Day in Rock Report for 02/11/2016

Guns N' Rose Add Another Reunion Concert

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have added a second Mexico City show to their 2016 reunion tour. The band will perform at the Foro Sol on April 20 in addition to the previously-announced April 19 date.

Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will kick off the reunion in April with two shows in Las Vegas followed by the dates in Mexico City - which land in the week between appearances at Coachella.

The 2016 shows will mark the first time the trio have performed together since a July 17, 1993 date at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. See the update list of reunion dates here.

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Eagles, Jackson Browne To Tribute Glen Frey At Grammy Awards

(hennemusic) The Eagles, including cofounder Bernie Leadon, will be joined by Jackson Browne to perform a tribute to the late Glenn Frey at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles this weekend.

Browne, Eagles co-founders Don Henley and Leadon will team with Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit for the one-time-only special tribute to Frey, who passed away January 18 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

"Glenn Frey's untimely passing was a huge loss for the entire creative community," says President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow. "For more than 45 years, the Eagles have played a significant role in shaping our musical landscape. We are honored to welcome the band, along with Jackson Browne, to the Grammy stage in tribute to Glenn's tremendous legacy."

Frey sang lead vocals on Eagles classics like "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight." Read more here.

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Santana Calls Out NFL Over Super Bowl Halftime Show

(hennemusic) Carlos Santana is challenging the NFL to feature live music performances during the Super Bowl halftime show after six straight years of pop music acts accompanied by accusations of lip syncing.

The guitar icon - who was featured momentarily during Sunday's Super Bowl 50 broadcast - took to Facebook to thank the companies for his inclusion before suggesting a local Bay Area lineup could have delivered "real live" entertainment for fans on site and tuned in around the world.

"Dear NFL/CBS, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for including me as a part of your Super Bowl entertainment," Santana writes. "I do feel compelled to point out to you that the Halftime Show should have included some of the local iconic bands that the World would have loved to see perform. Bands like Metallica, Steve Miller, Journey and yours truly. We would have rocked the Half Time Show and done the SF Bay Area proud.

"This is just an invitation for you to consider iconic bands as part of your Half Time entertainment. Real live music, real live vocals, and give the audience real live chills."

"Thank You Carlos," added Journey, who shared the guitarist's note on their own Facebook page, "and yes we would have all Rocked it!" Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Praises Metal Fans For Unity

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor says no other genre can match metal when it comes to a sense of community and togetherness and he says that when one metal act makes it big, it's a win for the whole movement.

He tells the Guardian: "What I love the most about the metal community is the sense of community that comes along with it. Unlike other genres there's a support system and common sense of appreciation for what we are all striving to achieve.

"It feels like when one of us crosses over and wins, we all win. We are, collectively, kind of treated like bastard stepchildren by the rest of the music world, so any time we get to fly the flag in their faces, to me that means that more people are hearing what I consider real music.

"You get used to being a bastard stepchild, it goes hand in hand with the attitude, and the reactionary vibe of the music itself - which makes you feel something whether you want it to or not." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Plan To Release Mobile App

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have announced they'll launch their own app. No release date has been given but frontman Matt Tuck says it'll be in the hands of fans soon via Google Play and Apple's App Store.

He adds: "We're super excited to have a new platform to connect with our Army Of Noise across the world. We're gonna be saving some of the best bits of what we do for our subscribers and there's gonna be plenty for you all to get your teeth into.

"Make sure you become part of it and make this your first destination for all things Bullet For My Valentine. See you on the stage somewhere very soon."

The app will gives users access to the band's entire back catalogue, ticket pre-sales, live streams, merchandise and more. Earlier this week, the group released a video for their track Worthless, which is lifted from their latest album Venom. Watch it here.

