Day in Rock Report for 06/06/2016

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Has Surgery For Broken Neck

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is recovering from "unplanned spinal surgery" after he had broken his neck without realizing it, which has forced the band to postpone the first twelve dates of their summer tour with Marilyn Manson.

The tour was scheduled to kick off on Thursday (June 9th) in Salt Lake City, UT at the USANA Amphitheatre. The trek will be launching on June 28th in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena.

Taylor broke the news via Facebook with the following post, "Regretfully, I'm sending this to our fans to inform you that we will be postponing the first couple of weeks of our upcoming U.S tour.

"Unfortunately, I had to undergo an unplanned spinal surgery. I am recovering nicely, and all went well! I need a little recovery time before hitting the stage.

"We will start the summer tour in Nashville on 6/28 and continue as previously scheduled. An update on the rescheduled dates will be available in the next few days. I hope you all understand and thanks for always having my back! Thank you, Corey."

He later updated fans with the following tweet, "Basically broke my neck a while back & didn't realize it. Had 2 have disc replaced & work on vertebrae. Those 1st shows rescheduled for Aug." See the dates here.

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AC/DC's Brian Johnson Says Hearing Invention WORKS

(hennemusic) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has issued an update on his hearing loss following a recent meeting with the inventor of in-ear monitors, Asius Technologies founder Stephen Ambrose.

Last month, Ambrose made a public offer via video to assist Johnson over the hearing issues that sidelined him from the band's 2016 tour lineup in March, when AC/DC postponed the remaining 10 shows on their spring US tour after the rocker was advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

Johnson has revealed that the initial source of his hearing loss began approximately eight years ago while racing at the Watkins Glen International.

Ambrose and Johnson recently met in person to review his latest upgrade to the technology that may help the singer return to the live stage one day. "It WORKS. It just totally works and you can't argue with that," said Johnson of the ADEL technology in a released statement. "I was really moved and amazed to be able to hear music again like I haven't heard for several years now. I can't wait for it to be miniaturized so I can use it in every situation from normal communication, going out to noisy restaurants, to performing live music on stage." Read more here.

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At Least 80 Fans Injured By Lightning Strike At Music Festival

(TeamRock Radio) The third and final day of the Rock Am Ring festival has been cancelled after a large number of people were injured by lightning strikes over the weekend.

At least 80 fans were hurt after heavy thunderstorms plagued the German music festival site close to Mendig in the west of the country on Friday night (June 3).

The bad weather continued on Saturday and with further storms forecast for today, local authorities stepped in and revoked the festival's license to ensure the safety of fans.

At least one fan had to be resuscitated on Friday night after lightning struck the festival. Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Record New Song With Eric Clapton

(Gibson) According to The Sun newspaper, the Rolling Stones' new album sessions have just added a new member. And it's Eric Clapton. The paper reports that Clapton and the Stones recently ran into each other at a west London recording studio and have since recorded two songs together with producer Don Was.

It makes plenty of sense. The Stones' Ron Wood has previously revealed that that the band have been on "a blues streak", covering standards by the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter.

"They really sound authentic," Wood said of the Stones' new tracks in April. "We went in to cut some new songs, which we did. But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days… When we heard them back after not hearing them for a couple of months, we were, 'Who's that?' 'It's you.' It sounded so authentic."

And Clapton has guested before, of course. The Stones shared a previously unreleased version of "Brown Sugar" featuring Clapton on their deluxe reissue of Sticky Fingers. Read more here.

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Crowbar Reunite With Todd Strange

It appears that New Orleans heavy rockers Crowbar have reunited with Todd Strange after Kirk Windstein revealed that they have parted ways with bass player Jeff Golden.

The band posted a photo of Strange on their Facebook page on Sunday night with the caption "Welcome back my friend!!" Strange had left the group back in the year 2000.

Windstein had the following to say about the departure of Golden, "As many of you may have heard, we have parted ways with Jeff Golden, and he is no longer our bassist.

"Being in a band is like being in a relationship and things don't always work out. We want to thank Jeff for his dedication and loyalty and we sincerely wish him and his family all the best in the future."

