Day in Rock Report for 06/28/2016

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Guns N' Roses Change Things Up In D.C.

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses brought their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland near Washington, D.C. on June 26 and videos from the show have been posted online.

Following the launch in Detroit on June 23, the second date of the group's summer stadium tour of North America saw the reunited band perform at the home of the NFL\s Washington Redskins.

The 25-song set included an instrumental take on the Derek And The Dominos classic "Layla" as a lead-in to "November Rain", while the band dropped the "Use Your Illusion" tune "Don't Cry" from the encore in place of the 1989 single "Patience."

Prior to the show, Redskins owner Dan Snyder, head coach Jay Gruden and General Manager Scot McCloughan had a quick photo-op with Axl Rose backstage, which the team shared via their social media sites.

Guns N' Roses will next perform at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO on June 29. Check out the videos

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Yellowcard Breaking Up After Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Yellowcard have announced they'll split after nearly 20 years as a band. The Florida punk outfit issued their debut album Midget Tossing in 1997 and will release their self-titled 10th album on September 30.

But following the studio release and a world tour, Ryan Key, Sean Mackin, Ryan Mendez and Josh Portman will go their separate ways. The band say: "We have decided that it is time for Yellowcard to come to an end. We can only hope that the memories we have made together with you will stay in your hearts as well.

"You have stood by us through all of the highs and lows on this unbelievable journey." The band have announced shows in the US, UK and Europe - with Australian and Japanese dates to be revealed in due course. See the dates here.

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From Slipknot To Country Music For Joey Jordison?

(TeamRock Radio) Joey Jordison says he won't rule out recording a country album in the future - and could even turn his hand to opera music. The former Slipknot drummer is working on two new projects - Vimic and Sinsaenum - and says he's always looking for other opportunities to expand his musical horizons.

In an exclusive interview with Metal Hammer, Jordison says: "My brain never stops. I never stop. Being a musician that digs a lot of different styles, you always want to fill that void in your heart, just so it's done, just so it's finished.

"There are always things I want to do. That's why I've played in so many bands in my life. It's not that I jump from one thing to another, it's just such a great opportunity to play with so many great people and I've learned a lot from all of them.

"I can't stick with one thing. People can say whatever the f*** they want about me. I never betray what I'm doing at one time. One day I might do a country record because I love country music. I love opera... so who knows? I like to expand my horizons as much as I can." Read more here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Almost Top Album Chart With 'The Getaway'

(hennemusic) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have debuted their latest album, "The Getaway", at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200. Billboard reports the project enters the chart with opening week sales of 118,000 equivalent album units (108,000 in traditional album sales).

It's the seventh US top 10 album for the group, and third to hit the No. 2 slot following 2011's "I'm With You" and 2002's "By The Way"; the Chili Peppers notched one No. 1 album, "Stadium Arcadium", in 2006.

"The Getaway" also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the top selling albums of the week. Produced by Danger Mouse, the record marks the Los Angeles group's first album in five years and was launched with the lead single and video for the track "Dark Necessities." Read more here.

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Ozzy Would Like To Extend Black Sabbath Farewell Tour

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne would like to see Black Sabbath's farewell tour extended beyond its end next year - but he accepts it's unlikely to happen. And he's preparing for the emotion to build up ahead of their last-ever concerts in their home city of Birmingham on February 2 and 4.

The band's The End tour is currently moving through Europe, with dates to follow in North and South America, before a final run in the UK. Ozzy tells Billboard: "We're doing 80 shows - it's good enough. I wouldn't mind extending the tour for another few gigs. There's a lot of people who won't get to see us, but I don't think it's going to happen."

He says of the tour so far: "It's great. I'm having a blast with it. Right now I'm okay with it. I'm sure as it starts counting down to five shows left or something, it's going to be kind of emotional." Read more here.

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Dokken Rules Out Extending Reunion

(Classic Rock) The anticipated Dokken reunion will take place in Japan, frontman Don Dokken has confirmed - but he says he's refusing every offer to perform in the US and Europe.

The run of gigs, which are yet to be listed, take place in October, featuring guitarist George Lynch, bassist Jeff Pilson and drummer Mick Brown, who last month said plans were underway. A live DVD is to be recorded for a later release.

Describing it as a "temporary reunion," Dokken tells The Classic Metal Show: "Years ago I made a comment offhandedly, like, 'I'll do it for this amount of money.' It was like a one and a lot of zeroes.

"That was my price. Everybody said, 'You're crazy,' I said, 'Well, that's my price.' Now, 15 years later, somebody came up with that price. So I approached George and Jeff and I said, 'You guys want to make a sh*tload of money for about one week of work?'
"Basically they could make more in one week than they'd probably make in several years, so everybody said, 'Okay.'" Read more

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The Ghost Inside's Jonathan Vigil Leg Cast Finally Removed

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside vocalist Jonathan Vigil reports he's finally had the cast removed from his leg. The singer was forced to undergo further surgery on his ankle last month after a screw dislodged and came out of his skin. Vigil then received another health blow when it was revealed he'd been diagnosed with a bone infection.

