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Day in Rock Report for 09/28/2023

The Rolling Stones have released a new song called "Sweet Sounds of Heaven," which features a bravura vocal performance by Lady Gaga, alongside Stevie Wonder on Fender Rhodes, Moog and piano.

"Sweet Sounds of Heaven" is the second single from the Rolling Stones forthcoming studio album "Hackney Diamonds," that is set to be released on October 20 via Geffen Records. (continue)

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U2 have shared a teaser for their brand new track titled Atomic City which will be released on Friday 29th September 2023. Produced by Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite, it was recorded at Sound City in LA and comes ahead of the band's upcoming run of dates at Sphere in Las Vegas celebrating their seminal 1991 album Achtung Baby.

Atomic City is a 3 and a half minute homage to the magnetic spirit of 70's post punk with a nod to Blondie, whose pioneering work with Giorgio Moroder inspired and influenced the band. Bono says "It's a love song to our audience ...'where you are is where I'll be'." (continue)

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Depeche Mode has revealed two strikingly different visual aspects of "My Favourite Stranger," another standout from its universally acclaimed Memento Mori (Columbia Records), hailed by Allmusic for its "pulsing menace" that "builds to discomfiting yet alluring levels of anxiety." First is the Anton Corbijn-directed official music video that premiered September 21, taking viewers on a journey to an unknown destination alongside an enigmatic figure with a surprising secret. Next up is today's unveiling of "My Favourite Stranger (Vinegar Hill Sessions)," the third in a series of intimate and unique pared back arrangements of Memento Mori tracks recorded live at Brooklyn's Vinegar Hill studios.

On the live front, having kicked off the third leg of the Memento Mori World Tour with a trio of shows at Mexico City's Foro Sol stadium, Depeche Mode returns to the U.S. tomorrow, September 29, at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. Following a sold out spring run described as "a death-defying evening" (Los Angeles Times) and "a beautiful, life-affirming display of a band that, 43 years in, still has so much left to give" (Chicago Sun-Times), the tour's second trek through North America will visit arenas across the continent before wrapping with a mid-December four-night stand in Los Angeles. (continue)

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A special about the legendary Metal Massacre album highlights AXS TV's Heavy Metal Halloween, which will put the spooky spotlight on in-depth artist profiles, powerhouse performances and special themed episodes of AXS TV original series.

This year's lineup is headlined by the premiere of Metal Massacre: The Story Of The Legendary Album, making its network debut on October 28 at 9pE. Packed with all-star interviews, rare photos, the film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Metal Massacre vinyl compilation-a sonic celebration of the burgeoning Los Angeles Metal scene, which helped launch the careers of iconic acts Metallica and Ratt, and ultimately led to the birth of the legendary independent record label Metal Blade Records. The film boasts priceless commentary and anecdotes from Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and his friend and collaborator John Kornarens, two metalheads with a dream who made Metal Massacre a reality; as well as Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield; Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy; and Black N' Blue singer Jamie St. James, among many others. An encore presentation of Metal Massacre will immediately follow at 11pE. (continue)

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UK rockers Neck Deep have premiered a music video for their new song "It Won't Be Like This Forever", which is the lead single from their just announce self-title album that will be hitting stores on January 19, 2024via Hopeless Records.

"We're so stoked to announce our new self made, self titled record," shares vocalist Ben Barlow. "With a return to roots approach, we made this record ourselves at our warehouse in North Wales, with Seb at the helm, and the rest of us over his shoulder, like it was at the start." (continue)

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Madness announce the news of their 13th full length album Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C'Est La Vie. Seven years after the release of their last record, the long-awaited album will be released on the November 17th via BMG.

After premiering on Zoe Ball's Radio 2 Breakfast Show this morning, lead single "C'Est La Vie" is now available and gives a taste of what's to come from the album. With an eerie space-ska feel, the song reflects on the perils of everyday life. According to composer/keyboard-wrangler Mike "Barso" Barson, the title track is "about these crazy times we're living in, and how I just want to stay on my boat and not be a part of all this madness. But of course, I'm a member of a group called Madness. Perhaps we should have called ourselves 'Sanity'..." (continue)

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Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has shared the third episode of the recently rebooted The Osbournes podcast with his wife and manager Sharon, son Jack and daughter Kelly.

