Day in Rock Report for 07/26/2016

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Ozzy And Sharon Osbourne 'Back On Track Again'

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife (and manager) Sharon both say that they are back together after a well publicized split for the celebrity couple earlier this year which the metal singer now says was a "bump in the road".

The Black Sabbath frontman appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to promote his new television show on the History Channel and addressed the status of his relationship with Sharon.

"Oh, she's back on track again," Osbourne said on the popular morning television show (via ABC News. "You just, you make mistakes, and you learn by your mistakes, I think."

"No, it's just a bump in the road," he said. "Some days it's good, some days it's terrible, some days you just drift apart for a while. But you get back on the horse, you know."

Sharon confirmed that she and Ozzy have reconciled on Monday's edtion of The Talk. "I can't speak for him but for me but, yes, I forgive," she said. "It's going to take a long time to trust but, you know, we've been together 36 years, 34 of marriage, and it's more than half of my life and I just can't think of my life without him."

"He's going to pay for it though, big time," she added, which sparked laughter from the audience and her co-hosts on the program.

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Allman Brothers Band Thinking About Reunion?

(Classic Rock) Former The Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge says a band reunion could be on the cards next year. Gregg Allman brought his group to a close in 2014 - saying that the death of his sibling Duane left them without a "leader" and that he had no regrets at winding up the band.

But Burbridge reveals in a new interview that the band could possibly get back together in 2017. He said the following in a chat with the San Diego Tribune:

"I'm always waiting for that call. Gregg texted us not long ago, saying, 'Hey, maybe we should start thinking about getting something together in 2017.' I said, 'Hey, man, I'm here! Holler at me!' "I think the original guys have been talking. We'll see what happens." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Trial Verdict Appealed

(hennemusic) A lawyer representing plaintiff Michael Skidmore has filed an appeal to the verdict in the recent "Stairway To Heaven" copyright infringement lawsuit involving Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Last month, a Los Angeles federal court jury cleared the duo of any wrongdoing in the creation of their 1971 signature song against a claim by Skidmore on behalf of the estate and Trust of Spirit guitarist Randy California (Wolfe) that the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from the group's 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

Courthouse News Service reports Skidmore filed a notice of appeal in the case over the weekend. "Please take notice that Plaintiff Michael Skidmore, Trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, hereby appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the final judgment entered on June 23, 2016, as well as any and all interlocutory rulings, decisions, and orders that gave rise to the judgment and are merged therein," the notice of appeal read. Read more here.

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Slipknot Eject Fan From Concert For 'Disrespect'

(Metal Hammer) Corey Taylor has been caught on video having an audience member kicked out of a Slipknot show. The frontman lost his temper after someone showed "disrespect" while the band performed in Toronto last week.

The clip was posted soon after Taylor slapped a phone out of a fan's hand at another show - and around the time Slayer frontman Tom Araya dealt with someone who spat on him as a concert began.

Taylor is seen in the latest video pointing at someone in the crowd and saying: "You don't show me sh*t, you little p----." He gestures that the person should leave, then continues performing while pointing, until security staff follow his finger and remove the person from the show. He then says: "Bye-bye. Yip, bye-bye, bitch."

Taylor later tweeted that he'd had a male fan ejected, although a female had left with him, and added: "I've been doing this too long to deal with that disrespect." Watch the video here.

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Booker T And The MGs' Lewie Steinberg Dead At 82

(Classic Rock) Booker T And The MGs' original bassist Lewie Steinberg has died aged 82, the Stax Museum has confirmed. The late musician joined iconic blues label Stax Records in 1961 for bass duties with the studio's session band, the Mar-Keys.

A year later, drummer Al Jackson Jr and organist Booker T Jones jammed a riff they had been playing in clubs prior to recording a jingle. Co-owner Jim Stewart recorded them and helped them write what would become Booker T And The MGs' R&B chart-topping hit, Green Onions.

Steinberg appeared on the band's 1962 debut full-length album, Green Onions and 1965 follow-up Soul Dressing. He was eventually replaced by Donald 'Duck' Dunn - though he was inducted alongside his former bandmates in the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2002. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Celebrate Slash's Birthday During NJ Concert

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses celebrated guitarist Slash's 51st birthday on Saturday with the first of two shows on their Not In This Lifetime tour at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ and video from the show has been posted online.

