Day in Rock Report for 07/12/2016

Today's Day in Rock Stories

Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe 'Almost Killed' In Traffic Accident

Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe shared some strong words on social media about a driver that allegedly caused a multi-vehicle accident that he was involved in this past weekend in Oklahoma.

Blythe posted a series of photos with lengthy captions via Instagram detailing the accident and calling out the driver. The first post contained the following: "Photo #1 in a series. We are all ok- BUT if you are driving & looking at this: PUT DOWN THE GODDAMNED PHONE AND DRIVE, A**HOLE. 7.9.2016 "PAY ATTENTION #1" Oklahoma. Listen to me, little girl: this is what you almost died in yesterday. This is what you almost killed me, my 2 friends, our dog, & another driver with. This is what you almost killed your 3 friends with. This is what you almost killed YOURSELF with. I sat parked on the side of the two-lane country road & I watched as you plowed into our chase vehicle's trailer- I saw your truck hit it & fly into the air. Like a slow-motion horror movie scene, you sprouted deadly wings & flew high into the air towards us before crashing onto the road a few feet away. You had hit another truck before you even crashed into our trailer. We were in the middle of nowhere, on wide-open road, with a clear view for miles. How did you not see us? How fast were you going to run into 2 vehicles & still fly into the air like that? We were stopped, & completely off the road, the other truck behind us that you hit was going maybe 3 mph, maximum. We were all aware of each other- somehow, you were not. " See the photo here.

The second post: "After you landed on your side, Rob & Kim & myself jumped out of our vehicles & ran the 15 feet towards your truck- it was smoking & we heard you all screaming inside. As we ran to the truck a person climbed out of the passenger side window, then another, then another, then another & you all flopped onto the road, filthy & covered in blood. It was a real-life horror movie- I prayed as I moved towards you: 'Please God don't let anyone be dead!' You, the driver, kept yelling 'My brakes went out, my brakes went out'- this is bullsh*t. The skid marks tell us a different story, but even if they had, you must have been going 80 mph according to the other driver you rear ended before you even hit Kim's trailer. Why? You were so quick to deny blame, screeching your head off before the rest of your friends were even out of your mangled truck- you are a child; a child driving a huge, deadly weapon. By the way, that's you going into shock on our trailer while the EMTs work on you & your other friend- I watched it happen. If Kim hadn't been behind me & Rob with that trailer, we would have joined you. Or worse." Read the other posts here.

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Joe Perry Doing 'Better Than Feared' Following Collapse At Concert

(Classic Rock) Joe Perry is doing "better than feared" after collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires show on Sunday night (July 10), his Aerosmith bandmate Tom Hamilton has reported.

Perry was stretchered to hospital from the stage at Coney Island, New York City, after being seen to struggle during the concert, then staggering off before collapsing behind the scenes.

His health status has not been reported, although unconfirmed reports suggest the 65-year-old suffered a heart attack. Hamilton tweeted last night: "Thankfully, Joe seems to be better than we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon, doing what he loves to do!" Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Slaps Phone Out Of Texting Fan's Hand

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor slapped a phone out of a front row fan's hand during a recent live show. The singer, who got back onstage last month for the first time after undergoing neck surgery, also urges phone-mad gig-goers to "stay home" if they want to text during their set.

But he adds: "It's actually funny - afterward, the dude totally understood the f***-up and we laughed together." When a fan Tweeted at him to suggest some people have text in urgent circumstances, Taylor replies:

"Okay, but it doesn't mean that I, with a broken neck and still playing a show, can't get pissed that someone's ignoring it." Check out the video footage of the incident and read more here.

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AC/DC Singing Gig Not For Cinderella's Tom Keifer

(Classic Rock) Cinderella singer Tom Keifer says he'd have been "humbled and honored" if he'd been asked fill in for Brian Johnson in AC/DC - but he doesn't think he'd have taken on the job.

Before the job was given to Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, Keifer's was one of the names linked with the job once AC/DC revealed Johnson had been ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf and that they'd be continuing with a guest singer.

