Day in Rock Report for 01/06/2016

Guns N' Roses Confirm Reunion Band Lineup

(Gibson) After much speculation and rumors Guns N' Roses officially confirmed that original members Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff McKagan are reuniting and will headline this year's Coachella festival on April 16 and April 23.

"Ok,ok... It's 'confirmed!' Guns N' Roses is Headlining Coachella 2016!! See Everyone There," wrote Axl in a Tweet. These two shows will be the first time that Slash and Axl have played together since 1993.

The reunion is not a complete return to the classic Appetite For Destruction lineup, with drummer Steven Adler, and guitarist Izzy Stradlin being absent from the bill.

The band confirmed only Axl, Slash and Duff as part of the band on Tuesday. As for who else will be part of the lineup, it has been suggested that current GN'R drummer Frank Ferrer will be participating in the reunion shows. Guitarist Richard Fortus as well as Slash and Duff's Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner are also said to be included in the new GN'R lineup. There also may be a stadium tour coming. Read about that here.

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Motorhead To Stream Lemmy's Memorial Service Online

(hennemusic) Motorhead have announced plans to stream a private memorial service that is planned for late frontman Lemmy Kilmister following his passing from cancer on December 28.

"This Saturday, January 9, family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Hollywood, commencing at 3pm PST and ending at 4.30pm," says the band. "With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you don't attend the cemetery… but we want you ALL to be a part of this, so we are setting up a live feed of the service via the internet on Motörhead's official You Tube channel.

"So wherever you are, please get together and watch the service with fellow Motorheadbangers and friends. GO to your favorite bar, or your favorite club, make sure they have access to an internet connection and toast along with us. Or simply invite your pals around and celebrate Lemm's life at home.

"Whatever your venue, and however you can, let's be sure to gather globally on Saturday 9th and celebrate the life of our dear friend and irreplaceable icon." Read more here.

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Motley Crue Release Farewell Concert Film Preview

(hennemusic) Less than a week after wrapping up their farewell tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Motley Crue have released a video preview of the upcoming concert film of the event.

Directed by Christian Lamb, the project will premiere in theaters and via Pay-Per-View this spring, with live footage rounded out with interviews and behind the scenes material shot by Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine.

Motley Crue closed out the 18-month farewell run on New Year's Eve, the last of three shows in their hometown. The group announced The Final Tour at a January 2014 press conference in Hollywood, and signed a binding legal document known as a "cessation of touring" contract which prevents them from touring beyond 2015. Watch the preview here.

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Foo Fighters Covered By 1000 Musicians From Around The World

(Radio.com) Super groups may include a few more members than your average band, but 1,000? That's the number behind Rockin' 1000, the band in Cesena, Italy responsible for collectively playing Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" last year. The cover came about as a plea asking Foo Fighters to perform in their city.

Rockin' 1000 followed up their massive debut with another video on Monday. This time, the band covered Foo Fighters' "Saint Cecilia," off the band's most recent EP by the same name. Rather than perform together, as they did with their last cover, Rockin' 1000 gathered musicians the world over to contribute.

On YouTube, the band explained, "We asked musicians all over the world to record themselves while singing and playing the Foo Fighters' song Saint Cecilia." Watch it here.

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Linkin Park Recording New Album

(Radio.com) Linkin Park have hinted at new music, "we're just getting started in the studio on a new album" reads a message on their homepage, and now we have visual confirmation.

The band took to Instagram to share a photo of Chester Bennington singing into a microphone with the caption "back to work this week." The band is working on the follow up to their 2014 album The Hunting Party.

This November Bennington had resigned from his temporary role as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots with the stated intention of focusing on Linkin Park.

"In all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I'm going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%," he said in a prepared statement, "It's been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park." See the photo here.

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Former Flyleaf Singer Lacey Sturm Announce Debut Solo Album

Former Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm is following the release of her single "Impossible" with the announcement that she will release her debut solo album, entitled "Life Screams", on February 12th.

