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On this week’s Rock Report, we focus on Dave Grohl’s acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, talk to the Dropkick Murphys about their upcoming Shamrock ‘N Roll Festival and look at the upcoming collaboration coming from Jack White. All of this, plus new album and tour announcements, on this week’s edition of the Rock Report.

2011 MTV Video Music Awards

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards took place last Sunday and although rock music was mostly neglected during the ceremony, the culture packed a punch. Young The Giant were the only rock band to hit the stage and had a standout performance with their song “My Body.”

Foo Fighters were the genre’s only winner as they took home the moon man for “Best Rock Video” with “Walk.” Upon accepting the award with his band mates, front man Dave Grohl gave a heartfelt and memorable speech. “I just wanna say that,” he began, “Never lose faith in real rock ‘n roll music. You know what I mean? Never lose faith in that. You might have to look a little harder, but it’s always gonna be there.” Truer words have never been spoken, especially given the lack of rock representation at this award’s ceremony.

Fearless Friends Tour

blessthefall have officially been tapped as the headliners of the 2nd annual Fearless Friends Tour. It comes at a perfect time too as the group are slated to drop their third full-length album “Awakening” on October 4. Keep your eyes peeled to Red Bull USA for more news about the Fearless Friends Tour and blessthefall.

Shamrock ‘N Roll Festival

The Dropkick Murphys are preparing to launch the Shamrock ‘N Roll Festival on September 10 at the Bangor Waterfront in Bangor, Maine. Although the Boston troupe are taking it on the road for ten days straight, the Shamrock ‘N Roll Festival isn’t gonna be a one-and-done type deal.

Red Bull USA recently caught up with the band and they have plans of making it a yearly showcase. “We’re hoping to turn it into something like that for sure,” front man Al Barr says. “This is its main voyage and I think were seeing what we need to do, or didn’t do or what needs to be done. It’s always trial and error in this game. But yeah, it’s definitely something we’re looking to turn into an annual event for sure.”

Sleeper Agent: Celabrasion

Sleeper Agent are about to launch a headlining tour in support of their debut album “Celabrasion.” The trek kicks off September 3 at Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia, and concludes October 14 at Deluna Festival in Pensacola, Florida. From there, the six-piece will open select dates for Circa Survive -- from October 16 at Expo Five in Louisville, Kentucky, through October 26 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


IAMDYNAMITE are about to set the music industry a blaze. The Raleigh, North Carolina-bred indie rock duo, comprised of Chris “C-Mart” Martin and Chris “C2” Phillips, will drop their debut album “SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC” on September 13 through independent label Brando Records. The effort was produced by Matt Noveskey, best known as the bassist of Blue October

Also, the Raleigh twosome will hit the road with Blue October to support the release. The tour launches September 8 at The Foundry in Phoenix, Arizona and runs until the final date October 21 at the House Of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana.

More Tours

Speaking of tours, Pepper is about embark on a headlining trek of their own. The Hawaiian reggae punk rock collective kick it off September 3 at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, and it’s set to conclude on October 8 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. They will be promoting their latest effort, 2010’s EP “Stitches.”

Jack White and Insane Clown Posse

First, he made a hit with Stephen Colbert. Now, Jack White is planning on making a mega smash with the Insane Clown Posse. White, one half of the now defunct White Stripes and founder of Third Man Records, has teamed up with the Detroit rap duo and JEFF The Brotherhood for a remake of Mozart’s 1782 composition “Leck Mich Im Arsch.” An original track, “Mountain Girl,” will serve as the B-side. Both will be available September 13 as a 7” and digitally via iTunes.

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