Day in Rock Report for 05/10/2016

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Ozzy and Slipknot's Corey Taylor Plan Special Announcement

Let the speculation begin. Ozzy Osbourne and Corey Taylor will be making a "very special announcement" at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday, Slipknot confirmed via social media.

Slipknot announced via Facebook on Monday (May 9), "Ozzy Osbourne + Corey Taylor invite you to a very special announcement and event on Thursday May 12th at the Hollywood Palladium at Noon. No lineups prior to 7am."

The nature of the announcement has not been revealed but leading speculation is that it may be possibly be the announcement of a Ozzfest/Knotfest like music festival.

Ozzfest was a leading metal music festival for a number of years both as a tour and as stand-alone event. However, a touring festival announcement seems unlikely because Slipknot has already summer tour plans with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men.

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Rolling Stones, McCartney Mega-Festivals Adds 2nd Weekend

Desert Trip, the mega-festival featuring rock legends the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters and Bob Dylan, has been expanded to a second weekend.

Demand was so high for the classic rock event at the site of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Ca, that organizers have announced that the same lineup will also perform on October 14, 15 and 16.

Like the previously announced weekend on October 7-9, single day tickets for the dates are being sold for $199 and three day passes are ranging from $399 to $1599.

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Axl Rose Didn't Speak To Brian Johnson About AC/DC Gig

(Classic Rock) Axl Rose didn't speak to Brian Johnson before taking over the role of fronting AC/DC. But the Guns N' Roses leader says it was only because he couldn't find the time to make perfect arrangements before the Rock Or Bust shows kicked off at the weekend (May 7).

He was confirmed as stand-in vocalist for the Aussie giants after Johnson was warned he'd suffer permanent hearing loss if he continued to perform. The band experienced negative reactions over the way they dealt with the split, but they've insisted they didn't fire Johnson.

Rose tells NME: "I have not spoken with Brian. We haven't spoken much about Brian. There hasn't been any negative talk with the guys or anything - it's just the time schedule of having to get things together for the shows, while I also had Guns N' Roses commitments, and then breaking the foot.

"The day I found out it was broken I left the hospital to rehearse. My only day off was the surgery day, and the next day was back to rehearsals." Read more here.

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Slayer, Anthrax And Death Angel Announce Tour

(Radio.com) Slayer announced that they will head back out on tour in the fall. This time the band will be accompanied by Anthrax and Death Angel for what's being called a musical "beat down."

Slayer's two-month North American tour includes dates across the U.S. and Canada. They'll kick things off in Cleveland on September 9 before wrapping them up in El Paso on October 27. As part of their new tour, the band will continue promoting 2015's Repentless alongside other songs from their 30 year career.

"We are very excited to tour again with our fellow Kings Slayer on a thrash/metal extravaganza," said Anthrax's Charlie Benante. "Two of the Big Four - now that's a night of metal for all the Kings and Queens!" While Slayer and Anthrax toured together in Europe last fall, this marks the first time Death Angel will tour with the legendary band. See the dates here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Scrapped 30 Songs And Started Over

(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has described the making of 11th album The Getaway as "unusually difficult" - and revealed that they scrapped 30 songs written for the project and started again.

The follow-up to 2011's I'm With You, produced by Danger Mouse, will be released on June 17. It's been headed up with last week's launch of lead track Dark Necessities, and arrives after running into scheduling difficulties caused by bassist Flea breaking his arm.

Kiedis tells KROQ: "We had an unusually difficult experience making this record. We wrote 20 to 30 songs and it was all ready to go. We thought it was happening - then Flea went snowboarding and broke his arm real bad.

"Then we didn't have a producer, and we were sort of lost in space with all these songs. When the dust settled, Danger Mouse emerged and said, 'Let's go make a record.'"

He continues: "We were like, 'Great, we have all these songs!' He was like, 'Leave those there. Let's go write new songs in the studio.' So the process began over again." Read more here.

