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Day in Rock Report for 07/29/2016


Today's Day in Rock Stories


Led Zeppelin Stream Unreleased Rarity

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are streaming an unreleased 1971 live version of "Communication Breakdown" from the forthcoming expanded edition of their 1997 set, "BBC Sessions."

Recorded at the Paris Theatre in London, UK on April 1, 1971, the tune was cut from the original BBC broadcast of the concert. Due September 16, "The Complete BBC Sessions" will present the original package - which featured live recordings selected from the band's appearances on BBC radio between 1969 and 1971 - plus eight unreleased songs, including three rescued from a previously "lost" session from 1969.

Originally broadcast in April 1969, the session included three songs: "I Can't Quit You Baby", "You Shook Me" and the only recorded performance of "Sunshine Woman."

Also included are two unreleased versions of both "Communication Breakdown" and "What Is And What Should Never Be." Separated by two years, the performances vividly demonstrate the young band's rapid evolution over a short period of time.

The set has been newly remastered by Page with extensive session-by-session liner notes written by Dave Lewis, providing - for the first time ever - accurate details and notes about all of the band's BBC sessions. Stream the track here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Feared Getting Shot, Killed, Beaten Up At The Alamo

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne is seen trying to avoid returning to the Alamo in a scene from his latest TV show, Ozzy And Jack's World Detour. The Black Sabbath frontman was persuaded to revisit the sacred ground in Texas, three decades after urinating on the war memorial while drunk and wearing one of his wife's dresses.

Ozzy was banned from performing in the area for 10 years after the 1982 incident - a rule that was only lifted when he donated $10,000 to the memorial fund.

His son Jack last week discussed concerns over a "lunatic in the crowd" when they filmed at the Alamo last year. In the clip, Ozzy says: "People have memories. They're going to remember the press about when I urinated there. I don't really feel keen on going there."

Asked what's the worst that could happen to him, he replies: "Get shot, killed, beaten up!" He then pretends to be dying and says: "Tell your mum I love her."

When Jack tells him it's an opportunity to "bury the hatchet," he responds: "In the back of my head." Watch the clip here.

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Jon Oliva Recovering From Stroke

(TeamRock Radio) Savatage and Trans-Siberian Orchestra multi-instrumentalist and composer Jon Oliva has confirmed that he suffered a stroke in April. And while he says it has left him with some "physical recovery challenges," he reports that it wasn't as serious as it could have been.

He says on Facebook: "Physical therapy and rehab sessions are getting me back to normal and I am once again feeling confident about recording new music.

Needless to say, such a traumatic health issue was a real epiphany for me. I don't regret the way I have lived my life - I lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle since I was 18. It's all I knew and I enjoyed the ride very much. But there comes a time in everyone's life where you have to step back and make some life changing decisions, which I have." Read more here.

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Massive Pink Floyd Box Set Features 20 Unreleased Songs

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd will release a comprehensive 27-disc box set this fall covering the first seven years of the band's legendary history. Due November 11, "The Early Years 1965-1972" will present 7 individual book-style packages and feature 130 tracks, accounting for more than 12 hours of music and 15 hours of video.

The package will contain TV recordings, BBC Sessions, outtakes and demos and more than 20 unreleased songs - including 7 hours of previously unreleased live audio and more than 5 hours of rare concert footage.

Pink Floyd were formed when the founding trio of bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright were augmented by original guitarist Syd Barrett. David Gilmour joined the band shortly before Barrett's departure in early 1968.

"The Early Years 1965-1972" will give collectors the opportunity to hear the evolution of the band and witness their part in cultural revolutions from their earliest recordings and studio sessions to the years prior to the release of "The Dark Side Of The Moon", one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Concert Film Set To Hit Movie Theaters

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones will debut their Cuban concert film, "Havana Moon", in theaters worldwide on September 23. The March 25, 2016 event saw the group perform their first-ever concert in Cuba during a groundbreaking free show before an estimated crowd of 1.2 million fans that also marked the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

Mick Jagger welcomed the massive crowd who had come to watch the historic show: "Finally the times are changing, Cuba we are so happy to be here," and joked with his bandmates during the performance, describing them as "The Revolutionary Ronnie Wood…Charlie Che Watts….Compadre Keith Richards"

Named after a Chuck Berry song and directed by Paul Dugdale, "Havana Moon" features a setlist of classics including "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll", "Honky Tonk Women", "Start Me Up", "Brown Sugar" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Read more here.

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Metallica Get Pokemon Theme Spoof

(Classic Rock) Metallica are the subject of a spoof video that appears to show them performing the Pokemon theme. It follows King 810 being given a similar treatment earlier this week.

James Hetfield and co have been edited to match the Redeemers' version of the song by YouTuber Golpe Baixo, who was inspired by the Pokemon GO explosion.

