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Day in Rock Report for 03/14/2016


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The Eagles Are Over Says Henley

(hennemusic) Don Henley says that The Eagles' emotional tribute performance to Glenn Frey at the Grammy Awards last month marks the band's farewell performance.

The group were joined by Jackson Browne at the event to perform their first hit, 1972's "Take It Easy." The performance was a billed as one-time only special tribute to Frey, who passed away January 18 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. "It's been a great loss for a lot of us, and we're still trying to cope with it," Henley tells BBC Radio 2.

As for the Grammys appearance, "It was very difficult and very emotional," he explains. "We actually almost didn't do it, but the Grammy people were very insistent so we decided that we would do it."

The drummer says the Frey tribute has brought an end to The Eagles, 45 years after they formed in Los Angeles. "I think that was the final farewell," says Henley. "I don't think you'll see us performing again. I think that was probably it." Read more here.

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Rush Have Retired From Touring

(Gibson) Alex Lifeson has confirmed that Rush have retired from touring, because Neil Peart "is no longer physically capable." The band completed their R40 tour in 2015, celebrating the 40th anniversary of drummer Peart's time in the band.

At the time, they heavily implied that this would likely be their last full-scale tour together, due to Peart's chronic tendonitis and Alex Lifeson's arthritis. In a new interview, Lifeson has confirmed that the band won't be doing another tour, citing Peart's condition as the main factor.

"He didn't even want to do the [R40 tour], to be honest with you," Lifeson revealed. "It's been increasingly difficult for him, but he committed to the tour and we got through it. As far as he was concerned, that was the end of touring.

"His shoulders were hurting, his arms were hurting, his elbows, his feet, everything. He didn't want to play anything less than 100 percent. He was finding it increasingly difficult to hit that mark on this last tour.

"So, all those things combined, I get it. I'm disappointed and I think Geddy [Lee] is very disappointed and we'd love to continue this tour a little bit longer... but we're off now." Read more here.

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AC/DC Receive Another Temp Singer Offer

(Classic Rock) Howlin' Pelle Almqvist of The Hives has offered a public application to AC/DC to stand-in for Brian Johnson on a series of postponed US dates. AC/DC halted the Rock Or Bust tour last week after Johnson was ordered by doctors to stop performing over fears he could lose his hearing.

The band have vowed to rescheduled 10 US concerts later in the year - likely with a guest vocalist - and Almqvist is throwing his hat in the ring for the gig after the Swedish outfit supported AC/DC on an Australian tour late last year.

Almqvist writes on Facebook: "Very sad to hear Brian Johnson can´t do a bunch of AC/DC shows due to health problems. That man is a legend. I would like offer my sincerest well wishes and get wells, and if any help is needed, I put my foot forward and say: Here I am.

"I have many many years of experience rocking the world's biggest stages and, according to others, I am the greatest frontman in rock, plus judging from the reaction in Australia your crowd already seems to really like me. Plus, I have already been singing those songs since I was six-years-old.

"So AC/DC, please consider my application. Feel free to spread the word, fans." Read more here.

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Jesse Hughes Apologizes For Paris Terrorist Attack Accusation

Eagles Of Death Metal's Jesse Hughes has released an apology for comments that he made in an interview about the security guards at the Bataclan, the site of the Paris terrorist attack at the band's show.

Hughes told Fox Business Network (via TeamRock), "When I first got to the venue, I walked passed a dude who was supposed to be the security for backstage - and he didn't even look at me.

"I immediately went to the promoter and said, 'Who's that guy? I want to put another dude on.' He goes, 'Well, some of the other guards aren't here yet.' And eventually I found out that six or so wouldn't show up at all."

When asked why he thought that was, Hughes responded: "Out of respect for the police still investigating I won't make a definite statement - but I'll say it seems rather obvious that they had a reason not to show up."

Hughes has now released the following apology for his comments, "I humbly beg forgiveness from the people of France, the staff and security of the Bataclan, my fans, family, friends and anyone else hurt or offended by the absurd accusations I made in my Fox Business Channel interview.

"My suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of November 13 are unfounded and baseless-and I take full responsibility for them.

