Atreyu Confirms Release Date for New Album, "Long Live"
Image Courtesy of Atom Splitter PRYou won't have to wait too much longer to hear Atreyu's new album, Long Live. The band's first album in six years will be released September 18. Along with announcing the release date, Atreyu also uploaded a 15-second preview of the album, which you can listen to now on their Facebook page.Long Live will be available for pre-order July 17. Atreyu will also release a new music video that same day.Last fall, Atreyu returned with "So Others May Live," their first new song in five years. The band released that song along with another new track, titled "When the Day is Done," as a seven-inch single for this year's Record Store Day. Atreyu's last album was 2009's Congregation of the Damned.In support of Long Live, Atreyu will play a variety of festivals this fall, including Riot Fest Chicago and Louder than Life.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy & More Join Shazam's New Music Discovery Pr
Credit: Brandon Cox Have you ever wondered what new music the artists you love are checking out? Starting today, the song tagging app Shazam is giving you a window into exactly what sounds music's biggest rock bands are jamming to.Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Imagine Dragons and Coldplay are a few of the artists who are participating in Shazam's new music discovery program. When you follow your favorites on Shazam, you'll now be able to see what songs they've been Shazaming, and listen to them, too. You can also give feedback directly to the artist about what you think about their taste in music."Shazam is one of my favorite ways to discover music," says Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda. "I'm excited for the next step in its evolution, and happy that Fort Minor and Linkin Park can play a role.""As an artist, I'm a big fan of discovering new music and Shazam helps me keep a pulse on that," adds Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. "I'm stoked to be able to share what I'm into with millions of fellow music fans."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mumford & Sons Premiere "The Wolf" Video
Credit: James Minchin IIIDid you miss Mumford & Sons at this year's Bonnaroo? Then you can experience the band's 48 hours at the Tennessee festival via the newly released "The Wolf" video, which you can now watch on YouTube.Between clips of Mumford & Sons performing "The Wolf" live at Bonnaroo, the video shows the band walking around the festival grounds in costume and interacting with fans. Actor -- and banjo enthusiast -- Ed Helms, who starred in Mumford & Sons' "Hopeless Wanderer" video, also makes an quick appearance in "The Wolf" video."The Wolf" is a single from Mumford & Sons' new, banjo-less album, Wilder Mind. The track currently sits just outside the top five at Alternative Rock radio and inside the top 30 at Active Rock.Mumford & Sons are on tour in support of Wilder Mind, which includes their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover dates featuring performances from The Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Bullet for My Valentine Releases "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)" Video
RCA RecordsBullet for My Valentine is in the fighting mood in the video for their single, "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)." The newly released video shows shots of the band powering through the heavy track mixed with clips of a family tormented by domestic violence. You can watch the "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)" video now on YouTube."I have always wanted to work with Bullet and I knew after talking with [frontman] Matt [Tuck] that the style of storytelling I had in mind was very well suited to their own ideas,” says director Stuart Birchall. "The band and label were very respectful of the creative process and allowed me to develop and refine concepts until we had the perfect fit. We were all keen on making a bold, dark statement about abuse that would resonate with a wide audience and complement this with a stylish performance.""You Want a Battle?" will appear on Bullet for My Valentine's forthcoming fifth album, Venom, which will be released on August 14.In support of Venom, Bullet for My Valentine will be joining Slipknot's Summer's Last Stand tour, which also features Lamb of God and Motionless in White. Summer's Last Stand kicks off July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Toadies Announce New Album, "Heretics," Featuring Acoustic Re-Workings
Kirtland RecordsToadies are going unplugged for their next album. Entitled Heretics, the band's sixth record will feature acoustic re-workings of past Toadies songs, including their biggest hit, "Possum Kingdom." Heretics will be released on September 18."It's been great, because our fans have been hands-down very accepting of whatever bizarre twist we've taken," says frontman Vadan Lewis in a statement.Heretics will include nine acoustic re-workings of past Toadies songs, two new tracks called "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Queen of Scars," plus a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass."Toadies will be touring all summer leading up to the release of Heretics starting July 9 in Chicago. The tour will end with the band's own Dia de Los Toadies festival, held September 11 and 12 in Fort Worth, Texas.Here's the track list for Heretics:"In the Belly of a Whale"* "Tyler""Beside You""Queen of Scars"* "Rattler’s Revival""Heart of Glass"** "Possum Kingdom""The Appeal""Dollskin""Backslider""Jigsaw Girl" "Send You to Heaven"*new song** Blondie coverCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Saint Asonia Debuts "Blow Me Wide Open" Lyric Video
