Day in Rock Report for 07/15/2016

Today's Day in Rock Stories

AC/DC Frontman Brian Johnson Lands A New Gig

Legendary AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has a new gig as an online radio host. Johnson, who was forced to pull out of AC/DC's world tour earlier this year, is now hosting a show called The Producers on Planet Rock.

The show airs on Sunday and Wednesday nights via the online radio station and features Johnson spotlighting notable music producers including Kevin Shirley (Iron Maiden/Journey/Aerosmith/ Joe Bonamassa), Bob Rock (Metallica/Offspring/The Cult/Motley Crue), Roy Thomas Bake (Queen/ David Bowie/Yes/Guns N' Roses), and Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters/Marilyn Manson/Deftones/Duff McKagan), according to the show description.

Johnson had the following to say in the show announcement, "Having been fortunate to work alongside some of the best producers in rock, it's great to be part of this show with Planet Rock.

"To be able to shine a light on how a producer captures a moment in the studio and turns it into rock 'n' roll dynamite, is great. Being able to listen to these guys talk about what they do best is a joy." Check out the show page here.

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Megadeth Announce New Drummer

Megadeth have made it official. They announced that former Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren is now a member of the band, after joining them on the road a few month ago.

Verbeuren replaced Lamb of God's Chris Adler who was recruited to play on the band's latest studio album "Dystopia," and joined the group on the road for the early touring in support of the effort.

Frontman Dave Mustaine had the following to say, "Chris Adler's contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris' playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk."

Adler added "It has been an honor and a pleasure to join my favorite band of all time, and to be a part of their return to the top. I had an amazing time with everyone involved, from the writing, arranging and recording, to the touring and friendships built along the way. There was no argument or drama, no hidden story.

"Megadeth needs and deserves a full time drummer, and as much as I'd like to be, I can't be in two places at once. For my part, I am very lucky to be a part of Lamb of God, and to also have gotten a chance to dance with my heroes at the ball. I still can't believe it sometimes when I think of myself as a kid, opening up my Megadeth albums...and now I'm an alumni! I'm very proud of that - and I will continue to be their biggest fan."

Verbeuren had the following to say about his new gig, "Dave, David and Kiko, I'm thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth - and for your encouragement and support."

The band is currently on the road for their Dystopia World Tour, wrapping up a string of European festivals this week before launching a South American trek next month. See their upcoming dates here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Appears In New Ghostbusters Movie

Ozzy Osbourne has made his return to the silver screen with a cameo appearance in the new Ghostbusters film franchise reboot which hit theaters today (July 15th).

According to the Birmingham Mail, the film includes a scene with a rock band called Beasts of Mayhem and they are visited by a ghost while performing on stage.

The Black Sabbath frontman reportedly appears in one short scene in the film which shows him with dark patches around his eyes and he asks his estranged wife Sharon if he is day dreaming again, according to the report. Read more details here.

This isn't the first time that Ozzy has appeared in a feature film. He played the Rev. Aaron Gilstrom in the 1986 horror film Trick or Treat, which also featured KISS star Gene Simmons.

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Linkin Park's Label Tried To Have Mike Shinoda Fired

(Classic Rock) Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has revealed record label Warners tried to have Mike Shinoda fired from the band as they were recording their debut album Hybrid Theory.

On the relationship that developed between himself and fellow vocalist Shinoda, and the recording sessions at North Hollywood's NRG Recording, Bennington tells Metal Hammer: "This was a time where no-one really knew what was f***ing going on.

"I mean the label tried to get rid of Mike, which is probably the funniest thing in the world. Looking back I was just thinking 'Wow, this is insane, this is a wild ride.'"

Bennington adds that the band were confident in their vision for the album, but that the label were only convinced when they heard the final product. Read more here.

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Lemmy Statue Unveiling Plans Announced By Rainbow Bar & Grill

(Classic Rock) A full-size statue of late Motorhead icon Lemmy will next month be unveiled in his favorite haunt, the Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, next month.

The bronze sculpture was created by artist Travis Moore after fans and friends contributed to a fundraising campaign following Lemmy Kilmister's death in December.

