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Day in Rock Report for 12/30/2018


Tool's Maynard James Keenan Called Rape Claim 'Despicable False' 2018 In Review

Tool's Maynard James Keenan Called Rape Claim 'Despicable False' was a top 18 story of June 2018: Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan has spoke out against a rape allegation that were made against him earlier this week by an anonymous Twitter user.

Said user recently created a new account on the social media platform under the handle of Iwas17HeWas36 to accuse the acclaimed musician of allegedly raping her following a Perfect Circle and Nine Inch Nail concert back in 2000 but did not disclose the city.

Keenan strongly denied the anonymous claims after some media outlets decided to run with stories of the allegations, despite their unverifiable nature. He called out the reports as "clickbait" and called the allegation "despicable false".

He tweeted, "Many thanks to those of you who saw right through this despicable false claim that only does damage to the #metoo movement. And shame on those of you who perpetuate this destructive clickbait. As for my delayed but un-required response, I had my phone off. You should try it."

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Van Halen Classic Gets Unusual Makeover 2018 In Review

Van Halen Classic Gets Unusual Makeover was a top 18 story of June 2018: Van Halen's classic 1984 hit "Panama" has been giving an unusual "hillbillyfied" makeover courtesy of Steve 'N' Seagulls, who are streaming their version of the track.

The song will be featured on the group's forthcoming third album "Grainsville", which is set to be released on August 31st. The band has this to say, "We started working on this '80s dmasterpiece almost a year ago in the Finnish countryside.

"It was one of the first songs we looked at for our upcoming third album. When Hiltunen and Herman started to bang out those iconic riffs with the accordion and the banjo, it immediately sounded right. Some nice booty shakin' flavours were then added in the studio, and now here it is. This is an ode to the Finnish summer heat and all the old Toyotas still rollin' down the streets..." Check it out here.

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Iron Maiden Sued By Obscure Early Former Singer 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden Sued By Obscure Early Former Singer was a top 18 story of June 2018: Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden are being sued by a little known former singer Dennis Willcock for allegedly stealing the lyrics to some of their classic early songs.

According to The Sun, Willcock - who fronted the band between 1976 and 1978 - claims to have written lyrics to songs that appeared on the band's self-titled 1980 debut, including "Prowler", "Charlotte The Harlot", "Phantom Of The Opera" and "Iron Maiden", as well as the 1981 "Killers" track "Prodigal Son", while musician Terry Wilson-Slesser says he co-wrote lyrics to a 1974 song called "A Rainbow's Gold" that the veteran metal outfit used for "Hallowed Be Thy Name" from 1982's "The Number Of The Beast."

All of the songs are credited to Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris, except for guitarist Dave Murray's "Charlotte The Harlot." Harris and Murray and their publishing company Imagem are named as defendants in the suit, which sees the Willcock and Wilson-Slesser seeking damages in excess of 2 million (approximately $2.64 million).

Willcock claims he never knew his lyrics were used because he never listened to Iron Maiden's albums in the almost 40 years after he exited the lineup. An Iron Maiden spokesperson tells The Sun: "This is outrageous. Absolutely ridiculous." Read more here.

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Stone Temple Pilots Star Accused Of Domestic Abuse In Divorce 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Stone Temple Pilots Star Accused Of Domestic Abuse In Divorce was a top 18 story of June 2018: The wife of Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean DeLeo has filed for divorce while alleging years of abuse by the rocker. Jenn is reportedly seeking custody of their daughter as well as child/spousal support in the divorce proceedings.

TMZ reports Jenn DeLeo filed for divorce a couple weeks ago, just days after she claims he made violent threats to her, admitted he was cheating and told her to get out of the house - in front of their 6-year-old daughter.

In court documents, Jenn alleges Dean's behavior started in 2012, shortly after they were married and she gave birth to their daughter; she claims his substance abuse led first to an incident involving the newborn nearly drowning when the guitarist took her into the ocean "while he was completely inebriated", before outlining a pattern of physical assaults and threats in the years since.

