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Day in Rock Report for 03/23/2016


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Early David Bowie Previously-Unreleased Song Goes Online

(Classic Rock) A previously-unreleased David Bowie track that was recorded in 1970 has been made available for the first time. To Be Love is being streamed by its writer and producer Ron de Strulle as a tribute to the icon, who died in January after a cancer battle. It can be heard and downloaded via mindbodynetwork.com.

It was the first song Bowie recorded during his first trip to the United States, after he'd been offered the opportunity of 24-hour studio access for two weeks.

Ron de Strulle, who worked with impresario Tom Ayers and Frank Zappa drummer Aynsley Dunbar at the time, tells the Huffington Post: "My first impression of David was that he was warm, open, friendly, and not looking for star treatment like most of the other artists who came to RR Studios.

"He was interested in the production process and excited about anything creative. He couldn't get over the way we could produce loop delays and reverberation plays.

"David could pick up an instrument and play anything. He'd say, 'I never played this instrument before' - then he'd cut loose and play. Pure genius." Read more here.

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Zakk Wylde's Door Always Open For Ozzy

(New Rock Times) Zakk Wylde says that he'd come running if Ozzy Osbourne needed him back in the band as he admits he sees the Prince of Darkness and his wife Sharon as 'family.'

Since parting ways with Ozzy back in 2009, Wylde has kept in close touch with Ozzy both personally and professionally with guest live slots on guitar. And Wylde tells SiriusXM show 'Dirty Sexy Funny' host Jenny McCarthy he will always be on hand for the Osbournes.

He says: "Well, Ozzy is the godfather of my oldest son, so I mean… And Sharon, I love her like a mother. So, our relationship is bigger than the music. If they called me up and asked me to come over, bring some eggs and milk over to the house and clean the dog run 'cause they had company coming over, I'd do it.

"But if Ozz ever wants to do anything, we'd do it. But Gus [G.], who plays guitar with him now in the solo band, I'm buddies with Gus, and Gus is a phenomenal, shredding, awesome guitar player and awesome dude.

"But, nah, I mean, Gus is the guitar player now, but if Ozz ever asked me… Like I said, if Gus's wife was pregnant and they were having kids and he was, like, 'Gus is gonna be down for three months, 'cause he wants to be home. Can you come out on the road?' I'd do it. That's the way we roll." Read more here.

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Underoath's Full Comeback Show Streaming Online

(TeamRock Radio) Underoath's comeback concert has been made available to view in full. The reunited band's first show in more than three years took place in Tampa, Florida, on March 13th.

The full show has been uploaded to YouTube and the band posted a link to the video on their Facebook page. Last year, the Grammy-nominated outfit - who formed in 1997 and released seven studio albums before splitting in 2013 - announced their comeback in a cryptic Facebook post.

The band posted a short video on their Facebook page, featuring the words "Rebirth is coming" and a reversed vocal track. Played the right way round, the band are heard singing: "Drowning in my sleep." Check out the comeback show video here.

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Asking Alexandria Slams Metal Elitists

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce has taken aim at so-called metal elitists who dismiss his band because of their sound. And he says the fact their material can be seen as more commercial is a good thing as it's introducing people to the metal genre.

Bruce tells Metal Wani: "You can sit and complain as much as you want but the fact of the matter is we're flying the flag for metal whether you like us or not.

"The fact that we are maybe a little bit more commercially acceptable and a bit more palatable means we're getting radio play which is just helping open people's eyes to being introduced to more metal bands."

He continues: "If you're going to sit in your bedroom and be a bitch and just argue and moan about the fact you don't like our band, no one is going to discover metal and eventually we're all going to die and there's going to be those elitists sat in their room going, 'Why are there no new metal bands for me to listen to?' It's because you're a f***ing a**hole and ruined it you f***ing idiot." Watch the full interview here.

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Judas Priest To Begin New Album Next Month

(TeamRock Radio) Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner says the band will join up to begin writing their next album in April. The band's most recent release was 2014's Redeemer Of Souls and Faulkner says they are keen to build on that record's success.

