Day in Rock Report for 05/20/2016

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Paul Stanley Vs. Nikki Sixx War Of Words Continues

Paul Stanley once again called out Nikki Sixx, with the KISS frontman accusing the former Motley Crue bass player of 'harping" on comments made by Gene Simmons and calling Sixx's public statements 'ludicrous' and 'silly'.

Stanley had previously told Sixx to "shut up" in a social media post after the Motley star insulted Simmons over controversial comments that Gene made about the death of Prince. Simmons quickly apologized after Stanley himself chastised him for the remarks.

Following Stanley's post, Sixx posted and then deleted a response on Facebook and Paul was asked about the war of words by Billboard.

Stanley tells the publication, "It's just silly stuff, honestly. It's one thing to call somebody out and to have a point of view on somebody's quotes, but then to just harp on it...You have to be suspect of the motives. Whatever questions I have about things that Gene has said is one thing, but to beat him into the ground becomes self-serving. It just gets annoying.

"For other people to harp on it and beat it into the ground is not something I want to sit by and listen to. When somebody starts to denigrate or take potshots at your contributions or your band or anything else, when you consider the source it gets to be ludicrous."

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Axl Rose Back On His Feet At AC/DC Concert

(hennemusic) Axl Rose was back on his feet for part of his fifth concert with AC/DC on the Rock Or Bust tour in Vienna, Austria on May 19 and video from the event has been posted online.

Fans at Ernst-Happel-Stadion rocked through a now standard 23-song setlist with Rose mobile enough to spend some of the show on his feet with the help of a walking boot as he continues to recover from a broken foot suffered during Guns N' Roses' April 1 club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

The singer also continues to use a scaled-down version of a throne on loan from Dave Grohl, who had the customized setup made after breaking his leg during a June 12, 2015 show in Gothenburg, Sweden; the inury resulted in surgery and led to the cancellation of the Foo Fighters' European tour last summer.

"We all look forward to Axl not requiring the chair anymore," drummer Chris Slade wrote in a recent exchange with fans. "Shouldn't be too long now."

AC/DC's spring European trek runs 12 dates with shows wrapping up in Aarhus, Denmark on June 12. Check out the videos here.

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Blink-182 Giving Away New Song

(TeamRock Radio) Blink-182 have made their track Built This Pool available as a free download. The 15-second song appears on upcoming album California, due for release on July 1.

The 'California' record is California band's first studio album to feature Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba, who was brought in to replace Tom DeLonge.

Blink-182 have also released a 10-hour loop of Built This Pool via YouTube. Hear the short track and the alternative extended version of the song here.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Scared With Anthony Kiedis Hospitalization

(Classic Rock) Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith admits the band got a scare when Anthony Kiedis was rushed to hospital just before a show last week.

And Smith knows the recent spate of rock musicians' deaths fuelled the concerns of colleagues, family and fans while the singer received attention for intestinal flu.

Two concerts were called off as a result of Kiedis' health problems - but the band are set to return to action in Ohio this weekend. Smith tells Radio X: "His stomach was killing him - it was really scary. We went directly to the hospital. We were really upset we couldn't play for the fans, but also more worried about him."

He adds: "I know everyone's freaked out when they hear about another musician going into the hospital. It's been such a rough year." Read more here.

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Eagles Of Death Metal Roadie's Ex Recalls Terrorist Attack

(TeamRock Radio) The ex-girlfriend of Eagles Of Death Metal roadie Nick Alexander has described the moment he died in her arms. Helen Wilson was at the Bataclan in Paris with Alexander when three extremists burst in and killed the band's 35-year-old merchandise manager along with 88 other people attending the gig on November 13 last year.

Essex coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded a verdict of unlawful killing at the inquest, the Guardian reports. Wilson, who remained close friends with Alexander after the end of their two-year relationship, provided a written statement to the inquest.

She says: "Nick and I were still talking, I told him not to move and keep his eyes closed. We were playing at being dead." The shooters approached Alexander and Wilson and she says she tried to protect him by wrapping her legs around him.

She adds: "The man was tall and had dark hair, he came in our direction and started shooting. I tried to protect Nick by covering his body with my legs and wrapping my arms.

"We were holding hands the whole time. He told me that it was hard to breathe so I told him to squeeze my hand and was telling him to stay with me."

Wilson tried to give Alexander mouth-to-mouth, when she heard a bomb detonate. She adds: "I protected myself and asked Nick if he was OK, he said, 'I'm going to die.' I told him that he wasn't, he said he couldn't breathe." Read more here.

