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Day in Rock Report for 05/11/2023

The full music lineup has been announced for Blue Ridge Rock Festival--America's Largest Rock & Camping Festival--which takes place September 7-10, 2023 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

Newly announced artists include: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Danzig (performing his self-titled album in full), I Prevail, Flo Rida, Lorna Shore, Knocked Loose, Polyphia, Insane Clown Posse, Vanilla Ice, Project Pat and more. (continue)

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Agonia Records is proud to welcome the American atmospheric black metal band Abigail Williams to its roster. The band is currently working on a new album, follow-up to 2019's "Walk Beyond the Dark".

"I am thrilled to announce that Abigail Williams has signed with Agonia Records for our upcoming album release," comments Ken Sorceron, the founding member and driving force behind Abigail Williams. "The team at Agonia Records has shown tremendous enthusiasm and support for our music, and we feel confident that they will help us take our music to the next level. We can't wait to unleash our new album upon the world, and we are grateful to have Agonia Records by our side for this journey." (continue)

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The dynamic music lineup for ShipRocked 2024 will be led by I Prevail and will also feature Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Highly Suspect, Code Orange, Badflower, a special solo performance from Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect and more February 4-10, 2024 onboard Carnival Magic. The 14th sailing of ShipRocked departs from Miami, Florida, stopping in three new ports for the ultimate rock music cruise vacation: Bimini, The Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Grand Cayman.

After record breaking attendance of over 4,000 guests in January 2023 and an expanded 6-day itinerary, staterooms for ShipRocked 2024 sold out in an unprecedented 3 days, well before the music lineup was announced. (continue)

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My Morning Jacket has announced plans for an upcoming North American headline tour. The fall run begins October 17 at Toronto, ON's historic Massey Hall and then continues through a three-night stand at Chicago, IL's Chicago Theatre on November 9-11. Special guests will be announced soon. In addition, the tour will be highlighted by a series of very special shows celebrating the 20th anniversary of MMJ's classic third studio album, It Still Moves, set for New York City's Beacon Theatre (October 19), Atlanta, GA's Fox Theatre (November 3), and Chicago, IL's Chicago Theatre (November 9).

Members of My Morning Jacket's One Big Family fan club on Medallion will have first access to presale tickets. Free registration is available now through Monday, May 15 at 9:00 am (ET) exclusively at onebigfamily.mymorningjacket.com. Spotify and local presales begin Wednesday, May 17 at 10:00 am (local) and continue through 10:00 pm (local). All remaining tickets will be released to the general public on Friday, May 19 at 10:00 am (local). (continue)

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German heavy metal icons Helloween will be inducted into the Metal Hall Of Fame. The ceremony will take place on stage on May 20th during the band's performance at Terminal 5 in New York City.

"Helloween has helped establish the origins of the power metal genre," says Metal Hall Of Fame Founder/CEO, Pat Gesualdo. "Power metal is such an important part of the heavy metal community as well. We are proud to induct Helloween into the Metal Hall Of Fame and have them to help represent the power metal genre and all its fans throughout the world." (continue)

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(hennemusic) David Lee Roth is sharing stories about the recording of Van Halen's legendary debut album and his love of radio on the latest episode of The Roth Show.

As part of giving listeners a deep dive on his lifelong obsession with the media, Roth runs down an impressive list of disc jockeys that caught his attention growing up, as well as Van Halen's inspiration for performing and recording cover songs and a behind the scenes look at the making of the band's 1978 self-titled record, among other topics. (continue)

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The Agonist took to social media to share the sad news that they have broken up. The news follows the group's announcement last month that they were canceling their European summer tour due to economic conditions.

They broke the news to fans with the following statement, "Dear friends, it's time to make a very difficult but necessary announcement. We have decided that The Agonist as a band, has come to an end. Much deliberation and care has been put into making this decision, and unfortunately, given the circumstances, this is the conclusion that makes the most sense for the band and us as individuals. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Metallica is streaming pro-shot video of the live debut performance of the "72 Seasons" track "Sleepwalk My Life Away" from an April 27 show in Amsterdam, NL.

Alongside "Lux AEterna" and "Screaming Suicide", the song was one of three tracks from the 2023 album that were featured on the opening night of the band's M72 World Tour as part of a setlist of classic tracks and fan favorites. (continue)

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Queens of the Stone Age have announced their long-awaited 8th studio album, In Times New Roman... out June 16th on Matador, and have shared the first track from the effort.

