Day in Rock Report for 02/23/2016

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Reunited Guns N' Roses 'Doing Some Recording' Says Former PR

(Classic Rock) Slash has reportedly been working on Guns N' Roses material in the studio, according to Arlett Vereecke. The former GNR publicist says recording is "definitely" taking place - although frontman Axl Rose hasn't been involved.

She exclusively tells Classic Rock: "I know they're doing some recording. They're definitely doing something there in the studio. Axl hasn't been there, but Slash is definitely in there and it's not for anyone else."

Ex-Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven also suggests that Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin have been working together. He says: "Duff and Izzy were in the studio before Christmas doing stuff. At a casual glance I think they've got at least a couple of tracks down." Read more here.

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Ex- Nightwish Singer Anette Olzon Violently Attacked

(Prog) Former Nightwish singer Anette Olzon was taken to hospital after being attacked by a woman near her home in Sweden, she's reported. And she says the situation could have been worse than it was if passers-by hadn't stopped to help her.

Posting a picture of her head injuries, Olzon says: "I got beaten down and robbed by a junkie on my way home from my car. She hit me hard and I fell onto the stony street on my head. I'm shaken and bruised.

"The worst thing of all was that were were two adul men standing feet away, watching me get beaten, doing nothing. Thank God a girl ran after, and finally two real men took the junkie down. She is now with the police."

She adds: "Drugs people are really dangerous. Please be careful out there." See her post including the photo here.

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AC/DC Forced To Reschedule Show Due To Death

AC/DC announced that they have been forced to reschedule next Monday's concert in Kansas City so that frontman Brian Johnson can attend the funeral of a dear friend in the UK.

The band were originally scheduled to play a show at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo on February 29th but will now perform one night earlier on February 28th.

The announcement states that the tickets for the original show will be honored on the rescheduled date and fans that wish to obtain refunds can do so at the original point of purchase.

The legendary hard rock group kicked off the current second leg of their North American Rock Or Bust World Tour on February 2nd in Tacoma, WA. They will wrap up the trek on April 4th in New York City.

AC/DC will follow the North American outing with a European tour which is scheduled to launch on May 7th in Lisbon, Portugal and conclude on June 12th in Aarhus, Denmark. See all of the dates on the band's official site here.

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Deep Purple Refused Rock Hall Reunion Jam With Blackmore

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have refused to perform with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore at the band's April 8 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. After a pair of acrimonious splits in the 70s and 90s, Deep Purple will not turn the clock back to reconnect with one of their founding members.

"We were faced with a hard decision when we heard about the Hall Of Fame inductions," explains singer Ian Gillan. "It was a surprise to us that [current members] Steve Morse and Don Airey did not qualify as inductees.

"Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover decided upon the offer of a compromise which has been agreed with the Hall Of Fame and enables us to turn up on the night. Deep Purple inductees will accept the awards and then the living breathing Deep Purple will perform.

"It should be stressed that there is no slight intended nor any desire to upset anyone regarding this decision; it is purely a mark of respect to Steve and Don. I spoke with David Coverdale last week and he expressed complete understanding of the way it was being handled. Thanks, David. You're a gent.

Outside of this event, there are no circumstances under which a 'reunion' could or would take place. So, let's all get up there, shake hands, smile for the cameras and get it done with dignity and respect for all the existing and past members of a very special family."

Blackmore's camp issued a response to the news by informing fans via social media. "Ritchie was honored by the offer of induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," read the official statement. "He was discussing the possibility of attending, until we received correspondence from the President of the Rock Hall of Fame, who said that Bruce Payne, management for the current Deep Purple Touring Band, had said "No"..........!!!!!" Therefore Ritchie will not be attending the ceremony. He sincerely thanks all the fans that voted for him for their support." The Rock Hall also addressed the claim that Blackmore was "banned" from the ceremony. Read their comments here.

