Day in Rock Report for 01/28/2016

Def Leppard Postpone Tour Kick Off Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Def Leppard were forced to postpone Wednesday's launch of their US tour due to illness within the group. While the group did not provide further details regarding the health issue, frontman Joe Elliott was recently forced to sit out part of the band's inaugural "Hysteria On The High Seas" cruise after coming down with "severe laryngitis."

"The Def Leppard concert scheduled to take place at the Greensboro Coliseum on Wednesday January 27 has been postponed due to illness," announced the band. "A new date will be announced soon. Please continue to hold on to your tickets as tickets purchased for the January concert will be honored on the new date - no exchange necessary."

Unable to perform a January 23 show on the cruise, several rockers filled in for Elliott - including Last In Line's Andrew Freeman, Mr. Big's Eric Martin and Winger's Kip Winger - with some additional help from Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Lineup Speculation Heats Up With Band Exit

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses members Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed have announced their exit from The Dead Daisies to be part of "a momentous project in 2016."

The move fuels further speculation about the longtime players' participation in GNR's reunion tour, which to date has only confirmed the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Keyboardist Reed has been in the GNR lineup since 1990, while guitarist Fortus has been on board since 2002. Guns N' Roses will launch the reunion run with a pair of shows at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8 and April 9 - just two days after the venue's opening on April 6.

The band will then headline Coachella on April 16 and 23 as part of the two-weekend event. Former Whitesnake and Dio guitarist Doug Aldrich has taken Fortus' spot in The Dead Daisies as they begin work on a new album in Nashville with producer Marti Fredericksen. Read more here.

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AC/DC Take Preemptive Move Against Counterfeiters

(hennemusic) AC/DC have reportedly filed a federal lawsuit to block all non-authorized sales of its merchandise during their upcoming US tour. TMZ reports the band - who earned $180 million on the Rock Or Bust world tour last year - have taken the preemptive move against counterfeiters for US shows starting next week.

"Y'know, most of the those guys you see hawking t-shirts and hats outside the arena - the band's filed a federal lawsuit to get cops to shut them down," says TMZ. "The tour starts February 2 in Tacoma, and they're asking the court to launch a full scale attack - sending US Marshals and cops to the Tacoma Dome to arrest all offenders and seize all bogus goods. They're asking for the same show of force in other cities too."

The tour marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd. Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Added Dates To The River Tour

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen has expanded The River Tour in support of a recently-issued 7-disc box set marking the 35th anniversary of the 1980 double-album.

The New Jersey rocker has added 14 US dates to the end of the current North American run that began January 16 in Pittsburgh, PA and confirmed a May 19 appearance in Portugal to headline the first night of Rock In Rio festival in Lisboa.

The new US shows will begin with a third and final date at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on March 19 and finish April 25 at New York's Barclays Center.

The run also includes a rescheduled Madison Square Garden concert, postponed Sunday due to a blizzard in New York; Springsteen returns to the venue for the make-up performance on March 28.

Last month, Springsteen issued "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection", which presents the original record alongside "The River: Single Album" - originally named "The Ties That Bind" - a 10-track album that Springsteen recorded in 1979 as a follow up to 1978's "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" but never released.

The 4CD/3DVD package also includes 22 outtakes from the studio sessions alongside an hour-long documentary/interview and a legendary 1980 concert filmed at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. Read more including the dates and ticket info here.

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Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Apologizes To Bill Ward

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has apologized in public to Bill Ward for saying that the ex-drummer had been invited to take part in the band's final show.

Earlier this week, Butler stated in an interview that Sabbath had offered Ward the chance to appear with them just before they took their last bow on The End tour.

The bassist reported: "It's been mentioned to him - but he doesn't want to do it. He wants to do the whole tour or nothing." That led Ward to accuse his former colleague of making "inaccurate statements," adding: "My management reached out to the Black Sabbath management to inquire as to whether or not they would like to discuss my participation in the tour. We were told there was no interest."

