Day in Rock Report for 03/31/2016

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Guns N' Roses Reveal Clue To Reunion Lineup

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses are a week away from launching their reunion shows in Las Vegas, and a new series of tweets has deepened the mystery of who will be behind the drum kit for the upcoming tour.

To date, the group has only officially announced the involvement of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, while it is expected that guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and drummer Frank Ferrer are also on board.

This week, Guns N' Roses issued a series of tweets with images of gear representing each player's role in the lineup, and a photo featuring Ahead brand drumsticks has raised further speculation about who will fill the drummer slot.

Hardcore GNR fans recognized Ahead drumsticks as ones previously used by Matt Sorum on the "Use Your Illusion" tour, but Sorum confirmed he now uses the Zildjian brand and longtime drummer Frank Ferrer confirmed for inquiring fans that he now uses Vater drumsticks.

Following Sorum and Ferrer's comments, speculation returns to the possible status of Steven Adler, who was fired from the band in 1990 over his heroin addiction.

Legendary Sunset Strip club the Whisky A Go- Go recently teased "a big announcement" regarding GNR following the cancellation of an upcoming gig by Adler.

The club tweeted: "The Steven Adler show on 4/1 has been canceled. Stay tuned for a big announcement ! #GunsNRoses." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Frontman Hospitalized, Cancel Sabbath Tour

Five Finger Death Punch have been forced to cancel their upcoming Australian tour dates (including with Black Sabbath) after frontman Ivan Moody was hospitalized for undisclosed reason last week.

The band was scheduled to support Black Sabbath on the Australian leg of their farewell tour next month and Five Finger Death Punch also planned additional headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Tour promoter Live Nation issued the following statement, "Last Thursday, Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody was hospitalized in his hometown of Denver.

"He is expected to make a full recovery but it is with deep regret that Five Finger Death Punch will be forced to cancel their appearances in Australia, both with Black Sabbath and as headliners in Sydney and in Melbourne.

"It is especially disappointing to Five Finger Death Punch that they will not be able to play before Black Sabbath, a band Five Finger Death Punch has deep reverence for, on Black Sabbath's last ever shows in Australia.

"Ivan and Five Finger Death Punch express their sincere apologies to both their fans and to the fans of Black Sabbath".

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Motorhead Releasing Live Album From Final Tour

(hennemusic) Motorhead have announced that they will be releasing a new live album, "Clean Your Clock", on May 27th, which was captured during the band's final tour.

The band were recorded over two shows at the Zenith in Munich, Germany last November on what turned out to be their final trek as founder Lemmy Kilmister passed away at his Los Angeles home on December 28.

"Clean Your Clock" will be available in multiple formats, including Blu-ray/CD and DVD/CD combos, CD, colored vinyl, digital download and two box set options: one with the DVD/CD and colored vinyl which includes a Motorhead Metal Medal, and a limited-edition package offering the Motorhead Medal in Silver or Gold. Read more here.

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Original Local H Lineup Reuniting For Spring Tour

The original lineup of Local H, frontman Scott Lucas and drummer Joe Daniels, have announced that they will be reuniting for a tour this spring that will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album "As Good As Dead".

The two man rock band will be performing two sets during the tour. The first set will include tracks from their career and the second will feature a performance of the entire "As Good As Dead" album.

The tour will be kicking off with a two night stand at The Metro in the band's hometown of Chicago on April 15th and 16th and they will conclude the trek on June 18th in Austin, TX at the Empire Control Room and Garage.

The band had the following to say about the reunion tour, "The rumors are true. After 16 years, Joe Daniels will be re-joining us behind the kit for a run of shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of As Good As Dead.

"Last fall, we were alerted that plans were underway to reissue our second record on vinyl. We wanted to be involved and contacted srcvinyl to see if they were interested in including some bonus tracks and demos. They were. They wondered if we were interested in doing some shows around the re-release. Maybe doing a tour where we play the record in its entirety. We weren't." Read more and see the tour dates here.