"In the beginning, Flyleaf really centered around my story and vision," says Sturm in the new album announcement. "This new project continues that narrative in a cohesive way."

She wrote some of the material on her own and also worked with husband/guitarist Josh Sturm, Skillet's Korey Cooper and Grammy Award winning writer and producer David Hodges, Lacey.

Sturm has also announced that sometime this week, she will be performing an acoustic version of "Impossible" at SiriusXM Radio Octane's studio and also the HardDrive Radio studio. The air dates will be announced soon.

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Queen Release Video Of 1986 Magic Interviews

(Classic Rock) Queen have released a video which features 1986 interviews with all four original members. The interviews were filmed ahead of the release of the album A Kind Of Magic, which tied in with that year's hit film Highlander.

Drummer Roger Taylor says the band were careful not to release the record as a soundtrack as they wanted it to stand up as a Queen record in its own right. He adds: "I think the idea of a complete soundtrack album puts people off.

"I think they imagine all sorts of orchestral links which don't really do anything, and it's really just background music, which it isn't at all. It's a fully-fledged Queen album."

Bassist John Deacon adds: "We did all the music for the film first and they dubbed it on. When it came to doing the album, we re-arranged a lot of the tracks and made them longer and wrote more lyrics, tried to make them into fully-fledged songs. So they stand up in their own right, without necessarily having to be with the film. You can hear them on the radio and they would sound like songs rather than incidental music."

Frontman Freddie Mercury - who died five years later in 1991, explains how he reworked the album's title track, written by Taylor. Mercury says: "We all have our own ideas of how a song should be. In the case of Roger's track, Magic, he did it in a totally different way which was quite good. But I just felt there was another commercial streak.

"I realised he was going away to LA for a week so I got hold of it and I change it round completely. When he came back I said, 'What do you think?' And he said, 'Oh, I like it.'

"It was a completely different song but sometimes you can see something different in other people's songs. They do that to mine as well, we all help each other." Watch the video here.

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Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red Tour Announced

Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red have announced that they will be teaming up to launch a North American coheadlining tour in March and April.

The trek will feature support from The Faceless and Good Tiger and is set to kick off on March 4th in Sayreville, NJ at the Starland Ballroom and concluding on April 17th in New York City at Webster Hall.

Between The Buried And Me will be embarking on the tour to promote their latest album, Coma Ecliptic, and will follow the tour with appearances at several North American music festivals including Rock and the Range and Carolina Rebellion. See the tour dates here.

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Blues Guitarist Long John Hunter Dead at 84

(The Blues) Texas electric blues guitarist Long John Hunter has died at the age of 84, his former record label have announced. Alligator Records say he'll be remembered for "single-note solos and melodic, drawling vocals" and that he leaves a legacy of seven solo albums and a number of successful singles.

ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons, a long-time fan, tells the El Paso Times: "He was El Paso and Juarez's gift to the blues. I fondly remember listening to his El Paso Rock when I was a kid. It didn't get more Texas border boogie than that."

Born John Thurman Hunter Jr in Arkansas in 1931, he moved to Texas two decades later and bought his first guitar after seeing B.B. King play. His first single, She Used To Be My Woman, was released in 1953, with his biggest success being 1961's El Paso Rock. Read more here.

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Deftones Documentary Blocked In Legal Fight

(TeamRock Radio) Documentary Entertain Me: A Film About Deftones has been temporarily shelved. The movie by director Andrew Bennett was shot 15 years ago while the band were recording 2000 album White Pony and was to be released late last month.

But controversy has surrounded the launch as it has reportedly not earned the band's management Velvet Hammer's seal of approval. A statement on the film's website reads:

"As expected this film is unavailable for a very short time. I can assure every person who has purchased it, you are getting your film! No matter what." Read more here.

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After The Burial Releasing New Album 'Dig Deep' Next Month

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial will release their fifth album entitled Dig Deep on February 19. It'll be issued via Sumerian Records and marks the band's first full-length recording since the death of guitarist Justin Lowe.

