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Day in Rock Report for 11/28/2023

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley revealed in a new interview that he and original drummer Peter Criss have not been invited to appear at the band's final concert that will be taking place on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden.

Frehley was asked if there was a chance that he would appear at the show by SiriusXM host Mark Strigl and he responded, "No. You know what it is? Those guys use my name and Peter's name months ago. They said that they invited us to perform at that show. I never got a phone call. Peter never got a phone call. They just said that to sell tickets. (continue)

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Country music legend Dolly Parton's move to rock has paid off big time, scoring the iconic singer her biggest album debut of her seven decade career with her new album, "Rockstar".

Her camp sent over the following details: Seven decades into her unmatched career, global superstar Dolly Parton lands her biggest album debut ever as the 30-track, star-studded Rockstar collection debuts at #1 on six different Billboard charts. With 127,778 units sold in its inaugural week, Parton's Rockstar debuts at #1 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, #1 on Billboard Top Rock & Alternative Albums, #1 on Billboard Top Country Albums, #1 on Billboard Top Album Sales, #1 on Billboard Top Current Album Sales, and #1 on Billboard Independent Albums charts. The album also debuted at #2 on Billboard Vinyl Albums and #2 on Billboard Tastemaker Albums charts. Released on Parton's own Butterfly Records with worldwide distribution via Big Machine Label Group, Rockstar joins Drake's For All The Dogs - Scary Hours Edition and Taylor Swift's 1989 (Taylor's Version) in the overall top 3, marking Parton's career-best rank on the all-genre list. (continue)

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Metallica have announced that they will be very first hard rock band to ever play the Soundstorm Festival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, when they take the stage of the event next month.

The band shared via social media, "We're not done with 2023 just yet, as an amazing opportunity has just come our way to perform at a major festival that we have never played in a part of the world we rarely get to visit. (continue)

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Iron Maiden have announced that they have added two more special stops to their 2024 The Future Past Tour with shows scheduled for Mexico City and Bogota, Columbia.

The band shared, "Having sold out Mexico City's Foro Sol Stadium last year on the Legacy Of The Beast Tour, Iron Maiden will bring The Future Past Tour there on Nov 20th. And on Nov 24th the band will return to Colombia for the first time since 2011 with a performance at Bogota's El Campin Stadium." (continue)

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Backbeat Books have announced that they will be publishing Darren Paltrowitz's new book about Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, entitled "DLR Book: How David Lee Roth Changed The World," on January 1, 2024.

Here is the synopsis: What do you do after leaving one of the world's biggest bands? If you're David Lee Roth, you write a memoir, become a radio host, sell a screenplay to a major studio, get certified as an EMT, play Vegas, become a certified helicopter pilot, put out bluegrass versions of your biggest hits, and learn a few languages. And then you rejoin Van Halen for a reunion tour. (continue)

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Nickelback have announced that they will be taking their "Get Rollin' World Tour" across the pond next spring with a brand new European leg that will feature support from UK rockers Lottery Winners.

The Canadian band will be launching the trek in support of their latest studio album, "Get Rollin'" which arrived in November of last year. They had this to say, "We can't wait to get back to Europe and see everyone. It's been far too long, and these will be incredibly special shows for us." (continue)

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The members of Killing Joke have shared their tribute to late guitarist Kevin 'Geordie' Walker, who died on Sunday (November 26th), after suffering a stroke. Freeman Promotions sent over the following from the group:

Geordie was born in Chester le Street, Newcastle on December 18th, 1958, and began his career in the late '70s with seminal post-punk act Killing Joke with whom he would go on to write and record on 15 studio albums, earning worldwide critical acclaim and a ferocious fanbase. Geordie's utterly unique style drew widespread praise from fans and his peers alike. Rest In Peace. (continue)

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The Rods have premiered a music video for their new single "Shockwave", which comes from the group's forthcoming studio album, "Rattle The Cage", that is set to be released on January 12, 2024.

