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Day in Rock Report for 02/02/2016



Def Leppard Postpone Tour For Medical Reasons

Def Leppard announced on Monday that they have been forced to postpone the remaining dates for their winter tour of the U.S. in support of their recently released self-titled album.

The band had previously canceled the kick off dates for the trek last week due to frontman Joe Elliott falling ill. He was previously sidelined on the band's Hysteria On The High Seas due to severe laryngitis.

Now the band revealed that they have been forced to postpone all of the dates from tonight's show in San Antonio until February 17th in Allentown, PA "due to illness."

Drummer Rick Allen told fans via his Twitter account on Sunday, "The Doctor basically said that if Joe continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage." See the postponed dates here.

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Megadeth Score Highest Chart Debut Since 'Countdown To Extinction'

(hennemusic) Megadeth have scored a top US debut with their latest album, "Dystopia." Billboard reports the band's 15th studio release enters the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

"Dystopia" is the group's highest US charting album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" debuted and peaked at No. 2 upon its release. The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" features new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God following the fall 2014 departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover. Read more and watch the video for the title track here.

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Guns N' Roses Has Nothing To Do With Reported Video Shoot

As suspected, we received word that the video shoot being cast has nothing to do with the legendary hard rock band Guns N' Roses but is for a hip-hop group making a video for a track possibly called Guns N Roses.

The news of the video shoot spread over the weekend after a UK casting agency put out a notice looking for two "kidnapping bad ass chicks" (ages 18 to 26) to appear in a video.

The notice was clearly labeled in a tweet to the casting information "PAID JOB: GUNS N ROSES, LONDON #actor #actingjob #musicvideo" but the description went on to say "This is a narrative film for hip hop group."

The identity of the group was not disclosed but the headline of the notice was made to appear that it was for Guns N' Roses. antiMusic was informed by the band's camp that they have nothing to do with video shoot and it appears that it is for a video by this unknown hip-hop group for a song called "Guns N Roses", totally unrelated to the famed band that recently announced a reunion with several members of the original lineup.

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Classic Queen Song Featured In Super Bowl Commercial

(hennemusic) Queen's 1976 classic, "Somebody To Love", provides the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for the 2017 Honda Ridegline truck and video of the ad has been posted online ahead of the big game.

Directed by Bryan Buckley of production house Hungry Man, Adweek reports the ad promotes the new Ridgeline's truck-bed audio system, which uses so-called "exciters" to turn the whole bed into a giant outdoor speaker.

"It's a very unique feature," explains Honda's AVP of Marketing Tom Peyton. "Nobody else has it. And it's a little tough to communicate - although we will in some advertising later this spring, when the truck's at the dealers.

"It's not actually speakers. It's 'exciters' that makes the whole bed a speaker. It's pretty cool. It would make a great tailgate vehicle." Watch the ad and the official video for the track here.

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Motorhead Share Behind-The-Scenes Look At Last Music Video

(hennemusic) Motorhead have released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video for "When The Sky Comes Looking For You", the latest track issued from their final album, "Bad Magic."

Directed by award-winning photographer Pep Bonet, the clip was filmed over two days in Palma de Mallorca with extras who had applied to be part of the filming after Bonet made an online appeal.

"It is Bonet's first music video piece," says the band, "and from its Sam Peckinpah' like approach to the calm mystery of actor Santi Oliver, the style, frame and intriguingly off-kilter atmosphere all encapsulate the best elements of Bonet's photography."

"Bad Magic" scored the band's highest US chart position in Motorhead's career, debuting at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 11,000 copies upon its release in August.

Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28, just four days after his 70th birthday. The legendary rocker's death certificate listed prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure as the official causes of death. Watch the video clip here.

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David Bowie Wanted His Ashes To Be Scattered In Bali

(Classic Rock) David Bowie requested that his ashes be scattered in Bali as part of a Buddhist ritual, according to paperwork filed in New York. Bowie's will was entered at a Manhattan court last week under the singer's legal name, David Robert Jones.

He died on January 10 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. His body was cremated in New York two days later. The will also reveals he left behind an estate worth $100million (70m), half of which will go to his widow Iman.

The rest will be split between his children Duncan and Alexandria Zahra Jones. Bowie's personal assistant Corinne Schwab was left $2m and $1m was given to a former nanny, Marion Skene. Read more here.

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Vince Neil Confirmed For Celebrity Apprentice

(Classic Rock) Vince Neil has signed up to take part in the next season of The Celebrity Apprentice. The show - which began filming on Monday - will air for six weeks in the US on NBC this autumn.

The Motley Crue singer will be among 16 contestants, with UFC star Chael Sonnen, Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila also taking part.

