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Day in Rock Report for 03/11/2023

Eric Clapton has announced that he is recruiting an all-star list of artists to take place in special tribute concerts to guitar legend Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 22nd and 23rd.

Clapton's social media shared these details: "Sandra Beck/The Jeff Beck Estate and Eric Clapton announce concerts by rock legend colleagues and friends to honor the memory and artistry of the late Jeff Beck. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Def Leppard has launched "Behind The World Tour", a new video feature documenting their 2023 global concert series with Motley Crue.

On the road in support of their 2022 album, "Diamond Star Halos", the UK rockers are giving fans an exclusive behind the scenes look at the trek as they stream the first two episodes in the series. (continue)

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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a pair of new lyric videos for their 2005 tune, "Rain Fall Down."

Now available in both English and Spanish language versions, the song was originally issued as the second single from "A Bigger Bang"; it was a Top 40 hit in the band's native UK, while the album topped the charts in several countries around the world. (continue)

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Painted Shield have released their new single and video "Blue Crystal" in celebration of their first live sold out performance that took place last night (March 10th) at The Clock-out Lounge in Seattle.

The band features Pearl Jam founding member Stone Gossard plays guitar alongside acclaimed studio musician Matt Chamberlain (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tori Amos, Pearl Jam), celebrated folk singer Mason Jennings and soul music innovator/keyboardist/vocalist Brittany Davis share lead vocals providing a unique harmony. (continue)

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Story Of The Year celebrated the release of their new sixth album, "Tear Me to Pieces" on Friday (March 10), by sharing a music video for the album's new single "Afterglow."

Frontman Dan Marsala had this to say about the track, "Afterglow is one of the most meaningful songs on the record for me. It's basically a letter to my kids. It's a song about how no matter how dark things might get, they will always be my light. They are the 'perfect afterglow. (continue)

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Nashville rockers Framing Hanley released today their new single 'Start A Fire' through Thermal Entertainment. Their first original piece of music since 2020's Envy album.

Of the new song, Kenneth Nixon comments: "This is a song about no longer hoping & wishing for a change but, instead DEMANDING a change - for what's right."

"Start A Fire" is produced by Andrew Baylis (Jelly Roll, Sleeping With Sirens) and a return to their more aggressive side. Stream the song here.

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Killing Joke have released their brand new single, "Full Spectrum Dominance", via Spinefarm, to celebrate their sold-out headline show at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 12th.

The epic "Full Spectrum Dominance" has been mixed by Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Pixies, Royal Blood) and is accompanied by a remix from Youth, artwork by longstanding designer Mike Coles, plus a lyric vide (continue)

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Pete Francis releases his new single "Can't Get On With It," a psychedelia-tinged meditation on the mental health struggles that dogged him throughout much of his adult life, from forthcoming album PTRN SKY!, out May 12 via Noble Steed Music.

The record is Francis' first full-length solo release since his 2019 departure from Dispatch, the alternative roots powerhouse he helped form in 1995. "'Can't Get On With It' is about feeling stuck in obsessive thoughts, and replaying painful conversations over and over again," shares Francis. "I'm working to free myself, and this song expresses my desire to change and find agency." (continue)

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Hard rock artist Intrepid Bloom has concluded the lead-up to his sophomore EP with a striking official visualizer for the title-track, "Missing Link". Blending surreal lyrics and imagery with a heavy, spaced-out song.

"Missing Link" expertly creates an immersive auditory experience, showcasing all of the brilliant elements brought together in the enigmatic artist's sophomore EP. "This hard rock EP has some psychedelic elements. Each song is a little different but they fit together in the end like a puzzle." - Intrepid Bloom (continue)

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The Luka State are thrilled to share their highly-anticipated sophomore album More Than This, out now via Thirty Tigers. A body of work that mixes influences spanning alt-rock, indie, punk and rock 'n' roll, the album is a state-of-the-nation address which explores issues including social inequality, mental health battles and addiction - all told from a very personal perspective. But amidst the turmoil, it's an album in which hope for a better future is a recurring motif.

Speaking on the follow-up to the band's critically-acclaimed debut LP, 2021's Fall In Fall Out, vocalist/guitarist Conrad Ellis says, "This album is a rebirth for us. Like every other band, we want to take over the world, but we want our message to be heard. No one out there must feel alone. There's a way through everything and we can do it together. We can take over the world together." (continue)

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Genre-bending pop/rock trio Waterparks have released "Brainwashed," the fifth single from their hotly-anticipated fifth full-length studio album Intellectual Property, out on Friday, April 14, 2023 via Fueled By Ramen.

