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Day in Rock Report for 01/27/2016



Steven Tyler Helped Spark Guns N' Roses Reunion?

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has revealed how he helped Guns N' Roses reunite - by offering advice to Axl Rose that had been given to him by Jon Bon Jovi.

Singer Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan will perform together in April for the first time since 1993, with appearances confirmed in Las Vegas and at the Coachella festival. The rest of the band's lineup is yet to be confirmed.

Tyler tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I did meet Axl in a couple of clubs. I had that talk. I said, 'You need to get back together again soon, because we all miss you.' Same thing someone said to me when Joe Perry and I were fighting - in fact, it was Jon Bon Jovi.

"I'm in rehab. He calls me up and goes, 'What the f*** are you doing? The world needs you. We're out here ripping it up and everybody's asking for Aerosmith. People in the world need you.'"

He adds he told Rose: "You've got to get it together. There's a place and a time where, if you don't, you're going to miss it. In another four or five years no one's going to even know or care - and that's Steven Tyler's opinion." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Motley Crue's Vince Neil For Celebrity Apprentice?

(hennemusic) Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has reportedly signed on to be a contestant on the next installment of NBC-TV's The Celebrity Apprentice when it returns this fall.

According to TMZ, Neil is the first celebrity confirmed for the new season, which will mark Arnold Schwarzenegger's debut as host since the network parted ways with Donald Trump last June.

The singer joins a lengthy list of rockers who have appeared on the reality series, including Dee Snider, Gene Simmons, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and season 3 winner Bret Michaels. Read more here.

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Mick Jagger Shares Stupid David Bowie Regret

(Classic Rock) Mick Jagger has recalled how David Bowie used to steal his ideas for use on stage - but he says it never bothered him. The Rolling Stones frontman has paid a personal tribute to his close friend, who died earlier this month at the age of 69.

Jagger tells Rolling Stone: "He used to copy me sometimes, but he'd be very honest about it. If he took one of your moves he'd say, 'That's one of yours - I just tried it.'

"He'd always look at my clothes labels. When he would see me, he'd give me a hug, and I could feel him going up behind the collar of my shirt to see what I was wearing. I didn't mind sharing things with him because he'd share so much with me. It was a two-way street."

Jagger says it's "really stupid when you think about it" that the pair's 1985 charity cover of Dancing In The Street was the only time they properly collaborated, adding: "We enjoyed camping it up. The video is hilarious to watch.

"We had to record the song and film the video in one day. We walked straight form the studio onto the set. At the end of the day we were saying, 'See, it can be done! Why are we spending years in the studio?'" Read more here.

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Thin Lizzy's Eric Bell Announces Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Founding Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell will release solo album Exile next month. Bell formed the band with Phil Lynott and Brian Downey in 1969 and gave the group their iconic name.

Exile features 10 tracks, including the Gary Moore dedication Song For Gary and a cover of Little Richard's rock'n'roll classic Rip It Up. It was recorded in Chesire and is Bell's first studio effort since 2009's Lonely Nights In London.

He says: "I'm trying to cover the whole spectrum of music with Exile. This album reflects the music I like to play and listen to." Bell left Lizzy on New Year's Eve 1973, blaming ill-health caused by the band's lifestyle. Read more here.

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Mustaine Feared Ellefson Would Leave Megadeth For Metal Allegiance

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine admits that he was afraid bassist David Ellefson would leave Megadeth to commit to Metal Allegiance full-time. The band stopped touring in 2014 after Mustaine's mother-in-law died and other band members sorted out business affairs. Mustaine says the cracks had begun to show by the time they regrouped to record album no.15 Dystopia last year. The album was released on January 22.

He says Ellefson was dedicating more time to Metal Allegiance - which boasts a rotating all-star line-up including Alex Skolnick of Testament, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, Charlie Benante from Anthrax and Slayer's Gary Holt.

The supergroup released its self-titled debut album in September. The 54-year-old frontman tells Full Metal Jackie (via Blabbermouth): "You know, at the beginning of 2015, I didn't even have a full band. But I had a vision, and I was determined.

"And now that it was, basically, me by myself, because I didn't know what was up with Ellefson. He was off doing his Metal Allegiance stuff, and I figured, 'Maybe I need to look for a new bass player now too.'" Read more here.

