Day in Rock Report for 01/25/2016

Former Rainbow and Dio Star Jimmy Bain Dead At 68

(hennemusic) Former Rainbow and Dio bassist Jimmy Bain has died at the age of 68. Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell confirmed the news on Sunday via Facebook, writing, "It's with the heaviest of hearts that I must confirm the news of the passing of our dear friend and Last In Line bandmate Jimmy Bain. It was Jimmy who gave me my first big break in the music industry and for that I am forever indebted.

"Jimmy's struggles with his demons were well documented through the years, but over the last 18 months he had finally won that battle and he was bright and lucid and motivated throughout the writing and recording of the new record. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of work from Rainbow, through Wild Horses, Dio, and finally, Last In Line. Jimmy was immensely proud of our new album and his input to it was immeasurable."

"He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him," added Campbell added. "We will continue to celebrate his life through his music. On behalf of Vinny and Andrew, our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this most difficult of times. Rest in peace, dear friend."

Bain's latest band, Last In Line, was formed in 2012 by the former members of the original lineup of Ronnie James Dio's band Dio and named after that group's 1984 album. Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Films Reality TV Series Pilot

(Classic Rock) Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine and his family have completed filming the pilot of a reality series documenting the family's relocation from Los Angeles to Nashville.

The guitarist's daughter, Electra, revealed the news in an interview with Rolling Stone. Electra says: "Everyone knows the story of Megadeth and who my dad is. That story has already been told. But the one that hasn't been told is what he's like with his family, what it's like for him to move to Nashville. And what it's like to have him walk into a tractor store and try to fit in. He is funny as heck."

The Megadeth leader made the move to the Nashville suburb of Franklin in late 2014 ahead of the sessions for the newly-released Dystopia album and in an effort to assist daughter Electra's aspiring career as a country music artist.

Mustaine tells Rolling Stone India: "The reason we moved out here was because I've made four records out here and all those times I was record­ing, I did live here. It really was comfort­able to be here. The last time we were here, Electra was only two years old. We didn't know that she had the gift and once she started singing - I heard her sing one time and I was really convinced.

"I don't profess to be a singer first and foremost, I'm a guitar player that sings more than a sing­er who plays guitar. But with her, she real­ly is. That's her strong point. For her, this is music city. It's all about country. It's where she's flourishing." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Will Be Healing Says Stinson

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses bassist Tommy Stinson says the band's 2016 reunion will be "a healing thing" for the players involved. Stinson - in the lineup since 1998 - will see his role in the band reclaimed by Duff McKagan, who filled his spot on a series of South American dates last year while he juggled touring commitments with The Replacements, which became an ongoing scheduling challenge for him.

Stinson tells The Current: "I think everyone kind of knows where I stand with it all. I left it in a good way. I mean, roughly, I actually had to just start turning down tours because I was unable to tour. I got into a position, personally, where my personal life was going to prevent me from doing, I don't know - it must have been about five tours that they called me to do, and I just said I can't do 'em.

"And at that point, I think Axl got to the position where he was, like, 'Okay, so what am I going to do now? 'Cause I don't have a band. Blah blah blah.'" He adds: "So I think it worked out. And I think they'll have fun. It will be a healing thing for 'em, if it works out good. It will be good for them." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Perform New Single 'Gardenia' on TV

(Radio.com) There's still over a month to go before Iggy Pop and Josh Homme's collaboration Post Pop Depression drops, but the pair appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week night (Jan. 21) to premiere the first single from the album, "Gardenia." Shortly after the telecast, they released the studio version.

Besides Pop on vocals and Homme on lead guitar, the duo were backed by keys, rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Dressed in black suits, the band exuded a debonaire attitude, which matched the laid-back song. "Gardenia" has a chill vibe about it replete with restrained guitar and drums on the verses.

Before they performed, Pop and Homme joined Colbert on the couch to talk about working together. Pop admitted he sent Homme poetry via text message once they decided to write an album. "It's a wonderful way to get to know somebody," Homme replied.

