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02: Spokane, WA @ Bing Crosby Theater
03: Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
05: San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
06: Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
09: Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room (HOB)
10: Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock (HOB)
12: Nashville, TN @ Topgolf
14: Atlanta, GA @ City Winery
16: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
17: Asbury Park, NJ @ House Of Independents
19: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
21: Boston, MA @ City Winery
22: New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom
24: Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom
25: Dundee, IL @ Rochaus
Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s going on in rock and roll news today:
Ozzy Osbourne insisted in an interview with Rolling Stone that he is not retiring from music at the end of his upcoming “No More Tours 2″ tour, but is instead saying goodbye to long global treks in favor of select shows. He explained, “I’m not retiring. It’s ‘No More Tours,’ so I’m just not doing world tours anymore. I’m still going to be doing gigs, but I’m not going on tour for six months at a time anymore. I’d like to spend some time at home.”
The Black Sabbath singer — who also said farewell to that group a year ago this week — said he simply wants to spend more time at home with his ever-expanding family, admitting, “I just need to slow it down a little. I enjoy being a grandfather. I don’t want to go through another generation of Osbournes without seeing them grow up.”
Ozzy’s son Jack and his wife Lisa just welcomed their third daughter into the world last weekend, giving the 70-year-old Prince of Darkness a total of eight grandchildren now.
Ozzy’s final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It’s slated to last until 2020. You can see all the North American tour dates on the Road Rage page.
He said this week at a press conference that he has “eight or nine” song ideas for a new album, which he may work on once the tour is completed. He and his wife/manager Sharon Osbourne also indicated that Ozzfest will continue as an annual destination festival even if Ozzy himself doesn’t play, and that the singer could entertain the idea of doing a residency somewhere.
The members of Halestorm keep beating the drum in interviews for their upcoming fourth album which is expected out later this spring. Speaking with Little Falls, Minnesota radio station FM94 about the yet-to-be-titled LP, bassist Josh Smith said, “It’s the best stuff we’ve ever done. It’s amazing. It’ll be out this year. I can’t tell you when, but we’re finishing it up at the moment. As soon as we get off tour, we go right back in the studio, get back to work and hopefully we’re finishing it up shortly thereafter.”
Halestorm has been working on its fourth studio effort outside Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with Rush, Korn, Alice In Chains, Deftones and others.
He also produced Halestorm’s third covers EP, ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP, which came out in January 2017. The new Halestorm set will follow up 2015′s Into The Wild Life, which some fans criticized for veering too far into pop music territory. Halestorm is currently on tour with Stone Sour. See the full schedule on the Road Rage page.
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament revealed in a new interview with Rolling Stone that he will release his third solo album, titled Heaven/Hell, in March. Ament is the second member of the group to issue a solo effort in the past year, following drummer Matt Cameron‘s solo debut Cavedweller in late 2017.
Ament did not indicate an exact date for the release or whether he would tour behind it. Pearl Jam itself has been writing its 11th studio LP and is heading out on European and North American tour dates this spring and summer.
Ament did discuss his favorite 2017 albums in the article, naming records by St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai, At the Drive-in, Portugal. The Man and The xx among his top albums of last year.
In addition to a full month of European dates, Pearl Jam will play two shows apiece at Seattle’s Safeco Field, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park, in addition to a gig in Missoula, Montana. It’s not clear whether more North American dates are in the works.
Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy has announced a string of U.S. tour dates beginning in May. The trek will be in support of Kennedy’s debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger, which arrives on March 9th. The dates kick off on May 2nd in Spokane, Washington, with Kennedy finishing up on the 25th of that month in Dundee, Illinois. Check out the full lineup on the Road Rage page.
Kennedy, who also fronts Slash‘s solo band, told us a while back that he’s gotten more comfortable behind the mic over the years: “You know, I think I’ve gradually learned to become more of a frontman than I was initially. I mean, when I first started, especially playing with Alter Bridge, you know, I really considered myself more a guitar player who sang. As the years have gone on, and then especially once I started playing with Slash and I was pretty much for the entire set without a guitar, learning to evolve into more of a front guy. I don’t consider myself the greatest by any means, I just — I’m starting to feel more comfortable with it.”
