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Day in Rock Report for 03/12/2023

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band announced on Saturday (March 11th) that they have been forced to cancel their concert in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania on Sunday night due to illness.

The band broke the news to fans with the following social media post, "Due to illness, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's concert at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday March 12 has been postponed. (continue)

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Wolfgang Van Halen confirmed in a new interview that he has almost completed work on the second Mammoth WVH album that will once again feature him playing all of the instruments.

The new record will be the follow-up to the project's 2021 self-titled debut. Wolfgang gave an update on the progress on the new record during an in-depth interview with Total Guitar.

When asked about the sophomore album, he responded, "Yeah, I've almost finished it! Some people try to turn me playing everything into a negative thing, which surprises me! It's like they think I won't let other people play on it or something like that. But really this is what Mammoth is and always has been - it's my artistic expression. (continue)

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Mike Shinoda has ruled out the idea of Linkin Park performing with a hologram of their late vocalist Chester Bennington, an idea that Mike finds "creepy".

Shinoda made the comments during an interview with 94.5 The Buzz about his new solo track, "In My Head", which is featured in the new movie in the horror movie franchise, "Scream". (continue)

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Wallingford Connecticut rockers Joetown have shared their cover of the AC/DC classic, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'N' Roll)", along with a video featuring footage taken from last year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New Haven CT and the Wallingford Connecticut 350th Anniversary Parade.

Here is the official announcement about the cover: Bagpipes & Rock'n'Roll. If not for the venerable Bon Scott & AC/DC these two things would have remained mutually exclusive. But, for Joetown, it served as inspiration for the style and sound of the band to which they are so proud. Joe gave some insight, "Kerry Gollarney (Guitarist and Bagpiper) is a secret weapon! When those pipes come out the crowd goes f'n mental, it's like a war cry!". The new single is a remade version of the Bon Scott era AC/DC classic "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)" and is complete with video of the band rolling through the city streets in major civic events such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade. "The video just happened to work out since we have been doing so many public events, I figured, let's do it like the original AC/DC video they did through the streets of Melbourne. The song and the video are a way to honor how much the song and lyrics have been an inspiration - they are our musical heroes and I think we capture the spirit of what it is all about." (continue)

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Artillery shared the tragic news via social media that their former drummer Josua Madsen, had died at the age of 45. A Denmark publication, SN.dk, reported that he was hit by a bus.

The band shared the following post on their social media accounts, "Dear friends, fans, and family. Today we awoke to the tragic news of the passing of our dear friend and bandmate Josua. (continue)

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Skid Row have been tapped to support KISS at six shows on the upcoming European leg of their End Of The Road Farewell Tour this summer. They supported KISS on their 2000 farewell tour.

The shows featuring support from Skid run from June 12th through July 2nd and will include the stops in Amsterdam, Brussels, Lyon, Tuscany, Mannheim, and Cologne. (continue)

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Imaad Wasif's (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ACID/The Folk Implosion) has released an animated video for his new single, "Mr. Fear, So Long (Money Mark Rework)", which is available as a three-song EP via Sonic Ritual.

"In the studio, it was like watching Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein," says IMAAD WASIF about the brilliant reworking of "So Long, Mr. Fear" that celebrated producer and artist MONEY MARK presented him with. Comparing the track to the classic 1974 Mel Brooks film isn't so farfetched, as the new interpretation that he stitched together doesn't render it so much as a "remix" per se as much as a whole new beautiful beast. "Mark just hooked pure electricity into '... Mr. Fear' and re-animated the song in a totally new way, some kind of alien funk with its dark vision intact. It's danceable as f***." (continue)

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Luke Laird, Lori McKenna, And Barry Dean have announced that the next volume of The Songwriter Tapes, Vol. 2, will be released on March 17th via CN Records and they have shared a track "Girl Crush" from the project.

Here is the official announcement: A simple idea that started as a group text thread between songwriters Luke Laird, Lori McKenna, and Barry Dean has recently blossomed into an all-new collection of their works, together and apart. On March 17th, the second of three volumes of Laird, McKenna, and Dean's The Songwriter Tapes will be released by CN Records. Each volume includes brand new recordings of three songs that even part-time country music fans will be familiar with, if not already fans of, and one tune that has yet to see the light of day. Choosing the four songs for each of the songwriters to sing was a collaborative process. And while it may have been difficult to narrow it down to 12 tracks after more than 65 collective years in country music, the result is a timeless anthology of career-defining songs from as far back as 2004 and as recent as 2020. (continue)

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