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Ozzy Osbourne Statement Following Reported Split With Sharon

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has released his first public statement following his reported split with wife and manager Sharon in the past week with some reports speculating about his sobriety.

It's been widely reported that Sharon kicked the rocker out of their Los Angeles mansion last week over accusations that he's been having an affair with 45-year-old celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh. "At this time, Ozzy is not in the marital home," an Osbourne family spokesperson confirmed to Rolling Stone.

Now, Ozzy has stepped forward to clarify the speculation in some media reports that the split had something to do with the singer's sobriety. "I have been sober for three and a quarter years," Ozzy tells E! News. "I have not touched drugs or alcohol in that time. Any reports that I am not sober are completely inaccurate."

On Monday, Sharon was absent from her gig on the CBS-TV daytime series The Talk. "As we get started, Sharon is not here today," said Julie Chen, one of the show's co-hosts and wife of CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves. "There were many tabloid headlines of her and Ozzy, rumors and speculations that they have split up after nearly 34 years of marriage.

"Sharon understandably took today off and we are sending all of our love to her and to her family. And we ask that you do the same." Read more here.

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Alice In Chains Announce Summer Tour

Alice In Chains have announced that they will be hitting the road this summer for a headline tour and have revealed the dates for the first leg of the North America trek.

The band will be kicking off the tour leg on July 6th in Portland, Or at Schnitzer Hall and wrapping up the trek on July 25th in New York City at the Beacon Theatre.

Alice in Chains also announced that they will be headlining the Rock Allegiance festival on September 17th in Chester, PA at the Talen Energy Stadium.

The initial lineup for the festival also includes Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, The Offspring, Breaking Benjamin, Volbeat, Chevelle, The Cult, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Chevy Metal, Baroness, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Buckcherry, Trivium, Avatar, Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Sick Puppies, The Amity Affliction, letlive., Neck Deep, Skindred, KYNG, Young Guns, Crobot, Devour The Day, Twelve Foot Ninja, Dinosaur Pile Up, Death Angel and Hundredth. See the tour dates here.

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Video Of Chickenfoot New Song Debut Goes Online

(hennemusic) Chickenfoot debuted a new song, "Divine Termination", on May 7 during the first of the band's two reunion shows at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and video of the song performance has been posted online.

"We're taking a big chance playing this," frontman Sammy Hagar told the crowd. "The first day of rehearsal we played it and I put it on my Instagram and I just put the last chorus."

Hagar previously revealed plans to debut the tune sometime this year. "I wrote the lyrics while on an airplane to Cabo," Hagar told Rolling Stone last fall. "It's a dark tune, but it's cool. It's a really raw production and a giant step for the 'Foot."

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

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Prince's Family Plans Public Memorial

(Classic Rock) Prince's family has confirmed that an "official memorial service and public event" will be held in his honor. Prince died last month at the age of 57 and his family say they will remember him publicly "in the near future."

They tell People magazine: "Together, the family is planning an official memorial service and public event to take place in the near future. Prince and his music influenced so many people that we feel inspired to celebrate his life and legacy in just the right way.

"We appreciate the public's patience and have been comforted by your outpouring of love, support and condolences. We look forward to sharing with the world this celebration of, and farewell to, our Prince. Details will be coming soon." Read more here.

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Stone Sour Streaming Early Demo To Celebrate Anniversary

(TeamRock Radio) Stone Sour have released an early demo of their track 30/30-150 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their second album Come What(ever) May. Guitarist Josh Rand posted audio of the demo to the band's Facebook page.

He says: "In late 2004, after cutting some tracks at Catamount Recording with Joel and Shawn, I decided to build a room in my house to record in. I bought my first Pro Tools rig and the first song I wrote on the new rig was 30/30-150. The drum track was programmed using an Alesis SR-16.

"I sent it to Corey and when he had a break from touring with Slipknot, he came over and sang on the track. This version is what was given to Jim, Shawn, and Joel." Check out the demo here.

