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Day in Rock Report for 04/24/2017

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The Cult Announce Historic Show With The Who

The Cult announced the exciting news that they will be sharing the stage with The Who for one of show of the legendary rock band's very first visit to South America.

According to The Cult, they will be taking the stage with The Who for a concert that will be taking place on September 21st at the Allianz Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Frontman Ian Astbury had this to say, "We're excited to join The Who on this momentous occasion of their first trip to South America and to revisit with our fans in Brazil."

It is difficult to believe that The Who never performed in South America during their 50+ year career. Their manager Bill Curbishley said in an interview with the BBC earlier this year that they were making plans for the historic trek. Read more here.

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Of Mice & Men Release First Song Without Austin Carlile

Of Mice & Men have released a new music video for a track called "Unbreakable", which is the group's first music release without former frontman Austin Carlile.

Carlile announced his departure from the group last December due to his battle with the genetic disorder Marfan Syndrome. The new track features bassist Aaron Pauley taking over lead vocals.

The band premiered the new track during an appearance on Daniel P. Carter's Radio 1 Rock Show and the group took the stage for the first time in their new incarnation at the at the first annual Las Rageous Festival in Downtown Las Vegas this past Friday (April 21st). Watch the new video here.

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Ivan Moody Addresses Reports He's Quitting Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody has released a lengthy statement addressing reports that he is planning to leave the band to focus on a new supergroup project.

Moody announced a new supergroup called Villain (featuring Meegs from Coal Chamber and Gemini Syndrome's Brian Steele Medina) during a radio interview last week and said during the chat "To be completely honest with you, Death Punch and I have kind of come to a crossroads, and we're very proud of what we've done, I mean, years and years and years and years of work. But it's time for us to kind of take our way and go do something else."

Some outlets mistook those comments to imply that Moody was leaving Five Finger Death Punch but he took to the band's official website last Friday (April 21) to shoot down those reports. He wrote, ""It's no secret that this has been a tough year for me and for my bandmates in Five Finger Death Punch. When you put everything you have into making music, both on and off the stage, it can be very frustrating when the music you work so hard to create is not allowed to see the light of day. I know we share this frustration with our fans too, who have come to expect new music from us - fans who mean everything to us. It is true that Five Finger Death Punch has come to a crossroads - and that crossroads is we're all at a place where we will never again let someone or something hold us back from making music for our fans. " Read more here.

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Depeche Mode To Celebrate Making History With Free Intimate Show

Depeche Mode have revealed that they have made history and are playing a special intimate show to celebrate. They announced that they will become the first band to ever play a four show run at the iconic Hollywood Bowl.

The band has added a fourth concert at the venue on October 18th following "overwhelming demand" for the first three announced shows which will be taking place on the 12th, 14th and 16th.

They have also revealed that they will be playing a very special intimate show in Los Angeles this Wednesday, April 26th to celebrate making history. They are offering fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to the special event here.

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Pantera's Rex Brown Streams First Song From New Album

Former Pantera and Down bassist Rex Brown is streaming a new track called "Crossing Lines". The song comes from his forthcoming solo album "Smoke On This" which is set to be released on July 28th.

The new single can be streamed here. Brown had the following to say about the new studio effort, "My motto these days is 'Shake some sh*t up. I've had my ups and downs, like anybody in this business. I wanted to feel like a true artist again, where I can write and record songs without worrying about any of the bullsh*t."

He also explained the musical direction of the new album. "We're not going to necessarily cater to metal fans, but the guys who grew up with Pantera, a lot of them love all the same stuff that I grew up on, too.

"This is just something else I'm doing for fun, man. And musical Freedom. Fun has to come into it or I'm not going to do it. I've had a tremendous career and now I feel like I'm thirty years old again. This has given me that freedom I needed. "I've got so much more in me. I'm just getting my feet wet." See the tracklisting here.

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Styx Stream New Song and Announce Concept Album

Styx are streaming their new song "Gone Gone Gone". The track is the first single from their forthcoming album "The Mission" which is set to be released on June 16th.

"Gone Gone Gone" can be streamed here. The new record will be the group's first studio release in 14 years and they confirmed that it will be a concept album.

Tommy Shaw co-wrote the album's storyline with Will Evankovich (Shaw/Blades, The Guess Who) and had this to say, "The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn't be prouder. It's our boldest, most emblematic album since Pieces Of Eight."

Guitarist James "JY" Young adds, "In the 40th anniversary year of our release of our biggest selling album of all time, Grand Illusion, it just seemed truly appropriate to save our new studio album until this year. Needless to say, I'm very excited." See the track details here.

