Day in Rock Report for 06/14/2016

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Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street Biopic In The Works

(The Blues) The Rolling Stones' experiences while making classic album Exile On Main Street are to be explored in a feature film about the band. And director Andy Goddard - known for his work on TV series Downton Abbey and Marvel's superhero shows on Netflix - is currently aiming to cast actors in the lead roles of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Entitled Exile On Main Street: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones, it's based on the 2008 book by Robert Greenfield. Deadline.com reports that filming is set to commence towards the end of this year.

The double-album was originally released in 1972 after three years of writing followed by recording sessions in the cellars of a villa in France. It frequently appears in lists of the greatest records of all time. Read more here.

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Joey Jordison Had Debilitating Illness At The End With Slipknot

(TeamRock Radio) Joey Jordison has revealed that he was suffering from a serious illness that left him unable to play drums in the months leading up to his departure from Slipknot.

But speaking at last night's Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards ceremony in London, he shared a message of hope for fellow victims of debilitating disease.

He made his comments while accepting the annual Golden God Award at a gala evening that included a celebration of the life of Lemmy, featuring his surviving Motorhead bandmates and old friends Saxon.

Jordison heaped praise on Slipknot - who dismissed him in 2013 - saying: "I want you all to give them praise. We accomplished a lot and I wish them nothing but luck and the best of praise."

He went on: "Toward the end of my career in Slipknot I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis. "I lost my legs. I couldn't play any more. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I don't wish on my worst enemy." Read more here.

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Metallica's James Hetfield Guests On New Heart Single

(hennemusic) Heart are previewing a taste of the lead single and title track to their upcoming album, "Beautiful Broken", which features a guest appearance by James Hetfield of Metallica.

The tune originally surfaced as a bonus song off the Seattle band's last album, 2012's "Fanatic", but has been revamped into an entirely new song with some vocal and lyrical help from Hetfield.

"It blows the previous version out of the water," says guitarist Nancy Wilson. "James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

Due July 8, the project was co-produced by Nancy alongside Heart bassist Dan Rothchild, the son of legendary Doors producer Paul Rothchild. The project sees the Wilson sisters delivering new songs and updated versions of some of their favorite "cherry picks" from their catalog.

The seven tracks that were pulled from the Heart catalog were tunes both Nancy and Ann wanted another shot at, due many times to how they were initially produced. Songs like "City's Burning", "Down On Me," and "Sweet Darlin'" have always been live favourites but they had somewhat languished.

"Those songs may have fallen through the cracks, in a way, because of where radio was at the time when they were first released," explains Ann Wilson. "Rediscovering those songs, I found ways they emotionally still speak to me." Read more and check out the preview here.

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Motley Crue Were 'Going In Four Different Directions' At The End

(Classic Rock) Motley Crue tour manager Tim Krieg describes the band as "guys going in four different directions" in a clip from their farewell concert movie. The End - which was shot on December 31 last year - will be screened in selected cinemas tonight (June 14) before an expected DVD release at a later date.

The fresh clip features previously reported comments, including bassist Nikki Sixx's description of his colleagues as "not enemies but not friends." That led him to later call on people to avoid making simplified judgements about their 35-year career.

Krieg says in the video: "These guys are going in four different directions. They're on four different buses. Most of the time they're staying at different hotels from one another.

"It's been a year and seven months we've been doing this final tour. We're really looking forward to it finishing." He adds: "Some days they like each other, some days they don't. Most days they don't. But when they're on stage together, when someone f***s with one of them, all four jump on 'em.

"It's pretty amazing - they're connected even though they're disconnected." Watch the video clip here.

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine On Emotional Tribute To Nick Menza

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine says he cried onstage while performing a Megadeth song he dedicated to late former drummer Nick Menza on their last tour. The frontman describes his tears during the set as "heavy," adding that he never truly realized how much he loved his former bandmate after their dispute over the failed Rust In Peace reunion.

He tells Kerrang: "The craziest thing was, when we dedicated a song to Nick on the last tour, I got about halfway through the song and I couldn't sing anymore - I just started crying. I turned around and I stood next to the drum riser with my back turned, because I didn't want anybody to see me. But it was heavy."

