Day in Rock Report for 05/03/2016

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Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who Mega-Festival Announced

The mega-music festival featuring a who's who of rock legends has been confirmed. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who will rock the three day event.

The new festival, called Desert Trip, will be taking place at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA, on October 7th, 8th and 9th with two of the legendary acts sharing the bill each night. This is the same location as the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals.

The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will kick things off on Friday night, followed by Paul McCartney and Neil Young on the second night. Roger Waters and The Who will close out the festival.

Update: We were sent the following ticket details: Reserved seats and general admission passes go on sale Monday, May 9 at 10am Pacific Time at DesertTrip.com (site was not available at press time)
Ticket prices 3 day passes:
General admission - $399:
Reserved floor - $699, $999, $1,599:
Reserved grandstand - $999, $1599:
Standing pit - $1,599 :

Single day passes: :
General admission - $199

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Stone Temple Pilots Address Scott Stapp Rumors

Former Creed frontman Scott Stapp made headlines after he hinted in an interview that he might be the new lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots, but the band was quick to set the record straight.

"I'm excited to be back out on the road and also been working on a new album with a new group of guys," Stapp said in the interview (via Radio.com). "Guys from some pretty well-known rock bands that you guys will know.

"I can't really share the details about it, but there's a lot of good things going on that I can't tell you till later in June when we'll be making the announcement. This other band I'm jamming with is it's own band with its own band name."

He was then asked if the band he was talking about was Stone Temple Pilots, who have been looking for a new singer, and Stapp replied, "I can't say man, I can't say ' I can't confirm or deny."

Stone Temple Pilots had no problem addressing the question directly. They tweeted, "Despite recent comments, Scott Stapp is not, nor has he ever been considered as the singer for STP."

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Alleged AC/DC And Axl Rose Rehearsal Clips Goes Online

(hennemusic) Two brief audio clips of what appears to be Axl Rose rehearsing with AC/DC in Lisbon, Portugal ahead of the start of the band's European tour in the city on May 7 have surfaced online.

Rose and the group playing "Thunderstruck" and "Shoot To Thrill" were reportedly captured by fans outside a rehearsal facility. On April 16, AC/DC confirmed Rose would step in to replace Brian Johnson for the band's remaining 2016 shows on the "Rock Or Bust" tour just hours before Angus Young joined Guns N' Roses for a pair of AC/DC classics during their headlining set at Coachella.

In March, AC/DC postponed the remaining 10 shows on their spring US tour following word that Johnson had been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss. Read more and listen to the clips here.

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Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan Tease Mega-Festival

Imagine a music festival featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters. You might not have to imagine it as the artist are hinting that it's coming.

Soon after rumors surfaced of the mega-festival, put together by Coachella organizers, The Who frontman Roger Daltrey made comments in an interview that many took for confirmation.

The speculation has it that the mega-festival event will take place at the site of the Coachella festival in Indio, Ca on October 7th, 8th and 9th of this year. But organizers have yet to officially confirm their plans.

However, it appears that a announcement may be coming soon with the Rolling Stones, McCartney, The Who, Dylan and Waters all posting cryptic videos on their Facebook pages, hinting at the event, according to Radio.com, who have gathered all of the clips together here.

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Radiohead Erase Social Media Pages, Send Cryptic Message To Fans

(Prog) Radiohead have erased their internet presence as fans anticipate looming news of their ninth album. The band's Facebook and Twitter pages are both blank, and the official Radiohead website displays a blank homepage.

It comes as the band sent out cryptic leaflets to fans. The leaflets feature Radiohead's 'bear' logo and the words: "Sing the song of sixpence that goes burn the witch. We know where you live."

Radiohead have 12million Facebook 'likes' and 1.5m Twitter followers. Their website gradually decreased in opacity over a number of hours before disappearing completely. Read more and see the leaflet here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Releasing New Song This Week

(Radio.com) Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a new single titled "Dark Necessities" this Thursday (May 5) according to a Tweet that the band posted on Monday morning.

