Day in Rock Report for 07/06/2016

Today's Top Stories

Ginger Baker Recovering From Open Heart Surgery

Cream legend Ginger Baker is doing "okay" after he underwent open heart surgery, according to comments that his daughter made to British publication The Daily Mirror.

Leda Baker told the outlet (via UCR) "Dad called the day after his surgery to say he's okay," she said. "Albeit a rather disorientated and unintelligible conversation, he was at least awake and aware." She added, "Ginger is on the road to recovery. After open-heart surgery and a bad fall, he is miraculously recovering well."

Baker revealed back in February that he planned to have open-heart surgery following a fall at his home. He said at the time, "There are two options for surgery.

"Depending on how strong my old lungs are, they may do both. The doctor says he's going to get me playing again."

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Lars Ulrich Didn't Know Metallica Planned To Fire Him

(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says he hadn't known that his bandmates considered firing him in 1986 until recently. The story, which had circulated for years, was given new credence when Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian said in 2014: "They were, like, 'When we finish this tour, we're going to find a new drummer.'

Last year Ulrich's bandmate Kirk Hammett confirmed it, saying: "We were unhappy, and we might have grumbled something to someone." Now Ulrich tells Metal Forces: "It's certainly not something that I was ever aware of.

"When you have a collective entity like Metallica that's been together for 35 years, there are times on that journey where the idea of what to do next has brought different options.

"There were times when Kirk was kind of floating out there, and there were a couple of times Hetfield was floating out there, and there were times when I was floating out there.

"So it was very possible. I'm sure Scott Ian knows something that I don't - and I'm fine with that. It was just not something that was ever on my radar." Read more here.

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Poison's Rikki Rockett Had Experimental Cancer Treatment

(Classic Rock) Poison drummer Rikki Rockett has opened up on his battle with cancer. Rockett developed a tumor on his tongue last summer and underwent nine rounds of chemotherapy followed by 35 radiotherapy sessions.

But with the situation showing no signs of improvement, and facing the possibility of the total removal of his tongue, the sticksman chose an experimental immune therapy called immunotherapy - a treatment which stimulates the immune system to fight cancer. As a result, the tumor has almost been completely eradicated.

Rockett tells the San Diego Union-Tribune: "I just didn't feel right. This should be getting better, not worse. I should be eating better, I should be swallowing better - what the hell's going on?"

He underwent a scan which showed that the original tumor was still present. "The lymph nodes on my right side lit up, the lymph nodes on my left side lit up, and on the side of my tongue there was stuff," Rockett says.

He then put his name forward to Dr. Ezra Cohen at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center - and waited to hear if he'd be accepted for the trial. Read more here.

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Queen Beat The Beatles For Top Selling Album In The UK

(hennemusic) Queen's 1981 "Greatest Hits" package has been named the best selling UK album of all time, according to The Official Charts Company. ABBA's 1992 compilation, "Gold: Greatest Hits", placed No. 2 on the list, with The Beatles delivering the country's best-selling studio album at No. 3 with 1967's landmark "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Topping a new list of the Top 60 biggest UK records in sync with this month's 60th anniversary of the Official Albums Chart, the project stands alone as the first and only album to have sold over 6 million copies in the UK, with 6.1 million sales to date.

"What a great bit of news to wake up to!", says guitarist Brian May. "The most popular album? Well, I always thought the band showed promise, but this is beyond our boyhood dreams! Thanks folks!"

Drummer Roger Taylor added: "Incredible... marvellous... humbling... thank you... I feel good!" See the Top 10 list here.

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Pixes Stream New Song, Announce Album and Bass Player

Pixes had big news for fans early Wednesday morning; they announced their new studio album, released a stream of the first single and revealed that Paz Lenchantin is now a permanent member of the band.

Lenchantin of A Perfect Circle and Zwan fame began working with the group for their 2014 tour, taking the place of original bass player Kim Deal and Paz has now been confirmed as the group's official bassist.

"I was very nervous in the beginning when I went to that first rehearsal," said Lenchantin in the announcement. "There were these shoes I felt I had to fill and I tried to do the best I could for the fans, to make the live performances sound true to the originals.

"I spent three years learning to understand what being a Pixie meant, and now, my heart, spirit, and love for their music is embedded in me and I feel like I have become a Pixie. We had been more about the history of the Pixies, but now, we are about going forward."

The group's new album was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood)and will be entitled "Head Carrier" and is set for released on September 30th. The first single from the effort, "Um Chagga Lagga" can be streamed here.

The band also revealed that they will be offering a special limited edition deluxe box set of "Head Carrier" via their website that will include the album on CD, a heavy-weight/180 gram black vinyl version, a 24-page book featuring the lyrics and Vaughan Oliver's cover art.

Pixies will be launching a world tour in support of the new album with the first leg set to hit Europe this fall. The trek will be kicking off on November 15th at the Stadthalle in Austria. See the tour dates and album tracklisting here.

