Day in Rock Report for 05/16/2016

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Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis Rushed To The Hospital

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis was rushed to the hospital to Saturday (May 14th) ahead of the band's planned performance at the KROQ's WeenieRoast in Irvine, Ca.

Bass player Flea told the crowd at the annual event, "Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we're unable to play this evening. We are devastated about it. We're really sad. We love you so much. We live to rock.

"We live to f-ing dig deep into the depths of our hearts and rock. But unfortunately there's a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it."

The band revealed on Sunday (May 15th) that Kiedis was suffering from intestinal flu and they have also been forced to cancel their iHeart Radio performance on Tuesday, May 17th in Burbank, Ca.

They had the following to say, "Due to Anthony Kiedis' hospitalization from complications from the intestinal flu on Saturday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone their upcoming concert for iHeart Radio on May 17th. They would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes. Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon."

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Ozzy Osbourne's Retirement 'Coming Up' Says Sharon

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne will retire a short time after Black Sabbath play their final show, wife and manager Sharon has insisted. She was speaking after the announcement that his Ozzfest and Slipknot's Knotfest events would merge in September this year.

The California weekender takes place before Black Sabbath's final scheduled appearance in Brazil on December 4 - although more shows could be added in 2017.

Sharon made no reference to her marital split with the frontman, 67 - although she'd confirmed it last week. She said: "I don't want Ozzy singing Crazy Train at 75. I think it's best you go out before you hit 70, and go out on top."

She added: "It's not going to be within the next year, but it's coming up." Read more here.

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Is It Even AC/DC Any More Asks Phil Rudd

(Classic Rock) Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says he's not given up hope of one day rejoining the band. The sticksman recently completed an eight-month home arrest sentence after being found guilty of drugs possession and making death threats. That led AC/DC to replace him with Chris Slade for their Rock Or Bust world tour.

But with Malcolm Young retired due to dementia, and frontman Brian Johnson's hearing issues resulting in him being replaced by Axl Rose, Rudd is unsure of what the future holds. And while he can't travel to the US because of his conviction, he says he can still play shows in Europe.

He tells The Bay Of Plenty Times: "It is up to Angus Young, what he wants to do. I am limited to where I can go. I've never felt better as a drummer or a person. I am not saying I never hope of ever playing with AC/DC again but, then again, is it even AC/DC any more? No Bon's beautiful voice. No Malcolm. No Brian." Read more here.

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Eric Clapton Animated For 'Spiral' Video

(The Blues) Eric Clapton has released an animated video for his new track Spiral. The song comes from his upcoming album I Still Do, which arrives on May 20 - and represents his first studio work with producer Glyn Johns since 1977's Slowhand.

Clapton recently told Classic Rock: "I gave him a call and said, 'Let's go out for a bite to eat just to prove that we're still mates.' During that dinner I said we should do something, to celebrate the coming-up of our 40th anniversary.

"So we booked some time and went in the studio." An hour-long TV special on Clapton and his latest work will be broadcast on the day of the album's launch. Watch the video here.

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Beatles Press Officer Tony Barrow Dead At 80

(TeamRock Radio) The former press officer for the Beatles, Tony Barrow, has died aged 80. He worked with the band between 1962-1968 and wrote the sleeve notes for the Liverpool outfit's early albums, including their debut studio album Please Please Me in 1963.

He also coined the term 'The Fab Four' after originally using it in a press release, and created the cartoon strip used in the band's 1967 Magical Mystery Tour record.

Barrow began working with Decca in the early 60s and was later brought into the Beatles' inner circle by their manager Brian Epstein. While there, Barrow also worked with artists including Cilla Black and Gerry & The Pacemakers. Read more here.

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Lemmy Featured On Limited-Edition Postage Stamps

(hennemusic) The German postal service is honoring late Motorhead singer and bass player Lemmy Kilmister with the release of a new series of limited-edition postage stamps.

"The German official post office Deutsche Post together with Bild are honoring our beloved late Lemmy Kilmister with an official set of German postage stamps for standard size letters," says Motorhead.

"One stamp package contains 10 stamps, five Lemmy motifs altogether and everyone can compile the stamps the way they like. These stamps are limited to 7777 - Lemmy's lucky seven - and will be available for four weeks only, between May 17 and June 17."

