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Day in Rock Report for 05/21/2023

Julien's Auctions, the acclaimed auction house to the stars, held on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th the industry's premiere music auction event "MUSIC ICONS," featuring a spectacular line-up of over 1,200 pieces of music history from rock royalty owned and used by the likes of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Freddie Mercury, Led Zeppelin, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, KISS, Motley Crue, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, and more with special collections from Amy Winehouse, Bill Wyman, Bette Midler and Julian Lennon, sold in front of a live audience at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online with thousands of bidders, fans and collectors from around the world participating at julienslive.com The three-day auction event will close on Sunday, May 21st with the grand finale, Property from the Special Collection of Global Icon Janet Jackson.

The headlining item at the auction was a lefty black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, smashed by one of the most influential artists of all time, Kurt Cobain, during Nirvana's seminal Nevermind era which sold for an astounding $595,000 nearly ten times its original estimate of $60,000. The reassembled but unplayable guitar signed by all three members of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, with additional inscriptions to Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees) by Cobain that read: "Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain / Washed up rockstar" as well as the inscription Boddah Lives engraved to the neck plate (referring to Cobain's childhood imaginary friend) is housed in a black hard case with "Abort Christ" written on the top in white block letters and includes a white Ernie Ball guitar strap. Another Nirvana highlight was a setlist for their April 17, 1991 performance at OK Hotel in Seattle, Washington which sold for $50,800, twelves times its original estimate of $4,000. Believed to be handwritten by Dave Grohl, the set list marked the band's debut performance of their breakthrough hit, "Smells like Teen Spirit" before its release. The list was written in pink marker on the back of a printed "Guitar Lessons with Tommy Rose" flyer advertisement and included songs such as "Big Cheese," "D-7," "Love Buzz," "About a Girl," "Immoodiuum," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and "In Bloom." Nirvana headlined this benefit concert with Fits of Depression and Bikini Kill, just five months before their seminal breakthrough album Nevermind was released. An oversized Nirvana promotional poster for the 1991 Nevermind album, signed by all three Nirvana band members additionally sold for $10,400. (continue)

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Iconic Alt Band Violent Femmes has announced that they will be performing an exclusive livestream from The Levitt Pavilion Denver on Sunday, May 21 at 9 PM ET via Veeps on Violent Femmes Livestream. This live show will feature their trailblazing, self-titled, debut album from cover to cover as part of the record's 40th anniversary tour.

Once hailed as the "soundtrack to male puberty," Violent Femmes' first record amplified teenage angst and alienation in the 1980s with such songs as "Kiss Off," "Add It Up," and "Gone Daddy Gone," written by Lead Vocalist and Guitarist Gordon Gano before he'd even gotten his driver's license. The album, which was mostly autobiographical, would later prove to embody some of the most powerful anthems of a disenchanted youth that the world has ever known. And while it took 10 years to go Platinum and hit the Billboard Top 200, it has now sold three million copies worldwide and is still in rotation on today's top rock stations, substantiating it as more than a simple battle cry for a misunderstood youth. Today, it stands as a pillar of an American underground movement, and one of the best early examples of alternative rock. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin is streaming remastered video of a performance of "Over The Hills And Far Away" from a July 1973 show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The upgraded footage arrives during the band's ongoing celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the release of "Houses Of The Holy." Featuring classics like "The Song Remains The Same", "The Ocean" and "No Quarter", and produced by Jimmy Page, the group's fifth studio record delivered Led Zeppelin a US No. 1 album that went on to sell more than 11 million copies in the region. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is sharing video of a vintage performance of the title track to "School's Out", as part of the lead up to the June 9 release of an expanded Deluxe Edition of his 1972 album classic.

Cooper and his band were filmed delivering the song during a 2012 appearance on the BBC TV show "Later... With Jools Holland". Produced by Bob Ezrin, the fifth studio album by the Alice Cooper band was led by the iconic title track, which delivered the group's first US Top 10 hit when it reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the project hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. (continue)

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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a pair of new lyric videos for their "Goats Head Soup" track "100 Years Ago." The clips - now available in English and Spanish - feature the song from the UK band's 1973 album, which delivered their third straight US chart-topper on its way to sales of more than 3 million copies in the region.

"Goats Head Soup" featured the worldwide No. 1 smash, "Angie", as well as fan favorites like "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)", "Dancing with Mr. D." and "Star Star", on its way to sales of more than 1 million copies in the region. (continue)

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Industrial/electro rockers Julien-K, founded by original Orgy members Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh debuted their new single "Your Tears Mean Nothing" along with the official music video today via FRAME|WORK. The single was written by Julien-K, produced and mixed by Amir Derakh.

"Your Tears Mean Nothing" is the 1st single and video from Julien-K's upcoming DRK|MODE collection. In stark contrast to the guitar heavy Harmonic Disruptor and the upcoming Trauma Echoes album, DRK|MODE was created using almost no guitars. The band wanted the challenge of retaining their signature dark & heavy sound and emotional feel while using only synthesizers. (continue)

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Miami hard rockers Gears have released a music video for their brand new single, "All Or Nothing", which follows their previous single, "Fix What's Broken".

Tripp Sixx had this to say, "You push and you push trying to get to a point where the masses think you should be. For what? At the end of the day, you have to do you for you. (continue)

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Frozen Soul have shared the double video for "Frozen Soul" and "Assimilator," to celebrate the release of their brand new album, "Glacial Domination."

"As a band, we have always pushed to have fun doing what we love. Glacial Domination, as a record, is a statement to our growth together and how we will not stop having fun doing what we love! With the help of Daniel Schmuck and Matthew k Heafy, we did our best to try new things in preproduction and the studio, expanding on what Frozen Soul is, and keeping fun! We truly couldn't be happier with the outcome," the band shares. (continue)

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