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Day in Rock Report for 02/28/2024

Metallica have shared their excitement about performing at special tribute concert in Washington, D.C to celebrate Elton John and Bernie Taupin receiving the 2024 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

In addition to Metallica, the March 20th event will also feature performances from Garth Brooks, Annie Lennox, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and others. The concert will be broadcast on PBS stations in the U.S. on April 8th. (continue)

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Slayer, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Pantera, Slipknot, Disturbed, Judas Priest and Five Finger Death Punch lead a very packed lineup for this year's Aftershock festival that will hitting Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA October 10th through 13th.

Metal legends Iron Maiden will be making their only U.S. festival appearance this year at the event, and thrash metal icons Slayer will be playing a very special reunion set at the event, their only west coast appearance that has been announced. (continue)

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Punk legends The Damned announce a 10-date, USA tour for May and June 2024, bringing their '80s line-up back together with the return of Rat Scabies for the first time in America in 35 years!

David Vanian, Captain Sensible, Rat Scabies, and Paul Gray will play shows across the USA, the first time this line-up has played together since 1989. The band will open in Toronto and finish up at Portland. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, March 1. (continue)

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German metal band Rage have shared a lyric video for their brand new single, "Cold Desire," which comes from their forthcoming studio album 'Afterlifelines' that is due out March 29, 2024.

Freeman Promotions sent over these details: 'Afterlifelines,' is a double album that will consist of a total of 21 songs, including an intro, interlude, and outro. Remarkably, the two records feature different musical approaches. (continue)

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Fall Out Boy released a new music video for "So Much (for) Stardust" - the title track off their most recent album. The video stars six-time NBA All-Star, Miami Heat forward, Jimmy Butler in a surprise cameo. You can watch the video here.

Fall Out Boy is about to kick off their highly anticipated So Much For (2our) Dust global headline tour, a continuation of their incredibly successful So Much For (Tour) Dust 2023 tour in support of their eighth studio album So Much (For) Stardust, which debuted as the No. 1 Rock Album upon its March 24 release. (continue)

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Def Leppard have announced that they are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their blockbuster "Pyromania" album by releasing a special deluxe expanded edition on April 26th.

They will be previewing the package with the release of 'Photograph - Rough Mix Version (Unfinished Vocal)' an unreleased demo version of the hit song on all streaming platforms on March 1st. (continue)

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Mark Ronson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, February 26th and shared an exclusive reveal of Paul McCartney's NSFW call for Foreigner to be inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Ronson chatted with Jimmy about his campaign to get stepdad MIck Jones's band Foreigner inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2024, noting that he had put together a compilation video of famous friends sharing support for the band. (continue)

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August Burns Red, Skillet, and Nothing More have been announced as the headliners to this year's Capulet Fest that will be taking place on June 28th through 30th at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Connecticut.

CowGirlZen sent over these detials: Mark your calendars! Dig through your over crowded dresser drawer for that long-lost band tee that still somehow fits in spite of the thousand and one washes. Fasten your studded emo belt. Find your scribbled-on Converses. Bleach your mohawk, and get ready for the highly anticipated return of CAPULET FEST! (continue)

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"The album is a diary of the last seven years of the journey that Andy, the band and I went on recording this music as Blitz Vega," says Kav Sandhu about Northern Gentlemen, the debut album by Blitz Vega, a band that he and the late Andy Rourke (The Smiths) started in 2016 and officially launched in 2019. Set for release on April 26, 2024 via FutureSonic Records/CEN/The Orchard, the album is a bittersweet celebration of Andy's impact on the music world and especially this band. Andy Rourke succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 19, 2023.

"Every song tells a story and personally takes me back to a memory recording that song, the drive to the studio. That conversation or whatever happened surrounding the recording session," Kav continues, evoking not only the emotions of sadness for Andy's death but also the happy memories that came with their personal friendship and musical collaboration. "I hear his voice in my head, replaying everything we talked about when we were recording the song. I see his face smiling at me. On my last trip back to LA a few weeks ago, I was driving to the studio and it felt like Andy was sitting there with me like he had been so many times before, talking about music, just excited to get this album made. So, all the songs mean the world to me." (continue)

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SOiL will return to the UK for the first time since 2019 this coming November 2024. Alongside the Chicago heavyweights is support from (Hed)PE, Nonpoint, and the return of Texas nu metal pioneers The Union Underground.

