Day in Rock Report for 03/02/2016

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Izzy Stradlin Addresses Guns N' Roses Reunion Rumors

(Classic Rock) Izzy Stradlin has confirmed he won't be part of Guns N' Roses upcoming reunion shows. In January it was announced that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan would appear together onstage again at two Las Vegas shows and a pair of Mexico City concerts in-between headline appearances at Coachella later in the month.

And last month, former GNR manager Alan Niven reported McKagan and original guitarist Stradlin had been working together in the studio - leading to rumors that he'd be part of the reunion lineup.

But with speculation mounting at his possible involvement, Stradlin opened a Twitter account to address the rumors head-on. He tells Rolling Stone: "At this point in time, I will not be playing at any of the April 2016 GNR shows. I've also not been in the studio recording or writing with any of the others recently. There is so much speculation, but so very little info, that I thought I should reach out." Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore Recovering From Surgery

(hennemusic) Ritchie Blackmore is recovering following surgery last month due to an excess of uric acid buildup in his finger joint. The guitarist will be unable to play for about a month but the operation and recuperation time will have no effect on three upcoming shows this summer with a newly-reformed Rainbow.

Blackmore will be joined by Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore's Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau when they perform the Best of Rainbow and Deep Purple at the Monsters Of Rock festivals in Loreley, Germany on June 17 and Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany on June 18, as well as a solo headlining date at the Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK on June 25.

The guitarist recently shared a preview of what fans can expect from his first return to the rock stage in decades. "The setlist will be Rainbow songs for about 70 percent, including 'Stargazer', because apparently that's a song everybody wants to hear," explains Blackmore. "About 30 percent will be Deep Purple songs. We will focus on the best-known songs. The Dio era will be a central part of the show, but we will also play songs from the Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet periods. As far as Purple is concerned; we will play the Gillan era but will also play something from the David Coverdale period." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Announce Historic Cuban Concert

(Classic Rock) The Rolling Stones have announced that they will be performing a historic concert in Havana, Cuba, on March 25. The show will be free to attend, and will set the record as the first open-air concert in the country to feature a UK rock band.

They'll also be the biggest act to perform there since Cuba's 1959 revolution. The concert at Havana's Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana is scheduled to follow the Rolling Stones' South American tour.

The band say: "We have performed in many special places during our long career, but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba, too." Read more here.

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Eric Clapton Announces Live Album Vinyl Box Set

(Radio.com) Guitar legend Eric Clapton will release a vinyl-only box set featuring four live albums recorded between 1970 and 1980. The six-piece vinyl collection will arrive on March 25.

The four previously released albums featured in the set are Derek and the Dominos in Concert, Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert, E.C. Was Here and Just One Night, which have all have been re-mastered and pressed on heavyweight vinyl.

Derek and the Dominos in Concert was recorded in 1970 and released in October 1973. The live double album features standout renditions of 'Why Does Love Got to be So Sad," 'Let it Rain" and the bluesy 'Have You Ever Loved a Woman."

The LP set also boasts Eric Clapton's 1973 concert at London's Rainbow with an all-star line-up featuring Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and late-Traffic drummer Jim Capaldi. It marks the first live recording featuring Clapton playing his signature Fender Stratocaster named 'Blackie," which shines on stellar version of 'Badge" and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing." Read more here.

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Sixx A.M. Announce Album, Tour, and Stream New Single

(Classic Rock) Sixx A.M. have announced details of their Prayers For The Damned Vol 1, their double album follow-up to 2014's Modern Vintage. The album will be released on April 29. The band also release the first single from the album, Rise.

"Throughout history, some of the most dramatic changes have occurred when people reject the status quo and demand change," says singer James Michael. "Rise is about how we find ourselves at a global tipping point and how it is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

" Sixx A.M. is in the most creative place of our careers," adds Nikki Sixx. "For James, DJ and myself, we think it's the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who've been supporting us over the last three albums."

"The double-albums will leave no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock," says Michael, while DJ Ashba concludes, "We are on a mission to give our fans even more than they could have hoped for, both musically and visually."

The band have also announced a series of tour dates, kicking off a with a show at the Welcome To Rockville Festival at the end of April. The band play Download Festival on June 11. Stream the single and see the tour dates here.

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The Who's Roger Daltrey Covers Pete Townshend

(Classic Rock) The Who frontman Roger Daltrey has re-recorded bandmate Pete Townshend's Let My Love Open The Door to raise money for Teen Cancer America.

The two members of The Who helped found the charity in 2011 after working with Teenage Cancer Trust in the UK for a decade. The track also features in the charity's latest advert.

Daltrey says: "Whether by downloading this track or by other means, we hope people will open their hearts and open the door to assist Teen Cancer America.

"The mission isn't just to fight teen cancer, but to create facilities where teens and young adults can feel like they belong - to create spaces different from the spaces children and adults have. Together, with First Citizens' help, we can bridge this gap." Check out the cover here.