The collection of 10 stamps is a collaboration between Deutsche Post and Germany's Bild newspaper. Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men Release Live 'Feels Like Forever' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men have released a video showcasing a live performance of their track Feels Like Forever. It features on the band's upcoming Live At Brixton album, which is out on May 27 on 2CD and CD/DVD.

It'll be the group's first release since last year's deluxe version of third album Restoring Force, which was originally launched in 2014. The US outfit previously released The Depths from the live package.

Of Mice & Men are currently streaming their documentary The Full Circle Story on their website. The band said of the five-part film: "Over the course of the last two-plus years, we have had our lives filmed with the intention of creating the most honest, exciting and real documentary, showing our fans our truest selves.

"This film has been a long time in the making. It takes the audience through the making of Restoring Force and how this album and our fans changed our lives." Watch the new live video here.

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Misfits' Possible Court Battled Turned Into Reunion

(Classic Rock) Jerry Only has revealed that the Misfits reunion came about after he and Glenn Danzig attended a legal meeting that was set up to avoid further court drama.

Bassist Only and the band's management met with vocalist Danzig in January, with the talks coming almost two years after the singer saw his legal bid against Only over merchandise profits thrown out of court.

But despite the pair's rocky relationship over the years, once they got round the table to talk, the situation was soon turned on its head. Only tells Rolling Stone: "We were never not friends - we were just adversaries. Larry Bird might not have liked Michael Jordan on the court, but when they go out to a bar they're cool.

"We went in there wanting to cut each other's throats. It was turning into another court battle - and it turned into a reunion. We walked out the door knowing we were going to play together. It's a very cool thing." Read more here.

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Motion City Soundtrack Expand Farewell Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Motion City Soundtrack have announced dates in the UK, Australia and Japan as part of their farewell tour, which includes a string of previously announced North American dates.

The American group announced recently that they were calling it a day after a run of shows under the banner of the So Long, Farewell Tour. And they've now announced three UK shows, three gigs in Australia and two in Japan.

Motion City Soundtrack say: "Looks like we'll be taking the So Long, Farewell Tour to the UK, Australia, and Japan. Tell your friends and enemies." See the new dates here.

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Train Stream Two Songs From Led Zeppelin II Album

(hennemusic) Train are streaming a pair of tracks from their upcoming cover of the complete second album by Led Zeppelin. The San Francisco band have issued versions of "What Is And What Should Never Be" and "The Lemon Song" ahead of the June 3 release of "Train Does Led Zeppelin II."

"Our favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and they made a huge impression on our lives musically," says singer Pat Monahan. "So I thought, why don't we record one of their albums, just for the fun of it for our fans. I've been singing Zeppelin songs in every band I've been in since I was a young kid, Train included.

"It only made sense to record a Zeppelin album for all of you, but it was obviously a difficult decision to pick which one. We followed our hearts and chose Led Zeppelin II. When we perform Zeppelin songs it brings people a different perspective of our band and brings us closer to people because their work is a common love for so many. Those of you on Sail Across the Sun got to see it live, and we can't wait to share it with more of you!"

Train are performing the Zeppelin project on their summer dates, including New York's Irving Plaza on June 1, San Francisco's Great American Music Hall on June 4, Los Angeles' Troubadour on June 6, Seattle's Neumos on June 8, as well as being part of the line-up for the 2016 Mountain Jam festival at Hunter Mountain, New York on June 2. Read more and stream the songs here.

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Video From AC/DC's Third Show With Axl Rose Goes Online

(hennemusic) Axl Rose performed his third concert with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Marseille, France on May 13 and video from the event has been posted online.

The 23-song set at Stade Velodrome mirrored the previous shows in Lisbon, Portugal and Seville, Spain but added the track "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" from 1979's "Highway To Hell."

Rose is stepping in to help AC/DC following news in March that singer Brian Johnson's hearing issues had reached a crisis point, causing the group the postpone 10 US dates.

"You get a lot of rumors out there; a lot of people think Brian was fired. That's not the case," says guitarist Angus Young. "It was mainly his hearing. He already had a very bad ear, and the good ear that he had left was dropping rapidly. I mean, it was an ongoing issue all the way pretty much through the tour from the beginning."

"He had an instance where there was a marked drop in that one good ear and it came back, but not completely," explains bassist Cliff Williams. "The doc told him this can happen again and it may not come back. So, you know, you kind of go 'What do you do with that?'"