It's to be installed as the centerpiece of a shrine in the venue's patio bar area on August 24, with members of the public welcome to attend. Campaign organizer Katon De Pena said in January: "Lemmy was dedicated to us - now is our chance to say 'thank you.' Travis will create the best Lemmy sculpture on the planet." Read more here.

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Alice Cooper Wants To Be Elected President and Prime Minister

(Radio.com) Shock rock legend Alice Cooper wants to 'Make America Sick Again' so he has announced that he's running to be the next President of the United States and Prime Minister of Britain and released an updated version of his classic song "Elected.

"Alice Cooper is tired of the rhetoric, the mudslinging, the media frenzy,"¯ says the announcements. "Keeping his snake in his cage and the guillotine in storage, he is putting people before career. Alice Cooper wants to be elected."

Cooper's "Make America Sick Again" platform includes getting Brian Johnson back in AC/DC and changing the name of Big Ben (in London) to Big Lemmy.

In honor of his presidential bid, Cooper has released a new version of his song "Elected," which you can stream here.

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Good Charlotte Release 'Life Can't Get Much Better' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Good Charlotte have released a music video for their song Life Can't Get Much Better. The track is lifted from their new album Youth Authority, which launches on Friday.

The latest offering follows their Life Changes lyric video and the promo for album lead track 40 Oz. Dream. Good Charlotte previously said: "The new album is like our previous albums in that it's for people who love music and are constantly motivated and trying to live a rad life.

"Everyone has something to prove to themselves, waking up every day and deciding to change their life for the better and help others do the same. Good Charlotte has always been about doing this together, motivating each other, finding the unity and energy that exists in taking life's challenges and coming out on the other side.

"It's about being inspired and excited to be both who you are and who you want to be." Watch the video here.

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Jon Anderson To Receive Prog God Honor At Progressive Music Awards

(Prog) Legendary former Yes frontman Jon Anderson will be presented with the Prog God award at this year's Progressive Music Awards, which will be held at London's Underglobe on September 1.

This very special honor is given to musical innovators within the world of progressive music and sees Anderson joining former bandmate Rick Wakeman, as well as Ian Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks, in collecting the prestigious prize.

"After all these years, it's just wonderful to be getting this very special award," said Anderson, upon being told the news." Music has guided me along to this point in my life and I'm forever excited about the new and progressive musical adventures I am given by the gods of music. Making music is like breathing to me, and I am blessed to be able to create music every day. A very grateful and humble thank you." Read more here.

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Zakk Wylde Explains How He Quit Drinking

(Classic Rock) Zakk Wylde says he quit drinking using the cold turkey method and didn't try to fill the alcohol void with anything else. The Black Label Society man gave up booze after a health scare in 2009 and recently joked that his life backstage was boring since he got sober.

Asked whether he looked to fill the gap left by alcohol with other pursuits, Wylde tells Oregon Music News: "Nothing. I know people say that you have to replace it with something. I have friends that go to AA.

"I also have friends that just stopped. I never went to AA. I didn't do anything. I just stopped. I have a friend that was mid way through a pint and he said to himself, 'Man, I'm done with this.' I asked him, 'Darren, you drinking anymore? He says, 'No, I stopped. I was getting silly but not to the point that I'm losing my wife, my family, I just think it's time to stop.'

"He wasn't getting ridiculous but he felt it was time to stop. That was it. It was that way for me. I just stopped. Then you have the other half that are on and off the wagon. It's like you run into them and they say they haven't had a drink in months... but I saw them or someone saw then the other day and they were smashed." Read more here.

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Pixies New Album Includes 'Thank-You Letter' To Kim Deal

(Classic Rock) A track on the upcoming sixth Pixies album is a "thank-you letter" to former bassist Kim Deal. The album, Head Carrier, is scheduled to be released on September 30

Frontman Black Francis - aka Charles Thompson - says the band's new bass player Paz Lenchantin wrote the music for and takes the lead vocal role on All I Think About Now, but she asked him to write the lyrics for it.

Francis tells the BBC: "I had done a song one night, it was a quickie song that appeared and I made a demo on our iPhones with Joey Santiago. The balance of the demo was off in the sense that all you could hear was Joey's guitar and you couldn't hear the chord structure underneath.

