Day in Rock Report for 06/23/2016

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Great White Frontman Drank Himself Into A Coma

(Classic Rock) Great White frontman Jack Russell has revealed that he drank himself into a coma last year before getting help to sober up. The vocalist - who will release his album The Gauntlet later this year under the banner of Jack Russell's Great White - says he hit rock bottom in his battle with booze in 2015.

Russell tells Music Mania: "I was in a coma eight months ago from drinking too much. The doctor told me when I woke up, 'If you drink again, your liver's gonna shut down and you're gonna die.'

"So I'm not gonna take the chance. I'm doing good right now. My body's in great shape. I've been working out. I've been running. I just took care of myself, got some muscle on me, and I'm back on stage doing what I used to do. It's great." Read more here.

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Tom DeLonge Talking To Travis Barker About Blink-182 Future

(Classic Rock) Estranged Blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge says he's "talking" with the band's drummer Travis Barker about their future. DeLonge split with the group in 2015 and last month said he'd been in contact with Blink's Mark Hoppus - although the bassist insisted he hadn't seen the singer for a year and a half.

Now DeLonge says he's been in talks with drummer Travis Barker about his place in the band, and has played down suggestions in a recent interview with Science.Mic that he left Blink to search for UFOs.

The singer says: "Quitting the band to search for UFOs? WTF is wrong with you, media? I'm actually talking to Travis about us right now - never did quit, remember?" Read more here.

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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Case Now In Jury's Hands

(hennemusic) The copyright infringement lawsuit over Led Zeppelin's signature song, "Stairway To Heaven," is now in the hands of the jury as both sides presented closing arguments in a Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday.

The suit - brought by Randy California's estate and members of Spirit by trustee Michael Skidmore - claims the acoustic introduction to 1971's "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus."

Courthouse News Service reports Skidmore's attorney Francis Malofiy asked jurors to award California a one-third songwriting credit and its accompanying financial rewards to the song alongside Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

Malofiy asked the jury to award an amount in damages that is somewhere between the $58.5 million in recent gross revenue for music that included Led Zeppelin's 87-song catalog, and close to $7 million in revenue from "Stairway" alone - while the defendants held firm that the figure was closer to to $800,000.

Zeppelin attorney Peter Anderson said that Skidmore had failed to show that any member of Led Zeppelin had ever heard "Taurus." He explained that music experts had testified that the introductions to both songs in question use a commonplace descending chromatic line that has "existed for hundreds of years" and is evident in numerous 21st Century pop songs including "My Funny Valentine" and The Beatles' "Michelle."

"I don't have to say [California] copied it from 'Michelle.' It belongs to everyone. It's a musical device," said Anderson. Listen to both tracks here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's Jason Hook Cast As FBI Agent In Film

(Gibson) Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook is delving into acting. Hook will appear in the movie Z, an upcoming film about the famed Zodiac Killer. Hook will portray an agent from the FBI in the film.

He announced the news on his Instagram page, sharing a photo of himself with the movie's co-stars, Shane West and Leslie Bibb. In the Instagram photo's caption, Hook stated, "What a great experience with cool people!"

In other news, Hook and Five Finger Death Punch have a ton brewing this year, mainly massive amounts of tour dates. The band will embark on a co-headlining tour with Shinedown this fall, kicking off Oct. 18 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and Avatar Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Avenged Sevenfold will tour the US with Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and Avatar in September. The five-date run kicks off in Bonner Springs, Kansas, on September 12 and the shows have been slotted in to their previously announced itinerary.

The band are currently demoing their seventh album - following an attempt to walk out on their contract with their record label Warner Bros earlier this year. No completion date has been given for the follow-up to 2013's Hail To The King - but it's expected at some time this year.

The band issued a statement in January, saying: "We want our fans to know this - we are in the middle of writing a record we cannot wait for you to hear. We expect to go into the studio very soon, and look forward to releasing our new album later this year." See the dates here.

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Late Megadeth Star Nick Menza's Art Collection To Be Unveiled

(Classic Rock) An art collection by late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza is set to be unveiled on what would have been his 52nd birthday. He'd been collaborating with creative company SceneFour on a project entitled Influx before he died last month after suffering a heart attack while performing with his band Ohm.

The collection was due to be released on June 16, but SceneFour, along with Menza's family, decided to push that date back in light of his death - and it'll now be unveiled on July 23, the day Menza would have turned 52.

SceneFour say of the project: "The process involves the use of drumsticks that light to craft the visuals within the artwork. To build the piece, Menza worked with SceneFour, the art team behind the medium and publishers of rhythmic works by a highly select group of legendary drummers." Read more here.

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Every Time I Die's New Album Features Brendon Urie

(TeamRock Radio) Every Time I Die have released the tracklist and artwork for their upcoming album Low Teens, which will feature a guest appearance from Panic! At The Disco mainman Brendon Urie.

He sings on the track It Remembers. Earlier this week, the band issued the single The Coin Has A Say from the record, which is now available for pre-order.