"They do not reflect opinions of my bandmates or anyone associated with Eagles of Death Metal. The shame is 100% mine. I've been dealing with non-stop nightmares and struggling through therapy to make sense of this tragedy and insanity. I haven't been myself since November 13.

"I realize there's no excuse for my words, but for what it's worth: I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone."

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Iron Maiden's Ed Force One Badly Damaged, Two People Hospitalized

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden's airplane, Ed Force One, was badly damaged in an early Saturday morning accident at a Santiago, Chile airport which sent two people to the hospital.

The plane was tethered to a tow truck to be taken for refueling prior to flying over the Andes to Cordoba Cordoba, Argentina for their March 13 concert at Estadio Mario Kempes.

On moving, the steering pin that is part of the mechanism that connects the ground tug to the aircraft seemingly fell out. On making a turn, the aircraft had no steering and collided with the ground tug, badly damaging the undercarriage, two of the aircrafts engines and injuring two ground tug operators, both of whom have been taken to hospital.

"The flight engineers are on site and evaluating the damage, but their initial report is that the engines have suffered large damage and will require an extended period of maintenance and possibly two new engines," reports the band. "Fortunately the 20 tons of equipment had not been loaded onto EF1 at the time of the accident.

"To finish on a high note however, our visit to Chile was a huge success with 58,000 fans coming to the show as totally brilliant as ever in the Stadium Nacional last night. We love you guys!"

The incident comes just two weeks into the band's world tour in support of their latest release, "The Book Of Souls." "We are happy to tell our fans in Cordoba that our Killer Krew has sorted out all logistics for us to be there with our full show for you all tomorrow," says band manager Rod Smallwood. "We expect no disruption to the tour in any way and are looking for a replacement 747 Ed Force One while our current beauty is healed. More news on that later. Until then, believe me, we will get to you all on this tour one way or another wherever you are.

"I humbly beg forgiveness from the people of France, the staff and security of the Bataclan, my fans, family, friends and anyone else hurt or offended by the absurd accusations I made in my Fox Business Channel interview. My suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of November 13 are unfounded and baseless-and I take full responsibility for them. They do not reflect opinions of my bandmates or anyone associated with Eagles of Death Metal. The shame is 100% mine. I've been dealing with non-stop nightmares and struggling through therapy to make sense of this tragedy and insanity. I haven't been myself since November 13. I realize there's no excuse for my words, but for what it's worth: I am sincerely sorry for having hurt, disrespected or accused anyone." Read more here.

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Deep Purple's New Album 'All But Finished Except For Vocals'

(hennemusic) Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover is sharing an update on the progress of the band's latest album. The group have been working with legendary producer Bob Ezrin, who oversaw their 2013's "Now What?!"

"We started the next album in Nashville on the 28th January," says Glover. "Thirteen days of pre-production and thirteen days recording in the studio. Lucky thirteen because we have thirteen tracks, all but finished except for vocals. Coincidence or what?

"How many will end up on he album is hard to tell yet… maybe all of them, maybe not. I won't even begin to describe the music--an impossible job in any case. Suffice to say I've been listening to the rough mixes and there's a smile on my face. Bob Ezrin and the team did their usual superb job. The next stage will be Ian Gillan and I spending a week together, honing up on the lyrics before recording vocals in Toronto in April." Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Announce Limited Edition Record Store Day Release

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden will release a limited edition picture disc of their track Empire Of The Clouds for Record Store Day on April 16. Featured on their latest album The Book Of Souls, the epic 18-minute song recounts the tale of the British airship R101, which crashed on its maiden voyage in northern France on October 5, 1930.

One of the worst airship disasters of the era killed 48 of the 54 people on board and essentially ended the British government's development plans moving forward - just six months before the first test flight of Germany's infamous Hindenburg.

The Record Store Day release will see Empire Of The Clouds housed in a uniquely artworked sleeve featuring a replica of the actual newspaper story reporting on the fate of the R101 airship. The single's B-side will present an audio interview with vocalist Bruce Dickinson sharing his inspiration for writing the tune.

Dickinson says: "A very poignant story, a very human story, a story of ambition and dreams." Read more here.

