Day in Rock Report for 05/17/2016

Today's Top Stories

Ozzy Osbourne's New TV Series Announced

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack will star in a new show produced by the History channel called "Ozzy & Jack's World Detour," which will premiere July 27 at 10 p.m. on the History channel.

The 10-episode hour-long series will see the pair tour the world to visit a number of historically significant locations including Mt. Rushmore, Stonehenge, The Alamo, Roswell, The Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios.

"Jack and I are doing a thing for the History Channel, like a father and son spoof on history," Ozzy told Billboard last fall. "We went to Stonehenge and met a guy who thinks he's the reincarnation of King Arthur. And we went to Bletchley Park to see the machine Alan Turing used to break the German kind.

We're going to Mount Rushmore, to the abandoned silos where America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's educational for me, actually - history with an Osbourne slant." Read more here.

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Paul Stanley Tells Nikki Sixx To Shut Up

KISS frontman Paul Stanley called out Nikki Sixx in a social media post after the former Motley Crue bass player made insulting comments about Stanley's bandmate Gene Simmons.

Sixx made disparaging comments about Gene following controversial remarks that Simmons made about the death of Prince in an interview with Newsweek, which he quickly apologized for.

Stanley took to his official Facebook page after he learned of Sixx's comments and wrote, "Jesus Christ Nikki Sixx! Would you please shut up, find another way to be in the news and get off your self inflated pedestal.

"Regardless of some things Gene Simmons has said that I may take issue with, his influence on musicians (you included) is undeniable and will continue.

"More importantly, his work, generosity and monetary contributions to numerous causes and charities for those less fortunate makes your ongoing rant, in the scheme of things, the unimportant but annoying squeak it truly is. Move on."

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Former Iron Maiden Singer Paul Di'Anno Hospitalized

Former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di'Anno has reportedly been hospitalized and was forced to cancel his upcoming solo tour of Brazil, according to a social media post by tour promoter Blog N Roll Producoes.

The reason for the hospitalization has not been disclosed and there has been no official word from the Di'Anno camp. The promoter published the following statement via Facebook (translated from Portuguese by BraveWords):

"It is with great regret that we are obliged to inform all the indefinite postponement of the tour of Paul Dianno by Brazil in the next month of June. Paul is in the hospital and, today in the morning, we have been informed directly for him that his table of health at the moment is extremely delicate. Exams are being made to obtain the diagnosis I need, but there isn't a term for that diagnosis, because the necessary treatment and their period of recovery.

"We work with Paul in the past year and all I can say is that he was great with all the people involved in the tour. He became a friend to all and we are very sad with the news. We want to see him again on the road as soon as possible.

"We are available to clarify issues related to the shows marked (where all their contractors and local partners have already been duly warned by us throughout the day today) and we ask for the understanding in the sense that we do not develop in relation to the state of health Paul. This is a private matter and such detailed breakdown it's not up to us, but only to him.
Grateful for the understanding of all, Blog N Roll Productions".

Di'Anno was the lead vocalist for Iron Maiden on their self-titled debut and sophomore album "Killers". He was replaced in the legendary band by Bruce Dickinson.

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Radiohead May Face Legal Issues Over 'Burn The Witch' Video

(Prog) Radiohead could face legal action over their video for Burn The Witch. The characters in the video, released this month, bear a striking resemblance to 1960s British kids' TV show Trumpton.

And the family of the show's creator Gordon Murray say the promo tarnishes the brand. William Mollett, the son-in-law of 95-year-old Gordon Murray, tells the Mail On Sunday:

"Radiohead should have sought our consent as we consider this a tarnishing of the brand. It is not something we would have authorized. We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next." Read more here.

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Video From One Of Lemmy's Final Performances Goes Online

(Classic Rock) Motorhead's final performance with late frontman Lemmy in Spain has been shared by Viveiro's Resurrection Fest. The footage from July 2015 features the iconic frontman at what would be one of his last concerts in his 40-year career with the band. He died in December at the age of 70.

The video comes as it was revealed that the possessions of Motorhead's late drummer Phil Taylor are to be auctioned via The Saleroom. Unpublished photographs, a setlist from the band's 1978 Top Of The Pops performance and police and court documents relating to his arrests between 1976 and 1978 are among the items to be sold.

Taylor - who enjoyed two stints with Lemmy and co between 1975-1984 and again from 1987-1992 - died in November last year aged 61. Lemmy led the tributes, telling Classic Rock, "I think this rock'n'roll business might be bad for the human life." Watch the video here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion Is 'Important For Music' Says Ex-Guitarist

(New Rock Times) Gilby Clarke believed that the Guns N' Roses reunion of Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose is 'important to music.' The former Guns N' Roses guitarist admits he was caught cold by the reformation as he says it wasn't a move he could see coming after Slash and Axl were estranged for more than 20-years.