Low Teens is the follow-up to 2014's From Parts Unknown is set to be released on September 23 via Epitaph. Every Time I Die are currently on the Vans Warped Tour, which continues throughout the summer. See the cover art, tracklisting and tour dates here.

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Staind Frontman Aaron Lewis Releasing New Solo Album

(Gibson) Aaron Lewis rose to fame in the emotive, post-grunge band Staind, but he has country in his blood. Lewis unleashed his debut solo album, The Road, in 2012, which was a full-out country release, and now, he's back with a new solo country album, Sinner, out Sept. 16.

The upcoming album features the country single "That Ain't Country," which is available for download now via iTunes. Lewis says that the new album champions old-school sounding country music.

"I'd like to think that Sinner is a newer take on classic, traditional outlaw country, Waylon (Jennings) and Merle (Haggard) and Willie (Nelson), and Hank (Williams) Jr. and Johnny Cash and all that stuff," Lewis said in a statement. "That was the music I heard a kid, and that's the country music that permeated my soul and stuck with me my whole life." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Ordered To Take It Easy On Upcoming Tour

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has revealed that his doctor has ordered him to refrain from headbanging and jumping around on stage on their upcoming North American tour.

The band was forced to postponed the kick of the trek with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men when Taylor had to undergo "unplanned spinal surgery" after the singer says he broke his neck without realizing it.

Now Corey has updated fans about his visit with his doctor. He tweeted, "Neck Update: follow-up appt w/ Dr was great! For now, no headbanging, jumping. But I'll sing my ass off. Back to 90% 4-6 months, 100%/year."

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Opeth Announce North American Tour

(Prog) Opeth have announced a 21-date North American tour for later this year. The shows have been scheduled around their upcoming 12th album entitled Sorceress which is set to arrive later this year. Support will be provided by The Sword.

The run of shows will kick off in Pittsburgh on September 29 and wrap up in Vancouver on October 26 - a few weeks before they return to Europe for a winter tour. The new dates can be found below in bold.

Opeth recently signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for the follow-up to 2014's Pale Communion. Mainman Mikael Akerfeldt said: "We're happy to confirm that we have indeed signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and will be putting out our 12th studio album Sorceress via our own imprint, Moderbolaget Records.

"The decision was made in Markus Staiger's - Nuclear Blast kingpin - ridiculously potent Porsche going at 150mph somewhere in the south of Germany.

"We're happy to be part of the NB team and look forward to a fruitful relationship." See the dates here.

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Terry Bozzio Announces U.S. Solo Tour

(Prog) Iconic drummer Terry Bozzio has announced a US solo tour. The sticksman, who has worked with Frank Zappa and Jeff Beck, is embarking on the trek to promote his 2015 release, Terry Bozzio Composer Series. It contains 59 compositions and 59 accompanying paintings in a 4CD package.

He'll also perform using the "world's largest tuned drum and percussion set" each night of the tour. Bozzio says: "I'm looking forward to this extensive US tour in August and November.

"I'll have some new pieces to play on my big kit and hopefully some surprises for you in this new show." Check out the dates for the trek which kicks off on August 14th in Phoenix here.

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Enter Shikari Release Live 'Redshift' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari have released a video of their performance of Redshift at London's Alexandra Palace. The Hertfordshire band originally planned to release the entire show as a live video package using crowd-shot footage and film captured from giant screens during the February show.

But in the end they didn't have enough good quality footage and have instead opted to put out recent single Redshift as a standalone visual document of the night.

Frontman Rou Reynolds says: "After such a spectacle, we decided to cobble together and edit the footage from the jumbotrons on the night. Unfortunately a lot of the crowd footage was warped and unusable, but we were only able to put together one great track rather than a whole show, but we hope this'll give you an idea of the energy on the night.

"Being such a DIY tour - programming the video screen content and 4.1 surround sound mix ourselves, for example - it seems only right and proper that we apply that approach to the documentation of the show too. Victory snatched from the jaws of defeat, and all that." Watch the video here.

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Rob Zombie Releases 'Medication For The Melancholy' Video

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie has released a video for the track "Medication For The Melancholy" from his latest album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."

The clip comes on the heels of the recently-issued "The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God", and several other tunes from the set, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 41,000 units.

Produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, "Electric Warlock" features the rocker and his touring band of guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish.

"I can easily say this is my favorite album yet... no joke," raves Zombie. "Yeah I know everyone says that. But it is seriously our heaviest musical monster to date. Not since 'Hellbilly Deluxe' have I spent this long putting an album together. It was worth it."

Zombie is gearing up to launch a summer tour of North America with Korn that will begin in Greenwood Village, CO on July 19. Watch the new video here.

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Sari Schorr Announces New Album 'A Force of Nature'

(The Blues) Sari Schorr will release her debut album "A Force of Nature" on September 2. The record includes a Walter Trout-penned track, Work No More, which also features Trout on guitar.

