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Day in Rock Report for 06/03/2016


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Prince's Cause Of Death Confirmed

(Classic Rock) The cause of Prince's death was an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl, according to a document linked via a tweet by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office.

The Associated Press say that according to a one-page report released by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office, the music icon - who died aged 57 in April - administered the drug himself.

The Medical Examiner's Office also confirmed it had completed its investigation into the star's death but would give no further comment. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than morphine and up to 25 times stronger than heroin (diamorphine). Read more here.

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Steve Miller Plans Investigation Of Rock Hall

(Classic Rock) Steve Miller says he plans to investigate the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The singer and guitarist was inducted into the Rock Hall alongside Deep Purple, N.W.A, Chicago and Cheap Trick in April.

He used his acceptance speech to launch a tirade against the Rock Hall and the music industry in general, and later slammed the "murky" and "ridiculous" paperwork he would have to fill out to grant permission for his performance to be broadcast on HBO.

He tells Sirius XM: "It's going to get better. I'm going to get these guys. They are going to be sorry they treated people this way. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is going to go to Cleveland, the museum is actually going to mean something. The funding they raise will be used for music education before I'm done."

He continues: "I'm planning to keep it in the news. I'm planning to investigate them. I've already got all their public documents, I want to see where they're spending the money, I want to see who's being paid. I'm going to check it all out." Read more here.

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More Guns N' Roses Reunion Show Footage Goes Online

More video footage of the historic Guns N' Roses reunion show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on April 1st has been posted online by heavy rock site Loudwire.

The show marked first time that original Guns N' Roses members, frontman Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan, had all shared the stage together in 23 years.

The new footage continues clips from their performances of their break-through song "Welcome To The Jungle" as well as their cover of the Bob Dylan classic "Knockin' On Heaven's Door".

The site is also giving away a pair of tickets to the band's upcoming North American "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour. Find the details about that and watch the video clips here.

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Motley Crue Members Not Friends, Not Enemies Says Sixx

Nikki Sixx reveals that he is unlikely to associate with his former Motley Crue bandmates now that the band is retired and says "We're not enemies, but we're not friends."

The bassist made the comments in the concert film "The End" which chronicles their final show together which took place on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles, according to UCR.

Sixx reportedly says in the film, which hits movie theaters on June 14th, that the members of Motley Crue will "probably won't see each other" and explained, "We don't hang out now - we don't hang out. We go on stage like motherf-ers. But we don't hang out.

"We don't go to dinner, we don't go to each other's houses for Christmas. We're not enemies, but we're not friends I'll probably never see them, except in passing." Read about the other member's parting feelings here.

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AC/DC Release New Video Interview About Axl Rose Tour

(TeamRock Radio) As AC/DC head to London's Olympic Stadium, the band has released a video in which Angus Young and Cliff Williams discuss the band's European tour with Axl Rose.

"The band energy is really up there," says Cliff. "It's doing really well. We've thrown some different songs in, which is always good. It changes it up for us and the audience, but the band is playing great. It's a good feeling up there right now."

"With Axl we've been able to mix up quite a few songs," adds Angus. "Do a few older ones, put them in. Which we haven't done in a number of years. We used to get a setlist, and that would be us for a tour.

"So now we've got a lot more adding and putting in different tracks, and the fun part is when we get there on the stage, and seeing it come to life." Watch the interview here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Smith Denies Foo Fighters Joke Claim

(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith denies that he once urinated on the fan belonging to Foo Fighters sticksman Taylor Hawkins. Smith says he contacted the drummer after Blink-182's Travis Barker recently told his version of the story in an interview with KROQ.

Barker asked his bandmate Mark Hoppus: "Do you remember when we were in Australia? Chad Smith would pee in Taylor Hawkins' fan. It's the worst practical joke ever. It was so funny, but it was so wrong."

But Smith tells Loudwire: "I wrote to Taylor and said, 'I know I've done some really f***ed up things, but did I ever pee in your fan in Australia?' He said, 'Absolutely not. I would've remembered that.'

"I said, 'I didn't think so.' Travis was mistaken, he must have been confused with somebody else." Watch the video interviews here.

