Day in Rock Report for 06/13/2016

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Black Sabbath Announce Their Very Last Concert

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will perform a pair of final farewell shows in their hometown of Birmingham in early 2017. Following recent rumors, the band have announced dates for a UK/Ireland run in the New Year that will bring an end to their live career after almost five decades.

An 8-show trek will start January 20 in Dublin and finish with two shows in Birmingham on February 2 and 4. "It started nearly five decades ago with a crack of thunder, a distant bell ringing and then that monstrous riff that shook the earth. The heaviest rock sound ever heard," says the group. "In that moment, heavy metal was born, created by a young band from Birmingham, England, barely out of their teens.

"Now it ends - the final eight shows ever by the greatest metal band of all time, Black Sabbath. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler return home to close the final chapter in the final volume of the incredible Black Sabbath story." Read more and see all of their remaining tour dates here.

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Eric Clapton Living In Pain From Peripheral Neuropathy

(Classic Rock) Eric Clapton says he has been living in pain for the last 12 months. The guitar icon reveals in a new interview with Classic Rock that he has been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy - a condition that can result in muscle weakness, numbness and tingling in the feet or hands and loss of balance and co-ordination.

Clapton - who released his 23rd solo album I Still Do last month - says: "I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old."

Clapton, 71, adds that he feels lucky to be alive, considering his history of booze and drug abuse. He says: "Because I'm in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all.

"By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago. For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance." Read more here.

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Pantera React To Murder Of The Voice Star Christina Grimmie

(TeamRock Radio) Pantera have called on the music industry to do more to protect musicians after the weekend murder of Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on television show The Voice.

The 22-year-old singer was shot while signing autographs after a performance in St Petersburg, Orlando, Florida, on Friday. She was attacked by 26-year-old Kevin James Loibl who then took his own life following a struggle with Grimmie's brother.

Pantera say the incident brought back memories of the 2004 shooting of guitarist Dimebag Darrell while onstage with his band Damageplan. And the band add that they hope more will be done to prevent further similar tragedies.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Pantera say: "We are so sad and disappointed to hear that Christina Grimmie was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was.

"After Dime's murder, we all prayed that our industry - club owners and promoters - would do whatever they needed to do to protect artists from gun wielding fanatics.

"Sadly, that's not the case and another rising star had to pay the consequences with her life. Something needs to change." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Hit With Censorship In Lithuania

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie has fallen foul of censors in Lithuania because he might scare children. A poster advertising Maiden's show in Kaunas, Lithuania, on June 23 has been removed from display after authorities intervened.

A spokesman for the Lithuanian arm of promoter LiveNation had the following to say to Delfi: "We received a letter that should stop advertising because it scares children.

"Right now, we have to decide how to carry on forward, but we must also immediately take down the posters." The poster features a Book Of Souls-era Eddie in black and white with glowing red eyes. See the poster and read more here.

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Paul Stanley On Possibility Of KISS Reunion With Ace Frehley

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley doesn't believe guitarist Ace Frehley will return to the band, despite the pair settling their differences recently. Frehley departed for the second and apparently final time in 2002, and some bad feeling seemed to remain until Stanley made a guest appearance on his solo album Origins Volume 1, released in April.

Asked about a reunion, Stanley tells Phone Booth Fighting: "I don't see it - and to me, that makes it even better. You can have people in your life, and what they are in your life changes over time.

"I'm happy to see Ace. We text. He was on the radio last week and I texted him, 'I'm listening.' It doesn't need to go further than that, but the fact that it's there is a terrific thing."

He describes his contact with Frehley as "about opening the door again" and continues: "I'm the one who benefits from it. I don't want to go through life thinking, 'What if I had done this?' I want to face everything and see where it takes me." Read more here.

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Architects Cancel Tour Due To Family Emergency

(TeamRock Radio) Architects have been forced to cancel their European touring plans due to a family emergency. They were scheduled to play a set at this weekend's Download festival in the UK before moving through Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, France, Belgium and Germany. But those plans have had to be put on hold.

A statement on behalf of the band reads: "Due to a family emergency, Architects are forced to cancel the rest of their European festival tour for June and July.

"They hate to let you guys down and would appreciate all of your understanding and support. The band would like to ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time." Read more here.

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Crowbar Fired Jeff Golden Via Text Message

(TeamRock Radio) Former Crowbar bassist Jeff Golden says he was fired from the band by text message - but that he knew the move was coming. His dismissal was confirmed last week, and hours later Kirk Windstein's band revealed they'd reunited with co-founding member Todd 'Sexy T' Strange.

Golden tells House Of Tortured Souls: "It wasn't a surprise at all. There was a phone call first, then we said it was all going to be worked out - and then I get a text message five minutes later saying I was fired.

"I heard rumours three months ago that the original guy was back. When I brought it up they said it wouldn't happen and they definitely wouldn't do that to me.

