Several online media outlets picked up a New York Post story from Monday (February 29) that speculated that Dave Grohl might be pondering a solo career following his performance at the Oscars this past weekend.
On Wednesday, the band tweeted that they would be making an "official band announcement" later in the day and the "announcement" arrived in the form of a link to a YouTube video that informed fans "For the millionth time, we aren't breaking up. And nobody's going f-ing solo!"
In true Foo Fighters fashion, Radio.com reports that the video features "Dave Grohl and producer Butch Vig discussing the frontman's solo career, while the remaining Foo Fighters contemplated who their new singer would be. At the end of the video, Nick Lachey is seen rehearsing with the band." Watch the video here.
Taylor Hawkins spoke about the band's hiatus in an interview back in January with Artisan News joking "We're on ihateus right now. We're on an indefinite ihateus" and he explained that the band was taking a break "not because we don't love each other, or don't want to make music together.
"We did so much in the last five or six years, we as a band could go into the studio tomorrow and have just as much fun as we ever had. But I think the world needs a break from us for a little while."
Grohl revealed back in late November of last year, as they were concluding their tour, that the band was going on hiatus.
Miss May I tweeted last night: "We will not be making the show this evening. In a huge pile-up on the way to the gig. All the band and crew are safe though."
They later posted a picture from the scene and added: "Thanks for all the well-wishes. Our rig is beat up but everyone is fine." Their North American tour in support of fifth album Deathless continues in Detroit tonight (March 2). They return to the UK in May, including appearances at the Slam Dunk festival series. See the band's post and remaining tour dateshere.
The Seattle band will be on hand for the sold-out April 8 & 9 dates at the T-Mobile Arena, the first pair of shows featuring the reunited trio of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.
The concerts will mark the first time the three have performed together since a July 17, 1993 date at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The partially-reunited Guns N' Roses will follow the Las Vegas shows with a pair of concerts in Mexico City and at Coachella next month. Read morehere.
"When I listen to 'Master Of Puppets' now, I just sit there and go, 'What the f***? How do you do that?'", drummer Lars Ulrich tells Rolling Stone. "It's very gutsy music. It was a crazy time. We were really young, really fresh-faced. Everything was about music. We were living and breathing music 24/7 with no ulterior motives."
"There's a spark or spontaneity or impulsiveness that happens when you're in your twenties," reflects Ulrich. "We wrote 'Master Of Puppets' in probably eight weeks over that summer. Nowadays, it takes me eight weeks just to drive own to the studio. It's like, 'What did we do in the summer of '85 where we could just give birth to that from the first note to the last note in eight weeks?'
"(2008's) 'Death Magnetic' took us probably 18 months from when we started writing to when we started recording. On this current record, it probably took us about nine months. How do you write a record like 'Master Of Puppets' in eight weeks?"
The project was the band's final one with bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in a tour bus accident in Sweden in September of 1986. "I think about him a lot," says Ulrich. "It was a very unique thing that we had going for us on those three records in terms of the sound of that lineup, and God bless Jason Newsted and God bless Robert Trujillo for their individuality and what they've brought to Metallica since his death, but Cliff really was a character all his own. That hasn't changed one iota since then. It only becomes more and more apparent." Read morehere.
'Mark [Hoppus] and I never wanted to change," he said. "The last couple of albums, Tom wanted to sound like U2, to record songs that basically sound like Coldplay.
"For us, we were always like 'Blink is Blink, man. We want to sound like f-ing Blink-182. That's what side-projects are for. I love Blink for what it is. We love Blink and we love the sound of Blink." Read morehere.
Guitarist Scott Ian tells Rolling Stone: "I think it's our masterpiece. It's the biggest, coolest thing we've ever written." He adds: "Any great city, whether it's London, Rome, Paris, New York, Los Angeles - these cities are alive because of how many people were killed to make them what they are. How much blood was spilled over time."
Director Jack Bennett says the promo "serves this concept that progress is brutal. Civilizations progress in a way that is violent." Watch the new video in HDhere.