Now Butler has tweeted: "It appears Bill Ward was never invited to do a last show - my mistake. Sorry @billwarddrums." Read more here.

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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme To Launch World Tour

(Classic Rock) Iggy Pop has announced he will be touring with Josh Homme in support of his latest album Post Pop Depression. He's announced a run of shows worldwide that will see the duo play alongside Homme's Queens Of The Stone Age bandmates, guitarist Dean Fertita and multi-instrumentalist Troy Van Leeuwen, as well as Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and session man Matt Sweeney.

Iggy and Homme recently performed Gardenia on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The song is available as an instant download with pre-orders of the album. They also made Break Into Your Heart available to stream.

Due on March 18 via Loma Vista, the pair recorded the album under the cover of secrecy at Homme's remote Joshua Tree and Pink Duck studios. Iggy says: "I wanted to be free. To be free, I needed to forget. To forget, I needed music. Josh had that in him, so I set out to provoke an encounter - first with a carefully worded text, followed by a deluge of writings all about me. No composer wants to write about nothing. He got revved up and we had a great big rumble in the desert USA."

Homme adds: "This was to go where neither of us had gone before. That was the agreement. And to go all the way." Read more here.

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Foreigner To Offer Fans Recordings From Unplugged Tour

(hennemusic) Foreigner will raise funds for the Grammy Foundation by offering fans live recordings of their upcoming acoustic tour via the launch of the free new app Stereocast.

Billed as "a first-of-its-kind, live-music purchase platform", Stereocast gives fans access to purchase as little as one song or the entire show for download immediately upon exiting the concert venue.

Stereocast will officially launch with the opening night of Foreigner's all-acoustic tour at The Theatre at Westbury in New York on February 11. All proceeds from purchases made on the new music app will go straight to the Grammy Foundation, which helps to provide funding for high school music programs.

"We are pleased to be partnering with StereoCast on this new initiative," says guitarist Mick Jones. "As we move into the digital age, we are always looking for new ways to make our music available in the most innovative manner. To walk away from our concerts with an immediate download of the once-in-a-lifetime moments meets that criteria.

"Furthermore, the ability to provide funds from StereoCast downloads to our high school choir partners music programs and to The Grammy Foundation's music in schools initiatives furthers a cause close to our hearts." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine May Release Free EP

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck says the band are working on a possible free EP to be released this year. The Welsh metal heroes released latest album Venom last year and could follow that up with a five-track EP in the coming months.

Tuck tells Kerrang: "We're planning on doing something special this year as far as music goes. It hasn't been confirmed yet, but we've been having talks about dropping a five-track EP or something, to give away to the fans."

The vocalist says the band don't want to keep fans waiting too long for new music and that an EP could be the answer. He adds: "We would just really like to have something to keep everybody going between albums. The way music has changed and the way people listen to it is king, and you have to adapt and have something to keep people going." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Explains Why He Won't Go Solo

(TeamRock Radio) Corey Taylor says it would be "super greedy" if he split off to pursue a solo career. The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman says he is happy working with his two bands at the moment - but that a solo career could be on the cards in a few years' time.

He tells RockSveridge: "I've been getting questions about solo stuff forever. But it's a good problem to have. But, at the same time, I'm in two fantastic bands. Why would I ever?

"Unless I wanted to get super greedy, why would I try to split off and do something else. I'm very fulfilled by the music that I get to make with both bands. Is there a solo album in me? Yes. But it's not gonna be for a few more years."

Talking about his diverse musical collaborations with rapper TechN9ne and Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica, Taylor also says that he wants to work with Eminem one day. Read more here.

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Lords of Black, Featuring New Rainbow Singer, Release New Video

(TeamRock Radio) Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero's band Lords of Black have debuted the video for Everything You're Not. The song is taken from the band's second album II, due out on March 18 via Frontiers Music SRL. Lords Of Black released their self-titled debut in 2014.

Romero was handpicked by guitar icon Ritchie Blackmore last year for Rainbow's 2016 summer shows. He previously told Rafabasa.com: "I'll just try to do my best to live up to what they did in their day and not to disappoint anyone. But I'm not here to replace anyone, much less compare myself with anyone."

