Day in Rock Report for 02/10/2016

Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Case Headed To Trial

(hennemusic) The judge in the copyright infringement lawsuit over Led Zeppelin's signature song, "Stairway To Heaven", has rejected a bid to delay the case and has set the stage for the trial to begin in May.

Bloomberg reports the lawyer for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California had asked the Los Angeles court to grant extra time, in part to gather more information about the song's earnings which - by one estimate - suggests the 1971 classic has made more than half a billion dollars.

Surviving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant objected to a proposed postponement to July, which would also have conflicted with Plant's European summer tour.

The court has scheduled a settlement conference next month for the opposing parties to try to resolve the dispute, while the band says they plan to file a motion for summary judgment to end the case.

The suit - brought by California's estate and members of Spirit - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." Read more and stream both songs here.

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Lamb Of God, Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity Tour

Lamb Of God have announced that they will be launching a new North American headline tour this spring which will feature support from Clutch and Corrosion of Conformity.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on May 3rd in New Orleans, LA at The Orpheum and will conclude on June 7th in Winnipeg, MB at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Lamb Of God will also performing at a number of leading music festivals this spring including Bonnaroo, Fort Rock, Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome to Rockville, Northern Invasion and more. See all of the dates here.

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Alice Cooper On Guns N' Roses Reunion Lineup Mystery

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is speculating about the lineup for the upcoming Guns N' Roses reunion in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will launch a reunion run in April with two shows in Las Vegas, a stop in Mexico City and two appearances at Coachella.

While the rest of the band's lineup has yet to be revealed, Cooper is curious about the status of guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who played with the band from 1985 through 1991.

"I'm just wondering why isn't Izzy in there?" Cooper tells Rolling Stone. "I don't know about drums, but certainly Izzy is viable. You'd think if Slash and Axl are working together - and Duff is one of those guys that gets along with everybody - then at least Izzy would be one of the guys who would be a shoo-in.

"And maybe he is, I don't know," Cooper adds. "I don't what their setup is with him. But it's like not having Brian Jones with the Rolling Stones, if he were available." Read more here.

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Chicago Address Peter Cetera Rock Hall Reunion Controversy

Chicago has released an official statement about the controversy over Peter Cetera pulling out of their reunion performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Cetera announced that will not be attending the ceremony after being "frustrated and tired of dealing" with organizers of the event in attempting to set up the reunion jam.

The band has now released the following statement, "The rock group, Chicago, is honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 in New York and are looking forward to performing at the event.

"The four original band members, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Jimmy Pankow and Walt Parazaider, will be there as well as former original band member Danny Seraphine.

"Peter Cetera, despite the best efforts of the Rock Hall and the band to reach a happy middle ground, made his decision not to participate. He has made it clear twice now that he will not attend or perform. Cetera, who was an original band member, has been gone for over 30 years.

"Chicago have performed consistently every year heading into their 50th anniversary without ever missing a year."

Manager Peter Schivarelli adds, "The band has looked forward to this day since they got word of their induction. They've waited a long time and are excited to perform for their fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crowd."

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell Recruits Slipknot Star For Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Slipknot's Chris Fehn has recorded drum tracks for former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell's upcoming solo album. The as-yet-untitled album will also feature guest appearances from Judas Priest singer Rob Halford and Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane.

The Slipknot percussionist posted a picture of himself and Campbell in the studio, along with the caption: "In the studio with Phil Campbell tonight. We're recording some straight greasy sh*t for everyone."

Campbell's official Facebook page adds: "The first guest appearance on Phil's solo album happened yesterday with Chris Fehn of Slipknot coming to the studio to record some mighty drums, followed by a late night jam session. Good times." See the photo here.

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Max and Igor Cavalera To Play Full 'Roots' Album On Upcoming Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Max Cavalera has announced that he and brother Igor will play Roots in full on an upcoming Cavalera Conspiracy tour. The Soulfly and Killer Be Killed frontman says the duo will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic Sepultura album on a US run later this year.

He tells PlanetMosh: "We're doing some stuff with Igor later in the year. This is 20 years of the Roots album. We're planning to play the whole record. I think we're going to do it in the States and then hopefully come to Europe.

"Then I'm going to work with him to try to work on some new tunes for new Cavalera Conspiracy. I think this time we're going to use a real producer, I don't know who yet but I think it'd be really cool." Watch the full interview and read more here.

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Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin Plan Summer Tour

Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin have announced that they are teaming up this summer to launching a coheadlining tour that will visit amphitheaters across North American.

The tour, featuring support from Alter Bridge and Saint Asonia, is set to kick off in July and visit 20 cities including Boston, Toronto, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Dates were not including in the announcement that we received, but we did receive the following:

"Fans in NYC got a taste of the tour at Breaking Benjamin's acoustic set last week, when Disturbed singer David Draiman surprised Ben Burnley and the band on stage for a rendition of the Queen and David Bowie classic 'Under Pressure.'" Check it out here.