It's the only official live title to feature the original members since Live In Albuquerque was released in 2006, then withdrawn for legal reasons. Bassist Burrell died that year.
Bad Company Live In Concert 1977 & 1979 was recorded at the Summit in Houston, Texas on May 23, 1977 and at the Empire Pool, London - the old name for Wembley Arena - on March 9, 1979.
In addition, the record features a cover of Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe, taped in Washington in June 1979. See the track details and cover arthere.
The band will be kicking off the tour in support of 'The Mindsweep' album on April 15th in Seattle, WA El Corazon and wrapping up the trek on May 21st in Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar.
Enter Shikari will also be performing at some of the leading music festivals this spring including Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range.
Frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say about the tour, "We're really looking forward to getting back into more intimate venues and once again meeting the people who've given us great support in over in the U.S.
"Being an independent band that don't exactly play easy listening music and also have rather in depth lyrics, we understand that the people who are fans of our band REALLY get it. I feel immediately connected to our fans, on a scale you couldn't achieve through playing mindlessly catchy soulless music. So even though we have a smaller fanbase in the U.S. we feel deeply connected to them and the country."See the tour dates here.
Collins has curated and complied all the albums in the series, with each presented with updated artwork and featuring extra live tracks and demos - many of which have never been issued on CD before.
Collins previously said the idea of including live cuts was to see how the tracks have evolved over time by contrasting the original studio versions with later concert performances.
He said: "I've always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections. Instead, I've focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated." Read morehere.
Hayward tells the Fort Myers Florida Weekly: "I think this is probably it. People want DVDs from us now. I think any product we do will be along that line."
Reflecting on the band's longevity and success, Hayward points to the fans the band picked up in the 80s as the ones who have stayed with them throughout the years.
He continues: "People think the 60s were our best time. But to be honest, the most fun was that time in the 80s - to have that opportunity to be on TV and have all the times of having hit singles in your early 40s." Read morehere.
A post on Jethro Tull's Facebook page says it features three additional songs available as 5.1 surround mixes - with tracks Life Is A Long Song and Up The Pool made available on CD form for the first time. It also includes a 40-page book.
Mainman Ian Anderson previously said of Aqualung: "It's a very important Jethro Tull album and arguably the most successful selling single album by Jethro Tull. I think of it as being a singer/songwriter album with attitude." More detailshere.
The Exodus leader first stood in for Hanneman in 2011, and he's remained since the co-founder's death in 2013, appearing on latest album Repentless. Holt tells IndyWeek: "I'm pretty much well-accepted now. In five-plus years I think I've had a grand total of four hecklers."
The band have some experience of online trolling, although guitarist Kerry King reports it's calmed down in recent years. Holt says: "You get keyboard warriors - then you'll see one guy post something like, 'All right, my metal brothers and sisters, we gotta stick together.' Now, that doesn't happen. It's so segregated. The internet breeds all kinds of idiots."
As a comparison, he recalls seeing AC/DC on their first tour after the death of Bon Scott. "I guarantee not one soul in the crowd was flipping off Brian Johnson," he says. "I went both nights, and there was not a negative vibe in the audience. But the internet just breeds that." Read more including his hecklers experienceshere.
It's thought likely that the band's R40 tour of 2015 was their final large-scale road trip, partly because Peart doesn't want to be separated from his family for long periods of time.
Lifeson tells Sound Opinions: "I know Neil's in a great headspace now - he's really enjoying his life and he feels great. He's spending a lot of time with his daughter, doing the things he loves to do, with his health intact. So that's a very positive thing." Read morehere.
Puget said: "Considering this is Blaqk Audio's third record over the course of its 15-year existence, it's always an exciting and rare opportunity to release a new batch of songs. "Each release finds us in a very different place, creatively, than the last - influences are different, musical interests have slightly or vastly shifted. As a writer, I've moved fully on to software music sequencer Ableton Live since the last album, which changes my workflow and writing style."