Year Of The Tiger is inspired by the death of Kennedy’s father when the singer was a young boy, with Kennedy saying, “It documents when my father passed away when I was a kid and basically what happened after that with my mom, my brother and I — it tells that story, so it’s a full-on concept from start to finish.”
Kennedy will perform cuts from his entire career on the tour, including the Mayfield Four, Alter Bridge and Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday today to Linkin Park bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, and Vince Neil of Motley Crue! Have a great day!
No More Tours 2 with Stone Sour
27: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
29: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
30: Allentown, PA @ PPL Center
01: Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
04: Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
06: Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center
08: Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre
10: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
12: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
14: Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
16: Cuyahoga Falls OH @ Blossom Music Center
19: Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Center
21: Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23: Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
26: Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
28: Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
30: Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
02: Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
04: Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
06: Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
09: Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
11: Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
13: Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
with SHINEDOWN, STARSET & BAD WOLVES
06: Bridgestone Arena @ Nashville, TN
08: Rupp Arena @ Lexington, KY
10: BOK Center @ Tulsa, OK
11: Westfair Amphitheatre @ Council Bluffs, IA
12: Eagles Ballroom @ Milwaukee, WI (Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves only)
14: Salem Civic Center @ Salem, VA
16: Legacy Arena @ Birmingham, AL
17: Ford Center @ Evansville, IN
18: Mark of the Quad @ Moline, IL
20: Alerus Center @ Grand Forks, ND
30: Casper Events Center @ Casper, WY (Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves only)
Happy hump day! Here’s your freshly brewed music news:
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed the itinerary for the first North American leg of his solo farewell trek, dubbed “No More Tours 2.” The name is a reference to his 1992 “No More Tours” jaunt, which was meant at the time to be his goodbye to the road. The initial North American dates kick off on August 30th in Allentown, Pennsylvania and conclude October 13th in Las Vegas. Ozzy will be joined by Stone Sour for this leg of the tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Saturday, February 17th at 10:00 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Check out all the dates on the Road Rage page.
Ozzy also has farewell dates scheduled in Mexico, South America, Russia and Europe.
The heavy metal legend said in a statement, “I’ve been extremely blessed to have had two successful music careers. I’m looking at this final tour as being a huge celebration for my fans and anyone who has enjoyed my music over the past five decades.”
Ozzy’s solo swansong is expected to last into 2020 and will mark his final bout of global touring, although he will still perform selected shows in the future. He and Black Sabbath bid farewell to their 50 years on the road exactly a year ago with two final concerts in their hometown of Birmingham, England.
Five Finger Death Punch will return to the road this spring for selected North American co-headlining dates with Shinedown, as well as stops at festivals like Carolina Rebellion and Welcome To Rockville. The bands are bringing along sci-fi rockers Starset as well as up-and-coming act Bad Wolves, who are currently climbing the rock charts with their cover of the Cranberries‘ “Zombie.”
Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown last co-headlined together on a fall 2016 arena trek. Five Finger guitarist Zoltan Bathory told us that putting these two acts together was a no-brainer: “You put together bands that really have a big following, they’re strong on radio, you know, so there’s a radio support and we can actually sell out arenas. And thank God we are in a position that we can put these tours together and it’s a big success for everyone.”
The new shows will kick off on May 6th in Nashville, winding down on May 30th in Caspar, Wyoming. VIP pre-sales are already happening, while general public ticket sales start on Friday, February 9th at 10:00 a.m. local time, with Birmingham and Lexington dates going on sale a week later on February 16th. See all the dates on our Road Rage page!
Following a lengthy legal battle with its soon-to-be-former label, Prospect Park, Five Finger Death Punch released a greatest hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction, last December. The band’s seventh full-length LP will come out sometime this spring.
Shinedown recently completed recording its sixth studio effort for a tentative late spring/early summer release.
The motion carries! Alameda County, California has officially proclaimed February 10th to be “Cliff Burton Day” in honor of the late Metallica bassist, who would have turned 56 years old on that date had he lived. Metallica announced the news on Twitter, writing, “It’s official! The Board of Supervisors from Alameda County has just proclaimed February 10th, 2018, which would have been Cliff’s 56th birthday, ‘Cliff Burton Day.’ Thanks to all of the fans who got behind this initiative. We love that he remains so revered.”