He fell from a bridge in July last year, aged 32, after appearing to suffer a mental breakdown. The group released Lost In The Static from the follow-up to 2013's Wolves Within in October, saying their goal was to "get back to living a normal life" following Lowe's death.

After The Burial will also hit the road across the US next month in support of the release of Dig Deep. Check out the tour dates, the new album's cover art and tracklisting here.

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Built to Spill Announce U.S. Dates Ahead Of Australian Tour

Built to Spill will be globetrotting in the early part of 2016. They have announced a string of dates in the western U.S. next month before they head to Australia in March.

The U.S. west coast tour will feature two night stands in several cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego as well as stand-alone shows in Portland and Eugene.

The short tour will be kicking off on February 5th with the first Seattle show at The Showbox and will conclude on until February 15th in San Diego at The Casbah.

The band will then head to Australia where they will launch their four city tour on March 10th in Sydney at the Manning Bar. They will also visit Brisbane and Melbourne and wrap up the tour at the Golden Plains Festival in Meredith on March 13th.

Built to Spill will be launching the tours in support of their latest studio album Untethered Moon, which was released last April by Warner Bros. Records. See the tour dates here.

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Space Elevator Reveal Charity Thin Lizzy Cover

(Classic Rock) Space Elevator have released a cover of Thin Lizzy's Don't Believe A Word to raise money for the Duchess Of Cambridge's Action On Addiction charity. The track has been released to tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Thin Lizzy mainman Phil Lynott's death.

Space Elevator guitarist David Young says: "I, along with drummer Brian Greene and our bassist Chas Maguire, more or less learned to play our instruments by studying every part in every song on the classic Lizzy album Live And Dangerous, surely still the best best live rock album of all time.

"The Duchess was also hugely inspired and influenced by Phil and in fact his first solo album Solo In Soho is one of her all time favourite albums. We thought this song could be really interesting with a female vocal and we were playing both the slow and fast versions live. When I realised it was 30 years since Phil's passing it seemed the obvious choice to record.

"It's well documented that he struggled with drug addiction and it seemed appropriate to give the profits to an addiction charity."

The track can be downloaded as part of the three-track Don't Believe A Word EP, with all proceeds going to the charity of which Kate Middleton is a patron. Watch a video for the track here.

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Graham Bonnet Band Release 'The Mirror Lies' Video

(Classic Rock) The Graham Bonnet Band have released a video for their track The Mirror Lies. The band will kick off a 16-date UK tour with four-piece Evyltyde as support later this month.

The group led by the former Rainbow, Alcatrazz and Impellitteri frontman put out the EP My Kingdom Come to promote their sold-out Japan tour last year.

Bonnet said: "I am excited to come back to the UK with my new group, and a full career-spanning setlist that fans will be very happy with. I hope to see you all there." Watch the video here.

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Against The Current Cover Adele's 'Water Under The Bridge'

(TeamRock Radio) Against The Current have released a video of their cover of Adele track Water Under The Bridge. And they say they decided to record the pop star's song as it's one of their current favorites.

The band had the following to say about the track: "It's been a while since we've covered anything so we figured we'd start off 2016 by thanking you all for the amazing support in 2015."

Chrissy Costanza, Dan Gow and Will Ferri launched their Gravity EP last year and will tour the UK and Ireland next month as support for All Time Low. Check out the cover here.

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Frampton Comes Alive 40th Anniversary Celebrated In The Studio

(ITS) The latest episode of syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 40th anniversary of Peter Frampton's mega live album "Frampton Comes Alive!" The show sent over the following details:

Peter Frampton's double concert album Frampton Comes Alive! released this week in 1976 was so phenomenally successful, and his resultant fame so widespread, that it is hard to remember a time when he wasn't a household name. Peter's departure from Humble Pie for a solo career was a bold move, but truth be told, after four solo albums without a hit, Frampton was not all that confident that his loyal record label could afford to be patient much longer. Recording some live concerts a few months after the release of his fourth studio album, Frampton in 1974, Peter was buying a little career insurance. If his studio album failed to sell he could always offer up a live stop gap album to release, which is relatively cheap to produce. Little did he know then that the album would be his career-defining, star-making, multi-million worldwide selling masterpiece.

