Day in Rock Report for 06/01/2016

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AC/DC Announce U.S. Dates With Axl Rose

AC/DC have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.S. tour which will feature Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose on lead vocals for what the band is billing as the final leg of their Rock Or Bust World Tour.

The original dates were postponed after frontman Brian Johnson was warned that he faced hearing loss if he continued to perform live on the tour. The rescheduled dates kick off on August 27th in Greensboro, NC and conclude on September 20th in Philadelphia, PA.

Guitarist Angus Young had the following to say: "This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon. I want to get back out there onstage in the US with these guys so our audience can see and feel it too." See the dates here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis On Drug Speculation

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis' recent hospitalization has sparked speculation that he may have had a drug relapse but the singer assures fans that was not the case.

Kiedis tells Australian TV show Sunday Night (via Canoe.com), "I felt more care than anything else. I got a lot of messages in the mail; it just seemed like people did care. My friends called, people I hadn't spoken to for years called, but what people assume or think about using (drugs), I could care less. It didn't faze me at all."

He went on to say: "I happen to love being sober, I also loved being wasted at times. Being sober for me is a pleasure, I get a lot of joy out of it; it works for me. I get to surf, I get to hang out with my son, I get to play music, I get to be OK."

Kiedis also recounted the illness that caused him to be hospitalized "This was knocking me off my feet, and I was white as a ghost, and my whole gut section just seized up, and I was kind of falling to my knees in pain, so I got taken by a friend to the hospital from the gig."

He also saw a silver lining in the incident, "Maybe there was a reason for me to get sick, so I can get stronger than I was before."

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Scott Weiland Left Behind 'An Enormous Amount Of Debt'

(TeamRock Radio) Scott Weiland left behind "an enormous amount of debt" when he died, according to his widow Jamie Wachtel Weiland. The photographer married the former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman in 2013 and says she doesn't expect to be given any money from his estate, said to be worth at least $2million.

Wachtel Weiland tells the Joe Howard Show (via Blabbermouth): "I think there's this preconceived notion that Scott, being a rock star, must have just had millions in the bank, and that I'm probably just sitting pretty and just collecting money, and it's the antithesis of the truth.

"He, unfortunately, passed away with an enormous amount of debt. There were a lot of loose ends that were never dealt with. I could have fought a lot more to be involved in the mess that was left behind, but the truth is, for a long time, I was completely paralyzed. I was incapable of doing anything. It was hard for me to just get through the day, much less lawyer up and deal with all the legalities of an estate and probate." Read more here.

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The Dead Daisies Announce 1st U.S. Headline Show

Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies have announced their very first U.S. headline show, which will be taking place at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles on September 15th.

The band, which currently features Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Motley Crue/The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne/Billy Idol), David Lowy (Red Phoenix/Mink), will be supported by Steve Rodgers, who is the son of legendary Bad Company and Free vocalist Paul Rodgers.
The Dead Daisies will be playing the special show following the release of their new album "Make Some Noise," which is set to hit stores on August 5th via Spitfire Records / SPV.

The group also announced that they will be heading overseas later this year to headline the Planet Rockstock Festival on Friday December 2nd 2016 at Trecco Bay in Wales.

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Brad Whitford and Derek St. Holmes Streaming New Songs

(hennemusic) Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford and longtime Ted Nugent vocalist Derek St. Holmes are streaming a pair of tracks - "Hot For You" and "Hell Is On Fire" - from their forthcoming album, "Reunion."

Due June 3, the project sees the duo regroup three decades after they issued their self-titled album in 1981, which delivered tracks like "Sharpshooter" and "Whisky Woman."

BOTH albums are packaged together in a Deluxe Edition of "Reunion." Self-produced by Whitford and St. Holmes, "Reunion" was recorded at The Castle Studios in Franklin, TN with bassist Chopper Anderson, keyboardist Buck Johnson and Tesla drummer Troy Luccketta.

Whitford St. Holmes will join Whitesnake on their Greatest Hits tour for a month of shows starting June 3 at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX. Check out the song streams here.

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Dead & Company Open To Making Album

(Radio.com) Bob Weir reveals that Grateful Dead offshoot Dead & Company are open to the idea of making a new studio album but he does not see that happening anytime soon.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, Bob Weir said the formation-which includes original members Micky Hart and Billy Kreutzmann, along with guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti-might eventually get into the studio, but it will take some time before that happens.

"We kick it around," he admitted. "We need to put in another tour-or two. And then what direction do we pursue with recording? Do we start from scratch, do all new material? Or do we go back after some of the tunes that were never recorded [by the Dead] in the studio? Or a combination of both, which is kind of where I would want to do it. For instance, I would love to take a song like 'The Other One,' into the studio or 'Dark Star.'" Read more here.