"Paz misheard the chord structure and when it came time to do a rendition of the song, her understanding of the song was from a different planet so it didn't work.

"What she had written was not for the same song. It was no deal and she learned the song proper but then she says, 'But Charles, I worked on this part here. It is kind of interesting and maybe it could be the start of a new song.' So I said, 'Oh, absolutely Paz. But you have to sing it.'

"She said, 'Okay but you have to write the words. You have to write about Kim Deal. Just like a little thank-you letter.' So that's what we did. The song isn't really intended for the listener to think about the characters and our band's history or anything like that. The lyric is more open-ended so you can insert your own life into the song." Read more here.

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Nightwish Song To Be Used At Rio Summer Olympics

(Prog) Nightwish's track Last Ride Of The Day is to be used by Australia's national synchronized swimming team at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The song is taken from their 2012 album Imaginaerum. The orchestral version of the track will be played while the team compete at the Championships in Rio next month.

Nuclear Blast report that Nightwish "Feel very honoured and wish good luck to the entire team." It's not the first time that the Last Ride Of The Day has been used in the world of sport. It was used as the official anthem for the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland and Sweden in 2012.

Nightwish have a number of live shows scheduled over the coming months in support of their eighth album Endless Forms Most Beautiful. See the live dates here.

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David Bowie's Blackstar Biggest Selling Vinyl Album Of 2016

(Classic Rock) David Bowie's Blackstar album is the best-selling vinyl release of 2016 so far in the U.K, according to figures published by The Vinyl Factory, who revealed the top 10 list.

Blackstar was released on Bowie's 69th birthday, just two days before his death. It has sold 57,000 vinyl copies this year so far, with the nearest rival being Adele's 25 with 36,000 sales.

Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots is third in the list. The Musicians' Union has welcomed the news, saying it indicates young people are buying more physical products. See the top 10 selling vinyl albums in the UK so far in 2016 here.

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Drowning Pool To Perform With 82-Year-Old America's Got Talent Star

(TeamRock Radio) Drowning Pool fan John Hetlinger, 82, who sang the band's trademark track Bodies on America's Got Talent, will guest with the band this week. Hetlinger's game show performance went viral after the retired US Navy pilot - who also worked on the Hubble space telescope repair program - indulged his love for the band on TV. Over 8.3 million people have viewed the clip to date.

Now Drowning Pool, who last month said they wanted to tie up with him, have confirmed he'll take part in their performance at Chicago Open Air on July 15 at 2pm.

Hetlinger says: "I'm really amped-up. We're going to have a blast together - let the bodies hit the floor!" Drummer Mike Luce adds: "On rare occasions servicemen have joined us on stage. But we've never shared the stage with an 82-year-old veteran, crushing Bodies. It's going to be crazy throwing down with him!"

Guitarist CJ Pierce's father-in-law served in the navy, bassist Stevie Benton's dad is a veteran of Vietnam, and Luce's brother currently serves. Watch Hetlinger's performance here.

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Mastodon Get Their Own Hard Rock Exhibit

(TeamRock Radio) Mastodon are the latest band to be featured in an exhibit at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. It features a mix of stage clothes, musical instruments and artwork and it will be on display through to the summer of 2018.

Mastodon say: "Joining the ranks of some of the biggest and most influential names in rock'n'roll, we are honoured to now be a part of rock and roll history at the Hard Rock Cafe, in Las Vegas.

"Mastodon's showcase features artefacts from the past, including guitars, drums, set lists, handwritten lyrics, and clothes all used by the band on the long road to the present form over the past 16 years we have been together performing." Check out the band's post including a photo of the exhibit here.

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Red Fang Reveal Album Details And Stream New Song 'Flies'

(TeamRock Radio) Red Fang have revealed details of their upcoming fourth album. It'll be titled Only Ghosts and will launch on October 14 via Relapse Records. In addition, Red Fang have released a stream of album track Flies.

It was produced by Ross Robinson and mixed by Joe Baressi - and bassist Aaron Beam tells Revolver Magazine that Robinson encouraged the band to take a different approach to the recording process.

Beam reports: "He really digs into the meaning behind the songs so that when you're recording, you're doing it with conviction and purpose. It's less about the little technical things.

