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Day in Rock Report for 06/02/2016


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The Music Industry Has Been 'Stolen' Says The Who's Daltrey

(Classic Rock) Roger Daltrey says The Who are unlikely to ever release another album because the internet has "stolen" the music industry. The frontman admits he and guitarist Pete Townshend have discussed the possibility of making a follow-up to 2006's Endless Wire, but as it stands he can't see it happening.

The Who unveiled standalone single Be Lucky in 2014 and at the time, Daltrey hinted that a full album would follow. But he tells Rolling Stone: "We've talked about it, but it's not going to be easy. There's no record industry anymore. Why would I make a record?

"I would have to pay to make a record. There's no royalties so I can't see that ever happening. There's no record business. How do you get the money to make the records? I don't know. I'm certainly not going to pay money to give my music away free. I can't afford to do that. I've got other things I could waste the money on."

Asked why the record industry is in the state that it's in, Daltrey adds: "Well, it's been stolen. The way the internet has come about has been the biggest robbery in history, like musicians should work for nothing.

"You get paid for streaming, my ass. There's no control. Musicians are getting robbed every day. And now it's creeping into film and television, everything now." Read more here.

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Video From AC/DC With Axl Rose's Leipzig Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) AC/DC featuring Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose on lead vocals continued the Rock Or Bust world tour at the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany on June 1, and footage from the concert has surfaced online.

Before an estimated crowd of 45,000, the ninth stop on the European leg delivered the lineup's standard 23-song set, mixing classic Bon Scott-era tunes with Brian Johnson-led material - including songs from their latest release, 2014's "Rock Or Bust."

Four shows remain on the spring run, which wraps up in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. A little over a week later, Rose will rejoin Guns N' Roses for a summer stadium tour of North America that begins at Ford Field in Detroit, MI on June 23. Check out the videos here.

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Classic Dio Albums Remastered For New Box Set

(hennemusic) Ronnie James Dio's classic era Dio albums have been remastered and will be released as a new 6-disc box set, "A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993", on July 22, followed by a vinyl edition this fall.

The project compiles newly-remastered versions of the group's first six studio albums, including 1983's "Holy Diver", 1984's "The Last In Line", 1985's "Sacred Heart", 1987's "Dream Evil", 1990's "Lock Up The Wolves" and 1993's "Strange Highways." It can preordered here.

Issued first on CD, a vinyl edition of the box will available on October 4 and will include a bonus 7" single. On the first side is the 1983 version of "Evil Eyes," which was originally released as the b-side on the "Holy Diver" single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album "The Last In Line." The flip side features "Time To Burn," which was the only studio track featured on the 1986 live release "Intermission." The vinyl edition is available for preorder here.

After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group's platinum-selling debut "Holy Diver" arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic "Rainbow In The Dark." Read more here.

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Deep Purple Finish Recording New Album

(hennemusic) Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey says that the band have finished recording their new album. The group have spent the past few months working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who oversaw 2013's "Now What?!"

"As far as I know, it's all recorded and now," Airey tells Russian news agency TASS ahead of the start of the band's shows in the country on Thursday. "It's on the tender mercies of Bob Ezrin, he's going to mix it. I haven't been given a release date, I know nothing about that as yet. If I knew, I'd tell you but I don't."

Bassist Roger Glover recently revealed the group's schedule for the project. "We started the next album in Nashville on the 28th January," says Glover. "Thirteen days of pre-production and thirteen days recording in the studio. Lucky thirteen because we have thirteen tracks, all but finished except for vocals. Coincidence or what?
"How many will end up on he album is hard to tell yet… maybe all of them, maybe not. I won't even begin to describe the music--an impossible job in any case. Suffice to say I've been listening to the rough mixes and there's a smile on my face. Bob Ezrin and the team did their usual superb job." Read more
here.

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Motorhead Release Live 'The Chase Is Better Than The Catch' Video

(Classic Rock) Motorhead's performance of The Chase Is Better Than The Catch is the latest video clip that has been released from the band's Clean Your Clock live DVD.

"Clean Your Clock" was filmed in Germany in November, just weeks before mainman Lemmy died at the age of 70. The package is set to be released on June 10th and can be preordered here.

Lemmy's life will be celebrated at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods on June 13, at the Eventim Apollo in London. Surviving members Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee will perform a tribute set with assistance from Saxon. Watch the video here.

