Day in Rock Report for 01/20/2016

Peter Gabriel And Sting Teaming Up For North American Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Sting and Peter Gabriel will hit the road across North America for the Rock Paper Scissors tour this summer. The duo will play a string of 19 dates in June and July - having first toured together in the 80s for Amnesty International.

The duo also hint that they'll be covering and re-imagining each other's songs - and that they'll perform both individual and joint sets at each show. Sting says on his website: "The interesting thing for me is what happens to our songs when they are juxtaposed with each other's songs. What I do will change what he does and vice-versa. The songs we trade and the songs that we sing together will have an unexpected result, we hope."

Ex Genesis vocalist Gabriel adds: "For me it's partly what sounds good in that present incarnation balanced with what people want to hear. You want to try and get both sides and throw in something unfamiliar as well as the hits." See the dates here.

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Lemmy's Official Cause Of Death Revealed

(hennemusic) The official cause of death of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has been revealed. The band announced the bassist passed away from an aggressive form of cancer at his Los Angeles home on December 28th.

It was just four days after his 70th birthday and two days after he received word of his health diagnosis. Now, TMZ reports the rocker's death certificate lists prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure as the official causes of death.

Family, friends and fellow rockers paid tribute to the Motorhead icon at a January 9 memorial service in Hollywood that was streamed live to more than 250,000 viewers worldwide via the band's YouTube channel. Read more here.

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Eagles Manager Believes Meds Played Part In Glenn Frey's Death

(hennemusic) Eagles manager Irving Azoff says the death of guitarist Glenn Frey on January 18 can be blamed in part on the medications he was taking. The band announced Frey's passing at the age of 67 was based on a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

Now, Azoff tells The Wrap that the latter two were caused by medications that he was taking for the inflammatory disorder. "The colitis and pneumonia were side effects from all the meds," explained Azoff. "He died from complications of ulcer and colitis after being treated with drugs for his rheumatoid arthritis which he had for over 15 years."

The manager declined to specify the drug in question, telling The Wrap that he had been counseled by an attorney not to do so. Read more here.

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David Bowie Refused Coldplay Collaboration

(Radio.com) During his lengthy and storied career, David Bowie collaborated with many artists, including Arcade Fire on their 2013 album Reflektor. But not Coldplay.

Speaking with NME, Coldplay's drummer Will Champion said vocalist Chris Martin wrote Bowie asking if he would contribute harmonies to a song they had written that seemed suited for his particular style. Bowie's response? "It's not a very good song, is it?"

Champion took the rebuff in stride, saying about the late artist, "He was very discerning. He wouldn't just put his name to anything. I'll give him credit for that." Watch the video of Champion and guitarist Johnny Buckland here.

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Travis Barker Reveals Blink-182's Plans For 2016

(Radio.com) While Travis Barker was in studio with KROQ morning show hosts Kevin & Bean Friday (Jan 15), to reveal his Musink Festival lineup, he brought his fans up to speed on his current projects, which include a new Blink-182 album in 2016, as well as a music from Antemasque, two EPs with Transplants, and a solo album.

"Blink album is coming together. I'm excited. I don't want to reveal too much. I don't know how many songs we're gonna write before we say 'this is the group of 12 songs we're putting on the album.' We have 15-20 songs right now, but I really feel like it's a process."

"It's awesome because we're all actually in the studio, where we couldn't get that with the old lineup. It was impossible to get all three of us in the same studio… I think with a band you can't just phone it in. You gotta be there. For that great chemistry and for everyone to really vibe you gotta all be in the same room. It's just exciting. It's a new chapter and we're not striving for mediocrity, we're looking to kill it. We're gonna make a great album." Read more here.

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Motley Crue Stars Reunite In The Studio

(Classic Rock) Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is back in the studio working on his solo album with former bandmate John Corabi. Crue wrapped up their Final Tour on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles and since then, Mars has been at work on his own project.

He said last year that he planned to work with Corabi again and he has since posted an update on his Facebook picture. He is recording at Blackbird Studio, in Nashville, Tennessee, and has posted an image of himself and Corabi at the desk.

Mars says: "What a great great time I'm having creating new, fresh, greasy loud-ass, slamming music." A second image shows the pair recording vocals, with the caption: "Screaming at an innocent mike can be exhilarating." See the photos here.

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Thin Lizzy To Mark Anniversaries This Year With Live Shows

(Classic Rock) Thin Lizzy have announced live dates to mark the 30th anniversary of Phil Lynott's death and to celebrate 40 years since their Jailbreak release. They're planning a handful of shows over the next year or so, with the first taking place at the Ramblin' Man Fair, at Ashford, Kent, UK, on July 23 this year.

