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Day in Rock Report for 06/01/2024

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar, a.k.a. the Red Rocker, will be performing a special acoustic set with his longtime friend and guitarist Vic Johnson for the opening of the Stage RED Theater in his hometown of Fontana, Ca.

The "An Acoustic Evening With Sammy Hagar And Vic Johnson" concert event will take place on Saturday, June 15th to officially open the new venue that replaced the Center Stage Theater and carries the Red name in honor of native son Hagar. (continue)

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Crowded House celebrated the release of their new studio album Gravity Stairs by sharing a music video for the single "The Howl". Full Coverage Communications sent over the following details:

Produced by the band with Steven Schram (Paul Kelly, San Cisco), Gravity Stairs shows Crowded House's current incarnation featuring Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom, Elroy Finn and Liam Finn. The album features the song "Oh Hi," inspired by and benefitting the So They Can organization in Africa, and featuring students from the program in its video. Gravity Stairs features the track "Teenage Summer (formerly Life's Imitation)" which Crowded House debuts to national television audiences this week as well as "The Howl." (continue)

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Legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett & InsideOutMusic are pleased to announce reissues of his classical catalogue, beginning in August 2024 with 'Bay Of Kings' & 'Momentum' and they have shared a video trailer for the special reissues.

Steve comments: "My love of classical guitar began to coalesce with both Bay of Kings and Momentum, which showed another side of the guitar. This was the opposite of Rock 'n Roll... A more romantic and personal approach already hinted at within both the Genesis music and my solo work. I'm proud that these albums are getting a second lease of life." (continue)

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Critically-acclaimed alt duo Phantogram unveil the first single of their next chapter, "All A Mystery." Weaving together a hazy mix of synths, hypnotic guitars and beat-crushing drum machines, with mesmerizing vocals into a psychedelic sea of light, Phantogram's Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter's return is a triumph. Co-produced by GRAMMY-award winning producer John Hill (Portugal. The Man, Bleachers, Cage The Elephant, et al.), it's a sensational return to form for the NY duo.

"All A Mystery" kicks off a powerful summer for the Phantogram as they set out on a 27-date North American tour with fellow alternative heavyweights Kings of Leon across August, September and October. More tour dates will be announced soon. (continue)

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Superfan, the alias of Kali Flanagan, shares his new single and music video "When You Come To LA." The fifth single before the release of his new album Tow Truck Jesus due June 28th via Nettwerk, "When You Come To LA" was the first song written for the album and acts as a map of the knots in Superfan's relationship with the world and himself through the context of the assumption that others see the narrator embodied solely by his perceived flaws. Flanagan's reference to the Magnetic Fields on the track, "I can't stop listening to I Don't Wanna Get Over You", reveals their influence on Flanagan's flippant and sardonic use of blunt admittance. After listening to the album in full, the opener can also be thought of as foreshadowing Flanagan's transition, the end of relationships and his move to New York City.

Throughout the album, Superfan's personal reflections are written into songs bare all like raw nerves, bravely telling the story of his own coming of age with a sense of wisdom that feels many years removed from its events. These stories, including previous singles "Your Desire in Food," "Sewn Up and Handsome" and "75 Germany," form the core of Flanagan's forthcoming debut album. (continue)

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Kentucky rockers Mojo Thunder have premiered a music video for their new song "Holy Ghost", the lead single from their forthcoming sophomore album "The Infinite Hope", which will arrive on August 16th.

Noble PR shared the following details: Written by guitarist Bryson Willoughby, the scorching barnburner tells the tale of a preacher who uses his power and position in his community to sow discord and create chaos. (continue)

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Texas desert rockers High Desert Queen celebrated the release of their new studio album, "Palm Reader", by sharing a brand new music video for the album's title track.

Vocalist Ryan Garney had this to say, "We couldn't be happier with how this album came together. Going to YellowDog, and deciding to record the whole thing live without a click track while creating new songs after getting off the road allowed this to be an album that's helping mold what High Desert Queen is becoming. (continue)

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Rhapsody Of Fire are celebrating the release of their much-awaited and critically acclaimed, new studio epos 'Challenge The Wind' via AFM Records by sharing lyric video for their final single, the album closing track "Mastered by the Dark".