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Johnny Ramone Tribute To Include P.J. Soles, Sex Pistol Steve Jones

Rock 'N' Roll High School star P.J. Soles and Sex Pistols' Steve Jones are just some of the guests set to be part of this year's Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

The event will be taking place on July 24th and will feature a screening of the classic Ramones film Rock 'N' Roll High School, followed by a Q&A session with the star of the film P.J. Soles (Riff Randell), "The King of the B's" Roger Corman, director Allan Arkush.

The Sex Pistols legend Steven Jones will be hosting the event. Organizers also tell us that "the bash will feature a screening of the RAMONES IT'S ALIVE 1976-1996, as well as a pop up gallery of Ramones and punk photography by Morrison Hotel Gallery, and a rare exhibition of Metallica guitarist Kirk 'Von' Hammett's private collection of movie monster memorabilia."

"I can't wait," says Linda Cummings Ramone, Johnny's wife and the organizer of the event. "Johnny loved hobbies and collecting. I know he would be excited about the tributes 'cause they are so much fun and a place for everyone to gather and see cool stuff. Between Rock 'N' Roll High School, Ramones It's Alive, Kirk Von Hammett's horror collection, and of course, his statue and all the special guests…it's a perfect day and night for all to come."

Find more details here.

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Arch Enemy Singer Cast As Notorious Serial Killer

(TeamRock Radio) Arch Enemy singer Alissa White-Gluz plays the role of notorious serial killer Lavinia Fisher in a new art project called American Murder Song. Fisher is often described as America's first female serial killer, although when she was executed in South Carolina in 1820 she had been charged with highway robbery, not murder.

White-Gluz says: "I've been collaborating with some very cool people for a very cool project recently. You know I love musical theatre, so when Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman asked me to take part in their unique new horror musical project, of course I said yes.

"Welcome to American Murder Song, where I act as the subject of a song for once rather than the author. I got to work with some old friends like Official Chibi Birthday Massacre and some new ones like Aurelio Voltaire to create something very different and interesting."

White-Gluz appears in American Murder Song's first video for a track called The Innkeeper. It can be viewed here.

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Black Crowes's Rich Robinson Streams New Solo Song

(hennemusic) Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson has released an online stream of the song "Which Way Your Wind Blows" as a preview to his forthcoming album, "Flux."

Due June 24, Robinson recorded his fourth solo release at Applehead Studios in Saugerties, New York, where he did 2014's "The Ceaseless Light" and a series of live recordings billed as "The Woodstock Sessions."

"I love being in the recording studio," says Robinson. "It fuels the desire to create within me. I enjoy watching it unfold. Each development fires another idea and in the end, you have this organically created song that seemingly came out of nowhere. It brings me such joy and peace. It never ceases to amaze me."

The guitarist recorded "Flux" with bassist Zak Gabbard, drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardists Matt Slocum, Marco Benevento and Danny Mitchell, as well as vocalists John Hogg and Danielia Cotton. Stream the new song and read more here.

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Encyclopedia of KISS Released

(Classic Rock) Veteran rockers KISS now have an encyclopedia dedicated to them. Author Brett Weiss is a lifelong fan of the band and his publication Encyclopedia of KISS: Music, Personnel, Events And Related Subjects has now been released.

It's said to be a "comprehensive reference guide to virtually everything in the Kiss universe, featuring detailed information on the band's songs, albums, games, toys, tours, television and movie appearances, family members, girlfriends, collectibles, comic books, solo work and much more."

Weiss, who has previously penned books about video games and popular culture, has made the opening section of the book available to preview via Amazon. Read more here.

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Amon Amarth Won't Be Changing Their Tune

(TeamRock Radio) Johan Hegg says Amon Amarth will never stop writing about Vikings. While the vocalist admits that the band's chosen subject might seem "weird" to other people, he says that he finds its culture and history fascinating.

When asked whether they would ever stop writing about Vikings, he tells Banger TV: "Whenever I get the question, I say, 'It's not like anyone asks Satyricon if they're gonna stop writing about devils and demons, or, ask Cannibal Corpse whether they'd stop writing songs about blood, guts and gore.'

"I think it's because Vikings are such a weird topic for people. They're not familiar with it. They're kind of like, 'How much can there be?'" Hegg continues: "There are so many aspects of Viking culture that are really fascinating. Just the fact that they actually travelled to North America 400 years before Christopher Columbus ever did - that's a big thing.

"We haven't even touched that aspect of it yet, which is one idea that I have - maybe in the future we'll do something about Leif Erikson." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Red Fang Announce European Tour

(Classic Rock) Red Fang have announced a European tour for this autumn. The Portland outfit will perform alongside their Relapse Records' labelmates Torche on all dates, with God Damn joining them for the UK shows.

