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Day in Rock Report for 06/17/2016


Today's Top Stories


Red Hot Chili Peppers Frontman Saves Baby's Life

(Radio.com) Add "life saver" to Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis' resume. While shooting 'Carpool Karaoke' for The Late Late Show, the band experienced a life threatening situation that didn't make its way on air. During a pause in between takes, a mother began screaming that her child couldn't breathe. Without hesitating, Anthony Kiedis rushed over to help.

Speaking with a UK radio station, Kiedis was totally chill about the frightening event. "We danced off, we tied, and then we were going to celebrate with some Mexican food on the corner," he said. "And a woman came out of her house, holding a child, saying, 'My baby, my baby, my baby can't breathe!' We all ran across the street, the lady thrust her baby into my arms, the baby was not breathing, and I thought, 'I'm gonna try and do a little baby CPR real quick, see if I can get some air in this kid.'"

Kiedis said he couldn't open the baby's mouth in order to perform true CPR. "So I started rubbing the belly, bubbles came out of the mouth, the eyes rolled back into place, the ambulance showed up," he said. "I handed the baby over, who was now breathing and fine, and we went back to 'Carpool Karaoke.' It was kind of a beautiful thing that we stopped for the dance-off. The baby needed help and we were there." Read more here.

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Meat Loaf Collapses On Stage

(Classic Rock) Meat Loaf was rushed to hospital on Thursday night (June 16) after collapsing on stage during a show. He was performing classic track I Would Do Anything For Love at the Jubliee Auditorium in Edmonton, Canada, when he slowly leaned down then fell over on his back.

Video shows the audience responding as if it's part of the act until roadies appear on stage a few seconds later and crowd round the veteran performer, 68. Witnesses say that fans were then told to leave, while Meat Loaf was taken to a nearby medical centre about 20 minutes after the incident began.

One attendee told the Edmonton Journal: "It looked at first like he was just being theatrical and lying down. Next thing we knew, security were telling us to clear the venue."

She said that his voice had sounded strained before his collapse, adding that he seemed "a little bit tired and at times it was hard to hear him." Read more and watch the video here.

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Deep Purple's Ian Paice Suffers A Mini-Stroke

(hennemusic) Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice has revealed that a "mini-stroke" he experienced was responsible for the band's concert cancellations in Sweden and Denmark this week.

The band cancelled scheduled performances at Gröna Lund in Stockholm on June 14, Liseberg in Gothenburg on June 15 and The Prison - Open Air at Horsens, Denmark on June 17.

While the venues announced the shows were off due to "health issues", Deep Purple had not issued a public statement until Paice posted a message on the group's website offering an explanation in an effort to inform fans and reduce speculation over the situation.

"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week, I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible, and also to stop all the speculation and rumors," began Paice. "On the morning of the 14th of June, I woke up to find that the right side of my body was feeling numb and I could not control my right hand and fingers. So I had myself admitted to hospital where I was diagnosed with having suffered a 'mini stroke', or TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)."

"The hospital staff in Stockholm were amazing and started my treatment straight away," he continued. "After both CT and MIR scans there was found to be no serious or permanent damage. As of this moment all I am suffering is a slightly numb right side of the face a tingling sensation in my right hand." Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reveal Support Acts For Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have added four more artists to the list of opening acts that will join them on their summer stadium tour of North America. The trek will see the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

Rising country star Chris Stapleton will joins GNR in Nashville, TN on June 9; local boys Billy Talent will open in Toronto, ON on July 16; The Cult will appear on four dates in late July/early August in Atlanta, Orlando, New Orleans and Arlington, TX, while Skrillex will perform in Houston on August 5.

Previously announced acts on the summer trek include Alice In Chains, who will open the first five dates of the Not In This Lifetime tour, while Lenny Kravitz is on board for two pairs of shows in Foxborough, MA and East Rutherford, NJ in mid-July.

Artists for the remaining nine concerts are still to be announced. Read more and watch the video announcement here.

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Status Quo's Rick Parfitt Has Suspected Heart Attack

(Classic Rock) Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt is being treated in a Turkish hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack. He fell ill following the band's performance in the country after performing at the Antalya Expo Wednesday night (June 15).

His condition is described as serious, although a press release states that Parfitt has "already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener."

Quo manager Simon Porter adds: "No further comment will be made at this stage until the completion of the next round of tests and assessments to be made over the next few days. We would ask you to respect the family's privacy at this difficult time." Read more here.

