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Day in Rock Report for 02/14/2016



Delta Deep (Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilot) Announce Tour

Delta Deep, the blues-based band featuring Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), have announced a spring tour of the Eastern U.S.

The Sugar Shack Tour is set to kick off on March 28th in Washington, DC at the Howard Theatre and will conclude on April 8th in Bay Shore, NY at the YMCA Boulton Center.

The group will be launching the tour in support of their forthcoming live album "Sugar Shack" which was recorded during their recent west coast tour. A release date was not revealed in the announcement. See the tour dates and the album tracklisting here.

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Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson To The Rescue

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has come to the rescue of an endangered turtle after it washed up on a beach in Jersey with a broken shell and a nasty infection.

Dickinson's personal Eclipse jet flew Terri the turtle from the New Era Veterinary Hospital on the largest of the Channel Islands to a sanctuary in the Canaries after a crowdfunding campaign raised more than £6500 for the cause.

The jet proved a much cheaper alternative than the £22,000 originally needed to fly Terri to rehab. New Era Veterinary Hospital says: "Terri the turtle is doing well in Gran Canaria, is eating more and will hopefully be strong enough to be released in the next few weeks. We couldn't have got her to this point with a massive amount of help from everyone and for that we are so very grateful." Read more here.

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Brian Wilson Adds Several More Dates To Pet Sounds Tour

Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson has added several of new dates to his forthcoming world tour to that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the landmark Pet Sounds album.

Wilson has added numerous North American dates including a hometown show in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as shows in Atlanta, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, and several new dates throughout Florida. H also added second nights in Nashville, San Francisco, Burlington, VT, and a third night in London.

The tour will be kicking off on March 26th Auckland, New Zealand at the Auckland Civic Center and he has dates scheduled until October 15th in Sacramento, CA where he will be performing at the Sacramento Comm. Center Theater. See the dates here.

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Sleeping With Sirens' Justin Hills Forced To Sit Out Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Sleeping With Sirens bassist Justin Hills has announced he'll miss the band's upcoming European tour. The group will kick off the 13-day trek in Amsterdam on February 19 without Hills, who reports he's taking a step back to deal with family issues. Touring guitarist and keyboard player Alex Howard will replace him in the lineup.

Hills says: "Due to personal/family matters, I unfortunately won't be able to make it to this next tour in the UK and Europe. It's really important for me to be home with my family at this time.

"I hope all of you can understand that I'm needed here right now. I will be back on the road with the boys after this tour and I can't wait for you guys to hear what we have in store the rest of the year." Read more here.

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Former Allman Brothers Band Tour Manager Releases Book

Insight Editions have released Kirk West's new photography book which chronicles forty years of the Allman Brothers' history and is entitled "Les Brers: Kirk West's Photographic Journey with the Brothers."

Here is the official synopsis: "This oversized coffee-table book contains a collection that will stand the test of time as the definitive visual history of the Allman Brothers Band. As the Allman Brothers' tour manager for more than twenty-five years and a photographer for more than forty, Kirk West was granted unprecedented access to the legendary band, capturing photos from every moment of the Allman Brothers' history, including rare images of all the solo projects and side bands, both short-lived and hugely successful. Documenting the Brothers from 1973 to their final performance at New York's Beacon Theatre in 2014, West's photography captures intimate behind-the-scenes moments as well as the larger-than-life energy of their live performances.

"In addition to more than 350 images-all published here for the first time-Les Brers contains essays written by New York Times best-selling author Alan Paul (One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band), former tour manager for the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead Sam Cutler, and Hittin' the Note magazine publisher and editor John Lynskey, as well as a foreword by guitar legend Warren Haynes, offering an unprecedented glimpse at one of rock's most celebrated and storied bands."

Order your copy here.

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Metal Musician's Stolen Jacket Turns Up In Macy's Display

(TeamRock Radio) A Portland metalhead's long-lost jacket has mysteriously appeared in a Ralph Lauren display in Macy's flagship store in New York. The vest, given to Mangled Corpse and Maniak bassist Meshach Babcock by a childhood friend, was customised with band patches and his own handwriting.