But with the cast now off, the singer says he's ready to begin the "next chapter" of his recovery - and hopes it won't be long before he's walking on his own again.

Vigil says: "Cast is off and stitches are coming out. My foot is gnarly, I know, but I'm stoked to not be in a cast anymore. People who've ever had to shower with a leg cast know my pain.

"Three weeks more of antibiotics and now that there's no more metal in my ankle, the bone infection shouldn't come back. Then it's on to the next chapter. Getting closer every single day to the goal of walking on my own again. Not too long now." Read more here.

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Deen Castronovo Was Backed By Journey Following Firing

(Classic Rock) Deen Castronovo is grateful for the moral and financial backing Journey gave him after they fired him last year. The drummer was dismissed following years of alcohol and drug abuse that led to him being sentenced to four years' probation for assaulting his fiancee.

He'd been arrested after a 24-day methamphetamine binge - and later publicly accepted responsibility for his actions, saying: "Domestic violence is a choice."

Since then, he's kept in touch with former bandmates Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain - and his only recent musical commitment has been recording for Cain's worship music album What God Wants To Hear.

Castronovo tells UCR: "The beautiful thing is that the band were very kind. They left me with a substantial amount of money to make sure I was taken care of.

"Neal texts me from time to time, but Jon gave me a chance. We stay in contact and he's my spiritual mentor. I have days, you know, you see the reviews on the shows and you're going, 'Man, they're doing so good. I wish I could have been there.'

"Jon's like, 'It's okay - you're where you're supposed to be right now. You just stay on it.'" Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men Release 'Pain' Video, Reveal Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men have released a video for their track "Pain" - taken from upcoming album 'Cold World.' The band's fourth album and follow-up to 2014's Restoring Force is released on September 9.

Of Mice & Men previously revealed that 14-year-old fan Cassy will appear on the album. The youngster has terminal brain cancer and her handclaps will be heard on one of the album's tracks.

They said: "The relationship and history between Cassy, Austin Carlile and the band has been a rich one over the years. Today was a much needed day for Cassy, her mom, cousin and family, as was it for all involved.

"Today was a day to forget all the stresses and problems of the world and to be surrounded by nothing but pure love, happiness and joy. Today Cassy was disease-free - today Cassy was 'living the dream.'" Read more and watch the video and see the album art and tracklisting here.

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Periphery Streaming New Song 'Flatline'

(Prog) Periphery have streamed their track "Flatline" from upcoming album 'Periphery III: Select Difficulty.' The follow-up to last year's twin titles 'Juggernaut: Alpha' and 'Juggernaut: Omega' is released on July 22 via Sumerian Records.

Guitarist Jake Bowen says: "For the past couple of years we've been refining our collaborative process, and we feel that it's only getting better with the completion of this album.

"We spent two months writing songs that are not only representative of the Periphery sound, but also reflect where all of us are as musicians. Working together has helped us tread new ground musically and creatively."

The band commence a North American tour in August without bassist Adam 'Nolly' Getgood, who's decided to end his live career - although he remains a creative member of the band. Check out the new song here.

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Devil You Know Officially Split With John Sankey

(TeamRock Radio) Devil You Know's split with drummer John Sankey has become permanent, the band have announced. Former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones' outfit started touring in March without Sankey, who said he wanted to concentrate on the launch of his Legion festival in Australia.

They first worked with ex-DevilDriver man John Boeklin, then last month confirmed the arrival of Nick Augusto, formerly of Trivium. Now Devil You Know say:

"We have decided to part ways with John Sankey and will be back on the road this fall. We are not taking any unsolicited drummer audition videos. Big news in the coming weeks!"

Sankey reports: "After communications over the last few weeks, Devil You Know and I have decided that I move on." Read more here.

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Lonely The Brave Announce Dust & Bones EP, Release Video

(TeamRock Radio) Lonely The Brave have announced that they will release a new EP called Dust & Bones in August and they have released a video for the title song of the effort.

The four-track release features Dust & Bones as the lead track. The song appeared on the group's second album Things Will Matter. As well as the title track, the EP features three non album songs. Original tracks Place Isn't Lost and Bottled Time are supplemented by a cover of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb.

The band had this to say about the video: "We have made a brand new video for our new single Dust & Bones - made up of live footage from our album launch in Cambridge. See if you can see yourself in there and please do share and spread the word."

Dust & Bones will be available on colored 120-inch vinyl, limited to 500 copies, and in digital formats. Watch the video and read more here.

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Prince's Custom Yellow Cloud Guitar Fetches Over $137K

(Classic Rock) Prince's Yellow Cloud guitar which he used throughout the 90s has sold at auction for $137,500. The custom-built guitar was made by Minneapolis Knut-Koupee Enterprises and is outfitted with gold knobs, tremolo and tuning keys. It was purchased by Indianapolis Colts owner and avid music memorabilia collector Jim Irsay - who also bought former Beatle Ringo Starr's drum kit for $1.4 million last year.