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Hellyeah Stream Song Featuring Dimebag Darrell

(Classic Rock) Hellyeah have made their cover of Phil Collins' I Don't Care Anymore featuring Dimebag Darrell available to stream online. The band announced last month that they'd include archive recordings of the late Pantera and Damageplan guitarist on their upcoming album Undeniable.

Drummer Vinnie Paul unearthed an old tape of his late brother performing the 1982 track from an incompatible circa-2004 computer programme - which they originally recorded for their follow-up band Damageplan before Dimebag's death.

Paul tells Rolling Stone: "When our producer Kevin Churko got the tracks isolated, he synched them up, and when we listened them it totally gave me goosebumps. We've always felt like he's been a part of this band since day one.

"We felt like his energy and his spirit was always with us. And for people to be able to hear him again in 2016 puts a big smile on my face." Stream the song here.

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Fairport Convention's Dave Swarbrick Dead At 75

(Prog) Dave Swarbrick, best known for his violin and songwriting work in Fairport Convention, has died at the age of 75. The news was confirmed on the band's website.

A statement reads: "It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dave Swarbrick. Described by Ashley Hutchings as 'the most influential fiddle player bar none', he has been acknowledged as an inspiration by both Ric Sanders and Chris Leslie.

"Of the many accolades and awards he received in his long career, the most notable are the BBC Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement, the Gold Badge Of Merit from the British Society of Composers & Songwriters and the EFDSS Gold Badge.

"Swarb's involvement with Fairport Convention began in February 1969 when he was brought in as a session musician to play on Unhalfbricking. He was asked to add a musical dimension (to say nothing of the huge amount of folk credibility) to their reinvention of Sailor's Life.

"The session led to his playing on three other tracks on the LP, including his distinctive contribution to the band's only hit Si Tu Dois Partir. Ultimately, he was asked to join the band full time, which he did (commitments to his work with Martin Carthy duly discharged) in time for the recording of the classic Liege & Lief at the end of 1969. His inestimable contribution to that album together with his key role alongside Dave Pegg in keeping Fairport in existence throughout the 1970s are just two reasons why members, friends and fans of the band owe him a permanent debt of gratitude." Read more here.

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Joey Jordison's Sinsaenum Release New EP

(TeamRock Radio) Sinsaenum, the outfit featuring former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and Dragonforce's Frederic Leclercq, have announced they'll release a two-track EP today, June 6.

The self-titled 10-inch vinyl features Death Is The Beginning along with The Forgotten One, which feature on the band's upcoming album Echoes Of The Tortured - out on July 29 via earMUSIC.

The EP will also be available via iTunes, while the vinyl pressing is limited to just 666 copies worldwide. It'll feature a signed inner sleeve. Sinsaenum are completed by Mayhem and Sunn O)))'s Attila Csihar, Daath and former Chimaira keyboardist Sean Zatorsky, Loudblast guitarist Stephane Buriez and Seth's Heimoth on bass. Leclercq, who plays bass in Dragonforce, is on guitar. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Release 'Death Or Glory' Live Video

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have released a live video for the track "Death Or Glory", recorded on the band's current world tour in support of 2015's "The Book Of Souls."

The trek kicked off in Fort Lauderdale, FL in February - one of three US concerts - before heading to Mexico for three dates and then on to shows in Latin and South America.

Produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014, "The Book Of Souls" landed Iron Maiden a No. 4 debut on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 75,000 copies.

The tally scores the band's best US week since Nielsen Music started tracking sales in 1991, and the showing equals Iron Maiden's best chart ranking ever - matching the No. 4 placement of 2010's "The Final Frontier." Watch the video here.

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Ignore Motley Crue's Drama Says Nikki Sixx

(Classic Rock) Nikki Sixx bass player says the he wants people to concentrate on Motley Crue's passion rather than the drama surrounding their split at the end of last year.

He's spoken out after drummer Tommy Lee said he didn't speak to his bandmates after leaving the stage on December 31 in Los Angeles, following their farewell performance.

