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Day in Rock Report for 04/19/2024

Celebrating Record Store Day at participating stores starting April 20, 2024, Mercury Studios will exclusively release the Double Silver Vinyl LP Def Leppard One Night Only Live at The Leadmill Sheffield May 19, 2023. To accompany the release, Mercury Studios has shared an exclusive video of "Wasted" from the show.

On the eve of the band's largest UK/ European run ever (including a sold out night at Wembley Stadium) and on the heels of launching their critically acclaimed and chart-topping new album, "Drastic Symphonies" (recorded at the renowned Abbey Road), Def Leppard streamed a one-off live performance from the historic Sheffield venue, The Leadmill. (continue)

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Lacuna Coil have released their new single "In The Mean Time" featuring Ash Costello of New Years Day. The song's title is a reference to the mean times the world is living in, as well as a reference to the state the band itself is in, between cycles..

The band had this to say, "'In The Mean Time' is a reflection on how much our society has generally 'lost the plot'. We are living in really mean times filled with unhappy people: lonely, anxious, depressed, destructive. The pressure that crushes from the outside doesn't allow to see things with the right clarity. (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, this Saturday, April 20, 2024.

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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As Dreweatts prepares for next week's sale of the private collection of celebrated art collector, curator and interior designer, Count Manfredi della Gherardesca (1961-2022), Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones recounts his friendship and the times they spent together.

Manfredi was admired as one of the most colourful, culturally erudite and well-loved figures in the international art and design scene. Jagger met him through Princess Maria Theodora zu Lowenstein - Wertheim - Freudenberg, (known as Dora), the daughter of the late Prince Rupert Loewenstein (1933-2014), who was financial manager for the Rolling Stones from early in their careers until his death. (continue)

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Staind have released an animated music video for their new single "Better Days" featuring Dorothy, which comes from their latest studio album, Confessions of the Fallen.

According to the announcement, "Better Days," an emotionally charged power ballad that is classic Staind, marks the first time the band has a featured artist on a song. Singer and namesake of LA rock band, Dorothy brings her powerhouse vocals alongside Aaron Lewis, taking the sentiment of the song to the next level. (continue)

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The Allman Brothers Band have paid tribute to founding member Dickey Betts who passed away on Thursday (April 18th) at the age of 80 at his home in Sarasota, Florida.

The band wrote on Facebook, "Dickey wrote quintessential Brothers songs including 'Blue Sky,' 'Rambling Man,' 'Jessica,' 'in Memory of Elizabeth Reed' and many others. (continue)

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Kings of Leon have released a music video for their brand new song "Nothing To Do," which is the latest single from their forthcoming 9th full-length studio album, Can We Please Have Fun, that comes out on May 10.

FCC sent over these details: The scorching song delves into their post-punk sound with its jagged guitar riffs and propulsive drumming. The video, shot entirely by lead singer Caleb Followill, provides a glimpse into a more intimate side of Kings of Leon, taking viewers along for a high-energy performance. (continue)

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Already heralded as the band's best in decades, Pearl Jam proudly present their anxiously awaited twelfth studio album, Dark Matter, available now via Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records.

From the kinetic opener "Scared of Fear" through the optimistic exhale of album closer "Setting Sun," these eleven tracks find the musicians firing on all cylinders. A surge of energy underscores this body of work amplified by thunderous rhythms, skyscraping guitar solos, and vital vocals. Produced by GRAMMY award winning producer Andrew Watt, Dark Matter, marks the band's first release since critically acclaimed Gigaton (2020). (continue)

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From Ashes To New have released "One Foot In The Grave (feat. Aaron Pauley from Of Mice & Men)," and shared a haunting CGI world music video directed by longtime collaborator JosiahX.

The track comes from the just announced expanded digital deluxe edition of their chart topping 2023 concept album, "Blackout", which will be released on June 7th. (continue)

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My Dying Bride are proud to announce that their 15th studio album A Mortal Binding has been released today! The Yorkshire based sextet have also revealed their final album single titled 'Her Dominion', which is accompanied by an evocative lyric video created by Tommy Antonini.

My Dying Bride's Andrew Craighan commented, "The video very closely represents the downward spiral the song itself is portraying. A twisted internal division masquerading as beauty. Enjoy the darkness." (continue)

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Joe Bonamassa, one of the world's premier blues-rock guitarists, announces the release of his latest live single, "Ball Peen Hammer," from the upcoming album Live at the Hollywood Bowl with Orchestra. Available for streaming on all major platforms, this version features an extraordinary arrangement backed by a 40-piece orchestra, adding a majestic layer to Bonamassa's signature sound. Originally penned by the underappreciated genius Chris Whitley, the song was immortalized by Bonamassa on his 2007 album Sloe Gin, and its powerful interpretation by Bonamassa introduced it to a broader audience.

"Ball Peen Hammer" is a poignant tale of resilience and hope amid hardship. Bonamassa's live version captures the raw emotional essence of the song, further enriched by the lush dynamics of the orchestra. Reflecting on Whitley's influence, Bonamassa shared, "He doesn't get a lot of credit but he's one of the great songwriters and guitarists that I ever have run across. My tribute to Chris Whitley is deeply rooted." He further recalled opening for Whitley in 2002: "Chris was the most devastating solo performer I have ever seen. I based my song and the sheer volume of the performance of the song 'Woke Up Dreaming' on that night. Gone too soon and not known nor appreciated in his own lifetime. Plus a very nice and humble man to top it off." (continue)

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Theatrical emo rock group The Funeral Portrait today (April 19) share the first new music following their 2023 EP Sounds From Beyond The Abyss (VOL. 1) via Better Noise Music. "You're So Ugly When You Cry" features guest vocals from Bert McCracken of seminal emo rock outfit The Used who boast 2X RIAA Platinum certified releases (2002's self-titled debut The Used and 2004's In Love and Death), a RIAA Gold certification for 2007's Lies For The Liars, and over 1.1 billion overall career streams.