He tells Guitar World: "We're going to meet up next month and go and see what ideas we've got. I'm always coming up with riffs or melodies. We get together to pore over the ideas. Hopefully the ideas are great.

"We have a big legacy to uphold. These guys have been doing this for 40 years. Redeemer was the first Top 10 entry on Billboard that the band has ever had. It's a great springboard, if you will. We're looking forward to getting into the studio and seeing what we've come up with." Read more here.

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Jim Ward Leaves At The Drive-In Ahead Of Reunion Tour

(TeamRock Radio) At The Drive-In have split with founding guitarist Jim Ward just days before the start of their reunion tour. Ward's departure was announced in a brief post on the band's official Facebook page.

It reads: "As our ship prepares for voyage, we announce that Jim Ward will not be joining us on future journeys. We wish him well and are excited to see you soon."

A replacement for Ward has not yet been named by the band, who are due to kick off the tour in California tonight, March 23rd The tour marks the group's first live performances since 2012 when they appeared on a number of festival bills. They are expected to release new music this year. See the dates here.

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Baroness Relocate Belgian Show Following Terrorist Attacks

(TeamRock Radio) Tuesday night's planned Baroness show at the AB Theatre in Brussels was cancelled, with the band playing Sittard in the Netherlands instead following the terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital.

They were due to play the gig with Vitamin X and Sirius Plan in the city but were forced to move it 90 miles away to Sittard's Poppodium Volt in the Netherlands after explosions across the Belgian capital left at least 31 people dead and scores more injured.

The band say in a statement: "We are very sorry to have had the Brussels show cancelled. Obviously, this was far beyond our control. We hope those of you in Brussels and Belgium are safe and unharmed.

"In light of the bombings and show cancellation, we have managed to organize a show in the Netherlands at Poppodium Volt. We do not encourage anyone to travel to this show in any unsafe way, so please be mindful with the following info: We will be accepting all valid tickets for the Brussels show tonight." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Begins Legal Bid For Beatles Publishing Rights

(Classic Rock) Paul McCartney has started legal proceedings to secure the publishing rights to the Beatles' back catalogue. Despite writing most of the Fab Four's hits, McCartney has never owned the publishing rights.

But under the terms of the US Copyright Act of 1976, he will be able to reclaim the rights to some of the songs in 2018 after a mandatory 56-year ownership period has elapsed.

Billboard reports that McCartney has filed paperwork to reclaim rights to 32 songs in the US, although the rights in the rest of the world will remain with Sony/ATV. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Want To 'Make At Least One More Album'

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden mainman Steve Harris wants the band to record at least one more album and keep touring before it's time to wind down. And the 60-year-old is certain he'll keep writing music after the NWOBHM icons go their separate ways.

They're currently touring the world in support of latest album The Book Of Souls, which was released last year following a delay caused by frontman Bruce Dickinson's cancer battle.

Harris tells Vorterix (via Blabbermouth): "We still want to make at least one more album, and we want to do some more touring. We're enjoying ourselves at the moment. We're just happy to be here after what happened with Bruce.

"It's a privilege to play and be here - because a year ago we didn't even know if we were going to be able to tour any more." He believes Maiden would have come to an end if Dickinson hadn't been able to return. Read more here.

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Guns N' Roses Fan Recounts News Making Axl Rose Encounter

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses fan Mark Guglielmo says his chance encounter with Axl Rose outside an Atlanta hotel last week partially happened because he recognized the singer's forearm tattoo.

The fan ran into the singer in front of the Loews Atlanta Hotel on Friday, and his Instagram photo with Rose has gone viral ahead of the launch of the reunited Guns N' Roses tour next month.

"I was waiting for my friends, and I saw him get out of the car," Guglielmo tells Rock 100.5 Atlanta's Bailey And Southside Show. "And [I saw] the aviator shades and the bandana, so I was, like, 'That kind of looks like Axl from a profile.' And then he turned, and I saw the forearm tattoo, and I'm, like, 'Holy sh**! That's Axl Rose.'