According to sources close to the band, more information will be revealed Thursday after the song has been released. The band tweeted "New song Thursday. https://t.co/4RS7AN6dzk- Red Hot ChiliPeppers (@ChiliPeppers) May 02, 2016"

Excited fans instantly took to social media to discuss possible directions the song could take given its name. One fan joked that "It's just a funky cover of Bear Necessities," referencing the similarity in title to the classic Disney song "The Bare Necessites," from the 1967 animated film The Jungle Book. Read more here.

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Blink-182 Discuss New Album, Barker Says Last Few CDs 'Phoned In'

(Radio.com) Blink-182 strove to summon new energy and inspiration as it entered the writing process for its upcoming album California, which is scheduled to be released on July 1st.

"To be honest, the last couple albums were, in my opinion, phoned in," drummer Travis Barker told Rolling Stone. This time the band worked in Barker's Los Angeles studio in a more focused environment, which Barker said was inspirational.

"We did 28 songs in a month and a half," he said. "It was awesome. The chemistry was great. Everyone was in the studio putting in work, being creative. When you get that momentum going, the possibilities are endless."

Vocalist and guitarist Mark Hoppus said California contains a mix of old Blink sounds and newer, more experimental material. The lyrical themes, however, remain familiar: "I write less about high-school stuff now than I did 15 or 20 years ago, but the topics are universal," said Hoppus. "There is a lot of angst that could be teen angst or it could be angst of everyday life. I still have the same emotions I had 20 years ago - I get frustrated or I get excited. I still feel like I'm falling in love with my wife." Read more here.

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Chickenfoot Release Reunion Rehearsal Footage

(hennemusic) Chickenfoot have released footage of rehearsals for a pair of upcoming reunion shows that will be taking place at Harrah's in Lake Tahoe this coming weekend.

The May 7 & 8 concerts will mark the first time in years that Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith have regrouped to perform a full show.

The supergroup last toured in 2012 in support of their second album, "Chickenfoot III." In 2014, Hagar revealed Chickenfoot fans shouldn't expect a third album by the band, saying "I don't see any reason to make a new record. Going through the whole experience with a record label, and then going out and doing 150 interviews, a big tour and waking up at 4:00 a.m. to go on Howard Stern all to sell 35,000 CDs�It starts to feel like, 'Hmmmm. Is this pay for play?'"

Satriani recently confirmed the group recorded a new song called "Before I Die." "We're the slowest-working band in history; we take forever," he said. "But there is stuff happening, and we're still laughing and communicating." Watch the new footage here.

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Tracii Guns Turned Away At Canadian Border

(Classic Rock) Tracii Guns and his band have been denied entry to Canada - forcing the cancellation of two shows. The former L.A. Guns guitarist was due to perform at the Brass Monkey in Ottawa last night (May 2) and at Rockpile in Etobicoke on May 5.

He and his band - singer Michael O'Mara, drummer Shane Fitzgibbon and bassist Johnny Martin - are performing LA Guns' 1988 self-titled debut album in its entirety on the current tour.

Guns says: "Alert to our Canadian friends. We were turned away at the border at 6.50pm and due to circumstances that cannot be repaired at this time, I have to let you know we will not be performing the two shows this week." Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside Writing New Music, Not Rushing Return After Accident

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside guitarist Zach Johnson says he doesn't know when the band will be ready to play together again following last year's fatal bus crash.

The band's tour bus was involved in a crash with a truck in El Paso, Texas, in November 2015. Both drivers were killed and the band suffered varying degrees of injuries. Johnson endured 26 hours of surgery to repair damage to his feet, legs and hip.

As he and his bandmates continue their recoveries, Johnson admits it will be some time before they can reconvene and work on new music or hit the road. Johnson tells The Jasta Show: "For us as The Ghost Inside it's going to take a while for everybody to get to the point where we can be a band - physically play with each other.

"But we were already writing. Our plan was to record in early 2016. So I'll continue riffing and writing stuff for TGI. Our bass player Jim Riley is possibly gonna be going out on a tour. He broke and ankle and a tooth and it wasn't as terrible as some of the others.

"He'd rather get back out there if he can until all of us are ready. It'd be fun to play guitar with another band or do whatever, but the thing is for me personally, my recovery is probably going to be up there as one of the longer ones. So I'll just keep writing for TGI and just playing guitar for fun." Read more and listen to the full interview here.

