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Day in Rock Report for 11/19/2023

Due to overwhelming demand, We Were Young Festival has added a second date on Sunday, October 20, 2024 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Fans can sign up now for the festival's waitlist for guaranteed access to tickets for the second date at WhenWeWereYoungFestival.com. The general public on-sale will begin on Tuesday, November 21 at 10AM PT.

Returning for its third year in Las Vegas, the festival will feature the same lineup on both Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 dates. Headliners My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy lead next year's massive lineup, which features more than 50 full album live performances. (continue)

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Legendary Japanese rock band X Japan have shared the sad news that their bassist Heath has died at the age of 55 after a battle with colorectal cancer. The group issued the following statement:

His cancer was found during an examination in June of this year. Despite his efforts to battle the disease, his condition declined suddenly in October, and he took his last breath in the hospital. (continue)

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Austin City Limits (ACL) presents a Season 49 high point: Rock superstars Foo Fighters return to shake up Austin City Limits in an epic hour featuring classics alongside gems from their latest album But Here We Are, newly nominated for a trio of 2024 Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Album. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icons make their mark in the annals of ACL history once again, having previously graced the ACL stage twice before, with unforgettable performances in 2009 and 2015. ACL saluted the band's 25th Anniversary in 2021 with a fan-favorite hourlong special featuring beloved classics from both appearances, now one of the most requested episodes in the ACL archives. The highly-anticipated new installment premiered November 18 as part of the series Season 49. ACL airs weekly on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings) and full episodes are made available to stream online at pbs.org/austincitylimits immediately following the initial broadcast. The show's official hashtag is #acltv.

The program, produced by Austin PBS and recorded live at ACL's studio home ACL Live in Austin, Texas, continues its extraordinary run as the longest-running music television show in history, providing viewers a front-row seat to the best in live performance for 49 years as the music institution nears a remarkable half-century milestone. Austin City Limits celebrates 50 years as a live music beacon in 2024: on October 17, 1974, Willie Nelson taped the pilot episode and the trailblazing series premiered in 1975. Stay tuned for news on special concerts, fan events and activations as Austin City Limits salutes an incredible legacy of 50 golden years of American musical history and iconic performances. (continue)

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Day two of Julien's Auctions blockbuster three-day music auction event "PLAYED, WORN, & TORN: ROCK 'N' ROLL ICONIC GUITARS AND MEMORABILIA" turned up to 20 on Friday, November 17th, with a second million-dollar guitar sale. On the heels of its $1.27 million sale of Eric Clapton's iconic "Fool" guitar, Julian's Auctions sold the highly anticipated "Skystang I," played by Kurt Cobain during his final public performance during Nirvana's 1993 - 1994 In Utero tour, for $1,587,500.

The guitar was acquired by Mitsuru Sato who bid via the phone at the auction held at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. Sato, a Japan based businessman plans to open a cafe with museum style exhibitions to display the Skystang I, along with other famous musical instruments, giving access to the public to potentially engage with them. He commented, "I want to pass on rock to the next generation in a real way. We would like to use this guitar to support the next generation aiming to pursue music." (continue)

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The start of a musician's career is not only an intriguing collection of what happened, but maybe even more important is a gaze into what their future might hold. With musical artist Neil Young, Archives Vol. I: 1963-1972 offers the sounds of his first decade, but just as importantly holds a light on the future of what's to come. Young's world of sound and spirit remains a never-ending adventure. It starts here.

Neil Young Archives Vol. I: 1963-1972 is the first in a series of archival box sets that was originally released on June 2, 2009, in three formats: A 10-disc deluxe edition in either Blu-ray or DVD and an 8-disc CD box. (continue)

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The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, hailing from the vibrant, blues-soaked roots of Louisiana, unveils their latest masterpiece, "Dirt On My Diamonds Vol. 1," today, Nov. 17. This eagerly anticipated album features not one, but three compelling title tracks written by James LeBlanc, namely "Dirt On My Diamonds" and "Man On A Mission," along with the riveting "Bad Intentions." For those eager to immerse themselves in the sonic brilliance of "Dirt On My Diamonds Vol. 1," the opportunity to listen to this musical gem is available now. Click here to be among the first to experience the magic.

Marking an illustrious 20-year journey in the blues and rock realm, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has attained unparalleled success, boasting millions in album sales and numerous Top 10 charting singles. His artistry breathes new life into the timeless blues tradition, infusing it with a modern and invigorating twist. A beacon of creative prowess, James LeBlanc, the co-writer behind the album's leading singles, stands out as a remarkable songwriter proudly affiliated with the esteemed Dreamlined Entertainment Group. (continue)

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Beloved, Portland pop/indie-rock trio Gossip returns with Real Power, their first album in 11 years, set for release on March 22, 2024, on Ultra Records and they are giving fans their first taste of the effort with the release of the new single "Crazy Again".

