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Day in Rock Report for 08/11/2016


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Metallica To Live Stream Stadium Concert Online

Metallica announced that fans will be able to live stream the band's performance at the opening of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis next Saturday, August 20th.

The metal legends revealed the news via their official website that the entire special event is set to be streamed lived via Pandora beginning at 9:00 PM CST here. Fans that live in countries where the streaming service is not available will be able to check out the show via LiveMetallica.com.

They also celebrated the news by curating their own play list for the streaming service, saying they "thought it would be fitting to give you a taste of what we've been listening to lately and have curated an exclusive mixtape featuring songs handpicked by all the members of the band." Check it out here.

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Disturbed Fan Charged For Biting Medic At Concert

(Metal Hammer) A Disturbed fan has been charged after biting an emergency worker at the band's recent show in New Jersey. Elizabeth Chirichiello, 36, has been charged with assault following the incident at the PNC Bank Arts Arena in Holmdel.

A medic was trying to give her aid, Holmdel Patch reports, when she bit the uniformed EMT worker. New Jersey State Police say Chirichiello was also charged with kicking state troopers as they were trying to subdue and arrest her, considered a fourth-degree crime in the state.

Disturbed are on the road in support of their sixth album Immortalized, which was released last year. Frontman David Draiman recently recalled feeling "out of place" at his audition with the group 20 years ago. Read more here.

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Black Sabbath Icon Tony Iommi's Cancer In Remission

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed that his cancer is in remission. Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and recently said he lives with the fear that it could come back at any time. But after returning home to the UK following the European leg of Sabbath's The End tour, Iommi went for a check-up and says he was given the good news.

Speaking at an event to unveil a plaque at Solihull's Spire Parkway Hospital's Specialist Care Centre, Iommi tells the Birmingham Mail: "I am in remission and hopefully, this situation will continue.

"I came back to hospital straight after we finished a round of European tour dates, and the good news is that everything is all right up to this point. The chemotherapy and the follow-up treatment appear to have done the trick - but I'm aware that it could come back one day.

"I have a blood test every six weeks at my GP's, and I come in here at regular intervals for check-ups. That's something that I'll have to live with for the rest of my life, looking for any warning signs that it might be rearing its ugly head again." Read more here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses San Francisco Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses began the final series of six west coast dates on their summer reunion tour on August 9 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA and video from the show has been posted online.

The reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan delivered their standard 24-song set with an emphasis on 1987's "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

Guns N' Roses will next perform at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA on August 12 with the summer dates set to wrap up at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22. Check out the videos here.

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Homer Simpson Plays Meshuggah In New Mashup Video

(Metal Hammer) Homer Simpson annoys his family by blasting out a Meshuggah song as he learns to play the bass in a new mashup created by a fan. YouTube user Zakk163 has synced Meshuggah's track Obzen into a clip from a recent Simpsons episode in which hapless dad Homer decides to take up a musical instrument, and picks the bass guitar due to his "muscular" stumpy fingers.

Homer's bass playing odyssey features in Covercraft, the eighth episode of the 26th season of the hit TV show. Homer ends up forming a band with Kirk Van Houten, Reverend Lovejoy, Dr Hibbert and Apu - who he was once a bandmate of in The Be Sharps.

Meshuggah this month revealed the details for their upcoming eighth album The Violent Sleep Of Reason. It's due for release on October 7 via Nuclear Blast. Watch the mash up here.

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Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Loses Second Member In A Week

(Classic Rock) Bobby Blotzer's Ratt bassist Robbie Crane has announced he's leaving the band. His departure follows guitarist Nicholas 'Blaze' Baum, whose exit was announced yesterday in a Facebook post written by Blotzer which appears to have been removed.

Crane hints that "events of the past few weeks" were partially to blame for his resignation - though he doesn't go into further detail. He says: "As of today, I have resigned my position as the bass player of Bobby Blotzer's band Ratt. While the events of the past few weeks did play a small role in my decision, I feel like it's time for me move on and focus on the positive things in my life.

"I wish Bobby the best in the future, and thank Warren, Stephen, Robin, and Juan for writing the great songs that afforded me the opportunity to live the dream. Thank you for understanding and supporting me in my decision."

