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Day in Rock Report for 02/19/2024

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee took to social media to update fans with big good news about his recovery from a surgery that he underwent last month on his hand.

He shared several photos on Instagram and wrote, "Well kids, it's show n tell time... hope this doesn't wreck your lunch only 3 weeks ago i underwent a hand surgery by @drcohenhandsurgeon He addressed 2 debilitating issues for me as a drummer, keyboard player and pretty much everything to do with my right hand. (continue)

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Greta Van Fleet have announced that they will be following their upcoming U.S. spring tour by heading across the pond this summer to play a special show at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

The band will play a "special evening" at the famed venue in London on July 14th. They had this to say, "Royal Albert Hall is an iconic venue we've dreamt of playing for many years, and now it's all coming to fruition." (continue)

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Tesla proudly announces the release of a limited edition, double LP, Real to Reel Vol I, that is set to hit the shelves on Record Store Day, April 20, 2024. Limited to just 1500 copies, the double LP will be available in a striking clear red vinyl, adding a visually stunning element to the auditory experience.

Originally released on June 5, 2007, Real to Reel Vol I is a cover song studio album that pays homage to classic rock tunes from the late 1960s and early 1970s. TESLA brings their unique touch to these iconic tracks, recorded using analog tape and vintage equipment, with a dedication to preserving the raw, authentic sound of the era. The album showcases the band's exceptional talent, captured in a live in studio setting, without the use of pro tools or an automated mixing console. The record was mixed by hand, sometimes with 6 hands on the mixing console at one time. Remarkably, TESLA accomplished the recording of 25 songs in just 30 days, working tirelessly from 10 am to midnight, pausing only for dinner. (continue)

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Japanese rockers Crossfaith have returned with a roaring new single and music video titled "ZERO." Additionally, the band has announced Daiki Koide as its new guitarist.

The song comes out of the gates swinging, throwing hellacious haymakers from start to finish. It finds the band continuing to cross-pollinate metal and industrial music into a DNA-distinct blend. (continue)

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Oceano have announced North American shows in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their genre-defining album 'Depths' (including smash-hit lead single "District of Misery").

The tour will feature support from By The Thousands, Within The Ruins, and I Declare War, each on select dates. Tickets for all shows go on sale Wednesday, February 21 at noon EST/9 AM PST and are sure to go quickly. (continue)

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Dark goth/alternative rockers Vlad in Tears reveal the new video "Break Away." The track is the third to be revealed from the band's forthcoming new album, Relapse, set for international release on March 8th via Metalville Records.

State the band about the track, "'Break Away' is the voice of all of those who are tired of lies, hypocrisy, and tyranny. It is the hymn for all those who need to break free from prejudice and misjudgment. (continue)

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In celebration of the Grand Opening of the Gibson Garage London, Gibson has partnered with the world renowned singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Noel Gallagher to release 20 signed Gibson '78 Les Paul Custom guitars. The 20, Noel Gallagher '78 Les Paul Custom guitars will only be available in-person to attendees on the official opening day of the new flagship store, the Gibson Garage London, on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Noel Gallagher and Gibson will donate all profit from the sales of this special run of guitars to support the charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Noel Gallagher '78 Custom Les Paul guitars are inspired by the guitar originally given to Noel by Johnny Marr and was used extensively for both live performances and recording sessions with Oasis, most notably in the video for the song "Whatever." These '78 Les Paul Custom guitars will feature a lightly aged Ebony finish by the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab and each guitar is hand-signed by Noel Gallagher. (continue)

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Blues Traveler are kicking off their Summer 2024 Tour with a bang as they reveal that they will be celebrating their 30th Fourth of July performance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO with special guests JJ Grey & Mofro and opening act Eggy. This highly-anticipated show will be followed by a series of co-headline dates featuring JJ Grey & Mofro that will start July 6 in Jackson, WY at Snow King Mountain and culminate July 13 in Seattle, WA at the Marrymoore.

During the tour, Blues Traveler will be playing a greatest hits compilation of their Billboard-topping smash singles that span their nearly 40-year career like "Hook" (U.S. Billboard Top 100) and "But Anyway," (U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 & #5 on Adult Alternative Airplay) as well as tracks from their latest releases Traveler's Soul (Round Hill Records/ Black Hill Records, October 2023) and Traveler's Blues (Round Hill Records/ Black Hill Records, 2021). Their recent albums feature their interpretations of such classic Soul, R&B, and Blues classics originally recorded by artists like Stevie Wonder, the Impressions, The Meters, Aretha Franklin, Freddie King, Howlin' Wolf and more, with Traveler's Blues earning them a Grammy nod for "Best Traditional Blues Album" as well as rave reviews and accolades. (continue)

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The 50th anniversary of Steely Dan's third album "Pretzel Logic" 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: "Those days are gone forever, Over a long time ago..."- Donald Fagen, 1974 - The third Steely Dan album, released in February 1974 as Pretzel Logic, has always served as a distinct demarcation line in the evolution of the eclectic band led by songwriting duo Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan is significant because it contained the #4 Billboard hit, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", with the album Top Ten in sales as well. Rolling Stone magazine ranks Pretzel Logic at #386 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time. (read more)

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Boston based indie folk singer-songwriter Spencer LaJoye just released a new album called "Shadow Puppets" and to celebrate we asked them to tell us about the song "The Art Of Feeling Lonely". Here is the story:

I started writing "The Art of Feeling Lonely" to make fun of myself for having such an intimate relationship with my loneliness. Let me set the scene for you: I'm throwing a funeral for my happiness, and my loneliness shows up at the door of the chapel. I invite her in. She walks over to the casket where my happiness lies, looks back at me, and says, "You sure, bud? Your happiness doesn't have to die. You could just... be happy." And I respond, "Oh yeah, I'm sure. It's you and me forever, babe." (continue)

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