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Day in Rock Report for 07/08/2024

Two recently uncovered lost songs from late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence are set to get special limited edition picture disc vinyl releases on August 9th. The song "One-Way" will be joined on the b-side with "Save My Life".Two formats will be available in limited editions: standard black and white via Boss Sonics and red via Deko Entertainment.

Reybee sent over these details about the special release: "It's been nearly 30 years since Michael and I first spoke on the phone," recalls producer Danny Saber (Madonna, Rolling Stones, U2) about the first time he spoke to the revered INXS lead singer and ultimate rockstar Michael Hutchence. "I could scarcely imagine then, three decades later, I would be writing about the release of his 'lost' songs found in a vault or that there would even be a need to remind the world of his greatness... but that's where I find myself." (continue)

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Rock legends Deep Purple are gearing to launch the North American leg of their '=1 MORE TIME' Tour next month in support of their forthcoming album, "=1", which will released on July 19th.

Prog icons Yes will also be on the tour that will get underway on August 14th in Hollywood, FL at the Hard Rock Live. They will wrap up the trek on September 8th in Scranton, PA at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. (continue)

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The ultimate keyboard wizard, Rick Wakeman CBE, will be embarking on a tour of the US with a series of solo piano concerts for the last time in 2024. Rick, who has become almost as well-known for his intimate piano shows as his prog rock extravaganzas, has decided that after a career spanning over 50 years, he is calling a halt to lengthy American one-man show tours, in order to concentrate on composing, recording and collaborating with other musicians.

As an exclusive gift for fans, on these shows Rick will be premiering a brand new piece of music: Yessonata, a 30-minute instrumental work featuring YES themes and melodies, woven into sonata form. For the first time, Yessonata will also be available to purchase in vinyl format on the fall tour. (continue)

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As he approaches the landmark of his sold out, 3000th show at Alexandra Palace in London, UK on Saturday, February 22, 2025, Frank Turner recently partnered with Sweet Relief Musicians Fund on the first leg of his U.S. Undefeated tour to raise $18,158 through a sweepstakes for one of the acclaimed British singer-songwriter's personal tour guitars. During the tour, over 500 fans across America entered in a chance to win a Epiphone Hummingbird Studio Acoustic-Electric guitar in faded cherry signed by Turner. The funds donated nightly were distributed and used to provide financial grants for music industry professionals in need of mental health care.

"We're blown away by Frank's level of commitment and support," said Aric Steinberg, EVP-Development/Artist Relations | Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. "His consistency and willingness to make this campaign a success is truly remarkable and demonstrates his generous nature. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the start of the campaign and he's a genuinely kindhearted person; we're so grateful to have him as a supporter, and I can speak for all of the artists who will now receive mental health care when I say, 'thank you!' to Frank." (continue)

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Lord Of The Lost have revealed their live cover versions of "Herz An Herz" (Blumchen) and "The Look" (Roxette), cut from their upcoming live album, LIVE at W:O:A, out August 2, 2024 via Napalm Records and including a guest performance of none other than German 90s star Blumchen on both songs!

After two European tours with Iron Maiden, participation in the Eurovision Song Contest finals, a #1 charting album, and an almost completely sold out European tour, the band played their first ever mainstage performance at Wacken Open Air in 2023, when they closed the festival day as "deadliners" after Iron Maiden. The set was recorded and will be released as Live at W:O:A, which is "a dream come true", as Chris Harms stated during the show. (continue)

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A 75-year-old Ohio woman alleges that she was scammed out of over $120,000 via social media by an imposter claiming to be former Journey frontman Steve Perry, according to the Westlake Police Department.

The woman responded to a Facebook message from a person claiming to the legendary vocalist back in January. The Westlake police said in a statement, "The fake Mr. Perry had a business opportunity and of course 'needed a woman in his life.'" (continue)

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While Def Leppard's live shows over the past couple of decades have focused heavily on their blockbuster "Hysteria" album, the pendulum swung in favor of its predecessor, 1983's "Pyromania" at the launch of the Stadium Tour.

The band kicked off their summer stadium jaunt with Journey at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday night (July 6th) with the band's setlist slightly dominated by "Pyromania" tracks, seven in all. (continue)

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Detroit's 101 WRIF have share video of Alter Bridge and Slash solo band frontman Myles Kennedy's full four song set from a special performance that took place late last month.

Kennedy did a special appearance for the station's "Riff Sessions" at the Oak City Grille in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 28th where he was interviewed and performed songs acoustically. (continue)

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Stryper Frontman Michael Sweet took to social media on Friday (July 5th) to share his thoughts on a big misconception that he believes fans have about rock stars - that they all "rich and wealthy".

Sweet shared via Facebook, "Music is an extremely tough business. If you're not tough, you'll never make it in this business. Or at least, you won't go far. It takes hard work, disipline and determination. Relentless. Even then, it's not easy. A constant up and down battle of trying to balance everything. Spending money to make money, making money to spend money. Balancing budgets and trying to constantly and continuously makes things work financially. And even if you are very successful, you must still be very cautious and smart. Invest, save, budget. Don't make the mistake of "living like a rock star". Live modestly and think about the future. Success in the music business is seasonal. On and off. (continue)

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Longtime Frank Zappa and Ray Charles bandmate Tom Fowler died earlier this month from complications of an aneurysm, according to a social media postings from his friends and colleagues. He was 73.

Former Zappa bass player Arthur Barrow shared via Facebook, "So sad to report another big loss in the Zappa community. Tom Fowler left us yesterday, July 2, 2024. He was a hero to me. (continue)

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The UK power duo The Virginmarys have released a music video for their brand new single "Northwest Coast", which is the lead single to their just announced fourth studio album "The House Beyond The Fires".

Frontman Ally had this to say about the new track, "Northwest Coast is the first single to be released from the album, it's a perfect glimpse of all that's to come. It starts with one of the best riffs I've written, and the groove works incredibly. The track fuses different genres and is a little 'tongue in cheek' lyrically, repping the gritty realness and beauty of the Northwest of England." (continue)

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The 45th anniversary of The Kinks' "Low Budget" 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: Generally regarded as classic rock godfathers shoulder-to-shoulder with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and The Who, my guest In the Studio Ray Davies explains here why the Kinks were almost a decade behind their British Invasion peers in America when The Kinks released the trifecta of Sleepwalker, Misfits, and their biggest seller, Low Budget, back-to-back in 1977-79. (read more)

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Brazilian indie rockers Foxes On The Run just released their new "Preys Of Fate" EP and celebrate we asked Eduardo Santana to tell us about the single "Skipping Stones" featuring Luna Di. Here is the story:

"Skipping Stones" came to life while I was having Sunday lunch with my parents, we often have some caipirinhas while eating Feijoada and then after lunch we play music and chat a lot. One such day I picked up the acoustic and the riff just appeared instantly, I recorded a very quick demo with my phone and kept playing it over and over, eventually it evolved into the final song we hear today, albeit missing lyrics. (continue)

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