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Day in Rock Report for 07/22/2016


Today's Day in Rock Stories


Lynyrd Skynyrd Icon Has Heart Surgery, Tour Put On Hold

(hennemusic) Lynyrd Skynyrd have temporarily halted their summer tour as guitarist Gary Rossington underwent heart surgery this week after experiencing some chest pains and sought medical attention.

The Southern rock legends originally cancelled a July 19 appearance at Artpark in Lewiston, NY while Rossington was checked out and, following surgery, have updated fans on the status of their upcoming shows.

"The Lynyrd Skynyrd band is canceling or rescheduling the next 2 weeks of touring, while Gary Rossington recovers at home from heart surgery to repair blockage in his arteries," said the band via social media.

"Currently, the band hopes to resume touring on August 4 in Woodlands, TX. The band has rescheduled Boston, MA at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion to September 23 and moved Big Flats, NY at Tag's Summer Sound Stage to the following day, September 24. We are continuing to work on other potential re-scheduling, as well."

Rossington suffered a heart attack last October that saw the group cancel the final pair of 2015 dates while he recuperated. Read more here.

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Unreleased David Bowie Album Part Of New Box Set

(hennemusic) The next box set installment in David Bowie's archive series will include an unreleased album called "The Gouster." The follow up to 2015's "Five Years (1969 - 1973)", the next chapter in the music icon's series is "Who Can I Be Now? (1974 - 1976)", whose focus is the mid-70s transitional period Bowie experienced in the post-Ziggy Stardust years.

In character as The Thin White Duke, Bowie ventured heavily into soul music and, as "The Gouster" unfolded creatively, it eventually morphed into the "Young Americans" album.

"Gouster was a word unfamiliar to me but David knew it as a type of dress code worn by African American teens in the '60's, in Chicago," producer Tony Visconti explains in the liner notes from the forthcoming box set. "But in the context of the album its meaning was attitude, an attitude of pride and hipness. Of all the songs we cut we were enamored of the ones we chose for the album that portrayed this attitude.

"David had a long infatuation with soul as did I. We were fans of the TV show Soul Train. We weren't 'young, gifted and black' but we sure as hell wanted to make a killer soul album, which was quite insane, but pioneers like the Righteous Brothers were there before us."

"So 'The Gouster' began with the outrageous brand new, funkafied version of David's classic 'John, I'm Only Dancing', a single he wrote and recorded in 1972, only this time our version sounded like it was played live in a loft party in Harlem and he added (Again) to the title." Read more here.

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Joe Perry Rejoining Hollywood Vampires Tour Following Collapse

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry will rejoin supergroup The Hollywood Vampires tour for a show tonight (July 22) at Weill Hall in Rohnert Park, CA after collapsing during a July 10 concert in Coney Island, NY.

Perry and the group updated fans on the news via their social media sites Thursday, as the summer run is set to wrap up with four final shows on the west coast starting Friday.

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, with police on the scene reviving him.

The guitarist was taken to Coney Island hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. No official word on Perry's condition has been released to date, with various media reporting in the past week that the guitarist was suffering from a combination of dehydration and exhaustion. Read more including the remaining dates here.

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Guns N' Roses Debut Another Rarity On Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses delivered the debut 2016 performance of the "Chinese Democracy" track "Catcher In The Rye" during their second show at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on July 20 and video of the performance has been posted online.

The band swapped out "Sorry" for the song, which Axl Rose reportedly wrote as a critique of the J.D. Salinger book in dedication to John Lennon after watching a documentary on his murderer Mark David Chapman.

It's the fifth tune from the 2008 album that the group has performed on the Not In This Lifetime tour, alongside "This I Love", "Better", "Sorry" and the title track.

The 25-song set featured several tracks from 1987's "Appetite For Destruction", which was released 29 years ago this week; it remains the biggest-selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide. Check out the video here.

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Deep Purple Releasing DVD Of Jon Lord Farewell Performance

(hennemusic) Deep Purple will release "Live At The NEC", a 2002 concert recorded at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, next month. Due August 26, the DVD captures a landmark September 14, 2002 show at the venue as the group bid farewell to founding member and keyboard legend Jon Lord, who would retire from the lineup less than a week later.