The band recently wrapped up recording the follow-up to 2013's Whales And Leeches, with producer Ross Robinson, and it's expected to be released later this year.

Drummer John Sherman said: "I've never been more excited about making a record in my life. The writing process for this album has been super fun and full of energy and good vibes.

"And the opportunity to work with Ross Robinson is so crazy - I've got goosebumps just talking about it." Check out the tour dates here.

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The Jelly Jam Release 'Profit' Album Documentary

(Prog) The Jelly Jam have unveiled a 15-minute documentary focusing on the making of fourth album Profit. John Myung of Dream Theater, Ty Tabor of King's X and Rod Morgenstein of Winger released the follow-up to 2011's Shall We Descend on May 27.

It follows the story of The Prophet, a character who's determined to save the world by changing the lives of "Those Who Will Not See." Frontman Tabor recently said:

"In order to make Profit the strongest album, we recorded a lot of excess music and chose songs that worked together. It's not just a bunch of songs thrown together - It's an entire journey through a story." Watch the documentary here.

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Lacuna Coil Announce 30-Date Winter Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Lacuna Coil have announced a European tour in support of their new album Delirium. The Italian metal outfit will kick off their 30-date winter trek at Vosselaar's Biebob in Belgium on October 21 following their Australian tour earlier that month. The run also includes six UK dates in November.

Last month, singer Cristina Scabbia admitted the band were not taken seriously when they first started out in Italy. She said: "At the beginning it wasn't easy, because when you say you're a musician, people immediately say, 'Ok but what's your job?' 'I'm a musician,' 'Yeah, but what's your real job?' 'No, really, I'm touring the world, this is how I pay my bills.'

"People still don't look at musicians as people who really work. At the beginning my parents were worried for me, like, 'Where do you think you're going?' - especially coming from Italy. There aren't a lot of rock or metal bands from Italy." See the tour dates here.

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Pvris' Next Album Is 'Very Dark' Says Lynn Gunn

(TeamRock Radio) Pvris say their upcoming second album will continue the 'dark' vibe they achieved on their 2014 debut White Noise. And while the Massachusetts outfit won't give too many details away, singer Lynn Gunn reports they'll also incorporate new elements to evolve their sound.

She tells Upset Magazine: "The band is very dark and the music is very dark - especially on the next record. I think we'll elaborate on that darkness a lot more but there will be new elements brought in for sure. It's hard to tell right now but we're thinking about it."

Pvris are out on the road for much of the summer, but bassist Brian MacDonald says he's hopeful that once their last two shows in Japan in August are over, they'll hit the studio.

He says: "We don't get our first break until August and it's not even 100% that we'll get that - something might come up. I think we're supposed to record in September or October." Read more here.

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Epica Singer Simone Simons Talks New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Epica singer Simone Simons says their upcoming album The Holographic Principle has a more catchy feel than their previous work. The follow-up to 2014's The Quantum Enigma is set for release on October 1 via Nuclear Blast - and Simons also reveals they pushed themselves to make the record "bigger than before."

She tells Spark TV: "It was a huge amount of songs and a lot to take in - but we put everything in this record and we hope that it will pay off. The Quantum Enigma was received so well, we set the bar so high, but we accepted the challenge to make an even better record. And we've done everything bigger than before - we had more orchestra, a bigger choir. We had so many different instruments. Vocally, I put everything in the record that I can possibly do, and I'm very pleased with it."

She refers to the album orchestration and choral sections as being "the seventh and eighth" members of the band, and adds: "Besides having catchy melodies, we also wanted to have really groovy vocal lines. And that's something we worked on as well. We changed up some things to make it less predictable." Watch the full interview here.

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Blink-182 Unplugging For Rock All Dayer Event

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182, Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember are among the artists confirmed for the BBC's Rock All Dayer. The event will take place at the broadcasting company's Maida Vale Studios in London on June 8 and will be available to stream live via iPlayer Radio.

Names also confirmed are Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Moose Blood, Creeper and Against The Current. Blink-182, who this week released California - their first album with frontman Matt Skiba - will perform an acoustic set on the day.

Tickets for the event must be applied for via the BBC's website, where they have 40 pairs of tickets up for grabs. Read more and see the event lineup poster here.

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Minor Victories Supergroup On Their Long-Distance Approach

(Prog) Minor Victories say trust was the key to making their long-distance band relationship work. The supergroup is made up of members of Mogwai, Slowdive and Editors and they release their self-titled debut album via Fat Possum Records on June 3.