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Rolling Stones Release Acoustic 'Miss You' Video

(The Blues) The Rolling Stones have released their performance of Miss You from upcoming five-disc live package Totally Stripped, which hit stores today (June 3rd).

It's an extended version of 1995 unplugged set Stripped, including three live shows plus a new version of the Stripped documentary, in which guitarist Keith Richards describes his outfit as "a club band that just got bigger gigs."

The Stones take part in the Desert Trip festival in California in October, alongside Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters and The Who. Watch the video here.

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Iommi Recalls Black Sabbath Almost Killing Bill Ward

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi says one of the thing he misses about original drummer Bill Ward is the chance to play practical jokes on him. And he's recalled the time he painted his colleague gold, and another time he set him on fire.

Ward was originally set to take part in the band's reunion with Ozzy Osbourne, leading up to their final world tour, but failed to reach a contractual agreement.

Iommi tells the Guardian: "We were staying at John DuPont's house in Los Angeles, the bloke who owned DuPont paint products. We found all this paint in the garage, and we were all pissed, so we thought it would be fun to paint Bill gold from head to toe.

"He started having convulsions. The ambulance people gave us a right bollocking - 'You idiots, you could have killed him!' They gave him adrenalin and we had to use paint stripper to get it off. He looked like a beetroot by the end." Read more here.

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Panic! At The Disco To Let Fan Direct New Video

(TeamRock Radio) Panic! At The Disco have launched a competition for fans to direct another music video for track Victorious. The band have partnered with Music Choice and the All American High School Film Festival to invite budding creatives to submit their own video ideas.

Applicants must download the track Victorious from iTunes, and direct a music video with their own opener. More detailed instructions can be found on the High School Film Festival website.

Frontman Brendon Urie says: "As my fans know, I love to interact with them, whether it be online or at shows. I can't wait to see the submissions we get from around the world to bring the music video for Victorious to life."

The winner will have their music video aired across Music Choice's entire platform, direct an episode of Behind The Lines for Music Choice and be announced at the 2016 Teen Indie Awards on October 9 at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Read more here.

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A Day To Remember Announce Bad Vibrations Album, Release Video

(TeamRock Radio) A Day To Remember have announced that their next album will be titled Bad Vibrations. It's set to launch on August 19 and follows the release of the single Paranoia. In addition, the band have created a video for the album title track.

Frontman Jeremy McKinnon says: "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." Watch the video here.

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Y&T Appeal To Fans To Help Tom Size Cancer Fight

(Classic Rock) Y&T's Dave Meniketti has launched a fundraising campaign to help his sound engineer and friend Tom Size fight cancer. The singer and guitarist says Size, who has also worked with Aerosmith, Journey and Europe, was diagnosed with an advanced form of melanoma late last year.

Meniketti says: "Tom Size, our longtime super-talented sound engineer and a personal friend for decades, was diagnosed late December with the worst type of skin cancer one can contract, and his is a very aggressive strain.

"After an initial surgery to remove tumors, his cancer has spread to his brain. Tom is undergoing treatment to do everything possible to kick this nasty cancer's ass."

"...In the meantime, as the outrageous medical bills continue to accumulate, he has limited ability to work, which means he needs help to pay his bills. Read more here.

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Peter Gabriel In The Studio For 30th Anniversary of 'So'

(ITS) Peter Gabriel celebrates the 30th anniversary of his landmark "So" album with a rare interview on the syndicated radio In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands. The show sent over the following details

When the rock critics who parse such things as musical innovation, vision and authenticity perfectly agree with mass popular taste, a remarkable thing happens, as Peter Gabriel found out everywhere at once with So: you become the saving grace of progressive rock music while simultaneously occupying the mainstream pop high ground, a once-in-a-generation feat. Because of "Red Rain", "Sledgehammer", "In Your Eyes", "Don't Give Up" with Kate Bush, "Big Time" , and the meditative tone poem "Mercy Street", you would have to reach all the way back to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon to find anything even remotely comparable.

