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Day in Rock Report for 02/17/2024

AC/DC have revealed that they have added three additional shows to their just announced European tour this spring and summer, which is their first trek in 8 years.

The legendary band shared that second shows have been added in Dresden, Germany on June 19th, Hannover, Germany on August 4th and Seville, Spain and June 1st. (continue)

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Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm says that he has mixed feelings about the band finally being nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame this year.

It was announced last week that Foreigner have been nominated, as well as other rock related artists Ozzy Osbourne (as a solo artist), Oasis, Peter Frampton, Jane's Addiction and Lenny Kravitz. (continue)

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Helix frontman Brian Vollmer took to social media to share the sad news that drummer Greg 'Fritz' Hinz has passed away at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.

Vollmer shared on Friday (February 16th): Greg "Fritz" Hinz: January 23rd/1956-February 16th/2024. R.I.P. It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the passing of Greg "Fritz" Hinz, drummer for Helix since 1983, after a 10 months fighting Cancer. (continue)

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Ian Hunter is proud to announce his eagerly awaited new album, DEFIANCE PART 2: FICTION, arriving via the Sun Records label on Friday, April 19, 2024. The 10-song collection will be available on standard vinyl, CD, and digital download. A limited edition 2LP vinyl edition of DEFIANCE PART 2: FICTION featuring 3 bonus tracks will be available exclusively on Record Store Day, set for Saturday, April 20.

DEFIANCE PART 2: FICTION sees Ian Hunter following last year's critically acclaimed DEFIANCE PART 1 with a second collection of mighty new songs as impassioned and powerful as anything in his landmark hall of fame-worthy canon. Like its predecessor, the new album boasts one of the most dazzling all-star lineups ever committed to record, including such close friends and lifelong fans as Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen, and Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Brian May (Queen), Lucinda Williams, Dean DeLeo, Robert De Leo, & Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots), Joe Elliott and Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew (The Boxmasters), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan), Waddy Wachtel (Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne), David Mansfield (Bob Dylan, T Bone Burnett), Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), Steve Holley (Wings), Morgan Fisher (Mott the Hoople), and - in what proved among their final studio recordings - the late, great Jeff Beck and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Additionally, for the Record Store Day Vinyl the special guests on two tracks include: Mike McCready and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes). (continue)

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Enter Shikari are announcing news of a free livestream of their upcoming show in Belgium on Monday, February 19. The livestream will capture the sold-out opening night of the band's European run at one of the tour's more intimate venues, AB in Brussels.

It's a venue with which the band have a long history, and released a 2 x vinyl LP official bootleg of a show from it in 2019. AB shared via YouTube, "Couldn't get a ticket to Enter Shikari's sold-out concert in AB? We got you covered! Watch the show from the comfort of your couch with a live broadcast." (continue)

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This week, music legend Kenny Loggins is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie Footloose, the smash 1984 movie that helped to cement the singer-songwriter's reputation as "the Soundtrack King." To mark this milestone, Paramount Home Entertainment has remastered the film and is releasing it for the first time as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray in standard and steelbook packages that can be ordered here (ad).

Released on February 17, 1984, Footloose was directed by the legendary filmmaker Herbert Ross (The Turning Point, Steel Magnolias) and concerned a Chicago teenager who moves to a small town and attempts to overturn its ban on dancing. The movie was an immediate hit and soon became a phenomenon, turning Kevin Bacon into a star and dominating music charts with a multi-million-selling soundtrack album that included two songs performed by Loggins: "I'm Free (Heaven Helps the Man)" and, of course, the iconic title track. Both songs were written by Loggins and Dean Pitchford. (continue)

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BRELAND is showing off his outside-the-box, genre-melding genius with the new single "Heartbreak & Alcohol" (Bad Realm Records/Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville).

Marking the start of a fresh creative chapter, the swerving slow-groover nods to both Country music's most iconic themes while serving as an interpolation of one of the biggest hits in modern Hip-Hop. Inspired by Lil Wayne's "Love Me" (feat. Drake and Future), the track seamlessly pairs an intoxicating beat with a shot of devastation. (continue)


(hennemusic) The Black Crowes are streaming "Cross Your Fingers" as the latest single from their forthcoming album, "Happiness Bastards." The tune follows "Wanting And Waiting" as the second preview to the March 15 release, which was produced by Jay Joyce and sees singer Chris Robinson, brother/guitarist Rich, and longtime bassist Sven Pipien record the follow-up to 2009's "Before The Frost... Until The Freeze."

"'Happiness Bastards' is our love letter to rock 'n' roll," says Chris. "Rich and I are always writing and creating music; that has never stopped for us, and it is always where we find harmony together. This record represents that." (continue)

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(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones are streaming a pair of new lyric videos for their "Some Girls" classic, "Shattered."

The clips - now available in English and Spanish - feature the fourth single from the UK band's 1978 album, a project that topped the charts and sold more than 6 million copies in the US alone. (continue)

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Grunge rockers The Suicide Disease marked Valentine's Day this year by releasing their new single "Constellations" and to celebrate we asked Jay Francis to tell us about the Ricky Armellino of Ice Nine Kills and KJ Strock (Machine Gun Kelly, Crown The Empire, Motionless in White, We Came as Romans) produced song. Here is the story:

"Constellations" is a song I wrote about losing my brother. The celestial title comes from a night that I could not sleep and I decided to go outside and spend the night looking at the stars. When I was out there, drinking, I wanted so much to believe he could see me, and maybe even hear me. (continue)

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