Lee's words were supported by quotes made by band members in The End, the movie of the concert, when Sixx described his ex-colleagues as "not enemies but not friends."

Sixx says: "Motley Crue has always been about passion. We did things our way and ended it honestly, our way. The press has seen a screener of The End and is only using the parts that push drama for them, and aren't concerned with the millions of fans and the beauty of our last show together." Read more here.

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Meningitis Took Heavy Toll On The Who's Roger Daltrey

(Classic Rock) The Who frontman Roger Daltrey admits that he "would have welcomed" death during his harrowing battle with viral meningitis last year. The band were forced to postpone shows until February this year after the lead singer was diagnosed with the disease, which causes inflammation of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord.

And Daltrey admits that it has had a lasting effect on him. He tells Rolling Stone: "I'm not bullsh*tting you - the meningitis last year took quite a heavy toll on me physically. My legs aren't good. My feet aren't good.

"But I think being able to manage it with the adrenaline of the show, that's all the matters. It's two hours of losing myself and forgetting about my feet. But when I come off..."

He continues: "When I look back at it I'm so lucky to be here. I got a peace of mind out of it that I've never had before. That's kind of nice." Read more here.

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Lemmy Kilmister Heroin Warning Revealed 22 Years Later

(TeamRock Radio) A former Metal Hammer journalist has revealed a personal message from Motorhead icon Lemmy Kilmister written 22 years ago, when he responded to an article she wrote about the dangers of heroin.

Pippa Lang contributed a piece to Metal Hammer in 1994, which resulted in Lemmy sending a handwritten fax containing his own thoughts on the matter.

She tells MetalTalk: "I wrote about the horrible consequences of taking the most heinous drug in the world - the junkie's devolution into a social pariah as smack dominates his life above anything or anyone else."

Adding that rediscovering the message "reduced her to tears," she continues: "I want to share Lemmy's letter with you, and I know he would approve." Lemmy wrote: "Congratulations on your diatribe against heroin. I've been saying the same thing for 20 bloody years, but they always know better, and they always snort it, not shoot it, and they always only do it at the weekend, and they always look at you with their stupid-cunning pinhead eyes and smirk - and they always die in a pool of their own blood with embolisms behind their knees, and they always break your f***ing heart.

"It's the most vile f***ing drug in the world. And these f***ing writers still glamourise it, and I don't know why. Why is it romantic to turn into a cringing little sh*thead with unhealed sores all over your body, unwashed and stinking with a three-week-old needle and your teeth falling out?" Read more here.

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Flotsam And Jetsam Release 'Life Is A Mess' Video

(Classic Rock) Flotsam And Jetsam have released a video for the track "Life Is A Mess," which is a song that comes from the band's self-titled album issued recently via AFM Records.

The Phoenix group's 12th studio effort and first since 2012's Ugly Noise was previewed with the track Iron Maiden. Bassist Michael Spencer explained the band's decision to self-title the release 30 years after issuing their 1986 debut Doomsday For The Deceiver.

Spencer told Metal Invader: "When we started talking through song titles to see if there was a lyric theme, we felt there really wasn't anything that tied the songs together when it came to a theme. But, the one thing that did tie the songs together was the new entity of Flotsam that we now are, with Steve Conley, myself, and Jason Bittner now in the band.

"We were all wanting to get back to more of the old school Flotsam thrash sound, since that's where the band was when I left them in 1987. We looked at the self-titled aspect as being the start of the incarnation of the band that was always looking back on the history of the band's sound." Watch the video here.

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Rage Release 'The Devil Strikes Again' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Rage have released a video for track "The Devil Strikes Again", which is the title song from the German metal outfit's forthcoming album, due out on June 10.

Bassist and vocalist Peavy Wagner says: "This is actually related to the song Sent By The Devil from the Black In Mind album of '95. Also the text deals with some evil obsessions that take control over your life more and more to the point when you cannot resist any longer, have a deep look into yourself and you will understand. And of course the composition brings up some reminiscences without just copying."

Rage have a number of festivals and shows scheduled in Germany in the coming months, followed by appearances at Olenfest in Belgium and Atalaya Rock festival in Spain. Watch the video here.

