Day in Rock Report for 01/15/2016

Black Sabbath Releasing New Songs For Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will issue four unreleased songs from the sessions for their 2013 album, "13", as part of a new limited-edition CD available only during shows on their upcoming farewell tour.

The band are packaging "Season Of The Dead", "Cry All Night", "Take Me Home" and "Isolated Man" on "The End" CD alongside four live tracks from the "13" world tour.

With original artwork by Shepard Fairey of the Obey Giant street art campaign, the extras from the "13" sessions feature Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler with drummer Brad Wilk, while the live material presents the three original Sabbath members rounded out by touring drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

Last November, Iommi revealed the group were planning to issue the unused tracks but weren't quite sure what form the package might take at that point. "For the last LP we did record 16 songs (and only used 12)," said the guitarist, "so we may still put something out from that. We don't know yet."

Black Sabbath will launch the farewell tour on January 20 in Omaha, NE. Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside Member Lost Leg In Tour Bus Crash

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside's drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has confirmed that he lost his right leg in last year's fatal bus crash. The band were involved in an accident in El Paso, Texas, on November 19 last year. Their driver Greg Hoke died, along with the driver of the other vehicle involved, Steven Cunningham. Guitarist Zach Johnson, frontman Jonathan Vigil and Tkaczyk were airlifted to hospital and were in a critical condition.

In an Instagram post, Tkaczyk reveals he lost a leg as a result of the crash and also details a string of other injuries. But he insists he'll play the drums again. Tkaczyk says: "So the rumors are true everyone. Unfortunately I did lose my leg in this accident.

"This is one injury among many others such as fractures in my ribs, spine, and hip along with some ligament tears in my rotator cuff and labrum. I have remained in positive and good spirits since I woke up from a 10-day coma in November to the sight of my missing leg. Not going to let it stop me.

"I don't care what anyone says. It's a long road ahead, but I will play drums again. Can't wait to get back on the kit. Couldn't have dealt with this without the love and support from my brothers in TGI and crew, friends, fans and family. Thank you all." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit Update

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are being accused for undertaking "a pure fishing expedition" by attorneys representing the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California (Wolfe) in the copyright-infringement lawsuit against the band over "Stairway To Heaven."

The suit claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from Spirit's 1968 instrumental "Taurus." The Wrap reports attorneys for plaintiff Michael Skidmore - trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust which, according to the papers, owns Wolfe's copyrights - slammed Led Zeppelin for questioning the validity of the trust in papers filed on Tuesday.

"There is no evidence to cast even the slightest bit of shade on the validity of the Trust, nor have Defendants argued that there is any real reason to doubt the validity of the Trust," the papers read. "This is a pure fishing expedition."

Led Zeppelin's camp contends that the Wolfe trust is only valid if it is a qualified charitable foundation or other qualified entity, and claims that Skidmore's legal team hasn't provided evidence to that effect. Read more and listen to both songs here.

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David Bowie Tribute Concert Adds Second Night

(Radio.com) Due to overwhelming demand, a second date has been added to the David Bowie memorial concert in New York City. According to The New York Times, Cat Power, Perry Farrell, Heart's Ann Wilson and the Polyphonic Spree will perform at the April 1 show at Radio City Music Hall.

As previously reported, the March 31 show will feature performances from Michael Stipe, The Roots, Jakob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper and Farrell. That show will take place at Carnegie Hall.

The tribute concerts turned into a memorial following Bowie's death on January. David Bowie's longtime producer Tony Visconti will lead the house band for both shows. Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold In Legal Fight With Their Record Label

(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold are being sued by Warner Brothers Records for an alleged breach of contract. A7X are trying to walk away from their deal with the label using California's so-called 'seven-year rule' which allows parties to leave contracts after that period has passed.

But under an amendment to the law introduced in the 1980s, record companies can claim lost profits on uncompleted albums, which is what Warner Brothers intends to do, according to Billboard.

