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Day in Rock Report for 05/10/2023

Saying that the Scorpions can look back on an eventful history as a band would be an understatement. Their spectacular story is now becoming a new and very colourful experience: With Scorpions - Colours of Rock, BMG is announcing the reissue of five album highlights by the legendary German hard rock band who have shaped the music world - now appearing on coloured vinyl. Alongside versions of Fly To The Rainbow, In Trance and Virgin Killer, remastered for the first time ever, are further handpicked treasures including Tokyo Tapes and Taken By Force.

The reissued albums can be pre-ordered here and will be released on June 16, 2023. Relentless success, constant musical evolution, and ass-kicking performances worldwide - as colorful and eclectic as the career path of the biggest German rock band has been and still is to this day, just as multifaceted are the vinyl colours of these twelve reissues. The colours chosen for the vinyl versions not only reflect the iridescent band history, they are also paired with the style of the original artwork of each individual album. (continue)

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Finger Eleven are thrilled to share the official music video for their latest single, "Together Right," off the forthcoming collection of hit singles from Craft Recordings. Spanning over two decades, Greatest Hits highlights the group's diverse range with fan favorites, including multi-platinum hit "Paralyzer" and Juno-nominated "One Thing," plus chart-toppers like "Falling On" and "Living in a Dream." As a bonus, the 12-track set also offers a previously-unreleased cover of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" (a longtime live staple) as well as "Together Right."

The song's accompanying video opens in a factory, as uniformly-dressed workers move like cogs in a machine. But it soon becomes clear that not everyone is happy in their monotonous existence. "The video takes place in a world where everything is the same," explains lead guitarist James Black. "Efficiency and conformity are mistaken for unity. But real connection, between two people, is WAY more powerful than people idly following a routine." (continue)

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Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder is pleased to reveal another new song off his upcoming sophomore solo album "II" today with the release of the track "Waiting For Some Sun" along with an atmospheric video created by Manu Gimenez / MG Media Productions.

Alder comments about "Waiting For Some Sun" as follows: "I wanted a totally different style for a song on the new album. Something that set itself apart from the rest. Mike and I got to talking and I said I want a song where the chorus is in the beginning but builds and gets bigger every time it repeats. Also dark with a lot of attitude. (continue)

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Beloved Australian rock outfit Ocean Alley today reveal the cinematic video for 'Lapwing', taken from their stellar album Low Altitude Living. Conceived and directed by Jamieson Kerr, the video was shot on New Zealand's North Island.

The video comes as the group announces Bryon Bay's Seaside as the support for their upcoming UK & Ireland tour. Kicking off next month, the tour will see the band visit Liverpool, Bournemouth, Bristol, London + more, marking the first time fans will get to hear Low Altitude Living live since its release last Autumn. (continue)

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Monday night, the immensely talented and multi-platinum award-winning group blink-182 delivered an unforgettable experience to their fans, as they wrapped up two consecutive sold-out nights at Chicago's renowned United Center as part of their highly anticipated world tour. Along with the incredible support from Turnstile and Beauty School Dropout, the band's phenomenal performance was accompanied by mind-blowing stage production, including Travis' breathtaking flying riser.

In an exclusive behind-the-scenes video, blink-182 takes their fans on a journey through their pre-show pranks and rituals, provides tours of their dressing rooms, and features interviews with the trio, giving insight into their life on the road. With amazing show footage, fans can relive the experience and witness firsthand the band's outstanding performance that left the crowd in awe. (continue)

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Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan is honoring Mental Health Awareness Month with today's premiere of This Is The Song, a brand new, three-track EP available today at all DSPs and streaming services. Produced by longtime collaborator Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Brandi Carlile), the EP's title track is joined by an official companion video premiering today on YouTube.

"THIS IS THE SONG was written in the middle of a panic attack," Duff McKagan says in a statement about the EP. "I couldn't breathe and couldn't see straight, and lately, I have thankfully found my acoustic guitar as a refuge. If I just hold on to that guitar, play chords, and hum melodies, I can start to climb my way out of that hole. For those of you who have never experienced something like this, count yourselves blessed. To those of you who recognize what I am talking about: YOU ARE NOT ALONE!" (continue)

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Devildriver will finally drop their 10th album and part two of their Dealing With Demons saga, Dealing With Demons Vol. II, this Friday, May 12 via Napalm Records!