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Twisted Sister Crew Member Blasts Music Fest Organizers

(Classic Rock) A member of Twisted Sister's road crew has described Canada's Amnesia Rockfest as the "worst festival ever." The veteran band's tour assistant Terry Sapp says in a blog post that the band's experience at the event in Montebello, Quebec, last month was a disaster from start to finish and blames it on the alleged incompetence of the event's staff.

Twisted Sister performed on the Jagermeister stage at the festival on June 24 and Sapp says the band faced a two-and-a-half hour trip from their hotel to the site before being given too few backstage passes to accommodate their entire crew.

It was Twisted Sister's last ever performance in Canada before they draw the curtain on their 40-year career. He goes on to talk about the dressing room, which he says was a 10x10 space for 23 people. And Sapp says that the rider for that number of crew consisted of "a dozen small water bottles, five bags of chips, three granola bars, a couple of tiny toffee candies and a pack of something... I think it was gum." Read more here.

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Biffy Clyro Announce Intimate Acoustic Show

(TeamRock Radio) Biffy Clyro will play an intimate acoustic show in Surrey in October. The Scottish rock trio will perform at the 900-capacity Kingston's Rose Theatre on October 9th.

Tickets for the special event will be limited to two per customer and only available in person Banquet Records in Kingston from 10am on July 8th (Friday).

Biffy's seventh album Ellipsis is also released on July 8 and they are scheduled to perform at the Reading and Leeds festivals next month, as well as a show at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on August 27 with Fall Out Boy and Cage The Elephant.

The band recently issued a video for their track Animal Style and all of the tracks on Ellipsis can be previewed here.

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Periphery, The Word Alive and From First To Last Stars Cover 1975

(TeamRock Radio) Members of Periphery, The Word Alive and From First To Last have produced a cover of "Me" by The 1975. The Word Alive drummer Luke Holland shared the promo - which also features Periphery frontman Spencer Sotelo, singer Elijah Trey and From First To Last guitarist and producer Taylor Larson.

The Word Alive are currently touring the US in support of their latest album Dark Matter. Frontman Tyler 'Telle' Smith said of the record: "Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we've done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date.

"This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture." Check out the cover here.

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Aerosmith Member Doesn't See Steven Tyler Solo Career

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says he wouldn't describe Steven Tyler's country side project as a solo career. Guitarist Joe Perry previously said of Tyler's decision to record country-influenced solo album We're All Somebody From Somewhere: "Steven is in Nashville doing whatever he's doing. He's got a rhinestone cowboy hat going 'Yippee ki yay.' I don't know what else to say about that."

That comment moved Tyler to say that "jealousy runs deep in this family," but Kramer doesn't feel threatened by the frontman's desire to branch out. The drummer tells Eddie Trunk Live (via Blabbermouth): "If he's doing a couple of songs off his album and the rest Aerosmith songs, you put two and two together and it's not what you would call a solo career.

"But he's having a good time and he's got a passion for it, and I think that that's what counts even more. If you're having a good time doing what you're doing and you love it, it's gonna come out good. It's gotta be a positive thing." Read more here.

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Flying Colors Making New Album Plans Says Mike Portnoy

(Prog) Flying Colors will enter the studio in December, drummer Mike Portnoy confirms. The former Dream Theater and current Winery Dogs sticksman is set to join keyboardist Neal Morse, guitarist Steve Morse, bassist Dave LaRue and singer Casey McPherson to write the follow-up to 2014's Second Nature later this year.

He tells One On One Mitch Lafon: "We're pencilled in to reconvene in December and begin writing, so that's the plan. We'll start writing at the end of this year, we'll possibly have something out by 2017. We'll see how the process goes when we get under way in December."

Portnoy recently announced he'd perform his 12 Step Suite in full for his 50th birthday at the Cruise To The Edge festival in Florida in October - a concept piece which details his experience with alcoholism. He recalls how his longtime collaborator and friend Morse supported him during his road to recovery in the early 00s following Dream Theater's Scenes From A Memory tour. Read more and stream the full interview here.

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In Flames Release 'Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg' Trailer

(TeamRock Radio) In Flames have released a teaser clip for their upcoming live DVD "Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg." The package is due for release later this year via Nuclear Blast.

Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg was recorded in November 2014 during the band's performances at Hovet in Stockholm and Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Swedish metal outfit split with drummer Daniel Svensson last year and have yet to announce his replacement. In Flames are lined up to perform at Knotfest in Japan on November 6. Watch the DVD trailer here.

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Kate Bush's Music The Focus Of Special One-Off Show

(Prog) The music of Kate Bush is to be celebrated at a one-off show in Scotland later this year. Running Up That Hill - A Celebration Of The Work Of Kate Bush has been curated by Emma Pollock - founding member of The Delgados. It'll take place at Aberdeen's His Majesty's Theatre on September 25.