Homme talked about their recording process, which took place at Joshua Tree over two weeks. "It's easy to keep a secret when there's no one there to tell," Homme said. "When you make a record and no one's aware that you're doing it, you're kind of making it for each other. You're kind of there to excite and dazzle each other."

The two joked about living together and bonding as roommates while they worked on the record. Pop even brought footie pajamas. Check it out here.

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Steven Tyler Streams New Solo Single 'Red, White & You'

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has released his new single, "Red, White & You." The tune is the second preview of the singer's debut solo album following the release of "Love Is Your Name" last spring.

The track was co-written by Tyler along with Nashville-based songwriters Nathan Barlowe, Levi Hummon and Jon Vella, and produced by country music veteran Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill).

The singer has yet to announce an official release date for the album, which is expected sometime this year. Next month, Tyler will be featured on the PBS series Front And Center with a stripped-down performance of solo tunes and Aerosmith classics.

In late March, he will play a pair of shows in Niagara Falls, Ontario with country outfit Loving Mary. Stream the song here.

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Deftones New Album Coming In April Says Guitarist

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter says the band's eighth record is due out on April 8. The follow-up to 2012's Koi No Yokan was expected on September 25 - but the release was pushed back until November.

That date was once again scrapped because the as-yet-untitled record was still in production. Carpenter tells ESP Guitars: "We're sitting around, waiting for the release of our new record.

"It comes out April 8, we have some dates in Texas in march. In May and June, we're off to Europe for some festivals. We'll go play it for all the people that are interested and want to hear it."

Frontman Chino Moreno previously admitted that the album is "a little screwy" when compared to their previous material. Moreno told Rolling Stone: "It's a little more of a heady record. We've gone into the songs and really dissected them.

"If something sounded a little straight we took a left turn. We tried something completely opposite - not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things.

"It definitely feels like we've taken a step from our last record. But it's definitely a Deftones record - it has all the elements that make us who we are." Watch the video interview here.

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Joe Bonamassa To Tribute Clapton, Beck and Page On Tour

(Classic Rock) Joe Bonamassa will play a five-date UK tour in July, paying tribute to the leading lights of the 1960s British blues boom. He describes the shows as a "homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page," adding: "If it wasn't for certain British musicians, the blues may never have exploded into rock music as we know it today - and indeed, may have passed into history."

If follows a brief UK tour in March, with two dates added to one that was rescheduled from last year. Bonamassa will release his second album of all-original material, Blues Of Desperation, on March 25.

July tickets go on sale on January 29 (Friday) with a fan pre-sale available on January 26. In between the two runs, Bonamassa also has dates in Germany and the US in March and April. See the dates here.

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David Bowie Was Working On New Music Ahead Of His Death

(Classic Rock) David Bowie made plans for a series of anthology releases before his death earlier this month, it's been revealed. He died of cancer, aged 69, on January 10 - just after the release of his album Blackstar.

Producer Tony Visconti later said that the pair had hoped to make one more album before the disease ended his life, and several tracks had reached the demo stage.

Now Newsweek reports a source close to the late icon discussing "a long list of musical releases that Bowie planned before he died." It's not known whether the anthologies will contain previously-unreleased material, but the source says Bowie divided his work into eras and didn't necessarily want it to be launched in chronological order. Read more here.

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Lamb of God's Mark Morton Streams New Solo Song 'SnowBound'

(TeamRock Radio) Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton has made his solo track SnowBound available to stream. Morton says the instrumental number is different to his work with Randy Blythe and co. It features Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster behind the kit.

Morton adds: "It's definitely a little different from what you're used to hearing me do with Lamb. I'm having a blast working on this stuff and this is what it's all about for me - fun, I hope you enjoy it.

Lamb of God are currently on tour with Anthrax, with dates taking them through until February 12 in Los Angeles, promoting their seventh studio album VII: Sturm Und Drang, released last year.

SnowBound is Morton's first outside collaboration since Born Of The Storm, which saw him release four tracks with DevilDriver vocalist Dez Fafara. Stream the song here.

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Vampires Everywhere Release Cover Of Hozier's Take Me To Church

(TeamRock Radio) Vampires Everywhere have made their cover of Take Me To Church by Hozier available to stream. The track, featuring Chelsea Grin's Alex Koehler, is the second song taken from their upcoming record Ritual, due out on March 18.

