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Day in Rock Report for 03/28/2023

Gibson is proud to unveil its first official global release and partnership with Kirk Hammett, legendary guitarist of the multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY Award-winning band, Metallica. No other guitar has earned legendary status like "Greeny," the magical 1959 Les Paul Standard, now owned by Kirk Hammett. For the first time ever, Gibson has collaborated with Kirk to create "Greeny" for a worldwide audience to enjoy in both a Gibson Custom Shop version, out now, and next month a Les Paul Standard version from Gibson. The Kirk Hammett "Greeny" assortment is available through Premium Gibson dealers, and via Gibson.com.

"I am very honored and grateful for this opportunity with Gibson," says Kirk Hammett. "To be able to share some of that mojo which 'Greeny' has means a lot to me. It's exciting to know that anyone can experience some of that 'Greeny' magic. I truly think these models are just as inspiring as the original and hope you do too!" (continue)

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Monterey-based festival promoter Good Vibez Presents is proud to announce the return of the Alta Music Festival to Avila Beach, California, over the weekend of September 23-24, 2023.

Taking place at the beautiful Avila Beach Resort, just south of San Luis Obispo, Alta Music Festival will be nestled between a picturesque coastline and stunning mountains for a two-day, one-stage musical event. An intimate festival experience, Alta is put on by music lovers, for music lovers. (continue)

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Alt Rock duo The Blue Stones today announced a fourth leg of live dates to Pretty Monster tour, adding West Coast and Southwest U.S. shows this June, kicking off June 9 in West Hollywood, at the legendary Troubadour.

Discussing the upcoming dates, Tarek Jafar stated, "We've taken great care to build an unforgettable live set. There's a constant push to always be better than our last album, our last tour, even our last show. 'Pretty Monster' live is surely going to blow some minds, and we can't wait to watch that happen to our U.S. fans in real time." (continue)

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Giovannie and The Hired Guns continued their unprecedented success last night, winning "Best New Artist (Alternative & Rock)" at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. After claiming their award, the band took the stage for a passionate performance of their breakout hit "Ramon Ayala."

The win comes as their second single "Overrated" is currently climbing up the charts, entering the Top 25 on both Active Rock and Alternative Radio this month. Next month, the band heads to the West Coast in support of their new album Tejano Punk Boyz, with tour stops in San Diego, Berkeley, Los Angeles and more. (continue)

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Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth continues to have fan. The flamboyant rocker shared a new video featuring the Garth Brooks classic "Friends In Low Places" as the background music.

The humorous 46 second clip shows Roth in a camouflage outfit opening what appears to be a delivery bag from Burger King and pulling a burger out of the bag with a big smile on his face. (continue)

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The Smashing Pumpkins, today announced their 26-date North American The World Is A Vampire Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the tour is set to start on Friday, July 28 at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The tour will feature special guests Interpol, Stone Temple Pilots and Rival Sons as support on various dates, as well as some of the world's biggest champions from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), who will be competing in most cities.

The World Is A Vampire Tour has already sold-out 30k plus capacity shows in Mexico City this year, as well in cities across Australia this spring, and is set to expand to more countries in the future. Artist pre-sale begins Tuesday, March 28 at 12pm local until Thursday, March 30 at 10pm local. General on-sale starts Friday, March 31 at 10am local. (continue)

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Queens Of The Stone Age's Joshua Homme has issued a statement about his current custody battle for his children with his ex-wife Brody Dalle of The Distillers.

Homme shared: Out of respect and concern for his minor children and their well-being, Joshua Homme has previously refrained from making public statements about his family to the media. In light of the continued falsehoods, the repeated invasions of the children's privacy and the resulting emotional harm, it is time that the truth be told. Our hope is that this will end the enquiries and speculation and provide the family the privacy and consideration they deserve. (continue)

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The Alarm have released a music video for their John Lennon inspired new song, "Whatever". The track is the third single from their forthcoming album, "Forwards", which will arrive on June 2nd. Here is the official announcement:

"Whenever I've been in hospital, I have projected my imagination towards recovery and the mountain summit has always been a place I aspire to get to as a sign of recovery," says Mike Peters, vocalist/guitarist of THE ALARM who release their new single and video "Whatever" today, March 28, 2023. The video, which shows him hiking up a mountain during a snowstorm, is symbolic of his struggle to make it back to good health, as Peters continues to rebound from a serious leukemia relapse in 2022. "If I can get back to the mountaintop, I'll know I am on the right track." (continue)

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters - with their special guest Charlie Sexton - are proud to announce: "We're All Going On A Summer Holiday" - a 23 date tour produced by Live Nation. Commencing on June 7th in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, the tour includes stops at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and the Beacon Theatre in NYC. Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets will open all of the coast-to-coast dates.

Since returning to the road in the summer of 2021, in the guise of "Elvis Costello & The Layabouts", E.C. and The Imposters - Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas, Davey Faragher and augmented by Texas guitarist Charlie Sexton - have undertaken three tours in the United States and one in the U.K. and northern Europe. Most recently Costello played the highly-acclaimed "100 Songs and More", a ten-night engagement at the Gramercy Theater, NYC at which he played more than 230 original songs, repeating only three titles. The shows that began in solo performance went on to spring nightly surprises, involving everything from an ensemble including musical saw, fiddle and Uillean pipes to an eight-person Broadway vocal chorus led by M.D. Rob Mathes, duets with jazz bassist, Endea Owens and, from the halfway point, performing with Steve Nieve at the piano before adding two different horn sections, led by trumpet player and arranger, Michael Leonhart. The stand included guest vocal appearances by Rebecca Lovell, La Marisol and JSWISS and concluded with a more than three hour finale performance with the full band line-up. (continue)

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Organizers for the Sweden Rock Festival have announced 15 additional acts that have added to the lineup of this year's event that will be taking place on June 7th through 10th in Solvesborg.

