Day in Rock Report for 07/13/2016

Today's Day in Rock Stories

Guns N' Roses Fan Has 'Where's Izzy' Sign Taken Away At Concert

(Classic Rock) A fan claims Guns N' Roses security ripped up her 'Where's Izzy' sign at Nashville's Nissan Stadium even though it made frontman Axl Rose laugh and respond with "that's a good question".

Caroline Campos made the sign similar to one which can be seen in the Don't Cry music video - and is also a reference to the band's former guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who is not involved in the reunion tour.

She held it up as former GNR drummer Steven Adler joined the band on stage to play My Michelle and Out Ta Get Me.at the weekend. She claims Axl Rose saw the sign and started laughing - but the security team and stage crew later "swarmed" the area to find and destroy it.

Campos says: "When the original drummer Steven Adler came out to play his set, I held up my sign with cheers from most of the people in my section. Axl looked at my sign and started laughing and said, 'That's a good question!' He seemed to appreciate the sign.

"I put the sign away during actual performances so I wouldn't block the people behind me, only held it up between songs when the lights came on. But about 10 to 15 minutes later, while GNR were playing November Rain, our section got swarmed by security and stage crew with headsets on."

She continues: "They went row by row asking 'Who has the sign? Who has the Where's Izzy sign?' Eventually they made it to the row behind me and saw the sign tucked under my chair.

"A guy in jeans and a black shirt tapped my shoulder and said 'Is that your sign? You need to give it to me.' I said 'Why? Who are you?'

"He showed a badge and said 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.' I said, 'We aren't allowed to have signs? But I read that..' and he cut me off and said 'You can't have that sign. Give it to me.' " Read more here.

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AC/DC Most Successful Rock Band This Year

(Classic Rock) AC/DC have topped business magazine Forbes' annual earning list for rock acts, after making an estimated $67.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016.

The Aussie giants racked up the equivalent of $185,000 every day in music, ticket and merchandise sales - despite enduring the losses of mainman Malcolm Young, drummer Phil Rudd and vocalist Brian Johnson, along with the impeding retirement of bassist Cliff Williams.

Their total is greater than the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, Muse, Foo Fighters and the Dave Matthews Band's individual incomes, although all of them brought in more than $30m over the 12-month period.

Forbes say: "The nearly half-century-old Scottish-Australian band hit a bump in the road when lead singer Brian Johnson had to drop out of their world tour due to a medical condition. But AC/DC found an incredible replacement - Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, and so far, fan demand is undeterred.

"It's a long way to the top, but the group is right up there once again." See the top 8 list and read more here.

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David Bowie Rejected Red Hot Chili Peppers Gig

(Classic Rock) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recalled being rejected by David Bowie when they asked him to produce two of their albums. The band wanted Bowie - who died this year - to produce 2002's By The Way and 2006 effort Stadium Arcadium, but both times he turned them down.

Frontman Anthony Kiedis tells Classic Rock: "He wrote us extremely thoughtful, kind letters explaining why he couldn't - whether he was busy or just into something else at the moment.

"But a true gentleman, not a guy who just blows you off without an explanation." The Chili Peppers feature in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, which hits the street on July 13 (Wednesday) and is available to TeamRock+ members now. Read more here.

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Pantera Can't Fill Dimebag's Shoes With Zakk Wylde Says Anselmo

(TeamRock Radio) Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo has explained his concerns over staging a reunion with former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde in place of the late Dimebag Darrell Abbott.

The move has been discussed for several years, with Wylde having said he'd take the role if it was offered to him. Speaking at a fan question-and-answer session last month, Anselmo said: "Zakk is such a badass f***ing player, but I think he's just a different player. Different style.

"Tonality comes into it. He has a different tone than Dime. So there would be so many things to tweak, not to fill Dimebag's shoes, but actually play Pantera parts. There ain't no filling them f***ing shoes." Read more here.

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Disturbed and Chevelle Announce U.S. Tour

(Classic Rock) Disturbed have announced a US tour with Chevelle in September and October. The Chicago bands will be supported by San Antonio outfit Nothing More on select dates.

