Day in Rock Report for 03/07/2016

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Eagles Cofounder Randy Meisner's Wife Fatally Shot

The wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner was fatally shot in an accident discharge of a weapon she was reportedly moving at their Studio City, California home on Sunday (March 6th), according to Radio.com.

When North Hollywood patrol officers arrived at the home they found Lana Meisner suffering from a single gunshot wound, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, and investigators reportedly later found that her death was accidental. Police had visited the residence early in the evening.

Randy Meisner was a founding member of the Eagles with Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon. His song "Take It To The Limit" was a major hit for the band and a staple of their live shows during his time in the group. Meisner left the group after their widely successful Hotel California tour in 1977. Read more details here.

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AC/DC Forced To Reschedule Tour Dates For Medical Reasons

(BT) AC/DC have announced that they have been forced to reschedule the 10 upcoming dates on the U.S. leg of their "Rock or Bust" World Tour. AC/DC's lead singer, Brian Johnson, has been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

Tuesday night's show in Atlanta through Madison Square Garden in New York, NY in early April will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist.

More information regarding these rescheduled shows to come. Current ticket holders can hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled dates or receive a refund at point of purchase. See the dates to be rescheduled here.

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Former Hatebreed Member Found Guilty Of Murder

Former Hatebreed drummer Nicholas Papantoniou, a.k.a. Nickel P, was found guilty of felony murder, first-degree burglary and criminal possession of a firearm in Connecticut last week.

Papantoniou, who played with the metal band in 1996 and 1997, was found guilty in a jury trial last Thursday (March 3rd) on the counts related to the fatal assault of Larry Dildy in his home in Hamden, according to the New Haven Register (via Loudwire).

The former drummer faces up to 90 years in prison when he is sentenced for the charges on May 26th, according to the report. You can read more details about the case here.

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Pink Floyd's The Wall Transformed For Stage Production

(Classic Rock) Pink Floyd's 1979 album The Wall is to be made into a live opera to mark the city of Montreal's 375th birthday. The Opera de Montreal will premiere Another Brick In The Wall - The Opera from March 11-24, 2017, at the city's Place Des Arts. Former bassist and founding member Roger Waters has also been recruited as the show's librettist.

Part of the concept album was inspired after an incident at a 1977 Pink Floyd concert at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in which Waters spat on a fan. He tells a Montreal news conference: "The Wall is about the journey from the enmity of spitting in someone's face to the position where love becomes more important than that enmity."

Waters also admits he wasn't keen on the concept when he was first approached. He says: "I think my reply was somewhat dismissive. It had been my experience that experiments in collaboration between the worlds of rock and roll and the worlds of symphonic music were generally disastrous and should be embarked upon with extreme trepidation. But they were extremely persuasive." Read more here.

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Iommi Wants To Record New Songs With Former Black Sabbath Singer

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has revealed his desire to record with former frontman Tony Martin. He sang with the band for two stints between 1987 and 1997, appearing on their albums The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tyr, Cross Purposes, Cross Purposes Live and Forbidden.

His time with Sabbath ended after they settled their differences with Ozzy Osbourne. Now Iommi hopes to line up Martin to add new music to the re-release versions of Headless Cross and Tyr.

Iommi tells The Music: "We've held back on the reissues because of the current Sabbath thing with Ozzy, but they will certainly be happening. I'd like to do a couple of new tracks for those with Tony. I'll also be looking at working on Cross Purposes and Forbidden." Read more here.

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Crosby, Stills And Nash Are Over Due To Falling Out

(Classic Rock) Graham Nash says his two-year fight with David Crosby has brought Crosby, Stills And Nash to an end. And he's accused Crosby of treating him like dirt, after he previously opened a rift with Neil Young.

Young announced in October that he'd have no more to do with his CSNY colleagues, leading Crosby to comment: "That's like saying there are mountains in Tibet. We know, Neil. We already knew."

Nash said in November that he still hoped the band had a future. Now he tells Lust For Life: "You asked me if there's more of CSN? My answer is 'no,' and that's very sad, because we're pretty good.