"I want to give a shout out to anyone who's in a domestic violence situation!," Jenn DeLeo tweeted on June 23. "It's not your fault for staying so long. Please find the strength to leave. Once you do it's beautiful. Sending love", with a follow-up note that read: "I was in one with #DeanDeleo for the past 8 years!!!" Read more including her tweets here.

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Guns N' Roses Stream Unreleased Version Of November Rain 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses Stream Unreleased Version Of November Rain was a top 18 story of June 2018: Guns N' Roses are streaming a previously-unreleased 1986 recording of "November Rain" ahead of its inclusion in the June 29 release of multiple expanded reissues of their 1987 album debut, "Appetite For Destruction."

The tune is one of two versions of the song - alongside an acoustic take - captured during the band's 1986 sessions at Sound City studios; ""November Rain" would surface years later as the third single from 1991's "Use Your Illusion I", peaking at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a mainstay at live shows.

The "Appetite For Destruction" reissues will be offered in various packages, including a 4CD/7LP box set, a 4CD/1Blu-ray Super Deluxe Edition, a 2CD Deluxe Edition also available as 2LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and a single CD version featuring the remastered album.

"Appetite For Destruction" launched Guns N' Roses from the Los Angeles club scene to international fame while delivering three US Top 10 singles: "Welcome To The Jungle", "Paradise City" and their first and only US No. 1 hit, "Sweet Child o' Mine." Stream the song here.

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Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Died In His Sleep 2018 In Review

(hennemusic) Pantera Legend Vinnie Paul Died In His Sleep was a top 18 story of June 2018: Pantera and Hellyeah drummer and cofounder Vinnie Paul died June 22 in Las Vegas, NV at the age of 54. The drummer's family confirmed to TMZ Paul died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home,

They further reported that the medical examiner will determine a cause of death, after which he'll be flown back to his home state of Texas to be buried between his mother and brother, guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

Initial news of the rocker's death was announced via his personal and Pantera's Facebook pages. "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," read the statement. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time. The family requests you please respect their privacy during this time."


Paul and his brother cofounded Pantera in Arlington, TX in 1981. The group's 1983 debut, "Metal Magic", and three follow-up records were issued on their own independent label before the 1990 release of the major-label debut, "Cowboys From Hell." Read more
here.

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Metallica's Kirk Hammett Looks Back On Controversial Move 2018 In Review

Metallica's Kirk Hammett Looks Back On Controversial Move was a top 18 story of June 2018: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett recently looked back at the band's controversial move to not include guitar solos on their 2003 studio album "St. Anger".

He told Metal Hammer, "I guess it was appropriate for the time, but looking back, it doesn't seem so appropriate to me now!

"I will always object to that, but I think the message was driven home after that album, that solos are needed in Metallica! People look forward to hearing them. So for me there was a weird vindication."

Hammett also commented on the current state of the instrument following the bankruptcy of iconic guitar makers Gibson. "I don't know what the f*** it is, but people seem to be seeing the guitar in a different light and passing them up for f***ing samplers and whatnot. Maybe it's a sign of the times.

"Like all instruments, there's a time when it goes out of fashion. "In the early 80s, the guitar wasn't as popular as it became again in the mid-80s, so we'll see what happens as far as enthusiasm is concerned with the actual act of making music with a guitar.

"It's sad news to me, but I hope Gibson prevail. They have in the past."

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Ozzy Osbourne Struggling With Some Classic Song Parts 2018 In Review

Ozzy Osbourne Struggling With Some Classic Song Parts was a top 18 story of June 2018: Ozzy Osbourne has began the initial appearances that will be part of his lengthy farewell tour and he admitted to Metal Hammer that he has found it hard to sing some of his classic songs.

The former Black Sabbath frontman received the publication's Golden God Award this year and he made the admission why reflecting on a past recipient, late Motorhead leader Lemmy Kilmister.

He said, "I've got to the point where I struggle to hit the notes on that, 'The line in the window is a crack in the sky' line in No More Tears. My vocal coach told me, 'Let the mic do the work.' I don't wanna blow my voice out. I'm not a singer like Lemmy. Lemmy was a hell of a singer man, he was something else."