Keifer tells Zoiks! Online: "I've seen my name brought up online, and I just wanna say - I guess this is the first time I'm publicly saying this - if I were asked, I'd be very humbled and honored, but I would not leave my solo band. I love my band, and we're having a good time out here. This is my home.

"I just don't know that anyone can fill those shoes. Or if it's somebody who's known, it's kind of weird - then it's not AC/DC. It was so cool when they found Brian, because he wasn't really known. And then he became known and then he became the voice of AC/DC. They're one of the few bands who have been able to pull that off. I don't wanna even touch those shoes." Read more here.

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Mike Portnoy Invites Dream Theater To 50th Birthday Bash

(Prog) Mike Portnoy has extended "an open invitation" to his former Dream Theater bandmates to join him for his planned performance of his 12 Step Suite at his 50th birthday bash next year.

The drummer recently revealed that he'll perform all five tracks of the 12 Step Suite in their entirety and in sequence on the Cruise To The Edge floating festival, which sets sail from Tampa, Florida, on February 7 and runs until February 11.

The 12-Step Suite is made up of five tracks, each of which featured on separate Dream Theater albums and Portnoy said he alway intended to play it live.

Now he adds that he'd love his former bandmates to join, but he says he doubts that will happen. Portnoy tells The National Student: "I would love nothing more than to perform it with them. But they've made it clear that they have no intention in reuniting at any point. So, life is short, this is going to be my 50th birthday and it just felt like the right time and place to finally play this music." Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Mistaken For Metallica By Customs Officials

(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers were mistaken for Metallica by customs officials at Belarus Airport in Eastern Europe. The band were called into an office by airport staff and asked to autograph CDs and photos - but to their surprise, the items were Metallica-related.

Chili's bassist Flea says: "We were called into a custom officials' office at an airport in Belarus and they asked us to sign a bunch of Metallica CDs and photos.

"We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica, but they insisted that we sign anyway. They had the power. Well I did play Fight Fire With Fire with Metallica once. I love Metallica anyways, but I'm no Robert Trujillo." See the photo here.

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Meat Loaf Gives Health Update Following On Stage Collapse

(Classic Rock) Meat Loaf has been placed on a strict health regime after he collapsed on stage in Edmonton last month. The singer said the incident was down to severe dehydration and tells Classic Rock he is now seeing a physical therapist four days a week in a bid to lose weight.

Asked how he is feeling since the collapse, Meat Loaf says: "I'm okay. Weak. I've gotta go to physical therapy. I had back surgery and knee surgery within the last two years, and the knee surgery failed, so I haven't been able to work out on tour.

"So I'm going to acupuncture, physical therapy, and a trainer, starting Monday for four days a week, an hour and a half each session." A number of shows were postponed in the wake of Meat Loaf's onstage collapse, but he says they will go ahead eventually and that he won't step back from future touring commitments. Read more here.

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Hollywood Vampires To Continue Tour Despite Joe Perry's Health

(hennemusic) Alice Cooper has confirmed that The Hollywood Vampires will move forward with their summer tour as guitarist Joe Perry remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.

"Vampires!," tweeted the supergroup's frontman Alice Cooper on Monday. "Confirmed - We WILL see you in Ohio tomorrow night & for the rest of our dates! Thanks for supporting Joe!"

The group are scheduled to perform at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, OH on July 12. During the second song of The Hollywood Vampires show at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island, Perry stumbled offstage and, according to sources, soon lost consciousness and apparently went into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

The guitarist was taken to Coney Island hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. Read more here.

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David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar Released

(Classic Rock) Former REM singer Michael Stipe, producer Tony Visconti, The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne and Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell feature in the short film, David Bowie Was The Gateway Drug For Your Favorite Rockstar.

The video, which was filmed backstage at The Music Of David Bowie show in New York earlier this year, also features Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, Ann Wilson, Cat Power, Esperanza Spalding, John Darnielle, Rickie Lee Jones, Eugene Hutz, Bilal and Robyn Hitchcock.

Longtime Bowie producer Visconti says of the late rock icon: "The first time I saw him with Ziggy in person, he had all the regalia and and his hair was orange. I only recognised his voice and after two seconds, it's like, 'Well, it's David.'