David "Rock" Feinstein had this to say, "This again, like 'Rattle The Cage', was a title that Carl had sent me with some lyric ideas, and came to completion the same way as 'Rattle The Cage'. (continue)

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Black Sabbath tribute band Zakk Sabbath return with new double full-length "Doomed Forever Forever Doomed", which will be released on March 1, 2024 and will contain their takes on the Birmingham Four's classic heavy metal masterpieces "Paranoid" (1970) and "Master of Reality" (1971).

Zakk Sabbath were founded by Black Label Society guitarist and singer Zakk Wylde, who is widely renowned for his many years as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and now Pantera, as a tribute to the English heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath. (continue)

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Avenged Sevenfold has announced the third leg of their Life is But A Dream... North American tour, that will feature support from Poppy and Sullivan King.

The tour begins March 6 in Buffalo, NY, with stops in Toronto, ON, Raleigh, NC, Pittsburgh, PA and more before concluding in Newark, NJ on March 31. TICKETS: Tickets will be available for the newly announced 2024 shows starting with a Deathbats Club and TicketPass presale (details below) through Tuesday, November 28 at 10 pm ET. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale on Friday, December 1 at 10AM Local Time on LiveNation.com. (continue)

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Indianapolis alternative rock band Chin Up, Kid has released the new single "Incubus" (ft Danny Rose of Hollywood Undead) out now via We Are Triumphant Records.

Jon Benjamin says, ""Incubus is the part of our record that deals with the temptations brought on by the Hollywood life. The main character absolutely indulges in this. It was so great working with Danny on this song! He absolutely brought our vision to life with his additions!" (continue)

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Who On Earth is paying tribute to one of the greatest rock anthems of all time! The Jersey-based quintet has released a remake of the Toto classic "Hold The Line," which is also the band's first new track with their current lineup.

On "Hold The Line", Who On Earth challenged themselves to maintain the integrity of the original version, while also giving it a harder, modern edge by utilizing state of the art engineering and production. The band once again commissioned Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) for production, engineering, mixing and mastering at Sonic Stomp Studio in NYC. (continue)

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Scottish alt/post/progressive rock outfit Midas Fall will release their fifth studio album, Cold Waves Divide Us, on March 8th, 2024 worldwide via Monotreme Records. In advance of the release, the trio has unveiled a single and accompanying video for the record's title track.

For the follow-up to their critically lauded, 2018-released full-length, Evaporate, founding Midas Fall members Elizabeth Heaton and Rowan Burn are joined by Michael Hamilton. Cold Waves Divide Us sees the band at their most confidently visceral, each song moving beautifully between quiet and loud, gentle and crushing. "This album is a heavier and bigger experience than the last album," notes Heaton. "We kept the atmospheric strings and '80s synths of Evaporate but wanted to add heavier layered elements, to represent more what we sound like live." (continue)

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A cacophony of turbulent bounce and bludgeoning beats, the brand new single "Bring Back The Noise" from Aussie metalcore behemoths Alpha Wolf profusely lives up to its name.

Fusing industrial grinds, caustic riffs and some nu metal-esque scratching alongside vocalist Lochie Keogh's biting prowl, "Bring Back The Noise" is an undeniable party-starter on steroids demanding to be cranked to 11. (continue)

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Following the release of their sophomore LP, Halloween Mixtape II, Orlando powerhouse Magnolia Park shares a video to accompany their saccharine emo anthem, "Fell in Love on Halloween," inspired by the iconic characters from the cult classic film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Directed by vocalist Joshua Roberts himself, he explains that "[The] video is a play on a modern live action version of Jack and Sally being in a relationship. But Sally has other plans with another person. It's a play on the lyrics of the song being about being so head over heels for someone and then having it ripped from you." (continue)

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Steel Panther are announcing their first batch of tour dates for 2024. The On The Prowl Tour 2024 will kick off in January in Reno, NV on January 19 and run through February 24 where it wraps in Wichita, KS.

Along the way, the tour will stop in Anaheim, CA (February 2, 2024), Fargo, ND (February 14, 2024 - for all the North Dakota lovers) and Memphis, TN (February 22, 2024) to name a few. (continue)

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