Day in Rock Report for 01/19/2016

Guns N' Roses Announce More Reunion Shows

Some Guns N' Roses fans won't have to wait until the Coachella festival to see Axl, Slash and Duff reunite on stage as the band has announced two new shows leading up to the festival.

As previously rumored, Guns N' Roses will be playing the first concerts at the Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on April 8th and 9th during the new Sin City venue's opening weekend.

The following weekend frontman Axl Rose, original lead guitarist Slash and founding bass player Duff McKagan will play the first of two headline sets at the Coachella festival in Indio, Ca which is spread over two weekends.

As for who will be joining the founding member in the band lineup, Guns N' Roses remains true to form and is keeping that a secret at this time. Only the three confirmed members appeared in the announcement video for the new Las Vegas shows on their Facebook page. Watch it here.

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Don Henley Pays Tribute To Eagles Bandmate Glenn Frey

(Classic Rock) Don Henley has led the tributes to his Eagles bandmate Glenn Frey, who died this week at the age of 67. Frey had been battling intestinal issues which required surgery late last year and his family and bandmates confirmed that he died in New York yesterday, January 18.

His family - wife Cindy and children Taylor, Deacon and Otis - announced his passing in a joint statement with the Eagles. Musicians including Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Ryan Adams, Huey Lewis, Scott Ian of Anthrax and Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner have expressed their grief at the news of his death.

And Henley has offered his own, personal, tribute to a man he describes as "funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven." Henley adds: "He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But, the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken, even during the 14 years that the Eagles were dissolved.

"We were two young men who made the pilgrimage to Los Angeles with the same dream - to make our mark in the music industry. And with perseverance, a deep love of music, our alliance with other great musicians and our manager, Irving Azoff, we built something that has lasted longer than anyone could have dreamed.

"But, Glenn was the one who started it all. He was the spark plug, the man with the plan. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of popular music and a work ethic that wouldn't quit."

He continues: "He loved his wife and kids more than anything. We are all in a state of shock, disbelief and profound sorrow. We brought our two-year History Of The Eagles Tour to a triumphant close at the end of July and now he is gone.

"I'm not sure I believe in fate, but I know that crossing paths with Glenn Lewis Frey in 1970 changed my life forever, and it eventually had an impact on the lives of millions of other people all over the planet. It will be very strange going forward in a world without him in it. But, I will be grateful, every day, that he was in my life." Read more including Don's full tribute here.

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Disturbed and Rob Zombie Announce Coheadlining Tour

Disturbed and Rob Zombie have announced that they are teaming up this spring to launch a coheadlining tour in the U.S. that will feature support from Pop Evil.

The trek is scheduled to get underway on May 3rd in Biloxi, MS at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and will be concluding on May 25th in Fort Wayne, IN at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Prior to the coheadlining tour, Disturbed will be launching their own North American headlining trek in support of their chart topping album "Immortalized," which was released last year.

The Disturbed tour will be kicking off on February 10th in Fargo, ND at the Fargo Civic Center and will run until the band's performance at this year's Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK during the weekend of May 27th. See the dates here.

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Jack Daniels Tributes Lemmy With Limited Edition Motorhead Whiskey

(Radio.com) Following the death of Lemmy Kilmister, there have been many tributes and nods to the Motorhead frontman, but his favorite whiskey brand has taken it to another level.

Jack Daniels has unveiled a special single barrel whiskey to celebrate the iconic hard rock band. According to the Atlantic City Bottle Company, the select whiskey "celebrates 40 years of the loudest rock band on the planet."

The special limited-edition liquor is usually reserved for a "Jack Daniel's Master Distiller," which explores the "nuances of whiskey from a single barrel." It is described as "dark, oaky, but still some corn and sweetness with that signature Jack smooth charcoal smoky finish." Jack Daniels encourages fans to "Raise a glass and celebrate with Motorhead and their ol' friend Jack."

The bottle of Motorhead costs $99 and is currently sold out. Keep your eyes out for more coming in the next few weeks. See it here.

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Black Sabbath 'The Doom In Us All' Tribute Album Preview Released

(Classic Rock) A trailer clip for Black Sabbath tribute album The Doom In Us All has been released. The cover album is scheduled to be released on January 20 via Pathogenic Records.

Tourniquet drummer Ted Kirkpatrick assembled an all-star line-up to pay tribute to Black Sabbath as they gear up for their final tour The End - 48 years after the metal trailblazers formed.

The Doom In Us All: A Tribute To Black Sabbath features members of Judas Priest, Living Colour, Nile, Skid Row and Tourniquet covering their favourite Sabbath songs.

Black Sabbath kick off their world tour in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday (January 20) - which includes a headline set at Download Festival on June 11. Watch the preview clip here.

