Day in Rock Report for 05/24/2016

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Dimebag Will Be Featured On New Hellyeah Album

(TeamRock Radio) Pantera icon Dimebag Darrell Abbott will be heard on upcoming Hellyeah album Undeniable, guitarist Tom Maxwell has confirmed. Dimebag was shot dead on stage in 2004 while performing with Damageplan, featuring his brother Vinnie Paul Abbott, who formed Hellyeah two years later.

The pair once laid down a cover of Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore, which has remained in Paul's archive ever since. Maxwell tells 97.7 QLZ: "Dime and Vinnie recorded that track years ago. We went in, dug up his tracks and put it on the record. So we've got a little Dime. Dime's on our album."

He adds: "It's just an honest record, man. We just went in there and didn't know what we were going to do. I think we just matured. We're writing some of the most savage music - we're digging deep and reinventing ourselves on some things." Read more here.

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AC/DC Add Date To Tour With Axl Rose

(hennemusic) Axl Rose and AC/DC have extended their European tour with a newly-announced show in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 15. The concert at the city's multi-functional football stadium Esprit Arena adds a 13th date to the spring run which features the Guns N' Roses frontman stepping in to handle vocals in the absence of longtime member Brian Johnson.

The Dusseldorf show will mark the third German date of the tour following upcoming gigs in Hamburg on May 26 and a June 1 appearance in Leipzig. Tickets for the June 15 Dusseldorf concert are on sale now via eventim.de

AC/DC launched the spring tour with Rose in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7 to rave reviews worldwide. With Rose, the Australian rockers have managed to extend their Rock Or Bust setlist from 20 to 24 songs with the rotation of new additions representing classic tracks from Bon Scott-era: "Dog Eat Dog" from 1977's "Let There Be Rock", "Rock 'n' Roll Damnation" and "Riff Raff" from 1978's "Powerage", and "If You Want Want Blood (You've Got It)" and "Touch Too Much" from 1979's "Highway To Hell." Check out video of one of their rarities from the first show of the tour here.

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Megadeth Plan Benefit For Nick Menza's Family

The members of Megadeth were as shocked as fans with the untimely death of former drummer Nick Menza on Saturday night. Frontman Dave Mustaine issued a public statement and revealed that the group will be putting together a benefit concert for Menza's family.

Menza, who part of the band's iconic 'Rust In Peace', 'Countdown To Extinction' and 'Youthanasia' era lineup, passed away while performing with his band Ohm at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.

Band leader Mustaine had the following to say about Menza's passing: "I woke up this morning to a text message from my son, with the news of Nick Menza's passing. Shocked, devastated and saddened don't begin to describe my feelings.

"Originally a tech for the band, Nick soon displayed such talent and personality, it didn't take long for us to realize he belonged on stage with us, behind the kit. We asked Nick to join Megadeth as our drummer in 1989. At the time, the band already had its first platinum album, which only served to stoke the fire.

"We all wanted world domination -- with so much of our lives and dreams ahead of us. As we navigated through the pitfalls of life and the music business, our first album with Nick, 'Rust In Peace', and subsequent albums 'Countdown To Extinction' and 'Youthanasia', kept up the momentum. We parted ways after 'Cryptic Writings'. We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout.

"As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining, And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a bandmate, and a friend was even more fun.

"There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons, it never came together. We've been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger-than-life personality.

"The Megadeth family take care of each other, and expect to hear soon about an initiative to help Nick's children. All of us in this community are connected, take care of yourself and your loved ones. My deepest condolences go out to Nick's family."

Mustaine also left the door open for other former members of the band to join them at the upcoming benefit show. He said during a radio interview, "We're hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni from Megadeth to come onstage and play with us so we can leave behind something for Nick's children, which I think have been left in a bad way. We wanted to get that stuff all set up and that's where the wheels are turning."

He also addressed the idea that he and Menza didn't get along. "Contrary to popular belief, Nick and I were very, very close. I think when you're that close with somebody the temperature runs a lot hotter than in most relationships, so the love is that much deeper and the anger is so much more hot and the sadness is so much more profound."