He continues: "With all the stuff that was going on at the end, with Nick talking about me in the press and stuff like that, I had no idea how much I really, really love him. That was what was evident when I sang about him.

"That's the Nick I'll always remember - the guy that made me smile, that made me happy and was a little bit of an annoyance, but somebody that I'll always love." Read more here.

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In This Moment's Chris Howorth Diagnosed With Acute Arthritis

(TeamRock Radio) In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth has been diagnosed with acute arthritis in his neck and shoulders. In April, the band cancelled their May European tour dates due to what was described at the time as a neck injury to Howorth. But doctors have now given him more details on what was causing the pain, diagnosing arthritis.

Despite this, Howorth says he's determined to continue working with In This Moment. He reports: "I woke up in severe pain and unable to move my head in any direction, it felt like my neck was fused. I must have unknowingly injured it working the day before in our band storage unit.

"I immediately sought medical attention and now, after four weeks of therapy and meds, I am getting some mobility back. Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with acute arthritis in my neck and shoulders. It's something I'm going to have to live with from now on but I'm determined to continue writing and performing with my band." Read more here.

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Black Sabbath, Clutch Supergroup Dunsmuir Announce Album

(Classic Rock) Dunsmuir, the supergroup led by Clutch frontman Neil Fallon and ex Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, will launch their self-titled debut album on July 22.

They're joined by The Company Band guitarist Dave Bone and Fu Manchu bassist Brad Davis on the work, which is to see a general release via iTunes accompanied by a vinyl pressing run of just 1000 copies.

The album follows the launch of three vinyl singles - Our Only Master, Deceived and …And Madness - with a fourth due tomorrow (June 15) in a run of just 500. Read more and stream the first single here.

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Metallica In The Studio Mixing New Album

(hennemusic) Metallica are reportedly in the studio mixing their new album. Metallica.com writer Dan Nykolayko broke the news on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" while interviewing James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich recently about the 20th anniversary of their 1996 release "Load."

"I managed to corner Lars and James at HQ," explains Nykolayko, "before they locked themselves in the control room with Greg Fidelman to start mixing the new album."

Ulrich updated fans on the project's status last month, saying, "We're now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we're starting to look ahead and the process of how we're gonna share this record with the universe. The month of June is basically when we're gonna sit down and figure what we're gonna do with it all, what we're gonna call it and what's gonna be on it."

"If the record doesn't come out this year then it won't be because it's not done," he added. "It will be because there's some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer." Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Releases 'Teenage Rock God' Video

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie has release a video for "The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God", the new single from his latest album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."

"I figured that a mixture of 'Three Amigos' with a 'Dia De Los Muertos' twist," Zombie tells NPR, "by way of the opening credit sequence of 'Natural Born Killers' hosted by a Satanic Paul Lynde would make the perfect video for 'The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God'."

"Electric Warlock" was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris and presents Zombie alongside his touring band featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish.

The rocker's sixth solo effort recently debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 41,000 units, of which 40,000 were in pure album sales. Watch the video here.

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Touchstone Announce New Singer

(Prog) Touchstone have confirmed Polish musical theatre performer Aggie as their new vocalist, and they'll release their first tracks with her in the coming months.

She's replaced Kim Seviour, who announced her departure last year as a result of ongoing health issues. The band say: "Touchstone are very happy and proud to announce our new singer, Aggie.

"She's performed in productions including The Phantom Of The Opera, Broadway Street and The Beautiful Violoncellist. In 2015 she moved to Copenhagen to study at the Complete Vocal Institute.

"She then moved to London in January, following her heart's calling to become lead singer. Her influences include Muse, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Dream Theater." Read more here.

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Thom Yorke Plays Surprise Acoustic Set At Garden Party

(Radio.com) Radiohead fans the world over were devastated when the band's tour sold out in mere seconds back in March. But it turns out it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to hear them, or at least Thom Yorke, perform live. It just takes being friends with Yorke's neighbor in Oxford.

