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Day in Rock Report for 05/11/2024

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson has addressed the idea of reuniting with Geddy Lee and recruiting a drummer to replace the late Neil Peart for a Rush reunion in a new interview, calling the idea a "money ploy".

Lifeson was asked about a possible reunion by ClassicRockHistory.com and he responded, "There's so many people that ask about us getting back together, if we'll find a new drummer, or continue with Rush, and honestly, I'm proud of the fact that we haven't, and that it was over when it was over. (continue)

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Slipknot have shared a new video entitled "25 Years Later" that recaps their special intimate club show at Pappy + Harriets in Pioneertown, CA from April 25th and their appearance at Sick New World in Las Vegas, NV on April 27th.

The shows marked the debut of the band's brand new drummer Eloy Casagrande, who is known for his work with Sepultura and was brought in to replace Jay Weinberg, who parted ways with the band last year. (continue)

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Fitz and The Tantrums are streaming their brand new single "No Goodbyes (Friends Forever)", interpolate Vitamin C's 1999 classic "Graduation (Friends Forever)," which just celebrated its 25th birthday.

Frontman Michael "Fitz" Fitzpatrick had this to say about the new track, "School's winding down, and summer is upon us. However, we wanted to remind everyone to never say goodbye forever. Those middle school, high school, and college friendships make us who we are. (continue)

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Riot (V) have celebrate the release of their new studio album, "Mean Streets", by premiering a music video for the record's title track that was directed by Tom Flynn (Lamb Of God, Black Stone Cherry, Suffocation).

Don Van Stavern said of the new album hitting stores, "We're more than proud to finally present 'Mean Streets' to the world! It's an album that we put a lot of passion into for our legacy and fans. (continue)

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Coming off two acclaimed studio albums (Black Dawn, Tightrope), and an energized historic live album, Birth Of Cactus, founding member and world renown drummer Carmine Appice returns with the ultimate tribute to his legendary rock band. Temple of Blues - Influences & Friends, merges the members of Cactus with a super ensemble of guest artists, all of whom have called the group among their biggest influences. Once heralded by critics as America's answer to Led Zeppelin, Cactus recorded four hard rockin' albums for Atco Records before Appice and bassist Tim Bogert left to form their own supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice.

"The music of Cactus has always been steeped in blues tradition," says Appice, who wanted the group to re-visit its best songs within a modern rock approach to traditional blues. "We kept hearing from so many of our music celebrity friends how much Cactus influenced them and how they would love to be a guest on a Cactus album. Even our label President, Brian Perera from Cleopatra Records, suggested to us that this album happens. So, Temple Of Blues was the logical next step." (continue)

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Alt-pop group Valley have release their brand-new track, "When You Know Someone," along with an accompanying music video, which is the first track released by the group as a trio following the departure of Mickey Brandolino.

Karah James had this to say about the new song, "We wrote 'When you Know Someone' with Trent Dabbs (Kacey Musgraves, COIN, Ingrid Michaelson) who helped us channel the emptiness we were feeling. (continue)

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Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page took to social media to pay tribute to inide rock icon Steve Albini, who passed away from a heart attack on May 7th, and worked with Page and his former Zeppelin bandmate Robert Plant on their 1997 album "'Walking into Clarksdale'.

Page wrote, "I was very sad to hear of Steve Albini's passing this week. Robert and I worked with him in 1997 on our album 'Walking into Clarksdale' - a record I'm still really proud of. (continue)

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Metallica have shared the full video of their tribute performance honoring Elton John and Bernie Taupin at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on March 20, 2024 where John and Taupin were honored with the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize for their contribution to music.

The metal legends performed "Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", from Elton's iconic "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" album, during the special event that was hosted by Billy Porter. (continue)

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Vevo released a new installment of Footnotes, taking viewers behind the scenes of the official music video for Weezer's smash hit "Buddy Holly," on the 30th anniversary of the 'Blue Album,' released on May 10, 1994.

The episode details the award-winning "Buddy Holly" video, how it pays homage to the 70s show 'Happy Days,' and describes how director Spike Jonze combines actual show footage with look-alike actors to recreate the famous set. (continue)

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The Blues Foundation has announced the winners at the 45th Annual Blues Music Awards that took place May 9 in Memphis. Guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram was the night's biggest winner, taking home four awards, inclding "Album of the Year" for Live In London. Mike Zito, Bobby Rush, Ruthie Foster and John Primer also garnered multiple awards.

The Blues Foundation is a world-renowned Memphis-based organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, the Foundation has approximately 4,000 individual members and 180 affiliated blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals worldwide. (continue)

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Dance Gavin Dance have released two brand new singles called "Straight From The Heart" and "Speed Demon", which run back-to-back to soundtrack the epic music video accompanying the release.

Vocalist/Guitarist Andrew Wells had this to say about the new song and the new era for the band that they begin, "Dance Gavin Dance has seen the highest peaks and the lowest valleys and has persevered to deliver enigmatic and un-replicable music for nearly 19 years. The core of the band has always been at the head, with Will, Matt, and Jon making the art that they want to make, without exception. (continue)

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Southtowne Lanes has released their highly anticipated new album Take Care, out now via Dog Knights Productions. The record - a deeply personal account of loss and grief - features recent singles "Find Your God", "Witness", and "Go Cold", and marks the band's first full-length since 2016.

"On the surface, this record was written largely in dedication to my father, whom passed away in a brutal and sudden manner in September of 2021," shares lead singer/guitarist Matt Kupka. "The album, song by song, dissects the stages of grief: how they relate, how they changed me, how I dealt with them, and how they led me down to the depths of my own mortality, where it seemed there could be no light." (continue)

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UFO fans, rejoice! The legendary British rock band's rare 1988 EP, Ain't Misbehavin', is making a triumphant return in a Deluxe Bonus Track Edition reissue, promising a treasure trove of sonic delights for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Recorded in the wake of the band's electrifying 1987 tour in support of their '85 album Misdemeanor, this EP marked the final collaboration between UFO frontman Phil Mogg and the virtuosic Japanese-born guitarist Atomik Tommy M. (continue)

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Renowned blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor unveils "Change Of Heart," the final and most personal single from her eagerly anticipated album Heavy Soul, out June 7th via Journeyman Records. Featuring Taylor's expressive vocals and masterful guitar playing, the track is further enriched by its joyful and inspirational lyrics, penned with the help of the legendary songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, (Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood) which explores the vulnerability and courage involved in opening up to love.

"Change of Heart is one of my favourite songs on the album," Joanne shares. "It's about meeting someone who makes you want to risk your heart again, despite past hurts. Beth's lyrical genius really brought the emotion of the song to life." (continue)

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