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Guided By Voices Reunite For New Album and Live Dates

Robert Pollard has announced that Guided By Voices has once again reunited and they will be releasing a new studio album and playing a string of live dates this spring.

The indie rocker's new album, entitled "Please Be Honest", is scheduled to be released on April 22nd. Fans are getting an early taste of what is come with the released of the album's first single " My Zodiac Companion," which can be streamed here.

The band will kick off a busy spring of live performances next month beginning on April 26th at the Cannery Ballroom - Nashville, TN with dates announced through a June 25th appearance at the Sled Island Festival in Calgary, AB.

In other news, Pollard just released his solo album, Of Course You Are, on Fire Records. See the new Guided By Voices album tracklisting and the group's upcoming tour dates here.

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Travis Barker Teases New Blink-182 Song

(TeamRock Radio) Travis Barker has teased fans with a clip of him playing the drum intro to one of his favorite songs on Blink-182's forthcoming record. The sticksman recently confirmed that the band had finished recording the new album.

He said: "It's all there, the album's done. It's just a matter of picking what 12 to 14 songs will be on the album. I think we wrote 26 or 27. Everyone right now is really pushing for their favourites."

Last month Barker said their upcoming album is the best they've created in over a decade - and it's due out this year. Meanwhile, he recalled how Tom DeLonge wanted their music to sound like U2 and Coldplay towards the end of his tenure with the band. They split with DeLonge last year and brought in Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba. Watch the teaser video here.

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Artists Pay Tribute To Keith Emerson

(Radio.com) Reactions to the surprising death of Keith Emerson are pouring in as many artists are paying homage to the late great keyboardist. The progressive rock legend passed away at his home in Santa Monica, California yesterday (March 10) at the age of 71.

As we have previously reported, Emerson's death is being investigated as a suicide. The Santa Monica Police confirmed that the legendary keyboardist suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, but his cause of death is still under investigation.

Many musicians including Peter Frampton, Paul Stanley, Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheenan took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the late prog musician.

Dear Keith Emerson has left us too soon. Many great memories a truly gentleman. Rest in peace.- Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) March 12, 2016

RIP KEITH EMERSON. I saw ELP as a teen. Emerson was swagger&daggers stabbing the Hammond. THAT was prog with an edge https://t.co/yx7bWFaBJB- Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 11, 2016

Wow...I am absolutely stunned over hearing of Keith Emerson's passing. He was truly a Prog pioneer. This year's been absolutely devastating- Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) March 11, 2016

Keith was the Jimi Hendrix of keyboards...this is another devastating loss to the Prog community #RIPKeithEmerson https://t.co/3tii4vMYWA- Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) March 11, 2016

Keith Emerson -one of my biggest musical influences. Through him I discovered so much amazing life-changing classical music. Rest in Peace.- Billy Sheehan (@BillyonBass) March 12, 2016 Read more here.

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DevilDriver Reveal 'Trust No One' Album Details

DevilDriver have revealed the track listing details for their seventh studio album, 'Trust No One,' which they will be releasing on May 13th via Napalm Records.

The 10 track album was recorded at the Audio Hammer Studios with with producer and previous collaborator, Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Coal Chamber, Holy Grail).

Frontman Dez Fafara had this to say about the album, "'Trust No One' is a vicious record filled with huge grooves and big hooks, guitar bass assery and thundering drums! Lyrically it goes to a realistic space exploring a ton of different emotion and headspaces regarding being human and what it means to exist. 1

"The band worked long hours writing as well as in the studio along with our producer to forge Trust No One! I hope you turn it the F*** up and enjoy this record from start to finish!"

Mike Spreitzer adds, "Trust No One is the record that I've been wanting to write for 12 years." See the tracklisting here.

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Placebo Announce 1st Leg Of 20th Anniversary Tour

Placebo have announced the first leg of their world tour that they will be launching in October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their platinum selling debut album 'Placebo'.

The first leg of the '20 Years of Placebo' tour will be kicking off off in Denmark on October 13th 2016 and will conclude at Wembley Arena in London on December 15th 2016. The band will announce their 2017 dates at a later date.