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Mike Shinoda Updates Fans On Linkin Park's New Album

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda posted an update to fans on Tuesday (February 9th) about the progress the band is making on their 'insane' new studio album and giving fans a little more insight into what is come.

Shinoda writes, "We're hard at work making some new music for you. The six of us have been more than enthusiastic about how this album is shaping up, and I'm happy to share this update!

"As usual during an early stage, we don't know a ton about where the songs will end up. They change shapes over and over during the writing process, and we usually write dozens of songs, which push each other in and out of contention for a spot on the final album.

"One thing that's making this album unique (so far) is the process. When we started out as a band, we often started our songs focusing almost entirely on the musical 'track," with no vocals until the end of the process. The vocals were usually forced into the existing chords and structure of the song, which often times meant that some ideas we loved never "made it," because good words or good melodies never showed up, even though we liked the music. Over time, we've started incorporating vocals earlier and earlier in the process, usually in the form of skat 'la la la" vocals and gibberish words. Many of those demos have been shared as a part of our LPU albums.

"But this time, we decided to go even further, and write more 'traditionally.' We're starting with the most fundamental parts of the songs--the words and vocal melodies--and completely fleshing out those ideas before we begin working out the music. That means right now, we're only focusing on the foundations upon which the songs are built. Some songs are just one piano, keyboard, or guitar, and a vocal. The concept and words of the song are front and center. We've even invited some new friends into the studio to bounce ideas off (more to come on that later).

"So far, the new approach is paying off. The new stuff is really powerful, and the stories and emotional content is really shining through. We're going to continue on this path until we feel like we've got more than enough material to begin the 'sound" phase.

"I've been posting some live video streams of studio days up on the Facebook page, so keep an eye out for those updates. And we'll try to write some more updates as things go. This album is going to be insane, and we're looking forward to taking you on the journey as we make it."

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David Bowie Tops UK Chart For Fourth Week

(hennemusic) David Bowie continues to dominate UK music sales as the late rocker tops the album charts for a fourth straight week. The Official Charts Company reports the singer's "Blackstar" - which held the top spot for three weeks - has been replaced at No.1 with his 2002 collection "Best Of Bowie."

With the switch, Bowie becomes the first act to knock themselves off the top of the Official Albums Chart in nearly six years following a similar move by Michael Jackson following his death in 2009.

The achievement also means Bowie is the first artist since 2011 to occupy the top two positions on the chart; Adele last did it with "21" and "19." Bowie's strong album sales continue a month after his January 10 death from cancer; he currently has seven entries in the Top 40, down from 12 last week - which tied Elvis Presley's record for the same feat. Read more here.

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Dream Theater's John Petrucci Nervous About Upcoming World Tour

(Classic Rock) Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci says he's starting to panic ahead of the band's world tour. The run of dates to support latest album The Astonishing get underway next week with two nights at London's Palladium on February 18 and 19, where they'll play the 34-track album in full.

And with such an ambitious set planned, Petrucci says the reality of the their mammoth tour is starting to sink in. He tells Music Radar: "We're going to be in London rehearsing, getting the last-minute touches right on everything.

"We've never played that venue before, so it's going to be a great way to kick off our world tour. It really is a lot of music. I'm kinda panicking at this point. There's a lot to remember - it's pretty crazy, even for us." Read more here.

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The Black Dahlia Murder Lose A Member

(TeamRock Radio) The Black Dahlia Murder have parted ways with guitarist Ryan Knight. He's left the Michigan outfit amicably after a seven-year stint, and says he felt this was the right time for him to step down and concentrate on other aspects of his life.

Knight says: "The decision to leave was very difficult, yet necessary I feel for me to ultimately be happy and keep moving forward. I feel very lucky to have had the best band-mates and crew - past and present - to traverse the world, guzzle beers, and bring the rock with every night."

He thanks the band's fans, their label Metal Blade Records, and adds: "I'll still be teaching guitar, working on new music, and just getting pretty domestic in general."

The band moved quickly to replace Knight, bringing in Brandon Ellis for their upcoming US tour with Fallujah and Disentomb. The Black Dahlia Murder will play their 2003 debut album Unhallowed in full on the run of shows, which kicks off in April. Read more here.

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Wolfmother Stream New Song 'Pretty Peggy'

(hennemusic) Wolfmother are premiering a lyric video for the track "Pretty Peggy" as a preview to their forthcoming album "Victorious." Due February 19 and produced by Brendan O'Brien, the project sees sole original member vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale record the band's fourth record and follow-up to 2014's "New Crown."

"We wanted to get back to that big sound," says Stockdale. "The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage."

