Day in Rock Report for 02/27/2018
Today's Day in Rock Stories
The new trek will feature the in-the-round production from their European arena tour and is scheduled to kick off on September 2nd in Madison, WI at the Kohl Center.
The lengthy trek will span fall into the winter visiting 34 cities in all before it wraps up on March 13th of next year in Grand Rapids, MI at the Van Andel Arena.
Fan club and Citi card members presales will begin today (February 27th) with public on sale launching on March 2nd. See the full list of tour dateshere.
The band made the surprise announcement of the new album late last week and revealed that each ticket for the upcoming U.S. No Fix Tour will also include a digital download of the effort.
The tour will be kicking off on April 20th in Las Vegas, NV at the Las Rageous festival and will be wrapping up on May 26th in Pryor, OK at this year's Rocklahoma. Read more including the dateshere.
The trek follows last fall's European tour and includes stops in the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. Things are tentatively set to kick off in Dublin on May 17th at Croke Park (that show is subject o license approval).
The legendary band will then play stadiums in various cities across the UK before heading to mainland Europe. They will wrap up the trek on July 8th in Warsaw at the National Stadium. Read more including the dateshere.
The new track follows the release of the song "Red Cold River". Frontman Benjamin Burnley had this to say about the new album, their first new studio effort since 2015's "Dark Before Dawn":
"People have always really liked the heavier side of the band. I think that's what they sort of gravitate towards. But we also make sure to explore our melodic and softer side too.
"We just tried to make it more extreme - the softer side on this album is really soft, and the heavy side is really heavy. We decided to give everybody what they want to the furthest degree." Stream the new songhere.
The band explained ahead of the show, "This morning we arrived at the Canadian border in order to gain access to a country that we have not only played countless shows in but also recorded an album and spent a great deal of time in over the years. Instead, several members of our tour were denied entry, berated and treated with utter contempt by the agents on duty.
"We have been touring internationally for a decade and have never experienced such a lack of civility at any border crossing or passport control in any country we have ever visited." Read morehere.
The song "Static" came out of a binge watching session of the TV show "Stranger Things." We were playing a festival/tour in my hometown, and when we play here on Vancouver Island, Paul's wife Jenny usually comes out too. Our families have a lot of fun together, and this particular time, my family had just finished watching "Stranger Things." When Paul and Jenny arrived, we bugged and bugged them to watch it over with us. So we spent every evening watching the show and loved it.
A few days later and back in Ohio, Paul sent me a new, quirky tune, which I still have in my song folder as "Quirky Tune." The images and vibe of 1984 were still lingering in my head along with all the movies of that time, and they flung me back to watching "ET," "Close Encounters," and "The Goonies." The melody Paul had sent felt very evocative of this period, simple and enchanting. We are both around the ages that these kids were in 1984, so the words just kind of fell out onto the page, memories of biking around the neighbourhood, meeting up with friends, and walkie talkies. Luckily neither of us was ever got by the Demogorgon.
The song is about simpler days and has a touch of longing for those times before life got complicated. It conveys how childhood feelings and memories can get lost in the static of real life.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
The month-long "Blues And Bayous" trek will see the acts kicks things off in Atlantic City, NJ on May 25, with shows scheduled to wrap up in Welch, MN on June 29.
"ZZ Top is one of my favorite bands," Fogerty said in the announcement, "and Billy F Gibbons is one of my all-time favorite guitarists. Riffs, blues and bayous ... bucket list!"
"John Fogerty along with ZZ Top have been followers of blues and rock since the beginning," adds Gibbons, "and we're looking forward to rippin' it up together this spring."
Presales for all dates will be available on Tuesday, February 27 at 10 a.m. local time, with general public tickets on sale Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m. local time. See the dateshere.
The band will perform the exclusive, invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers in advance of the start of the two-year trek in West Palm Beach, FL on May 4 and in sync with the March 2 launch of "Free Bird," Lynyrd Skynyrd's own Southern Rock channel on SiriusXM.
Available throughout the month of March, "Free Bird" will showcase music from the Florida rockers extensive career alongside shows hosted by band members Gary Rossington, Rickey Medlocke and Johnny Van Zant. The channel will also include southern rock classics from an array of artists, including The Allman Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, ZZ Top and many more.
"Very excited to have SiriusXM support Lynyrd Skynyrd's music and history and to include some of our friends and musical influences on our own channel!," says Rossington. "Can't wait to share the music and our stories with our generations of fans."
Lynyrd Skynyrd's exclusive concert for SiriusXM in Atlanta will air live on Thursday, March 15 at 9:00 pm ET on "Free Bird" - SiriusXM channel 30 - via satellite and on the SiriusXM app. Read morehere.
"Ed Bass throwing down the last 2 songs with Chris Zeuss Harris in the studio!," posted the group on social media alongside an image of bassist Eddie Jackson recording with the producer. "We only have vocals and guitar solos to finish, but we're very happy with the direction of the new album!"
The Seattle rockers also provided the latest details about the status of drummer Scott Rockenfield, who stepped aside from touring last year to spend time with his newborn son, Rockson; in his absence, the group brought in former Kamelot sticksman Casey Grillo for live performances.
"And for those asking again about Scott and whether he has quit the band - he has not quit the band," added the group. "He told us he's taking time off and we have no time frame on when he will return. We thought he would take few months off, obviously he doesn't want to tour right now. There is nothing more we can say about it and we can't be more honest about it than that." Read morehere.
The performance was captured during their recently completed North American tour in support of the album that hit stores last October. Frontman Matt Heafy had the following to say,
"My favorite song to play on this run was probably Betrayer. What I love so much about that song is that it has everything that is Trivium in one song and goes out even further in different directions that we've never really gone before. I think that's such a great thing."
The band will be heading across the pond this March and April for a tour of Europe and the UK that will also feature Code Orange, Power Trip and Venom Prison. Watch the video and see the dateshere.