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Day in Rock Report for 10/21/2021

Wolfgang Van Halen shared via social media that he suffered a sprained ankle in an accident exiting a tour bus on Wednesday (October 20th), but he was still able to perform a concert in Huntsville, AL later that night.

He first tweeted, "Ate sh*t walking off the bus this morning and sprained the F*** outta my ankle. Now I gotta rock this boot for 4-6 weeks. Looks like this boot's gonna get some show experience. We'll seeya tonight, Huntsville. (read more)

(hennemusic) Paul McCartney will induct the Foo Fighters into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during the 36th annual Induction event on October 30. McCartney met Dave Grohl in 2002 and the pair have gone on to become friends, according to the Foos frontman, who recently shared a story with UK television host Graham Norton about the time The Beatle and his wife stopped by his house for a visit while in Los Angeles.

"We have wine and pizza and we were hanging out, and it was time for Paul to go," recounted Grohl on The Graham Norton Show. "Paul and [his wife] Nancy were leaving and there was a piano in the corner of the room, and he just can't help himself. So he sits down at the piano and starts playing 'Lady Madonna'... In my f**king house! My mind is blown, I can't believe this is happening. This is like the most crazy full-circle moment of my entire life. (read more)

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are streaming a lyric video for "Can't Let Go", the lead single from their forthcoming album, "Raise The Roof."

Due November 19, the follow-up to the pair's Grammy Award-winning 2007 record, "Raising Sand", was recorded at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studios in late 2019 and completed just weeks before the world went into lockdown. (read more)

Nikki Sixx shares in a new interview that he understands why Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth declined an invitation to take part in Motley Crue's Stadium Tour.

The reunion trek has been delayed by the pandemic, but will include Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett when it finally takes place next summer, beginning in Atlanta on June 16th. (read more)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl spoke with Audacy's Nicole Alvarez about his newly released New York Times bestselling memoir The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music.

They sent over some highlights from the interview. Challenge of deciding what to write and what not to write, if another book is in his future: "There's so much! I was like 300 pages in and I hadn't even mentioned the Foo Fighters yet. I was like, 'Oh My God!' I've been in this band for 26 years, if I don't write about it my guys are going to kill me." (read more)

DC Shoes have big plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality" album including the special DC X Black Sabbath Collection release in stores and dcshoes.com on Halloween (October 31st) and a limited edition tribute album. We were sent the following details:

DC teams up with Black Sabbath for a footwear and apparel collection, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of their genre-defining album, Master of Reality. The 1971 release is not only credited as one of the most important heavy metal albums of all time; it's also eternally linked to skateboarding history with Sabbath providing the soundtrack for some of the heaviest-hitting video parts on record. (read more)

(hennemusic) Mastodon are sharing an audio stream of their new single, "Sickle And Peace", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Hushed And Grim."

Due October 29, Mastodon recorded the project with producer David Bottrill in their hometown of Atlanta, GA during a period following the loss of longtime manager, Nick John, who died while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2018. (read more)

Rise Against have announced that they be releasing their new "Nowhere Sessions" EP on November 12th and have released the first single "Talking to Ourselves (Nowhere Sessions)".

The EP is billed as a live expansion of their latest studio album "Nowhere Generation" and the single is a live version of their current hit single. Tim McIlrath had this to say about the track, "'Talking To Ourselves' is about watching yourself and the people around you fall into complacency." (read more)

(hennemusic) Metallica are streaming video of a pair of songs from a full album performance of their 1991 self-tilted record from an October 10 appearance at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA.

Fans can check out "The God That Failed" and "Of Wolf And Man" from the show, where the band delivered The Black Album in reverse order before returning for encores ... just as they did during a recent appearance at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY. (read more)

Philadelphia-based indie outfit Clockwise On Fire are releasing their self-titled debut album this week and to celebrate we asked Tim Arnold [Good Old War, Anthony Green] to tell us about the single "Dig". Here is the story:

The recording/writing process for "Dig" was much like the process for all the songs on the album. It was done remotely and sent back and forth until we both agreed it was done. What set this particular track apart was that it was the first one where we were both like "ok, this is going to be awesome." It's always kind of a mystery as to whether Brian will like what I lay down on his demos and vice versa, but with "Dig" I kind of knew that he would like it. I remember finishing the vocals and being like, "oh sh*t, this is gonna be good." It was the spark that drove us to really start taking this thing seriously and putting in more work/time. (continue)

British Blues legend John Mayall has released his brand new single "Chills and Thrills", featuring Mike Campbell. The track comes from his forthcoming album, "The Sun Is Shining Down".