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Joey Jordison Had To Be Carried Onstage At His Final Slipknot Shows

(TeamRock Radio) Joey Jordison has given more details on the illness that led to his departure from Slipknot. Earlier this week, the drummer gave an emotional speech after being honored at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, where he revealed he was left unable to play drums in the months leading up to his departure from Slipknot because of transverse myelitis - a rare disease of the nervous system.

After the ceremony in London, Metal Hammer spoke with Jordison, who gave further details on his condition - and he says he was so ill at one point, he had to be carried to the stage to play live.

He says: "It was at the end of the memorial shows we did for Paul Gray. We were in Canada, at the end of my last run of shows with Slipknot, and something happened to me but I didn't know what it was. I was super ill.

"You can be sick and still play, but this was something I'd never felt in my life before. We found out what I have is transverse myelitis - a neurological condition that hits your spinal cord, and it wiped my legs out completely. It's like having your legs cut off, basically.

"I played those last couple of shows and it scared the living sh*t out of me. I didn't know what it was." Read more here.

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Heart Stream New Song Featuring Metallica's James Hetfield

(hennemusic) Heart team up with James Hetfield of Metallica on "Beautiful Broken", the lead single and title track to their upcoming album. Heart are premiering the song with the release of a lyric video for the track.

The Metallica frontman helped the Seattle rockers revamp the tune, which first appeared as a bonus track on their 2012 release, "Fanatic." "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, "Beautiful Broken" the album sees the Wilson sisters delivering three new songs alongside updated versions of some of their favorite tracks from the past. Stream the song here.

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Megadeth Going To Make Drummer Decision Soon Says Mustaine

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine says he will make a decision about Megadeth's drummer situation "real soon." The band currently have Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren out on the road with them as Chris Adler has returned to work with Lamb Of God. Adler was recruited by Mustaine to work on Megadeth's latest album Dystopia and has toured with the band until recently.

But with Adler committed to Lamb Of God and not set to return to Megadeth until June 28, Mustaine says he has to decide how he wants to handle the situation going forward.

He tells Kerrang: "We're still trying to figure out what we're gonna do with our drum position. It's great having Dirk here. He's been really wonderful to play with also. So there's not a shortage of great players out there, and we're gonna make our decision real soon." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Trail: Jimmy Page Says Stairway Chord Sequence Not Unique

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has argued that the chord sequence at the heart of the Stairway To Heaven trial "has been around for ever." He was testifying during the third day of legal proceedings in a Los Angeles court, after the representatives of late Spirit guitarist Randy California claimed Led Zeppelin had taken the introduction to 1971's Stairway from California's 1968 release Taurus.

During his second day at the witness stand, Page was asked about having said that the structure was more similar to Chim Chim Cher-ee from 1964 musical film Mary Poppins than it was to Taurus.

He told plaintiff lawyer Francis Malofiy: "No, I didn't say that. I may have said the chord sequences are very similar - because that chord sequence has been around for ever."

Judge Gary Klausner wouldn't allow Page's analysis of the song to be taken as expert testimony since he hadn't been called in that capacity. Read more here.

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Crucified Barbara Announce They Have Broken Up

(Classic Rock) Crucified Barbara have announced they've broken up. The Swedish outfit formed in 1998 and issued four albums, their last being 2014's In The Red. But they report that they've decided to call it a day, and have thanked fans for their support over the years.

Mia Coldheart, Klara Force, Ida Evileye and Nicki Wicked say in a statement: "Today we are sad to say that a long journey has come to an end. Crucified Barbara were our dream and you all made it come true.

"The times we've had together as a band and shared on and off stage with you guys leaves memories that no time can kill. Our lives have parted and we need to move on. The last years have taken its toll on all of us and the joy of playing together got lost somewhere along the way." Read more here.

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Michael Schenker Slams The Scorpions

(Classic Rock) Michael Schenker has launched yet another tirade at his brother Rudolf - saying that the Scorpions haven't done anything worth talking about in 23 years.

Earlier this year, Michael said he couldn't trust his brother and last month expanded on that by saying Rudolf had taken advantage of him and took credit for his work.

Now Michael has taken a further swipe at his former band, telling Eddie Trunk Live (via Blabbermouth): "For the last 23 years, they haven't done anything that is worth talking about. All they have done is they've been milking the past. There's nothing else they have done. And maybe people are afraid talking about it. But the fact is they are fooling the people."