The album marks a reunion with acclaimed producer Rick Rubin, who helmed the band's pivotal 2009 album Music For Men. At the coaxing of Rubin, the band started recording in 2019 after completing a tour for the ten-year anniversary of Music For Men. Recorded at Rubin's home studio in Kauai, the process was temporarily halted by the pandemic and resumed when restrictions lifted. The result is an 11-track celebration of the galvanizing might of music, the joy of creative expression, and the power of chosen family in the aftermath of collective and personal trauma. The timing is ripe for a Gossip reunion, and Real Power heralds a new maturity and renewed sense of purpose for the trio. "When we began, so much about Gossip was about running away-that was always in the music," says Ditto. "We survived. We came from nothing, and we got the f*** out of there. And to be here 20 years later and still making music together is just incredible." (continue)

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Lollapalooza India returns for its second edition featuring headliners Sting, Jonas Brothers, Halsey and OneRepublic, along with incredible performances from Keane, Lauv, Jungle, Royal Blood, JPEGMAFIA, Meduza, Malaa, Caribou, The Rose and many more.

The festival will showcase more than 35 bands on four stages at Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai on January 27-28, 2024. Tickets are available at www.LollaIndia.com. (continue)

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Post Profit have shared the visualizer for "Two Toxic" to celebrate the release of their new six-song EP, Self Defeater, via SharpTone Records.

"With 'Two Toxic,' we wanted to do something different and show a more emotional side with what we call an 'anti' love song," the band says. "Lyrically, it touches on the feeling of being in love, but also highlights the negative effects that often come with it. We put aggressive driving guitars and accents up against gentle delicate moments to resemble that push and pull effect." (continue)

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Meeting fans in intimate circles and grand theatres last month, from London and Leeds to Paris and Amsterdam, The Boxer Rebellion's connection to their illustrious past felt as visceral as the rush of love that found them in the present. Following those unforgettable nights, when old songs met new and their five-year hiatus came to an official end, the real sense that only good things still lie in wait is expressed in delicately weighted tones on their latest track, Lightness Out Of Darkness.

The same band that established towering DIY ideals, toured the world independently and impacted a decade of popular culture profoundly through soundtrack contributions and TV appearances, Nathan Nicholson (vocals), Andrew Smith (guitars), Adam Harrison (bass) and Piers Hewitt (drums) achieve the notable feat of updating their sound, while remaining 100% the same The Boxer Rebellion that fans have always loved. (continue)

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Pearl Jam and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorate the 30th anniversary of the band's seminal sophomore full-length offering, Vs., with a series of special releases.

Vs. is now available in new Vinyl and Cassette configurations via various partners. Pearl Jam's own Ten Club features an exclusive 2LP Dreamsicle (translucent orange with white swirls) color variant vinyl and clear cassette. Target offers its own 1LP exclusive clear vinyl, an international clear vinyl will also be available outside of the United States, and a new black 2LP vinyl will be available in participating retailers. (continue)

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Northern Ireland rock legends The Answer have unveiled their latest single "Wild Heart" under the banner of Golden Robot Records, along with an official video.

Fresh off an exhilarating summer festival tour that saw them captivate audiences with over a dozen performances throughout the UK and Europe, The Answer managed to carve out time for the creation of a new single. The latest release, meticulously titled "Wild Heart," took shape during an intensive recording session at the conclusion of their eventful summer, expertly guided by the acclaimed producer Dan Weller. In the footsteps of their previous chart-toppers "Blood Brother" and "Want You To Love Me," this latest track is a gritty, irresistibly captivating rock groove that exudes confidence and sophistication. A testament to the band's newfound creative momentum, "Wild Heart" showcases The Answer in a thrilling new artistic direction. (continue)

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15 additional shows in 8 North American cities have been announced for the NOFX Final Tour, including the last NOFX shows ever--October 4, 5 and 6, 2024, in Los Angeles at San Pedro's Berth 46. Tickets for these new tour dates go on sale Monday, November 20 at 10:00 AM PT at www.PunkInDrublicFest.com. Options include single day, the Bro Bundle, VIP, and more, including a digital download of each show with ticket purchase.

