Day in Rock Report for 06/07/2016

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Ozzy Osbourne Speaks Out About Tabloid Reports

Legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne took to his Facebook page to shoot down tabloid reports that his recent separation from his wife Sharon wee a publicity stunt.

The UK tabloids made their claims based on reported statements from a man named Steven Machat, who allegedly says that he was a manager for Osbourne in the past, a role that has been held by Sharon since he went solo in the early 1980s.

Osbourne writes, "In response to recent stories you printed with comments from Steven Machat... for the record, Mr. Machat NEVER managed me nor was he employed by me in any capacity at any time in my career.

"His representation of this is a categorical lie. I met him when he was hanging around the music industry in the early 80's, but haven't seen him in at least 30 years. He's a sad delusional relic from the 80's."

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Corrosion Of Conformity's Reed Mullin Has Seizure

(TeamRock Radio) Corrosion Of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin has left the band's tour with Clutch and Lamb Of God after suffering an alcohol-related seizure. Mullin was struck down just as the band were due to take the stage in Edmonton, Canada, on Monday night (June 5).

Clutch drummer Jean Paul Gaster and LOG's Chris Adler filled in to ensure the COC performance went ahead, and the band say they will continue on the road without Mullin.

COC's bass player Mike Dean says: "This was preceded by prolonged, extreme and unhealthy levels of alcohol consumption, not taking care of himself and who-knows-what else.

"Reed has been unwell for a while and we are praying he gets the help he needs and that he seek treatment for alcohol and drug dependency, not to mention general lifestyle assistance." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Returns With New Band Day Of Errors

(Classic Rock) Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has formed a band named Day Of Errors - and legendary musician has vowed that they will deliver "gut-kicking heavy" music.

It's his first musical project since the release of solo album Accountable Beasts last year, following his acrimonious departure from the Black Sabbath reunion before they recorded 2013 record 13.

Ward says: "In the desire to have my drumming spirit continue to live, I'm please to say that I've helped create a new three-piece band called Day Of Errors, accompanied by two guest musicians. We play loud, hard, with overtures of gut-kicking heavy, heavy parts."

He's joined in the project by bassist and lead vocalist Nick Diltz - of All Hail The Yeti - and guitarist Joe Amodea. The guests are percussionist Walter Earl plus Ward's keyboardist son Aron. Read more here.

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Tool Announce Select U.S. Tour Dates

(Prog) Tool have announced that they'll play three US headline dates in October. Maynard James Keenan and co are offering a limited number of VIP packages for the shows in Salt Lake City, Denver and Little Rock.

The band played a run of gigs across the US in January last year, where they were supported by Primus and 3Teeth. They've been working on their long-awaited fifth album for several years, with Tool webmaster Blair McKenzie Blake reporting in April that the band had almost completed the record's instrumental parts.

Previously, guitarist Adam Jones said of what will be the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days: "It's wonderful. Things are really flowing and going really well. I'm just blown away at the stuff that's coming together. I can't wait for it to be done." Read more and see the dates here.

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Prince 911 Caller Believes His Death Could Have Been Prevented

(Classic Rock) The man who called 911 to report Prince's death says he has thought about how the pop icon's passing could have been prevented in the weeks since the tragedy.

Autopsy reports recently revealed that the singer died of an accidental opioid overdose on April 21. The document claims he administered the dose of painkiller himself.

Andrew Kornfeld, the son of Prince's physician, was sent to the musician's Paisley Park home in Minnesota to help him - but was too late and ended up making the emergency call instead.

He says (via CNN): "As I told the 911 dispatcher on April 21, those on the scene were distraught, which was why I was the one to place the call. But what happened has made me think, long and hard, about what steps we must take to prevent such entirely unnecessary loss of life.

"I have thought about what might have produced a different outcome. What if his troubles could have been addressed effectively, and much sooner?" Read more here.

