Day in Rock Report for 03/30/2016

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Metallica's James Hetfield and Sammy Hagar Going Acoustic-4-A-Cure

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield will host the third annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on May 15.

The event - which benefits the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital - will see acoustic performances by the hosts and a lineup that includes Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Tommy Lee, Melissa Etheridge and Pat Monahan from Train, among others.

The benefit lands a week after Hagar reunites with supergroup Chickenfoot to play their first full shows in four years. The band will perform at Harrah's Lake Tahoe on May 7 & 8. Read more here.

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Disturbed Fan Speaks Out About Concert Texting Incident

(TeamRock Radio) A Disturbed fan called out by frontman David Draiman for texting during a show has hit back, saying she'll never pay to see the band again. Shannon Pardue was singled out by Draiman during Disturbed's encore at the Dallas House Of Blues venue on March 23, with the singer saying she was "rude" for "texting the entire f***ing show."

But the married mother, who was at the show with her husband, says she was simply checking that her 14-year-old daughter was okay and posting a Facebook status update about being at the show.

Pardue tells the Dallas Observer: "I looked down and everybody was staring at me. Have you ever seen a movie where a dorky kid is standing there and 20 bullies are making fun of him, making him feel alienated? That's what happened to me."

When Draiman addressed her from the stage, Pardue at first waved from her position in the balcony before realizing she was about to become the subject of a rant.

She adds: "At first it ticked me off. But then I just wanted to go away. I told my husband, 'The most embarrassing thing in my life just happened to me.'" Read more here.

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Zakk Wylde Weighs In On AC/DC and Brian Johnson Situation

Zakk Wylde shared his reaction to the news that AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson faced complete hearing loss if the band had not postponed their tour dates and also shared his views on the band continuing with a new singer.

Wylde says in a new video interview (via here Blabbermouth): "That's really sad, man. 'Cause Brian's… I met Brian one time. He's a really sweet guy; he's super cool. But with the hearing, I read [an interview] where Brian was saying [the hearing loss was caused by] him being in race cars and not wearing his earplugs when he was in the car. And he said he actually heard his eardrums explode when he was in the car, 'cause he didn't have the earplugs in. 'Cause he said it didn't have anything to do with music."

He continues: "Me personally, if you don't have anything aimed directly at your head… That's what it's all about. Pete Townshend [of The Who] said [his hearing loss] was [caused by] all the years of cranking the music when he was mixing the records and making the album, of just blasting it, so it's right here [puts hands close to his ears] - as opposed to surrounding it. I mean, a 4x12 [guitar cabinet] is a very directional cabinet, so if you step to the side of it… especially the bottom ones, 'cause it's only hitting your legs. I mean, the top ones is where… If you're standing right in front of it, that'll smash you. Anything that's not directional… I mean, if anything's near you, that's when it's gonna really blast you; it's like a ice pick going off in your head."

Wylde had this to say about the band carrying on with another lead singer, "Supposedly [late AC/DC singer] Bon [Scott] was the one that recommended… he was talking about how awesome Brian was. He saw him playing one night - Bon did. And he was saying, 'I saw this singer, this Brian Johnson guy, who's amazing,' when Brian was doing his band [before AC/DC]. And that's how they got tipped off on Brian, how they knew about him, was through Bon. So who knows?

"Brian might have one of his buddies he knows that's a great singer and just pass the torch. Just kind of like the whole Malcolm [Young, former AC/DC rhythm guitarist] thing, with their nephew [Stevie Young stepping in after Malcolm was diagnosed with dementia] or whatever. I mean, it's up to the fellows, but I just wish Brian gets better, though." Watch the full video segment here.

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Ace Frehley Laughs Off Idea Of KISS Without Original Members

(Classic Rock) Ace Frehley says it's "ridiculous" to consider the idea of Kiss continuing without any original members. The former Kiss guitarist was replying to previous comments from ex colleague Paul Stanley that the band's characters could outlive him and Gene Simmons and continue performing when they're gone.