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Dokken's Classic Lineup Reuniting

(Classic Rock) Dokken's classic lineup of Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown are to play together live again later this year. Drummer Brown confirmed the news that they would take to the stage for six shows in Japan "at the end of this year" and says further live dates could be possible, but they don't want to plan too far ahead.

The sticksman tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "There's talk of us doing something in Japan at the end of this year and if that happens and we make it through, then there could be talk about something. Let's just get through six shows and if we can do that, then maybe we can go ahead. It's just up in the air."

Frontman Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch have a volatile relationship, with both sides trading barbed comments in the past. And when asked how he sees the pair getting on when they're reunited, Brown says: "It was something that was there since day one and it's never going to go away - and that's what's making me feel hesitant about getting together again.

"I haven't see a change in either one of them, so I don't know what to expect. But I'm willing to find out. In spite of ourselves, we always seem to do well. It's never very easy and I'm sure it's not going to be this time either." Read more here.

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Ramones Announce Expanded Deluxe Reissue For 40th Anniversary

(hennemusic) The Ramones will kick off their 40th anniversary celebrations with the July 29 release of an expanded reissue of their groundbreaking 1976 album debut.

The 29-minute masterpiece helped launch the punk rock scenes in both America and Britain, and went on to inspire countless other artists to find their own voice.

A new 3CD/1LP deluxe edition will present a remastered stereo version of the self-titled project, a new mono mix and a pair of live sets from the summer of '76 and can be preordered here.

The project has been overseen by the album's original producer and mixer Craig Leon. "The earliest mixes of the album were virtually mono," says Leon. "We had an idea to record at Abbey Road and do both a mono and stereo version of the album, which was unheard of at the time. I'm thrilled that now, 40 years later, we followed through on that original idea."

The anniversary edition's second disc spotlights single mixes, outtakes, and demos. Several of those recordings have never been released, including demos for "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," "53rd and 3rd," and "Loudmouth."

The third disc captures the band performing two full sets live at The Roxy in West Hollywood on August 12, 1976. While the band's first set has been available before, the evening's second set will see its debut in the new package.

Rounding out the set is a vinyl LP containing the new mono mix of "Ramones", all packaged in a 12 x 12 hardcover book. The 3CD/1 vinyl LP set is a limited edition of 19,760 individually numbered copies.

The full tracklist for "Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" can be found here.

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KISS Release Preview Videos For Movie Theater Event

(hennemusic) KISS are sharing some video previews of the May 25 worldwide cinema event screening of their 2014 Las Vegas residency show, "KISS Rocks Vegas."

The group have offered up first looks at performances of their 1983 hit "Lick It Up" and their 1976 classic "Shout It Out Loud" from The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino as part of a 9-date run at the venue.

"KISS Rocks Vegas" promises to deliver an expanded version of their live set rounded out with exclusive interviews and footage available exclusively in theaters.

"See us on the big screen with the awesome power of surround sound," says Paul Stanley. "Feel like you are in Vegas and don't be shy to 'shout it out loud!"

A select number of cinemas will also be screening the concert in Dolby Atmos, providing a powerfully immersive and moving audio experience for the cinema audience. Watch the video clips here.

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Rolling Stones Release 'Totally Stripped' Preview

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are sharing a video preview of their forthcoming live collection, "Totally Stripped." Due June 3 via Eagle Rock Entertainment, the set expands on the 1995 unplugged album, "Stripped", which delivered acoustic and alternate versions of the band's classics alongside select covers of tunes by Bob Dylan and Robert Johnson, among others.

"Totally Stripped" sources three complete Stones concerts from 1995 - the Paradiso in Amsterdam, L'Olympia in Paris and London's Brixton Academy - and is rounded out with an overhauled version of the documentary of the same name, which gives viewers behind the scenes look at the making of the original package.

"Totally Stripped" will be available in a variety of formats, including DVD or SD Blu-ray, DVD+CD or DVD+LP, single CD / 2LPs and Deluxe Editions on DVD or SD Blu-ray complete with a 60 page hard book set containing 5 discs which boasts hours of previously unavailable music and can be preordered here.

"This is a club band," laughs Keith Richards, "that just got bigger gigs." Check out the preview video here.

