Day in Rock Report for 02/21/2016

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Confirmed For The Oscars

(Gibson) Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has been confirmed to appear at this year's "Oscars" Academy Awards ceremony, according to media reports. Grohl will give a "special performance" on the show, although further details are not yet available. But why is Grohl there?

It's certainly not clear what Grohl's connection is to the Oscars. He didn't write a song for any soundtracks within the 2016's awards time-frame and Foo Fighters' own Sonic Highways documentary, though great for music fans, isn't nominated. Grohl was also not involved with the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck.

Could it be something to do with David Bowie (a fine actor, lest we forget)? Grohl recently revealed that he had been asked to come up with a song for a movie soundtrack and decided to see if Bowie wanted to sing on it.

According to Grohl, Bowie responded, "David, I watched the movie and I got to be honest, it's not my thing… I'm not made for these times. So thanks, but I think I'm gonna sit this one out." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Frontman Talks Ed Force One

(Gibson) Remember being in the back of a van to take you to gigs? Iron Maiden don't roll that way anymore. After Led Zeppelin's infamous "starship" Boeing 720 plane of the '70s, Maiden have upped the ante. They've fitted out a huge Boeing 747 for their needs.

Ed Force One landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, February 19. And Ed Force One, with bespoke graphic art, is being piloted on the band's world tour by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.

Dickinson says: "When the opportunity arose from my friends at Air Atlanta Icelandic to lease a 747 for The Book of Souls world tour, of course we jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't?

"The greatest benefit of travelling in a 747 is that because of its colossal size and freight capacity we can carry our stage production and all our stage equipment and desks in the cargo hold without having to make any of the immense structural modifications needed to do this on the previous 757, the extent of which fans will have noted on the Flight 666 DVD.

"Although in reality we cannot carry much more gear the savings in complexity, time and cost make using the 747 even more practical. All we will need to do is 'paint' it and move a few seats around, with the added advantage that there is much more room for band and crew - our crew can almost get a row of seats each to catch up on sleep on the flights! Furthermore, it is marginally faster 0.85 MACH and the range of around 7000NM (13,000 km) is much greater which means we will not have to make the refuelling stops we needed to with the 757." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Announces UK Stadium Tour

(Classic Rock) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced dates for a UK stadium tour. The New Jersey singer will play four shows beginning in late May as part of The River Tour in support of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection - a 7-disc box set that presents an expanded look at his fifth studio record.

The 2016 shows will see Springsteen perform the 1980 double album in its entirety. Bruce had the following to say about the trek: "It's going to take a little guessing out of the evening.

"You're going to know what the next song is. Maybe we'll make up for some of that in the encores. We plan on picking out some of the best of our outtakes for the end of the show, and there will obviously be some fan favorites. I don't know myself how it will play out. It should be interesting and a lot of fun for the fans." Read more including the dates here.

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Mortiis Explains The Return Of His Infamous Mask

Mortiis surprised fans earlier this week when his infamous mask made its return via a new video clip. He has since released an explanation about why he resurrected it after resisting its use for a long time.

He explains, "For years I've been stubbornly telling everyone who wanted me to revive the mask to get f**ked, more or less. The idea of the mask just rotted away for me, and for a long time it was just this vile thing that I couldn't relate to. It was someone else, and everyone wanted me to go back to being someone else, so how do you think I'd react to that?

"I needed to go full circle. I suppose I had this sort of nihilistic view of the mask for a long time. It just lost all meaning to me. So I eventually worked my way through the disillusionment, hate, indifference and finally back into the reincarnated goodwill towards it.

"The return of the mask - at least for it to be part of the equation again - had to happen sooner or later. I guess I just needed to put a lot of stuff in its right place in my mind before I was ready to consider putting it back on. Let's face it, though, I'm a sucker for visual sh*t, so obviously the mask was bound to come back at some point. I just wasn't ready to admit it to myself until now, and certainly not to some entitled ass hat yelling that he wants it back."

Mortiis is gearing up for the release of the new album "The Great Deceiver" on March 4th via Omnipresence. Check out the video clip with the return of the mask here.

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Mastodon Release White Walker Vinyl Picture Disc

Mastodon have released their limited edition "White Walker" 12" vinyl picture disc via Warner Bros. Records which features two very different versions of the non-album track. We were sent the following details:

Side A of the release features "White Walker," which was released digitally last winter as part of the Game of Thrones mixtape Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, Volume 2.

The track was commissioned by the show's producers when the band appeared on the show as extras. Welsh illustrator Richey Beckett designed the artwork, which was inspired by the show.

The B-Side of the 12' features an a Cappella version of "White Walker", the original idea for the song recorded by Brann Dailor on his phone in his kitchen.

The artwork is a still from the episode in which the band members appeared as murdered "wildlings" who are brought back to life by White Walkers.

