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Rock For Ronnie Concert In The Park has just been announced as a benefit for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, set to take place on Sunday, May 7th at Los Encinos Historic Park in Encino, CA. Hosted by Eddie Trunk, the inaugural Rock For Ronnie will feature an All-Star Band jam with details TBA, plus the Dio Disciples (feat. Simon Wright, Scott Warren, Bjorn Englen, Ira Black, Terry Ilous and Dyna Shirasaki), the return of SteamRoller (feat. Doug Aldrich, Brian Tichy, and Michael Devin), Jason Charles Miller’s solo band, and The Atomic Punks. The event will also hold a silent auction and live auction benefiting the Fund, plus plenty of food and vendors. For all the details, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rock-for-ronnie-tickets-568421834007.
Overkill is getting ready to unleash their twentieth studio album, Scorched, on April 14th via Nuclear Blast Records. This week, you can check out the second single, “Wicked Place”, with the official visualizer video here: https://youtu.be/Ga4Vw9OofZM. Bobby Blitz says of the track, “One of my favorite rides on the record, a big thick groove reminiscent of days gone by, with a modern punch in the snoot! Get Wicked!” Keep an eye out for more on the upcoming album via: http://wreckingcrew.com/Ironbound/.
Machine Head is heading out on tour this spring in support of their latest album, ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWN, out now on Nuclear Blast Records. The Electric Happy Hour (Live) tour is set to kick off on May 15th in Ventura, CA and run across the midwest and south before returning west to wrap it up in Los Angeles on June 9th. Here’s some of what Robb Flynn has to say: “Really stoked to be heading out in America again, the last tour had so many moments that were so strong and just beyond life affirming! It makes me super proud that we have stayed the path playing these intimate venues doing 2 and 1/2 to 3 hour ‘Evening With-style shows’ for the last 8 years. These shows are incredibly rewarding for us as musicians and to people who come out to just go fucking nuts with us. We’re especially looking forward to the EHH format with Sir Vogg joining us on this upcoming tour. In reality, I see it becoming even a bit more free-form, you might get 5 songs off of ‘The Blackening,’ you might get 5 songs off of ‘Burn My Eyes,’ you might get 5 cover songs! The setlist has changed a little from day to day, and the beer always flows, so come down a bang with us for Electric Happy Hour (Live)! More U.S. dates are being announced soon Head Cases, so if you don’t see your city now, stay tuned!” For all the dates and details, visit: https://www.machinehead1.com/.
Nita Strauss has just dropped another new single following up on “The Wolf You Feed ft. Alissa White-Gluz” from last fall. After a brief hiatus from Alice Cooper’s band to work with Demi Lovato, Nita has now returned to the Alice Cooper lineup, and releases her new single, “Winner Takes All feat. Alice Cooper” with perfect timing. Check out the track here: https://sumerian.lnk.to/winnertakesall. Nita Strauss says, “When we were working on the music for this album, there was no question that I wanted to create a song to collaborate with my longtime boss and friend, the legendary Alice Cooper. I think the track accomplishes what we set out to do — showcase Alice’s voice and signature style on the backdrop of a heavy, modern rock track. After many years of lending my style of playing to Alice’s music on stage, it was truly an honor to work together and hear his voice on one of my songs!” 2023 is packed with tour dates for Alice Cooper, with a spring run followed by a summer stint with Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe, and the Rob Zombie co-headline Freaks on Parade tour in the fall. Visit: https://www.nitastrauss.com/ for more on Nita’s music, and: https://alicecooper.com/ for the full listing of tour dates.
Bury Tomorrow is just about to release their new album, The Seventh Sun, next week via Music For Nations. Right now, you can check out the video for the track, “Begin Again”, with a visualizer by Zak Pinchin: https://youtu.be/ugZ_TybBfm8. Guitarist Kristan Dawson says “Begin Again” is “representative of the change we have all faced in the past few years. It represents an element of renewal and appreciation of where we have been as a band and where we are yet to go. Musically, it serves as a contrast to the heaviness we have presented in the first three singles, but packs a punch in a more positive way”. Bury Tomorrow is heading out on tour with special guests Hollow Front, Afterlife, and Siamese this spring. For all the info, head to: https://www.bury-tomorrow.com/.
Art of Shock made their debut on Century Media Records with the album Dark Angeles back in 2020, making it tricky at first to promote the release, though the band eventually embarked on a North American tour and supported such acts as Sepultura, Crowbar, and Sacred Reich. Now, they’ve released a brand-new music video to reflect the time of their album’s release, with “2020v”: https://youtu.be/4XVByf7lTxU. The band says of the track, “This song was written during the first few weeks of the pandemic lockdowns. Rich, poor or famous, politician thief or mattress salesman. In 2020, all humans were democratically sentenced, our lives disrupted in a way we hadn’t seen since the last great war. The world grinded to a halt and became a prison as we faced a new and invisible enemy, wondering if we brought this on ourselves”. For more on the band, check out: https://artofshock.com/.