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Bury Tomorrow Stream New Song Featuring Jamey Jasta

(TeamRock Radio) Bury Tomorrow have made their track featuring Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta available to stream. 301 appears on Bury Tomorrow's upcoming fourth album Earthbound, released on January 29 via Nuclear Blast.

Bury Tomorrow say: "As a big thanks to all of you for the amazing support so far, we've decided to upload another track before release day. Listen to 301 featuring Jamey Jasta here."

Frontman Dani Winter-Bates last week told TeamRock the band had written the album on the road. He said: "We wrote it on tour in six weeks, whereas last time we wrote it over eight months. Any quiet place we could find, like a tourbus or a corridor."

They released a video for the track Last Light this month and they tour Europe with Parkway Drive this month and next. Stream the new song here.

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Arch Enemy Alumni Reuniting For One Off Show

(TeamRock Radio) Original and current members of Arch Enemy are forming under the banner of Black Earth for a one-off Japan tour. The members, who named the reunion after Arch Enemy's 1996 debut album, will play material from the band's first three records onstage at Japan's Loud Park Festival in May

The melodic death metal band announced in September that they would be reforming their old lineup for the Japanese music event's 10th anniversary. Black Earth features four members of the original Arch Enemy lineup - guitarists Michael Amott and Christopher Amott, vocalist Johan Liiva and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, in addition to Sharlee D'Angelo on bass.

German singer Angela Gossow took over from Johan Liiva in 2000 as Arch enemy's singer. She stepped aside to become the band's manager in 2013 and Alissa White-Gluz - formerly of The Agonist - took over vocal duties. Read more here.

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The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon Streams Solo Song

(Classic Rock) The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon has made song Nobody Wins available to stream from his upcoming solo album Painkillers. The record is due out on March 11 - and the singer is also set to tour Europe in April.

Fallon's live band will feature The Gaslight Anthem guitarist Alex Rosamilia, The Horrible Crowes' Ian Perkins and Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper.

The Gaslight Anthem announced that they were on an indefinite hiatus after a run of nine years that saw them release five albums. Check out the stream of the new solo song here.

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Rostam Batmanglij Leaving Vampire Weekend

(Radio.com) One of Vampire Weekend's founding members, Rostam Batmanglij, announced Tuesday (Jan. 26) that he would be leaving the band to pursue other musical projects.

On Twitter, Batmanglij shared the news with fans and followers, writing, "My identity as a songwriter + producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own."

So that fans weren't left completely in the lurch, he clarified that he would continue collaborating with Ezra Koenig on future Vampire Weekend projects and songs. Read more here.

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Modest Mouse And Brand New Announce Summer Tour

(Radio.com) After last appearing at the 2015 Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in October, Modest Mouse announced that they'll be heading back out on the road this summer.

They won't be doing it alone, though. Fans will get the double the pleasure, because Modest Mouse and Brand New will co-headline a tour beginning in June.

Beginning on Jun. 28 in Magna, Utah, and concluding on Jul. 31 in Portland, Oregon, the bands will stop in major cities like Chicago, Miami, New York, Nashville and more for their month-long stint on the road. Tickets go on sale Jan. 29

Check out the full list of dates here.

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Hometown Statue Of AC/DC Frontman Bon Scott Approved

(hennemusic) A statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott to be unveiled this spring has been approved by city councillors in the singer's Scottish hometown of Kirriemuir.

Herald Scotland reports the council received over 80 letters of support for the Scott tribute, which is expected to help attract tourists to the town of about 6,000.

"The proposal would provide a new tourist attraction in the town, in a manner that is compatible with relevant development plan policy," said Angus council head of planning and place Vivien Smith.

Designed by John McKenna, the 2.4m-high bronze statue is due to be unveiled at the annual Bonfest event in April, which attracts AC/DC fans from around the globe for a weekend of music and tributes to the late singer, who died in 1980 at the age of 33. Read more here.

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The Cars Classic Albums Remastered For New Box Set

(hennemusic) The Cars will release remastered versions of their first six albums in a box set this spring. Due March 11, "The Elektra Years 1978-1987" presents the Boston band's classic-era output in one collection and available on CD and digitally.

The extensive package includes "The Cars" (1978), "Candy-O" (1979), "Panorama" (1980), "Shake It Up" (1981), "Heartbeat City" (1984) and "Door To Door" (1987).

Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits, including "Just What I Needed", "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Shake It Up", "Let's Go" and "Drive."

Ric Ocasek oversaw digital remastering for the set while drummer David Robinson served as art director, with each of the six studio albums presented in a replica sleeve with original artwork. Read more here.

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Machine Head's Robb Flynn Pays Tribute To Eagles Glenn Frey

(TeamRock Radio) Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn has paid heartfelt tribute to late Eagles star Glenn Frey. Metalhead Flynn reveals his decades-long adoration of the Eagles and how he and his wife Genevra bonded over the band's music. Frey died this month of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

In a post on his General Journals online diary, Flynn says watching a documentary on Showtime about three years ago reminded him that the Eagles had managed to hold his musical affection for several decades.

He says: "I grew up in California and their music was almost like second nature to me. It was a constant during my 'growing years'. I still listen to them regularly on tour - sometimes after a show to relax, sometimes to kick the party up a notch. Don Henley's voice is other-worldly, but Glenn Frey sang some of my favourite songs by them as well - Take It Easy, Heartache Tonight, New Kid In Town.

Dad-of-two Flynn adds: "It's the song Heartache Tonight that I have fondest memories of. It reminds me of drinking wine with Genevra sometime in the mid-90s. We were living in our old apartment in Berkeley and her talking me into dancing in our cramped-ass living-room." Read more here.

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Last In Line Singer Tributes Jimmy Bain

(TeamRock Radio) Last In Line vocalist Andrew Freeman has paid tribute to late bassist Jimmy Bain as a "close friend and mentor." He says he'll never forget the way he was welcomed into the band as they began a collaboration that would lead to debut album Heavy Crown, out next month.

Bain died, aged 68, while Last In Line were taking part in Def Leppard's cruising festival at the weekend. Freeman says: "I cannot stress the level of sadness that I feel, losing such a close friend and mentor.

"Jimmy, along with Vivian Campbell and Vinny Appice, welcomed me into their intimate artistic circle, entrusting me with the responsibility of performing a legendary library of music - and building a new one.

"I will forever be indebted to this man for the encouraging spirit he graced me with. Rest easy, my friend. I will do my best to carry on your legacy." Read more here.

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Wolfmother Release 'Victorious' Video

(hennemusic) Wolfmother are premiering a video for the title track to their forthcoming album "Victorious." Due February 19, the follow-up to 2014's "New Crown" was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien.

Vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale says "Victorious" presents a mix of styles, all suited for big rock shows. "We wanted to get back to that big sound," he explains. "The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It's wild, energetic and perfect for a festival main stage."

The band will launch a North American tour in support of "Victorious" on February 24 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN; the 6-week run will be followed a series of European shows in April and May.

Joining Stockdale in Wolfmother's touring lineup are bassist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele. Watch the video here.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Stream New Song 'Don't Know What It Means'

(The Blues) Tedeschi Trucks Band have launched a stream of their track Don't Know What It Means. It's taken from their third album Let Me Get By, to be released on January 29 via Fantasy Records.

The record represents guitarist Derek Trucks' first work since ending his 15-year run in the Allman Brothers Band - and also the first time he and wife Susan Tedeschi have written every track of a collection.

Trucks recently said: "What I hear in the music is this feeling that we're now putting 100% of what we have into this band - not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all." Stream the song here.

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Amon Amarth Release 'First Kill' Video, Announce New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth have confirmed their 10th album will be released in March and issued a video for the track First Kill. Jomsviking is issued on March 25 via Sony Music and will be the group's first ever concept album. It tells a "tragic tale of love and revenge" set in the world of the Jomsvikings, the pagan order of mercenary Vikings from the 10th & 11th centuries.

The record was produced by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Megadeth, Testament and Accept, and features guest session drummer Tobias Gustafsson of Vomitory fame.

Frontman Johan Hegg says: "The Jomsvikings were a shadowy and legendary sect of Viking mercenaries, as shrouded in myth now as they were when they fought across Europe and the Middle East.

"Ruthless and deadly warriors who fought for the highest bidder, their code was simple - show no fear, never retreat, defend your brothers, and when called upon, avenge their deaths."

He adds: "I felt we were finally ready to use their story as the jumping off point for an Amon Amarth album. The Jomsvikings and their world is the background for the story of a young man that is in love with a girl but unfortunately she's being married off.

