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Day in Rock Report for 02/22/2017


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Fatal Tragedy Following Avenged Sevenfold Concert

Tragedy struck following Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Chevelle's European tour stop in Stuttgart, Germany on Monday night (Feb 20), with a stagehand losing his life in accident and another seriously injured.

A 19-year-old man was killed after a 26-year-old co-worker fell from the rafters while dismantling the stage and landed on him. The stagehand that fell has been hospitalized and is in critical condition, while the man he landed on sadly died from his injuries.

Avenged Sevenfold released the following statement about the tragedy, "We have some very sad news to report. Last night after our show in Stuttgart, Germany, a 26 year-old stagehand fell from the rafters while breaking down our stage. He fell a very far distance onto a 19 year-old man on the local crew. Tragically, the 19 year-old died from his injuries. The other man is now in critical condition at the hospital.

"This is beyond heartbreaking to everyone in the band and on our crew. We all send our thoughts and prayers to the man in the hospital, both families involved, all of the local Live Nation crew and everyone else whose lives have been affected by this terrible accident. We love our crew so much as well as the many local staff who are essential to our show every night wherever we are around the world. This is such a stark reminder of how quickly an accident can happen and lives shattered in the process. When we hear more we will update you." Read more here.

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Steve Stevens Confirms Working With Ozzy Osbourne On New Music

Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens confirmed in a new interview that he has worked on music with Ozzy Osbourne for the Black Sabbath frontman's new solo album.

When asked about the reports of working with Ozzy, Stevens told All That Shreds "Yes. I did a session. The rhythm guitar player in Billy Idol is Billy Morrison, one of Ozzy's best friends so he asked me to do some writing with Ozzy.

"We spent about a week working on some tunes and I haven't heard anything so I guess he's really happy with them - so yes, I did some writing and recording with him."

He was then asked if he would "step in" if Ozzy called on to help with the new solo material (assuming it was the recording on the music), and Stevens replied, "Well, that's what it's for, for his next solo record, so yes, of course! If it's recording I would - as far as touring I'm really dedicated to Billy Idol." Read the full interview here.

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Massive David Bowie Statue Being Spearheaded By Fans

(Radio.com) Some David Bowie fans have launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a three-story statue to honor the late music legend that will feature a lightning bolt design similar to the iconic cover of his 1973 album "Aladdin Sane".

Organizers of the campaign say they are in contact with Bowie's teams in New York and London about the statue, which would be located in Brixton, south London, where he was born.

"Standing across the road from the equally famous Electric Avenue, the memorial will be a defining part of this most iconic neighborhood," organizers wrote. "At once completely out-there and utterly down-to-earth." Watch the Crowdfunding video here.

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Alter Bridge Announce Spring Tour With In Flames And Metal Church

Alter Bridge have announced that they have added a new U.S. leg to their The Last Hero Tour this spring in addition to their previously announced music festival appearances.

The band will be joined at the new headline dates by In Flames on all of the dates beginning on May 2nd and Metal Church will play the same dates with the exception of the show at the Dream Makers Theatre in Sault Saint Marie, MI on May 16th.

The new leg will include seven shows beginning on April 21st in Fort Lauderdale at Revolution and wrapping up on May 17th at The Rave in Milwaukee, WI. See all of the dates here.

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Metallica Release 'Creeping Death' Live Video

(hennemusic) Metallica have released official live footage of their performance of the 1984 classic, "Creeping Death", from a January 18 show at LeSports Center in Beijing, China.

The video has been released in sync with a recap of the Beijing concert, which also saw Metallica perform their 1989 single, "One", with Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang at the event.

The pairing delivered the debut concert appearance of the "...And Justice For All" track after teaming up in 2014 to play the tune at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

"Loved the unique energy of performing with Lang Lang again!," said the band after the Beijing show as part of the Asian leg of their WorldWired tour in support of their tenth album, "Hardwired…To Self Destruct."

Metallica will return to the road for three concerts in Mexico City next month before a series of Lollapalooza appearances in South America in late March. Watch the video here.