Frehley's Spaceman persona was taken over by Tommy Thayer full-time in 2002, while drummer Peter Criss' Catman was handed off to Eric Singer. But Frehley says the idea of Simmons and Stanley being replaced is a non-starter.

He tells WZLX 100.7 (via Blabbermouth): "That's the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard them make. I think the only reason they make those statements at this juncture is to try to validate the fact that they have two other guys in the band that aren't the original members.

"So they're trying to rationalise to the fans, 'Well, you know, we replaced Peter and we replaced Ace, and eventually we're gonna replace ourselves. That's like Mick Jagger saying, 'Yeah, after me and Keith die, The Stones will continue on with two other guys.' It's a joke." Read more here.

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Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits Set For Release

(Classic Rock) The book Slipknot: Dysfunctional Family Portraits is to get a North American release. The photo book compiled by tour photographer Paul Harries was launched in Europe last year but is now set to be published in the US and Canada on April 19.

It features iconic shots of the Iowa band and includes never-before-seen pictures of Corey Taylor and co. Harries said: "The reason it's called Dysfunctional Family Portraits is because Slipknot really is a family. The way they are and the way the present themselves - they're not like any normal family.

"I did speak to Clown about the title and he said his wife said to him in the very early days of Slipknot that Slipknot needed to be dysfunctional in order to be functional." Read more here.

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Rush's Alex Lifeson Looks Back At 2112 40 Years Later

(hennemusic) In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson reflects on the band's legendary 1976 album, "2112", as it marks its 40th anniversary on April 1.

Recorded over a two-week period with producer Terry Brown at Toronto Sound Studios, the group's fourth studio effort proved to be a turning point in Rush's career at a time when they needed it the most.

"The record company was concerned," Lifeson tells Rolling Stone about the lack of commercial success following the band's 19784 self-titled debut. "We called the tour for 'Caress Of Steel' the 'Down the Tubes Tour.' We had passes made that had that on it.
"But that experience gave us the courage to stand up to what everybody was demanding of us. I remember clearly saying, 'OK, screw it. We're may go down in flames, but at least we know that we've done it our way.' There's no way we're gonna remake the first record just because that's what the record company wants and they're worried about sales."

Despite record company pressure, Lifeson explains Rush's independence was partially aided by the terms of their contract. "The fortunate thing is our deal at that time was a production deal," he says. "So, really, we had full control over content, including artwork. Once we delivered it to the record company, it was theirs to work with. So we were really lucky.

"It took about a year to go gold. So it was a slow but progressive evolution. Once it got to that point where it really started to take off, there was word of mouth and more interest in the band, and all of those things came together to make a movement. That really bought our independence from the record company." Read more and stream the album here.

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In This Moment And Hellyeah Announce Hellpop Summer Tour

(TeamRock Radio) In This Moment, Hellyeah, Shaman's Harvest and Sunflower Dead have announced that they will be teaming up together to launch a U.S. tour this summer.

The Hellpop Tour 2016 will kick off at the Flags Event Center, Des Moines, Iowa, on June 18 and wrap up on June 12 at the Limelight Event Complex, Peoria, Illinois.

In This Moment are playing in support of their 2014 album Black Widow and will also tour with Rob Zombie and Korn this year. Hellyeah will release their as-yet-untitled fifth album in May. They launched a lyric video for their track Human last month.

Shaman's Harvest issued their fifth album Smokin' Hearts & Broken Guns in 2014, while Sunflower Dead's second album It's Time To Get Weird last year. See the dates here.

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Black Sabbath Star Fears For Future Of Mastodon And Royal Blood

(TeamRock Radio) Geezer Butler says he's a fan of Mastodon and Royal Blood - but the Sabbath bass player says the music industry is so different to when his own band started their journey that it's almost impossible for young rock and metal acts to carve out a lifelong career.

Butler tells Armi Official: "I like Mastodon, but I'm not sure how big they will become. And I like Royal Blood, but I'm not sure they could maintain the longevity required.

He adds: "The music industry today is unrecognizable from when we first started. I think it's harder than ever to break through the success barrier, especially for rock and metal bands.