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Field Of Vision Streaming Keith Emerson Tribute Song

(Prog) Field Of Vision are streaming their track "Dagger," which is dedicated to late keyboard icon Keith Emerson, who died last month at the age of 71. It was ruled a suicide by investigating authorities.

Vocalist Martin Haggarty says: "The three of us are massive fans of Keith's work, none more so than our own keys man Graham Holley. We were terribly saddened by his passing in such tragic circumstances, and decided to take a break from recording our album to pay homage to one of our heroes.

"This track, written by Graham in the style of the great man, is something we hope fellow fans will enjoy - a fun way of saying thank you for the decades of great music..." Stream the song here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Ready To Record Says Bassist

(Classic Rock) The 2016 lineup of Rainbow is ready to record any time Ritchie Blackmore wants them to, says bassist Bob Curiano. They're gearing up to play a handful of shows in June, after Blackmore decided to return to rock music for the first time since splitting Rainbow in 1997.

Curiano - a former member of Blackmore's Night, who appeared under the name Sir Robert of Normandy - is currently using the stage title Bob Nouveau.

He tells Deep Purple Italia: "I'd love to go into the studio with this Rainbow. All we need is Ritchie to say, 'Let's go!'" He says of the upcoming shows: "I think all of us feel under pressure, because of the fans' expectations. For me, the pressure makes me work harder and get better results."

The bassist won't go into detail about what's planned during the performances, but says of singer Ronnie Romero: "Why do you think Ritchie picked Ronnie for the job? I think he'll hit a big home run, like we say in baseball." Read more here.

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Video Of Emmure's New Lineup Goes Online

(TeamRock Radio) Official footage of Frankie Palmeri's new Emmure lineup in action has been made available. The group's performance at the Trier, Germany, leg of the Imprecision Never Say Die tour on April 24th.

The frontman was left as the last man standing when the rest of Emmure left in December. He immediately said he was already working with other musicians and that they were recording the follow-up to sixth album Eternal Enemies.

Last month he confirmed bassist Phil Lockett, guitarist Josh Travis and drummer Josh Miller are his new colleagues in Emmure. Travis and Miller are both members of Glass Cloud, while Lockett and Travis are both former members of The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza. Watch the video here.

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Five Finger Death Punch's Hook Has 3 Or 4 Albums Stockpiled

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook has at least three albums' worth of material ready to use - because he'll never forget how he felt when he had nothing to offer in the studio.

He was unprepared when the band turned their attention to second record War Is The Answer in 2009, and says he learned from the experience. Hook tells 93.1 The Fox Rocks: "I have a studio at my house and I'm always working on a record even when we're not making a record.

"I remember we were on our second record. We only had months and everyone was sort of sitting around going, 'What you got?' I'm like, 'I don't got. What you got?'

"I remember thinking, 'I don't want to have that happen again.' Good records have to have good songs - the more we have to sift through on day one, the better."

Asked how many albums he has stockpiled, he replies: "Easily another three or four on a hard drive. The way to approach this is to always have a big variety of stuff to sift through." Read more here.

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Katatonia Streaming New Song 'Serein'

(Prog) Katatonia have released a stream of their track "Serein" from 10th album The Fall Of Hearts. It's due on May 20 via Peaceville Records - and it's their first with guitarist Roger Ojersson and drummer Daniel 'Mojjo' Moilanen.

The Swedish outfit recently said of the follow-up to 2012's Dead End Kings: "It's a bleak but adventurous journey through our elements. We haven't held back - we have pushed to get forward and backward in the ever spiralling night of our musical legacy."

Katatonia previously released a lyric video for Old Heart Falls. The band play a number of shows in the coming months. See the tour dates and stream the new track here.

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Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner Reflects On Changes In Music

(New Rock Times) Soul Asylum frontman Dave Pirner says his 'heart has been warmed' by the success of Record Store Day twinned with a spike in fans purchasing albums on vinyl but he admits the restrictions of modern industry make it increasingly difficult for his band to tour internationally.

Formed in 1981, Soul Asylum have carved out an impressive career, topped with the triple-platinum 'Grave Dancers Union' record in 1992 which was spearheaded by the Grammy-Award winning single 'Runaway Train.'