A7X's lawyer Howard E King says: "Avenged Sevenfold recently exercised the rights given them by this law and ended its recording agreement with Warner Bros Records.

King adds that, since A7X signed the deal with Warner in 2004, the label has undergone "multiple regime changes that led to dramatic turnover at every level of the company, to the point where no one on the current A&R staff has even a nodding relationship with the band."

Warner Brothers claim that the band owe them a live album to complete the terms of the contract and the label say that they've already paid for it. Read more here.

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Metallica Release Statement About Tribute Band Controversy

(hennemusic) Metallica have cancelled a cease and desist order against a Canadian tribute band called Sandman and apologized for what they call "a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge."

Last weekend, Sandman received a package from Metallica'a lawyers before a show at a London, Ontario club with a 41-page document threatening legal action over the use of the group's name and trademarked, official, stylized logos.

Billed as "Canada's tribute to Metallica," Sandman promote themselves with a stylized logo that appears similar to branding used by the veteran metal outfit.

Once the news made international headlines, it caught the band's attention and they stepped in to correct the situation. "We hear that a Canadian Metallica tribute band is a little upset with us and with a little digging figured out why," posted the band on their website. "It turns out that a certain letter was delivered to the band Sandman that neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge.

"We have a long history of not only enjoying tribute bands, but we started as one. Heck, we even recorded a two-disc album of covers! We will always remember those days and continue to enjoy tribute bands, even inviting them to support us on various tours over the years.

"Sandman should file the letter in the trash, we've spoken to Joe Di Taranto of the band and it's all good. Keep doing what you're doing... we totally support you! And in the meantime our attorney can be found at SFO catching a flight to go permanently ice fishing in Alaska." Read more here.

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Saxon Announce Eagles And Dragons Box Set

(Classic Rock) Saxon have announced the release of a vinyl box set featuring nine albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. Demon Records will issue Eagles And Dragons on March 18 and it marks the first time the albums have been made available on vinyl outside Germany, Italy and the UK.

The LPs are pressed on luxury 180-gram vinyl and include inner sleeves with lyrics, presented in a hand-numbered outer slipcase box with a specially commissioned cover painting by artist Paul Gregory.

In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by frontman Biff Byford will be available exclusively via Demon's online store. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Art The Subject Of New Exhibit

(Classic Rock) Visual artist Geronimo, aka Jumping Bull, is showing many of his Rolling Stones creations at the The Club at Cafe Royal in Regent Street in Londay. The viewing runs until January 31.

Admission is free of charge, but fans can register to attend by filling in the contact form on Geronimo's website. The site also carries further details about the event. "From the sofa to the Coca Cola tongue, my new collection has around thirty pieces," says Geronimo.

A special launch night takes place on January 21. Geronimo has invited several members of the Rolling Stones, but admits he has no idea whether anybody from the group will swing on by. "I don't really want to comment on that, or hundreds of thousands of people will want to attend," he says.

Having grown up on a North Dakota reservation, the self-taught Geronimo first met the Stones in 2006, and they became a huge part of his life. "Andy Warhol did pop art, I do rock art," he tells Classic Rock. Surprisingly, he sees only in black and white, although he's known for using a range of vivid colours. This is the legacy of a fight that left him blind for three months. Read more and see some of the images here.

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Driver Facing Homicide Charges In Crash That Killed Three Musicians

(TeamRock Radio) A man has been charged with three counts of homicide for his part in a car crash that killed three musicians last year. Sergio Jose Quesada, 28, is charged with DUI (driving under the influence), failing to maintain a lane and three counts of first degree homicide by vehicle. The crash happened in Jackson County, Georgia, on April 6 last year.

Online Athens reports that Quesada was driving the vehicle which was carrying members of bands Khaotika and Wormreich. Paul Truesdell and Ian McKinney (aka Nazgul Vathron) of Wormreich and Khaotika's Nicholas Crisostomo died at the scene.

