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Day in Rock Report for 03/20/2023

(hennemusic) Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has issued his first public statement after allegedly being assaulted outside a Florida hotel on March 13.

The alleged incident took place the day after Def Leppard and Motley Crue performed at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino as part of their recently-launched world tour.

TMZ initially reported that Allen was smoking a cigarette outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach when 19-year-old suspect Max Hartley ran towards him at full speed, striking the rocker and knocking him backward and slamming his head on the ground. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Pink Floyd has launched a new video series in sync with the 50th anniversary of their 1973 album classic, "The Dark Side Of The Moon."

Entitled "50 Years In A Heartbeat: The Story Of The Dark Side Of The Moon", the first episode focuses on the recording and concepts behind the project, which was put together at London's EMI Studios ...which would be renamed Abbey Road Studios just a few years later. (continue)

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Kenny Chesney will be kicking off his I Go Back 2023 this Thursday and Essential Broadcast Media sent over this update on his preparations for the trek:

Nobody takes locking in a show as seriously as Kenny Chesney, who brought all of his teams together for a week of tweaking video and aligning light cues at the Steel Mill just north of Nashville. For the crew, band and tour staff, the final rehearsals brought all the teams together for the first time since wrapping Chesney's record-setting Here And Now 2022 Tour with two nights at Foxboro, Mass.'s Gillette Stadium last August. (continue)

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Ozzy Osbourne took to social media on Monday to share the details for the next episode of "Ozzy Speaks" on his SiriusXM channel Ozzy's Boneyard, which will air tomorrow, March 21st.

The legendary Black Sabbath frontman shared via his Facebook page, "Tomorrow, Tuesday (3/21), a brand new episode of "Ozzy Speaks" airs at 5pm ET / 2pm PT on SiriusXM Ozzy's Boneyard Ch. 38 (continue)

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The Ocean have released a music video for their new single, "Sea Of Reeds". The track comes from their forthcoming tenth studio album, "Holocene", which will arrive on May 19th.

Robin Staps shared the following about the song, "Like many Ocean lyrics, this song was inspired by the bible, the old testament tale of Exodus. God divided the waters of the Red Sea, the Sea of Reeds, so that the Israelites could flee from the Egyptians, and he clogged the wheels of their persecutors' chariots and then drowned them in the sea. (continue)

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Dazy has surprise-released a new EP, OTHERBODY, available now digitally and as a limited edition cassette via Lame-O Records. The exhilarating 20-minute collection is comprised of eight songs made during the same period as Dazy's acclaimed 2022 debut album, OUTOFBODY.

Recorded at home by Dazy mastermind James Goodson, and mixed/mastered by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab (Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies, Wild Pink), OTHERBODY continues Goodson's prolific streak that has now seen him release a whopping 45 songs in just two and a half years. (continue)

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Sumerian Comics announced today One Of Us Is The Killer, a brand new graphic novel inspired by the 2013 fifth studio album from mathcore band, The Dillinger Escape Plan and from Rock & Roll Hell creators, Sam Romesburg and Ben Roberts, visionary artist Greg Di Angilla (Rock & Roll Hell), and colorist Warnia Sahadewa (Doctor Who).

Speaking on todays' announcement, Dillinger Escape Plan founder and guitarist, Ben Weinman shares, "The 'One of Us Is the Killer' collaboration with Sumerian Records remains one of The D.E.P's most artistically ambitious achievements to this day. Seeing Ash Avildsen and the creative team at the newly founded Sumerian Comics, use this album as the influence for another equally ambitious artistic endeavor is amazing. I can't wait to hold one of these things in my hands, just like I did with the many comic books I enjoyed as a kid." (continue)

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The Offspring have announced their 2023 run - Let The Bad Times Roll Tour - with special guests Sum 41 and Simple Plan. Produced by Live Nation, the 24-city tour kicks off on August 1 at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, WA making stops across the U.S. in Irvine, Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa, St. Louis and more before wrapping up in Mansfield, MA at Xfinity Center on September 3

"One of the best things about being on tour is traveling the world playing to great audiences, and it's even better when you can do it with your friends - we had sold out International tours with Simple Plan and Sum 41, and we're excited that they'll be joining us this Summer in America. It's going to be great!" said Dexter Holland of The Offspring (continue)

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WINO: The Documentary, the story of Scott "Wino" Weinrich, one of heavy metal's most iconic underground figureheads and godfather of doom, will be released by New Terms Productions on May 13th digitally and on DVD.
"WINO: The Documentary" is the story of doom rock legend Scott 'Wino' Weinrich, known for his many influential bands such as The Obsessed, Saint Vitus, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand, Premonition 13, Wino Acoustic, Place of Skulls, Shrinebuilder, Probot, and more.