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Ex Members Of The Haunted and Forbidden Announce New Band

(TeamRock Radio) Former The Haunted vocalist Peter Dolving and Forbidden ex-guitarist Craig Locicero have announced that they have formed the supergroup Dress The Dead.

They're joined by former Forbidden drummer Mark Hernandez, former Manmade God and Orion bassist James Walker and current Drawing Heaven guitarist Dan Delay.

The band say: "We've begun work on something new we call Dress The Dead. We intend on making heads bang, bodies move and bones shake. More news from DTD coming soon." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood And Wife Welcome Twin Girls

(Classic Rock) Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally are celebrating the birth of twin girls Gracie Jane and Alice Rose who were born on Monday at 10:30 P.M.

The couple say in a statement: "Ronnie and Sally Wood are delighted to announce the birth of their twins Gracie Jane (6lb) and Alice Rose (5.7lb). The girls arrived on 30 May at 22:30 and all are doing brilliantly. The babies are perfect."

The couple dated for six months before getting married in 2012, with Rod Stewart taking the roll of best man at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Read more here.

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Dragonforce Announce 'Killer Elite' Compilation Release

(Freeman) As Dragonforce work on their new studio album, with an eye towards a March 2017 release, they have announced that they will be releasing their very first compilation album on July 23rd. We were sent the following details:

Killer Elite - The Hits, The Highs, The Vids is scheduled for an July 23rd release through Spinefarm Records. The 22-track set -two hours and 30 minutes of music, featuring both studio and live material, with promo clips added to the Deluxe set- fully showcases the ambition, variety and skill of the group's musical output, now taking in six studio albums; elements of thrash, speed and power metal are spread across accelerated rockers and more measured, melodic offerings.

It encompasses everything, from their biggest hit, "Through The Fire And Flames," a staple inclusion on several best-selling video games (i.e. Guitar Hero) and recently used as the basis of a U.S. mockumentary featuring the band and Oculus Rift founder Palmer Luckey through "Dawn Over a New World," a ballad harking back to the early years.

With latest recruit, singer Marc Hudson, now having two studio albums under his belt (2012's The Power Within and 2014's Maximum Overload), Killer Elite... is the chance for new fans to familiarize themselves with glories past and for long-standing supporters to revel in the attention to detail of a multi-format package balancing audience faves with compositions close to the collective DRAGONFORCE heart...

Guitarist Herman Li, who started the group in 1999 with fellow shredder Sam Totman, says, "The aim of this release is to give a strong flavor of everything we've recorded so far, and I like to think it shows a lot of diversity. Certainly, we tried to make it as broad-based as possible. Since Marc joined the band (replacing original frontman ZP Theart), we've actually released some of our speediest songs and some our most melodic compositions, too. DRAGONFORCE isn't just about the relentless tempos and the flashy solos; ultimately, it'd the feel of the music that counts..."

The release will be available in the following formats: * 2 CD package (The Hits, The Highs) *Deluxe Special Digi-Pack Edition, including a DVD featuring all of the band's promo clips (The Hits, The Highs, The Vids) *Digital download (The Hits, The Highs)

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Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold Lead Louder Than Life Lineup

Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold have been announced as the headliners for this year's Louder Than Life festival, which will be taking place October 1st and 2nd at Champions Park in Louisville, KY.

The opening night lineup will include Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Cheap Trick, Chevy Metal, Anthrax, Motionless In White, Hellyeah, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, Avatar, Neck Deep, Young Guns, Being As An Ocean, '68, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Dinosaur Pile Up.

The closing night lineup features Slipknot, Disturbed, Korn, Ghost, Alter Bridge, Clutch, Biffy Clyro, Pop Evil, Skillet, Sevendust, Zakk Sabbath, Parkway Drive, Trivium, KYNG, Skindred, Adelitas Way, Crobot, Smashing Satellites, and Sabaton.

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The Mission Crowdfunding 30th Anniversary Album

(Classic Rock) The Mission have launched a PledgeMusic pre-order campaign for their upcoming 30th anniversary album. The Pledge campaign is offering those who pre-order a raft of exclusives, including a 2CD/DVD deluxe edition of the as-yet-untitled record, t-shirt packages, a visit to the rehearsal studio and handwritten lyric sheets.

Wayne Hussey and co are currently working on the follow-up to 2013's The Brightest Light and recently revealed they were once again working 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.

Singer and guitarist Hussey recently hinted to TeamRock that the band would move away from the rawer sound of The Brighter Light. Read about that here.

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Immortal Accuse Former Frontman Abbath Of Song Theft

(TeamRock Radio) Immortal say that former frontman Abbath took some of their tracks and used them on his solo album. Abbath, aka Olve Eikemo, released his self-titled solo album earlier this year after he was sacked by guitarist Harald 'Demonaz' Navdal and drummer Reidar 'Horgh' Horghagen in 2014.

