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Day in Rock Report for 06/22/2016


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Aerosmith Launching Farewell Tour Next Year

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler says that the band will begin a lengthy farewell tour in 2017. He made the revelation to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM satellite radio show on Tuesday.

"I love this band, I really do," Tyler told Stern, "and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have that the band's over. We're doing a farewell tour but it's only because it's time."

When Stern asked the singer to confirm the news about a farewell trek, Tyler replied "I think so, next year." Tyler said guitarist Joe Perry knows about the plans and, when questioned about the length of the tour, the rocker said, "Probably forever."

When Stern expressed concern over the concept by way of referencing how many times The Who have claimed to be on the road for a final tour - they're in the middle of their latest 3-year farewell run now - they both laughed when Tyler replied: "How about KISS? They did 19 farewell tours." Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Rejected $14 Million Reunion Offer For Mega-Festival?

(hennemusic) A new report claims that Led Zeppelin turned down a $14 million offer to reunited for a performance at the first Desert Trip Festival in Indio, CA this fall.

According to Showbiz411 columnist Roger Friedman, sources say that Jimmy Page was all for it but Robert Plant wouldn't agree to any kind of reunion. "Jimmy went crazy," one source told Friedman. "He really wanted to do it."

Friendman adds that Zeppelin's payday was equal to what all of the acts are being paid - $7 million per weekend - which doesn't include merchandise cuts that are expected to be huge.

The new classic rock festival Desert Trip will be headlined by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour Rehearsal Videos Go Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have been busy rehearsing for their summer stadium tour of North America - which kicks off in Detroit, MI on Thursday - and behind the scenes footage from the sessions has surfaced.

A short clip shared by Fender shows Duff McKagan and other members of the band in their rehearsal space to the soundtrack of the original recording of "Paradise City" - unfortunately no real audio from the sessions has been included in the footage.

DW Drums are also sharing video of Frank Ferrer from rehearsals. The summer shows will see the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform material from the band's legendary albums, including 1987's smash "Appetite For Destruction" - the biggest selling debut album of all time with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide.

The GNR lineup is rounded out by Ferrer, guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed alongside new addition, keyboardist Melissa Reese. Watch the videos here.

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Joey Jordison Speaks Out About 'Cowardly' Slipknot Firing

(Classic Rock) Joey Jordison has recalled feeling that he "didn't deserve" the "cowardly" way he was fired by Slipknot. The drummer was fired in 2013 and both he and the band remained silent on the reasons for his dismissal. But last week, he told Metal Hammer he had been diagnosed with a rare disease of the nervous system.

It left him unable to play the drums properly and he had to be carried to the stage during his final run of shows with Slipknot. In an in-depth interview with Metal Hammer, he opens up on his condition and recalls the "hurtful" way he was dismissed - in a "stupid f***ing email."

Jordison says: "No band meeting? None. Anything from management? No, nothing. All I got was a stupid f***ing email saying I was out of the band that I busted my ass my whole life to f***ing create.

"That's exactly what happened and it was hurtful. I didn't deserve that sh*t after what I'd done and everything I'd been through." Read more here.

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Videos Of Deftones' Chino Moreno's Volcano Concert Go Online

(TeamRock Radio) Videos of Chino Moreno performing inside an Icelandic volcano have been shared online. The Deftones frontman and 20 ticket holders were lowered 400 feet into the magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano - which last erupted more than 4000 years ago.

The show in Reykjavik marks the first time in history that an artist has performed publicly inside a volcano. The singer played a three-song set which included a Morrissey song, Deftones hit Change (In The House Of Flies) and a David Bowie track from his last album Blackstar, according to the BBC.

Deftones were headlining the Secret Solstice Festival bill in Iceland, which took place over the weekend of June 16 to 19. It was the band's first time performing in the country. Check out the videos here.

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Every Time I Die Announce New Album, Release First Video

(TeamRock Radio) Every Time I Die have confirmed they'll launch their eighth album Low Teens on September 23 and they've issued a video for new track The Coin Has A Say.

The New York metalcore outfit began working with New York producer Will Putney on the follow-up to 2014's All Parts Unknown earlier this year. The album is described as "their most poignant and impassioned album in a career full of sardonic illuminations and pit-inciting fervor."