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Iron Maiden To Release Limited-Edition Ed Force One Model

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have announced that they have teamed up with German-based model company Revell to produce a limited-edition version of the band's plane Ed Force One.

Piloted by singer Bruce Dickinson, Ed Force One carries the band, crew and gear around the world on their current world tour in support of 2015's "The Book Of Souls."

"As soon as we knew that Bruce would be piloting the plane for Iron Maiden's world tour," says Global Merchandising Services' licensing manager Jens Drinkwater, "we knew that we had to do something special to celebrate the occasion, and Revell are an obvious partner for this fantastic collaboration.

"Their model kits have been a synonym for plastic modelling for over 60 years, and this detailed model of Ed Force One will appeal to both traditional builders and hobbyists as well as the dedicated Iron Maiden fanbase." Read more here.

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Alex Lyman Announces He Is Leaving Slaves

Slaves guitarist Alex Lyman has announced that he will be leaving the band at the conclusion of their current tour to focus on his collaboration with singer/songwriter Anna Clendening.

Lyman posted this message to fans via an image tweet, "I'm going to skip the super long statement for this one and just say that this tour we are on right now will be my last tour with Slaves and I will no longer be a part of Slaves.

"I'm in the middle of collaborating on a new CD with my good friend Anna Clendening that I think you all will really like. I hope to see some of you again or meet some of you I haven't before on the remainder of this tour. This choice is a big relief for me and I hope you guys can support that. Thank you!"

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich On Tonight's Episode Of Join Or Die

(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich will be among the guests featured on the March 31 episode of Join Or Die, comedian Craig Ferguson's new show on the History channel.

The series sees Ferguson joined by three guests to discuss historical and political questions, including History's worst tyrant, craziest cult and best frenemies.

This week's edition on history's most influential band sees Ferguson joined by Ulrich, comedian, actor, writer, producer and television/radio host Tom Papa and journalist Alan light, who has been a rock critic for Rolling Stone and the editor-in-chief for both Vibe and Spin.

The episode will see the group determine history's most influential band from one of six choices: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, Run DMC and Nirvana.

"Of all the shows that we have done," says Ferguson, "this is the most hotly-contested we've ever had. Around the country, stoners will be waiting to see how this goes." Read more and watch the preview clip here.

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Zakk Wylde Releases 'Sleeping Dogs' Video

(Classic Rock) Zakk Wylde has released a video for his track Sleeping Dogs. It's the first single to be taken from Wylde's upcoming solo album Book Of Shadows II, and is available as an instant download with pre-orders of the album.

Book Of Shadows II is released on April 8 via eOne Music and is the Black Label Society mainman's first solo effort in 20 years.

Meanwhile, Wylde has weighed in on the debate over whether AC/DC should continue without Brian Johnson, who has been ordered to stop touring or risk going deaf.

Wylde says as long as Johnson has a say in who takes over, it could work. He tells Artisan News: "Supposedly Bon Scott was talking about how awesome Brian was. He saw him playing one night and he was saying, 'I saw this singer, this Brian Johnson guy, who's amazing.'

"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." Watch the new video here.

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David Gilmour Releases 'In Any Tongue' Video

(hennemusic) David Gilmour has released an animated video for "In Any Tongue", a track from his latest album "Rattle That Lock." The clip was directed by Danny Madden, who also oversaw the video for another tune from the project, "The Girl In The Yellow Dress."

Madden gave Gilmour permission to use edited footage from his 2015 film "Confusion Through Sand" for the new video. "In Any Tongue" is the fifth clip issued from "Rattle That Lock" following the title track, "Today", "Faces Of Stone" and "The Girl In The Yellow Dress."

The Pink Floyd guitarist launched a series of spring North American dates last weekend with three shows in Los Angeles, and will next play a pair of concerts in Toronto, ON later this week before performing multiple dates in Chicago, IL and New York, NY early next month. Watch the video here.