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Evergreen Terrace Confirm Reunion With Original Members

Evergreen Terrace announced via social media this weekend that their new lineup includes the return of two original members: Andrew Carey and Christopher Brown.

The band revealed late last year that singer Andrew Carey, who left the group in 2015, had reunited with them and on Saturday they announced that drummer Christopher Brown had returned. He had left the group in 2005.

They wrote on Facebook, "Not only is Andrew back on vocals, but our original drummer, Christopher Brown, will be joining the lineup. We are trying to talk him down on the whole light my drums on fire thing."

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STS9 Announce Special 20th Anniversary Shows

STS9 have announced that they will begin the celebration of their 20th anniversary with a three-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO featuring special performance and guests.

The genre bending band will kick things on September 8th with the very first full performance of their 2005 album "Artifact" and conclude with a special Axe The Cables acoustic set during their September 10th show.

They had this to say, "We are so excited and truly honored to play Red Rocks to kick off the celebration of STS9's first 20 years. Red Rocks is a very special place to us and one of the most incredible stages on the planet." Read more here.

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Beatles Warned They'd Lose Their Fans With Sgt Pepper

(Gibson) The Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" is being re-released this May for its 50th anniversary in a variety of new packages, including a much-heralded new stereo mix.

Paul McCartney points out in new interview that the landmark album wasn't universally well-received on its original 1967 release. As McCartney recalls, there was no shortage of people who thought the band had messed up with the ambitious album.

"We were always being told, 'You're gonna lose all your fans with this one,'" said McCartney. "And we'd say, 'Well, we'll lose some but we'll gain some. We've gotta advance.'"

McCartney singles out The Times review, penned by critic Richard Goldstein, who argued, "The sound is a pastiche of dissonance and lushness. The mood is mellow, even nostalgic. But, like the cover, the over-all effect is busy, hip and cluttered. Like an over-attended child Sgt. Pepper is spoiled." Read more here.

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Danzig Streams New Song 'Devil On Hwy 9'

Danzig has released an online stream of a new track called "Devil On Hwy 9". The song comes from his forthcoming album "Black Laden Crown", which is set to be released on May 26th.

The Misfits icon has announced that he will be celebrating the new album release by launching his brand new Blackest of the Black music festival which will be taking place in Silverado, Ca on May 26th and 27th.

The inaugural event is set to feature performance from Suicidal Tendencies, Ministry and Atreyu and will include the Castle Danzig attraction. Stream the new song here.

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Emmure Offshoot Lakeshore Announce Their First Live Dates

Emmure offshoot Lakeshore have announced that they will be playing their very first "official" shows when they hit the road this summer as part of the Warped Tour.

They have announced that they will joining the annual summer festival tour for various stops across New England including shows in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

The new band features Emmure's Ben and Joe Lionetti along with singer Shawn Adams, bassist Chris Segovia and lead guitarist Mitch LoBuglio. They will be releasing their debut EP, entitled "41" on July 7th. See the Warped dates here.

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Iron Maiden Celebrate Tour Kick Off With Online Stream Of Intro Video

Iron Maiden celebrated the kick off of the 2017 dates of their The Book Of Souls Tour this weekend by sharing the trek's brand new intro video online.

The legendary metal band hit the road for the European leg of the tour on Saturday night (April 22nd) with a show in Antwerp, Belgium at the Sportpalais.

The Euro portion of the tour will finish up on May 27th and 28th at the O2 Arena in London before the band head across the pond to launch their North American leg. Watch the new intro video here.

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Purson Announce Break Up and Release Farewell Single

Purson's Rosalie Cunningham has revealed that the group has now officially disbanded but not before releasing a "Farewell" single entitled "Chocolate Money".

Cunningham had this to say about the demise of the group, "The past five years have been an unforgettable whirlwind, for which I have to thank our wonderful fans around the world, the band and all the people who have contributed to Purson's success over the years.

"Their support has been overwhelming, but the Purson framework has gone as far as it could go, and now it's simply time to move on. I feel strongly drawn to a more DIY approach to my career in music, and look forward to the freedom to explore many avenues as a solo artist."

Their final song is now streaming via Spotify and features guest appearances from Jon Seagroatt (Comus) and Vodun frontwoman Chantelle Brown. Listen to it here.

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Fire From The Gods Release 'The Voiceless' Video

Fire From The Gods has released a new music video for their track "The Voiceless". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Narrative Retold" which is set to hit stores on May 19th.

The new clip was directed by Ramon Boutviseth and the song was produced by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. Fire From The Gods vocalist AJ Channer had this to say about the song: "The Voiceless is referring to the callousness of society.