The night will "pay tribute to Kate Bush, one of the most influential songwriters of our time" and features Pollock along with other artists including Roddy Hart, Twilight Sad's James Graham, Admiral Fallow's Sarah Hayes and Field Music's Peter Brewis.

The special concert forms part of the Aberdeen's True North festival of music and song which is set to take place from September 22-25. Read more here.

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Against The Current Release 'Wasteland' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Against The Current have released a music video for their track Wasteland. They previously released a lyric video for the track, which was taken from their debut album In Our Bones.

The band said: "This album is as much yours as it is ours. We wouldn't be here doing what we love right now if it weren't for the endless support we've received from our friends and fans across the world over the last two years.

"We hope you love this record as much we do, and can't wait to play these songs for you the next time we make it to your city." Watch the new music video here.

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Defy The Ocean Streaming Elderflower EP Title Song

(Prog) Defy The Ocean have made their single Elderflower available to stream via TeamRock. It's the title track from the London band's upcoming EP, due for release on September 2.

Singer/guitarist Chris Theor tells TeamRock: "Elderflower is the title track to the EP and really encapsulates the main thematic thread that ties all the tracks together, that of change in the face of resistance.

"In this case it tells the story of someone seeking to come to terms with their gender identity later in life. It's one of our favorite tracks because the music marries so well with the story, and despite its relative structural simplicity, it takes you on an emotive journey that spans resignation, anger, acceptance and regret, all in the space of three short minutes." Stream the song here.

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InMe Announce 20th Anniversary Tour

(TeamRock Radio) InMe have announced an 11-date UK tour which will take place in October. The English outfit have scheduled the shows to mark their 20th anniversary - and they'll be supported by Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and Empire.

The band had the following to say about the anniversary trek: "This year sees us celebrate 20 years of being InMe, so we're heading out in October with some friends of ours."

The run of dates get underway at The Key Club, Leeds, on the 17th of the month and wrap up at Brighton's Patterns on the 28th and come after the band play this year's Macmillan Fest in Nottingham on September 3. See the dates here.

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John Renbourn's Final Recordings To Be Released

(Prog) The final recordings made by John Renbourn before his death are to be released by Riverboat Records this summer. Joint Control, by John Renbourn & Wizz Jones, is issued on September 9 and features songs recorded in the days before Pentangle founder Renbourn's death in March of last year from a heart attack at his home in Hawick in the Scottish borders.

The pair had been touring in the months before Renbourn's passing and recorded 13 songs - one of them an original piece called Balham Moon. Jones says: "It was always a great pleasure to meet up with John and play the odd gig together over the 50 plus years that we've known each other, so when the opportunity arose about three years ago for us to tour together - I jumped at the chance.

"It proved to be a truly wonderful experience which ended all too soon. With a giant personality and sense of humor that endeared John to everyone, he was a joy to be with and in those final few years we became bosom friends as never before." Read more here.

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AC/DC's Original Indie Label Acquired By BMG

(Classic Rock) The Australian record label which launched AC/DC's career has been acquired by major music firm Bertelsmann Rights Management (BMG). Alberts, a 131-year-old independent recording and publishing company, will form part of BMG Australia.

It was originally a watch and clock repair shop, but its watchmaker and musician founder Jacques Albert began selling instruments and sheet music in store, before expanding into publishing, recording and artist management.

Outgoing CEO David Albert tells Billboard: "It's positive for the business and for the future. But the other emotion is, all the family feels there's a sense of sadness that it's the end of a 131-year era.

"What makes it a bit easier from the family's perspective is we made it together. But there couldn't be more mixed emotions." Read more here.

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The Breakout Tour Singled Out Week: The Machinist

We are celebrating the kick off of The Breakout Tour this Friday (7/8) featuring metal up and comers The Machinist, Gladiators and The Blessing Of This Curse. Today, Josh Gomez from The Machinist tells us about their track "Wake Up" from their self-titled EP. Here is the story:

"Wake Up" was written at a pretty tough time for me. My home life was at its lowest point and the only way to really vent my frustrations, was through music. The band, at the time, was at a standstill. Constant line-up changes and problems arising just made being in the band even more difficult than it was.

Me being a huge guitar nerd, I love melodies and intricate playing of all sorts. So when it came to writing "Wake Up", it was quite difficult to find the right melody to set the song off. After about 4-5 hours of noodling on the guitar, I came across what would be the chorus of the song. The "IT" riff. And right then and there, every problem that I had in life seemed to have vanished and that's when the song started to take shape. I spent the next few days constructing the song, figuring out arrangements and what not but I felt uncertain about the song. I wasn't sure stylistically if this was a song that really represented the band and myself as a player. I was hesitant at first to show the rest of my band, but it had hit me.

There's no boundaries in metal; or music for that matter for what you can do or sound like. And at that point I was content with the musical direction I was heading. I knew right there at that moment; this is the rebirth of this band.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the EP, and grab the tour dates right here!

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