This fully packed "Era" package will see SOiL performing songs exclusively from their 2001 hit album Scars with tracks such as "Halo," "Unreal," "Breaking Me Down," and including deep cuts like "Two Skins" and "Understanding Me." This marks the first time since the release of the album Scars that SOIL has played an "All Scars" set. (continue)

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Independent Project Records and David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets) announced today the release of the triple album Tracks From the Attic on digital, CD, colored vinyl LP and Super Deluxe Box Set Art Edition formats on May 3. The first single and video, "Oh No! Not Another Songwriter!", are out today.

Hand-picked by David himself, the three-LP Tracks From the Attic was originally part of Record Store Day's RSD Black Friday 2023 and features solo demos recorded on audio-cassette between 1984 and 2004. With Tracks From the Attic, the Bauhaus and Love and Rockets co-founder invites listeners on a most fascinating journey. We're looking through boxes of tapes, getting reacquainted with an artist we've known for a long time - yet, the intimate songs he recorded in solitude over three decades reveal new sides to him. Even while busy with his two legendary groups, David J was bursting with songs; this is a thrilling selection of recordings he made sometimes on the road and mostly at home, with only the help of his Muse, a recorder and a lit candle. The fact that most of these tunes did not end up becoming beloved classics (something that, once you hit play, your ears will hardly come to terms with) is but a sign of David J's ever prolific creative state. Tracks From the Attic offers a unique experience that gives equal importance to the aural, the visual and the tactile. (continue)

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Sebastian Bach will hit the road in 2024 for an international tour with dates in Latin and North America. The singer, songwriter, author, Broadway star, and actor's "What Do I Got To Lose Tour"-a mix of solo gigs and festival appearances-kicks off with an international run of performances in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile before North American shows in the U.S. and Mexico.

The stateside tour gets underway May 10 in Jefferson, LA before wrapping June 29 in San Diego, CA. Tickets for the North American shows go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10:00 AM (local time), with pre-sale tickets are available Thursday, February 29 at 10:00 AM (ET). (continue)

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Accept unleash the first single, the title track of their upcoming album 'Humanoid', out on April 26, 2024! The hard-hitting first single features razor-sharp riffs in true ACCEPT style and comments on our reliance on technology. The dystopian atmosphere of the accompanying official music video compliments the track perfectly, depicting a stark contrast between a video wall and the band performing live in front of it.

The band was the first heavy metal band from Germany to explode internationally, influencing an entire generation of bands. Founded in 1976, Accept has remained at the top of the scene with countless sold-out shows, headline slots at all major international festivals, Gold certifications, #1 chart positions, and a colossal number of albums sold throughout the years. (continue)

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Guster have released a music video for their new song "Keep Going", which is the first single from their forthcoming album, "Ooh La La," that will arrive on Friday, May 17th via Ocho Mule Records.

Big Hassle Media sent over these details about the new single and Guster's ninth studio album and first new LP in more than five years. "Most of these songs were written against the backdrop of what felt like an apocalypse," says Guster lead vocalist/guitarist/bassist Ryan Miller. "It was such a transformative time, and we were dealing with a lot of existential questions about what it means to be a father, a husband, a creative person in the midst of all the chaos." (continue)

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EMF and Jesus Jones have announced that they will teaming up for a brief co-headline tour in the UK this coming October. Sonic PR sent over these details: Yes. Right Here, Right Now two of the 90's most enduring alternative-rock acts are delighted to confirm they will be going toe-to-toe on what's shaping up to be an Unbelievable run of shows together.

Taking over big rooms in Manchester, Bristol, plus a major date at London's O2 Kentish Town Forum this October, the co-headliners will be sharing a bill for the first time ever. A tour that promises Great Things, EMF and Jesus Jones will also be joined by very Special Guests: Echobelly for the Manchester and London legs of the tour. (continue)

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Comedian Kyle Gordon has shared his newest single "The Irish Drinking Song (feat. The Gammy Fluthers)", out now via BMG. With a lilting melody and lyrical runs that are sure to play on repeat in listeners' heads, the new single arrives just in time for your St. Patrick's Day preparations - whatever that may entail.