The super legendary, American hard rock pioneers Blue Oyster Cult, melodic rock heroes H.E.A.T., grindcore godfathers Napalm Death, the ever-depressive Katatonia, radio friendly modern rockers Smash Into Pieces, Phil Campbell and The Bastard Sons who will be performing songs from Phil's time in the mighty Motorhead, Eurovision style melodic metal band Dynazty, power metal fan favorites Twilight Force, Belgian post-hardcore act Brutus, Swedish death/thrash metal kings The Crown, the bannermen of retro rock with Swedish lyrics - Abramis Brama, classic, Swedish 70's rockers Motvind, Swedish 80's cult heavy metal band Mindless Sinner, new goth rock hopefuls Die Oberherren, and the young new thrash metal combo Eradikated. (continue)

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Australian garage rock trio Cable Ties is excited to announce their new album All Her Plans, due June 23 via Merge Records. Their third album and second for Merge, All Her Plans is the band's fiery statement of renewed purpose, a beacon of furious truth, righteous frustration and tender empathy. The announcement is heralded by the soaring new track "Time for You" and its official music video.

"'Time For You' is about feeling safe and happy with someone," says lead vocalist and guitarist Jenny McKechnie. "I'm a pretty chaotic and anxious person and I always feel like I'm barely holding everything together and never have enough time for everything I've planned. When I come home to my partner James, I feel safe, happy and like everything is going to be ok. It's like our time together sits outside of the timeline of the rest of my life." (continue)

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Portland, OR rockers Forty Feet Tall just released their new EP "Tunnel Vision". To celebrate we asked the band to tell us about the title track. Here is the story:

Tunnel Vision started out with Brett's bass riff. Initially we shied away from it, feeling like it was a little too dance-y and not exactly the band's sound. But once Ian settled in on a four on the floor beat we got sucked in and ended up making what's probably our most ambitious song, sonically. It's got a post-punk dance feel, it's got a Beach Boys inspired breakdown and then ends in a massive sludge-y outro; something for the whole family. (continue)

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Wolfsbane and former Iron Maiden lead vocalist Blaze Bayley has been hospitalized after suffering a heart attack at home on Saturday, March 25th, forcing him to postpone his solo shows in March and April.

The news was broken to fans via his official Facebook page where, Mark Appleton & Christopher Appleton (management / bookings), shared the following statement on Sunday, "We sincerely regret to announce that Blaze had a heart attack at home yesterday evening & is now in hospital in a stable condition, awaiting news of further surgery/treatment. (continue)

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Night Ranger took to social media to update fans with the news that Jack Blades has been discharged from the hospital after undergoing a procedure to address "heart irregularities".

The band shared on Instagram, "We've got an update on Jack... and it's good news! He is now out of the hospital and feeling great. Last week he was admitted due to heart irregularities, followed by a successful procedure. We are so happy everything went well. Jack can't wait to get back out on the road and neither can we! (continue)

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(hennemusic) David Lee Roth shares some of the history of Eric Clapton's influence on Eddie Van Halen in the latest episode of The Roth Show. Van Halen - who cited Clapton as a hero during interviews throughout his lifetime - regularly performed tracks from his work with Cream during the band's early years on the Southern California party circuit.

"Eddie Van Halen was an Eric Clapton acolyte; he followed him like a disciple," recalls Roth about that era in the band's history. "Eddie barely could afford shoelaces when he was learning to play guitar...he had one gold top Les Paul. I used to sit right across from him in his little room, almost knee-to-knee touching. [We] slept on crates with a mattress on it. He would sit on the mattress, and I'd sit on the amp right in front of him on the Marshall stack bottom right in front of him, our knees almost touching, and writing the songs we became famous for." (continue)

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(hennemusic) Def Leppard wrap up the South American leg of their 2023 tour on the latest episode of the "Behind The World Tour" video series.

The fourth edition of the feature sees the Def Leppard crew hit Buenos Aires, Argentina as they experience life on the road; following the five-show South American run, the UK rockers and Motley Crue brought their trek to Hollywood, FL for a March 12 appearance that featured a Rick Allen/Tommy Lee drum duet and closed out the first stretch of performances on the new touring cycle this year. (continue)

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"In the Air Tonight" was a breakthrough for Phil Collins as a solo artist. But the success of the track brought him a lot of pressure. During his conversation with Dan Rather, the London-born singer spoke about how people were asking for more songs from him like "In the Air Tonight" after the track's success.

"You're judged by that. Everybody says, "Why don't you write songs like that anymore?" And you only write that song once. You can only write it once, I can't ever use that drum machine again," Collins said. "I can't ever have that sound, really, because everyone says, 'You're imitating what you just did.'" (continue)

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Lightning Dust, duo of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, have released a music video for their new single, "Run", which is the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Nostalgia Killer" that is due June 9th.

Webber describes the video as "a surrealist love letter to East Vancouver and the power of friendship," co-created with her childhood friend Tyler McLeod (who handled filming and editing as well) and also featuring skate legend Chris Haslam. (continue)

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