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Day in Rock Report for 07/19/2016


Today's Day in Rock Stories


Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour Halted By Health Scare

Lynyrd Skynyrd were forced to cancel tonight's show in Lewiston, N.Y. as founding member Gary Rossington is under medical care after experiencing chest pains.

The guitarist had suffered a heart attack last October and underwent quintuple bypass surgery back in 2003. The upcoming dates on the tour are still up in the air depending on Rossington's condition and the advice they received from his doctor.

The band released the following statement on their official site on Monday (July 18th): "Lynyrd Skynyrd's performance at Artpark in Lewiston, NY on July 19th has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the show in the near future.

"Founding member and guitar player, Gary Rossington, is seeking doctor's evaluation in Atlanta after experiencing some chest pains. Lynyrd Skynyrd will resume their tour once Gary is cleared by medical professionals. We will advise as soon as we have additional information."

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AC/DC With Axl Rose The 'Best Thing That Can Happen To Both Bands'

AC/DC fronted by Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose has won over KISS bassist/singer Gene Simmons who enthusiastically endorsed the pairing in a recent interview.

Simmons says that Rose joining the legendary Australian rockers to take over for longtime frontman Brian Johnson, is the "best thing that can happen to both bands."

The KISS star made the comments during an interview with 105.7 The Eagle, telling the Montana radio station "I think it's great. I think Axl being with AC/DC - best thing that can happen to both bands.

"I don't know how long it's gonna last, but I hear the shows have been great, and I hear both Axl and AC/DC have been getting along fairly decently, he said.

Simmons then added, "In fact, KISS took out AC/DC on their first tour. The bands we've given first tour have included AC/DC, Rush, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden… I mean, the list is long."

Brian Johnson was forced the pull out of AC/DC's Rock or Bust World tour after being advised by doctors that he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued with the trek. The full interview can be streamed here.

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Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, Havok Tour

Megadeth will be returning to the U.S. this fall for a new leg of the Dystopia World Tour which will feature support from Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church and Havok.

The new trek is scheduled to kick off on September 20th in Casper, WY at the Casper Events Center with Suicidal Tendencies joining the tour starting with the next stop at The Joint in Las Vegas on September 22nd.

The tour is set to conclude on October 16th in Camden, NJ at the BB&T Pavilion. Megadeth will also be taking part in the inaugural Ozzfest Meets Knotfest on September 24th in Devore, CA. See the dates here.

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Yes Star Alan White Sitting Out Tour Due To Surgery

(Radio.com) Yes have announced that drummer Alan White will be forced to sit out at least a portion of the band's upcoming tour as a result of undergoing back surgery.

The 67-year-old penned a letter to explain to fans that he had no choice but to have the surgery and hopes that with "some rest and physical therapy" that he will be able to "rejoin the Summer tour in the near future."

White posted a lengthy message on Yes' official twitter account on Monday explaining that he had dealt with "intense back pain which began halfway through Yes' spring European tour."

He added, "I've had no choice but to undergo surgery to repair an injured disc in my lower back. I'm pleased to announce a very positive result from this procedure, which took place in Seattle."

Jay Schellen, known for his work in Hurricane and Asia, will fill in for White when Yes kicks off their The Album Series: Drama + Topographic 1 & 4 tour. Read more including White's entire note here.

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Ozzy Osbourne's New TV Series Preview Released

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack are featured in a new trailer for their TV show, which begins later this month. Ozzy And Jack's World Detour sees the pair travelling the world while the Black Sabbath frontman indulges his passion for history.

The latest teaser features the singer - described as "a force of nature who defies time and space" - trying on a Regency-period wig, while he visits notable locations around the globe.

With the tagline "history can be a trip," the show premieres on History on July 24. Black Sabbath continue their farewell tour, which ends in their home city of Birmingham in February. Ozzy's wife Sharon last week said she didn't know whether she could trust him after their split over an alleged affair. Watch the trailer here.

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Paul McCartney Jams With Grateful Dead's Bob Weir

(Radio.com) After Dead and Company wrapped up their two-night engagement at Fenway Park, Boston fans likely believed the major excitement was over. Then for an encore, Paul McCartney was joined by the Dead's Bob Weir for a pair of numbers during the Beatles legend's concert at the venue on Sunday night.

This marked the first time the two music legends ever performed together. New England Patriots tight end Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski also joined the band onstage.

Weir and McCartney performed Wings' 1972 hit "Hi, Hi, Hi" and the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," reported Billboard, McCartney captured the historic collaboration with some high-quality Instagram shots, which can be seen here.

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The Devil Wears Prada Release 'Daughter' Video, Announce Album

Monday was a big day for The Devil Wears Prada fans as the band officially announced the release of their new studio album and also premiered a video for the track "Daughter".

The "Daughter" video was directed by Casey Pierce and also features Haste The Day drummer Guiseppe Antonio Capolupo, who is filling the void left by departed member Daniel Williams.

The band announce Williams' exit on July 2nd with the following Facebook post, "With respect, we would like to let our fans know that Daniel is no longer in The Devil Wears Prada. We wish him nothing but the best with everything he does going forward. We're putting the finishing touches on our new album and look forward to releasing new music very soon."