The second will be onboard the Rock Legends Cruise from January 19-23, 2017. It departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And the lineup featuring guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, frontman Ricky Warwick and keyboardist Darren Wharton, have invited Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee to join them.

Gorham says: "With Black Star Riders taking some time off the road to work on their third album, I thought it would be really cool to do some Thin Lizzy shows as it's an anniversary year, to have some fun and to re-live the good old days.

"We will only do half a dozen or so dates to keep them special. For personal reasons Brian Downey won't be with us but we have the incredible Mikkey Dee on the drum stool, which we are all very excited about. We will announce who is on bass shortly." Read more here.

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Pearl Jam Announce North American Tour

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam have announced dates for a North American tour. The band will play 22 shows in 18 cities this spring and summer, with dates starting April 8 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The run includes appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in April and Bonnaroo in June and pairs of stadium shows at Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field in August.

Tickets for most shows will go on sale January 29 at noon local time; the New Orleans event is already on sale, and details for the stadium dates will announced in the coming weeks. Read more including the dates here.

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Sammy Hagar Reveals Video Of Jam With Motley Crue's Tommy Lee

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar teams up with Tommy Lee of Motley Crue to perform a Montrose classic in a preview of the January 24 premiere of Hagar's new AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip.

The debut episode of the 6-program series sees Hagar head to Sunset Boulevard to reminisce at the Whisky A-Go-Go before visiting with Lee at his house. After cooking together and exchanging stories, the pair are joined by bassist Michael Anthony to jam in the drummer's studio.

The session was filmed prior to the end of Motley Crue's farewell tour, which wrapped up on New Year's Eve at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band's final show was filmed for a theatre and Pay-Per-View release later this year.

The AXS TV series sees Hagar drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Watch the video here.

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Killswitch Engage Announce North American Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage have announced a North American tour and released the cover art for their upcoming album Incarnate. The band's seventh album is due to be released on March 11 via Roadrunner.

And they'll kick off a 29-date tour in Texas on March 16, after a February show at the Radio Contraband Convention in Las Vegas. Following the headline tour, they'll perform at WYBB Rockfest in South Carolina. Support on the headline tour will come from Memphis May Fire and 36 Crazyfists.

The follow-up to 2013's Disarm The Descent is the band's second since Jesse Leach returned to the frontman role. He previously said: "Disarm The Descent was sort of my comeback album, and was about us feeling out the new vibe.

"But now I think we're all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a strong sense of self as to who we are as a band." See the dates here.

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Former Yes Stars Inspired To Rekindle Project By Chris Squire's Death

(Prog) Rick Wakeman says he, Trevor Rabin and Jon Anderson decided it was the right time to move their collaboration forward following the death of Yes bassist Chris Squire.

The project has been in the pipeline since 2011, with Rabin initially telling Prog that the three former Yes members were planning on doing an album together. And last week it was confirmed that work was underway and that they'd tour together.

Now Wakeman has shed further light on the project. Wakeman says on his website: "Jon, Trevor and I have been talking about this for some time and following the very sad passing of Chris Squire, felt it was the right time to get together and produce both new music and perform some of the classic material as we feel it should be performed. We have no connection with any other former members and indeed intend this to be very fresh in every approach."

He reports that they'll have a selection of "experienced side musicians" working with them and confirms the outfit will be managed by former Yes boss Brian Lane, who also brought Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe together in the late 80s. Read more here.

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Bad Religion Announce '30 Years Live' on Vinyl

(Radio.com) Bad Religion will release 30 Years Live, a limited edition live album on vinyl. The record, which commemorates the band's three decades of history, will arrive on February 26.

The limited edition vinyl album documents Bad Religions' 2010 30th anniversary tour. The shows saw the iconic punk rockers perform a collection of their greatest anthems to sold-out crowds. The album was mixed by Max Fraser, and marks the first time these recordings have been available physically.

The effort is available for pre-order, in either red or classic black vinyl. Fans can listen to the live version of "We're Only Gonna Die" and check out the tracklisting here.

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Michael Schenker Slams The Scorpions

(Classic Rock) Michael Schenker has slammed his old band Scorpions, saying they took advantage of him in his early days and that their decision to keep touring after their farewell concerts is "fooling people."

And Schenker, who had two stints with the band and left for good in 1979, has directed his ire towards his former bandmate and brother Rudy. Schenker tells Gigs And Festivals: "There are things that I know today, and I must say I'm actually very disappointed in my brother because I just found out that a lot of things have been incorrect in the past.

"Me, being seven years younger than the other guys, I think I was taken advantage of right from the beginning. I wrote most of the songs on Lonesome Crow and it was credited to all members.

