Day in Rock Report for 06/08/2016

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Slipknot Announce Rescheduled Dates Due To Corey's Broken Neck

Slipknot have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour. They were forced to postpone the first twelve dates of the tour so that frontman Corey Taylor could recover from 'unplanned' spinal surgery.

The band was supposed to kick off the tour with Marilyn Manson tomorrow night (June 9th) but were forced to push back the launch after Taylor discovered that he had broken his neck and needed surgery.

Taylor explained to fans, "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."

The newly rescheduled dates will be kicking off on August 7th in Denver at the Pepsi Center (originally schedule for Red Rocks) and conclude on August 27th in Austin, TX at the 360 Amphitheatre.

Apart from the Red Rocks show, the band was forced to change one other venue from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to the T-Mobile arena. See the new dates here.

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The Ghost Inside Frontman Dealt Another Health Blow

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside's Jonathan Vigil has been dealt another health blow after he revealed he's been diagnosed with a bone infection. The vocalist, who underwent further surgery on his ankle last month after the screw dislodged and came out of his skin, says his long road to recovery has been set back as he faces six weeks of treatment.

Vigil says: "Another six weeks of intravenous antibiotics. Another six weeks without progression. Another six weeks away from a seemingly simple goal of being able to just walk on my own again.

"I've been put to the test many, many times during this ordeal. We all have. You would think that after nearly seven months we would be back to normal, but we're not. Actually far from it."

The band's tour bus was involved in a crash with a truck in El Paso, Texas, in November 2015. Both drivers were killed and the band suffered varying degrees of injuries. Read more here.

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New Motorhead DVD Likely Their Last Release

(TeamRock Radio) Mikkey Dee says upcoming Motorhead live DVD Clean Your Clock is almost certainly the last word from the band, because they don't have much unreleased material in their archive.

The concert film was shot in Germany last year, just weeks before the death of mainman Lemmy at the age of 70. The tour was in support of their final studio album Bad Magic.

Drummer Dee tells MetalPaths: "Motorhead did not record demo songs, so almost everything has been released. We experimented by composing the music while we were recording, for a spontaneous feel. We did it all right at the spot.

"Lemmy was easy to work with in the studio - he'd write his lyrics after the music was arranged. Unusually, this time around he was first in the studio and the last to leave."

He describes the tour as "business as usual" despite the surrounding health issues suffered by both Lemmy and guitarist Phil Campbell. Read more here.

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Ray Davies Trying To Live Down Kinks Reunion Hopes

(Classic Rock) Ray Davies has played down hopes that the Kinks could reunite. Despite the often fraught relationship between Davies and brother Dave, hopes that the pair could get back together again were raised in December when Ray joined Dave onstage at London's Islington Assembly Hall.

But Ray tells the Evening Standard: "I'm still trying to live that down. I joined him on stage briefly but it would be overly romantic to think it was because of the show or to start talking about a reunion."

In addition, London west end show Sunny Afternoon - which is based on the Kinks' career - has been extended and will now run until October 29 at the city's Harold Pinter Theatre. Read more here.

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Steve Miller Didn't Know Black Keys Ahead Of Rock Hall Induction

(Radio.com) In a new interview with Howard Stern, Steve Miller opened up about his initial meeting with the The Black Keys on the night of his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Miller explained that he had never met the band prior to the ceremony and says that he would d probably actually get along with them, albeit in a somewhat backhanded manner.

"I never was introduced to the Black Keys," said Miller "I didn't know who they were personally. I walked in through security, and there's this guy [Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys] looking at me, making goo-goo eyes at me or something.

"I walk up to him, and I go, 'What are you doing tonight?' And he says, 'I'm reading your speech.' I say, 'Oh, great. I can't wait to get the f- out of here.' And I didn't know who he was!

"If we had been introduced, I'm sure we would have gotten along because we like the same kind of music and they're working musicians and stuff.'" Read more here.

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Sum 41 Announce New Album '13 Voices'

(TeamRock Radio) Sum 41 will release their sixth album in October, they've announced. The Canadian pop punk outfit will issue 13 Voices on October 7 via Hopeless Records. It's their first record since 2011's Screaming Bloody Murder.

It comes on the back of frontman Deryck Whibley's recovery from a near fatal alcohol addiction. Whibley says: "I am really excited to be releasing an album after everything I've been through recently. This new music represents the journey I've been on throughout the process of making this record.

"I had to fall in order to rise, and nothing feels better than to have something you love that you had to really fight for. I can honestly say that 13 Voices saved my life and I cannot wait to share it with all of you." Read more here.

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Tool and Avenged Sevenfold Lead AfterShock Festival Lineup

Details for the fifth annual AfterShock festival have been announced with Tool and Avenged Sevenfold selected to headline this year's event at Sacramento, California's Discovery Park on October 22nd and 23rd.

