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Day in Rock Report for 10/01/2023

Speaking exclusively to Rock Candy Mag as part of an in-depth 16-page cover story, legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper told writer Andrew Daly that he's determined to buck the current trend of rock stars retiring.

"A farewell tour hasn't crossed my mind at all," said Alice, who turned 75 this year. "And it's weird because all my friends are retiring. Gene Simmons said to me recently, 'Look, I'm done. Come December it's over.' And I go, 'Well, you know, these farewell tours go on for years and years now, right?' But Gene was very serious and said, 'Not this time. I promise you that come December, Kiss as we know it is absolutely done.'

"The guys in Aerosmith are saying the same thing, as are many other bands from my era. But none of that occurs to me. It's never been a thought that I'd retire. I feel great, and the band sounds great. I'm 75, but I'll be up there at 90 if I'm still in good enough shape." (continue)

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Johnny Marr has announced that he will staging two in conversation events later this month in support of his upcoming book "Marr's Guitars" set for release on October 17th.

The first event will take place at Warsaw in Brooklyn on October 23rd with a Los Angeles counterpart being held on October 25th at The Regent Theater. Guest moderators to be announced. (continue)

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Red Reign have shared their new song "No Peace, No Love", which is the third single from their forthcoming album, "Don't Look Back", that will arrive on October 27th and was produced by David Ivory (Halestorm).

Chipster sent over these details: Red Reign take 80's influences and steer them in a more contemporary direction - bridging the sounds of yesterday and today. The band is comprised of members singer/guitarist Carlton "Bubba" McMichael, guitarist Stevie Shred, bassist Larry Moore, and drummer Sammy Lee. Red Reign has worked with Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum producer David Ivory (Halestorm) on both its releases: 2021's self-titled EP and 2023's forthcoming full-length Don't Look Back. (continue)

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Latewaves will be celebrating the release of their new self-titled album with a special hometown album release show on October 27th at House of Independents in Asbury Park. Special guests include Little Hag, Family Dinner, Charlie & Margot, and Steve Kelly.

The self-titled collection was just released by Open Your Ears Records, and features recent singles "Frog", "Italian Smokes", and "Same Air", as well as new single "Plane". (continue)

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Trevor Rabin, the South African guitarist, singer, multi-musician, writer and producer, recently announced 'Rio', his first solo album of vocal material in 34 years, set for release in just a week's time on October 6, 2023 worldwide.

Today he is pleased to launch the third track taken from the album, the emotionally powerful 'Oklahoma'. As Trevor describes: "In 1995 I wrote the germ of a lyric inspired by the devastating bombing in Oklahoma. It traumatized the entire nation and will always be a dark day for the country. Thirty plus years later I believed the time was right and ok to tackle the song I had written. It's dedicated to family and friends who lost loved ones." (continue)

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Philly rockers The Stone Eye have released a brand new single called "Raindrops". Following the release of their latest full-length album back in April entitled Fata Morgana, the original core members of the band Stephen Burdick and Jeremiah Bertin decided to hit the studio and revisit their roots whilst simultaneously incorporating the musical experience they've gained over the years.

The end result is a perfect blend of modern Stone Eye elements mixed with the raw, heavy, and condensed sounds of the band's earlier works. "Raindrops" hits hard and will take you on a musical journey filled with odd time signatures, catchy hooks, and unexpected detours. The Stone Eye continues to bring it all together and "Raindrops" is no exception- get ready to be rocked! (continue)

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On Friday night (September 29th), U2 (Bono, The Edge and Adam Clayton with Bram van den Berg) lit up the Sphere stage with a mind-blowing opening night of their highly-anticipated U2:UV Achtung Baby Live at Sphere shows, reinventing the live music experience with the launch of the world's most cutting-edge venue.

U2 provided fans a fully immersive experience featuring top of the line technology. U2 utilized every part of Sphere's LED screen - the world's largest and highest-resolution - into an awe-inspiring gallery that showcased bespoke art from renowned artists including Es Devlin, John Gerrard, Marco Brambilla, and Industrial Light & Magic; all while performing on a Brian Eno-inspired turntable stage. (continue)

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Harper, the incredible 12-year-old vocalist who took the internet by storm with her mind-blowing cover of Spiritbox's Holy Roller and captured the hearts of millions as a contestant on last year's America's Got Talent, has today shared another official single with fans.

The track, Chelsea Smile, is a blistering cover of the smash hit single by Bring Me The Horizon, originally released in 2008 on their album Suicide Season & as a single/video in January 2009. It's not her first brush with BMTH, having recorded a casual cover at home of Shadow Moses in May which quickly racked up 95k views on YouTube. (continue)

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New Years Day has today shared their new single, "Vampyre". A ferocious and haunting track - just in time for the scariest time of the year - "Vampyre" serves as a follow up to last year's "Hurts Like Hell".

