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Day in Rock Report for 01/13/2016



Jack and Coke Officially Renamed For Motorhead Legend Lemmy

(hennemusic) Food & Beverage Magazine has officially renamed Jack & Coke as "The Lemmy" in honor of late Motorhead legend Lemmy Kilmister. The rocker - who died from cancer at his Los Angeles home on December 28 - joins the ranks of Arnold Palmer, Bellini, Shirley Temple and Tom Collins as a name brand for his favorite drink.

"We are honored to represent the industry and bring the moniker, "The Lemmy" to every bar in the world!", says Food and Beverage Magazine Publisher Michael Politz.

"Owning a rock club with Anthrax's Scott Ian and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell gave me the chance to meet Lemmy and experience his legend myself." Motorhead fans recently launched a petition to have the drink renamed to The Lemmy, with more than 40,000 signatures on board. Read more here.

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David Bowie's New Album Headed To No. 1

(Classic Rock) David Bowie is on track to top the charts in the UK and US as sales of his latest album soar in the wake of his death. Just two days after the release of (Blackstar), on his 69th birthday, the singer died on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, which he kept secret from everybody but his family and closest friends. Tributes poured in after the news of his death broke.

Sales of (Blackstar) reached 43,000 in the UK in the 24 hours after his death was confirmed, with the numbers still rising rapidly. It currently tops the midweek UK Top 40 Album Chart as well as the iTunes chart and sales of much of Bowie's back catalogue have risen sharply, the Guardian reports.

And in America, Bowie is on track for his first ever No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Billboard predicts (Blackstar) could sell as many as 130,000 copies in the US by the time the chart positions are announced. Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Releases Preview Of His New TV Series

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar is sharing tips on packing for a rock & roll road trip as he gears up for the January 24 premiere of his AXS TV series. In a new preview of Sammy Hagar's Rock & Roll Road Trip, the Red Rocker reveals the four essential items needed for the adventure.

The 6-episode series sees Hagar drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, with the first two editions set to feature former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, and Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

Other season one guests include Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Last month, Hagar and The Circle released their first live DVD, "At Your Service."

The project sees him teamed with Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson and performing tunes by Van Halen, Montrose, Led Zeppelin and solo tracks. Watch the preview here.

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Iron Maiden Announce Their First-Ever Shows In China

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden will play their first-ever concerts in China this spring. As part of The Book of Souls World Tour, the band will perform at Beijing's LeSports Center on April 24 and Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 26.

Iron Maiden will kick off the global trek in support of 2015's double-album, "The Book Of Souls", with three US concerts starting February 24 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The shows in China land at the end of a second series of US dates this spring and before the group performs in New Zealand and Australia. Produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014, the band's 16th album delivered Iron Maiden a No. 4 debut on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 75,000 copies. Read more here.

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The Cult Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) The Cult have announced dates for their upcoming Alive In The Hidden City trek, a spring tour of North America in support of their forthcoming album "Hidden City."

The 20-plus "Alive In The Hidden City" run begins next month with four US dates - a pair each in New York and Los Angeles - following which the band will perform an extensive UK tour and return the North America for a month of concerts starting with a March 18 appearance at SXSW in Austin, TX.

Due February 5, "Hidden City" sees The Cult working once again with producer Bob Rock, who they teamed with for 1989's "Sonic Temple", 1994's self-titled album, 2001's "Beyond Good And Evil" and 2012's "Choice Of Weapon."

The set has been previewed with the tracks "Dark Energy", "Deeply Ordered Chaos" and "Hinterland." See the dates and ticket info here.

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Scorpions, Disturbed, 5FDP Lead Rocklahoma Lineup

(Classic Rock) Scorpions, Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, Sixx:A.M. and more have been confirmed for this year's Rocklahoma Festival, which takes place at the "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK on the Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29.

"We're looking very much forward to seeing all of you at the Rocklahoma Festival on Memorial Day Weekend," say Scorpions. "Are we ready to rock you like a hurricane again? You bet!"

Other acts announced today include Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, Bullet For My Valentine, Great White, Sevendust, P.O.D., Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Pop Evil, Saint Asonia, Bang Tango, Last In Line (featuring Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice & Jimmy Bain), Thousand Foot Krutch, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Sword. See more here.

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All Time Low Making New Music

(Radio.com) After releasing their sixth studio album Future Hearts in April 2015, pop-punk band All Time Low isn't taking a major break before diving into making new music.