"This generation is exposed to so many shocking and graphic events. No one seems to bat an eye. There is no compassion or care for one's fellow man. Violence towards each other is a normal occurrence factored into our lives these days.

"Speaking up about it is nothing new, but it needs to be said. Yes, the world will keep spinning, and life does go on, but we need to slow down and smell the f***ing roses once in a while." Watch the video here.

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Maximo Park Return With 'Risk To Exist' Album

Maximo Park have released their brand new studio album, "Risk To Exist", which was co-produced by the band and Tom Schick (Wilco, Beck, White Denim) and following their 2014 effort "Too Much Information".

The UK band's frontman Paul Smith had this to say about the new record: "The album is, ultimately, about empathy. Some songs are simple messages of solidarity and others are fueled by anger at the elitist, established order of British society.

"There's a questioning of power throughout and a feeling that there must be a different way of structuring our society in order to alleviate inequality. Musically, the songs reflect more soulful and groove-based influences, allowing more space in the arrangements than ever before. The central idea is to align great pop melodies with songs that reflect the state of the nation."

Watch the video for their single "Get High (No, I Don't)" here.

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The Flatliners Release 'Hang My Head' Video

The Flatliners have released a new music video for their track "Hang My Head". The song comes from the Canadian punk group's brand new album "Inviting Light"

The new video is comprised of photographs captured by photographer Amanda Fotes during a live performance, according to the announcement. Frontman Chris Cresswell had this to say about the new album:

"Inviting Light is about trying to keep up with life around you but also wading through the potential bullsh-- of people thinking that a digital landscape is more important than their friends.

"It's inevitable that you're fighting for people's attention now, whether you're a band or an individual, and there's not as much value placed on face-to-face human interaction as there is in elevating the profile." Watch the video here.

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Papa Roach Streaming New Song 'American Dreams'

Papa Roach are streaming a new track entitled "American Dreams". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Crooked Teeth", which is set to be released on May 19th.

The new studio effort was produced by Nicholas 'RAS' Furlong and Colin Brittain and frontman Jacoby Shaddix has previously shared: "The first time we met up with RAS and Colin, they said that 2000's Infest was on constant rotation when they were growing up and they wanted to bring back some of that fire."

Furlong explained his approach to the new effort, "The whole idea was to take the classic elements of Papa Roach that everyone loved and revamp them into a modern version of the sound through the creative process - and we ended up with a bold, courageous and more adventurous version of Papa Roach." Listen to the new song here.

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Singled Out: Alien Knife Fight's Flightplan

Monique Ortiz of the indie rock duo Alien Knife Fight today shares the moving story behind their recently released new single "Flightplan" with us. Here is the story:

As far back as I can remember I've always felt very isolated and alone, even when around others. When I was a kid (elementary school age) I had a few friends but always felt like an outsider. I was that chubby, dorky kid with glasses and bad hair that tried a little too hard to be cool and always failed (think a female version of Napoleon Dynamite). I was a latch-key kid, meaning that my parents were always working when I got home from school, so I'd get off the school bus, walk home alone, let myself into the house with my key, and make myself a can of soup on the stove. You could say my folks were the polar opposite of "helicopter parents". They taught me at a very early age how to do things on my own, keep myself busy when I'm alone, and look out for myself because they both worked so much. I would often get on a dirt bike or 3-wheeler and go riding in the woods alone, until they came home, sometimes well into the night. We really didn't spend much time together. Typically, we'd have dinner, my mother would be pissed off about something that happened at work (at the factory), and my dad would just kind of eat and put up with it. As soon as we were done, I'd go up to my room and either draw, paint, or play my bass (I was in my early teens at this point).

I'll never know for sure if it's genetic, but depression runs rampant on my mother's side of the family. I have more memories of her being miserable than happy. During much of my teen years my parents were preoccupied with my brother's drug addiction. Ronnie, who I often called "brotherguy", was my half brother, born 11 years earlier during my mom's first marriage. He pretty much took care of me when I was a baby. He was badly abused by his biological father and I suspect this contributed greatly to his drug problems. He was addicted to cocaine by the time I was 15. I have a half sister, 12 years older, who I didn't really get to know until my teens. She also developed drug problems. My sister and I were never close. I grew up feeling like an only child. During my high school years Ron's drug addiction really got ugly. There were times when I'd wake up to the sound of things crashing against the wall (his bedroom was next to mine). I'd hear him shouting at people who weren't there. I'd jump out of bed and knock on my parents door, scared and confused, saying "I think something's wrong with Ronnie." Read more right here!

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