The follow-up record 'Let Your Dim Light Shine' scored the Minneapolis band another platinum hit but the music landscape has changed considerably since then.

Speaking exclusively to New Rock Times' Eric Mackinnon, Pirner discusses the state of the current music industry: "Seeing the before and after and being able to bear witness to what it once was and what it is now it is really hard for me to imagine how you could explain to an internet 12-year-old what it used to be like," he says.

"However Record Store Day and resurgence in vinyl going on which warms the cockles of my heart. It is so not retro to me. Just people are paying more attention to what they are listening to and I hope it is really good news. Everybody thought no one now could tell the difference between an LP and an MP3. But its not true and it never has been. It is a beautiful thing.

"There is a part of me which feels lucky to have been part of the end of the industry as we know it. It is frustrating now and I'm not much of an internet person but making a good record is more important to me."

He continues: "I would love to get out there to Europe and the UK to tour. Its frustrating to me that the state of the music industry is not accommodating for. We did a lot of gigs and work and had a lot of fun in Europe. we played St Patrick's Day in Ireland where I hung out with Bono. It was crazy.

"We'd love to get over to the UK again but it just doesn't seem to come together. It is much harder now to tour internationally. It definitely is." Read more here.

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Garbage Announces 'Strange Little Birds' Summer Tour Dates

(Radio.com) Garbage have announced their 'Strange Little Birds' U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming new album Strange Little Birds. Garbage will also appear at the sold out KROQ Weenie Roast on May 14 alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, and others.

The 'Strange Little Birds' tour is scheduled to kick off on July 6th at Summerfest in Milwaukee and wrap up August 3 at the Lincoln Center in Washington, DC.

Earlier this month Garbage unveiled their new single "Empty" from their forthcoming sixth studio album, due out on June 10th on the band's own label STUNVOLUME. See the tour dates here.

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Def Leppard To Rock Good Morning America

(hennemusic) Def Leppard will perform on ABC-TV's Good Morning America on June 21. The appearance lands during the band's North American summer tour with REO Speedwagon and Tesla, which launches tonight in Pensacola, FL.

The lineup will hit 55 cities across the continent, with dates running into early October. Several of the early shows on the trek are dates rescheduled by Def Leppard from their winter US tour, which was sidelined recently due to illness.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back out there and playing some great music with some great people for some of the most appreciative audiences in the world," says vocalist Joe Elliott. "It really is always a pleasure." Read more here.

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Paul McCartney Meets Women Who Inspired 'Blackbird'

(Classic Rock) Paul McCartney met two of the women who inspired the Beatles track Blackbird at his gig in Arkansas. Before his show in Little Rock on Saturday - part of his One On One Tour - McCartney was introduced backstage to Thelma Mothershed Wair and Elizabeth Eckford, members of the Little Rock Nine.

The group of nine black students were at the centre of the civil rights movement in America when they enrolled in the all-white Little Rock Central High School in 1957. After they enrolled, Arkansas governor Orval Faubus objected, sparking the Little Rock Crisis.

After meeting the women on Saturday, McCartney tweeted: "Incredible to meet two of the Little Rock Nine - pioneers of the civil rights movement and inspiration for Blackbird."

Later onstage, McCartney explained to the crowd the impact the Little Rock Nine's story had on him as a young man. Blackbird appeared on the Beatles' 1968 White Album. Read more here.

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The Cure To Launch Australian Tour

(Gibson) The Cure are headed Down Under! Earlier this month, organizers of Australia's massive Splendour In The Grass festival announced veteran British pop-rock act The Cure as one of the headliners of this year's edition (alongside American indie rockers The Strokes, a reunited The Avalanches and Icelandic post-rockers Sigur R�s).

The 'Friday I'm In Love' legends have now announced two additional shows - in Melbourne and Sydney - after their Splendour In The Grass appearance. They've also promised details of two more shows - in Adelaide and Perth - soon.

They play Splendour In The Grass on July 24, followed by Sydney on July 25 and Melbourne on July 28. A press release said, "the band will explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favorites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production".

In addition to the Australian shows, The Cure will kick off their tour Down Under with a date in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 July. Read more here.