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David Bowie's 'Blackstar' To Be Focus Of Instagram Series

(Radio.com) David Bowie's Blackstar will be the focus of an upcoming Instagram series. The photography platform has been slowly curating original content, and will premiere UNBOUND: A … InstaMiniSeries on February 25th. Episodes will air Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on @instaminiseries.

Starring Rookie's Tavi Gevinson and Patricia Clarkson, the series will visually interpret Bowie's final album over the course of 16 episodes. The series "takes its audience on a journey of evocative images inspired by the moods suggested in the album's music, lyrics and artwork. The series is propelled by a focus on this visual interpretation of the ★ album as opposed to a literal, linear narrative," according to the press release.

Bowie gave InstaMiniSeries' creators and producers access to his album before it was released on January 8. InstaMiniSeries Founder and Executive Producer Nikki Borges said, "We are grateful to have the opportunity to participate with the chameleonic rock icon and honored to be entrusted with interpreting his art."

UNBOUND's writer and producer Carolynn Cecilia said, "David Bowie was a trailblazer, not just in the world of music, but in the art of storytelling." What exactly the InstaMiniSeries story will tell remains to be seen, but it promises to evoke a mood reflective of the album as a whole. Read more and watch the preview here.

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Wintersleep Stream New Song Featuring Rush's Geddy Lee

(Classic Rock) Wintersleep have teamed up with Rush mainman Geddy Lee for their track Territory. The track comes from their upcoming album The Great Detachment - and the idea of getting Lee to record bass on the single came about while the Canadian indie outfit were having difficulty nailing the feel of the track in the studio.

Lead singer Paul Murphy says: "It was cool but the song didn't feel as lively as it should in the end. Someone was like, 'What would Geddy Lee do?' Producer Tony Doogan said, 'Oh, the best bass player in the world? He'd make it incredible. Why don't we just ask him?'"

That's exactly what they did, and Lee says he instantly clicked with the feel of the track. Lee reports: "I had a listen and loved the song and the vibe of the band. I had a blast laying down a bunch of takes and sent them off to them. I'm happy to support a fellow Canadian band and wish them all the best with their new album." Read more and stream the song here.

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Beatles 'Gate-Keeper' Allan Rouse Dies

(Classic Rock) Allan Rouse, an archivist who played a key role in remastering the Beatles Anthology double-album in 1995, has died. The news was confirmed by Giles Martin, the son of iconic Beatles producer George. No cause of death has been given, but Martin reports Rouse had been looked after during an illness by his wife Fiona.

He says in a statement: It's very sad to hear about the passing of Allan Rouse, known as the "gate-keeper" for The Beatles at Abbey Road. He looked after and cherished everything that was recorded by the band and my father all those years ago. Only Allan knew where everything was and only Allan was trusted with preserving the tapes and the legacy of the most successful band in the history of recorded music.

"My father spent hours with Allan working through the tapes for The Beatles Anthology. From the outset my dad loved his deadpan humour. It was this, linked to his incomparable knowledge of the music, that made trawling through all of the tapes a pleasure for my father during the project.

Rouse joined Abbey Road Studio as an engineer in 1972. His name can be found on many of the archive projects by the Beatles over the last 20 years. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Beatle widows Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison also paid tribute to the late engineer. Read their statement here.

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Awolnation Release 'Woman Woman' Video

Awolnation have released a video for their new single "Woman Woman," ahead of their performance of the track on The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS last night.

The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld (Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Awolnation's Aaron Bruno had the following to say about the clip, "I was excited to be able to work with Marc on this.

"Right away he understood the song and that I wanted to create something lighthearted, energetic and authentic featuring women in their natural state, and I think that really comes through in the video."

"It's a celebration" Klasfeld adds about the music video, which was cast with all actual musicians. "A hymn to all women. We didn't add any makeup, we didn't use any big styling elements, obviously we didn't use any clothes…" Watch it here

The band is preparing to hit road for a North American arena tour with Fall Out Boy later this week. The trek will kick off on February 26th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, FL and wrap up on March 26 in Irvine, CA at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. See the dates here.