On the new single, vocalist Ash Costello shares: "'Vampyre' is a song for anyone who has battled or is battling a malignant narcissist, which, essentially, is a certain kind of person who tries to suck the life out of you. Since I have personally experienced living with this type of monster, I wanted to write a song specifically for anyone else going thru something similar in hopes it may help them discover some strength or help give them power to overcome it. So this is a song for anyone who has dealt with this type of person. It insists, 'You're not going to drain the life from me.'" (continue)

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RED have released RATED R, their eighth studio album produced by RED guitarist Anthony Armstrong and have also shared a video for their new single "Surrogates."

Combining the band's signature symphonic elements, piano-driven atmospheres and heavy yet melodic guitarwork with deep-seated and robustly delivered messages, RED's RATED R is a thought-provoking project. The recording tackles several resonant and relevant topics amidst centering on the ideological and interpersonal divisions, confrontations and suffering of modern society. (continue)

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Michael Sweet (Stryper, Boston, Iconic, Sweet & Lynch) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge Of Forever, Hardline, Jorn) have launched a new project called "SoleDriver".

The group will be releasing their debut album, "Return Me To Light" on November 17th and are giving fans their first taste with the release of the first single and music video called "Rise Again". (continue)

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Sleeping With Sirens has unleashed their latest offering 'Complete Collapse (Deluxe)' via Sumerian Records. 'Complete Collapse (Deluxe)' includes brand new, never before heard acoustic interpretations of "Let You Down", "Us", and "Be Happy" in this expanded edition.

In celebration of today's release, the band has shared their explosive new single "Don't Let The Party Die" (produced by Tyler Smyth) along with the accompanying official music video and limited edition merch. (continue)

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311 have released an expanded & remastered re-issue of their classic debut album Music to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary. Originally released in February 1993, Music features singles "Freak Out," "Do You Right" (peaked at #27 on Billboard's Alternative Airplay chart), "Visit," "My Stoney Baby" (featured in 2008's Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay), and "Feels So Good." The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1999 and peaked at #37 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.

Released through Volcano Entertainment/Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, there are two expanded vinyl versions of Music - featuring the fourteen original album tracks plus four bonus tracks of pre-production demos from 1992 made available on vinyl for the first time ever. (continue)

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Meet Me @ The Altar have released Past // Present // Future (Deluxe), an extended version of their debut album which arrived earlier this year. The release is accompanied by an official music video for new track "Changes."

The deluxe record was heralded by new singles "Strangers," and "Give It Up," in addition to their long-awaited cover of "Take Me Away" from the iconic 2000s movie, Freaky Friday. The tracks arrived to praise from Rolling Stone, Stereogum, Consequence, UPROXX, Alternative Press, and more. UPROXX hailed "Strangers" as "lively and catchy," while Stereogum attested, "...[it's] as punchy and catchy as you'd hope, with riffs that verge on metallic and hooks that edge up to bubblegum pop." Guitar World celebrated the single as "another gem from one of punk's most talented up-and-coming groups." (continue)

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German melodic power metal band Turbokill centered around singer Stephan Dietrich (ex-Alpha Tiger) have released their second digital single, "Tear It Down", worldwide!

After the previous single ,"Time To Wake", received critical acclaim across social media networks and beyond, TURBOKILL follows up with "Tear It Down", a lesson in authentic European power metal.

Singer Stephan comments on the single lyrics : "How quickly do you get stuck in this life - in the everyday life of a society that places all kinds of expectations on you? And how quickly do you lose sight of yourself in this hustle and bustle? The years go by, you build comfort zones and then finally forget what you really want from life. Our new single 'Tear It Down' is meant to shake us awake, to rediscover our innermost desires and to tear down all blockades that prevent us from doing so." (continue)

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Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Heather Anne Lomax has spent the greater part of the past decade putting her own spin on the Americana and Country-Rock/Blues genres. LOMAX has signed to Blackbird Record Label for THE DOMAN TRACKS-her forthcoming album and third overall-that's due November 3 and has released its roots-rocking debut track "Heavy Load."

THE DOMAN TRACKS is a previously unheard collaboration of original songs recorded with the late MICHAEL DOMAN, formerly the singer-songwriter-producer of the noted '80s L.A. rock band Broken Homes. LOMAX and DOMAN cut the intimate material during two years of recording sessions with LOMAX taking lead vocals, DOMAN singing duet and background vocals, and LOMAX, DOMAN, and JEFF SEBENS on guitar. The sessions, all cut live, also featured support from other local players, with engineer JASON HILLER's bass parts added later. The recordings were set aside, but LOMAX returned to them after DOMAN's untimely death from a brain ailment in December of 2020. (continue)

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