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Day in Rock Report for 05/12/2023

Eric Clapton is set to release new recordings from Bushbranch/Surfdog Records. "Moon River," recorded not long before Jeff Beck's tragic passing, will be released digitally across all streaming platforms on May 12, 2023.

This release comes ahead of a series of Jeff Beck tribute shows at Royal Albert Hall in London. In addition to the digital release, Paramount will premiere an animated video with hourly rotation on MTV Live and MTV Classic, beginning at 7:00 am PT/10:00 am ET, alongside a Times Square video billboard the day of the premiere. (continue)

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Avenged Sevenfold (comprising M. Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance, Brooks Wackerman and Johnny Christ) release their new song "We Love You" - an ode to decrying the rat race.

A frenetic dynamic rollercoaster riddled with hooks, peaks and valleys; A7X's latest comes with an innovative 360 VR music video. The band's highly anticipated eighth album, Life Is But a Dream..., drops June 2 via Warner Records. (continue)

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Sphere Entertainment Co. and Live Nation today announced an additional 8 dates have been added to meet the unprecedented demand for U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere, a first-of-its-kind live music experience which will see the world's biggest rock band launch the world's most cutting-edge venue, Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere marks U2's first live shows in four years and Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas will be the only place fans can see the show, now with 25 total shows spanning September 29 through December 16, 2023. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Metallica is sharing pro-shot video of a performance of the title track to their new album, "72 Seasons", from an April 29 show in Amsterdam, NL.

The second date of the band's M72 World Tour at the city's Johan Cruijff Arena delivered on Metallica's mission to present a "No Repeat Weekend" featuring two completely different setlists without repeats between the two events. (continue)

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The Hollywood Vampires, the rock supergroup consisting of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Tommy Henriksen, have released a blistering live version of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Manic Depression," recorded during their show at "Rock in Rio" 2015 in front of 100,000 fans. The track features Depp's energetic guitar work, Cooper's distinctive voice, Perry's inimitable solos, and is backed by the thunderous rhythm guitar of Tommy Henriksen.

"Manic Depression" was originally released on Hendrix's 1967 debut album Are You Experienced and has become a staple in the rock music canon. The Hollywood Vampires' live version brings a new energy to the song with its explosive instrumentation and electrifying solos that capture the frenzied spirit of Hendrix's original. It's a song that never fails to captivate audiences and transport them back to the magic of the '60s. The live version of "Manic Depression" is available on all major streaming platforms. The Hollywood Vampires are on tour and will be performing throughout Europe throughout the summer. (continue)

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Asking Alexandria today (Friday, May 12) share their new single and video called "Dark Void," as the first preview of music from their as-yet-untitled full-length studio album due this fall via Better Noise Music.

"Dark Void" presents contrasting themes of melancholy and aspiration of day-to-day life in the modern world, while seamlessly blending the band's anthemic stadium rock sound with a call back to their metalcore beginnings. (continue)

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Portugal. The Man release new song, "Thunderdome [W.T.A]" featuring Black Thought & Natalia Lafourcade, along with an accompaning music video for the track.

"Thunderdome [W.T.A]" is the third song released from the band's long-awaited new album, CHRIS BLACK CHANGED MY LIFE, produced by Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce, Harry Styles, SZA, Mark Ronson), due out June 23. (continue)

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The Renasant Convention Center was packed with blues musicians, fans, and music-world luminaries on May 11th, anxious to see who would be the winners at the 44th Annual Blues Music Awards. Besides awarding honors in 25 categories, the BMAs, as is its tradition, featured performances from many nominees, with the gala ending in a jubilant all-star jam.

The evening's top award winners were Buddy Guy, Albert Castiglia John Németh, each earning two BMAs. Buddy Guy's The Blues Don't Lie picked up Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album. Albert Castiglia won Blues Rock Album as well as Blues Rock Artist, and John Németh's May be the Last Time nabbed Traditional Blues Album; Németh was also awarded instrumentalist Harmonica. (continue)

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Fresh off the news that she would be returning to her role as guitarist with the legendary Alice Cooper, Los Angeles-born guitar hero and musical force of nature Nita Strauss has just announced her brand new album The Call of the The Void, out July 7 via Sumerian Records and has shared the track "The Golden Trail" (Feat. Anders Friden of In Flames).

Regarding the album's title, Strauss shares, "Have you ever been at the top of a high building and had the fleeting thought, '... I could jump right now?' This feeling is sometimes called 'The Call of the Void,' also known as 'high place phenomenon.' It's not a suicidal impulse, rather the exact opposite - a subconscious decision to live your life, to step back from the ledge, and take control. As researcher April Smith aptly put it: 'An urge to jump affirms the urge to live.' (continue)

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Singer / songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Binoy just released his new EP "Boyhood". To celebrate we asked him to tell us about one of the tracks and he selected "Unlearning". Here is the story:

I had the idea for "Unlearning" years ago while reading a children's book called "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse". The word was used and immediately leapt out at me, but I knew that the timing wasn't right to even attempt to write the song. Sometimes that's just how it works, with a seed needing time in the soil to unfurl its roots before exploding into life. (continue)

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