"But I don't like David Crosby right now. He's been awful to me these last two years, just f***ing awful. I've been there and saved his f***ing ass for 45 years - and he treated me like sh*t." Read more here.

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Motorhead's Phil Campbell To Guest With Robert Trujillo's Supergroup

(Classic Rock) Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has been confirmed as a special guest when Robert Trujillo's Mass Mental supergroup play in London later this month.

The Metallica bassist will lead a show at the Electric Ballroom on March 13, featuring Skindred's Benji Webbe, Ugly Kid Joe's Whitfield Crane, Kyuss ex Brant Bjork and Paul Simon collaborator Armand Sabai-Lecco.

Trujillo recently said: "It's always a party. It's always a trip. The pressure's off - it's just about having fun, playing some kickass bass lines and movin' and groovin.'" Read more here.

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Former Budgie Guitarist John Thomas Dead At 63

(Classic Rock) Former Budgie guitarist John Thomas has died aged 63, it's been reported. His death was confirmed by the band's longtime drummer Steve Williams who broke the news on Facebook.

Williams says: "My friend and fellow Budgie band member John Thomas sadly passed away last night. My thoughts are with the loved ones he left behind."

Thomas played on three of Budgie's albums - 1980's Power Supply, 1981's Nightflight and 1982's Deliver Us From Evil. No cause of death has been reported. Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Release 'Let It Sleep' Video

Asking Alexandria have released a new music video for the track "Let It Sleep." The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "The Black," which will be released on March 25th.

The new video was directed by Ramon Boutviseth (Dream Theater, Nonpoint, Veil of Maya) and can be seen here. Guitarist Ben Bruce had this to say, "Everyone has their inner demons. Everyone has their own mental fights they have to deal with. Don't let them consume you. Let them serve as a reminder that things could always be worse. Fight your inner demons and find your inner peace."

The band will be hitting the road this spring to support the new album. They will launch a U.S. tour with Bullet For My Valentine and Cane Hill on April 30th in addition to two headline shows later this week. See the tour dates here.

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The Who Rock Classic Song On The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) The Who performed their 1978 classic, "Who Are You", on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on March 4th and video of the performance has been posted online.

The performance, which marked The Who's first full band U.S. talk show appearance in almost 50 years, came the day after the group headlined Madison Square Garden as part of the recently-launched North American leg of The Who Hits 50! farewell tour which was postponed following Roger Daltrey's bout with viral meningitis.

Last fall, the band released "The Who: Live In Hyde Park", a project that captures the group at the famed London venue in 2015 as they delivered the final UK concert appearance of their 50th anniversary farewell tour.

The concert footage is rounded out with interviews featuring Daltrey Pete Townshend, as well as Iggy Pop, Robert Plant, Johnny Marr and more. Watch the Fallon performance here.

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Sixx: A.M. Stream New Song 'Rise'

(hennemusic) Sixx: A.M. have released a lyric video for "Rise", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Prayers For The Damned," which is scheduled to be released on April 29th.

"Throughout history, some of the most dramatic changes have occurred when people reject the status quo and demand change," says vocalist 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."

"Prayers For The Damned" is the first volume of a double album project that will keep Michael, bassist Nikki Sixx and guitarist DJ Ashba on the road throughout 2016.

"Sixx:A.M. is in the most creative place of our careers," says 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 3 albums."

The trio will launch their world tour starting April 30 in Jacksonville, FL on April 30. Check out the new song here.

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Former Guitarist Calls Slams Obscura Frontman

(TeamRock Radio) Former Obscura guitarist Tom Geldschlager has slammed the band's frontman Steffen Kummerer for comments that have been made since his departure from the group.

Geldschlager left the band last year during recording sessions for their fourth album Akroasis, and was replaced in the lineup by Rafael Trujillo. And he says while he and the rest of the band remain close, his name has been dragged through the mud since the split - and lays the blame squarely at the door of Kummerer.