For more than thirty years, Rhapsody Of Fire have been able to rely on one thing: there's nothing half-hearted about this band. The Italian masters of their craft can look back at an impressive catalogue of 14 studio albums, three EPs and two live recordings to date, all marked by lots of heart and soul, passion and a virtually inexhaustible wealth of ideas. Since 1993, mastermind and founder Alex Staropoli has been hailed as the creator of the film score metal genre and his band as one of the most charismatic acts worldwide. In addition, Staropoli has enlisted a highly creative first-rate guitarist in Roby De Micheli, who joined the fold in 2011, contributing lots of gritty metal riffs and virtuoso solos to contrast the band's symphonic orchestral style. (continue)

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With their return single "bittersweet" being heralded by the UK rock press and fans alike, Bristol's finest emo/alt-rock quartet downcast are taking things on the road in the Autumn!

Liam, Ben, Jeff and Sam are heading out for a run of shows across England and Wales in September. Kicking off in Plymouth, they'll head up to Cardiff and Manchester before finishing off at the Hope and Anchor in London. (continue)

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(hennemusic) AC/DC rocked its 1979 classic, "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)", during a May 29 concert in Seville, Spain, and pro-shot video of the performance has surfaced online.

The "Highway To Hell" track served as the opening song (according to setlist.fm) during the first of two nights at the city's Estadio La Cartuja, which marked the fourth date of the band's recently-launched Power Up World Tour. (continue)

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd is set to release the highly anticipated 'Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 2,' the follow-up to his acclaimed album 'Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 1.' Slated for a September 20th release via Mascot/Provogue Records, this album continues to solidify Shepherd's status as a powerhouse in modern rock. Leading the charge is the vibrant single "I Got A Woman" available now.

'Dirt On My Diamonds, Volume 2' expands the musical journey that began with 'Volume 1' last November. "When I started writing these songs, two distinct identities emerged," Shepherd explains. "Both albums share the same spirit, but the songs, sounds, and grooves are unique. We decided to stagger the releases to match how people consume music today - essentially creating a double album. Our creative momentum was strong, so we kept it rolling." (continue)

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Bad Omens release their highly-anticipated radical new project, Concrete Jungle [The OST], via Sumerian Records. The 26 tracks are an ambitious exploration of the band's varied musical influences and take listeners on an expansive sonic journey.

Described as an experimental expansion of the band's acclaimed album 'THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND,' the new project not only contains original solo tracks, but incorporates carefully-crafted interludes, re-imagined versions of beloved tracks such as "ARTIFICIAL SUICIDE," and six live-recorded songs. (continue)

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Dream Evil have released a music video for their new single "Metal Gods", which is the title track to their forthcoming album that will be released on July 26th and marks their first new album in seven years.

The band had this to say, "Dream Evil are finally back! It has been seven years since we released our latest album SIX, so we are stoked to return with a vengeance now! (continue)

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Flotsam And Jetsam have shared a music video for their new track "Primal". The song comes from their forthcoming album, "I Am The Weapon", which will arrive on September 13th.

The band had this to say about the new song, "We're very excited to once again unleash Flotzilla onto the metal community! This time, he'll take the form of our newest single, Primal. (continue)

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Cactus have released a new single "Parchman Farm" featuring special guests Joe Bonamassa & Billy Sheehan. The single comes from the upcoming album Temple of Blues - Influences & Friends releasing on June 7th as a CD and also as double vinyl album via Cleopatra Records.

The new album merges the members of Cactus with a super ensemble of featured 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. (continue)

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New wave icon Howard Jones is set to release a stellar new live record. Recorded on March 24th at the O2 Arena in London, Live From The O2 will be released on August 2nd via Cherry Red Records. Howard Jones performed as the special guest of his great friends OMD, with whom he first shared the stage approximately 40 years ago.

Howard's spectacular and vibrant performance that night is captured on the amazing new live recording. Featuring live versions of many of Howard's big hit singles including 'New Song', 'What Is Love?', 'Hide & Seek', 'Pearl In The Shell', 'Like To Get To Know You Well', 'Things Can Only Get Better' plus Howard's cover version of Kajagoogoo's 'Too Shy' accompanied by friend and current band member and former Kajagoogoo band member, Nick Beggs. (continue)

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Buffalo Tom - pioneers of college / alternative rock - come full circle to celebrate their latest release Jump Rope at The Drake in Amherst, MA where they formed over three decades ago while students at the University of Massachusetts. Jump Rope, is their tenth studio album and released on their own Scrawny Records.

Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound, Jump Rope was produced by Dave Minehan and mixed by John Agnello. Earlier this year, the trio shared several singles from the album, beginning with "Helmet" via Brooklyn Vegan, "New Girl Singing" as a "First Listen" on FLOOD Magazine with an accompanying video inspired by Agnes Varda's 1986 film Vagabond; and in April, "Autumn Letter" premiered at Magnet Magazine. (continue)

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