Day in Rock Report for 06/09/2016

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Axl Rose Plans New Music For Guns N' Roses, Maybe AC/DC

(hennemusic) Axl Rose says he is planning new music with Guns N' Roses and, possibly, AC/DC as well. Rose discussed these and many other topics as the featured guest for a rare, hour-long interview with Sir David Tang before a packed house at The China Exchange in London, UK on June 7.

"We are working on new stuff," explained the rocker. "I've got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it. And Angus and I are talking about working together. So we'll see."

"I hope to keep this going for a quite a while," said Rose of his partial GNR reunion. "Right now, it's all good. I mean, obviously that could just explode. I do want to put out more music with Guns N' Roses, and I don't know if that has to do with Slash or notů.if he wants to play on something, that would be great. I've been working to get kind of where things are. The Guns N' Roses reunion didn't happen by chance or whatever. It was always looked at as a possibility, but it never seemed right or felt right."

What did feel right to Rose was approaching AC/DC following news that Brian Johnson was sidelined from live performances due to hearing loss issues, and the singer stepped up his game to prepare for the gig, bringing in a vocal coach for the first time in decades.

"I do a lot of vocal exercises," he reveals. "The Brian Johnson 'Back In Black' stuff is really demanding. Sing it wrong and you might not be signing again."

Rose made his AC/DC debut in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 to rave reviews and shared some insight into working with Angus Young. "It's great. I can't really explain it," he says. "I feel protective, I feel I do not want to let this guy down, more than almost anybody I've ever known. And I don't know why. And he's very responsive to me. And they said they hadn't seen him this happy, they hadn't seen him moving around [this much]. In between songs, he's playing other stuff [that has inspired potential new song ideas]. So that's kind of a neat thing between musicians." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Black Sabbath's Final Tour Plans Revealed?

(hennemusic) As Black Sabbath prepare to headline the Download Festival at Donington Park this Saturday - marking the group's only UK appearance this year - flyers found by fans around the festival site list unconfirmed farewell tour dates in the band's home country in early 2017.

The 7-show run appears to start January 22 in Manchester and may see the band finish their farewell trek with two shows in their hometown of Birmingham in early February.

"It would be nice to think it could finish back where it all started - in Birmingham," guitarist Tony Iommi said during a town hall event in the city this spring. "When we are home where we started, we have always found it a bit nerve-racking, but Birmingham means such a lot to us."

Black Sabbath's social media sites have not confirmed the 2017 dates at press time, with the current tour schedule running to December 4 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Read more and see the flyer here.

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Blink-182 Streaming New Song 'Rabbit Hole'

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 have released a lyric video for their new track Rabbit Hole. The song comes from their upcoming studio album California which is set to be released on July 1.

The album will be their first with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba in place of Tom DeLonge following his acrimonious departure last year. Despite that, DeLonge insisted last month that he still had a future with the band, adding: "For now we are busy doing separate things."

But Mark Hoppus later denied his former colleague's claim that the pair had been in touch, saying: "I haven't even spoken to Tom in a year and half." He added that a reunion was "too far down the road the even be a possibility." Check out the song here.

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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Announces Debut Solo Album

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will release his debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", on July 15. Rolling Stone reports the album, co-produced by Tyler with roots master T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff, Jaren Johnston and Marti Frederikson, will feature 15 new songs including his first two country singles, "Love Is Your Name" and "Red, White And You," as well as an all new, "darker, countrified" version of the Aerosmith smash "Janie's Got A Gun."

"I believe y'all are gonna listen to this stuff and you're gonna agree with me that it fell from a star," Tyler said on a press conference via phone. "I had nothing to do with this, it's just Nashville. There's something so magical about this town and me writing with all these people."

A longtime fan of country music, Tyler says he took pains to make his new music as authentic as possible, keeping the recordings stripped down and insisting on minimal vocal takes, while featuring steel guitar, mandolin and above all, melody.

"Country music still plays stuff with melody, I have a sorcerer's grasp of melody, I like to think," he explains. "I'm a freak for that so thank God they're still playing it in country, and I think they're gonna be all over songs like 'Only Heaven' and you guys are gonna be surprised." Read more here.