It follows the metalcore band's rendition of Ram Jam's Black Betty, which they released in December. Frontman Michael Orlando, aka Michael Vampire, tells Bloody Disgusting: "The first time I heard Hozier sing Take Me To Church, I knew I had to cover it.

"I also knew I needed one of my homies to collab with me. The first person that came to mind was Alex Koehler. He's one of my best friends and his scream is evil as f***.

"I've been wanting to collab with him for years and I'm beyond excited with the outcome. The lyrics to this song are amazing and I'm thankful I was able to put my spin on it." Stream the song here.

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The Treatment Release 'Let It Begin' Video

(TeamRock Radio) The Treatment have released a video for their track Let It Begin with TeamRock. It's lifted from the UK outfit's upcoming album Generation Me - out on March 18 via Frontiers Music SRL. It'll be the group's first record with frontman Mitchel Emms and guitarist Tao Grey.

They've also announced a UK tour, plus dates in Italy and Denmark later this year. The Amorettes will be special guests on all UK shows. Grey tells TeamRock: "We can't tell you how excited we are to finally unleash Generation Me on the rock community. We feel that this is by far our strongest album, and we are absolutely stoked about playing these songs live on our upcoming UK tour in April and May."

Generation Me is the follow up to 2014's Running With The Dogs and was produced by Laurie Mansworth. The lineup is completed by guitarist Tagore Grey, drummer Dhani Mansworth and bassist Rick 'Swoggle' Newman. Watch the video here.

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Sebastian Bach's Home Destroyed By Hurricane Irene Sold Off

(Classic Rock) Sebastian Bach's New Jersey home that was all but destroyed by 2011's Hurricane Irene has sold for roughly half its guide price. According to Zillow, the former Skid Row frontman's home in Lincroft - which once featured on an episode of MTV's Cribs - has sold for $272,500, despite an estimate price of $497,251. The sale price is also $85,000 less than Bach paid for it 25 years ago.

Zillow's listing reads: "Great Location. Surrounded by equestrian farms. Perfect opportunity to totally rehab this home in this highly sought after section of Lincroft."

Bach moved to Los Angeles recently, telling NJ Advance Media: "To me, New Jersey is Skid Row. We came from there. We are New Jersey. So without Skid Row, I can't be in New Jersey." Read more and watch footage from the MTV cribs episode here.

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Marilyn Manson Lands Role On Salem TV Series

(TeamRock Radio) Marilyn Manson will have a guest role in the next season of TV show Salem. The shock rocker plays Thomas Dinley in season three of the WGN America series, which began production this week.

The character is a "barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up," according to the show's official character description.

Manson's track Cupid Carries A Gun - from latest album The Pale Emperor - is the soundtrack to Salem's opening title credits. Check out a video of the show's credits here.

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Black Stone Cherry Stream New Song 'In Our Dreams'

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry have made their song In Our Dreams available to stream. The tune follows The Way Of The Future as the latest preview of the band's fifth album, Kentucky, due April 1 via Mascot Label Group.

Frontman Chris Robertson says the group returned to their roots to capture the follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain. Robertson explains: "We are beyond excited to bring Kentucky to you. Since the release of our debut, we have wanted to go back to the studio where it all began and it finally happened. The original studio owner and engineer, all of the great equipment and Black Stone Cherry have been reunited for what I feel has been the most unique album we've ever made.

"We took it back to where it started and something magical happened. These new songs are the heart and soul of who we were in 2006 and who we've become. There is something very special about these songs and I cannot wait for y'all to feel them." Stream the song here.

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Alice Cooper Band's Classic Guillotine Being Auctioned

(Classic Rock) Original Alice Cooper band drummer Neil Smith is auctioning off memorabilia including a stunt guillotine used by the shock rocker on stage. Also up for grabs is the mirrored 18-piece Premier drumkit Smith played on the Billion Dollar Babies tour.

The 68-year-old drummer, who played on albums including Killer, School's Out and Love It To Death, was a member of the band from 1969 until 1974 and is a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee.