The show sees celebs compete for a cash prize that will go to the winner's nominated charities. Neil is representing the Las Vegas-based Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health.

He tells the Las Vegas Sun: "I'll be raising money for great Las Vegas causes, so I hope the entire valley-wide community will be supporting whatever it is we have to tackle.

"I've set myself a record target of $1million and have begun reaching out to my rock star and country star friends to support me once the challenges get underway." Read more here.

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Candlebox Confirm Album Release and Stream New Song 'Vexatious'

(Classic Rock) Candlebox have announced they'll release their latest album Disappearing In Airports on April 22. It marks the US outfit's first full-length since 2012's Love Stories & Other Musings. It'll be launched via Pavement and the band have issued a stream of Vexatious, the first material from the record.

Frontman Kevin Martin says: "Vexatious is about the social networking-obsessed, unlimited bragging rights society we live in, where people come off as entitled yet so insecure.

"Whether it's a pop star feuding senselessly with another pop star, or people who can't help but to take 50 different selfies in under a minute missing everything that's happening around them, it's a sad commentary on life that we can't escape.

"Dating apps, bitching apps, secret sharing apps, apps, apps, apps - they all operate outside of any real or authentic human connection. It's disconnect everywhere and it's destroying us. No one cares what anyone else thinks or feels. It's all 'me, me, me' and, if you ask me, it's f***ing sad." Read more and stream the new song here.

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Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Announces New RNDM Album and Tour

(Classic Rock) RNDM have confirmed their second album Ghost Riding will be released on March 4. The supergroup, which consists of Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur and The Fastbacks and War Babies drummer Richard Stuverud, will also embark on a seven-date tour in support of the follow-up to 2012's Acts.

Ament says: "Ghost Riding embodies what we went after on this record: pushing ourselves creatively with new songwriting approaches, unique sounds, groove and uncomfortable instrumentation. Joseph wrote a great take of longing of childhood past, really beautiful words."

The album's title track Ghost Riding has also been made available for download and a video for the track Stray can be streamed online. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Bad Company New Album Report Dubious

(Gibson) Is Bad Company really recording a new album with original vocalist Paul Rodgers? Probably not, when you consider the source, a site called MediaMass.

Social media lit up with reports over the weekend that the band was in the studio with their original vocalist for the first time in 35 years recording a 'back-to-roots album,' and that a tour was being planned for 2017. The site also claimed as many as eight songs had been recorded and that there was security on the doors to ensure no news got out.

But if you check out other stories on the site, you'll find a virtually word-for-word article about Billy Swan. And Morrissey. And Led Zeppelin. And Van Halen. Read more here.

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Halestorm Announce North American Tour

(Radio.com) Halestorm have announced a run of 2016 North American tour dates. The shows will kick off on April 1st in Reading, PA with Lita Ford and Dorothy set to open the trek.

'This is a tour I've wanted to put together for a long time," said Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale in a prepared statement. 'Not just a package with every band featuring a girl-that's been done a million times. This tour is a different breed, showcasing loud, powerful female voices."

"Every frontwoman here holds her own both on and off the stage, and has fought more than her share of the good fight. This isn't your sister's woman music fest! I'm honored to have the legendary Lita Ford on this run and welcome newcomers Dorothy who make me so proud of the future of rock. All fans of true rock music--men, women, everyone--need to see this show."

See the full tour dates here.

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Status Quo Reveal Plans For Their Very Last Electric Tour

(Classic Rock) Status Quo have announced they'll hit the road towards the end of 2016 in what will be their last-ever electric tour. They released Aquostic (Stripped Bare) in 2014 - a fully-acoustic collection of 25 tracks - and followed it with live album Aquostic! last year, recorded at London's Roundhouse.

And while they say it's not the end of the road, the 2016 dates - which will be announced in due course - will be the last time they break out the electric guitars.

Vocalist and guitarist Francis Rossi says: "We've talked about it for some time and have decided that it's time for us to hang up the electrics - it's getting harder for us to play those shows. It's 30 years since we last said we were stopping but this is a final decision.

"It doesn't mean we won't do other things, perhaps the odd special, but we're agreed that the moment has come. There's more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won't tour the electric set ever again." Read more here.

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Pink Floyd Icon Syd Barrett The Subject Of New Play

(Classic Rock) Late Pink Floyd star Syd Barrett is to be the subject of a play by Scottish author and playwright Alan Bissett. Bissett has been commissioned by the Scottish Mental Health Arts And Film Festival to write the play about Barrett, who left Floyd in 1968 and died in 2006 of pancreatic cancer.

His play, called One Thinks Of It All As A Dream, will run at this year's event which is held from October 10 to 31. It'll premiere at Glasgow's Oran Mor in October, before touring to the Traverse in Edinburgh and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.

