Day in Rock Report for 05/31/2016

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AC/DC Release Video Recaps Of Two Shows With Axl Rose

AC/DC have shared more pro-shot video footage from the current European leg of their Rock Or Bust Tour which features Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose on lead vocals.

On Monday the band the released video recaps of two of their recent shows starting with the May 22nd stop in Prague and this Sunday's show in Berne, Switzerland.

The legendary hard rockers recruited Axl Rose to help them complete their world tour after longtime vocalist Brian Johnson was warned that he faced complete hearing loss if he continued on the trek.

The shows with Rose has received critical acclaim and guitarist Angus Young revealed in a recent interview that that band is very pleased with Axl's performance and the GNR singer has expressed an interest in doing even more shows with the band.

Young told NDR.de, "He's doing very well. I mean, under the situation that we had, it was very good that he volunteered and said, 'Hey, if I can help, let me try.' So he's been very good. And he had to learn a lot of songs very quickly, and he's done a great job."

Young had this about the possible future with Rose, "We were committed to finishing this tour, so that's been our main goal. And Axl helping us....I know he's very excited; he keeps saying, can he do more?

"But we don't really know at the end how we will go from here. But we wanna get this tour, which we were committed to doing, we wanted to finish what we started."

Check out the video recap from the Prague concert here and the footage from Switzerland can been seen here.

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The Tragically Hip Add New Farewell Dates Amid Ticket Controversy

(hennemusic) The Tragically Hip have expanded their farewell tour with the addition of four concert dates amid controversy over a first-day fan club presale on Monday.

The Kingston, Ontario band announced a third show in Toronto and second gigs in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary "due to overwhelming demand" from fans following news that frontman Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The summer tour in support of the band's forthcoming June 17 album, "Man Machine Poem", will begin in Victoria, BC on July 22 and wrap up in the band's hometown of Kingston, ON on August 20.

A fan club presale for the new dates starts May 31 at 10am EDT via Ticketmaster, with general public tickets for all shows available June 3 at 10am EDT.

The CBC reports a May 30 fan club pre-sale is causing controversy after tickets were snapped up via Ticketmaster within moments and then re-appeared minutes later at a massive markup on resale sites like StubHub. Read more here.

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L.A. Guns' Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns Reunite

L.A. Guns' classic era lead singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns have announced that they are reuniting this summer and fall for a series of concert appearances.

Lewis and Guns have announced several reunion shows beginning with a series of South American dates in July and two music festival appearances in the U.S.

The confirmed dates will be kicking off in Buenos Aires, Argentina at El Teatro Flores on July 7th, followed by a show at Teatro Vorterix in Rosario the next night with the final announced South American date taking place on July 10th in Sao Paulo, Brazil at the Manifesto Rock Bar.

They have also lined up an appearance at the Hair Nation Rock Fest in Irvine, Ca on September 17th at Irvine Meadows as well as the Rock N Skull Fest in Joliet, IL on October 27th.

The band is billed as L.A. Guns' Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns which also features bassist Johnny Martin and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon. Check out the official Facebook page here.

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Sequel To The Who's Quadrophenia Movie Being Made

(TeamRock Radio) A sequel to the movie based on The Who's Quadrophenia concept album is to start shooting later this year, with original stars Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Mark Wingett and Trevor Laird returning.

Set in the present day, the story follows Daniels' 1960s mod character Jimmy into late adulthood, and it's based on Peter Meadows' novel To Be Someone - which itself was inspired by Quadrophenia.

Director Ray Burdis tells the Mirror: "Pete Townshend has give To Be Someone his blessing, and the mod culture is still a major movement. Now we've got the core cast in place, we're constructing the other characters carefully and slowly. There are more big names to be announced."

He adds: "I'm hoping it'll spark a new generation of fans. Kids have nothing to grasp on to like the punk days - we need something refreshing to come through." Read more here.