The proclamation comes after Metallica fans started a Change.org petition to recognize Burton in his hometown of Castro Valley. Petition organizer Robert Souza asked the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) to back his effort, and the Council voted 7-0 in favor of it. The issue then went to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, who voted for it on Tuesday, February 6th.
Burton was asked to join Metallica in 1982 after the band saw him perform with his group at the time, Trauma. Burton played on Metallica’s first three studio albums – Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets – and co-wrote classic songs like “Ride The Lightning,” “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” “Fade To Black,” “Creeping Death” and “Master Of Puppets.” His life was tragically cut short at the age of 24 in a tour bus crash on September 27th, 1986 in Sweden. Burton’s initial replacement in the group was Jason Newsted, who stayed in the lineup until 2001. Rob Trujillo joined in 2003 and remains in the band to this day.
More tour dates announced! Pop Evil will hit the road this spring on selected dates with classic rock legends Cheap Trick and ’80s hard rockers Poison. The trek kicks off on May 18th in Irvine, California, coming to a close on June 24th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty told us that playing for a wide variety of fans is the band’s ultimate goal: “We want to bring it live, obviously that’s where true fans are won over, so it’s important, getting our name out there as much as possible, playing in front of as many new people as possible, as many big tours, so it’s important for us to really put all the attention into our live show to make the live experience enjoyable for our fans.”
Kakaty said in a statement about the tour, “This summer is going to be an exciting one for Pop Evil, that’s for sure! What a fantastic opportunity to bring our live show across the country on the big stage with such legends like Poison and Cheap Trick.”
Tickets for various cities will go on sale starting Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th. Each band is also offering its own exclusive VIP packages and meet-and-greet opportunities. Pop Evil will be touring in support of its upcoming self-titled fifth LP, which is due out on February 16th and follows up 2015′s Up.
Get your stream on! Tool/Mastodon spin-off Legend Of The Seagullmen‘s self-titled debut album is now available for streaming in its entirety. The disc will be released this Friday, February 9th. Legend Of The Seagullmen features Tool’s Danny Carey on drums and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds on guitar, along with director Jimmy Hayward on guitar, David “The Doctor” Dreyer on vocals and others. The LP will be available on vinyl, CD, and digitally. You really need to hear this, it is absolutely EPIC!
Smashing Pumpkins frontman William Corgan has poked fun at speculation over who will play bass for its reported reunion. With original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky allegedly not asked to return, Corgan teased, “According to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*.” Corgan also poked fun at reports that either James Iha or Jeff Schroeder would switch from guitar to bass on a new album and tour.
Ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler said that his “heart was so broken” after he was fired from the band that he just “wanted to die.” Adler, who was kicked out of the group in 1990 over his drug use, spoke about his dismissal on Mom, It’s Not Devil Music!, saying, “One day you’re on top of the world, and the next day you’re a nobody.”
Adler said that, ironically, he was thrown out of the group while trying to kick his heroin habit. He recalled, “I didn’t realize that if you’re doing heroin and then you stop doing it, you get violently sick . . . it aches so bad and you just wanna die.” He added, “Four days go by, and (Guns guitarist) Slash called and said, ‘Well, we’re going in the studio to record “Civil War.”‘ . . . So I go in at A&M Records to record, and I’m so weak and sick. And I did my best, but I had to play, like, 25 times. So they were getting frustrated. And I kept telling them, ‘I’m sick.’ And they kept saying, ‘No, you’re not. You’re just f**ked up.’ And I said, ‘I’m not f**ked up. I’m sick.’ And I got kicked out.”
Adler said that after he was fired, he “went from having a management, roadies, a band, agent, accountants — people all around me all the time — that I thought were my friends and had my back to literally, one day, I was all alone. I had nobody. I thought for sure I was gonna be one of those rock stars that, when they’re 27, they OD and die.”
After being fired, Adler resolved to clean himself up, but admitted, “My heart was so broken that I couldn’t even think about doing that. All I could think about was, ‘I just wanna die.’”