In an interview with rock writer Lucas H. Gordon in Argentina, Clarke says: "In all honesty, I haven't seen [any of the recent GNR live dates], so I don't have an opinion yet.

"First of all, I'm happy that the guys are back together. I think it's really important to music, especially rock and roll music, that Guns N' Roses is a viable band that's out performing right now. I know Axl has been out there with his band playing, but it doesn't get any better than having Slash back in the band. So with Slash and Axl back together, I really think they can have some great shows and hopefully write some good music together and keep the band name and legacy alive."

He continues: "I was a part of the band twenty years ago, and a lot has happened in that amount of time. I don't know… I honestly don't know. People were asking me questions last year: 'Do you think Guns N' Roses are gonna get back together?' And I kept saying, 'No.' I didn't. I honestly didn't. So I'm surprised, just like a lot of people are, that the band's back together. But I think it's a great thing for music." Read more here.

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ZZ Top Announce Tour With Gov't Mule

ZZ Top may have been forced off the road earlier this year after Dusty Hill was injured, but he appears to be on the mend as the band has announced their next U.S. trek.

The legendary Texas rockers will be teaming up with Gov't Mule to launch a short trek in September that will include stops in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, and Missouri.

The eight-city tour will be kicking off on September 9th in Wantagh, NY at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and will wrap up on September 20th in Kansas City, MO at the Starlight Theatre.

ZZ Top frontman Billy F Gibbons had the following to say, "ZZ Top and the Mule are cut from the same dyed-in-the blues cloth. I've long admired the band and Warren Haynes' guitar work. He has a certain grit to everything he does. We're gonna have a fine time." See the tour dates here.

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James Hetfield Unplugs For Metallica Classic

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has been caught on video playing an acoustic version of his band's track Motorbreath. The full-power original version of Motorbreath appeared on Metallica's 1983 debut album Kill 'Em All.

His performance took place in San Francisco over the weekend at his annual charity event Acoustic-4-A-Cure, co-founded with Sammy Hagar, which is held to raise funds for child cancer research.

The third edition of the show also featured Joe Satriani, Kris Kristofferson, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge and others. Metallica reported: "James performed a three-song set including Motorbreath, The Unforgiven and a cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' I Put A Spell On You. During his set he was joined by Tommy Lee, Joe Satriani and his daughter Cali." Watch the video here.

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Slipknot Looking To Evolve With New Music Says Corey Taylor

(New Rock Times) Corey Taylor says Slipknot's music is evolving because their message has to change as he vows to showcase more of the band's musical influences in the future. The Slipknot singer also says the band are plotting their next musical moves ahead of the release of their sixth album.

Speaking to Rolling Stone he says: "We're trying to think of where we can go musically that still has the soul of what we're trying to say, what we're trying to do, how we're trying to help people evolve with their lives.

"So it's one of those things that we're kind of looking to our influences now. 'Cause we loved everything from old-school thrash to bands like Neurosis, Nine Inch Nails, you know, and [we're] just trying to kind of take stock of wearing our influences a little more on our sleeve and seeing where that will take us."

During a chat with radio host Full Metal Jackei Taylor also discussed the band's musical future saying: "I mean, this band has always tried to find the path less travelled. We've always tried to expand the range of the music that we're making and find new ways to speak our piece, find new ways to kind of push our agenda and our message. And it's getting to the point where, at some point, the music will have to evolve." Read more here.

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Volbeat Announce Permanent Bassist

(New Rock Times) Volbeat have confirmed the addition of bassist Kaspar Boye Larsen on a full-time basis into the band. Larsen played bass with the Danish/American rockers during their recent U.S tour while he was also a tour session bassist with them in the past.

Now though Larsen is a fully-fledged member of Volbeat, something frontman Michael Poulsen is thrilled with. He says: "We are happy to announce that Kaspar Boye Larsen is officially now the new bass player in Volbeat.

"We just got back from a great U.S. tour and Kaspar showed, as we expected, that he's the real deal. The fans love him and we can't wait for the rest of you to hook up with us as a full band again on our coming shows."

In addition to his history with Volbeat, Kaspar was a member of punk band The Hitchcocks in addition to metallers The Kandidate. Read more here.

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Video From AC/DC And Axl Rose's Belgium Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose performed his fourth concert with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Werchter, Belgium on May 16 and video from the event has been posted online.

The 23-song set at the city's Werchterpark was the same as the group's May 13 stop in Marseille, France, which featured the addition of the track "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" from 1979's "Highway To Hell."

The shows followed Rose's debut in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 and follow-up concert in Seville, Spain on May 10. Rose continues to perform confined to scaled down version of a throne on loan from Dave Grohl after breaking his left foot during Guns N' Roses' April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

AC/DC's spring European trek runs 12 dates with shows wrapping up in Aarhus, Denmark on June 12. The band will next perform in Vienna, Austria on May 19. Check out the video footage from the Belgium concert here.