Yorke appeared at his neighbor's garden party on Sunday (June 12), where he performed a 30 minute acoustic set. The world learned about the appearance when a Reddit user's father texted him, according to NME.

"In Oxford at garden party with Suzie's neighbours, about to hear entertainment from neighbour Thom York of Radiohead," he wrote his son, misspelling Yorke's last name. His son corrected him, and then asked his dad to get an autograph or cut off a lock of Yorke's hair.

An attendee captured a brief moment from Yorke's set. Watch it here.

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Twisted Sister Preview Metal Meltdown Live Release

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister have released an online video clip previewing a new live package, "Metal Meltdown", which captures the band in concert in Las Vegas, NV in 2015.

Due July 22 and directed by Brian Lockwood (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Motley Crue), "Metal Meltdown - Featuring Twisted Sister Live At The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas" presents the group's complete concert, as well as Rockshow, a bonus documentary that takes fans through the band's 40-year career.

The May 30, 2015 concert with Twisted Sister, Extreme, Great White and Skid Row marked the first event in the Metal Meltdown concert series. The show was dedicated to the honour of drummer A.J. Pero, who passed away two months earlier at the age of 55 from a heart attack while playing on tour with Adrenaline Mob; the group brought in Mike Portnoy to handle drum duties and the rocker made his Twisted Sister live debut at Metal Meltdown.

"The decision to continue performing all the summer shows in 2015, not to mention the concert that this performance celebrates, was in jeopardy over the days immediately following A.J.'s sudden death," explains guitarist Jay Jay French. "We needed time to re-group and re-focus. Everyone was great. All the promoters of the huge European summer festivals that we were set to headline and Barry, the producer of this concert said, 'We understand. You all (meaning the band) have to do what makes you comfortable. Whatever the band decides has to be honoured and respected.'

"In the end, I believe we did what A.J. would have wanted us to do and Mike Portnoy was a very big part of that decision in both an emotional and artistic way. This performance captured herein just two months after A.J.'s death really was about our way to help memorialize the great A.J. Pero.

"The front four (Dee, Eddie, Mark and I) have had no one but A.J. behind us since 1982. This concert has A.J.'s influence permeating through our bloodstream in ways that I will never forget and when we cut to A.J.'s drum solo on the rear projection screen, we were all emotionally overwhelmed. Not since our reunion for NY Steel in 2001 (to honour and raise money for the families of the NYC police and fire department who died on 9/11) have I been moved to tears." Watch the video here.

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Vader Announce New Album And EP

Vader have announced that they will release their new brand new studio album, entitled 'The Empire', on September 23rd. It will be preceded by a new digital EP.

'The Empire' is the follow up record to their 2014 album, 'Tibi Et Igni', and it was recorded at Hertz Studio in Bialystok (Poland) and produced by Wojtek and Slawek Wiesawski.

Vader are also announcing the release of a special single as part of an EP release, the single is taken from their upcoming album. The full EP is titled 'Iron Times' will be released on August 12th.

Vader's frontman Piotr Wiwczarek had this to say, "I am so excited to announce the new Vader album, which will be released by Nuclear Blast again! 'The Empire' - which is the title of the upcoming full length - is due to be out at the end of September 2016.

"However, we have also prepared a special EP called 'Iron Times' to be released in August! There are two new tracks included on the EP, plus two bonus songs. Joe Petagno himself created the amazing cover artwork." See the EP tracklisting here.

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Neal Morse Band Announce 3-Disc 'Alive Again' Release

(Prog) The Neal Morse Band will release latest live pack Alive Again on August 5th, he's announced. It will available for pre-order via Radiant Records from June 21.

The three-disc set includes a DVD and two CDs, recorded during their world tour in support of studio album The Grand Experiment, which took place in early 2015, featuring Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Eric Gillette and Bill Hubauer.

Morse says: "The Alive Again tour and this DVD is one of the finest we've ever done. I think you all are really going to dig it. Check it out and you'll understand how amazing this band is - I love it!" Read more here.

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Steve Hackett Releases 'Wolflight' Live Video

(Prog) Steve Hackett has released a video of his performance of Wolflight from upcoming release The Total Experience Live In Liverpool exclusively with Prog.