New York-based Schorr's band, The Engine Room, features British guitarist Innes Sibun, who formerly worked with Robert Plant. Schorr says: "Something magical happens when we're on stage together. We're fuelled further by the audiences' reaction and everything's possible. I love touring and enjoy the privilege of meeting so many like-minded people who share our love of the blues."

Schorr got noticed by the wider blues world after several years of touring the US and Europe with Joe Louis Walker and Popa Chubby. She was recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall Of Fame.

A video showing the making of A Force of Nature can be viewed here.

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Longtime ZZ Top Manager Bill Ham Dead At 79

(Classic Rock) Longtime ZZ Top manager Bill Ham has died aged 79 at his home in Austin. The Travis County Medical Examiner Office confirmed his passing to Austin 360, though the cause of death has not yet been announced.

The Texan founded management company Lone Wolf in 1969 and helped ZZ Top on their rise to international fame and also propelled country singer Clint Black to stardom.

After ZZ Top departed Warner Bros for RCA Records as their sales began to dip in the early 90s, Ham won a contract that earned them millions over five albums.

In 2000, Ham topped the 25 Most Powerful People In Austin list in the American Statesman - as his firm Hamstein Publishing company heavily influenced the country and pop charts over the years. Read more here.

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Kentucky Headhunters Announce Their Very First UK Tour

(The Blues) The Kentucky Headhunters will play their first-ever UK tour around their appearance at the Ramblin' Man Fair in July. They share the weekender bill with Black Stone Cherry, which includes drummer John Fred Young, whose father Richard and uncle Fred are members of the Headhunters.

Guitarist Richard recently told Classic Rock: "I'm terrified of flying. I haven't been on a plane for 37 years. We were coming to Europe in 1990 to support Dire Straits, until the Iraq War. I hate to admit, I was relieved.

"But my son John Fred insisted, 'It's time to put up or shut up.'" The Headhunters last year released Meet Me In Bluesland, which they recorded with late piano icon Johnnie Johnson in 2003. See the tour dates here.

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Prog Supergroup Good Tiger Announce Euro Tour

(Prog) Good Tiger have announced a European winter tour after they were revealed as nominees at the Progressive Music Awards. The supergroup features Tesseract ex-vocalist Elliot Coleman, former The Safety Fire guitarists Derya Nagle and Joaquin Ardiles, former The Faceless drummer Alex Rudinger and Architects' former touring guitarist Morgan Sinclair on bass.

Good Tiger will tour Europe alongside Dance Gavin Dance in support of their debut album A Head Full Of Moonlight, which they released in April. As for their Prog nomination, Nagle says the band are thrilled to make the shortlist.

He says: "It's amazing to be nominated for a Prog award, especially as the band is coming up to its first year anniversary. I can only hope a dragon or some kind of mystical creature will present the award to the winning band." See the tour dates here.

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Airbourne Announce New Album 'Breakin' Outta Hell'

(TeamRock Radio) Airbourne have revealed that their fourth album Breakin' Outta Hell will be released in the autumn and they will launch a North American headline tour and a European trek with Volbeat.

The Australian rockers will also issue the album's title track as a single on July 8. Breakin' Outta Hell will be released via Spinefarm Records after Airbourne penned a new worldwide deal with the label.

The album is produced by Bob Marlette, who also worked on their 2007 debut Runnin' Wild. It will be engineered and mixed by Mike Fraser, who has previously worked with Aerosmith, Van Halen and Metallica. See the intl tour dates here.

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Queensryche, Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal U.S. Tour Announced

(hennemusic) Queensryche have announced date for a fall US tour in support of their latest album "Condition Human." The month-long run with guests Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal will begin at The Showbox in the band's hometown of Seattle, WA on November 15.

"We are pleased to announce that we will be hitting the road this November with the one and only Armored Saint and Midnight Eternal," says vocalist Todd La Torre. "We're looking forward to seeing all of you for this great billing of musical diversity and high energy performances! Come join the Ryche this November - December!"

On sale dates for the fall shows vary by city, with several going on sale Friday, June 24 - check your local ticket provider for more details. See the tour dates here.

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Maynard James Keenan Releases Authorized Biography Trailer

(Radio.com) If you want a peek into the mind of Maynard James Keenan, you're about to get an exclusive inside look. His approved biography A Perfect Union of Contrary Things will be available November 8th and a trailer for the book has gone online.

Keenan worked closely with writer and longtime friend Sarah Jansen on the project. The point was to move away from the understanding of Keenan only as a musician or as Tool's frontman, and illuminate and explore the many other facets of his personality.

Not only will readers get photographs of Keenan as a child up to the present, but many of the people he's worked with in the music industry along with his friends and family contributed interviews for a well-rounded look. And then, of course, there's Keenan in his own words, sharing stories, insight and more about his life, which took him from the Midwest to the Army to art school and beyond.

According to the book's press release, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things "presents the outtakes, the scenes of disappointment and triumph, and the events that led him to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities." Watch the book's trailer here.

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