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Day in Rock Report for 09/15/2023

Guns N' Roses have revealed four new upcoming dates across Canada and the United States, including stops in Edmonton, Salt Lake City, Denver and Nampa, ID.

Tickets will be available starting with the Nightrain presale beginning on September 18th. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale beginning on September 20th at 10am local time on gunsnroses.com. (continue)

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This week's episode of Queen The Greatest Live focuses on their classic hit "Radio Ga Ga". There are few better examples of band and audience in total harmony than Roger Taylor's classic 1984 single "Radio Ga Ga." Across borders and language barriers, everyone in the stadium knows exactly what to do - and the result is one of the most life-affirming moments of unity that rock 'n' roll has to offer.

The Queen audience are a rhythm section in their own right - and as we see in the latest episode of Queen The Greatest Live, when it comes to stadium-shaking handclaps, Radio Ga Ga is a match for even the mighty "We Will Rock You."
As one of Queen's defining hits of the '80s, "Radio Ga Ga" was written by Roger Taylor, who worked for three days straight in the studio with a synth and drum machine to craft this ode to the golden age of the airwaves. "That's part of what the song's about, really," the drummer told the UK's Breakfast Time presenter Frank Bough as the song hit UK#2 in 1984. "The fact that music videos seem to be taking over almost from the aural side - the visual side seems to be almost more important." (continue)

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Houston, TX-born and France-based rap rock sensation HYRO THE HERO will celebrate the release of his sophomore full-length album BOUND FOR GLORY via Better Noise Music with a hometown performance tonight, September 15, at House of Blues on the Live Nation-produced "SPIRITS 2023" tour with labelmates NOTHING MORE.

On BOUND FOR GLORY, HYRO collaborates with some of the leading names in rock including David Draiman (Disturbed), Brandon Saller (Atreyu), Chad Gray (HELLYEAH), Spencer Charnas and Dan Sugarman (Ice Nine Kills), REDDSTAR, AJ (Fire From The Gods) and Markus Vides├Ąter (Solence). (continue)

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(hennemusic) Whitesnake is streaming a video for the 2023 remix of its cover of the Deep Purple classic, "Lay Down, Stay Down", as featured on the October 13 release of an expanded Special Gold Edition of "The Purple Album."

The 2015 project saw David Coverdale pay tribute to his work with Deep Purple with re-recorded versions of classic tracks from the three albums he appeared on during his three-year tenure with the legendary group: 1974's "Burn" and "Stormbringer", and 1975's "Come Taste The Band." (continue)

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KillerStar is a new band led by Rob Fleming (vocals, guitar, synths) and James Sedge (drums) and features an array of David Bowie's most trusted collaborators: Mike Garson on piano; Earl Slick and Mark Plati on guitar; Gail Ann Dorsey and Tim Lefebvre on bass; Emm Gryner on backing vocals; and Donny McCaslin on saxophone. Collectively they have crafted a sound which fuses the scale of classic rock with sophisticated harmonies and elements of art rock. Today KillerStar share their debut single "Should've Known Better" ahead of their debut album, which will follow on March 1, 2024.

KillerStar make a big first impression with "Should've Known Better." It's an epic song which is rooted in Rob and James's love of timeless music from the early 1970s to primeval rock 'n' roll and sleek hard rock, but its synth textures and driving guitar driven intensity provides a contemporary edge too. Rob's voice-a vocal delivery filled with drama and conviction-adds another distinctive element, especially as it's complemented by sophisticated, hook-laden harmonies from Emm Gryner. Mike Garson contributes beautiful avant garde piano, and Gail Ann Dorsey provides driving, melodic bass lines that lock in with the powerful drums from James Sedge. (continue)

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Legendary guitarist Steve Hackett presents his brand new live audio/visual extravaganza, with the release of 'Foxtrot at Fifty + Hackett Highlights: Live in Brighton', out now!

To celebrate, a clip of the track 'Can Utility and the Coastliners' has been released.
Steve comments of the new live release: "Foxtrot was a milestone for Genesis, a breakthrough artistically. I'm as proud of it today as I was at it's its inception. I'm thrilled now to bring that album back in its entirety on tour, and the live release has super quality performance, visuals and production. It's a real feast... Enjoy!" (continue)

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On a recent episode of the Shred with Shifty Podcast, Foo Fighters star Chris Shiflett sits down with the musical legend himself, Nile Rodgers, the many responsible for writing hits like "We Are Family," "Like a Virgin," and "Le Freak."