"First I said, 'Oh my God! Axl?'" he explained. "And he just turned toward me and he put his hand out. 'Yeah, man.' And I was, like, 'This is incredible to meet you.' 'Cause I'm in my young forties, and they were the first concert I'd ever seen. I mean, I rode a ten-speed bike to go buy 'Appetite For Destruction' when I was, like, fourteen years old. [I told him all that] and he's, like, 'That's great, man. That's so cool to hear.'"

Caught up in the unexpected moment, Guglielmo prepared to walk away as a thrilled fan when he realized he had an opportunity to document his chance meeting with the rocker.

"And then I turned away. And I was, like, 'Wait a second!'," he thought. "Cause I was a little starstruck. I realized I had my phone in my hand. And I'm, like, 'Axl, I don't mean to bug you, but can I get a picture?' And then his, I guess, friend took the picture, and he took a good one, and I put in on Instagram, and here we are."

Guglielmo managed to snag some inside Guns N' Roses info direct from the source as he parted ways with Rose. "All I did was say, 'Hey, good luck with the tour,'" he recalled. "And I corrected myself. 'I mean, the few shows.' 'Cause all I knew about was Vegas and Coachella coming up. And that's when he turned back to me, and he said, 'No, man. We're gonna do a whole tour.' He offered that to me." Listen to the radio interview here.

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Cage The Elephant Release 'Cry Baby' Video

(Radio.com) Cage The Elephant have released a video for their single, "Cry Baby", which finds the Bowling Green rockers on stage and on the road during over the course of their most recent European tour.

The new video was directed by frontman Matt Shultz and photographer Pooneh Ghana, and the fun, grainy film-style video feels very 1960s--aloof and whimsical.

The band is currently on the road in North America for their Spring Fling Rock AF tour across with Foals and Bear Hands. See the dates and watch the new music video here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Mixing Their New Album

(hennemusic) Drummer Chad Smith has confirmed in an online posting this week that the Red Hot Chili Peppers are in the studio mixing the full-length follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You."

The group have brought in Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck) to handle mixing duties for their 11th album after teaming up with producer Danger Mouse on the recording. "Started mixing the new record today!," tweeted Smith. "@nigelgod at the helm."

Frontman Anthony Kiedis praised Danger Mouse's work on the project last October in an interview with Rolling Stone, saying, "He's very good about coming up with super-modern ideas, but he'll also touch on the acoustic guitar in the control room and strip the song down to its acoustic essentials. Which is a beautiful place to be."

Sessions for the group's first full record in five years were put on hold for six months last year after bassist Flea suffered a broken arm during a skiing trip in February 2015, which actually gave the band time to write more material for the project. Read more here.

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Metallica Producer Says Newsted Did Album Justice

(Classic Rock) Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen has praised former bassist Jason Newsted's work on ...And Justice For All. The 1988 release is known for its low bass mix, but Rasumussen says what he heard of Newsted in the recording sessions was "f***ing brilliant."

The producer tells Rolling Stone: "Jason is one hell of a bass player. I'm probably one of the only people in the world, including Jason and Toby Wright, the assistant engineer, who heard the bass tracks on …And Justice for All, and they are f***ing brilliant. It was Lars and James who said to turn the bass down. I know that for a fact because I asked them."

Newsted was hired to replace Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident in 1986. He'd previously played with thrash outfit Flotsam and Jetsam on their record, Doomsday For The Deceiver.

Rasmussen admits that, on hindsight, the band feel they did not give the bassist the respect he deserved. He says: "He always more or less was the new kid. I actually had him practice bass when me and Lars would be doing drums. And I'd ask Toby to do some bass sounds with Jason to run it through a few times, and we'd go, 'This is great. This is not great. Do this, do that.' And we'd let them bang it out after we'd left for the night.

"While we went to sleep, he was actually doing some of his bass tracks. We'd listen to them the next day. I feel and I think the general feeling in the band is that he was never treated with the respect that he deserved." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Release Video Message Ahead Of Cuba Show

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are offering a video message to fans in Cuba ahead of their historic free concert in Havana on March 25. The free show will mark the first open air concert in the country by a British rock band.

