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Day in Rock Report for 07/12/2022

Sunday, July 10th marked what would have been metal legend Ronnie James Dio's 80th birthday and last week a special reissue of his iconic Dio debut "Holy Diver" was released.

It turns out that the legendary title track to the album was originally intended for Black Sabbath. Ronnie left the legendary metal group in 1982 and released his debut solo album under the Dio name in 1983. (read more)

Acclaimed guitarist Nita Strauss has announced that she won't be joining Alice Cooper for his upcoming fall tour and has also canceled the festival dates this year with her solo band.

She shared that she is embarking on a new adventure and will return to the stage "sooner than you think". Here is her full message, "After this absolutely incredible run in Europe, it is bittersweet for me to let you guys know that I will not be joining the Alice Cooper band for the upcoming fall tour. I will also regretfully have to cancel the festival dates my solo band had planned for the rest of the year. [broken heart emoji] (read more)

Rock legends Journey will be celebrating the release of their brand new studio album, "Freedom", with the launch of their Las Vegas residency later this week.

The special shows at the Resorts World Theatre will feature the band joined by a symphony orchestra. The residency kicks off this Friday, July 15th, with additional dates on the 16th, 22nd, and 23rd. (read more)

Metallica's classic song, "Master Of Puppets", has entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart 36 years after it was released as the title track to the band's 1986 album.

The landed on the single chart for the very first time after it was featured in a prominent scene in the season finale of the Netflix series, "Stranger Things". (read more)

Maneskin made a triumphant return to Italy on Saturday night (July 9th) where they played a sold out concert for over 70,000 fans at Rome's historic Circo Massimo (Circus Maximus).

The chart-topping band has now joined the ranks of the Rolling Stone, Genesis and Bruce Springsteen as rare rock artists to sell-out the historic Roman venue. (read more)

Nothing More have added an extra element to their upcoming album "Spirits", due October 14 with their very own "Spirits Test." Developed over recent years by frontman Jonny Hawkins, the Spirits Test combines what's been learned from similar personality tests including Myers-Briggs, The Big 5, Carl Jung and the Zodiac.

Throughout 25 questions, the Spirits Test measures psychometrics of your dominant modes and perceptions to determine your "Spirit Type." Each Spirit Type has its own personality description with correlating elements, paths and perceptions as well as symbolic characters which the band have revealed across recent releases. (read more)

Howard Jones has shared a new song called "Formed By Stars". The track comes from the New Wave icon's forthcoming album, "Dialog," which will arrive on September 9th.

He had this to say about the song, "'Formed By The Stars' is a reference to our bodies being made of raw materials that were created in the stars. Life is not easy as we are assailed by difficulties from cradle to grave. (read more)

Eminem announces his second greatest hits collection, Curtain Call 2, set to be released on August 5th via Shady Records/Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records.

The news comes on the heels of the just released "From the D 2 the LBC," an epic new single featuring fellow icon Snoop Dogg. The song - and it's accompanying James Larese-directed video -- made its global premiere on June 23 at Ape Fest, the Bored Ape NFT event at NFT.NYC. (read more)

Reba McEntire has announced that she will be hitting the road this fall for her Reba: Live In Concert arena tour that will feature support from special guest Terri Clark.

The 17-date trek is set to kick off October 13th in Lafayette, LA at the Cajundome and will wrap up on November 19th in Wichita, KS at the INTRUST Bank Arena. (read more)

Thrash metal veterans Onslaught are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a series of vinyl re-prints and a special "Anniversary Edition" of their "Sounds Of Violence" album.

On November 11th, Onslaught will re-issue their latest three studio albums "Sounds Of Violence" (2011), "VI" (2013) and "Generation Antichrist" as red 180 gram Vinyl editions in gatefold sleeve. (read more)

Israel born and LA based heavy rock artist OHP (Oren Halmut) digs into country history with his newest #metalcover for the 1974, Dolly Parton hit classic, "Jolene."

