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Day in Rock Report for 09/21/2016


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AC/DC Legend Announces His Retirement

AC/DC's bassist Cliff Williams has stayed true to his word and announced in a video message to fans that he is retiring after playing with the legendary band since 1977.

Williams retirement comes as the band conclude their epic Rock Or Bust World Tour which saw them joined by Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose taking over lead vocals after Brian Johnson was forced to step away between tour legs because he faced permanent hearing loss if he continued.

The band released a series of videos from individual members ahead of Tuesday's nights final concert in Philadelphia. In Williams clip, he said, "It's time for me to step out, and that's all. Not because we've lost Mal, Phil or Brian. I mean, everything changes when something happens like that.

"When Bon died, it changed then. You know, everything changes, so it's not that. It's just… I'm just ready to get off the road, really, and do what I do… In between tours, we take a few years off, so I know how to do that, I know what I'm gonna do.

"Again, it's just my time. I'm happy, I just need to… Family time now… just chill out and not do this. I mean, I couldn't have asked for anything more, being with the people I'm with and have been, and being in this situation with this band, playing this music." Watch the video message here.

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Dave Grohl Working On New Album?

(Gibson) Dave Grohl can't seem to take it slow for too long. As Foo Fighters are taking a well deserved break, rumors are now surfacing suggesting that Grohl is working on a new album.

Musician and Nirvana fan Damien Curry ran in to the Foo Fighters main man in Los Angeles over the weekend. "Not a bad way to start the day. I don't ever really care too much for "famous" musicians, but my close friends know how gangster I am about Nirvana and this guy," wrote Curry on Instagram. "Talked about our kids, his new record, producing...man...what a kool kat," Curry continued.

There is no indication whether if Grohl is making a solo album or if it's the beginning of a new Foo Fighters record. Dave has previously talked about how Foo Fighters' next album most likely will be recorded in the same manner as their latest release, 2014's Sonic Highways, during which the band visited several legendary American studios recording one song at each place. Read more here.

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Even Metallica Star Surprised By 'Stealth' Hardwired Release

(Classic Rock) Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has revealed how the "stealth" release of latest track Hardwired took him by surprise. The lead number from 10th album Hardwired… To Self-Destruct was launched just two days after they'd shot the video that accompanies it.

It was the last song to be completed for the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic, and the band went on to perform it live just five days after they'd played it together in rehearsals for the first time.

Trujillo tells WJRR: "It was a bit stealth. I didn't know when Hardwired was going to come out officially. It was a surprise to me - that's how it is sometimes, even with the band members.

"We'd done the video on a Tuesday in a basketball gym around the corner from our studio. I remember sitting in a lounge on the Wednesday asking, 'When's this video going to be reelased?' Usually it would take a few weeks.

"'Thursday!' 'Okay…' That's something that wouldn't have happened even a couple of years ago. You deliver quick - but at the same time, it took as a long time to make this record." Read more here.

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Jon Anderson Believes Yes Members Would Reunite For Rock Hall

(Prog) Original vocalist Jon Anderson says it would be fun to share the stage with his former Yes bandmates if they're ever inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Yes have been eligible for more than 20 years but have still to be given the nod, despite their name being included on two previous ballots. But Anderson says he's confident he won't have to wait too long until the Hall opens its doors.

He tells Rolling Stone: "It's gotten happen at some point. Rick Wakeman used to joke that we'd all come out in wheelchairs. My mantra always is, 'It'll happen when it happens.' You can't presuppose that you're supposed to be in the Hall Of Fame. It's not something that I lose any sleep about."

When asked if all surviving members of the band past and present could play together on the occasion, Anderson adds: "The other day I said, 'There will be 20 of us. It'll be fun.' There won't be much room, but it will be fun." Read more here.