"I was focusing on music, and they were maybe focusing on business. I have no idea, but they didn't know how to write songs in those days." Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Streams New Song 'Til The Sun Comes Back Around'

(hennemusic) Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is streaming the song "'Til The Sun Comes Back Around", a single featured in the new Michael Bay-directed film "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi."

Based on the 2014 book "13 Hours" by Mitchell Zuckoff, the project - in theaters now - tells the story of the six members of a security team who fought to defend the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi following a terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.

The film stars James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Toby Stephens, Pablo Schreiber, David Denman, Dominic Fumusa and Freddie Stroma.

Cornell has a long history of film and soundtrack work. The singer earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for "You Know My Name" - the theme song for the 2006 James Bond flick "Casino Royale" - and a 2012 Golden Globes nomination for "The Keeper" from the "Machine Gun Preacher" soundtrack. Stream the song here.

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The Mission Announce 30th Anniversary Tour

(Classic Rock) The Mission have announced a 30th anniversary tour for later this year. They'll play seven dates in the UK and Ireland in October, before returning in November for a performance at the Whitby Goth Weekend on November 5. They'll also release a studio album to coincide with the tour - their first since 2013's The Brightest Light.

Mainman Wayne Hussey says: "30 bloody years! Who would have thought it, eh? As we were well renowned for our, ahem, lifestyle choices, shall we say, I remember Melody Maker ran an office pool betting which member of The Mission would die first.

"I seem to remember Mick Brown was the favourite, with yours truly running a close second. Well, we're still here, alive and well and still going strong. It seems to me that anyone who survives past the age of 50 in this business these days is given honorary legendary status. It's cheaply given, in my opinion, but we'll take it."

He continues: "I seriously never thought I'd see this day but 30 years is a remarkable achievement. Not one we could have achieved without the support and patronage of our brilliant audience. This celebration is for them as much as it is for our retirement funds."

Hussey will be joined by bassist Craig Adams, guitarist Simon Hinkler and drummer Mike Kelly on the road. See the dates here.

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Ministry And DevilDriver Launching UK Tour

(Classic Rock) Ministry have announced a five-date UK tour with DevilDriver as support. The shows start in Cardiff on August 16 and wrap up in London on August 20.

Last year, mainman Al Jourgensen said he planned only a few more tours with Ministry and that they wouldn't release a new album because recording without guitarist and close friend Mike Scaccia - who died in 2012 - didn't feel right.

He said: "I decided it's not the same. It would be like Zeppelin playing without Bonham or the Who playing without Moon." On the UK tour, DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara says: "Ministry and DevilDriver on the same bill, that's a f***ing concert worth showing up to. Al is a close and dear friend and Ministry is an iconic band for me and helped form my youth.

"I look forward to sharing the stage with one of the most legendary frontmen of all time. Thanks for having us aboard Al, let's give 'em hell." See the dates here.

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Joe Bonamassa Announces New Album 'Blues Of Desperation'

(Classic Rock) Joe Bonamassa will release his latest album entitled Blues Of Desperation on March 25. The follow-up to 2014's Different Shades Of Blue will feature 11 tracks and be issued via Provogue. He's also released a behind-the-scenes trailer for the album. View it below.

Bonamassa says: "I want people to hear my evolution as a blues-rock musician - somebody who isn't resting on accomplishments and who is always pushing forward and thinking about how music can evolve and stay relevant.

"Lyrically, you'll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness. But there are also some poignant moments about getting away from the stressful, crazy demands of life and losing yourself with your special someone."

Blues Of Desperation was written in Nashville, with Bonamassa hooking up with James House, Tom Hambridge, Jeffrey Steele, Jerry Flowers and Gary Nicholson. It was then recorded at the city's Grand Victor Sound Studios with the guitarist's long-time producer Kevin Shirley. Read more and watch a preview video here.

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Avantasia Stream Title Track To New Album 'Ghostlights'

(Classic Rock) Avantasia have released a lyric video for the title track from their upcoming seventh album. Ghostlights will be issued on January 29 via Nuclear Blast and will be the follow-up to 2013's The Mystery Of Time.

They issued a stream of their track Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose last month, along with a teaser trailer for the record featuring five tracks. Mainman Tobias Sammet has also revealed he and the band have been asked by their label to take part in the German preliminary round for the Eurovision Song Contest.

He says on his website: "My mother's gonna be proud. Or not. We'll see. Anyway, it seemed like a quite unusual idea to compete with anyone in music - to play music against someone… like in jazz music.

