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Day in Rock Report for 10/18/2021

David Bowie's team are streaming a previously-unreleased version of "Karma Man" as a preview to the forthcoming release of the singer's lost 2001 album, "Toy."

Initially recorded by Bowie in September 1967 and debuted on John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show in the spring of 1968, "Karma Man" was not officially released until 1970's "The World Of David Bowie" album. (read more)

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are sharing video footage of an epic performance of their 1969 classic, "How Many More Times", as captured at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1970.

The closing track on the band's debut, "Led Zeppelin I", is extended to more than 20 minutes as the group play an intimate show in support of their second album at the iconic UK venue. (read more)

Motley Crue took to social media to share the news that frontman Vince Neil is home recovering after he broke a few of his ribs falling from the stage during a concert late last week.

Neil was taken to the hospital after he fell off the stage during an appearance at the at the Monsters On The Mountain Festival at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN last Friday (October 15th). (read more)

(hennemusic) Yes have released a video for "Future Memories", a track from their recently-released album, "The Quest." The tune follows "The Ice Bridge" and "Dare To Know" as the third single from the project, which was produced by guitarist Steve Howe.

"The Quest" was recorded across the globe: the sessions took place in the UK with Howe, Geoff Downes and Jon Davison, while Alan White and Billy Sherwood got together in the studio in the US. (read more)

Urge Overkill have shared a stream of their cover of the George Michael classic "Freedom". The song comes from the band's first new album in a decade, "OUI," which is set to hit stores on January 28, 2022.

Nash Kato had this to say about the new track, "the King & l [Eddie 'King' Roeser] were wrapping up a rather odd (albeit pleasant) acoustic 'DynamicDuo' tour through EuroTown and enduring our rather fortunate exodus from Moscow. (read more)

(hennemusic) Queen team up to create their 1985 hit, "One Vision", on the latest episode of their weekly series The Greatest. Two months after the band's iconic performance at Live Aid, Freddie Mercury suggested Queen return to Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany with the idea of getting together to 'see what happened'.

"Freddie was on the phone, and he wanted to go back in the studio and do some more recording," says bassist John Deacon. "So in the end we went back in and we recorded another single. It was his idea really, that we could go in and actually write a song together. It's credited as a Queen composition but to be honest I'd say it was mainly Roger, Brian and Freddie that did most of the writing for it." (read more)

The 40th anniversary of the J Geils Band's "Freeze Frame" album is being celebrated by the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands.

Redbeard had this to say: Prior to the Fall 1981 release Freeze Frame , Boston's J Geils Band had recorded and released an album every year while touring relentlessly for more than ten years. Yet the hard-driving jump'n'jiving lead singer Peter Wolf admits that all they really had to show for the effort was half a million dollars in debt. None less than the Rolling Stones picked the J Geils Band to support the Stones in massive stadiums as early as 1974; pockets of popularity existed in Cleveland, Detroit, and their hometown of Boston. (read more)

(hennemusic) Billy Idol is sharing a lyric video for "Rita Hayworth", a song that comes from his recently-issued EP, "The Roadside."

The tune about the famed actress is the opening track on the project, which marks the rocker's first new release in nearly seven years. (read more)

Sweet have released a music video for their brand new single "Everything 2021", which is a rerecording of the track from their 2002 album, "Sweetlife".

Founding and only surviving original member of the group, Andy Scott, decided that he wanted to re-record the song after live rehearsing it with the current lineup of the band. (read more)

Modern rockers Nowhere Left just released a video from an acoustic version of their track "Tragedy" and to celebrate we asked Dom Delfino to tell us about the song and visual. Here is the story:

Some people may not know this but our band was kind of a rebrand from a previous band. As a result from the downtime during covid a lot transpired. We decided to pursue a different sound and our producer Zack had this song written that we loved but wanted to tweak a bit. So we spent some time via text messages and phone calls molding "Tragedy" into what it is now. (continue)

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was injured when he fell off the stage during his solo band's performance at the Monsters On The Mountain festival at LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN on October 15.

According to TMZ, the rocker was a few songs into his set when he stepped to the edge of the stage and suddenly tumbled to the cement floor below through a small gap between the speaker and the stage; he was assisted back to his feet and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where X-rays revealed that the singer had broken his ribs. (read more)

(hennemusic) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has revealed that he battled prostate cancer last year during the global pandemic. "I had my little cancer battle a year ago, which I got through and that's in remission now, thank God," Halford tells Consequence Heavy while promoting the newly-released career-spanning box set, "50 Heavy Metal Years Of Music." "That happened while we were all locked down, so things happen for a reason as far as time sequence of events. I have nothing but gratitude to be at this point in my life, still doing what I love the most."

The legendary rocker shares more details about the health issues he faced in the past year in a newly-added chapter to the just-released updated paperback edition of his 2020 memoir, "Confess." (read more)

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne is sharing three rare tracks from a newly-available digital edition of his 2001 album, "Down To Earth." "No Place for Angels," "Dreamer" (Acoustic Version), and "Gets Me Through" (Single Version) have been released on digital platforms as part of a 20th anniversary expanded digital edition.

Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Tim Palmer - who also co-wrote some of the album's songs with Ozzy, the rocker's eighth studio record reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 while going on to sell a million copies in the region. (read more)

(hennemusic) Steve Perry is streaming a visuallizer video for his take on the holiday classic, "Winter Wonderland", as the latest preview to his forthcoming Christmas album, "The Season."

"'Winter Wonderland' is one of my favorite tracks on 'The Season'", says Perry. "I have always felt a close love for Motown's music and how it shaped my early school years. This track is an homage to that." (read more)

Taking Back Sunday have shared a video for their cover of the classic Weezer track "My Name Is Jonas", which was released in partnership with Photo Finish Records as part of their continuing 15th anniversary celebration.

Bassist Shaun Cooper said of the cover, "In 2019 we were on tour... a lot! Over time soundcheck got pretty laborious. One day before a show in Cincinnati, OH somebody started playing the opening chords to 'My Name is Jonas'... We all grew up listening to Weezer." (read more)

Miranda Lambert has released a music video for their brand new single, "If I Was A Cowboy," which is hitting radio Monday (October 18th) and is the follow-up to her hit single "Settling Down".

Lambert had this to say about the brand new single, ""I wrote this song with my new friend, Jesse Frasure. We met doing the remix of 'Tequila Does' and he and I just got together one afternoon for a write and this is what came out of it. (read more)

French rockers Betraying The Martyrs have shared a music video for their brand new single "Black Hole" and have also welcomed Rui Martins as their new frontman.

The band had this to say about their new singer, "We DEFINITELY upgraded to BTM 2.0! Of course it's still BTM, but totally an upgraded version of our band! Most of us are pretty perfectionists about our own art, and we would have never allowed a downgrade! (read more)

Vapors Of Morphine recently released their new album, "Fear & Fantasy" and to celebrate we asked singer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Lyons to tell us about the lead single "Irene". Here is the story:

In need of new material for this band, I wrote Irene a few years ago on a 2 string slide bass guitar (much like the ones Mark Sandman designed and played with Morphine). In writing, clear parameters are always helpful, otherwise you can end up trying to do too much. Limitations demand creative thought. On the 2 string slide bass, you can play melody and bass lines, but no chord that is more than two notes. The strings are raised up so high that you can only play the instrument with a slide -- a bottle neck or metal tube like a socket that fits around a finger. So there are limitations. And the instrument certainly lends itself to sparsity. (continue)

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