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Day in Rock Report for 12/04/2023

KISS surprised fans at the end of their final concert this past weekend at Madison Square Garden in their hometown of New York City by introducing a "new era" for the band with avatars performing "God Gave Rock And Roll To You".

Frontman Paul Stanley's avatar informed the crowd at the December 2nd concert that the band is now "immortal" as the virtual band launched into the classic song from the "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey" soundtrack. (continue)

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(hennemusic) David Lee Roth is sharing a new live studio version of the 1984 Van Halen classic, "Jump." The song was captured during a May 2022 session at Hollywood's Henson Recording Studio that saw Roth record 14 tracks in 2 hours with his most recent touring lineup of guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheele and drummer Francis Valentino.

"Jump" delivered Van Halen its only US No. 1 hit when it spent 5 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart upon its release, while the "1984" album went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the States alone. (continue)

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Red Hot Chili Peppers announced their Unlimited Love Tour will extend into 2024 across the U.S. Following massive 2022 and 2023 tour runs, the band shows no sign of slowing down as they announce their upcoming North America tour slated for next year.

Produced by Live Nation, the 2024 run kicks off on Tuesday, May 28 in Ridgefield, WA at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, with stops in Quincy, WA, Salt Lake City, UT, Virginia Beach, VA and more before wrapping up on Tuesday, July 30 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. Special Guests Kid Cudi, Ice Cube, Ken Carson, Otoboke Beaver, Seun Kuti & Egypt80, Wand and IRONTOM will be joining the band on select dates throughout the tour. (continue)

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With the final four shows of the 2023 headline tour still to play, Mammoth WVH - the brainchild of Wolfgang Van Halen - is announcing headline tour dates for 2024 in support of their sophomore album Mammoth II. The success of their first-ever headline run has resulted in two legs of the Mammoth II Tour 2024 across the United States.

The first leg - scheduled for February 21, 2024 to March 10, 2024 - will mark the return of special guest Nita Strauss. That run will make stops in Kansas City, MO (February 23), Detroit, MI (February 28), Huntington, NY (March 6) among others before wrapping up in Albany, NY on March 10. (continue)

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Sphere Entertainment Co. and Live Nation today announced that a final 4 dates have been added for U2's globally-acclaimed 'U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere' bringing the band's run in the desert to a total of 40 nights, running through March 2, 2024.

The announcement of these final four additional shows follows the overwhelming, sustained demand for 'U2:UV Achtung Baby Live At Sphere', a first-of-its-kind live music experience which continues to make headlines around the globe as it ushers in a new era of live entertainment with the world's biggest rock band, U2, in the world's most cutting-edge venue, Sphere. (continue)

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After roaring back into Columbus, Ohio in 2023, Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival turns the volume up to 11 in 2024 with its biggest event ever, May 16-19 at Historic Crew Stadium. Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents is adding a 4th stage and 40 more bands, plus art activations, for nonstop entertainment over four full days at The Pinnacle of Rock Festivals in America.

Headlining Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival are some of rock and metal's biggest artists including Disturbed (Thursday), The Original Misfits (Friday), Pantera (Saturday) and Slipknot (Sunday). Additional performers include Evanescence, Limp Bizkit, Judas Priest, Staind, Breaking Benjamin, A Day To Remember, Falling In Reverse, Sleep Token, Rise Against, 311, Seether, In This Moment, Mudvayne, Cypress Hill, Sum 41, Kerry King, Mr. Bungle, Theory of a Deadman, Anthrax and many others. 120 bands in total will play across four stages for the first time in the festival's history, also marking more stages and bands than ever before at an event at Historic Crew Stadium. (continue)

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The 55th anniversary of The Rolling Stones' 'Beggars Banquet" album is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Redbeard shared this synopsis for the episode: In addition to watching the new Nick Broomfield rock doc The Stones and Brian Jones, don't miss my Beggars Banquet fifty-fifth anniversary here In the Studio with many of the musicians who were actually there, Rolling Stones original bass player Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger. Beggars Banquet was the last to have Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones included, and the first great Stones album, plotting the unparalleled course forward for the Mick Jagger- Keith Richards songwriting team for the next half century. With songs "Street Fighting Man","Stray Cat Blues", and the diabolical "Sympathy for the Devil", my ultra-rare classic rock interviews with original Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, Mick, and Keith as guests set the table for a Beggars Banquet fifty-fifth anniversary. (continue)

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Mike's Dead released his new EP 'REBIRTH' today, November 30th, via Hopeless Records and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about one of the tracks, and he selected "GRIP". Here is the story:

There's a few songs I could dive deep into on this new EP, but I think GRIP is a really solid choice to single out. The first song on the EP, GRIP starts with acoustic guitar and seamlessly drops into industrial mayhem which was entirely new for me. I've never had the opportunity to use an acoustic guitar on a track so this made for a really unique intro. (continue)

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