The band members - Slowdive vocalist Rachel Goswell, Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite, Editors guitarist Justin Lockey and bass player James Lockey - recorded the album without ever all being in the same room at the one time.

And while it worked for them, Braithwaite admits it won't work for everyone. He tells Rolling Stone: "I think a lot of people would be a little too precious to do this. We went into this with really good spirit and a lot of trust in each other.

"A lot of musicians need minute-to-minute discussions about how things go. Quite often, bands have members that are pretty precious. Thankfully, no band I've ever been in.

"I don't think it's going to overtake everyone getting into a room and playing, but it's good to know that there are other ways to make records." Read more here.

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Dave Grohl Looks Back At His Pre-Nirvana Band

(Gibson) Nirvana wasn't Dave Grohl's first band. Before becoming a mega-star with "Smells Like Teen Spirit," he rocked as the drummer in Washington, D.C. punk band Scream.

Scream recorded their final album in 1993, Fumble, and the guys recently reissued the set via Dischord Records. In honor of the reissue, Grohl posted a reflection of his time with Scream.

"Once upon a time, when I was just a wee lad, I played drums in a punk rock band from the Washington, D.C. area called Scream," Grohl wrote in a Facebook message. "I had grown up buying their records and going to see their live shows, and eventually had the honor of becoming their drummer at the age of 17. Fresh out of high school, I started touring the world with them from 1987-1990." Read more here.

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The Lounge Kittens' Upcoming Album Includes 'Several Curveballs'

(TeamRock Radio) The Lounge Kittens have released the artwork for their upcoming debut album Sequins & C-Bombs. The all-girl trio will release the album on September 16 and confirm it will be made up of their unique take on a range of rock covers.

Pink Kitten Zan Lawther says: "We can't tell you what songs are on there yet, but we can tell you that yes, it's all covers and yes, there's loads of new stuff and several curveballs we're particularly excited about."

The album cover was shot by Paul Harries in "a freezing cold studio." Red Kitten Jenny Deacon says: "The album cover is the first thing that people see, before you even hear the music. It represents what the album means and who the band or artist are. Paul took loads of beautiful shots of us but we decided out and out 'sexy' just doesn't suit us. We want people to know that picking up that album is going to result in unprecedented levels of fun." Read more here.

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Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen Announces Solo Debut

(Classic Rock) Kai Hansen will unveil his debut solo album XXX - Three Decades In Metal in August. The former Helloween and current Gamma Ray guitarist and vocalist teams up with Alex Dietz of Heaven Shall Burn on bass, Eike Freese on guitar and Carcass drummer Daniel Wilding on the record.

He also announced he'll donate money from the album to the Wacken Foundation - a charity which helps young hard rock and metal bands. Hansen says: "I am celebrating 30 years of being able to do what I like best. On XXX I am reflecting on my roots, where I come from, how it all started for me.

"I believe you need a certain drive, passion and, of course, a bit of luck and coincidence to make it in the music world - and, of course, some financial support. Hopefully, with my donation, young musicians are given the same chance that I was given a long time ago, too. And who knows, maybe we all will be playing together at Wacken in 20 years." Watch the announcement video here.

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes Release 'Snake Eyes' Lyric Video

(TeamRock Radio) Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have released a lyric video for their latest track Snake Eyes. It was premiered on BBC radio earlier this week, when former Gallows frontman Carter explained that it's an attempt to face down his fight against depression.

He said: "It's like a fly on the wall in my hotel room, at midnight, in the middle of a tour while I'm sick and drunk. The fly is a giant, bellowing beast of burden that, no matter how I try, I can't escape. We've all been there. "

He added: "Everyone's problems take different shapes - mine at the snake eyes looking back at me every time I roll the dice." Summing up the moral behind the song, he said: "Challenge yourself. You will prevail." Watch the video here.

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Combichrist Streaming New Song 'Skullcrusher'

(TeamRock Radio) Combichrist have released their lyric video for track Skullcrusher. The song is lifted from their forthcoming album This Is Where Death Begins, due out on June 3. It features guest appearances from Motionless In White mainman Chris Motionless and MXMS singer Ariel Levitan.

Combichrist vocalist Andy LaPegua says: "I finally feel like we came full circle with this album, considering we're all from the punk rock, hardcore and metal backgrounds.

"After 10 years of electronica in the studio and a full live band, I feel like I captured the live sound and energy. Every style of music that I have done through the last 25 years has some kind of presence on this album." Check out the new song here.

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