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All That Remains Working On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) All That Remains are working on their eighth album, Phil LaBonte has confirmed. The vocalist says they're currently writing the follow-up to 2015's The Order Of Things, adding that they plan to enter the studio next month.

He tells Q103: "We're working on out eighth record right now. We haven't started recording yet. We're working on the writing process. We start recording in June, and then June and July we'll be in the studio."

He continued: "The Order Of Things came out just about over a year ago - it was in February of last year. So we try and get them out every two years or so, so we're looking at probably February or so for the next one." Watch the full interview here.

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Graham Bonnet Reunites With Alcatrazz Bandmate On New Album

(Classic Rock) Graham Bonnet is reuniting with his former Alcatrazz bandmate Jimmy Waldo to work on his upcoming album. The pair have not recorded together since their stint in short-lived supergroup Blackthorne in 1994.

They are also planning a series of select reunion shows next year with Waldo's current band New England - which features former Alcatrazz bassist Gary Shea. It will be their first time performing together since 1986.

Waldo features on several tracks on the upcoming Graham Bonnet Band record. Bonnet said of his decision to record with guitarist Conrado Pesinato, bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone and drummer Mark Zonder: "It's been a while since I last released a full-length album - but this band is the perfect group of musicians to do just that." Read more here.

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Yossi Sassi Band Release 'Palm Dance' Video Featuring Bumblefoot

(Prog) Yossi Sassi Band have released a video for their track Palm Dance, which includes a guest appearance from former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal.

The song features on the ex Orphaned Land guitarist's third album Roots And Roads which is out on May 25. Last month, the group issued a stream of The Religion Of Music, featuring vocalist Zaher Zorgati of Myrath.

Sassi said of the album "This release hopefully includes more vocally-driven songs than before. Overall it shows a nice evolution from the material I used to compose for Orphaned Land, and my solo work. I think you'll appreciate it." Watch the video here.

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Tony Harnell Reunites With TNT

(Classic Rock) Singer Tony Harnell has returned to Norwegian rock outfit TNT. Harnell reveals that he'll work with guitarist Ronni Le Tekro on their new material for the first time in 10 years.

Harnell says: "We're happy to be working together creatively again and hope our fans are are as excited as we are.

"We're already booking shows in the US and across the world in 2017 and also hope to play in as many countries as possible over the next couple of years. Hopefully many countries that we haven't been to in a long time or perhaps ever."

Previous singer Tony Mills, who replaced Harnell in 2006, left the Norwegian power metal outfit in 2013 due to "lack of activity" after recording three albums with them. Read more here.

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Hesitation Wounds Streaming New Song 'Bleach'

(TeamRock Radio) Hesitation Wounds have made their track Bleach available to stream. The song is lifted from the punk supergroup's upcoming debut album, Awake For Everything - which is due out on May 27. The promo follows the release of Operatic earlier this month.

Bleach is described as "a succinct, driving track that builds into a pummelling breakdown - a powerful song which leaves the listener wanting more."

Hesitation Wounds consists of Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg, Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm, the Hope Conspiracy guitarist Neeraj Kane and former Trap Them bassist Stephen "Scuba" LaCour. Stream the song here.

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Enter Shikari Star Has Advise For Younger Self

(TeamRock Radio) Enter Shikari's Rou Reynolds says that if he had the chance, he would tell his younger self to explore different types of music. Despite fronting a band known for experimenting with different genres, such as drum-and-bass, techno and hardcore punk, the vocalist admits he wishes his music taste was more eclectic in his youth.

Reynolds tells Alt Press: "I would tell my younger self: don't listen to just one type of music and dress one way. Listen to lots of different types of music and really explore it.

"There's so much to listen to now that I wish I got into a lot earlier. It's weird, but with desserts, I'll eat a chocolate cake, a lemon meringue, jelly and ice cream or a cookie - but with music you're like, 'I only listen to rock and everything else is sh*t,' or 'I only listen to rave and everything else is sh*t.' Evacuate that mindset as early as possible in your lives." Read more here.