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Good Tiger (The Safety Fire, Tesseract, Architects) Crowdfund Album

(New Rock Times) Within 24-hours of launching a crowd funding campaign to record an album, the Good Tiger pack raked in more than they needed. By the end of the campaign they had swelled the band's coffers by some 30,000 more than they initially set out for.

The huge response to the campaign shows the appetite to hear the music from Good Tiger, a quintet of talented and experienced musicians who gravitated to one another following well known stints in established metal bands.

Just last year Derya 'Dez' Nagle (The Safety Fire) and Joaquin 'Jo' Ardiles (The Safety Fire) linked up with Dez vocalist Elliot Coleman (Tesseract), drummer Alex Rüdinger, and bassist Morgan Sinclair (Architects) to create Good Tiger, a band with a lot to say on debut record 'A Head Full of Moonlight.'

Speaking to Eric Mackinnon of the New Rock Times, guitarist Derya says he formed Good Tiger when his former band came to a halt and he needed an outlet.

"We quickly realised we weren't done with music, so we reached out to people who they felt would be good at the whole, making music thing," he says.

"They had toured with Alex 'The' Rudinger, and Elliot 'El' Coleman before, and knew they were like minded enough to form a gang. They asked me to join in with the fun because I'm pretty good at painting Warhammer. I once came fourth in the 'youngbloods' category at a pretty serious painting competition, in addition to winning countless local painting events. I truly am good at painting Warhammer."

"I also play bass, guitar, and Magic The Gathering. I also already owned a leather jacket, so there was no need for additional band expenses." He jokes.

On the overwhelming response to the band's Crowdfunding campaign Derya continues: "It was very exciting for us as a band to see that number grow as quickly as it did.

"We reached more than double our target prior to releasing any music though, that was a little worrying. What if the people who pre-ordered didn't like the music, huh?

"Guys? Did you think about that? No refunds." Read more here.

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Rob Halford Says This Is The Best Time For Judas Priest Right Now

(New Rock Times) Judas Priest mainman Rob Halford believes the band are motoring on top gear as he admits they are keen to capitalise on their momentum by recording a follow up to 2014's 'Redeemer of Souls' album.

Speaking to Radio host Terrie Carr, Halford was in high spirits as he discussed his desire to 'keep the metal party going.' He says: "Well, we wanna keep the momentum going. For certain bands, it's the way that the whole business of being in a band and making music works. I mean, we were out [on tour] for almost two years, I think, playing so many shows in so many countries and travelling so many thousands of miles.

"And, you see, generally when you do that, then you take some time off to decompress and think about all the wonderful things you have experienced. And then generally you take a little bit of time and then you ramp up to go back out on the road again.

"But I've gotta tell you, this is the best time for Priest right now. We're just having a blast, and we want to keep the metal party going, and what better way to do that than to bring on some new metal songs."

Guitarist Richie Faulkner agrees the band are riding the crest of a wave as he reveals their shared excitement for the future. "From my point of view, the band seems to be energized and we get along well and we're talking about the future and we're talking about new ideas," he said. Read more here.

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David Bowie's Radio City Music Hall Tribute Show To Stream Online

(Radio.com) The demand for The Music of David Bowie, a tribute concert to the late artist's career, at Radio City Music Hall is too high to be contained to two days.

Desire for the first show on March 31 -- which features performances from Michael Stipe, The Roots, Jakob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, and Perry Farrell -- was too great and prompted the addition of a second night featuring Cat Power, Perry Farrell, Heart's Ann Wilson, and the Polyphonic Spree.

Even that wasn't enough to satiate Bowie's adoring fan base. Michael Dorf and company have teamed up with the Melodic Caring Project and ammado to stream the April 1st event for a minimum donation of $20. Read more here.

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Death Announce 'Scream Bloody Gore' Deluxe Reissue

(TeamRock Radio) Death's debut album Scream Bloody Gore is set for a deluxe reissue on May 20th. Scream Bloody Gore was originally released in 1987 and the reissue will be available in 2CD, 3LP, deluxe 2LP box set, cassette and digital formats.