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Lamb Of God Star Discusses Fall Out Of Paris Terrorist Attacks

(TeamRock Radio) Chris Adler says Lamb Of God's decision to cancel their European tour in the wake of last year's Paris terror attacks was down to a "specific security concern."

After IS extremists killed 130 people in the French capital - 89 of them at an Eagles Of Death Metal show - on November 13, Lamb Of God were among the acts to abandon their planned tour and head home.

Now the drummer has given more detail on the decision, saying that security staff at the venue in Tilburg, the Netherlands, where LOG were due to play on November 18, had spotted two men acting suspiciously outside.

Adler tells Elliot In The Morning: "We already knew about the Paris attack, but when we got to Tilburg, we realized that the same night we had played in Germany, about 200 miles away, was the planned attack of a stadium there. There was an ambulance full of explosives that they found.

"So we were glad that nothing happened there. And so we got to Tilburg. And there was a specific security concern at the venue, where the venue security found two grown men outside taking pictures for hours of the facility and where the buses were parked and where the trucks were parked.

"And as they approached them to ask what was going on, the two guys ran as fast as they could, jumped on their bikes and took off. So security came to us, explained that situation and said, 'We don't have any credible evidence, and we're gonna beef up security for the show, but you guys, we wanna make sure that you know what's going on.'" Read more here.

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Steven Tyler Previews Upcoming TV Performances

(hennemusic) Steven Tyler has revealed an online video preview of his upcoming appearance on the PBS series Front And Center with a performance of "Piece Of My Heart", an Erma Franklin single made famous by Janis Joplin via Big Brother And The Holding Company.

The rocker performed an acoustic set at the Melrose Ballroom in Long Island City, New York on September 10 that featured stripped-down renditions of Aerosmith classics and his debut solo country single "Love Is Your Name."

Tyler was joined by Loving Mary, a band featuring longtime collaborator Marti Frederiksen, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lindsey Lee and Eric Paslay - as well as Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt.

"Steven Tyler is one of the greatest creative minds of our time," says Front And Center Executive Producer Don Maggi. "To have him in this setting stripping down his music to the essence of what makes a great song - paying tribute to that craft - is an honor for us."

The Tyler episode will premiere on PBS stations the week of February 29. Watch the preview clip here.

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Bach's Badinerie Given Heavy Metal Makeover

(Classic Rock) The man behind the banjo cover of Slayer's Raining Blood and the backwards version of Metallica's Enter Sandman is at it again - this time taking on the classical masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach in a piece he calls Bach Metal.

YouTube star Rob Scallon has recorded a metal interpretation of Bach's Badinerie, which was part of the German composer's Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067, written between 1738 and 1739.

Scallon says: "Something I found really cool about this little experiment was just how well this composition worked with this style of music. Turns out Bach is pretty brutal." Check out the metal cover and the original version here.

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Late Music Icon Gary Moore's Guitars To Be Auctioned

(Classic Rock) A selection of guitars owned by the late Gary Moore will go up for auction in the coming months. The Belfast-born musician and former Thin Lizzy member died of a heart attack in 2011, leaving behind a selection of instruments, amps, cabinets and pedals. And his longtime guitar tech Graham Lilley plans to put some of the items under the hammer later this year.

He tells Guitar magazine (via the Belfast Telegraph): "A chunk of it will be retained by the estate for the time being. But there's a lot of stuff left and it's made to be played, to make a noise with, so somebody should make a noise with it.

"It's just trying to find the best way to do it. Some of it might find its way to auction websites, so anybody can bid on it, fans for example, and get a little piece of that heritage." Read more and see a promo video here.

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Pantera and Mastodon Gave Christian Bale Insight Into Metal For Film Role

(Classic Rock) Actor Christian Bale has described how he took a "crash course" in metal drumming for his latest role - listening to Pantera and Mastodon as he learned.

The Batman star appears in The Big Short, playing the role of hedge fund manager Michael Burry. The movie is based on a true story and Burry is known to have played the drums to metal and rock to calm himself down.

Bale tells Screen Rant: "It was a wonderful crash course. Double kick drum - Pantera By Demons Be Driven. Fantastic song to begin with. This is how Mike Burry unwound, this is actually how he calmed down.

"He would listen to it all day in his headphones, not just that - Mastodon as well. His brain is on fire so much that death metal calms him. He's a very different individual to most of us."

The Big Short also stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt and is released in UK cinemas on January 22. Watch the full interview here.

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Derek Trucks Felt Liberated By End Of Allman Brothers Band

(The Blues) Tedeschi Trucks Band guitarist Derek Trucks says he felt liberated as he began work away from the Allman Brothers Band for the first time in 15 years.

Gregg Allman brought his group to a close in 2014 - a move which meant Trucks could concentrate fully on his third album with his wife Susan Tedeschi under the Tedeschi Trucks Band banner. Let Me Get By is out on January 29 via Fantasy/Concord.

