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Day in Rock Report for 01/17/2017


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Guns N' Roses Mom Releasing 'Tell All' Book

(New Rock Times) 'Sweet Child Of Mine: How I Lost My Son to Guns N' Roses' was penned by Deanna Adler, the mother of classic-era Guns N 'Roses drummer Steven Adler and it will be released on January 24 via Monarch Publishing.

In the book Deanna peels the lid back on life from her perspective as her son descended into drug addiction whilst one of the five foundation stones of the greatest rock n' roll band in history.

Deanna gives an honest look at the pain and suffering caused by the abuse, which became self-destructive. A gripping display of the dangers of drug addiction overcome by the persistence of a mother's love

The book promises to take readers on a rollercoaster of emotions from the highs of being a key member of Guns N' Roses to the lows of legal battles, financial ruin, two heart attacks, multiple suicide attempts, a debilitating stroke, and numerous stints in rehab.

Steven Adler has not rejoined his old band mates for their partial reunion tour although he has been invited to make guest appearances. He rejoined the band on November 5, 2016 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina to perform one song: "My Michelle". The previous night, Adler played "Out Ta Get Me" with the group at the same venue. Read more here.

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Skid Row Making New Album, Confirm New Singer

Skid Row's Rachel Bolan told fans at a recent concert that they have officially hired ZP Theart as their official singer and they plan to soon begin recording a new album with the vocalist.

The band recruited the former DragonForce singer at the end of 2015 to replace Tony Harnell (TNT), who was in the band briefly following the departure of longtime frontman Johnny Solinger.

Footage from a recent concert in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has surfaced online where Bolan made the following comments to fans, "I wanna make this announcement finally formal. He's been with us for a year, our new lead singer, ZP Theart.

"We're going in the studio soon to make a new record. We love this guy. He just lives too far away. We've gotta get him to move to the States, but that's coming down the road." Watch the clip here.

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Metallica Release Videos For Live Debut Of Two New Songs

(hennemusic) Metallica have released official live footage of the debut performances of the "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" tracks, "Halo On Fire" and "Now That We're Dead", from a show at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea on January 11.

The two new tracks that made their first appearance in the band's live set during their first show of 2017. "'Halo On Fire', there's a juxtaposition in all of us, good, evil, and when does that come out, when does it show itself?," explained James Hetfield to the band's fan-club magazine So What! "Some people portray themselves as real saints, and the more their darkness is, the more they have to portray themselves as saints. So you're basically getting away from the real 'you,' like you're making up for all of this stuff that you think is really bad.

"I think also… what was that one show? 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'? I never saw it, but I saw some highlights of it where it was like, 'Oh, this guy is well accomplished and look at this guy.' And then he's got this basement of torture and horror all for his pleasure, and people were falling for it and wanting it. And then at the end of the day, they both bleed. It's not good for anybody." Watch that clip here and the "Now That We're Dead" here.

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Steely Dan Announce Las Vegas Residency

Fusion rock icons Steely Dan have announced that they will launching a Las Vegas residency called 'Reelin' In The Chips' this spring at The Venetian Las Vegas' The Opaline Theatre.

The special run of shows will include nine 'Reelin' In The Chips' concerts beginning on April 12th and wrapping up on the 29th with American Express presale beginning today, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. PT through Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. PT. General public tickets will be available on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will be backed by Jon Herington (guitar), Keith Carlock (drums), Freddie Washington (bass), Jim Beard (keyboards), a four-piece horn section and three backup vocalists, according to the announcement. See the dates here.

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Joey Jordison Reflects On Illness That Cost Him Slipknot Gig

(New Rock Times) Joey Jordison says he is stronger than he ever has been in his life having beaten acute transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord which damages nerve fibres.

In the space of three weeks the ex-Slipknot drummer, currently playing with Vimic and Sinsaenum, went from flu symptoms to being unable to walk and paralysis from the waist down.

But now Jordison says following extensive physical therapy and continued gym sessions he is in the best shape of his life. Speaking to Neomedia Group he said: "What happened was toward the end of my Slipknot touring cycle, I became very ill - like, very sick. And like I've said before, we all know when you have a cold, we all know when you have the flu, we all know these symptoms. I suffered from asthma when I was a kid.