Prior to So, ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had developed a cult following culminating with his groundbreaking "Shock the Monkey" song and video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK sales, #2 US; over 5 million sold; 4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the # 1 hit "Sledgehammer"), Peter Gabriel vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening, barrier-eliminating amenities. Like certain other entertainers who had reached elite status in the fame game, Gabriel chose to use his newly-found powers for good through several international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Peter's own World Music charity WOMAD, and a death row/capital punishment project.

Speaking to InTheStudio host Redbeard, Peter Gabriel shares how the songwriting process unfolds for him. He says, "I've always worked from the rhythm first, because if you get a great groove happening, then it's sorta down hill. You can take your hands off the keyboard, shut your mouth for a moment, and the thing still feels great." Stream the episode here.

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Meshuggah Announce Limited Edition Box Set

(TeamRock Radio) Meshuggah have revealed details of a limited box set entitled 25 Years Of Musical Deviance. It spans their entire career in 27 vinyl LPs, a Blu-ray disc containing all their music videos plus previously-unreleased studio clips, and a 100-page hardback book featuring lyrics and unseen photos.

The band plan to release their currently-untitled eighth album in the coming months, ahead of a European tour that ends with eight shows in the British Isles.

Guitarist Marten Hagstrom recently described the follow-up to 2012's Koloss as "pretty diverse," adding: "I'm really attracted by taking something that's so f***ing generic that it can't get more generic. But you do something that makes it a new territory. Not rewrite the whole thing - but just tweak it a little." Read more here.

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Young Guns Streaming New Song 'Bulletproof'

(TeamRock Radio) Young Guns have released a lyric video for their track Bulletproof. It'll feature on the UK outfit's as-yet-untitled fourth album, which is expected in August.

Frontman Gus Wood tells AltPress: "We recorded it at House Of Loud in New Jersey with the brilliant David Bendeth this February, and are really excited with the results. Featuring Chris Kamrada on drums, it's a big anthemic rock song and we hope you dig it as much as we do."

Kamrada was brought into the fold following the departure of Ben Jolliffe. The band wished their former sticksman well for the future and said the split had happened as they were "simply headed in different directions." Check out the song here.

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Twin Atlantic Announce New Album, Intimate Shows

(TeamRock Radio) Twin Atlantic have confirmed the release of fourth album GLA on September 9 via Red Bull Records. But first the Scots band will deliver a series of intimate shows designed just for their biggest fans, with the first taking place at Glasgow's King Tuts venue tonight (June 3).

Frontman Sam McTrusty says of 12-track album GLA: "This is where we come from. It's laced in our blood, not to mention our art and vision. It's bold. It's in our voice. It's time to embrace it and not work around it."

He describes Glasgow as "a city at the forefront of multiculturalism, forward-thinking and with a real sense of community, but also with a dark and rough history." Read more and see the dates here.

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Beartooth Streaming New Song 'Fair Weather Friend'

(TeamRock Radio) Beartooth have released a stream of their track Fair Weather Friend. The song comes from the Ohio outfit's second album Aggressive, which was released today (June 3). They previously issued Hated and Loser from the follow-up to 2014's Disgusting, along with a video for the title track.

The band said of Aggressive: "The songs have as much in common with stomping metalcore as old-school punk, vintage screamo and harder-edged pop punk, combining circle pit-inducing bangers with soaring choruses and bridging raw authentic intensity with accessibility."

Beartooth return to Europe later this month for a run of shows, including an appearance at the Download festival on June 11. See the dates and stream the new song here.

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Breaking Benjamin Took Long Way To UK Due To Flying Fear

(TeamRock Radio) Breaking Benjamin mainman Benjamin Burnley says he had to sail from the US to the UK due to his fear of flying. Burnley resurrected the group last year with a new lineup and they released fifth album Dark Before Dawn last year via Hollywood Records.

But due to his phobia, he had to sail to the UK for the start of their European tour - and he roped in drummer Shaun Foist for the adventure. Burnley tells TeamRock Radio's Dewsbury: "We took the Queen Mary 2 over here - and it took nine days. That's how much we love our fans.

"It was basically a floating seniors' centre but we made the most of it. We had fun other than the bad weather. We're big on the bingo scene and we just made it full-contact bingo." Read more here.

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