Geldschlager tells London Metal Monthly: "I wouldn't want to view my time in the band as an all-negative experience, even though there was tension between me and Steffen.

"My departure, however, and everything that followed are a complete disgrace to everyone who worked so hard on the album and to the fans who support them.

"I never thought I'd see my name dragged through the mud like that, or have somebody publicly try to plagiarize my work. That's not a great place to be in for sure. But at the end of the day, it doesn't hurt me as much as it hurts the band itself."

He says Kummerer has tried to publicly discredit him by blaming tensions between the pair on the guitarist's "condition" something Geldschlager calls "a new low."

Geldschlager continues: "The only thing I can imagine he's referring to is the fact that during the making of Akroasis I went through a tough break-up with the mother of my two kids. If he's actually using that to hurt me, it's definitely a new low." Read more here.

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Survivor Frontman Dave Bickler Quits The Group

(Classic Rock) Survivor vocalist Dave Bickler has quit the band saying there is no longer a place for him in the lineup. Bickler was originally with the group from 1978-1983 and sang on their trademark track Eye Of The Tiger.

He was brought back into the fold in 1993 and stayed until he was fired in 2000 and replaced by Jimi Jamison. He rejoined the Chicago outfit in 2013 with the band stating their intention to carry both Bickler and Jamison.

But following Jamison's death in 2014, the band recruited Cameron Barton last year - and Bickler says that means he's no longer required. He says on Facebook: "To all my dear fans, bittersweet news that I am no longer a member of Survivor. Just wanted to share that with you." Read more here.

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Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess Pleased To Get His Due

(Classic Rock) Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess is comfortable about his singing and lyric-writing skills being kept out of the band. And he's pleased that the credits on latest album list him as one of the two main composers, rather than listing the entire band, as they'd done in the past.

The Astonishing, the double-disc concept album that follows 2013's self-titled release, was released in January. It's their second title since Mike Mangini replaced co-founded Mike Portnoey.

Rudess tells Dream Theater Club that "there's no doubt" he wasn't getting his due with the old credits style. He says: "People were very confused - listing all the names on the Dream Theater album was very misleading.

"The last 16 years John and I have been the main composers of this band. And this is not to take away anything really from Mike Portnoy, who was a major influence in the band. Mike wrote a lot of the words and often would write melody lines with John Petrucci for the songs. He would also have a say in what was capped and what was not."

He adds: "This is a tricky subject because I don't want to take away anything from my respect for Mike Portnoy and his talent and ability." Read more here.

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Bolt Thrower and Benediction Members Announce Supergroup

(TeamRock Radio) Members of Bolt Thrower and Benediction have formed a new outfit called Memoriam. The four-piece consist of Bolt Thrower's Karl Willets, ex Bolt Thrower man Andy Whale, Benediction's Frank Healy and their live member Scott Fairfax.

They decided to form the band in the wake of the death of Bolt Thrower drummer Martin 'Kiddie' Kearns who passed away in his sleep in September last year. Bolt Thrower suspended all activities, giving Willets the opportunity to develop a new project.

A statement reads: "Memoriam are an old school death metal band and maintain the standards set by previous bands that the members have played with, focusing on the themes of death, loss and war." Read more here.

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Panic Room Filming Upcoming Show For DVD

(Prog) Panic Room have announced a show at London's Islington Assembly Hall on June 18. It'll be part of their Start The Sound tour, with Anne-Marie Helder and co planning on filming the set for a future DVD release.

Panic Room say in a statement: "This will be the band's first live filming - despite intense demand from the fan base for years. But we wanted to do it properly - we're total perfectionists and we never put out any half-arsed products.

"We've enlisted a chart-topping film company to work with us and capture this show. One of the reasons we've waited until now to release a live DVD is that we wanted to establish our official new lead guitarist Dave Foster. We feel it's now the perfect time to immortalize the Panic Room live show." Read more here.

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Rival Sons Talk New Album Cover Art

(Classic Rock) Rival Sons have revealed the cover art for their upcoming album Hollow Bones. The follow-up to Great Western Valkyrie will be released in May, with guitarist Scott Holiday saying earlier this week that they wanted to challenge themselves on their fifth album.