The new song depicts the ups and downs of infatuation in a relationship, juxtaposed against a soundtrack of sunny guitar riffs and bouncy melodies. The effort underscores frontman Awsten Knight's candid, authentic lyricism that has amassed a highly-engaged, devoted following of fans across the globe. (continue)

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"I'll Be Seeing You" the first single of the upcoming EP by legendary skate punkers Jughead's Revenge has been released and will be followed by a music video later in the month.

Jughead's Revenge came out of the skate punk scene of Los Angeles in 1990 with their first full-length self released album before partnering with BYO Records in the US, and Do It! Records in Germany in 1992. (continue)

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Philadelphia rockers The Stone Eye have released a brand new single called "Not My Circus", along with a music video for the track that was directed and edited by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Burdick.

The song is the second single from the group's forthcoming album, "Fata Morgana", which will arrive on April 28th. Burdick had this to say about the track, "'Not My Circus' was conceived following a couple of unique events- firstly, seeing Ween live and experiencing them absolutely shred my face-off at the Met Theater in December of 2021, and my buddy Mike Matteson telling me that "You should write more songs in four with an easily identifiable rhythm. (continue)

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Indie rock pioneers The Van Pelt has released "Grid," the final pre-release single ahead of its long-awaited fourth studio full-length, 'Artisans & Merchants,' set for release on March 17 via Spartan Records in North America, La Castanya in Europe/World and Gringo in the UK.

The band's first studio recording in over 25 years, was recorded and mixed in Summer / Fall 2021 by Jeff Zeigler (The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile) at Uniform Recording in Philadelphia, PA, and features guest appearances by Nate Kinsella and Ted Leo among others. (continue)

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Employed To Serve have released the deluxe version of their current studio album Conquering. This updated version includes four new tracks: a heady mix of the new, the Remix, and the live, in addition to a fresh cover image.

The brand new recording is "Take Back Control," a typically full-on number produced and mixed by Lewis Johns, who worked with the band on the Conquering album itself; the Remix, meanwhile, is an inventive re-working of Conquering track "Sun Up To Sun Down," featuring New Zealand metal three-piece, Alien Weaponry; while the two live tracks were recorded last year on the European Gojira tour. (continue)

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Texan heavy rockers High Desert Queen have announced that they will return to Europe this spring with an extensive tour alongside desert rock veterans Fatso Jetson, including festival appearances across the continent.

After two successful trips to Europe so far, High Desert Queen embarks on their largest tour to date. Their "Smoke and Dust Tour" is highlighted by several large festivals like Desertfest London, Desertfest Berlin and Esbjerg Fuzztival, and will see them travel throughout the UK and all across Europe this spring. (continue)

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Brooklyn, NY (by way of Charleston, SC) indie rockers Whitehall have released "Pull" the latest single off their upcoming Enci Records label debut, 'Maizy' out May 5th on Enci Records.

According to the band, "Pull" represents a time when everyday stresses manifested into anxiety-driven dreams with a common theme of being torn between multiple directions. Sonically, the song hopes to achieve a sense of duality and indecision." (continue)

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Moon Fever have unveiled the video for their latest single "Nothing Left To Lose" ahead of a nationwide tour that kicks off this week in Charlotte, NC.

Seattle rockers, Moon Fever, have created a high-energy, rock and roll sound that is influenced by the great stadium bands of past generations - with a current, modern vibe. The active rock outfit consists of Triston Bracht (vocals), Mitch Micoley (guitar), Dave Orton (bass), and Troy Wageman (drums). Moon Fever is a band that seamlessly combines classic rock influence with screaming guitars and modern vocals that packs a dynamic punch. (continue)

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Southern roots rockers Robert Jon & The Wreck have released 'One Of A Kind,' their dynamic, multi-faceted new EP, out now on all digital platforms via Joe Bonamassa's Journeyman Records.

Featuring material produced by GRAMMY-Award winners Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, The Stones, John Mayer) and Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons), 'One Of A Kind' showcases Robert Jon & The Wreck's wide range and dynamic sound, from the instant rock & roll classic "Come At Me" and the captivating, Americana-infused "Who Can You Love," to the outstanding riff-driven roots rock track "Pain No More." The album was recorded at two legendary Studios. (continue)

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In celebration of 20 years of their unique sound of Progressive Thrash Metal, Paria, formerly of Black Market Activities / Metal Blade, has released the official music video for their newest single, "Venerate."

Featuring current footage mixed with the best footage from the early 2000s, collected from old friends and fans and digitized, "Venerate" showcases the band's incredible stage presence and high energy instrumentation. (continue)

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