"Hello Cuba, we are very excited to be coming to play for you," says Mick Jagger on behalf of the group. "We have performed in many incredible places, but this concert in Havana is going to be a historic event for us.

"We hope it will be for you too. Thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful country. We hope to see you all on March 25 at Ciudad Deportiva." Watch the video here.

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The Posies Return With New Album, Tour and Free Song

(CB) The Posies will be offering lucky fans that attend their upcoming European tour a pre-release tour edition of their 8th album, "Solid States", with bonus download tracks.

The power-pop icons will be launching their European tour on March 29th at the Het Depot in Leuven, Belgium and will be concluding the trek on April 23rd at Sala Budokan in Cartagena, Spain.

The band will be releasing their new album "Solid States" on the 29th April 2016 in Europe on British indie Lojinx in various formats including heavyweight vinyl LP, CD and digital.

Fans can get an early taste of what is come with a free download of the album track 'Squirrel vs Snake', which can be streamed and downloaded here.

The new album is billed as an evolution for the band sparked by dramatic changes in their lives. We were sent this background: "When the Posies long time drummer, Darius, died suddenly and unexpectedly last year, Posies founding members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow were devastated. Hard as it was to continue without such a close friend and great musician, the moment called for a reinvention. For now... the idea of the band getting into a room and banging out the music, garage band style, was over. The ideas coming from Jon and Ken were fragile and the moods contemplative. Death, divorce, loss. Even the joys of life are fleeting enough as to be treated with care and respect." See the tour dates here.

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Europe Won't Play 'Ridiculous' Farewell Tour Game

(New Rock Times) Joey Tempest says Europe have no intention of slowing down or calling it quits and they plan to keep on touring as long as it's fun while promising not to backtrack on 'ridiculous' live performances billed as a final tour.

The Europe singer also admitted he was surprised that 'The Final Countdown' became as big a global smash hit as it did after penning the track while he was still in college.

Speaking to Sleazeroxx.com he explains: "Now, we've sort of been joking about that a little bit because there are so many bands that have said they've done the final tour for twenty years now.

"We've said were never going to say we're doing the final tour. We're going to keep going as long as we feel like it's fun. I doubt if we're ever going to do something like that. But you never know! If we do it, it will be the final tour because we don't believe in saying something and then doing something else. I understand some bands - they think they're going to do their final tour and then they feel like 'Oh no. We can't stop.'

"And there's a lot of fans coming to see you and they change their minds. I mean that's OK too. I don't want to do it to trick people or anything like that. That's ridiculous."

The Swedish rockers hit the number one spot in 25 countries around the world in 1986 with 'The Final Countdown.' Tempest insists he believed the band had a strong song on their hands but even they were taken aback by its global success. "Yeah, we were surprised and I was too," continues Tempest. Read more here.

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Brian Fallon Releases 'Painkillers' Video

(Classic Rock) Brian Fallon has released a video for the title track from his debut solo album Painkillers. It was released earlier this month and comes after his band The Gaslight Anthem revealed they were going on hiatus last year.

Fallon said of the album: "This is renewing my faith in the whole music thing, reminding me it's still important and still does what it's supposed to do."

Fallon will tour the UK and Europe in April where he'll play a selection of tracks from his new album plus material from his Horrible Crowes' debut album Elsie. Watch the video here.

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Enter Shikari Frontman Reveals Secret Of Their Success

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds says being honest with their audience and treating them with respect has contributed to their rise in popularity. In 2013 he called out 30 Seconds To Mars for charging fans for meet and greet sessions. And he maintains that bands should stop looking at their fans as nothing more than "walking dollar signs."

Reynolds tells Sound Story: "The most important thing is being honest. People can spot a band when they're not being honest whether it's musically, in a video or on stage. You have to be completely comfortable with what you're making and be in control of it - not be told what to do because it's going to come through.

