Day in Rock Report for 06/15/2016

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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Trial Begins

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page appeared in court on Tuesday (June 14th) for the start of the trial over their iconic classic track "Stairway To Heaven."

They're accused of having taken a significant part of Spirit's 1967 track Taurus and used it as the opening riff for their own song, which was released four years later.

But the hearing, before Los Angeles district judge Gary Klausner, could be cut short after the lawyer representing late Spirit guitarist Randy California apparently used evidence that had not been included in trial plans.

Francis Malofiy played a video recording of a guitarist performing the riffs in question, leading Led Zeppelin representative Peter Anderson to object. Judge Klausner said playing the video could be "grounds for a mistrial" if it hadn't been listed, but Malofiy chose to keep playing it. Read more here.

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Original Guns N' Roses Star Izzy Stradlin Releasing New Music

(Gibson) Original Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is not part of the band's reunion tour this summer, which feature original members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Axl Rose all sharing the stage together for the first time since 1993. Instead Stradlin is working on some new music.

On Saturday (June 11) Stradlin Tweeted: "MIXING NEW SONG FOR JUNE RELEASE ! WORKING TITLE 'WALKIN'." Stradlin also shared a ten second clip of the song. Check it out here

Since leaving Guns N' Roses in 1991 Stradlin has released eleven studio albums, the last of which was Wave of Heat in 2010. So far there is no word on whether the new song is part of an upcoming album or just a one-off release, but it certainly seems as if he's keeping busy on his own instead of touring with his old bandmates. Read more here.

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Metallica Faced Legal Issues With No Life 'Til Leather Box Set

(Classic Rock) Metallica's No Life 'Til Leather demo tape reissue has been delayed due to legal issues, drummer Lars Ulrich confirms. The expanded version of the 1982 original was meant to launch last summer on CD, vinyl and a limited-edition deluxe box set following its Record Store Day cassette tape launch last year. It was also to feature artwork from Ulrich's own personal copy of the original demo, as well as his handwriting.

He tells Metal Forces: "There were some unexpected difficulties on the legal side that prevented the No Life 'Til Leather box set and our vision for how we were going to kick this whole reissue series off.

"We spent some time doing that dance, but then James and I decided that it wasn't worth it getting bogged down in all the unpleasantries, because this was supposed to be a celebration and not end up being a tug of war, so we thought, 'You know what? F*** it. We'll just move on to Kill 'Em All.'

"There's no reason to go deeper into it. It was just something that we hadn't expected." Read more here.

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Deftones' Chino Moreno To Perform Inside A Volcano

(Radio.com) Deftones will headline Iceland's Secret Solstice festival this year, but there's a twist. Frontman Chino Moreno has announced he will play a solo acoustic set inside Thrihnuagigur volcano on June 18th, with the event aptly titled Secret Solstice presents Inside The Volcano.

Although there have been artists to play atop volcanoes, a press release claims this is the first time in history an artist has performed publicly inside a volcano. Icelandic act Snorri Helgason will play a few tracks acoustically as well, opening the performance for Moreno.

Twenty lucky fans will be lowered 400 feet for the performance, which will be held inside the volcano's dormant magma chamber. The event sold out in just a few days, even before any Moreno was announced as the performer. Read more here.

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Wings And Spooky Tooth Guitarist Henry McCullough Dead At 72

(Classic Rock) Wings, Joe Cocker and Spooky Tooth guitarist Henry McCullough has died at the age of 72. In 2012, McCullough suffered a heart attack which left him with brain damage, requiring him to have 24-hour care and attention. And his close friend and former Wings drummer Denny Seiwell issued a statement on Facebook confirming the news.

Seiwell says: "Heartbroken. My dear, dear friend Henry McCullough passed away. His four-year battle is over after his heart attack. Henry's wife Josie of 35 years told me he passed peacefully. Josie is an angel who took such great care of him all of these difficult years.

"Henry was a one-of-a-kind man. He lived life to the fullest and touched everyone he met both with his music and his spirit. He was my brother in all ways. My compadre in Wings and best friend since.

"I'm deeply saddened by the news but relieved that his suffering is over. Please keep Josie and his son Jessie in your thoughts during these days to come.

"RIP my dear friend. You've earned it. Take your special gift to the other side. You will be missed." Read Paul McCartney's tribute here.

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Deep Purple Cancel Shows Due To 'Health Issues'

(hennemusic) Deep Purple have cancelled a pair of shows in Sweden this week due to illness. The band was scheduled to perform at Gröna Lund in Stockholm on June 14 and Liseberg in Gothenburg on June 15 but both venues have posted cancellations due to "health issues."

No official statement has been issued by Deep Purple at press time. The 2016 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees are currently playing dates across Europe as part of a summer tour. The group are scheduled to perform next in Horsens, Denmark on June 17.

Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey recently shared an update on the band's new album. The group have spent the past few months working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who oversaw 2013's "Now What?!"

"As far as I know, it's all recorded and now," Airey told Russian news agency TASS. "It's on the tender mercies of Bob Ezrin, he's going to mix it. I haven't been given a release date, I know nothing about that as yet." See the venue tweets about the cancelations here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Carpool Karaoke Appearance Goes Online

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers were the featured guests on the latest edition of "Carpool Karaoke" on CBS-TV's The Late Late Show with James Corden on Monday night and video of the skit has been posted online.

Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer helped Corden get to work via the carpool lane during an action-packed episode that saw the group share stories, sing-along with their own tunes and even take the host on in a spontaneous wrestling match.

The music mix delivered Peppers classics like "Give It Away," "Under The Bridge," "Californication" and "By The Way" as well as "Dark Necessities", the lead single from the group's new album "The Getaway", which will be released on June 17.

"I never expected this to be as fun as it has been," said Corden. "People say 'don't meet your heroes,' but I don't think they've ever met the Red Hot Chili Peppers." Check out the skit here.

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Aerosmith Had Kalodner Fired Over Jaded Opinion?

(Classic Rock) Retired A&R executive John Kalodner, who worked with bands including AC/DC, Whitesnake and Aerosmith, says that Aerosmith had him fired for telling them his opinion of a recording.

Kalodner tells L.A. Weekly : "I was never afraid to speak my mind because their manager can get fired, their agent can get fired, but I worked for the record company. I couldn't get fired. They could just complain about me.

"Eventually, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry got me fired from working with Aerosmith at Columbia Records. Right after they recorded Jaded. That was such a great song. And I thought it was really poorly recorded digitally and I complained about the sound of the record and I didn't want them to record digitally.

"Tyler and Perry were really pissed off. They got me tossed off after that. And they never had another hit again." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Take Top Honor At Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards

(TeamRock Radio) Artists from across the metal world were honored in London last night at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods 2016 awards. The event at the city's Eventim Apollo drew artists and fans to the UK capital for a celebration of all things metal.

Saxon's Biff Byford took to the stage with Mikkey Dee and Phil Campbell for a rousing rendition of Ace Of Spades in honor of Lemmy, while Gojira, Halestorm and Amon Amarth also performed at the event to celebrate Metal Hammer's 30th birthday.

Iron Maiden, who closed the Download festival over the weekend, scooped the award for Best Album for The Book Of Souls, while Lamb Of God were honored with the Best Live Band Gong. Read more including the full list of winners here.

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Doug Aldrich Reveals He Auditioned For KISS

(Gibson) Doug Aldrich held down guitar duties with Whitesnake and Dio for years before joining the guys of The Dead Daisies. Gibson.com spoke with him about his guitar collection, the upcoming Dead Daisies album, his KISS audition and more.

When asked if he is excited to open for KISS with The Dead Daisies as part of the Freedom To Rock tour, Aldrich revealed that he had auditioned to replace Ace Frehley when he was just 18 years old.

He responded, "Absolutely! They've known the KISS guys and have toured together before, and I've played shows with KISS with Whitesnake. The funny thing is, in 1982, I auditioned for KISS! They were making a change from Ace Frehley, and I had just moved to Los Angeles and got to audition.

"I played a couple of songs with them and messed around in the studio a bit on some tracks. It was really cool. I was 18. That was when KISS had been a massive musical force for years. So, yes, we're all really excited about it." Check out the full interview here.

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Ghost Announce Popestar North American Tour

(hennemusic) Ghost have announced dates for a fall tour of North America. The Popestar tour will see the Swedish rockers play 36 shows in 35 cities starting in Rochester, NY on September 16 and wrapping up in Brooklyn, NY on November 12.

Tickets will include a digital download of Ghost's new covers EP that will be released on September 16. VIP packages are available now via ghost-official.com with general public tickets available Friday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

Currently on the road across Europe, Ghost will perform a half dozen US shows in North America next month - including an appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL - before launching the fall run. See the tour dates here.

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Descendents Announce Tour Dates

The Descendents have announced that they will be hitting the road this later this year for a U.S. tour that will also feature Modern Baseball, Beach Slang, F***ed Up and Bully.

The tour is scheduled to kick off with an appearance at this year's Riot Fest in Denver, Colorado in early September and will be concluding on November 12th in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theater.

The Descendents will be launching the tour in support of their new album "Hypercaffium Spazzinate," which is set to be released on July 29th and is the group's first new album in 12 years. See the tour dates here.

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Gojira Streaming New Song 'The Shooting Star'

(TeamRock Radio) Gojira have released an audio stream of their track The Shooting Star. The song comes from the band's upcoming album Magma, which will be released on June 17 via Roadrunner.