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Rob Zombie and Korn Announce Initial Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie and Korn have announced the initial dates for their upcoming summer co-headlining tour of North America which will also feature special guests In This Moment.

The Return Of The Dreads tour is scheduled to visit 25 cities including Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Seattle, Las Vegas and more. 12 dates have already been revealed for the trek with more to come.

"Together again! Back By popular demand!," Zombie said in the tour announcement. "We are hitting the road this summer with our buddies in Korn. Is your city on the list?" Read more including the initial dates here.

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Megadeth Dystopia Tour Kick Off Show Videos Go Online

(hennemusic) Megadeth launched their North American tour in support of "Dystopia" in Dallas at the South Side Ballroom on February 20, and video from opening night has surfaced online.

The band delivered a 16-song set heavy on classic tracks while playing only one song, "Fatal Illusion", from their 15th studio release. The Dallas show marked the US live debut of new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God in the lineup following the fall 2014 departure of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover.

Megadeth's 6-week tour with guests Suicidal Tendencies, Children Of Bodom and Havok wraps up in Quebec City on March 24. "Dystopia" recently landed a No.3 debut on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units. The feat marks the group's highest-charting US album since 1992's "Countdown To Extinction", which debuted and peaked at No. 2. Watch the videos from the show here.

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Local H Announce 'As Good As Dead' Anniversary Tour and Reissue

Local H have announced have that they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, 'As Good As Dead,' with a special vinyl release and a tour.

The band will be playing the album in its entitled during the trek which will also feature them performing classic tracks, as well as songs from their latest studio album "Hey, Killer".

The tour is set to kick off with a weekend of previously announced hometown shows at Metro in Chicago on April 15th and April 16th and will conclude the tour on June 18th in Austin, TX at the Empire Control Room and Garage.

Frontman Scott Lucas had this to say, "We're taking a couple of months off to properly prepare for the tour. We wanna make sure we get it right and present the album in the best possible way.

"We're well aware that these shows are less about us and more about the people coming to hear us play a record that maybe has some importance to them. We take that seriously -- and let's just say, we're not in the business of disappointing people."

The band also announced that 'As Good As Dead' will be released on vinyl for the very first time this spring when srcvinyl issue it on 180 gram colored vinyl as a double LP will have a premium gatefold jacket and insert. See the tour dates here.

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Stray From The Path Part Ways With Dan Bourke

(TeamRock Radio) Stray From The Path have announced that they've parted ways with drummer Dan Bourke. He joined the New York outfit in 2008 and played on 2009's Make Your Own History, 2011's Rising Sun, 2013's Anonymous and 2015's Subliminal Criminals.

The band have moved quickly to bring in former The HAARP Machine sticksman Craig Reynolds, who has been on the road with them on their current European tour.

The group say in a statement: "Stray From The Path would like to welcome longtime friend and ridiculous drummer Craig Reynolds to our team. Dan has decided to move on and has stepped down as the drummer of Stray.

"Craig has been with us on tour and the chemistry on and off stage was present right away and we cannot wait to bring this new life into the band. Lots of exciting stuff coming up soon for us." Read more here.

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Hayley Williams And Chad Gilbert Get Married

(TeamRock Radio) Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert have tied the knot. The lead vocalist of Paramore and the New Found Glory guitarist kept wedding details under wraps in the run-up to the big day, which took place at Franklin Theater, Nashville.

E! News report that the pair, along with approximately 50 guests, then celebrated at Franklin's Puckett's Grocery and Restaurant. The eatery says: "It was an honor to help Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert celebrate their wedding. The love was flowing - if you've seen these two around town, you know what a joy they are. Cheers to love."

The pop-punk power couple have been dating since 2008 and got engaged in December 2014. Paramore and New Found Glory are also scheduled to perform at the second annual Parahoy cruising festival which departs from Miami in March. See the wedding photos that were posted online here.