"The people who like your music like it for a reason. If you're making music that you enjoy, you are probably the biggest fan of your music. If you're not then you're probably not enjoying yourself."

He advises: "Write music you love and if people love that with the same degree of passion, you are immediately connected to them. You already know so much about them - you could be best mates with them and that's how you should look at the people who like your music. Not as fans, not as walking dollar signs - so avoid that by all means and people will appreciate it and will stick with you." Watch the full interview here.

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Pierce The Veil's New Album 'Misadventures' Was Literal Journey

(Radio.com) In a new interview, Vic Fuentes explains that the new Pierce the Veil album, Misadventures, was written and recorded in various studios, hotel rooms, and even a few homes rented through Airbnb.

"I finished the lyrics to "Bedless" in Marina Del Rey, pacing around an Airbnb one night at like 3 a.m.," the singer told Alt Press. Fuentes, also rented a secluded home in Santa Barbara, California for a month.

"It was this modern rustic little house," he explained. It was the kind of place meant to walk around naked in. There's a lot of privacy but the house itself had all glass doors and the shower door opened up into the yard. You can take a bath outside in the yard. I wrote the lyrics for 'The Divine Zero' there."

In addition to the Airbnb locations, Fuentes also rented a house in San Diego, spent a week in a Seattle hotel, the highly revered Village recording studios in Los Angeles, and spent nearly two months in isolation in a small mountain cabin 150 miles east of Los Angeles.

Fuentes detailed his issues with writing on the road. It's simply too difficult with noise and distractions. Apparently even recording in studio rehearsal spaces proved to be troublesome. Fuentes requires solitude. "I worked at a lockout practice space in Burbank but I had a lot of trouble writing there, because of the noise from other musicians in the neighboring rooms." Read more here.

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Rudess On Dream Theater's Chemistry On The Astonishing

(Prog) Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess says his relationship with bandmate John Petrucci reached its most creative point on their latest album. The keyboard player, who joined the band in 1999, recalls how he was brought in to help Petrucci on the songwriting front. And he says that the relationship has gradually grown into the force that allowed them to work together so well on this year's release The Astonishing.

Rudess tells Linea Rock: "When I came in, my job was as a composer as much as it was as a keyboardist. But up until recently, many years later, our relationship didn't kind of mature to the point where we could sit down together and do a project like The Astonishing.

"When John conceived of the story, one of the first things he thought of is, 'Wow, it would be really cool if Jordan and I could sit down just together alone, without anybody else there, and just write this music.' And in doing that, it felt like it solidified a relationship that's been maturing through the course of years.

"It's always been a really great, symbiotic kind of relationship, but over the last years, especially doing this project, we reached another level where we kind of came together, personally and musically, and enjoyed working on this album. It was really cool." Watch the full interview here.

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Mark Pritchard Streams New Song Featuring Radiohead's Thom Yorke

(Prog) Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke appears as a guest vocalist on producer Mark Pritchard's single Beautiful People, which is streaming online. The song features on Pritchard's album Under The Sun, released on May 13 via Warp Records.

Pritchard says: "The original instrumental to Beautiful People is a personal song about loss, hopelessness and chaos, but ultimately the message is love and hope.

"Thom's contribution to this collaboration captured perfectly what the piece is about. I will be forever grateful to have worked with such a immense talent." Stream the song here.

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Asking Alexandria Streaming New Song 'Send Me Home'

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria have released a stream of their track Send Me Home. It comes from their upcoming album The Black, which is out on March 25. It's the band's first album with frontman Denis Stoff, who replaced Danny Worsnop last year.

Guitarist Ben Bruce tells Billboard: "The song is about how strenuous and tiring living life on the road could be. Everyone thinks, 'Oh, you're a rock star, you're living the life, you're living the dream, you get to party every day.'

"While it's true that we're living a life that we love and what we dreamed when we were kids, people don't actually take into consideration the fact that we are away from everyone we love, that we do wake up in a different city every day not knowing where we are."