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Korn and Breaking Benjamin Announce Fall Tour

Korn can't get enough of the road. The band has announced that they will be teaming up with Breaking Benjamin for a coheadlining tour of the U.S. this fall.

The Nocturnal Underground Tour will feature support from Motionless In White and Silver Snakes and tickets for the trek are scheduled to go on sale this Friday, June 10 in most markets via Ticketmaster.

The tour will be kicking off on September 24th in Fargo, ND at Scheels Arena and will be concluding on October 19th in Colorado Springs, CO at the Colorado Springs World Arena.

The fall tour will follow Korn's North American coheadlining tour with Rob Zombie which is set to get underway on July 19th in Englewood, CO at the Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre. See the tour dates here.

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Hellyeah Streaming New Album 'Undeniable' In Full

(TeamRock Radio) Hellyeah have streamed fifth album Undeniable in full - including a track featuring late Pantera icon Dimebag. The follow-up to 2014's Blood For Blood was released last week, complete with a cover of Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore, which the band had previously revealed.

Drummer Vinnie Paul - Dimebag's brother - discovered the recording that they had made together back in 2004, and handed it over to producer Kevin Churko.

Paul recently said: "When we listened it totally gave me goosebumps. We've always felt like he's been a part of this band. And for people to be able to hear him again in 2016 puts a big smile on my face." Stream the album here.

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Keith Richards, Tame Impala, Bon Iver Twitter Accounts Hacked

(Radio.com) Three high-profile musicians and rock bands were targeted by Twitter hackers over the weekend. The handles for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, Tame Impala, and Bon Iver were hijacked to display false, disturbing and obscene messages, which have since been deleted.

The Tame Impala account sent out a bomb threat to JetBlue, while the Bon Iver handle was changed to @ihavelegcancer and publicly disparaged the late Muhammad Ali reported NME.

Three of the acts responded to the hack with some form of an explanation. "Earlier today Keith's Twitter account was hacked along with other verified accounts. The hateful tweets that were posted have been removed," wrote Richards' team. Read more here.

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AC/DC With Axl Blows Away Guns N' Roses' Slash And Duff

(hennemusic) Slash and Duff McKagan were on hand to watch Guns N' Roses bandmate Axl Rose perform with AC/DC at The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, UK on June 4.

The pair arrived to see Rose's 10th show on the European leg of AC/DC's Rock Or Bust world tour after he joined the lineup last month in place of Brian Johnson.

Slash summed up his impression of the show with the following tweet: "ACDC/Axl gig at Olympic Stadium was nothing short of awesome last night! Memorable evening to say the least!"

McKagan posted an image from the sound board, calling the evening "simply an epic experience!" Three shows remain on the spring run, which wraps up in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. Read more here.

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Sex Pistols Live '76 Box Set Announced

A new 4-disc Sex Pistols box set entitled Live '76 is set to be released on August 19th by Universal. The set will be available digitally and in two physical media configurations: a 4CD set and a 4LP set.

The set will make the first time that these four live recordings will be released in full. The recordings were mastered at Abby Road Studios for the new box set. We were sent the following details:

Disc one features the truly legendary Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester concert, which took place on 4th June, 1976, arguably one of the most important music concerts ever. Set up by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto (who were inspired to form Buzzcocks after travelling to Welwyn Garden City to watch the Pistols), the show was witnessed by people including future Joy Division/New Order members, Morrissey, Mark E. Smith (The Fall) and Tony Wilson, the concert changed the course of music history, with the Pistols inspiring a generation of musical mavericks.

Closer to the band's London roots, the second disc comprises the 'Midnight Special' concert, which was recorded on 29th August, 1976 at Screen on the Green, Islington - More widely known for its cult cinema screenings. This famous gig saw the Pistols supported by The Clash and Buzzcocks. Legend has it that journalists and record company staff attempting to gain entry were reported to have been barred entry.

