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Day in Rock Report for 08/25/2016


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Eddie Vedder Ejects Fan From Pearl Jam Concert

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder ejected a fan during the band's second show at Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL on August 22 and video of the incident has surfaced.

The group were performing "Lukin" late in the main set when Vedder noticed something going on in the crowd near the stage and he abruptly shut down the song.

"Hey! Hey mister! Hey, hey, get your finger out of that woman's face motherf…" he said. "Hey mister, all the the fingers are pointing at you. Yep. Come on. Clear out, mister."

As the alleged offender was escorted out by security, the singer made sure the female fan who may have been harassed was alright. "Ma'am, you're OK? Yeah? You're good? Alright, good," said Vedder. "That's a good man, taking care of your woman, and then she was taking care of herself, too, pretty good."

Vedder then counted the tune back in and, without missing a beat, Pearl Jam performed the final 15 seconds of the 1:02 track from their 1996 album "No Code."

Ironically, the next song in the show was the 2013 single, "Mind Your Manners." Watch video of the incident here.

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Metallica Avoiding Online Negativity Over New Music

(Metal Hammer) Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett refuses to let himself read online comments about latest track Hardwired, in case they make him feel as if he shouldn't have bothered recording it.

He'd rather preserve the "great buzz" he has about the song, which will appear on 10th album Hardwired… To Self Destruct when it arrives on November 18.

The band debuted Hardwired on stage in Minneapolis at the weekend, just five days after they'd first played it together. Hammett tells 93X: "I feel the excitement, the energy in the air. We're all kind of picking up on it. I'm getting a tremendous amount of texts from friends, saying, 'Great song! Wonderful song!

"But as soon as I go onto my computer I think to myself, 'Should I read what other people are saying? Should I read some comments?' I instantly say to myself, 'Don't go there.' Because I'll get angry, then frustrated, then confused - and then want to write it all off as just f---ing useless bull---. 'Why did I even waste my time?'" Read more here.

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Bruce Dickinson Backed Aircraft Crashes During Second Flight

(Classic Rock) An aircraft part funded by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has crashed on its second flight. The Airlander 10 was damaged when it took a nosedive during a flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, UK.

Billed as the world's longest aircraft, the £25 million aircraft sustained damage to its cockpit in the crash that occurred at around 11am GMT on Wednesday.

Aircraft enthusiast Dickinson announced last year that he was investing £250,000 in the manufacture of the Airlander 10 - which is described as part plane, part airship. It measures in at 302-feet long and can stay airborne for five days.

HAV, the craft's developer, tells the BBC all the crew are "safe and well". A spokesman adds: "The flight went really well and the only issue was when it landed." Read more here.

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Nickelback Stream Cover Of Don Henley Classic

(TeamRock) Nickelback have streamed their cover of Eagles man Don Henley's 1982 track Dirty Laundry. They recently recorded it during sessions for their ninth album, which is expected early next year.

Chad Kroeger and co say of the song: "Sometimes you play a song in the studio just for fun. And sometimes it's so fun you have to record and share it with everyone!"

Nickelback are engaged in legal action against insurance giant Lloyds, who are refusing to cover the $13m costs associated with cancelling a run of dates last year as a result of Kroeger's vocal cord issues. Lloyds claim that he knew about the problem before the tour was arranged, but the band say that's not true and the firm are simply trying to avoid paying out. Check out the stream here.

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Slipknot Considered Breaking Up Says Corey Taylor

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has recalled how the band almost split after their first album as a "f*** you" to the music industry. Their self-titled debut was released in 1999 and the backlash that surrounded it nearly led the band to call it quits before they eventually made 2001's follow-up Iowa.

Taylor tells Alternative Press: "That was one of those ideas that I was so in love with because it was such a 'f*** you' to the industry. Just to pull a total Sex Pistols and make one monstrously f***ing destructive album then just be like, 'No, that's all you f***ing get, f*** you.'

"I just remember the excitement on all of our faces and in all of our hearts. I even told some friends 'Yeah dude, we're gonna break up,' and they were like 'What the hell are you talking about?' They just thought we were f***ing crazy." Read more here.

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Lemmy Statue Unveiled At Rainbow Bar And Grill

(Classic Rock) Artist Travis Moore has unveiled his statue to late Motorhead icon Lemmy at Hollywood's Rainbow Bar And Grill - the singer and bassist's favorite haunt.

The life-size bronze sculpture was commissioned after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy's death in December.

Motorhead's long-time manager Todd Singerman and Lemmy's girlfriend Cheryl Keuleman attended the unveiling along with a number of rock and metal fans, who crammed into the venue on the Sunset Strip to see the 6ft statue for the first time.

Singerman tells the Press Association: "I look at him no differently than Johnny Cash, the Beatles and so on. He was real. He didn't bullsh*t. The way he went on stage was the way he was at home. Go find that today."