"Pretty Peggy" is the fourth tune issued ahead of the album's release, following "City Lights", the title track and "Gypsy Caravan" - all available as instant downloads with pre-orders of "Victorious."

The band will launch the album with a North American tour starting February 24 in Minneapolis, MN. Joining Stockdale in Wolfmother's touring lineup are bassist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele. Check out the song here.

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Danny Bryant Streams New Song Featuring Bernie Marsden

(Classic Rock) Danny Bryant has released a stream of his track Just Won't Burn. The track features a guest appearance from former Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden and is lifted from Bryant's latest album Blood Money. The 10-track record was released last month via Jazzhaus Records.

Bryant tells The Blues Magazine of the track: "Lyrically, it's a lost love-type song. It's not from personal experience - I'm happily married - but it came from looking at a friend who had split up from his girlfriend, going through all the heartache and saying to me, 'I just can't get over her.' And me saying, 'Well, you're gonna have to move on.'"

Bryant also praises Marsden's contribution, saying his influence on Blood Money as a whole was invaluable. He adds: "I think the overriding memory of this album is having Bernie in the studio. When he finished recording, he chatted for a couple of hours, showed me how he wrote Here I Go Again, and sat and played it for us.

"He showed us old photos and told me stories about B.B. King and seeing Freddie King when he was young. That was a magical time." Read more and stream the song here.

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Deftones Frontman Talks Difficulties Of Today's Music Business

(TeamRock Radio) Chino Moreno admits that Deftones rely on touring for a third of the year to make a living. The 42-year-old says that forging a career in music is "constant work", adding that he warns his musician children to have a back-up plan to secure their future.

Chino tells Radio 1: "I have to give advice to my two sons who are both musicians and they're both totally different. One of them is totally punk, in a thrash, skate-punk band. The other kid is a DJ, an electronic musician.

"I'm very encouraging to them to have fun making music, but it's really hard to 'make it' in music. If they want to have families, children and get married and this and that, it would be good to keep in school and be a kid while you can.

"I think it's great and I like the fact that the music they do is very much what they choose to do. But I'm the parent now, and I'm telling them to have something to fall back on. I think it's important to know that."

Moreno recalls the startling realization that the rock lifestyle isn't always what it's cut out to be as his own band were finding their feet. Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Skittles Portrait Being Auctioned

(Classic Rock) A portrait of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler made out of Skittles is to be auctioned on eBay for charity. A replica of the artwork which featured on an advert shown during Super Bowl 50 at the weekend will be sold to raise money for the Aerosmiths singer's initiative Janie's Fund.

Named after the band's 1989 hit Janie's Got A Gun, Tyler's charity is partnered with organization Youth Villages, which provides trauma-informed care programs for victims of abuse or neglect.

The 67-year-old recently made track Red White And You available to stream from his upcoming debut solo album, which is due out later this year. The Aerosmith mainman has previously admitted his Aerosmith bandmates are "not happy" about the solo record as it has resulted in the Boston band scrapping most of their 2016 tour plans, according to guitarist Brad Whitford. Read more, see a photo of the portrait and watch the Super Bowl ad here.

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Rick Wakeman Updating His King Arthur Album

(Classic Rock) Rick Wakeman is re-recording his classic album The Myths & Legends Of King Arthur and The Knights Of The Round Table, partnering with direct-to-fan company PledgeMusic and making available the opportunity to pre-order the new album.

Says Wakeman, "It has always been in my mind to re-record and once again perform an extended version of King Arthur..., as it has only ever been performed three times in the UK. I am delighted to now have the opportunity to do this and especially so with the help of the fans and my campaign on PledgeMusic. And if all goes well, maybe one day put it back on ice! In the meantime, I'm Iooking forward to the première performance at the O2 in London on June 19th as part of the Stone Free Festival."

Back in 1975 what you could squeeze musically onto a single vinyl disc was understandably inhibiting and so with this re-recording, (with full symphony orchestra, choir, band and vocalists), there will be all the original music and an additional 5 new compositions, all in the style of the original recording. Read more here.

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Landscapes Release 'Neighbourhood' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Landscapes have released the video for their track Neighbourhood through TeamRock. It's taken from the Somerset band's upcoming second album Modern Earth, released on April 8 via Pure Noise Records. It's the follow-up to 2012 debut Life gone Wrong.

Modern Earth was recorded and engineered at Panda Studios in Fremont, California, with producer Sam Pura who has also worked with Basement and The Story So Far. It was mixed and mastered by Neil Kennedy at Ranch Production House in Southampton.

Vocalist Shaun Milton says: "If Life Gone Wrong's concept was about being in that moment as it all falls around you, Modern Earth is a continuation of that story, an expansion explaining the disease of the mind, sculpting, adjusting and accepting those circumstances as it suffocates you powerless.