Adler published an autobiography in 2010, titled My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, And Drugs, And Guns N’ Roses, in which he delved into his depression, suicide attempts, drug-related heart attacks, and the debilitating stroke that left him with muscular paralysis and permanently slurred speech.
Although not part of the reunion that launched in 2016, Adler rejoined Guns N’ Roses at several shows on the band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour, including three stops on the U.S. leg and one gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina, playing drums on “Out Ta Get Me” and “My Michelle.”
Finally, we want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Godsmack’s Sully Erna and Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit! Have a lovely day, all!
Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s up in music news today:
A Perfect Circle will release its long-awaited fourth album, Eat The Elephant, on April 20th. The band has debuted a new song called “TalkTalk” from the disc, following earlier releases of the tracks “Disillusioned” and “The Doomed.” Eat The Elephant will be A Perfect Circle’s first collection of new studio recordings since the 2004 covers collection eMOTive.
Singer Maynard James Keenan said, “Although I’m extremely excited to finally be completing this album after a 14-year hiatus, I’m actually more excited that its intentional release date is serving a greater purpose. The 20th of April is Carina Round‘s birthday. She is a dear friend who is extremely difficult to shop for. Pressure off. Of course, I must also note that the potheads are gonna be thrilled that this album comes out on 4-20. May it serve as a glorious soundtrack to accompany all of the giggling and vexing sounds of nibbling and snacking. Fingers crossed, Cheech & Chong will be proud.”
Guitarist Billy Howerdel added, “Demos are these precious ideas that you love in their initial state. Then you collaborate, invite other ideas, and watch them progress. That’s the dynamics and growth of a great record. I feel we’ve made a great record.”
Pre-orders for the 12-song album are available now and come with instant digital downloads of all three previously heard songs. Eat The Elephant is being released in multiple formats, including digital, CD, double gatefold 180-gram vinyl and a box set with vinyl, CD and hi-res digital download as well as a prism and custom playing card deck.
A Perfect Circle is set to hit a number of festivals this summer, including a headlining slot at Indio, California’s Coachella Festival on April 15th and 22nd, plus events in Las Vegas, Dallas and Somerset, Wisconsin.
Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has said that the band’s guitarist, Josh Rand, is “doing really, really well,” one week after Rand left the group’s current tour and entered “treatment” for unspecified issues. Speaking with Canadian radio station 104.9 The Wolf, Taylor revealed, “We talk to him every day, and he seems to be doing really, really well, so that’s really good.”
The singer continued, “This is not just somebody who I’ve been in a band with for a while; we’ve been best friends since we were 15 years old — I mean, we go way back. For me, it’s not just the worry of my cohort, my partner, my songwriting guy, my lead guitarist, it’s about worrying about my friend, my brother, somebody who let me sleep on his floor when I was homeless.”
Taylor said, “We just support him as much as we absolutely can . . . The best way to be a friend is just to stay right where you are and just let somebody lean against you if they need it, and that’s what we’re trying to do.” It is not clear whether Rand is being treated for a medical issue or problems with substance or alcohol abuse.
Rand most recently performed with Stone Sour on last month’s ShipRocked cruise. The band has enlisted a temporary replacement for the current tour, which started last week in British Columbia and includes dates with Halestorm, In This Moment and Red Sun Rising.
Taylor told us a while back that Stone Sour has a work ethic that keeps the band going no matter what: “You get one shot, and if you botch it, you’re f***ed. We’re the kind of band that we don’t take anything for granted. We’re willing to work for it, and we’re willing to work hard for it, and people just better get the hell out of our way.”
Stone Sour is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit “Song #3.” The latest track issued from the disc is “Rose Red Violent Blue.”
Foo Fighters are having fun with their tour requirements again, this time posting a list of prohibited items at their shows that features some decidedly suspect inclusions. While sensible things like glass containers and weapons make the list, also barred from the Foos’ shows are such items as any pencils that aren’t Number Two, issues of Cream magazine that do not mention Ted Nugent, derogatory press clippings about Shania Twain and more such nonsense. Leg warmers, “unflattering photos” of Ryan Seacrest and almond milk also make the list, the latter being the strangest since Foos leader Dave Grohl enjoys the stuff.
