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Day in Rock Report for 05/07/2024

A&E offers viewers a backstage pass to the celebrated careers of some of hard rock's greatest legends with new specials celebrating rock icons Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, and Sebastian Bach. Produced by Banger Films in association with A+E Factual Studios™ group under the award-winning "Biography®" banner, the specials will feature exclusive interviews with each of the artists and those closest to them. Beginning Sunday, June 16 at 9pm ET, the nostalgia inducing specials will go behind-the-scenes to the artists' journeys to fame, legendary careers, and iconic music that defined the genre then and now.

"Biography: Bret Michaels": Premiering Sunday, June 16 at 9pm ET, "Biography: Bret Michaels" kicks off the series, chronicling how a boy from small-town Pennsylvania and Type-1 Diabetic became a pop culture icon, philanthropist, and one of the most recognizable faces in America. The two-hour special explores how grit and determination turned Bret Michaels into the ultimate front man known for his high-octane stage presence, how he struggled to keep Poison together, survived several near-death experiences, and embarked on a remarkable series of business ventures. From "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels," to winning "Celebrity Apprentice," the special showcases how his journey propelled him toward immense success both as a celebrated solo artist and the frontman of the band Poison. (continue)

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Welcome To Rockville kicks off the Danny Wimmer Presents festival season this week with its biggest year in the festivals 10+ year history, featuring a new 5th stage and 50 more bands added this year. Festival producers are expecting a record setting 200,000 attendees from all around the world during the four day destination event.

As the event approaches, DWP has announced more details about the brand new Rockville onsite experiences including the BLACKENED Whiskey Burger Bar with Chef Chris Santos, The Church of Rock & Roll, Just Add Milk Cereal Bar and more. (continue)

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Slash has added a Salt Lake City stop to his upcoming all-star S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival tour. The new date will take place on July 16th at the Red Butte Garden.

We were sent these details about the trek: In celebration of his forthcoming new album Orgy of the Damned out May 17 on Gibson Records, SLASH the iconic, GRAMMY-winning guitarist and songwriter has curated an all-star Blues lineup for the S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival touring North America this summer. SLASH formed the S.E.R.P.E.N.T. festival which stands for Solidarity, Engagement, Restore, Peace, Equality N' Tolerance to bring fans together to celebrate the spirit of the Blues, and to perform with other Blues artists he admires who share his love of the genre. SLASH's S.E.R.P.E.N.T. festival includes Warren Haynes Band, Keb' 'Mo, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Robert Randolph, Samantha Fish, Eric Gales, ZZ Ward, Jackie Venson, and Larkin Poe. On all dates, SLASH will perform alongside his Blues band featuring bassist Johnny Griparic, keyboardist Teddy 'ZigZag' Andreadis, drummer Michael Jerome, and singer/guitarist Tash Neal. Today, the S.E.R.P.E.N.T. Blues Festival has added a new date of Tuesday, July 16 in Salt Lake City, UT at the Red Butte Garden. (continue)

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OFF!, the trailblazing supergroup helmed by Keith Morris (Circle Jerks, ex-Black Flag) and Dimitri Coats (ex-Burning Brides) that evolved from barnstorming hardcore traditionalists to an expansive multimedia psychedelic punk institution over the course of its 14 year existence, have announced they will take an indefinite hiatus following a trio of shows this July in New York, Chicago, and their hometown of Los Angeles.

Each city will also play host to an advance screening of the freshly finished Free LSD feature film that was written and directed by Coats in parallel with the 2022 album of the same name.

The band will be joined by founding drummer Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless) for the final trio of shows, in addition to a distinguished curation of support acts for each city including F***ed Up (New York), Shellac (Chicago), and Surfbort (Los Angeles). The advance screenings of the film will be followed by a worldwide digital release from distributor Buffalo 8 (more info soon). (continue)

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Alternative rock group The Early November have shared a music video for their brand new single; "Tired Of Lying", which is the third track to be released from the band's forthcoming Self-Titled album that is set to hit stores on June 14th.

Shares frontman Ace Enders: "This song is about overcoming childhood trauma and demons while at the same time learning about and trying to face your new ones. The vicious cycle many of us sadly find ourselves in." (continue)

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Drive-By Truckers will celebrate their landmark third studio album, Southern Rock Opera, with an expanded new 3xLP edition arriving via New West Records on Friday, July 26.