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Lemmy Featured In New PSA Ad

(Classic Rock) Late Motorhead icon Lemmy is featured in a TV public service announcement that aims to raise awareness of human trafficking. He delivers part of Rockers United's message alongside a team including Nikki Sixx, who warns: "One million children a year in the US are kidnapped and forced into a life of sex slavery."

The charity was created by rock photographer Kevin Estrada. He recently said: "Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, second to drug activity. This is tragically happening to nearly two million girls worldwide every year."

Motorhead release live album Clean Your Clock - recorded during Lemmy's final tour last year - on May 27. The icon's life will be celebrated at this year's Metal Hammer Golden Gods in London on June 13. Watch the ad here.

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System Of A Down Talking Possible Album

(Prog) System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian says the band are "communicating" over the possibility of making a sixth album - but he won't speculate on whether it'll actually happen.

It's 11 years since they released their twin records Mesmerize and Hypnotize. Discussions about a follow-up have been raised on many occasions, but no results have been forthcoming.

Tankian tells Rolling Stone: "We're communicating and trying to see if we can bring our material together. There's definitely a lot of communication going on - a lot of back-and-forth.

"I can't make a statement in terms of whether we're going to have a record or not, because we haven't gone into the studio and done it." Read more here.

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Courtney Love Teases Possible Hole Reunion

(TeamRock Radio) Courtney Love has posted a picture of her with two of her former Hole bandmates - reigniting hopes of a reunion. Love uploaded the picture showing her with bassist Melissa Auf der Maur and drummer Patty Schemel with the caption: "With the girls, serving up a Hole lot of something… maybe."

The trio played together on 1998 album Celebrity Skin along with guitarist Eric Erlandson - and it was thought a live reunion was on the cards in 2014 when all four rehearsed together.

However, Love quickly reported that tensions within the camp were high and subsequently shot down the idea of playing together, saying: "I don't want to get on the oldies circuit. I don't need to do that for money. I want to put out music that is relevant today.

"Being one of the last chicks in a rock and roll band is a weird place to be. It's scary not to be selling out." Read more here.

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DevilDriver Stream New Song 'My Night Sky'

(TeamRock Radio) DevilDriver have released a stream of their track My Night Sky. The song comes from the band's upcoming album Trust No One, which is out on May 13 via Napalm Records.

Mainman Dez Fafara recently said of the group's seventh record: "Trust No One is one of the most poignant records I've ever written lyrically. It's not like Clouds Over California where people have to ask what the song is about. You read and hear these lyrics, and you'll get it right away, and that's what I wanted.

"Whether it's about trust issues, vengeance, positivity, letting go, or whatever the case may be, these lyrics are as honest as they can be, and fans will hear it.

"These are the most honest lyrics I've ever shared with people - and it needed to happen. I'm a very private person in real life, but if these words can help someone open their eyes or heal in any way, I've done my job.

"Aggressive music has gotten me through the hardest times in life, so if DevilDriver can be that band for someone else, I'm all for it." Stream the song here.

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Chris Robinson Brotherhood Stream New Narcissus Track

(The Blues) Chris Robinson Brotherhood have released an online stream of "Narcissus Soaking Wet", which is the first track to appear from fourth album "Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel."

The follow-up to 2014's Phosphorescent Harvest was created after the former Black Crowes frontman's outfit retreated to a California mountainside for inspiration.

Robinson says: "It was an opportunity to see where our expression could take us. For us, when it comes to making records, the looser it gets the better.

"It's all about taking our intuition and following it to where our ideas can really manifest themselves. This turned out to be the most spontaneous record I've ever been a part of." Stream the song see their upcoming tour dates here.

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Hatebreed Reveal 'Seven Enemies' Lyric Video

(TeamRock Radio) Hatebreed have released a lyric video for their track "Seven Enemies." It's taken from their upcoming album The Concrete Confessional, which is released on May 13 (Friday) via Nuclear Blast.

