Concert promoter Live Nation announced the promotion, dubbed Ticket To Rock, which offers fans the opportunity to buy lawn tickets to see all three tours for select venues.
According to Radio.com, the promotion includes venues in Albuquerque, Bristow (VA), Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Hartford, Holmdel, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, St Louis (Mo), and Syracuse.See the dates etc here.
"Record stores are where our musical education began and was subsequently nurtured and shaped, playing a huge role in who we are as musicians today," explains Metallica. "Since this special day's inception back in 2008 with ten exclusive releases, the celebration has spread worldwide and expanded to almost 350 unique offerings from a wide variety of artists this year.
"It's important for us to support this cause and encourage music fans everywhere to experience the exciting, inspiring, nostalgic journey through the world of music stores that we were fortunate enough explore in our formative years."
Metallica will mark the April 16 event with a new live release, "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! - Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France - June 11th, 2003", a CD featuring a live recording from the club, with the band, Record Store Day and independent record stores donating proceeds to benefit Fondation de France's Give For France charity. Read more and watch the video announcement from the bandhere.
Hundreds of fans turned up at Cardiff Airport recently to see the group's jumbo jet arrive and stocked with gear for the 2016 run in support of 2015's double-album, "The Book Of Souls."
Ed Force One will be piloted by singer Bruce Dickinson. Iron Maiden kick off the 2016 shows with three US concerts starting tonight, February 24 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in Paris in 2014, the band's 16th album delivered Iron Maiden a No. 4 debut on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 75,000 copies. Read more and watch the videohere.
Havok still finds himself explaining how Blaqk Audio is different from AFI. "The obvious difference is that it is completely inorganic," says Havok. "Blaqk Audio is pure electronica whereas AFI uses organic instruments. There's drums and bass and guitar and there's none of that in Blaqk Audio."
But Stryker couldn't avoid the big question of the day: what's the story with Havok singing with members of No Doubt? "Just to clarify," says Havok, "I'm not singing for No Doubt." He ashamedly admits the band does not have a name yet but they do in fact "have a lot of great songs" that he's excited about. "We have songs that are fully complete. No name, but complete songs. And, it's just a great time. It's really fun. I don't know what to call it. It's great. I think people will really like it." Read morehere.
Of Mice & Men frontman Austin Carlile is receiving ongoing treatment for genetic disorder Marfan syndrome, which causes problems with bones, nerves and other tissues. But he confirms the band will begin recording the follow-up to Restoring Force next month.
He says: "It's been an extreme past half year of broken ribs, head, hips, and tour dates. After initial surgeries, followed by more medical exams and tests, and physical therapy multiple times a week, the last few months have been a real hurdle for me mentally and physically.
"Now that we've reached the other side, I'm ready to get the relentless machine that is Of Mice & Men back on track. It will start in March with two and a half months in the studio recording our new album.
"We hope our new documentary series The Full Circle Story will hold you over for now. We put a lot of time and energy into it and hope you enjoy watching part of our Artemis journey and just how it all came Full Circle. Tell everyone you know, Of Mice & Men is back." Read morehere.
Meanwhile, the Sheffield outfit have been rehearsing with a choir for the Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser show at London's Royal Albert Hall on April 22. They'll be backed by a full orchestra during their headline set.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity which provides cancer services for young people across the UK. Tickets for BMTH's US tour go on sale on Friday at 10am. See all of their upcoming tour dateshere.
Saxophonist Peter 'JR' Wasilewski says: "The London Astoria was always a special place for us. For a certain time it almost felt like a homecoming every time we played there.
"For us to be able to play multiple nights there on several occasions needed to be documented somehow. We hope our fans enjoy it as much as we did making it." Read morehere.
Fallon is also set to tour the UK and Europe in April in support of the release - with his bandmate guitarist Alex Rosamilia, The Horrible Crowes' Ian Perkins, and Molly & The Zombies bassist Catherine Popper as his back-up band.
The Gaslight Anthem are currently on hiatus, with the band saying last summer that they wanted to "recharge and take a step back until we have something we feel excited about." Stream the songhere.
Iggy performed "The Jean Genie" and "Tonight" (via Pitchfork). Speaking about the song "Tonight," Iggy told the audience, "It's a wonderful, elegant song with a deceptively simple lyric, and I think it's the right lyric for right now and for tonight."
Jones joined Iggy at the halfway point to lend her vocals to the cover. "Everyone will be alright tonight," Jones sang, the lyrics taking on a more meaningful quality, considering she announced in mid-September 2015 that her cancer had returned.
Watch fan captured footagehere.
Produced by Brendan O'Brien, the project sees sole original member vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale record the band's fourth record and follow-up to 2014's "New Crown."
The Australian band will launch the album with a North American tour starting February 24 in Minneapolis, MN. The group will follow the 6-week run with a series of European shows in April and May. Read more and check out a music videohere.
The future of the band remains in doubt following the death of bassist Jimmy Bain in January. He passed away just as they began promoting the release, and was later found to have been suffering from cancer.
Bain says in the video: "We haven't even had a row about anything - that's pretty amazing for a band." Heavy Crown was released on February 19. Watch the videohere.