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Jeff Beck To Be Honored At 2016 Classic Rock Awards

(Classic Rock) The Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance will be held at the 13,000-capacity Ryogoku Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo - the home of Sumo wrestling - on Friday, November 11.

This year's show will feature appearances by recent Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees Cheap Trick, plus former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Orianthi, while Jeff Beck will receive the highest honors. More acts will be announced in due course.

"It's quite an honour to be considered for the first Classic Rock awards in Japan," says Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, "Thanks so much to all our fans in Japan, we can't wait to come back and play for you all."

This year's ceremony will be held in Japan for the first time ever, while the evening itself is divided into a two-part event which will include an awards ceremony and a series of live performances. Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine 'Raising Hell' In New Live Video

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have released a live video featuring a performance of their track Raising Hell. It was shot during the band's recent tour stop in Birmingham, Alabama, in support of fifth album Venom.

Frontman Matt Tuck said last year: "The album is hands down the best thing we've ever done. To have that arsenal of weapons now and to be able to play these songs feels sick. It's good to be back.

"That's kind of what happens in our band. Nothing ever stops. Milestone after milestone and cool event after cool event. We don't ever do anything which isn't cool."

Bullet For My Valentine released a clip of You Want A Battle? (Here's A War) last week. They just completed a North American tour and continue across Europe in the coming weeks, with UK dates at the end of the year. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Bad Company Announce Swan Song Tour

Bad Company, featuring original members Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke, have announced the Swan Song Tour, their first UK trek in four years.

The tour will feature direct support from Richie Sambora + Orianthi (RSO) for the full trek with the opening slot being filled by Steve Rodgers or Jasmine Rodgers during alternate stops.

The 8-city tour is scheduled to kick off on October 15th at the First Direct Arena in Leeds and includes stops scheduled in Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle before wrapping up on October 29th at the O2 in London.

Frontman Paul Rodgers had the following to say, "Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK." See the tour dates here.

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Former Megadeth Guitarist Explains Exit From The Band

(Classic Rock) Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick would have remained with Dave Mustaine's band if he'd been given creative freedom, he's said. Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover both left within hours of each other in 2014, and went on to form Act Of Defiance.

But they'd always known that Megadeth was entirely run by Mustaine, and that a democratic approach wasn't an option. Broderick tells Ultimate Guitar: "There comes a time when you're like, 'I've done this and it's great, but I'm a musician and artist and I need to express myself that way. I need that outlet for myself, and not just do it in support of another person.'"

He continues: "It was awesome for my career, and it was great playing for all those fans. But at some point, when do you decide you're going to create your own music? Or are you just going to record what somebody else wants?" Read more here.

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Frost Release 'Numbers' Music Video

Prog supergroup Frost* celebrate the release of their new studio album 'Falling Satellites' this past Friday (May 27th) with today's release of the music video for the song "Numbers."

Jem Godfrey had the following to say about the new video, which was produced by Crystal Spotlight, "Us being us, we wanted to try something a bit different for the Numbers video that would make it more interesting visually than just 4 blokes in a room wobbling about so we shot everything using bit of software called DepthKit via a Kinect sensor.

"This enabled us to create 3d modelled versions of ourselves that could continue to freely be rotated, moved and manipulated even after filming was completed.

"The render times were horrendous, but Crystal Spotlight did an incredible job putting it all together. I think the end result is magnificently Frost*-ish and suits the song very well". Watch the video here.

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One Gone Thus Streaming New Impermanence EP Online

(HRP) One Gone Thus are giving fans an early listen to their debut EP "Impermanence" ahead of its official release this Friday, June 3rd, by launching a full stream of the effort online.

"We went about constructing the whole album with the idea of making melodic and catchy songs with an experimental bent," says guitarist/vocalist Ryan Sabouhi. "We chose to incorporate a wide variety of unique progressions, tones, and instrumentation all in the hope that we might build a more multidimensional soundscape."