Meanwhile, the pair also play in their hardcore punk outfit XTRMST. It was also revealed last month that Havok is collaborating with No Doubt members on an unnamed side-project. See the tour dateshere.
It's set for release on March 11 via Season Of Mist - and Bjornson reports making the concept record with Selvik was an "amazing" experience. He says: "Turning the live piece Skuggsja into an album has been an amazing journey. I am privileged to have made it alongside Einar and the team that has helped us fulfil our common vision.
"I am immensely proud of the conceptual and musical story we have made. It has become something more than the sum of the pieces added together - that alone feels like an achievement."
Selvik adds: "There are many things I could say about the album and its diverse material, but in the end I think it is best to let the music speak for itself.
"Writing these songs together with Ivar has truly been a highly inspirational and fruitful journey for me and I can only hope that it comes across and is notably reflected in the music also." Stream the albumhere.
According to bdonline, Bryant asked: "Is it permitted to call yourself an architect if you are clearly working in another profession? Or is the plural not covered by the act?"
The ARB's professional standards administrator Sarah Loukes responded directly to Bryant stating that while the body would prosecute unregistered people passing themselves off as architects in the context of the industry, they would take a more relaxed view when it came to the word being used outwith the profession. Read morehere.
Vocalist Benji Webbe - who now fronts Skindred - tells TeamRock that these performances sparked the idea to return to the studio. Says Webbe: "We had a really good time playing Download, but we've always wondered what Dub War would sound like now. I haven't worked with those guys for such a long time, so I just wanted to see what it would feel like to do something fresh and new.
"We wanted to do something that wasn't as slick or - for want of a better word - produced as Skindred," he continues. "Fun Done is something that we just wrote in rehearsal in a couple of hours. Lyrically, it's talking about the times that we're in and about unity. Again, it's the Benji Webbe unity train. When I listen to the song, I feel fulfilled by it. It takes you on a journey but it's not in the usual radio format, which we avoided at all costs. For the first song that we've recorded in 20 years, it does what Dub War is supposed to do - something different."
Webbe says that the band plan to release a seven-inch single every three months, with a view to collecting the tracks on a full-length album. "When I'm not doing business with Skindred and there's a weekend free, then I'm going to get out there with Dub War," he explains. "Everybody in the band is from Newport, so it's nice to just be home and pop out to rehearsal to go through some new songs. It's all at our leisure and it's just for fun. We don't give a f***. When we sat and discussed our mission statement and out plan, we decided we want to be the most unsuccessful band ever in the history of rock 'n' roll." Check out the songhere.
Produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, the project was recorded during the same sessions as 2015's "Cauterize." As a result, "Dust" also features the lineup of guitarist/vocalist Mark Tremonti, guitarist Eric Friedman, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and drummer Garrett Whitlock.
"At first I just wanted to record as many songs as possible," Tremonti tells Army Of 12 Germany. "But when I stepped back and listened to it, I was, like, 'You know what?! Let's make two records.' So I left some of my favorite songs on the second record, just so people aren't gonna buy the first record and then go, 'Okay, this is the good record and this is the bad one. These are the bad songs.'
"Some of my favorite songs are on the second record. The title track, 'Dust', I think, has the best chorus of the whole recording process. 'Dust' has my favorite solo. The opening track, 'My Last Mistake', is one of my favorite songs. It's got the big ballad of the two records. It's definitely not the 'b-sides' of 'Cauterize.'" Check out the previewshere.
The axeman also collaborated with David Lee Roth on an as-yet-untitled album in 2014, which is yet to be released. He said: "I know one thing - Dave loves the record. But he's doing Van Halen, which is doing great too.
"So we'll see what happens in the future. It's old Van Halen. It sounds like Could This Be Magic? It's just that sound, that tone. The songs are so good, they're really great." Watch the videohere.
Patlansky says in the video: "I'm an introvert. When an introvert spends more than five minutes with an extrovert, the introvert gets a kind of dizzy feeling because of the energy the extrovert is drawing from you.