Alan Douches has remastered the album from the original tapes. The package comes with bonus content including rehearsal tapes and studio sessions.

Also available, and limited to 1000 pieces, is a Death bobblehead toy based on Ed Repka's Scream Bloody Gore album art. Stream the remastered version of track Zombie Ritual here.

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Amon Amarth Release Making Of 'At Dawn's First Light' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Amon Amarth have released a video from the set of their promo for At Dawn's First Light. The clip shows the making of the video, which features epic viking battles.

At Dawn's First Light is taken from the band's upcoming album Jomsviking - which was issued on March 25 via Sony Music. The promo is set in a Slavic settlement from the 9th century, with the band caught in the middle of the fight.

The video features an appearance by the modern Viking warriors known as the Triglav Jomsborg East Storm who are led by fight director Igor Gorewicz. Watch the clip here.

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Former Curved Air Star Darryl Way Releases Solo Album

(Prog) Ex Curved Air member Darryl Way has released a solo album entitled Myths, Legends And Tales. The violinist and multi-instrumentalist joined his former band for their 45th anniversary show in 2015 - and he says he's managed to successfully incorporate the electric violin into his new 10-track album.

Way says: "As a rock violinist I have always been searching for that elusive sound, turn of phrase and means of expression that would give the electric violin a legitimate voice in the idiom of rock music.

"With this album, I feel that I have come closer than ever before to achieving this goal. Myths, Legends And Tales is another attempt by me to fly the flag for prog rock." Read more here.

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Katatonia Streaming New Song 'Old Heart Falls'

(TeamRock Radio) Katatonia have issued a lyric video for their track Old Heart Falls. It's the first material lifted from the band's upcoming album The Fall Of Hearts, out on May 20 via Peaceville Records.

Vocalist and guitarist Jonas Renkse says of the track: "A song with lush textures, distinct dynamics and a memorable chorus are the trademarks to some of the most beloved Katatonia songs. Old Heart Falls substantiates all of those attributes, but is not by any means defining the album as a whole. There is more to come."

Earlier this month, the band revealed that Paradise Lost's Greg Mackintosh appears on the record, which is the Swedish outfit's first with guitarist Roger Ojersson and drummer Daniel 'Mojjo' Moilanen. Stream the song here.

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Deftones' Chino Moreno Explains 'Gore' Experiment

(TeamRock Radio) Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno says they recorded all 11 tracks on upcoming album Gore in sequence as an experiment. Their eighth album is out on April 8 via Warner Bros Records - and Moreno says even before a single song was laid down in the studio, he had an idea how the album should be presented.

He tells Scuzz TV: "We had the batch of songs and I put them in a sequence of how I heard the record making sense at that point - even before it was recorded.

"We recorded it in sequence which was an experiment as we've never done anything like that. It was very much like recording something that was fluent from beginning to end. We really tried to put it together so it makes sense as a full album.

"I recorded my vocals in succession and built it that way from the ground up. It was a cool experiment that I feel worked." Watch the full video here.

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Teen Metal Trio Unlocking The Truth Announce Debut Album

(TeamRock Radio) Unlocking The Truth's long-awaited debut album is set for release in June. The teen metal sensations negotiated their way out of a major label deal with Sony, which they signed after a street performance video went viral.

And with the contract drama behind them, the New York trio will issue Chaos on June 17 via Tunecore. Singer/guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse says: "We can't wait for everyone to hear our album. We've worked very hard to give the fans something they'll love and never forget.

"We hope they are able to relate to the songs the way that we do and have the time of their lives listening to them. We know that this album will blow you guys away." Read more here.

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Johnny Winter Documentary Bonus Scene Streaming Online

(The Blues) A bonus scene from the Johnny Winter documentary Down & Dirty is streaming exclusively with TeamRock. Winter died on tour in 2014, at the age of 70.