"Show Me the Way", "Baby I Love Your Way", "Lines on My Face" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" dominated the radio airways and the album would spend an entire year on the US album chart, popping into the # 1 slot on four separate occasions.

Peter Frampton shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his real concern leading up to the first night of recording of the live album. "This was the first time we ever headlined. That was the first night. You talk about being scared about the (mobile studio) truck? I was scared about going out in front. This was the first time we had played an hour and twenty minute set. … From Humble Pie right inclusive of the reviews of the live record, everybody wanted me to make it." Stream the episode here.

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Sevendust, Evanescence Supergroup Not By Sight Release 'Stand' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Not By Sight have released a video for their track Stand. The band features Evanescence guitarist Troy McLawhorn, Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose and singer Jane Train.

Former Stuck Mojo bassist Corey Lowery is also involved with the project as co-writer and producer. Train tells Bravewords: "Stand is about overcoming adversity in life and using that adversity to strengthen and elevate you."

The band's live lineup consists of Train, McLawhorn, guitarist Virus, bassist Rek Mohr and drummer Ryan Bennett. Check out the stream of the "Stand" music video here.

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Ghost Launch Lobbying Campaign For Grammy Votes

(hennemusic) Swedish rockers Ghost have launched a campaign directed at the US music industry as they seek support for their first Grammy Awards nomination for "Cirice", the lead single from the band's latest album, "Meliora."

A finalist in the Best Metal Performance category at next month's event in Los Angeles, the song goes up against Slipknot's "Custer", Lamb Of God's "512", "Thank You" by Sevendust and "Identity" by August Burns Red.

Ghost are running print ads in various music industry magazines and released a companion video targeted at members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) - the people who vote on the Grammys.

Using the social media hashtag #DontBeSilenced, the print ad reads: "Greetings faithful brothers and sisters. Your reading this voting guide is proof of your commitment. If you are unsure, cast off your doubts now. There is but one choice.

"For the vote you are about to cast is but one small yet essential moment in your spiritual revolution. Shhh... listen. Do you hear it? The terrible silence of the ignorant? The mistrust and anger of the masses?

"There is not much time, for the closing of this conclave is upon us. It is now for you to consider... Ghost." Read more here.

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Hawkwind Announce The Machine Stops Tour

(Prog) Hawkwind have confirmed a UK tour for April. The Machine Stops! run of shows will follow a last-minute appearance at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival at Butlins in Skegness on January 23.

Hawkwind will also appear at this year's Ramblin' Man Fair at Mote Park, Kent on July 23-24. Their annual Hawkeaster event takes place on March 26-27 at The Gateway, Seaton, Devon.

The band had the following to say about the upcoming trek: "We're sure you'll agree - an exciting way to start 2016. We look forward to seeing plenty of you out on the road!" See the dates here.

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James Hunter Six Stream New Song (Baby) Hold On

(The Blues) The James Hunter Six have released a stream of their track (Baby) Hold On. It's taken from the Van Morrison collaborator's fourth album, Hold On!, which arrives via Daptone Records on February 5.

The label say: "Grammy nominations aside, James has earned an international reputation as an R&B troubadour. This album, however, is something far deeper than just another notch in his belt - it's truly an artist's vision come to fruition."

Hunter says of his collaboration with producer Gabriel Roth: "Gabe can get our tunes on tape exactly the way I heard them in my head when I was writing them. It's a rare thing when a producer knows what you're going for before you've told him." Stream the song here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers and Florence + the Machine Lead BottleRock Lineup

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and Florence + the Machine have been announced as the headliners for this year's installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley.