Credit: Travis ShinnSaint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier's new band, has shared another song from their forthcoming self-titled album. The new song is called "Blow Me Wide Open," and you can watch the lyric video now on YouTube.Gontier formed Saint Asonia alongside Staind guitarist Mike Mushok. The group also includes former Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe and Dark New Day bassist Corey Lowery."Blow Me Wide Open" is the second song to be released from Saint Asonia, following lead single "Better Place." If you pre-order the album on iTunes, you'll get instant downloads of both.Saint Asonia will be released on July 31.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
AWOLNATION Premieres "I Am" Video
Credit: Kari RoweAWOLNATION has released the video for "I Am," the latest single from the band's recent album, Run. You can watch the "I Am" video now on YouTube.Visually, the video for "I Am" is very similar to that for Run's lead single, "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)." Both videos were directed by Hayley Young, with the "I Am" video being a "continuation and elaboration on the discovery process that began with the 'Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)' video," according to a press release.The "I Am" video "reveals a more contemplative side of AWOLNATION, invoking introspection and reflection with the use of intriguing theatrical lighting techniques and choreography," the release continues.AWOLNATION is currently on tour in support of Run, which continues June 30 in Cleveland, Ohio. The band's headlining dates wrap up August 1 in Los Angeles.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Shinedown Releases New Song "Cut the Cord"; Watch Video Now
Credit: John Stephens and Jonathan LipkingShinedown has returned with "Cut the Cord," their first new track in three years. You can watch the band perform the hard-rocking track in its official video, which is now streaming on Billboard.com."'Cut the Cord' is a wake up call reminding us all that we can control our own destiny by finding the courage and tenacity to destroy whatever it is that's holding us back," frontman Brent Smith tells Billboard. "The process may not be pretty or perfect or even easy, but absolutely necessary. The song is brutally honest and unapologetic, which is what Shinedown has always been.""Cut the Cord" will be featured on Shinedown's forthcoming, fifth album, which is scheduled to be released later this year. Shinedown's last album was 2012's Amaryllis.Shinedown will kick off their summer tour with Nothing More on July 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Slipknot's Knotfest Reveals 2015 Lineup
Credit: M. Shawn CrahanSlipknot has revealed the hard-hitting lineup for the band's own Knotfest. The 2015 edition of the festival will be headlined by Slipknot and Judas Priest, and also will feature performances by Bring Me the Horizon, Korn, Mastodon, All that Remains, Clutch, Suicidal Tendencies, Trivium and GWAR."Knotfest returns to Southern California for round two and with legends like Judas Priest headlining night one and a lineup of some of the greatest acts in metal and heavy music, we couldn't be more excited," says Slipknot's M. Shawn Crahan in a statement.Slipknot launched Knotfest as a two-day, two-location festival in 2012. The festival returned in 2014 as a three-day event in San Bernardino, California.Knotfest 2015 will be held October 23-25 in San Bernardino. Visit Knotfest.com for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Dan Auerbach's The Arcs Premiere New Single, "Outta My Mind"
Credit: Alysse GafkjenDan Auerbach and The Arcs are taking you to school. "Outta My Mind," the latest single from The Black Keys frontman's new project, begins with the line "Good morning children, welcome to school" before launching into a psychedelic guitar riff. You can listen to "Outta My Mind" now on YouTube."Outta My Mind" follows The Arcs' first single, "Stay in My Corner." Both songs will be available on The Arcs' debut album, Yours, Dreamily, which will be released on September 4.On July 10, The Arcs will release "Outta My Mind" on vinyl as a seven-inch single. The single will also include the song "My Mind," which will not appear on Yours, Dreamily.In the meantime, The Black Keys have four more festival dates on their summer touring schedule. Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney will headline Canada's Pemberton, Rock the Shores and Osheaga festivals in July before wrapping things up August 8 at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Foo Fighters Confirm July 4 Show Is Still Happening