"Live At The NEC" features both of the band's keyboard players - Lord and Don Airey, who would go on to take over his duties. Airey serves as the principal keyboardist throughout the show, culminating in a solo before the lights drop, with Lord appearing for "Perfect Strangers." The two share keyboard duties for the rest of the night, in a fitting passing-of-the-torch moment.

Lord passed away July 16, 2012 at the age of 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. With Purple, the keyboardist co-wrote many of the group's legendary songs, including "Smoke On The Water," and played with many bands and musicians throughout his career.

In addition to the concert, "Live At The NEC" also includes bonus interviews with vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Jason Newsted Announces Latest Post Metallica Project Would And Steal

(Classic Rock) Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted is preparing to announce details on his latest band titled Would And Steal. He will officially reveal the mostly acoustic project in a Mighty Fine Guitars webcast at 3pm ET on July 22.

Newsted is also set to perform two acoustic benefit shows with as-yet-unnamed friends at Lafayette's Mighty Fine Guitars in California for music charity Little Kids Rock on August 5 and 6.

The bassist, who left Metallica in 2001, hasn't performed much since 2014, the year he left his touring role with Megadeth, before cancelling a run of shows with his band Newsted the same year. Read more here.

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Linkin Park Kept Metal Alive Believes Chester Bennington

(Classic Rock) Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has laughed off the perception from some metal purists that the band were nothing more than a boy band with guitars when starting their career.

They released their debut album Hybrid Theory in 2000, which went on to huge commercial success. But some questioned the integrity of their sound, which challenged the concept of what metal could be.

But reflecting on their first album and the reaction to it, Bennington says Linkin Park were partially responsible for bringing metal into the 21st century.

The singer tells Metal Hammer: "I think that's really funny - just those words, 'the integrity of metal.' In my opinion we actually kept metal alive. I met a kid a few days ago who said, 'You were the first rock band I ever listened to' and I hear that all the time. We played a surprise Vans Warped tour show in California in 2014 and had a whole bunch of singers from other bands come up and sing with us." Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots Release Live Video For 'Ride'

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots have released a live video for their track "Ride." The promo sees the duo play the song from their latest album Blurryface at Oakland's Fox Theater, California. It also shows drummer Josh Dun perform on a kit held up by the crowd.

Vocalist Tyler Joseph recently looked ahead to their next album, saying he and Dun were anticipating a more confident record than they'd produced previously.

He said: "I feel a greatest sense of freedom and less pressure. I felt a lot more pressure going from Vessel to Blurryface. I feel so much confidence that I can look at myself and say, 'I know what we're making is for a group of people out there that want to hear it.' That's all the confidence I need.

"I'm not saying the songs will sound confident - I'm saying the song structures will. I'm looking forward to what an even more confident Twenty One Pilots record sounds like." Watch the video here.

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Every Time I Die Streaming New Song 'Glitches'

(Metal Hammer) Every Time I Die have released an online stream of their track "Glitches". The song comes from the group's upcoming album New Teens, which is due out on September 23.

They also revealed that the follow-up to 2014's From Parts Unknown will feature a guest appearance from Panic! At The Disco mainman Brendon Urie. Low Teens is described as their "most poignant and impassioned album in a career full of sardonic illuminations and pit-inciting fervour."

A press release adds: "The band was on tour in Toronto in December when Keith received a phone call that his wife was in the hospital with a life-threatening pregnancy complication.

"It was a harrowing night as Buckley left the tour and raced home to overwhelming uncertainty. Both wife and daughter survived the ordeal, but the moment of crisis had a lasting impact on Buckley and an inevitable role in shaping the lyrical scope of Low Teens." Stream the song here.

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Guns N' Roses Tribute Band Member Facing Jail Term

(TeamRock Radio) A Guns N' Roses tribute band member faces a jail term after his claim for 300,000 in compensation was exposed as fraudulent. Anthony James Dermody, 28, plays bass in Manchester-based GNR tribute act Guns Or Roses and is also a former rail worker. He styles himself on real GNR bassist Duff McKagan.

He claimed 300,000 in compensation from Network Rail, saying he suffered disabling thumb injuries while at work. But when his claim was exposed as a fraud by a video showing him performing with Guns Or Roses, he dropped the case. Dermody, from Altrincham, now faces a charge of contempt of court.

The Manchester Evening News reports that Dermody's mother Ann Marie could also be charged after Network Rail accused her of backing up her son's claim in a sworn statement. Read more here.