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Architects Emotional On First Tour Since Tom Searle's Death

(Prog) Architects drummer Dan Searle has thanked fans who have attended the band's first shows since the death of bandmate and brother Tom. Guitarist Tom Searle died last month at the age of 28 after a three-year battle with cancer and the band are on the road in Australia playing their first dates without him.

While he admits the shows have been "enormously emotional," Dan Searle says Architects made the right decision to get back to work. He says: "We're 4/7ths of our way through our first tour since Tom passed away and we're slowly adjusting to the new reality and finding our feet more with each passing day.

"There's been some enormously emotional moments for us on this tour, both on and off stage, but we're glad to be here and we can honestly say that coming to Australia was the right thing to do.

"Anyone who has experienced a big loss in their lives will know that grief comes in waves and it can hit at any given moment, so it's a bit of a lottery as to where our heads are at each night but we're getting through it, sticking together and working through it one day at a time." Read more here.

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Glenn Hughes Releases Video For New Single 'Heavy'

(Classic Rock) Glenn Hughes has premiered the video for his new single Heavy exclusively with TeamRock. The track is taken from Hughes' upcoming solo album Resonate, which is released on November 4 via Frontiers Music Srl.

Heavy features Red Hot Chili Peppers man Chad Smith on drums and he also appears in the promo. Hughes is joined on Resonate by his live bandmates, guitarist Soren Andersen, drummer Pontus Engborg and keyboard player Lachy Doley. Smith drums on two tracks.

Hughes previously said of Resonate: "This is my first solo album in almost eight years as I've been busy doing other projects. This album is definitely rock - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums - all organic vintage instruments - the most grounded rock album I've made to date.

"This could be the album I think my fans have been waiting for. I've put every single piece of love and soul and heart into this record."

Smith, who has been friends with Hughes for years, added: "We know each other so well and it's always fun because playing with Glenn, like any real artist, is always trying to grow and change and do new things.

"We have this musical telepathy that only happens when you play and know someone for many years - and that's what a good, creative collaboration is all about. He's a pretty good singer, but he's an even better human being." Watch the video here.

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Slayer's Kerry King Hated Anthrax and Public Enemy Collab

(Metal Hammer) Slayer guitarist Kerry King says he "hated" Anthrax's 1991 collaboration with Public Enemy on the track Bring The Noise. The track featured on the Attack Of The Killer B's compilation album and went on to inspire various nu-metal and rap metal acts.

But King says he wasn't impressed with the thrash band getting in to bed with a rap group - even though his own band Slayer would go on to work with Ice-T on the track Disorder from 1993's Judgement Night soundtrack.

Asked about the Anthrax/Public Enemy collaboration, King tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Oh, I hated it. And they know it. It's not a secret, or I wouldn't tell you.

"They don't play it a lot when we play together. Maybe it's cycled out of their set. We did something with Ice-T back in the 90s but it wasn't a crossover song. It was still a thrash song because Ice-T loves thrash." Read more here.

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Ghost Speculation Over Identity Of New Female Member

(Gibson) Swedish masked rockers Ghost kicked off their US tour in support of their new EP Popestar on September 16. Aside from the new songs, the band also debuted a new member.

A female bassist was part of the lineup, and now the internet is full of rumors as to who this mystery bassist is. The most high profile one being Sean Yseult of White Zombie.

She has hung out with the band at previous occasions and is certainly skilled enough for the gig. It has also been suggested it might be fellow Swede Linnéa Olsson of the bands The Oath, Sonic Ritual, and Grave Pleasures. Read more here.

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Hellyeah and In Flames Announce Coheadlining Tour

(Metal Hammer) Hellyeah and In Flames have announced a co-headline tour of North America for later this year. The shows are billed as the Forged In Fire Tour, and will see From Ashes To New and Source join them on the run of shows, which will get under way on November 14 at Silver Spring's Fillmore.

Hellyeah released their fifth album Undeniable in June this year, and last month issued a lyric video for Startariot. The album also includes a cover of the Phil Collins track I Don't Care Anymore, which features an archive guitar track by Vinne Paul's late brother Dimebag Darrell Abbot.

