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Day in Rock Report for 11/16/2023

Sammy Hagar appeared on SiriusXM's The Howard Stern Show this week where he announced the creation of a brand-new supergroup featuring longtime bassist Michael Anthony, second-generation drum legend Jason Bonham, and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani.

The foursome - who next year will embark on a "Best of All Worlds Tour" - performed publicly for the first time in the SiriusXM studios, playing classic Van Halen tunes like "Right Now" and "5150" while also celebrating the music of trailblazers ranging from Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin to Anthony and Hagar's former bandmate Eddie Van Halen and he offered an invitation for Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth to join them. (continue)

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In a new profile by Mick Michaels at "The Cosmick View", Steven Adler's publicist Rikki Lee Travolta expounds upon the importance of managing image in the media - citing Poison lead singer Bret Michaels as an ideal example of image done right.

"I admire guys like Bret Michaels - who is an absolute expert at image. He has a very specific look that he has cultivated over the years. He has a very specific music style. He has certain catchphrases and a way of speaking that is inherently his own. He has a wonderfully charismatic public persona that highlights his best attributes as a person. It all comes together brilliantly," says Travolta. (continue)

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Foreigner has announced dates for their Farewell Tour of Canada. Set to begin on May 3, 2024 at the Abbotsford Centre in Abbotsford, BC, Foreigner will be joined by Headpins, one of Canada's 80's hit-makers. The spectacular show will thrill audiences with stellar performances of chart-topping songs. Tickets go on sale on November 17, 2023.

Foreigner will continue its long-term initiative with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation to support music education in Canadian schools. The band will join radio partners to create a contest for local high school choirs to win the opportunity to perform a song live on stage with Foreigner, together with a donation to their music program. (continue)

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Los Angeles Alternative Rock outfit, Porno For Pyros, announced they will embark on their farewell tour in 2024. After a 26 year touring hiatus, Perry Farrell, Stephen Perkins, and Peter DiStefano kick off the 16-city tour, produced by Live Nation, on February 13 at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA making stops across North America in Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Toronto, ON; Boston, MA; New York, NY and more before wrapping up in Montclair, NJ at The Wellmont Theater on March 10.

30 years since their self-titled album, the band has also begun to debut new music including a new ocean conscious single "Agua" releasing on November 16th - presave HERE. Perry Farrell shared his excitement for the launch stating, "Now we're here, and that same heart, that same desire to make music together, has returned. Getting together with these guys has been some of the most fun, the happiest times in my life". Originally inspired by the band members' close encounters with dolphins on their globe-trotting surfing trips of the '90s, "Agua" reflects their contemporary environmental concerns. The single is part of a forthcoming self-released EP set to drop in 2024 ahead of the band's touring run. (continue)

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Rush frontman Geddy Lee previewed his memoir My Effin' Life in a conversation at Beacon Theater in New York with special guest interviewer Paul Rudd. Along with a once in a lifetime night and Fan Q&A with the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Famer, every ticket purchased on this 14-date tour includes a copy of the new memoir and a 16 page tour program featuring unpublished stories, photos and more.

Geddy Lee gave his fans a never before seen peek into the very fabric of his life: from a deep reflection of his family and childhood, to a dive into the history of RUSH; from the determined pursuit of music, to the personal memories with his life-long friends and band-mates, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. The rock legend shared personal thoughts, stories, and advice with the audience, showing fans who he truly is behind the scenes. (continue)

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Legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett will release his new studio album 'The Circus And The Nightwhale' on February 16th 2024, via InsideOut Music. A rite-of-passage concept album with a young character called Travla at the centre of it, 'The Circus And The Nightwhale's' 13 tracks have an autobiographical angle for the musician who says about his 30th solo release: "I love this album. It says the things I've been wanting to say for a very long time."

'The Circus And The Nightwhale' is Steve's first new music in over two years. It follows the beautiful acoustic LP 'Under A Mediterranean Sky' from January 2021 - which rose to No 2 in the UK Classical chart - and, in September of that year, his metallic masterpiece Surrender Of Silence, which hit the UK Top 40. His 2023 live album, 'Foxtrot At Fifty + Hackett Highlights: Live in Brighton', reached No 2 in the Rock & Metal Chart. Steve's new LP promises ballads, blues, blistering progressive rock... and healthy measures of theatre and fantasia. (continue)

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Jared James Nichols today released a video for his cover of Man In The Box by Alice in Chains. Jared's music video for the single is released head of his UK and European tour supporting "Mr. Big" in Spring 2024.

"Man in the Box is one of my favourite songs ever," says Jared. "I remember this being one of the first songs I really connected to as a child. Between the bluesy vocals and slinky guitar riff, all the way down to the sludgy overtones, it's timeless and pure perfection. I started jamming this one at my shows because it is so much fun to play, the audience response was instant." (continue)

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Better Lovers end 2023 with the unexpected release of "Two Alive Amongst The Dead," a standalone single that caps off a year that saw the Better Lovers seemingly burst out of nowhere only to become one of heavy music's most talked about, and promising, new bands.

"'Two Alive...' was birthed on tour this Summer," Will Putney notes of the nearly-three-minute rager that Jose Mangin debuted yesterday on Sirius XM's Liquid Metal. "We were having fun with the high energy, aggressive material live, and that cathartic spirit carried into this song. This is a band that never stops having ideas and likes the challenge of showing new music to fans live, so it was performed and fine-tuned on our Fall dates, and then immediately tracked in the studio between touring to make sure that fire stayed intact. There is no better feeling than capturing lightning in a bottle like this." (continue)

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Finally, after a thirteen year wait, southern rock legends Molly Hatchet is proud to present "Firing Line", a brand new song recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, UK.

The song was produced by Bobby Ingram of Molly Hatchet, engineered by Chris Bolster (Paul McCartney, Foo Fighters, Elton John) and mastered by Lucy Launder and Alex Wharton (Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones). (continue)

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Starting in 1971, London-born, globally-raised artist Phil Manzanera gave guitars a new sound, first through the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Roxy Music, and later through the band 801. Today, the super-producer and guitar hero is selling a collection of gear from his very own Gallery Studios in The Official Phil Manzanera Reverb Shop.

"Now is the time for change, as the methods of recording studios have changed," Manzanera says. "Goodbye to lots of analog equipment that hasn't been used, for one reason or another, for years. We're looking for new homes for them." (continue)

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Symphonic metal masters Therion deliver another preview with stomping "Ayahuasca" from their upcoming album, 'Leviathan III', set for release on December 15, 2023. With this new opus, mastermind Christofer Johnsson continues the band's 30 year-plus string of success, with their predecessor 'Leviathan' peaking at #11 on the German Album Charts.

The new track is a true musical journey featuring a deep choir and psychedelic elements, delivering the finest bombast - versatile yet heavy while finding a harmonious and balanced blend between guitars, choir and orchestra. The new single is accompanied by a fascinating and extraordinary official video that was filmed in the Amazon. (continue)

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Finnish heavy rockers Graven Sin just released their new album, "Veil of the Gods", and to celebrate we asked Ville Pystynen to tell us about one of the tracks and he selected "I Am Samael". Here is the story:

The story of Graven Sin begins here, with this song, the first one written when it felt like it was the time to reach for a lifelong dream and make it real. I wanted to combine influences from the past and present, have that heavy and sludgy drive turning into an uplifting epic which was fully reached when Nicholas combined story-telling with the glorious pre-chorus and the chorus itself. The original song started out without the vocal intro that made it whole at production stage, not going straight back to it anytime soon and is also one of the very few songs that we chose not to include a guitar solo. (continue)

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