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Cage The Elephant Stream New Single 'Cry Baby'

(The Blues) Cage The Elephant have made their upcoming single Cry Baby available to stream. The song is taken from the band's fourth album Tell Me I'm Pretty, which was released late last year. The single Cry Baby is issued on March 25 via Columbia Records. Tell Me I'm Pretty was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

Guitarist Brad Shultz previously said the partnership with Auerbach came about as a result of drunken bravado. He said: "I was probably a little too drunk in the dressing room and I was like, 'Man, let me show you some songs, dude. We gotta do some tracks together.' Typical stuff. I was really wasted."

Meanwhile, Cage The Elephant have had to upgrade the venues for their upcoming UK shows in Liverpool and Manchester due to high demand for tickets. The Liverpool gig on February 18 will now take place at the Academy 2, while the February 20 show will move to Manchester's Academy 2. Stream the single here.

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Sick Puppies Reveal New Singer and Stream New Single

(TeamRock Radio) Sick Puppies have announced that singer-songwriter Bryan Scott has joined them as their new vocalist and shared a clip of upcoming single Stick To Your Guns.

Scott, who previously played with Glass Intrepid and Dev Electric, joins Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin and has been brought in after the 2014 departure of Shimon Moore.

The band teased fans with a clip of a studio performance with their new vocalist back in December, keeping his identity hidden - but they introduced the new singer in a snippet of their next single.

Scott tells Loudwire: "As soon as I found out about the lineup change, my gut feeling told me to reach out to Emma and Mark, and we clicked right away. I knew this was a shot that could change the course of my life so I flew out to LA to audition the next morning.

Anzai and Goodwin add: "Before we met Bryan in person, we knew he'd be a great fit. His audition of Odd One and You're Going Down was on point and from there the music progressed naturally." Check out the new single here.

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Lacuna Coil Recruit Black Lodge's Daniel Sahagun

(TeamRock Radio) Lacuna Coil have recruited Black Lodge guitarist Daniel Sahagun on a temporary basis following the departure of Marco Biazzi last month. Biazzi quit the band after 17 years last month to pursue a new music project.

Sahagun previously played bass for Lacuna Coil while Marco 'Maki' Coti-Zelati was unable to tour with the group in 2014. He made his live debut with the band during the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise last weekend.

Vocalist Cristina Scabbia says: "Daniel came on the cruise to play with us, but he is not the new member of Lacuna Coil. He's still part of the family, though." Read more here.

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Peter Frampton Previews Songs From Acoustic Classics Album

(hennemusic) Peter Frampton has released preview streams of "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like I Do" from his upcoming album "Acoustic Classics." Due February 26, the project sees the guitarist deliver reinvented, unplugged versions of many of his best-known songs and one brand new one - "All Down To Me."

"The approach I took on this was that each song came across as if you are the first person to hear this song after I wrote it," says Frampton. "I had to reverse engineer each song in order to get this result, which I feel I achieved."

Frampton will support the release of "Acoustic Classics" with the launch of a new leg of his Raw unplugged tour in Tucson, AZ on March 9. Read more and check out the preview streams here.

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Beardfish Singer Rikard Sjoblom Streaming New Solo Album Online

(Prog) Beardfish singer Rikard Sjoblom has made his solo album available to stream in full. The Unbendable Sleep was released Wednesday (February 10) and features Beardfish bassist Robert Hansen.

Sjoblom says: "I have been meaning to make The Unbendable Sleep for quite some time now so, when I finally had the opportunity, I had a great time recording it. It's probably one of the most down-to-earth and honest albums I've ever done.

"I found myself singing about mirrors quite a lot and that's also referring to just that - looking into the mirror and not recognizing the person staring back at you."

Sjoblom will promote the release on a mini UK tour with prog rock band Anima Mundi. Stream the album here.

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Michael Monroe Releases Goin' Down With The Ship Video

(hennemusic) Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe has released the video for "Goin' Down With The Ship", the latest single from his 10th album, "Blackout States."