Dive into the outlaw life, epic career, and enduring influence of Wino, in this honest, raw, and often hilarious depiction of the man and his music. Woven together with heavier-than-hell live performances from his many legendary bands, the story is structured by the truth told in his own words, through interviews, road trips, tours, intimate behind the scenes, and the quest to pick up his 1964 Harley Davidson panhead chopper, Mr. Nasty. (continue)

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Liv Kristine presents the official video for the new single "In Your Blue Eyes." "In Your Blue Eyes" is the second single from Liv Kristine's upcoming studio album, River of Diamonds, which will be released on April 21st via Metalville Records. The catchy midtempo song impressively brings the extraordinary voice of the queen of Scandinavian gothic metal to the fore.

River of Diamonds, the sixth solo album by the queen of Scandinavian gothic metal, continues on the path set by the EP Have Courage Dear Heart ( 2021), which received great international acclaim. (continue)

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UK-based metal band Far From Refuge has recently released their latest single, "Satellite", which delves into the themes of a dystopian existence and individuality. The band shared their creative process and the influences that shaped the sound and direction of the song, revealing that it draws inspiration from nu-metal bands such as Korn, Linkin Park and Drowning Pool.

"The original concept formed from an idea we had to create a chorus of voices, with an experimental vibe", the band said. "This led to the song starting with a creepy robotic voice, which in turn led to the addition of industrial synth work." Lyrically, "Satellite" reflects on a dystopian existence, where "our lives are infected and manipulated by a parasitical governing cadre. We, as its subjects, never fully know what its intents are, yet have no choice in the matter." (continue)

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Ghosts of Sunset have returned with our latest fix of melodic hard rock - Breathe. The band's duo of singer-songwriters John Merchant (former Dutch Henry frontman) and multi-instrumentalist Todd Long (previously with the Verve Pipe) had last drawn attention to themselves in 2020 with their debut EP, Headed West, and 2022 follow-up LP, No Saints in the City.

Ghosts of Sunset not only pays homage to the 1980s hair metal scene they grew up on (Quiet Riot, Ratt, Motley Crue, Warrant, Faster Pussycat, GNR, etc.), but for music fans whose tastes run deep, Breathe touches upon post-punk aggression, melodic rock choruses and a quirky Cheap Trick spin on top of it all. From the lead-off track, "Afterthought," to the straight rocker "Move Along," and pop rocker "Gettin' Over You" they cover it all on their latest release. The album made the Top 100 Amazon list while lead- off track, "Afterthought," has been getting spins on rock radio. (continue)

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Global doom metal supergroup MMXX have announced their new EP 'The Next Wave' will be released via Candlelight on April 14th. Ahead of this the band have released their first single and video, "Alone", which features guest vocalist Mick Moss (Antimatter, Sleeping Pulse).

Born during the initial worldwide lockdown and incubated as the seasons passed, doom metal supergroup MMXX began as the sound of global isolation. Not unlike the pandemic itself, MMXX has long harboured an unseen chapter: 'The Next Wave'. (continue)

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Due to overwhelming demand and following a sold-out opening weekend, legendary rockers Tesla have added five additional shows to their highly-anticipated Tesla: The Las Vegas Residency at House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Celebrating their 36 years of entertaining rock audiences around the world, Tesla: The Las Vegas Residency will add five additional dates, beginning with Friday, Sept. 29, 2023 at 8:30 p.m. (continue)

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To celebrate and promote the forthcoming 'The Journey Continues' Tour this August & September, Big Big Train will be sharing videos of a couple of songs filmed on tour last year. The first of these is "The Florentine" which was recorded in September 2022 at The Boerderij in The Netherlands.

Alberto Bravin says: "I was very pleased when we agreed last year that "The Florentine" should be on the set list for our shows last September. After all, what could be better for an Italian than singing about Leonardo da Vinci?! "The Florentine" is a wonderful song to sing and a perfect example of David Longdon's songwriting genius. We're very fortunate to have the song as part of the Big Big Train catalogue. (continue)

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Distorted Reflection have announced that they have recruited Ross The Boss (Ross Friedman) of Manowar and The Dictators fame to guest on their debut album.