He adds: "Rudolf's a wannabe and a trick master. I am not going to talk to anybody about this. Rudolf knows exactly what he did wrong, and only Rudolf himself can fix it for himself." Read more here.

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In This Moment Guitarist's Arthritis Led To Opiate Addiction

(TeamRock Radio) In This Moment guitarist Chris Howorth has revealed how his battle to control the pain of undiagnosed arthritis led to a six-year addiction to opiates.

Doctors recently told him he was suffering from the disorder in his neck and shoulders. This week he reported he'd been undergoing treatment for four weeks and he'd carry on working with Maria Brink's band.

But he'd been fighting increasing pain for eight years, which resulted in an addiction that he only managed to defeat in 2014. Howorth tells KBAT 99.9: "I went through a period on tour where I started to dabble with opiates just because of the pain in my neck. I'd take one to help me with the pain after the show - and as everyone knows, one turns into two.

"I started taking them before the show because it would make me have a better show. That went on for about three years. I think I did a lot of over-reaching and overdoing it. I was masking what was going on."

Despite resolving his addiction two years ago, Howorth only sought medical attention after his condition forced In This Moment to cancel a European tour in April. Read more here.

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Crown The Empire Release 'Zero' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Crown The Empire have released a video for their track, Zero. It features on the US outfit's upcoming album Retrograde, which is set to launch on July 22 via Rise Records.

Frontman Andy Leo says of the track: "We wrote this song specifically for our longtime fans. We feel that the song's explosive energy coupled with the psychedelic production and video really puts our best foot forward to give the listener an idea of what they can expect to hear from the album overall."

Crown The Empire will head out on the road later this month as part of this summer's Vans Warped tour. Check out the dates for the trek and watch the new video here.

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Foghat Streaming New Song 'Knock If Off'

(Classic Rock) Foghat are streaming Knock If Off from new album Under The Influence. The album is the follow-up to 2010's Last Train Home, and sees the band working with several other musicians.

Alongside current Foghat members Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett, guitarist Scott Holt - a member of Buddy Guy's band - lends a hand as well as Grammy winning producer/songwriter Tom Hambridge, sinmger Dana Fuchs, and Savoy Brown founder and guitarist Kim Simmonds. Original Foghat bassist Nick Jameson appears on a new version of the classic Slow Ride.

"The recording of Knock It Off took a different path than most of the other songs on the record," says guitarist Bryan Bassett. "Most of the songs on the album were recorded live with minimal overdubs, generally just the addition of some lead guitar and vocals. This song was developed over the course of 4 or 5 sessions. We recorded the basic track with just Charlie [Huhn] and I on guitar and Roger (Earl) on the drums, all in the same room with me sitting at the recording console in our Florida studio, Boogie Motel South.

"We recorded Craig's [MacGregor] bass as an overdub in another session and then Charlie and I set about editing the track to get the song structure the way we wanted it. I recorded my lead guitar tracks at my home studio and that completed the music bed. The lyrics came last when we had a group song/lyric writing session with our producer Tom Hambridge. We then recorded a great vocal from Charlie and the song was completed and ready for mixing." Stream the song here.

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Gone Is Gone Release 'Stolen From Me' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Gone Is Gone have released a video for their track Stolen From Me. It's taken from the group's upcoming self-titled debut EP, due for release on July 8 via Black Dune Records.

The band features Mastodon singer and bassist Troy Sanders, At The Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist and keyboardist Mike Zarin.

They have previously unveiled videos for Violescent and Starlight. Sanders tells Billboard: "With the eight tracks that are coming out on this record in July, I think it really touches on everything that's to come, because since the recording of these first eight songs, we've recorded and written many, many, many other tracks, and I think it's very promising to the four of use because we realize how very far we've grown in just a short amount of time." Watch the video here.

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6-Year-Old With Cancer Meets His Iron Maiden Hero

(Classic Rock) A six-year-old boy with cancer had the time of his life when he met his hero Bruce Dickinson at Download festival. Rossi Starbrook - who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) when he was just four - is a heavy metal fan thanks to his rock-loving parents Leanne and Richard.

And when the Nottinghamshire youngster heard that his favourite band were headlining Download 2016, he set about recording himself singing the band's classic Aces High and posting it on YouTube.

The video went viral and led to Download chief Andy Copping getting in touch with the Starbrook family. Before little Rossi knew it, he was meeting the Maiden frontman - who had his own battle with cancer - backstage at Donington.