Earlier this week, In Flames launched a video for The End, lifted from upcoming 12th album Battles, which is scheduled for a November 11 release via Nuclear Blast. They also confirmed Joe Rickard as their new drummer, replacing Daniel Svensson who left the group late last year. See the dates here.

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Gojira Release 'The Shooting Star' Video

(Metal Hammer) Gojira have released a video for their track "The Shooting Star". It's the opening song on the French metal outfit's sixth album Magma, which was released earlier this year, and the video was directed and animated by Markus Hofko.

Speaking to Metal Hammer at this summer's Bloodstock festival, Gojira frontman Joe Duplantier said the band had considered releasing an EP of material that was recorded for Magma but didn't make it on to the record.

He said: "We wrote a lot of songs for Magma that didn't make it on to the record so we have that material still spinning in our heads. We did consider putting some of it out on an EP but we will see what happens.

"We talk about new material often because we don't want to wait too long before we put out the next record. We want to keep going with new songs and be progressive.

"We definitely feel very inspired. When I listen to Magma I hear things and get little ideas that could lead to other songs." Watch the video here.

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Ice-T Recounts Unpleasant Lollapalooza Experience

(Metal Hammer) Ice-T says he narrowly avoided a diarrhea disaster when he and Body Count played the Lollapalooza festival in the 90s. Speaking on US chat show Late Night With Seth Meyers, he says the experience means he now never eats before hitting the stage in case he is similarly caught short.

Ice-T recalls: "I don't eat before shows - I had a bad experience one time I was at Lollapalooza back in the day and a lady served us gumbo during lunch. I went on stage in front of 20,000 people with full-blown diarrhoea.

"Imagine standing onstage holding your butt cheeks while you're trying to tell people to go crazy. When the show was over, one fart would have been a disaster. Never again." Read more and watch the interview here.

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Faith No More Preview 'Cone Of Shame 'Video

(Classic Rock) Faith No More have released a teaser for upcoming video Cone Of Shame. The track appeared on 2015 comeback album Sol Invictus, their first record in 18 years, which followed their 2009 reunion.

Guitarist Jon Hudson reported in June that he was working on new material, saying: "I'll probably take stock and see what comes of it sooner rather than later, so we'll see.

"I'm sure that I was the first to state in the press last year that I didn't bring any songs to the table. By the time I became involved in the process, there was already plenty to work with.

"It would have been counterproductive to try and finesse some of my songs into the mix at that point." Watch the clip here.

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Confessions Of A Traitor Release 'Illuminating The Night' Video

(Metal Hammer) Southern metallic hardcore marauders Confessions Of A Traitor are premiering their new video for Illuminating The Night exclusively with Metal Hammer.

The song is taken from the band's upcoming EP Illuminate, available on iTunes now. Speaking to Hammer about the song, in a somewhat cryptic fashion, frontman Stephen MacConville says:

"Limits, like fears, are often an illusion. Sometimes we lose ourselves or a loved one and it takes time to find yourself. But to live, we must step out of the darkness by being the light." Watch the video here.

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Bruce Springsteen To Do Extended Interview On Colbert

(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen will discuss his memoir, "Born To Run", with an extended interview on CBS-TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday, September 23.

Due September 27 via Simon & Schuster, the book sees the singer recount growing up in Freehold, NJ, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band.

The New Jersey rocker has been privately writing his story over the past seven years, starting in 2009 after performing with the E Street Band at Super Bowl 43's halftime show in Tampa, FL. Read more here.

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Extreme Delay Release Of Pornograffitti Live 25

(hennemusic) Extreme have announced a new release date for their forthcoming set, "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown." Originally due September 23, the project - which captures the Boston band performing the 1991 album in its entirety at The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas last year on the occasion of its 25th anniversary - will now be issued on October 14.