Chevelle frontman Pete Loeffler told Billboard: "It's been years since we've toured with these guys and they're from Chicago as well, so we've known them for years. We see eye to eye on a lot of different things and Disturbed singer David Draiman has always been a friend over the years that I could call and ask about various tough questions."

He added: "He's actually done the same to me, he's called and asked my advice on things. And they've been a good band for us to tour with, and so we're gonna give it another shot and see how it goes." See the tour dates here.

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Blink-182 Fill In For Hollywood Vampires On The Late Show

(Radio.com) After Hollywood Vampires had to cancel their appearance on the Late Show with Steven Colbert while guitarist Joe Perry recover's from his health scare, Blink-182 saved the day by filling in and delivering a note-perfect version of their latest single "Bored to Death."

The song is from the band's seventh album, California, which debuted at the No. 1 slot on the Billboard album chart. The album is the band's first to include vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio), who joined the band after founding guitarist Tom DeLonge left (or didn't) in January 2015 to pursue other ventures.

Blink-182 will launch a North American tour July 21st in San Diego. As previously reported, Perry collapsed onstage during a Hollywood Vampires show July 10 in Brooklyn. His condition has since been reported as stable and Hollywood Vampires are continuing to tour while he recovers. Check out the Late Show performance here.

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Triumph Reunite On Rik Emmett's New Album

(hennemusic) Canadian rockers Triumph will reunite on record for the first time in three decades on the forthcoming solo album by guitarist Rik Emmett. The trio of Emmett, bassist Mike Levine and drummer Gil Moore last worked together in the studio on 1987's "Surveillance" before the guitarist exited the lineup in 1988.

"Mike and Gil joined Rik in the studio for his new album!" posted the band on Facebook. Due late this year, Emmett's latest project was recorded at Moore's Metalworks Studios near Toronto, ON and will be released under the banner RES9 (Rik Emmett Resolution 9).

The album will reportedly also include guest appearances by Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie. Formed in Toronto in 1975, Triumph released ten studio albums - including "Rock & Roll Machine", "Just A Game", "Allied Forces", "Never Surrender" and "Thunder Seven" - before disbanding in 1993. Read more here.

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Def Leppard Celebrate High 'N' Dry 35th Anniversary

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has reflected on recording the band's second album High 'N' Dry. It was released in 1981 and this week celebrated its 35th anniversary. And Elliott says it was the album that helped forge their path to the top - and credits longtime producer Mutt Lange for his guidance through the studio sessions.

Elliott says: "35 years since the album was released - it doesn't seem that long because our career is constantly evolving. It's not like we split up for 10 years and then got back together. It's one part of our story - it's a building block in the whole process of what Def Leppard has become in 2016.

"When you look back at it now, there are bits of it that hit and bits of it that missed. But generally speaking, as the second album, it was the start of where we were going to go.

"We were open-minded and so happy to be working with a producer like Mutt Lange. He was like a teacher and we wanted to learn from him. He was this rock guru and we were prepared to get in the pit with him and wrestle it out."

Elliott reports that recording High 'N' Dry was "an enormous learning curve" and adds: "By the time we started doing Pyromania a year later, what we'd gone through recording High 'N' Dry, it had sunk in and we'd realised it was worth all the effort." Watch the video here.

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Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Expects Mars Volta To Make Another Album

(Prog) Omar Rodriguez-Lopez says he has "a feeling" that Mars Volta could record another album together. The band split in 2012 following the release of sixth album Noctourniquet - but Rodriguez-Lopez says recording again is something he's keen to do, although his At The Drive-In touring commitments and albums plans are his top priority.

He tells Rolling Stone: "At some point, we'd love to do Mars Volta again, you know what I mean? Obviously now we're focused on At The Drive-In and making this record great and touring. Jon Theodore is doing Queens of the Stone Age right now.

"There are only four surviving members of the real Mars Volta, which is Eva Gardner, the original bass player who gave us all our soul but unfortunately had to leave the band because her father died on the second tour; Ikey Owens, who isn't with us any more; Jeremy Ward, who isn't with us any more; and Jon Theodore.

"Jon and Eva are still alive, and we're so grateful for that. And any true fan of the band knows that's the real chemistry right there." Read more here.

