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Day in Rock Report for 07/28/2016


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Poison Star Warns Of 'Very Scary' STD That Causes Cancer

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett is the latest celebrity that has battled cancer and has spoken out about the dangers of HPV (human papillomavirus), the STD that he says caused his cancer.

Rockett, who recently said that he is cancer free following an experimental treatment, spoke about his oral cancer battle on the One On One With Mitch Lafon podcast.

Rockett told the podcast (via Blabbermouth): "This is from HPV; that's where it's from. And I caution anybody that has had more than one sex partner in their life. Okay? I mean, I have a partner, a buddy, and a girl that I went through this treatment with. Both of them… One of them's been married nine years, the other one's been married fifteen years. And it was HPV positive. That's how long HPV lasts in the system.

"So somebody can be married and live happily and get all these tests and everything is clear, and all of a sudden, you get head and neck cancer and go, 'What the hell happened? 'Are you cheating on me? Or what the hell is…' And it's not. It's a very invisible, very scary STD that is also being passed from hand to mouth now, they're thinking. I mean, it's epidemic."

He adds: "I don't have one single friend that isn't at risk - not one. I mean, everybody I know has had sex with more than one person. Now, it's more detectable in women than men... Men, there's really no test for it at this point; there's no routine screening.

"So that's another thing that I'd love to see change - a routine screening for it - because if you do have it, there are some vaccinations on the way, treatment vaccinations, that could eradicate it before it ever became cancer." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Aerosmith To Launch Their 'Last Conventional' Tour

More signs point to Aerosmith's next tour being their final major trek. Now bassist Tom Hamilton says in an interview that the band are thinking that their upcoming outing will be their "last conventional Aerosmith tour."

Hamilton's comments follow remarks made by frontman Steven Tyler who recently characterized the veteran band's next trek as a farewell tour. Hamilton tells EonMusic, when asked if the farewell tour is a reality, "Well, things have been on hold and I think they're about to not be on hold over the next few months.

"We have a show, a festival we're doing in September out West, and then we have a South American tour in October and then a few months later we'll start what we're thinking of as pretty much our last conventional Aerosmith tour.

"Who knows how long that will go? This band still has a lot of shows in 'em. Aerosmith still has a way to go before we completely finish." Read the full interview here.

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Vince Neil Headed To Trial For Battery Charge

(hennemusic) Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has plead not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery in an alleged incident in Las Vegas, NV on April 7. Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel.

At the time, TMZ reported that the alleged altercation was caught on surveillance video from inside the hotel and reviewed by police before charges were laid.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neil's attorney, David Chesnoff, entered the plea on behalf of the rocker during a brief arraignment hearing on Wednesday.

"We're going to do our own investigation, which we've already started," said Chesnoff. "As always, I ask people not to prejudge situations until all the facts come in and we understand the totality of the circumstances."

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz set a trial date for September 19; Neil could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted, according to local police. Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne's Jimmy Kimmel Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack were among the guests on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on the program's July 26 broadcast. The pair were on hand to promote the July 24 launch of their new History channel series, "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour."

The 10-episode series sees the rock legend and his son tour the world to visit a bucket list of iconic and historically significant spots that includes Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios, and a hit list of some fascinating sights and people that they've read about.

Among the stops was a return visit to The Alamo, where Ozzy had been banned for decades after being arrested in San Antonio, Texas in February 1982 for urinating at a monument near the landmark dedicated to the lives of soldiers killed in the 1836 Texas Revolution.

"I found out that I didn't pee on The Alamo, after all," says Ozzy about the episode. "Without giving too much away," explains Jack, "urination was involved; public intoxication was involved, and the donning of women's garments was involved."

"I remember some Mexican guy saying to me, "I don't know what the problem is; we pee up The Alamao every night," adds Ozzy. Watch the video here.

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Nektar's Roye Albrighton Dead At 67

(Prog) Nektar vocalist and guitarist Roye Albrighton has died after a long illness, former bandmate Derek 'Mo' Moore has confirmed. Albrighton passed away in Poole, Dorset, at the age of 67, three years after the launch of Nektar's latest album Time Machine.