Bissett tells the Herald: "At the centre of it is a man in pain. Syd Barrett is unique in rock'n'roll history, and certainly haunted Pink Floyd's music after he left.

"There's no figure quite like him - which is itself attractive to a dramatist - but I also wanted to explore his multi-faceted character. He was by turns charismatic, selfish, principled and vulnerable." Read more here.

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Voivod Streaming Post Society EP Title Song

(Prog) Voivod have made the title track from their upcoming Post Society EP available to stream. The five-track collection is issued on February 26 via Century Media Records and is now available for pre-order.

Drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin says: "Another apocalyptic song from the RadicArt sessions. I think Post Society is a good indication of where we are heading for musically. Ingredients from all the Voivod eras with a futuristic touch. I can't wait to play it live."

Post Society will be available as a Digipak CD and as a digital download. It includes previously vinyl-only songs from the limited split 7" EPs with label-mates At The Gates and Napalm Death, two brand new songs and a cover of Hawkwind's Silver Machine. Stream the song here.

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Tesseract Eye New Release This Summer

(Prog) Tesseract are planning to launch new material later this year to coincide with their appearance at the Download festival. They released third album Polaris in September last year - but guitarist James Monteith reveals they haven't stopped since, and are currently sifting through a "mountain of ideas" for a future release.

He tells TeamRock Radio presenter Pete Bailey's The Playlist podcast: "Ideas for album four are very much under way - there's actually a couple of songs written already and a mountain of ideas that need to be sorted out.

"We'll probably have another release later this year - not an album but something else - maybe some re-workings. We're playing with some ideas and we'll definitely put something out for the summer because we're playing Download."

The band have been labeled under the djent banner - a spinoff genre of progressive metal. But Monteith says it's not a term he now associates with the band. Read more here.

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Former Paramore Guitarist Josh Farro Releases Solo Video

(TeamRock Radio) Former Paramore guitarist Josh Farro has released an acoustic video for his single On A Wire. It's taken from the 28-year-old's upcoming debut solo album Walkways, due out on February 5.

Farro tells Teen Vogue: "I was wanting to write a song about two people in a relationship and from one person's perspective in that relationship where they have the other person walking on eggshells.

"It starts with the couple laying in bed and they just had an argument. They're giving each other the silent treatment and not talking. I feel like we've all been there and you get frustrated.

"The chorus talks about the individual coming to the realisation that he's got the other person walking on eggshells, on a tightrope all the time, and that the reasons for their arguments in the grand scheme of things aren't that big of a deal, so that's basically it. It's kind of how we can be tough on the ones we love without really realising it."

Josh Farro left Paramore with his drummer brother Zac in December 2010, calling the band "a manufactured product" in a tell-all blog and saying that the band members were treated as less important than frontwoman Hayley Williams. Watch Josh's new video here.

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Marillion Add New Legs To 2016 Tour

(Classic Rock) Marillion have added more dates to their 2016 tour itinerary. Last month Steve Hogarth and co revealed a run of shows across North America in support of what will be the band's 18th studio album.

Now they've revealed appearances across Europe and South America. The follow-up to 2012's Sounds That Can't Be Made is currently available to pre-order through the band's PledgeMusic page in a variety of packages.

In January, the band said the new material was "in good shape" and revealed they had six working titles: The Leavers, El Dorado, Class, Things Buried, New Kings and Melt Our Guns.

The band will play this year's TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival, which takes place at London's O2 on June 18 and 19. See all of the tour dates here.

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Textures Release 'Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Textures have released a video for their track Shaping A Single Grain Of Sand. It's taken from their upcoming album Phenotype, released on February 5 via Nuclear Blast. Phenotype will be followed by a second album, Genotype, in 2017.

Drummer Stef Broks recently told TeamRock: "I knew we couldn't just write 10 songs for a new record and think that was going to be enough. This is our fifth album, and traditionally that's a very important step for a band. It's where reputations are cemented.

"We could carry on as normal, or we could really strive to make a statement. So we made the decision - we were going to make something that would make the fans sit up and take notice. Something we'd never even attempted before." Watch the video here.

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Asking Alexandria Release Video For 'The Black' Title Song

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria have released a video for the title track from upcoming album The Black. They will also tour North America from next month with Bullet For My Valentine.

The record is set to be released on March 25 via Sumerian Records and is the band's first with new singer Denis Stoff, who replaced Danny Worsnop last year.

The Black can be pre-ordered now via Asking Alexandria's website. It's the follow-up to 2013's From Death To Destiny and was previously described by guitarist Ben Bruce as being packed with "raw energy and aggression." He added: "You turn it on and you're like, 'Wow - they're back.'" Watch the video here.