The two guitarists get into the weeds on Nile's influences, gear, path to stardom, and of course take a deep dive into music and lyrics for Diana Ross's "I'm Coming Up," a song written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. The duo had tried the song's drumbeat on other tracks previous to this one, even nicknaming it "the hesitation waltz." But, its playful rhythm didn't land until "I'm Coming Up." (continue)

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Platinum-selling rock band Filter is set to headline their first shows in Australia and New Zealand since 2000 as part of The Algorithm World Tour. The Australian leg, beginning in April 2024, follows a six-month tour across the United States and Canada, with upcoming stops in Europe.

"Australia and New Zealand are two of the most beautiful and welcoming countries I've ever been to. Every time we tour, I push our reps to try and get us back there. Unfortunately, due to circumstance beyond our control like a global pandemic, it's been way too long," Filter main man Richard Patrick said. "Rock fans there are a very loyal and devoted bunch, and I know we will bring it when get Down Under. I really cannot wait." (continue)

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The first new music from Feral Family since they released their debut EP 'PLAYTEST' earlier this year, "This Side Of Me" is an antagonistic and antsy exploration of internal skirmishes that blister in the unconscious and constantly threaten to erupt.

A fuzzy and industrial-tinted anthem that sees churned-up riffs convulse against clanging drums and foreboding vocals that feel reminiscent of the troubling inner-thoughts that make up the tracks subject matter, singer Jamie explains: "This Side Of Me" conveys the idea of inner-conflict and the struggle to maintain a positive facade while dealing with personal demons. It tells the story of a person who is waiting to experience a past feeling once again, however they blame themselves for not being able to control their emotions. Despite surviving through difficult times, they eventually break down emotionally and leave a mark on someone else's life." (continue)

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Following their incredible main stage performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals, Don Broco hit the road again in the UK this autumn. To celebrate the news, the band is releasing the brand new single, titled "Birthday Party."

"Birthday Party" is yet another left-turn from the Bedfordshire four-piece, who continually evolve and surprise with new musical directions. A skittery, genre-bending electro-blast of crunching beats and distorted guitars, it's topped off with vocalist Rob Damiani's ennui-drenched vocals, full of disappointment and dismay. (continue)

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Quarto Valley Records proudly announces new album "Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute To Cream." The album takes us on a magical journey -- traveling the brief course of the iconic band's musical life -- back to the raw, stripped-down magic of the creativity of Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, and Pete Brown. Passionately produced and mixed by Rob Cass, the new album will be released via Quarto Valley Records on November 3rd on Double 180 Gram Limited Edition Cream-Colored Vinyl, CD and Digital on all platforms and is available to preorder here.

Formed in 1966, CREAM quickly became known for their explosive impromptu style - high-volume blues jamming, extended solos and flashy instrumental showmanship. Widely thought of as the first supergroup, CREAM paved the way for many other music genres. (continue)

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Danko Jones are celebrating the release of their much-acclaimed, eleventh studio album! Electric Sounds is out now on AFM Records, which is now streaming online.

Formed in Toronto in 1996, DANKO JONES have seen and done just about everything over the last quarter of a century. Powered by a DIY punk rock spirit, and inspired by the good, great and grotesque of electrified rock 'n' roll, they have steadily built a colossal international fan base and become one of the most acclaimed live bands around, embraced by everyone from mainstream radio-rock fans to diehard metalheads. Along the way, they have released ten widely praised studio albums, generating a peerless repertoire of fists-in-the-air crowd-pleasers into the bargain. From the spiky blues of 2002's Born A Lion and the crazed power-pop of its follow-up We Sweat Blood (2003), to the priapic perfection of 2010's Below The Belt, the band's knack for hitting rock's sweet spot has never wavered. Over the last decade, the band's creative fire has blazed more brightly than ever. A succession of all-killer, no-filler albums - Fire Music, Wild Cat, A Rock Supreme, Power Trio - has led to even more gung-ho touring and unapologetic service to the rock cause. (continue)

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British melodic rock band Atlas are pleased to announce the release of their third single Just Like That taken from their highly anticipated third studio album Built To Last, which will arrive on October 20th.

"Just Like That is heavily inspired by our love for 80s music," says James Thorley, the founding member and keyboard player of ATLAS. "It's a traditional AOR song in terms of the theme, but we placed a spin on the perspective as it deals with the outcome of a failed relationship and facing those consequences head on." (continue)

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Today, the 8x GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Stephen Marley has released Old Soul, his first full-length project since 2016, available now on all digital platforms via Tuff Gong Collective/UMe/Ghetto Youths International. Featuring a stellar line-up of special guests, including Bob Weir, Eric Clapton, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Buju Banton, and Slightly Stoopid. Old Soul will be available on CD, a 2LP standard black vinyl, and as a limited-edition double LP vinyl in translucent yellow and green on December 1st.

Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and singer/songwriter Jack Johnson join Marley on "Winding Roads," the album's latest single. A metaphor for life's journey, struggle, and eventual salvation, the song soulfully closes out Old Soul with interlacing guitar and vocal trade-offs from Marley, Weir, and Johnson, creating an unforgettable bluesy classic and the only song from the album recorded with a full band. "Winding Roads" was recorded at Bob Weir's TRI Studios with his Wolf Bros band, including Don Was and Dead & Company members Jeff Chimenti and Jay Lane. (continue)

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Today marks the release of "Too Far Gone? (Live from MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - August 6, 2023)," a digital single capturing the debut M72 tour performance of the 72 Seasons standout track as played for some 80,000 fans on night two of the tour's North American opening weekend. Hailed for "its roaring melody" by the OC Register in their review of Metallica's recent record-breaking weekend at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, "Too Far Gone?" has quickly become a staple of the M72 No Repeat Weekend setlist rotation. Find out for yourself why the song has quickly become a fan favorite by giving "Too Far Gone? (Live from MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ - August 6, 2023)".

As for the original studio version of "Too Far Gone?"... it's been reimagined as a music video directed by Coan "Buddy" Nichols (The Original Skateboarder, The Body Corporate, Deathbowl to Downtown, Love Letters to Skateboarding). Through Nichols' lens, "Too Far Gone?" becomes the score to raw Metallica performance footage intercut with action shots of pro skater Felipe Nunes. The energy levels of the two scenarios feed off one other, resulting in peak after peak of hyperkinetic intensity-plus a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo from Tony Hawk, who premiered the video yesterday. (continue)

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All Time Low have shared "Fake As Hell," a brand-new collaborative single featuring eight-time GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, designer, and philanthropist Avril Lavigne.

Elaborating on "Fake As Hell" frontman Alex Gaskarth shared, "'Fake As Hell' is a song about recognizing what's real and saying goodbye to what's not- it's about cutting ties with people and things that don't lift you up and help you progress. It's a wave goodbye to whatever's in the rear-view mirror and a new perspective on the road ahead. Collaborating on this one with Avril is a dream realized and getting to watch her do what she does best in the studio was crazy inspiring." (continue)

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Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) releases his long-awaited new solo studio album, CMF2, and he celebrated by sharing a music video for the track "We Are The Rest".

CMF2, Taylor's first album for BMG and the first on his own label imprint, Decibel Cooper Recordings, was produced by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Amon Amarth), who also produced Stone Sour's 2017 Hydrograd as well as Taylor's solo debut release, CMFT. (continue)

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The suite of songs by The Who on which, more than half a century ago, Pete Townshend foresaw the invention of the internet, of virtual reality and pandemic-style lockdown, is heard as he intended for the first time. UMe has released Who's Next/Life House as a lavish, multi-format Super Deluxe edition and is now available to order here.

Featuring 155 tracks, of which 89 are previously unreleased and 57 feature fresh remixes, the set will delight longtime Who fans with its long-sought, complete picture of Townshend's incredibly prescient songwriting, while captivating a new audience with his visionary description of a future that has, in many ways, come true. It features all of his songs, in their many stages of development, from the abandoned, audacious Life House project, started In 1969 as a follow-up to The Who's epic Tommy, and from the undisputed rock classic of 1971 that it evolved into, Who's Next. (continue)

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In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the band's seminal album Absolution, Muse have announced the November 17th release of Muse Absolution XX Anniversary.

Continuing where Origin Of Muse left off, Muse Absolution XX Anniversary edition features remastered audio, never before released live versions, demos, photos and an in-depth interview with the band where they discuss the ups and downs of the recording process as well as the social environment they found themselves in which influenced the album's themes. There is an additional interview and Q&A with Rich Costey. (continue)

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We are pleased to premiere TAFKAVince Band's new track "Expiration Date" with this special Singled Out where we asked band leader Vince SanFilippo to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

Like most songs that I bring to the band, "Expiration Date" was written quickly in one sitting. I then spent a couple of days playing it repeatedly to refine the lyrics, rhythm, and melody. I felt good about it and brought it to the band right away. That is where it took off toward its final form. (continue)

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