Day in Rock Report for 06/30/2016

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Guns N' Roses Icons Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum Team Up

(Classic Rock) Former Guns N' Roses members Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum have collaborated on a track called FP Money. The track will be released in July and was recorded and mixed by JT Longoria at Brotheryn Studios in California.

As well as founding GNR guitarist Stradlin and former GNR drummer Sorum, FP Money features Damon Fox on keyboards, Tony Babylon on bass and Rick Richards on lead guitar. Stradlin handles vocal duties on the song.

Sorum says: "Izzy Stradlin and I have collaborated on a new song he wrote called FP Money out in July everywhere . It was great to reconnect again and make some rock'n'roll with this great singer , songwriter guitarist and all around cool dude.

"Music for music's sake, it was really organic and fun . Hope you take a listen . And urn it up!" Read more here.

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Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Takes A Fall On Stage

(TeamRock Radio) Corey Taylor says he is "okay" after falling on stage Wednesday night and having to be helped from the stage. The Slipknot frontman - who is still wearing a neck brace after having emergency surgery on his spine - fell towards the end of the band's show at the Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia.

In a Twitter post, Taylor says: "Atlanta, haha don't worry, I'm okay. I think that fall was one for the ages. Damn it hurt - but damn what a crowd. See you again soon."

Fans described seeing the singer fall and needing to be helped to his feet and off stage. On Twitter, Amanda says: "At the end of the show tonight corey taylor fell over and had to be supported out. It didn't look good at all." Read more here.

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Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton Disses Ritchie Blackmore

(Radio.com) Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer started a three-day takeover for Karlson & McKenzie's morning show program on Boston's WZLX Wednesday morning, and his partner in crime, bassist Tom Hamilton called in.

Hamilton just came back from playing a handful of reunion shows with Thin Lizzy, who opened up for Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and before going on stage, the band did something that Tom had never witnessed before.

"Right before they went on, they booted everyone off the stage. They had to watch from the side. And then they put up this tape across the walkway, like 'do not cross' red-and-white striped tape," Tom recalled in disbelief.

"Everybody's just kind of standing there staring at them, like 'oh my God, who's ever seen a band do that?', but he really did not want anybody on the stage while he was playing."

Although Tom thinks that Rainbow sounded good, he says that Ritchie didn't seem too passionate about playing. 'He was playing lead sort of just like right off the record and not in a real passionate way. A little flat," Read more here.

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Pink Floyd The Wall Studio Being Turned Into Luxury Apartments

(Prog) The London studio where Pink Floyd recorded their classic 1979 album The Wall will be turned into luxury apartments. The Victorian warehouse and listed church hall that housed the Britannia Row studio in the Canonbury district of Islington will be transformed into eight luxury flats after the Planning Committee at Islington Council agreed the proposals Tuesday night (June 28).

Islington Council planning chiefs fought to ensure that at least part of the building will be retained for office and studio space. A spokesman for the council tells TeamRock: "I can confirm that the proposals were agreed last night at a meeting of the Planning Committee."

Pink Floyd recorded the video for their track Another Brick In The Wall with pupils from the nearby Islington Green School. The Wall producer Nick Griffiths recruited the pupils and their music teacher for the iconic promo. Read more here.

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Tool Have Epic Songs Written For New Album

(Prog) The shortest song on Tool's long-awaited upcoming fifth album clocks in at 12-minutes, according to Melvins frontman Buzz Osborne. Osborne reveals in an interview with TeamRock that Tool guitarist Adam Jones let him in on the status of the follow-up to 2006's 10,000 Days - and adds that Maynard James Keenan and co haven't even started recording it yet.

And the songs written ahead of the recording sessions aren't of the radio-friendly variety, according to Osborne. In a feature on the Melvins' back catalogue, Osborne says while discussing 1994's Stoner Witch: "I think it was the longest time we ever spent in the studio actually, 19 days, which for us is a long time.