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Kristoffer Gildenlow (ex-Pain Of Salvation) Announces Solo Album

(Prog) Former Pain Of Salvation bassist Kristoffer Gildenlow will release his second solo album entitled The Rain in April. The follow-up to his 2012 debut Rust was helped by a Kickstarter campaign, which successfully cleared its €8500 target.

The Rain is described as "a concept album that examines the life of a man in later stages of dementia who struggles with his own reality, perceived through the metaphor of rain and clouds."

A final date for the record launch is still to be announced, but Gildenlow will present the album in its entirety at a show at Zoetermeer's Cultuurpodium Boerderij, Netherlands, on March 25. Read more here.

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Ana Popovic Releasing Three New Albums

(The Blues) Ana Popovic will launch three brand-new albums together in May, featuring guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa, Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Robert Randolph and Ivan Neville.

Each volume focuses on one of her main musical interests - blues, jazz and funk, with the collection featuring a total of 25 tracks. Popovic tells the Pocono Record:

"All these genres have a huge base in the blues. So many jazz standards are very bluesy. That side is something I'm very interested in. You can take anything you want out of the blues." Read more here.

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Yngwie Malmsteen Announces New Album 'World On Fire'

(Classic Rock) Yngwie Malmsteen is set to release his next album World On Fire. The Swedish guitar icon also hints in an interview that his 10th studio record could be out in April.

He tells Seymour Duncan: "I spent two years working on it, touring, recording, touring, recording. And that's actually much better in a way. Back in the day I would write the songs then rehearse them with some musicians, then go and do a backing track and we'd record it, mix it, learn the songs to go play them on tour, then do it all again. That way isn't necessarily conducive to making the best music.

"So in a very backhanded way, this weird twist of fate in the music industry has actually made it a more inspiring environment. I can write anytime and record anytime. My recording studio is always open, 24 hours. I can just record when I want and it's a beautiful thing.

"The album is finished and it's been delivered to the label in Japan so I would expect it to be released in about two months from now." Read more here.

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Gojira Finish Mixing New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Gojira have confirmed they've completed mixing their upcoming album. The French outfit have been working on the follow-up to 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage at frontman Joe Duplantier's recently built New York studio.

The band gave an album update via Facebook, saying: "Joe and Johann Meyer mixing the new baby. Mario was around too. We're done with mixing finally. Ready for mastering. Cheers everybody."

Last month, the band issued a video clip showcasing behind-the-scenes recording sessions. Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier said last year that he wasn't taking on further projects as he wanted to concentrate fully on the group's sixth album. See the band's post here.

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Wilson Release 'Give 'Em Hell' Video

(Classic Rock) Wilson have released a video for their track 'Give 'Em Hell.' The song comes from last year's Right To Rise album, the follow-up to 2014's debut Full Blast F***ery.

"This video embodies the very DNA of our band," says singer Chad Nicefield. "If you're into kicking ass and taking names, no matter who or what the competition, this masterpiece is for you!

"It's got blood, guts and glory. A 'no holds barred,' fun-filled, roller coaster of fury coupled with the swiftest kick to your family jewels. Live for the thrill, 'cause it's kill or be killed, motherf***ers!

"P.S. No small children were harmed in the making of this video... we think." Watch the video here.

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adem Launching UK Tour This Week

adem has announced that he will be launching a UK Tour this week in support of his latest solo album 'Seconds Are Acorns' which features the single "by everyone".

The tour will be kicking off on Friday, February 26th in Edinburgh at the Bongo Club and will conclude on March 12th in Reading at the South Street Arts Centre. For a preview of what to expect at the shows, "by everyone" can be streamed here.

Founding member of influential post-rock band Fridge alongside Four Tet's Kieran Hebden and one half of Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch aka The Pictish Trail, adem has released three previous solo albums; Homesongs (2004), Love And Other Planets (2006), and 2008's alternative covers album Takes. See the tour dates here.

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Tribute Night Announced For Former Jethro Tull Star Mick Abrahams

(Prog) A tribute night will be held for Mick Abrahams at London's Borderline on May 9. The music event will raise funds to help the former Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig guitarist to buy disability equipment.