Southern Rock Opera - Deluxe sees the now-classic double album remixed, remastered, and re-sequenced to include a third LP featuring two sides of additional studio material and live recordings. The supplemental LP comprises Side A - Betamax Guillotine, featuring three songs recommended to play between the original album's Acts I & II including the previously unreleased "Mystery Song." The third disc's Side B - Live In Atlanta (2001) collects four tracks recorded November 24, 2001, at The Earl in Atlanta, GA during the legendary Southern Rock Opera Tour, including the unreleased bonus track, "Don't Cockblock the Rock." Southern Rock Opera - Deluxe is housed in a foil-stamped rigid slipcase with the original album packaged as a 2xLP set in gatefold and supplemental LP packaged in a separate jacket. The deluxe edition also includes a perfect-bound 28-page book with never-before-seen photos and expanded liner notes by Drive-By Truckers co-founder Patterson Hood. (continue)

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Beartooth have announced a new summer leg of their The Surface Tour, following their sold out 2024 North American leg of the trek, which sold a career-record 78,000 tickets across 40+ shows.

The next leg kicks off on July 5 in Las Vegas and runs through August 3 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Currents, Boundaries, and Nevertel will serve as support. All dates are below, and tickets go on sale Friday, May 10, with various pre-sales happening now. (continue)

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KK's Priest - featuring Judas Priest alum and GRAMMY Award winning/nominated musicians K.K. Downing (guitar) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) - and Teutonic metal originators Accept will join forces this fall 2024 for an unmissable North American tour! Both bands are touring in support of their brand new albums, out now via Napalm Records.

The massive run will begin on August 31 in Los Angeles, CA, visiting a slew of major cities in the USA and Canada - such as Toronto, ON, Montreal, QC, New York, NY and Nashville, TN - before coming to an end in San Francisco, CA on October 7. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 9 at 10:00am EDT, so get your tickets quickly before it's too late - these will go fast! (continue)

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Falling In Reverse have released a music video for their new single "Ronald" (Feat. Tech N9ne and Alex Terrible), and announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Popular Monster", on July 26th.

The 2x platinum smash "Popular Monster" and the album of the same name couldn't have come from anyone else but Ronnie Radke, who produced the album alongside Tyler Smith. (continue)

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There's more exciting news from Brit Floyd, The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Experience. They not only kick off the second leg of their 2024 P-U-L-S-E World Tour-Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Pink Floyd's Division Bell + Greatest Hits later this month in the U.S. (May 16)-they have now confirmed plans for 2025 in the UK (which include return stops in some cities they'll visit later this year).

Brit Floyd are calling next year's trek the "Wish You Were Here 50th Anniversary World Tour." These shows will mark Brit Floyd's biggest and most spectacular production to date, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd's classic album Wish You Were Here. (continue)

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Evergrey have premiered a music video for their new single "Say" which is taken from their forthcoming album, "Theories of Emptiness," set for release on June 7.

The band had this to say, "'Say' is one of those songs that immediately when we wrote the chorus we knew that it would be an awesome single. It will simply kill live and is a very worthy follow-up to the success of 'Falling From the Sun'. Regarding the end of the video there will of course be questions, a lot of questions, we have the answers." (continue)

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Experimental pop-rock trio Parade just released a new single called "The Bridge", and to celebrate we asked songwriter Stefan Hegarat to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

It's disorienting releasing this song in 2024 because it feels like such an oldie to me. I wrote "The Bridge" back in 2019, which was at least three apartments and four relationships ago. I remember it being the winter and we had a piano at home (I really wish I had taken advantage of that more...). At the time I was fixated on the idea of escape, which definnnnnnitely had nothing to do with me being in a crumbling relationship and a part of several music projects that were sucking my soul clean out of my body. I had an image in my head of someone running across a cobblestone bridge on a foggy night, trying to get far away from something. I have a bad habit of writing lyrics that are overly vague and/or metaphoric, but I did want some of that vibe in this piece because I didn't want it to be clear whether they were running away from someone, or something, or just the realities of their life. The concept of a moonlight bridge escape is obviously overdramatic, but I do think even small escapes or decisions can feel monumental. The systems that govern our lives make it very difficult to feel like we have any autonomy so it takes real courage and determination to make changes. (continue)

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