He adds: "We don't really get a bed to sleep in. We sleep in a coffin, essentially, on a moving bus or a plane. The song is just about missing normal life at home with your family and your loved ones." Stream the song here.

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Killswitch Engage Announce Dates With Bullet For My Valentine

(TeamRock Radio) Killswitch Engage will support Bullet For My Valentine on their upcoming winter UK tour. Jesse Leach and co are currently on the road across the US in support of their seventh album Incarnate which launched earlier this month via Roadrunner Records.

And they'll head to the UK in November and December with Cane Hill for a run of six shows with Bullet For My Valentine, who released latest album Venom last year.

Leach said of Incarnate: "The definition of 'incarnate' is 'in the flesh,' and this record is who we are right now. Disarm The Descent was sort of my comeback album, and was about us feeling out the new vibe. But now I think we're all in a really comfortable place. We definitely have a strong sense of self as to who we are as a band." See the tour dates here.

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Glenn Hughes 'Feeling Great' Following His Heart Surgery Recovery

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes says God was watching over him during his 2013 heart surgery. The former Deep Purple singer had surgery to repair an enlarged aorta and he says he doesn't care what people think when he credits God for helping him through his recovery.

Hughes tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "I have become calmer and mellow. But I'll say this again, and I don't care what people think of me about why I use the word God, I know that when I had that operation and when I came too and was in recovery, I was in a complete state of calmness.

"Call him what you want, I'm calling him God...he was watching out for me. I am overall a very high-energy dude, really anxious and full of life. But after the operation and recovery...very, very mellow. Now I'm feeling great." Read more here.

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Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack Releases We Don't Have To Dance Video

(TeamRock Radio) Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack has released a video for his solo track We Don't Have To Dance. It's lifted from his Andy Black project's debut album The Shadow Side which will be released on May 6 via UMG Recordings Inc/Lava Music LLC.

Biersack said of the album: "Sonically, the goal was to really play with music and a lot of different stuff - to have a lot of odd instrumentation and to have a lot of programmed stuff, keyboards and more classic, almost pop-rock guitar. It's more U2 than Megadeth.

"There are no guitar solos on the record. There's a lot of drumming styles - there's some weird sleigh bells." He'll head out on the road across the UK in May under the Andy Black moniker. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Former Jethro Tull Guitarist Martin Barre Announces U.S. Tour

(Prog) Former Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre has announced plans for a US tour later this year. It's billed as An Evening Of Blues, Rock, Tull and is due to get underway on April 10 at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York.

Last year, Barre hit the road in support of latest album Back To Steel - but insisted while Tull's music would always feature in his live sets, he wanted his band to have their own identity.

He said: "Jethro Tull's music will always be a part of my work - but I hope it becomes about 40% instead of 60%. I will never turn my back on it, though. I'm not so stupid that I don't know that people come to hear me play so they can hear Tull. But a lot of that music is in me anyway. That's not far from home. It will always be there." Check out the dates here.

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No Sinner Announce New Album 'Old Habits Die Hard'

(The Blues) No Sinner have announced their second album will be released in May. Old Habits Die Hard arrives on May 20 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The follow-up to 2014 debut Boo Hoo Hoo is produced by Ben Kaplan, who has worked with artists including Biffy Clyro, Shakira, Gallows, Rise Against and Atreyu.

Singer Colleen Rennison says: "I live and breathe rock'n'roll. It's a disease to want to push the envelope, to be an enemy to yourself at times, to want so much from the world that sometimes you can't even stand to be in it.

"I never really felt like I belonged anywhere, and then I found the people that felt like me, that woke up every morning with a hole in their heart that can only be filled by music." Read more and watch the EPK for the album here.

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Slayer Make Stop At Motley Zoo Animal Rescue Facility

(Classic Rock) Slayer got up close and personal with puppies at an animal rescue center before their gig in Seattle this past weekend. Tom Araya, Gary Holt, Kerry King and Paul Bostaph visited the Motley Zoo Animal Rescue facility in Redmond, Washington, on Saturday before their gig that night at the Paramount Theater.