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Hollywood Vampires Resume Tour Without Joe Perry

(hennemusic) The Hollywood Vampires resumed their summer tour in Kettering, OH Tuesday night without guitarist Joe Perry, who reportedly remains hospitalized after collapsing during a show in Coney Island, NY on Sunday.

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and the band performed at the Fraze Pavilion, where fans were offered refunds before show time due to the Aerosmith legend's absence.

"While the Hollywood Vampires tour continues tonight at Fraze, Joe Perry will not be on stage," posted the venue on their social media sites. "Refunds will be made available to the original purchaser via the corresponding method of payment at the original point of purchase today, July 12, before the concert start time of 7:30pm EDT."

Perry remains in Coney Island Hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition following Sunday's incident, which saw the rocker stumble offstage and, according to sources, soon lose consciousness and go into cardiac arrest around 9:30 p.m, with police on the scene reviving him.

While Perry's current condition remains unknown, USA Today reports band publicist Sujata Murthy issued a statement Monday evening, saying "Joe Perry will rejoin his fellow Vampires on stage again soon." Read more and watch video from the show here.

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Sinsaenum Release 'Splendor And Agony' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Sinsaenum have premiered the new video for their track "Splendor And Agony" with Metal Hammer. The track is taken from the band's upcoming debut album Echoes Of The Tortured, released on July 29 via earMUSIC.

Sinsaenum is led by former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, who is joined by Mayhem and Sunn O)))'s Attila Csihar, Daath and former Chimaira keyboardist Sean Zatorsky, Loudblast guitarist Stephane Buriez and Seth's Heimoth on bass. Frederic Leclercq, who plays bass in Dragonforce, is on guitar.

Leclercq tells Metal Hammer: "This is the video I've always wanted to make. We had a great team called Independent Film and they understood the vision I had.

"The song is brutal and I wanted to incorporate elements of horror movies which I love too. Im so happy with the result - we all are. It's beyond our expectations."

He adds: "The location was perfect, the make up artists did an amazing job and the filming process was intense. Some of us slept very little so it was easy to 'get into it.'

"One thing about the contact lenses, we could see sh*t with them. So we were really blind in a hot steamy factory, covered in blood, with death metal blasting through the PA - perfect." Watch the video here.

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Gov't Mule Streaming New Song 'World Of Difference'

(TeamRock Radio) Gov't Mule are streaming their track World Of Difference with TeamRock. The song features on their upcoming album The Tel-Star Sessions, which is set for release on August 5 via Provogue/Mascot Label group.

The record features never-before released demos recorded by Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida.

The tracks were originally intended to make up Gov't Mule's debut album - but those plans were scrapped, with their self-titled first record eventually being released in 1995.

The newly mixed and mastered recordings are said to "capture the rawness and excitement of the earliest days of Gov't Mule." Check out the song stream here.

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Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Announce North American Tour

(The Blues) The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band have announced a North American tour starting in September. Drummer Fleetwood has just one commitment with Fleetwood Mac during 2016 - at the Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on July 28.

Later in the year he'll deliver set based around his main band's early years, with assistance from frontman Rick Vito, keyboardist Mark Johnstone and bassist Lenny Casellanos.

Fleetwood says: "Over my career I've been called a pop star and a rock star - yet in my inner heart I'll always be part bluesman. I've always remembered where I started.

"A lot of guys can play the licks, but Rick Vito has the tone and that's so important in real blues. And any bassist who plays with me has big shoes to fill." See the dates here.

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David Gilmour Won't Play Pink Floyd's Echoes Without Richard Wright

(Prog) David Gilmour says he won't play Pink Floyd track Echoes without late keyboardist and composer Richard Wright, who died of lung cancer, aged 65, in 2008.

Founding member, keyboardist and composer Wright played a major role in the rise of Pink Floyd during the 60s and 70s. He drew back from songwriting in the late 70s, eventually becoming a session musician with the group until he went back full-time in 1994.

As singer and guitarist Gilmour prepared to play the first-ever rock show for an audience in Pompeii's amphitheatre in Italy since Pink Floyd's 1971 recorded show at the site, his lyricist wife Polly Sampson admits they felt Wright's absence keenly as "one of the ghosts" among the ancient runes.