The group's second album, "Extreme II: Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale)", featured two hit singles, "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted" - both acoustic-based numbers - while most of the album was a mix of hard rock and funk.

The project peaked at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 on its way to US sales of more than 2 million copies.

Directed by Brian Lockwood, the "Pornograffitti Live 25: Metal Meltdown" package includes a Blu-ray, DVD and audio CD of the complete concert that was filmed on May 30, 2015 as part of an event headlined by Twisted Sister - who issued the first DVD set in the Metal Meltdown series earlier this tear.

"It was a great thrill to perform Pornograffitti in its entirety," says singer Gary Cherone. "Some of these songs were never played live before so we had to go back and relearn them for the tour. The album was a watershed moment in the bands career…it's when we came in to our own and it will always be special."

"The band always prided itself on its live performance," adds guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. "Over the years, some of these songs have evolved where the band actually plays them better now than when we had recorded them. Hope you enjoy it." Watch the trailer and read more here.

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Attila Stream New Song 'Public Apology'

(Metal Hammer) Attila have released a stream of their new track Public Apology. It's lifted from the band's upcoming sixth album Chaos, which is expected to launch later this year after they signed a deal with Sharptone Records.

Speaking about the new track, vocalist Chris Fronzak says: "Lets be real - I'm not sorry about sh*t. The only thing I'm sorry for is the fact that the entire world has turned into a bunch of supersoft crybaby bitches.

"As the rest of the world changes and adapts to our new 'sensitive generation' just understand that Attila will always stay the same. We're here to f*** sh*t up, are you with us?"

Attila will head out on a North American headlining tour in October with support from Chelsea Grin, Emmure and Sylar. See the dates and stream the song here.

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Nightwish's Floor Jansen Thanks Fans Following Baby News

(Prog) Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen and her partner Hannes Van Dahl have thanked fans for their well-wishes after she announced she is four months pregnant.

Jansen broke the news to TeamRock at the weekend that she and Sabaton drummer Van Dahl are expecting a baby. And as fans rushed to congratulate the couple, Jansen, 35, says via Instagram: "Thank you for all the sweet well-wishes Hannes and I received from all over the world regarding our pregnancy!

"We are happy and healthy and I can't wait to have a nice big belly."

TeamRock were also able to capture the first picture of Jansen's baby bump at the weekend, when the band were in Helsinki, Finland, to promote upcoming live release Vehicle Of Spirit. See the photo and read more here.

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Singled Out: Flight Brigade's Hurricane Season

Flight Brigade will release debut album 'Our Friends Our Enemies' on October 14th and today lead singer Oliver Baines tells us about the lead single "Hurricane Season". Here is the story:

The idea for Hurricane Season started in Echo Zoo Studio, a place we love to record right on the coast near Brighton. We were recording drums, guitar & bass for other tracks from the album & there was a great energy in the room. Our drummer is a fanatic when it comes to tuning his drums, so whilst waiting around, I, Oliver (lead singer), was messing about with a riff, which the guys loved.

Driving home from the studio I couldn't get it out of my head and the melody and lyrics came together whilst driving. It seemed the mood and energy of the song suited the theme of obsession. It's about being attracted to someone who's elusive, mysterious and who uses these things to completely do your head in! It kinda explores the tendency to become obsessed by people who seem out of your reach and how this can bite you on the ass -as you often build up an impression in your mind that's not real!

We worked with director Paul Cheung for the video. He pitched the idea of making a video where there are two converging stories in reverse -as two girls are caught driving a car discarded by a mysterious man with a shady past. He came to us saying he had an enduring image of the girls (Miriam & Dorry) driving around in a powerful convertible car. They were like, 'Hell, yeah! Not done that before..when do we start!!' We had a lot of fun, it was shot quickly over one weekend and the band played all the parts. It meant 48 hours filming straight, most of which we spent driving a vintage convertible BMW we borrowed - it seemed quite a good trade-off for the lack of sleep!

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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