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Day in Rock Report for 01/03/2022

Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows says that the band is kicking off the new year by really focusing on completing their new studio album and hopes the band can tour at the end of the year.

The vocalist made the comments during an extended interview with Loudwire about their NFT. Shadows first explained why the pandemic has hampered their touring. (read more)

Wolfgang Van Halen recently shared his list of "11 Albums That Changed My Life" with Louder which included two classic albums from Van Halen, 1981's "Fair Warning" and 1995's "Balance".

Here is what he had to say about the albums "I wanted to pick a Van Halen album, because obviously that can't be ignored in my upbringing and influence. I've lived and breathed it my whole life. But I've kind of fudged, because I don't think you can fully represent what Van Halen is without looking at both the Roth era and the Hagar era. (read more)

Cheap Trick have announced that they will be launching a brand new Las Vegas residency late next month at the intimate venue The Strat Theater.

The iconic Chicago rockers will be taking the stage at the 900-seat venue with four special residency shows on February 25th and 26th, followed by March 4the and 5th. (read more)

David Bowie's estate has sold the rights to the music legend's entire music catalog to Warner Chappell, which is the publishing arm of Warner Music Group.

The company tweeted the good news on Monday morning (January 3rd), "Today, with the estate of David Bowie, we're honored to announce a landmark deal and be called home to Bowie's revolutionary song catalog spanning six decades and including trailblazers such as 'Space Oddity,' 'Changes,' 'Ziggy Stardust,' and more." (read more)

The new 1970s styled rock supergroup project Umbilicus have given fans a small taste of what is to come with the release of a short teaser clip as they finish up work on their debut album.

The record is expected to arrive later this year from the new group that features the drummer and lyricist of Cannibal Corpse, Paul Mazurkiewicz on drums, Taylor Nordberg (Inhuman Condition, The Absence, Fore) on guitar, Vernon Blake (Anarchus, Napalm Deah [live]) on bass, and vocalist Brian Stephenson (Fore, Old James). (read more)

South Carolina hard rockers Seven Year Witch have given Akon's 2006 Billboard chart topping hit "I Wanna Love You" a blues-punk infused makeover.

The music video was filmed live at Blue Light Lounge in Chattanooga, TN, and the track was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Chase Brown of Atlanta based rock band The CEO. (read more)

Pennsylvania rockers Sick Century have released a music video for their brand new single, a cover of the White Zombie classic "More Human than Human."

They had this to say, "We didn't really plan this one. It was more like a fun idea in between tracking originals. The song turned out so good, we scheduled a video shoot the next week where we got all our friends together in a little barn spot in the woods and just rocked it. (read more)

Fozzy have started the new year with the big news that they have parted ways with cofounding member Frank Fontsere and recruited Through Fire's Grant Brooks to replace him.

They had this to say, "After almost 2 decades, Frank Fontsere is stepping down as the drummer of Fozzy to focus on his family and other projects. We wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his years of maximum rock! (read more)

Vivaldi Metal Project have released a music video for their new track "Hymn Of Life", which is the first single from their forthcoming album, "EpiClassica". We were sent these details:

The new double album from the international symphonic-metal act created and produced by Italian keyboardist and composer Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Roy Z, Rob Rock, Mark Boals, Artlantica, Joe Stump's Tower of Babel), is set to be released on February 22nd. (read more)

The Nocturnal Affair recently released a new single and video called "Down" and to celebrate we asked mastermind Brendan Shane to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

This is a Frankenstein's Monster of a tune. I wrote the chorus itself almost five years before the verses and music were written. I couldn't figure out what to put in the chorus so I started sifting through my rolodex of melodies and lyrics. We played it live for about a year and a half before even tracking a true demo along with a few other tunes which ended up getting the ball rolling for the record. I've always had a soft spot for the tune because of the subject matter and how therapeutic the writing process of it was for me. I was going through a lot by the time this song was finished. (continue)

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar scored a top 21 story from November 2021 after he said that there is no feud between him and the legendary band's original frontman David Lee Roth.