The other big news from the group was the announcement of their new album, entitled "Transit Blues". The group simply posted a photo of the album art, along with the heading "TRANSIT BLUES // OCTOBER 7TH" along with a preorder link. Watch the new video here.

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The Hold Steady 'Boys And Girls In America Anniversary' Shows

The Hold Steady have revealed that they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their "Boys And Girls In America" album with a series of special shows.

The group will play three home town shows at the Brooklyn Bowl on December 1st, 2nd, and 3rd where they will be performing the album in its entirety.

Each night will feature a different special guest. Fans that can't make it to Brooklyn for the shows will also have opportunity to witness that band perform the album in full at this year's Riot Fest in various cities.

The Hold Steady are set to play "Boys And Girls In America" at the Riot Fest Denver on September 3rd, the Toronto installment on the 16th, as well as Riot Fest Chicago the following day.

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Classic Cheap Trick Lineup Unlikely To Ever Reunite Says Bun E. Carlos

Former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos tells Radio.com that the performance at this year's Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony is most likely the last time that the classic lineup of Cheap Trick will perform together.

He said, "It probably is the last time, and it was real fun to get up and play. Like when [bassist] Tom [Petersson] rejoined the band in '87, when we sat down to practice, it was like, 'Oh yeah, the four of us play so much better together than the three of us without one guy. ' It was kind of that good old feeling again, and that was real nice."

"I've been asked repeatedly lately, 'Are you ever gonna play with these guys again?' I'm sure some promoter will come along and cough up the dough and offer us one more tour [with the original lineup]. And they'll say, 'Hey, that guy's not so bad, let's do one more!' I really don't anticipate that happening, though." Read the full interview here.

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KISS Launching New Comic Book Series

(hennemusic) KISS will revisit their glory days of the 70s by launching a new line of comic books this fall. Four decades after the band famously appeared in comics, the group have teamed up with Dynamite Entertainment for a new, futuristic, dark sci-fi adventure written by Amy Chu (Poison Ivy) and illustrated by Kewber Baal (Army of Darkness: Furious Road).

The series will see four young friends embark on a dangerous mission - to uncover the truth about the mysterious Council of Elders and their underground home, the city of Blackwell.

"KISS has had a four decade-long, proud history in comic books, starting with Marvel Comics in the 1970s, and now with Dynamite's KISS comics," says bassist Gene Simmons. "Having our own comic book, I have to say, rekindles the thrill I first had as a young teenager, as I followed the adventures of my favorite superheroes. This is going to be fun." Read more here.

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Sister Hazel React To The Death of Sister Hazel Williams

The band Sister Hazel has paid their respects to the woman that inspired their name, Sister Hazel Williams. The Gainesville, FL missionary and the founder of Angel of Mercy in Gainesville Ministries died at the age of 91 on Friday (July 15th).

Frontman Ken Block had the following to say about the passing of Williams, "We are saddened to report that our namesake and iconic community leader, Sister Hazel Williams, passed away on Friday night.

"In her 91 years on this Earth she created powerful waves and the humanitarian ripples of her life will roll on forever. As a band and as ambassadors for Gainesville and for her good name, we will do our best to continue to impact our world in positive ways with kind messages, thoughtful music, and powerful community experiences that are filled with love, inclusion, service, and joy."

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Crobot Stream 'Welcome to Fat City' Title Track

Crobot have released an online stream of a new track called "Welcome to Fat City." The song is the title track from their forthcoming album, which is set to hit stores on September 23rd.

Frontman Brandon Yeagley had the following to say to CoS about the song, "'Welcome to Fat City, the title track from our latest album, sets precedent for the groove-laden riffage that takes place throughout the album."

He added, "Inspired by Hunter S Thompson's campaign for Sheriff of Aspen, Fat City is a planet of sanctuary for the scum of the universe and cigar-smoking big wigs Hunter hoped to keep out of his fine city. Instead, we welcome them with open arms 'cause down here, it's always gritty." Stream the song here.

The band is currently on the road with The Virginmarys and Aeges will be spending most of the rest of the year on tour including treks with Sevendust as well as with Volbeat, followed by an appearance at next year's Shipwrecked cruise in January. See the dates here.

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Opeth Reveal Details For New Album 'Sorceress'

(Prog) Opeth have announced that they will release their 12 studio album, entitled "Sorceress" on September 30, and the band has revealed the final tracklist and the cover art for the effort.

Frontman Mikael Akerfeldt had the following to say: "I find it difficult to understand that we've been going on for 26 years, let alone that we've made 12 records now, all of which I am very proud of. Sorceress is no exception. I love this album, as does the whole band.

"I wrote the music over five to six months and we spent only 12 days recording it at Rockfield studios in Wales. I find that once again we've taken a step forward. Or sideways, Or backwards. Somewhere? It's different. It's extremely diverse. And if I may say so myself, extremely good.

"I feel the right to say that since I like to think I know this band better than anyone on the planet. Also, I always manage to detach myself from the record and listen as a fan. It's a fine little record." Read more including the tracklisting and cover art here.