Following the debut 2016 performance of the "Chinese Democracy" track "Catcher In The Rye" during their second show at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, the band returned to their standard 24-song set for the thirteenth date on the summer reunion run by Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan.

"Incredible crowd at Metlife Stadium tonight!," tweeted Slash after the concert. "Awesome energy! Thank you! Can't wait to do it again tomorrow! RnFnR!" Check out the video here.

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Nails Abruptly Cancel Tour And Go On Hiatus

(Metal Hammer) Nails have gone on hiatus, according to their label Nuclear Blast. There's been no official word from the band at the time of writing but a spokesperson from Nuclear Blast told TeamRock that the California trio's upcoming shows across the UK had been cancelled.

One of the affected dates was due to take place at London's Underworld on November 7. But the venue issued a statement saying: "Unfortunately the show Nails plus Full Of Hell has now been cancelled due to the band going on sudden hiatus. Full ticket refunds are available from point of purchase."

Todd Jones, John Gianelli and Taylor Young's next live date was due to take place on August 5 at Philadelphia's Electric Factory. They released their third studio album You Will Never Be One Of Us last month. A list of Nails' 2016 tour dates can be found here.

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KSE, Cannibal Corpse Supergroup Serpentine Dominion Announced

(Metal Hammer) Serpentine Dominion featuring members of Killswitch Engage, Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder will release their first music on August 11.

The supergroup, which consists of Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, Cannibal Corpse frontman George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher and The Black Dahlia Murder's former drummer Shannon Lucas.

Fisher says: "For all the people who have asked me about the project I'm doing with Adam D and Shannon Lucas, here you go. The band name is Serpentine Dominion and our self-titled debut will be released by Metal Blade Records." Read more here.

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Documentary About Late INXS Singer Michael Hutchence Coming

(hennemusic) Plans for a feature-length documentary about the life of late INXS singer Michael Hutchence have been announced. The documentary is expected to arrive in theaters at the end of 2017.

Billboard reports Australian filmmaker Richard Lowenstein - who worked with INXS for many years - will direct the project about the legendary frontman who was found dead in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997.

"I have been working on the definitive documentary film journey into the heart and soul of this complex, shy, poetic and exceptionally charismatic man for many years," says Lowenstein. "To be able to embark on this film now with such great partners as UMG, UK's Passion Pictures, Ghost Pictures, [longtime INXS manager] Chris [Murphy] and INXS is extremely exciting and I know that together we are going to tell this story like no one else can." Read more here.

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A Day To Remember Streaming New Song

(TeamRock Radio) A Day To Remember have released an online stream of their song "Bullfight." The track comes from their forthcoming album Bad Vibrations, which is due out on September 2.

Frontman Jeremy McKinnon said: "We completely changed the way we wrote, recorded and mixed this album. It was one of the most unique recording experiences we've ever had.

"We rented a cabin in the mountains and just wrote together in a room, which was the polar opposite of the last three albums we've made. And working with producer Bill Stevenson was an awesome experience.

"He was a bit hard to read at first, so I think we subconsciously pushed ourselves harder to try to impress him. As a result, we gave this album everything we had." Stream the song here.

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Pierce the Veil Brave a Haunted Hotel in 'Circles' Video

(Radio.com) Pierce the Veil challenge themselves to a night in a haunted hotel in the music video for their song "Circles." The song appears on the band's latest album Misadventures.

Good Charlotte recently paid tribute to The Last Man on Earth with their video for "40 oz. Dream," and it looks like Pierce the Veil took a trip down 1990 movie memory lane with "Circles." The band loosely based their video on the 1991 film Nothing But Trouble starring Chevy Chase, John Candy and Aykroyd. In the opening moments, they enter the dilapidated hotel where they've stopped for the night while on tour. The foursome come across its owner, who looks incredibly similar to Aykroyd's character in the film. From there, the misadventures-forgive the pun-begin.

After checking into their room, which looks like the aftermath to a pagan ceremony with animal bones scattered across the floor and handprints strewn across the walls, Pierce the Veil's members find themselves in increasingly bizarre situations. The whole thing takes a turn when the hotel catches fire and they must escape with their lives. Check out the latest from the band here.