The acrimonious split seemed to come to a head when the singer saw his legal bid to secure rights to the Immortal name fail. But Abbath's former bandmates now point to some of the tracks on his album and claim foul play was involved.

Immortal say in a statement: "From 2010 until 2014, Immortal wrote all the songs for the successor to All Shall Fall but when ex-member Abbath left the band, he changed the lyrics, song titles and recorded these songs for his so called 'solo album.'

"We had to focus on making a new album nearly from scratch, which is the main reason why things have taken this much time." Read more here.

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Ayreon Release Live 'Day Two: Isolation' Video

(Prog) Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon have revealed their live performance of Day Two: Isolation from upcoming DVD The Theater Equation, which is set to be released on June 17 via InsideOut.

Based on 2004 studio album The Human Equation, it was filmed last year in the Netherlands and features an all-star cast headed by James LaBrie of Dream Theater.

Lucassen recently said: "I am amazed and touched by how hard everyone worked, and how much love and care they generously gave to make it all happen. Sometimes the dream becomes reality." Watch the video here.

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Sepultura Reveal Unusual Element On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Sepultura have revealed they'll feature a brass section on their forthcoming album, due out later this year. The Brazilian metal veterans say they're collaborating with Maestro Renato Zanuto again on the follow-up to 2013's The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart.

The band revealed the following details about the collaboration in a Facebook posting this past Saturday (May 28th): "We have some different heavy sounds for our new album.

"These are musicians from Teatro Sao Pedro recording some arrangements at Dynamic Studios written by Maestro Renato Zanuto, who also participated in the album The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart. It's getting amazing." Read more here.

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Papa Roach Offering Up Their Studio In Album Crowdfunding Campaign

(Classic Rock) Papa Roach have offered to sell their Sacramento recording studio in the crowdfunding campaign for their next album. The California band launched the pre-order Pledge scheme to help them make the follow-up to 2015's F.E.A.R - and have announced they're willing to sell the facility and its contents - if someone comes up with $600,000.

Papa Roach say: "You know a new Papa Roach album is in the works. We've teamed up with PledgeMusic to offer you an early experience like none other - including some really cool and unique things that we hope you'll enjoy."

They also tell potential Pledgers: "Not only will you get a digital download of the album when it comes out, you'll hear streams of new songs, videos of us recording in the studio, pics of us at home and much, much more. You'll be fully immersed in this album with us." Read more here.

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Sabaton and Accept Announce The Last Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have released the first dates for their 2017 European tour. The Swedish metal outfit will hit the road in support of upcoming eighth album The Last Stand.

The trek will kick off in Germany on January 7, with Accept onboard as main support. Sabaton bass player Par Sundstrom had the following to say in the announcement:

"We have just finished our new album, which is titled The Last Stand and we know we have done a great album, which all fans of Sabaton can appreciate for many years.

"The Last Tour will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years." Read more and see the dates here.

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Meshuggah Announce UK and Ireland Tour Dates

(TeamRock Radio) Meshuggah have announced that they will be launching a tour of the UK and Ireland that will be taking place in January 2017, which follows their European dates this fall.

The newly announced shows will come after the release of their currently untitled eighth album, which follows 2012 title Koloss. It's expected in the autumn.

Meshuggah have already listed dates across Europe in November and December. Tickets for the UK and Ireland shows go on sale on June 3 (Friday). See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Chief Ghoul's Let Me In

Blues rocker Lee Miles, a.k.a. Chief Ghoul, tells us about his brand new single "Let Me In", which will be featured on the forthcoming new album "Damned" (out this summer). Here is the story:

"Most of the people we meet throughout our lives come and go. Most of the time you'll never give it a second thought and you'll continue as you were prior to having met those people. If you're lucky though, there will be that rare person who sparks something in you that you never knew was there in the first place. That's what "Let Me In" is about. It could be a friend, a lover, someone you can learn from or someone who can learn from you... It may be all of those things but you'll definitely know when you've found it, and to let that go or take it for granted is a very foolish thing to do.

A vampire can't enter your home without being invited in. I've always loved that particular piece of lore. It's the same idea with people. We have to allow someone into our lives. We aren't going to share our ideas, regrets, flaws, or passions with just anyone, they have to be invited in.

I like to write songs so that they're approachable by anyone. We've all experienced love, hate, and everything in between. Love is what spurred the writing of this song for me.

"She threw me overboard then sabotaged our boat. She drug me out to sea, I didn't even try to float. Took a beating on the reef, then let all my blood flow. Yet she's exactly what I need, so in her love away I stowed."

It's not always a fun ride, but its always worth it when you find the right person."

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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