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Day in Rock Report for 02/16/2024

Billy Joel has released his first new music video in decades for his recently released single "Turn the Lights Back On". According to Colombia Records, the video was directed by Warren Fu (Daft Punk, Dua Lipa) and Freddy Wexler, and the clip utilizes groundbreaking technology from Deep Voodoo (Kendrick Lamar, Juice WRLD), and showcases Billy Joel performing the beloved track throughout the different decades of his life.

Joel took the stage a few weeks ago at the 2024 GRAMMYs for the debut performance of "Turn The Lights Back On." The single exploded at radio (#1 on Classic Hits, #1 Classic Rock, #1 Most Added, #1 Greatest Spin Gainer, #1 Greatest Audience Gainer & Top 10 Chart Debut @ Adult Contemporary Radio). It is currently #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart for the second consecutive week, the highest AC chart position for Joel, since 1993. (continue)

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Vampire Weekend have released their first new music in five years with the two new tracks "Capricorn" and "Gen-X Cops," that have arrived along with accompanying music videos.

According to Nasty Little Man, each of the new tunes is accompanied by a new video built around footage of New York circa 1988 by Only God Was Above Us album art photographer Steven Siegel. Directed by longtime Vampire Weekend creative director Nick Harwood, "Capricorn" is a visual journey to late '80s New York City that showcases the alluring yet grimy era of the city- before breaking to modern day Vampire Weekend. (continue)

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A never-before-released James Brown song, "We Got To Change", makes its debut today on Republic/UMe. Can you imagine James Brown saying, 'We got to change'?' Well, he did," says William "Bootsy" Collins. "And who's playing bass? Little ol' funky me. Let's go!"

"James Brown always leaned into the social tip," Bootsy continues. "He always was trying to keep the youngsters informed and the people informed on what's going on. The new breed was coming in and certain things were going out. He loved to inform people on what was coming and what was going to be because he felt like he was part of it, and he was." (continue)

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There are certain albums that have an aura around them. It can't really be planned, but there is something in the way all the music performances and material comes together to set them on their own plateau. The interesting part of that equation is that there is no way to plan on the results, or even predict. They often come together as they are being recorded, and that is the start of a wonderful journey. FU##IN' UP, recorded in 2023, is truly a work unto itself, to be released on Record Store Day April 20, 2024.

These nine songs from Young's ever-growing catalog are injected with the kind of audio attack that Young and Crazy Horse have been playing since they started performing in the late 1960s. It has been a constant capturing of what rock & roll is really capable of, and one that shows no sign of stopping. The Crazy Horse lineup on FU##IN' UP includes Billy Talbot (bass, vocal), Ralph Molina (drums, vocal), Micah Nelson (guitar, vocal, piano), Nils Lofgren (guitar, vocal, piano) and Neil Young (guitar, vocal, harmonica). The sounds these five musicians achieve cannot be predicted, and allow an element of sonic surprise that is a definition of how the boundaries of bands are always up for revision, and supply the music to march into the future with an unparalleled power. (continue)

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Joanne Shaw Taylor, the chart-topping British blues-rock guitarist, is set to enchant the music world with her latest studio album, Heavy Soul, produced by Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Journey, Aerosmith). Heavy Soul is set to release on June 7th through Joe Bonamassa's Journeyman Records.

In anticipation, Joanne unveils her poignant new single along with a music video for the title track, "Heavy Soul," a compelling song that explores the weight of emotional burdens with profound depth. (continue)

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High on Fire have released a Lars Kristoffer Hormander directed music video for their new single "Burning Down". The track comes from their forthcoming album, "Cometh The Storm", which will arrive on April 19th.

"Burning Down" kicks off with a classic Pike riff," says Jeff Matz. "I think this song harkens back to the early High On Fire sound, but infused with fresh, new elements. It has a killer groove that you can really sink into. The body of the song took shape in our PNW rehearsal space, and we came up with the bridge/solo section and finalized the arrangement while we were at GodCity. Kurt Ballou's input as a producer was also hugely helpful. His keen ears and fresh perspective were invaluable in making this album." (continue)

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Zac Brown Band is proud to share a special remix of their Jekyll + Hyde song "Beautiful Drug" from late icon Avicii. "Avicii was such a pioneer and an influence on me--when 'Wake Me Up' came out, that's what made me want to experiment with EDM music," Brown says. "It was an honor to get to work with him and you can hear his genius on 'Beautiful Drug.'"

Originally recorded in 2015, "Beautiful Drug (feat. Avicii) - Remix" was almost lost to time. "This version of 'Beautiful Drug' has been in the vault," Brown explains, "Being able to finally share this with you is very special for us." (continue)

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Crowded House announced today their upcoming new album Gravity Stairs which will be released globally May 31 on BMG. The announcement comes one week after Crowded House dropped new track "Oh Hi" as the surprise first single off the band's upcoming 8th studio album. Today, Crowded House released the official music video for "Oh Hi".