The 2CD, 2DVD and Blu-ray package was recorded during the guitarist's Acolyte To Wolflight With Genesis Revisited tour last year and will be released on June 24 via Century Media/Inside Out.

He previously released a video featuring his performance of The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway from the DVD. Hackett says of the show's setlist: "It wasn't an easy job to decide what to include, but I think there was a good balance between old and new.

"What I have always born in mind when choosing the songs is what they mean to the fans. Time has a way of turning them into an emotional calendar for people.

"These songs take on an importance and become part of their lives. So, when I do them live, authenticity is important. I am aware that what I have to do is find a connection between nostalgia and what things can sound like in a contemporary setting." Watch the video here.

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Amon Amarth, Testament and Grand Magus Tour Announced

(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth have announced a five-date UK and Ireland autumn tour. The Swedish Viking metal outfit will play in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, London and Birmingham in October and November in support of 10th album Jomsviking, released earlier this year.

They made the announcement after an appearance on the Lemmy Stage at the Download festival on Sunday. They'll be joined on the dates by Testament and Grand Magus.

Amon Amarth say: "UK, after three years away we are returning to your lands and are bringing with us our biggest headline show ever. Sharpen your weapons, fortify your embankments and hide your loved ones.

"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory." Read more and see the dates here.

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Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman Crowdfunding Symphony Project

(TeamRock Radio) Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman has launched a PledgeMusic pre-order campaign for his latest project. The band issued their critically acclaimed 15th album, Pylon, last year - but the singer is now planning to release a collection featuring new versions of classic Killing Joke tracks with the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra.

A statement reads: "Symphonic Killing Joke will be available on download and signed CD or LP, alongside a host of exclusives - from attending the recording of the album in Russia to signed music scores and artwork.

"There will also be a very exclusive one-off London PledgeMusic Presents show, featuring Jaz and accompanying orchestra - to be added at a later date." Read more here.

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Beartooth, Vanna and Fit For A King Tour Announced

(TeamRock Radio) Beartooth have announced a UK and Ireland winter tour with Vanna and Fit For A King in support. The dates are in support of Beartooth's second album Aggressive, released earlier this month.

The band had the following to say: "UK, we're coming back for you and we're bringing our buds Vanna and Fit For A King with us. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday."

The announcement comes just days after the band's appearance on the Lemmy Stage at Download festival and on the day that they find out whether they have won the Best Breakthrough prize at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods ceremony. Read more here.

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Faith No More's Jon Hudson Working On New Music

(Classic Rock) Faith No More guitarist Jon Hudson says he's already working on new material. The band released Sol Invictus last year - their first album in 18 years. And while Hudson didn't write any of the latest material, he says he has a few things up his sleeve that he hopes will see the light of day sooner rather than later.

Hudson tells FNM Followers: "I am working on a few ideas right now. It's something that I wanted to focus on after the tour ended, so it's a good place to be in. I'll probably take stock and see what comes of it sooner rather than later, so we'll see.

"I'm sure that I was the first to state in the press last year that I didn't bring any songs to the table. By the time I became involved in the process, there was already plenty of material to work with." Read more here.

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Singled Out: Graveyard Lovers' Storm

Zach Reynolds from Graveyard Lovers tells us the story being their single "Storm", which comes from their brand new album "Past The Forest of the Fruitless Thoughts". Here is the story:

"Storm" was the first song that Tricia and I wrote with my bother Joel. He finally had enough time off from his other bands and we were living in the same city for the first time in ten years. Joel is one of the best rock bass players I've ever heard and the bass line in that song lets it show. It grows, changes and rarely repeats the same part twice, all while holding down the general groove. The whole album is filled with parts like this and I love them.

When we started working on this song it was clearly a new direction for the band and we were excited. At the same time we were all going through personal changes in our lives.

I work on the lyrics to songs for periods of weeks at a time as I stew over what Im trying to say etc. During this time I had an intense dream about a huge storm on the horizon. I think the storm signified big change coming and thats how the words came about.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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