Though Blotzer heaped praise on his current bandmates for their talent and integrity in keeping the Ratt legacy alive, he hinted there had been some issues within the band. Read more here.

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Fan May Sue Over Lack Of Jared Leto Joker Scenes in Suicide Squad

(TeamRock) A Suicide Squad fan is threatening to sue Warner Bros and DC Comics over the limited screen time given to Jared Leto's Joker. The Thirty Seconds To Mars frontman previously admitted there are enough deleted Joker scenes to make a full movie - but Reddit user BlackPanther2016 is legal action against the studio, insisting that teasing Joker scenes in trailers which weren't included in the final film amounts to "unjust false advertising."

The movie goer says the cinema denied a request for a refund after claiming they drove 300 miles from Scotland to London and spent 160 on fuel to watch "specific scenes explicitly advertised in TV ads" which never featured. BlackPanther2016 willl file the lawsuit tomorrow (August 11) with help from a "lawyer" brother.

The fan says: "Suicide Squad trailers showcased several specific Joker scenes that I had to pay for the whole movie just so that I can go watch those specific scenes that Warner Bros/DC Comics had advertised in their trailers.

"These scenes are: when Joker banged his head on his car window, when Joker says 'Let me show you my toys', when Joker punches the roof of his car, when Joker drops a bomb with his face all messed up and says, 'Bye bye!' None of these scenes were in the movie.

"I wasted a lot of money paying and travelling to go watch this movie because of these specific scenes they had advertised to me and all of us saying. If you advertise something, give me what you have advertised. Period." Read more here.

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Frank DiMino Plotting Reunion With Angel For Farewell Concerts

(Classic Rock) Frank DiMino has confirmed that plans are afoot to reunite his former group Angel for a handful of farewell concerts. The singer, whose new single and video Never Again both feature Angel band-mate and guitarist Punky Meadows, broke the news on July 31 via his Facebook page with the declaration: "Special Announcement Coming Soon. Hint: It's 'Angel related'."

"All of this this so secretive, even I don't know what it is," Frank guffaws nervously when talking to Classic Rock from his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, so we inform the singer that a couple of months ago Punky had told us: "We couldn't go on tour and be Angel again, that's in the past. But doing two final shows to cap it all off, that's something I'd never say never about."

"I'm in full agreement with that," DiMino affirms. "We're not taking Angel back on the road again; it would be quite an undertaking to do just one, two three shows with the full stage show. So should that happen then it'll be in one place. That would be in America, but if it was financially viable we'd also like to play in Europe as we missed out you guys first time around - maybe at a festival. We haven't debated the logistics of it all but everyone is interested and [plans are] in the works." Read more here.

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Bob Mould Expands North American Tour

Bob Mould will be staying on the road longer than previously expected with the addition of five new stops to the upcoming fall tour of North America in support of the recently released album "Patch The Sky."

The new dates include shows in Dallas, two Georgia stops in Athens and Atlanta, a concert at the Mercury Lounge in Nashville and the final stop in Carrboro, NC at Cat's Cradle on November 14th.

The tour is scheduled to get underway on September 9th in Omaha, NE at Slowdown and will now conclude with show in Carrboro. The trek also includes appearances at Riot Fest Chicago and the KCRW World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. See the tour dates here.

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Stevie Nicks In The Studio For 'Bella Donna' 35th Anniversary

(ITS) The latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Stevie Nicks' solo debut 'Bella Donna'. The show sent over these details:

Summer 1981 Stevie Nicks launched a major new chapter in her long-storied career with her first solo album Bella Donna, spawning three Top 15 hits including the Tom Petty-penned duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", the Don Henley duet "Leather and Lace" and the ageless "Edge of Seventeen". Bella Donna quickly shot to # 1 in America and Australia, # 2 in Canada, and # 11 in the UK, resulting in sales in excess of six million copies.