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Bullet For My Valentine's Michael 'Moose' Thomas Sitting Out Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine drummer Michael 'Moose' Thomas will sit out the band's upcoming tour dates to be with his pregnant wife. Thomas has stepped away from the group while he and his wife await the birth of their first child together. His place will be temporarily taken by Pitchshifter's Jason Bowld.

BFMV say: "Our brother Moose got the wonderful news late last year that he and his wife are expecting their first child together, which I'm sure you'll join us in congratulating them on.

"In light of this, Moose has made the decision that, after 10 years of non-stop touring, he's going to take a few months out to be at his wife's side around the birth. We support him 100% in this, and we thank our good friend Jason Bowld for agreeing to step in on the drums in the meantime." Read more here.

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The Dandy Warhols Confirm Album Release, Stream New Song

(Classic Rock) The Dandy Warhols have confirmed their ninth album will be released in April. The band have also released a lyric video for the track You Are Killing Me.

Distortland is issued on April 8 via Dine Alone Records - the band's first for the label. Distortland was first recorded in frontman Courtney Taylor's basement on an 80s cassette recorder with the band adding the finishing touches in the studio.

Jim Lowe, best known for his work with Taylor Swift and Beyonce, mixed the album and Taylor says the end result is an album that is "organized like a pop record but still has the sonic garbage in there." Check out the new song here.

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Magnum Release 'Crazy Old Mothers' Video

(Classic Rock) Magnum have released a video for Crazy Old Mothers. It's the first track the band have issued from their upcoming album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies, out on February 26 via Steamhammer/SPV.

Guitarist Tony Clarkin says: "The song is about working in a job you hate, when you had such big plans for yourself but you were too scared to take a chance and follow them through."

Magnum will embark on a UK and European tour starting in April in support of the album, which is available for pre-order on digipak/DVD, 2LP coloured vinyl, CD and digital formats. Watch the new video here.

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Blackberry Smoke 'Ain't Much Left Of Me' Live Video Released

(Classic Rock) Music City Roots have launched a live clip showcasing Blackberry Smoke playing their track Ain't Much Left Of Me. The band played the US venue recently, and performed the track which featured on their 2014 album The Whippoorwill.

The band say: "For those of you that couldn't join us for Music City Roots, check out Ain't Much Left Of Me." Blackberry Smoke are currently on the road across the US and head to Australia next month in support of their most recent album Holding All The Roses, released last year via Rounder.

They'll return to the UK in June for an appearance at the TeamRock-sponsored Stone Free Festival at London's O2 on June 18 and 19. Watch the video clip here.

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Skunk Anansie Once Mistaken For Nazis By Ignorant Journalists

(Classic Rock) Skunk Anansie have recalled being mistaken for Nazis by ignorant journalists. The band were on tour in the US in support of 1999 album Post Orgasmic Chill when a local newspaper wrote a preview of their upcoming show which described them a Nazi sympathisers because of singer Skin's shaven head and guitarist Ace's lack of hair.

The media were also thrown by the fact the British group had a song called Little Baby Swastikkka - which is actually a staunchly anti-Nazi statement. Drummer Mark Richardson tells TeamRock Radio: "We were touring Post Orgasmic Chill in the States and we had to cancel a gig because the local press thought we were a bunch of Nazis. They heard that Skin had a skinhead and Ace had no hair."

Skin adds: "And we had a song called Little Baby Swastikkka. They presumed that we were a pro-Nazi band. There was this whole movement in that town to get us banned, so we were banned from playing in that venue.

"When we got there, we got off the tour bus and walked into the radio station... to complete awkward silence. They were like, 'I guess you haven't heard what's been happening here?'

"They told us and I cried with laughter. I said, 'I'm black...if you'd looked at the album cover you'd have noticed that. Little Baby Swastikkka is an anti-Nazi song.

"We're not skinheads....I'm shaven headed and Ace lost his!" Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Rift's Deliverance

Los Angeles trio The Rift recently released the song "Deliverance" which is the lead single from their forthcoming debut album "Inventions". We asked Aris Anagnos to tell us the story behind the new track. Here is the story:

When I think about writing 'Deliverance' I think about where I was in my own life. I was dealing with trying to figure out what to do with my life, how do I continue to make music and make enough money to survive and how do I just survive? I was also trying to come to terms with a lot of issues in my past, mistakes that I'd made and the frustrating reality that I kept feeling like I had failed.

I didn't have a job out of college and not even an idea of what to do next, the only thing I knew was the music had to keep going. These were personal struggles that I needed to break free from. That got me thinking, that's a damn good idea to write a song about! I didn't just want it to be about me, it had to be bigger, powerful and genuine. When we play live people feel that we put ourselves into these songs so it had to fit. Read the rest of the story here.

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