Gilmour tells Rolling Stone: "It would be lovely to play Echoes here, but I wouldn't do that without Rick. There's something that's specifically so individual about the way that Rick and I play in that, that you can't get someone to learn it and do it just like that. That's not what music's about." Read more here.

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Nirvana's Smell Like Teen Spirit Gets Nerd Makeover

(Classic Rock) A computer expert has created a unique cover version of Nirvana's Smell Like Teen Spirit using old floppy drives, hard discs and scanners. Self-proclaimed nerd Pawel Zadrozniak used 64 floppy drives, eight hard disks and two scanner to build a hardware orchestra he calls The Floppotron.

Zadrozniak calls his version Smells Like Nerd Spirit. Zadrozniak says: "Every device with an electric motor is able to generate a sound. Scanners and floppy drives use stepper motors to move the head with sensors which scans the image or performs read/write operations on a magnetic disk.

"The sound generated by a motor depends on driving speed. The higher the frequency, the greater the pitch. Hard disks use a magnet and a coil to tilt the head. When voltage is supplied for long enough, the head speeds up and hits the bound making the 'drum hit' sound." Check out the cover here.

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John Corabi Talks Motley Crue's Mick Mars Solo Album

(Classic Rock) John Corabi says he and former Motley Crue bandmate Mick Mars are still trying to find time to work together on the guitarist's debut solo album. Corabi - who was on vocals for Motley Crue's self-titled 1994 album - joined Mars in the studio earlier this year, with snippets for two tracks being shared later.

But the vocalist admits he's currently unable to devote as much time to the collaboration as he'd like because he's so busy with The Dead Daisies. He previously suggested someone close to Motley Crue was being "a little bit pissy" about his work with Mars.

Now Corabi tells UCR: "We're just honestly really trying to figure out what the deal is as far as the schedule. Because I don't want to hold Mick up and I also don't want to, without being cocky, I don't want to do it for the money. It's not about money.

"I want to be able to sit in a room with Mick. It's his first solo record that he's ever done outside of Motley Crue. So I want to be able to, when I sit in a room with him, I want to be able to sit there and it's going to take a little bit, I'm going to have to sit there for a little time and we're going to have to put material together.

"I want to be able to give him 100%. Right now, between his schedule and my schedule, I'm struggling to find chunks of time where I can go in and do it." Read more here.

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Eagles' Joe Walsh Added To Classic Rock Awards Lineup

(Classic Rock) Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is the latest star to be confirmed as a guest at this year's Classic Rock Awards ceremony in Tokyo, Japan. It was previously announced that Jeff Beck's career will be celebrated at the event on November 11 at the 13,000-capacity Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena, while Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora and Orianthi will also perform on the night.

Now Classic Rock bosses have revealed that Walsh will also be present at the event sponsored by KLab Entertainment, along with Thailand rock heroes Slot Machine.

TeamRock's Executive Director Alexander Milas says: "Joe Walsh is nothing less than a living legend responsible for some of the greatest songs of our age." Read more here.

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Slayer Frontman Tom Araya Rocks The Mandolin

(TeamRock Radio) Slayer frontman Tom Araya was recently caught on video as he tried playing an Irish jig on mandolin. The thrash icon took the opportunity of the band's tour stop in Dublin to visit the city's Music Minds store, where he jammed along to a bodhran beat.

The shop owner had the following to say: "I think you can agree he's found his true calling in music - irish jigs will never sound the same to us again. The man's a legend."

Chilean-born Araya, who was brought up on a diet of latin music, has an interest in all kinds of traditional music. He told The Quietus in 2012: "I really enjoy country blues, country folk, like Hank Williams. Paul Simon's Graceland album, you know, musically and lyrically it's just a really good album. The Robert Johnson tapes, I find them really fascinating.

"I'm not embarrassed - that's something I would tell anyone who asked. It doesn't really matter where it's from, as long as it has a folk orientation to it." Watch the video here.

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Johnnie Johnson To Receive Posthumous Congressional Gold Medal

(The Blues) Piano icon Johnnie Johnson is to receive a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his military service. The Chuck Berry collaborator, who died in 2005, was one of the first African-Americans to join the US Marine Corps in 1942. He trained at Camp Montford Point in North Carolina during the era in which the US army remained segregated.