Long before she became a star as a solo performer; before she and her musical performer (then lover) Lindsey Buckingham helped to transform the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac into one of the top-selling groups of all time; even before her professional recording debut in 1973 on the album Buckingham Nicks, Stephanie Lynn Nicks was living a real-life version of the Glass Menagerie. Stevie Nicks shares her thoughts with In The Studio host Redbeard.

"I remember exactly what it was like to be 20. I mean, I was a cleaning lady, I was a waitress. I had problems... Every time I do a solo record I get more...convinced that the more honest I am with everybody, with what happens in my life and what has happened and what has gone on and how I've managed to get to this point and still have my sanity... the better." Stream the episode here.

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Volbeat's New Bassist Left For Tour 12 Hours After Son's Birth

(TeamRock) Volbeat bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen has revealed how he left his wife and one-day old son behind to take the job with the Danish rock outfit. Larsen was brought in to replace Anders Kjolholm and was confirmed as a full-time member in May of this year. And while the opportunity was one he couldn't turn down, it meant he had to miss out on some important family time.

Speaking at Heavy Montreal, Larsen says: "On 11 April we had a son and 12 hours later I was flying for the US tour. Having a small kid back home is kind of hard. But my wife is really into it as well, she is supporting me all the way.

"I miss them. This was the beginning of a real long tour, like six or seven weeks. And I haven't been away from my wife for that much in 11 years." Read more here.

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Devin Townsend Project and Between The Buried & Me Tour

The Devin Townsend Project announced that they are teaming up with Between The Buried & Me for a North American coheadlining tour that will feature support from Fallujah.

Ahead of the coheadlining run, The Devin Townsend Project will play a series of Canadian dates (and one U.S.) beginning in Kelowna, BC on September 2nd and concluding on the 7th in Minneapolis.

The coheadlining trek is set to kick off on September 9th in Nashville at the Marathon Music Works and will wrap up on October 15th in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theatre.

Townsend will be launching the tour in support of the new album "Transcendence," which is set to be released on September 9th. Devin had this to say about the effort:

"Transcendence, like every record I've done prior, is an extension of what's been going on in my world, represented in a new batch of songs. I'm 44 years old now, and this is where I have been over the past two years since Z2." See the tour dates here.

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Trees Of Eternity Stream First New Song Since Aleah's death

Trees Of Eternity have revealed a new track called "Broken Mirror", which is their first new song since the tragic death of vocalist Aleah Stanbridge, who died from cancer back in April.

The song comes from the forthcoming album, "Hour Of The Nightingale", which is set to be released on November 11th and also features Fredrik Norrman and Mattias Norrman (ex-Katatonia/October Tide) and Kai Hahto (Wintersun, Swallow the Sun). Check out the lyric video for the new track here.

Juha Raivio had the following to say about the new track, "Today is the day we can start to celebrate the music, lyrics and life of our beautiful Queen who so tragically and suddenly crossed the bridge of stars and left this world so young and so soon... So with tears in my eyes but my heart pounding with a proud, victorious beat I can finally tell you that our long awaited album 'Hour of the Nightingale' will be released worldwide on November 11th through Svart Records and pre-orders start August 29th.

"Here is the first single from the album, 'Broken Mirror', with a beautiful and very touching lyric video Vesa Ranta made for the song. There really are no words to describe the ultimate weight of the darkness, or the rays of the brightest of light that this album holds within its songs and lyrics. In so many ways this album turned out to be the most important album I've done in my life, and we both loved it from the first note to the last as we wrote it." Read more here.

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Coheed And Cambria Announce 'Color Before The Sun' Deluxe Edition

(Prog) Coheed And Cambria have announced they'll release a deluxe edition of their 2015 album The Color Before The Sun. Titled The Color Before The Sun (Deconstructed), it'll feature 30-tracks, including the album along with demos and other extras. It's out on August 19 and available for pre-order from the band's website.

Coheed say: "It features the original album's 10 songs, both in the studio and in their early acoustic demo form, as well as two bonus acoustic demos that were never recorded in the studio.

"The demos, called 'Big Beige/4th St,' were named after Claudio Sanchez's home 'The Big Beige' in upstate New York and his old apartment in Brooklyn's 4th Street, since he wrote and tracked them in each residence.