Speaking of the decision to locate the sculpture at the venue, Keuleman says: "The Rainbow was Lemmy's home." Read more and see a photo of the statue here.

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Of Mice & Men Release Fan Assisted 'Real' Video

(Metal Hammer) Of Mice & Men have released a video for their track Real. The song comes from their forthcoming fourth album Cold War, which is released on September 9.

The video features members of Of Mice & Men's Ampersand fan club after the band asked them to to answer the question 'What makes you feel real?' Fans were asked to write their answer on white paper and film themselves, before sending the footage for consideration. Seven of the fans were also chosen to take part in the video shoot.

On the Real video, frontman Austin Carlile tells Rolling Stone: "We shot it in Portland, Oregon, during a day off from tour. We asked fans to submit footage holding up poster boards that explain what makes them feel real. The images that pop up mention everything from music to foster care activism to the Marfan's Community to St Jude's hospital.

"And some people wrote stuff like, 'reading,' 'my friends,' 'family.' We even had some fans in the studio while we were recording, just to include them more in the process." Watch the video here.

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Frankie Miller Lost Duets Album Includes Rod Stewart, Elton, Kid Rock

(Classic Rock) A lost duets album of Frankie Miller songs featuring Rod Stewart, Elton John, Kid Rock and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is to be released. Double Take, which also features country singer Willie Nelson, singers Huey Lewis and Bonnie Tyler and Status Quo's Francis Rossi, will be issued on September 30, 22 years after the singer-songwriter suffered a brain haemorrhage which cut his career short.

A batch of the singer-songwriter's lost demos have been reworked for the release after they were given to manager David Mackay by his wife, Annette.

The album is bundled with documentary DVD Frankie Miller: Sending Me Angels. Walsh tells the Daily Record: "I knew he was a brilliant singer, but I didn't realize how good a songwriter he was until I heard this massive collection of demos that he did.

"He pretty much wrote a song every day. I can't comprehend - it takes me a year to write a good song, you know, and he'd just crank 'em out without even trying." Read more here.

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Dee Snider Predicts Metal Fans Will Hate His New Album

(Classic Rock) Dee Snider says most of the metal fans who follow Twisted Sister will "hate" his upcoming solo album, We Are The Ones. The singer has launched a Pledge campaign to fund the record, which is due out on October 28 and available for pre-order via Amazon.

Snider tells Billboard: "We created an album that is part Foo Fighters, part Imagine Dragons, part 30 Seconds To Mars. Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it - I've abandoned my past to move forward."

Though his sound is moving in a different direction, Snider says the legacy of Twisted Sister classic We're Not Gonna Take It will live on in the album's title track, We Are The Ones, which was the first song producer Damon Ranger presented to him.

Snider says: "Thematically, Damon says it's the message of Dee Snider fighting back and rebellion. it's believing in yourself. The We're Not Gonna Take It message is eternal and that should continue on." Read more here.

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Toots Thielemans Dead At 94

(The Blues) Toots Thielemans has died aged 94. The multi-instrumentalist, who was widely known for his mastery of the harmonica, reportedly died in his sleep. He'd been hospitalised last month after a fall.

His manager Veerle Van De Poel tells the Los Angeles Times: "There were no complications. He died of old age, his body was simply worn out." Thielemans was an in-demand session player and a successful recording artist in his own right, having released a string of solo records over 50 years - including 1962 hit album Bluesette. He once described his sentimental, melodic musical style as "between a smile and a tear," his unusual blend of guitar and whistling becoming his trademark sound.

Though he rose to prominence in the jazz scene, Thielemans featured on a number of pop songs, such as Billy Joel's Leave A Tender Moment Alone and Julian Lennon's Too Late For Goodbyes, as well as R&B works including Quincy Jones' 1981 album The Dude and Paul Simon's 1975 record Still Crazy After All These Years. Read more here.

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King 810 Release 'Alpha & Omega' Video

(Metal Hammer) King 810 have released a video for their track Alpha & Omega. The song features on the band's upcoming album La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God, which was produced by the band along with Josh Schroeder and Justyn Pilbrow.

The launch of Alpha & Omega follows the band's videos for I Ain't Goin' Back Again and The Last Supper. The follow-up to 2014's Memoirs Of A Murderer is described as an "inspired, holistic body of work that marks a profound evolutionary leap for the restless, driven souls of King 810.

"The title itself is a reference to the duel themes of the records - the real life violence and despair of Flint that fuels frontman David Gunn's narrative and secondly, the steady desensitisation and terminal closing down of the human spirit experienced when confronted with those real life conditions.

"Entwined around that conceptual core is an omnipresent haze of dark sexuality and desperation that provides La Petite Mort Or A Conversation With God with some of its most unnerving moments." Watch the video here.