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Megadeth Launching Their Own Signature Beer

(Metal Hammer) Dave Mustaine is set to launch a Megadeth beer with craft brewery Unibroue. It'll be a Tout Le Monde Belgian-style ale - named after the song from their 1994 album Youthanasia. Though no official release date has been confirmed, their website says it'll be announced in the coming weeks.

It's not Mustaine's first foray into the drinks market. In 2014 he collaborated with Fallbrook Winery winemaker Vernon Kindred to create the Mustaine Vineyards Cabernet.

Unibroue have won 296 international medals since 1993 - and also earned five platinum, six gold and one silver award from the Beverage Tasting Institute since 1994. Read more here.

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Ex-Tremeloes Stars Cleared Of Assaulting 15-Year-Old Girl

(Classic Rock) Former Tremeloes members Rick Westwood and Len Hawkes have been acquitted of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 1968. The pair were charged in November with one count each of indecent assault relating to an incident in Chester in 1968.

Both men pleaded not guilty and were due to stand trial next year over the allegations. But the BBC report a judge at Reading Crown Court ordered that both men be found not guilty as there was no evidence to offer.

Hawkes said he and Westwood felt like a "black cloud" had been lifted after the verdict, adding: "The past two years and seven months have been the worst time of our lives. Our families have had to endure the stress and media publicity and it's taken its toll on all of us." Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, In Flames Announce UK Arena Tour

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold have announced an arena tour of the UK, with Disturbed and In Flames sharing the bill. They'll play eight dates together in January 2017, with tickets going on sale on July 29 (Friday) at 9am via Live Nation.

Avenged Sevenfold's last release was 2013's Hail To The King. The band have since been working on what will be their seventh album with new drummer Brooks Wackerman.

They said in January: "We expect to go into the studio very soon, and look forward to releasing our new album later this year." They'll commence a North American tour with Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and Avatar in September. See the UK Dates here.

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Alter Bridge Streaming New Song 'Show Me A Leader'

(hennemusic) Alter Bridge have released an online stream of their new song "Show Me A Leader". The track is the lead single from their forthcoming album, "The Last Hero," which is set to be released on October 7th.

"Show Me a Leader is a reflection of how polarized and fractured things are in our society," says singer Myles Kennedy. "This song doesn't push an agenda, it simply expresses a very common sense of disillusionment people seem to be feeling at this point in time."

The 14-song set was recorded earlier this year with producer Michael 'Elvis' Baskette. Alter Bridge are currently on the road with Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin for a summer tour of North America ahead of the album's fall release, which will be followed by a 24-show run across Europe starting November 4 in Bilbao, Spain. Stream the new song here.

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KISS Release New Video From Their Las Vegas DVD

(hennemusic) KISS are streaming a video of the performance of their 1975 signature song, "Rock And Roll All Nite", from the upcoming release of the "KISS Rocks Vegas" concert film.

Due August 26, the package captures the band live during their nine-show 2014 Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. In addition to the regular concert, the project also features a seven-song acoustic set featuring vintage 1970s tracks by the band.

"We rocked and Vegas rolled!," says Paul Stanley. "This was epic in-your-face KISS! We got up close and personal. I think rock and roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver."

"KISS Rocks Vegas" will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and LP, while a Deluxe Edition comes in a hardcover package with a 12x12 book, including photos from the show and an exclusive CD. Watch the video here.

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Linkin Park Singer's 'Kept Metal Alive' Comment Out Of Context?

(TeamRock Radio) Linkin' Park's Mike Shinoda has hit back after claiming his bandmate Chester Bennington's "we kept metal alive" comment was misconstrued by the media.

The vocalist and guitarist leapt to the singer's defence, explaining that the band "made the case" for successful metal in an industry commercially saturated by pop music after they launched their 2000 debut album, Hybrid Theory.

Shinoda says: "Bunch of rock outlets taking Chester's 'kept metal alive' quote out of context today. So dumb. It's click-bait, don't fall for it. He basically said that pop music was ruling the world, and we made a case for commercially viable heavy music - no big deal.

"Maybe not the best choice of words, but the sentiment wasn't as outrageous as today's rock news would have you think." Read more here.

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The Pineapple Thief Release 'In Exile' Video

(Prog) The Pineapple Thief have released a video for their track "In Exile." It features on the band's 11th studio album titled Your Wilderness, which is out on August 12 via Kscope.