Credit: Hayley MaddenAfter Dave Grohl's broken leg forced Foo Fighters to cancel the remainder of their European tour, many were worried that the band's massive North American stadium tour, which is scheduled to begin July 4 in Washington, D.C., would also be in jeopardy. However, a statement from the band's rep confirms that the tour will indeed kick off with the July 4 show as planned."Foo Fighters begin North American tour dates with July 4 20th anniversary blowout," reads the statement. "Can't f**king wait for the 4th!" the band adds. "See you at home, D.C."At the D.C. show, Foo Fighters will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, which was released July 4, 1995. The show also will feature performances by Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Trouble Funk and Trombone Shorty.Foo Fighters' tour is then scheduled to continue July 6 in Camden, New Jersey with support from Royal Blood.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Coheed and Cambria Writes Song Using Justice Scalia's Dissenting Opinions
Credit: Lindsey ByrnesThe Supreme Court made two landmark rulings last week in upholding the Affordable Care Act and declaring same-sex marriage to be legal in all 50 states. To celebrate the decisions, Coheed and Cambria wrote a song using excerpts from Justice Antonin Scalia's dissenting opinions in both cases. You can watch the result at FunnyorDie.com.The folksy, acoustic jam combines lines from both of Justice Scalia's dissenting opinions, resulting in lyrics such as "The world does not expect logic...in poetry" and "Understatement, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!"Perhaps Coheed and Cambria will perform "I Dissent" live this summer and fall when the band hits the festival circuit, including appearances at Riot Fest, Aftershock and Fun Fun Fun Fest.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Coheed and Cambria Sing Justice Scalia's Dissenting Opinions from Funny Or Die
Jeff Ament Donates Signed Pearl Jam Skateboard to Montana Skate Park
Credit: Danny ClinchThe community in Stevensville, Montana wants to build a skate park, and Jeff Ament is here to help. The Pearl Jam bassist, who was born in Montana, has donated a signed skateboard to be auctioned in support of building the park."We are a small rural community in Montana," writes the Stevensville Skatepark Committee on their GoFundMe page. "This will help many in our community with a place to create bonds, build confidence and gain life lessons."The skateboard features autographs from all five Pearl Jam members and is covered in the band's stickers. Bidding is now open and will run through July 5 on eBay.Pearl Jam has been relatively quiet this year, but they'll resume touring again in November with an international trek making stops in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Louder than Life Festival Reveals Daily Lineups
Credit: Rob FennIf you can only make one day of the upcoming Louder than Life festival, now you know exactly which bands you'll get to see that day. The festival has unveiled the daily lineups for the two-day event, which takes place October 3 and 4 in Louisville, Kentucky.Rob Zombie and Godsmack will headline the first day of Louder than Life. Chevelle, Bring Me the Horizon, Seether, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Issues and 10 Years will also play the festival's opening day.Day two of Louder than Life will be headlined by ZZ Top and Shinedown. The festival's closing day also features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Saint Asonia, Hinder, Nothing More and We Are Harlot.Visit LouderthanLifeFestival.com for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Dave Grohl Was "Terrified" to Watch "Montage of Heck"
Credit: Michael LavineMontage of Heck, the first fully-authorized documentary about Kurt Cobain, features a lot of home videos of the Nirvana frontman as a child and towards the end of his life. It is that footage that makes Dave Grohl "terrified" to watch the film.As he tells The Washington Post, Grohl was lying next to his wife when she came across Montage of Heck. The film had already started, and the former Nirvana drummer -- and current Foo Fighters frontman -- figured he caught the one part of the film that he could watch."All the footage of him as a child, I think that might make me sad, and then the dark stuff at the end I think would bum me out," Grohl says. After watching the film for 10 minutes, Grohl stopped and went to sleep.Before Grohl joined Nirvana in 1990, he was the drummer for the punk band Scream. He was a member of Scream when a friend called him to say that Nirvana was looking for a new drummer, but Grohl was concerned about leaving his current band mates. That's when he called his mom."Sometimes, you just have to do what's good for you," Grohl remembers his mom telling him.Grohl faces another dilemma over what's good for him when it comes to Foo Fighters' upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to begin July 4 in Washington, D.C. Foo Fighters were forced to cancel the remainder of their European tour after Grohl suffered a broken leg at a show earlier this month in Sweden, but the North American tour has so far been unaffected.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Watch Asking Alexandria Perform at Warped Tour with New Singer