Clothing Smith wore onstage and for album covers and promo photoshoots during his stint with the five-piece Alice band is also up for auction. Although involved in selling real estate since the 1980s, Smith has collaborated with former Alice Cooper bassist Dennis Dunaway and Albert Bouchard, ex of Blue Oyster Cult, plus BOC's Buck Dharma, Uriah Heep veteran Ken Hensley, Plasmatics and others over the years. Read more here.

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Milk Teeth Streaming New Album Online Ahead Of Release

(TeamRock Radio) Milk Teeth have made their debut album Vile Child available to stream in full ahead of its release. It's out on January 29 via Hopeless Records and comes after the band split with guitarist Josh Bannister earlier this month.

He's was quickly replaced by Billy Hutton, with the group saying they were excited to have him onboard for their live dates which start next week.

Milk Teeth said: "We are so stoked to have Billy sharing a stage with us. This year is going to be the biggest and best yet. We have new music, videos, tours, festivals, yoyos and puppies all coming your way in 2016." Stream the album here.

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Hellyeah Release Teaser Video For New Music

(TeamRock Radio) Hellyeah have uploaded a fifteen-second video of instrumental music as a preview of their upcoming fifth album. The clip features images from the recording studio alongside the hashtag #Human, while a Facebook posting with the footage adds the lyrics "I defy your defiance, it's all lies in alliance, I've been damaged left in ruin because I'm broken, flawed and just human."

There's no additional information to indicate if the video preview is for a lead single called Human and/or if that may hint at the album's title. Hellyeah worked on the project with producer Kevin Churko - who also oversaw 2014's Blood For Blood - at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas.

Guitarist Tom Maxwell recently issued an update from the sessions, which include new guitarist Christian Brady and bassist Kyle Sanders following a 2103 split with guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob "Zilla" Kahaha.

Maxwell says: "It's gonna be moody, it's gonna be dark, it's gonna be crushing, it's gonna be heartbreaking, it's gonna be everything. So it's gonna be a proper take-off from our last record, but with a lot of new surprises, I think.

"And just kind of moving forward with the path that we've taken with Blood For Blood. So it's coming along great. It's gonna be a really, really savage album, and I'm really excited. I can't wait for you all to hear it." Check out the video here.

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Simo Release Studio Video For New Album

(Classic Rock) Simo have released a behind-the-scenes video clip showcasing recording sessions for their upcoming album. Let Love Show The Way is out on January 29 via Mascot Music and was recorded at the Big House in Macon, Georgia, with mainman JD Simo playing the guitar Duane Allman used on the first two Allman Brothers Band albums, and on Derek And The Dominoes' classic track Layla.

Simo says of the album: "It's something of a mission statement. We take what we do very seriously. We really care about the emotive content of what we do, we care about the music and care about how we play our instruments and how we present ourselves.

"We care a lot about that, which is a form of love and a form of respect. It's a very important, simple concept that we maybe don't pay enough attention to. It's something we try and live as well as sing about." Watch the video here.

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Royal Republic Release 'Baby' Video

(Classic Rock) Royal Republic have released a video for their track Baby - taken from upcoming third album Weekend Man. The Swedish outfit's follow-up to 2012's Save The Nation will hit shelves on February 26 via Spinefarm Records.

The band are also supporting Canadian rockers Theory Of A Deadman on their eight-date UK tour. Royal Republic describe the Baby video as a "super speed roller disco thunder show."

They add: "We're absolutely stoked to announce our return to the UK. We're very much looking forward to supporting Theory Of A Deadman on these dates and playing some new stuff. It'll be brutal." Watch the video here.

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Dave Mustaine Reveals His Favorite Metallica Songs

(Gibson) Dave Mustaine, of course, played guitar in Metallica before he founded Megadeth. He even co-wrote some of the songs on Metallica's first two studio albums, 1983's Kill 'Em All and 1984's Ride the Lightning. Speaking with LA Weekly, Mustaine named his top Metallica songs that he co-wrote.