Over 24,000 troops trained at Montford Point until its closure in 1949, when the army was desegregated. Since 2012, over 700 of those have been decorated.

Johnson was a member of Bobby Troup's jazz orchestra during his time in the Marines. When his service ended he worked with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. Read more here.

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An Endless Sporadic Recruit Jordan Rudess For New Album

(Prog) Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess and Flower Kings mainman Roine Stolt make guest appearances on Magic Machine, the upcoming album from An Endless Sporadic.

It's to be released on September 16, and mastermind Zach Kamins says it's a concerted effort to "bring out the true intention" of his band name. Kamins reports: "I've always had a passion for music that was part of a bigger story, where ideas can take time to develop and be presented in many different ways."

Rudess says: "Zach has an enormous musical talent that I've been aware of for a long time. It was my pleasure to play some tracks on Magic Machine, as well as to be part of this important step in his career journey." Read more here.

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Twin Atlantic Announce UK And Ireland Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Twin Atlantic have announced a UK and Ireland tour in support of upcoming fourth album GLA. The Scottish rockers will play 13 dates in October and December, including three gigs in their hometown of Glasgow.

GLA is set for release on September 9 via Red Bull Records. Twin Atlantic recently made new track No Sleep, which is taken from GLA, available to stream.

Frontman Sam McTrusty: "We can't wait to play our new songs up close and personal, we want to show you what GLA is all about." Ticket pre-sale begins at 9am on July 11, with general sale starting at 9am on Friday July 15 at the band's official website. Stream the song and see the tour dates here.

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Twisted Sister Release Live 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Video

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister perform their signature song, "We're Not Gonna Take It", in the latest preview video the band has released from their forthcoming live package, "Metal Meltdown."

The lead single from their third album, 1984's "Stay Hungry", reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 while becoming the group's only Top 40 single. The performance is captured on "Metal Meltdown - Featuring Twisted Sister Live At The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas", which presents the group's May 30, 2015 concert at the venue where they topped a bill alongside Extreme, Great White and Skid Row.

Due July 22, the package delivers the live debut of drummer Mike Portnoy with the band following the passing of A.J. Pero from a heart attack two months earlier while on tour with Adrenaline Mob. Read more and watch the video here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses' Pittsburgh Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday night (July 12th) and video from the show has been posted online.

The eighth stop on the summer run saw the band deliver a 24-song set of classics, covers and favorites to fans at Heinz Field, home of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 2016 shows mark the first time that the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have performed together since a July 17, 1993 date at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Australian rockers Wolfmother opened the show as they tour in support of their latest album, "Victorious." Guns N' Roses will next perform at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA on July 14. Check out the videos here.

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Singled Out: Eve To Adam's Lucky

Eve To Adam vocalist and founder Taki Sassaris tells us about their new single "Lucky". Here is the story:

Our new single 'Lucky' is a high energy comeback song illustrating the inner monologue of a character seeking a second chance in the game of life. The band had quite a ride after releasing it's 2013 album 'Locked and Loaded', spawning their Top 15 Active Rock hit 'Immortal.'

On the waves of 'Immortal's' success, Eve To Adam rocketed to a heavy touring schedule and spotlight position playing all of the massive radio and concert festivals on the US circuit. Despite the success of the single and the well respected album 'Locked and Loaded', the band was starting to buckle under the intense schedule and undue pressure being brought on by their former management and label to keep producing greater results and revenue.

The atmosphere became very heated and negative brought on by management continuously harping on the cost of maintaining the schedule they were pushing, nonetheless burning the group out and ultimately having the members turn on each other.

By September of 2014, Gaurav Bali, ETA's original lead guitarist, had quit with the remaining members who were on salary from the label soon to follow.

After a much needed break, (band had been touring nonstop from late 2011 thru 2014) and assessment of the future, Alex and I decided to continue the journey and enlist new members and write new music. Reforming with new musicians Lawrence Coleman(Lead Guitar), Markus Wells(Guitar) and Matt Spaker(Bass), my brother Alex and I felt a renewed feeling of family and unity.

That 'Second Chance' aesthetic is what ultimately led to the writing and recording of 'Lucky,' a song that captures the sensation of winning after you have been on a losing streak and all hope feels lost.

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

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