"I experience that all the time. Even though the songs are about different things, it all comes from the mind and the force of an introvert." Watch the videohere.
Fragile Times is said to feature "diverse, dynamic and exciting songs based on Elliot's politically and environmentally conscious lyrics and complemented by Jordan's views on the nature of relationships."
The album is available for pre-order from the group's Bandcamp page, with those buying ahead of launch getting instant access to Little Funerals and In Symmetry. Read morehere.
Foxx says: "I like that place 'cause it's home. It's all family. My mum likes when the guys come over. No disrespect to Starr's mum, but we chose mine because she tries to keep up."
Starr adds: "Your mum got new tits. My mum goes to the garage to get stuff fixed. Mumma Starr's different. We all share as a family, it's what makes us close. If his mum didn't wanna be with us, we wouldn't be with her - but she likes it. It just makes him uncomfortable because it's his mum. The fact we put it out to the public was hard for him to accept, but he got used to it. " Read morehere.
"I'm always eager to return to the hospitality of the Southern states," says Plant. "Towns and cities that hold fond memories for me personally, places that gave birth to so much of the music I love.
"Our recent travels have taken this wild whirlwind of a band though many incredible and inspiring places. Having just begun work on our new album, we thought we'd take time out to raise a little sand and welcome springtime with one more adventure, another celebration of life and song." Read morehere.
And Tom Scholz and co have scheduled a run of 14 dates to mark the milestone. The band are running a competition, asking fans to design a "70s-inspired graphic" that captures the iconic spaceship cover artwork from the album.
The band say: "The winner will receive $1000 plus a pair of tickets and backstage passes to a show of their choice on this summer's tour - plus their artwork will appear on some of Boston's merchandise this summer.
"Two other artists will each receive a pair of tickets and backstage passes to a show of their choice." See the tour dateshere.
Fans can enter to win tickets to attend this Artists Den secret show here. The ticket sweepstakes opens today, February 29th at 1:00p EST and closes at 6:00p EST on March 12th.
Panic! At The Disco landed its first #1 album with Death Of A Bachelor (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen), which was released on January 15th. Death Of A Bachelor marked the band's highest debut in its 10+ year career. It was also #1 on the iTunes album chart in 18 countries around the world.
The tour will feature support from Oni and is set to kick off on April 15th in Fresno, CA at Fulton 55, with the final announced date taking place on Mar 11th in Amityville, NY at Revolution. More dates are still to be announced.
Devil You Know guitarist Francesco Artusato had this to say, "We are very excited to get on the road with the band ONI for our headliner tour. I got to meet the guys in this band a few months ago when I was asked to do a guest solo for their record.
"That's when I realized the incredible talent each one of them has. Extremely skilled musicians and the songs are sick. It's a very cool team of people, including Josh Wilbur who produced their album (and our last record as well. He's the best!). Their record sounds really cool and I can't wait to see them perform it live. It's going to be a very fun tour for all of us!
"This is also our very first official headlining North American tour of our band's career and we are looking forward to performing a lot of new material from They Bleed Red, which has yet to be ever played live."
Oni frontman Jake Oni adds, "This tour is going be rad! We can't wait to bring Metal back to America again and kick ass across the States. We were thrilled that our friends in DYK asked us to do the 'Make America Metal Again' US tour. Since my band is like a combination of 'Dream Theater meets Slipknot' with metal-pounding riffs played by passionate, really talented musicians, it's the perfect complement to a night of Metal Madness."See the tour dates here.
Lifeson pointed out, though, that the band always takes long breaks between projects. "Keep in mind that we had a year and a half off after the Clockwork Angels Tour. We didn't talk about anything to do with the band in a year and a half.
"I think we're just in a stage now where we're just kind of taking some time, reconnecting with our families and friends and pursuing some other interests, and having some fun really. I know Geddy and I love writing together. We've been doing it since we were young teenagers. I'd like to think that we'll do it until we're very old men instead of just 'mostly' old men."