Disc three is the live show that took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison on 17th September 1976. Of the four recordings that make up this collection, this was the only one 'officially' recorded on 4 track inch tape, by the band's live soundman Dave Goodman. Reportedly the idea of the band's manager Malcolm McLaren, who claimed it was part of his strategy to have the band play more interesting, unusual non rock 'n' roll places, no doubt in an attempt to create controversy. John Rotten Lydon rose to the occasion by being his provocative best, as can be heard on the between songs banter.

The collection is completed with a concert that originally made its way around as a fans bootleg, recorded on 25th September - 1976: 76 Club, Burton on Trent. Officially released in full for the first time.

Sex Pistols - Live '76 is the first time all four of these concerts have been collected together in sequence. It will be available on 4CD and 4LP sets (as well as digital download). It features related photographs and an original facsimile Sex Pistols Glitterbest press kit from the era. See the tracklisting details here.

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Coal Chamber Was Sidelined By 'Deep-Seated' Issues

(TeamRock Radio) Coal Chamber frontman Dez Fafara says that members of the group have some "deep-seated sh*t" that they "need to work out" before he plays with them again.

The vocalist has previously admitted in interviews that "hard drug use" was a problem within the band which led to the original split in 2003. They reunited to tour in 2011 and also released critically acclaimed record Rivals last year - but he has put the band on the backburner while he concentrates on Devildriver.

He tells Revolver (via Blabbermouth): "I had a lot of fun doing that record and playing shows with them again. But there were some circumstances that were not ideal and that's why that thing is not continuing as of right now."

He adds: "If something comes up and I have time and want to make a record and the members have their sh*t together, I'll do it. But as of now, there's some deep-seated sh*t that certain dudes in the band still need to work out." Read more here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Talks Socially Awkward Media

(Classic Rock) Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he is wary of over-eager fans who try to interact with him on social media. The metal icon says he enjoys speaking to fans on Twitter, but he is conscious that some people get the wrong idea.

Mustaine tells Linea Rocks: "I do a little bit, I like to talk with our fans. But there's a weirdness with social media where there are certain people out there, that if you talk to them once, they think you are their best friend. And if you don't answer them back...it's just like the Eminem song Stan. Do not apply, Stan."

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza died last month at the age of 51 and Mustaine says the band's 1990 album Rust In Peace features Menza's best work. Read more here.

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Tinsley Ellis Streaming New Album 'Red Clay Soul' Online

(The Blues) Tinsley Ellis has streamed his latest album Red Clay Soul in full. The follow-up to 2015's Tough Love has just been released via his Heartfixer label, and its set against the background of the red clay embankments of his home state of Georgia.

Ellis tells Guitar World: "Georgia is where the blues has got soul. From the gospel inspired Ray Charles to the R&B of James Brown and Otis Redding, to the rock'n'roll of Little Richard, to the blues rock of the Allman Brothers Band, all these acts have one thing in common.

"They all have the sound of Georgia - and down here we call that sound red clay soul." The album is on sale now in CD and digital formats. Ellis is currently touring North America. Check out the stream here.

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Kevin Shirley Backs Joanne Shaw Taylor In A Big Way

(The Blues) Big-name producer Kevin Shirley says that Joanne Shaw Taylor's upcoming album "Wild" is so good that he'll refund buyers' money if it doesn't impress them.

The Black Country Communion mastermind is well-known for his output with Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, The Black Crowes and many others. Taylor's fifth album Wild is set for release on September 30 via her Axehouse Music label.

Shirley says via his Caveman Facebook page: "Ladies and gents, here is your next blues superstar - Joanne Shaw Taylor. We finished her album in Nashville, and it's brilliant!

"Killer singer, awesome guitarist. She's going it alone as an independent, and if you're not blown away, I'll give you your money back!" Introducing the album in a short video, Taylor says: "I had a blast doing it and I can't wait for you to hear it." Read more here.

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Pvris Plan To Record New Album In 'Haunted' Church

(TeamRock Radio) Pvris say they plan to record their next album in a "haunted" New York church in the autumn. The pop-rock outfit also say they'll get inspiration for their new material while on an upcoming tour in the UK.

