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Day in Rock Report for 10/12/2021

The mayor and members of the city council of Eddie Van Halen's hometown of Pasadena, Ca unveiled a memorial plaque to the late legendary guitarist on Monday (October 11th).

Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo and council members Tyron Hampton, Andy Wilson, Gene Masuda and Felicia Williams unveiled the plaque on a wall outside of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, during a private ceremony. (read more)

Ozzy Osbourne says that his forthcoming studio album, which is currently working on with Andrew Watt, will be similar in tone to his 2020 album "Ordinary Man."

The Black Sabbath legend worked with producer Watt on that effort and was backed by Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, with Watt taking on most of the guitar duties. (read more)

Bryan Adams has released a music video for his brand new single "So Happy It Hurts". The song is the title track to his forthcoming album, which will arrive on March 11, 2022.

Adams, who also directed the new video, had this to say, "The pandemic and lockdown really brought home the truth that spontaneity can be taken away. Suddenly all touring stopped, no one could jump in the car and go. (read more)

Gov't Mule have announced the return of their annual New Year's run of shows that will include a special Black 'n' Blue New Year's Show at the Beacon Theater.

The special run will include three shows and they will be kicking things off at The Met in Philadelphia, PA on December 29th, followed by two shows at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on December 30th and 31st. (read more)

Haken have announced that they will be teaming up with Symphony X for a North American coheadlining tour next spring that will feature support from Trope.

The tour will be kicking off on May 10th in New York City at Irving Plaza and will run until June 12th where it will wrap up at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. (read more)

Behemoth have announced that they will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a Halloween special digital performance called "XXX Years Ov Blasphemy."

The event will feature the performance of three separate sets in three locations. Frontman Nergal had this to say, "30 years of blasphemy and bring on 30 more! What better night than All Saint's Eve to celebrate this most unholy Anniversary than with us, as we present the most ambitious project of our career to date, 'XXX Years Ov Blasphemy'. (read more)

Joe Bonamassa has announced that music legend Steve Winwood has joined the lineup for the Keeping The Blues Alive At Sea Mediterranean Cruise II.

It will also feature Tommy Emmanuel, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, Samantha Fish, Ana Popovic, King King, Jimmy Vivino, Blues Pills, Terry Reid, The James Hunter Six, Jackie Venson, The Suffers, Kris Barras Band, Selwyn Birchwood, The Reverend Shawn Amos and more. (read more)

Reba McEntire has announced that she will be returning to the road for her "Reba: Live In Concert Tour" to promote her "REVIVED REMIXED REVISITED" box set.

She has recruited a variety of special guests to join her for various dates across the tour including Brandy Clark, Hannah Dasher, Caylee Hammack, Reyna Roberts, Cailtyn Smith, Brittney Spencer and Tenille Townes. (read more)

King's X icon dUg Pinnick is the featured guest on the latest episode of the hit Talking Metal podcast to promote the release of his fifth solo album, "Joy Bomb", which arrives this Friday (October 15th).

The show's host, Mark Strigl, sent over these details, "Topics include the new dUg Pinnick solo album Joy Bomb. George Lynch, KXM, Ray Luzier, Grinder Blues, the new and forthcoming King's X album, Billy Cox, Jimi Hendrix, and more. (read more)

The 45th anniversary of Kansas' "Leftoverture" album is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Host Redbeard had this to say: By 1976 and their fourth effort Leftoverture, it was go big or go home for this intrepid six-man band from Topeka Kansas. Their first three albums had shown significant growth in all areas of songwriting, musicianship, and production, but as you will hear in this classic rock interview from ex-guitarist/keyboardist/main songwriter Kerry Livgren, guitarist Richard Williams, original singer/keyboardist Steve Walsh, original violinist/singer Robbie Steinhardt, and drummer Phil Ehart, they fully realized that if the fourth Kansas album Leftoverture did not spawn a hit and sell significant quantities, the party would be over. And the "party" had run up a tab of over $175,000 in debt. (read more)

Scott Fisher is gearing up to release his new album, "93 Million Miles", on October 23rd and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the single "Victor Or The Vanquished". Here is the story:

"Victor or the Vanquished" is a cool little track that almost didn't make the album. It's a bit of a departure from the other songs in that it's more overtly melancholic and dark, both lyrically and melodically. I had a less than inspired bass line in the demo and it was causing the song to sound flat and droney. I revisited the track one late pandemic evening and replayed the bass part with a vintage fender pbass. Different instruments can evoke very different musical ideas. All of a sudden space opened up and the song started to have a nice bit of air and bounce to it. Really this song is about the groove and the bounce for me. (continue)

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