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Day in Rock Report for 06/03/2023

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses performed a number of rare tracks during the launch of their 2023 world tour in Abu Dhabi on June 1, and fan-filmed video from the event is streaming online.

The show at the city's Etihad Arena saw the band deliver "Bad Obsession" from "Use Your Illusion I" for the first time since 1993, according to setlist.fm (continue)

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(hennemusic) David Lee Roth is sharing a new "studio live" version of the 1978 Van Halen classic, "Atomic Punk." The song was captured during a May 2022 session at Hollywood's Henson Recording Studio that saw Roth record 14 tracks in 2 hours with his most recent touring lineup of guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheele and drummer Francis Valentino.

While Roth is offering fans a free download of the newly-available track, "Atomic Punk" originally appeared on Van Halen's self-titled album debut, which peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 and went on to reach the rare feat of Diamond status for US sales of more than 10 million copies. (continue)

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The Hollywood Vampires - the rock supergroup consisting of Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, and Tommy Henriksen - have released Live in Rio, along with a music video for "Raise The Dead."

"Live In Rio is an excellent live document with a sterling sound. The star-studded bands performance is solid and an exuberant joy of performing is ever present" - Sweden Rock Magazine (continue)

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Pop Evil have announced 9 new U.S. headlining tour dates this summer, including stops in Mobile, New Orleans, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis and more.

The band's new album, Skeletons, was released on March 17 via MNRK Heavy and features Ryan Kirby (Fit For a King), Blake Allison (Devour The Day), and Zillion. The 11 tracks include the single "Eye of the Storm," which landed at the #5 Most Played Song in 2022 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Chart, and recent singles, "Paranoid (Crash & Burn)" (currently Top 10 at Rock Radio), and, "Dead Reckoning (Ft. Fit For A King)." (continue)

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(hennemusic) Queen is revisiting a classic 1982 performance of their 1980 track, "Dragon Attack", on the latest episode of the weekly series The Greatest Live. The band can be seen performing the tune during a June 5 show at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, UK.

Released as the B-side of the "Another One Bites The Dust" single - and a highlight of "The Game" album - the song was inspired by the long nights the group spent at Munich's downtown discotheque Sugar Shack while recording at Musicland Studios. (continue)

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The music of Neil Young is not ruled by calendars or convention. Since Young's first solo album in 1968, his sonic trajectory has always been what he feels is necessary to carry him forward. All the original releases and now official reissues are a journey of discovery. It sometimes feels like there is not a difference between the past, the present and the future. The music all lives together.

Set for release on July 14, Neil Young's OFFICIAL RELEASE SERIES VOLUME 5 is a stunning collection of four albums that begins with the exciting renaissance that came with the release of FREEDOM in 1989, and continues on the unequaled exploration of collections RAGGED GLORY (1990), WELD (1991) and ARC (1991). In many ways, it is a musical travelogue of how Young saw the future and opened up creative worlds for the use of sound and originality which had not been used before. (continue)

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The Beach Boys' magnum opus, "Pet Sounds," is now available in a Dolby Atmos, mixed from original tapes by Grammy-winning producer Giles Martin.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, The Beach Boys' magnum opus, Pet Sounds, changed the notion of what an album could be when released in May 1966, forever altering the course of popular music. Breaking away from the surf rock that made them global stars, The Beach Boys' 11th album in just four years couldn't have been more different than what came before, especially the acoustic rave-up, Beach Boys' Party!, featuring their smash hit "Barbara Ann," that preceded it by only a few months. Influenced by The Beatles' Rubber Soul and Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production, creative visionary Brian Wilson took a left turn from their standard formula of upbeat songs about girls, surfing and the Southern California lifestyle and sought to create what he called "a complete statement." In turn he produced an album like nothing before, one that revolutionized modern music by venturing into uncharted musical territory, both in composition and production, employing innovative recording techniques and pioneering the use of the studio as an instrument. Across 13 exquisite tracks, Pet Sounds pushed the boundaries of sonic experimentation, introducing a rich tapestry of complex, orchestral arrangements, unconventional instrumentation like Theremin and Coca-Cola bottles for percussion, flawless, trademark harmonies by Al Jardine, Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Mike Love and new addition Bruce Johnston, and deep, introspective lyrics that went beyond anything the group had ever sung about. The record influenced The Beatles and their longtime producer George Martin to push the creative envelope when making their groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts, and paved the path for countless generations of musicians and producers. Today it remains one of the most pivotal and beloved albums ever made. (continue)

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Devin Townsend is pleased to announce the 3rd release in his Devolution series - 'Empath Live In America', will be released on August 4th, 2023. The Devolution series so far has comprised some unique live performance, and this one is no different. 'Empath Live In America' is a document of the tour that was cut short in early 2020 due to the onset of the pandemic.

As Devin explains: "Hello everyone :) continuing in the 'Devolution' series of albums (which has been an avenue for us to release cool little curiosities on the side of regular releases) we bring you 'Devolution #3 - Empath Live In America'. (continue)

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