"Bands like Tool obviously spend about six months on their albums, and they've spent about 10 years putting together the new one. And they haven't even started recording yet, but Adam told me the shortest song they've been working on is 12 minutes long. Anyway, Stoner Witch was great." Read more here.

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Sum 41 Release 'Fake My Own Death' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Sum 41 have released a video for their new single Fake My Own Death. The track is taken from the Canadian pop punk heroes' upcoming sixth album 13 Voices, which is released on October 7 via Hopeless Records.

The Fake My Own Death promo is directed by Marc Klasfeld, who previously worked with Sum 41 on their videos for Fat Lip, In Too Deep and The Hell Song.

Sum 41 perform on a rooftop in the video as "their worst nightmares" attack them - in the form of Kim Kardashian, Michael Jordan and Donald Trump, among others.

Frontman Deryck Whibley says: "I just wanted to get away from everything that I had been doing. I needed to start a new life - like faking my own death." Watch the video here.

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Allman Brothers Offshoot Les Brers Announce Fall Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Les Brers, a group that features former members and associates of the Allman Brothers Band, have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a number of live dates.

The band consists of founding Allman Brothers Band drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, longtime members Oteil Burbridge (bass) and Marc Quinones (percussion), former guitarist Jack Pearson, frequent ABB guest Bruce Katz (keyboards) singer Lamar Williams Jr. (who is the son of the former ABB bassist). and guitarist Pat Bergeson.

The group plays Scranton, PA at the Allman Brothers Band-curated Peach Festival, before kicking off a short run in Ridgefield, CT on September 7th. See the tour dates here.

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Allusondrugs Announce Final Dates Under That Name

(TeamRock Radio) Allusondrugs have announced a nine-date summer UK tour, saying it will be their last act under their current name. The Yorkshire rockers hit the road in August with support from Massmatiks and say in a statement that the shows will mark their "final musical undertakings."

The band say: "Playing shows is what Allusondrugs do, so here's some shows being done. In further news, The Allusinlove Organisation hereby wish it to be known that these engagements shall be the full and final musical undertakings of the entity known as Allusondrugs.

"Please await further communications on this situation in the coming weeks for details of future works." Confusingly, a press release announcing the tour also reveals that Allusondrugs are "busily writing and demoing new material." Read more here.

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Taking Back Sunday Release 'Tidal Wave' Video, Reveal Album Details

(TeamRock Radio) Taking Back Sunday have revealed details of their seventh album Tidal Wave. The follow-up to 2014's Happiness Is will launch on September 16 via Hopeless Records - and they've issued a video for the title track.

Guitarist John Nolan tells Newsday: "I'm very excited for people to hear it. I think it's going to be a surprise to some people. We're all extremely excited about what we've done.

"It's the culmination of things we've tried over the past two records. I think it's the strongest record we've done since getting back together. We've freed ourselves up to go in new directions." Watch the new video and see the cover art and tracklisting here.

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Ice-T Reveals Body Count's New Album Title?

(TeamRock Radio) Body Count frontman Ice-T has hinted that the band's upcoming album will be titled Bloodlust. The band announced this month that they were getting started on the follow-up to 2014's Manslaughter after signing a deal with Century Media Records.

The vocalist says via Twitter: "Working on the last week of writing the music for the new Body Count album. All I can say is fast and brutal. Bloodlust 2017."

Ice T adds that writing the record will take "about a month" in total, with one week to go. He says: "The band members come with ideas they've been working on themselves. Then we mash it up. Vocals later."

He later Tweeted a link to a Periscope stream of a Body Count rehearsal session. Read more here.

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Set It Off Announce 'Upside Down' Album, Release 'Something New' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Set It Off will release their third album Upside Down on October 7, they've confirmed. The band have also teased the follow-up to 2014's Duality with the launch of a music video for their track Something New.

Set It Off say: "We are all extremely excited to be releasing our new record Upside Down and for the world to finally hear what we've been working so hard on for the past year. We are anxious for fans to hear our new songs, as they are our most mature work to date.

