Day in Rock Report for 05/26/2016

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Megadeth's Nick Menza Cause Of Death Confirmed

(Classic Rock) Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza died of natural causes, according to findings from the County Of Los Angeles Department Of Medical Examiner-Coroner.

He collapsed on stage on May 21 with his current band Ohm, and passed away soon afterwards. Eyewitness accounts suggested he'd suffered a severe heart attack.

Now that view has been confirmed by the County Of Los Angeles Department Of Medical Examiner-Coroner, who list a single cause of death as "hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease." The case has been closed.

One person who attended the Baked Potato venue in Studio City, California, told Blabbermouth: "It appeared to be a seizure. Nick stopped breathing. Two patrons began CPR until EMS arrived. EMS worked on him for 25-plus minutes, including adrenaline shots, three shocks and non-stop compressions." Read more here.

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Van Halen's Future Pondered By David Lee Roth

(hennemusic) David Lee Roth discusses his possible future with Van Halen on the latest edition of the frontman's online streaming series The Roth Show. The main theme of the episode is how Roth spent his time living in Japan over the past few years, including learning the language as well studying various martial arts.

"It's not like my career path is going to get altered," explains Roth. "I sort of know what the next ten summers are going to bring - Eddie Van Halen aside, those are ups and downs.

"I don't know when we're going to tour but I have a sense that we will; I don't know that we're going to record again - when that'll happen - but I have a sense that it's gonna happen."

Things appear to be quiet in the Van Halen camp since the group closed out their 2015 tour in support of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the episode here.

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Led Zeppelin Trial Forces Robert Plant To Cancel Benefit Show

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has cancelled his upcoming appearance at next month's Meltdown Festival in London in order to appear at Led Zeppelin's copyright infringement trial over "Stairway To Heaven."

Plant was due play a June 19 date at the city's Southbank Centre as part of "The Boat We're In", a benefit for the British Red Cross' refugee awareness campaign.

The singer and festival confirmed the schedule change, saying, "Robert is a defendant in a court case in LA which was due to take place May 10th. Through court rearrangements, the hearing has been moved to June 14th. Robert has been proud to contribute towards the British Red Cross/Refugee awareness campaign through his participation on the Long Rd EP. The Elbow song 'Blanket Of Night' is a spellbinding and remarkable succinct piece of music.

"Robert has been enthusiastic to help in any way to the increased awareness and support of so many powerless and distraught peoples. Therefore the opportunity afforded at Guy Garvey's Meltdown was an event that Robert was passionately drawn to." Read more and listen to both songs that are the center of the lawsuit here.

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The Tragically Hip Announce Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Iconic Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip have announce dates for a farewell tour following news that frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The group revealed news of Downie's health issue on Tuesday, saying, "After 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…we've decided to do another one. This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us."

The month-long 11-date run across Canada in support of forthcoming June 17 album, "Man Machine Poem", will kick off in Victoria, BC on July 22 and wrap up in the band's hometown of Kingston, ON on August 20.

Tickets for the Man Machine Poem Tour will be available on Friday, June 3 at 10am local time. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sunnybrook Foundation. Read more and see the dates here.

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Allman Brothers Band Albums Set For Audiophile Reissue

(hennemusic) The Allman Brothers Band will reissue nine remastered classic albums on vinyl on July 22nd including a limited edition 15LP box set as well as the titled being offered in high definition digital audio.

The project will present the group's output from 1969 to 1979 on audiophile quality 180-gram vinyl, starting with an expanded 2LP edition of the band's self-titled 1969 record featuring the original 1969 stereo mix and the 1973 "Beginnings" stereo mix.

"Live At Ludlow Garage: 1970" makes its debut in a triple-LP package presenting the complete concert for the first time, with 2LP sets each of 1971's "At Fillmore East", 1972's "Eat A Peach" and 1976's "Wipe The Window, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas" alongside single LPs each of "Idlewild South" (1970), "Brothers And Sisters" (1973), "Win, Lose Or Draw" (1975) and 1979's "Enlightened Rogues"

Remastered by Kevin Reeves, all nine LP packages feature faithfully replicated original album artwork and will be available individually and in a Limited Edition 15LP Collection with exclusive extras in wooden peach crate. Read more here.