But the one-of-a-kind jacket was stolen from the backstage area while his group played at a Battle Of The Bands show in Oregon City High School three years ago.

Babcock had given up hope of finding it, until last week, when his friend saw that Nasty Savage had shared a photo of a sleeveless denim jacket with their patch stitched on it in a glass case in Macy's.

He tells Katu News: "I got a message from my friend Sergio saying, 'Meshach, I think I've found your vest.' I looked at the picture and there's no question - it's my vest, all the patches are completely the same." Read more and see a photo of the vest here.

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Crossing Rubicon (Ex-All That Remains) Release New Album

Crossing Rubicon, which features former All That Remains star Jeanne Sagan, have released their brand new studio album "No Less Than Everything."

The band's camp describes the twelve track album as "a throwback to metal of the 80's and early 90's mixed with modern rock". Frontman Scotty Anarchy had the following to say:

"There were a lot of people that thought I was crazy for walking away from my career and pursuing this record, and there were a lot of people who believed in me, both were my inspiration during the recording process. I did this to prove the first group wrong and to inspire both." Check out the band's Facebook for more information here.

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Masterplan's Roland Grapow Looks Back At Helloween

Sleaze Roxx just published a two part interview with Masterplan and former Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow and the site sent over several excerpts from the conversation focused on his former band:

On looking back to when Grapow first joined Helloween after the Keeper albums: "But then, when I joined the band, I was totally free and without any pressure to be honest. But then, when we started songwriting, of course, I wanted to do a good job and wanted to be the best for the band. I found that I was maybe one third of the main songwriters. The other was like Michael Kiske and Weiki. They went to a different direction totally. I was shocked and surprised - like these ballads we had and 'Heavy Metal Hamsters.' And then 'Windmill' which was on the 'Chameleon' album, which was supposed to be on the 'Pink Bubbles [Go Ape]' already. The producer Chris Tsangarides was like, 'What's going on here? The new guy is the only guy that writes heavy metal songs.' [Laughs]

"That's why I was confused. They had a lot of problems there. But it was not about me. It was about Michael Weikath and Michael Kiske. They wanted to go somewhere else like the Queen direction, which we did on the next album. But you can imagine - I was the oldest guy in the band but I was the new guy. I was very shy. I could not speak English at that time. So especially talking to Chris Tsangarides and management, Sanctuary… I forget the name - the Iron Maiden management! So I was really always behind listening and analyzing and thinking 'Something is not right here [laughs].'"

On Helloween's 'Chameleon': "I think it's something that the band needed to do. I know that a lot of people hated it in the beginning but a lot of people now - they're 20 years older - and they just realize it's like a good rock album with heavy metal guys playing rock and all these instruments that we had."

On Michael Kiske changing and leaving the band: "Michael Kiske wanted to sort of keep this kind of style for the next album. He wanted to follow this path and he really wanted to go away. And because he changed - there was something going on in his kind of mind. I don't know what it was but he changed. He went at that time vegetarian - everything at once. He changed let's say in three months, he tried to change so much and everybody was confused. He was always talking. I mean, he is a really strong character. You can talk and try to make a discussion with him. It will take hours because you can't change his opinion! You know, if he has an opinion, he's hard to change. You know his story about heavy metal. He is now back a little bit but it wasn't easy [laughs]."

On his diminishing songwriting contributions around Helloween's 'Better Than Raw' album: "I think that the album is pretty good to be honest. I mean, my impact is still there as a guitar player. And I helped on the Uli Kusch songs and I worked very close to the songwriting with the other guys but I was a little bit out of batteries. I don't know what it was. I wasn't really inspired anymore. Like I said, it started at around the time of 'Time Of The Oath.' I had lots of fun anyways - a lot - but I only wrote one song! And then for 'Better Than Raw', I contributed two to three ideas, and then Andi Deris said, 'That's crap! [laughs]' He did not like it and slowly, the band started talking behind my back. 'This guy is not working for us anymore 100%. He's just into his solo albums which are really good.' You know, they really liked it. Deris said to me: 'Why are you not presenting these great songs to us? [laughs]' That's why we had big trouble after 'Better Than Raw.'" Check out the full part one of the interview here.

