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Day in Rock Report for 06/12/2024

Having played every continent in the physical world, Metallica sets its sights on new frontiers with events across Fortnite this month. Metallica becomes the first band to take center stage across all Fortnite experiences, with Metallica-themed gameplay coming to Fortnite Festival, Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite, Rocket Racing and more starting tomorrow, June 13.

Plus, as part of an all new music experience inside of Fortnite, Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. will bring a series of in-game concert performances to players only on June 22 and June 23. (continue)

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The full band lineup has been announced for the last NOFX shows ever, October 4, 5 and 6 in Los Angeles - closing out where it all started. For the LA dates of NOFX Final Tour: 40 Years, 40 Cities, 40 Songs Per Day, NOFX will be joined by Dropkick Murphys (Friday), Descendents (Saturday), Pennywise (Sunday) and many more at San Pedro's Berth 46.

Each show also features craft beer and craft beverage tasting for festival patrons 21+ from Noon - 3:00 PM. See the daily band lineups for NOFX Final Tour in San Pedro (here)

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Riot Fest, the iconic annual punk rock and alternative music festival, is excited to announce its 2024 lineup, along with the introduction of an innovative new world, and a venue change, now with parking! This year's festival will take place at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, from September 20-22nd, featuring 90+ bands over 3-days, and will feature RiotLand, an immersive "Choose Your Own Adventure" world that promises to elevate the festival experience to new heights.

Introducing RiotLand: A "Choose Your Own Adventure" Experience. RiotLand is set to transform Riot Fest into an interactive, choose your own adventure where attendees can explore and engage with various themed areas and activities. While the activation experiences will change from day to night, RiotLand is a place where you can escape from the real world and be yourself. (continue)

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"Cold As Ice," "Too Much Time On My Hands," "Juke Box Hero," "Renegade" and more! Nothing sounds more like the soundtrack of summer than STYX's and FOREIGNER's biggest hits. Recently announced as inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, FOREIGNER hits the road in June co-headlining the "Renegades & Juke Box Heroes" trek with STYX and special guest John Waite. Adding to the excitement, STYX and FOREIGNER announce RENEGADES & JUKE BOX HEROES, a very special limited-edition companion album, available exclusively at tour stops starting at today's tour launch in Grand Rapids, MI at the Van Andel Arena, and at select retail on July 12.

This must-have collector's album, available as a picture disc or in elegant silver vinyl, features both bands' greatest hits and was mastered for vinyl by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound with lacquers cut by Joe Nino-Hernes. Tracks include FOREIGNER's most beloved hits including "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice", and the worldwide #1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is," alongside STYX massive hits "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)," "Come Sail Away" and "Renegade," and more. (continue)

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Gibson, the iconic global instrument brand, is proud to announce it has partnered with Charlie Starr, frontman, singer-songwriter, and guitarist, for the Southern rock group Blackberry Smoke. Today, Gibson unveiled the new Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior, a tribute to his much-loved 1956 model made from digital scans of his original guitar. The Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior from Gibson is now available worldwide at authorized Gibson dealers and on www.gibson.com.

Charlie Starr often uses a Les Paul Junior for studio recordings and live performances with his group Blackberry Smoke. Throughout his career, his affinity for the Les Paul Junior has contributed to his signature guitar tone and playing style, adding to the band's unique sound. The Gibson Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior authentically reproduces Charlie's go-to Junior. It features a mahogany neck with a 50s neck profile that was digitally scanned and replicated from Charlie's favorite Les Paul Junior, a custom-designed overwound P-90 pickup, and an adjustable Wraparound bridge with locking studs. It comes packed in a Historic Les Paul Junior "Gator Skin" hardshell case and includes a Charlie Starr Signature Ceramic Slide and Hey Ya'll sticker, complete with Charlie's original misspelling. The Gibson Charlie Starr Les Paul Junior is available in Dark Walnut and Ebony, and only 250 guitars will be made in each color. (continue)

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Mike Tramp returns with 'Songs Of White Lion - Vol. II' which will drop on August 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl. The album's ten tracks once again see Tramp re-imagining select cuts from his former band White Lion.

To herald the album's announcement, Tramp shares its first single, "Lights and Thunder," accompanied by a new music video. MIKE TRAMP comments on the new release: "Would Leonardo Da Vinci have re-painted Mona Lisa, if he had gotten a second chance? That we will never know, but I can say for sure, that I am beyond thrilled to have gotten a second chance to re-record and sing the songs I wrote between 1983 -1990. (continue)

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On the heels of Jump Rope, their tenth studio album released this spring, Buffalo Tom are extending an invite to fans to "Please Come To Boston" the weekend of November 1-3. The three-day festival hosted at the Arts at The Armory in Somerville, Mass. will feature music, arts, comedy, food/wine and literature. Tickets on sale beginning Friday, June 14th.

"Hopefully a recurring autumn event, this is an invitation to travel to New England to see us perform some unique album sets," says Chris Colbourn. "And to discover a bit of what has inspired us these past 40 years since settling down here - hometown neighborhoods, forests and beaches, bars, clubs and restaurants - are the setting and muse for so many of our songs" (continue)

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God Is An Astronaut has mesmerized audiences worldwide with their distinctive sonic tapestry both in dynamic live performances and through their recorded works. Amidst their perpetual whirlwind of touring, the Irish trio emerges once more with a freshly crafted studio album, entitled 'Embers', set to release on September 6, 2024, courtesy of Napalm Records!

In support of their upcoming record release, God Is An Astronaut has also announced a busy touring schedule for 2024, with many more shows to be announced soon. (continue)

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UMe have announced that they will be releasing Godsmack's third studio album "Faceless" on vinyl for the very first time. They shared [the album] features the #1 rock hits "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out Of Line." Giving Godsmack their first #1 Album, it has become a fan favorite and rock staple over the years.

Presented here with exceptional remastered audio and debuting on 2LP 45rpm vinyl, Faceless has now become the high-fidelity treasure every fan has wanted since its debut. (continue)

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Former Hades and current Patriarchs in Black guitarist Dan Lorenzo with be guest hosting Ultimate Sinner today (June 12) at 12 noon EST on Sirius/XM's Ozzy's Boneyard.

Lorenzo will be spinning music and talking about his love of AC/DC and KISS, his friendship with Overkill's Bobby Blitz, and his favorite vocal performance of all-time. The broadcast will replay on Sunday, June 16th at 6 pm EST and Monday, June 17th at 11 pm EST. (continue)

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Last night, Riot Fest founder Mike Petrynshyn released a video statement announcing the exit of the fest from Douglass Park and the unveiling of RiotLand and the line-up this morning.

In the statement, Petryshyn said the following, "So, it became evident change was needed. Riot Fest will be leaving Douglass Park. And-allow me to be as clear as the azure sky of the deepest summer-our exodus is solely because of the Chicago Park District. Their lack of care for the community, you, and us, ultimately left us no choice. (continue)

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Los Angeles band Nightjacket just released their new single "All Of My Friends" and to celebrate we asked Andrea Wasse to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

"All Of My Friends" came to me in pieces, which is usually the case, but it took a minute to get all of the pieces together. The first verse (lyrics and melody) was in my head for months before I brought it to anyone else to flesh out. It was near the end of the pandemic (or the middle of pandemic... what is time?), when the world was starting to open up again but nothing felt the same by any means. (continue)

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