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Day in Rock Report for 09/01/2021

Elton John has announced that he will be releasing his new album, "The Lockdown Sessions," featuring collaborations that he recorded remotely with a number of music stars over the past 18 months.

The record will be hitting stores on October 22nd and includes collaborations from Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad, Smith Glen Campbell, Jimmie Allen and more. (read more)

Johnny Marr has released a music video for his new single "Spirit, Power And Soul", which is the first track that he has shared from his forthcoming solo album.

Marr had this to say about the new song, "Spirit, Power And Soul is a kind of mission statement. I had an idea about an electro sound with gospel feeling, in my own words... an electro soul anthem." (read more)

Chase Atlantic have released a brand new version of their hit single "OHMAMI" featuring rising star Maggie Lindemann, who they connected with via social media.

The trio had this to say, "Working with Maggie Lindemann was a pleasant surprise that transpired through social media; it was a new and exciting approach for us in terms of modern collaboration. (read more)

Frames have released their new single "This Year", which features a guest appearance from Can't Swim's Chris LoPorto and comes from their forthcoming album.

Vocalist and guitarist Sarah Phung had this to say about the new track, "Lyrically, it's yet another song boiling over with confusion and loneliness. I talk about aging, my ex, my anxiety...'You're sticking needles in a cactus' is an image of someone trying to inflict pain for joy, either on themselves or others. (read more)

Imagine Dragons have announced that they will be celebrating the release of their new album "Mercury - Act 1" with a special livestream event via Amazon Music and Amazon Live.

The special event will be taking place tomorrow, Thursday, September 2nd at 9pm ET on Amazon Live and will feature will feature the band performing intimate, acoustic versions of songs from their new album, as well as fan favorites. (read more)

Hawthorne Heights have shared their brand new single "Thunder In Our Hearts". The song comes from the group's forthcoming album, "The Rain Just Follows Me".

Frontman JT Woodruff shared the following background about the new song, "During the 'Rain Sessions' I developed panic attacks that kept me up until 4am every night, and I just couldn't shake them." (read more)

Metallica have announced that SiriusXM are helping them celebrate the 30th anniversary of their blockbuster "Black Album" by releasing the popular "Mandatory Metallica".

The band had this to say, "Our friends at SiriusXM have invited us back as Mandatory Metallica returns with music and content we have curated, especially for this occasion," states an update from Metallica. "They'll also be helping us celebrate the upcoming reissue of The Black Album and release of The Metallica Blacklist, both out next week." (read more)

The Arrangement recently shared their debut single "Fly Away" from their forthcoming album, "Empaths Versus Narcissists", and to celebrate we asked frontman Jon La Joy to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I had been hearing original music in my head for decades but I only had a handful of opportunities over the years to flesh them out via the recording process. "Fly Away" came to life after I had discovered that my wife was unfaithful for me for a second and last time. We had been together for nearly 20 years. I locked myself into my studio closet. No really it was literally a smaller-than-a-bathroom closet transformed into a small studio. The only way I can explain what happened next was that it was a stroke of magic that erupted. I heard the song clearly in my head, the melody, the drum beat, and even the bassline. I took it to my drummer and producer and he laid the drums down and he recorded a vocal take of me on it and he added the background vocals himself. We knew that we needed a good guitar solo on the song so I contracted out Don Dietvorst from Belgium, from Fiverr.com. After what he delivered, I just kept hiring him to do guitar work for me for every song that I finished on ProTools. We haven't looked back since. (continue)

Asking Alexandria have released an official video for their new track "Alone Again," which comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "See What's On The Inside".

Lead guitarist Ben Bruce previously said of the single, "'Alone Again' and the rest of this album is the result of us reconnecting and falling back in love with why we started this band in the first place. No frills or cheap tricks, just the five of us playing our instruments as hard and as loud as we can!" (read more)

Harrisburg, PA hard rockers Eternal Frequency recently shared a music video for their take on the classic Nine Inch Nails hit "Head Like A Hole".

The Emelle Elizabeth fronted band had this to say, "We've always known we had a pretty singer, now our singer has become the Pretty Hate Machine (haha)." (read more)

Eternal Silence have released a music video for their Edgar Allen Poe inspired single "Red Death Masquerade". The song comes from the Italian symphonic metal band's forthcoming album, "Timegate Anathema", which will arrive on October 8th.

They had the following to say about the theme of the new track, "This song is inspired by the horror tale 'The Masque of the Red Death' by Edgar Allan Poe. (read more)

Vader will lead the lineup for a special tribute event to Roman Kostrzewski from the iconic Polish Thrash band Kat, who is battling series heath issues.

The special tribute show will be taking place on September 12th at the A2 club Concert Centre in Wrocław, Poland and will feature members of Vader + Nergal, Vogg and many more. (read more)

Sting has shared a new song called "If It's Love", which is the lead single from his forthcoming studio album, "The Bridge," that is set to be released on November 19th.

The former The Police vocalist and bassist had this to say about the track, "I'm certainly not the first songwriter to equate falling in or out of love with an incurable sickness, nor will I be the last. (read more)

(hennemusic) The Scorpions have shared that they were honored with the European Culture Prize during an August 28 gala at the Bonn Opera House in Bonn, Germany.

The prize is awarded to personalities, initiatives, artists, politicians or institutions for outstanding services and achievements about Europe and its people. (read more)

Prog rock legends Yes have premiered the music video for their new song "Dare To Know". The track is the second single from their forthcoming album "The Quest", which will arrive on October 1st and was produced by Steve Howe.

He had this to say, "Much of the music was written in late 2019 with the rest in 2020. We commissioned several orchestrations to augment and enhance the overall sound of these fresh new recordings, hoping that our emphasis on melody, coupled with some expansive instrumental solo breaks, keeps up the momentum for our listeners." (read more)

Robert Jon & The Wreck have shared the official music video for their new single, "Everyday", which is a track from their new studio album, "Shine A Light On Me Brother".

The new album is set to hit stores this Friday, September 3rd. Frontman Robert Jon Burrison had this to say about the new single, "'Everyday' is an all-out good-time jam track that was born out of frustration due to lack of freedoms that we had grown used to pre-pandemic and were subsequently denied during lockdown." (read more)

The 2021 Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, TN, which was to take place this week (September 2nd through 5th) has been canceled due to the aftermath of hurricane Ida.

The festival organizers had this to say, "We are absolutely heartbroken to announce that we must cancel Bonnaroo. While this weekend's weather looks outstanding, currently Centeroo is waterlogged in many areas, the ground is incredibly saturated on our tollbooth paths, and the campgrounds are flooded to the point that we are unable to drive in or park vehicles safely. (read more)

Jay Elle just released the new single "Miss Mess" from his album "Ride The Wave" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

Hello everyone. Thank you so much for the opportunity. My name is Jay Elle. I am a singer, songwriter and guitar player based in New York City. I write guitar-driven melodic pop songs, sprinkled with hints of folk, rock, pop and Americana, among other genres, including a little bit of classical music. I use a nylon string guitar on a few cuts of my new album "Ride the Wave". The songs are full of energy, passion and witty lyrics, containing hopeful and powerful messages. On some songs I go for more intimate voice and guitar arrangements. Others have a definite rocking feel to them. (continue)

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