Image Courtesy of Sumerian RecordsAsking Alexandria is introducing their new lead singer, Denis Stoff, to America on this year's Warped Tour. For a look at Asking Alexandria's Warped shows with their new frontman, you can watch the band power through "Welcome" and "Breathless" now on YouTube.Stoff joined Asking Alexandria after founding frontman Danny Worsnop left the band in January. Asking Alexandria released their first single with Stoff, "I Won't Give In," last month.Worsnop left Asking Alexandria to focus on his other band, We Are Harlot, which released its self-titled debut in March. We Are Harlot will be touring throughout the summer, including headlining shows and dates with 3 Doors Down and Seether.Asking Alexandria will be playing all throughout Warped Tour, which wraps up August 8 in Auburn, Washington.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Nine Inch Nails Logo Used by Canadian Politicians
Image Courtesy of The Fun StarThey're not using the band's music for their politics, but a trio of Canadian politicians are celebrating their partnership with a shout-out to Nine Inch Nails. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi are using Trent Reznor's band's "NIN" logo for a promotional t-shirt, which, in this case, stands for "Notley Iveson Nenshi."Reznor has yet to comment on the t-shirt, which reads "Building Alberta Together" under the logo, but one Twitter user responded by saying "That is lame." However, Mayor Nenshi was already aware of that fact, responding, "Of course it's lame. That's why it's funny."Premier Notley, meanwhile, has a history of using rock bands for politics. As Exclaim.ca points out, Notley's supporters sold faux-Motley Crue t-shirts that read "Notley Crue" during her spring campaign.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Corey Taylor Does Not Like Selfie Sticks
Credit: Bobby TongsCorey Taylor's new book is titled You’re Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception that Humans Have Any Common Sense Left. One of the numerous things that will make the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman hate you is if you use a selfie stick."Oh my f**king god, selfie sticks, f**k me," Taylor says in an interview with NME. "Whenever I see one, I'm like 'seriously?! There's a whole f**king industry making hundreds of thousand dollars probably every day just so we can take big f**king pictures of our own stupid faces?!'"Selfie sticks have been banned from a number of festivals, including Coachella and Lollapalooza, as well as at some cultural institutions such as New York City's Museum of Modern Art."It's a dumb invention," Taylor adds. "What the f**k is wrong with us? I would find a baseball bat...and I would beat the living s**t out of that person probably and then I would go to jail without even being the slightest bit f**king sorry. Cuff me up, officer! I'm not trying to run, is that the van? OK, I'll get myself in! Just get me the f**k out of here."For more of what makes Corey Taylor hate you, you can read You're Making Me Hate You, which will be released on July 7. Taylor will be touring solo in support of the book -- his third -- starting July 6 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Breaking Benjamin's "Dark Before Dawn" Headed Towards Number One Debut on "Billb
Image Courtesy of Hollywood RecordsIt's a new dawn for Breaking Benjamin. Dark Before Dawn, the band's first new album in six years, is on pace to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 with an estimated 140,000 in sales and album-equivalent streams in its first week.Breaking Benjamin's last album, 2009's Dear Agony, debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. If the predictions hold true, Dark Before Dawn will be Breaking Benjamin's first number-one album. The band's previous peak on the Billboard 200 came courtesy of their 2006 album Phobia, which debuted at number two.Dark Before Dawn features the lead single "Failure," which has led Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart for seven straight weeks.Breaking Benjamin will be touring in support of Dark Before Dawn with a run of acoustic dates starting July 1 in Asheville, North Carolina. The band will begin a proper electric tour on July 14 in Big Flats, New York.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Bullet for My Valentine Debut New Song, "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)"
RCA Records"Easily the most aggressive record we've ever done." That's how Bullet for My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck describes the band's new album, Venom. That aggression is on full display on "You Want a Battle? (Here's a War)," the band's latest single from the album, now playing on YouTube."You Want a Battle?," the second track to be released from Venom following lead single "No Way Out," will also receive a video treatment. Look for that June 29."Lyrically it will no doubt touch a nerve with a lot of people that listen to it," Tuck says of Venom.Venom will be released August 14. In support of the album, Bullet for My Valentine will be joining Slipknot's Summer's Last Stand tour, which also features Lamb of God and Motionless in White. Summer's Last Stand kicks off July 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mastodon's Brent Hinds Says He "Never Really Liked Heavy Metal"