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Warren Haynes Named Ramblin' Man Fair Headliner

(Classic Rock) Warren Haynes has been confirmed as the headline act for the blues stage at this year's Ramblin' Man Fair. And it's been announced that the Gov't Mule man and former Allman Brothers Band member will be joined at the festival at Maidstone's Mote Park on July 23-24 by Supersuckers, Simo, Tax The Heat and Sons Of Royalty.

Haynes released his latest album Ashes & Dust last year, admitting it was a departure from his more recognizable style. He told The Blues Magazine: "It's more song-based, coming from the storytelling, Appalachian music tradition. I grew up in Asheville. Bluegrass, Celtic, folk and mountain music is everywhere so I was exposed to it from an early age.

"My father was a singer, he had a beautiful voice, and he was influenced by that kind of singing which carried over to Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley." Read more here.

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The Rocket Summer Tap ex-Paramore Star Josh Farro For Tour Support

The Rocket Summer have announce a North American spring tour which will feature support on several of the dates from Farro, the new project formed by former Paramore guitarist Josh Farro.

The Zoetic Tour is being launching by The Rocket Summer in support of their forthcoming album, Zoetic, which is set to be released on February 26, 2016 via Aviate Records.

The extensive tour will be kicking off on March 11th at Walter's Downtown in Houston, TX and is scheduled to conclude on May 19th at the Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, CA. See the tour dates here.

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Classic Bob Dylan Halloween Concert Set For 5.0 SACD Release

(Glass Onyon) Audio Fidelity has announced that they will be releasing "The Bootleg Series Vol. 6 Bob Dylan Live 1964 Concert at Philharmonic Hall" on Hybrid multichannel 5.0 SACD. A released date was not revealed in the announcement.

The 2-CD set will include a 56-page book and was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh at Stephen Marsh Mastering. We were sent the following details:

This 5.0 SurroundSound mix of Bob Dylan's October 31, 1964 "Halloween" show at New York's Philharmonic Hall is a complete recording and has never been released in this format until now. This 2-CD Audio Fidelity collection presents the entire concert from the original Columbia Records (SONY) master tapes. The package also includes a 56-page book filled with historical photographs and informative notes. The Halloween concert of 1964 had been previously bootlegged on vinyl and CD, but those releases were incomplete and taken from poor dubs off the soundboard tapes.

This 1964 concert is the first all acoustic live performance to enter Bob Dylan's discography. This recording certainly has its share of firsts and highlights, including the only known live version of "Spanish Harlem Incident," the premiere of the songs "Gates of Eden" and "If You Gotta Go, Go Now."

Here is Dylan as an eager-to-please 23 year old with nothing between him and his audience but a guitar and a harmonica. His voice is in top form throughout the 19 song set and when Joan Baez joins him on stage the voltage only increases.

In marked contrast to the tight-lipped living legend of the mid-'70s, here is Dylan as entertainer, joking and bantering with the crowd and he proves to be a very masterful performer.

While much has been made of the later electric performance of the 1960s, it is here that you can see how good Dylan really was. He shows all the budding facets of his art up to this time, from the protest songs, the more introspective material and the radical new direction he was pursuing.

Of course, as with all Audio Fidelity hybrid multichannel releases the SACD is compatible on all standard players and includes the 2-track stereo mix layer as well. See the tracklisting here.

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The Treatment Stream New Song 'The Devil'

UK hard rockers The Treatment are giving fans an advanced taste of their forthcoming album "Generation Me" with the released on an online stream of the new song "The Devil".

The new album is set to be released on March 18, 2016 via Frontiers Music SRL and will be the group's first release to feature new frontman Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey.

The band recorded "Generation Me" with producer Laurie Mansworth and recruited Tony Newton to mix and Ade Emsley to master the album, which is the follow up to 2014's heralded Running With The Dogs album. Stream the new song here.

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Coheed And Cambria Launching U.S. Tour Next Week

Coheed And Cambria will be hitting the road next week to launch a new U.S. headline leg of their tour in support of their 2015 release "The Color Before The Sun".

