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Day in Rock Report for 10/11/2021

(hennemusic) Journey guitarist Neal Schon performed the US national anthem prior to kickoff of Sunday's (October 10) NFL game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.

"What an amazing time we had today," shared Schon on social media. "Want to thank everyone involved today. You were all amazing. Thank you friends for allowing me this honor. It was an enormous high to soar with you all." (read more)

(hennemusic) The Ohio State University Marching Band performed a Rush tribute in honor of their late drummer, Neil Peart, during its halftime show at Ohio Stadium as part of Ohio State University's homecoming game against University Of Maryland on October 9.

The outfit delivered a medley of classic Rush tracks, including "The Spirit Of Radio", "Fly By Night" and "Tom Sawyer", while presenting formations that replicated Peart and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, and spelled out the title to a pair of the Canadian band's tracks, "2112" and "YYZ." (read more)

Carlos Santana has released a music video for a track called "Move", his new collaboration with Matchbox Twenty singer/songwriter Rob Thomas and American Authors.

The song comes from Santana's forthcoming album, "Blessing And Miracles", which hits stores this Friday (October 15th). Carlos had this to say about the track, "'Move' came about very much like how 'Smooth' happened. (read more)

Following the wildly successful Still Wish You Were Here project released earlier this year, another gathering of classic, prog and art rock superstars have come together to recreate and reimagine Pink Floyd's ambitious 1977 concept album, Animals!

Fusing the white-hot guitar work of Floyd guitarist David Gilmour with the stone-cold cynicism of Roger Water's lyrics, Animals is widely hailed by die-hard Floyd fans as one of the group's most highly conceptual and uncompromising albums of their career, and certainly set the template for the commercial breakthrough that would come two years later with 1979's The Wall. (read more)

The County Well recently released their new album "Drink More" and to celebrate we asked Don Zimmer to tell us about the title track to the record. Here is the story:

A while back I spent some time learning about Woody Guthrie and his songwriting. He wrote a lot, hundreds of songs of all kinds-country, folk, children's and ballads. Many of them were not very complicated. I read about what inspired him to write. He said that instead of waiting for inspiration to come, he went out to find songs. To be open to them, to go looking for them, instead of standing by while they come to you. (continue)

The Verve Pipe have released their brand new single "Forever Reaching". The song comes from the band's forthcoming album, "Threads", which will be hitting stores on November 5th.

Frontman Brian Vander Ark had this to say about the new track, "According to legend, we're all connected by threads of fate. But with the comfort of the inevitable, comes complacency. This song is about accepting fate, but forever reaching for something more." (read more)

The Moody Blues icon John Lodge has announced that he will be releasing a new live album entitled 'The Royal Affair and After' on December 3rd on CD and digital download, followed by a limited edition blue vinyl on January 28, 2022. We were sent the following details:

It features incredible new live recordings of all his Moody Blues hits, plus special tributes to all his bandmates, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas. John is delighted to release this album, an album that encompasses the songs that he describes as being 'the soundtrack of his life', and continues in his deeply-felt quest to 'Keep the Moody Blues music Alive'. The album was recorded live in Las Vegas on 'The Royal Affair Tour', with additional tracks recorded during his subsequent USA dates. (read more)

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing pro-shot video of their version of the traditional Irish song, "Whiskey In The Jar", from a September 24 appearance at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY.

Metallica won a Grammy Award in the Best Hard Rock Performance category at the 2000 music industry event for their studio recording of the track after it was featured on 1998's "Garage Inc." collection; the song's rock roots trace back to a 1972 take by Thin Lizzy, alongside history that suggests the folk tune's origins date back to the 17th century. (read more)

A previously unreleased Lyle Lovett performance, "Teach Me About Love", from the Austin City Limits Tribute to Walter Hyatt, has now been released.

The original taping was not included in the ACL broadcast, and the song is one of six previously unreleased performances from the show that are included on the new "Mighty Fine: An Austin City Limits Tribute to Walter Hyatt", which also features four previously unreleased Hyatt recordings. (read more)

Florida alt-rockers Keep It A Secret recently released their brand new single "Middle With My Thumb Up" and to celebrate we asked JT to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

Right from the beginning, "Middle with my Thumbs Up" came from a place of severe uncertainty, chaos and unexpected isolation. Our guitarist, Jeremy, came up with the intro/lead guitar riff while recovering from pneumonia and a long list of other related medical complications. We all joke with him about it now, as friends do, but he really did almost die in the hospital and was sick for the better part of a month. Out of that ambiguity, however, Jeremy found inspiration and comfort just getting to play his guitar again. He finished this instrumental idea in about twenty minutes. The rest of us were immediately grabbed by the nostalgic, yet frantic, tone evoked by his fever dream guitar ideas. (continue)

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