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KISS Conflicted About Making New Music

(Classic Rock) KISS remain "conflicted" on the subject of making new music, says frontman Paul Stanley. And he's ruled out the idea of releasing an album of songs he wrote with other artists in mind.

Earlier this month he discussed the possibility of recording a follow-up to 2012's Monster, their 20th title, but admitted it might be "more for my own satisfaction than anybody else's."

Now Stanley tells Radio.com: "It's a very conflicted subject. In one sense there's no reason to put out any new music, because the delivery systems that are available don't pay.

"We're in a situation where artists have to take what they can get, as opposed to what they deserve. For me it's more of a moral issue than anything else - I don't have to worry about paying the rent, but what about new bands?"

He adds that another consideration is fans' preference for classic tracks over new ones, and the time it takes for material to be regarded with more warmth.

"A song can only become classic as it gains age," he reflects. "Fine wine has to age. What makes a song classic is that it endures. You have a time period or an event that's associated with it. That doesn't happen overnight." Read more here.

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Korn Announce New Album, Release 'Rotting In Vain' Video

(Metal Hammer) Korn have confirmed their 12th album, The Serenity Of Suffering, will be released on October 21 via Roadrunner Records. And they've debuted a video for Rotting In Vain, the first track to appear from the follow-up to 2013's The Paradigm Shift.

The Serenity Of Suffering, which features a guest appearance from Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor, was produced by Nick Raskulinecz and it's available for pre-order now.

Korn hired Sons Of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagan to appear in the video, which was shot in a century-old former brothel in downtown Los Angeles. Frontman Jonathan Davis tells Rolling Stone: "Rotting In Vain was written about being in that black place, being in situations that I don't like in life - feeling you're stuck and you're just being abused, and you just sit there and rot.

"That's where Rotting In Vain came from: I'm just sitting there, dying, and letting it happen for years and years." Watch the new video here.

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The Ghost Inside Guitarist Shares Relieving Health Update

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside guitarist Zach Johnson has revealed in a new online posting for fans that he's not suffering from a bone infection, as previously feared.

Johnson is recovering from injuries sustained in last year's fatal crash which resulted in the death of the driver of the band's tour bus and the driver of the other vehicle involved.

Johnson says: "Just spoke with my doctor. My femur is not infected. Such a relief. It means I'll be having another small surgery on it, but after these last few days nothing can effect my spirit." See his post here.

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Lacuna Coil Release Video For 'Delirium' Title Song

Lacuna Coil have released their official music video for "Delirium". The song is the title track to the group's latest studio album, which was released back in May.

Frontwoman Cristina Scabbia had the following to say about the new clip, "We filmed our parts for this video in one evening while we were on the US tour this past May. We used a Go-Pro against a black backdrop and we wanted something that would be purposely rough, something that could remind some weird lost videos found after years and years.

"The whole video edited together with the parts filmed by the director with an actress turned out as a very strange sort of a trip, where a girl tries to tight up memories and details together to try to find her sanity back, somehow.

"I really like some of the scenes as they reminded me some kind of Korean horror movies vibe and it is totally fitting the 'Delirium' vibe and concept. It also leaves a lot to the imagination, so thanks for checking it out and enjoy." Watch the video here.

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Marilyn Manson Stars In New 'Let Me Make You a Martyr' Trailer

(Radio.com) Marilyn Manson channels his inner assassin in the new film Let Me Make You a Martyr. The independent film debuts today, July 22, at Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, and in it he plays a hitman.

Rolling Stone debuted a clip from the film, which finds Manson standing on one side of the door and delivering a crackling, understated speech to his opponent who paces the room like a caged animal.

Manson previously acted in the FX series Sons of Anarchy, an opportunity that opened the doors to the film. "Mark [Boone Junior] brought me into the project," Manson said. "We were friends from Sons of Anarchy. He's sort of my unwanted mentor. He tells me what to do. He's always encouraged me, but he's very bossy about it. He says things like, 'You gotta do this, motherf***er. You'll like this.'"

It ended up being the biggest role Manson had undertaken. His hitman character ended up being on half the pages, he explained. Watch the clip here.

