport Music Hall in New Orleans on August 19 and at the seventh annual Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia, on August 20.

Williams is taking time out to deal with an unspecified health issue and said he gave his full blessing for Anselmo to replace him temporarily. And Anselmo is keen to move the focus away from himself and on to Williams' recovery.

Anselmo says: "These gigs are not about me, it is about keeping the obligations of Eyehategod so, as a band and force, they are able to stay true to their commitments to these two gigs.

"My admiration of Mike and all his works, especially Eyehategod, knows zero boundaries, hence, me doing these gigs. In light of Michael D Williams' health issues, which he needs to address more importantly than any other point in his life, and should be respected by anyone with a heart, I will do my best to fill in for him. Those are mighty big shoes to fill, but I shall do my best, once again.

"I do believe I speak on behalf of the concerned parties when I state that we all need Mike to heal, recover, and get better as soon as possible." Read more here.

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Limited-Edition Photobook For The Cure Coming This Fall

(Classic Rock) A photobook covering 23 years of The Cure is now available for preorder via PledgeMusic. The limited-edition publication spans 240-pages and will be printed in both deluxe and super deluxe editions, and is scheduled for a November 16 launch.

In Between Days: The Cure In Photographs 1982-2005 features shots from Tom Sheehan who has worked with Robert Smith and co across three decades and will contain classic images along with a selection of never seen before photographs. It's to be published in conjunction with The Flood Gallery.

Sheehan says: "The Cure are one of the greatest UK bands of the last 40 years and I'm proud to have photographed them so many times. Because Robert has a strong visual sense of exactly what he wants he understands the process. Not only does that make them an easy band to shoot, it makes them an exciting band to shoot. It's been a joy to work with them and be a part of their journey." Read more here.

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