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Day in Rock Report for 12/04/2021

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses have released a lyric video for the title track to their forthcoming EP, "Hard Skool." The band originally issued the tune in September as one of two standalone 2021 singles - alongside "Absurd"; due February 25, the EP will pair the songs with live versions of "Don't Cry" and "You're Crazy."

The origins of both singles date back to recording sessions for the group's 2008 album, "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses wrapped up their 2021 live schedule with a pair of shows in Hollywood, FL in early October, with Axl Rose thanking fans for their support of the series. (read more)

(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters are sharing the first preview of their forthcoming horror-comedy film, "Studio 666." Due in US theaters on February 25, 2022 and directed by BJ McDonnell ("Hatchet III"), the project sees the band move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much-anticipated 10th album. Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself dealing with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band.

The film, which will include appearances from Jeff Garlin, Will Forte and Whitney Cummings, is a throwback to vintage rock pictures of the past, according to its director. (read more)

Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley took to social media to address his current status with the band after they issued a statement saying that he left their current tour to focus on his mental health.

Keith shared, "Now that I have seen the 'official statement' indicating that ETID is finishing the tour without their singer, I think I'm ready to tell you all a little bit about exactly WHY my mental health has had to become a priority over ETID. and trust I have receipts. (read more)

August Burns Red have shared the band news that frontman Jake Luhrs is pulled out their current North American tour due to an emergency situation and they have recruited Convictions vocalist Michael Felker to fill in.

They had this to say, "Due to an emergency situation, Jake will be heading home for the remaining Leveler Tour Dates. He is ok, and will see everyone at Christmas Burns Red. (read more)

The Rave-Ups have released a brand new single called "How Old Am I?". The track is the first taste of their forthcoming reunion album, "Tomorrow", which is set to hit stores on February 4, 2022. We were sent the following details:

The new album features the band's original Los Angeles lineup, singer/songwriter Jimmer Podrasky, guitarist Terry Wilson, bassist Tommy Blatnik, and drummer Timothy Jimenez, who first met while working together in the A&M Records mailroom. (read more)

(hennemusic) Neil Young And Crazy Horse are streaming a brand new music video for "Welcome Back", which is a new track from their forthcoming album, "Barn."

Due December 10, the follow-up to the group's 2019 album, "Colorado", was recorded in the Rockies this past June with the Le Mobile Recording Studio. (read more)

Georgian music star Nash Albert (Blast/ Salamandra) has released his new single "Autumn Rain", the first track from his forthcoming album, "Yet", and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

A long time ago I spoke with an old priest and he said to me "We come into this world alone, and we leave it alone". This has run through my mind all my life - what is the reason for our existence? My inspiration for 'Autumn Rain' is, essentially, loneliness. We can be in a crowd of people and still feel lonely - "a park of lonely strangers". I'm sure we all feel that way sometimes. (continue)

KISS kicked off 2021 with the big news that they had broken two Guinness World Records with their special livestreamed NYE concert from The Royal Beach at Atlantis, Dubai landing them a top 21 story from January 2021.

The band took to Twitter to share the news. They tweeted, "#KISS2020Goodbye broke the #GuinessWorldRecords for highest flame projection in a music concert and for most flame projections launched simultaneously in a music concert! Watch it at http://tixr.com" (read more)

AC/DC had a big return in 2020 and that led the way to them starting this year with the honor of topping Classic Rock's Best 50 albums of 2020 poll with their latest effort "Power Up" and earning them a top 21 story from January 2021: AC/DC topped Classic Rock's Best 50 albums of 2020 poll with their latest effort "Power Up".

As part of the year in special, Classic Rock reached out to lead guitarist Angus Young and frontman Brian Johnson to ask them about their favorite songs from the effort. (read more)

2021 started off with very sad news for metal fans that Children of Bodom frontman Alexi Laiho died at the age of 41 at his home in Helsinki, Finland, which was a top 21 story from January 2021:

Laiho died week after a suffering long term health issues, according to Napalm Records. The label had this to say: Alexi Laiho and drummer Jaska Raatikainen founded Children of Bodom in 1993, and the band was one of the most internationally acclaimed metal acts in Finland up until their very last farewell concert in December of 2019. Last year Alexi Laiho put together Bodom After Midnight, who recorded three songs and shot one music video, which will be released later on posthumously. (read more)

Wolfgang Van Halen enjoyed a very big 2021 with his solo band Mammoth WVH, but he started the year by addressing the years old Van Halen album art controversy, earning him a top 21 story from January 2021:

He explained to a fan on social media that the band did not make the decision to replace original bassist Michael Anthony with a photo of himself on album art on the group's website. (read more)

The metal world was hit with the tragic death of Megaforce Records cofounder Marsha Zazula early in the year, and Metallica and Anthrax's tributes became a top 21 story from January 2021:

Zazula, who cofounded Megaforce Records, Metallica and Anthrax's first label, died on Sunday, January 10th, at the age of 68 and both bands have paid tribute to her. (read more)

Bad Wolves began year with the big news that they had officially parted ways with frontman Tommy Vext, which earned them a top 21 story from January 2021.

The band broke the news with this statement, "It is true that Bad Wolves and vocalist Tommy Vext have parted ways. The four of us plan to continue making music and a new album is planned for later this year. (read more)

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's explanation as to why he never sings songs from his former band Nirvana was a top 21 story from January 2021:

Grohl said in an interview with Classic Rock that he wouldn't feel conformable singing late frontman Kurt Cobain's tracks, as part of the magazine's "guest editing" special to celebrate the release of their album "Medicine At Midnight". (read more)

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