"It's very hard to make a good living out of music for new bands, especially with the access to the internet these days, having so many people posting their videos online.

"Downloading songs has made it almost impossible to make money from recordings and live shows. The internet has taken the surprise out of gigs." Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside's Andrew Tkaczyk Plays First Show Since Losing Leg

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has played the kit for the first time since losing his leg in a tour bus crash. Tkaczyk and his bandmates suffered life-changing injuries in last year's fatal accident, which killed two people. The drummer vowed he would play again and he reports in an Instagram post that he has taken the first steps towards his goal.

He says: "Today was a huge baby step. I sat behind a drum kit for the first time since the accident, and it felt incredible. Every encouraging word and support from you all has gotten me to this point. I may not reply to every single person, but I've read every single message and comment. From every single one of you.

"Thank you all so much for being on my side on this journey, it means more than words can describe. Also couldn't have done this without my TGI family and friends." Read more including his full post here.

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Metallica Have A Nearly Limitless Archive

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield says the band have recorded almost all of their previous gigs - meaning the potential for future releases on their Blackened Recordings is near limitless.

The thrash icons issue their Bataclan tribute Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, Metallica! on Record Store Day (April 16) via Blackened Recordings. It's a live recording of the group's 2003 show at the venue, and Hetfield says there is an almost endless supply of unique live and studio recordings in the Metallica vaults.

In an exclusive interview for members of Metallica's website, Hetfield says: "There's such a freedom, having your own record company and being able to do cool stuff like this. And we've got so much stuff recorded, pretty much every show we've ever done since we knew you could record has been recorded.

"Once we started with ProTools, or computer stuff started being involved, then it was way easier. Even the rehearsals, the jam room stuff, all that's recorded." Read more here.

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David Gilmour Performs 'Rattle That Lock' On Kimmel

(hennemusic) David Gilmour performed the title track to his latest album, "Rattle That Lock", on ABC-TV's late night series Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday and video of the performance has been posted online.

The Pink Floyd guitarist launched a series of spring North American dates this past weekend with three shows in Los Angeles - including two at the Hollywood Bowl.

Gilmour will next play a pair of concerts in Toronto, ON later this week before performing multiple dates Chicago, IL and New York, NY early next month. Watch the TV performance here.

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Once Upon a Dead Man Streaming New EP Online

(TeamRock Radio) Once Upon a Dead Man will release their debut EP 'Concepts and Phenomena' on Friday - but you can listen to it in full right now on TeamRock.

Once Upon A Dead Man features Charlie Simpson and his brothers Will (More Dangerous Animal/Brigade) and Edd (Prego), while longtime friend and collaborator Simon Britcliffe completes the line-up.

The quartet recorded the six tracks in Old Jet Studios, Suffolk with co-producer Jesse Quin. Check out the full stream of 'Concepts and Phenomena' and comment here.

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Sixx A.M. Launch New 'Fly On The Wall' Video Series

(Classic Rock) Sixx A.M. singer James Michael has given fans an insight into the recording of the band's track Rise in a new video series launched by the band called "Fly on the Wall with James Michael".

The song is the opening track on the group's upcoming album Prayers For The Damned Vol. 1 and, according to the vocalist, represents a style Sixx AM have never attempted before.

As well as singing with the band, Michael produced the record and has been behind the desk for a string of rock and pop artists. The video is the first in a series in which Michael hopes to give fans a better idea of how songs come together.

Describing the opening part of Rise, he says: "One of the things that I think will strike you immediately when you hear the song is that it starts off with a big, choral vocal part. Sixx AM has never done anything like that before, so you'll notice immediately that it's a new, fresh sound for Sixx A.M.

"The song starts with this big a cappella chorus. It sounds like a choir, but the reality is that it's just me and Melissa, one of our background vocalists. Between she and I, we each sang probably each sang about 30 tracks of vocals and then blended them together." Watch the episode here.

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Black Stone Cherry Won't Let Arena Status Go To Their Heads

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry say they'll never allow their status as an 'arena band' to make them take anything for granted. The band are building up to the release of their fifth album Kentucky.