The clip shows the late bluesman and his band sound checking before a gig in France. Down & Dirty was released earlier this year by Greg Olliver, known for his work on the acclaimed Lemmy documentary.

Also in the clip, Winter discusses why he was still playing live into his late 60s. He says: "As long as I'm healthy enough to play good, I'll keep doing it. I'd like to do it another 20 years if I could." Watch the video here.

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R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe Performs David Bowie Tribute

(Radio.com) Michael Stipe rarely gives televised performances since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, but last night he visited The Tonight Show to pay his respects with a David Bowie cover.

He performed "Man Who Sold the World" ahead of Friday's Radio City Music Hall tribute to Bowie featuring Stipe, Mumford and Sons, Blondie, Cat Power, and The Roots.

Following Bowie's sudden death in January, Stipe penned a touching social media tribute to recognize the late star's unique gifts and otherworldly perspective: "Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off its axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost its orbit. That said--I am certain that wherever Bowie is now--I want to be there someday."

Watch the tribute to a singular icon here.

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Milk Teeth And The Lounge Kittens Lead Great Escape Festival Additions

(TeamRock Radio) Milk Teeth and The Lounge Kittens have been added to this year's The Great Escape festival. They're among 100 newly announced artists for the event, which will take place at multiple venues in Brighton, UK, on May 19-21.

Other bands already announced include Austin Dickinson's As Lions, Boy Jumps Ship, Shvpes, Black Foxxes and Yonaka. Event manager Kevin Moore says: "It's wonderful to be able to announce another 100 artists who will be taking part in The Great Escape 2016.

"We wanted to make sure this year's line up was as exciting and as diverse as ever, championing emerging artists from as many genres as possible and I really do feel we've got something for every type of new music fan, no matter what you're into." Read more here.

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Under A Banner Ink Deal For Sophomore Album

(Prog) Under A Banner have signed a deal with Bad Elephant Music. The Wolverhampton-based outfit released their debut album The Ragged Rhythm Of Rain in 2012 and are currently in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled third album.

Frontman Adam Broadhurst says: "We're unreservedly thrilled to have signed to BEM. The band truly feels that now is the time to build on our independent successes and bring our music, both live and recorded, to a much wider audience. We look forward to working with BEM to achieve this aim."

Bad Elephant Music CEO David Elliott adds: "It's not easy to make music that draws equally on Tool and New Model Army and still sounds coherent, but Under A Banner manage it - and it's a rare gem." Read more here.

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Neck Deep, Sick Of It All and Creeper Join Hevy Fest Lineup

(TeamRock Radio) Neck Deep, Sick Of It All and Creeper are among the latest acts to be confirmed for this year's Hevy Fest. Making up the fresh batch of acts announced for the 2016 edition of the Newhaven, Derbyshire, event are Saves The Day, Hawthorne Heights, Defeater, Mewithoutyou and The Hell.

Saves The Day will be performing second album Through Being Cool in full, while Hawthorne Heights will also be performing their second record, If Only You Were Lonely, from start to finish.

They join the previously announced headliners Enter Shikari as well as The Bronx, La Dispute, Refused, Sikth, While She Sleeps, Animals As Leaders, Heart of a Coward, Gnarwolves, Hacktivist, Arcane Roots, Rolo Tomassi, more. Read more here.

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Andy Frasco And The UN Release New Video

(The Blues) Andy Frasco And The UN have released a live video for their track Blame It On The P. It was filmed at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, and originally appeared on the LA band's latest album Happy Bastards, launched in February via Ruf Records.

And mainman Frasco says they were determined to replicate their live sound on the record. He tells The Blues Magazine: "We wanted to capture what our live show is - the chaos and the fun.

"But I wanted to write sick songs too. I wanted to mess around with all these different styles: reggae, punk rock, flamenco and boogie-woogie. I like to call it 'party blues' because we're trying to celebrate life." Watch the video here.

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