"However, who am I to get in the way of a great promotional opportunity? Three minutes to show millions that something like us exists? Gimme that stage." Stream the song here.

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Knifeworld Announce New Album 'Bottled Out Of Eden'

(Prog) Knifeworld have announced their third album Bottled Out Of Eden will be released on April 22. The follow-up to 2014's The Unravelling will be issued via InsideOut Music and is said to be "at times beautiful and uplifting and at others melancholic, haunting and otherworldly."

Frontman Kavus Torabi says: "After The Unravelling, which took over a year to complete, we deliberately wanted to change the variables - to alter the approach in order to make something different.

"I love The Unravelling but it was a very difficult record to make. Rather than spending so long in the studio, constructing, arranging, recording, re-recording and adding layers of additional instruments and noises, this time we wanted something rawer, more live sounding."

Torabi reports that once they had a name for the album, the songs came quickly. He adds: "For me, the title has three possible interpretations and all the songs fall under at least one of them." Read more here.

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Hypno5e Stream New Song 'North Shore: The Abstract Line'

(Prog) Hypno5e have made their track North Shore: The Abstract Line available to stream with TeamRock. The song is taken from the French cinematic metal outfit's upcoming third album Shores Of The Abstract Line, released on February 19 via Pelagic Records. The album is said to explore "in greater depth the philosophical landscapes crafted by the band on their first two albums."

Vocalist Emmanuel Jessua tells TeamRock: "The album Shores Of The Abstract Line tells the story of a journey on an imaginary island that consists of five different shores.

"Each shore is represented by a song, though some of these songs are actually split in two. We follow a protagonist that travels these different shores. Every shore tells us a different memory the character holds.

"But as the island is a circle, the walk the character takes, is a condemned one, as he has to start over and over again – just like Camus' Sisyphus. Shores Of The Abstract Line is meant to represent the inner cartography of the character that was developed throughout the two previous albums. Each shore is a fragment of a past forgone that the character crosses.

He adds: "The North Shore is divided into two parts: The Abstract Line and Sea Made of Crosses. This line is the last path on his travel, before his journey seems to end. The Abstract Line links together the Northern and the Southern shore, creating an inner path between life and death - infinite rebirth.

"In so doing we explore the memory's different shores, conscious of that we can never relive what has been lived. It is the dust of the memory we stamp upon one last time, but our steps leaving no trace at all. Our path leads to the sea of crosses, where the journey ends and from where we can never come back." Stream the song here.

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Former Slipknot Star Guests On Murder Earth Album

(TeamRock Radio) Founding Slipknot guitarist Donnie Steele features on groove metal band Murder Earth's debut album. Following the departure of Ryan Thornton, the axeman stepped in on lead guitar to finish the recording on Waiting (For The End Of Man).

The group features former members from other Iowa metal bands, including Painface, PygWalk, and Mars on Fire. Steele performed as part of the original Slipknot line-up from the band's inception in 1995 until he left in 1996.

The Des Moines local temporarily rejoined the band for a couple of years as a touring bassist in 2011 after Paul Gray died from an accidental overdose the previous year – choosing to play backstage out of respect for his late friend. Check out a video here.

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NHL Star Tributes Motorhead's Lemmy With New Goalie Mask

(hennemusic) Montreal Canadiens goalie Ben Scrivens is paying tribute to Lemmy Kilmister with a new mask featuring an image of the late Motorhead legend. NHL.com reports the mask features a portrait of Kilmister's head inside the ace of spades symbol on one side of the mask, while the other side includes the logo of Canadian rockers Alexisonfire.

"He's a huge influence on not just me, but a lot of the bands that I listen to and a lot of the type of music that I listen to," explains Scrivens. "For me, he's probably the epitome of heavy metal and rock music in terms of not just his music, but his attitude, his persona, his look. He's an ugly guy, he's got a gruff, ugly singing voice. He says what he thinks all the time, he's swearing all the time, and it wasn't an act.

"I think that's the thing that came across from him, nothing was for show. You knew that when he went home and talked to his kid he was probably the exact same way."

Scrivens hooked up with Eye Candy Air artist Steve Nash for the design, which was needed when the goalie was traded from the Edmonton Oilers on December 28, the same day Kilmister died.

"Ben just said we have to do this because I love that guy," says Nash. "All the credit to Ben. It was his idea. I just put his thoughts to paper. I think it came out really nice. Lemmy helps a lot with that cool factor. I guess you put Lemmy on anything and it will be cool."

The mask also has a more subtle tribute to Motorhead on the backplate, where the artist ghosted a representation of the band's logo and Nash put part of the lyrics to "Ace of Spades" above that logo: "and don't forget the joker." Check it out here.

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