Meanwhile, Metallica have revealed details of a collector's edition of Back To The Front, the book about 1986 album Master Of Puppets. The fan-powered title is published on September 13, with the special edition becoming available on August 30. Watch the spoof here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Gillan Reissuing Solo Albums

(hennemusic) Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan will reissue five solo albums as "The Vinyl Collection 1979-1982" on September 23. The package brings together five albums across seven LPs, including 1979's "Mr Universe", 1980's "Glory Road" on 2LP with the bonus disc "For Gillan Fans Only", 1981's "Future Shock", 1981's "Double Trouble" on 2LP and 1982's "Magic."

All of the albums have been recreated as first pressing replicas on 180g heavyweight vinyl housed in a rigid slipcase. The five records were originally issued during an era after Gillan had left Deep Purple in 1973 and before he joined Black Sabbath in 1982.

Gillan returned to Deep Purple in 1984 for a 25th anniversary tour and recorded two albums with the lineup that included the return of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Read more here.

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New Beatles Documentary To Include Iconic Shea Stadium Footage

(Radio.com) It's hard to imagine a time before rock and pop stars could sell out arenas to many tens of thousands of fans. In 1965, however, the thought of a 55,000-strong crowd was unheard of before the Beatles performed at New York's (now demolished) Shea Stadium.

If numbers like that had been approached before, they'd never been publicized in quite the same way. The Shea Stadium show at the height of Beatlemania disrupted music culture and established a once-in-a-lifetime shift in touring.

Footage from the memorable August 15, 1965 date will be included in Ron Howard's authorized documentary, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week--The Touring Years. The New York performance marked the tour's first date, which took place about one year after the band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. According to Variety, the doc will include 30 minutes of footage from the show, which puts the height and intensity of Beatlemania into perspective for viewers who missed it. Read more here.

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Joey Jordison Promises 'Insane' Sinsaenum Tour

(Metal Hammer) Joey Jordison says his latest band Sinsaenum are planning a tour that "you do not want to miss." The former Slipknot drummer and Dragonforce's Fred Leciercq are currently working through scheduling conflicts with Attila Csihar of Mayhem, Stephane Buriez of Loudblast, Sean Zatorsky of Daath and Heimoth of Seth, before confirming details.

Their debut album Echoes Of The Tortured is released today (July 29) via earMUSIC. Jordison tells Loudwire: "We are going to tour - it's just a matter of when, because we all have our own bands and sh*t like that. It's just a matter of time."

The main reason behind the delay is the scale of production they want to put on. "We could go on tour tomorrow," he says, "but there's a lot of people behind the Sinsaenum scene that going to be helping out with everything. There's a whole production behind this.

"What we want to convey live is going to be something that you do not want to miss - it's going to be insane." Read more here.

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Crowbar Eye September For New Album Release

(Metal Hammer) Crowbar are eyeing a late September launch for their 11th studio album. In an interview with Thunder Underground, guitarist and vocalist Kirk Windstein gives an update on work on the follow-up to 2014's Symmetry In Black - and says it harks back to the outfit's earlier work.

He says: "It's done. Tentatively, for now, it'll be out the last Tuesday in September." He adds: "It's a little more old school but fresh. Some of the songs to me sound like Crowbar from some of the older records. My singing style has evolved a lot and personally, I like it a lot better.

"Back then I was trying to find my voice. It sounds amazing sonically, the riffs in the songs are great. It's a fresh, old Crowbar record." Read more here.

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Bruce Springsteen Unreleased Tracks Album Set For Release

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen will release "Chapter And Verse", a new collection featuring unreleased tracks that doubles as an audio companion to his upcoming autobiography "Born To Run."

Due on September 23 - the New Jersey rocker's 67th birthday - the set delivers tunes from throughout his career as he reveals the storyline to his memoir.

The package opens with five unreleased songs from Springsteen's early days, including two from The Castiles, one each from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band, and a solo studio track from 1972 - all prior to the release of his 1973 debut, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J."

"Chapter And Verse" will be available as a single CD and double LP, as well as via digital download and streaming. Springsteen will publish his autobiography, "Born To Run", on September 27 via Simon & Schuster. Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside Release 'Between The Lines' Video

(Metal Hammer) The Ghost Inside have released a video for their song Between The Lines. The track is lifted from their latest album The Returners. The promo features footage of their previous performances and their on-the-road antics.

The band had the following to say about the new clip: "We aren't able to do anything new for you guys right now, so here is a video for Between The Lines - we look like babies."

Last week the metalcore band were given the award for Most Dedicated Fans at the Alternative Press Awards - their first onstage reunion since their tour bus was involved in a crash which claimed two lives in El Paso, Texas, last November. The band members suffered varying degrees of injuries. Watch the video here.

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Tesseract Announce Tour With The Devin Townsend Project

(Prog) Tesseract have been confirmed as support for Devin Townsend Project's March 2017 UK tour. Townsend previously announced a run of European shows to mark the release of latest album Transcendence which is due out on September 9. Tesseract join other confirmed openers Between The Buried And Me and Leprous, who will play selected dates.