Hatebreed describe the song as a take on the 'seven deadly sins'. Frontman Jamie Jasta says: "A lot of people gravitate towards their vices and sins and it dooms them.

"They lead to destructive lifestyle patterns, and then that starts affecting the people around them." Seven Enemies is available as an instant download with pre-orders of The Concrete Confessional. Check out the new song here.

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Joe Bonamassa To Play Free Show At Famed Cavern Club

(TeamRock Radio) Joe Bonamassa will perform a free show at Liverpool's Cavern Club next month. The bluesman will perform for 300 invited guests at the iconic venue on June 27 as a warm up to his Salute To The British Blues Explosion tour in July.

Bonamassa will be running ticket giveaways for the intimate show via his website and social media channels in the coming weeks. He says: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me.

"I'm so excited to be performing the British Blues Explosion concerts for very first time at the Cavern Club, the same venue where the Beatles first played." Read more here.

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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Classic Live Show Set For Release

(Classic Rock) A classic live set featuring Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, which was recorded in Boston in 1981, is to be released in various formats later this month.

Purple Pyramid Records will release the album on May 13th on CD, gatefold 2LP featuring a stitched-in 20-page booklet and red, blue and green vinyl options.

The release is said to feature "crystal clear audio that captures the vibrant energy and emotion pouring through the band." Blackmore's new-look Rainbow lineup will play the Monsters Of Rock festival in Germany on June 17 and 18, then at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, UK, on June 25. Read more here.

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Day in Rock Part 2

AC/DC With Axl Rose Draws Rave Reviews

(New Rock Times) The early reviews are in the door for the Axl Rose fronted AC/DC and by all accounts Rose has silenced all the critics and heralded a triumphant return to the road for the legendary rockers.

When Guns N' Roses mainman Axl Rose was announced as AC/DC's new frontman after Brian Johnson was forced to step down for health reasons, reaction was mixed with many questioning if Axl could pull it off.

But last night (Saturday, May 7) Axl, broken foot and all took his place on stage with AC/DC at the Passeio Maritimo de Algés in Lisbon, Portugal, for his first show as AC/DC frontman.

The Guardian rate the show as a five-star performance, describing Roses' voice as 'brilliant' and urging fans to check out the show saying: "The triumph lies in the renditions of the songs AC/DC wrote and recorded when Scott was still alive. Whereas the Johnson-era material tended towards boozy bonhomie, Scott was often a malevolently misanthropic writer and singer, concealing a slightly terrifying rage behind apparent good humour.

"Rose, who is familiar with both malevolence and misanthropy, delivers those songs perfectly, giving them fresh menace. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap loses its cartoonish aspect, and becomes the bar-room chatter of a psychopath; he introduces Shot Down in Flames as "the story of my life" and convinces you it's true.

"His voice, too, is brilliant: no matter how high, every note is hit, and sustained. And he keeps it up for two hours."

In the Daily Mirror the consensus is again overwhelmingly positive. Their man in Lisbon say Rose 'won over fans in Portugal and his own critics as he proved he's still got the range that once made him one of rock music's most celebrated frontmen.' Read more here.

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Raging Speedhorn Stream 'Bring Out Your Dead'

(TeamRock Radio) Raging Speedhorn are streaming their track Bring Out Your Dead with TeamRock. The song comes from upcoming album Lost Ritual. The follow-up to 2007's Before The Sea Was Built is released on July 15, with fans who contributed to the PledgeMusic campaign receiving it a week earlier on July 8.

Guitarist Jim Palmer says: "This album seems like a true reflection of everyone's input, a slice of all of us. It has those typical Speedhorn, pumping rock'n'roll moments, and some much darker ones too.

"Sound-wise, it's got all the feedback, distortion, bad attitude and in-your-face antics you'd expect with a sound that should be more familiar to Speedhorn fans, but with a twist." Stream the song here.

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Bruce Springsteen Adds Stadium Dates To Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced that they have extended their 2016 live schedule with a newly-announced series of US stadium shows this summer.