Trucks tells The Wall Street Journal: "I had been wanting to focus on one band for years. Once the decision was made to end the Allman Brothers, I just wanted the final run to be strong. When we pulled it off, I had a huge sense of relief and then I strongly felt the cord being cut."

While Trucks enjoyed his time with the Allman Brothers Band, he says he's glad to be away from some of the "heaviness" that's surrounded the group in recent years. He adds: "I felt liberated as we got home and started writing this record, a feeling that has definitely fuelled everything we've done since.

"We just wrote songs and let them go where they wanted. Holding our attention and inspiring us were the only criteria." The Tedeschi Trucks Band are currently on tour across the US, check out the dates and the new album details here.

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DevilDriver Tease 'Trust No One' Album Track

(TeamRock Radio) DevilDriver have released a short clip of a track from their 7th album. Trust No One is set for release on May 13 via Napalm Records - and mainman Dez Fafara posted the snippet on Instagram along with a handful of lyrics.

He previously said of the album: "Trust No One is filled with killer riffs, groove after groove and massive hooks. It's rightly named - there will be no explanation needed regarding what the title means. The lyrics are volatile and straight to the point."

The band will head out on a North American tour with Hatebreed in May in support of Trust No One. Further album details will be released soon. Check out the preview clip here.

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Wolfmother Announce European Spring Tour

(Classic Rock) Wolfmother have announced a run of 27 European dates for April and May. The tour includes nine UK shows and a gig in Dublin. They're in support of the Australian outfit's fourth album Victorious, released on February 19 via Universal Music.

The follow-up to 2009's Cosmic Egg was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with double Grammy-winning producer Brendan O'Brien - who has worked with Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell and Bruce Springsteen.

The follow-up to 2009's Cosmic Egg was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with double Grammy-winning producer Brendan O'Brien - who has worked with Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell and Bruce Springsteen.

Mainman Andrew Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in former Nine Inch Nails and A Perfect Circle man Josh Freese and REM, Air And Beck Joey Waronker drummer to split drum duties.

Stockdale says: "We wanted to get back to that big sound. The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage." See the tour dates here.

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Between The Buried And Me Explains Prog Credentials

(Prog) Between The Buried And Me bassist Dan Briggs says ignoring the rules of songwriting is what makes a band progressive. The North Carolina prog metal outfit are the latest act to appear on FreqsTV's new Into The Machine series. Briggs and guitarist Dustie Waring explain the group's prog leanings and say that, over the course of their seven albums, they've always been sure to evolve their sound.

Briggs says: "To me, it's forward thinking, it's writing about boundaries without worrying about song length or structure. Really, no rules I guess. Especially when you've been around as long as we have, it's constantly trying to do something new.

"The band started out 15 years ago in the hardcore scene and travelled through quite a lot of metal worlds. Something that was always kind of there and peeking its head out was this more progressive rock and metal influence."

BTBAM released latest album Coma Ecliptic last year, and Briggs says that it's a record they wouldn't have been able to make when they started out. He says: "If we had tried to write this album when we all got in the group in 2004, it would have been such an abrupt change and I don't think we were mature enough to write it." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Rock Was A Challenge For Former Nightwish Vocalist Turunen

(Prog) Tarja Turunen says rock singing never came naturally to her and that she had to work hard to make the switch from her classical background. The former Nightwish vocalist says she pursued a career in rock because she loved the genre, but to this day she's still outside her comfort zone when it comes to heavier music.

Tarja tells Transilvania Culturala: "It was a huge challenge, it still is a huge challenge to sing rock, because I never thought of becoming one of the most followed female singers in rock genre.

"But I took the challenge, because I love the music, and it's all about that. There are no borders in music in general. When I'm doing something, I do it with my heart. And so if I feel good about something, I'm going for it 100%. That's been my passion in that sense, in music, to feel free.

"But the transition took time. It took years to really feel comfortable with the voice during the rock performances and on the stage. I wanted to do my best. I really worked very hard, but I had no teacher to teach me to sing rock. I kept on taking lyrical singing lessons, and that's what really made me stronger in rock singing." Read more here.

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Pure Reason Revolution Offshoot Tiny Giant Announce Live Gigs

(Prog) Tiny Giant, the new London duo featuring former Pure Reason Revolution bassist and keyboard player Chloe Alper, are to support Jane Getter Premonition at the following shows: Manchester Academy 3 February 24, London Borderline 25.

Joining Alper in Tiny Giant is multi-instrumentalist Mat Colis. The pair describe the band's sound as 'dream pop meets future rock', and cite their influences as including Genesis, Talk Talk, Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush.

They are currently working on their forthcoming debut album, which will be released later this year but you can hear a taste of what is to come with a stream of a brand new track, Heavy Love, here.