The in-progress forty cities around the world tour began on April 22, 2023 in Austin, TX. The trek includes shows in Australia in January, Europe in May and June, and the April - October 2024 North American dates. NOFX will perform forty songs a night, including full albums and rarities at all shows during the NOFX Final Tour. Plus, they will never repeat a setlist to ensure that each show is unique. (continue)

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Any Given Day have announced that they will issue their upcoming album Limitless on January 26 via Arising Empire and have shared a music video for the album's title track.

True to its name, Limiteless explores themes of boundless potential and unbridled creativity. The album promises to be a groundbreaking addition to their discography, featuring tracks that push the limits of metalcore with innovative sounds and profound lyrical depth. Fans can expect a collection of songs that not only resonate with the band's signature energy but also venture into new musical exploration. (continue)

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Melodic post-hardcore trailblazers Being As An Ocean have released their emotionally charged single, "Flesh & Bone," a powerful exploration of the duality between the pursuit of dreams and the yearning for home.

Providing further context for "Flesh & Bone," the band elucidates, capturing the essence of the new single, "Flesh & Bone seeks to describe the splitting of the soul that happens when one gives themselves to their passions, dreams, and obsessions. It is about the feeling of longing for home while being away, while also acknowledging that too much time spent in comfort is time taken away from the unknown, discovery, and adventure. The song is about missing loved ones from the road: the isolation that can be felt when you are away from your support network, especially when you are emotionally low. When the road has become a part of who you are or has shaped you in significant ways, no matter how much you hold those you love dear or how precious the time spent at home, the road still pulls at you and your spirit still hears its call." (continue)

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One of the UK's most beloved British bands Madness have unveiled their highly anticipated, 13th full length album Theatre Of the Absurd Presents C'Est La Vie, via BMG. The long-awaited album comes seven years after the release of their last record.

In a joint statement about the new LP, Madness said: "Well, well, well, here we are... our 13th album (lucky for some). Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C'Est La Vie is ready for your ears. For us, recording it was the perfect antidote to the chaos of the past few years - we were all there, properly in the zone. It was just us, in an industrial unit in Cricklewood, playing together. We loved it!" (continue)

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Machine Gun Kelly has released a new collaborative album with established lofi producer lonelyboy titled lofi chill vibes with Machine Gun Kelly. The project is a collection of songs MGK released over his last three albums re-recorded with the lush, calming sounds of lonelyboy's lofi production. The standout tracks include "drunk face" and "forget me too" where the duo come together to give fans a whole new listening experience to these incredible records.

Since 2019, MGK unleashed a series of albums that pushed him further into the spotlight and established him as one of the leading artists in the business. Hotel Diablo led the way debuting at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 but his next two albums really put the star on the map. (continue)

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Deafheaven have released the long-awaited reissue of their monumental sophomore album Sunbather. Sunbather was not only a massive success upon its release in 2013, it also created a radical shift in heavy music culture, an acceptance of the genre by previous outsiders, and a trailblazing sound that previously hadn't been heard outside of learned circles. It was a reveille introducing the changing of the guard in metal, featuring phenomenal reviews across the board and breaking the mold used by buttoned-up indie types and false-flag musical connoisseurs intent on keeping the status quo. (continue)

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Bryan Ferry's ninth solo studio album 'Mamouna' is reissued for the first time since its initial release in 1994 - the latest instalment in Bryan Ferry's career-spanning reissue collection via BMG. Available in a deluxe expanded edition, the release celebrates the 30th anniversary of a unique chapter in Bryan Ferry's solo catalogue, and also features a second, previously unreleased studio album titled 'Horoscope'.

The 2023 reissue has been described as a "multi-textured work of exquisite illusion, the anguish beneath the opulence" by MOJO, "one of the great mood albums" by Uncut, "lusciously seductive" by Blitzed Magazine with Classic Pop confirming, "Horoscope is a fascinating addition to how Ferry arrived at such sophistication". (continue)

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"'Echo the Halls' is a simple love story of two unhinged souls searching for a light at the end of a tunnel," explains celebrated folk troubadour Chuck Ragan about his new single. Widely anticipated, it's his first new music since 2016's soundtrack to the videogame The Flame in the Flood.

Brimming with trademark Chuck-isms, "Echo the Halls" keeps one foot firmly planted in the punk tradition that carried him through a majority of his musical career as co-frontman of Florida's Hot Water Music and the other in the rootsy Americana of his solo career. With his distinctly rugged and warm vocals soaring anthemically above a propulsive rhythm section that complements his heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics, Chuck displays his music's innate immediacy, making him a beloved songwriter and a press darling. (continue)

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