The lineup is completed by Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau. Watch the new video here.

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Killswitch Engage Reveal New Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage have unveiled the tracklist for their upcoming album Incarnate. The successor to 2013's Disarm the Descent is set for release on March 11 via Roadrunner.

KSE also released a video for Incarnate's lead track Strength Of The Mind last month. The band say they'll release a video for the track Hate By Design this week. They add: "If you enjoy being teased about a record that won't be out until March 11, read on. Also, a new track released with a new video this Friday for Hate By Design."

The band kick off their 29-date tour in Texas on March 16, after a February show at the Radio Contraband Convention in Las Vegas. They will be joined by Memphis Mayfire and 36 Crazyfists. See the tracklisting here.

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King 810 Stream Song In Support Of Flint's Water Crisis

(TeamRock Radio) King 810 have released We Gotta Help Ourselves in support of their hometown Flint, which is in the grip of a toxic water crisis. The metal outfit have been a prominent voice for the residents affected by the lead contamination in the Michigan city's water supply, due to a cost-cutting switchover from Detroit to the River Flint in April 2014. They announced in September that they would be dropping off packs of bottled water in neighbourhoods throughout the city.

They also say a few of their own crew members have been hospitalized due to the incident. King 810 say: "Most of you by now have heard what is going on around town. Since the inception of King in 2007, our foundation has been our city and its people, good or bad.

"Since music is our voice that's how we've chosen to go about things. We wrote this song to empower. To strengthen rather than weaken. To offer solutions instead of problems. To breed hope rather than doubt." Stream the song here.

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Jonathan Davis Animated For Scooby Doo-Inspired Sunflower Dead Video

(TeamRock Radio) Sunflower Dead have introduced an animated Jonathan Davis for their It's Time To Get Weird video. It was announced in August that the Korn frontman would guest on the title track for their second album, which was out on October 30.

The Long Island Rockers supported Korn on their 20th anniversary shows in the UK last year, which led them the two bands to become friends. Vocalist Michael Del Pizzo says he masterminded the concept for the It's Time To Get Weird music video based around Davis' past as a funeral home embalmer and coroner's assistant.

He says: "For this one, I took the reins by writing the video treatment. We repeatedly heard that Sunflower Dead needs to be animated. "What better way to do that than with a Scooby Doo-inspired video for our new album's title track featuring one of heavy music's most unique frontmen, Jonathan Davis? My idea was combining the SFD story line with Jonathan's past experience working with dead bodies.

"Boom, a match made in heaven brought to life by the amazing animators at Smorgasbord Productions. This is my favorite SFD video by far." Watch the video here.

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Sammy Hagar Previews Grateful Dead Episode Of His TV Series

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar will be joined by Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead in the next episode of his new AXS TV series Rock & Roll Road Trip. Hagar is sharing a preview of his trip to San Francisco to hook up, talk music and jam with the pair of rock icons - including a run through the Grateful Dead classic "Loose Lucy."

His 6-episode series sees the Red Rocker drive across the country to jam with some of music's biggest names, including Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Alice Cooper and Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

The opening program saw Hagar connect with Chickenfoot bandmate Michael Anthony to share memeories of the Sunset Strip and to jam a Montrose classic with Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee. Watch the preview here.

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Lenny Kravitz Moving Towards A 'Brian Wilson Phase'

(Classic Rock) Lenny Kravitz believes he's on the verge of entering a "Brian Wilson phase" - and it'll take form when he learns to surf in the near future. He's been inspired by life at his second home in the Bahamas to look for a new musical direction.

Kravitz tells Rolling Stone: "Last night my sax player caught a 15-pound snapper that we just threw on the grill. That's the quality of living here - pick vegetables out of the garden and fish out of the sea.

"My big decision is, which beach are we going to hang out on? When we get to the water am I going to paddleboard or swim?" He admits he's a beginner when it comes to surfing, and that he's not a strong swimmer. But he adds: "I made a plan a month ago - surfing is going to change my music. It's going to offer me something I don't have that I need to move towards."