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Arena Streaming Video Preview For 'XX' Live Release

(Prog) Arena have released a trailer for their upcoming XX live release, which is scheduled to be released on February 12 on DVD and 2CD formats via Metal Mind.

The new live package was recorded on the Polish leg of the band's 20th anniversary tour, scheduled following the release of eighth album The Unquiet Sky.

Along with the 18-track live set, the DVD features interviews with keyboardist Clive Nolan and drummer Mick Pointer. The lineup is completed by guitarist John Mitchell, bassist Kylan Amos and vocalist Paul Manzi. Check out the preview here.

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Entombed AD Stream New Song 'Midas In Reverse'

(TeamRock Radio) Entombed AD have released an online stream of their single Midas In Reverse. The track is the first song from the band's upcoming album Dead Dawn to be unveiled.

The album is launched on February 26 via Century Media and is their second album under that name, having released their first record as Entombed AD - Back To The Front - in 2014.

On the album writing and recording process, Guitarist Nico Elgstrand says: "I think it is safe to say that all of us in the band feel like we just have given birth to one tank each. Meaning the pregnancy and delivery was everything but pleasant.

"Still, when watching our newest offspring play with their cannons and bombs, blasting everything around them to bits, we feel, just like any parent, pride and joy and wouldn't have it undone for all the money in the world."

The album artwork was created by Watain frontman Erik Danielsson. Entombed AD head out on a European tour later this month and also play a number of summer festivals. Stream the song here.

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Raging Speedhorn Begin Work On First Album In Almost A Decade

(TeamRock Radio) Raging Speedhorn have begun recording their first album in nine years this week. The Corby sludge metal heroes teamed up with producer Russ Russell at his studio in Kettering, UK, from Monday (January 18) to begin work on the follow-up to 2007's Before The Sea Was Built. Russell has previously worked with Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir and The Wildhearts.

Raging Speedhorn expect the as-yet-untitled album to be released later in 2016. It'll be their first with original singer Frank Regan since 2005's How The Great Have Fallen.

Drummer Gordon Morison says: "We're hitting the recording studio and we can't f***ing wait. It's been a long time coming. We're going to be recording the new record at Parlour Studios with the mighty Russ Russell. We can guarantee that fans of classic Speedhorn will love the new album." Read more here.

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Aki Kumar Looks Back On Early Inspiration

(The Blues) Blues harmonica star Aki Kumar has recalled how he was first transfixed by the genre as a teenager. Born in Mumbai, India, Kumar moved to the US in 1998 at the age of 18. He soon fell in love with the blues and dedicated himself to mastering the harmonica.

He tells the LA Times: "Shortly after I moved out to the US, out of sheer boredom, I randomly tuned into a couple of oldies radio stations and found that I really enjoyed them.

"I fell in love with everything I heard - rock'n'roll, blues, doo wop, basically everything from that era. That really did it. Once I delved a bit deeper, it was obvious that I had to explore Chicago and Delta blues to get to the source of this music."

Living in San Francisco and working as a software engineer, Kumar kept chasing his musical dream. He adds: "Around the same time, I found a very cool, underground blues scene in the Bay Area that featured some world-class musicians, especially blues harmonica players. Guys like Gary Smith, Mark Hummel, Andy Santana, Rick Estrin and David Barrett, who was my teacher for many years." Read more here.

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JD & The Straight Shot Launching UK Tour

(The Blues) JD & The Straight Shot have announced a five-date UK winter tour. The run of shows kick off later this month and have been scheduled in support of their latest album Ballyhoo!, out on February 26.

The band are led by executive chairman of New York's iconic Madison Square Garden, Jim Dolan. And he says the band's numerous support slots for the Eagles in the past have stood them in good stead for their own headline shows.

Dolan tells The Blues Magazine: "The Eagles shows were wonderful for us because it was a real test of your stage grit. You have to get up there and win the audience over.

"The places were huge. I think the biggest Eagles audience was in Atlanta, where we walked on stage to 45,000 people. You have to sharpen your showmanship, put on your best show. Getting comfortable with that was important." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Joan Jett To Kick Off Rock Of Vegas Summer Concert Series

(hennemusic) Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will kick off the Fremont Street Experience's Rock Of Vegas concert series in Las Vegas, NV this Memorial Day weekend.

The free summer shows on the venue's 3rd Street Stage have become one of the most popular summertime events in the city. "We are ecstatic to have Joan Jett & The Blackhearts kick off Fremont Street Experience's eighth summer concert series this year," says Fremont Street Experience Director of Marketing Thomas Bruny. "Downtown Las Vegas is such an energetic place to see a live concert and offers the best values in the city.

"All the concerts and stage shows are free, plus the downtown hotel-casinos offer great deals on room rates, gambling and many food and drink specials." Read more here.

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