Tesseract guitarist James Monteith says: "We are beyond stoked to be touring with the Devin Townsend Project and playing such great venues around the UK next year.

"Not only are we all huge fans of the band, they also hold a very special place in our hearts as they were the first band who ever took us on the road in the USA and Canada. They gave us a huge leg up in the touring game, were great mentors, advisers, all-round amazing dudes to hang out with, and they have remained our friends ever since."

He adds: "Not only will this be an honor on a musical level, it'll be great to spend some time with them once again. Plus having Leprous on the bill is definitely the icing on the cake - they're a phenomenal band and really help to make this bill special." See the dates here.

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Sari Schorr Releases 'Black Betty' Video

(The Blues) Sari Schorr has made her video for "Black Betty" available to stream exclusively with TeamRock. The track features on the New York-based musician's debut album A Force Of Nature, which is out on August 8.

Speaking about her band, The Engine Room, Schorr previously said: "Something magical happens when we're on stage together. We're fuelled further by the audiences' reaction and everything's possible.

"I love touring and enjoy the privilege of meeting so many like-minded people who share our love of the blues." A Force Of Nature is produced by Mike Vernon and also features a guest appearances from Oli Brown. Schorr released a video for the album's title track last month. Watch the video here.

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Hiraeth Streaming New Song 'Happiness Aside'

(Metal Hammer) Hiraeth have released their track "Happiness Aside" exclusively with Metal Hammer. It features on the English outfit's upcoming EP Timelines, which is out on September 19.

Guitarist Cohan Woods tells Metal Hammer: "As the first release in the band's new direction, Happiness Aside blends infectious pop melodies with stadium filling rock energy.

"Leaving behind throat-ripping vocals and string-burning riffs, Hiraeth are steadily steering their sound towards radio friendly pop-rock, worthy of the most critical acclaim." Stream the song here.

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David Ellefson Reflects On Megadeth's 'Higher Calling'

(Metal Hammer) Megadeth's David Ellefson says that Megadeth have a 'higher calling.' And reflecting on their 30-plus year career, the bassist expresses hope that the band will end it on their own terms.

Ellefson tells Metal Devastation (via Blabbermouth): "I think if you don't quit, and hopefully you don't die, you keep going. This tour's pretty long, almost two months. There was a moment the other day where Dave Mustaine's, like, 'Think what it's gonna be like one day if we don't do this, or when we don't do this.'

"The first things that hit me was, 'Well, hopefully we wrap it up on our terms and not on somebody else's.' Or because of other tragedies. This is what you're born to do.

"Dave and I talk about it all the time. We've had this sort of anointing and blessing for us to even be together. It's kind of like Megadeth sort of has this higher calling around it." Read more here.

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Raveneye Release 'Hero' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Raveneye have released a video for their track Hero. It features on the band's debut album Nova, which will be released on September 24 via Frontiers Music Srl and available for pre-order.

Singer Oli Brown tells Kerrang: "Hero, ironically, is inspired by the idea of complacency and how it can lull one into feeling bigger than who one really is and for all the wrong reasons.

"RavenEye is driven by the idea of pushing harder everyday, rather than taking a backseat to other people's efforts. Believing you're the hero - while others are left to pick up the pieces and fix the 'wreckage left behind.'" Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Gus McArthur's Harlot's Kiss

Honan The Destroyer lead guitarist of Gus McArthur gives some insight to their first single "Harlot's Kiss, off their new studio EP "Chapter 1: Hysterics". Here is the story:

Harlot's kiss is a sequel to one of our original songs "Succubus" about an evil women who drains her lover of everything leaving him broken and hopeless. A downward spiral that examines the emotional carnage that can come from a bad relationship, Harlot's Kiss is written from the point of view one of the Succubus victims, voiced in his own conscience agonizing how to escape her. The songs counterpoint is the Succubus inner voice mocking him as well, resulting in a pretty evil vibe to the whole track. In the final vocals the victim comes to the realization that he needs to leave her, but it's just too late to escape.

What influenced me to write this song was the relationships I've seen and experienced where someone derives pleasure in another's pain. I've seen from both sexes this kind of evil enjoyment out of making someone else's life miserable and it's something I'll truly never comprehend.

As far as recording goes Harlot's Kiss was the easiest because we all have so much fun playing it, even though guitar and drum wise it's one of our more difficult songs to play. It's the only song that used any midi; granted only for the first 30 seconds, the initial eeriness of the song has a significant impact and is an element we would like to incorporate more in future chapters.

The theme of Gus McArthur, chapter one, is Hysterics. The power hungry, what drives them, how they manipulate, and ultimately how they control others to meet their own ends. Harlot's Kiss is the first single because it takes this subject head on based on individuals but be ready because other songs on the EP are a statement on the Hysteria in our mad mad world.

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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Read the second part of today's report here!