Day in Rock Report for 06/29/2016

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Aerosmith Farewell Tour Reports Addressed By Joe Perry

(hennemusic) As Steven Tyler makes headlines with his solo debut and talk of a possible Aerosmith farewell tour launch in 2017, guitarist Joe Perry says the group continue to keep their options open.

"It's one of many things we've talked about as a band, but I don't know it it's the end," Perry tells Guitar World. "We take it from album to tour and day to day. It's the same philosophy we've always had.

But even if that final tour comes about, it could go on for two years. There are still a lot of places we haven't played yet that we want to play. More to follow; let's just put it that way."

As he makes the rounds to promote the July 15 release of his debut solo album, "We're All Somebody From Somewhere", Tyler recently told Howard Stern that the Boston band will begin a lengthy farewell tour next year.

"I love this band, I really do," explained the singer, "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." Read more here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Freaked Out Marilyn Manson

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor recalls drinking his own vomit from a cup in front of a "freaked out" Marilyn Manson. Slipknot's North American tour with Manson kicks off in Nashville tonight, having been postponed when Taylor underwent surgery on his spine.

And the vocalist says things previously got a little weird backstage when his band and Manson were on the same Ozzfest 2001 bill. Taylor tells Rolling Stone: "I was pretty lit, pretty much for that whole tour. I do remember throwing up in a cup and drinking it in front of Manson and he kind of freaked out.

"He didn't really know how to take it. And then he ran into our dressing room in tighty-whitey underwear and kind of danced for us and kind of ran back out, and we were like, 'What the f*** just happened?'"

Taylor adds that, despite both Slipknot and Manson's reputation for shenanigans, they tend not to try outdo each other when it comes to pranks. Read more here.

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Motley Crue Camp 'A Little Bit Pissy' Over Corabi-Mars Collaboration?

(Classic Rock) John Corabi wants to do more work with former Motley Crue colleague Mick Mars - but he says someone close to the band is being "a little bit pissy" about it.

The singer, who fronted Crue from 1992 until 1997, recently recorded vocal tracks for two songs written by Mars, and he'd like to continue the collaboration.

But he believes there might be a problem with the contract Crue signed before their farewell tour, forbidding them from undertaking particular activities after their split in December.

Corabi tells Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM: "Mick said he wants to write. I said, 'Mick, if you can be patient with me, I'd love to do something with you - but right now I'm doing this Dead Daisies record, then my record, the live one, comes out shortly after that.'

"So I'm kind of busy. I don't need to do it for the money. I want to be able to focus and put a hundred percent into it." He continues: "The other think I'm kind of concerned with is, I'm just guesstimating here, but there's still some things they have to get situated in the Motley camp.

"I know they all signed an agreement, and from what I'm led to believe, part of that camp is a little bit pissy with me working with Mick." Read more here.

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Elvis Presley's First Guitarist Scotty Moore Dead At 84

(The Blues) Elvis Presley's first guitarist Scotty Moore has died at the age of 84 at his Nashville home. He was the last survivor of the musical group that helped forge the King's success, along with bassist Bill Black, producer Sam Phillips, and later, drummer JD Fontana.

His work with Presley is credited with inspiring Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and many others, and he's credited with being a major contributor to the development of rock music.

Confirming Moore's death, biographer James L Dickerson told Billboard: "I consider him one of the co-founders of rock'n'roll because of the guitar licks he invented." Read more here.

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Mastodon's New Release 'Shaping Up To Be A Double Album'

(Prog) Mastodon's seventh release is likely to be a double-length album, says guitarist Brent Hinds. The follow-up to 2014's Once More 'Round The Sun will feature one record written entirely by him, plus a second created by bandmates Brann Dailor, Troy Sanders and Bill Kelliher.

Hinds tells Guitar World: "It's shaping up to be a double album. One is an album I wrote myself and recorded with Brann and Troy during the Once More 'Round The Sun sessions.

"My part is called Cold Dark Place - it has to do with a nasty breakup that I went through. I wrote some pretty dark, beautiful, spooky, funky, ethereal, melancholy music."

He adds: "The other guys are writing another album, which I haven't even heard yet, so I can't tell you what it sounds like." Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Dispels Black Country Communion Rumor

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes says Black Country Communion's reunion record will be the "big rock album" that the world needs. He'll start work next month with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, drummer Jason Bonham and producer Kevin Shirley, with the follow-up to 2012's Afterglow due to arrive early next year.

The sessions come five years after the supergroup imploded when vocalist-bassist Hughes and guitarist Bonamassa disagreed over balancing their commitments with their solo careers.

But Hughes tells Metalized: "Joe and I are very friendly. We never ever fell out. Joe is a solo artist, as I am now. The fans on the internet thought we were fighting - we never fought. When Joe and I had dinner in March in LA, we hugged each other and said, 'We're friends, we're family.' I'm a big fan of Joe as a person and a musician."

The disagreement arose when Hughes pushed for more live shows, despite Bonamassa's position that he didn't want to suspend his solo work for too long. Read more here.