He co-founded the band in Germany in 1969 and was a member of every lineup until 1982, then again from their 2000 reformation until the present day.

Bassist Moore says: "It is with a heavy heart I have to report that our music brother Roye, after a long illness, died last night. His organs just gave out on him. He was fighting against the infection that grasped him until he could fight no more.

"We had our differences over the years, but our respect for each other has always been strong. I would say he was in the top five guitarists of the last five decades. We were both strong personalities and pushed each other to do better and go forward all the time, to go further and further." Read more here.

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Radiohead Play Rarity At North American Tour Kickoff

(Radio.com) Radiohead made their first North American stop on their A Moon Shaped Pool Tour Tuesday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, and delighted fans by playing "Let Down" from OK Computer for the first time in a decade.

When the band began the opening notes of the song the crowd responded with audible cheers, and the tune quickly turned into a massive sing-along with the crowd as the backing choir.

The 2016 Radiohead tour has been filled with surprises. In May in Paris the band played "Creep" for the first time in seven years, and the band also performed "No Surprises." Read more here.

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Video From Guns N' Roses' Atlanta Concert Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to Atlanta, GA on July 27 and video from the show has surfaced. The concert at the city's Georgia Dome marked the fifteenth stop on the summer run by Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan as they perform together for the first tour in more than two decades.

The trio delivered the trek's standard 24-song show of classics, covers and fan favourites following an opening set by The Cult. Earlier this week, Guns N' Roses production manager Dale "Opie" Skjerseth revealed the reunion tour has no real end date at this point.

"I've been told there's no end date," he explained, "and I've seen plenty of dates going into next year, far into next year. Everybody's working together to keep a common goal and common direction: keep the machine going."

The summer shows will wrap up at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA on August 22, following which Rose will regroup with AC/DC for ten US dates starting August 27 in Greensboro, NC. Watch the video here.

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Iron Maiden's Steve Harris Reveals British Lion Tour Plans

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris will tour Europe with his solo band British Lion in the near future - and he's announced the first date of the trip.

They'll headlining this year's Planet Rockstock in South Wales on December 3. It marks the band's first appearance since they played across Europe last year, in support of their self-titled 2012 album.

Harris said at the time that he enjoyed playing smaller-scale shows with vocalist Richard Taylor, guitarists David Hawkins and Graham Leslie and drummer Simon Dawson, adding: "We love the vibe and intimacy of getting up close and personal with the crowd." Read more here.

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Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Feels Bad For 86ed Fan's Girlfriend

(Metal Hammer) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor's message to the girlfriend of the man he had kicked out of the band's show is: "Honey, get a better dude." Taylor was captured on video shouting at a member of the audience in Toronto earlier this month, telling him: "You don't show me sh*t, you little pussy," before security staff removed him.

But the vocalist regrets the fact that the person's girlfriend had to leave too. Taylor tells Q103: "He was showing some serious disrespect. What you're seeing is the culmination of me trying to ignore it for the entire show, and finally getting to the point where I'm like, 'We're not doing this any more. I've been doing this for 20 years now - I'm not doing that.'"

He says the actions in question are "nothing I can say on the radio," although Blabbermouth reports witnesses suggesting he was "hurling insults" and "attacking people in the crowd for no reason."

Taylor continues: "The thing that sucked, though, was the girl that was with him was a fan. She had to leave because he was her ride. So he gets pulled, and he's acting like, 'Oh, I don't know what happened. I don't know why I'm getting kicked out.' And his girl is like, 'Okay, I've got to go.' I felt bad for her. But, honey, get a better dude - that dude you're with sucks at life." Read more and stream the full interview here.

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Hellyeah Release Video For Dimebag Featured Track

(Metal Hammer) Hellyeah have released a music video for their cover of Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore - featuring guitar work by late Pantera icon Dimebag Darrell Abbott.

He and brother Vinnie Paul - Hellyeah's drummer - recorded their own version of the song before Dimebag was shot dead on stage in 2004. The master was adapted for inclusion in the new performance, which appears on Hellyeah's latest album Undeniable.

Guitarist Tom Maxwell recently said of the album: "It's just an honest record, man. I think we just matured. We're writing some of the most savage music - we're digging deep and reinventing ourselves on some things." Watch the video here.