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Sammy Hagar Looks Back At 'Horrible Ending' With Van Halen

Sammy Hagar looks back at the "horrible ending" to his ill-fated reunion with Van Halen that took place early last decade, in a new interview with Tucson.com.

Hagar reunited with the legendary rock group to launch a massive summer tour and record three tracks for a greatest hits album ("It's About Time," "Up for Breakfast," and "Learning to See".)

Hagar had the following to say about the bitter end to the reunion tour, "I didn't even take a shower. I didn't even say goodbye to anybody. I got to my airplane. I had a beautiful Mexican feast and a couple margaritas and went home. (And) I just sat there scratching my head; what a horrible ending to a great story." Read the full article here.

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The Who Upset About 'Quadrophenia' Sequel

(Radio.com) Last month it was reported that a sequel to The Who's 1979 movie, Quadrophenia is in the works. To Be Someone, will be set 35 years later than Quadrophenia and will follow the lives of characters from the original. Reportedly, the film will feature some original cast members, including Phil Daniels.

But, unlike the first, the new movie has nothing to do with The Who. "As far as the group and original producer Bill Curbishley are concerned, the new film is a blatant attempt to cash in on the original film's enduring popularity," said the band and their manager in a statement.

Curbishley added, "Quadrophenia is a significant and influential film based on The Who's music, not some 'carry on' franchise. Any follow-up could only be made by the authors of the original and would need to be worthy of the name. This karaoke sequel announced recently would be totally ridiculous."

The Who continued their assault by adding that new movie "doesn't feature Sting, Leslie Ash or Ray Winstone from the original, let alone any words or music from The Who." Read more here.

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Fear Factory's Dino Cazares Sitting Down On Tour Due To Injury

(TeamRock Radio) Fear Factory's Dino Cazares has been urged to perform sitting down after he tore a muscle in his foot following their show in Melbourne earlier this week.

The guitarist, who's been told not to put pressure on it for two weeks, will have to perform in a chair at their upcoming gigs in Australia and in South Africa.

The band shared a photo of his injury alongside the caption: "Dave Grohl, we need to borrow your throne" - referring to the guitar-themed seat the Foo Fighters frontman used at their 20th anniversary Washington show last year after he broke his leg falling from the stage at their Gothenburg gig. See the post here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's New Rainbow Misguided Says Joe Lynn Turner

(Classic Rock) Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner believes band leader Ritchie Blackmore has been "misguided" into forming an all-new lineup for his return to rock shows later this month.

Blackmore appears at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in Germany on June 17 and 18, then at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK, on June 25. He's said that no plans for a tour or album being made.

Turner reported last year that he'd been trying to bring about a reunion, until his former colleague unveiled a lineup featuring Lords Of Black vocalist Ronnie Romero.

Now Turner tells Eddie Trunk (via Blabbermouth): "I want to preface this by saying I really wish Ritchie well. He's allowed to do whatever he wants. He's been misguided by people around him. That's what I really believe. I believe he's been misguided, and I believe he trusts these people - and I think he made a mistake doing this."

He adds that, if he'd had his way, the reunion shows would have included vocalists Doogie White and Graham Bonnet, bassist Bob Daisley, drummer Bobby Rondinelli and others. Read more here.

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Jeff Beck Streaming New Song 'Live In The Dark'

(Classic Rock) Jeff Beck is streaming Live In The Dark, the first single to be taken from his new album Loud Hailer, the follow-up to 2010's Emotion & Commotion. The album will be released on Atco Records on July 15.

"I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today," says Beck of the album. "I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view."

The album was made with the help of singer Rosie Bones, and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, who Beck met at a birthday party for Queen drummer Roger Taylor. "She invited me to one of their shows, and I was blown away," he says.

"When we got together in January, I explained the subject matter I had in mind, we sat down by the fire with a crate of Prosecco and got right to it. The songs came together very quickly - five in three days." The album also features Davide Sollazzi on drums and bassist Giovanni Pallotti. Check out the song here.

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Janis Joplin's Childhood Home Up For Sale

(The Blues) Janis Joplin's childhood home in Southeast Texas is on sale for $500,000. The 1500-square-foot house in Port Arthur has a Texas Historical Commission marker outside, confirming the blues icon lived at the residence from the age of four until she left for college.