Though the record is not a traditional "concept" album, Sabouhi says the whole EP is an exploration into the notion of impermanence and how all things are subject to change. "All of us are caught between the ever changing worldly winds of pleasure and pain, praise and blame, fame and disrepute, gain and loss. We wanted this EP to be a way for us to artistically investigate these deep and abstruse matters," says Sabouhi. Stream the EP here.

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Walter Trout Streaming Three Songs From Forthcoming Album

(The Blues) Walter Trout is streaming three tracks from his upcoming live album exclusively with TeamRock. Alive In Amsterdam is issued by Mascot/Provogue on June 17.

The album was recorded at Amsterdam's Royal Theatre Carre on November 28 last year and took place as Trout continued his recovery from a liver transplant and toured in support of his 2015 album Battle Scars.

On his energetic live performances, Trout says: "I get into the energy and the moment and the excitement of it all - I think I'm a very different guitarist live." Say Goodbye To The Blues, I'm Back and Rock Me Baby can be streamed here.

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Steve Hackett Releases Live Video For Genesis Classic

(Prog) Steve Hackett is streaming a video of his band's live performance of Genesis classic The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. It appears on his DVD The Total Experience Live In Liverpool, which is released on June 24 via InsideOut.

The new live collection was recorded on his 2015 world tour, on which he performed a set of solo material from across his career, followed by a set of Genesis tracks.

Hackett recently said: "When InsideOut told me that I could film a gig on the British leg of the tour, I thought we should do it away from London. I felt doing it in Liverpool had a certain ring to it. Genesis played there a few times in the 70s, and the fans have always been very good to me there.

"And as a huge Beatles fan, I know the landmarks there, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. The Beatles set the benchmark for all of us who have followed - we take our imagination from them." Watch the video here.

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Ana Popovic Releases 'You Got The Love' Video

(The Blues) Ana Popovic has released a video for her track You Got The Love. The song comes from Trilogy, the three-volume album that she released earlier this month (May 2016).

The album covers the genres of blues, jazz and funk. It includes guest appearances by Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Bernard Purdie and others.

Popovic recently had the following to say about the project: "All these genres have a huge base in the blues. I wanted to give people a lot of music. It's a very exciting project."

Popovic is currently touring Europe, with dates in North America to follow. See the dates and watch the new video here.

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Aggression Streaming New Song 'Unleashing The Ghost'

1980's Canadian thrash rockers Aggression have released a stream of their new track 'Unleashing The Ghost', which is a song from their forthcoming studio album.

The new album, entitled 'Fragmented Spirit Devils', features a special cover of the Nazareth classic 'Razamanaz' and the band recruited Nazareth's Manny Cahrelton to play a guest solo on the track.

The new album, the follow up to last year's 'Fractured Psyche Demons,' is set to be released in October. Stream the new song here. Fans in the Western U.S. and Canada can catch the band live this month when they launch their 'Demons of West Coast Tour'.

They will head to Europe in November for their 30th Anniversary: Return of the Frozen Aggressors Tour with support from German thrashers Hateful Agony. See the tour dates here.

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This Week's Temples Festival Canceled

(TeamRock Radio) Temples Festival 2016 has been cancelled on less than a week's notice due to a lack of funding. The event was due to take place from June 2 to 5 at Motion in Bristol, with Mayhem, Melvins and Carcass set to headline.

But chief promoter Francis Mace has today admitted that he "made a series of bad business decisions and dealt with the situation very poorly," leading to the withdrawal of the festival's main funding source.

He says he has been riddled with debt since 2015's Temples Festival and could not face a similar hardship this year. Mace says: "My intention was always to setup a unique UK festival which books bands who are rarely seen in the UK, I've tirelessly dedicated myself to this event for a long time now and the decision to cancel this year's event has been unequivocally the hardest call I've ever had to make in my life.