"But I could tell something was up. It was said that it was told to me, but it was never told to me. I found out through Facebook." Read more here.

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Ghost Forced To Cancel Festival Performances Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Ghost were forced to cancel a pair of festival appearances this past weekend due to illness. The Swedish rockers pulled out of Pinkpop in the Netherlands on Saturday and the UK's Download Festival on Sunday after their frontman came down with a case of laryngitis.

"We are truly sorry about last nights' and tonights' cancellations on Pinkpop Festival and Download Festival," said the band via social media. "Papa Emeritus III has been sick for a week and had a very weak voice on Friday nights' show at Download Paris. Waking up on Saturday with no voice at all, doctors orders were rest and absolutely no talking.

"Fornicating, however, was no problem so we have sent him to a so-called 'Adult Spa' somewhere in Northern Europe to recuperate and now we are aiming at being back on stage in Oslo on June 15.

"But mourn not, children. We are coming back to both the United Kingdom and The Netherlands, bigger than ever, headlining with everything on top + then some, within not too long. Stay tuned for more info." Read more here.

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New Found Glory Announce 'Stories of a Different Kind' Book

(Radio.com) New Found Glory have announced the release of a new book entitled Stories of a Different Kind. The coffee table book will including flyers, poster art and short stories from the throughout the band's career.

"When New Found Glory first started, a messy photocopied piece of paper was the way in which we would tell people about our local shows," said the band in a joint statement. "We could have never imagined that such a simple, lost concept would now serve as the spark to reignite a lost memory.

"Stories Of A Different Kind is a storybook, but not a beginning-to-end narrative. It's a visual journey through a time period that pre-dates social media and blogs: a time that newer fans might not know had existed and older fans can look back on. This could be our biggest accomplishment as a band to date and we are very excited to share it with everyone. As fans, you're just as big of the reason why it exists as we are."

Fans can pre-order the tome now from the band's official site, our pick it up this summer on the Vans Warped Tour, where New Found Glory will be performing. See the dates here.

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Chino Moreno's Supergroup Saudade Has More New Music

(TeamRock Radio) Chino Moreno says his supergroup Saudade with Bad Brains' Dr Know have a number of new tracks in the works. Saudade issued a self-titled track in April - and Deftones frontman Moreno says he, guitarist Dr Know, Cro-Mags drummer Mackie Jayson, keyboardist John Medeski and his Crosses bandmate Chuck Doom on bass, have another "12 to 13 songs" written.

He exclusively tells TeamRock: "Most of it is instrumental. There may be some stuff with me singing on it, but mostly I'm just playing guitar. It's just fun. At this point it's not so much a band as a project. These are guys that I admire and I'm lucky to be friends with them - so we made a batch of songs together.

"Slowly but surely, they will probably come out - but it's more likely to be something that I leak out or let people hear, as opposed to something we'll package up and try to sell. That's not the idea behind it." Read more here.

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Sabaton Streaming New Album 'The Lost Battalion'

(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have released a lyric video for their track The Lost Battalion. It's taken from their upcoming eighth album The Last Stand, which will be released on August 19 via Nuclear Blast.

On The Lost Battalion's lyrical content, Sabaton say: "The Lost Battalion is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918.

"Even though these 550 to 575 brave men were completely surrounded by the German Army and subjected to friendly artillery fire, they kept on fighting for a week until they were relieved.

"Of the over 500-plus soldiers who entered the Argonne Forest, only 194 walked out unscathed. The rest were killed, missing, captured, or wounded." Stream the song here.

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AC/DC Announce Thunderstruck Tequila

(Classic Rock) AC/DC will launch their own brand of tequila later this summer. The tequila is expected to be released mid-2016 and will be available in Silver, Reposado and Anejo varieties.

Bevnet.com report that Perryscope Productions and Epic Rights - the licensing and merchandising companies representing the band - have teamed up with Mexican company Fabrica de Tequilas Finos to create Thunderstruck tequila.

It's the latest addition to AC/DC's foray into the drinks industry, after having previously released Rock Or Bust beer along with Hells Bells and Back In Black wine. Read more here.

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Rob Reed Releases New Video From 'Sanctuary II' Album

(Prog) Magenta's Rob Reed has release a video for the opening section from latest solo album Sanctuary II. The follow-up to last year's Sanctuary - his personal tribute to Mike Oldfield classic Tubular Bells - features Les Penning on recorders and Simon Phillips on drums, and it was completed by Oldfield collaborators Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth.

He's also revealed a video of Phillips recording drum tracks from his studio in the United States. Multi-instrumentalist Reed tells Prog: "It's been a dream come to true to have Simon playing drums and Les playing recorders, and having the Tubular Bells production team of Tom and Simon."

He's gearing up for two live performances based on the Sanctuary albums at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire on October 8. "We have a fantastic band lined up and hopefully some special guests," he reports. "I's going to be a very special, very intimate experience." Check out the video footage here.