The music festival is now in its fourth year with this year's event set to ll take place in the heart of the City of Napa at the Napa Valley Expo on May 27th, 28th and 29th.

This year's lineup will also feature performances from The Lumineers, Death Cab for Cutie, Lenny Kravitz, Walk the Moon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ziggy Marley, Grouplove, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gogol Bordello, Cold War Kids, Iration, MisterWives, Atlas Genius, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Buddy Guy, Andy Grammer, Houndmouth, The Pharcyde, The Struts, The Joy Formidable, Shovels & Rope, X Ambassadors, The Orwells, Coleman Hell, Ozomatli, JamesTown Revival, The Suffers, Kaleo, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Monophonics, The White Panda, San Fermin, Alina Baraz, Nothing But Thieves, Pimps of Joytime, Particle, The Score, Fantastic Negrito, Mike Stud, Son Little, SOAK, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Black Pistol Fire, New Beat Fund, WATERS, Deap Vally, Jamie N Commons, Greg Holden, White Sea, Bird Dog, Machineheart, Secret Weapons, Rose's Pawn Shop, Ivan & Alyosha, The Moth & The Flame, Moonalice, X Alfonso, Taxes, Happy Fangs, Panic is Perfect, Diego's Umbrella, La Misa Negra, Guardian Ghost, Strangers You Know, HEARTWATCH, Royal Jelly Jive, The HELMETS, Anadel, Bey Paule Band, Grass Child Gypsy, The Deadlies, The Iron Heart, Olivia O'Brien, 92 South, and the Napa Valley Youth Symphony.

Find more information, including ticket details, here.

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Singled Out: Chapell's Giving Her More

Chapell tells us about his new single "Giving Her More". The track is the first single from his forthcoming debut album "The Redhead's Allegations" which was produced by The Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison. Here is the story:

Late one night, I was making my way through the Union Square Subway station on my way home when a melody began to appear in my head. And the tune sort of took hold of me to the point where I stopped walking quite as frenetically through the station and began a more relaxed stroll towards the platform of the L train. I quietly hummed the chorus into my phone so I'd be sure to remember it, but I never needed to play back the recording because the vocal line was almost instantly burned into my brain. I had no idea what the song was going to be about, but the melody felt gentle and soothing - like a lullaby.

My daughter was not yet 10 years old but was going through a difficult time at school. She was feeling a bit alone - isolated from the other kids. There was one week that for whatever reason was particularly tough on her. As I was sitting in a coffee shop in the village waiting to pick her up from ballet, I started writing down all the things I wanted to do to help her, to protect her, and to love her. And all the words I'd scribbled down in the coffee shop that morning eventually became the chorus.

Giving Her More was originally conceived as a much more stripped down song - just acoustic guitar and vocals. I was concerned that a more rocked out version of the song would overtake the melody. Jerry (Harrison) and ET (Thorngren) encouraged me to do a few takes with the entire band to see if we could make it happen. As usual, Jerry and ET's suggestion was spot on.

The full band version of the song didn't really come together until my friend Angeline (Saris) tried a new bass line - one that moved a bit more. The new bass idea initially sounded like a cross between "Billy Jean" and "Once in a Lifetime." Honestly, it felt a bit strange at first, but we knew we were onto something. We just needed to simplify the bass a bit. For me, simple is almost better. So after we took out some of the notes Angeline was playing, the song really began to sound like I'd heard it in my head late that night in the middle of the subway platform in Union Square.

As we put together the video for Giving Her More, I thought it was important to take the setting out of NYC. While New York provides the backdrop for almost all the songs on my album, I wanted to emphasize that the themes underlying Giving Her More are more universal. I also liked the idea of illustrating that sometimes in life you need learn how to get out of the way of your own happiness. There's also a number of cool little nuggets in the video that you might not pick up on the first watch. I hope you like it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself as you watch the video here and learn more about the album which will be coming out on March 4th right here!

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