"We had the opportunity to write with Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, who is both an inspiration and a friend to the band. We've challenged ourselves to break down genre walls - pulling influences from pop, hip-hop and R&B. Brace yourself - this is Set It Off at the pinnacle of our careers." Watch the new video here.

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Linkin Park 'Shift Into The Next Gear' On New Album

(Classic Rock) Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has issued a studio update as the band continue work on the follow-up to 2014's The Hunting Party. Last month, he discussed the challenge of juggling "too many sounds" on the as-yet-untitled album. And he's now checked in to report that he's now ready to "get into experimentation mode."

Shinoda says: "I had an epiphany today about the album. Right now, in the studio, the foundations of the songs are there - I think it's time to shift into the next gear.

"Let's discover the voice of this album. I want to get into experimentation mode, get weirder, and record more live instruments. I said at the beginning, I want this album to be our best. Let's do this."

Shinoda has also released a 360 video where he guides viewers around the studio, giving them a behind-the-scenes look at the complex. Read more and watch the video update here.

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Testament's New Album 'Brotherhood Of The Snake' Coming In Oct

(Classic Rock) Testament guitarist Eric Peterson has confirmed that their 11th album Brotherhood Of The Snake will be released in October. He says they finished recording the album before they headed out on their current European tour and reports fans can expect an "epic" record.

Peterson tells Metal Maniac Video Magazine: "The new record will be out on October 28. It's finished, recorded, done and now on its way to Andy Sneap to get mixed."

Asked what fans can expect from the follow-up to 2012's Dark Roots Of Earth, Peterson says: "Really good metal - it's going to be a really good record.

"It's very diverse, epic - there's nothing on there that breathes commercial and I think for 30 years of recording music and trying different formulas, I think we've found a formula that is very metal." Read more here.

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Chelsea Grin Streaming New Song 'Never, Forever'

(TeamRock Radio) Chelsea Grin have released a stream of their track Never, Forever. The song features on their upcoming album Self Inflicted, which is out on July 1 after they signed a deal with Rise Records in 2015. They previously issued a stream of Skin Deep.

Chelsea Grin said: "We're very excited to join the Rise Records family. We are fired up to bring our most aggressive release to date. "With this new partnership, we feel a new level of excitement and plan on giving our fans the Chelsea Grin record they need to hear."

The band are currently on the Vans Warped Tour in support of the album, which is the follow-up to 2014's Ashes To Ashes. See the dates and stream the new song here.

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Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species Documentary Coming

(Classic Rock) The early life of Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards is to be the subject of an upcoming BBC documentary. The guitarist will star in the Julien Temple-directed film Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species which will air on BBC2 on July 29.

The BBC report the documentary focuses on the period up until the birth of the Rolling Stones and forms the centrepiece of the network's My Generation season, which explores the history of pop music.

Richards says in the film: "There was a feeling late 50s/early 60s that there was a change coming. Harold Macmillan actually said it - the 'winds of change' and all that - but he didn't mean it in quite the same way.

"I certainly felt that for my generation, what was happening and the feeling in the air was - it's time to push limits. The world is ours now and you can rise or fall on it." Read more here.

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Decapitated Battle With Earache Heats Up

(TeamRock Radio) Decapitated have revealed that they had to withdraw the limited edition t-shirts they hoped would raise money for a legal battle against former label Earache Records.

The Polish death metal outfit announced this week that they were launching legal proceedings against the UK-based label and asked fans to snap up the new merchandise to raise funds to pay for lawyers.

But the band now report that they have withdrawn the t-shirts from sale after Earache served them with a cease and desist letter, claiming they hold the rights to the images used.

In response to Decapitated announcing they were looking to sue, Earache dismissed the band's claims as "garbage" and said the matter had already been ruled for in their favor by a court. Read more here.

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Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas Release 'Chevron' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Cult Of Luna and Julie Christmas are exclusively streaming their new video for Chevron exclusively with Metal Hammer. They will also be touring together later this year.