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The Who Postpone UK Tour Until Next Year

(Classic Rock) The Who have postponed their upcoming UK tour. The five dates were due to take place in late August and early September - but they'll now happen in April 2017.

The band say they've shifted the performances to coincide with two new dates at London's Royal Albert Hall, which will see them play a new acoustic presentation of Tommy.

The London dates have been set up to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust, of which frontman Roger Daltrey is an honorary patron and will take place on March 30 and April 1, 2017.

The rescheduled UK dates, which were billed as a Greatest Hits package, will now feature "some lesser known Who songs and include a new focused presentation of Tommy drawn from the Royal Albert Hall concerts - including a brand new video program specially produced for these shows." Read more and see the dates here.

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In Flames Tease New Music In Online Clip

(TeamRock Radio) In Flames have released a short clip that features new music. The clip is taken from their as-yet-untitled 12th album - the follow-up to 2014's Siren Charms.

Earlier this month, In Flames issued a behind-the-scenes video showcasing DVD Sounds From The Heart Of Gothenburg, which will be released on September 23 via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Bjorn Gelotte said: "This DVD is for everyone who has been following our career. We have songs from the early years, the middle years and the new era. It has to be fun for us to play but also fun for the audience to watch and we try to get a good flow with nice dynamics and different songs." Check out the clip here.

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Wilk Wishes Bill Ward Would Have Been On Black Sabbath Album

(Classic Rock) Brad Wilk says it was a dream come true to appear on Black Sabbath's final album - but he still wishes Bill Ward had done it instead. Ward fell out with his bandmates over what he regarded as an "unsignable" contract, and the disagreement later disintegrated into a war of words, particularly between Ward and frontman Ozzy Osbourne.

Wilk took the drumstool for 2013 release 13, which was later confirmed to be the band's last word from the studio. He tells Alternative Nation: "I was a 14-year-old kid sitting in his room with a record player, trying to learn BIll Ward parts, and Black Sabbath is one of my favourite groups of all time.

"To be asked to play with them was an incredible experience. For the first week it was really hard to even deal with the fact that I was in a room with them, possibly heading towards making a record with them."

He describes working with Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and producer Rick Rubin as a positive experience, adding: "To say I was part of it was incredible." But he continues: "I wish it could have been Bill Ward instead of me - as amazing as it was for me." Read more here.

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Crown The Empire Release 'Lucky Us' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Crown The Empire have released a video for their track Lucky Us. The song comes from the band's Retrograde album, which launched earlier this month via Rise Records.

Vocalist Andy Leo had the following to say: "This album has been an accumulation of ideas, lessons and observations about who we are as a band and how we see the world.

"It's taken 5 years for us to grow and really nail down a sound that doesn't fit the status quo of what people are expecting from us. We've reinvented ourselves and we hope you enjoy the ride." Watch the video here.

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Van Halen's David Lee Roth Releases New Roth Show Episodes

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth tackles food and hot rods on the two latest episodes of his online series The Roth Show. The rocker launched the program in 2012 and it remained online until his social media websites went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation - just days before Van Halen officially announced plans for the release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert."

The series resurfaced when the singer launched a new website on February 7. "Up by popular demand," said Roth at the time. "Unlimited binge positive fun for the whole family & beyond…"

The singer has issued several new editions of The Roth Show in the past few months while things have been quiet in the Van Halen camp since they closed out their 2015 tour with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the new episodes here.

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All Time Low Release Live 'Something's Gotta Give' Video

(TeamRock Radio) All Time Low have shared a video of them performing Something's Gotta Give live. The clip is from their forthcoming release, Straight To DVD II: Past, Present And Future Hearts.

The documentary follows the band on tour and in the studio recording their sixth album Future Hearts - which last year gave them their first No.1 chart placing.

It's due out on August 26 via Hopeless Records and can be pre-ordered on MerchNow and iTunes. All Time Low continue their North American tour next month. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Gong Announce New Album 'Rejoice! I'm Dead!'

(Prog) Gong will release their latest album Rejoice! I'm Dead! on September 16. The psych-rock outfit are putting out their 28th title - and their first without founder Daevid Allen, who died of cancer last year aged 77.