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Garbage Add New Dates To U.S. Tour

Garbage have added additional dates to their current U.S. tour which launched earlier this month in support of their latest studio album "Strange Little Birds".

The newly announced dates begin on September 9th in Houston, TX at the Revention Music Center and the tour will now conclude on September 24 with a show at The Masonic in San Francisco, CA.

"Strange Little Birds" was self-produced by the band and was recorded in Los Angeles. Upon release it entered the Billboard Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums charts at No. 1. See the new tour dates.

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Video Of Guns N' Roses' Philly Reunion Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA on July 14 and video from the show has surfaced online.

The ninth stop on the summer run saw the trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan deliver a 25-song set that included the first time the three have played the "Chinese Democracy" track "Sorry."

It's the fourth tune from the 2008 album that the group has performed on the Not In This Lifetime tour, alongside "This I Love", "Better" and the title track. "Philly was EPIC!,' tweeted McKagan. "Thank you all!"

Longtime Guns N' Roses and Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson was spotted taking pictures with fans in the crowd before the reunited lineup hit the stage after Australian outfit Wolfmother opened the evening. Check out the video here.

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Crown The Empire Release 'Hologram' Video

Crown The Empire have released a new music video for the track "Hologram." The song comes from the band's new album "Retrograde," which is set to be released this Friday (July 22nd).

Frontman Andy Leo had the following to say about the new track: "Hologram could only be written after touring 200-plus days a year for half a decade.

"It's a self-examination of the people we've become and the relationships that we've carried through this period of growing up while a part of something more than ourselves." Watch the video here.

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Matt Cameron Looks Back at Temple of the Dog 25 Years Later

Radio.com caught up with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron recently to talk about his group Hater, but he also discussed another group that he was part of: Temple Of The Dog.

Here is what Cameron had to say about the group, "It's the 25th anniversary [of Temple of the Dog], but we had to go through this contentious court battle to get these idiots to give us our master tapes back. And that's when Chris posted that [to Facebook]. But yeah, we're figuring that stuff out now, as far as the re-release goes."

"It was such an emotional record," he said about their self-titled album, which was a tribute to the late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood. "The music is emotionally jam packed. The lyrics, the music, the performance, it really captured the mood, and the sentiment really well. it was just a one-off record. that record's always had more gravitas than other 'side-projects' like Hater or Wellwater Conspiracy. It was very specifically themed." Read the full interview here.

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Tool's Maynard James Keenan Adds Dates To Book Tour

Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman Maynard James Keenan has added two new stops to his tour in support of his forthcoming book "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things."

The book tour is now set to include a stop in NYC at The New York Society for Ethical Culture on November 11th and an appearance at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington D.C. on November 12th.

The previously announced dates include a sold out event at the City Winery in Nashville on November 9th and Chicago's Thalia Hall on November 16th. "A Perfect Union of Contrary Things" is set to be released on November 8th and can be preordered here.

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Whitechapel Teaming With Suicide Silence For Fall Tour

Whitechapel have revealed the initial dates for their forthcoming coheadlining tour with Suicide Silence, which will be hitting various cities across the U.S. this fall.

The Straight Outta Hell Tour will feature support from Carnifex and Oceano and it set to kick off on September 9th in Spokane, WA at The Pin and the announced dates run until October 21st in Farmington, NM at Top Deck.

Despised Icon will also be appearing at two stops on the tour: October 12th at Harmony House in Webster, NY and October 14th at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA.

Whitechapel will be touring in support of their latest album "Mark Of The Blade, and are currently on the road as part of this summer's Warped Tour. See the new tour dates here.

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Asphyx Announce New Album 'Incoming Death'

Asphyx have announced that they have completed work on their new studio album, entitled "Incoming Death", and will be releasing the effort on September 30th via Century Media Records.

Frontman Martin van Drunen had the following to say, "Four and a half years after the release of 'Deathhammer' we finally managed to finish its long awaited successor. It will be out on September the 30th, as always on our beloved label Century Media. Expect 11 unmerciful battering tracks in the typical Asphyx death/doom style, but also the most varied Asphyx material up to date without losing our rawness, brutality and heaviness.

"The album will be entitled 'Incoming Death'. And like 'Deathhammer', it's a phrase that doesn't really exist, but refers to what entrenched soldiers cry out when under severe artillery fire. Thus 'Incoming Death' implies another relentless bombardment of monstrous Asphyx death/doom metal!"

"Recorded on different locations throughout 2016 and once more mixed and mastered by the mighty Dan 'The Man' Swanö. Serious ear bleedings guaranteed! It's also our first record also featuring 'Husky' on drums, who is now with us for already two and a half years molesting the pig skins with the absolute perfect Asphyx attitude, passion, pride and mayhem.

"We are very proud of this best Asphyx album ever! And knowing our dedicated fans worldwide, they will be proud of us as well! Soon we will hit the stages on every continent to do what we do best; Intense, loud, sweaty, filthy and ruthless live performances!"

The band has also revealed a handful of festivals performances across Europe in the coming months, with additional tour dates to be announced soon.
See the announced dates here.

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