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KISS' Paul Stanley Explains Why He Reunited With Ace Frehley

(Classic Rock) Paul Stanley says it was about time he worked with Ace Frehley again because "life's too short." The KISS frontman appears on former bandmate Frehley's solo album Origins Vol.1, singing on a version of Free's Fire And Water. And in an interview filmed on the set of the video for the track, the pair discuss the collaboration and their relationship.

Stanley tells 95.5 KLOS: "Look, life's too short, and regardless of whatever differences we will have and continue to have and things that we don't agree on, there's no denying what we started together. And what we started together is the reason that we're still here today. So why not celebrate it?"

Frehley left Kiss for the second and final time in 2002 and he was thrilled that he managed to convince Stanley to work with him again. He says: "I'm gonna be honest, I was patiently awaiting the email and finally I got it and I was just completely floored. I thought it was a very special vocal, it brought tears to my eyes. The track came out way better than I anticipated." Read more and watch the interview here.

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Manowar Announce Plans For Farewell Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Manowar have announced they will split after an upcoming farewell tour. Date and venues for The Final Battle tour have not yet been revealed, but it will begin in Germany, the band say in a statement.

The New York metal heroes say their most recent trek - the Gods And Kings world tour - was a groundbreaking moment in their career and they aim to go out on a high.

Manowar say: "Message To All Manowarriors. The Gods And Kings tour was a groundbreaking moment in our career. The stage, sound, video and you, our fans, were magnificent.

"Coming off such an amazing tour it was clear that the next time we must go even bigger and beyond anything we have ever done - something that will fulfil every Manowarrior's dreams.

"Then that will be the ultimate moment to say thank you and farewell. The Final Battle will begin in Germany and take us all over the world to say goodbye to all of you." Read more here.

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Asking Alexandria Release 'Here I Am' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Asking Alexandria have released a video for their track Here I Am. The song comes from their fourth album The Black - their first with Denis Stoff after their split with Danny Worsnop - which was released in March.

Guitarist Ben Bruce recently said the record was dripping with "raw energy and aggression," adding: "You turn it on and you're like, 'Wow, they're back.'"

Asking Alexandria complete their current run of tour dates with appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August. See the dates and watch the new music video here.

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Gwar Working On First Album Without Dave Brockie

(TeamRock Radio) Gwar have confirmed they're working on their first album since the death of frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus. The singer died from an accidental heroin overdose in 2014, with the band continuing to tour after his death to mark their 30th anniversary.

Now they say work will commence on the follow-up to 2013's Battle Maximus - and they say the writing process has begun. They say in a statement: "Yes, Gwar has united itself to record yet another disasterpiece and it has been secretly in the writing phase for months in a crackhouse of seclusion in the northside of Chicago.

"A due date for the record has not been decided but the band is grinding out what may prove to be their most savage and bloodthirsty tracks to date." Read more here.

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Periphery Streaming New Song 'The Price Is Wrong'

(Prog) Periphery have released an online stream of their track "The Price Is Wrong" from upcoming album Periphery III: Select Difficulty. It's set for launch on July 22 via Sumerian Records, and follows last year's twin releases Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega.

Guitarist Jake Bowen had this to say about the track: "It's like handing somebody a grenade - it's so in-your-face and brutal for us. It was a great way to start."

Colleague Misha Mansoor adds: "Every one of our albums has a nice long intro, and we were like, 'Let's kick this off with a drum fill and a pissed-off riff.' It's something we haven't done. It was fun." Stream the song here.

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Pink Floyd To Be Honored By Royal Mail With Stamp Collection

(Prog) A collection of 10 stamps in honor of Pink Floyd will be released by Royal Mail in the UK this summer. Royal Mail says the stamps will be issued on July 7, "to celebrate one of the most successful and influential British rock bands of all time."

Six of the stamps will feature artwork from six classic Pink Floyd albums - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Endless River.

A further four stamps, gathered in a miniature sheet, feature images from Floyd live performances including shows at London's UFO Club and on The Wall and the Division Bell tours. Read more here.

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The Dead Daisies Release Teaser Video For New Album

(Classic Rock) The Dead Daisies have released further details on their third album entitled Make Some Noise. The follow-up to 2015's Revolucion is out on August 5 via SPV - and along with the tracklist and cover art, the band have issued a short teaser clip to give fans a taster of what to expect. View it below.

The Dead Daisies parted ways with Richard Fortus and Dizzy Reed earlier this year after the pair joined Guns N' Roses for their reunion shows. The band quickly recruited Doug Aldrich, and the former Dio and Whitesnake guitarist will appear on Make Some Noise and play with the band on their summer European tour dates.