"Recording in California was a very different experience from what we were used to but we learned a lot from our time out there and with our musical influence broadened, we can't wait to convey that in front of an audience soon." Watch the video here.

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Swallow The Sun Show Canceled Over Devil Worship Claims

(TeamRock Radio) Swallow The Sun have been stopped from playing in Dubai over claims the show would promote "devil-worshipping." They were due to perform with Bilocate and Aramaic at The Music Room, at the Majestic Hotel, United Arab Emirates, on February 12.

But after a complaint to the venue, the band will no longer play. Instead their distributor in the Middle East, Metal East Records, want to hear from local artists to fill the bill and report Swallow The Sun will still be in attendance.

The label say in a statement: "What we know so far is that a competitor has actually filed this complaint mentioning the show was promoting devil-worshipping - which we all know is not the case. Let's fill the bill up with some local talent and celebrate never giving up on the music we love."

The band say: "Today we got some very very sad news. Sadly we can't perform our music to you guys. But some of us are still coming to Dubai to meet you. I guess it's better than nothing? We are so sorry." Read more and see the posts here.

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Sabaton Stream 'Carolus Rex' Video From Upcoming Live Release

(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have released a video of them performing Carolus Rex at Sabaton Open Air festival in their hometown of Fulun, Sweden. The promo is issued in the run-up to the launch of Sabaton's live DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD package, Heroes On Tour, on March 4.

The DVD features footage from their sets at Sabaton Open Air and Wacken Open Air. The second disc will also feature two switchable viewing angles - live and studio.

Bassist Par Sundstrom said: "We have always aimed to be a band people love to see live, for the simple reason we love to play live. With this DVD/Blu-ray release, we hope to share some of that feeling with you. We recorded two shows, in case one is not enough for you."

Sabaton Open Air 2016 will take place on August 18 to 21. Artists confirmed include Sorcery, Dragonforce, Insomnium and Therion. The Heroes On Tour DVD/CD and Blu-ray/CD package can be pre-ordered via Nuclear Blast. Watch the video here.

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Day Old Hate Streaming New 'First Light' EP Online

(TeamRock Radio) Day Old Hate are streaming their new EP 'First Light' exclusively on TeamRock.com ahead of its official release which will be taking place on February 12th.

"It's something every band at our level should be able to relate to," says vocalist Oliver Swift of the EP's title track. "It's about not losing faith in difficult times and making the right decision when several options are put in front of you. Ultimately, it's a feel good, motivational song about sticking to the path you've chosen.

"A lot of people don't understand what being in a band and creating music is about," he adds. "Many think a band is just a group of guys who aspire to be celebrities, but we do this because we're a strong group of friends who love to make music, and because the feeling of people singing lyrics you wrote back at you is better than anything." Stream the EP here.

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Singled Out: Evol Walks' Without Me

Evol Walks are making a big splash in America so we asked Leah Martin-Brown to tell us a little bit about their brand new single "Without Me", which they released late last month. Here is the story:

Even though we are just releasing 'Without Me' in 2016 I originally wrote it in early 2014 after I'd just moved to Los Angeles, California. Several months prior to me leaving I'd been in a relationship with an old friend of mine from high school who I'd loved dearly but our personalities were toxic when mixed. I kind of let it drift apart and ended up dating someone who I became quite serious with very quickly and I never really got the chance to pass that message onto my ex-lover as we'd ceased contact apart from the odd email or Instagram comment. So, anyway- chilling in my new apartment in Los Angeles I started to get regular messages from my ex who was wanting to rekindle things and come over to LA to test it out. I tried to explain that although I really cared about him as a person I was in a serious relationship with someone new and that he and I had our time and it was now over. Being the persistent guy that he was he just didn't seem to understand what I was saying to him and started to become increasingly exasperating to speak to. So one morning I woke up, it was raining (which never happens in LA) I got out my guitar, lit a bunch of candles and started writing the song that became 'Without Me'.

I think its important to understand that this song is not a "love song" but it is definitely a song about love, specifically about falling out of love which I truly believe is one of the most heartbreaking things ever. One day you wake up and you realise you just don't feel anything for this person that you've cared about fiercely and shared so much with.

When we originally recorded the track with Brian Howes (Airbourne, Skillet, Hinder) in May 2014 I was still really unsure of exactly how to express the intense emotions in this song so the vocals were not as strong as they could have been and the general consensus from everyone who heard it was that we needed to re-record them. At the end of 2015 I finally got back into Brian's studio while on a tour of the West Coast USA and got the chance. Because I'd been performing 'Without Me' live so much I was well practiced at hitting all the vocal sweet spots in the track that enhanced the performance ten fold. On top of this I had recently come out of a long relationship and was feeling a lot of confusing and intense emotions; I was able to harness these and channel them into the final performance and I definitely think this does come across to those that are listening.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the video for the track right here!

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