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Korn Announce Intimate Tour With Animals As Leaders and Ded

Korn announced on Tuesday (Feb 21) that they will be embarking on a short intimate theater tour at several U.S. cities this spring that will feature support from Animals As Leaders and Ded.

The trek is scheduled to get underway on May 7th in Silver Spring, MD at the Fillmore and will be concluding on May 18th in Atlanta, GA at The Tabernacle.

The band had this brief announcement, "We are happy to announce some intimate theater dates in May! w/ Animals As Leaders (most dates) and Ded - VIP packages (meet and greet, photos, acoustic song) and early tickets can be purchased Thursday at 10am local time via Korn.com". See the dates here.

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Young The Giant Announce Summer Tour With Cold War Kids

Young The Giant have announced that they will be launching a new North American leg of their Home of the Strange Tour that will feature support from Cold War Kids and Joywave.

The summer trek is scheduled to kick off on August 2nd in Louisville, KY at The Louisville Palace and will be finishing on September 28th in Oklahoma City, OK at The Criterion.

The new tour will follow Young The Giant's current winter dates and appearances at several music festivals this spring including Okeechobee, FL's Okeechobee Music Festival (March 1st), Guadalajara, MX's Anagrama Festival (March 25th), San Antonio, TX's Maverick Music Festival (April 7th), Knoxville, TN's Rhythm 'n' Blooms Music Festival (April 9th), Gulf Shores, AL's Hangout Music Fest (May 19th), and Cleveland, OH's LaureLive (June 11th). See the dates here.

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Alice Cooper Band's Dennis Dunaway Talks New Album and Lost Song

Original Alice Cooper Band icon Dennis Dunaway was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Rock Brigade Podcast and discussed the legendary band's upcoming new album as well as the soon to be released lost classic song "School's Back In", among other topics. The show sent over some excerpts.

Dunaway had this to say about the new Alice Cooper album that features him, along with other original band members Michael Bruce and Neal Smith which is being produced by Bob Ezrin: "It is going to be released…we are working on songs right now…the original group. Ezrin promised he is not going to take two years to finish like he took on The Hollywood Vampires album. I'm not at liberty to tell you details but I can say that I'm very excited."

He was also asked about the upcoming release of the lost song "School's Back In" and had this to say, "Warner Bros. is going to put out a re-issue of a couple of the original bands albums. Each one of them will have a live show. There will even be some outtakes. I don't know if I should say what one of them is as the surprise of it has a lot to do with how cool it is.

"Basically, it is a song that we did in the studio warming up and jamming. We decided if we wrote a song called 'School's Back In' then it would have to be the most depressing blues song ever. It is so depressing that there is big build like it going to the next chord change but it goes back to the same chord."

Dennis spoke about other Alice Cooper related topics as well as his book "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!" Listen to the full interview here.

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Dallas Taylor Updates Fans On Recovery From Accident Injuries

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster frontman Dallas Taylor updated fans on his continued recovery from the serious injuries that he suffered in an ATV accident last summer.

Taylor writes, "Just a little update from me. I've been having major lower left side back pain which has pretty much left me in the bed for about 3 weeks. My jaw is still messed up, and my bladder doesn't work properly. My good eye is still not right with the no tears major dryness' and no tracking.

"My mouth is also continually major dry. I also have no feeling on the right side of my face due to the stroke and why I shaved (tired of having food in my beard, haha). My new cool glasses haha are to protect me eye, and let me see a little better. I have also been going through some major unrelated life issues." Read more here.

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Eisley Release New Video Featuring Circa Survive's Anthony Green

Eisley have released a new music video for their track "Louder Than A Lion" which features guest vocals from Circa Survive and Saosin singer Anthony Green.

The song comes from the group's just released new studio album "I'm Only Dreaming", which was released last Friday and was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill).

The new "Louder Than A Lion" video was directed by Israel Anthem (Mutemath, Shiny Toy Guns, Paper Route) and was filmed by the band in Nashville. Watch it here.