The follow-up to 2014's Magic Mountain arrives on April 1 via Mascot Label Group and BSC are on the road across North America before dates in Australia and a run on the Carnival Of Madness tour with Shinedown and Halestorm.

They are also lined up to appear at the Ramblin'Man Fair in the UK on July 24. Despite filling bigger and bigger venues, the band insist they still see themselves as a small group.

Guitarist Ben Wells tells TeamRock Radio presenter Pete Bailey's The Playlist podcast: "I don't think it's soaked in yet. I don't think we're officially considering ourselves an arena band yet, and I don't think we ever will. The day that we sit back and go, 'Oh well, we're doing arenas now, we're good,' will be a dangerous day for us.

"We always consider ourselves small. Same old dudes that started out. When we hear ourselves on the radio, we still get super excited about that. We don't ever wanna get comfortable, but are we grateful? Absolutely." Read more here.

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Aisles Postpone Tour Following Brussels Terrorist Attacks

(Prog) Aisles have postponed their European tour following the recent attacks in Belgium. They were due to kick off a nine-date run in the Netherlands, UK, France and Germany on April 1, but have shelved those plans after 35 people were killed and more than 300 injured when two blasts struck Zaventem Airport and another on Brussels metro system earlier this month.

The band say in a statement: "We're very sorry to announce that due to the Belgium attacks we've been forced to postpone our European tour to October/November.

"We're working on the new dates but they will be announced very soon. We promise we will make it up to you with an awesome set - and you will have heard much more of our new album by then." Read more here.

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Wolverine Announce New Album 'Machina Viva'

(Prog) Wolverine have signed a deal with Laser's Edge/Sensory for the release of their fifth album. Machina Viva will launch this summer, with a date to be confirmed in due course.

The Swedish band say in a statement: "We are very happy to work with someone like label owner Ken Golden and Sensory that has a genuine passion for and interest in the kind of music that we play."

The follow-up to 2011's Communication Lost is said to be "harmonious, yet portentous and sullen" and will include 14-minute track The Bedlam Overture and the "dark electronic landscapes" of Machina. Read more here.

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Mikael Akerfeldt Previews 'Book Of Opeth' In New Video

(Prog) Mikael Akerfeldt has released a video showing him looking through the first copies of Opeth's upcoming book. Book Of Opeth is released on April 15 via Rocket 88 publishers and is available for pre-order via the official website only.

It tells the Swedish outfit's story in the words of mainman Akerfeldt, his bandmates, their friends, former members and collaborators. The package - part of the band's 25th anniversary celebrations - comes with exclusive unreleased acoustic versions of Atonement and Demon Of The Fall that won't be issued elsewhere.

It will be available in two versions - a classic edition and a signature box set limited to 500 copies, signed by Akerfeldt and including a numbered print of the Pale Communion triptych by Travis Smith.

In the unboxing video, Akerfeldt recalls signing 500 copies of the limited set. He says: "I remember doing these, I had to do 500 of these...really boring. But they only come with the limited, deluxe version of the book. I signed it and numbered it myself. It's got pictures from pre-recording days, before we even had a record deal."

And coming across an old picture of his first tattoo, he jokes: "My first tattoo...the guy who did that was really drunk. He had like eight pints before he did that tattoo so I was a bit worried. It does look like sh*t actually." Watch the video here.

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Asking Alexandria Joked With Danny Worsnop About Replacing Him

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce says that the band joked with former singer Danny Worsnop years ago that they could replace him. Worsnop left the band early last year to concentrate on his work with We Are Harlot and he was replaced by Denis Stoff.

And Bruce has repeated his stance that the new man has been a breath of fresh air, while adding that they teased Worsnop in the past about his role. Bruce tells The Rockpit (via Blabbermouth): "We actually heard of Denis a few years ago. People send us links, like, 'Check out this killer YouTube video covering your band's songs. He's really good.'

"We used to joke around with Danny, like, 'Oh, you better watch out. Someone will take your place.' Fast forward four years later and here he is." Read more here.