"It was out of our hands," adds Young. "It was his call, what he felt." Read more and watch videos from the show here.

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Phil Anselmo Supegroup Scour Stream New Song, Announce Debut

(TeamRock Radio) Phil Anselmo's latest supergroup Scour will release their self-titled six-track debut on July 15, he's confirmed. And they have released a stream of opening track Dispatched.

The ex-Pantera and Down frontman worked with John Jarvis of Pig Destroyer, Derek Engemann of Cattle Decapitation, Chase Fraser of Continuum and Jesse Schobel of Strong Intention on the record.

Anselmo says: "Doing the Scour project was a blast. The songs were short and extremely straightforward, so I didn't want to clutter them. I had to pick particular lyrics that seemed provocatively absurd enough, and to perform them as raw as deemed fit.

"I hope all true extreme music lovers enjoy the stuff as much as I did performing it. A huge cheers to all the awesome collaborators!" Stream the song here.

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U2 Announce Innocence + Experience Live In Paris Concert Film

(hennemusic) U2 will release their concert film, "Innocence + Experience Live In Paris", on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on June 10. The project captures the band as it returned to the French capital in December for rescheduled performances following the November 13 terrorist attacks in the city by religious extremists.

Directed by Hamish Hamilton, the film presents the HBO live broadcast from the Accorhotels Arena in Bercy on December 7. "Directing Innocence + Experience was scary," says Hamilton. "A technical nightmare married with a creative rollercoaster. It challenged everything I knew on so many levels. What blew my mind were the multiple narrative arcs combined with the number of emotional arcs you are taken through as you journey through the show. There's a lot of good shows out there - but very few great shows."

The final performance of U2's Innocence + Experience 2015 world tour saw the group welcome The Eagles Of Death Metal on stage to perform for the first time since the attacks that resulted in 89 deaths during their concert at The Bataclan.

"They were robbed of their stage three weeks ago, so we'd like to offer them ours tonight," Bono told the crowd before the pairing launched into a cover of Patti Smith's "People Have The Power." Check out the trailer here.

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Alan Parsons Symphonic Project Release Don't Answer Me Video

(Prog) Alan Parsons has released a video for his track "Don't Answer Me". It comes from the Alan Parsons Symphonic Project album Live In Colombia, which is set for launch on May 27 via earMusic.

The outfit performed with Medellin's Philharmonic Orchestra at the Parque Pies Descalzos, Colombia, on August 31, 2013. It'll launch on DVD, Blu-ray, 2CD digipak, vinyl and on digital formats.

The recording is said to combine the talents of Parsons' "amazing band with the lush sound of a 70-piece symphony orchestra, creating a very special show with unmatched quality."

The live lineup consists of Alan Parsons, PJ Olsson, Alastair Greene, Guy Erez, Danny Thompson, Tom Brooks, Todd Cooper along with conductor Alejandro Posada. Watch the video here.

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Both Weekends Of Stones, McCartney Mega-Festival Sell Out

(hennemusic) The new classic rock festival Desert Trip - a three-day festival this fall that will be headlined by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters - sold out both of its weekend events in less than three hours this week.

Running October 7-9 and 14-16 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, the Stones and Bob Dylan will perform on Fridays, McCartney and Neil Young on Saturdays and Roger Waters and The Who will close out Sunday evenings.

With performances starting after sunset, each artist will play a full set with their own stage productions. Billboard reports sources confirm that both Desert Trip weekends sold out in less than three hours each, resulting in a box office gross that will likely reach $150 million. Read more here.

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Trivium 'Have A Lot Of Material' For Next Album

(TeamRock Radio) Trivium frontman Matt Heafy says the band have already written "a lot of material" for their next album. The band's latest effort Silence In The Snow was released last year and Heafy says the band have been writing any chance they get - with the follow-up expected in 2017.

He tells Spotlightnews: "We don't wait till we have to start writing a record. We're just constantly writing, all the time, because it's just something we like to do. So, we have a lot of material already.

"Once we start thinking about a record we'll dive through it all and figure out what in the pile is what we're looking to do for the direction of the record.

"Hopefully, we're thinking about a record sometime next year. I think we'll be in the timeframe for that." Heafy adds that Trivium accept a number of fans will be "bummed" by any new music they release, but that he believes records need time to be fully appreciated. Read more here.

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