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Day in Rock Report for 11/15/2023

Sammy Hagar looked back at a couple of key turning points of his tenure in Van Halen on the Big Interview with Dan Rather podcast. The Red Rocker reflects on when band silenced doubters with the release of their first album together, and when they lost their manager.

AXS TV sent over the following: It's hard to step in for the lead singer of a world-famous band. But the easy-going Sammy Hagar was more than up to the challenge when he took over as frontman for Van Halen. (continue)

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Z2 Comics have announced, Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind features original stories for each of the nine album tracks including Where Eagles Dare - written by Steven Grant (The Punisher) illustrated by Carson Thorn (Batman the Barbarian), Revelations - fittingly crafted by Bruce Dickinson with Tony Lee (Doctor Who) and illustrated by Damien Worm (The October Faction); ("Revelations" being the first track in Maiden history to be solely-credited to Dickinson), Flight of Icarus by Eisner nominee Ivan Brandon (24Seven, Viking) illustrated by Francesco Dossena (Dylan Dog), Die With Your Boots On by Emmy-winning director and screenwriter Sacha Gervasi with art by Christian Rosado, The Trooper by Antony Johnston (Atomic Blonde) illustrated by Staz Johnson (Rogue Trooper), Still Life by Leah Moore & John Reppion (Conspiracy of Ravens) painted by John Pearson (Mindset), Quest for Fire from metal authority Brian Posehn (writer, comedian, actor) with art by Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Sun and Steel by multiple World Fantasy Award-nominee Chris Roberson (iZombie) with art by Danijel Žeželj (Luna Park), and To Tame a Land, written and illustrated by Alison Sampson (Hit-Girl).

In addition, between each story, the book is packed with original pieces of art by acclaimed illustrators, including Montos, Ghoulish Gary, Steve Chanks, Jan Meininghaus, Kyle Hotz, Jay Geldhof, Darin Hazmat, Travis Knight, Akirant, and Nat Jones. (continue)

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As a Christmas baby, it seems befitting that the late Jimmy Buffett would most certainly release a Christmas album, his first being Christmas Island in 1996. The unmistakably chill and festive holiday record, filled with both originals and inspired covers of beloved yuletide classics was an instant smash and became a perennial favorite for Parrotheads and lovers of Christmas music alike.

In celebration of the iconic artist's life and legacy, and just in time for the holidays, Buffett's Christmas Island, will be released on vinyl for the first time ever on December 15 via MCA/UMe. The festive platter arrives with two vinyl options for fans to choose from: standard black vinyl and limited edition red vinyl. (continue)

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Enterprise Earth have released their latest heavy hitter "The Reaper's Servant" featuring the inimitable Darius Tehrani from Spite. Today's drop is taken from the band's forthcoming new album 'Death: An Anthology' out on Friday, February 2 (via MNRK Heavy).

Speaking on today's news, Enterprise Earth commented: "'Reaper's' is definitely for the real metalheads out there. Overall, I'd say this is the most aggressive and straight-to-the-point track on [Death: An Anthology] as it comes out of the gate breathing fire and does not let up until it's over. We were elated to have Darius on the track as he absolutely nailed the vibe for his part. His unmistakable voice and energy really sent the whole track to a new level of confidence and power." (continue)

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The Dollyrots have released a lyric video for their new track "Alligator", which comes from their brand new studio album, Night Owls", plus they have announced a tour this coming January with Bowling For Soup and Lit.

"Alligator" is the most adolescent song on Night Owls, and we don't really mean it from a writing, production, or music standpoint. It's more about the frame of reference, the imagery that takes us back to growing up in a small town outside of Tampa. We had nothing to do but play guitars & hang out next to lakes, never really fitting in but dreaming of a time and place where we might" - explains Luis Cabezas. (continue)

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Available today is the 18th installment of Cardboard Sessions with Rancho De La Luna featuring Dave Catching, Brian O'Connor, Joey Castillo, and Clint Walsh. CardboardSessions (a collaboration between Signal Snowboards and Ernest Packaging) is a free-form video series that brings musicians together to play instruments built and designed by the creators of Cardboard Chaos, where progressive concept ideas in sports and music are crafted from cardboard.

A creative exploration of the love of music and the chance to hear something original with no rehearsal, no plan, and no rules. Artists who have had the opportunity to play the cardboard creations in past sessions include ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, J Mascis, Matt Sorum, Preservation Hall All-Star Band, LP, Dogstar, and more. (continue)

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Hachette Books have announced that they will be publishing "My Mama, Cass," the long-awaited, myth-busting, and deeply affecting memoir by the daughter of legendary rock star "Mama Cass" Elliot, on May 7, 2024.

Here is the synopsis: In the nearly 50 years since Cass Elliot's untimely death at the age of 32, rumors and myths have swirled about, shading nearly every aspect of her life. In her long-awaited memoir, Owen Elliot-Kugell shares the groundbreaking story of her mom as only a daughter can tell it. (continue)

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Loose Fang just released their new album, "Live Wires, Black Sheep", and to celebrate we asked band leader Adam Sabla to tell us about the single "Goodbye". Here is the story:

When I was in my early to mid twenties I was in a relationship that lasted six years. We were inseparable for most of that time-even playing in bands together and working at the same job. What began innocently as two young people in love inadvertently morphed into a sort of co-dependence, while resentments grew beneath the surface. I think we both felt that we gave so much of ourselves to the other that, when the relationship imploded rather suddenly, the impulse was to point fingers as to who was at fault. In time it revealed itself to be no one's fault-that we were just two young people that didn't know what we were doing. We were immature and inexperienced, and it felt like we were just playing house. (continue)

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