The van was on the I-85 highway as the bands were heading to Atlanta for a show. Eight other people were treated in hospital for their injuries, with three of those said to have been in a critical condition. Read more here.

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Lamb Of God Star Doesn't Think A Metal Grammy Is Relevant

(TeamRock Radio) Chris Adler says he'll give his Grammy to his mum if Lamb Of God win the prize for Best Metal Performance at this year's ceremony. The band's track 512 is up against Slipknot song Custer, Ghost's Cirice, Sevendust's Thank You and August Burns Red's Identity for the honour at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, which takes place on February 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

But the drummer says he doesn't even think heavy metal has a place at an awards ceremony that 'doesn't understand' the genre. He tells Elliot In The Morning: "This is not the kind of award that we aim for when we're writing music. And metal, for me, shouldn't really even be a part of it.

"In the way that the Grammy awards has presented itself, it's basically a pop show. As far as songwriting, it comes down to lyrics and melody. Metal, to me, is not supposed to be popular. It's not supposed to be awarded, it's the music for outsiders. It's rebellious and a little more aggressive than most people would want to deal with.

"I'm glad that it's represented there, but I don't think there's method in place there that really understands what we're doing. Yes, I respect the artists that we're up against, but basically it's a popularity contest when we get there." Read more here.

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Black Veil Brides Tease New Music In Online Video

(TeamRock Radio) Black Veil Brides have uploaded a seven-second Instagram video from the studio which hints at the sound of their forthcoming release. The metalcore five-piece are once again working with Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann on the successor to 2014's self-titled full-length.

They first worked with the producer on their record Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones two years ago. Black Veil Brides announced to fans last month that they were re-entering the studio to begin pre-production on album number five.

Frontman Andy Biersack previously told Jagermeister UK that the band are under less pressure than before when writing music. He said: "We've never had an opportunity, in all of our career, to make a record that had some time behind it.

"Every record that we've done has been a really quick turnaround, and that's not by design - that's because, times being what they are, the record label goes, 'Give us a record now.'

"And we go, 'We wanna do this crazy concept record.' And they go, 'Well, you have two months to do it. So good luck with that.' Now, by virtue of the fans, we've got an opportunity to take a little bit of time." Read more and watch the video here.

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Supersonic Blues Machine Stream New Song Featuring Warren Haynes

(Classic Rock) Supersonic Blues Machine have released a lyric video for their track The Remedy featuring Warren Haynes. It's lifted from the supergroup's debut album West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco - out February 26 via Mascot Label Group.

The band were formed by Fabrizio Grossi, Lance Lopez and Kenny Aronoff and along with Haynes' contribution, the record also features Billy Gibbons, Walter Trout, Robben Ford, Eric Gales and Chris Duarte.

Grossi says: "More than a band, I like to see this entity as a party - a party with hosts and a bunch of friends coming over. Without the blues there is no soul and without the soul there is no feeling and groove and tension. It's our own respectful tribute to what blues means to us." Check out the song here.

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Cheap Trick And Heart Launching Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Heart are teaming up with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick for the Rock Hall Three For All US tour. The 31-date run marks the trio's connection as Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees: Heart in 2013, Jett in 2015 and Cheap Trick this year.

Cheap Trick will enter the Rock Hall during an April 8 ceremony at New York's Barclays Center alongside Deep Purple, Steve Miller, Chicago and N.W.A.

The tour begins July 14 at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkson, MI and will wrap up in West Palm Beach, FL in late September. See the dates and ticket info here.

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Spiritual Beggars Announce New Album 'Sunrise To Sundown'

(Classic Rock) Spiritual Beggars have announced that their ninth record Sunrise To Sundown will be released in March. It will be available via InsideOut Music in Europe from March 18 and in North America from March 25. The Swedish supergroup will then set off on a European tour in support of the album on March 28.

The members admit that they juggled writing the record over the past couple of years while playing in other big name bands, such as Arch Enemy, Candlemass and Grand Magus.