Frontman John Corabi said: "Europe is always a blast. We love the festivals, and we're very much looking forward to playing another run of shows in the UK as well as our own dates in Germany. We'll bring new songs, a new monster player on guitar - so let's do this." Watch the teaser video and see the artwork, tracklisting here.

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Aerosmith's Joe Perry Asked Johnny Depp For Guitar Lesson

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was so taken with Johnny Depp's guitar skills that he asked the actor for lessons, Alice Cooper has revealed. The trio are the leading members of the Hollywood Vampires supergroup, dedicated to the memory of Cooper's late drinking buddies.

Cooper tells EonMusic: "Johnny is one of these guys that just loves that era, and he's a killer guitar player. There's a movie called Chocolat and he plays this gypsy guitar player. He does all this Django Reinhardt stuff - and it's really him.

"It's not somebody playing for him. Joe Perry heard that, and he called up and said, 'Can I get guitar lessons from you?' So that's how good Johnny is." Read more here.

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Four Year Strong Release Who Cares? Video

(TeamRock Radio) Four Year Strong have released a video for their track Who Cares? The song comes from the punk outfit's self-titled fifth album, which they released last year.

Four Year Strong had the following to say about the clip and their upcoming live plans: "Check out our new music video for Who Cares? We'll be playing it all summer on the Warped Tour."

The band play this weekend's Slam Dunk festival in the UK before the Vans Warped Tour dates in North America. See the upcoming dates and watch the new video here.

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Henry Rollins Helps Dinosaur Jr. Announce New Album

(Classic Rock) Dinosaur Jr. will release their latest album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not on August 5. It'll be J Mascis and co's first material since 2012's I Bet On Sky - and the news was confirmed by Henry Rollins in a teaser video.

He says: "Like every other Dinosaur Jr record, it is fantastic. They are one of my favourite bands and one of the best live bands ever. I can't wait for you to hear this record - you're going to love it."

In addition, the band will embark on an extensive run of dates across Europe, North America, Japan and the UK over the coming months, including shows with Jane's Addiction in July. Watch the video here.

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Toby Jepson Announces New Band Wayward Sons

(Classic Rock) Former Gun and Little Angels frontman Toby Jepson has revealed his new band, Wayward Sons. The band will release their debut album next year via Frontiers Music Srl. Jepson has not revealed the names of any other members of the group.

He says: "I feel I have unfinished business, stories still left to tell, points to make, noise to create, all of the above. Besides, it wasn't a choice, more of a need.

"My intention is very simple. I want to sing about what makes me tick, about what I believe in. Hopefully you will believe in it too. I hope I can help by being passionate through entertainment. I'm currently writing the first album. We hope to record later this year and release next year through Frontiers Records." Read more here.

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Aisles Announce Double Concept Album 'Hawaii'

(Prog) Aisles have announced that they'll release their latest album entitled Hawaii on July 29. The follow-up to 2013's 4:45am will be a double concept album and will be issued via Presagio Records.

Guitarist and producer German Vergara says of the record: "Without a doubt it's our most profound work so far. With Hawaii, we dug deep in search of a concept that could really move us. Our objective was to write music that would emotionally and mentally take us to the place where the events in the album occur - space.

"All the music on the album was written with our hearts and minds set on the idea of these human colonies - a small group of people who are able to preserve some of the heritage of mankind after Earth is destroyed." Read more here.

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Alice In Chains's Jerry Cantrell Brought Deftones To Tears

(Classic Rock) Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham says the band cried tears of joy when Alice In Chains man Jerry Cantrell was recording a guest guitar solo. AIC guitarist Cantrell guests on Deftones track Phantom Bride, which features on latest album Gore. And as Cantrell recorded his part, the band were overwhelmed by his contribution.

Cunningham tells Rock 105: "We had tears of joy when he was laying it down. When he plays, you know immediately it's him, and that's a rarity. And we've grown up on him and became friends with his band over the years, toured together. And it was just a magical pairing."

The drummer says Deftones were trying to come up with a suitable guest star for the track when they decided to ask their old friend Cantrell. He adds: "We had this song. It was pretty much done. It could have been left as is, but it sort of had this big kind of a gaping hole in the end, like a gap, that could have just been or we could have filled it up with something." Read more here.

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