Support bands Testament and Carcass were also on hand to help raise awareness of the center's work. Motley Zoo says in a statement: "What's better than puppies and metal? Nothing! We were fortunate to spend Saturday night with Slayer, Testament and Carcass who very much enjoyed hanging out and cuddling our puppies.

"There's nothing better than tough guys showing their soft sides. This was the second time we met Kerry King and Paul Bostaph, but this time we got to meet Tom Araya and Gary Holt as well." Read more and see a photo here.

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Diamond Head Release Video Trailer For New Album

(Classic Rock) Diamond Head have released a video trailer for their upcoming seventh album. The self-titled effort arrives on April 22nd and is the first to feature new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen.

Mainman Brian Tatler previously said: "Ras has certainly renewed the energy. I had no interest in doing a record - but after working with Ras on the European tour, that suddenly changed.

"I wanted to make a record with him. He's a confident singer and he's not trying to fill anyone's shoes." In the trailer, Tatler also reveals the band will hit the road from April. Watch it here.

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Sex Pistols Buildings Get Officially Recognized

(Classic Rock) Buildings on London's famous Tin Pan Alley have been officially recognized for their cultural significance by the British government. Heritage Minister David Evennett says the decision to grant no.6 and no.7 Denmark Street Grade 2 star listed status is partly down to the fact they buildings were used as a studio and home by the Sex Pistols between 1975 and 1977.

The band's frontman Johnny Rotten scrawled graffiti on the walls of the former silversmith's workshop where they rehearsed. His drawings of Malcolm McLaren, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen still exist.

Evennett tells the Independent: "These 17th century townhouses not only exhibit well-preserved architectural detail but helped nurture Soho's influence on the global music industry during the 1960s and 1970s.

"As we celebrate 40 years of punk, I'm delighted to be granting further protection to these buildings which acted as a home and studio to the Sex Pistols." Read more here.

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Lita Ford Had To Fight Record Execs To Be Herself

(New Rock Times) Lita Ford says she had to fight to be herself when she burst onto the scene as record exec's attempted to mould her into their vision of a female musician. And the '80's rock queen, who helped pave the way for a generation of hard rocking women, says she wouldn't have done anything differently.

Speaking to 'The Five Count' radio show in Mankato, Minnesota, the former lead guitarist for The Runaways recalled breaking into the business and how people perceived and viewed her in her early days.

She remembers: "Some people would give me a bad… You know, 'Girls don't play guitar.' They would give me some cocky attitude. But mostly, my fellow musicians were very supportive.

"Record companies were so-so. They would say, 'Lita, take some of that makeup off,' or, 'Put some pants on,' and I would just say, 'No. That's not who I am. I'm not this Little Goody Two-Shoes; I'm a rock and roll, guitar-slinging chick, and that's who I am. If it doesn't work for you, then maybe I'm on the wrong record label.'"

She continues: "So I had to fight to be who I am. I had to fight to get over those hurdles and learn how to stick up for myself and take no crap from people who were trying to create somebody that they saw in a different light. It was a journey." Read more here.

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Banshee Release 'Say My Name' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Scottish rockers Banshee are premiering the video for their track Say My Name with TeamRock. It's the title track from the group's upcoming debut EP, released on March 25 (Friday). Formerly known as Life On Standby, the four-piece changed their name at the start of 2016.

Banshee say: "Our sound on this EP is more electronically based, leaning towards the synth sounds of Pvris or Bring Me The Horizon with the riffs of Biffy Clyro accompanied by raw female vocals. We would like to think this EP is something that you can move around to.

"We are absolutely delighted to be releasing our new EP with the title track Say My Name as our first single. The EP has been fully written by ourselves and produced by Bruce Rintoul and Romesh Dodangoda with our artwork designed by Daniel Holub.

"The video for Say My Name was also filmed by Andy Mills and we must give credit to these guys as they have been amazing. We are thoroughly looking forward to everyone hearing this and we hope you all enjoy it." Watch the video here.

