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Day in Rock Report for 08/04/2021

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses debuted a brand new song during their August 3 concert at Fenway Park in Boston, MA and fan-filmed video footage of the performance has been shared online.

"Some of you might have heard this under another name, but this is really kind of absurd to try this," Axl Rose told the crowd. "Wasn't that funny? And they don't even know the joke yet. Okay, this is called 'Absurd'." (read more)

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will release an expanded reissue of their 1976 album, "Technical Ecstasy", on October 1. The band's seventh studio album - which will mark its 45th anniversary this fall - featured the tracks "Dirty Women" and "Rock N Roll Doctor"; the set reached No. 13 in the group's UK homeland and No. 51 on the US Billboard 200.

The 4CD and 5LP Super Deluxe Editions present a remastered version of the original album, a brand-new mix by Steven Wilson using the original analog tapes, plus more than 90-minutes of previously unreleased outtakes, alternative mixes and live tracks. (read more)

(hennemusic) Metallica's video for their 1991 track, "Nothing Else Matters", has passed 1 billion views on YouTube. Directed by Adam Dubin, the clip features scenes from the 1992 documentary, "A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica."

Uploaded to YouTube in October of 2009, the video originally premiered in February of 1992, just two months before the song was issued as the third single from the band's self-titled record aka The Black Album. (read more)

Underoath have released a music video for their brand new song,
"Hallelujah." The track is the second single from their forthcoming album, "Voyeurist", which will arrive on January 14th.

Guitarist Tim McTague had this to say, "I think the song is one of the more powerful songs on the album for a myriad of reasons, but sharing a night of beers and stories with a handful of the people you love, unpacking a ton of heady concepts and recording a choir really put an exclamation point on the song for me. (read more)

Chris Young has announced that he will be hitting the road this fall for the headlining Famous Friends Tour 2021 that will feature special guest Mitchell Tenpenny as direct support along with Callista Clark.

The 12-stop arena and amphitheater tour will be kicking off on October 21st in Little Rock, AR at the First Security Amphitheater and will wrap up on November 20th in Dekalb, IL at the Northern Illinois University - Convocation Center. (read more)

(hennemusic) Charleen McCrory, the widow of ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, is thanking fans for their outpouring of support following the sudden death of her husband last week, just days after he played his final concert with the iconic Texas trio.

"After 19 wonderful years of marriage that ended too soon, I've decided to step out into Dusty's spotlight to thank all of his fans, colleagues and friends for the overwhelming outpouring of love for The Dust," shared McCrory on the band's Facebook page on August 2. "It makes me hopeful he will not be forgotten. He was the kindest, most gentle and caring man a woman could ever Hope to find in a lifetime. Many don't believe in fairy tale marriages but Dusty and I truly lived one! We were inseparable. (read more)

Vicki Loveland and Van Duren have announced that they will be releasing their new Loveland Duren album, which will be entitled "Any Such Thing," on October 1st.

Our good friends over at Conqueroo sent us the following details: Following the duo's first two releases, Bloody Cupid (2013) and Next (2016), Any Such Thing reflects the sum of their experiences through the past five years of performing in the Mid-South and in faraway locales. Traveling the indie-film circuit in 2019 to L.A., London, Australia, and Tasmania in support of the documentary Waiting: The Van Duren Story, Loveland Duren performed for ecstatic crowds who fell in love with their music, moving Vicki and Van deeply. These 10 powerful new songs, written in 2019 and 2020, fueled inspired recording sessions in some of the most renowned studios in the world, right in their hometown of Memphis. (read more)

Joanne Shaw Taylor just released a music video for her new single "Let Me Down Easy", which comes from her just announced "The Blues Album" (out Sept 17th), and to celebrate she shares some thoughts on the single. Here is the story:

This song was written by Maurice Dollinson and was recorded by Little Milton as a single released by Checker Records in 1968. The following year it was released by Stax Records on Little Milton's album Grits Ain't Groceries. I wasn't too familiar with Little Milton. (read more)

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