Saturday night's lineup will also feature performances from Slayer, Primus, Meshuggah, The Pretty Reckless, Baroness, Face To Face, Deafheaven, Motionless In White, Avatar, American Sharks, Whores, Twelve Foot Ninja, The Shrine, Aeges, Big Jesus and Anthrax.

Sunday night's bill will include Korn, Disturbed, Puscifer, Chevelle, Ghost,
Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, Zakk Sabbath, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Ignite, Some Fear None and
Silver Snakes.

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Volbeat Announce North American Tour

(Classic Rock) Volbeat have announced a North American tour which will take place across August and September. The band recently released their sixth album album Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie and are currently on tour across Europe in support of the record. The new date scan be viewed in the list below, highlighted in bold.

Now they'll take to the road across the US and Canada later in the year, taking in a total of 17 dates with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard supporting on selected shows.

The group have also announced that those who buy a ticket will receive a copy of their new album either as a digital download or on CD. For those who have already purchased the follow-up to 2013's Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, the band encourage them to "gift your free copy." See the dates here.

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Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman Not Rushing New Music

(Prog) Rick Wakeman insists he, Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin won't be rushed into recording an album now they've reunited for live dates - but he hasn't ruled out presenting new material when they play.

The former Yes colleagues announced their Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman project last month, after years of discussions - and the keyboardist confirms that the 2015 death of Chris Squire urged them into action.

Wakeman tells UCR: "It hit home to us all, certainly to me, that, 'Hold on a minute, we're not immortal.' Anything can happen almost overnight. If there's something you want to do and you feel you have to do, you have to do it. You can't say, 'When we've got a bit of time, we'll do that.' We spoke to each other and went, 'We've got to do this."

While writing material remains a target, Wakeman is cautious about moving too quickly. "Trevor quite rightly said, 'We're not going to rush into all this - it's going to take enough hard work to put a great show together.'

"We can send music backwards and forwards, and start working on bits and pieces. Maybe if we've got a couple of tracks ready to perform, that would be great.

"If not, it's not the end of the world. We've got all these months of working together and living in each others' pockets. If we're going to produce a full album, it's got to be an absolutely cracking album." Read more here.

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Halestorm Announce North American Tour

Halestorm have announced that they will be launching a new North American tour leg this fall that will feature support from Lita Ford and Dorothy.

The tour will be kicking off on October 6th in Dallas, TX at Gas Monkey Live! and will be wrapping up on October 28th in Montreal, QC at the Metropolis.

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale had this to say, "It's my pleasure to announce our second tour with both Mz. Lita Ford and Dorothy. The package was so good, we had to do it again! If you missed it last time...here's your second chance. Don't blow it!" See the tour dates here.

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Billy Talent Stream New Song 'Louder Than The DJ,' Announce Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Billy Talent have announced a European tour and released a lyric video for their track Louder Than The DJ. The Canadian band will start the tour in Switzerland on November 22, before also stopping in Germany and Poland.

Louder Than The DJ is the second track to be released from upcoming album Afraid Of Heights - with the title track being made available to stream last month.

Billy Talent will release the follow-up to 2012's Dead Silence on July 29 via The End/Warner Records. The band say: "Germany, Switzerland and Poland - we are excited to announce we are heading your way this winter."

Billy Talent already have an extensive run of tour dates lined up before the newly-announced winter shows, including an appearance at Download festival on Sunday, June 12. Check out the song and see the tour dates here.

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Infinite Spectrum Streaming New Song 'Federal Hill'

(Prog) Infinite Spectrum have made their track Federal Hill available to stream exclusively with Prog. It's taken from the New York band's upcoming second album Haunter Of The Dark, released on June 24 via Sensory Records.

The album is based around a concept inspired by a short story by horror writer HP Lovecraft. Lovecraft's story The Haunter Of The Dark was published in 1936.

On the track Federal Hill, Infinite Spectrum say: "It's a theatrical opening song for the album. We wanted to start things a bit softer and give a sense of character to our narrator through his artistic endeavours and occult interests before the story heads down the dark rabbit hole that Lovecraft devised.

"Like Lovecraft's story, our recording is told from a single point of view, that of protagonist Robert Harrison Blake. The track is really the calm before the storm and captures his sense of curiosity." Read more and stream the song here.

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Seasick Steve Announces New Studio Album

(The Blues) Seasick Steve will release his eighth album Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground on October 7, he's confirmed. It comes 10 years after the launch of solo debut Dog House Music, and follows last year's title Sonic Soul Surfer.

It's described as being "dedicated to the life that should be celebrated" and as featuring "a good Seasick mix of boogie, blues, rock, Americana and folk."