"The song is not necessarily about sailing or seamanship as such," explains Monroe. "It's basically about us getting on the tour bus and hitting the road with our band. Ville Juurikkala, who shot the videos for 'Ballad of the Lower East Side,' 'Stained Glass Heart,' and 'Old King's Road' has done this new one, too.

"It was pretty easy to make and includes some footage shot by the band while we were on tour. I think the video has a good vibe and we're all happy with the way it turned out. Hope you enjoy it!"

Monroe recorded the follow-up to 2013's "Horns And Halos" with his touring band - bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Rich Jones (ex-Black Halos/Amen) and drummer Karl Rockfist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig). Watch the new video here.

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Sammy Hagar Preview The Circle Episode Of His TV Series

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar has released a preview of the next episode of his new AXS TV series, "Rock & Roll Road Trip", which features a look at his latest supergroup The Circle.

The band - which features bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson - released their first live DVD, "At Your Service", in December.

In concert, the group present the Red Rocker's musical history and Bonham's legacy by performing tunes by Hagar, Van Halen, Montrose and Led Zeppelin.

Airing Sunday nights on AXS TV, "Rock & Roll Road Trip" sees Hagar drive across the country to jam with some of rock's biggest names, including Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Alice Cooper, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

"Something that's always bugged me is that fans get to see us either onstage in concert or in interviews, and that's about it," says Hagar. "There's so much cool, history-making stuff that happens off stage that fans have never really had access to, but I do. And that's where this show takes viewers! I'm hookin' them up with a real backstage pass. Watch the preview video here.

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Hawkwind Announce New Concept Album 'The Machine Stops'

(Classic Rock) Hawkwind are to release The Machine Stops on April 15. The follow-up to 2015's Revolution is a concept album based on E.M Forster's dystopian sci-fi novel, also named The Machine Stops.

The album is described as "an atmospheric, musical interpretation beginning in tunnels deep beneath the earth, where every need is controlled and catered for by the machine."

Label Cherry Red Records adds: "The struggle to escape and find a way to reach the outer surface is a utopian dream, which could prove to be the most deadly dream of all." Read more here.

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Graham Bonnet Looks Back In New Online Tour Documentary

(Classic Rock) Graham Bonnet visits the Cozy Powell memorial in Cirencester and recalls the moment his haircut upset former Rainbow bandmate Ritchie Blackmore in part two of his tour documentary.

The second instalment of All Day And All Night Long shows Bonnet and co on the road across the UK, playing the Giants Of Rock Festival and heading off to their Skegness hometown show.

Bonnet also visits the recently unveiled Cozy Powell plaque at the Corn Hall, Cirencester, and says he was invited to the ceremony, but couldn't make it.

He points at the plaque which reads, 'World famous rock drummer' and says: "This is an understatement." He adds: "My friend, forever. This is the town where he lived, where he's from and where his adoptive mum brought him up. He was given the name of Colin Powell. He never really knew his real parents - and never knew his real name! But he was Cozy Powell."

Bonnet is also asked whether Ritchie Blackmore's claim in his own documentary that he once fled out of the hotel fire escape to get a haircut while on tour with Rainbow is true.

He replies: "That never happened. It was untidy so I decided one afternoon in Edinburgh that I would go for a walk in the city and I'd go for a haircut.

"There was no guard on the door. I didn't go out the bathroom window. But I can't understand why Ritchie is still talking about it. I would never do anything to sabotage the show or upset him in any way." Watch the video here.

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The Struts Release 'Kiss This' Video

(Classic Rock) The Struts have released a video for Kiss This, taken from their debut album Everybody Wants. The release is to coincide with the band's US tour, which kicks off at the Air + Style Festival in Los Angeles on February 20.

Everybody Wants is released on March 4. "When putting the album together we have approached it with the mindset that when listening, you are taken on a journey," says frontman Luke Spiller.