Spiritual Beggars reissued classic titles Another Way To Shine, MantraIII, Ad Astra and On Fire on vinyl last year. Their last studio release was Earth Blues in 2013.

Frontman Michael Amott says: "I'm super excited about how the album sounds sonically. I think every album we have made has had its own vibe and atmosphere." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Black Tusk Stream New Song 'Desolation In Endless Times'

(TeamRock Radio) Black Tusk have released a stream of their track Desolation In Endless Times. The song is taken from their fifth album Pillars Of Ash, which is out on January 29 via Relapse Records.

It'll be the Georgia outfit's first full-length since the death of founding bassist Jonathan Athon. He died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash in 2014. The album features Athon's final recordings with the band.

Guitarist Andrew Fidler and drummer James May recruited former Kylesa bassist Corey Barhorst for their live shows. They'll head out on a North American tour later this month. Stream the song here.

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Steel Panther Release Acoustic 'That's When You Came In' Video

(Classic Rock) Steel Panther have released a live acoustic video of them performing previously unreleased song That's When You Came In. It's taken from the band's upcoming release Live From Lexxi's Mom's Garage, issued on February 26 on their own Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services. A CD version will be available, as well as a CD/DVD combo which includes their first full-length film.

The film presents a 10-song acoustic concert of their most popular songs recorded in Los Angeles last October in front of a live audience of 100 female fans.

On the release, bassist Foxx says: "It was so much fun playing our songs on these new wooden guitars in my mom's garage. Satchel says that he might be my new dad, but I'm not really sure what that means." Watch the video here.

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An Evening With Neil Young Coming To Movie Theaters

(Radio.com) An Evening with Neil Young will arrive in theaters for one night only on February 29. It begins with a showing of the 1982 film Human Highway, followed by Young's 1979 concert film Rust Never Sleeps.

The night will be capped off with a live Q&A with the iconic singer and songwriter hosted by Cameron Crowe. The critically-acclaimed musical comedy Human Highway, which stars the late-Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell and the members of Devo, will be seen in an all new digital restoration. Young co-directed and co-write the film with Stockwell and also stars in the post-apocalyptic cult classic.

Young's full-length feature film Rust Never Sleeps captures his spectacular live show and was recorded on October 22, 1978 in San Francisco. It features his most popular songs including "Cinnamon Girl," "Like a Hurricane" and both the acoustic and electric versions of "Hey Hey, My My." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Dissona's Odium

Chicago-area progressive metal band Dissona are releasing their brand new album "Paleopneumatic" today (January 15th) and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the track "Odium". Here is the story:

Like all of the songs on the album, the idea of Odium was born during a brainstorming session where we were laying out and organizing all of the ideas, concepts, and feelings we wished to convey for our new album, "Paleopneumatic." We had reached the point where we were searching for the album's center piece. All we knew was that we wanted it to be big and bad. Craig so boldly stated that we need a "song of the enemy" (which became the song's working title), and that is all we needed to hear. David naturally ran with the concept and began writing lyrics, Matt started working the music, and before we knew it we had Dissona's most vicious track to date.

The song had to be relentlessly threatening on a primal level: guitars brimming with aggressive, syncopated riffs combined with piercing string, choir, and sitar lines. The entire middle section is built upon a foundation of ferocious, thick palm mute lines as the listener approaches the most intimate encounter with the metaphorical being. As the section builds, the veil is lifted and full scope of its malicious intent is realized. Tuvan throat singers greet the listener as the final and most archaic section commences. Thick, exotic guitars coupled with alternating feel changes from the band bring the song to a fitting close.

David: I chose the title 'Odium' (widespread hatred toward an individual) because this is precisely the fuel for one embodying pure malice, perversion, and corruption. I wanted the song lyrically and musically to captivate the listener on a level that is almost violating. Hopefully, we succeeded in doing so.

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

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