Here is the episode synopsis: With special guest comedian Jamie Kennedy, The Osbournes delve into the changing landscape of the entertainment industry and explore the behind the scenes messaging in Sharon's latest obsession, "The Idol". (continue)

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Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is being his famed Cabo Wabo Birthday bash stateside this year with three special events that will be taking place in Huntington Beach, Ca, Las Vegas and Lisle, Il.

Sammy's camp had this to say, "Can't make it to Mexico for Sammy's Birthday Bash? Well, Sammy's Beach Bar Rum and Santo Tequila are bringing the party to you! Come and celebrate at parties in Southern California, Chicago, and Las Vegas where the cocktails will be flowing and Sammy tribute bands will be playing the tunes live!" (continue)

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Swedish rock legends Europe release their highly anticipated new single, "Hold Your Head Up," via Silver Lining Music on September 29. The track will be available to stream and download on Friday, September 29 across all reputable digital platforms, including Spotify, Apple, iTunes, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal, Pandora and YouTube Music.

Today Europe are very pleased to be sharing the official music video for the song with all their fans worldwide. The video offers a glimpse into the brand-new documentary that the band have been busy filming with producer / director Craig Hooper (Deep Purple / Saxon) for Coolhead Productions simply entitled Europe - The Movie. The film will tell the story of the band, from formation until present day, telling of their rise to success in the mid '80s, through hard times and heartache, to coming back in the millennium, and the current successes the band has achieved. This is set for release in early 2024. (continue)

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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band have announced that the remaining tour dates for the year have been postponed until 2024 as Springsteen continues to recover from "peptic ulcer disease."

The news was broken via social media with the following announcement, "Bruce Springsteen has continued to recover steadily from peptic ulcer disease over the past few weeks and will continue treatment through the rest of the year on doctor's advice. (continue)

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Jason Charles Miller has released a music video for his reimagining of the classic Iron Maiden song "Wasted Years", injecting the melodic heavy rock song with a bit of country.

No stranger to rock as the frontman to the industrial rock band Godhead, and now a country music star, Miller blends both genres in his take of the metal classic. He had this to say, "Wasted Years' is one of the most profound songs ever written about life on the road as a musician. (continue)

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Maneskin have announced a brand new version of their acclaimed #1 album RUSH! entitled RUSH! (ARE U COMING?), due for release on Friday 10th November 2023. The album features 5 brand new songs including the band's current single 'Honey (Are U Coming?)' alongside 'Valentine', 'Off My Face', 'The Driver' and 'Trastevere'.

Fresh with brand new album artwork which reverses the provocative original, the album will be available on multiple formats including standard, transparent and splatter Vinyl, Standard and Deluxe CD, and digitally. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Alice Cooper is sharing a behind the scenes look at "White Line Frankenstein" and other songs featured on his latest album, "The Road." In the second installment of "Behind The Tracks", Alice talks about the second single from the project.

"That's the monster that we created," says Alice of the inspiration for "White Line Frankenstein", which features guitar work by Tom Morello. "That's the truck driver or bus driver, and he's the guy that lives on there...he's a road rat forever; he's the king of the road. He doesn't live in a house; he lives in that truck." (continue)

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German prog-metal trio The Hirsch Effekt will be releasing their brand new studio album, "URIAN", tomorrow, September 29th. To celebrate we asked Ilja John Lappin to tell us about the latest single, "Otus." Here is the story:

I remember the time in January 2021, deepest winter in Germany, while the country was in the middle of a long lockdown in the Covid-19 pandemic. This was the second one and it would last about half a year. It had been a tough time for everyone with social distancing and everything that was going on. Maybe for us musicians things were even a little worse since we had already faced a year (2020) of financial struggles, cancelled shows, festivals, tours and had just somehow managed to keep afloat financially. The band dropped the last album "Kollaps" in the beginning of the pandemic, which unfortunately got barely recognition, since people's minds and focuses were somewhere off and not quite so much with new music that was being released. Understandable. The music & promo ran basically into nothing - at least that's what it felt like. We also never could tour the album and nobody could foresee that the pandemic would last for years, or at least I thought that first. Or maybe I was just being too naive. Probably. (continue)

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