Special guests will include Rick Wakeman, Ray Dorset, Geoff Whitehorn, Clive Bunker, Elliott Randall, Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham, along with many more.

The 72-year-old released his solo album Revived last year. He worked with artists including Bill Wyman, Martin Barre, Bernie Marsden and Paul Jones on the 17-track blues record. He also pledged to donate 50% of all its sales to Kids 'N' Cancer. Read more here.

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Two Rare Neil Young Films Coming To DVD

(WBR) Reprise Records has announced that Neil Young will release two rare films, the post-apocalyptic musical comedy Human Highway and the concert feature Rust Never Sleeps, for the first time on DVD on April 22nd. Neither film has been available for public viewing in years.

Human Highway is Young's 1982 comedy starring Russ Tamblyn, Charlotte Stewart, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Hopper, and Devo, which has been digitally restored for the DVD release.

Rust Never Sleeps is the full-length feature about Young's 1978 concert tour and includes some of Young's most popular songs, showcasing classic hits such as "I Am a Child," featuring Crazy Horse, "Cinnamon Girl," "Like A Hurricane" and both the acoustic and electric versions of his landmark song "Hey Hey, My My."

Also on February 29th, Fathom Events, Warner Bros. Records, and AARP will present a special one-night only screening of the two films in select movie theaters nationwide live at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT and tape-delayed to 7:30 p.m. PT, HI and AK.

The special cinematic event also features an exclusive live Q&A with Cameron Crowe interviewing Young and his eclectic cast, which includes Gerald V. Casale of Devo, Tamblyn, and Stewart.
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Singled Out: Pound of Flesh's Believe

Pound of Flesh recently released a remix album called "Refills" and to celebrate we asked Darrel James and Steve McIntosh to give a little story behind the song and video for "Believe" which is the first single off their latest effort. Here is the story:

Darrell James: When I wrote the song I was having one of those days where everything that can go wrong did. So I decided to put it to music to get it out of my system. I wasn't really happy with the lyrics so I wrote some different ones and played it for our keyboardist/co-writer Steve McIntosh and he was like, "I love the music but what's up with the lyrics?" lol So I played him the original version and he loved it. I wasn't really a fan of the song until Steve reworked it-that changed it for me completely. Now I absolutely love it and It has become one of my favorite songs to play live.

Steve McIntosh: The video tells the story of the band, and a couple others, who are ghosts in their home when paranormal investigators come to check it out. The ghosts decide that they are going to scare off the investigators and drive them out of the house.

The concept for the video is one of several that we had worked up. The lyrics aren't entirely clear as to the exact meaning except looking for something more to believe in, and we wanted to provide a fun alternate meaning to the song. We had come up with part of the concept while hanging out with friends and talking about what we would do if we were ghosts trapped in a house and that none of us were the subtle type, and would have to go full crazy with anybody messing with our home.

When we had finally decided on a concept, we starting scouting for locations and couldn't really find anything that would work until friends of ours told us they really wanted us to shoot the video at their home, which was great, but to meet their timeline we had to do the shoot in two weeks. At that point, we didn't have much except for a concept, so we spent the next two weeks getting everyone scheduled, storyboarding, sourcing costumes and props, testing out effects that we needed to use, and putting the shot list together. The day of the shoot was crazy-we had two videos that we had already done for One-Time Offer and Everybody, but we were totally unprepared for the chaos of keeping 20 people on schedule when we didn't know how long the shots would take. We had to scrap about half of the shots at the shoot, and some things that we had planned and were excited about ended up on the cutting room floor-like the dry ice fog.

We got all of the footage and spent the next week working out where the holes would be, what shots would work and what had to be stripped, and decided that we were going to need a small 2nd and then a 3rd shoot. The 2nd shoot was back at the original location and the 3rd ended up needing to convert our dining room into a green screen set.