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Twenty One Pilots Go Behind-The-Scenes Of 'Heathens'

(TeamRock Radio) Twenty One Pilots have released a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of their music video for latest single Heathens. The track features on the upcoming Suicide Squad movie soundtrack. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order.

The Heathens video is shot in what is meant to be "the basement of an insane asylum."

Drummer Josh Dun says: "We've got a whole bunch of extras that are prison-looking dudes. I'm gonna get some fake tattoos on my arm and neck - mostly so that I don't feel to intimidated with these guys, I can feel like I sort of blend in a little bit. But it will be cool for the video too, I think."

Twenty One Pilots are partway through a world tour, which includes appearances at the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals in August. Watch the video and see the tour dates here.

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Guns N' Roses Favored As Glastonbury Headliners

(Classic Rock) British bookies have made Guns N' Roses favorites to headline next year's Glastonbury festival. The day after this year's Glasto at Worthy Farm was closed by a headline performance by Coldplay, bookies William Hill made the reunited GNR 8/11 favourites to headline the 2017 event.

Kasabian are priced at 5/4 to headline any of the three nights in 2017, with Radiohead and The Stone Roses joint third favourites at 2/1. The Foo Fighters are priced at 3/1.

William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly says: "After yet another successful Glastonbury, all thoughts will already be turning towards 2017's festival and it looks likely that a couple of recently reformed bands - Guns N' Roses and The Stone Roses - may be headlining the Pyramid Stage next summer."

The Who, Manic Street Preachers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruce Springsteen, The Prodigy and Justin Bieber are among the other acts in the running for headline slots at Glastonbury next year. Read more here.

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Melvins Release 'Hideous Woman' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Melvins have released a video for their track "Hideous Woman". The song features on their latest album Basses Loaded which launched earlier this month via Ipecac Recordings.

The record features six bass players, with mainman Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover joined by Nirvana's Krist Novoselic, Redd Kross' Steve McDonald, Butthole Surfers' JD Pinkus, Big Business' Jared Warren and Mr Bungle and Fantomas man Trevor Dunn.

In April, the band confirmed they'd star in an un-named cartoon which will also feature their music. Crover said: "Two of our songs are going to be included in a cartoon show - a kids cartoon show. Nobody knows that yet. I don't know if I can say what they are but it's pretty cool.

"We saw the finished version and it's really great. It's not just a cameo - we're actually in the whole show. It's a cool cartoon that kids and adults will both enjoy." Watch the video here.

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Prince Changed Steven Wilson's Aversion To Streaming

(Prog) Steven Wilson allowed his music to become available on streaming services after he performed a live tribute to Prince the day he died - and realised a large part of the audience didn't recognise the music.

Wilson this month released his solo catalogue via Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Deezer and Tidal, after years of holding out against the platforms.

He'd decided his concerns over digital distribution were outweighed by the importance of having his music heard. Wilson tells PopMatters: "When Prince passed away I was in Vienna with my band. We heard about a half hour before we went on stage.

"I was very affected by that - Prince, for most of the 80s, was my number-one musical hero. That night I tried to do a little tribute.

"I remember introducing the song, and it became obvious that about 50% of the audience didn't really know who Prince was. Maybe they'd heard the name and a couple of hits, but that was about it. I asked myself, 'How could that be?'"

He concluded that Prince's aversion to streaming services had been a major factor. "I think that affected his mainstream profile - that's why a lot of young people didn't know much about who Prince was. Most of his music was unavailable." Read more here.

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Earache Records Say Decapitated Dispute Already Settled By Court

(TeamRock Radio) Earache Records say Decapitated have no grounds for legal action against the label and insist the matter has already been dealt with by the courts. The Polish death metal group previously released a video asking fans to buy a new range of merch to help fund a legal action against the UK-based label over alleged unpaid royalties.

Now Earache have issued a response to TeamRock, saying the matter was heard by a British court in November of last year and that the court found in favour of the record label.

Dan Tobin, Earache's label manager for the UK and Europe, tells TeamRock: "This issue was dealt with by the courts in the UK back in November, categorically in Earache's favor, so this a non-story in reality.

"The court decided in Earache's favour back in November, actually awarding Earache substantial costs, which are yet to be received. Obviously they feel wronged by the court decision, which by the way, was instigated by the band." Read more here.

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Sabaton Release Trailer For Forthcoming 'The Last Stand' Album

(TeamRock Radio) Sabaton have issued a trailer for their upcoming album The Last Stand. The follow-up to 2014's Heroes will be released on August 19 via Nuclear Blast and the Swedish outfit previously revealed the track The Lost Battalion.

Frontman Joakim Broden says: "I want to share this joy and happiness with everyone because that's what I'm feeling because the album is done. It's fantastic and I love it."

The Last Stand can be pre-ordered now. The band recently wrapped up a European tour but will hit the road again in August for a handful of live shows before heading out with Accept in 2017. Watch the trailer here.