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Iron Maiden Frontman Receives Gift From Champion Rugby Team

(Classic Rock) Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson wore a rugby shirt onstage in New Zealand which was sent to him by the country's world champion All Blacks rugby team.

Dickinson told the crowd at the Christchurch leg of their Book Of Souls World Tour that it was "a but of a fantasy moment" to be given an All Blacks jersey with his name on the back, before he put it on and the band played Blood Brothers.

Dickinson says: "A buddy of mine sent me this shirt with my name on it from Auckland. There's a bunch of guys that play with a funny-shaped ball. They are a bit good.

"Since They're the world champions, I guess they decided to send this to us and said, 'If you could possibly wear it during the show, it would be really cool.' Bit of a fantasy moment!" Read more here.

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Jorn Lande Releases 'I Know There's Something Going On' Video

(Classic Rock) Jorn Lande has released a video for his cover of Anni-Frid Lyngstad's track I Know There's Something Going On. It features on Lande's upcoming covers album Heavy Rock Radio, due on June 3 via Frontiers Music Srl.

The Norwegian rock singer's latest studio effort also includes covers of songs from acts including Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Deep Purple as well as Queen, Kate Bush and The Eagles.

Lande says: "I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time but was always too busy writing and recording my own songs to make it happen. It is a well-deserved homage to these artists and bands who influenced me strongly." Watch the video here.

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Megadeth Feel Reborn With 'Dystopia' Lineup

(New Rock Times) David Ellefson says Megadeth has been reborn and there is no longer a fan demand for reuniting with former band members. The co-founder and bassist discussed the former clamor to see the classic 'Rust In Peace' line-up reunite but having recording their most recent album with Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Chris Adler, Ellefson reckons the band have moved on.

"There was always this calling from our fans to revisit the 'Rust In Peace' line-up, which we had all moved on from, including those former members," Ellefson tells Greensboro.com.

"So, we all had a meeting. Had a discussion. We even did a little bit of playing together. And we realized that it would be better to remain friends and leave that legacy sit as the heroic memory that it is in the minds of so many of our fans. It was clear - the past is the past. We're going to let that truly rest in peace, if you will. No pun intended."

He added: "What's really cool about 'Dystopia' is that fans used to always clamor for things of the past. Those days seem to be over. I think we finally transitioned past that. Megadeth has been reborn." Read more here.

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Rob Zombie Admits Tour With Slayer Didn't Work

(New Rock Times) Rob Zombie says bands have to be careful when selecting who to tour with after past experiences proved not all bands can unite a crowd. He tells Headlines and Global News that tours with Korn and Marilyn Manson have been fantastic experiences while going on the road with Alice Cooper was also a good match.

But he says Slayer, despite revealing the two bands are friends, wasn't a tour which worked. "We did a tour [in 2011] that was us and Slayer. We're good friends with Slayer, they're all great guys, but for some reason on that tour it really felt like it's our fans, and it's their fans.

"Backstage was great and the vibe was great, there was nothing between the bands, but you could feel it wasn't one solid crowd. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the perfect match."

Zombie is preparing to hit the road with Disturbed later this year to help promote his new album 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser', a combination Zombie is sure will suit both sets of fans. Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Split Seconds' Cutting Out

The Split Seconds will be releasing their self-titled debut album this summer which is preceded by their new single "Cutting Out". We asked Drew Champion (The Coastals and Boardroom Heroes) to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"Cutting Out" was written when I my old band The Coastals had just broken up. We had great potential and things were starting to happen for us, but the drummer had a girlfriend in Australia and a constant stream of cash from his mother, so he kept jetting off to another continent whenever we were supposed to go on tour or into the studio. We had been best friends since middle school but after a string of missed opportunities and broken promises, we parted ways.

After that disappointment I moved back into my parent's basement, kind of confused and demoralized. I didn't know what I should do with myself. I was in a daze, trying to figure out a way forward. I kept applying for job after job, without every hearing anything back. I had failed and I was stuck in a rut that I couldn't seem to get out of.

Cutting Out was about finally breaking out of that situation. It's about accepting risk and taking action, because making a bad decision was better than making no decision. Making a mistake was better than remaining stagnant. I took my meager savings, found a slightly less sh*tty job, moved out of my parents basement, and started The Split Seconds.

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

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