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Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019 - by Paulie Walnuts

Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s happening in rock and roll today:

 

Bad Wolves are looking for a new song to cover, following the band’s massive breakout success last year with its rendition of the 1993 Cranberries classic “Zombie.” Originally scheduled to feature a guest appearance from late Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan, the single launched shortly after her death in January of 2018 and went on to top the rock radio chart and sell a million copies.

Bad Wolves have been working on their sophomore LP and are now apparently seeking fan input on a potential new cover song. The band wrote on Twitter, “We’re really close to wrapping up the record and we cant wait to drop new tunes on you guys! Here’s the question, (if) we did another cover song what would you guys want to hear?”

“Zombie” surfaced on Bad Wolves’ debut LP, Disobey, which came out in May 2018 and has also yielded the follow-up single “Hear Me Now”, featuring Diamante, which reached Number Two on the rock chart.

Guitarist Doc Coyle recently spoke to Australia’s Loud about the musical direction of the band’s second album, which is due out before the end of the year. Coyle explained, “It’s diverse. There’s stuff that’s probably heavier, as or more heavy than the last record . . . And then there’s some really catchy, kind of more mainstream stuff to cover that end of it, and a lot of stuff in the middle.”

Three Days Grace has shared a music video for the song “Right Left Wrong,” the opening cut and latest single from the Canadian act’s sixth studio album, Outsider.

The tune begins with an eerie female voice saying “I don’t know what you mean,” and drummer Neil Sanderson told us how that came to be part of the track: ”We were actually just kind of like singing it into my iPhone, but I kept hitting Siri by accident, and Siri kept saying, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’ We were like, ‘Wow, that’s, like, poetically cool.’ But we don’t want to get sued by Apple. So we had — there was a German girl who was an assistant on the album, and so at the very end of recording the album, we said, ‘Hey, can you just go on the microphone and say in a really delicate voice, “I don’t know what you mean.”‘ And so she did that, and it sounded amazing, and so we just put it in the album, we just kept it.”

“Right Left Wrong” recently extended Three Days Grace’s record-setting run of Number One songs on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart to 15, pushing the quartet ahead of runners-up Shinedown and Van Halen, both of whom have 13.

Three Days Grace is currently opening for Disturbed in Europe and will return home to North America for a tour with Breaking Benjamin that will begin in late July.

Slipknot‘s business manager has fired back at Chris Fehn over the percussionist’s claim that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring and recording with the group.

Last month, Fehn sued Slipknot singer Corey Taylor and percussionist Shawn Crahan, as well as the business manager, Robert Shore, and six companies linked to the group, claiming that Shore worked to “enrich” Taylor and Crahan “out of proportion to the efforts and undivided interests of the other general partners.” Slipknot responded by announcing that Fehn had been fired.

In a new affidavit submitted as part of an effort to have Fehn’s lawsuit dismissed, Shore wrote, “Fehn performed with Slipknot and received a fee for doing so. He is not a shareholder, owner or member of any business entity he names as a defendant in this action.” Shore described Crahan and Taylor as “founding members,” although Fehn has been with the band since 1998 and participated in all its albums.

Slipknot said in its statement dismissing Fehn, “Chris knows why he is no longer a part of Slipknot. We are disappointed that he chose to point fingers and manufacture claims, rather than doing what was necessary to continue to be a part of Slipknot.”

Slipknot’s new studio album is due out on August 9th.

Ozzy Osbourne‘s son Jack says that his father is “doing really well,” less than a month after health struggles forced the Black Sabbath singer to cancel all live appearances through the end of the year.

Jack was asked for an update on Ozzy’s health status during an appearance on The Jenny McCarthy Show and replied, “He’s doing really well. He’s good. He’s getting back on his feet, so he’s good.”

In early April, Ozzy postponed all his 2019 tour dates, both in North America and Europe, as he recovered from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries from his 2003 ATV accident that required new surgery.

In a separate interview with People, Jack said about his father, “He’s doing good. He’s back to being his cynical old self, (which) is always a good sign. When he’s complaining about mundane things, you know he’s good. Yeah, he’s back to normal.”

Most of the 2019 shows on what is being billed as Ozzy’s last full world tour will be rescheduled beginning in February 2020. Fans are being asked to hold onto their original tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

ToolBlink-182 and Slipknot will headline the 2019 edition of the Aftershock Festival, set to take place from October 11th through the 13th at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California. Also scheduled to appear are StaindHalestormSum 41Rob ZombieBring Me The HorizonMarilyn MansonStone Temple PilotsKornChevelleI Prevail, Beartooth, Highly Suspect, Badflower and more.

Tool drummer Danny Carey told us a while back his favorite time of day to perform at a festival: ”I like going on when it’s light out and then as it gets dark, you know, ’cause then it’s really neat. It’s kind of like your set sort of goes through a metamorphosis or something. It’s just, playing from the twilight, you know, kind of into the darkness works really well for the show, I always thought. It’s kind of a good vibe. It’s a beautiful time of day.”

VIP and general admission tickets, as well as hotel packages, for Aftershock will be available beginning on Friday (April 26th) at 12:00 p.m. PT.

Meanwhile, the Exit 111 festival will make its debut on the same October weekend at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee, with a lineup that includes Guns N’ RosesGhostDeftonesDef LeppardSeether, Alter Bridge, Skillet, Nothing More, From Ashes To New, Mastodon, Slayer, New Years Day and many others.

Tickets for Exit 111 go on sale Thursday (April 25th) at 12:00 p.m. ET. Festival promoters have teamed with Seether frontman Shaun Morgan‘s Rise Above charity to donate $1.00 from every ticket sold to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). These funds will assist in the charity’s life-saving suicide awareness efforts.

Man oh man, there’s a LOT of birthdays today! Happy Birthday to Alter Bridge bassist Brian Marshall, Breaking Benjamin guitarist Jasen Rauch, Godsmack drummer Shannon Larkin, Parkway Drive axeman Luke Kilpatrick and Sleeping With Sirens vocalist Kellin Quinn! That’s a lot of rock!