"There was a pain and a weirdness that I'd never felt before. And next thing I know, my legs just started failing on me. And next thing I know, my playing was going downhill, and then next thing I know, I was unable to walk. And then next thing I know, I was paralysed from the waist down. It literally happened within the span of, like, three weeks. So I instantly, of course, checked myself into the hospital and went into intensive care.

"I had amazing, amazing doctors that really were working around the clock to find out what was wrong. It turned out to be the acute transverse myelitis condition. And from then, what I did is I spent some time in the hospital, like a couple of months and started working with therapists. And next thing after that, once I got discharged from the hospital, I went into intense physical therapy. And I still stay in it. Now, even though I'm fully recovered - I'm literally stronger than I've ever been in my life - I just still stay on that regiment, man." Read more here.

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Zakk Wylde Releases 'Lost Prayer' Music Video

Black Label Society frontman and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has released a new music video for the track "Lost Prayer", a song from his "Book of Shadows II" solo album.

The new clip was directed by Wylde's long-time collaborator Justin Reich and follows the promo clip for "Sleeping Dogs", which featured Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. Watch the new visual here.

Fans can catch Wylde on the road as part of this year's Experience Hendrix Tour as well as a handful of Zakk Sabbath shows this week surrounding the annual NAMM show in Southern California. See the dates here.

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Eisley Stream New Song Featuring Circa Survive Frontman

Eisley have released an online stream a new track called "Louder Than A Lion" which features guest vocals from Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green.

The song appears on the group's forthcoming album "I'm Only Dreaming" which is set to be released on February 17th and was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Balance & Composure, Lauryn Hill). Listen to it here.

Eisley's Sherri DuPree-Bemis had this to say about the new track,
"This song started out as a bit of a dark love song to my daughters. I struggle with sleep anxiety and it's been a dark spot in my life for years. I wrote it to them, wanting them to know they could always sleep tight because I'd always be awake, watching over them, keeping the darkness away. ('Because I'm louder than a lion, my hands wipe out the ghosts. I'm brighter than a diamond my light will shine the most').

"I realized that even if I can't sleep well, I can at least watch over my daughters as they rest peacefully; Even though being awake through the night alone can be very lonely and dark. Anthony Green wrote his own lyrics for his part, He sings, 'Lovely, let me be still tonight. Shadows circling, your eyes won't shut'. It fits so perfectly." Read more here.

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Sex Pistols Frontman John Lydon Releasing Limited Edition Book

Iconic Sex Pistols and Public Image LTD (PiL) frontman John Lydon has announced that he will be releasing a new limited edition book on March 31st, 2017.

The large format (370x290mm portrait) book will be entitled "Mr Rotten's Songbook" and 1000 copies will be published. Fans can now preorder the book here.

Lydon had this to say about the inspiration for the book "I've written many songs over the years and I've always wanted to combine it all in one picturesque way. When I write songs, I think in pictures so it's the most appropriate thing I could do and looking at all the images together led to Mr Rotten's Songbook." here.

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters' Jim Mouradian Has Fatal Heart Attack

Mark Pucci Media sent us the following sad news: Jim Mouradian, bassist for Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters since 2000, suffered a massive heart attack and passed away following the band's show on Saturday night, January 14, at The KATE in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

In addition to being a bassist who toured and recorded with Ronnie Earl for all those years, Mouradian was an internationally known luthier, who crafted basses for a number of legendary bassist, including Chris Squire of Yes.

Ronnie Earl's management posted the following statement yesterday on Facebook: " We are devastated to share the passing of our dear brother Jimmy Jim Mouradian of a massive heart attack last night following our show at The KATE." Read more here.

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Emmure Announce New Album 'Look At Yourself', Release Teaser Video

Emmure have released a new teaser video clip to promote the forthcoming release of their seventh studio album, which will be entitled "Look At Yourself."

The album is set to hit stores on March 3rd and will include the following tracks: "You Asked for It", "Shinjuku Masterlord," "Smokey," "Natural Born Killer," "Flag of the Beast," "Ice Man Confessions," "Russian Hotel," "Aftermath," "Call Me Ninib," "Major Key Alert," "Turtle in a Hare Machine," "Torch," "Derelict," and "Gucci Prison." Watch the teaser here.