"He's more concerned with getting a performance and focusing on what you're trying to give the world by making this music in the first place." Stream the new song here.

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ORBS Streaming New Album 'Past Life Regression' Online

(Prog) ORBS have made their second album Past Life Regression available to stream in full ahead of its official release with TeamRock. The supergroup - which includes Dan Briggs of Between The Buried And Me, Adam Fisher of Fear Before The March Of Flames, and Ashley Ellyllon, formerly of Abigail Williams and Cradle of Filth, will launch the follow-up to 2010's Asleep Next To Science on July 15.

They'll then head out on their first tour for six years. Briggs tells TeamRock: "We've been waiting now for three years to release this album and it's a great feeling to finally have it out there for everyone to hear.

"The songs are so diverse that it's been hard to talk about one of them at a time, best to just press play and take in the story of reincarnation in all its many weird forms." Stream the album here.

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Disturbed Frontman Says 'People Have Become Genre Snobs'

(TeamRock Radio) Disturbed's David Draiman says he thinks some music fans have become genre snobs. The frontman reflects on the success of their cover of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound Of Silence - which earned them chart success on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year.

When asked how he feels about seeing the song do well, Draiman tells Q103: "It feels great. Everyone and anyone is welcome to come on board. Music is meant to cross boundaries.

"I think that people have become genre snobs. Many people have eclectic tastes. Many people like to listen to all kinds of different music. I mean, I do - I'll listen to many different styles inside a day, a week, a month, a year. It doesn't matter. So why not?"

He adds: "Sometimes it depends on what your mood is, what you're gonna end up wanting to hear. And I think that we're in some great company. There is some incredible talent at the format. So I'm very, very proud of it." Watch the full interview here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Planning New Album

(Classic Rock) Queens Of The Stone Age are planning to record the follow-up to 2013's …Like Clockwork before the end of the year. But Josh Homme's outfit want to avoid the pitfalls that tripped them during their last studio project. He last month described the next QOTSA studio project as "locked in."

Van Leeuwen tells 2 Hours With Matt Pinfield: "We've already started talking about what we're going to do for the next Queens record. There's tons of ideas that are bouncing around. We're excited to get back together to follow …Like Clockwork. We're going to do something before the end of the year."

He accepts the band's sixth title was "a really, really big record" but adds: "It was the hardest record to make." It was released after a gestation period of more than five years, during which Homme struggled with his health, failed in his bid to secure Trent Reznor as producer, and lost the services of drummer Joey Castillo. Read more here.

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Tool's Maynard James Keenan Plans Book Tour

(Gibson) Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan is switching gears from music to writing with a new biography, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things, out this fall.

He's also plotting a book tour behind release. As of now, Keenan has only announced two stops - Nov. 9 at Nashville's City Winery and Nov. 16 at Chicago's Empty Bottle - but is expected to reveal more book tour dates soon.

On the book tour, Keenan will talk about A Perfect Union of Contrary Things in a moderated discussion. He'll also do a Q&A with the audience and read excerpts from the book.

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things will arrive Nov. 8. Keenan co-wrote the biography with his longtime friend Sarah Jensen. Read more here.

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Crown The Empire Streaming New Song 'Weight Of The World'

(TeamRock Radio) Crown The Empire have made their track Weight Of The World available to stream. It's taken from their upcoming third album Retrograde, due for release on July 22 via Rise Records.

Singer Andy Leo says: "Weight Of The World is about living under the unblinking eyes and scrutiny of social media, whether you are in a band, a public figure or just a kid trying to belong.

"It's about feeling the pressure of trying to please everyone all the time, but only to not please anyone at all." Check out the stream of " Weight Of The World" here.

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Lordi Announce New Album Monstereophonic

(TeamRock Radio) Lordi will release their eighth album Monstereophonic (Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy) on September 30 via AFM Records. The album is the follow-up to 2014's Scare Force One.

The new effort was produced by Nino Laurenne who previously worked on the band's 2008 effort record Deadache. Laurenne has also worked with Children Of Bodom, Amorphis, Apocalyptica and Stratovarius.