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Sammy Hagar TV Special Airs This Week

(AT) AXS TV have announced that rock star and Rock & Roll Road Trip host Sammy Hagar will sit down with Dan Rather for a revealing 90-minute interview on a special episode of "The Big Interview" this coming Tuesday, Feb. 23. The network have released a teaser video for the episode and sent over the following details:

While Hagar has built a legacy for himself as a critically acclaimed musician and innovative businessman, he remains grounded and truly appreciative-for both his numerous achievements, and his family. He says, "I'm a great pop to my kids, and I'm a great husband to my wife. To my friends and family, I am just a guy I think that just really is so humbled by my success that he just goes around smilin' all the time, 'cause I'm pretty happy about it. I'm kinda shocked, you know? And I really think that that is who I really am deep down inside. And that's why I think I'm still a good performer. At 68 years old, I still go out and give everything I got because I'm so grateful."

Growing up with an alcoholic father in a family that struggled to make ends meet, music became a great comfort for Hagar. Reflecting on his childhood, he reveals, "We never owned a home, first of all. We always rented. [My father] couldn't pay the rent. He'd be in jail. My mom couldn't pay the rent. So we'd go campin'. We'd live in a tent and stuff… I didn't think we were havin' a hard time until I really started growin' up and seein' what other friends had. And then I started to realize I was really poor… So, I kinda got down and out. And then I started playin' music. Lookin' back, I can't believe I made it. And it's the thing that makes me so happy, why I go around smiling all the time."

As an entrepreneur, Hagar has enjoyed tremendous success away from the stage-so much so, that he was invited by Warren Buffett to speak at the billionaire's G.E. Summit. While he has invested in everything from sprinkler systems to apartment complexes, Hagar is, perhaps, best known for creating the Cabo Wabo brand and $100mm Cabo Wabo tequila business. Explaining how he got involved in the industry, he says, "I went to Mexico and bought a place in Cabo San Lucas in 1983… When I was down there, the tequila was different than what I was drinkin' in America… [I said] 'Man, this was the best tequila I've ever had in my life. Could you make it for me, guys?' He tells my interpreter, 'You bring me the bottles, and I'll fill 'em up for you.' Like that. That simple. And that's how Cabo Wabo started. It was so unbelievably organic." Watch the teaser video here.

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Spiritual Beggars Stream New Song 'Diamond Under Pressure'

Spiritual Beggars have released a lyric video for the song "Diamond Under Pressure". The track is the second single released from the band's forthcoming album "Sunrise To Showdown."

The album is scheduled to be released in North American on March 25th and March 18th in Europe. The band recruited the album's artwork creator Chioreanu / Twilight13Media (At The Gates, Grave, Arcturus), to make the new lyric video.

Guitarist Michael Amott had the following to say about the song, "'Diamond Under Pressure' is a song that our keyboard player Per Wiberg brought in as an awesome instrumental and I proceeded to write a lyric and vocal arrangement for it, I was inspired by a late night, alcohol fuelled conversation I'd had with our producer Staffan Karlsson for this one.

"Always a great time to be collaborate on music with Per and I think this is one of my favourites off the new album, despite all its obvious 'Purple-esque' overtones it's still retains a very typical Spiritual Beggars feel. Looking forward to playing this one live on tour this spring!" Watch the video here.

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O'Brother Announce U.S. Headline Tour Dates

O'Brother have announced that they will be following their upcoming Spring tour with Foxing by launching their very own headline trek in support of their forthcoming album "Endless Light."

The new album was produced by Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) and Manchester Orchestra collaborator Brad Fisher and is scheduled to be released on March 25th.

The band will be hitting the road with Foxing on March 15th in Hamden, CT at The Space and concluding the tour on April 8th in St. Louis, MO at The Luminary.

O'Brother will then kick off their own headline tour the next night (April 9) in Chicago at Beat Kitchen and have announced dates that run until April 17th where they will perform at Great Scott in Boston. See the tour dates here.

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Frightened Rabbit Announce New Album "Painting Of A Panic Attack"

Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit have announced that they will be releasing their new album "Painting Of A Panic Attack" on April 18th and have revealed the details for a U.S. tour in support of the effort.

The new album was produced by The National's Aaron Dessner and was recorded at his Brooklyn studio and at Dreamland Studio in Woodstock, NY in the summer of last year.

Dessner had the following to say about the album and Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, "Great songwriters touch a nerve, and I think Scott really touches a nerve with these songs. To me, lyrically, this album is a step above anything he's written before."

Frightened Rabbit will be kicking off their U.S. tour in support of the new record, which will feature support from Caveman, on April 21st in Portland, OR at the Wonder Ballroom.

The tour will also feature appearances at this year's Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta and the Sasquatch! Festival in George, Wa. The final headline date of the trek will take place on May 27th in Sacramento. See the tour dates and the new album tracklisting here.

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Metal Musician Gets His Stolen Vest Back From Macy's

We have a follow-up story about the metal musician who discovered his stolen vest in a Macy's store display. 105.9 The Brew's morning show Tanner & Drew report that the musician, Meshach Babcock, had his vest returned to him.

The station reports that once they learned that Babcock's vest was spotted in the store display, they reached out to Macy's, posted a story and spoke about the discovery on air.

The show reports that on Friday (February 18th) Meshach received a package from Macy's containing his vest along with a Ralph Lauren leather jacket and a couple gift cards.

They report "Not only did Macy's follow through with the request, they went above and beyond to help him celebrate the reunion with his vest!" Read a lot more details and see a photo of the vest here.