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Crobot Streaming New Song 'Not For Sale'

(Classic Rock) Crobot have released a stream of their track Not For Sale. It's taken from the band's upcoming album Welcome To Fat City, which is set for release on September 23 via Wind-Up Records.

Frontman Brandon Yaegley tells Noisey: "Not for Sale takes you into orbit around the sonic spectrum of our latest album and is an anthem for all of us who work hard enough to make our own luck.

"It's a cry to hold on to our own humanity, never letting anyone else manipulate our destiny. Who paid your debt to be here? No one… and my soul is not for sale." Check out the song here.

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Killswitch Engage's Dutkiewicz Plans New Times Of Grace Album

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage spinoff project Times Of Grace will put out another record, according to Adam Dutkiewicz. The guitarist says he'll begin work on the follow-up to 2011's The Hymn Of A Broken Man with frontman Jesse Leach. And he's confirmed he already has a handful of tracks written.

Dutkiewicz exclusively tells TeamRock: "We're going to do another record. I have written five songs and I'm hoping after we get home from tour, I'll start demoing some more material. Once we get enough demos for a record we'll probably go into the production stage."

Dutkiewicz also recalls his time on the TV game show The Price Is Right last year, when he took home more than $50,000 in prizes. He continues: "I've loved game shows since I was a kid. I'm just fascinated with how they work. When you go everyone has the chance to be a contestant, and they interview you to see if you have a personality." Read more here.

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Radiohead Plan 'Unique' Listening Events

(Prog) Radiohead have announced that they will be holding "unique" listening events across the world for their latest studio album, entitled "A Moon Shaped Pool."

The 'Live From A Moon Shaped Pool' events are scheduled to take place on June 17 at record stores globally, and will see the band's latest record streamed all day.

The unique events also feature competitions and "instructional artworks" and has been set up to coincide with the album's launch on Spotify on the same day. Read more here.

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Gary Moore Guitar To Be Auctioned

(hennemusic) A collection of guitars and amplifiers owned by the late Gary Moore will be auctioned off in London later this month. More than 35 pieces will be available June 29 via Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale at the auctioneer's location in Knightsbridge, London.

Moore made a name for himself in the late 1960s with the Dublin-based Skid Row before following bass player Phil Lynott in 1974 to play with classic rockers Thin Lizzy.

Throughout his career, Moore recorded numerous solo albums, and shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, Albert King, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins and George Harrison.

"Before his death, Gary Moore had amassed an incredible collection of instruments," says Stephen Maycock, Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia consultant specialist. "Some 35 guitars, as well as a selection of vintage amplifiers, will be offered at auction for the first time in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale. As you'd expect from such a great musician, there's a lot of interesting guitars in the collection, including several Gibson Les Paul models." Read more here.

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As Lions Celebrate Wembley Arena Gig With 'White Flags' Lyric Video

(TeamRock Radio) As Lions have released a lyric video for their track White Flags. The clip shows the band performing at Wembley Arena on their tour with Five Finger Death Punch earlier this year.

The song is produced by David Bendeth, who has worked on albums by Paramore and A Day To Remember, and mixed by Josh Wilbur, who has previously collaborated with Avenged Sevenfold and Megadeth. They're set to release their debut EP this year.

Frontman Austin Dickinson, the son of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce, previously said: "We're all such tight friends, and this feels like everything is exactly how it needs to be. Whether people listen or not, we're doing it because we're having so much f***ing fun. This is us at our best. Get ready." Watch the video here.

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Public Service Broadcasting Stream EVA Remix

(Prog) Public Service Broadcasting have streamed a version of their track EVA, as remixed by Dutch Uncles. And they've revealed a new shirt that balances their previous "Go!" design with a "Stay!" equivalent, to reflect the debate over the upcoming UK referendum on whether to remain in the European Union.

PSB and Dutch Uncles go head-to-head in a silent disco at London's Science Museum on June 17, to mark the launch of The Race For Space Remixes, based on their 2015 album.

J Willgoose Esq of PSB says: "The original 'Go!' shirt clearly only refers to the moon landings. But just in case anyone was feeling awkward about wearing it over the next few weeks and being pegged for a Farage sympathizer - heaven forbid - you can now take advantage of our brazen, opportunistic commercialism.

"It's the kind of entrepreneurial endeavor that just isn't possible when your hands are tied by Brussels bureaucrats - oh, wait, er…" steam the song here.

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Eyehategod Cancel European Summer Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Eyehategod have cancelled their summer European tour due to "personal issues" and "scheduling complications." The New Orleans outfit were scheduled to play a run of shows in July and August.

They say in a statement: "Eyehategod sadly regret to inform our European and UK fans, friends and promoters that we will not be coming over this July and August.

"Personal issues as well as scheduling complications have forced us to postpone until further notice. We're very sorry about this situation. Thanks everyone for their patience." Read more here.

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