Tax appraisal records value the home at $52,500, according to public records obtained from the Jefferson County Appraisal District. The seller hasn't been made public.

The Museum Of The Gulf Coast declined an offer to acquire the house before it went on the market, with organization official Sarah Bellian citing upkeep costs and fundraising concerns. Read more here.

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Descendents Streaming New Song 'Victim Of Me'

(Classic Rock) Descendents have released a stream of their track Victim Of Me. It's taken from their upcoming album Hypercaffium Spazzinate - the Californian outfit's first full-length recording since 2004's Cool To Be You.

It's set to launch on July 29 via Epitaph Records. Singer Milo Aukerman, bassist Karl Alvarez, drummer Bill Stevenson and guitarist Stephen Egerton ended their hiatus in 2010 and they've been working on Hypercaffium Spazzinate for the last three years.

Aukerman says: "I think one of the things that's kept us inspired over the years is having the music as an outlet for our frustrations. Having the freedom to completely blow my voice out every time I recorded was a very positive experience for me." Check out the song and read more here.

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Classic Asia Live Performance Being Released

(Prog) Rainman Records have announced that their next release in their British Live Performance Series will feature Asia. The performance was recorded in Nottingham in 1990 and features bassist and vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes and guitarist Pat Thrall. It'll launch on June 24.

It features tracks including Only Time Will Tell, Heat Of The Moment, Don't Cry and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes, which appeared on the band's Then & Now album, also released in 1990.

Asia's last studio release was 2014's Gravitas, which featured guitarist Sam Coulson who replaced Steve Howe in the veteran outfit. Downes said at the time: "At this stage in our career we don't answer to anybody. We're fortunate not to have label dictators like back in the early days.

"You had an A&R guy breathing down your neck who said he didn't like one song or another. They're not so much like that - they commission you to do the album and we've got free rein in it." Read more here.

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Pain Of Salvation Documentary Series Launches Online

(Prog) The first episode of a planned long-running documentary series about Pain Of Salvation and Daniel Gildenlow has launched online. Producers believe could run for multiple seasons.

The first episode of I Set Myself On Fire has been launched after Mapenzi Film spent eight years following the band and amassing material. They say: "How many episodes or how many seasons it will be is still written in the stars. We are still in the process of editing the upcoming episodes, but we are determined to see this through.

"The film will primarily reflect Daniel's utter dedication, conviction and uncompromising - and the consequences of this." The first episode opens with an interview from June 2007, in which Gildenlow talks about the band's split with his brother, saying: "Kristofer moved to the Netherlands and it didn't work out. It was much more complicated to do anything about it that if it had been anyone else. It's not fun to kick your own brother out of the band." Watch it here.

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Metal Supergroup Meshiaak Release Drowning, Fading, Falling Video

(TeamRock Radio) Meshiaak have released a video for their track Drowning, Fading, Falling. The song is taken from the metal supergroup's upcoming debut album Alliance of Thieves, due for release on August 19 via Mascot Records.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Meshiaak features former Slayer, Anthrax, Testament and Iced Earth drummer Jon Dette, Teramaze guitarist Dean Wells, former 4-Arm frontman Danny Tomb and bassist Nick Walker.

Alliance Of Thieves was recorded at Green Day's Jingletown Recording Studios in Oakland, California. Wells says: "We went with keeping the sound as band-orientated and organic as possible, but with using a lot of modern technology.

"It's a blend of old and new because we recorded to two-inch tape for the drums through an old Neve desk, but the rest of the album was produced in my home studio.

"We also went with a mixer named Jacob Hansen who is known for a lot more progressive music. But I think the combination really gives Meshiaak a new and fresher sound than most traditional thrash albums.

"And so we've tried to create something fresh among the guidelines of traditional metal and thrash with some progressive elements, although at the same time we wanted to make music feel like when we first discovered bands like Megadeth, Metallica, Machine Head...even Alice in Chains and Slipknot." Watch the video here.

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Judas The Dancer Cover Faith No More Classic

(Prog) Judas The Dancer have released a video for their cover of Faith No More's Digging The Grave. The Italian four-piece have lifted the track from their upcoming EP Post Pop Violence, due out on June 20.