Brian Molko had this to say, "Let's just say there will be songs in the set that I've sworn never to play again. I think it's time that we purposefully acknowledged what a lot of Placebo fans really want to hear. They've been very patient with us since we rarely play our most commercially successful material.

"A 20 year anniversary tour seems like the right time to do so. That's our intention. This tour is very much for the fans and a chance for us to revisit a lot of our early material. So, if you want to see us play songs like 'Pure Morning' and 'Nancy Boy' which we haven't played in almost ten years and may not play again, then you'd better come along to these shows! We'll have some surprises in there too." Se the tour dates here.

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Bryan Adams' Vintage Guitar 'Defaced' By Customs Officials

(TeamRock Radio) Bryan Adams has called out customs officials at Cairo International Airport who 'defaced' his instrument collection. The staff allegedly scrawled on the instruments with green indelible marker, including his prized vintage guitar - a 1957 Martin D-18 worth thousands of dollars.

The singer told NBC: "It was some kind of customs clearance identification. The problem is, it's a vintage guitar from 1957 and the outside of old instrument is fragile. The instruments were all marked - even my harmonicas! So silly."

But he later told fans in Egypt: "It will be fixed no problem. I want you all to know that I love your country and we had an amazing time there, we felt at home. The incident of defacing our instruments at airport customs is annoying, but it needed to be said." Read more here.

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Against The Current Release 'Running With The Wild Things' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Against The Current have released a video for their track Running With The Wild Things. It's the opening song on their upcoming album In Our Bones, which will be released on May 20 via Fueled By Ramen. The release follows their 2015 Gravity EP.

The band say: "This album is as much yours as it is ours. We wouldn't be here doing what we love right now if it weren't for the endless support we've received from our friends and fans across the world over the last two years.

"We hope you love this record as much we do, and can't wait to play these songs for you the next time we make it to your city." The New York trio are currently on the road across Europe - a tour which will wrap up on March 21 with a set at London's KOKO. Watch the video here.

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Journey Star Opening Art Exhibition This Week

(TeamRock Radio) Journey drummer Steve Smith will open his art exhibition at a reception in New York on March 17. He'll discuss each piece of The Fabric Of Rhythm collection at the free event at the city's Art On A Gallery venue, in Manhattan.

Smith says: "I call my collection The Fabric of Rhythm because I feel that this art is a view into the inner workings of the motions I use to make rhythms. With drumming, we hear only part of the motions that we make, and because the sticks and hands are generally travelling so fast, we don't see all the motions being used.

"We hear the impact of the stick on a drumhead or cymbal, but we don't hear the motions made in the spaces between the notes. The spaces in-between the notes are as important as the notes that we hear.

"With the process that we used to make this art, you see both the impacts and the spaces between the notes, it's as if we are looking into the very fabric of the rhythms." Read more here.

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Teramaze Streaming New Song For 'The Innocent'

(Prog) Teramaze have released the lyric video for their track For The Innocent with TeamRock. It's taken from the Australian prog metal outfit's latest album Her Halo, released last year. They previously issued a promo for the album's title track.

For The Innocent continues to tell the story of the ill-fated trapeze artist whose story forms the concept of the album. Guitarist Dean Wells had the following to say:

"We chose to do For The Innocent as a band video based on the response we get from the song at our shows. It has a really great energy and is really fun to play, so we were trying to capture that in this performance-based film clip." Check out the song here.

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Curtis Salgado Releases 'It's Not Made That Way' Video

(The Blues) Curtis Salgado has released a video for his track It's Not Made That Way. It's lifted from the soul, blues and R&B vocalist's latest album entitled The Beautiful Lowdown, out on April 8 via Alligator Records.

Salgado says of the record: "My heart and soul are in this. I worked my tail off and let the songs lead the way. I wanted to write memorable songs with strong melodies that stick to you - and that's what's here."

The Beautiful Lowdown is available for pre-order directly from the label's website. He'll head out on the road to support the release with a 35-date North American tour, starting in Portland on March 16. Watch the video here.

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Zoax Release 'The Bad Blood' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Zoax have released the music video for their track The Bad Blood. The song comes from their self-titled debut album, which is set to be released on May 13th.