A press release adds: "The band was on tour in Toronto in December when Keith received a phone call that his wife was in the hospital with a life-threatening pregnancy complication.

"It was a harrowing night as Buckley left the tour and raced home to overwhelming uncertainty. Both wife and daughter survived the ordeal, but the moment of crisis had a lasting impact on Buckley and an inevitable role in shaping the lyrical scope of Low Teens." Watch the video here.

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Kansas Announce First New Album In 16 Years 'The Prelude Implicit'

(Prog) Kansas will release "The Prelude Implicit," their first album in 16 years, on September 23. And guitarist Richard Williams has reassured listeners that, despite the interval, the work is comparable to their previous titles.

The 10-track follow-up to 2000's Somewhere To Elsewhere was co-produced by Williams and bandmates Zak Rizvi and Phil Ehart. It's to be launched via InsideOut Music.

Williams says: "This is definitely a Kansas album. Whether it's the trademark prog epic The Voyage Of Eight Eighteen, the biting rock of Rhythm In The Spirit, or the mindful ballad The Unsung Heroes, there's something on his album for every kind of Kansas fan.

"After years of pent-up creativity, the entire band is proud of The Prelude Implicit." Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots' Next Album Will Be More Confident

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots' Tyler Joseph believes the duo's fifth album will demonstrate more confidence in songwriting. And he doesn't feel under the same amount of strain he felt while writing for fourth album Blurryface, released last year.

They've just released a video for latest piece Heathens, which appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. Joseph tells AltPress: "I feel a greatest sense of freedom and less pressure. I felt a lot more pressure going from Vessel to Blurryface."

He thinks the success of their last record means it'll be easier to resist the arguments of industry execs who might want to impose "their formula."

He adds: "I feel so much confidence that I can look at myself and say, 'I know what we're making is for a group of people out there that want to hear it.' That's all the confidence I need."

But while the songwriting is set to improve, he says that he and bandmate Josh Dun will remain focused on the subject matters that have inspired them in the past.

"I'm not saying the songs will sound confident - I'm saying the song structures will," Joseph reports, adding that his reason for writing remains "to say things that I felt I couldn't say in a regular context."

He continues: "I'm looking forward to what an even more confident Twenty One Pilots record sounds like." Watch the new video here.

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Drive-By Truckers Announce New Album 'American Band'

(Radio.com) The Drive-By Truckers have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, which will be entitled "American Band," on September 30th. Radio.com had these details:

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Patterson Hood said in a statement about the album, "These are crazy times and we have made a record steeped in this moment of history that we're all trying to live through. We've always considered ourselves a political band, even when that aspect seemed to be concealed by some type of narrative device i.e. dealing with issues of race by telling a story set in the time of George Wallace or class struggles by setting 'Putting People of the Moon' in the age of Reagan."

"This time out, there are no such diversions," he continued. "As these songs are mostly set front and center in the current political arena with songs dealing with our racial and cultural divisions, gun violence, mass shootings and political a--ry. Once again, there is a nearly even split between the songs of [guitarist/singer/songwriter Mike] Cooley and myself, with both of us bringing in songs that seem to almost imply a conversation between us about our current place in time."

"American Band is a rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in. Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart." Read more here.

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KISS Rocks Vegas To Be Released In Various Formats

(hennemusic) Following its worldwide cinema premiere last month, KISS will release its concert film "KISS Rocks Vegas" on August 26th on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and LP formats.

The package captures the band live during their nine-show 2014 Las Vegas residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel And Casino. In addition to the regular concert, the project also features a seven-song acoustic set featuring vintage 1970s tracks by the band.

"We rocked and Vegas rolled!," says Paul Stanley. "This was epic in-your-face KISS! We got up close and personal. I think rock and roll fans will really enjoy this spectacle that only KISS can deliver."

A Deluxe Edition of "Kiss Rocks Vegas" will be available as a hardcover package with a 12x12 book, including photos from the show and an exclusive CD.