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Journey Star Humbled By Longevity Of Don't Stop Believin' 2018 In Review

Journey Star Humbled By Longevity Of Don't Stop Believin' was a top 18 story of June 2018: Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain says that he is humbled by the longevity of the band's song "Don't Stop Believin'" a track from the group's 1981 album "Escape" which became the most downloaded song of the 20th century, long after its initial release.

Cain co-wrote the song and upon its original release hit No 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went on to sell a million copies on vinyl but it was the dawn the internet age where the song hit the stratosphere becoming the biggest selling digital song from the 20th century.

Jonathan was asked about the longevity of the track during an interview with Q103 in New York and he said, "It's humbling. There's a responsibility to representing our class in a good light. The kids look up to you. You become a role model. Anybody that has a dream, I'm proof that it's possible.

"Anything's possible, if you can dream it, you can do it. You dream about writing a song about that, and because we dreamed, we were blessed with that honor. It's no accident when you reach for the stars, you're about to get something pretty good."

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Bullet For My Valentine Member Asked To Join Ghost 2018 In Review

Bullet For My Valentine Member Asked To Join Ghost was a top 18 story of June 2018: Bullet For My Valentine drummer Jason Bowld revealed in a recent interview that around the same time he joined the band, he was also approached to becoming one of the nameless ghouls of Ghost.

Bowld replaced founding member Michael "Moose" Thomas in 2016, first as a touring member of the group, before becoming the permanent replacement in 2017. He tells AltPress that around the time that he took the gig, he was offered a spot in Ghost.

"At the end of 2016, I got asked to join another band, which I didn't want to do- a band called Ghost. It just didn't feel right," he said. That promoted frontman Matt Tuck to joke, "Sorry, Jase, I think you dropped that name there!"

Jason found his musical home instead with BFMV. He explained, "Matt called me at the end of 2015. A week turned into a month, a month turned into three months and here I am. It feels like a natural progression. Sh*t happens in bands all the time, and you just have to move on with it. I'm the new drummer and loving it, quite frankly."

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NOFX Claim All U.S. Shows Canceled Over Controversial Remarks 2018 In Review

NOFX Claim All U.S. Shows Canceled Over Controversial Remarks was a top 18 story of June 2018: NOFX star Fat Mike claims that the band "has effectively been banned in" the U.S. following the outrage over remarks that he and Eric Melvin made about the victims of the 2017 country music festival shooting in 2017.

They quickly apologized after they faced backlash when the comments made headlines. Now Fat Mike says that the backlash has extended to their concert bookings, with all of their U.S. shows being canceled.

He shared the following comments, "F*** it! I'm not supposed to talk about it, but because of the comments we made in Las Vegas, every NOFX show has been cancelled in the US.

"We did not drop off the shows, we were told that NOFX is not welcome to play any big venue in the United States. No joke! NOFX has effectively been banned in our own country. This is not our choice, but it is our reality.

"We are very sorry to our fans, especially the ones in Austin. For now, we are playing in Europe, Mexico and Canada. The Punk In Drublic festival is still happening in Europe and other continents. I'm trying my best to bring it back to the US but a lot of people don't want it to happen.

"It f***in' sucks! We made a mistake, we apologised, and we gotta suffer the consequences. Maybe it ain't fair, but whoever said life was? We are just very thankful that our fans are being so supportive. Thanks to all of you."

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System Of A Down May Never Make Another Album Says Daron 2018 In Review

System Of A Down May Never Make Another Album Says Daron was a top 18 story of June 2018: Daron Malakian revealed that he did delay the second Scars of Broadway album because of his hope that System of a Down would need the songs for a new album that does not appear to be happening.

He was asked about the Scars album delay during an interview with Revolver and expressed his doubt about SOAD recording a new album. He said, System still plays live, and there was always this talk of maybe we'll do something, maybe we won't do something.