Following the release of 2015 EP Is Everybody Listening, Zoax frontman Adam Carroll told TeamRock: "A debut album is one of the most important things a band can do. We're taking baby steps because we want to release something amazing."

The band will support Heck at their London show on March 21 before joining Funeral For A Friend on their Last Chance To Dance final tour. Watch the video here.

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Frank Zappa Movie Maker Offers Frank's House

(Gibson) Moviemaker Alex Winter is looking for $500,000 to complete a documentary about Frank Zappa. But if you help, there are incentives. Including the key's to Zappa's house!

Winter has said he's looking for the money in the next month. Ambitious, but so far he's raised nearly $200,000. His film is planned to be titled Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa. Winter says: "Other docs have tried to tell Frank's story but we've got something no one's ever had - we've got thousands of hours of new stuff to look at.

"Frank kept pretty much everything but no one outside the family has ever had permission to use it - until now. We're allowed to use everything - but before we can do that, we have to find out what's here, digitize it and make sure it's in a form we can use."

Winter continues: "All these archives are crumbling against time - they're eroding to dust so this isn't just our first chance to find out what's in here - if we don't move fast it could be our last chance too." Winter is offering backers a range of incentives, from Zappa ringtones through to private recording sessions.

The keys to FZ's house? Well, that'll cost you a $9 million pledge. Original report here.

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Steel Panther Do Not Like Parody Band Label

(TeamRock Radio) Steel Panther guitarist Satchel says that he thinks it's "really funny" when people label them a parody band. He adds that boxing bands and artists into musical categories is "bullsh*t" and that it ultimately doesn't matter.

He tells Heavy Mag Australia: "I hate it when anybody tries to put a band in a category, because categories are just for people who work at record stores and f***ing write for Rolling Stone magazine. All that sh*t is bullsh*t.

"I think it's really funny when people try to put us in a parody band box because our lyrics may or may not be amusing. Listen to Ten Seconds To Love by Motley Crue. Those lyrics are f***ing ridiculous, but it's a Motley Crue record and they're a serious band.

"I listen to that sh*t and go, 'That's funny sh*t, those guys are f*ckin' comedians.' Mick Mars is a funny guy. I'm supposed to think that's not funny?" Read more here.

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Singled Out: Worth Taking's Different Now

Jerod McBryer from the San Francisco group Worth Taking tells us about the song "Different Now" which comes from their brand new album "Hangman". Here is the story:

"Different Now" is track 6 on the record and, consequently, represents step 6 in the 12 Step Program. I'm fascinated by numbers and how such a quantitative tool can help represent such qualitative concepts. While that fascination is evident throughout the record, it is at its strongest in this song.

There is a duality in this song that is not nearly as obvious on the rest of the record. It speaks to one of the overarching themes of this concept: balance. The half-way point is just as much about reflection as it is about looking forward. The third act is not always just about closure; it can also set the stage for a sequel.

The writing process for this song perfectly mirrored this kind of exhaustive back and forth. The song went through about 20 different chorus iterations and I struggled with the guitar solo for weeks. The near-final version had this very busy, self-gratifying, attempt at "shredding." One afternoon, when listening to a piece by John Williams, I heard a reprise of the main theme during a more subtle section of the song. It inspired me to go back and strip down the bridge into an instrumental retelling of the chorus.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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Greg Lake Pays Tribute To Keith Emerson

Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer has paid tribute to keyboardist Keith Emerson who died Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, Ca at the age of 71.

Lake writes, "To all ELP friends and fans all over the world, I would like to express my deep sadness upon hearing this tragic news. As you know Keith and I spent many of the best years of our lives together and to witness his life coming to an end in the way that it has is painful, both to myself and to all who knew him.

"As sad and tragic as Keith's death is, I would not want this to be the lasting memory people take away with them. What I will always remember about Keith Emerson was his remarkable talent as a musician and composer and his gift and passion to entertain. Music was his life and despite some of the difficulties he encountered I am sure that the music he created will live on forever.

"My deepest condolences go to Keith's family. May he now be at peace."

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