Fresh off the holiday season, the Rock Report returns with brand new music from Shinedown and Jason Mraz. We talk about the recent band break-ups and highlight the groups that have reunited. Also, we have the latest additions to The Bamboozle Festival and The Warped Tour, as well as an exclusive with Saves The Day. This, and much more, in the first Rock Report of 2012!
Shinedown Readies Their Fourth Studio Release
Four years removed from their last release, Shinedown will drop their fourth studio album, “Amaryllis,” on March 27th. In a press release, vocalist Brent Smith said the LP “reflects on everything we’ve done and where we’re heading. It’s a message of empowerment, perseverance and inspiration that I think speaks to fans that have been with us since the beginning as well as those who are just learning about who we are and what we’re about.”
The fist-pumping smash “Bully” serves as the lead-off single and there’s a good chance it might top rock radio soon. Remember, all six of the Jacksonville-based quartet’s singles from 2008’s “The Sound Of Madness” hit #1 on rock radio.
Bon Jovi Alive and Kicking
Don’t let the holiday scare fool you: Bon Jovi isn’t dead. In fact, the band and their faithful singer are more alive than ever! The legendary rock outfit will co-headline the 10th Anniversary of The Bamboozle Festival with Foo Fighters and blink 182. The three-day event, which will be held in North Beach Asbury Park, New Jersey from May 18th through May 20th, will also feature Incubus, Skrillex and Mac Miller. More names to be announced soon.
The Warped Tour Names 7 New Acts
Not to be outdone, concert organizing extraordinaire Kevin Lyman announced seven new additions to The Warped Tour -- the summer’s premiere traveling festival. Those seven additions are A Loss For Words, Machine Gun Kelly, Man Overboard, Impending Doom, Stepdad, Super Water Symphony and blessthefall. More artists will be announced on a weekly basis.
New Albums in 2012
Only a week into 2012 and several big-time albums are in the works! Legendary rock outfit Van Halen, who recently signed to Interscope, plans to drop their new studio offering on February 7th. I See Stars will release their third full-length, currently untitled, on March 13th. Front man Brandon Flowers told BBC Radio One that his band, The Killers, plan to release a new effort this year. Also, singer Kele Okereke confirmed to BBC Radio One what bandmate and bassist Gordon Moakes told us last year: Bloc Party will be dropping a new album as well.
While Grammy-Award winner Jason Mraz has kept a tight lid on the details concerning his upcoming fourth studio album, he decided to ring in 2012 by releasing a single from it. The pop-rock singer-songwriter unveiled “I Won’t Give Up” earlier this week. A passionate acoustic-flavored track, “I Won’t Give Up” details a man’s determination to keep the flame burning while patiently waiting for his love to return from a journey of self-discovery. The lyric video below is so good that it should really be the composition’s official music video.
Saves The Day Stays Busy
Saves The Day have a rough blueprint drawn up for 2012. The pop-punk collective, who recently played a special pre-Christmas show in New Jersey with Senses Fail, will spend much of the new year on headlining U.S. treks, performing one-off festival dates all around the world and crafting what will be their eighth studio album.
“I'm going on a month-long acoustic tour,” vocalist Chris Conley exclusively tells Red Bull, “with three weeks of that trip being with the ‘Where's The Band? Tour,’ which is a bunch of lead singers traveling around without their backing bands.”
“After WTB wraps, we head overseas for the Soundwave Festival in Australia where we'll be performing two sets a day with one set of originals and one set covering ‘Pinkerton’ by Weezer. In the spring, we're hoping to headline the States and then hopefully travel back to Europe for festival season next summer before a possible support tour in the fall, and then more writing and recording for the next album in the winter. Can't wait to see how the future unfolds!”
Before that happens, however, the New Jersey collective are still promoting their recently-released seventh studio LP “Daybreak,” which dropped nearly four months ago in September 2011. While "Deranged & Desperate” has been the leadoff track, the guys are contemplating a second single.
“We haven't thought about releasing another single and video,” Conley begins, “but maybe in the new year we'll get some ideas flowing for further promotion and perhaps make another video.”
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