And he watched the band's set while dressed up as a mini version of Maiden's mascot Eddie. Leanne, 45, tells TeamRock: "A guy who used to work security for Maiden saw Rossi's video and it turned out he also knew Andy Copping. So we were put in touch and Andy was just amazing." Read more here.

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Killswitch Engage In Axe-Throwing Battle

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage duo Jesse Leach and Joel Stroetzel have appeared in the latest episode of mini-series Axe-Throwing Battle. In the PureGrainAudio short, the singer and guitarist face off against each other in a competition to see who can get closest to a wooden bullseye, while their bandmates look on.

Last week, Killswitch guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz revealed that he and Leach's Times Of Grace project would put out the follow-up to 2011's The Hymn Of A Broken Man.

He told 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." Watch the Axe-Throwing Battle here.

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Moreland & Arbuckle Release Take Me With You Video

(The Blues) Moreland & Arbuckle have released a video for their track Take Me With You (When You Go). It's taken from their first album with Alligator Records, Promised Land Or Bust, which was launched last month.

Guitarist Aaron Moreland has described the work as "consciously traditional" but also says it features "the signature drive and power that we've crafted over the past 13 years."

Promised Land Or Bust is on sale now. Moreland & Arbuckle tour the UK and Europe later this month. See the tour dates and watch the new music video here.

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Glass Hammer Reveal Rearranged Lineup Ahead Valkyrie Release

(Prog) Glass Hammer will release 16th studio album Valkyrie in the autumn, they've confirmed. And they've told Prog that vocalist Susie Bogdanowicz has moved up to front the band, with support from mainmen Fred Schendel and Steve Babb.

She replaces Jon Davison, whose role has diminished since joining Yes in 2012. The follow-up to last year's The Breaking Of The World is describe as a full-blown concept album in the tradition of 2002's Lex Rex and 2005's The Inconsolable Secret. In a video trailer, Glass Hammer tease the line: "The battle was only the beginning. This war was going to last… for ever."

Babb tells Prog: "Our fans have been begging for Susie to have a bigger role in our music for years. We're happy that she'll be fronting the band, with Fred and I in supporting roles.

"So the role of vocalist in Glass Hammer stays within the original core group. Of course, Kamran Alan Shikoh and Aaron Raulston remain solid members." Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Dead Daisies' Long Way To Go

Rock supergroup The Dead Daisies released their brand new "Long Way To Go" video today and to celebrate we asked David Lowy and John Corabi to tell us about the song. The track comes from their new album "Make Some Noise" (out Aug 5th). Here are the stories:

David Lowy: I was going through my pre-gig routine on my guitar before a show about 12 months ago and this riff just came to me that reminded me of my really good friend Doc Neeson, the front man for the Australian band The Angels, who passed away about one year earlier. I grew up in Australia and The Angels had a really huge influence on me and I was fortunate enough to write, record and perform with Doc in a band called Red Phoenix.

What's really interesting about the riff is the first two bars are 4/4 and the third bar is 2/4 which gives it a really interesting feel. I played the riff to my band mates and they dug it and so did Marti Frederiksen, the producer who worked with us on our forthcoming album Make Some Noise. The band collectively sat down and worked out a song around the riff which has special significance to me and the relationship I had with Doc and also the influence that Rick and John Brewster, the two guitarists from The Angels had on me.

We completed the verse, chorus and melody before we had any lyrics. Then John Corabi and I were talking about the song and what it means to me and I just said to him "It's like all things in life, you've got a long way to go and no time to get there" and when John heard this, he took it and ran with it. John writes about things that are really relevant to the world today, if you listen to our track "With You And I" from our album "Revolución" it's about the turmoil in the world and so is "Long Way To Go", it's a very meaningful track to us as the music is an ode to my friend Doc Neeson and the lyrics that John came up with are very poignant with what's going on in the world today.

John Corabi: Well, David Lowy actually came up with the title "Long Way To Go (and no time to get there)", and I think he was basically jokingly referring to our schedule of getting "Make Some Noise" finished in the allotted amount of time. I thought it was a great title, and when I sat down with Marti (Frederiksen), we just came up with a concept lyrically about the things we see in the news everyday. The "race" issues here in America, all of the things that are going on with Terrorism, and just the political landscape all over the world... So, if you listen to the lyrics it describes all of this, then says..."We've got a LONG WAY TO GO...and NO TIME to get there!!!" In other words, straighten our act together FAST!!!!!

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

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