Lordi say: "Get your asses ready for some serious kicking, as Monstereophonic will be released September 16. One last chance to see the prettiest band on the planet in their SF1 outfits will be at Sabaton Open Air in Sweden next month. After that, get used to this look." The album artwork and tracklist can be viewed here.

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Whitechapel Release 'The Saw Is The Law' Live Video

(TeamRock Radio) Whitechapel have released a live video for their track The Saw Is The Law. The promo was filmed at the recent Houston, Texas, stop on the US Vans Warped Tour. The song is lifted from the band's latest album Mark Of The Blade, which was released last month.

Whitechapel also recently announced the Straight Outta Hell tour with Suicide Silence, Despised Icon, Carnifex and Oceano, which commences this month.

Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun said of the tour: "Finally, after more than a decade, this tour of tours is coming to a city near you. Lube up those earholes, because Suicide Silence and Whitechapel, believe it or not, have never toured together in the United States.

"Time for Friday night, every night. Bring your energy, we'll bring ours and together we will make memories." Watch the video here.

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Soundgarden 'Nowhere And Everywhere All At Once' On New Album

(hennemusic) Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd is sharing an update on the follow-up to 2012's "King Animal", which marked the reunited Seattle band's first studio album in 16 years.

"We're nowhere and everywhere all at once," Shepherd tells Radio.com "We've already had two writing sessions. The next session is in August, and more decisions will be made then."

Confirming recent comments by Chris Cornell that the group are writing mode, the bassist says he's been working on new material himself. "If it's going to be a Soundgarden song, it better be interesting," Shepherd explains. "But I'm surrounded by some of the best musicians in the world in that band, I think. Some of the most creative minds, guys that actually do pay attention to their legacy, and the quality of what we put out. It's not just a job."

"I think we've got six solid tunes right now," adds drummer Matt Cameron. "We're gonna get together in August for about a week, do more writing, and hopefully got five or six more going at that point. We're off to a very good start." Read more
Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd is sharing an update on the follow-up to 2012's "King Animal", which marked the reunited Seattle band's first studio album in 16 years.

"We're nowhere and everywhere all at once," Shepherd tells Radio.com "We've already had two writing sessions. The next session is in August, and more decisions will be made then."

Confirming recent comments by Chris Cornell that the group are writing mode, the bassist says he's been working on new material himself. "If it's going to be a Soundgarden song, it better be interesting," Shepherd explains. "But I'm surrounded by some of the best musicians in the world in that band, I think. Some of the most creative minds, guys that actually do pay attention to their legacy, and the quality of what we put out. It's not just a job."

"I think we've got six solid tunes right now," adds drummer Matt Cameron. "We're gonna get together in August for about a week, do more writing, and hopefully got five or six more going at that point. We're off to a very good start." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Dark Avenue's Outside

Dark Avenue singer Mario Cadena tells us about their new single "Outside" which is the latest track from the Dallas/Fort Worth heavy rocker's recently released studio album "Illusions". Here is the story:

I had a melody stuck in my head, bouncing around in there for days driving me crazy trying to work it out. Then eventually a few days later while at work, while stocking shoes of all things... I decided to call my guitar player Barry and hum the riff over the phone. (That was quite the event as my co-workers watched this happen, thinking I was crazy) Then that evening I came in to the studio with my idea for the intro riff and a melody for a chorus and hummed it again… The idea was very blues inspired, very different from where our previous songs had emerged...

I hummed out the ideas in my head and eventually Barry (Guitars) worked out the riffs and the basis for the song was then formed. Then Barry tried to give his ideas for the drums pattern to Jeff (drummer) by using hand gestures and making noises (I can't call it singing) that only a guitar player could come up with. Jeff eventually translated that madness to the drums, and Outside was on its way.

The fearlessness to try anything and make it our own is what defines this band. Starting with something blues based, and then making it Dark Avenue is what we are about. Really it's all about feeling; and projecting that feeling thru the song. Outside was the first song that propelled the inspiration behind the album Illusions. Lyrically I was trying to deliver a message that speaks to many people. How you become so blind when you are on the inside of a situation, and no matter what other people on the outside tell you, all you see is what you choose to see….. Until you are literally outside looking in. That's Outside to me."

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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