We wanted the video to be fun, and we've never taken ourselves too seriously and needed that to be reflected in the video. So, there's a lot of things that we added just because we thought they were funny, and we honestly don't care if people don't find them ALL humorous as long as they enjoy the video.

Some things were completely added in post for the hell of it-Spud the squirrel was one. Another big add-on were the cats in the video. We had been told to make sure that we added tags to the video when it was released for things like "cute cats" because that would drive more views, and we just don't play that way and weren't going to be deceptive about anything just to get views, but they were insistent so I decided that our way out of it would be to go ahead and add cats to the video. We setup the green screen again and tried, in vain, to get them to do at least something we could use! A few hours later and we had about a minute of usable footage, which was enough to be able to add them into a few scenes.

Tamale Sepp, a Chicago comedian and performer, was gracious enough to be our Valkyrie for the video. She was such a trooper while I was at her feet pointing a leaf-blower in her face for an hour.

The other ghost in the video, Helen, is based on the ghost that is believed to live in the house that we used for the video.

Being completely independent of a label allows us to have complete control over what we put out there, but that also means that everything is out-of-pocket-photos, artwork, music, videos… it's all us.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song and video, listen for yourself here() and learn more about the album right here!

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Spock's Beard Reuniting For Neal Morse's MorseFest

(Prog) The classic Spock's Beard line-up will be joining forces with current members of the band at original keyboard player Neal Morse's own festival MorseFest.

Launched in 2014, Morsefest (the weekend devoted to the music of Neal Morse in his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee) has grown bigger each year. This year, the event's 3rd, the original lineup of Spock's Beard is reuniting for one night only to perform the entire Snow album, the concept album from 2002 that was also the last album to feature Morse with the group.

This summer, over the weekend of July 1st and 2nd, fans can see this historic performance in Nashville. Joining the classic lineup of Neal Morse, Alan Morse, Nick D'Virgilio, Ryo Okumoto, and Dave Meros, will also be current vocalist Ted Leonard and drummer Jimmy Keegan.

To complete the weekend, the opening night, July 1st, will feature an unplugged Prog-Rock "Storytellers" performance which will include Neal Morse, Nick D'Virgilio, Casey McPherson (Flying Colors) and Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band). The Snow performance will take place on the second night, July 2nd. Read more here.

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Jolly Kills Steven Wilson Animated Parody Video Released

(TeamRock Radio) Jolly have released an animated short entitled Jolly Kills Steven Wilson. The tongue-in-cheek film has been issued to promote their ongoing Patreon campaign, where people can pledge cash in return for videos, tracks and gain access to band's EP The Minimum Wage.

Drummer Louis Abramson tells Pop Matters: "We decided to pay homage and show out love to the prog world in the best way we know how - by making fun of it. We do believe that people will see our nonsense as an act of love. Any fan of Jolly knows that Steven Wilson is a huge influence on us."

Abramson says the clip has a "surprising amount of truth" about his band and reports further videos are being planned to poke fun at Neal Morse and Periphery.

He adds: "Our aim is to show the world that the only thing it takes to make quality content is heart." Watch the video here.

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American Head Charge Release 'Perfectionist' Lyric Video

(TeamRock Radio) American Head Charge have unveiled a lyric video for their track Perfectionist. The song is the second taken from their upcoming record Tango Umbrella, after they streamed Let All The World Believe earlier this month.

Tango Umbrella is due for release on March 28, and is the first full-length album since 2005's The Feeding. American Head Charge will support Mushroomhead on their 15-date UK tour in March and April.

Bassist Chad Hanks says: "We are very excited to return to our strongest territory overseas, the UK, with our good friends in Mushroomhead. We look forward to coming back and there is more to come soon." Check out the video here.

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Steely Dan Announce Summer Tour With Steve Winwood

Steely Dan have announced that they will be hitting the road for two legs of the "The Dan Who Knew Too Much" Tour which will kick off this spring and include a summer leg with Steve Winwood.