Although the band will be concentrating on touring most of the spring, it sounds like they are also busy working out new songs before they hit the road.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Alex Gaskarth tweeted an update, sharing, "Bout to get lost in the desert for a bit and work on some tunes" (via AltPress). Drummer Rian Dawson backed up Gaskarth's info, posting a photo on Instagram while at work in the studio on Monday evening. Read more and see the tweets here.

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Mogwai Announce Atomic Album And Release Song Stream

(Prog) Mogwai have confirmed that they will release Atomic, a soundtrack album, on April 1st via the band's own Rock Action Records label on April 1. They've also made one of the tracks, U-235, available to stream.

Their first new music since 2014's Rave Tapes features reworked material that the Glasgow group composed for last year's BBC4 documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise. It was directed by Mark Cousin's and explored the Hiroshima bomb attack.

Mogwai mainman Stuart Braithwaite says: "The Atomic soundtrack is one of the most intense and fulfilling projects we've taken on as a band. Ever since we went to Hiroshima to play and visited the peace park, this has been a subject very close to us. The end results, both the film score and the record, are pieces I'm extremely proud of." Read more and stream the song here.

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Tame Impala Expand Currents Tour With U.S. Leg

(Prog) Tame Impala have added six US dates to their Currents world tour. They'll start a European trek later this month, which includes three UK dates in February. They'll then head to South America in March before returning to the US in June.

Speaking of their latest record, Parker said: "I think I wanted to make songs that I'd always wanted to do, but I'd always shut out, because I thought those influences were not fitting the realm of psych rock.

"But the more I explore, the more I realize that those boundaries are meant to be broken." Tame Impala have been nominated for a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Album category for Currents. The event takes place at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, on February 15. See the tour dates here.

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Space X Rocket Launch and Landing Video Set to Incubus

(Radio.com) The Falcon has landed. A new Space-X Falcon 9 rocket launch and landing recap released this week captures the excitement felt when a team of hundreds accomplished what few believed was possible. And, the emotion is contagious.

Countless rockets have launched payloads into near-Earth orbit. But, most have tumbled back to the surface in pieces or simply remained in orbit as space junk. But the Falcon 9 was different. It placed 11 satellites into orbit. Then, with legs extending at the last second, it returned to Earth to land vertically on a launch pad. If you didn't know the footage was real, it could be mistaken for a scene from a science fiction film.

Set to Incubus' "Absolution Calling," cameras capture footage from on board the craft as well a the launch command center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. But the real action is found more than 3,000 miles away at the Space-X Mission Command Center in Hawthorne, California where the massive team that built the rocket is packed into room eager to see the fruits of their labor. Upon witnessing the remarkable landing, the team explodes into cheer and celebration so uproarious you'd think their team had won the Superbowl. It's hard to imagine a rocket launch video can make you feel emotional but this one does. Read more and watch the video here.

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David Bowie's Diamond Dogs Changed Marilyn Manson's Life

(Classic Rock) Marilyn Manson has told how David Bowie's Diamond Dogs changed his life "forever." The shock-rocker paid a heartfelt tribute to the late star in an article written for Rolling Stone.

Manson says: "My first introduction to David Bowie was watching Ashes To Ashes on MTV. I was confused and captivated. But it wasn't until my first real stay in Los Angeles, around 1997, that someone told me to take a moment to listen to something other than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Hunky Dory. So I went for a dizzying car ride through the Hollywood Hills and listened to Diamond Dogs.

"All of my nostalgia instantly turned to awe. I was hearing him sing about fiction as a mask to show his naked soul. This changed my life forever. Every song of his was a way for me to communicate to others. It was a sedative. An arousal. A love letter I could never have written.

"It has become and remains a soundtrack to a movie he painted with his voice and guitar. He sang, 'Hope, it's a cheap thing.' I don't need hope to know that he has found his way to the place that equals his untouchable, chameleon-genius beauty." Read more here.

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Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho Reveals Fleetwood Mac Inspiration

(TeamRock Radio) Children Of Bodom singer and guitarist Alexi Laiho says he's trying to improve his playing style - by copying Fleetwood Mac mainman Lindsey Buckingham. Laiho's been playing since he was 12 years old but reports that he still manages to find new ways to challenge himself.

He tells Music Radar: "This might surprise some people, but I've been on a huge Lindsey Buckingham trip recently and listening to his playing in Fleetwood Mac.

"I always thought there were two guitar players playing together, but it was just him doing all that Travis picking stuff. That's how good he is. I thought, 'You f***in' a**hole, how is that possible?'

"So that's actually something I'm working on right now and it's hard - like a whole different sport. In many ways, it was the same drive I felt when I first saw someone sweep picking - I had no choice but to try and master it. If you keep your eyes open and observe, there's always something out there to learn." Read more here.