Kravitz, who's been listening to the Beach Boys a lot recently, continues: "A Brian Wilson phase wouldn't be bad." Read more here.

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David Gilmour Performance With 30-Piece Orchestra To Air On TV

(Classic Rock) David Gilmour's upcoming show in Poland will see him accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, he's revealed. His tour in support of last year's album Rattle That Lock arrives in the Polish city of Wroclaw on June 25.

The Freedom Square gig will see the Pink Floyd icon joined by long-time collaborater and orchestra conductor Zbigniew Preisner. There will also be a guest appearance by Polish pianist Leszek Mozdzer.

The event will be filmed by Aubrey 'Po' Powell and broadcast live on Polish TV. Gilmour last performed in Poland in 2006, in the Gdansk shipyards, to celebrate the founding of the Solidarity trade union. The show became the successful live album and DVD Live In Gdansk and also featured Pink Floyd's Richard Wright. Read more here.

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Santana Talks Forthcoming Reunion Album

(Prog) Santana are to release their forthcoming record, Santana IV, on April 15. The album sees the original members of the band reunite for the first time in 45 years.

Guitar icon and singer Carlos Santana, lead vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve last worked together on the multi-platinum record Santana III in 1971.

Santana, who formed fusion supergroup Supernova last year with John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, says: "It was magical. We didn't have to try to force the vibe - it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as Santana."

"When you can go back and break new ground with joy and determination - and some whoop-ass energy - it gets you going. I think we achieved something very rare. This music was screaming to come out of us. It wasn't about nostalgia. It was about passion." Read more here.

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Cavalera Brothers Announce Lody Kong Debut

(Classic Rock) Max Cavalera's sons Zyon and Igor's band Lody Kong have confirmed details of debut album Dreams And Visions. It'll be issued on March 25 via Mascot Label Group and opening track Chillin', Killin' is available as a free download now, in exchange for an email address.

The band is fronted by Zyon and Igor, who are said to be "ready to continue the family's legacy with their raw and frenetic sound." A Mascot statement continues: "Tackling the ills of modern society with a venomous and unrelenting mix of grunge, post-hardcore, thrash and all wrapped up in a punk to the core ethos that creates their own blend of experimental sonic bedlam, they are fast becoming an uncompromising force.

"Lody Kong's mission - to challenge the phoniness, fakery and pretension of the modern scene and restore it with honesty, vibrancy and grit." Read more and watch a preview video here.

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Def Leppard Preview Dangerous Video

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have released a video preview of "Dangerous", the second single from the band's 2015 self-titled album. The group have teamed with Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyleGames for the clip's debut.

"When the idea to premiere our newest music video for 'Dangerous' in Guitar Hero Live came about, we were thrilled," says singer Joe Elliott. "The way our fans discover and listen to our music has evolved so much throughout the years. Whether they're playing on vinyl, streaming the songs online or playing along to our music video in Guitar Hero Live, it's amazing to see how interactive music has become.

"There are so many interesting ways our fans experience our music, and having the video for 'Dangerous' debut in Guitar Hero Live felt like such a great way to reach all of our fans."

Guitar Hero Live is available on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U console as well as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

"Dangerous" follows "Let's Go" as the second track from the 2014 album, which was recorded at Elliott's studio in Dublin, Ireland last year. Watch the video here.

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Saxon Release Box Set Preview Video

(Classic Rock) Saxon have released a video trailer for their upcoming Eagles And Dragons 9LP box set. The package is released on March 18 via Demon Records and features nine albums recorded between 1991 and 2009. It marks the first time the albums have been made available on vinyl outside Germany, Italy and the UK.

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

In addition, 500 copies with a framable print of the cover signed by frontman Biff Byford will be available exclusively via Demon's online store. Byford says: "From 1991's Solid Ball Of Rock to 2009's Into The Labyrinth, this is the first time we have ever had a vinyl box set of nine albums in one package - never to be done again - with exclusive cover art work from Paul Raymond Gregory. I can't wait to get my hands on one." Watch the video here.