The song contrasts upbeat anthemic pop-punk melodies with lyrics about hitting rock bottom. "It's not about healing, or the come-up later on, it's about telling people 'it sucks right now, I don't like who I am when I'm like this, and I know you've felt the same way," according to The Funeral Portrait vocalist Lee Jennings. (continue)

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Void of Vision have unleashed a music video for their brand new single "Empty", which is the follow-up to the band's 2023 single "Angel Of Darkness".

frontman Jack Bergin had this to say about the track, "'Empty' was written halfway through our Australian tour in October last year. We'd just completed our first run of shows back since I had surgery following a brain AVM rupture in April, which left me facing mixed emotions I didn't expect. (continue)

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Florida post-hardcore five-piece Capstan recently announced their new album The Mosaic, out May 24 via Fearless Records. The band has just shared the video for the new single "What You Want."

It's a fans first anthem, once that captures the band's soaring, emotional, and supremely catchy sonic style. Capstan indulge in a little '80s energy with this track, as it has a glorious throwback vibe, all the while maintaining a modern edge. (continue)

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Current and former members of Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New have formed a brand new band called Hillhaven. Today, they have shared the video for the new single "Damned to Dream."

The lineup is comprised of Chris Kelly (ex-INK, ex-Galactic Empire, and who is rumored to play for Babymetal's band) on vocals, as well as From Ashes to New's Maty Madiro on drums; Ice Nine Kills' Ricky Armellino on guitars; From Ashes to New's Jimmy Bennett on guitars; and bassist Jaime GoWell. (continue)

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The Infamous Stringdusters have unveiled their first single of 2024 with a cover of Earl King's timeless classic "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights" featuring New Orleans-based songwriter and guitarist Anders Osborne on vocals. The track is released to celebrate The Infamous Stringdusters with Anders Osborne performing at House of Blues in New Orleans on Saturday, April 27th during the first weekend of Jazz Fest.

No strangers to putting their imprint on cover songs and tribute projects, The Infamous Stringdusters' captivating rendition of "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights" infuses bluegrass with soulful grit delivering a fresh interpretation that pays homage to King's original while showcasing the distinct talents each member in the quintet alongside Osborne. When The Infamous Stringdusters were planning the session with Osborne, they asked him to pick out a good ol' New Orleans-style song and "Those Lonely, Lonely Nights" was his selection. During the session, they wanted to capture a classic NOLA vibe, but within the context of their string instrumentation. Osborne's vocals take listeners on a journey through multiple decades of influence honoring King's original version from the mid-50s, the showmanship expressed in Johnny "Guitar" Watson's interpretation in the 70s, and making the song their own in present times. (continue)

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Bay Area heavy progressive metal trio The Ghost Next Door announce the release of their new album "Classic Songs About Death and Dismemberment" on June 21st through Ripple Music, and reveal the first single "It Takes A Village" today.

The trio fronted by guitarist and vocalist Gary Wendt (also known for founding 80s crossover legends Sacrilege BC and alt-metal champions Release) comes together as a strong force within the Bay Area's underground metal scene. (continue)

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British four-piece rock band Collateral are pleased to release "On The Long Road" - the second single taken from their highly anticipated sophomore album Should've Known Better. The single, accompanied with a official music video, is released Friday 19th April.

On May 24th, the album will be released by Big Shot Records on red vinyl, picture disc, CD and digital with worldwide distribution by Cargo Records Direct. The album is available to pre-order from www.collateralofficial.com and Cargo Records Direct. (continue)

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Award winning singer, songwriter and podcaster Jann Klose is releasing new music this season. His cover of Tim Buckley's legendary "Song to the Siren" will be released Friday, May 3, 2024 via KMG Distribution/The Royalty Network. The song has been a staple of Klose's live show for the better part of a decade since featuring as the voice of Tim Buckley in the Focus World/Tribeca feature film "Greetings From Tim Buckley" starring Penn Badgley as Jeff Buckley.

Larry Beckett, the song's lyricist will be the guest on Episode 111 of Jann's podcast "Making Sound with Jann Klose" to air on release day of the song, May 3rd. Larry was Tim Buckley's lyricist on many of the album's Tim released during his short lifetime. Larry and Jann have collaborated as well, co-writing the song "After The Last" which appears on Klose's 2018 album "In Tandem" (Gallo/Sheer). (continue)

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A Short Walk to Pluto just released their new single "Hopeless", and to celebrate we asked bassist Danny Moriana to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

One day Max came to us all with a song he had pretty much put together a full arrangement for, which isn't uncommon for Max because his brain is always working on new material and the guy never rests. Some highlights were this neat funky slap bass line and a really rhythmic, catchy guitar part. Immediately it all screamed Red Hot Chili Peppers vibes, that blend of rock and funk, but something a lot darker and angsty. We're big fans of The Getaway album, and definitely sensed the parallels. (continue)

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