Prince's former guitar technician Zeke Clark says of the guitar (via Heritage Auctions): "This Yellow Cloud guitar was Prince's main guitar and used in most of his early videos and touring performances and album recordings. From around 1988 until 1994.

"In 1994 he broke the neck of this guitar at a French TV show. After returning to the US, I repaired the neck and installed the first Floyd Rose set up Prince ever played. He used it to record more albums, up until the symbol guitar was born. After the symbol guitar, he wanted 24 additional cloud guitars made to be sold at his outlet store." Read more here.

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Whitechapel Release 'Elitist Ones' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Whitechapel have released a video for their song "Elitist Ones." The song comes from the band's latest album 'Mark Of The Blade,' which launched on June 24.

Guitarist Alex Wade said of the follow-up to 2014's Our Endless War: "At this point in our career and as we grow older, we are taking a more open-minded approach to creating our music, allowing what we think sounds good to evolve naturally, rather than to just write what is expected of us."

Whitechapel are scheduled to perform as part of this summer's Vans Warped Tour in the US. They'll also lead the Impericon Never Say Die! tour alongside Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex and Obey The Brave this winter. See the dates and watch the new video here.

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The Night Watch Announce 36-Minute Track

(Prog) The Night Watch have announced they'll release a 36-minute track entitled Boundaries on July 15. The track is also described as "a powerful exploration of just how emotional instrumental music can be."

The band from Ottawa, Canada, report the piece has been two years in the making and add that it shifts "seamlessly from intricate technicality to soaring atmospheres, crushing heaviness to delicate melancholy."

Guitarist Nathanael Larochette, violinist Evan Runge, bassist Matthew Cowan and drummer Daniel Mollema have a handful of Canadian live dates scheduled in support of Boundaries, which is available for pre-order from the group's Bandcamp page. See the dates and the cover art here.

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Miss May I, We Came As Romans and Attila Ink With New Label

(TeamRock Radio) Miss May I, We Came As Romans and Attila are among six acts signed up by new label SharpTone Records. It's the brainchild of Nuclear Blast execs Markus Staiger and Shawn Keith, and the launch roster also includes Don Broco, Loathe and World War Me.

SharpTone say they'll "encompass many multitude of genres and subgenres in rock music." Their HQ is in Los Angeles with offices in the UK, Germany and Australia.

Keith reports: "We're not just another record label - we're a new music company, allowing artists to be as creative and passionate as they choose to be." Read more here.

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Motley Crue's The End Concert Film Hitting Canadian Theaters

(hennemusic) Motley Crue will screen their farewell concert film The End in select Canadian theaters on July 11. The screening follows the film's worldwide debut in US cinemas on June 14.

Directed by Christian Lamb, the project presents the Crue's final live performance at the Staples Center in their hometown of Los Angeles, CA this past New Year's Eve; the material is rounded with interviews and behind the scenes material shot by Jackass creator Jeff Tremaine.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1981, Motley Crue went on to sell more than 100 million albums worldwide, including 25 million in the States alone. Tickets for "Motley Crue: The End" are available via cineplex.com - a list of participating Canadian theaters can be found here.

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Smokey Fingers Release 'The Road Is My Home' Video

(The Blues) Smokey Fingers have released a video for their track "The Road Is My Home". The song comes from the Italian southern rock band's second album "Promised Land."

Frontman Luke Paterniti says of the album: "It differs from Columbus Way in being a more conscious. The title derives from an experience I had a few years back in the States, visiting the places I'd dream of.

"I'd reached the promised land that we'd sung about on Columbus Way." The new album, Promised Land, is set to be released on September 9 via Tanzan Music. Watch the new video here.

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Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, The Fringe Lead Progtoberfest Lineup

(Prog) Carl Palmer's ELP Legacy, The Fringe and Peter Gabriel-inspired band The Security Project will perform at this year's Progtoberfest in Chicago on October 21-23.

It was also announced last week that jazz fusion icons Brand X have reunited, with an appearance scheduled at the prog showcase at Reggies Chicago on October 21 as they plot their autumn comeback tour.

The lineup features original members John Goodsall, Percy Jones and Kenwood Dennard, along with keyboardist Chris Clark and percussionist Scott Weinberger - who will perform together for the first time since 1999. Read more here.

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Cane Hill Release 'You're So Wonderful' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Cane Hill have issued a video for their song You're So Wonderful. The track is lifted from the New Orleans metal outfit's upcoming album Smile, which is due out on July 15. The promo follows the release of their True Love video earlier this month.

Frontman Elijah Witt says of the track: "You're So Wonderful is the most self-deprecating song we've ever written, and probably the most honest. We wanted to try something really different for us."

Cane Hill have joined the Vans Warped Tour in the US alongside Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu and Good Charlotte. It continues until mid-August. See the dates and watch the video here.

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