KISS will return to live action with their classic rock shows when they launch the US Freedom To Rock tour in Boise, ID on July 7. Read more here.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Announce Reissue Campaign, Anthology

(Chipster) Emerson, Lake & Palmer have announced that they will be kicking off their reissue campaign with their first three albums and a new 3-disc Anthology set on July 29th. We were sent the following details:

All the CD version booklets will feature authorative liner notes and interviews conducted in 2016 with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch.

The band's debut album 'Emerson, Lake & Palmer' (1970) will be available as a 2 CD set with CD 1 comprising the original album in its 2012 remastered edition. CD 2 offers an Alternate Album in a 2012 Steven Wilson stereo mix, with bonus tracks. The LP version will be the original album, newly cut for the first time from 24 Bit/HD 2012 remasters.
The Standard Digital Download will comprise the remastered 1970 album and an Alternate Album (2012 Stereo remix) with bonus tracks. The same contents will be available on MFiT and HD digital formats, all taken from the 2012 remasters.

'Emerson, Lake & Palmer' was first released after the group's critically acclaimed debut show at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, when they performed to 600,000 people. Its dynamic original compositions and classical adaptations are brimful of Keith Emerson's superb piano and Moog synthesizer work, Greg Lake's magnificent vocals, bass and acoustic guitar playing and Carl Palmer's lightning fast drumming.

Bartok's 'The Barbarian,' together with originals 'Take A Pebble,' 'Knife Edge,' and the three part suite 'The Three Fates' are followed by 'Tank' and Greg Lake's ballad 'Lucky Man' which was the band's debut single and a huge U.K. and U.S. hit. The Alternate album has 12 tracks peppered with bonus items notable an informal 'Rave Up,' a Carl Palmer 'Drum Solo,' and alternate versions of 'Take A Pebble,' 'Knife Edge' and 'Lucky Man.'

The band's second album 'Tarkus' (1971) saw ELP take a new direction with yet more complex keyboard sounds. The title track took up the whole of side one of the original LP, and defined the band's exultant, bombastic approach. 'Jeremy Bender' 'Bitches Crystal,' The Only Way (Hymn)', 'Infinite Space (Conclusion)', 'A Time And A Place,' and the rocking 'Are You Ready Eddy?' complete this Number One U.K. album that also shot to Number 9 in the U.S. charts.

CD 1 comprises the 1971 album remastered in 2012 by renowned rock remastering engineer Andy Pearce. CD 2 is the Steven Wilson Stereo Mix of the 2012 remaster, with bonus tracks taken from the original recording sessions. They are 'Oh My Father,' 'Unknown Ballad' and an alternate take of 'Mass' from the extended piece 'Tarkus.' The LP version is newly cut from the 2012 remaster, with original gatefold sleeve and artwork faithfully reproduced. The three Digital versions are also taken from the 2012 remasters.

ELP'S third album 'Pictures At An Exhibition' (1971) has been credited with inspiring many young musicians to embrace and study classical music. Based on the group's enthusiastic interpretation of the famous work by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, it was a major hit and reached Number 3 in the U.K. and Number 10 in the U.S. album charts. 'Pictures' was recorded on March 21st, 1971 at Newcastle City Hall, where Emerson made use of the hall's thunderous pipe organ.

The LP and disc 1 of the CD comprises an excellent new remaster of the 'Pictures' album from the original master tapes. On the 2 CD set, tracks on CD 1 include 'Promenade,' 'The Gnome,' 'Promenade,' 'The Sage,' 'The Old Castle, ' 'Blues Variations,' another reprise of 'Promenade', 'The Hut of Baba Yaga, ' The Curse of Baba Yaga,' 'The Hut of Baba Yaga,' 'The Great Gates of Kiev' and encore number 'Nut Rocker' a hit by B.Bumble & The Stingers. Bonus tracks are a medley of 'Pictures' recorded 'live' at the Mar Y Sol Festival, Puerto Rico, on December 4th, 1972.
Disc 2 has another live performance of the extended work, recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, on December 9th, 1970, complemented by live performances of ELP favourites 'The Barbarian,' 'Knife Edge,' 'Rondo' and 'Nut Rocker.'

Accompanying these three albums is a special 3 CD and Download release 'Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology.' Produced by Greg Lake, this superb, career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, the choice of material approved by all three band members. It is presented in special 'casebound' book packaging with detailed, informative sleeve notes by Chris Welch, illustrated with rare band photographs.

