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Day in Rock Report for 09/24/2023

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil was forced to halt his solo band's performance at the Oklahoma State Fair on Saturday following a shooting near where he was performing at the fairgrounds.

Neil tweeted, "At a concert in Oklahoma City Crazy night last night. 3/4 of the way thru the set people started running. We we're told to get in dressing room. There were shooters shooting people. Thank you fans for your understanding." (continue)

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Wolfgang Van Halen explained during a recent appearance on the Talk is Jericho podcast why he does not perform Van Halen tracks during his Mammoth WVH live sets.

He did however make an exception during the Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts where he performed the Van Halen classics "Of Fire, "Hot For Teacher" and "Panama" and the all-star concerts honoring the late Foo Fighters drumme (continue)

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Yes have returned to America with a career-spanning set list. The "Classic Tales Of Yes" tour launched September 21 in Bethlehem, PA and ends November 4 in Riverside, CA.

On this tour-the latest presentation of their ongoing concert series illuminating their classic music-YES is performing many iconic tracks from the influential and pioneering Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees' catalog covering 50-plus years as well as music from their acclaimed new album MIRROR TO THE SKY (released May 19 on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music). (continue)

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On Monday, September 25, 2023, Adler's Appetite Frontman Ari Kamin will be bringing his solo band Son of a Gun to the Whisky a Go-Go, the most legendary club on the Sunset Strip.

"I've played the Whiskey with Steven Adler and the crowds always love the Guns N' Roses material, but this is the first time that I'll be playing my original material," says Kamin. "I love playing with Steven, but it's also great to be respected for my own music." (continue)

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Dead Icarus, the new project of former Atreyu lead vocalist and Gold-selling artist Alex Varkatzas, has shared the video for the new track "The Vultures Circle."

"Hands down, this is the heaviest song I've ever been been involved with," Varkatzas says. "It's an 'F you' to the cancel culture that has infected society. 'Savior, Saint, Sinner, or Thief. Live long enough you'll die one of these.' It doesn't matter what's living inside you; it's just about what people wanna believe." (continue)

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Devin Townsend celebrates the 25th anniversary of his landmark solo album 'Infinity' in 2023, with a brand new edition of the record being released on November 24th, 2023. This newly remastered version of the album comes as a Limited 2CD Digipak, Gatefold 180g 2LP + LP-booklet & as Digital album, and includes all the bonus tracks from this era, as well as newly shot artwork & liner notes from Devin.

Devin comments: "As I move into a new phase of my work, (one that requires the next two years to be spent writing and recording), I reflect on the Infinity album and the period it all happened in many ways. This was my first attempt at engineering and mixing an album, and without it, I wouldn't have gotten where I am now on a technical level. It was like going to college at the time, and although it is primitive in many ways, it also reminded me of the amount of passion it takes to reach a new level. The whole process during the making of this album was fraught with learning, turmoil, growth, and psychological development. In fact: I didn't think at the time that I would even get through it, (let alone be here 25 years later writing and working with the hard-won experience that came as a direct result of making 'Infinity'). I realize now how pivotal this period of expression was for me, and how it was a testament to tenacity in the long run. As such, I'm proud that we've decided to re-release the record with all the bonus tracks and personal artwork from that period in one place. I was even asked to do an updated version of the naked cover album cover (!!!) so in the name of authenticity... I did that too. I believe this to be the quintessential version of the record. It was a statement then as it is now. And for those who were there during that period as well as those who are perhaps interested in how it all began, I present to you 'Infinity' in an updated fashion. I'm grateful for the opportunity to release it in this light and thank you all for the support all these years. Please wish me luck as I delve into this next phase, and being able to reflect on 'Infinity' during the start of this process has proven to be very useful." (continue)

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Electro-pop powerhouse artist Dragonette, aka songwriter/producer Martina Sorbara, today releases the deluxe version of 2022 album Twennies via BMG featuring 8 bonus tracks. The newly extended product features the four remixes previously released as singles (by The Knocks, Emily Nash, Ty Sunderland and Baby Weight) and boasts two unreleased remixes by The Fantasy Clinic (Don Vaillancourt), an acoustic version of 'Winning,' and a brand-new original track titled 'Literally Dead' - a collaboration between Dragonette and Big Data.

Sorbara says of the release: "I'm so excited to bring a fresh twist to Twennies with the Deluxe version. I've teamed up with friends and peers who have remixed some of my favourite tracks, along with a new original with Big Data called 'Literally Dead.' This album holds a special place in my heart and I can't wait to share this new layer of creativity with the Twennies Deluxe." (continue)

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RIOT (V) have announced that have inked a deal with Atomic Fire Records. Earsplit sent over the following details: RIOT: A band name that makes every metalhead's mind ring alert. With countless iconic musicians and bands listing them as a significant influence, the New York City-based group has undeniably paved the way for the hard 'n' heavy music scene. Their early musical outputs such as 1977's Rock City, 1979's Narita, 1981's Fire Down Under, and 1982's Restless Breed saw the band's growth from hard rock to more metal sounds which eventually led to their most iconic record, 1988's Thundersteel.

The band's path was unfortunately also marked by many strokes of fate causing significant lineup changes. The death of founding member Mark Reale had an immense impact on the group. Eventually Reale's Thundersteel bandmate and songwriting partner Don Van Stavern decided to continue the band's legacy and, out of respect for Reale, added "V" (Roman numeral five) to represent the fifth chapter of the group as well as the recorded singer. 2013 was the year that RIOT (V) was born! (continue)

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Horizon Theory has just released their latest single, "Darkness." The song features the powerful vocals of Josh Harrington, accompanied by Chris Black on guitars, Luen Murr on bass, and Jeff Hafer on drums.

In the lyrics, Harrington addresses the mental turmoil that comes with regret and the aftermath of a bad decision. The haunting melody and intense instrumentals perfectly capture the emotions of the lyrics. Fans of the band's previous work will not be disappointed with this latest release. (continue)

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Eva Under Fire have released the deluxe version of their acclaimed debut album Love, Drugs & Misery via Better Noise Music. The deluxe edition includes an additional 10 bonus tracks consisting of new acoustic tracks, remixes by Noise Machine, a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs," and reimagined tracks featuring country rock labelmate Cory Marks. It also includes the newly streaming track "Devil In Disguise".

"We worked so hard on this album; in 2020 we were all ready to release it, then the world shut down and put the brakes on everything," shares vocalist EVA MARIE. "We had to start all over again in 2022 and now, a year after the release of 'Love, Drugs & Misery,' we are looking back and realizing what a wild, amazing ride it's been. We're out here playing in front of thousands of fans all around the world and hearing our songs on the radio! This deluxe album has all the things... a never heard before cover, songs that didn't make it on the original album and some re-mixes too. So, to celebrate the first birthday of 'Love, Drugs & Misery,' we thought fans would love to hear all of that together on one special edition. Thank you to all of our fans! We hope you love it!" (continue)

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