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Rock And Metal News For The Week Of January 1, 2017!

Check out the featured topics for this week’s music report from the dropdown. See a topic you like? Read on!

  1. Slipknot!

  2. Tony Iommi

  3. Black Star Riders

  4. Darkest Hour

  5. Stephen Pearcy

  6. Mark KNopfler

  7. Bottle Rock Festival

  8. Chicago And The Doobie Brothers

  9. Suicide Silence

  10. NYC Govenors Ball

  11. Corners Of Sanctuary

  12. Jack Russell’s Great White

  13. Billy Joel

  14. Accept

  15. Junkyard Drive

  16. Underground Inc: The Unsung Story Of Alternative Rock

  17. Disturbed

  18. Graham Bonnet Band

  19. Dropkick Murphys

  20. Bon Jovi


Red Sky Mary-Gone!

I think I just found my new favorite band. I came across these guys while listening to Boston Rock Radio. If you like ballsy blues based rock and roll, then this is your band. They are from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Not sure how they never made it onto my radar before this, but glad they are now. My thoughts are that they won’t be local very long. I see them breaking nationally soon, so catch them if you can. Anyway, check them out and get the latest on them here here.



Last week’s Rockucation question: This Seatle, WA, based record label was known for signing such bands as Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Shins in the beginning of their careers. What was the label?

Answer: Sub Pop Records.

Winner/s: Andreas Guettel, Halberstadt, Germany, Evan Portno, Coventry, RI, and Robert McCarthy, Marlboro, MA.

This week’s Rockucation question is:  This artist recorded a huge single that has two parts. The artist is a huge soccer fan and fronted a couple of famous bands. The song is one of the first in the rock world that was about a gay person. It was released in the mid seventies. The storyline of the song is about a man coming out to his parents, moving to New York City and eventually getting killed. Name the song and the artist.

Answer Question Here Think you know this music question? Take a guess by clicking the link above! If you answer it correctly, your name will be featured in next week’s Rockucation section.

Music News


Slipknot had asked fans to submit live footage from their concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. This show was back in August of 2015. The band decided to release the montage video for their song, Before I Forget, from all the submissions. You can watch it here.

Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) has teamed up with the Birmingham Cathedral Choir and has released a new song called How Good It Is. Iommi wanted to give something back to the community and he plays acoustic on this track. You can hear it here.

Black Star Riders Black Star Riders released another track from their soon to be released album, Heavy Fire, out on February 3rd. Check out Testify Or Say Goodbye here.

Darkest Hour Darkest Hour have released a new song this week called Timeless Numbers. It’s from their soon to be released album, Godless Prophets & The Migrant Flora, out on March 10. You can check out the new video here.

Stephen Pearcy Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) released another track from his current solo album called Smash. The song is called Rain. You can check it out here.

Mark Knopfler Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) has released another video from a past record. This one is from his Shangri-La album that came out in 2004. The video is for Boom, Like That. You can check it out here.

Bottle Rock Festival Bottle Rock Festival announced its dates and lineups. The festival is three days and takes part May 26-28 in Napa Valley. This is the first US date for the Foo Fighters as well. Get the details here.

Chicago And The Doobie Brothers Chicago and The Doobie Brothers have teamed up for a tour starting in June. You can get dates here.

Suicide Silence Suicide Silence released a new video this week for their song, Doris. It’s from their forthcoming self titled album that is coming out on February 24. It’s shot in that 360 Degree interactive format that seems to be catching on now. You can watch it here.

NYC Govenors Ball New York City’s Governors Ball has announced its lineup. The main act is Tool. It takes place June 2nd through the 4th. You can get the details here.

Corners Of Sanctuary Corners Of Sanctuary have set up a new crowdfunding site to help them with their upcoming album and tour. You can get all the details here.

Jack Russell’s Great White Jack Russell’s Great White released another song this week from their forthcoming album, He Saw It Coming. The track is called Love Don’t Live Here, watch it here.

Billy Joel Billy Joel announced his 2017 Stadium tour. Get dates here.

Accept Accept put out another performance video from their Restless And Live album, out now. Check out Fast As A Shark here. <

Junkyard Drive Junkyard Drive released a new song from their new album, Sin & Tonic, out on February 17. The song is called Geordie. You can watch it here.

Underground Inc.: The Unsung Story Of Alternative Rock A new documentary, Underground Inc.: The Unsung Story Of Alternative Rock, is complete and looking for help in releasing it. It’s a documentary on the 1990s alternative punk and metal scene. It has bands like Primus, Queens Of The Stone Age, White Zombie, Clutch and many more. You see the trailer and help fund it here.

Disturbed Disturbed released a new live video of their title track, Immortalized. You can watch it here.

Graham Bonnet Band Graham Bonnet Band have released another video this week called Rider. It’s from their latest album, The Book. You can watch it here.

Dropkick Murphys The Dropkick Murphys have released a new song off of their just released album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain And Glory. The song is Paying My Way. You can check it out here.

Bon Jovi Bon Jovi teamed up with to release a new video this week from their current album, This House Is Not For Sale. The new single is God Bless This Mess. You can check it out here.

SRR Non Music News Quick Hits

I thought this was interesting to read and thought you would like it as well. Norway is getting rid of the FM radio band even though the majority of the country wanted to keep it. Read it here.

Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) has art for sale. You can check out his collection here.

Aerosmith have teamed up with Stern Pinball, Inc., to release a new pinball machine. You can view it here.

Jimmy Page has new canvas sneakers and bags that you can purchase. You can get the details here.

Dave Ellefson (Megadeth) has opened his first location for his brand of coffee, Ellefson Coffee Co. The location is 404 Second St., Jackson, MN 56143. You can learn more about the coffee here.

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