It's their first record since 2012's L'Enfant Sauvage - although drummer Mario DuPlantier recently said fans shouldn't have to wait as long for a future release.

He said: "I think we will go faster this time because we have tons to release. So there is good potential for a new album - not in four years, but before. We are talking about it and we don't want to wait too long for another album."

Gojira are currently on tour across Europe and will head out on the road across the US with Tesseract later this year. They played last weekend's Download festival and appeared at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London on Monday. See the dates and stream the new song here.

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In The Studio Release Journey's Escape 35th Anniversary Special

(ITS) Syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands explores Journey's 1981 album Escape, on its thirty-fifth anniversary. The show sent over the following details:

In every journey there are crossroads, pivotal moments where paths must be chosen, where there are opportunities to change direction or to go straight ahead. The rock band called Journey never stuck to the straight path through an odyssey of twists and turns, changes and certainly, crossroads.

The first change came in 1978 when Steve Perry joined the band as lead vocalist, transforming Journey from an improvisational progressive rock band into a mainstream commercial success. In 1981 there was another turning point when keyboardist and songwriter Gregg Rolie, one of Journey's original members, left the band. In came former Babys member Jonathan Cain, and his gift for melody, especially ballads, meshed perfectly with Steve Perry's voice.

It was no accident that Journey's first album with Jonathan Cain, Escape, went all the way to No. 1. Selling nearly ten million copies and staying in the Top 40 for more than a year, the band scored the hits, "Don't Stop Believing", "Who's Cryin' Now", "Stone in Love" and Journey's first # 1 hit "Open Arms".

Neal Schon, Steve Perry, and Jonathan Cain share with InTheStudio host Redbeard an in-depth look at the making of Escape, with the musical choices that ultimately underscored the success of this classic album.

"(Escape) was an ambitious broad stroke of the brush... It tried to cover a lot of territory. We could have been killed for it, but Journey was in the place where that statement could be made, musically. They had the freedom to actually make an artistic statement and be heard. People were listening." - Jonathan Cain

Stream the episode here.

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Gene Simmons Shares His Family's Holocaust History

(Radio.com) KISS Cofounder Gene Simmons became extremely candid when it came to his mother's experience during the Holocaust. Simmons was born Chaim Witz in 1949. He and his mother immigrated to the United States from Israel when he was eight years old.

Speaking with Big Issue, Simmons discussed her traumatizing past with the Nazis. "My mother was 14 when she was in the concentration camp in Nazi Germany," he said. "My father left us when I was about six. She, bless her--she continues to be a force--she never spoke about it."

Even though his mother didn't want to discuss what she'd been through, Simmons pushed forward by investigating what it was like. "I did my own research and found out just now terrible it was," he said.

"I've tried to talk about it but she just won't do it. She saw her mother walk into the gas chambers. Her whole family was destroyed. My mother was the only one left alive. And she was 14. I've been to the Holocaust museum in Israel. The Nazis kept detailed records of every name and I saw my mother's name at 14, listed as one of the passengers on the train." Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Releases Trailer For New Film '31'

(Radio.com) Ever since Rob Zombie released 2003's House of Corpses, he's been amassing a number of directorial and creative credits involving horror movies. His latest project 31 won't be released until September 16th, but fans can now see the trailer.

Zombie posted the trailer to Facebook on Tuesay (June 14). "I'm not here to brighten your dismal day," a man putting on clown paint says in the opening moments. "I'm here to end your miserable life." What follows is a hellish look at the carnival life gone wrong.

According to the movie's IMDB page, "Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns." Watch the trailer here.

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Orphaned Land Singer Working On Kna'an Soundtrack Project

(Prog) Orphaned Land singer Kobi Farhi and Amaseffer drummer Erez Yohanan have revealed they're working on a concept album together which will be released this summer.

The pair are collaborating on a soundtrack with other Orphaned Land members for theatre production Kna'an, which is the brainchild of director Walter Wayers. He's written a play which tells the biblical story of Abraham with a modern perspective.

The soundtrack is set for release on August 26 via Century Media Records and is said to feature "ballads and metal songs about all the characters and inner conflicts of the heroes in this complex episode - a story that still reflects until this day the three Abrahamic religions." Read more here.

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Karmakanic Release 'Dot' Album Teaser Video

(Prog) Swedish prog outfit Karmakanic have released an online teaser for their forthcoming album Dot. The follow-up to 2011's In A Perfect World is due out on July 22.

Bassist and keyboardist Jonas Reingold says: "I got my inspiration to start writing Dot when I stumbled upon a text by the famous American author and astronomer Carl Sagan a while ago. He was talking about how small and insignificant we are in this vast universe.

"It's fascinating to think that this little dot is all we are and all we'll ever be. It gives us perspective. And I think perspective is a great tool for making good choices." Watch the teaser here.

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