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Day in Rock Report for 05/23/2024

After a record-breaking 2023 with over 70,000 fans from across the U.S. and beyond in attendance, Rocklahoma returns Friday, August 30, Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 to Rockin Red Dirt Ranch in Pryor, Oklahoma--just outside Tulsa--for the biggest year yet!

America's Biggest Labor Day Party will feature headlining performances from Avenged Sevenfold and Evanescence (Friday), Disturbed and A Day To Remember (Saturday), and Slipknot and Lamb of God (Sunday), along with a huge lineup of top rock and metal bands including Halestorm, Mastodon, Skillet, Clutch, Nothing More, Kerry King, Coal Chamber and Tom Keifer, among others. 2024 marks the Rocklahoma debut appearance for Avenged Sevenfold and A Day To Remember. (continue)

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Blackmore's Night, featuring legendary guitarist formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore, and award-winning singer Candice Night return to the stage in June and July 2024 in the United States.

"Join us this summer as the mystical fires glow at midnight, to all our friends, fans, Blackmore's Night Family: grab your tambourine or your tankard of ale, and sing and dance with Blackmore's Night 'Under a Violet Moon.' Let us transport you back in time to a magical evening with music that will brighten your hearts and soul," states Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night, and their band of Minstrels, May 2024. (continue)

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"I Am Myself" is a collection of never-before-heard home demo recordings by Liverpool's Tom Evans, bassist and co-lead singer of the iconic power pop group Badfinger. It will be released as a limited-edition CD by Y&T Music and available on all streaming platforms on June 5, 2024 to celebrate what would have been Tommy's 77th birthday.

Like his Badfinger bandmate Pete Ham, Tom Evans was a prolific songwriter; he gave the quartet many of their greatest 'deep cuts,' including "Money," "It's Over," "Believe Me" and "Blind Owl." Evans and Ham co-wrote "Without You," which went to No. 1 for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey, and is considered by many to be one of the greatest pop ballads of all time. (continue)

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Apple Music have revealed their 100 Best Albums list, curated editorially, not by actual streaming numbers of the service, and several rock albums' made the list.

According to the streaming service the list was "crafted by Apple Music's team of experts alongside a select group of artists, songwriters, producers, and industry professionals". (continue)

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Mercury Studios, Universal Music Group's innovative and multi-faceted content studio, have shared a trailer for the DVD+Blu-ray release of the critically acclaimed documentary film Have You Got It Yet?, a compelling dive into the life and genius of Syd Barrett, of Pink Floyd fame. The film will also be made available on digital formats, as well as On Demand.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Roddy Bogawa and the late, acclaimed album cover designer Storm Thorgerson (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, and Black Sabbath), and produced by Orian Williams (England Is Mine, Creation Stories, Control), the feature length documentary drew praise for its candid glimpse into the prismatic character and artistry of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. Visionaries behind prog rock and British psychedelic music, Pink Floyd chartered a monolithic legacy in both music and cultural history. Syd, who gave the group their moniker by combining the names of two obscure blues players - Pink Anderson and Floyd Council, played a crucial role in igniting that history, then left the group before they met stardom. (continue)

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Bay Area punk legends Rancid have released their debut self-titled EP on streaming services for the first time ever. Exclusively released on 7-inch vinyl back in 1992 on Lookout! Records, the inaugural Rancid EP is the band's seminal five-track induction to punk rock that set the tone for a prolific and subversive thirty-plus year run.

Recently, Rancid's B Sides and C Sides compilation of early works was also made available on streaming services as a collection for the first time. Originally released in 2007, the blistering 24 track set features songs that span 1992 to 2004. (continue)

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Boston Manor's new album Sundiver is set for release on September 6 via SharpTone Records. News of the band's fifth studio album arrives alongside the release of its lead single "HEAT ME UP."

Frontman Henry Cox is opening the next chapter of a story that began with 2022 album Datura. That record opened with the lines, "Do me a favour, close that window, keep the heating in, there's a fire in the car park, I see it smouldering." Sundiver, then, is the yin to Datura's yang. Arriving on September 6 via SharpTone Records, Sundiver is Boston Manor's fifth album and one that represents a glimmering dawn for the Blackpool five-piece. Grown from a seedbed of optimism and sobriety, the LP celebrates new beginnings, second chances and rebirth. With two members recently stepping into fatherhood, hope is baked into every note. (continue)

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Mr. Big will release its tenth studio album, 'Ten', on Friday, July 12th featuring 11 new original tracks! The first single and accompanying video from 'Ten', "Good Luck Trying", is a loud, raw, '70s blues rocker that pulls influence from MR. BIG's earliest musical inspirations.

In a tribute to their late drummer Pat Torpey, Martin, Gilbert, and bassist Billy Sheehan have enlisted the exceptional talents of Nick D'Virgilio on drums for 'Ten', which was produced by Jay Ruston and Mr. Big. (continue)

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The Dollyrots have released the official video for "Trees Sway" as they get set to embark on the Wrapped In The Sunshine Tours, hitting the West Coast in June with Diesel Boy and Go Betty Go on select dates and East Coast dates in July with The Boreouts and Soraia.

"Trees Sway" is taken from their recent album, Night Owls. Cabezas shares, "I was gifted the song in a dream and woke up abruptly, turned to Kelly and said, 'Turn your phone audio record on, I'll be right back.' I grabbed a guitar and played the whole thing, front to back, complete with lyrics in one go. That became the song, and when she sang it for the record, it took on a life of its own." (continue)

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Wisconsin metal and punk hybrid, Deathwish, have released their pummeling new single "Rain Fire". The song is taken from their upcoming album The Fourth Horseman which is out via Beer City Records on June 7th, 2024.

Bassist Bitty commented "Way back in the day I smoked some pot and it was laced with angel dust. One of the things I saw while on the drug was the sky raining fire. I never smoked pot again but I thought it made for a good song." (continue)

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Attila have released brand new, super-heavy single, "New Devil" Ft Dickie Allen today. The new track sees Attila hark back to their early releases, combining huge, obnoxious beatdowns, thrashy riffs and Fronz's signature vocal combo of rapping and screaming.

Speaking on the release of their new track, Attila frontman, Chris 'Fronz' Fronzak shares "New Devil is Attila showing respect to our roots. We grew up listening to heavy music, creating heavy music, and we will continue making heavy music. (continue)

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Last night, Avril Lavigne kicked off the North American leg of her Greatest Hits Tour with an iconic performance in Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena. Avril unveiled a vibrant, high energy, four-part production filled with career-spanning fan favourites such as "Complicated", "Girlfriend," "Sk8er Boi," and more from her record smashing catalog and newly announced first-ever Greatest Hits album (Avril Lavigne - Greatest Hits) set for a June 21 release via Legacy Recordings (Sony Music Entertainment).

The tour continues Saturday (5/25) with a show in Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre before making its way through the U.S. and Canada with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Toronto (2 shows), Charlotte, Nashville, Chicago, Edmonton, and more before wrapping on Wednesday, Sept 18 in Calgary. All Time Low and Simple Plan will join Avril on select dates throughout the tour as special guests and direct support, with Royal & the Serpent and Girlfriends joining select dates as opening acts. (continue)

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New Zealand rockers DEVILSKIN just released their new "Surfacing" EP and to celebrate we asked bassist/lyricist Paul Martin to tell us about one of the tracks and he shared the story behind "Unborn". Here is the story:

Our guitarist Nail, came up with this beautiful melody that he wrote for his, as then, in-utero daughter. Its a really soothing and delicate piece that he would play on guitar to his wife's pregnant belly. (continue)


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