And all three bands appear on the EP, along with previously unreleased Crossfaith track Dance With The Enemy and their recent collaboration with Skindred's Benji Webbe.
Crossfaith frontman Kenta Koie says: "The Xeno world tour is about to kick off in Europe and the UK and we're bringing some sick bands with us, so we thought we'd give you all some tunes.
"Our boys The Qemists are one of our favourite bands to listen to, and we've all been big fans of The One Hundred since we first heard them. And Counting Days are the best heavy band around right now, so this tour EP is going to blow your mind." Check out the EP stream and the tour dateshere.
Collen tells Alternative Nation: "It reminds me of early Led Zeppelin - it's got a feel like that. I didn't really expect that. I thought it was going to be more subdued, a bit of groove and blues. But it turned into this other thing. It's got elements of Zeppelin, Def Leppard, STP, only it's this soulful, funky, rock thing."
He was particularly surprised by Robinson's contribution. "The Crusaders is a jazz group - but when I first met him he said, 'All I really want to play is double-kick metal.' Never judge a book by its cover." Read morehere.
The band also filmed performances of two songs from their forthcoming album Kentucky. These will be released in the coming weeks, while the album is out on April 1, and can be pre-ordered now.
Earlier this month the band released a video for In Our Dreams from the new album. They'll return to the UK this summer for a headline set at the Ramblin' Man Fair at Mote Park, Maidstone, on July 23 and 24. Watch the videohere.
It was purchased by UK collector Paul Fraser at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. Heritage Auctions director Gary Shrum tells the BBC: "This is the largest lock of John Lennon's hair ever offered at auction and this world record price is a lasting testament to the world's more than 50-year love affair and fascination with Lennon and the Beatles."
Other Beatles items sold at the auction include a signed head-and-shoulders 'before shot' portrait of Lennon, taken prior to the haircut, which sold for $2125. A photograph of the band signed by all of the Fab Four went for $42,500, while an unused ticket for the band's first US concert in Washington DC in 1964 sold for $30,000. Read morehere.
The new album was recorded at Boot Hill Studio in Corinth, TX and Valve Studios in Dallas, TX with producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hellyeah, Damageplan).
Big Dad Ritch had this to say about the effort,t "Dark Side of Black is our heaviest album to date for sure. We've learned a lot having made four full-length albums prior. We're trying to use that knowledge we learned to make an album that can maintain what Ride On and Peacemaker bring to the table, yet we wanted it to lend itself more to the power that is the RED DIRT METAL of Rollin and Pride of Texas. So it feels like Pride meets Peacemaker. Top shelf THC meets bottom shelf liquor..."
Drummer Timmy Braun reflects on the challenges he faced recording the album, "About Dark Side of Black, I have never had such a difficult time completing an album in my life," begins Braun. "I say that because my first session I had just got out of the hospital. It was difficult for me to walk let alone play a drum kit. After being in bed for literally two weeks I felt a bit out of shape. Then for the second session my hand was swollen to almost twice its size because of an injury! I couldn't make a fist let alone play a drum kit. However, I'm hoping the vibe I was able to create will have a special flavor that I wouldn't have been able to offer had my life been in order, per say. In other words, tough times make for better art!"
Guitarist Cord Pool adds, "Between tweaking our writing style and being influenced by personal things, Dark Side of Black leads the listener a step closer to the darker and heavier side of what we have to offer."
Texas Hippie Coalition will kick off their "Dark Side of Black" tour, will with support from Sons of Texas, on April 29th in Shreveport, LA and visit a total of 26 cities before ending at River City Rockfest on May 29th.
The tour will include five spring festival stops (these will not include Sons of Texas). Before the tour, the band will perform two headline dates, one of which will act as their official album release party.See the tour dates and the album tracklisting here.
Bowling For Soup will team up with Steel for shows in London, Cardiff, Manchester and Birmingham, beginning with a date at London's world famous SSE Arena Wembley.
Bowling For Soup's frontman Jaret Reddick had this to say, "Man...BFS and Steel Panther has been a dream line up for me for a long time! And now it is a reality in our favorite country in the world to play!
"To say we are stoked is an understatement! I can't imagine the amount of face melting hilarity in store for the UK peeps, but I'm definitely ready for it all!"
Steel Panther with special guests Bowling For Soup UK Arena Tour:
15th October - London - SSE Arena Wembley
16th October - Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
18th October - Manchester - Arena
19th October - Birmingham - Barclaycard Arena
The band say: "We're very excited to present a preview track from our forthcoming album Threnodies as well as the cover artwork. The artwork and layout were created by Colombian, Berlin-based artist Daniel Correa Mejia. We were mesmerised by his paintings and decided that his work fits perfectly with our music.
"Balearic Blue is more along the lines of our previous release, so expect something different for the next track. We're very much looking forward to performing some of these new songs on our forthcoming tour with the Von Hertzen Brothers and HRH Prog in March." Stream the songhere.
Vocalist Saller says: "We're so incredibly excited to be a part of the Spinefarm/Search & Destroy family. We've been crafting this album for two years and can't wait to share it with the world."
