Introducing the ZRock’n Round-Up – our news update from ’round the web. As Hurricane Florence approaches the US, Tremonti shuffles dates, Avenged Sevenfold announces a new EP, and Michael Schenker shares his thoughts on farewell tours. Rock on and stay safe!
Tremonti are having to make alternate tour arrangements on a couple of fronts. With Hurricane Florence set to hit the East Coast, the Tremonti show opening for Seether at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. tomorrow night (Sept. 13) has been canceled. Meanwhile, their headline show the following night (Sept. 14) in Greensboro, N.C. has been rescheduled for Oct. 13. In addition, Tremonti drummer Garrett Whitlock has taken a leave of absence for undisclosed personal reasons. Ryan Bennett will be sitting in with the band starting in Philadelphia on Sept. 15. Read more at Livewire.com
According to Kerrang!, AVENGED SEVENFOLD will release a new EP containing all four songs the band has written and recorded for the “Call Of Duty: Black Ops” franchise. Frontman M. Shadows told the U.K. magazine about the decision to make the tracks available on a separate EP: “We just felt these songs needed a place to live, instead of being scattered all over streaming services. We will also be releasing ‘Jade Helm’, which is the multiplayer score we did for ‘Black Ops 3’. Until now, that has only been available on YouTube and in the game.” The EP will include a new AVENGED SEVENFOLD song which was recently teased in a leaked trailer for the “Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4” video game. M. Shadows stated about the track: “The song is dark and brooding. We wanted to capture a difference feeling than a straight-ahead ‘zombie killer’ track. These songs are good places for us to experiment with our sound. I would put this in the category of ‘dark alternative.'” Asked how the new song came about and whether it was written with “Call Of Duty” in mind or if it was a leftover cut from “The Stage” sessions, M. Shadows said: “I did a Twitter takeover where a fan asked me about doing music for ‘Black Ops 3’. The team at (games developing company) Treyarch saw it and asked us to participate. I went into the studio and saw what they were working on. We only had a month to get them a finished product, because of our European tour. We wrote what we felt would be a departure for not only us, but Treyarch as well.” A video “using game footage” will be released “to present the song,” according to the singer, with more details to be revealed soon. Read more at Blabbermouth.net
Michael Schenker has ruled out any possibility of playing with UFO on their farewell tour. Frontman Phil Mogg – the band’s only ever-present member – announced his decision to retire from UFO earlier this year and will bow out following a 50th anniversary tour in 2019. Many fans would like to see former members make guest appearances during the dates in the UK and Ireland, but the guitarist won’t be one of them and he’s explained exactly why he won’t take part – not even at the all-star jam on the final night of the tour at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 4th. He tells Classic Rock, “Bands like UFO and the Scorpions are trying to fool the audience, and I’m not a part of that world. It’s becoming a trend to make a big deal about playing last shows, and those bands do it because they can’t get anywhere in a normal way. Read More at EddieTrunk.com
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