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Hollywood Vampires Making Another Album

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper says he's juggling two album projects this year: a new solo record and the follow-up to The Hollywood Vampires' 2015 debut. "So, I'm working on two albums at once right now," Cooper tells Rock N Roll World, "and I'm gonna be on two tours this summer. I got my own tour and then I got the Vampires tour. So, I don't get a rest."

Alice's supergroup with Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry performed their new single, "As Bad As I Am", at the Grammy Awards on Monday as well as paying a musical tribute to Motorhead mainman Lemmy Kilmister.

"As Bad As I Am" is one of three bonus tracks featured on the just-released deluxe edition of the band's 2015 self-titled debut, which delivers covers of classic tunes by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors and more. The band's live lineup includes Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin.

As for his upcoming solo album, Cooper reveals that in addition to featuring some of his current backing group, it will include some tunes he's co-written with the other surviving members of the original Alice Cooper band.

"[Drummer] Neal [Smith] and [guitarist] Mike [Bruce] and I just wrote two or three songs. [Bassist] Dennis [Dunaway] and I wrote some songs together," he says. "When we broke up [in 1974], we broke up as friends. We never broke up as enemies.

"If they're doing a gig, I show up and sing a few songs with them. If I'm doing a gig and they're in town, they come up on stage. So, there's never been any bad blood between any of us." Read more and stream "As Bad As I Am" here.

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Phil Collins Return To Music Will Not Include Touring

(Classic Rock) Phil Collins has said he's not planning to tour even though he's come out of retirement. But he'd still like to play a number of concerts, and he's in the very early stages of working on an album of new material.

The former Genesis frontman and drummer last year announced he's changed his mind about ending his career, and later discussed the possibility of work with Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford again - while also saying that a reunion with Peter Gabriel was unlikely.

Collins, 65, tells Consequence Of Sound: "This thing is accelerating a little bit quicker than I would like it to. I have said that I would like to do a few shows, and now people are saying, 'You're going back on tour.'

"But I'm not going to go back out on tour. I like the rhythm of my life. It's very important to be with my kids - I do not want to go back on the road. Same thing with the record. People are saying I'm making a record, and I'm not. I haven't written a song yet. Things have been elaborated upon to make a better story, but I'm not sure how that will take shape yet." Read more here.

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Ronnie James Dio's Widow Didn't Want Dio To Be A Band?

(Classic Rock) Vivian Campbell says that Wendy Dio didn't want her husband Ronnie James Dio to form his band in the early 80s. The former Dio and current Def Leppard guitarist says that Ronnie's wife and then-manager thought each member of the group was replaceable.

Campbell tells KNAC (via Blabbermouth): "The unfortunate truth is that Wendy Dio never wanted Dio to be a band. She always wanted it to be about Ronnie, the solo artist.

"In her mind, it didn't matter who was in the band with Ronnie, who was standing behind him - bass player, guitar players, drummers, whatever. We were all interchangeable.

"I strongly disagree with that. When you find three or four people that work together and create a great sound, that's the chemistry of a band. That's unique. When you start pulling people out of that equation, it's never going to be the same." Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings Stream David Bowie Cover

(Classic Rock) Marilyn Manson and Shooter Jennings pay tribute to David Bowie with the release of a stream of their cover of the music legend's track Cat People (Putting Out Fire).

The new cover track appears on Jennings' upcoming album Countach (For Giorgio), which pays tribute to Bowie and electronic musician Giorgio Moroder.

Jennings tells Rolling Stone: "I invited Marilyn to a party, and I said, 'You know Cat People? You'd sound awesome doing it.' He was like, 'I sing that song every night before I go on stage.'"

Bowie died last month, aged 69, after a cancer battle. Stream the song here.

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Weezer Release Music Video For 'L.A. Girlz'

(Radio.com) One day after debuting their new song "L.A. Girlz" off their upcoming White album, Weezer released a music video for the song. The narrative focuses on a young boy dressed like Rivers Cuomo.

As he walks along the beach to wait at Lifeguard Tower 28, the boy snapchats several messages, including one that reads, "I am the King of Rock and Roll…Completely."

Presumably he's sending these snaps to L.A. girls, but alas he doesn't get a reply. Until he does…from a female body builder dressed in a black bikini. The two strike poses, and twirl in the sand together to the song's repetitious line, "Does anybody love anybody as much as I love you baby?" Love in the sand doesn't last long, though. Watch it here.

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King 810 Stream New Flint Benefit Song 'Crow's Feet'

(TeamRock Radio) King 810 have released a stream of a new track titled Crow's Feet. It features on benefit compilation album Not Safe To Drink: Music For Flint Water Crisis Relief which is set for release on February 20.

It comes after King 810 helped deliver clean water to the residents of their hometown of Flint, Michigan. A state of emergency was declared in the city after the local water supply became contaminated with lead.

The collection features over 50 artists, with all proceeds from sales going to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund – which helps in the treatment of the long-term affects of lead exposure in children. It's available for pre-order via Bandcamp in exchange for a minimum donation of $5. Read more and stream the song here.

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