"So I was like, 'Maybe I should save these songs.' That's the biggest reason why I took so long to release these songs. There was this constant chatter amongst ourselves of maybe doing an album together. But enough time has passed that I don't want to wait anymore. It feels really good to let these songs loose. Honestly, almost anything that I write works for either band. What you're hearing [in the music] is my writing style. Anything that I write usually comes with those flavors.


He was then asked if that means he believes that there will never be another System of a Down album and he responded, "I couldn't say ever, but as of right now, it's not looking like we're doing something together soon. I can't close the book on it and say it's done forever. We still play live. We're all still friends. All my band members posted 'Lives' on their own Facebooks and Instagrams, so we're all very supportive of each other.

"It's more a combination of where each person is at a different point in their life, and each person wants to do a different thing. There are some creative differences as well on what direction each one of us wants to take the next System album, if that ever happens. Which is fine. I'm not sitting here upset or anything.

"The only thing I'm a little frustrated with was waiting for that to maybe happen or not happen. Too much time has passed by since I've released anything with Scars or System. But it's never too late."

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Dream Theater Fans Are In For A Treat With New Album Says Band 2018 In Review

Dream Theater Fans Are In For A Treat With New Album Says Band was a top 18 story of June 2018: Dream Theater have released a new video update that revealed the acclaimed band is in a recording studio working on music for the follow up to their 2016 album "The Astonishing".

Frontman James LaBrie says in the clip, "John and I are here at the studio. We've been here for one week, and it is going sensational. Everybody is in the one room, and we're all interacting with one another, and I've gotta tell you, if the first week is any indication of where this album is going, you're in for a treat... there's a heaviness to it, there's an aggression to it."

Guitarist John Petrucci added, "I think everyone's on the same page with the type of record this is gonna be. I mean, so far the music is heavy, it's progressive, it's melodic, it's shredding, and it's also epic. So it has all those elements, which... they are the five pillars of Dream Theater, if you wanna call it that. We just called it that; there you go." Watch the video here.

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Iommi Endorses Special Black Sabbath Reunion Idea 2018 In Review

Iommi Endorses Special Black Sabbath Reunion Idea was a top 18 story of June 2018: Ozzy has already said he would love to do it and you can now count Tony Iommi in for a very special hometown Black Sabbath reunion for the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The frontman was asked recently if he would like to play the opening ceremony of the event which will take place in his hometown of Birmingham in the summer of 2022 and he responded, "Yeah, that would be fantastic. With Black Sabbath or on my own."

His former Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi has now endorsed the idea. The guitarist told Birmingham Live, "I think that it would be a great thing to do to help represent Birmingham. I'm up for it! Let's see what happens!"

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Corey Taylor Really Opening Up On Next Album 2018 In Review

Corey Taylor Really Opening Up On Next Album was a top 18 story of June 2018: Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor has shared some more details about the music for the band's forthcoming sixth studio album. The singer was asked about what is different with the new material from their past music.

He told Loudwire, "Well, it's been a heavy couple of years for me personally. So I'm working out some things, personally for myself, which has been great. I've been able to grab ahold of some of the depression that I've been fighting and formulate the way that I want to describe it. So some of these lyrics are, to me, some of the best I've ever written. It's probably the most I've shared in years.

"Hearing some of the guys in Slipknot read and react to some of the lyrics that I've been writing has been fantastic. I know Clown was like, just blown away by how open and raw it all felt. It felt like the old days. It felt like the beginning when it was just - we were the wound and the fans were the scabs. Trying to get it to heal and we were all trying to heal together. That's what this kind of feels like.

"It's been great watching the process and getting involved with the process, finally. Hearing the music that Clown and Jim and Jay and Alex and everybody else in the band has been really working on, and being able to listen to it with fresh ears and come at it from different standpoints has been really fulfilling. It's been really, really good."

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Dave Grohl Plays A Joke On Fans At Foo Fighters Concert 2018 In Review

Dave Grohl Plays A Joke On Fans At Foo Fighters Concert was a top 18 story of June 2018: The Foo Fighters returned to the same venue where Dave Grohl famously broke his leg back in 2015 and the frontman marked the return by playing a joke on audience members.