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Jeff Beck Announces New Album 'Loud Hailer'

(hennemusic) Jeff Beck has unveiled the tracklisting and cover art for his forthcoming album, "Loud Hailer." Due July 15 on CD, digital and vinyl, the guitarist produced his first record in six years with Filippo Cimatti.

Beck says Loud Hailer - another name for a megaphone - is the right title for his latest studio recording. "I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today," he explains, "and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view."

The set sees Beck teamed with singer Rosie Bones, guitarist Carmen Vandenberg, bassist Giovanni Pallotti and drummer Davide Sollazzi. Bones handles vocals on nine of the 11 songs on "Loud Hailer", which is rounded out by a pair of signature Beck instrumentals: "Pull It" and "Edna." Read more here.

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Thrice Release 'Black Honey' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Thrice have released a video for their track Black Honey. The song is from the band's comeback album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, which is out on May 27 via Vagrant.

It's the California outfit's first material since 2011's Major/Minor. Frontman Dustin Kensrue previously said: "Lyrically, the song spawned from an image that popped into my head - someone continually swatting at a swarm of bees to get their honey, but somehow not understanding why they would sting back in return."

Thrice will hit the road in June for a run of North American dates. They'll then head to Europe in August for shows, including sets at the Reading and Leeds festivals. Watch the video here.

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Godsmack Offshoot Apocalypse Blues Revue Ink Album Deal

(The Blues) Godsmack members Shannon Larkin and Tony Rombola's side project Apocalypse Blues Revue have announced that they have signed a deal for their debut album.

Drummer Larkin and guitarist Rombola formed their blues band in 2014, under the name the Blue Cross Band. But they've since had a change of name and will release their debut album later this year via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

They're joined on the group by vocalist Ray 'Rafer John' Cerbone and bass player Brian Carpenter. Larkin says: "As far as blues goes, Apocalypse Blues Revue is a little heavier, a little darker, and has some punk rock attitude in the lyrics.

"We wanted to make something deep that will provoke thought. It had to be evil though. We're not trying to make it happy. It's called blues for a reason. It was also an opportunity to show the world what a phenomenal guitar player Tony is." Read more here.

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Suicidal Tendencies Recording With Dave Lombardo

(Classic Rock) Suicidal Tendencies have indicated that Dave Lombardo will feature on their next album. The band shared a clip of the former Slayer sticksman tracking drums in the studio

The photo included the caption: "Beating out today's sermon in the Church of Suicidal, the Godfather of double-kick, Dave Lombardo! September 2016. You've been warned. #suicidaltendencies #suicidal #cyco #newrecord #september2016 #straightoutofvenice."

In February it was announced that Lombardo would be touring with Suicidal Tendencies in place of their regular drummer Eric Moore. There's been no official word on Moore's status within the band. Read more here.

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A Day To Remember Go Behind The Scenes Of 'Paranoia' Video

(TeamRock Radio) A Day To Remember have offered fans a glimpse into the making of their latest music video, Paranoia. The behind-the-scenes clip shows the pop-punk outfit filming under a bridge in downtown Los Angeles.

Frontman Jeremy McKinnon says of the track: "To me, Paranoia kind of reminded me of The Ace Of Spades. So we kept it kind of punk in the verses, then hit them with the pop-punk chorus and the beatdown bridge in true A Day To Remember fashion."

The band's last full-length release was Common Courtesy in 2013. A Day To Remember have a series of tour dates planned throughout the summer, including their trek with Blink-182. See the dates and watch the video clip here.

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Issues Streaming New Album 'Headspace' In Full Online

(TeamRock Radio) Issues have made their new studio album Headspace available to stream in its entirety online. The follow-up to 2014's Diamond Dreams was released today (May 20).

Earlier this month the band released tracks Slow Me Down and Blue Wall. Frontman Tyler Carter recently said of track Slow Me Down: "I think that every family has that one person who's always looking out for the others - their purpose in life is to provide and always be the rock for their family.

"The song was written musically as a piece for my guitar player AJ's aunt who passed away. She was his best friend." Check out the full album stream and their upcoming tour dates here.

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D.R.I. Announce New 'But Wait There's More' EP

(TeamRock Radio) Dirty Rotten Imbeciles have announced they'll release their EP But Wait There's More on June 10. The record will be the punk rock band's first release in more than 20 years, and it has been in the works since 2014.

Vocalist Kurt Brecht tells the Phoenix New Times: "It's just a handful of songs to test the waters. We haven't put out anything new in so long, so we wanted to see how much interest there really is in it."

Regarding the musical direction of the new D.R.I. release, Brecht says: "It's more old-school hardcore. It's straightforward, without the metal guitar sound." Read more here.