Hagar made the comments during an interview with Las Vegas radio station 96.3 KKLZ's The Mike & Carla Morning Show. He said, "[Roth] and I don't even have a feud. To be honest with you, I have no problem with Dave. (read more)

Ozzy Osbourne earned a top 21 story from November 2021 after he confirmed that his forthcoming studio album will feature his longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde performing on every track of the record.

Osbourne made the confirmation during a chat with the Diary Of The Madmen - The Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Podcast. He was asked "Does Zakk play all of the rhythm guitars on the new album?" (read more)

(hennemusic) Bob Seger had a top 21 story from November 2021 after it was learned that he and his wife were uninjured in an early morning fire at their Michigan home on Halloween morning.

According to The Detroit News, smoke detectors alerted the couple to the incident at their Orchard Lake Village residence before firefighters arrived to deal with the issue, which was confined to a chimney flue off the family room, investigators said. (read more)

Journey guitarist Neal Schon landed a top 21 story from November 2021 after he took to his official Facebook account to issue a warning to fans about an online imposter using a fake account to allegedly scam fans.

Schon wrote, "I've been very busy working and trying to heal from the pain from loss of Herbie Herbert and there is a low life imposter acting like they are me asking you to write me privately. (read more)

Kenny Chesney earned a top 21 story from November 2021 when he announced that he had added two more shows to his Here And Now 2022 stadium tour, which will also feature Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, and Carly Pearce.

The trek will now include stops at Charlotte, N.C.'s Bank of America Stadium and Columbus, Ohio's Historic Crew Stadium. Things will get underway on April 23rd at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on April 23rd and will be wrapping up with two nights at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on August 26th and 27th. (read more)

Radiohead scored a top 21 story from November 2021 when they released a video for their previously unreleased "O.K. Computer" era song "Follow Me Around", which is included in their "KID A MNESIA" collection.

The new collection includes Radiohead's fourth and fifth albums, alongside the debut of a newly compiled third disc, titled KID AMNESIAE. Exclusive to this release, KID AMNESIAE is made up of unearthed material from the KID A / AMNESIAC sessions. (read more)

Staind frontman Aaron Lewis landed a top 21 story from November 2021 when he announced that he will be unplugging for an acoustic tour in support of his forthcoming album.

The new album, entitled "Frayed At Both Ends", is set to be released on January 28th and features his current single "Goodbye Town", as well as the previously released "They Call Me Doc" and "Am I The Only One". (read more)

KISS cofounders Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons enjoyed a top 21 story from November 2021 when they reflected on their controversial 1981 concept album, "Music From The Elder", ahead of the record's 40th anniversary on November 16th.

Yahoo Entertainment's Lyndsey Parker recently spoke to Gene and Paul about the album. She asked them, "this year is the 40th anniversary of a record that I think was not critically understood at the time, but has kind of gotten a renaissance. And that's Music From 'The Elder'. Classic Rock magazine ranked it among the list of the '20 most underrated classic rock albums ever.' I know it was kind of in the middle of a transitional phase for KISS. What was the mindset going into such an ambitious project that was a big risk at the time?" (read more)

(hennemusic) Paul McCartney inducted the Foo Fighters into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during the 36th annual event in Cleveland, OH on October 30th, which became a top 21 story from November 2021.

The band were recognized as part of the Class of 2021 alongside fellow honorees in the performer category Tina Turner, Todd Rundgren, The Go-Go's, Carole King, Jay-Z; Musical Excellence award winners Randy Rhoads, Billy Preston and LL Cool J; Early Influence honorees Kraftwerk, Gil Scott Heron and Charley Pattonl and Ahmet Ertegun Award winner Sussex Records founder Clarence Avant. (read more)

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood scored a top 21 story from November 2021 when their hit duet "If I Didn't Love You," held on to the No. 1 spot a second consecutive week on both Mediabase/Country Aircheck Singles chart and Billboard's Country Airplay chart.

"This song wouldn't be what it is without Carrie, she took it to a whole different level," Aldean said. "Country radio has always been and will continue to be an important part of me getting to my fans and all their support doesn't go unnoticed." (read more)

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