The short spring tour is scheduled to kick off with the first show of a two night stand at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on April 18th. The run will also include a performance at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

The summer tour leg will get underway on June 7th in Cincinnati, OH at the Riverbend Music Center and will conclude on July 13th in Virginia Beach, VA at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater. See all of the dates here.

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Metal Church Preview New Album 'XI'

(Classic Rock) Metal Church have released a teaser video for their upcoming 11th album. XI will be out on March 25 and marks the band's first record with singer Mike Howe since 1993's Hanging In The Balance.

The trailer also features album opener Reset. Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof said: "Mike's voice sounds the same as it did two decades ago when we were writing The Human Factor - and the band is about as tight as you can possibly get."

Metal Church are currently on tour across the US. They'll return to the Europe in May in support of the album. Check out the tour dates and watch the teaser video here.

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Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton Lead Guitar Auction

A number of rare items from legendary guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, are to be auction this coming week by Guernsey's in New York City.

The auction, billed as "one of the largest of the year of music-related items" will feature over 225 guitars and instruments from legendary musicians and will be taking place on February 27th at Bohemian National Hall (321 East 73rd) and online at both liveauctioneers.com and invaluable.com

One of the big ticket items is a Van Halen-Owned 1982 Charvel Van Halen Model which is estimated to bring in between $60,000 - $80,000 and is described as follows:

"This guitar comes complete with its original Bill of Sale from Charvel/Jackson to Eddie Van Halen dated April 28, 1982. The lot also includes a video of an interview Eddie gave for television show Entertainment Tonight in 1982, which shows Eddie playing a guitar with an identical stripe pattern as this guitar. Each Charvel 'Van Halen Model' guitar had a unique striping pattern, so this video proves that Ed owned and played this guitar."

Other notable items include four guitars associated with Eric Clapton (two are signed); Jimi Hendrix's guitar strap from Woodstock; A 1952 Gibson Super 400 CES 7-string made for late studio guitarist Tony Mottola; Two "In Cold Blood" guitars, one used in the 1967 Academy Award-winning movie based on the blockbuster book by Truman Capote, and the other owned by the actual murderer Perry Smith; and A 1959 Gibson owned by Franny Beecher.

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Poison Girls' Vi Subversa Dead At 80

(TeamRock Radio) Vi Subversa, the singer and guitarist of anarcho-punk outfit Poison Girls, has died aged 80. Her son Pete Fender confirmed the news of her passing in a posting on Facebook.

His statement reads: "It is with deep sorrow that I have to announce the mourning of my wonderful mum Frances Sokolov, known to many as Vi Subversa, who has passed away peacefully following a short illness.

"We know that her death will come as a shock. Vi had recently celebrated her 80th birthday and only a few short weeks ago gave what was to be her final performance.

"Vi led an extraordinary life in a variety of fields, but was no doubt best known as the lead singer, lyricist and rhythm guitarist in Poison Girls. She was a key figure to a lot of people and we know that there will be a great many who would wish to pay tribute to her music and words, as well as to her remarkable achievements in life. We know too that she would want this to happen." Read more here.

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Posthumous Jani Lane Album To Be Released This Week

(Classic Rock) Jani Lane's cover versions are to be included in a posthumous compilation album titled Catch A Falling Star. The record is set for release on February 26, and includes Lane's versions of UFO's Doctor, Doctor, Def Leppard's Photograph and Bon Jovi's Lay Your Hands On Me.

The late ex-Warrant frontman's bandmates, guitarist Erik Turner, bassist Jerry Dixon and former sticksman Bobby Borg all perform on the album. It also features guest appearances from Alice Cooper, singer Ryan Roxie and former W.A.S.P guitarist Chris Holmes.

Borg says: "There is no better tribute to Lane than a collection of covers. Those who saw Warrant perform live know that Lane loved to mix cover songs into the shows - songs by The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Joe Walsh, Queen, and other artists throughout our live sets. I loved that about the band." Read more and see the track and guest list here.

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