The songs are selected from the albums 'Emerson, Lake & Palmer,' 'Tarkus', 'Pictures At An Exhibition,' 'Trilogy', 'Brain Salad Surgery,' 'Welcome Back My Friends To the Show That Never Ends,' 'Works Volume 1,' 'Works Volume 2,' 'Works Live', 'Love Beach,' 'Live At Nassau Coliseum ' 78'. 'Black Moon'. 'In The Hot Seat,' 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1993' and 'Then & Now.'

Among the highlights are the band's performance of Copland's 'Hoedown', and their version of 'Jerusalem' by William Blake and Hubert Parry. CD 3 includes the stirring 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' Keith Emerson's hit rendition of the famed 'Honky Tonk Train Blues,' Greg Lake's 1975 solo hit 'I Believe In Father Christmas' and the group's menacing interpretation of the TV theme 'Peter Gunn.' 'Tiger In A Spotlight' is another live track, recorded at the group's comeback show at the Royal Albert Hall.

Subsequent batches of important original ELP albums will be released by BMG later in 2016. They are 'Trilogy,' (1972), 'Brain Salad Surgery' (1973) and the unique triple live album 'Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends' (1974).

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Mastodon Are 'Neck-Deep' Into New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Mastodon are "overwhelmed" with ideas for their next album. The band are writing the follow-up to 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun in their Atlanta, Georgia, studio and singer/guitarist Troy Sanders says the amount of material they have is presenting them with a "glorious problem."

He tells Billboard: "We are neck-deep in writing mode. We've been spending lots of time in our studio in Atlanta, and we've got loads and loads of demoed songs that we're listening to daily and trying to hone in on.

"After doing the typical album-tour cycle that we did the previous two years, it's now feeling good to get back into the writing process. It's that balance that keeps this thing going, so we've been in Atlanta each week over the past few months, just working on new thoughts, new patterns, new ideas. It's coming along pretty great. I'm thrilled with it so far." Read more here.

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Riverside Announce 5.1 Version Of 'Love, Fear And The Time Machine'

(Prog) Riverside will release a 5.1 surround sound version of their latest album Love, Fear And The Time Machine next month. The Polish prog outfit's sixth album was originally released last year, with the 5.1 version set for release on July 22 via InsideOutMusic.

It will be available as a CD+DVD Digipak with slightly modified artwork. The bonus DVD is a hybrid DVD-AV disc and includes a DVD-Audio and a DVD-Video session on the same disc. The DVD-Audio portion contains the main album and Day Session as high resolution 24bit lossless stereo versions, as well as the main album in an MLP lossless 24bit 5.1 surround version.

The DVD-V portion contains the main album and the Day Session in high resolution 24bit lossless stereo versions as well as the main album in high resolution 24bit DTS 5.1 surround version, along with four videos. Read more here.

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Lock Of David Bowie's Hair Up For Auction

(Classic Rock) A lock of David Bowie's hair is expected to fetch as much as $4000 at auction. Heritage Auctions is offering a 2-inch piece of the rock icon's hair for sale as part of a wider auction of Bowie memorabilia. The hair comes attached to a photograph of Bowie with the hair's current owner.

Wendy Farrier is a former employee of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London and snipped his hair in 1983 to create a wig for Bowie's wax figure. She kept a small section of his hair as a souvenir.

Farrier says: "Hair samples were taken so that they could be matched at a later stage to accurately reproduce the various shades of blond Bowie had as his style at the time." Read more here.

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Voivod and Entombed AD Announce European Tour

(Prog) Voivod have announced a European tour with Entombed AD. The Canadian prog heroes will play 27 European shows in October and November, kicking off on October 26 in Germany. They are in addition to Voivod's previously announced European tour dates.

Drummer Michel 'Away' Langevin says: "Touring, recording, touring...we love it and we are thrilled to go back to Europe, this time with our friends in metal, Entombed AD."

The tour is in support of Voivod's Post Society EP, released earlier this year. They are working on a new album, expected for release in 2017. See the tour dates here.