"These acoustic demo tracks were previously only made available to core fans who purchased the band's limited edition deluxe box set, which featured a 76-page physical book."

The album will also feature seven bootleg tracks which were pulled straight from the soundboard from dates on Coheed's recent US tour. Read more and see the track details and cover art here.

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Lamb Of God's Mark Morton Opens Up About Embers Tragedy

(Metal Hammer) Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton has opened up on the real-life tragedy that inspired the lyrics behind the band's track Embers. He first wrote the song Walk With Me In Hell in 2006 to his then future wife, but says he had no idea that art would sadly imitate life just three years later when the couple were forced to endure the loss of their baby daughter Madalyn Grace Morton - a life-changing event that would eventually lead to the creation of Embers.

In an open essay to Noisey, Morton says: "Not too long ago, I sat playing guitar on a barstool in my kitchen and within about 15 minutes came up with the outline of the music that would become the song Embers.

"Knowing intuitively that this would be a special piece, I once again began scribbling lyrics to my wife. I described our shared pain and made references to places and events that only she would understand and recognise. I promised her that there was 'still light to find our way.' I hoped I was right."

Morton adds that only six weeks after Madalyn's death, he had to take the stage at New York's Madison Square Garden - something he says he clearly wasn't in a right frame of mind to do. Read more here.

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Apocalypse Blues Revue Stream New Song 'Devil Plays A Strat'

(The Blues) Apocalypse Blues Revue have made their track Devil Plays A Strat available to stream exclusively with TeamRock. The song features on the band's self-titled debut album which is set for release on August 26 via Provouge/Mascot label Group.

The lineup is centred around Godsmack men Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola, who are joined in the lineup by vocalist Ray 'Rafer John' Cerbone and bassist Brian Carpenter.

Speaking about the band, Larkin says: "As far as blues goes, The Apocalypse Blues Revue is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics. We wanted to make something deep that will provoke thought - it had to be evil though, we're not trying to make it happy. It's called blues for a reason.

"It was also an opportunity to show the world what a phenomenal guitar player Tony is. I didn't even know he was into blues or could play the way he does. My reaction was immediate. We had to officially start a blues band." Check out the song here.

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Suicide Silence Announce European Tour

(Metal Hammer) Suicide Silence have announced a winter European tour. The band will hit the road with support from Caliban, with the dates following their current Straight Outta Hell worldwide tour with Despised Icon, Carnifex and Oceano.

Part of the tour sees Suicide Silence return to the UK for six shows - and frontman Eddie Hermida is looking forward to coming back to the country to play live again.

He says: "Hold on to your butts because we will be headbanging our way through your town. Bring your 'A' game because we will be bringing ours. The last time we were around, you guys brought it hard as f***. Now it's time to set the bar higher. Bring the fire." See the dates and read more here.

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Singled Out: Shallow Side's Rebel

Eric Boatright from Shallow Side tells us about the song "Rebel", the first single from their forthcoming debut album "One", which is set to be released on September 30th. Here is the story:

Growing up I never really fit in. It's easy to see that if you take my personality and shove it into a small town in north Alabama. Have you seen Footloose? I'm Kevin Bacon and by God my small town wasn't ready to dance when I showed up!

Where I'm from you get two choices. You finish high school and go to work at the local factory, or you go to the community college where you learn your trade for that same factory. Either way you're having children at a young age and repeating the small town spiral.

This didn't settle well with me. In fact it terrifies me to this date. No dreams? No goals? No ambitions? You don't want more than this?

These questions made me an outcast, and finding answers only solidified resentment from the same people telling me how to live. Ask me then what I wanted and I honestly couldn't tell you, but I knew I had dreams. I knew there was a goal I haven't seen yet. I oozed ambition and more was all I ever wanted.

After pushing harder and playing the lone wolf I discovered music and the people in it. They too shared the same visions as I did. This ultimately was the backbone of the song Rebel. I never wanted to be regular, it didn't feel right. I never shot for mediocre, I always fought for more. After finding RockNRoll I learned there were a lot more of my type of people.

I guess you could say...We're all Rebels.

Question everything was my motto. Do as you please was my creed.

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

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