Saller is joined in the lineup by drummer Kyle Rosa, bassist Nick Maldonado and guitarists Joey Bradford and Jon Hoover. Watch the teaser video for the new albumhere.
Smith spans Nirvana's discography, segueing through each album's tracklist with impressive timing and accuracy. He showcases a talented understanding of the rhythms that made the band so famous. Not only does he have a camera recording his performance, but he also set up a camera on his bass drum to capture his footwork.
Someone must have shared the video with Dave Grohl, because Foo Fighters tweeted the link today (February 23rd) along with the accompanying message, "Dude…." Watch ithere.
My Girl was originally called Dance With Me and it was going to be about doing things while you still have the life left in you to do them. Actually, the original version was probably a more interesting concept for a song than My Girl but for some reason I couldn't make it come together.
I guess that was the problem. I was trying to "make it" come together and that approach never works very well for me. I was having trouble finishing the lyrics. One day I decided to record the guitar part on my iphone so that I could take the song around with me.
I was walking through my neighborhood in Crown Heights, singing along to the song on my headphones and trying out different lyrics and different phrasing. It hit me while I was crossing the street.
At that moment I was paying more attention to looking out for cars than writing song lyrics. As I hustled across the street was sort of singing under my breath and subconsciously I blurted out "my girl! She takes good care.... My girl.. Flowers in her hair."
I fell in love with that lyric and how simple it was. I felt like other people could probably vision the woman I was talking about. From then on the lyrics were easy because I dropped the complicated "concept" approach and just went with what seemed to be flowing out of me at the time. I guess I was happy that day.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and watch the video here. Learn more about the group and their new EPright here!
He released the following statement on his website explaining his decision, "Regretfully, I've decided NOT to participate in the 2016 HoF induction ceremonies. I appreciate the award and I want to thank all of you who voted and finally made it happen.
"Many of you will be disappointed and that's understandable. Quite frankly, I'm disappointed as well. There comes a time when you need to make a decision based on what's best for you without worrying about the consequences and this it that time.
"Every idea or suggestion I offered about how it could work musically was either rejected or changed by the shows producers. Together with the fact that while I sent those same emails to the group, the only reply I ever received back from them was a very snarky 'Take a chill pill dude!' Whoa! Really?
"At this point in my life, I really don't care to reintroduce the same negativity, misplaced egos, and petty jealousies I experienced years ago. I'm very happy right where I am now, touring and playing my music with a band I love. You should all come and see us if you have the chance and please check my site for performance updates. Peacefully moving on, Peter".
The track comes from their forthcoming album "Us And The Night" which will be released on March 11th. Video directors Martin Landgreve and Magnus Jonsson had this to say about the video, "To make music videos were The Gaucho boys' childhood dream, so to make a video for childhood idols 3 Doors Down is incredible. When Republic Records first reached out to us with this project, we called RJ Mitte right away! Explained the project, our idea for the song and he was ecstatic!
Turns out RJ is a big 3 Doors Down fan himself, and told us a few memorable stories from his life that were defined by 3 Doors Down. RJ is a born actor, and probably the best we've worked with. He brings a lot to the table and he's just as cool and rock 'n' roll as 3 Doors Down themselves-couldn't have been a better choice for the role!
"Overall a kick ass song, with a fun and twisted video that leaves you wondering. Making this video was a great experience and everyone in and around the team was amazing!"
RJ Mitte had the following to say, "I had a great time filming this video, and it was great day of shooting with people I consider my friends. Doing music videos are like mini movie sets and you have to connect with the music as well as the director and the team behind the scenes in order to tell the story the way the band envisioned.
"I think we have captured it with this video. I've always been a fan of the band so this was a great project to work on. I hope everyone enjoys the video, I can't wait to see it all play out!"
3 Doors Down frontman Brad Arnold adds, "We came out of the gate with a song that's really different for us. We needed to match that with the video, and Magnus, Martin, and RJ brought that vision to life better than we ever could've imagined." Watch the video
"Up by popular demand," says Roth. "Unlimited binge positive fun for the whole family & beyond…" The web series resurfaced recently when the singer launched a new website on February 7 at davidleeroth.net after his social media sites went dark at the end of January 2015 without explanation.
Last year, Roth and Van Halen released their first live album together, and supported the project with a 3-month summer tour of North America. Things have been quiet in the Van Halen camp since they closed out their 2015 run with a pair of shows at the Hollywood Bowl in early October. Watch the episodeshere.
The band will take the stage on the late night talk show for their first live network television appearance in 16 years to perform their single "Memory," a track that comes from their forthcoming album "We Can Do Anything", which will be released on March 4th.
The band has also announced the initial dates for their upcoming North American tour in support of the album. The U.S. and Canadian leg of their world tour will kick off on May 2nd in Salt Lake City.See the dates here.
The band plan on playing their third album Regular Urban Survivors in full to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Bassist Leigh Marklew says: "Regular Urban Survivors is an album that needs to be celebrated.
"It's very important to us as it's the album that gave us our first top 10 single and really confirmed our position as the 'go-to' Brit-rock band of the 90s - if killer pop hooks, eccentric lyrics and crazy live shows were your cup of tequila." See the dateshere.
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