"He accidentally kills a man when this happens and he has to flee - but he swears to have revenge and win her back. He can't let go of the past. He feels that he's been wronged and his life has been destroyed. The way the story evolves is not a happy story." Read more and watch the video here.

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Refused, Sikth, While She Sleeps and Animals As Leaders For Hevy Fest

(Prog) Refused, Sikth, While She Sleeps and Animals As Leaders are among the first batch of bands confirmed for Hevy Fest 2016. The festival moves to a new site at Newhaven in Derbyshire for the first time this year, where it will be held on August 19 to 20.

Also announced for the 2016 bill are Hacktivist, Gnarwolves, Krokodil, No Consequence, Devil Sold His Soul, Forever Never, Vukovi, Murdock and When Our Time Comes.

Two headliners are still to be announced and tickets, priced at £79, are available now via the official festival website. Festival organiser James Dutton previously said they left their spiritual home of Port Lympne because the original venue was undergoing a major overhaul. Read more here.

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The Gentle Storm To Play Amsterdam Fan Weekend

(Prog) Former Gathering singer Anneke van Giersbergen has announced an additional gig by The Gentle Storm for her sold-out Amsterdam Fan Weekend.

The event takes place in the city's Melkweg from December 16 to 18 and sees van Giersbergen meet fans and perform tracks from her solo career as well as showcase her work with The Gathering.

On December 17, she'll perform tracks from The Gentle Storm's debut album The Diary. She says: "Since the weekend is already sold out, this will be a great opportunity to hang out with fans from all over the globe that are coming to Amsterdam for this special occasion."

After the Fan Weekend, van Giersbergen will "be taking a break from live performing." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Silvertung's Face The Music

Baltimore hard rockers Silvertung just released their brand new single and video "Face The Music" to celebrate we asked frontman Speed to tell us about the track, which will be on their forthcoming album "Out of The Box". Here is the story:

As we fire up 2016 on all cylinders...we are bringing you guys full circle on the last few years of our rock journey…with the release of our newest single "Face The Music." The track is special to us because we're continuing to push the limits of our music.

We've spent the last three years touring and making new relationships in the industry and meeting new amazing people - our fans have dubbed themselves "The TungNation." What an honor to have fans that are so supportive…it may sound like an uplifting journey, but there's a down side of that journey as well. There are many people that just want to take from us. I bet that sounds familiar to other musicians. While we were on tour, we started to feel the backlash from people…so called 'industry' people. Our manager just kept telling us "Keep pushing forward, these people won't mean anything later in your career." Those positive words helped in the short term, but we've found more and more people trying to take down the band - from promoters to other bands to the industry.

You can imagine we were on the edge - A LOT! One day while out on the road, we had a day off and went to a deli to grab food and see some sites. The people who worked at the deli looked at us and asked, "Are you guys a band?"

We were a little hesitant on saying yes. I opened my big mouth and said "Yeah, what kind of music do you like?" While I'm asking, you could hear folk music in the background. I was totally taken back, when the guy said Rock, Hard Rock, Metal etc. We hung around the deli for the next few hours with the people who worked there and had a blast! What that made us realize was that it's all about the people that believe in us. What our manager had been telling us, was coming into focus.

Later that evening, while we were sitting in the hotel jamming, I had a riff that I liked and we started working on it. That's when the lyrics for "Face The Music" came pouring out like crazy. Everything I started singing about was about the past few years of negative encounters. We were really digging the idea behind the song - we wanted to take a negative situation - that had made a huge impact us and put that to words for the song. That's when we realized that the song was coming full circle for Silvertung as a band.

The title didn't come right away, but the lyrics, "Don`t bring a knife to a gunfight, You should have known that you never throw stones" did.

After coming home, we took time off to do additional writing. I came to rehearsal with the song we had started on the road and read the lyrics to the guys, and said it`s called "Face The Music." It gave us chills. We connected with the song. We recorded a rough draft and sent it to our producer Steven Wright. His first reaction was "HELL YES! This is a great song!" We made a few changes as we were recording and we had a winner! "Face The Music" has been a very positive reaction to negative situation. That's Silvertung - no matter what negativity we face, we try to make the best of that situation and 'face the music.'

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

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