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Moon Safari Pull Out Of Upcoming Yes Live Dates

(Classic Rock) Moon Safari have had to pull out of most of their support slots on Yes' upcoming European tour - but have announced a headline London show. "Technical" problems have put paid to Moon Safari's scheduled appearances on all but one of Yes' shows. They'll still be on the bill for the May 10 date at London's Royal Albert Hall and the following night - May 11 - they'll headline The Borderline in Soho.

Moon Safari say: "Alas, some force majeure type events lead to this cancellation. We are, however, still excited to get to play with the giants of prog rock Yes at the Royal Albert Hall on May 10 and hope to see some friendly faces there.

"We're also doing a full headlining show at The Borderline in Soho on May 11, more details to follow. Lastly, Moon Safari have nothing but love for Yes and we wish them a fantastic tour." Read more here.

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David Bowie's Son Thanks Fans For Their Support

(Gibson) Duncan Jones appreciates the fans who have paid tribute to his late father, musician and actor David Bowie. Jones tweeted out a note on Saturday (Jan. 23) thanking fans for their support and beautiful messages after Bowie's passing earlier this month.

Jones tweeted a sketch of three hands signaling the "thumbs-up" sign, as well as the message, "Hi all. Just wanted to thank you for the incredibly kind words & thoughts. I'll be easing my way back into Twitter."

Jones, a British director, hadn't said much publicly about his dad's passing up until this point, initially stating that he would be "offline for a while." Bowie died of cancer Jan. 10 at the age of 69. Read more here.

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IO Earth Announce Family Weekender Event

(Prog) IO Earth have revealed details of a weekender event designed to entertain their family of fans. The three-day extravaganza follows a one-off show in Birmingham's Crescent Theatre last year, which featured a 14-piece orchestra and led to calls for a repeat performance.

Now the band have confirmed they'll return to the Crescent during the last weekend of May - but in addition they'll play a second show in another venue, and take fans on a bus trip to visit filming locations used for their Insomnia and New World videos.

Vocalist and guitarist Dave Cureton says: "We had an absolute blast last year and we wanted not only to make the event happen again, but to make it even better. What's better than one concert? Two concerts!

"You should expect a couple of surprises this year. We're pulling out a few songs that we've never played live before, both old and new." Read more here.

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Renaissance Announce US and UK Tours

(Prog) Renaissance have announced US and UK tours in support of their Live At The Union Chapel DVD. They'll play four US shows next month ahead of a nine-date run of shows in the UK in April. Curved Air will be main support on the UK dates.

Live At The Union Chapel was filmed at the group's April, 2015, show at the London venue and sees the band performing hits including Carpet Of The Sun, Ocean Gypsy, Mother Russia and Ashes Are Burning. It's comes with LPCM stereo and Dolby Digital surround audio tracks and a Blu-Ray version is planned for later this year.

The Union Chapel show was part of Renaissance's first tour in more than 30 years. Ahead of that tour, vocalist Annie Haslam said: "It's our goal to chronicle this journey by filming and releasing a live concert DVD." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Golden Void Release 'Dervishing' Video

(Prog) Golden Void have released a video for their track Dervishing. The psychedelic rockers hit the road this week for a European tour with Holy Sons and have issued the promo for the track taken from last year's album Berkana.

Golden Void - who describe themselves as the new face of Bay Area psychedelic music - feature Isaiah Mitchell from Earthless on guitar and vocals, Camilla Saufley-Mitchell on keyboards and vocals, drummer Justin Pinkerton and Aaron Morgan on bass.

Morgan put together the promo for Dervishing using footage from Knot Without Hope, a 1970 short film made by his father. The Golden Void tour with labelmates Holy Sons kicks off in Leuven, Belgium on January 28 before heading to England for dates in London, Birmingham and Leeds - the band's first-ever UK shows. Watch the video here.

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