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Fish Announces Euro Leg Of Farewell To Childhood Tour

(Classic Rock) Fish has announced a 17-date European tour. The latest leg of his Farewell To Childhood trek has been set up following the postponement of dates scheduled for late last year. Some gigs were called off following the singer's viral infection and keyboardist John Beck's arm break.

And while reshuffling the tour, the former Marillion man realized he was able to slot in an additional six UK appearances. Fish says: "Having lost the two German shows at the beginning of the last tour and the three Dutch shows, I had to find a way to fulfil the gigs and at the same time make sense of the logistics and expense of an awkward routing and venue availabilities.

"I decided to add some shows to fill the gaps and give me a short run in the UK and into Europe. What we have come up with is 17 dates that fit in with the availability of the band members and the bus - as well as get to some places we didn't play on the previous tour." Read more and see the dates here.

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Latitudes Announce Old Sunlight Album Release Party

(Prog) Latitudes have announced they'll hold a launch party for their album Old Sunlight in London on February 5. Support on the night will be provided by Telepathy and PSOTY, with both bands playing sets featuring new material.

The event to mark the release of their third record and follow-up to 2012's Individuation will be held at the Chaos Theory's monthly night The Facemelter, at the The Black Heart, Camden, on February 5.

Old Sunlight is said to be a "captivating structure of monstrously heavy riffs and haunting mellifluous vocals surrounded by an impressive maze of curving and twisting melodies." Read more here.

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Tony Patterson Releases Equations Of Meaning Album Preview

(Prog) Tony Patterson has released a teaser video for his fifth solo album Equations Of Meaning, which is scheduled to be released on February 26 via Cherry Red Records.

The multi-instrumentalist and frontman of cover band ReGenesis' latest effort is said to feature "beautiful soundscapes with heartfelt, wistful songs dealing with such subjects as loss, longing and even a cynical observation of social media."

Patterson is joined on the record by Brendan Eyre, Nick Magnus, Andy Gray, Adrian Jones, Doug Melbourne and Fred Arlington. Check out the tracklisting and the teaser video here.

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Davina And The Vagabonds Announce Nicollet And Tenth Album

(The Blues) Davina And The Vagabonds will release a live album in March after a widespread American tour. The band's first live release, Nicollet And Tenth, will be issued on March 25.

It was recorded in a Minneapolis jazz club and follows the band's two studio albums, 2011's Black Cloud and 2014's Sunshine. Singer Davina Sowers had the following say: "On the corner of Nicollet And Tenth, in downtown Minneapolis, lies a moody jazz club called the Dakota.

"The Vagabonds and I have been playing there for over 10 years. It is our second home and we are welcoming you to come in, grab a drink, and listen to us play our hearts out to you." Read more and see the upcoming tour dates here.

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All-Star 'Johnny B Goode' Cover Helping To Fund Documentary

(The Blues) Sales of a star-studded cover version of Chuck Berry classic Johnny B Goode will help fund a planned documentary about the song. Grammy winners Michael McDonald and David Sanborn joined forces with producer and drummer Mike Mesey and guitarist Steve Scorfina for their new version of the track which also features piano by the late Johnnie Johnson, who inspired the song.

The version was recorded in New York, St Louis and Los Angeles and the seeds were sown years ago when Mesey asked Johnson to play piano on a recording of Johnny B. Goode. Johnson ended up providing the only studio recording of him ever playing the song.

Years after Johnson's death in 2005, Mesey heard a lap steel guitar performance by Scorfina, formerly of Pavlov's Dog and REO Speedwagon, and immediately thought of Johnson's piano tracks. They roped in McDonald, Sanborn and Jimmy Vivino to help complete the song. Read more here.

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Textures Stream New Song 'Illuminate The Trail'

(TeamRock Radio) Textures have released a stream for the track Illuminate The Trail. The song is taken from their forthcoming record Phenotype, which will be released via Nuclear Blast on February 5. The Dutch six-piece are also putting out a follow-up concept album, Genotype, next year.

Founding member and drummer Stef Broks recently told TeamRock: "I had to halt the guys and say, 'Listen, do we really want to make just another album? Or do we want to do something completely different?'

"I knew we couldn't just write 10 songs for a new record and think that was going to be enough. This is our fifth album, and traditionally that's a very important step for a band. It's where reputations are cemented.

"We could carry on as normal, or we could really strive to make a statement. So we made the decision we were going to make something that would make the fans sit up and take notice. Something we'd never even attempted before." Stream the song here.

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