On a 2015 North American tour, the group banned eight random items, including Frisbees, copies of Boy’s Life magazine, uncured meats, weapons that may have been used on the show Vikings, selfie sticks, drones and wallet chains.
The Foos are known for the weirdly hilarious tour riders put together by road manager Gus Brandt, who famously designed a 2011 rider to look like a children’s activity book, complete with coloring book pages, drawings of all the Foos, a word hunt for “catering don’ts,” a maze to get guitarist Chris Shiflett to the catering area, a “which of these items belongs in a salad?” puzzle and more.
Foo Fighters will perform at the Brit Awards in London on February 21st before heading to South America for a short tour. After that, the Foos kick off a new North American run on April 18th in Austin, Texas, with dates throughout the spring, summer and fall. You can check those out on the Road Rage page.
An unconfirmed report from a longtime Australian music journalist suggests that AC/DC will continue to record and tour, with 2016′s tour vocalist Axl Rose staying on the mic for the band. Murray Engleheart, who has longstanding and deep ties within the Australian music scene, wrote on Facebook over the weekend, “Speculate all you want but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: AC/DC will continue with Axl on vocals — new album, touring, the whole nine yards. What was a massive gamble by Angus (Young) turned out to be an equally enormous triumph that has set the scene for the future.”
Rose stepped in on vocals after severe hearing damage forced singer Brian Johnson off the road after 35 years with the group. Rose’s stint on a North American and European tour was acclaimed by fans and critics.
Johnson’s exit was one of many difficult moments for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band during the promotional cycle for its 2014 album Rock Or Bust. The band recorded the LP without founding member Malcolm Young, who was suffering from dementia and died last year, while drummer Phil Rudd‘s arrest also prevented him from touring. They were replaced respectively by Stevie Young and Chris Slade. 40-year bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement at the end of the band’s world tour as well.
Co-founder and sole original member Angus Young has not indicated yet whether he intends to keep the band going. If he does plan to ask Axl to remain in the lineup, AC/DC would have to work around the ongoing Guns N’ Roses’ “Not in This Lifetime” tour.
Metallica and the San Francisco Giants will hold the sixth annual “Metallica Night” on April 23rd at AT&T Park in San Francisco, with the Giants taking the field that evening against the Washington Nationals. Metallica fan club members will have first access to tickets starting today at 10:00 a.m. local time, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Saturday, February 10th at 8:00 a.m. A portion of the proceeds from every “Metallica Night” ticket sold will benefit the band’s own All Within My Hands Foundation.
At the fifth “Metallica Night,” held last August, drummer Lars Ulrich once again threw out the first pitch while guitarists James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett performed a version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Hammett also played an instrumental solo rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”
Hetfield said about the yearly event, “We’re blessed to be doing this every year and being a part of the vibe here. You know, when times are good, when times are bad, they need the support.”
Hammett added, “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a good opportunity for us to interact with our home team, hometown, and interact with the people of the Bay Area in San Francisco. And for me, it’s a lot of fun to be able to play the national anthem.”
Metallica has strong ties overall to the Bay Area sports scene, also performing before Golden State Warriors basketball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.
The band is currently on tour in Europe through mid-May.
In other rock news, Papa Roach‘s current single, “Born For Greatness,” has been chosen was one of the new official theme songs for WWE‘s long-running weekly wrestling program Raw. The band’s track “…To Be Loved” previously served as a theme song on the same show from 2006 through 2009. “Born For Greatness” is taken from Papa Roach’s ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth. (Thanks to The PRP)
Halestorm debuted a new song called “Black Vultures” at the opening show of its Canadian co-headlining tour with Stone Sour on January 27th in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance has been posted online. Halestorm is putting the finishing touches on its fourth album for a tentative mid-2018 release. (Cheers Blabbermouth)
Ozzy Osbourne became a grandfather for the eighth time, as his son Jack and Jack’s wife Lisa welcomed their third child, Minnie Theodora Osbourne, on February 3rd. She was born at 5:57 a.m. at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, weighing seven pounds and measuring 20 inches. Jack and Lisa announced the birth via Instagram two days later, posting Minnie’s first photo. (Blabbermouth)
Finally, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Guns N’ Roses singer, (and maybe new AC/DC singer too?) Axl Rose!