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Day in Rock Report for 02/23/2017

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AC/DC Making New Album With Axl Rose?

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose won over many skeptical AC/DC fans will he stepped in for Brian Johnson for the second half of legendary hard rock group's world tour.

Now a report has surfaced that claims that Rose is recording a new AC/DC album with co-founder and guitarist Angus Young. The revelation was made by the site Noise 11 in their review of Guns N' Roses recent concert in Melbourne, Australia.

They report that GNR was again joined during the show by Angus Young, like the two previous Sydney shows, and in the review they had this statement "Axl Rose fronting AC/DC was controversial and if you didn't like that combination you will be horrified to learn there is an album on the way."

The website offered no basis for the album claim and neither the AC/DC nor Guns N' Roses/Axl Rose camps have addressed the rumor .

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Ex-Black Sabbath Star Explains Why He Didn't Return To Band

When Black Sabbath failed to reach agreement with original drummer Bill Ward to take part in their final album and farewell tour, some expected the legendary group to call on another veteran of the band to fill his shoes, Vinny Appice. But that did not happen and in a new interview Appice speculates why he wasn't asked to return.

Appice had replaced Ward in the band before, becoming their drummer during the Dio era of the group and also reuniting with that lineup of the band (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ronnie James Dio) in the group Heaven and Hell.

My Global Mind recently spoke with Vinnie about Last In Line, which features other original members of Dio's solo band and he was asked why he didn't return to Black Sabbath. He responded, "I was never asked to join then but still in touch with Tony and Geezer.

"I think the decisions get made with management and there are three of them. I don't know what they were thinking as they did the last CD with a different drummer. The problem could be that I did Heaven & Hell with Ronnie and if I was in the band, it would be like Heaven & Hell with Ozzy.

"Maybe Ozzy or someone in his camp didn't like the idea? It would have been great, but that's the music business. I love playing with them and know how to play with them as we have a great chemistry." Check out the full interview here.

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Why Chester Bennington Left Stone Temple Pilots

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington revealed in a new interview on Q104.3's Out Of The Box program the reason behind his decision to part ways with Stone Temple Pilots.

Bennington explained why he left the group, "I had so much fun. I actually still get to play with those guys every once in awhile. And I have a deep, deep love. And the only reason why I'm not doing it now is because my kids, they would cry every time I'd go on the road with STP.

"When I leave on tour with Linkin Park, they're, like, 'Okay, we'll see you when you get back,' and they understand what I'm doing. But when I would leave with STP, they would cry.

"And I started realizing, I think they thought I was choosing to do that over being at home with them, because I would be done with Linkin Park and coming home. And so, it was just too hard on my family.

"So I basically was, like, 'You know what? I've gotta stop being selfish here, and when I'm not doing Linkin Park, I've just gotta be home with my babies." Check out the full interview here.

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Foo Fighters Counting Down To Big Announcement?

(Radio.com) Foo Fighters are having fun teasing fans with their travel-themed reveals lately, and they're not stopping at tour dates. The band appears to be getting ready for a big announcement on Friday, February 24th.

The "In-Flight Entertainment" section of their website allows visitors to choose a seat on "Obelisk Airlines" before taking them to a TV screen exactly like one found in the back of an airplane headrest.

In the screen, a timer counts down to Friday. What, exactly, the band plans on revealing remains a mystery. The Foos also posted another scrambled addition to their 2017 tour dates on their website, which looks like an old-fashioned Departures Board. While every other date unscrambles, the one at the top remains a mystery because it's still "Pending." Read more here.

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Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Undergoes Multiple Surgeries

Slaves frontman Jonny Craig revealed to fans that he is covering from multiple back surgeries which has forced the group to postpone their planned concerts in Texas and New York City.

Craig took to Facebook to break the news to fans where he posted several photos from his hospital bed along with this message, "Over the past few weeks I had been experiencing severe back pain.

"After consulting with the doctor it was clear that surgery was necessary. In this time, I have undergone three back surgeries. I'm beginning post surgery recovery and will have to remain hospitalized for the present time to properly heal from these surgeries and get back to full health before I can perform.

"It hurts me so much to postpone these shows, but I hope you understand this is something I need to do for my health. I am going to work to ensure that these rescheduled shows are extra special. Once I know my recovery timeline, I will get these shows rescheduled and announced as soon as possible. All tickets will remain valid and will be honored at the rescheduled shows." See the full post, including photos, here.

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Incubus Reveal Inspiration For 'Nimble Bastard' Lyrics

Incubus frontman Brandon addressed the real meaning behind the lyrics to their new single "Nimble Bastard" after some agenda driven people misinterpreted it.

Boyd tells Radio.com, "In the lyric for 'Nimble Bastard,' I'm in praise of someone. I've known a handful of people in my life who've come into the most horrific circumstances whether it's physical injury or psychological or failure and they'll be as low as you could possibly be and you're like, 'Dude, this guy's done.'