The record also includes an early song idea rehearsal featuring the late singer, along with Gong alumni Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe and Graham Clark. A clip featuring guitarist Hillage can be heard below.

Singer Kavus Torabi says: "Rejoice! I'm Dead! came together over several weeks in an East London rehearsal studio. In terms of the writing, the songs became very elastic, what may have been brought to the band as a fixed idea, through experimenting, discarding, expanding and mutating evolved into the songs as you hear them now. Every member was key in the development of each song." Read more here.

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The Mission's New Album 'Shaping Up To Be Monstrous'

(Classic Rock) The Mission's Wayne Hussey has given an update from the studio, where he and the band are working on their new album. They're putting the pieces in place for the follow-up to 2013's The Brightest Light with producer Tim Palmer. He was behind the desk for the band's 1986 debut album God's Own Medicine and 1990's Carved In Sand.

And Hussey says the new material, which is expected later this year, carries the "swagger and bombast of the Mission of old."

He says: "I'm sat in my hotel room in Austin having just completed my first day of work here with Tim Palmer. I haven't seen Tim for maybe a good 10 years or so but it's like no time at all has passed and we are so immediately comfortable working with each other again.

"I think this album is shaping up to be monstrous - an album that you will love. It has all the swagger and bombast of the Mission of old. Great tunes and some great guest performances. I've managed to persuade a few of my old mates to lend their vocal talents to this album. Guess who?" Read more here.

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Orphaned Land & Amaseffer Preview New Song

(Prog) Orphaned Land & Amaseffer have released a teaser of their track "A Dove Without Her Wings." It features on the collaborative project's upcoming concept album Kna'an, which is set for release on August 26 via Century Media Records and is available for pre-order.

Kna'an is a soundtrack for a theatre production of the same name which is the brainchild of director Walter Wayers. He's written a play which tells the biblical story of Abraham with a modern perspective.

The album is said to feature "ballads and metal songs about all the characters and inner conflicts of the heroes in this complex episode - a story that still reflects until this day the three Abrahamic religions."

Orphaned Land, meanwhile, will head out on tour next month to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Check out the song preview here.

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Enter Shikari Release Mindsweep Tour Documentary

(Metal Hammer) Enter Shikari have released their Mindsweep Tour documentary. The 30-minute video follows the St Albans outfit arena tour in February in support of their latest album Mindsweep. It was filmed by videographer Alexey Makhov and edited by the band themselves over a period of months.

Frontman Rou Reynolds says: "It was great to have Alexy along to document the biggest tour of our lives. He captured both the tension behind the scenes and the emotional release on stage perfectly."

Enter Shikari have a number of shows scheduled in Russia, Hungary, Japan and Australia over the coming months. See the dates and watch the new documentary here.

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Jenny Hval Streams New Song 'Conceptual Romance'

(Prog) Jenny Hval has released a stream of her track "Conceptual Romance." The song features on the Norwegian artist's upcoming album 'Blood B----,' which will be released on September 30.

Hval says of the follow-up to 2015's Apocalypse, Girl: "This is my most fictional and most personal album. It's also the first album where I've started reconnecting with the goth and metal scene I started out playing in many years ago, by remembering the drony qualities of Norwegian Black Metal.

"It's an album of vampires, lunar cycles, sticky choruses, and the smell of warm leaves and winter." Hval has several tour dates planned over the coming months in support of the album. Check out the dates and stream the song here.

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Surgical Meth Machine Stream Cover Of Devo's 'Gates Of Steel'

(Metal Hammer) Surgical Meth Machine release lyric video for their cover of Devo hit Gates Of Steel. The Al Jourgensen-led outfit issued the promo for the song lifted from their self-titled debut album.

Jourgensen recently announced that "it's time" for another Ministry record. The vocalist previously insisted their 2012 album Relapse would be their last after his best friend and longtime guitarist Mikey Scaccia died of heart failure on stage with his other band Rigor Mortis in December that year.

Jourgensen said: "It's been more than two years now, and I got more ideas and I have done albums with Mikey and have done them without him. I have a bunch of songs written in my head. It's time to get another record out." Check out the lyric video here.

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