The New Jersey rocker will play eight shows in the run beginning August 23 with a two-night stand at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey before hitting Chicago, Washington, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, wrapping things up at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on September 14.

Tickets go on sale for the Virginia Beach and Washington D.C. shows May 13 at 10 a.m.; Chicago on sale May 14 at 10 a.m.; East Rutherford, NJ, May 18, 10 a.m.; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Foxborough on May 20 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

This past spring, Springsteen performed across the continent in support of last December's release of "The Ties That Bind: The River Collection", a 7-disc collection of material from the sessions for 1980's double album "The River."

While the spring concerts featured full performances of the 1980 record in its entirety, Springsteen and company head to Europe for shows starting May 14 that will see the band return to a more wide open setlist - with the same plans for the US dates later this summer. See the dates here.

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Rob Zombie Scores Top 10 Debut With Electric Warlock Album

(hennemusic) Rob Zombie has landed a US Top 10 debut on the Billboard chart with his latest album, "The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser."

Billboard reports the rocker's sixth solo effort debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 41,000 units, of which 40,000 were in pure album sales.

The feat keeps Zombie's streak of six straight appearances in the Top 10 alive. "And once again a top 10 album," says Rob. "I must thank you all for making every Zombie record enter the charts in the top ten. Once again Zombie Fans Rule!" Read more here.

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Judas Priest Strive To Win Over New Fans

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says he loves his veteran metal band more than ever because they have maintained a sense of ambition and hunger to win over new fans every time they hit the stage.

The group recently released the live DVD Battle Cry, which captures a performance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Germany while they were on the road in support of their 17th album Redeemer Of Souls.

The singer reveals his approach to playing festivals, where Judas Priest are just one of many acts on the bill. Halford tells Rock Cellar magazine: "I think when you're on stage like that and you're playing to so many people, you're aware that not everybody's a Priest fan. It's a mixture of metal heads and a good portion of them are there for Priest but there are metal heads in the crowd that may have never seen Priest before in their lives.

"For me personally - and everybody else in the band might have a different opinion - I feel, what can we do to make a Priest fan tonight? What can we do for this metal head to go, 'Man, this band is great, I've gotta check them out again or check out this record or that record.' That's the ambitious side of the band and the hunger side of Priest that's never really changed." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Out To Enhance Fan Experience

(TeamRock Radio) Five Finger Death Punch say the most important part of being in the band is making sure fans have fun attending their live shows. The band are currently on tour across the US and will return to the UK in August for an appearance at the Reading and Leeds festivals. And guitarist Jason Hook says while making music is "cool" it's all about the fans and the live experience.

He tells FM99 WNOR: "I think what we've realized is that our job is to make people happy. The music's cool and we work really hard on the records, but once all that's done, we're really just out here the whole day at the concert - it's really just one meet-and-greet. It's for them."

Hook continues: "People come to us and they're very excited. You've got two choices - you either enhance their experience or destroy their experience, and I've seen a lot of bands that choose the latter. They don't get it.

"I think we decided early on that the most important thing is how people feel around us, and the feeling that they take home with them. It makes us feel good and it makes them feel good." Watch the full interview here.

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Volbeat's 'Seal The Deal And Let's Boogie' A Spiritual Album Says Poulsen

(New Rock Times) Volbeat mainman Michael Poulsen says he is '100 per cent' convinced that we live among spirits as he discusses his band's forthcoming new album. 'Seal The Deal And Let's Boogie' will drop on June 3 via Republic Records with the new album following a theme of old historical characters from around the world.

Speaking to The Scott Mars Show on Live 105 in Nova Scotia, Poulsen says: "There are a few songs that are flirting a little bit around with the voodoo environment from the 1800s, as with this 'Marie Laveau' song and 'The Loa's Crossroad'.

"But it's not really a theme at all. I would more call it a spiritual album, because the lyrics are very spiritual. They're not religious; we're not religious believers, but we do believe in the spirit world.