The new album will be released by Forty Below Records on January 28, 2022 and features a wealth of special guests including the aforementioned Mike Campbell of The Heartbreakers, as well as Marcus King, Americana icon Buddy Miller, Scarlet Rivera of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review, Chicago blues guitar mainstay Melvin Taylor and Hawaiian ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro. (read more)

Jacob Reese Thornton's Jacob & The Dazey Chain have released the fourth single and title track from their EP "The Sky Is All I Need To Get High", along with a b-side called "Sketches Of You." SRO shared the following details:

The new single was written by Brit Pop/Rock-influenced guitarist, singer and songwriter Jacob Reese Thornton and as with many of his self-written songs, they're inspired by his longtime musical influences (R.E.M., Oasis, Lindsey Buckingham and Fleetwood Mac). (read more)

Death Angel have shared a live video for "Where They Lay", which is the lead single to their just announced new live package, "Bastard Tracks", that they will be delivering on Black Friday, November 26th.

"Bastard Tracks" was captured at The Great American Music Hall in their hometown of San Francisco on May 22nd 2021 will feature rarities and songs that they had never previously performed live. (read more)

(hennemusic) The Darkness have issued a video for "It's Love, Jim", as the latest preview to their forthcoming album, "Motorheart," which is set to be released on November 19th.

"This song (herein referred to as "she/her") is all about an extra-terrestrial goddess of other worldly beauty," explains Justin Hawkins. "She's fast, powerful, not of this earth. Her sensual symphony nestles in your ear and lays mind eggs that seep confidence liquid into your brains." (read more)

Americana musician David Starr has concluded his year-long project with the released of his rendition of the U2 classic "One". We were sent the following details about the single and the project:

What began as a passion project during quarantine has become one of Starr's most prolific endeavors to date. Starting in November 2020 with a cover of "Every Kind of People" (Robert Palmer), Starr has consistently released one single a month ending with the crown jewel of the project - "One." It is a message as present as ever, giving listeners a bittersweet moment to look back upon where we are today compared to November of last year. (read more)

(Hed) P.E. have announced that they will be releasing their new compilation album, "Califas Worldwide", on December 17th, which will feature guest appearances from Angelo Moore of Fishbone, HR of Bad Brains, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone, Peter Distefano of Porno for Pyros, Johnny Richter from The King Klick, John E. Necro from OP, Shifty Shellshock, and Rotten Roland from Crazytown.

Frontman Jared Gomes had this to say, "When the first phase of the pandemic hit, all of our tours were canceled and we had just released 'Class of 2020"'. (read more)

Unleash The Archers have announced that they will be returning to North America this winter for the second leg of The Abyss Strikes Back Tour, which will feature support from Aether Realm and Seven Kingdoms.

Frontwoman Brittney Slayes had this to say, "What if we had some good news for a change? ;) When life gives you lemons, make lemonade... So this is us making some lemonade! As you might know, we recently had to cancel our European tour, but we have been working our butts off this last week to do a quick scheduling of dates in the U.S. for this December. (read more)

The Dan Reed Network have premiered the music video for their brand new single "Starlight", which will be released to digital retailers tomorrow, October 22nd.

The song is the lead single to the group's forthcoming, sixth studio album, "Let's Hear It For The King", that is set to be released on March 4th of next year and is the follow up to their 2018 album, "Origins". (read more)

Palm Ghosts are streaming their new single "The Painful Truth". The song comes from their forthcoming album, "The Lost Frequency," which will be hitting stores on November 19th.

Joseph Lekkas had this to say about the new song,, "'The Painful Truth' is an 80s inspired dance track with a thrumming, arpeggiated bass line and a simple, bright lead line." (read more)

Alt rocker Vacances (Danny Lannon) just released a brand new single called "Love Collapse" and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

I started writing this song in 2015... When I start any song it usually begins with a simple drum part and synth bassline and I stack on top of it from there w/ a melody eventually coming to me through that stacking process. I was working with a good friend of mine Allen Davis (Every Move A Picture) on a few different song ideas for the first and second Vacances ep and this idea kind of came into play. I think Allen initially sent a few ideas for it as well but for some reason it just never got past the foundational songwriting stage. I ended up moving to NYC from San Francisco - writing a different EP while traveling through Spain and this song just took a back seat. Over the course of a few years I bounced back and forth between New York, San Francisco, and Mexico City and I'd revisit this song from time to time. By the time I got back to New York after living in Mexico City for half a year and working out of a studio called Toy Factory I was stuck. I couldn't seem to write a single song and this was the first time I'd ever had this major writers block. (continue)

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