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Garbage Announce New Autobiographical Book

Garbage have announced that they will be releasing a new autobiographical coffee table book entitled "This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake" on July 4th,

The new book will feature Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker, and Butch Vig telling the story of their career in their own words for the very first time.

"We were starting to forget what we wanted to remember," says frontwoman Shirley Manson. "Twenty two years is a long time to keep track of the magic and the madness."

The book will also feature previously unreleased photographs and a preorder has been launched here.

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Depeche Mode Announce Special Revolution Remix Album

Depeche Mode have announced that they will be releasing a new 5-track remix CD on March 3rd that will feature reimagined versions of their latest single "Where's the Revolution".

The CD will feature remixes of the song by Ewan Pearson, Algiers, Terence Fixmer and Autolux and will released digitally (download and streaming services) as well as on physical CD.

The band will follow-up the release with a special expanded double LP vinyl version that will feature 9-tracks with additional remixes on April 28th. See the tracklistings for both versions here.

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The Dan Reed Network Announce Fight Another Day Tour

The Dan Reed Network have announced that they will be hitting the road next month for their Fight Another Day Tour across the UK that will feature support from Vega.

The tour is scheduled to kick off on March 1st at the Level 3 Club in Swindon and will conclude on March 15th at the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham. Vega will not be playing the Sheffield stop on March 11th.

Dan Reed had this to say about the trek, "We are really looking forward to playing many new and unique venues throughout the UK, and rockin' up the funk hard core and meeting all those who are able to attend and bring down the house with us. " Read more including the dates here.

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Tim Bowness Releases 'Kill The Pain That's Killing You' Video

Tim Bowness has released a new music video for his track "Kill The Pain That's Killing You". The song comes from his just released new solo album 'Lost In The Ghost Light'/

Bowness revealed the following comments about the track, "'Kill The Pain That's Killing You' is definitely the odd one out on Lost In The Ghost Light. It's the angriest piece on the album by far and it depicts a point when the musician Lost In The Ghost Light concerns is spiralling out of control in terms of both his family life and career.

"In basic terms, it's a hellish account of a night on the town mid-tour, while his wife is having an affair back home. It's also chronicling how music is in the background at this particular point in his life.

"Bruce Soord's brilliantly manic lead guitar lines are supported by a fine David Rhodes riff, and a frenetic Colin Edwin/Andrew Booker rhythm section. On top of that, Andrew Keeling's flute and string quartet arrangements take the piece into some interesting and unexpected territory, I think." Watch the video
here.

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Pixies Expand North American 'Head Carrier' Tour

(Radio.com) Pixies have added a second North American leg to their upcoming Head Carrier Tour. Leg Two will kick off in New Haven, Connecticut on September 19th and wrap up in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 21st.

During their additional two months on the road, the band will once again play New York and venture up to Canada for the first time during the Head Carrier Tour. Their first three New York dates at the end of May are currently sold out.

To ensure fans have access to tickets without scalping bots interfering with sales, Pixies have been working with venues to release as many tickets as possible. The band has long been invested in fighting bots that turn around and sell tickets to fans at an exorbitant price. See the dates here.

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Biters Streaming New Song 'Stone Cold Love'

Biters have released a stream of a brand new track called "Stone Cold Love". The song is the first single from their forthcoming album "The Future Ain't What It Used to Be," which will be released on May 19th.

Frontman Tuk had this to say about the song, "I sat down with my buddy Scott (Stevens) to write a tune. We sat for hours trying to come up with something that felt perfect, but were hitting a dead end. We said 'f*** it' and went to his local hang out, ate some cornbread, drank a few beers and talked about music.

"We spoke about T-Rex, Queen and Slade, sh*t like that, how cool those big drum grooves were. Right then a light bulb went off and we headed back to the studio with a fresh start and within hours finished writing the song, demoed it and tracked lead vocals!

"I was so f***ing delirious I couldn't tell if it was good or not. A few weeks later, Scott sent me the finished demo while I was on tour in Kansas. I remember cranking it in the van outside of this fake old wild west town and thinking, 'Goddamn, this is so good!" Check out the song here.