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The Ever Living Streaming New EP Online

(TeamRock Radio) London's post-metal boundary pushers The Ever Living are debuting their self-titled EP exclusively with Metal Hammer. Fresh off releasing the video for Separated At Death, The Ever Living are streaming the whole self-titled EP in full for fans of expansive, unrestrained metal.

"We're combining ideas from post, progressive and black metal with classical, industrial and electronic influences in a way that we have not heard other bands do," says guitarist Andrei Alan.

"The EP was designed to show different sides of the band but to also be fairly straightforward for a first release. We didn't want there to be any fat on the songs and it doesn't let up much. It's a good taster of what's to come." Stream the EP here.

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Robin Trower Announces UK Tour

(The Blues) Robin Trower has announced a 13-date UK tour. The guitarist has lined up the trek in support of his latest studio album Where You Are Going To, which is set for release on May 6 via Manhaton Records.

The record is said to be a continuation of 2015's Something's About To Change, with Trower previously saying: "It ranges from rock to funky soul, with some epic blues grooves. The title track is me reflecting on my life and career, and how we have no idea how our lives might unfold."

Where You Are Going To features Trower on guitars, vocals and bass, with Chris Taggart on drums. It was produced by Livingstone Brown at Studio 91 in Newbury. See the tour dates here.

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Bruce Springsteen Dances With His 90-Year-Old Mother During Concert

(Radio.com) Bruce Springsteen played the heartstrings hard last night at Madison Square Garden, when he decided to join his 90-year-old mother Adele in the crowd for a dance session to 'Ramrod"

This isn't the first time Bruce has focused the spotlight on his mother during one of his shows. Back in 2013, he walked off stage halfway through his performance of 'Dancing in the Dark" at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London to bring his then-87-year-old mother out for a dance off.

Check out the fan-captured video of moment from his concert here.

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Singled Out: Ula Ruth's Misery

Nic James from the indie darkpop group Ula Ruth from tells us the story behind their song and single "Misery", which is a track from their brand new "Fever" EP. Here is the story:

Originating from just a guitar riff, "Misery" was a song that came together relatively quickly in the writing process. Often, we will work on a song for weeks at a time, playing it 100 different ways, but this song took form in the course of just one or two rehearsals. It was clear that we had come across something special: a new sound for us that made perfect sense. The contrast of the up-tempo drums and shimmering guitars with a moody vocal felt just right.

It wasn't until the lyrical vision began to take shape did the song really start to go through its transformation phase. As a songwriter I've always been enthralled with the concept of bad luck, Karma, or a looming darkness in a scenario where it seeks to trap an individual who rejects it all together. Imagine in a horror movie where the lead protagonist actually curses out the evil spirit right to its face at the very start of the film, rather than waiting till the end of the film where the evil thing takes away everything they love. In this song, I created a protagonist who challenges this dark force, who I have named "Misery", from the very beginning of the track and continues to almost mock this feeling of looming darkness as the song enfolds.
I think in many ways this protagonist I've created is who I want to be, but am not. I am sensitive, insecure, defensive, and easily affected by how others treat me. I have a very positive view of the world but often feel let down, and it tears me a part. It's a loss of innocence, and I wish we all world stand up and face or darkest fears to make the world a better place, but time and again we see that we are not living in a world like that.

We soon learned that this was a powerful song to play live. We would place it at pinnacle points in the set and play it with great intensity. It soon became a fan favorite and one of our personal favorite tracks to perform. When it came time to select the songs we would be recording for FEVER, "Misery" was at the top of the list.

As far as the recording goes, this one probably changed the least when we got to the studio. The live arrangement had translated very well so the real focus here was to embellish what was already a strong performance. The bridge of this song was one of the first places on this record where we figured out how to build up an elaborate arrangement supporting the core sounds of the band. The feel of this particular section took its cues from a Brian Eno track off of Apollo. For the rest of the sections we looked for ways in the studio to accent the emotional qualities of the song and overall eeriness through the use of falsetto harmonies, ambient synth pads, and shimmer type textures.

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

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