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Day in Rock Report for 09/30/2023

Green Day have released their the massive Dookie 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition. As part of this blockbuster collection, the California trio celebrate their landmark 10x platinum, diamond-certified GRAMMY Award-winning third full-length offering and major label debut by unveiling previously unreleased Dookie demos-4-Track Demos and Cassette Demos-and Outtakes as well as two seminal live recordings, Live At Woodstock (1994) - for the first time on DSPs - and the previously unreleased Live In Barcelona (June 5 '94).

Of course, the record also houses signature generational anthems "Basket Case," "When I Come Around," "Welcome To Paradise," and "Longview," among others. Dookie 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be available everywhere digitally as well as a limited-edition 6-LP vinyl box set and 4-CD box set. Plus, a special version of the 6-LP vinyl box set will only be available on the band's web store and at indie record stores with each record pressed on a different shade of brown vinyl. (continue)

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(hennemusic) U2 has released a new single, "Atomic City", in sync with the launch of its Las Vegas residency "U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere" on Friday, September 29.

Produced by Jacknife Lee and Steve Lillywhite, the song was recorded at Sound City in Los Angeles; it is 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. "It's a love song to our audience," says Bono. "Where you are is where I'll be'." (continue)

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Shinedown's Brent Smith was recently on Audacy Check In and he talked about the meaning behind "A Symptom Of Being Human," touring with Papa Roach and Spiritbox, how their acoustic set at Blue Ridge Rock Festival happened, and more. The show sent over some excerpts.

"A Symptom Of Being Human" and talking about mental health: "I mean, it's a very interesting song because it's also a part of a very interesting record. You know, 'Planet Zero,' me and you have talked about this before, the album was written in the midst of a pandemic when people were just confused and afraid and scared, and kind of didn't know what tomorrow was gonna bring and what have you. So like, when we finally got into the room together during that time, I think the biggest focus that I looked at and the band looked at was how do we present something that is pure awareness of the fact that listen, we're all human beings and we're all a work in progress, and we're a band that's been talking about mental health for the better part of two decades before it was necessarily in the media, or that it was in you know, certain headlines and what have you. And thankfully, now it's talked about much more. And 'A Symptom Of Being Human' is exactly that." (continue)

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(hennemusic) Def Leppard is sharing a new live video of the "Diamond Star Halos" track "Take What You Want." The group's performance of the second single from the 2022 studio album was captured while on the road on a world tour with Motley Crue.

"Diamond Star Halos" was recorded simultaneously in three different countries during the pandemic, with Joe Elliott in Ireland, Rick Savage in England, and Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell and Rick Allen in the United States. (continue)

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Neil Young has announced that he will be rereleasing the long out of print, "Archives Vol. I: 1963-1972 CD Box Set on November 10th via reprise records that will contain 137 tracks on 8 CDs that will feature 24-page booklet and a large fold-out Archives poster.

At the time of release in 2009, 13 of the songs had never been released before. A further 34 tracks were previously unreleased live or alternate versions. The repertoire covers the first decade of Neil Young's career, including material from the Squires, Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and his early solo albums. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Queensryche is streaming video for a cover of the Billy Idol classic, "Rebel Yell", from its latest album "Digital Noise Alliance." The tune was originally the lead single and title track to Idol's 1983 breakthrough album, which delivered the rocker his first US Top 10 set on its way to sales of more than 2 million copies in the region.

Queensryche recorded "Digital Noise Alliance" with producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris; it marks the recording debut of touring drummer Casey Grillo, who's been in the band's lineup since 2017. (continue)

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Violent Femmes are preparing to hit the road later this week for their fall tour and have they have revealed the special support acts that will be joining them for the dates.

Ranging from singer-songwriters Elizabeth Moen, Kevin Hearn, and Rick Berlin, to Appalachian folk punk artist Black Guy Fawkes, genre-defying hard rock dance duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and pioneering soul-shoegaze-alternative rockers The Veldt, this menagerie of talent will perfectly accentuate the Femmes performance as they play their debut record from cover to cover as part of its 40th anniversary. (continue)

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KK's Priest celebrated the arrival of their sophomore album, "The Sinner Rides Again", by sharing a brand new music video for the record's new single, "Hymn 66."

The band features Judas Priest alum and Grammy Award musicians K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals), along with A.J. Mills (guitar), Tony Newton (bass) and Sean Elg (drums). (continue)

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Youth Fountain, the emo / pop-punk project from guitarist/vocalist Tyler Zanon, has shared a lyric video for the new single "Roses In My Backpack", from their third studio album, "Together In Lonesome", which will arrive on November 3rd.

"'Roses In My Backpack' is a personal favorite of mine," shares Zanon. "This track is all about the feeling of losing everything that ever mattered to me in life - being at a major breaking point and wanting to give up. (continue)

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Boston-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist Jesse Ahern has shared a new music video for the humbling single "The Older I Get" which features guest musicians Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys and country singer-songwriter Jaime Wyatt. The video was directed by Mike Rivkees.

"'The Older I Get' was almost a throwaway song," says Jesse. "I had been playing an earlier version of it while on tour in 2022, but something was missing. I brought the song to [producer] Ted Hutt, and he helped me make it the singalong it is now. While on the road with Jaime, she had asked if she could sing it with me onstage and it was a hit, so featuring her was a no-brainer. I felt the last verse was perfect for Ken and am honored that he was up for the task." (continue)

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B.C. Rich just released British virtuoso, Five Finger Death Punch lead guitarist Andy James' signature guitar. The guitar is based on the highly successful B.C. Rich Assassin model but features a Pitchfork headstock, a low-profile C-shaped satin neck optimized for speed, and heel-less neck-through construction. It is available in 6, 7, and 8-string versions and comes in three colors: satin black, satin white, and translucent green. The guitar is available at BCRich.com and authorized B.C. Rich dealers.

Andy James began playing guitar at the age of 12. He is known to fans for his critically acclaimed solo records and his previous tenure with Fields of the Nephilim, among others. He joined Five Finger Death Punch in 2020 during the band's European Arena Tour and appears on their latest album titled Afterlife. (continue)

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Baltimore rockers Super City just released a music video for their new single "Hang Up" ahead of their new album, " In The Midnight Room" (out Oct 20th). To celebrate, we asked Greg Wellham to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

This one had been a GarageBand demo on my phone for years. I took inspiration from one of our earlier songs written by Dan, Artificial Sin, as well as from older Motown type songs where there's a lot of call and response between lead and backup vox. (continue)

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