The band recruited artist Martin Wittfooth for the new release and Holiday says the cover design titled Rainsong fits perfectly with the feel of the album.

He continues: "I discovered Martin about halfway through making Hollow Bones and I was immediately drawn into his work. I loved his imagery with animals and felt it was calm and unnerving all at the same time. I also loved the touch of whimsy and beautiful psychedelic overtones he used.

"First time I saw his work I immediately felt it was right for this album. I won't try to overly interpret the album cover or explain in detail why I believe it works perfectly with the album - but I can safely say I think this just might be my favorite cover of ours yet." See the cover here.

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Touchstone Reveal Plans For New Lineup

(Prog) Touchstone have announced a pair of shows in the UK for this December. They've been out of the public eye since their final shows with former singer Kim Seviour late last year.

But they've resurfaced to announce they'll play London's Borderline on December 17 and The Robin in Bilston on December 18. A statement from the band says:

"The newly formed lineup are currently re-working some of the older tracks and writing new ones for firstly, a double A-side single and video to be released later this year - and then on to the full album early 2017. A major Hollywood actor is already onboard for the album." Read more here.

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Deftones Guitarist Was 'Odd Man Out' Working On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has described guitarist Stephen Carpenter as the "odd man out" while the band recorded eighth album Gore. Carpenter last week admitted he initially didn't want to work on the record, saying: "All the songs were all a challenge for me to get into." He added: "I would never leave the band, but the band starting to leave me, I can't control."

But Moreno has spoken up for his colleague, telling WDHA 105.5: "It was pretty apparent that he was sort of odd man out, in a way. The main thing is he put himself there - he was there every day, very present in the studio. It took him a while to get invested in what we were doing. It wasn't our intention to exclude him."

He adds: "He's one of my favorite parts of this band, and what he brings to the plate is very important. But sometimes people are in different headspaces, and it's as simple as that." Read more here.

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The Word Alive Streaming New Song 'Made This Way'

(TeamRock Radio) The Word Alive have streamed their track Made This Way. The song is taken from the band's fourth album Dark Matter, due out on March 18. They released a video for Sellout video last month.

Frontman Tyler 'Telle' Smith said: "Dark Matter is the result of our most in-depth writing and recording session we've done, and is something we consider to be our most dynamic and expansive album to date.

"This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture."

The Word Alive are currently on the road across North America, and are set to tour Europe in May. See the dates and stream the new song here.

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We Came From Wolves Release 'Ruiner' Video

(TeamRock Radio) We Came From Wolves have released the video for their track 'Ruiner' exclusively with TeamRock. The single is taken from their self-titled debut album and will be released on March 18 through Saraseto Records.

Says frontman Kyle Burgess: "Ruiner is a frank and bleak self-assessment of a dark period in my early 20's. The song battles the realization of pain you are causing others through selfish choices and lifestyles, and opens up to the failures in my life at that point.

"The video follows the theme and narrative of the lyrics, following the actor Lewis Jackson through a drink-fuelled downward spiral of a night and a disregard for his personal well-being or for those around him." Watch the video here.

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Blaak Heat Release 'Sword Of Hakim' Video

(Classic Rock) Blaak Heat have released a video for their song, Sword Of Hakim. The track is taken from the French-American psychedelic prog trio's forthcoming album, Shifting Mirrors, which will be released on April 15 through Tee Pee Records. A worldwide release will follow on May 13.

Says frontman Thomas Bellier of the new material: "We took our favourite Middle Eastern sounds, and reinterpreted them through the prism of our cultural baggage - weird European psychedelia, a healthy dose of vintage hard rock and experimental jazz. With producer Matt Hyde, we were able to mix loud fuzz guitar tones along with traditional acoustic instruments, such as the oud and the kanun.