The band will be hitting the road for a U.S. tour with After The Burial in support of the new album. The Carry The Flame Tour will be kicking off on February 22nd in Cleveland, OH at the Agora Ballroom. See the dates here.

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Danny Worsnop Releases 'Don't Overdrink It' Video

Asking Alexandria and We Are Harlot frontman Danny Worsnop has released a music video for this track "Don't Overdrink It". The song comes from his forthcoming solo album "The Long Road Home."

The album is set to hit stores on February 17th and the new clip was filmed with director Blake Judd at Jack Brown's Joint, which is said to be Danny's favorite burger bar and watering hole. Watch it here.

Worsnop has announced some special release events in his native UK to celebrate the new album including two exclusive, intimate in-store performances shortly before the album's launch, as well as a special headlining performance in London. See the details here.

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Arcade Fire's The Reflektor Tapes Live Getting Digital Release

Eagle Rock have announced that they will be releasing the Arcade Fire home video "The Reflektor Tapes And Live At Earls Court" on digital video on February 17th.

The digital release following the 2DVD and 2Blu-ray sets which are scheduled to hit stores on January 27th. Both are available for preorder here. We were sent the following synopsis for the new home video:

Directed by Kahlil Joseph (also known for directing Beyonce's "Lemonade" film), The Reflektor Tapes captures the band's artistic journey, from recording sessions in Jamaica and Montreal, to an impromptu gig at Carnival in Haiti - a country with which Arcade Fire have a long-standing and personal relationship - before joining them on tour with their renowned live show, playing to packed houses in London and Los Angeles and garnering rave reviews along the way. Read more here.

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Crowbar and Superjoint Lead IX Lives For The Sick Lineup

The lineup details for the upcoming IX Lives IX Lives For The Sick Benefit festival have been revealed. The event will raise money for Eyehategod frontman Mike IX Williams who is recovering from a liver transplant.

The special benefit event will be spread over three dates (Feb 3rd, 4th and 5th) in Williams' hometown of New Orleans at the local music venues Siberia and Poor Boys.

The lineup for the first night is lead by Crowbar and Goatwhore. The second night will be spearheaded by sets from Eyehategod and Superjoint with the final night featuring Suplecs and Pallbearers. See the full lineup here.

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Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss Lead She Rocks Album Lineup

Lita Ford, Orianthi, Nita Strauss are among some of leading women of rock featured on the new compilation "She Rocks, Vol. 1" which is being released by Steve Vai's Favored Nations.

The album is set to be released digitally this Friday, January 20th, and coincides with the "She Rocks Awards" the same day in Anaheim, CA during the annual NAMM Convention.

A physical release of the album will follow on February 4th. The compilation was produced by former Guitar World editor Brad Tolinski and executive produced by Vai. See the tracklisting here.

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Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and Korn's Head Going To Rock Camp

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington and Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch will be taking part in the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp which will be taking place on April 6-9th in Los Angeles.

Chester had the following to say, "I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and jamming at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp. I'm excited for the opportunity to share my music and passion with other musicians and fans of what I do."

The organization's founder and creator David Fishof had these comments, "We're thrilled to have Chester and Brian join this year's camp. These are world-class musicians from two of rock music's biggest and most influential bands. The knowledge, stories and experience they'll be sharing with camp-goers makes this year's event truly special." Read more here.

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As Lions Stream New Song 'Bury Me Dead'

As Lions have released a stream of their new track "Bury My Dead" via a new lyric video. The song comes from the group's debut album "Selfish Age," which is set to be released this Friday, January 20th.

Austin Dickinson had this to say about the new track, "Bury My Dead is a song about leaving your past behind you. It's very close to my chest because, in starting As Lions and beginning this new adventure, there were a lot of things that I had to leave behind, both as a musician and as a person. I think the same can be said for all people, in all walks of life.

"In our existence, the only constant is change and sometimes we have to say that final goodbye to the burdens that can no longer teach us or push us. That's one of the many ways in which we grow. I had so much fun writing this, and I truly hope you enjoy blasting it too!" Check out the song here.

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The Unlikely Candidates Announce New EP 'Bed of Lairs'

Another Century Records have announced that they will be releasing alt-rocker's The Unlikely Candidates new EP, entitled "Bed Of Lairs" on February 17, 2017.