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Jon Anderson Reveals His Last Message To Chris Squire

(Prog) Former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson has revealed the last message he sent to Chris Squire before the bassist's death last year. And he's reflected on the impression his late colleague's approach to music continues to make on his own work.

Squire passed away in June 2015, a month after announcing that he'd been diagnosed with cancer. He was 67. Anderson - who split with Yes in 2008 - tells Newsweek: "I emailed him, but he couldn't speak at that time. I said, 'I want to thank you for your life, your music. Without you I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing, and I'm so blessed to have had you in my life.'"

He continues: "As a musical partner he was so opposite to me. We were the yin and yang of the band. Like we would joke, I was Obi-Wan Kenobi and he was Darth Vader.

"The beauty of it was, I would be singing ideas and his bass would reflect my song, my lyric, my everything." Read more here.

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Anthrax's Joey Belladonna Returns To The Recording Studio

(Metal Hammer) Anthrax producer Jay Ruston has revealed the band's frontman Joey Belladonna is in the studio working on an unnamed project. Ruston has posted a picture of himself and the singer on social media, alongside the captions "Vocal time @Anthrax" and "Hmmmm, what could they be recording?"

It is not clear whether Anthrax are working on new music so soon after the release of their latest album. Anthrax released their 11th album For All Kings in February of this year. And in a recent interview with The National Student at this month's Bloodstock festival, Belladonna revealed he was recording "a couple of songs" once he got back to the US.

He said: "I'm going to record something when I get back - a couple of songs - but that's right in the middle of it. If something needs to be done, I've got to get in to do it. I hate to be rushed. I wish I could have done it two months ago but now there's a window." Read more here.

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Children Of Bodom Announce North American Tour

(Metal Hammer) Children Of Bodom have announced a North American tour which will take place this winter. The Finnish band will hit the road with Abbath, Exmortus and Oni in November and December, with the dates set up following Alexi Laiho and co's 2015 album I Worship Chaos.

Former Immortal frontman Abbath will also be promoting his self-titled 2016 debut record on the trek. The album has courted controversy, as his former bandmates accused him of stealing songs they had written for the follow-up to 2014's All Shall Fall.

Laiho tells Blabbermouth: "We're happy to have finally put something cool together for our upcoming US headline tour with Oni, Exmortus and the one and only Abbath - so I'd say this tour is more than worth checking out. We hope to see you there." See the dates here.

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Status Quo Announce New Acoustic Album 'Aquostic II'

(Classic Rock) Status Quo have revealed that they'll launch their second acoustic album later this year. The follow-up to 2014's Aquostic (Stripped Bare) will be titled Aquostic II - That's A Fact! and will be released on October 21 via Universal Music On Demand.

Aquostic II - That's A Fact! will be issued on CD, limited edition double vinyl and deluxe 25 track edition 2CD. The standard CD release features 12 reimagined Quo tracks along with new tracks One For The Road and One Of Everything.

The deluxe edition comes with a second disc which features six tracks recorded at the band's Stuttgart Aquostic show 2014 and another new track, Is Someone Rocking Your Heart?

The band have made the artwork and tracklist available to view. See them here.

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Enter Shikari Announce 'Live At Alexandra Palace' Album

(Metal Hammer) Enter Shikari are to launch an album titled Live At Alexandra Palace on November 4. It will be the sixth installment of the UK outfit's Bootleg Series - showcasing their sold-out performance in February at the London venue.

The band originally planned to release the entire show as a live video package using crowd-shot footage and film captured from giant screens. But they didn't have enough quality footage and instead opted to put out Redshift as a standalone visual document of the night.

Frontman Rou Reynolds said of the video: "After such a spectacle, we decided to cobble together and edit the footage from the jumbotrons on the night.

"Unfortunately a lot of the crowd footage was warped and unusable, but we were only able to put together one great track rather than a whole show, but we hope this'll give you an idea of the energy on the night.

"Being such a DIY tour - programming the video screen content and 4.1 surround sound mix ourselves, for example - it seems only right and proper that we apply that approach to the documentation of the show too. Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat, and all that." The video can be watched here.

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You Me At Six Stream Title Song For 'Night People' Album

(TeamRock) You Me At Six have revealed they'll launch their fifth album Night People on January 13. To mark the announcement, the UK outfit have released a stream of the title track and given details of a 14-date UK and Ireland tour.

The band have been working on the follow-up to 2014's Cavalier Youth since last summer, with guitarist Max Helyer saying in 2015: "We've got ideas but we're very different people now and I think it's going to show the next progression of our band. We've done 10 years, but what's going to be the next 10 years for You Me At Six and what are we going to bring?"

He added: "I think we want to achieve higher levels and hopefully get another number one album." The artwork and tracklist for Night People and their tour dates can be seen here.