"For the Sword Of Hakim video, we attempted to channel our heroes: Jodorowsky, Argento and Kurosawa," he continues. "At sunset, we lit a bonfire on the beach and set the vibe with trippy Turkish music. Before we knew it, we had completely disconnected ourselves from the big city and magically became the very cult that we were portraying." Watch the video here.

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Iron Maiden Singer Shares Vision For World's Largest Aircraft

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson suggests that the landmark Airlander 10 he's funding could be used as a hospital in Africa or a "global conveyor belt."

The singer and pilot announced last year that he was investing 250,000 in the manufacture of the world's largest aircraft in Bedford, England - which stands at 302-feet long and can stay airborne for up to three weeks.

Dickinson tells the New Yorker: "You want to put a hospital into Africa? You put the whole hospital in the inside of this - whoosh. Start the generator. 'Here's your hospital, buddy!' Job done.

"You can just plunk the vehicle straight down on the farm, load it with 50 tons of green beans or whatever, and 24-hours later you land right next door to the processing plant. It's a global conveyor belt." Read more here.

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Susanna Streams New Song 'Ebb And Flow'

(Prog) Susanna has released a stream of her track Ebb And Flow. The song comes from the Jenny Hval collaborator's 11th album entitled Triangle, due out on April 22 via SusannaSonata. She previously issued Burning Sea from the record.

Susanna says of the track: "I think we're all under the spell of the moon. The old goddess pulls and pushes us, secretly steers us while we go about with our modern life. Thinking we've got it all under control, while we're really under the influence of nature. This song describes the feeling of being held by the force of the moon."

was recorded in Oslo and Los Angeles. It features Norwegian musicians Supersilent, Broen, Moskus, Splashgirl and Sudan Dudan, along with Americans Alison Chesley and Emmett Kelly. Stream the song here.

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Mars Attacks Audiotopsy's Billy Keeton

(MAR) The Mars Attacks podcast has released their latest episode which includes a featured interview with former Skrape vocalist Billy Keeton discussing his current band Audiotopsy.

Audiotopsy features Keeton, Mudvayne stars Gregg Tribbett (guitar) and Matthew McDonough (drums), and bassist Perry Stern. The show sent over the following details:

Among the topics discussed include the formation of the band coming, the writing of Natural Causes, if he felt any pressure working with Gregg and Matthew given their history, and how important imagery is to the band.

Check out the episode here.

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Steel Panther Announce Australian and New Zealand Dates

Comedy metal band Steel Panther have announced that they will be launching a tour of Australia and New Zealand this June in support of their live acoustic record and feature film, "Live from Lexxi's Mom's Garage."

The band will be performing full rock shows on the upcoming trek that will include Australian shows at Big Top Sydney on June 17th, Festival Hall in Melbourne on June 18th, Eaton's Hill Hotel in Brisbane June 20th, Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide June 22nd.

They will end the Australian run on June 23rd at Metro City in Perth and they will then head over to New Zealand for a show in at the Powerstation in Auckland June 26th.

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Three Trapped Tigers Release 'Engrams' Video

(Prog) Three Trapped Tigers have released a music video for their track Engrams. The song is taken from their second album, Silent Earthlings, due out on April 1.

Keyboardist Tom Rogerson says: "This is the lushest, most melodic track on the album. It's probably the most glorious and ambient intro we've ever had, especially considering the peaks it reaches later on.

"It's the first track we learned to play live, and has been a bit of a set highlight for about 18 months. It's one of maybe four tracks on the record that sounds like a level of Mario Kart." Watch the video here.

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Avatar Announce New Album 'Feathers & Flesh'

(TeamRock Radio) Swedish outfit Avatar have announced their sixth studio album will be titled Feathers & Flesh. They've been working with producer Sylvia Massy on the follow-up to 2014's Hail The Apocalypse - and the results will be released on May 13 via Another Century.

Massy had the following to say: "Avatar is an amazing band. The singer Johannes Eckerstrom has the wild energy and charisma I love, and the players are relentless.

"The album we're making is an epic. Each song powerfully stands on it's own, but is only a piece of a larger story. This album is the project I've been dreaming about for years." Read more here.

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