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Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel Team For Album and Tour

Amanda Palmer has announced that she has teamed up with The Legendary Pink Dots' Edward Ka-Spel for a new collaborative album and supporting tour.

Their new studio effort will be entitled "I Can Spin A Rainbow" and is scheduled to be released on May 5th in various formats including digitally, CD and vinyl LP.

Palmer and Ka-Spel will be launching a intimate tour is support of the album with limited dates scheduled across the U.S. and Europe this spring beginning on May 17th in Boston and concluding on June 16th in Vienna. See the dates here.

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Focus' Pierre van der Linden Releases New Solo Album

Focus drummer Pierre van der Linden has just released his debut solo album entitled "Drum Poetry" for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques.

Pierre's drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands, but this is the first time it can be heard and studied in isolation, or accompanied by other unexpected instruments also played by Pierre.

Says Pierre, "Drum Poetry was originally made just for myself. It was just a kind of experience to find out my limits in this atmosphere. The original CD was just made for friends and this is the first time I have shared it with fans..."

Pierre is the current drummer in Focus and also played with the band during the 1970s including on their hits "Hocus Pocus" and "Sylvia". Pierre also played on the band's most recent album, "Focus X", and is currently in the studio recording "Focus 11". Pierre will also be on tour with the band throughout 2017!

The album has been released on the band's own "In and Out of Focus Records" via Cherry Red Records and is available via Amazon here.

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Frances Bean Tributes Her Father Kurt Cobain's On His 50th Birthday

(Radio.com) Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean took a moment to remember him on Instagram for what would have been the late Nirvana frontman's 50th birthday on Monday (February 20th).

Bean posted a photo of a handwritten note she addressed to her late father. "Today would have been your 50th birthday," the note stated. "You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the GIFT of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean Cobain."

In another Instagram post, Bean also shared a text message exchange with her grandmother. She texted her "grams" that she knew Cobain was grateful his mother raised her.

Her grandmother wrote back noting how her granddaughter had turned into a beautiful woman. "He would be so 'smugly' proud of you," she added. Bean captioned the post, "Not gonna lie, I cried a little. I love you grams." See her post here.

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Singled Out: Cypher16's Open The Dark Door

Cypher16 vocalist Jack Doolan tells us the story behind their song "Open The Dark Door" which comes from their "The Great Surveyor" album. Here is the story:

Open the Dark Door came about during the writing process for 'The Great Surveyor' album. I was writing all over the place, from a rented house in France (sitting by the pool with a guitar I bought from a local music shop), to being on the bus in London or walking by the river Thames. I don't really ever sit down and go 'today I'm going to write a song'. It usually happens spontaneously when in the middle of something else, and often when I'm nowhere near an instrument! I actually used that process to my advantage, installing Garageband on my phone so that I can literally demo ideas wherever I am. We are on tour in the US right now and I can sit on the bus, grab a guitar if an idea comes into my head and then get it recorded.

For 'Open' I wanted to write a simple and catchy opening riff and then compliment it with the band's low-tuned but melodic heaviness, and it actually took a while for that first section to come about - it was originally written differently, but never felt quite right. It's funny when you listen back to early versions of a song just how much how simple parts can evolve and change drastically. There is an emotional verse followed by a big sing-a-long chorus, but suddenly the song leaves the 'expected' path and heads off in a more prog-like direction, before returning to the catchy melody.

The song's lyrics are about overcoming personal events that happened in the past. For me being able to go back, process and accept things that have happened, but also draw the strength to move forward is important. Open the dark door, and step into the light.

Make sure you also check out the music video for the release. We were lucky enough to be able to film at the Natural History Museum in London with Dippy the Dinosaur, and we're very pleased with how it turned out. The video tells the story of a child who hides in the museum after dark in order to explore it on his own (something that I think we've all wanted to do when visiting a cool museum in younger days!). We like finding epic, historic locations that compliment the style of music that the band plays and then adding lots of big amp rigs and pyro!

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

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