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Day in Rock Report for 05/13/2024

Udo Dirkschneider has announced that he will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of his former band Accept's classic album "Balls To The Wall" by launching a special U.D.O. and DIRKSCHNEIDER tour.

Reigning Phoenix Music sent over these details: Much-recognized German heavy metal act U.D.O. just completed a European run in support of their current hit album "Touchdown" (released on August 25, 2023), which was greatly crowded in many places and even saw the band perform at a number of sold out venues. While enjoying the well deserved laurels, the group are now preparing for this year's festival season as well as the North American leg of their current world tour. Two of the aforementioned summer dates will actually revive the name DIRKSCHNEIDER. (continue)

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Arizona rock icons Jimmy Eat World have announced their return to the UK and Europe with seven headline shows taking place in November 2024. The dates will begin at Berlin's Columbiahalle on 7th November before arriving in the UK on 13th November at Glasgow's O2 Academy, at Manchester's Victoria Warehouse on 14th November, and closing at London's Alexandra Palace on 15th November - a huge moment for Jimmy Eat World marking their biggest London headline show to date.

Jimmy Eat World will be joined by special guests PUP at all shows. Tickets will be on general sale from Friday 17 May at 10:00am local time. The November tour will see Jimmy Eat World's first UK gigs since 2022, when the band headlined a sold out Brixton Academy and headlined 2000 Trees Festival - major moments that surrounded the release of their powerful latest singles 'Place Your Debts' and 'Something Loud', described by the Guardian as "arguably Jimmy Eat World's best track in years". (continue)

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Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang made a surprise appearance at the Welcome To Rockville festival this past weekend during the Foo Fighter's headline set on Saturday night (May 11th).

The Mammoth WVH frontman and former Van Halen bassist helped the Foo Fighters prank the audience half-way through their performance at the festival. Frontman Dave Grohl told the audience that he never gets to solo and wanted to show off his guitar skills. (continue)

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Pink Floyd legend David Gilmour has announced that he will performing his first shows in the United States in eight years this fall in support of his forthcoming album, "Luck And Strange".

The limited U.S. shows will be taking place in Los Angeles and New York with Gilmour playing two shows at the Hollywood Bowl on October 29th and 30th, followed by Madison Square Garden on November 4th and 5th. (continue)

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ONE OK ROCK have announced details of a massive world tour which will see the band visiting stadiums and arenas in Tokyo, Kaohsiung, Dusseldorf, Paris, London, Toronto, and Los Angeles this Fall.

Kicking off with a two night stand at Tokyo's Ajinomoto Stadium on September 14th & 15th, ONE OK ROCK's "2024 Premonition World Tour" will see the band playing the largest international venues of their career and bringing their colossal full-production stadium show to Europe and North America for the first time ever. (continue)


Baroness and Graveyard have announced that they will cap off 2024 with a co-headlining European tour, kicking off in late October, which will feature support from Pallbearer.

"Europe, we're thrilled to announce our return, and to have Sweden's Graveyard join us for these co-headlining shows," Baroness says, collectively. "We also bringing our Stateside friends, Pallbearer, with us, and we can't wait to see some of you for the first time since STONE's release. 'Til the wheels fall off..." (continue)

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The 55th anniversary of The Who's iconic "Tommy" album 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 for the episode: "Rock'n'roll is about the moment you become alone, the moment when you grow up, the moment when you leave home," The Who's Tommy composer Pete Townshend declares. "You have no protection anymore. Your family haven't disowned you, and you haven't disowned your family, but from then on you're an adult. You will never... ever... NOT be alone again. Rock'n'roll is about that moment." (read more)

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Mandoki Soulmates just released their new album "A Memory Of Our Future", and to celebrate we asked bandleader Leslie Mandoki to tell us about single, "Devil's Encyclopedia". Here is the story:

"Devil's Encyclopedia" is a ProgRock soundscape that brings together the talents of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Jesse Siebenberg (Supertramp), Tony Carey, fusion legend Mike Stern, Richard Bona, and myself. The song was born out of a reflection on the current state of the world. "When I see the division and radicalization accumulating today, especially through a feeding frenzy on endless crises with social media, I feel that my art must work toward a generationally just world," Mandoki says. (continue)

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