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Day in Rock Report for 07/18/2021

KISS frontman Paul Stanley believes that it would be impossible for the band to reunite with original drummer Peter Criss and original guitarist Ace Frehley for the same reasons it did not work out in the past.

Stanley was a guest on SiriusXM's Jim & Sam Show and he asked his thoughts about why fans seem so interested in the idea of the original members reuniting. (read more)

The 40th anniversary of MTV will be celebrate with a special panel discussion featuring former VJs from the network at theROCKNPOD Expo in Nashville.

The special event is taking place on August 6th through 8th with the 'When Music Ruled Television' panel scheduled for August 7th at the HiltonNashville Airport hotel in Nashville, TN. (read more)

Comedy metal band Steel Panther have announced that bassist Lexxi Foxx (real name Travis Haley) has decided to leave the group to focus on his Sexy Lexxi's Prettiest Pets business.

The group shared the sad news with the following statement, ""The great pandemic of 2020-2037 has affected all of us. For some though, it has opened doors of opportunity and been a catalyst to seek out one's true calling in life." (read more)

Swedish singer and multi-instrumentalist and Dirty Loops frontman Jonah Nilsson has recruited guitar legend Steve Vai for his brand new single entitled "Diamond Ring".

The music video for the track features music industry icon Quincy Jones, who had this to say about Nilsson, "He's different though, he's got the perfect balance of right brain creativity and left brain music theory. It's in his blood. He's got soul, with one of the biggest ranges I've ever heard." (read more and watch the video)

Miranda Lambert launched her summer tour dates this weekend in Belmont, OH and has announced headline dates and festival appearances that run through November.

Lambert is next scheduled to visit the Porter County Fair in Valparaiso, IN on July 23rd and will be wrapping up her live activities on November 14th in Ridgefield, WA. (read more)

The Picturebooks have released a video for their brand new single "Catch Me If You Can" that features Chris Robertson from Black Stone Cherry.

The track comes from their forthcoming album, "The Major Minor Collective," which is set to be released on September 3rd. The band had this to say about the new single, "Ever since touring with Black Stone Cherry, we became huge fans, especially of Chris RobertsonĀ“s voice and guitar wizardry." (read more and watch the video)

The Trey Anastasio Band have announced that they will be returning to the road with fall with a tour that will visit various cities across the eastern United States.

The trek is scheduled to kick off on September 17th in Portland, ME at Thompson's Point and will conclude on October 2nd and 3rd with a two night stand at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. (read more)

Billy Bragg have premiered a music video for his brand new single "I Will Be Your Shield". The track comes from his forthcoming album, "The Million Things That Never Happened", which is set to hit stores on October 8th.

Bragg recorded the 12 song album, his 10th studio record, at Echo Zoo studio in Eastbourne and it was produced by Romeo Stodart and Dave Izumi. (read more and watch the video)

Gibson have announced that Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale has been named the guitar maker's very first female Brand Ambassador and they will be releasing a line of signature acoustic and electric guitars across Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer brand lines.

According to the announcement, "Hale has partnered with Gibson and Epiphone luthiers to design two sold-out guitars including the Gibson Lzzy Hale Explorer and the Epiphone Lzzy Hale Explorer." (read more)

Big Big Train have released a music video for their new song "The Strangest Times", which was inspired by the pandemic lockdown and comes from their forthcoming album "Common Ground".

Vocalist David Longdon had this to say, "After the death of a collaborator Judy Dyble in July 2020, I time spent shielding with an ill relative. With everything that was happening around me and for the world with the relentless doomwatch tone of the news broadcasts, I spoke with Greg. I said I couldn't just be writing songs about historical figures and scenarios. I felt that I needed to write about the here and now." (read more and watch the video)

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