"I think anyone who listens to this album will hear our journey and feel our ambition. We truly have put our hearts and souls into it and I hope you love it as much as we do." Watch the new video here.

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Purson Go Back To Their Roots On New Album

(Classic Rock) Purson frontwoman Rosalie Cunningham says she's gone back to her roots for upcoming album Desire's Magic Theatre. It's due for release on April 29 after its original March launch was pushed back last month. And the singer says their second album is a step forward from their 2013 debut The Circle And The Blue Door as she's been more focused in her every day life.

Cunningham tells Louder Than War: "I'm a lot happier these days, I wasn't that happy with the first album but I'm three years older now and have learned how to do it better.

"With the new album, I wrote all of it and play most of the instruments as well. George Hudson plays a couple of lead guitar parts and Raph Mura plays drums, so it's virtually a solo album."

Cunningham reports that Small Faces' 1968 album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake has been instrumental in shaping the sound of her new material. She continues: "It was a huge influence in the way that it is very early progressive and that it's a concept album with a storyline." Read more here.

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Mike Portnoy 'Never Closed The Door' On Dream Theater Return

(Classic Rock) Mike Portnoy says he'd "welcome" a Dream Theater return if the opportunity ever arose. The drummer quit the band in 2010, leading to a public war of words, and an attempt to rejoin, and was eventually replaced by Mike Mangini.

He's gone on to appear in several projects since the split, including Flying Colors, Metal Allegiance, and his band The Winery Dogs. But he says he'd be open to some sort of reconciliation in the future.

He tells Gigs And Festivals: " Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci, we've stayed in touch. I've never closed the door on doing something with them. It's not like I'm waiting for it - it's not like I'm planning it, it's not like it's in my career plan, but certainly if the invitation, or if the opportunity arose, I would surely welcome it.

"It's just because I don't hold grudges, and I like to have an open heart and always cherish the people in my life and in my past. That was 25 years of my life." Read more here.

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The Haunted Launch Tour and Will Wrap Up New Album This Year

(TeamRock Radio) The Haunted say they'll wrap up recording their ninth album later this year. The band are also scheduled to play a run of headline shows and festivals in the US and Europe in addition to their US tour with label mates At The Gates.

The Haunted say: "Next to playing a US tour and a bunch of dates in Europe, we are hard at work for the follow-up album to Exit Wounds. The material we are currently looking at is both super-heavy and dynamic, so we are excited to be recording the new tracks later in the year. Stay tuned."

The thrash outfit previously slated the album's release for August or September 2015. Exit Wounds was vocalist Marco Aro's first album in his second stint with The Haunted, after he returned to the band in 2013. He replaced Peter Dolving in 1999, after himself being replaced by Dolving in 2003. See the tour dates here.

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Abbath Excited About New Drummer

(TeamRock Radio) Abbath says his band's new drummer Gabe Seeber is among the best two sticksmen on the planet - alongside the man he replaced. Former Immortal man Olve 'Abbath' Eikemo's self-titled group sees him backed by a drummer taking the name Creature. The original Creature was Kevin Foley, who was later replaced by Seeber.

And Abbath couldn't be happier with how things worked out. He tells Metal Wani: "From Creature Kevin to Creature Gabe, they are pretty much the same drummers. It's like changing lane, but the speed and determination is still there. I would say they are the best drummers in the world."

Abbath's debut, self-titled, album was released last month and the mainman says the songs were written for what would have been Immortal's ninth album. Instead, they ended up on his new project's debut, although he admits he couldn't have done it without Creature and bass player King ov Hell.

Abbath adds: "It didn't become an Immortal album, which it was supposed to be, It became an Abbath album and I could never have done it without King and Creature." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Yellowcard and Cancer Bats Lead Additions For Slam Dunk 2016

(TeamRock Radio) Yellowcard, Northlane and Cancer Bats are among eight bands to be announced for this year's Slam Dunk festival. The lineup also includes headliners Panic! At The Disco, along with artists including Of Mice & Men, New Found Glory and Mallory Knox.