Swapping out the delicate guitar notes and poignant longing with brutal electric riffs and roaring vocals, "Jolene" is a modern update that re-interprets the Grammy Winning single for a modern metal audience. (read more)

The 45th anniversary of Styx's 'Grand Illusion' 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, "On July 7 1977, rock and roll dreams combined with Midwestern tenacity and the talents of a Southern man to give Chicago-based journeymen Styx their first nationwide multi-million seller, The Grand Illusion . Styx co-founder Dennis DeYoung, lifer James 'JY' Young, and then recently recruited Alabama boy Tommy Shaw all join me here In the Studio for the early days of being the perennial opening act, saddled with the curse 'big in the Flyover States', all the while writing and recording 'Fooling Yourself', 'Come Sail Away', 'Miss America', 'Man in the Wilderness', and 'Grand Illusion' on the forty-fifth anniversary of The Grand Illusion's release. (read more)

Willie Nelson, Mark Rothbaum, Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents, and Live Nation are thrilled to announce additional dates for the 2022 Outlaw Music Festival Tour.

Due to the overwhelming response, the festival has extended the tour through October with dates in Mountain View, Wheatland, and Irvine, California. The dates will feature Willie Nelson & Family, The Avett Brothers, Black Pumas, Larkin Poe, and Particle Kid. (read more)

Epica continue their 20th anniversary celebrations by sharing a live video for their song "The Last Crusade" that was captured during their Paradiso show in 2006.

"'The Last Crusade' was played very often in France during our early years as it became the anthem of our French fanclub, the French Crusade", guitarist/growler Mark Jansen remembers "That song always got the party going, great vibes from the crowd and great memories." (read more)

Third Man Records is excited to announce Vault Package #53, Primus: The Revenant Juke -- A Collection of Fables and Farce, featuring six colored 7" records -- the band's first 7" releases in their 30-plus years as a group -- with individual sleeve artwork, all housed in a custom telescoping box. Sign up is open now through July 31 at midnight CST here.

Across nearly a dozen albums released, through millions of records sold, and dozens of fans properly satiated and slaked in the live arena, there is one thing that Primus has NEVER done in their thirty-plus years as a band... Release a 7-inch single. (read more)

Priscilla Block has announced a brand new U.S. fall leg of her Welcome to the Block Party Tour, following her successful first leg this past spring.

She will be kicking off the new run of dates on October 13th at the LRH in Liberty Township, OH and will wrap up the trek on November 19th at the Music Farm in Charleston, SC. (read more)

Although there are many rock festivals held throughout the world during the summer months, the only one to focus solely on core-based music (metalcore, deathcore, slam, beatdown, etc.) will take place from August 26-28 - the Kentucky Irate Fest.

Held at the MG Prime Entertainment Complex (7021 Global Drive, in Louisville, Kentucky), each day will feature 25+ bands, including national touring and local bands, with festival capacity being 4,000 people. (read more)

Sydney rockers Bloods have released a music video for their new single, "Take Aim", which was directed by frontwoman MC's 8-year-old daughter Penny.

The song comes from the band's forthcoming album, "Together, Baby!", that will be hitting stores on September 23rd. MC had this to say about the track, "I wrote this song on the same day that I wrote 'BOSS.' (read more)

Banks Arcade have shared a music video for their new single, "Used". The track comes from the band's forthcoming album, "Future Lovers", which arrive on July 29th.

Frontman Joshua O'Donnell had this to say about the track, "I wrote 'Used' with nothing but rage in my heart after spending the day literally doom scrolling for seven hours straight. (read more)

Veteran punk rocker, composer, producer and Kitten Robot Records head Paul Roessler (Twisted Roots/T.S.O.L./Richie Ramone) released his new solo album, "The Turning Of The Bright World", this week and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the song "Maker". Here is the story:

"Maker is such an unconventional song for me in so many ways. It's like a pop anthem!!! Just so completely not what usually comes out of me, not that I wouldn't love to write more like this...I mean, granted, it's a zany pop anthem about death, so that's where my stamp comes in. I always have to stand everything on its head for some reason. (continue)

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