"The Irish Drinking Song (feat. The Gammy Fluthers)" will be featured on the upcoming debut album from Kyle Gordon, Kyle Gordon Is Great, out March 1 via BMG. Featuring smash hit "Planet Of The Bass (feat. DJ Crazy Times & Ms. Biljana Electronica)", "My Life (Is The Worst Life Ever) [feat. Our Wounded Courtship]", "Girls Are The Best (feat. Tanya McCabe)", and "Ugliest Girl On The Beach (feat. Antonio Frankfurt)", Kyle Gordon Is Great is the culmination of years of characters and genre parodies that Kyle has developed and perfected in his one-of-a-kind live shows. (continue)

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With just a few weeks to go before PLATINUM artist BRELAND hosts his third annual BRELAND & Friends charity concert, more performers have been revealed.

Set for March 26 at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium, the star-studded evening of community support has added Anthony Hamilton, Dylan Marlowe, Matt Stell, and Quinn XCII to an already-packed guest list from across the musical spectrum. (continue)


Emo rockers The Funeral Portrait have announced that the will be hitting the road this spring for a U.S. tour as direct support to darkwave emo rockers Dead On A Sunday and opening act NITE.

The tour kicks off Wednesday, April 24 with The Funeral Portrait appearing on all dates up until Friday, May 10. Tickets will go on sale to the general public tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28 at 10:00 A.M. local time. The Funeral Portrait will also perform throughout the year with stops at festivals including SO WHAT?! Music Festival in Fort Worth, TX in June and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY in September. (continue)

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Former Journey bassist Ross Valory has released a music video for his new single "Wild Kingdom", which was directed by Michael Cotten and comes from his forthcoming solo album "All Of The Above", that will arrive on April 12th.

Valory had this to say, "After waiting several decades, I'm very happy to be finally sharing my music with the world! 'All of the Above is a reflection of so many musical influences in my life, and my hope is to reach a vast and varied audience, possibly beyond the popular music I am known for." (continue)

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One of the first-ever Christian hard rock/metal bands is the Illinois-based, Whitecross. The band started in the early '80s, touring steadily from 1988 to 1994 and averaging 150 performances per year. The Dove Awards recognized Whitecross three times: twice for Metal Album of the Year, and once for Hard Music Recorded Song of the Year. In the process, Whitecross helped forge the style now widely known as "white metal."

Now the band - singer Dave Roberts, guitarist Rex Carroll, bassist Benny Ramos, and drummer Michael Feighan - is back with a brand new album. Produced by Rex Carroll, "Fear No Evil" arrives on March 22nd via Dark Star Records. (continue)

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(hennemusic) Greta Van Fleet is sharing video of a Nashville studio performance of "Farewell For Now", a track from their latest album, "Starcatcher."

The song was originally featured as the third single from the 2023 record, which they recorded at the city's historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sammy Hagar). (continue)

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Lawrence Rothman has released a music video for the new single "LAX" that features Amanda Shires and comes from Rothman's forthcoming album, "The Plow that Broke The Plains", which will arrive on April 26th.

Rothman said of the inspiration for the new track, "Constant bombardment by media images and social pressure can cause you to feel uncomfortable about your body and the way you look. Product after product to stay thin, social media encouraging people to not only get thin, but be dangerously thin. The 'starving the body perfection' that went around social media really took me under and it hurts me to admit, but I got caught up in the web of wanting to look like images that were mostly likely photoshopped. One of the root issues of eating disorders is perfection and people-pleasing, I found myself going to Walgreens and buying up LAXatives, hence the 'LAX' title and weight loss pills. So many that my stomach started bleeding. On social media, you have to look like this, your body has to be shaped this way or you're ugly. And product after product is thrown at you to stay thin. (continue)

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Vancouver's Slightest Clue just released their new "Carousel EP" and to celebrate we asked Malcolm McLaren to tell us about one of the songs and he selected the title track. Here is the story:

Carousel first began in my old apartment on my acoustic guitar. Most of the parts came together quite fast with the help of my roommate who has helped me write tracks for Slightest Clue in the past. I had just the 2 chords that we use for the instrumental distorted jam for a long time and really liked how they swapped back and forth in this kinda Beatles-esque major minor interchange. (continue)

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