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Pierce The Veil Announce Q&A Webcast Event

(TeamRock Radio) Pierce The Veil will appear in a fan Q&A webcast session on June 28. The metalcore outfit will perform an exclusive show at the Red Bull Sound Space at Kroq before the interview, hosted by radio presenter Stryker. The event bookends the home stretch of their tour in support of latest album Misadventures.

Frontman Vic Fuentes previously said of the album: "I went on a journey to try and find other lyrics, because I felt I wasn't going to make them in that studio. I decided to travel around, live in different cities, in different houses and AirBnBs, it all inspired me in different ways.

"I ended up writing the last two songs in Seattle. I took a cheap plane ticket up there on my own to finish the last two songs and it was a really exciting experience." Read more here.

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Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss Stars In Lo Sound Desert Doc

(Classic Rock) Members of Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Fu Manchu and more will feature in a music documentary named Lo Sound Desert. Narrated by QOTSA frontman and Eagles Of Death Metal drummer Josh Homme, the film is based on the birth of the Californian Desert music scene in the early 80s.

The promoters behind London's Desertfest will also premiere the documentary at its Black Heart venue on the day of its release on July 1 - followed by live bands and a DJ set.

Lo Sound Desert is described as: "From endless jams in unconditioned rehearsal garages, to wasteland venues to smoked-up European backstage rooms. Desert rock, a specific vibe of pure analog rock music, was fostered by the beauty of a surrounding that naturally provides a lot of space.

"Until nowadays it continued its slow-moving underground spread and became international treasure. In a way desert rock never reached extreme popularity like simultaneously grown, commercially-hyped grunge rock in the early 90s. But it still seems to be around and inspires new generations of rock bands to carry on."

A trailer for the film can be viewed here.

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White Zombie Refused To Find New Singer When Rob Went Solo

(TeamRock Radio) Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult recalls feeling like Rob Zombie's debut solo album was a "slap in the face" after the band split in 1997. She recalls that she, frontman Rob Zombie and guitarist Jay Yuenger had agreed to meet up after a year apart to discuss making more music - but she says that Zombie declined reunion plans and issued his 1998 debut Hellbilly Deluxe soon afterwards.

Yseult tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "First of all, I knew that we were breaking up - it wasn't a big surprise - but it was a little bit of a slap in the face to me and Jay. After one year, we were supposed to be taking a break, and then we were going to have a call and talk about getting back together and making a record.

"I knew that we weren't getting back together, but Jay and I both said, 'We have more riffs. We'd love to write some more music.' And Rob kept saying, 'No, no, no. I think we're done.'"

She continues: "What are you gonna say? You can't tell the singer that he has to sing. Even though our manager told Jay and I that we should go on and continue on with White Zombie and get a new singer, we both refused that.

"But the slap in the face was that Rob's solo record came out, like, the next day - so he spent that year making a record, knowing that White Zombie wasn't going to be a band again. But, like, who cares? I didn't care. I moved to New Orleans. I knew that we'd already broken up anyway." Stream the full interview here.

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Obscura Release 'Ten Sepiroth' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Obscura have released a video for their track "Ten Sepiroth". The song comes from the band's latest studio album Akroasis, which was released earlier this year.

Guitarist Tom Geldschlager left the band during recording sessions back in July. He was replaced by Rafael Trujillo. Of the album, frontman Steffen Kummerer said:

"Without question Akroasis is the heaviest, most complex record we have made to date. We cannot wait to perform live again and bring this excellent music to stages around the globe." Watch the video here.

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Volbeat, Airbourne and Crobot Euro Tour Announced

(Classic Rock) Volbeat have announced the first dates of a European tour, with support from Airbourne and Crobot. Michael Poulsen's band will continue on the road to support the launch of sixth album Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie.

Earlier this month they listed a run of North American dates, to follow their current European run. oulsen says of the tour: "Rock'n'roll from three continents gathered in one place will be loud enough to tear the roof off any building."

He recently reported that Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie demonstrated Volbeat's interest in catching emotion over perfection in the studio, explaining: "We pretty just much want to get the job done and get the hell out.

"For me, it's not about having the perfect take - it's about having the take that has the most spirit and soul in it." See the dates here.

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