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After The Burial Part Ways With Lee Foral

(TeamRock Radio) After The Burial have officially confirmed that bassist Lee Foral has left the band. The split is amicable, with the band saying that Foral - who had been with US outfit since their formation in 2004 - decided to leave to spend more time with his young family.

After The Burial say in a statement: "As some of you may know, the last few tours have been without our bassist Lee. A year ago he was gifted with a baby boy, and that has understandably been his number one priority. We are sad to break the news that he will no longer be playing with us, but at the same time are happy that he's taken the role of a father.

"We'll always cherish the times we had together, the music we made, and the friendship that we still share. We wish him nothing but the best." Read more here.

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Pain Of Salvation Streaming 'Rope Ends' Remix

(Prog) Pain Of Salvation have released a stream their new version of 2002 track Rope Ends. It's taken from Remedy Lane Re:visited, the remix of groundbreaking album Remedy Lane, to be released on July 1 via InsideOut.

The new remix was created in collaboration with engineer Jens Bogren, known for his work with Opeth, Devin Townsend, Haken, Symphony X and others.

The label say it offers a "new sonic take on the original recordings, as well as the intense full-album performance from theProgPower USA festival in in 2014." Read more and stream the track here.

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Sikth Part Ways With Vocalist Justin Hill

(TeamRock Radio) Sikth have split with vocalist Justin Hill after their appearance at this weekend's Camden Rocks festival in London. He's leaving the band to concentrate on his production and mixing work and says because of that, he can't give Sikth his full attention.

Hill says in a statement: "It's been a privilege to be part of Sikth - I never expected the great response we had to the reunion in 2014 and for things to kick off the way they have. It's been great to work with the guys again, tour with some amazing bands, and play to fans old and new.

"Now Sikth are ready to step things up a notch and fully focus on the next chapter, I'm afraid its time for me to bow out. My production and mixing career are still my priority so unfortunately I'm unable to give the band the time and commitment that's needed going forward.

"I'm chuffed to bits that Sikth have the opportunity to move on to bigger things and I don't want to hold them back from doing all the shows offered due to my schedule." Read more here.

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Frank Zappa In His Own Words Film Set For Release

(Prog) Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words is to be released on June 24. The film, directed by Thorsten Schutte, features interviews, archive footage and forgotten performances spanning the late singer-songwriter's 30-year career.

It's described as "a sharply edited and energetic celebration of Zappa through his public persona, allowing us to witness his shifting relationship with audiences. We are immersed into the musician's world while experiencing two distinct facets of his complex character.

"At once Zappa was both a charismatic composer who revelled in the joy of performing and, in the next moment, a fiercely intelligent and brutally honest interviewee whose convictions only got stronger as his career ascended." A trailer can be viewed here.

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Faith No More Reveal More 'We Care A Lot' Reissue Details

(Classic Rock) Faith No More have given more details on the reissue of their debut album We Care A Lot. Last year, bassist Billy Gould said they were planning on re-releasing the Chuck Mosley-fronted 1985 album, which has been unavailable commercially since 1996.

Now, they've revealed the reissued version, titled We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition), will be out on August 19 via Koolarrow Records and will feature a remaster of the original album along with alternative mixes, demos and live cuts.

Gould says: "This was an album that started as a demo before any label had any interest in us. There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now. First of all, it's been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world.

"Lastly, this has been a band effort - we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts, just like we used to." Read more including the tracklisting here.

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Moody Blues' Justin Hayward Working On Movie Theme Song

(Classic Rock) Justin Hayward is working on the track The Wind Of Heaven - a theme song for the upcoming movie of the same name. The Moody Blues singer says that he "loved the story and the concept" of the film when his longtime friend and "big-time" movie director David Minasian told him about it.

He tells Glide Magazine: "The Wind Of Heaven is about a veteran that comes back home from Afghanistan and really loses himself, can't pick up the life he had before he left.

"Eventually, he gets work on a ranch and he finds that he has kind of a communion with the wild horses and he finds himself through horses. It's such a beautiful story." Read more here.

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