They tell Mike Herrera: "We're going into the studio this fall and doing some writing trips over the summer. We're gonna go to New Orleans for a week, we're gonna go to the UK for a week and get some old history vibes going on.

"It's confirmed that we're gonna be recording up in upstate New York in an old church that has been renovated into a studio. Apparently it's haunted, and apparently the house that we're staying at is haunted too. The whole area is all late-1800s originated." Read more here.

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Alice In Chains Expand Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Alice In Chains have announced dates for the second leg of a summer US tour. The trek will launch with the Seattle rockers playing five shows with Guns N' Roses starting June 23 in Detroit, MI - while cancelling a previously scheduled July 17 concert at the city's Freedom Hall; the group recently opened a pair of GNR reunion shows in Las Vegas in April.

With the tour set to start at Schnitzer Hall in Portland, OR on July 6, Alice In Chains have added a second show at New York's Beacon Theatre on July 26 (tickets on sale June 8 at 10 am EST) and dates for the second leg in September which begin in Chester, PA on September 17.

Tickets for the newly announced shows will go on sale this week on different days starting Wednesday, so check with your local ticket provider to confirm the time and date for the venue in your area. See the dates here.

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Ghost Add Dates To U.S. Tour

(hennemusic) Ghost have extended their fall 2016 US tour with news of a show at The Wiltern Theatre In Los Angeles on October 20 as well as a new appearance at a music festical.

The Swedish rockers have unleashed a video message for the L.A. date, with a clip that features a behind the scenes look at preparations for the live Ghost concert experience.

The group also announced an appearance at the Revolution Rock Festival in Mashantucket, CT on September 17, with early bird tickets on sale this Wednesday, June 8 at 10am EST.

Headlined by Avenged Sevenfold, the festival will also include sets by Slayer, Volbeat, Anthrax and many others. See the announcement video here.

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Alter Bridge Ink Deal For New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Alter Bridge have signed with Napalm Records ahead of the release of their fifth album. The follow-up to 2013's Fortress is expected to be released later this year.

The group, featuring Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, Myles Kennedy and Brian Marshall, will be represented by Napalm worldwide outside of North America.

Frontman Kennedy says: "We are pleased to announce we will be joining forces with Napalm Records as we embark on the next phase of our journey. We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016." Read more here.

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Claypool Lennon Delirium Release 'Bubbles Burst' Video

(Prog) The Claypool Lennon Delirium have released their video for track Bubbles Burst. It's lifted from the recently launched collaboration between Primus mainman Les Claypool and Sean Lennon, Monolith Of Phobos, which is now available to stream in full.

The promo features comedians Noel Fielding and his brother Mike starring as the late Michael Jackson and his pet chimpanzee Bubbles. Lennon says he and Claypool came up with the video concept after he recalled the time he spent at Jackson's house as a child.

Lennon tells NPR: "I think it's important that even if people don't believe me or are angry about the way Michael Jackson is portrayed in the video, that the truth is my intention is very sincere and harmless, and I'm just making a song.

"I'm not trying to take him out or anything, or put him down. I was just trying to have fun and talk about an odd situation in a way that makes it art." Read more and watch the video here.

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The Fierce And The Dead's Matt Stevens Retiring From Solo Performances

(Prog) The Fierce And The Dead guitarist Matt Stevens has described upcoming solo album Archive as "a good time to announce my retirement from solo performance."

He believes he's taken standalone shows to their natural conclusion over the past decade, and plans to focus on band work for the foreseeable future.

Archive includes a live performance from 2014 that features tracks from his four solo albums, alongside rare studio recordings. It's to be released in a limited-edition format via Bad Elephant Music in the coming weeks.

Stevens tells Prog: "I feel like I have to put a full-stop to the body of solo work, and now's a good time to announce my retirement from solo performance.

"I ultimately found the guitar-and-loop-pedal thing a little limiting, and I think I've taken that as far as I can for now. "Read more here.

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