"My sincere apologies to those of you who will lose out as a result of this, I am truly sorry - but I can't face another year of debts and damage." Read more here.

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Counting Days Release Prison Of Misery Video

(TeamRock Radio) Counting Days have released a new music video for the song "Prison Of Misery." The track comes from latest album Liberated Sounds, and the band's first video featuring new guitarist, and ex-Bring Me The Horizon member, Curtis Ward.

The new "Prison Of Misery" music video was shot in an underground theatre, suggested by guitarist Charlie Wilson after seeing Skepta play the venue year earlier.

"The lyrics for the song are influenced by the feeling of depression and anxiety, and how you can tear yourself apart from it," Charlie says of Prison Of Misery. Watch the video here.

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Rob Reed To Play Sanctuary Live With 10-Piece Band

(Prog) Rob Reed will perform his Sanctuary project live with a 10-piece band in October. Sanctuary Live makes its debut at Peter Gabriel's Realworld Studios in Bath, England, on October 8 and will be filmed for a future DVD release.

Reed's 2014 studio album "Sanctuary" and upcoming follow-up "Sanctuary II" are the Magenta mastermind's personal tribute to Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.

Reed reports that he hopes to have original Tubular Bells production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth involved in the live show. Find out about ticket information here.

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Of Mice & Men Announce European Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Of Mice & Men have announced a European tour kicking off in late September that will following their tour with Slipknot and Marilyn Manson across North America this summer.

They confirmed the run of dates off the back of their appearance at the weekend's Slam Dunk festival, saying: "Europe, it's been so good to be with you Slam Dunk and this fall we're coming back."

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (June 3). Before the European tour, Of Mice & Men play at London's Kingston Hippodrome on June 1 to mark the launch of their Live At Brixton album. See the new dates here.

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Saxon, Fastway and Girlschool Announce Fall Tour

Saxon have announced a UK leg for their forthcoming Battering Ram World Tour that will feature support from fellow classic heavy rockers Fastway and Girlschool.

The new tour leg is scheduled to kick off at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on October 28th and includes stops in Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, London, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, before wrapping up in Nottingham on November 9th.

Saxon frontman Biff Byford had this to say, "Gonna be a great tour with Fastway and Girlschool. I think this line up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls… Welcome to the metal church!" See the dates here.

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Singled Out: Suns of Thyme's Intuition Unbound

Krautgaze rockers Suns of Thyme just released their brand new album "Cascades" and to celebrate we asked Tobias Felte to tell us the story behind the song "Intuition Unbound". Here is the story:

Most commonly when writing a song, I try to capture the theme of the time to make it more visible for myself. For example; just try to look back on a specific time of your life, or one specific year of your life, and see how this time had a certain overall theme-ness. This theme will be an experience, a subtle feeling.

The overall theme of your experience for that year or time will arise in your mind. When looking back, this is not very hard for most people, but to be conscious about overall themes in the present moment is a another story.

When I wrote Intuition Unbound, the big theme was intuition. Going further in my practice, this was something that just started to appear, waiting for me to discover it. I started to do all sorts of tests and a lot of research. For example going on long walks through the city without an idea where to go next, trying to listen to that little voice and find some meaning in what it says.

Turning left here and right there, engage in a conversation with a stranger, or being to shy to do so, just to find myself on a detour because I wouldn't listen. On one of these walks I „accidentally" found the place we are rehearsing in now, so it really started to shift from experimenting to being actually useful.

During and after this process all the parts that make up the lyrics for this song were in front of me, but it was not making sense at all. When we started to work on the song together in the rehearsal room bit by bit things fell in place and the solution to my initial problem just presented itself. A classical Verse/Chorus structure wouldn't work, there had to be two interwoven but kind of separate parts.

The first part represents my then current state of mind, that was kind of lamenting in an almost arrogant way, the second (as soon as the fuzz sets in) can be understood as some kind of message from my future self to keep my feet on the ground

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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