"That's what I really got from him, that he never limited himself. This could be a lesson to everyone, that you aren't your style. You have a true self, but you can make things up and make them real and express them.

"You're not your hair, clothes - you can do this. He was the person that showed the world how to do that." Watch the film here.

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Raging Speedhorn Streaming New Album 'Lost Ritual' Online

(TeamRock Radio) Raging Speedhorn have made their latest album Lost Ritual available to stream in full with TeamRock. The follow-up to 2007's Before The Sea is due out on July 15 and was made possible thanks to a successful Pledge Music campaign.

Guitarist Jim Palmer said: "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input - a slice of all of us. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock'n'roll moments, and some much darker ones too.

"Sound-wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist."

The band head out on a UK tour with Stoneghost on the day the album comes out, with the first date at the Colchester Arts Centre. The run of shows will wrap up at London's Underworld on July 23. Stream the album and see the dates here.

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Beardfish Decide 'To Call It Quits'

(Prog) Beardfish have announced they've split, saying "disagreements and various difficulties" are to blame. The Swedish prog heroes are calling it quits after a career that spanned 15 years and eight studio albums. Their most recent release was 2015's +4626-COMFORTZONE.

In a statement, the band say: "After a longer hiatus and some disagreements and various difficulties within the band we have decided to call it quits. This was not an easy choice to make.

"Beardfish has always been our main musical outlet - a proper garage band - the kind that meet up in the rehearsal studio and try out new material together for long, massive sessions at a time.

"Some of the best times of our lives have been spent together on the road, in the studio and just hanging out. Growing up, having families and all that has made that particular way of working very difficult, leading to long periods where we haven't been able to rehearse. And we like to play." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour 'An Unqualified Success' Says Live Nation

(Classic Rock) The promoter of the Guns N' Roses Not In This Lifetime reunion tour says the shows have been "an unqualified success" despite apparently poor ticket sales on some dates.

Frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan announced their reunion earlier this year and made their comeback with gigs in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and at Coachella. They later announced a full run of dates under the banner of the Not In This Lifetime tour.

But some of the stadium shows have not sold well, according to fans and some media outlets. The Wall Street Journal reported that the GNR gig at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, saw 27,000 people attend the 70,000 capacity venue.

However, promoter Live Nation pointed out to Fortune that the venue's capacity had been reduced to 35,380 for the gig. And fans on social media claimed that the second of two nights at Soldier Field in Chicago had not sold well, with the first night selling out.

Live Nation says: "Guns N Roses' Not In This Lifetime tour is an unqualified success. Not only is it the no.1 rock tour of the summer, it will be one of the top grossing tours of 2016 and one of the most successful reunion tours of all time." Read more here.

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Doug Aldrich Would Love To Play With David Coverdale Again

(Classic Rock) The Dead Daisies' Doug Aldrich says he "would love" to work with David Coverdale again in the future. Guitarist Aldrich was a member of Coverdale's Whitesnake from 2002 to 2014 before leaving to spend more time with his family.

And while he has his hands full with his new role in The Dead Daisies, Aldrich says he and Coverdale share a mutual love and respect and that he will always be open to working with the vocalist again.

In an episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon, due to be released later this week, Aldrich says: "I'm there for David if he ever needed anything, whatever I could do.

"I'm part of the family and I know David well enough to know that he feels the same and it would be no problem. But he also likes the challenge of exploring new ground with new people.

"We had some amazing creative times. If he needed me, I would absolutely be there if I was available and I would love to collaborate on something with him again in the future." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Eric Singer On KISS Fans' Emotional Connection To Various Lineups

(Classic Rock) KISS drummer Eric Singer has suggested some fans get too emotionally attached to the band's previous lineups. The sticksman has had three stints with the veteran outfit since the death of Eric Carr in 1991. Singer then came on board permanently to replace Peter Criss in 2003 at the end of the 'Farewell' reunion tour.

Singer tells CRR: "I have many friends that will say their version of Kiss was Animalize or Hot In The Shade or it was another era. How can they say that? But I respect what they are saying.

"For that person, that is when they discovered Kiss and that was the time of their life when it really affected them and they had a connection to them. Everybody has a different timeline of the band when it emotionally connected with them.