While it seems like Lee and Lifeson would like to get back to work, the big question is whether or not drummer/lyricist Neil Peart wants to record or perform again, noting that the rigors of three hour concerts are probably harder on Peart's body than Lee and Lifeson's. Read morehere.
Wylde previously said of his days touring with Ozzy: "I've always loved, especially during the drinking days with Oz, when I'd be touring with the boss, after we got done doing a show we'd jump in the submarine and roll on to the next town.
"I'd sit up the front with whoever was driving and we'd all meet up there and drink cocktails, listening to The Eagles, Neil Young, Creedence - solving the problems of the world, talking about everything." Read more and watch the videohere.
The band had previously announced spring tour dates, including a March 5th headline performance on night two at Travis Barker's Musink Festival - a three-day tattoo convention, car show, and concert, followed by appearances at this year's SXSW music festival, including a performance at SPIN's 14th Annual Day Party at Stubb's on March 18th.
May and June will find Deftones appearing at major festivals in the U.S. and Europe, includingCarolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, Rock AM Ring, Rock IM Park, and Download, among others as well as a solo-headline play at Wembley Arena. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.See the tour dates here.
The showcase, which will be taking place at Empire Garage (606 E. 7th St) from 8:15 PM - 2:00 AM, will also feature performances from Turnstile, Power Trip, Wild Throne and More To Monroe.
According to the label: Admission will be prioritized for SXSW badge and wristband holders, granted on a first-come first-served basis. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Find more informationhere.
A Reality Tour will be available on 180-Gram Audiophile vinyl, and was captured during a Dublin, Ireland stop of Bowie's 2004 tour. The concert had previously been released on CD and DVD but this limited edition is the first time it will be available on vinyl.
Featuring almost three hours of music on six sides, the songs on A Reality Tour rank among Bowie's finest, including "Heroes", "Ziggy Stardust", "Changes", "Fame", "Under Pressure", "All The Young Dudes", "Rebel, Rebel" and many more. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music and Capitol Mastering, this limited edition release will be housed in a very handsome sturdy box, with two first time poster inserts featuring the wonderful 12" x 12" front cover image as well as a 12" x 24" double-sided poster featuring unique live performance shots from this great concert tour.
For a very limited time, each LP will be pressed by R.T.I. on translucent blue vinyl, making A Reality Tour a highly collectible David Bowie title. Each LP will have its own custom David Bowie label image, plus we are including 3 bonus tracks only previously available on the CD version of the original release: "China Girl", "Fall Dog Bombs The Moon" and "Breaking Glass".See the tracklisting here.
Produced by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine, Harrison stated, "I've always imagined a small club show where my generation of musicians could cut loose on some of the deeper tracks from his career... So, in a totally new and vibrant way, I once again found myself taking the stage with some of my most treasured musical heroes to the sound of the most familiar music in my life... I hope you enjoy listening to these as much as I do. They are some of the best interpretations of my father's songs I could have ever thought possible."
On top of the concert footage the DVD has interviews with the musicians backstage and at rehearsals talking about George Harrison's influence on their art.
One of those is his epic "Thunder Road," the opening song from his 1975 classic Born to Run. And one fan decided to edit together footage of Bruce performing the song through the years, in different incarnations: (mostly) with the E Street Band, but also solo while playing acoustic guitar, or even solo while playing piano.
Springsteen is currently on tour with the E Street Band promoting box set The Ties That Bind, which celebrates his 1980 classic double album, The River. Watch the "super cut" videohere.
Everyone who shares the video from the band's Facebook page will be entered to win two tickets to Flogging Molly's 2016 St. Patrick's Day show with Gogol Bordello and Hepcat on Thursday, March 17th in Irvine, CA at Irvine Meadows Ampitheatre.
The St. Patrick's Day performance will uniquely include a fully-functioning pub on stage where the winner and their guest will be able to grab a drink while Flogging Molly is performing. One winner will be chosen on March 3rd and announced March 4th. Check it outhere.
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