Steve says: "I'm having the best time of my life right now, and it's been one helluva ride." Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground will be released via his There's A Dead Skunk Records in 2CD, 2LP and digital formats. Read more here.

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Ray Wilson Says Mike Rutherford Pulled Plug On Genesis

(Prog) Ray Wilson has singled out Mike Rutherford as the reason he never recorded another album with Genesis. The singer succeeded Phil Collins and fronted the band from 1996 until 1998. He recorded vocals on their last album, 1998's Calling All Stations, before parting ways with them after the tour later that year.

Wilson tells Eonmusic: "When I signed my contract to join the band, it was for two albums. It was always the idea to do the first and then go from there, but Mike Rutherford changed his mind - that's exactly what happened.

"I think he felt he didn't have the stamina to do another one. All of a sudden you're faced with going from 15 million albums sales to two and a half, and I think he couldn't find it in himself to do the next one.

"It's a great shame, because I think we could have at least recorded it. Even if it hadn't been very good, we didn't need to release it, but we should have at least sat down together and continued the process, because I think we really became a band after the tour." Read more here.

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Hed PE Announce New Album 'Forever'

(TeamRock Radio) Hed PE will release their 10th album Forever on July 22. The reggae-rock outfit will launch the follow-up to 2014's Evolution while on tour in the US next month.

Vocalist Jared Gomes says: "We here at Hed PE come to bring inspirational music for the worldwide family. I want my people to know its okay to fall, just get the f*** up.

"Our mission is to go forward with our music and shine a light in the darkness. Blending metal, reggae, hip hop and punk, we've cultivated a worldwide underground following. Inspiring revolution and reflection every step of the way." Read more here.

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Exodus, Obituary, Prong And King Parrot Tour Announced

(TeamRock Radio) Exodus have announced that they will be heading across the pond to launch a UK tour with support from Obituary, Prong and King Parrot, to take place in October.

And the headline act's frontman Steve 'Zetro' Souza has promised to bring a "heavy f***ing show" to Britain under the Battle Of The Bays banner. Souza says:

"Myself and the rest of Exodus are excited. Both Obituary and Prong are legendary bands that have solidified themselves in our genre - and King Parrot have us all turning our heads on what to expect from metal in the future. Look out. You've been warned!" See the dates here.

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Threat Signal To Play Full Under Reprisal Album On Anniversary Tour

Threat Signal have announced that they will be celebrating their 10th anniversary by launching a Canadian tour where they will play their debut album "Under Reprisal" in full.

The tour is set to kick off on June 22nd in Toronto, ON at Rockpile West and the band will wrap up the trek on June 30th in Montreal, QC at the Piranha Bar.

The melodic thrash band has recently completed work on their forthcoming studio album. The new effort will be entitled "Disconnect" and is set to be released later this year by Agonia Records. See the dates here.

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Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes Announces Album Recorded In His Juke Joint

(The Blues) Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes will this month release an album recorded in his juke joint, he's confirmed. It Is What It Is captures the vibe in the Blue Front Cafe, Bentonia, Mississippi - the landmark location he's been running since 1970, after his parents opened it 22 years earlier.

The inaugural release by Blue Front Records, also named after the venue, is described as presenting "the embodiment of raw country blues." The label say:

"The record purposefully allows the cinderblock acoustics to be Jimmy's accompaniment, compelling the listener to close their eyes and experience pulling up a chair in the old juke joint and listening to him play." Read more here.

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David Cross Band Announce Album Release Show

(Prog) The David Cross Band have announced that they will celebrate the launch of their sixth album Sign Of The Crow with a show at the Islington Lexington in London on August 9.

The record from former King Crimson violinist David Cross and co, due for release on August 5, is described as "expertly recorded by virtuoso musicians patently at the peak of their powers - a deeply atmospheric, eclectic collection of glorious, evocative compositions."

King Crimson lyricist Richard Palmer-James, who helped the band write their 2005 release Closer Than Skin, has once again collaborated on the upcoming record. Cross says his former bandmate uses "strong binary images" in the album, such as "darkness and light, right and wrong, heaven and hell, fire and water and recurring themes." Read more here.

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The Anchoress To Play Album In Full At Sold Out Debut

(Prog) The Anchoress has announced that she will play her debut album Confessions Of A Romance Novelist in full at her first show at London's Bush Hall on June 15.

The singer-songwriter, real name Catherine Anne Davies, released her video for Doesn't Kill You last month - which features Charlie Gilmour, the son of former Pink Floyd singer and guitarist David Gilmour. The single will be released on June 17.

The album was co-produced with Mansun's Paul Draper. Davies has also helped co-write several songs on his upcoming solo album. She previously said of her debut release: "I hope people pick up on the fact that it's meant to be a funny record. There's lots of dark humour and occasions when I'm trying to make my producer Paul laugh in the studio." Read more here.

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