The band will be supported on the tour by Glassjaw and Silver Snakes with the trek scheduled to kick off with two nights in Boston on February 22nd and 23rd at the House of Blues and will conclude on March 27th in Denver, CO at Fillmore Auditorium.

The Color Before The Sun, the band's first non-concept album, was released in October of last year and gave the band their 6th consecutive Top 10 Billboard charting album. See the tour dates here.

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Earthless Stream New Song and Announce North American Tour Dates

As Earthless continue work on their fourth album, they have announced new North American tour dates for this spring and have also released an online stream of a brand new song called "End to End".

The track is featured Baker Skateboards-curated sampler and features a rarity for the largely instrumental group-- vocals from guitarist Isaiah Mitchell. Check it out here.

The new dates follow the band's appearance at this year's Levitation Chicago Festival on March 12th and the eight date trek will be kicking off on March 14th in Toronto and include stops in Montreal, Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. before wrapping up in Columbus, OH on March 21st. See the tour dates here.

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The Qemists Explain Long Wait For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) The Qemists say the six-year wait for their third album is down to the amount of time they needed to perfect their sound before hitting the studio. The new album, "Warrior Sound" is set to be released on March 4 via Amazing Records.

As for why they kept fans waiting for so long for the follow-up to 2010's Spirit In The System, The Qemists tell The Alt Show: "We like to take our time and get things right. The first album did take five years to make. The way that we work, we don't just go in and record, we design all our sounds too.

"So when you design the snare sound before you can think about programming or recording, there is a lot more work to do. It's not a case of jumping into the studio for a couple of months to record the songs. It doesn't take six years, so that's a bit of an excuse." Read more here.

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Basement Guitarist Reflects On Difficult Writing Experience

(TeamRock Radio) Basement guitarist Alex Henery says the transatlantic writing process for last album Promise Everything has put him off ever doing it again. The Ipswich band put out their third full-length on January 29, but the long-distance writing sessions proved challenging.

Henery tells TeamRock: "It was really hard. The next record we want to focus on being all in the same room. No internet, no distractions, just all of us in one place and just writing. That really excites me.

"It was interesting to record like this, but it was stressful because you can't just stay in the same room - you can't just jam out ideas. A lot of the writing took place in the studio and in the practices that we had before and leading up to recording.

"We work well under pressure, so we made it work - but it's not something I really want to do again." Henery, who works as a freelance videographer, has returned to the UK for Basement's European trek in support of the album. And he reports there are only slight differences between the crowds they've played to around the world. Read more here.

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown Hit The Road With AC/DC

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown hit the road late last week as a support band on AC/DC's 2016 North American tour in support of the legendary band's "Rock Or Bust" album.

The tour kicked off on February 11 in Fargo, ND at Fargo Dome and is scheduled to conclude on April 4th in New York City at the famed Madison Square Garden.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are touring in support of their recently released The Wayside EP and have previously shared the stage with Billy Gibons, B.B King, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, as well as a recent performance onstage with Chris Cornell for the 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi premiere. See the tour dates here.

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October Tide Announce New Album 'Winged Waltz'

October Tide have announced that they will be releasing their brand new eight-track 5th studio album, entitled "Winged Waltz", on April 22nd via Agonia Records.

"Winged Waltz" was recorded, mixed and mastered in Wing Studios (Demonical, Centinex, Diabolical) in Sweden and produced by Sverker Widgren and will be in a variety of formats including digipack CD, regular black gatefold LP, gold LP with gold logo patch (limited to 113 hand-numbered copies), black t-shirt with white and silver print, grey t-shirt with gold print, and digitally.

Frontman Alexander Högbom had the following to say about the effort, "This is undoubtedly the best and most emotionally charged material October Tide has created, in my opinion.

"I know how much hard work Fredrik (guitars) has put into making this album and you can really feel the thought behind it all. I almost injured myself physically and was close to pass out a couple of times during the recording of the vocals. I gave it all to match the intense music and those powerful lyrics and I'm very happy with the result". See the tracklisting here.

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