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Susanna Releases 'Hole' Video

(Prog) Susanna has released a video for her track Hole. It's taken from the Jenny Hval collaborator's 11th album entitled Triangle, due out on April 22 via SusannaSonata. She previously issued Burning Sea and Ebb And Flow from the record.

Filmed under ground in Oslo, the video for Hole was made by Norwegian filmmaker and director Carsten Aniksdal. Susanna says: "We wanted to illustrate the existential topic of the song with dance and movements".

Susanna has two dates left on her tour schedule for 2016 - at London's Cafe Oto on April 19 and Stadhalle in Gottingen, Germany, on May 5. Watch the new video here.

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Ian Siegal Headlining Cumbria Floods Benefit Show

(The Blues) Ian Siegal is set to headline a standalone benefit concert event staged by organizers of the Maryport Blues Festival, in aid of victims of the Cumbria floods.

A series of three storms ravaged the northern English region at the end of last year, causing billions of pounds of damage. Main roads throughout the area remain closed, with authorities estimating the economic impact at over £1m per day.

The 18th annual Maryport Blues Festival will take place as usual on the weekend of July 29-31, featuring Royal Southern Brotherhood, The Blues Band, Stevie Nimmo Trio, Red Butler and many others.

But Siegal, Jon Amor, The Brian Rawson Band and others will perform without pay at the town's Marquee venue on June 12, with profits going to the Cumbria Community Foundation. Read more here.

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Hexvessel Release 'When I Am Dead' Video

(Prog) Hexvessel are debuting the video for their track When I Am Dead with TeamRock. The song features on the Finnish psych-folk outfit's latest album When We Are Death, which was released in January via Century Media.

Singer and guitarist Mat McNerney tells TeamRock: "Nature prevails. We never die, we just change our form. We're billion year old carbon on a journey through space on an ancient rock.

"As we leave our beloved Finland, heading out into Europe on tour, this video represents our view of the universe and our strong connection to the cycle of life and death. It's an existential question that only the forest can answer.

"You must go on a journey into space to know this. Where will you be when I am dead?" Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Gone Quite Mad's Neptune

Nicholas Pascarella the guitarist for Brooklyn progressive indie-rockers Gone Quite Mad tells us the story behind the title track of their forthcoming EP "Neptune". Here is the story:

I'll jump right into the juicy stuff and level with you readers: Neptune came about in the midst of a depression in the summer of 2015. Our previous drummer had just left the band, the singer (Christopher) and I had just moved apartments, and I had a pretty good little heartache going. I can recall remarking to Chris in the kitchen of our new place that this might be the way Cobain felt before he ended his relationship with consciousness; feeling completely spent of musical energy and ideas, feeling like there was nothing left to offer. It was a dark, reflective summer for me.

So I changed my approach to songwriting and simplified things. Or in the words of George Knox's character in Angels in the Outfield, "we're going back to fundamentals!" It pulled me out of my slump, and working together with Steve Remp, our new time-keeper with all his fresh ideas and youthful vigor (whom I affectionately refer to as 'Stove') and Joe (the bassist), we wrote the monster riff and the nasty, progface transition that permeate the song. Joe was all over it and added his ten cents, shaping the concussive exploits of the verses with a Tim Commerford-ish line (RATM for those not in the know) that takes me back to more than one stale-beer-smelling high school basement.

Chris penned lyrics that encapsulated the celestial brutality of the riff and also told a bit of a love story at the same time, which both played at my soft heart a little and makes the song as a whole more relate-able. His melodies call and respond to bass and guitar leads to tell the story and put the reader on Neptune's swirling blues watching this space race he concocted in his maniacal brain. In our practice studio through a haze of smoke and whiskey breath we improvised the middle section together in a decidedly latin flavor in a bit of a nod to the love story, albeit maybe unconsciously. But if you ask me, unconscious is the best way to play anyway.

This song is relentless but considering the conditions it was created in, I would expect no less from this group of musicians. It is best played (and consumed) loudly after a few stiff drinks. Or if you're feeling adventurous, stronger mind benders. You know, for science.

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

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