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Stuck Mojo Stream New Song 'The Business Of Hate'

(TeamRock Radio) Stuck Mojo have released a lyric video for their track "The Business Of Hate." It's taken from the band's upcoming album Here Come The Infidels, released on June 24.

They previously unveiled a promo for the song Charles Bronson. Stuck Mojo reunited with founding singer Bonz in 2014, but he left earlier this year and was replaced by Robby J.

Guitarist Rich Ward says: "Robby J is a f***ing ninja, the total package frontman. Mark my words, this guy is going to set a new standard for what a band with a rapper looks like." Check out the new song here.

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Ghost Expand Black To The Future Tour

(hennemusic) Ghost have extended their 2016 U.S. Black To The Future Tour in support of their latest album, "Meliora", with the addition of new dates in the summer and early fall.

The Swedish rockers have announced July appearances in Des Moines, IA, Minneapolis, MN and Green Bay, WI - in addition to a July 29 date at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.

The group will return in the fall for three festival gigs: the Rock Allegiance Festival in Chester, PA, Houston Open Air in Houston, TX and Sonic Boom in Janesville, WI.

One of the Nameless Ghouls has revealed that Ghost plan to release an EP of new music before the end of the year. "We're gonna finish up this spring tour in Albany, which is on May 22nd, and then our European tour starts May 27th," he tells Metal Sucks. "And that stretches into right in the beginning of July; so that's gonna be festivals. After that, we have an EP coming out. That's gonna be great, because that's gonna sort of re-energize the whole cycle.

"So there's gonna be some new material, we're gonna have a new stage show. So it's gonna be a completely different setting. Then we're gonna terrorize you with that up until next year." See the tour dates here.

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The Flaming Lips Appear In X-Men Comic

(Prog) The Flaming Lips will appear in an upcoming Marvel comic - with the X-Men providing security at one of their gigs. Wayne Coyne and co feature on the cover of X-Men '92 issue No.6, due out in August.

Coyne tells Billboard: "Being in an X-Men comic where the X-Men actually run security at one of our shows...I should have written a song about that. I mean, before it really happened."

Texas rock band The Toadies also appear in the issue. Writer Chad Bowers says: "The Flaming Lips and The Toadies are two of my favorite bands, and each had a profound impact on my musical tastes growing up." Read more here.

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The Temperance Movement Release 360 Degree 'White Bear' Video

(Classic Rock) The Temperance Movement have released a high-tech music video for their song "White Bear." It's the title track from their latest album. The video is directed by producer Steven Sebring, using technology which allows 360 degree photographic imaging "without digital effects."

Bassist Kyle Fyffe tells Loudwire: "The idea of doing the White Bear video using the Revolution system was an exciting prospect and the results are stunning. Our connection with Steven has given us the opportunity to make a visually beautiful piece of work using techniques that haven't been seen before."

The band will tour Europe and the US in the coming weeks and months, with an appearance scheduled at Download Festival next month. Watch the new video here.

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Singled Out: Of Clocks and Clouds' Another Life

Joe Salgo from Of Clocks and Clouds tells us about the song "Another Life" from their forthcoming album "Better Off" which is set to be released on July 15th. Here is the story:

Hi everybody- this is Joe Salgo from Of Clocks and Clouds. I'm here to tell you a little bit about our new song "Another Life". To say that this track is new isn't entirely accurate. Most of OCAC songs start out as electronic sketches that I write using a program called Propellerhead's Reason. Recently, I was digging through some old sessions and discovered the first demo version of Another Life from 2009.

See, for a long time our process of writing and recording songs came from bringing these Reason files to the studio. We would jam on them for a while and then begin arranging them and eventually tracking. I remember coming up with the piano parts way back in 2009 thinking it kind of sounded like "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John. It had this fun, upbeat, bouncy feel. This was years before I started OCAC, so it just stayed tucked away in one of the folders on my laptop.

After Ross and I finished the first OCAC record "YOU" in 2014, we delved into these old folders looking for new songs to sink our teeth into. When I played the Reason file for Ross he immediately was hooked. He prompted me to write a bridge and then we started jamming on it. Our bassist at the time, played the chorus with a staccato and punk feel and that's when the song really took off in my opinion.

I felt I always knew that the chorus should be: "Maybe we'll meet again- in another life." But I didn't realize that my life experiences would make that more real than I would've hoped. In 2013 I married my Colombian girlfriend to help her get her citizenship. Two months later our relationship disintegrated in a drunken, ugly fight. Needless to say, I was heartbroken and embarrassed. The lyrics to the song - and much of the new album are about the things I went through during the time immediately after- shock, anger, uncertainty, and ultimately acceptance and understanding that there is light beyond the darkness.

So "Another Life" has this snarky edge which is clouded with pain:

"Now that you're on you're own you can leave me far behind,
Chase your treasure, choose your pleasure tonight

And maybe we'll meet again in another life."

Often times, music is the only way we have to deal with our pain. Probably 100% of the time for me...so far so good.

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

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