"And then somehow they pop back up and shake it off and then are more strong and resilient as a result. That is this nimble bastard that I'm in praise of." He added that a political statement was "not what I had in mind when I wrote the lyrics" .

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Metallica Ask Fans To Pick Opening Act For Upcoming Shows

Metallica have announced that they are letting their fans vote for the opening band for their upcoming three night stand in Mexico City on March 1st, 3rd and 5th.

The thrash legend had this to say "We're having a blast hanging out with the best of the local music scene as we zig-zag across the globe, so just as we did with the recent run in Copenhagen and in some of our favorite Latin American countries in the Fall of last year, we're asking you to choose who you want to see take the stage first in Mexico City.

"As you may know, our friend and musical icon Iggy Pop will be joining us there, but there's plenty of room for one more act!" The band has opening voting for ten local bands that fans will pick to open the shows. The poll will close on Friday (Feb 24th) and the winner will be announced next Monday. Read more here.

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Allman Brothers Band Stars Play Butch Trucks' Funeral

(Radio.com) It was a talent rich crowd that gathered to honor the memory of late Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks. At a private memorial service at the Cox Capitol Theatre in Macon, GA, musicians, and speakers came together to pay tribute to Trucks.

Trucks' son, Vaylor, who was also his bandmate in The Freight Train Band, hosted the ceremony. Allman Brothers Band guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks (Butch's nephew), bassist Oteil Burbridge, percussionist Mark Quinones and drummer Jaimoe, along with photographer and archivist Kirk West, booking agent Jonny Podell, tour manager Willie Perkins, Trucks' goddaughter Kendall Deflin, Dana Dowd, daughter of producer and engineer Tom Dowd and several Trucks family members like his wife Melinda, daughters Elise and Melody and son Seth also spoke. Closing remarks were given by Jaimoe, reports Relix.

The musicians played in different ensembles and collaborations, but it kicked off with the biggest reunion of Allman Brothers members since the band's final shows in 2014, as Haynes, Trucks, Burbridge, Jaimoe and Quiñones came together for 'Statesboro Blues," and 'Ain't Wasting Time No More." Read more here.

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Def Leppard Top Charts With New Release

(hennemusic) Def Leppard's newly-released concert DVD, "And There Will Be A Next Time - Live From Detroit", has debuted at No. 1 on the US video charts.

The set topples The Beatles' "Eight Days A Week" from the Billboard Music Video Sales chart while also claiming No. 1 spots in Canada and France, and Top 10 showings in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Spain and Portugal.

"Thank you to all of our fans around the world for supporting our latest DVD release," says the band. "And There Will Be A Next Time.." captures the veteran UK band in concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on last summer's tour of North America. Read more here.

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Ghost Changes Band Lineup Ahead Of Tour?

(Gibson) Several rock and metal websites have been reporting that in a recent interview, Ghost's leader Papa Emeritus led fans to believe that not only will the band's upcoming European tour feature a new line-up, but also that the line-up maybe have changed multiple times over the last few years and no one would have known.

Musician Tobias Forge (though his persona is the frontman Papa Emeritus, he's believed to dress up as one of the band's Nameless Ghouls and answers all interviews himself). Speaking to Metal Wani, Forge said, "From a practical point of view, you're interested in, on the one hand, preserving the sound, or the elements that make up the sound, and you still wanna progress.

"I think one of the secrets behind our preserving ability is the fact that we don't necessarily have to have the same six people in the room to make that sound, which helps."

He went on to add, "performing Ghost and recording Ghost has never really been the same thing. So that we can preserve our sound; we don't have to rely on… if some people come and go, which is good." Read more here.

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At The Drive-In Release New Song, Confirm Album and Tour

(Radio.com) At The Drive-In announced, "In-Ter A-li-a," their first album in 17 years on Wednesday (February 22nd) and shared the effort's first single, "Incurably Innocent."

The album will be released on May 5th and the new song focuses on sexual abuse and about being able to find the words to speak about the experience, according to vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala.

At The Drive In are also gearing up to head out on the road for a North American and European tour. They will kick things off in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 17th and wrap them up in Reading, UK on August 27th with plenty of breaks in between. Ticket information is available at At The Drive In's website.

Check out the full tracklist and tour dates, and stream "Incurably Innocent" here.

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Korn and Shinedown Lead Seether's Rise Above Fest Lineup

Seether have announced the details for the fifth annual Rise Above Fest, which has been expanded to two days and will feature headline sets from Korn and Shinedown.

This year's event will be taking place once again at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine and is scheduled to happen on Saturday, July 22nd and Sunday, July 23rd

In addition to Friday headliners Korn and Saturday's top set from Shinedown, the festival also include performances from Seether, Stone Sour, Skillet, Falling in Reverse, Halestorm, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah, and All That Remains, and more. Read more here.