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Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain Reveals His Live Dreams

(Classic Rock) Despite having toured the world dozens of times in his career, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain still has two live ambitions remaining - to perform in China, and to play at London's Royal Albert Hall.

"I thought if I had made a record and played at the Royal Albert Hall by the time I was 25 then I would have made it," he says. "That motivated me. I don't think there's any way Iron Maiden could play there - we're too much for it. It's a small gig, maybe 5,000 people, but for me that was like the Americans wanting to play Carnegie Hall."

At the age of 63, he knows it can't go on for ever. "I'm the twilight of the band," he reflects. "I'm not a granddad but I'm at that age where people wonder how long I can keep going."

But he adds: "If we're going to make music like The Book Of Souls, who knows? As long as we have our health and we can still get up and do it then we will. We won't ever become a parody of ourselves." Read more here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Frontman Praises Dave Lombardo

(Classic Rock) Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir has praised new touring drummer Dave Lombardo for his "musical mindset." The band, who are currently trekking North America with Megadeth, announced the addition of former Slayer sticksman Lombardo last month.

Muir tells The Bulletin: "Dave's a legend. It's a little bit different than other things - people call him the godfather of the double-kick and bass and stuff. He just has an amazing intensity, but besides intensity, he just has a musical mindset - he totally understands what we're doing, where we came from and when we started.

"We've always kind of done shows together, this and that, been kind of close. He knows where he's coming from is the right place." There's been no official word on the status of the band's regular drummer Eric Moore, but he's hinted he's working on another project. Read more here.

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Rival Sons Guitarist Talks Challenge Of New Album

(Classic Rock) Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday says the band set themselves a challenge when it came to recording fifth album Hollow Bones. The follow-up to Great Western Valkyrie is for release in May, while the blues-rock outfit continue to support Black Sabbath on their final world tour.

Holiday tells Yahoo: "We tried to make something that's familiar and sounds like us, because that's what we are and that's all we can really make in the end. But we also tried to challenge ourselves and our listeners."

Meanwhile, he's enjoying life on the road with Black Sabbath. "There's a lot of blues in that music, which is great," he says. "Heavy metal unfortunately seemed to ignore it at some point, and it's almost invisible now." Read more here.

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Hacktivist Release Video For Enter Shikari Collaboration

(TeamRock Radio) Hacktivist have released a video of their track Taken featuring Enter Shikari mainman Rou Reynolds. It features on the Hacktivist's debut album Outside The Box, out on March 4 via UNFD and Rise Records.

Co-vocalist Ben Marvin says of the track: "This is about losing someone close to you, so it was a very emotional time writing and recording the song because we've all lost friends and family over the last few years.

"It's about remembering what's important in life, being there for others in times of need and holding moments in your life close to your heart." The band previously release Deceive And Defy and Buszy from the record. Watch the video here.

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Former Black Flag Star Wins Oscar

(TeamRock Radio) Former Black Flag bassist Kira Roessler has won the Oscar for Best Sound-Editing for Mad Max: Fury Road at the Academy Awards which took place this past weekend.

Dialogue editor Roessler, 53, played in Black Flag from 1983 to 1985 while she was studying engineering at UCLA. She features on albums Family Man, Slip It In, Loose Nut and In My Head.

Roessler has worked in the industry for over two decades on films such as Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind, Twilight: New Moon and HBO series John Adams, for which she won an Emmy. Read more here.

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Iamthemorning Streaming New Song 'Chalk And Coal'

(TeamRock Radio) Iamthemorning have released a lyric video for their track Chalk And Coal. It features on pianist Gleb Kolyadin and vocalist Marjana Semkina's album Lighthouse, which is out on April 1 via Kscope.

Semkina says: "Chalk And Coal is in a way a final milestone on the album. It is the darkest one and in a way it is very representative for Lighthouse in general, since it is a very cross-genre piece of music that eventually turns into something rather eclectic.

"Some dark jazz influence in used. Diminished chords and trumpet solo, glitched drums - all of that is rather new for us. Mood-wise it was inspired by David Bowie's Sue (Or In a Season of Crime). Lyrically it represents the final twist of the album storyline, the final breakdown."

Lighthouse, which features guest contributions from Gavin Harrison, Colin Edwin and Mariusz Duda. Check out the new song and the album track details here.

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Emmure Frontman Expresses Regret For Past Mistakes

(TeamRock Radio) Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri says he regrets saying "a lot of stupid sh*t" in the past. The band pulled out of a series of US shows in October last year "to focus on other things" which was then followed by Jesse Ketive, Mike Mulholland, Mark Davis and Adam Pierce quitting the band.

They issued a statement saying they had "no time or room for negativity in life. If someone is bringing you down or holding you back from your full potential, it's time to cut them out, no matter how much you may love them."

And Palmeri now admits his past actions haven't showed him in a good light. The singer says (via Rocksound): "Over the years, specifically the last decade, I have done a pretty good job at painting myself as an egotistical, psychotic, moronic douche. I did and said a lot of stupid sh*t.