Today, in celebration of this week's release, the band has revealed the album's unrelenting final pre-release single, entitled "This Relationship, Broken". The riff-laden album closer hits as one of the record's most breakneck-paced anthems - with erratic drums, aggressive riffs and a charged performance from celebrated frontman Dez Fafara. (continue)

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Following the sold out Cruel World Festival happening in Pasadena, CA and due to popular demand, Love And Rockets have announced that they will return to the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 to the Ace Hotel. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 12th at 10:00am PT here.

Forming in 1985 after the first split of their band Bauhaus, the seminal, groundbreaking trio of Daniel Ash, David J and Kevin Haskins have been keeping busy with preparations for their upcoming national tour, the vinyl reissues of their Beggars Arkive album catalog, and the upcoming release of their brand new cd/digital collection titled My Dark Twin, a companion to the band's 1996 album Sweet F.A. (continue)

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New Jersey punk/americana rock outfit Jon Caspi & The First Gun shared the music video for their fan favorite song, "Raise 'Em High!", featuring Jesse Malin on vocals, and Dez Cadena (known from Black Flag and The Misfits) on guitar. The new version of the single was released late last year alongside a special-made beer of the same name by New Jersey's Alternate Ending Beer Co, which the mayor of Aberdeen, NJ signed a proclamation making it the official beer of Aberdeen Day. The song was praised by BrooklynVegan, Asbury Park Press, New Noise Magazine, The Punk Site, NJ Indy and more.

"Raise 'Em High!" was originally inspired by watching an underdog baseball team beating the best team in the league, so when the band decided to do a video the best inspiration was a similarly-themed movie, The Bad News Bears. The cast includes all the band members as well as Dez Cadena with a few nods to his role in Black Flag's famous video for their song "TV Party", an MTV favorite in the 80's. Another star of the video is legendary WFMU DJ, Glen "Jonesey" Jones (Sundays from 12-3pm), who a couple of years ago chose "Raise 'Em High!" as his official 2pm "toast song" which is at the center of a large Facebook group where folks post selfies of themselves toasting each other to the song. (continue)

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John Lee Hooker's entire legendary 1976 solo concert recorded live at New York's Hunter College on Feb. 6, 1976, will be released by BMG on June 23. Collected for the first time as a 2-LP set for global release on 180g vinyl, Hooker's two sets of solo guitar/vocal performances include raw and revered recordings of "Boom Boom," "Crawlin' King Snake," and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

Packaged with brand new artwork in a gatefold jacket and includes new liner notes by Kent Cooper, Alone: Live at Hunter College 1976 presents the whole concert with the reverence it deserves and is available for pre-order here. This title marks BMG's first physical release since acquiring the music interests of John Lee Hooker in 2022, with several additional reissues planned for this year and beyond. (continue)

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Big Big Train will be on tour this summer and to celebrate and promote the forthcoming 'The Journey Continues' Tour this August & September, the group have been sharing videos of songs filmed on tour last year. The band recently shared the videos for "The Florentine" and "The First Rebreather" recorded in September 2022 at The Boerderij in The Netherlands.

Today, the band is pleased to share the performance clip of "Atlantic Cable" recorded live at Friars, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, UK in September 2022. The live audio recording of the song is included on the band's forthcoming Ingenious Devices album to be released on 30th June 2023. (continue)

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Lonely Little Kitsch just released their new single, "Monster". Kristen and Nolan tell us about the track to celebrate. Here is the story:

Kristen: "When I first started writing the lyrics for "Monster", it was mostly about how I can get easily frustrated and overwhelmed, and turn into something ugly. I'm not proud of it, but it's accurate. But the more the song took shape, it became about how divided the world is right now, and how easily people turn on others. Just look at the comments section of any article or social media post, and you'll see exactly what I mean. It's a divisive time, and we're seeing the worst in people. Even ourselves. (continue)

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