He continues: "I'm not saying this to take away from Kiss at all, but Kiss was really about the show. What attracted you to them was that image and that show. If Kiss just stood on stage and played songs without the show then I doubt they would have held your attention.

"I understand that you can't try to take the emotional factor out of the equation. To fans that is impossible. It is not going to happen. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and they look at it from an emotional point of view. I get that and I respect it. You're not going to get me to think that way. I have a unique perspective in Kiss." Read more here.

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Young Americans Pay For Music More Than Their Parents

(TeamRock Radio) Young Americans pay for music more than their parents, according to a new study. The findings appear to challenge the perception that young people tend not to pay for music.

The research was carried out by John Blackledge and Tom Arcuri of financial services company the Cowen Group. Business Insider report the study found that 46% of respondents in the US aged between 18-24 had bought music over the course of the past month, compared with 26% of the 45-54 age group. The findings also show that only 26% of the 65 and overs paid for material over the same time.

Cowen have also found that while Spotify is leading the way when it comes to streaming services, it's finding increasing challenges from Amazon, Apple, Pandora and YouTube. Read more here.

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Threshold Reveal New Concept Album Plans

(Prog) Threshold's 11th album will be a concept work, to be released next year, they've confirmed. It's under production now after the band renewed their record deal with Nuclear Blast.

Keyboardist Richard West says: "Nuclear Blast have given us everything we could want from a label, and we're really looking forward to releasing our new album with them."

Label boss Markus Staiger adds: "2017 will be the year of prog. We're very happy to continue our work with Threshold and bring you a massive release next year." Read more here.

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Skillet Streaming New Song 'Back From The Dead'

(TeamRock Radio) Skillet have released an online stream of their new track "Back From The Dead". The song comes from their upcoming 10th album Unleashed, which is released on August 5 via Atlantic Records.

Skillet frontman John Cooper had the following to say about the forthcoming "Unleashed" album: "I wanted to make an album that could make people feel the music.

I always aim to write songs to which people can relate, but this time I wanted to see not only how the songs would connect lyrically, but also how they'd connect musically." Stream the song here.

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Periphery Release Animated 'Marigold' Video

(Prog) Periphery have released an animated video for their track "Marigold." It's taken from upcoming fourth album Periphery III: Select Difficulty, to be launched on July 22.

Guitarist Mark Holcomb says: "Marigold was written pretty early in the sessions. It had been a song that anchored the songwriting direction for P3. The technicality, sense of melody, orchestration and big choruses lend itself to what I feel most of this record is about."

The band commence a North American tour in August without bassist Adam 'Nolly' Getgood, who's decided to end his live career - although he remains a creative member of the band. Watch the new video here.

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Crobot Release Teaser Video For 'Welcome To Fat City' Album

(TeamRock Radio) Crobot have released an online teaser video for their forthcoming second album Welcome To Fat City and revealed the artwork and tracklist for the effort. The album will be released on September 23 via Nuclear Blast and Wind-Up Records.

Welcome To Fat City is produced by Machine, who has previously worked with Clutch, Lamb of God and Every Time I Die. It's mixed by Alan Moulder, who has worked with Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Them Crooked Vultures and Led Zeppelin.

The cover artwork was designed by guitarist Chris Bishop, who says: "We wanted to do something completely different and not take ourselves too seriously. I was going for a Simpsons on acid feel." Watch the video and see the artwork and tracklisting here.

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Alter Bridge Reveal More Details For New Album 'The Last Hero'

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge continue to unveil more details about their forthcoming album, "The Last Hero." Following a listening party and live performance at The Beacham in Orlando, FL on July 6, the group revealed the project's title and have now confirmed the cover art, tracklist and release date for their fifth record.

Due October 7, the 14-song set was recorded earlier this year with producer Michael 'Elvis' Baskette. This past week, Alter Bridge hit the road with Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin for a summer tour of North America ahead of the album's fall release, which will be followed by a 24-show run across Europe starting November 4 in Bilbao, Spain.

The band's last record, 2013's "Fortress", debuted at No. 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart following first week sales of 30,000. Check out the cover art and tracklisting here.

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