"I like (Kill 'Em All's) 'Phantom Lord' and 'Metal Militia' because they are very interesting songs," Mustaine said. "But I think if you were going to go for my favorite Metallica song that I wrote it would probably have to be (Ride the Lightning instrumental) 'Call of Ktulu.'"

Regarding "Call of Ktulu," Mustaine said, "It stands on itself. When you have a song that can stand on itself without words that's a big statement." Read more here.

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The Mute Gods Release Father, Daughter Video

(Prog) The Mute Gods have released a video for their track Father, Daughter. It's the latest song taken from their album Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me, which was released today (January 22) via InsideOut.

The track features musician Ricky Wilde and mainman Nick Beggs' daughter Lula on vocals. He says: "It's possibly the most important song on The Mute Gods album - a real father/daughter dialogue that was not easy to have."

Beggs is joined in the lineup by Marco Minnemann and Roger King. They previously released Feed The Troll from the record and the title track. Watch the video here.

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Devin Townsend Project Plan New Album

(Prog) The Devin Townsend Project will begin recording a new album in March - ahead of a September release. Mainman Townsend says the record is tentatively entitled Transcendence and that it features a theme of "getting over yourself."

The DTP record is just one of a number or works being juggled by the Canadian musician. He has a book and a symphony in the works too. Townsend tells Metal Wani: "I can tell you - it's about getting over it. Getting over yourself, getting over all that stuff. And I'm not saying that I am. But the point of it is, that seems to be the next step.

"I'll get into situations with people that I'll be really irritated by them. And recently there's been this sort of thing that's been going on in my process where I'm, like, 'This is your problem. This is not that person that needs to change, it's you and how you're reacting to them.'" Read more here.

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Mortiis Announces UK Spring Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Mortiis has announced a spring UK tour in support of his upcoming album The Great Deceiver. He'll launch the run of seven dates, under the Demons Are Back banner, in Newcastle on May 23 and wrap up in Bristol on May 29.

This month he announced the end of a hiatus that started in 2011 and said The Great Deceiver will be released on March 4 via Omnipresence. A video for the track Doppelganger was issued along with the announcement.

Mortiis had the following to say about the upcoming tour dates this spring: "It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards." See the dates here.

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IQ, Magic Pie and RPWL Lead 2016 Summer's End Festival Lineup

(Prog) IQ, Magic Pie and RPWL have been named as headliners for the 12th edition of the Summer's End prog festival. It's the first time since its inception that the full lineup has been revealed at the same time. It also features Damenek - Guy Manning's latest project - Karnataka and Ghost Community, among others.

Summer's End once again takes place at the Drill Hall in Chepstow, Wales, from September 30 to October 2. And ticket prices have been frozen at last year's rates of £115 for Hero, £100 for Sponsor and £80 for standard access.

Organisers say: "Day tickets and day splits will be announced soon. Remember that the festival sold out last year - so early purchasing is recommended." See the full lineup here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Announce UK Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have confirmed a six-date UK tour for November and December this year. It follows the launch of fifth album Venom last year, after the recruitment of bassist Jamie Mathias in place of Jay James.

Frontman Matt Tuck says BFMV are delighted to follow 2015's autumn dates with a return to venues that have "massive sentimental meaning" to the band.

Tuck adds: "We're going to be bringing the full rock show to town - so make sure you get tickets early." A fan pre-sale begins at 9am on January 27 (Wednesday) with general sale commencing on January 29 (Friday). See the dates here.

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Dan Auerbach Writing Soundtrack For Comic Book Series

(The Blues Black Keys mainman Dan Auerbach has been signed up to write the soundtrack to accompany a comic book series. And he says the music he's writing for Murder Ballads is strongly rooted in the blues.

Publishers Z2 Comics say the mini-series is "a rock'n'roll noir story about the music industry - and redemption." It follows desperate label owner Nate Theodore who discovers a "doom-laden blues" duo he hopes will turn his fortunes around.

Auerbach tells Vulture.com of his collaboration with comic writer Gabe Soria: "Where we kind of met up was on the music front. The music that he was talking about, I could wrap my mind around it. He knew I was really big into northern Mississippi music, so I understood the reference points when he was talking to me about it." Read more here.

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