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Sabaton Announce Thobbe Englund's Replacement

(Metal Hammer) Sabaton have bid farewell to outgoing guitarist Thobbe Englund and officially welcomed his replacement Tommy Johansson. Englund played his last show with the band at their Sabaton Open Air festival in Sweden at the weekend. Earlier this month it was revealed Englund was leaving due to the band's hectic touring schedule.

Now Sabaton have announced former Golden Resurrection and ReinXeed man Johansson as his replacement. Sabaton say: "Thank you Thobbe, welcome Tommy.

"Our guitar player Thobbe did his final concert with us on last Saturday's very emotional show at the Sabaton Open Air festival. Celebrating the release of our new album while saying goodbye to a great friend is lots of mixed feelings. But the future is bright since this was not nearly our last stand. From now on, you will see Tommy Johansson playing guitars with Sabaton and we all look forward to see you on the road." Read more here.

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Initial Moody Blues Cruise Lineup Announced

(Prog) The Moody Blues, Alan Parsons, Dave Mason, Jefferson Starship and many more acts are set to perform at the Moody Blues Cruise festival in January 2018.

The event's fourth edition, dubbed Sur La Mer, will also host The Orchestra, Little River Band, Ambrosia, Richie Furay, Strawbs, Caravan, Lighthouse, Ides Of March, Shawn Phillips, Mike Dawes, Randy Hansen, Mellow Yellow and special guests Young Dubliners over the five nights on the Celebrity Cruise's Celebrity Eclipse vessel, which sails from Miami on January 2. More artists are still to be announced.

Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward says: "It's such a great opportunity to have all the fans together. I think the cruises are probably more about the people who love the Moody's music getting together - I think we're kind of incidental to it. I'm looking forward to it - it's always fun. And it's good to be with other artists." Read more here.

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Helping Launch Music Therapy Center

(hennemusic) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has been announced as the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation. The foundation's first project is to open a Nordoff Robbins music therapy center in Newcastle - the first of its kind outside of London.

"I am very proud and privileged to be the first patron of the Graham Wylie Foundation," says Johnson. "I strongly believe in the power of music to help children and adults through the tough times of ill health.

"The Brian Johnson Music Therapy Room in Sarasota, Florida, is flourishing and the results are wonderful, but now to be asked to be involved in something from my hometown makes me very proud." Read more here.

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Lower Than Atlantis Announce Their 'Biggest UK Tour Ever'

(TeamRock) Lower Than Atlantis have announced their "biggest UK tour ever" next March. The UK outfit have planned the dates in support of the follow-up to their eponymous 2014 album, which is expected in 2017.

They're also offering fans the chance to buy pre-sale tickets on August 30 by pre-ordering a "signed and personalised" copy of the record by August 26 at midnight through their website.

The band say: "We are so excited to bring you our biggest ever UK tour in support of our new album, out next year. If you want to be guaranteed a ticket, simply pre-order our new album before Friday at midnight and you will get a 24-hour exclusive window to get the first tickets on August 30.

"We promise you this will be our biggest, boldest and most ambitious tour we've ever done. Come and be a part of something very special." See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Dreams Of Vertigo's An (Un)Easy Goodbye

Dreams of Vertigo's Doug Ferguson tells us about the "An (Un)Easy Goodbye" from their forthcoming EP "Reject University Part 2: From Six 2 Midnight". Here is the story:

Hate, anger, depression, and thoughts of suicide. All emotions that unfortunately plague millions of Americans. It was spring 2015 when singer Doug was heading to the small city of Temecula to visit his parents. As he was approaching the on ramp, he noticed a bunch of police cars making rapid U-Turns. As he got onto the freeway he noticed something. A man, in his 20s, hanging on the sign on the freeway over pass. Doug passed slowly and looked on. The man was at his lowest point in his life. sitting on the sign, ready to jump at any minute. Ready to end his life in the blink of an eye. Doug started to think... what was it that made this man so sad? What made him want to end his life? He got to his parents house, and jotted down some lyrics, thinking out loud to himself what this mans back story was. How he got there, etc... He then thought about all his friends who had battled depression. Some of them not making it.

"An (Un)Easy Goodbye" is that story. The life of a man, at the end of his life. Reflecting on his past mistakes, and what his life really meant. "An (Un)Easy Goodbye" can be found on the new EP from Dreams of Vertigo entitled "Reject University Part 2: From Six 2 Midnight" out on October 14th.

The recording process was quite fun with this song. We knew this song was going to be different from anything we had ever recorded, which was why we wanted to do it. We wanted big guitars, and huge vocals. Gonz came up with the bass riff a long time ago for another band he was in years ago. He said, it just wasn't the right fit for any other band he was in. It was definitely one of those songs where each member pushed each other to the limit. I think it's the most experimental song we have ever done. We hope that it speaks to people. We hope that we can connect with someone who may have problems with a similar issue. We hope that this song can reach people and make an impact on their life.

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

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