In Times New Roman... is raw, at times brutal and not recommended for the faint of heart. And yet, it's perhaps the most beautiful and definitely the most rewarding album in their epic discography. Founder Joshua Homme's most acerbic lyrics to date are buoyed by the instantly identifiable QOTSA sonic signature, expanded and embellished with new and unprecedented twists in virtually every song. With In Times New Roman... we see that sometimes one needs to look beneath scars and scabs to see beauty, and sometimes the scabs and scars are the beauty. (continue)

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The Pretenders are back with today's premiere of the optimistically charged new single, "Let The Sun Come In," available now via Rhino Records - the band's return to Warner Music Group after more than two decades having first been signed to Sire Records in America by the legendary Seymour Stein.

Marked by the electrifying impulsiveness and attitude that has long defined founder Chrissie Hynde's eternal spirit, "Let The Sun Come In" heralds the eagerly awaited arrival of The Pretenders' new studio album, Relentless, arriving everywhere on Friday, September 1. (continue)

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LA-based rock band Dogstar, composed of guitarist/vocalist Bret Domrose, drummer Rob Mailhouse and bassist Keanu Reeves, have announced they will reunite on-stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival on Saturday, May 27 marking their first public performance in two decades.

At the festival, the trio will play new music from a forthcoming album.The announcement comes after the band has been teasing their reunion and potential new music on their Instagram. (continue)

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With excitement brewing after the release of their teaser track, "Fence", Sevendust are back with "Everything", the debut single from Truth Killer. The song is the second piece of music from their 14th studio album, slated for worldwide release on July 28 via Napalm Records.

The band - Lajon Witherspoon, Clint Lowery, John Connolly, Vince Hornsby and Morgan Rose - have filmed a performance music video that also brings the hypnotic album cover to life. The video was directed by J.T. Ibanez (P.O.D., Loveless, Orianthi). (continue)

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June 23, 2023, sees the release of the first in a series of half speed mastered studio albums from Pete Townshend, Rough Mix and Empty Glass.

These limited-edition black vinyl versions have been mastered by long-time Who engineer Jon Astley and cut for vinyl by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios with a half-speed mastering technique which produces a superior vinyl cut and are packaged in original sleeves with obi strips and certificates of authenticity. Rough Mix is presented in a gatefold sleeve, and Empty Glass features a full-color inner bag with full lyrics and a 12" x 24" poster. (continue)

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The first extensive anthology drawn from the bespoke jazz catalogue of one of the world's most loved and admired drummers, the legendary Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, will be released by BMG on June 30th.

Available both in double vinyl and double CD editions, Anthology is a monument to the "other" musical identity of the giant who underpinned the Rolling Stones for more than 55 years. It draws on a near 20-year period in his substantial catalogue of jazz recordings in various configurations, including quartet, quintet, tentet, and orchestra. The collection is both the perfect memento of a unique artist for long-time devotees and the perfect introduction for new admirers. (continue)

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When it comes to jazz guitarists and songwriters, George Benson is one of the apex members of the genre. Deftly blending various modes of jazz sound, from smooth to swing to soulful, along with blues and pop sensibilities, his work made him a bonafide hitmaker, achieving commercial and critical success.

A frequent guest of the celebrated Montreux Jazz Festival, he performed a particularly special set in the summer of 1986. Benson himself selected this concert as the first of his Montreux performances to be released as a live set. On July 14, Mercury Studios will proudly present George Benson Live At Montreux 1986 on DVD+2CD. While the DVD was released in 2005, this marks the first time the 2CD portion has been available in the marketplace. (continue)

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Liv Kristine presents the official video for "River Of Diamonds" (featuring Fernando Ribeiro), the title track of the new studio album which was released on April 21st by Metalville Records.

Fernando Ribeiro, singer of the cult Portuguese band Moonspell, takes the song to a new, magical level as a duet partner of Liv Kristine. The catchy melody, carried by two of the greatest voices of the gothic metal scene, succeeds in captivating its listeners right from the first bars. (continue)

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Speedfreak recently released their latest single and video called "Doomsday Devices". We asked Kevin Kelly to tell us about the song to celebrate. Here is the story:

"Doomsday Devices" was one of the last songs to be written when we were putting together the Fast Lane Livin' record, and it came together pretty quickly from what I remember. When we were writing that album, the band was living and rehearsing in a house that we affectionately dubbed 'The Garbaj-Mahal'. It was next to a brewery and at the end of a block that dead-ended into the highway, so we could be as loud as we wanted and never worry about the neighbors calling the cops. The place was a dump, but we really had a blast there. It was pretty much two years of non-stop rehearsing and partying. On any given day, you could show up to the Garbaj-Mahal and come in (we usually left the doors unlocked since our friends would just climb in through the windows if we tried to lock them out) to find us jamming in the dining room, or hanging out at the bar that we installed in the kitchen. (continue)

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