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Von Hertzen Brothers Working On New Album

(Prog) Von Hertzen Brothers have said their next album is in the works. The band have signed to 7pm Management - who have Skindred and The Qemists on their roster - to raise their international profile following the success of their last album New Day Rising.

Singer and guitarist Mikko von Hertzen says: "Both myself and my brothers Kie and Jonne are really pleased to be joining forces with 7pm Management for the next chapter in what seems like a natural progression for us. We are already drawing up plans while writing material for our next album which we are all extremely excited about.

"Hopefully we can now together start to replicate our domestic success in other markets and continue to build the band into what we know it has the potential to be." Read more here.

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Rolling Stones Surprise Fan At Exhibitionism

(Gibson) One Rolling Stones fan recently got an awesome surprise while checking out the band's career-spanning exhibit, Exhibitionism, in London. Alex Emmanuel was shocked, in a good way, when the members of the Stones -- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood -- walked into the exhibit space to greet him.

"I suppose I can die now," Emmanuel said in a video of the moment posted on YouTube. "For a moment I felt like I was a member of The Rolling Stones."

Emmanuel had no idea the meet-up was going to happen, but he was flown from New York to London as part of London's tourism promotion campaign. Read more here.

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Johnny And Donnie Van Zant Announce Live Album

(Classic Rock) A concert recording from the only tour featuring Johnny and Donnie Van Zant is set to be released on July 1. The live album will be entitled "Red White and Blue: Live".

features the current Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman and former .38 Special guitarist performing hits from their respective bands and their collaborative project Van Zant at their show in Valdosta, Georgia, in 2006. It was recorded by Donnie's longtime bandmate Larry Junstrom.

Donnie Van Zant says: "The plan was always to enjoy ourselves and have fun and this recording captures a moment when we had a great night." Read more here.

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Ray Wilson Releases 'Song For A Friend' Video

(Prog) Former Genesis frontman Ray Wilson has premiered the video of the title track of his latest album with Prog. He'll release Song For A Friend on June 3 via Jaggy Polski

Song For A Friend is Wilson's first studio album since 2013's Chasing Rainbows. He tells Prog: "We filmed this in Poland - Steve Wilson, Mario Kossel, Kool Lycek, Uwe Metzler and myself sit down and enjoy the music.

"The song celebrates the life of a dear friend who is now at peace." Wilson has a number of live dates planned throughout the rest of 2016 in support of Song For A Friend. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Whitechapel Streaming New Song 'The Void'

(TeamRock Radio) Whitechapel have released a stream of their track The Void. It's the opening song on the band's upcoming sixth album Mark Of The Blade, which launches on June 24 via Metal Blade Records.

Guitarist Alex Wade tells Loudwire: "It sets the pace nicely for the rest of the CD. It's a different sound for us but still heavy and aggressive. As you can see from the title track to this, the dynamic between songs on the album is quite different so we hope the fans enjoy all the new sounds we brought to the table on this record."

The band, who are currently on the road across the US, previously released the title track from the follow-up to 2014's Our Endless War. They were recently confirmed for the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest in September. See the tour dates and stream the new song here.

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Singled Out: Joe Lynn Turner On Sunstorm's Edge Of Tomorrow

Former Rainbow and Deep Purple vocalist Joe Lynn Turner today tells us about the song "Edge of Tomorrow" which is the title track from the new Sunstorm album. Here is the story:

After the release of the Rated X album, I wanted to go back to the more melodic sound of Sunstorm, but also wanted to retain some of the harder edge of the Rated X sound. I asked producer and songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio to come up with some new songs in that vein. Del Vecchio hooked up with guitarist Simone Mularoni. Together they developed songs which were exactly what I wanted and this track is one of the highlights as well as the title track

We went harder... stronger... and heavier than ever before without losing the integrity of what the project is about... I call it melodic metal! The song is very well crafted, the message is profound, the performances amazing and the sound is incredible! "'Edge Of Tomorrow' is basically a lyric about the apocalypse that's happening right now and the geopolitical situation in our world.

We also made a video to go with the single and there is a great story tied into that. I chose Vikos Gorge as the location. It is the deepest and longest canyon in the world, the canyon of the Gods. This is where all of civilization started. The producer and director, Menelaos is a visionary and an incredible artist, and he knew that this particular location was where we should do this, where we should show the world what is happening in symbology, in symbolic form. Menelaos name comes from the king of Sparta and he really made a spectacular video.

All of the scenes you see in the video are real, except the eagle, which is CG. I was really walking along the ledge with this huge drop off below my feet. When I was standing on some of those mountainous peaks, I did get a little vertigo but got used to it after awhile.

As for the eagle, he represents the freedom that people should have instead of the enslavement which the world has become from the geopolitical powers. That is part of the essence of what the song is about.

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

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