Credit: Travis Shinn Brent Hinds may play guitar in Mastodon, but that doesn't mean he's a fan of metal. In fact, Hinds tells Guitar Player that he "never really liked heavy metal in the first place.""I came from Alabama playing country music, surf rock, rockabilly, and stuff like that," he says. "I just went through a phase in my 20s where I thought it was rebellious to play heavy metal."As for why he plays in a metal band, Hinds says he met Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor and guitarist Bill Kelliher, who "were really, really, really into heavy metal.""Ever since then, I've been trying to get Mastodon to not be such a heavy metal band, because I f**king hate heavy metal, and I don’t want to be in a heavy metal band," Hinds says.Whatever Hinds' feelings about metal may be, Mastodon will still be touring throughout Europe this summer, including two dates in Russia with Metallica.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Three Days Grace Added to Inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival Lineup
Credit: Roland WilhelmThree Days Grace has joined the lineup for the inaugural Food Truck and Rock Carnival. New additions to the New Jersey festival also include Black Label Society, Anthrax, Clutch, Like a Storm, Sevendust, Crobot, and ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke.As previously reported, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Godsmack will headline the Food Truck and Rock Carnival. Stone Temple Pilots, Puddle of Mudd, Otherwise, Skillet and Skid Row round out the lineup.The 2015 Food Truck and Rock Carnival will be held September 18-20 at the Oak Ridge Park in Clark, New Jersey. While entry to the food truck and carnival activities will be free, tickets are required for the concerts. Visit TheRockCarnival.com for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Original Smashing Pumpkins Drummer on Board for Corgan's Summer Tour with Marily
BT PR/Live NationThe history of Smashing Pumpkins has been fraught with drama when it comes to the lineup, which is why it's somewhat surprising that the band's original drummer, Jimmy Chamberlain, is joining Billy Corgan this summer when he hits the road with Marilyn Manson for their joint End of Times tour.“We're thrilled Jimmy's back in the saddle this summer to drive a super high-octane set, and it's nice to see the stars aligning around Smashing Pumpkins anew," Corgan said in a statement.Chamberlain was part of the Pumpkins from 1988 through 1996, when he was kicked out of the band for substance abuse issues. He was reinstated in 1998 and remained part of the lineup until 2000, when the band split. Corgan and Chamberlain then played together in the band Zwan from 2001 to 2003. When Corgan reformed the Pumpkins in in 2005, Chamberlain returned as well and played with them through 2009, after which he left.The End Times tour kicks off July 7 in Concord, CA.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Foo Fighters' Next Album Will "Have Some Sort of Concept Around It"
Credit: Hayley MaddenFoo Fighters' recorded their last album, Sonic Highways, alongside filming an eight-part documentary series of the same name. According to Taylor Hawkins, the band's next release won't skimp on the ambition, either. The drummer tells NME that the next Foos album will "have some sort of concept around it.""It's not enough to just make a f**king record any more," Hawkins says. "It used to be a simple process of writing a batch of songs, recording them, and putting them out. You'd make an album, make three videos. If they were good, MTV would play them, and you'd sell some records. Now, you need to do something else with it."Frontman Dave Grohl reveals that he's had a new conceptual idea for "a long time," but "it's not set in stone.""It's definitely about challenging the artist with the environment," he says. "It's a good idea, but we'll see what happens.""Dave wants the albums to have some other kind of theme or experience linked to them," Hawkins explains. "He wants every record we make from now on to have some sort of concept around it, whether it's something as large as Sonic Highways or as simple as, 'Hey, let's record Wasting Light to tape in my garage.'"Of course, after linking your album to an eight-part documentary series, perhaps just the idea of simply recording an album is high concept enough for Foo Fighters."The biggest challenge for us now would be to just load into a studio and make an album like any other band," Grohl says. "I'm almost thinking that's what we should do -- go make a f**king record like everybody else does. You know, at our studio. That we built to make albums in."Either way, Foo Fighters will have a lot of time to think about it while they're waiting for Grohl's leg to heal, which he broke falling off the stage at a concert in Sweden earlier this month, forcing the band to cancel the remainder of their European and U.K. tour.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
MotÃ¶rhead Announces U.S. Tour Dates
GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty ImagesMotörhead, which is embarking on a 40th anniversary world tour in support of their upcoming release Bad Magic, has announced a North American tour.The dates will begin in mid-August with Saxon and Anthrax listed as special guests.The tour will conclude just in time for the band's annual Motörboat Cruise, which sets sail September 28 from Miami, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise also features Slayer, Anthrax and a lineup of new bands.Here are Motörhead's North American tour dates:8/19 -- Riverside, CA, RHA8/21 -- Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues8/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, Shrine8/24 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield 8/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex8/28 -- Denver, CO, RIOTFEST9/1 -- Austin, TX, Cedar Park Center9/2 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec9/4 -- Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory9/5 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues9/8 -- St Louis, MO, Pageant9/9 -- Indianapolis, IN, Murat9/11 -- Chicago, IL, RIOTFEST9/12 -- Detroit, MI, Fillmore9/15 -- Wallingford, CT, Oakdale9/16 -- Wantagh, NY, Jones Beach9/19 -- Toronto, ONT, RIOTFEST9/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theatre9/23 -- Charlotte, NC, Fillmore9/25 -- Orlando, FL, House of BluesCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Weezer, System of a Down Added to 2015 Riot Fests
Credit: Brantley GutierrezThe three-prong punk festival Riot Fest has added two big headliners to its 2015 lineups. Weezer will play Riot Fest Toronto, while System of a Down will play Riot Fest Denver and the festival's flagship Chicago event.For their Riot Fest set, Weezer will be performing their 1994 debut The Blue Album and its 1996 follow-up, the cult classic Pinkerton, in full. System of a Down's headlining appearances will mark their first U.S. performances since their show in Los Angeles last April in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.Other Riot Fest additions include Bleachers for Toronto and electronic group The Prodigy for Denver and Chicago.No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More and Iggy Pop also will headline Riot Fest Chicago, which takes place September 11-13. The Denver festival includes Modest Mouse, Iggy Pop and Pixies and takes place August 28-30. Riot Fest Toronto will be held September 19-20 and features Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria and Against Me!.For the full lineup and ticket info for all three festivals, visit RiotFest.org.
Van Halen, Lenny Kravitz, Hozier & More to Play 2015 Music Midtown Festival
ABC/Randy Holmes; Alex LakeVan Halen has added a festival appearance to their busy 2015 schedule. The band will headline Atlanta's Music Midtown festival, which also features Lenny Kravitz, Hozier and X Ambassadors.The 2015 Music Midtown lineup also features The Airborne Toxic Event, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Panic! at the Disco, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, New Politics, and Elle King.Music Midtown will be held in Atlanta's Piedmont Park on September 18 and 19. Tickets will go on sale June 27 at 10 a.m. ET. Visit MusicMidtown.com for the full lineup and ticket info.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Roger Waters to Host Veterans Benefit Concert Featuring Tom Morello and Billy Co
Sean Ricigliano; Martha's MusicMembers of Pink Floyd, Rage Against the Machine and The Smashing Pumpkins are joining forces for charity. Roger Waters is hosting Music Heals, a benefit concert featuring special appearances by Tom Morello and Billy Corgan.Music Heals will benefit MusiCorps, a music rehabilitation program that supports injured servicemen and women and their families. The concert will also feature the MusiCorps Band, featuring service members who have learned, or re-learned, to play instruments through the charity.Corgan will also be supporting service members this summer with Easter Seals Dixon Center through the "New Beginnings: Reaching America's Vets" campaign. He is dedicating his summer tour with Marilyn Manson, which kicks off July 7 in Concord, California, to America's veterans and military families.Music Heals will be held on October 16 at DAR in Washington, D.C. Tickets will go on sale June 26 at 10 a.m. ET via LiveNation.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Chad Kroeger to Have Surgery on Vocal Cords; Nickelback Cancels North American T
Credit: Michael MullerThe summer leg of Nickelback's North American tour in support of their album No Fixed Address has been canceled. Frontman Chad Kroeger has been diagnosed with a cyst on his vocal cords, which requires surgery and vocal rest."I am sorry I have to interrupt the party this summer and I am definitely not thrilled with the prospect of being silent for many weeks to come when I could be out there playing for our fans," says Kroeger in a statement. "I am relying on my doctor and his team to help get my voice back in good form as quickly as possible."Nickelback's tour was supposed to start on June 19, but the band cancelled the trek's first two dates with the hope Kroeger's condition would improve. However, the diagnosis means all Nickelback dates through a September 4 show in Durant, Oklahoma have been canceled.Nickelback had been touring in support of No Fixed Address all year, with the first few legs featuring openers The Pretty Reckless and Pop Evil. Lifehouse was scheduled to open on the summer leg.Kroeger's medical team believes Nickelback will be able to hit the road again starting with their show on September 30 in Helsinki, Finland, which kicks off their scheduled European tour. The band is expected to return to North America next year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The Smashing Pumpkins Recruit Peter Hook's Son to Play Bass