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Everclear Announce So Much For The Afterglow 20th Anniversary Tour

Everclear have announced that they will be embarking on a tour this spring which will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their popular album "So Much For The Afterglow."

The trek will feature the band playing the album in its entirety and is scheduled to kick off on May 11th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Or and will conclude on June 29th at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, Ca.

Frontman Art Alexakis had this to say, "It's hard to believe we made this record 20 years ago. Even though I'm in a different place now than the guy who first wrote and sang these songs, and even though faces, voices, and relationships change, the songs still feel relevant and vital every time we play them live.

"I can't wait to play the whole record for the first time with the guys in Everclear now. It's going to be awesome!" See the dates for the road trip here.

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Davey Suicide Release Too Many Freaks Video

Davey Suicide have released a new music video for the track "Too Many Freaks (Featuring Twiztid)," which is song that will be featured on their forthcoming album.

The new album will be entitled "Made From Fire" and was coproduced by keyboardist Needlz and Charles Kallaghan Massabo. It is set to hit stores on March 24th.

They boldly proclaim in the announcement, "We're erecting a new kingdom of torching wrath, industrial destruction, passionate melodies, tons of charisma and a tough attitude culminating one conclusion: If there's one Rock band out there the world really needs right now, it's Davey Suicide." Watch the video here.

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Alive in Barcelona, Silent Theory and The Broken Thumbs Tour

Alive in Barcelona have announced that they will hitting the road in late April to launch the Road to Rock into Spring Tour that will also feature Silent Theory and The Broken Thumbs.

The brief tour is set to begin on April 26th in Garden City, Idaho and will be centered around the Rock into Spring festival that will taking place in Las Vegas on April 28th - 30th. The trek will conclude on May 3rd in Portland, OR.

Alive In Barcelona's Jesse Barton had this to say, "We are very excited to be hitting the road with our friends in Silent Theory and The Broken Thumbs for both this tour and Rock Into Spring. Both are great bands from our home scene and both put on INSANE performances. We are also looking forward to showcasing some new songs and playing them live for the first time!" here.

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Vampire Stream New Song 'Ghoul Wind'

Vampire are giving fans a small bite from their forthcoming sophomore album with the release of an online stream of a new song called "Ghoul Wind".

The song comes from the group's new album, which will be entitled "With Primeval Force" and is set to be released on April 21st as limited deluxe CD Digipak (unfolding to cross shape) and deluxe LP (with Gatefold sleeve, 180 g vinyl and 12-page LP-booklet).

We were sent this blurb "Vampire's way to combine Swedish death metal darkness with the invincible force of Teutonic thrash metal and the nightmarish rapture of Scandinavian black metal is unrivalled. Lugubrious beauty, inscrutable dread and abysmal terrors blended to a concoction most secret and forbidden." Check out the new song here.

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The Sonics Announce New Lineup and Tour Dates

Garage rock icons The Sonics have announced their new lineup and revealed their plans to launch a North American tour this spring. We were sent the following details:

The Sonics recently entered unveiling a retooled band lineup that teams original member Rob Lind (saxophone and harmonica) and longtime Sonics Freddie Dennis (bass and vocals) and Dusty Watson (drums) with a pair of new additions, guitarist Evan Foster (of Tacoma's own Boss Martians) and keyboardist Jake Cavaliere (a member of L.A. garage-psych upstarts the Lords of Altamont).

Founding members Gerry Roslie and Larry Parypa have chosen to step back from the rigors of touring, but remain a part of the Sonics family, and plan on continuing to contribute to the Sonics' future recordings. here.

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Singled Out: Karma Club's Timelines

Alternative rockers Karma Club are gearing up to release their Bruno Ellingham (Massive Attack) produced EP "Smile, It's Good For You" in March. We asked them to tell us about the lead single "Timelines". Here is the story:

The main Guitar riff in Timelines is what the song started out as, only it was originally a Piano riff that Tom wrote. We loved how it sounded and we knew we wanted to write a song around it, but it was an incredibly hard riff to play on Guitar! After two weeks of intense practicing and making the switch from Piano to Guitar, we were finally ready to write the rest of music around it that would result in 'Timelines'.

Tom's lyrics in this song are about being independent and not relying so much on others. While friends and partners are great, they can let you down sometimes and the only person that can truly decide on your happiness is yourself; this is essentially the message of 'Timelines'.

Writing 'Timelines' felt like a bit of a landmark for us, as it was the first song we wrote where we messed around with the formula and went for a more complex musical structure, and didn't follow the more traditional 'verse, chorus, verse, chorus, middle - 8, chorus' route that we had used before. We were really happy with the outcome and we feel proud to have it out as our debut single!

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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