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Phil Collins Sidelined Former Yes Singer Jon Anderson's Solo Career

(Prog) Jon Anderson has recalled how Phil Collins sidelined his solo career during the 80s. The former Yes vocalist claims that he and Phil Collins were signed to Virgin at the same time - and that the label asked for his pay advance back after hearing both of their projects.

Anderson tells Prog: "They signed me and old whats-his-name - Phil Collins - in the same month. Then Phil goes to no.1 with Face Value for a thousand years. Gosh, I misjudged that situation."

The singer claims the Genesis man scuppered his chances once again years later when his 1988 album In The City Of Angels flopped everywhere in the world - except Quebec.

Anderson says: "I played a festival in Quebec and it was still being played on the radio. The promoter told me, 'This was a big album here.' I said, 'Really? This is the only place in the world it was, then.'"

He adds: "Basically it was Phil again. Genesis' Invisible Touch. Phil's voice in that period was so perfect for radio. Mine was not so good for radio." Read more here.

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Black Stone Cherry Release 'The Rambler' Video

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry have released a video for their track "The Rambler". The song originally featured on their fifth studio album 'Kentucky,' which launched in April this year.

The promo includes a guest appearance from Billy Ray Cyrus, who says he was "honoured" to be in the clip. He says: "If you are ready to hear a great band with an incredible song, hit play. I was honoured when they asked me to bring The Rambler to life. Make something real? Hell yeah. I'm in."

The band will break up their Carnival Of Madness tour with Shinedown and Halestorm on July 24 when they play the UK's Ramblin' Man Fair. Watch the new video and see the tour dates here.

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Robert Plant's Performance Of Led Zeppelin Classic Goes Online

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has released pro-shot video of a July 1 performance of the Led Zeppelin classic, "The Lemon Song," at the 2016 Rock Werchter festival in Belgium.

The tune - which originally appeared on 1969's "Led Zeppelin II" - was the opening number of Plant's 11-song set with The Sensational Space Shifters at the annual event.

Alongside several other Zeppelin tunes, Plant and the band also delivered a few originals and covers of tracks by Joan Baez ("Babe, I'm Going To Leave You") and Bukka White ("Fixin' To Die").

Plant and the band are currently on the road playing dates across Europe. Earlier this year, the singer revealed work had begun on a follow-up to 2014's "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar."

"Our recent travels have taken this wild whirlwind of a band though many incredible and inspiring places," said Plant ahead of a spring US tour. "Having just begun work on our new album, we thought we'd take time out to raise a little sand and welcome springtime with one more adventure, another celebration of life and song." Read more and watch the video here.

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DevilDriver Release 'My Night Sky' Video

(Metal Hammer) DevilDriver have released a video for their track "My Night Sky", taken from seventh album 'Trust No One'. The follow-up to 2013's 'Winter Kills' was released in May via Napalm Records.

The new album is their first work to feature guitarist Neil Tiemann and drummer Justin D'Amond. Mainman Dez Fafara recently said: "Trust No One is one of the most poignant records I've ever written lyrically.

"Whether it's about trust issues, vengeance, positivity, letting go, or whatever the case may be, these lyrics are as honest as they can be, and fans will hear it." Watch the video here.

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Bruce Springsteen Working On 'Expansive' Solo Album

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen's new solo album will be "expansive," according to what the Boss' long time manager Jon Landau tells Billboard in a new interview.

Landu warns that while it is still to premature to say much about the new album, he believes that it will prove to be 'a very different kind of record" for Springsteen.

"All I can say is that there is a solo record," he continued. "And when I say solo record, I'm not talking about an acoustic record. It is, in fact, a very expansive record, a very rich record. It's one of Bruce's very creative efforts. Stay tuned, and we'll see exactly how that shapes up next year."

Springsteen is currently on tour with the E Street Band, finishing a their highly successful The River Tour. See their remaining dates here.

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Singled Out: Revocation's Communion

Dave Davidson of Revocation tells us about the song "Communion" from their brand new album "Great Is Our Sin," which was released today by Metal Blade. Here is the story:

I was raised Catholic and went to parochial school up until I was 12. My parents weren't super religious but for many middle class families private school and a Catholic upbringing seemed like the best path for their children. I never really questioned the rituals of the church at the time even though going to confession seemed to be a bit intrusive into one's personal life. As I got older however my opinions on the church definitely changed and I began to look at these rituals in a much different light. Read more right here!

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