Frontman Kyle Morris had this to say, "Bed Of Liars is the first time the band truly defined itself in sound. It also marks the departure from observations on humanity to introspections on being human.

"The messiness, contradictions, and compromises of love are unraveled between life's tangled sheets of grey, as the band's focus shifts from the head to the heart."

The EP features the previously released single "Ringer", which can be streamed here.

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Keane's Tom Chaplin Releases Solo Album And Launches Tour

Keane frontman Tom Chaplin has released his debut solo album "The Wave" and hit the road this past weekend for an intimate venue tour in support of the effort.

Chaplin had this to say about the new effort, "I wanted there to be no wall between the truth of my experiences and the listener. I felt that was the place to be. No holds barred. It is not a concept album but there is a narrative arc, from the depths of despair to a kind of resolution."

His solo tour continues tonight with a show at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC and the trek is scheduled to conclude on February 3rd in San Francisco at the Great American Music Hall. See the dates here.

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Mayhem Launching North American Tour This Week

Mayhem will be kicking off their North American 'De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas' headline tour this week which will feature support from Black Anvil and Inquisition.

The trek will feature Mayhem performing the entire 1994 album "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" in full, and will launch on Friday (Jan 20th) at Club Solda in Montreal and is set to conclude on February 19th at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.

The band recently self-released De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive on CD, LP, and DVD which was captured during the band's headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival last year that featured their very first live performance of the full "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" album. See the tour dates here.

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A Look Back At David Bowie's 'Low' 40 Years Later

(Radio.com) In January of 1977, David Bowie released Low, the first album in what would become known as "The Berlin Trilogy." Low wasn't a huge commercial hit, but has gone on to be one of his most celebrated and influential albums.

To mark the anniversary, Adam Wiener--the EVP/GM of CBS Local Digital Media and publisher of Radio.com--and Paul Witcover, a Brooklyn-based novelist whose most recent book is The Watchman of Eternity, got together for a lengthy conversation about the album. Below is an edited version of that discussion.

Paul Witcover: I was a freshman in college when Low came out. I played it non-stop, much to the annoyance of my father, who hated it. He berated Bowie's voice, comparing it to Anthony Newley's [an English actor, singer and songwriter], who I didn't know at the time, but now I realize that Bowie was influenced by him.

Adam Wiener: I was 11 years old in 6th grade and owned both [1974's] Diamond Dogs and [1974's] David Live, which I discovered thanks to my older brother. Around March of 1977, I took my allowance to the record store, and there was the display for Low. I was immediately drawn to it because Bowie had the same orange hair as he did on the David Live album and I assumed the music was going to be more of the same. At this point any other person might say 'Imagine my disappointment when I heard it… " but that's not what happened. It was like nothing I'd ever heard.

AW: To mark the end of grammar school that June, my teacher threw a party and asked people to bring in albums. Other boys brought in KISS, either Destroyer or Rock and Roll Over. When it was my turn I played 'Always Crashing In The Same Car." Well, I tried to, at least. Despite being a very short song, it didn't make it all the way through before they insisted I take it off so they could again play one of the KISS songs that we'd already heard ten times. The ironic part is none of them really understood that KISS probably wouldn't have existed without Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character.

PW: Prior to that point in my life I had been listening to prog rock bands, electronic acts like Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno's solo albums. My friends and I had talked about how incredible it would be to have Eno and Bowie collaborate. I heard about Low before it came out, and I knew that Eno was involved. But even then, the album was weirder than I had imagined it could be. I was used to weird soundscapes from these other groups. Low had them, too, but the mix is disjointed, fractured. However, the more you listen, you realize there is a pattern.

PW: After Bowie died, Eno was asked to describe something unique about Bowie that he hadn't yet discussed. He said he never met a singer who would prepare more for a vocal than David, trying countless intonations until he got the exact persona he wanted to convey. 'Be My Wife," complete with an accent on certain words, is a good example of that.

AW: I discovered Eno about a year after Low, when my uncle bought [1978's] Ambient 1: Music for Airports. It suddenly was very clear to me how many songs on Low came about, especially on side two. Eventually I went back and listened to Eno's Another Green World, which was released over a year before Low [in 1975]. For whatever reason these two albums are inextricably intertwined for me and I sort of consider them to be one album. Read more here.

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