Grohl broke he leg in a stage fall early in the band's performance at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg in June of 2015. While he played the remainder of the show, he was forced to use a throne for live appearances that followed.

Three years later, the band played the same stadium and decided to have some fun with fans. As the band prepared to start their set at the Swedish venue, they sent out a stuntman doubling as Grohl who took a fall into the pit in front of the stage. The band shared video of the prank via Facebook. Watch it here.

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New Guns N' Roses Or New Nirvana Needed Says Tremonti 2018 In Review

New Guns N' Roses Or New Nirvana Needed Says Tremonti was a top 18 story of June 2018: Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti, Creed) has mixed feelings about the future of rock when asked if he is confident or concerned for the future of rock and metal, and believes the scene needs a new group the likes of Guns N' Roses or Nirvana to shake things up.

Tremonti is no stranger to multi-platinum success and he was asked the question about rock's future during an interview promoting the new Tremonti album and tour by Metal Wani.

He said he was both "confident or concerned" about the future of rock and metal and explained, ". I think that digital age has really created an over-saturation of information. It's hard to make a splash out there, it's hard to get noticed at all. Back in the day, if you got the record deal and you hit the radio, everybody knew about you. Nowadays you have a million and two bands putting clips on YouTube.

"Nowadays, I go to YouTube to see new bands and whatnot, and I don't know who has a record deal, I don't know who doesn't have a record deal, I don't know who deserves it. By the time you've listened to a three-minute song, it's too late to figure that out. Good side of things is that people are getting better and better at their instruments, and more creative. I think it's just harder to find them these days.

"I think the world needs a new band, a new rock band that comes out and shakes things up. They need a new Guns N' Roses or a new Nirvana - something that comes and shakes things up."

In the follow-up he was asked if he feels responsibility to carry on the torch? and he responded, "I think we're doing our best to create music that we're passionate about, but I think we're a long way off of being that big figure that pushes rock and metal to the next generations. I think that one thing we're missing with both my bands [Alter Bridge and solo band Tremonti where he's the frontman] is that larger-than-life personality kind of thing that comes along with some of these huge bands.

"There's no Mick Jagger... Myles [Kennedy] is an excellent frontman, but we don't get the media push like a lot of these massive bands that really become those Guns N' Roses and Nirvana of the world that really changed the scene and created new excitement for genres.

"I think we kind of stayed under the radar when it comes to the public eye. You don't go to the haircut to the local buzzclips and tell them what band you're in. Like, 'My kids love your band! I love your band!' If you said you were Metallica, people would faint. We're still kind of under the radar to outside of the rock world."

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Jack White Given Key To The City Of Cincinnati 2018 In Review

Jack White Given Key To The City Of Cincinnati was a top 18 story of June 2018: Jack White was presented with the Key to the City of Cincinnati by mayor John Cranley in June as the rocker visited to headline the third day of the Bunbury Music Festival. We were sent the following details:

The presentation took place at the King Records building and Mayor Cranley recognized White for performing at the festival and for his efforts to honor the King Records legacy.

Joined by King Records legends Otis Williams, Philip Paul, and Bootsy Collins, Mayor Cranley presented Mr. White with a Key to the City highlighting his advocacy for music preservation, and more specifically his support of King Records.

"Jack White has been an unfailing supporter of King Records," said Mayor John Cranley. "Jack has actually covered Little Willie John's song, "I'm Shakin'," which on the original recording our own Philip Paul played the drums, and he recently wore a King Records shirt in a cover story for Q Magazine."

The City of Cincinnati recently acquired the former King Records studio building saving it from demolition, and is working with Evanston neighborhood president Ms. Anzora Adkins and the King Records Nonprofit Steering Committee to stabilize and revitalize the building. The group is made up of leaders of the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation, King Studios and the Bootsy Collins Foundation. Given the tremendous and truly unique music, business and civil rights history which took place at the building, leaders have declared the location sacred.

Members of the King Nonprofit Steering Committee were on hand to see Mr. White presented with the Key to the City, as well as Cincinnati Public School Board Member Mike Moroski.

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