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Aisles Streaming New Song 'Upside Down'

(Prog) Aisles have released a stream of their track Upside Down. The song features on the Chilean outfit's fourth album Hawaii, out on July 29 via Presagio Records.

Guitarist German Vergara says: "Upside Down talks about a future society that has gained awareness of the tragedy that is losing the planet Earth and decides to begin again, living life in a completely different way.

"Emotionally it's a song about regret, but at the same time hope, happiness, and freedom. Musically, we wanted to convey the feeling of vertigo because these humans will live in cylinders that rotate on their axes generating gravity.

"It's a powerful song. Its energy comes mainly from the vocal performance and the piano lines to transmit the idea of change, transformation and freedom. It has one of the most original guitar solos we've ever written." Stream the song here.

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Hellions Announce Album, Release 'Quality Of Life' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Australian rockers Hellions have announced their third album will be out next month. The follow-up to 2015's "Indian Summer" is called Opera Oblivia and will be issued on July 29 via UNFD.

The band have also unveiled a video for Quality Of Life, which appears on the upcoming album. A stream of the song was made available in May. Guitarist Matthew Gravolin says: "We would love for Opera Oblivia to be an escape for its listeners, but more than that, we want it to commiserate with people through our common unpleasantries and overwhelming hardships, and also celebrate alongside our inevitable victory. We want people to allow it to befriend them and remain with them long after its sounds fade out."

The album sees Hellions collaborate with producer Shane Edwards, Northlane's Jonathon Deiley, Ocean Grove's Sam Bassal and Duane Hazell of Heroes For Hire. Read more and watch the video here.

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Van Der Graaf Generator Talk 'Vital' New Album 'Do Not Disturb'

(Prog) Van Der Graaf Generator mainman Peter Hammill says the band's 13th studio album Do Not Disturb features some of the most technically demanding work they've ever done.

The follow-up to 2012's ALT was recorded over the space of a week after rehearsal sessions, with all backing tracks recorded live in the studio. And Hammill reports the album is a "vital" addition to the band's catalogue.

He tells Prog: "Some of this music is as technically demanding as anything Van Der Graaf Generator have ever played. Other passages rely on the feel and empathy which has been built up over the years.

"As a whole, it's a confident and assertive exploration of the possibilities of a modern trio. Lyrically, the passage of time and the cascades of shared memory and experience illuminate the songs. Do Not Disturb is a vital addition to the recorded Van Der Graaf Generator canon."

The cover art and tracklist for Do Not Disturb can be viewed here.

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Coachella Was 'Awkward' For Volbeat Says Michael Poulsen

(Classic Rock) Volbeat's Michael Poulsen has described the band's appearance at this year's Coachella festival as "awkward." The Danish band were one of only a few hard rock bands on the bill for the April festival in California, which Poulsen says made for a strange atmosphere.

While the band's American guitarist Rob Caggiano and their management firm Q Prime were explaining the importance of Coachella, Poulsen, drummer Jon Larsen and former bassist Anders Kjolholm were clueless.

Poulsen tells Billboard: "We're just hillbilly Danes, we f***ing never heard of Coachella. Rob and Q Prime were just laughing, saying, 'Are you crazy, it's the most important show in America.'

"Me, Jon and Anders were like, 'We don't know the festival, we don't know any of the names of the bands playing the festival.' We were not that impressed. For us, it was just another festival in America. But we could see and hear how important it was for everyone that knew the festival.

"We did it, and it seemed like people liked us. So at the end, we're glad we did it, even though it's one of the more awkward festivals we've played." See their upcoming tour dates here.

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VOLA Release 'Starburn' Video

(Prog) VOLA have premiered the video for their track Starburn exclusively with Prog. The song comes from the Danish band's upcoming debut album Inmazes, released via Mascot Records on 2LP, CD and digital formats on September 16.

It follows the band's two early EPs, Homesick Machinery and Monsters. Guitarist Asger Mygind says: "On Monsters we started experimenting with seven-string guitars and a lot of polymetrics - odd-time signatures over a straight 4/4 beat in our case.

"And it worked so well on the EP that we wanted to elaborate on this for a full album. But I think we have gotten better at producing our music as a band, which has given way to a tighter and more in-your-face vibe on Inmazes."

The band say they enjoyed having more room to experiment on an album format, as opposed to the shorter EP format. Mygind adds: "The album format of course also allows for a more voluminous story to be told in music and lyrics, which can lead to an overall more rewarding creative experience - and by that - a more rewarding listening experience." Watch the video here.

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Dead Letter Circus Announce UK Tour

(Prog) Dead Letter Circus have announced that they will be launching a five-date UK headline tour in October. Special guests on all five dates will be Disperse.

The dates will follow previously announced shows in their homeland of Australia, along with performances in Germany and Switzerland. They have been lined up in support of their latest album Aesthesis.

Singer Kim Benzie says: "After touring the Aesthesis album through Australia, New Zealand and the US, we're beyond pumped to finally be bringing our new album and tour to the UK in October." See the dates here.

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