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Dream The Electric Sleep Announce New Album

(Prog) Dream The Electric Sleep have announced the release of their Beneath The Dark Wide Sky album. It'll launch on July 22 after the band signed with Mutiny Records and it was produced by Nick Raskulinecz.

Guitarist and vocalist Matt Page says: "We decided we needed help realising the vision we had for the new album. The songs were different enough from our earlier material that we felt they needed a new treatment and a fresh set of ears to help pull out the strengths and tighten up the ambiguities of each song.

"We contacted several producers we wanted to work with, and sent them the demos. We were thrilled to learn Nick Raskulinecz was interested in working with us. We went to Nashville to meet him and jam at Rock Falcon Studio and had a blast." Read more here.

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The Ghost Inside Look Back At Fatal Bus Crash Six Months Later

(TeamRock Radio) The Ghost Inside's Jim Riley has reflected on the horrific bus crash in El Paso, Texas, last November to mark the six-month anniversary of the tragedy.

The bassist says he's learned so much from watching his bandmates on their long road to recovery - after the road accident left them with life-changing injuries and killed both drivers.

He says: "I went to bed last night knowing today was going to be emotional. On November 19 I woke up to a living nightmare. I knew something bad had happened but no clue the extent.

"I checked to make sure I wasn't impaled by anything and got myself out that back window. I was the first person out of the bus and the first to see the scene. The next two hours were a blur. Everything was confusion. Fearing for the lives of my best friends and learning of the two drivers' lives lost.

"One by one the other guys emerged from the wreckage, a couple on their own but most on backboards. I remember feeling lost and helpless."

Riley continues: "I'm the tour dad - the guy that fixes what breaks and looks after our little family. I was stuck on the sideline while my guys fought for their survival. Even now, I want to heal them." Read more here.

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Dream Theater Will Do 'Something Very Different' On Next Album

(Prog) Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess believes it would be a mistake for the band to follow concept album The Astonishing with a similar product. Their 13th title, released in January, explores a dystopian future where the power of music is used to wage war against an evil empire.

Asked about how the band might go about topping the work, Rudess tells Dream Theater World: "I don't think it's a question of necessarily topping it. I think this is a particular creative adventure for us, to write a concept album very much like a musical or a rock opera.

"I think that whatever we decide to do next - which we haven't really decided - will be something very different." He adds: "It's not going to be another concept album. I don't think that would be the best thing to do. But it will be some creative adventure that we'll feel like we want to put our energies behind." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Singled Out: Dark Sermon's The Eyeless Needle

Dark Sermon are getting ready to hit the road for a summer tour and to celebrate we asked Johnny Crowder to tell us the story behind the song "The Eyeless Needle" from their latest album "The Oracle". Here is the story:

This track is actually the only song on this album that had certain riffs written around vocal patterns, which gives it a very unique feel. The story is somewhat of a fable I invented, about a mighty serpent that was entrusted with guarding the gate to ascension. If anyone is to progress past this life, they must first go through him. However, instead of being fair and balanced, he has allowed the power to go straight to his head. His ego is so inflated that he sees no one as worthy of passing, so he denies everyone entry.

When a dove attempts to cross, he says that he would sooner kill himself than allow a lowly dove to ascend, even though doves are a universal symbol for purity and light. The snake tells the dove it can turn and walk in the opposite direction forever, because it has no chance of passing. The dove looks for a chink in the serpent's armor - a missing scale - and sees exploiting that weakness as the only way to prevail. This weakness is a metaphor for the snake's pride and lack of humility, which the dove can use to its advantage.

The concept of an eyeless needle is simple, though. If you are using a threaded needle, you are sewing something together, or mending a tear. If there is no thread, you are simply stabbing without the intention of repairing anything. Using this metaphor, the snake is wielding the eyeless needle, because he is drunk on power and causing only harm.

When we play this song live, during the drone-y bass solo part, I light a smudge stick (sage) and write passages in the air above the crowd. This is one of the slowest tracks on the album, which really adds to the atmosphere.

Humility is something everyone should have, regardless of their position or the power they wield. Hopefully, you won't have to become wounded beyond repair or self-destructive to discover that ego can become one's downfall. Keep a level head and you should be alright.

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

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