Taken from their collaborative album Mariner, Cult Of Luna mainman Johannes Persson describes the song as "the exploration of the unknown that inspired us to write [the album]."

The video is hypnotic and trippy in its metamorphosing environment and intense visuals. It comes from the mind of Javier Longobardo, who was asked by the band to "create a journey through unknown worlds with continuous momentum". Check out the video and see the tour dates here.

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Black Peaks Release 'White Eyes' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Black Peaks have released a music video for their track White Eyes. The song comes from the UK outfit's latest album Statues, which was released last year.

Vocalist Will Gardner says: "White Eyes is probably the most challenging song on the record for us - both musically and personally. We spent years writing and re-writing this song to get to a point that we were all happy with.

"White Eyes pushed us all to the limit and is a huge representation of the struggle we all went through as a band to get this record out to the world and the things we went through as people over the last two years.

"White Eyes is about the fear of getting old and the uncertainty of what each of us face in our own journey." Watch the video here.

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In This Moment Recruit Kent Diimmel

(TeamRock Radio) In This Moment have announced that they have recruited 3 By Design drummer Kent Diimmel to join their lineup.

He's been brought in to replace Tom Hane, who left the band in March as he was struggling to "be truly happy creatively." In This Moment posted a picture of Diimmel on Facebook with the caption: "Do you think he's pretty?"

It's not clear if he's been brought in for their current tour with Hellyeah or if he's now a permanent member of the Los Angeles band. Read more here.

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Lamb Of God's Mark Morton Reveals His Unexpected Influence

(The Blues) Lamb Of God's Mark Morton says he's a blues guitar player "100%" - that just happens to be in a metal band. The lead guitarist says his blues influence helps set the band apart from their peers when he's writing new material - and he tries to incorporate it as much as possible in their music.

He tells Ultimate Guitar: "I'm a blues guitar player 100% - I just happen to be in a metal band. And I happened to learn how to play metal when I was in my teens and 20s because I was fascinated by the music, and I still love the music.

"But ultimately when I play for recreation or by myself, what's coming out of me is typically blues. That's just the kind of player I am - but I don't think it's that easy a formula.

"I think I just try to incorporate some of that cornerstone of who I am as a player, I try to sneak as much of that into the metal context that Lamb of God is in as much as possible and as much as it is a benefit - and I think at times it has really served us well to set us apart from some of our peers." Read more here.

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Yes Guitarist Steve Howe Talks Full Album Shows

(Prog) Yes guitarist Steve Howe says seeing the band perform whole albums live gives the audience a chance to see tracks they otherwise wouldn't consider playing onstage.

The band recently wrapped up a European tour where they played 1971's Fragile and 1980's Drama in full, and will head out across the US next month playing Drama and sides one and four from 1973's Tales From Topographic Oceans.

And he says revisiting albums from their back catalogue allows them to be more creative in a live environment. Howe tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "It's a lot more inventive than just playing Roundabout or Heart Of The Sunrise because we are actually playing the whole album. It's a kind of opportunity, a demonstration, of what we do instead of saying, 'Here's the song you know best from the album.'

"We play the whole album and it gives you a chance to experience things that sometimes have never been onstage. Five Per Cent For Nothing was never played onstage, Run Through The Light has never been played onstage - so we bring those songs into play as well." Read more here.

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John Carpenter Extends His Debut UK Tour

(Prog) Moviemaker John Carpenter has extended his first-ever UK tour, which takes place in April. In addition to his previously-announced appearances in October, the director will play in Brighton, Edinburgh and Bristol, while adding a date in Dublin, a second date in London, and moving to a larger venue in Manchester.

He'll deliver a set featuring pieces taken from the soundtracks he's composed for his movies, including Halloween, Escape From New York, Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog and more.

The shows follow the launch of his album Lost Themes II in April, recorded with a band that includes son Cody and godson Daniel Davies. Carpenter recently told the Dallas Observer he was enjoying his "second act" as a musician, saying of his latest pieces: "These are like soundtrack samplers - little passages of soundtracks for movies that don't exist." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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