BrooklynVegan called "Oh Hi" "buoyant, lush and sunny with one of Neil Finn's classic melodies and lots of harmony." The song has a deep connection to Finn's support for So They Can, an international nonprofit focused on building schools in remote parts of Kenya and Tanzania. "I'm hoping the song comes across without needing to know the backstory," Finn says, "but it's very much inspired by these incredible kids and their magnificence." (continue)

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Ahead of the release of the album, The Mandrake Project via BMG on March 1st and the start of a four- month tour, Bruce Dickinson has revealed the addition of two new guitarists in the touring line up.

Swedish born guitarist, songwriter and multi-platinum credited producer Philip Naslund and Swiss session and touring guitarist Chris Declercq (who incidentally played on the current single, "Rain On The Graves") will add their fire to band members Dave Moreno, Mistheria and Tanya O'Callaghan. (continue)

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Art of Anarchy returns with their comeback album, Let There Be Anarchy. It follows The Madness, which the band released back in 2017. Mixed and mastered by Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Let There Be Anarchy is available everywhere via Pavement Entertainment. This latest release features ten tracks that depict the struggles people face today in modern society.

Guitarist Jon Votta also notes how the new album touches on apocalyptic themes. He says, "We took inspiration from the Book of Revelation. The bell ringing in the album's final track, 'Disarray,' is supposed to usher in the apocalypse, so Let There Be Anarchy!" (continue)

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"Some Assembly Required" is a collaboration project conceptualized by Josh Villalta and Nita Strauss, combining some of the top guitarists in the world to do something incredibly special in tribute to this once-in-a-lifetime musician - Jason Becker.

Utilizing an unreleased demo of Becker's, Strauss, along with Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Chris Broderick, Phil Demmel, Jennifer Batten, and many more, came together, lending their hearts and souls into what's become an unforgettable, unmissable display of guitar mastery. (continue)

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Exactly 20 years after its initial release on May 10th, Keane announce full details of their forthcoming special remastered version of Hopes and Fears, undoubtedly one of the best debut albums ever.

The band also take to the road this year to embark on a full world tour. U.S, dates include LA's prestigious Greek Theatre on Sept. 5th, Nashville's fabled The Ryman Auditorium on September 15th and NYC's legendary Radio City Music Hall on September 24th. UK and Irish dates include two huge and extremely special shows at London's O2 Arena on May 10th and 11th. (continue)

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TRANSATLANTIC - the Prog Supergroup of Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Roine Stolt & Pete Trewavas - have announced the release of 'Live at Morsefest 2022: The Absolute Whirlwind' for April 26th, 2024.

This mammoth Limited 5CD + 2 Blu-ray Artbook set features both sets from Morsefest in their entirety, with nearly 4 and a half hours of music in total. To coincide with the announcement, the band have launched a live clip of the track 'Can You Feel It', taken from night 2. (continue)


This past weekend at their packed show in Las Vegas at Fremont St. Experience, The Offspring announced they will be returning to Las Vegas for a take-over of The Punk Rock Museum to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their acclaimed record, Smash, during the weekend of April 12th-14th with a slew of fun activities.

Throughout the take-over there will be a Pop-Up exhibit of never before seen Smash era items, including photos of the band by world renowned photographer Lisa Johnson as well as additional Smash memorabilia. (continue)

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While She Sleeps have released a short film for their new song "To The Flowers" that was created and shot by the band. The track comes from their forthcoming album, "SELF HELL", which arrive March 29th.

Guitarist Sean Long said of the new single, "This song means a lot to us. As much as we love a good breakdown and heavy riff, a lot of our passion lies within emotive musical pieces. This song has nearly brought us all to tears multiple times simply because it touches something in us that we hold very dear. A pain we all know and have felt down to our deepest core. The essence of our personal pain expressed in music is what the band is all about. Talking about the things we know are difficult but necessary. The working title was called 'radiohead' and that should help to understand the feeling it gave us when writing it. This contains the 'double whammy' that I stumbled across just before the song was finished. It went insanely viral when I posted it online so I just had to get it in the song. People have been saying it's one of the greatest lead guitar parts of all time, I'll take it." (continue)

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Sons of Silver just premiered a music video for their new single "Tell Me This" (from their forthcoming album "Runaway Emotions"), and to celebrate we asked Peter Argyropoulos to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

Tell Me This is the first single we are releasing from our upcoming album, Runaway Emotions. The album was written, recorded and produced by the band in the winter of 2023 at our studio in Santa Monica. (continue)

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