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Day in Rock Report for 10/23/2021

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirator have announced early 2021 North American headline tour that they will be launching to promote their forthcoming album "4".

The band will be releasing the new record on February 11th and the supporting tour is scheduled to kick off on February 8th in Portland, OR at the Roseland Theater. (read more)

Trivium have announced that they have decided to postpone their upcoming UK and European headline tour until early 2023 due to the uncertainty that still remains over Covid-19 restrictions.

Paolo Gregoletto had this to say, "We are deeply disappointed that we have to postpone these dates as we were determined to be one of the first international acts to resume touring across Europe. (read more)

A trailer for the upcoming "NEEDTOBREATHE: Into the Mystery" cinema event has been released. The documentary is set to hit movie theaters across the U.S. for one night only on November 3rd.

The film chronicles the recording of the band's latest album, "Into The Mystery", while quarantined in a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee in fall of 2020. (read more)

Former Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley (Wolfsbane) recently looked back at his audition and his legacy with the legendary metal band during a chat with the 80's Glam Metalcast. We were sent the following excerpts:

On auditioning for Iron Maiden: "They held a lot of auditions and had a lot of tapes, and they already had my cd's. I asked for an audition and I got it. I really thought they'd be going for someone that sounded like Bruce. Bruce Dickinson is a very influential metal singer, and there's a lot of singers that sounded similar to him because of that influence. I don't know why, but I think they choose me because I was different. I was shocked, because I didn't think I would get it. It was an audition of 10 songs that were almost always in the setlist. Songs like 'Fear of The Dark', 'The Trooper', and 'Hallowed by thy Name'. I thought for an hour, I am the singer of Iron Maiden, and no one can take that away from me. That's how I approached it, there was nothing more I could do. There's no more preparation. If I mess up, it's over. I knew all the parts because I was a huge fan. I felt I did ok. Then there was a 2nd audition where they record your voice to see how you are going to be in the studio, which is very smart. I asked Steve Harris if I could get a tape of me singing with the backing track of the band. He said 'If you don't get in, we'll send you a tape of the bloke who did' which I thought was very harsh! A few weeks later I got a phone call that I was in. It was like a roller coster ride after that, so intense!" (read more)

Fuel have released a music video for their new track "Landslide" to celebrate the release of their brand new studio album, "Anomaly," which hit stores on Friday (October 22nd).

Carl Bell had this to say about the video, which was filmed on a rooftop in the middle of New York City, "Filming a video on a rooftop just always works. I grew up seeing the U2 video and of course the legendary Beatles performance on the roof of Abbey Road so this just felt great to do our own version." (read more)

Alan Jackson was recently surprised at the final stop of his 2021 tour where he received a special plaque honoring him for reaching over 5 billion streams on the Pandora music service.

The Pandora Billionaire plaque was presented to Jackson on stage at his Nashille concert by UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO Mike Dungan, UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe, UMG Nashville VP Marketing/Digital Accounts Annie Ortmeier, Pandora's Senior Manager Artist Marketing & Industry Relations Alina Thompson and Pandora's Head of Country Programming Jen Danielson. (read more)

The Cribs have released two brand new singled, "The Day I Got Lost Again" and "Opaline and Evergreen", as part of their "Sonic Blew Singles Club", which will run monthly until the end of the year.

They had the following to say about "The Day I Got Lost Again": This song is pretty much us guys returning to our embryonic form, trying to rip-off 'Hard Days Night' era Beatles...which is to say, it's probably the closest we've sounded to our debut album since around 2004. (read more)

Priest, featuring former members Ghost, have inked a deal with Cleopatra Records for the release of their next studio album, which is being produced by Simon Soderberg.

The group recently started taking preorders for a new 10-track album called "Body Machine" via their website that states an expected release date of February of 2022. (read more)

Nada Surf have announced a series of North American fall tour dates with support from Pom Pom Squad that they will be launching to promote their just released "Cycle Through" EP.

They released the new EP as a companion to their 2020 album, "Never Not Together" and it features three tracks that were left off of the album, along with an orchestral/choir version of "Looking For You," the extended short-film version of "Just Wait," and Spanish, French and acoustic takes on "So Much Love." (read more)

Sum 41 drummer Frank Zummo has released a music video for his brand new collaboration with Grabbitz, a single that is entitled "On My Mind".

We were sent the following details: The new track marks Zummo's sixth release on Jauz's Bite This! label this year. "On My Mind" shows Frank on drums, with co-production from FourNames and Grabbitz, as Grabbitz's vocals tell an emotional story of having a lost lover on your mind. The accompanying music video gives fans a look into what Zummo's new solo drumming act would look like. (read more)

Eyehategod kicked off their North American tour last night (October 23rd) with the first of two hometown record release shows in New Orleans at Poor Boys.

They will play the venue again tonight (October 23rd) and will launch the road trip tomorrow at Respectable Street in West Palm Beach, FL and will concluded the trek on December 14th at Irving Plaza in New York City.

Frontman Mike IX Williams had this to say, "Eyehategod have practically lived on the road for most of its existence. Speaking for myself, I feel at home out on the railroad tracks. I feel it's where we do the most sonic damage and the loneliness-meets-chaos of the nomadic lifestyle comes into full play.

"Now that venues are opening up and things are getting safer for people who've been vaccinated (or implanted with a tracing chip, depending how you look at it), we are finally able to play live shows again!

"See us with Gwar and Napalm Death or any other number of headline gigs across the USA!" See the dates (read more)

Pepper Lewis just announced a Dec. 3rd release date for her debut EP, "She Told Me To Sing My Heart Out" and to celebrate we asked her to tell us about her single "Planetarium". Here is the story:

I wrote planetarium because I caught a love bug for a guy that seemed like an extraterrestrial to me, because he was so different to me in terms of his values, how he grew up, his point of view on life, and he felt so far away because I couldn't let him get to know me due to my track record with trust. (continue)

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