Judas The Dancer say they chose the song because they wanted to pay tribute to "one of the greatest bands of all time." They add: "Faith No More totally did whatever they wanted, talking about genre but never forgot to let people have fun and enjoy the music.

"Nowadays lots of bands crush their heads against walls trying to be 'interesting', 'innovative' or too complicated, and they just forget the point - music is by the people, for the people.

"Make your own sound, write cool songs but let the people understand you and enjoy your music all together. Faith No More always understood this. Time changes, the power of music doesn't." Check out the cover here.

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Puppy Giving Away New Song 'Entombed'

(TeamRock Radio) London alternative metallers Puppy have been streaming their killer new track Entombed for a while, but now Metal Hammer is offering it as an exclusive FREE download!

With more than just a nod in the direction of Deftones and Ghost, and layers of angst-ridden grunge piled on top, Puppy are on the brink of something big and new song Entombed could be their ticket there. And despite sharing a name with the highly influential Swedeath band, the song is actually about sleep paralysis.

"Sleep paralysis occurs when, as you're going to sleep, your subconscious mind kicks in before your conscious mind fully checks out for the night," says vocalist Jock Norton. "The result is a sort of waking dream where your body is physically asleep but your eyes are open and you're aware of your surroundings, which your subconscious mind is projecting your dreams onto. You're surrounded by these ethereal shadowy figures while your body remains paralysed, unable to move or call for help. I'd been interested in it for ages but only experienced it for the first time about a year ago. Even though I knew what was happening it was still one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. So I decided to write a song about it." Grab the download here.

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Ray Bennett Reissues 'Whatever Falls' Album

(Prog) Ray Bennett has reissued his 2001 solo album Whatever Falls. The former Flash man played bass, guitar and keyboards on the record and also provided lead vocals. He was joined by drummer Mark Pardy, while David Kannenstine contributed bass on two tracks.

Bennett says of the album: "As it was my first solo record I wanted it to be something special. I had taken so long to get around to it I felt sure it would get some serious scrutiny, so, coming from me, with my background, it had to be something worthy of my previous output. A flop wouldn't do. An OK album wouldn't do either.

"An album is for all time and intended for repeated listening. Each new listen should be the same pleasurable discovery. Some of my favourite albums are like that and I wanted mine to be too. I feel I succeeded." Read more here.

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David Bowie Is Documentary Returning To UK Theaters

(Classic Rock) A documentary featuring the David Bowie Is exhibition by London's Victoria And Albert Museum is set for a UK-wide re-release. The David Bowie Is film was shot on the closing night of the exhibition of the same name in 2013 and will be re-released in Vue cinemas at selected venues on July 14.

The David Bowie Is exhibition was the fastest selling in the V&A's history and featured a collection of handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie's own instruments and album artwork from the Bowie archive.

Distributors More2Screen say: "The film takes the audience on a fascinating journey through the exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie's artistic career." Read more here.

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Kula Shaker Announce 20th Anniversary Tour

(Classic Rock) Kula Shaker have announced a UK winter tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of debut album K. They released their fifth album, K 2.0, earlier this year.

Th English rock outfit will perform the 1996 record in its entirety for the first time on the 13-date run of shows, which kicks off in Oxford on December 1.

On the original reaction to K, bassist Alonza Bevan says: "To be honest, I can't remember much about it all. But it was great to be a part of something that had such a reach and that genuinely affected people. It was also nice to get an ancient Indian hymn on Radio 1 in the UK. I can't see that happening now." See the tour dates here.

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ORBS Streaming New Song 'Dreamland II'

(Prog) ORBS have released a stream of their track Dreamland II. It features on the band's upcoming second album Past Life Regression, which is out on July 15 and is the follow-up to 2010's Asleep Next To Science.

The project is the brainchild of Between The Buried And Me bassist Dan Briggs and Ashley Ellyllon and Adam Fisher of Fear Before The March Of Flames.

Briggs says of the track: "Dreamland II is a a good example of the way we like to arrange songs - even the more straightforward pieces are made up of sections that are variations on parts earlier in the song.

"It mixes in mine and Ashley's classical background with the big piano cadenza that leads into the final chorus. Really it's four and a half minutes of Ashley shredding and me trying to not get in the way too much on guitar." Stream the song and read more here.

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