Image Courtesy of Martha's MusicThe Smashing Pumpkins will have a new band member for their forthcoming co-headlining tour with Marilyn Manson. Jack Bates, who is the son of Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook, will be The Pumpkins' new touring bassist. Bates also plays in his father's band, Peter Hook and the Light.Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan announced the news on Twitter, writing, "Jack Bates, bassist for Peter Hook's The Light, will be joining us for the Manson tour." Bates then added, "Playing bass for @SmashingPumpkin this summer!"For The Smashing Pumpkins' last tour, Corgan recruited Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk and The Killers' Mark Stoermer to play drums and bass, respectively. While they won't be joining The Pumpkins on their tour with Manson, Corgan clarifies that "no one's been 'given the boot' from the band.""Mark and Brad actually did MORE dates than we'd orig[inally] discussed," Corgan writes. "Love them both."The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson co-headlining tour kicks off July 7 in Concord, California.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Disturbed Returns After Four-Year Hiatus with New Album, "Immortalized"; New Sin
Reprise RecordsOver the weekend, Disturbed posted two videos on their Facebook that seemed to suggest they're coming back. Now they've made it official.The band, which has been on hiatus since 2011, will release a new album titled Immortalized on August 21. The lead single, "The Vengeful One," is out now, as is a new video that mixes animated and live-action elements. The disc is also available for pre-order on the band's official website.In a statement, frontman David Draiman explained the band's four-year absence by saying, "The idea was to leave when we were at our peak, which we were, and to come back when we felt reinvigorated." Guitarist Don Donegan adds, "We wanted to return when we collectively had that fire underneath us. We missed it so much that we could tap into this energy and deliver the right album. We did it on our own terms."January 2014, Draiman, Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren met up in Chicago and began secretly writing material, the first time all three had collectively written together since 2001. Draiman says, "For this album, everything was written in the same room. It was wonderful experiencing how it used to be back in the day for us...We could feel the difference.""I think the fans will feel like it was worth the wait," adds Donegan. "We've been planning this for the past year and keeping it a secret so we can't wait to hear the response. I hope fans realize we have a lot more left in us...to be away from it for almost five years, get back in a room, write together, and tap into that fire is awesome...we're returning stronger than ever."While the first single "The Vengeful One" has "that old school metal sound," according to Donegan, Immortalized also includes a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's folk-rock classic "The Sound of Silence."Here's the track listing for Immortalized:1. "The Eye of the Storm"2. "Immortalized"3. "The Vengeful One"4. "Open Your Eyes"5. "The Light"6. "What Are You Waiting For"7. "You're Mine"8. "Who"9. "Save Our Last Goodbye"10. "Fire It Up"11. "The Sound of Silence"12. "Never Wrong"13. "Who Taught You How To Hate"14. "Tyrant*15. "Legion of Monsters"*16. "The Brave and the Bold"** deluxe edition only.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Tool to Headline Monster Mash Music Festival Halloween Night
Credit: Tim CadienteTool will be making their 2015 live debut on Halloween night. Maynard James Keenan and company will headline the Monster Mash Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona on October 31.Primus and Coheed and Cambria will join Tool for Monster Mash's Halloween lineup. The three-day festival, held October 30-November 1, will also feature Linkin Park, Rob Zombie, Deftones and Halestorm, as well as classic rockers Santana and John Fogerty. Only single-day tickets will be sold, with tickets for the Tool day going on sale June 26 at MonsterMashAZ.com. The other two days are on sale now.Monster Mash will be Tool's first -- and, so far, only -- show of 2015. The band last went out on tour for a month-long North American trek in March 2014.Perhaps Tool will debut some new material during their Monster Mash set. The band is currently working on their follow-up to their last album, 2006's 10,000 Days, which featured two Grammy-nominated singles in "The Pot" and "Vicarious." There's no word on when the album will be released, but on Sunday morning, Tool posted a news item on their website simply reading "Wait for it." If you've been holding out for a new Tool album for the last nine years, "waiting" is probably something you're already pretty good at.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.