The follow-up to 2014's Magnolia features King Crimson and ex Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison plus guest appearances by Supertramp's John Helliwell, Geoffrey Richardson of Caravan and Darran Charles from Godsticks.

Frontman Bruce Soord says: "In Exile is the first track on our new album and I think it sets the tone perfectly. To me, it's immediately apparent to the listener how important Gavin's drumming is, as well as Darran's fantastic guitar work - not to take away anything from the three of us in the band of course! As for the meaning, it's a song about estrangement." Watch the video here.

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Extreme Announce Pornograffitti Live 25 Package

(hennemusic) Extreme will release "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown", on September 23. The package captures the Boston band performing the 1991 album in its entirety at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last year on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.

The group's second album, "Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)", featured two hit singles, "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted" - both acoustic-based numbers - while most of the album was a mix of hard rock and funk.

The project peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 2 million copies. Directed by Brian Lockwood, the "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown" package includes a Blu-ray, DVD and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 as part of an event headlined by Twisted Sister - who just issued the first DVD set in the Metal Meltdown series.

"It was a great thrill to perform Pornograffitti in its entirety," says singer Gary Cherone. "Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour. The album was a watershed moment in the bands career…it's when we came in to our own and it will always be special."

"The band always prided itself on its live performance," adds guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. "Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Archive Announce New Album 'The False Foundation'

(Prog) Archive will release their 10th album The False Foundation on October 7. The follow-up to last year's Restriction will be promoted on the experimental outfit's upcoming European tour, which starts in November.

Archive mainman Darius Keeler had the following to say about the forthcoming release: "I think just knowing that we were working on our 10th album made this one feel like a landmark record.

"Our history as a collective has been a mad journey, we've trodden such a strange path to arrive at where we are today, and I think in a way that informed the new record and emboldened us to make what is probably the Archive album that I'm most proud of to date."

The group previewed the upcoming record with the release of their video for track Driving In Nails last month. It can be viewed here.

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Dillinger Escape Plan Offshoot The Black Queen Release New Video

(Metal Hammer) The Black Queen, fronted by Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, have launched a video for their track Secret Scream. Puciato is joined in the electronic-based band by Josh Eustis of Nine Inch Nails fame, and producer Steven Alexander.

The song is taken from debut album Fever Daydream, which arrived last year. It also appears on a four-track single, available digitally now, and for pre-order in strictly limited-edition vinyl.

Puciato told TeamRock last year that The Black Queen was a "needs-based" project, adding: "I still feel the need to express myself creatively, but as you get older your emotional dynamic range increases.

"You're not just full of piss and wanting to flip the world off. You have other needs you've not explored." Watch the video here.

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Nosound Release 'Sognio E Incendio' Video

(Prog) Nosound have released a video for their song Sognio E Incendio. The track featuring acclaimed Italian singer Andrea Chimenti is taken from their forthcoming album Scintilla, which will be released on September 2.

The video is produced by filmmaker Erika Errante. Frontman Giancarlo Erra says of the video: "All we knew is that we didn't want to go too literal with the lyrics in the song, but instead expressing the concept in another way.

So the concept is explained through the idea of lost and found people and feeling, and transformation from one into the other. It is a more loose and artistic connection, and I liked it a lot for that reason." Watch the video here.

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Stryper's Michael Sweet Releases Bizarre Video

(TeamRock Radio) Michael Sweet has released a video for his track Bizarre. It's taken from the Stryper frontman's 7th solo album One Sided War, which will launch on August 26 via Rat Pak Records.

Speaking about the record, Sweet said: "Musically, it's my heaviest solo album. It's not thrash metal but there are definitely some songs on there that will pop out at you.

"There are some songs that have a bit of the Iron Maiden/Dio feel to them, as well as some songs that have a little bit of a Van Halen influence. It's a very guitar-oriented, hard rock, metal album with lots of melodies and hooks." Watch the video here.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Featuring Jared Leto Released

(Metal Hammer) A new trailer for upcoming movie Suicide Squad has been released. The film, which stars Thirty Seconds To Mars mainman Jared Leto as The Joker, is out on August 5.

The new promo was revealed to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con, which wrapped up at the weekend. The next film in the series will be Wonder Woman in 2017, starring Gal Gadot in the lead role.

Suicide Squad is set in the extended DC universe and also stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jai Courtney, while the soundtrack features artists including Twenty One Pilots. Watch the trailer here.

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