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Day in Rock Report for 05/14/2023

Motley Crue are "100% done" recording new songs, according to a social media post shared by bassist Nikki Sixx on Friday, May 13th from London, England.

Sixx shared via Facebook, "Recording in London England where so many of my hero's are from ain't a bad way to start the day." He added, "Hit the studio with Vince Neil today here in London. The new Motley Crue songs are 100% officially done and ready for mix." (continue)

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Country music legend Dolly Parton has kept her word to earn his rock credentials following her induction last year into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and debuted the first song from her upcoming rock album.

Parton took the stage the 8th Annual ACM Awards on Thursday night (May 11th) to perform "World On Fire", the lead single from her forthcoming star-studded rock album, "Rockstar", which will be released on November 17th. (continue)

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Disturbed frontman David Draiman opened up to fans at their recent concert in Milwaukee, sharing about his struggles with addition and depression while introducing their 2018 track "A Reason To Fight".

Draiman discussed the deeper meaning of the song during their performance at the Fiserv Forum stage and revealed that he himself almost joined his late friends Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Metallica is streaming pro-shot video of the live debut performance of the "72 Seasons" track "You Must Burn!" from an April 29 show in Amsterdam, NL.

The song was featured alongside "If Darkness Had A Son" and the title track as one of three tunes in the set from the new album, which was recorded at Metallica's HQ in San Rafael, CA in 2021 and 2022 by producers Greg Fidelman, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Queen reveal their strategy to building an entertaining setlist on the latest episode of the weekly series The Greatest Live. In recent episodes, the band has confirmed a philosophy of starting shows hard and fast. This week, in exclusive new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor, the two share how a well-structured set list can build atmosphere and shift mood, holding fans rapt until the final note of "We Are The Champions."

"Set lists are a very interesting case," says Brian. "You have all these songs and everything and what is the optimum way to put them across? Do you just go in there and randomly work your way through where you can and that's how everybody starts. But wouldn't it be nice if you can take the audience on a journey and optimize the mood that happens?" (continue)

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Veil Of Maya have finally unleashed their highly anticipated album, '[m]other', after a pain-staking six years! But boy, was it worth the wait. Brace yourselves, because this release is a full-blown, complex adrenaline rush of an album that will bend your mind and melt your face! Get ready to have your eardrums assaulted in the most glorious way possible.

Guitar virtuoso and founding member, Marc Okubo, has this to say about '[m]other': "This album, is a whole new chapter for Veil of Maya. We've tried to push the boundaries of our sound and to step into uncharted territory. Creating fresh pathways while still keeping the core of what Veil of Maya is. We want to say a huge thank you to our fans for sticking with us for the six years it's taken to get this body of work out into the world. '[m]other' now belongs to all of you. we hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it." (continue)

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Sam Pounds released "Closer", his interpretation of the well-loved track originally by Kings of Leon. This release comes via The Penthouse South/Sumerian Records in a line of covers Sam has made his own including those by Palaye Royale and Bad Omens as well as original tracks "Preacher's Daughter" and "She Get It From Her Mama".

This song is intense and descriptive. "Here is another emotional midtempo that resonated with me," states Pounds. "I hope you can hear the vivid picture painted by the lyrics." It's a record about love from a different perspective as sometimes you can feel a storm coming up in a relationship and it's only a matter of time. (continue)

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Dropkick Murphys' journey interpreting the work of Woody Guthrie for a new generation continues with Okemah Rising, out now via the band's Dummy Luck Music / [PIAS]. The album - named for Woody's hometown of Okemah, OK - follows Dropkick Murphys' highly-acclaimed This Machine Still Kills Fascists album, which exposed the band to new audiences through airplay on stations like SiriusXM's Outlaw Country, coverage in outlets such as Rolling Stone Country, Paste, CNN, Americana Highways and SPIN, and via Dropkick Murphys' first-ever acoustic, reserved-seating theater tour in 2022.

With guest vocals from Jaime Wyatt, Okemah Rising's newest single, "Bring It Home," showcases a more humorous side of Guthrie - but one that feels every bit as tailor-made for Dropkick Murphys as the working class anthems and protest songs found throughout these two albums. (continue)

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