Daily Music News Report for 06/07/2016

Day in Rock Part 2

Metallica Perform National Anthem At NHL Stanley Cup Final

(Radio.com) Metallica guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett delivered the national anthem prior to game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA on Monday.

Drummer Lars Ulrich and bassist Robert Trujillo were on hand to open the dressing room doors for the Sharks as they hit the ice to the team's standard introduction - Metallica's 1983 classic "Seek And Destroy."

Hetfield and Hammett have donated their guitars from the Stanley Cup Final performance to be auctioned off to benefit The Sharks Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underserved youth and families in the community with an emphasis in the areas of education, health and safety, and character development.

The Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. More details and watch the video of the national anthem performance here.

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Bob Dylan Pays Tribute to Muhammad Ali

(Radio.com) Two great classic rockers, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon have joined those paying tribute The Greatest (Muhammad Ali). Dylan called Ali "the bravest, most excellent of men," in a post on his website.

"If the measure of greatness is to gladden the heart of every human being on the face of the earth, then he truly was the greatest," Dylan wrote. "In every way he was the bravest, the kindest and the most excellent of men."

Dylan's regard for Ali can be heard in his 1964 song, "I Shall Be Free No. 10," written after Ali became World Heavyweight Champion for the first time. I was shadow boxing earlier in the day/I figured I was ready for Cassius Clay," he sang. Read Simon's tribute here.

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Iron Maiden Offer Peek Inside Ed Force One In New Video

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is featured in a video that offers a peak at the interior of the band's Ed Force One plane. It was shot by manufacturers Boeing as pilot Dickinson offered staff a guided tour of the vehicle.

Explaining the custom graphics, uniforms and branded accessories, he admits Ed Force One is a "flying billboard" and continues: "It's the way to cause a fuss when you arrive."

He adds: "Honestly, it's such a beautiful aeroplane. It allows us to do a European itinerary on an inter-continental basis. It's our time machine, our magic carpet."

Iron Maiden continue their The Book Of Souls World Tour until August including a headline appearance at the Download festival this weekend. Watch the video here.

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Ian Siegal Announces 25th Anniversary UK Tour

(The Blues) Ian Siegal has confirmed a run of UK dates as part of his 25th anniversary tour later this year, playing songs from across his 11-album catalogue. It's to be tied in with the release of a deluxe retrospective package, with details to be revealed in due course.

His label, Nugene Music, say: "His first professional gig with the embryonic Ian Siegal Band was in the early 90s, when blues was decidedly unfashionable. Gaining a presence as a 20-year-old singing the blues was not easy. Thankfully, he persevered.

"You gotta pay your dues to the blues and he certainly has. From busking on the streets of Berlin as a teenage, to gruelling three-hours-a-night club residencies, to hair-raising treks across Eastern Europe, his CV includes shows in 35 countries, guest appearances with some of the great names of the blues, and a live album recorded at London's Royal Albert Hall." Read more here.

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Thin Lizzy Guitarist Praises Predecessor Brian Robertson

(Classic Rock) Damon Johnson has heaped praise on former Thin Lizzy axeman Brian Robertson for being a "tremendous and special player." The current Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders guitarist says he has spent decades learning his predecessor's parts, particularly on the 1978 album Live And Dangerous and he says he's still left in awe of Robertson's work.

He says: "Today and everyday, I am saluting the talent and special player that is Brian Robertson. As I am preparing for the upcoming Thin Lizzy dates, which I am privileged and honoured to be a part of, the album that I am referencing the most is Live And Dangerous."

Johnson continues: "It is inconceivable that Brian was only 21-years-old when these performances were recorded. And after decades of studying and practicing to all the Thin Lizzy albums with the classic lineup of Lynott/Gorham/Downey/Robertson, there are so many moments in Brian's playing that elude me as to what he was thinking, where on the neck he is playing, and how he is approaching his solos. Case in point his blistering improv at the end of Are You Ready. Read more here.

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Rootwork Release 'Code Talker' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Farnborough doom-pop trio Rootwork are premiering their new video for Code Talker exclusively with TeamRock. The track taken from their Gallows Humour EP will be available as a single on June 24 through Ubiquity Project Records.

frontman Max Woodhams had the following to say about the track "It's about a person struggling to overcome an internal change, which manifests itself in aggressive behaviour, split personalities and deception.

"It's the heaviest song on the EP and we wanted the video to reflect this the deception angle is covered by an old guard mask we found in our guitarist's garage!" Watch the video here.

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TeamRock Zone Added To Download Festival

(TeamRock Radio) A TeamRock Zone has been announced for this year's Download festival. The three-day event takes place this coming weekend on June 10-12, with tickets selling out fast.

And in addition to seeing dozens of bands perform live on various stages over the weekend, the TeamRock Zone will let fans in on interviews with their favorite artists, while special guests will also be in attendance.

It'll be situated to the right of the main stage at the Donington site, and music lovers will also be able to have a drink at the bar, play Metal Hammer Roadkill, and take part in trivia quizzes.

TeamRock executive director Alexander Milas says: "Be it in print or online, TeamRock is all about getting you closer to the people behind the music you love, and this weekend we'll be doing that in the literal sense." Read more here.

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