"So it has those lyrics with old characters, like Marie Laveau, which was the voodoo queen of New Orleans; it has a song about Ishtar, which was the Babylon queen; it has a song about Mary Jane Kelly, which was the last victim of Jack The Ripper. And some of the other songs are more my input on my inspiration for the spiritual world, how I look at certain things in life." Read more here.

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Sixx: A.M.'s New Album Inspired By Global Crisis

(Classic Rock) Sixx: A.M. say that writing sessions for their latest album were inspired by the current global "crisis." The trio of Nikki Sixx, DJ Ashba and James Michael released Prayers For The Damned last month. And Michael says they couldn't ignore issues currently affecting the world while writing and recording the follow-up to 2014 Modern Vintage.

The frontman tells Star FM Berlin: "There's no denying that right now, globally, there's a sense of crisis. And I think that speaks to our first single off this record, Rise, which really addresses that.

"We're not a political band by any stretch of the imagination, but we are certainly a very socially conscious band. Things that matter to us on a personal level are happening on a global level.

"We found that during the writing and the recording, we were so inundated by things going on around the world that really require some attention. And I think it's safe to say that the world feels kind of wounded right now and is need of repair." Read more here.

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Rob Reed Releases Marimba (Chimpan A Remix) Video

(Prog) Magenta leader Rob Reed has released a video to accompany his Chimpan A remix of solo track Marimba. The original version, taken from upcoming album Sanctuary II, was launched as a single last month.

The second take sees him reactivating the name of the band he formed with Steve Balsamo and Rob Thompson, who released their self-titled album in 2006.

Reed recently explained: "There are four mixes of the track. The Chimpan A remix is very modern and really powerful. The orchestral mix by Ryan Yard is dark and atmospheric, and the piano version is stripped back, and hopefully shows the melody at its best." Watch the video here.

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Stone Free Festival Announce Film Screenings

(TeamRock Radio) Stone Free Cinema have announced the details of two film screenings that can be attended by ticket holders at this year's Stone Free Festival, which takes place at the O2 Arena in June.

John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness plays on the first day of the festival, June 18, and stars Alice Cooper leading an army of possessed vagrants. The film is the second film in Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy", which started with The Thing in 1982 and finished 13 years later with In The Mouth Of Madness. Cooper, who headlines the festival on the same day, contributed the track Prince Of Darkness to the movie and uses his onstage "impaling device" in one scene.

Excalibur, directed by John Boorman, plays on the second days of the festival, June 20. It tells the story of King Arthur, and features Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Corin Redgrave, Patrick Stewart and Gabriel Byrne. It was was nominated for the Best Cinematography Oscar at the 1982 Academy Awards. Read more here.

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Peter Gabriel Part Of Scientific Study

(Prog) Peter Gabriel has been hired as an adviser for a project which aims to measure the physiological effects music can have on health. The former Genesis frontman is working with Boston-based firm PureTech Ventures on their Sync Project research study, in conjunction with academics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Berklee College of Music.

It uses information gathered from smartphones via music and health apps. According to the Boston Globe, the researchers have been tracking songs on apps like Spotify to see how they influence biometric data created through health apps and wearable devices.

Sync Project co-founder Marko Ahtisaari says using artists to help analyse the data will help enhance the creative process. Gabriel, Annie Clark, composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and John Hopkins are the four musicians onboard. Read more here.

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Mike Tramp Opens New Chapter With 'Stay' Video

(Classic Rock) Mike Tramp has released a video for his track "Stay." The song comes from the former White Lion frontman's latest album Nomad, which was released last year.

Nomad was the completion of a trilogy he began with Cobblestone Street in 2013 and continued with Museum in 2014. Tramp had the following to say about the new clip:

"With this video, I'm opening a new chapter and taking one step further towards being who I am, and distancing myself even more from the past. All the packaging has been shaved off and it's just me being me." Watch the video here.

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