Hacktivist, Mayday Parade, Hit The Lights, ROAM and Norma Jean have also been added to the bill for the event which will take place in Leeds, Birmingham and Hatfield from May 28-30.

The 10th anniversary of the festival will see Yellowcard play their 2003 album Ocean Avenue in full. Slam Dunk founder and director Ben Ray said: "I had no idea back then what I thought would be a one-off event would still be going now, let alone continue to grow to the size it has become." See the lineup here.

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Broken Witt Rebels Stream New Song 'Low'

(Classic Rock) Broken Witt Rebels have made their track Low available to stream with TeamRock. It's the opening song on the Birmingham, UK, band's upcoming Georgia Pine EP, which will be released on April 15.

Bass player Luke Davis says: "The next EP is a massive progression from where we are. I don't think we've changed, because what we do is what we do. But it's definitely a massive progression. The sound is bigger. Everything has moved forward."

Georgia Pine was engineered and produced by Tom Gittins, who has previously worked with Robert Plant. The EP can be pre-ordered from the band's website.

Broken Witt Rebels join Brantley Gilbert on his upcoming UK tour, before which they play three headline shows - in London, Birmingham and Sheffield. Stream the song here.

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Trapped Under Ice To Headline Outbreak Fest

(TeamRock Radio) Trapped Under Ice are making an exclusive UK comeback as the headliner for hardcore festival Outbreak on May 3. The Baltimore hardcore band went on a lengthy hiatus in 2013 to focus on their side projects, Angel Dust and Turnstile - but frontman Justice Tripp announced they would be back for US shows last year.

Brighton hardcore five-piece Dead Swans will also reform for the all-day event after teasing the reunion back in January, while London band Dirty Money are scheduled to perform together for the first time since 2010.

Hardcore veterans Terror will headline on April 30 with support from Dead Swans and Incendiary. Trapped Under Ice perform on May 3 with Dirty Money and Higher Power.

Tripp says the Outbreak set will be their only show, adding: "Outbreak is one of the coolest hardcore punk festivals in the world. Read more here.

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David Bowie's Expecting His First Child

(hennemusic) David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, is expecting his first child. Jones and wife Rodene shared the news via Twitter on Tuesday, writing "1 month since dad died today. Made this card for him at Christmas. Due in June. Circle of life. Love you, granddad."

The announcement included a hand-drawn cartoon of a baby with an umbilical cord protruding from its stomach and a speech bubble with the words "I'm waiting."

Bowie's Facebook team added: "Congratulations to Duncan and Rodene Jones with the posting of their happy news on Twitter." The 44-year-old film director (2009's "Moon", 2011's "Source Code") is the only child from the 10-year marriage of Bowie and first wife Angie. Read more here.

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Singled Out: Artifas's Inhuman and Blood For Blood

Artifas just released their new album "Inhuman" and to celebrate we asked frontman Scottie Somerville to tell us about a couple of tracks from the effort including the title song and "Blood For Blood." Here are the stories:

Inhuman: Inhuman is a song about letting the bullies of this world know that you won't be held down. It's about having strength in yourself, and standing up for what you believe in. We are all different in our own ways, and we have all fought many battles in this lifetime. It's about picking yourself up, and realizing that it's not the end. We all have hard times. We all have struggles. We all have Scars!

Blood for Blood" We wrote this song, because we were tired of seeing people becoming so divided over issues that our media outlets were just jamming down peoples throats. Whether it be race, sexuality, gender, etc. it seems that all they ever do is separate us more and drive more problems between us.

Blood for Blood is a song about not buying into everything you see on the news. It's about coming together and not letting them tear us apart! We shouldn't be broken down by the color of our skin or who we fall in love with. It's time for everyone to stand up for themselves, to quit buying in to all the BS we see on TV. This is a fight we have to fight together!

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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