"A good portion of it which I look back in with embarrassment and regret. I have grown so much as person and I like to think there is still chance for people to understand that everyone grows differently and at their own pace. I am still growing but, I am not the person people have made me out to be." Read more here.

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Pvris Added To Bring Me The Horizon's Teenage Cancer Trust Show

(TeamRock Radio) Pvris are to perform with Bring Me The Horizon at the Royal Albert Hall on April 22. The sold-out show will raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust. BMTH will also perform with a choir and full orchestra.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity, which provides cancer services for young people across the UK. Pvris recently issued their You And I video, the latest in a run of promotions from the band last month to promote the deluxe reissue of their album White Noise.

The band are currently touring North America with Fall Out Boy, while BMTH are on their South American trek. Both acts have scheduled their European leg in April. See the tour dates here.

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Drowning Pool Release 'By The Blood' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Drowning Pool have released a video for their track By The Blood. They previously released a lyric video for the song, which is taken from their latest album Hellelujah. They also made track Hell To Pay available to stream earlier this year.

Guitarist CJ Pierce tells Loudwire: "I think By The Blood is the core sound of this band and it went through a few changes during the demo process, but we kept coming back to it.

"It's kind of an underdog song. It expresses our career. Every time you get up there someone is trying to beat you down. So we're just going to keep plugging and beating away at it and at some point, people will remember your name." Watch the video here.

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Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz Surprised By Rob Halford Praise

(TeamRock Radio) Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz has spoken about the band's ability to appeal to both pop and rock fans. And while he reports his friends think it must be easy for the group to have commercial success, the vocalist and bassist says there are two sides to the story.

Wentz tells Rolling Stone: "It's strange when it feels a little like being on an island - and it's still a constant fight. Some of my friends are like, 'It seems so easy for you guys, getting songs on the radio and stuff.' I'm like, I wish you knew. When we first played Uma Thurman for Top 40 radio, it was like the look on the face of a puppy when they don't understand the command."

He adds: "But there are cool moments. We played a pretty heavy Australian festival, Soundwave, and we felt like oddballs. Then Rob Halford from Judas Priest sits down at our trailer, and he's like, 'That Irresistible video is so good.' We're like, 'What the f***?'" Read more here.

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Big Boy Bloater Reveals I Love You (But I Can't Stand Your Friends) Vid

(The Blues) Big Boy Bloater has released a live studio clip of his track I Love You (But I Can't Stand Your Friends) with TeamRock. It features on his latest album Luxury Hobo, which was released last week.

Bloater tells TeamRock: "We had great fun recording the album. Four guys in a room together with the amps cranked and the drums pounding it doesn't get any more rock'n'roll than that. We did drink a lot of tea too, though."

He'll head out on the road with his band The Limits in May for a run of shows across the UK to support the album. See the tour dates and watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Last Bullet's Sin

Toronto based hard rockers Last Bullet recently released their new single "Sin" along with a video for the track. To celebrate we asked frontman Bryan Fontez to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

"Sin" was a song that came out of our love for the kind of filthy hard rock that doesn't seem to exist in mainstream music anymore. Among many others Velvet Revolver has been such a huge influence on us as a band. They have the perfect mix of sleaze, aggression, blues and soul, which has always been a huge inspiration to us. So it's no coincidence that one day on the way to work I happened to be going back and forth between "Slither" and "She Builds Quick Machines" trying to figure out what it is exactly that makes those songs so great.

I tend to get soo inspired by certain songs that I make it my mission to create my own version of them. I quickly realized that both songs had a pretty fast tempo, a very iconic but simple guitar riff, and a super catchy chorus, so I started there and came up with a very simple 3 note guitar riff that repeats itself as a triplet in 4/4 time. I'm not a guitarist by any means so our lead guitarist Brenden brilliantly came up with pretty much all the other guitars parts in the song and filled in the gaps.

The song began to take on a somewhat darker tone, which reminded us of more aggressive songs by bands like Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots. We never try to force a song to be something that it's not, so I made it my goal to channel that edgier vibe when it came to the lyrics and vocals. The way large companies and governments dictate what our priorities are and what success should look like is worrisome. Society has become more ignorant, naive and lacking in common sense than ever before. The lyrics depict a world that is choosing to ignore the consequences of their actions and would rather continue shooting themselves in the foot then be a part of the solution.

I also wanted the video to convey the grit and heaviness of the song, so I began looking for some really decrepit, abandoned, broken down places to shoot. I stumbled upon a particular spot that looked old, beat up, and full of character. We soon found out that it was actually the attic of the 87 year old, historical landmark in Toronto known as the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

The hotel has a ton of fascinating history involving celebrities, musicians and creepy stories. In fact we confirmed a rumour that Jim Morrison had made his way into the attic and out on the roof where he carved his name into the side of the building. You can see the evidence and our day on set in the following video (see it here).

Watch the video at the link above and learn more about the band right here!

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