They shared, "We are really pleased and proud to announce that Ross Friedman will be the guest guitarist for the upcoming Distorted Reflection album! The legendary American metal guitarist will perform the solo for the sixth song 'Cassandra' and this will also be the third single and lyric video out of our debut album \m/ DOOM RULES ETERNALLY!!! (continue)

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Organizers have announced the full lineup for the Takedown Festival, independent alternative-rock and metal festival that will be returning after an 8 year hiatus on Saturday April 8th at Portsmouth Guildhall in Portsmouth, UK.

They shared: Moving from its Southampton University roots to the larger Portsmouth Guildhall, Takedown 2023 promises a full-day of the best alternative around with over 30 bands performing across five stages.

Topping the festival's stellar line-up are two impressive headliners: anonymous masked rock collective SLEEP TOKEN who will be delivering their *First Festival Appearance* of 2023, and, one of the most devastating and enthralling live bands on the planet, SKINDRED. (continue)

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This summer, 3 Doors Down celebrates its sophomore album, Away From The Sun, by hitting amphitheaters in major markets across the US for the Away From The Sun Anniversary Tour, produced by Live Nation.

The band will be playing all of the songs from the album throughout the performances, plus all of their biggest hits. Artist Presale and VIP Packages are available beginning March 21 at 10am local time. (continue)

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Melbourne hard rockers Torrential Thrill have released a music video for their new track "Breathe". The song is the second single from their forthcoming album, "State Of Disaster", which will be released on April 1st.

Black-Roos Entertainment sent over these details: "State Of Disaster" is Torrential Thrills' most prolific and ambitious album yet. With 11 tracks and over an hour of new music, the album has been in the works for just over 5 years. Work initially began with pre-production and guitar / vocal tracking with Mitch 'O Shea followed by many other locations for tracking including Basin Studio's in Mt Buller with Matt D'arcy, Coloursound Studio in Altona with Matt Robins and Monolith Studios with Chris Themelco. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band have rescheduled multiple shows on their current North American tour following a recent series of postponements due to an undisclosed illness.

The situation forced the group to postpone a Thursday, March 9 show at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH; a Sunday, March 12 date at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT; and, a Tuesday, March 14 appearance at the MVP Arena in Albany, NY. (continue)

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Daryl Hall, the modern-day renaissance man and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has announced a headline show at London Eventim Apollo on Sunday 9th July 2023.

In addition to this headline show, Daryl Hall is also set to support Billy Joel at American Express presents BST Hyde Park on Friday 7 July. This is a rare opportunity for fans to see two of the most iconic and influential figures in rock music in one incredible evening. Both performances promise to be a must-see event for fans, showcasing Hall's legendary vocals, dynamic stage presence, and impressive musical repertoire. (continue)

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(hennemusic) John Mellencamp will donate an archived collection of his life and work to Indiana University. The collection will include items related to his iconic artistry, social activism and philanthropy, and it holds original creative works, photographs, instruments and other significant memorabilia.

IU President Pamela Whitten announced the news at the Mellencamp Symposium held recently on the IU Bloomington campus. "John's impact on music and American culture is immense," said Whitten. "On behalf of Hoosiers everywhere, I am exceptionally proud of John's lifelong association with IU and deeply grateful to him for selecting the university as the permanent home for his archives. His collection will be an incredible resource for arts scholars and a clear source of inspiration to our students. We are thrilled to honor him and celebrate his many contributions to music, art and IU." (continue)

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Nonstop to Cairo recently released their new single and video, "Million Dollar Space", and to celebrate we asked Nick Diamond (guitar/vocals) to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

This song was actually first written at the tail end of our last release Dabble Heavy. I still have my original phone recording and it's great to be able to hear the evolution to the finished version.

The concept started as it often did for me at the time, with a riff, Hooky horn line and a vocal line that I had to immediately get down on tape. I had worked in the building industry for many years and found myself in a lot of really high end, enormous houses that people would only use for maybe a few weeks throughout the year. Not all, but a lot of these houses tend to have an empty, soulless feel to them. Which at the time for me, was an interesting dynamic, because of the money and time invested. We jammed on the song a little at the time, but it got put on the backburner. Throughout the years, it continued to stick out to our frontman Ash and myself as a song to record when the time was right. (continue)

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