ALICE IN CHAINS

2018
APR

28:  Boston, MA @ House of Blues
30:  Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
MAY
01:  Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
03:  Washington DC @ Anthem
04:  Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion
07:  New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10:  Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
13:  Somerset, WI @ Northern Invasion
15:  Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
16:  South Bend, IN @ Morris Performing Arts Center
18:  Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
19:  Philadelphia, PA @ WMMR BBQ

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Friday, Dec 08, 2017

Well well….Look what dropped today! Ghost has surprise released the digital edition of a live album called Ceremony And Devotion, just hours after posting a video teaser for the set online. It is available for streaming at all premium outlets and for purchase at Amazon and iTunes. The official cover artwork for the disc was revealed in the latest issue of Sweden Rock magazine. The physical version of the LP will be out on Jan 19th. The band has also streamed the song “Absolution” from the set.

Frontman Tobias Forge told us a while back he’s always looking to expand Ghost’s live show: The idea has always been, ever since we started, to have a very theatrical show. We basically want to be an arena band where you can bring a lot of production and a show where you go through different phases and, you know, a lot of costume changes and more magical tricks and more bombs and more fire and smoke and…more Disney On Ice, in a way.

The last-ever Ghost concert to allegedly feature Forge’s onstage persona, Papa Emeritus III, took place on Sep 30th in Gothenburg, Sweden and ended with the singer apparently being forcibly removed from the stage. A very elderly man wearing a white and gold version of Papa’s robes and his signature make-up took the stage and addressed the crowd, saying in Italian, “I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now.”  Of course, this is all part of the joke: the band supposedly dismisses the old Papa and recruits a new one on every LP, but they are all Forge, who will no doubt perform as a new Papa Emeritus on the next album cycle.  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth)

Blabbermouth reporting Metalshop TV conducted an interview with Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael prior to the band’s Nov 26 concert at Forum Karlín in Prague, Czech Republic. You can watch the entire chat above. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the direction of Five Finger Death Punch‘s as-yet-titled new studio album:

Chris: “You know, it’s one of those things that Death Punch, we are what we are. Six records into it, now seven, we’ve kinda got our thing, got our sound, our tones, the themes for the songs and whatnot. There are some little kind of different departures on this record, but I wouldn’t say we’ve gone and changed the sound. Five gold records, one platinum record, why would you stray from that kind of sound when those people have been out there supporting you the whole time and come to expect ‘that sound’ from us?’ It’s all about great songs. That’s what we try to do. We’re always trying to find that perfect song. I think each record, we get closer and closer and closer to that elusive perfect song.”

On the recent issues the band has faced, including singer Ivan Moody‘s ongoing battles with alcoholism and legal disputes with their record company, Prospect Park:

Chris: “With the release of the A Decade Of Destruction greatest-hits record, we got everything settled and ready to go. It’s nice to be able to get two brand-new songs on the greatest-hits that you’re going to get Dec 1. Because we took two songs from the full-length and added those to the greatest-hits, we had to go back into the studio and do two brand-new songs. One of those songs is one of the most aggressive songs we’ve done. It [has a] nice stomp, four-on-the-floor, Ivan is angry just like he’s always been.”

On the current state of Moody:

Chris: “I had a shitty attitude when he left [the European tour in June]. I was f’king pissed about the whole thing, but I understood he had to go get his stuff taken care of. When he came back, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I had a bad attitude about it, too. I’ve talked to him about this. We chatted it out over coffee at the Hard Rock [Café] the other day, talking about all the feelings that were involved with that. Kind of a little ‘band therapy,’ not quite ‘Some Kind Of Monster’ therapy [referring to Metallica's 2004 documentary], but we were talking about it. I had attitude, I had a bad taste in my mouth. When I first saw him in that dressing room back in the States for the first festival date, even before we got onstage, I was, like, ‘Something is different about this guy now.’ It made me relax a little bit. I was, like, ‘All right, I’m not going to be so aggressive. I’m not going to bust his ass like I wanted to.’ Then he got onstage and his voice was just… [as] soon as those first notes came out and his attitude and his energy, I was, like, ‘That’s Ivan Moody. That’s the beast that fronts this band.’ He’s back and things are great. We’re getting along like we ever have in quite some time. The last three years were a little tumultuous. As dangerous as we were when we’re volatile, I think we’re even more dangerous when we’re focused and stable.”

A Decade Of Destruction was released on Dec 1. The set includes two new songs, ”Trouble” and a cover of The Offspring’s ”Gone Away.”

The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with Prospect Park.

Five Finger Death Punch’s seventh full-length LP, which was finished a year ago, will follow up 2015′s Got Your Six and will be released in spring 2018.

Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello, IncubusAnti-Flag and Against Me! are just some of the musical artists who have added their name to a letter to Congress in support of net neutrality, which the FCC plans to vote to end on Dec 14th. The letter, via the non-profit organization Fight For The Future, is also signed by the musicians Michael StipeColin HayGraham Nash and Amanda Palmer, along with actors like Evangeline LillyWil WheatonAlfre Woodard and many more.

The letter reads, “The open Internet lets artists reach each other and audiences across the world in unprecedented ways. We are able to collaborate, learn, improve our worlds, participate in our society, and bring the things we love to people who are moved by them. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are guaranteed by our Constitution, and we demand that such freedoms continue online. Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy.”

Without net neutrality in place, Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon would be able to determine which websites and applications users could access by blocking them and speeding up or slowing the connection speed at will.

Net neutrality rules were put in place by the FCC under the Obama Administration, but the Trump regime has pledged to do away with them. Read the letter and full list of signees here.

Fight For The Future was founded in 2011 and has a mission to ensure that the web continues to hold freedom of expression and creativity at its core. The organization seeks to expand the Internet’s transformative power for good, to preserve and enhance its capacity to enrich and empower. It also envisions a world where everyone can access the internet affordably, free of interference or censorship and with full privacy. (The Pulse Of Radio)

Finally today,  the votes are all in and New Jersey’s own Bon Jovi has snagged the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fan Vote. The band, which was never not far ahead of the other nominees during the voting process, raked in a whopping 1,162,146 votes. In second place was the Moody Blues with 947,795 votes, Dire Straits at Number Three with 613,749, the Cars at Number Four with 552,733, and the Top Five rounded out by Judas Priest with 538,508 votes.

Ultimate Classic Rock posted, “Per Rock Hall rules, the Top Five vote-getters will receive a single fan vote during the election to determine which of this year’s nominees earn induction. It’s more than worth mentioning that the fan vote isn’t necessarily an indicator of whether an act will ultimately get into the Rock Hall — although it’s worked out pretty well for previous winners. Kiss topped the polls in 2013, and were inducted with that year’s class; Stevie Ray Vaughan entered the next year after also winning the fan vote, while Chicago did the same in 2015, and Journey followed suit the following year.”

The 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be announced next Wednesday, December 13th on the Rock Hall’s official Facebook page. The annual ceremony will take place on Apr 14th at Cleveland’s Public Hall, with an edited version of the festivities broadcast on HBO at a later date.

30 years ago, the 1988 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame consisted of the BeatlesBob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Supremes and the DriftersBerry Gordy was inducted as a non-performer, with Early Influences inductions going to Woody GuthrieLeadbelly and Les Paul. The 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame featured JourneyYesElectric Light Orchestra (ELO)Pearl JamJoan Baez, Tupac Shakur, with Chic‘s Nile Rodgers tapped for the Award for Musical Excellence.

The final fan vote for the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is:

Bon Jovi - 1,162,146
Moody Blues - 947,795
Dire Straits - 613,749
The Cars - 552,733
Judas Priest - 538,508
The Zombies - 529,478
Eurythmics - 451,997
J. Geils Band - 349,319
Depeche Mode - 302,144
Nina Simone - 184,628
Kate Bush - 179,337
Radiohead - 176,310
Rage Against The Machine - 167,903
MC5 - 127,004
LL Cool J - 118,317
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - 111,158
Link Wray - 98,436
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - 84,625
The Meters - 59,045

 Full Rock Hall fan vote story: http://bit.ly/2AziEbW  (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio)

Celebrating life this weekend!  Today, The Boogie Knight Returns!  Corey Taylor of Stone Sour and Slipknot is 44!  Saturday:  Tres Cool of Green Day is 45 and actor Kirk Douglas is 101!

Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

SLIPKNOT's SHAWN 'CLOWN' CRAHAN To Take Part In 'Underground To Mainstream' Panel At POLLSTAR LIVE!

This should be interesting!  Blabbermouth is reporting Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan will be on a panel at the upcoming touring business convention in Los Angeles Feb 06-08, 2018 known as Pollstar Live.   The panel’s topic is ”Underground To Mainstream: What Are Metal And Hip-Hop Doing Right (And Where Does It Go From Here?)” The panel will include Slipknot manager Cory Brennan and hip hop artist Coolio, among others.


Blabbermouth
also reporting Metal Wani recently conducted an interview with guitarist Ben Bruce of U.K. metalcore outfit Asking Alexandria. You can listen to the entire chat here. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by Blabbermouth.net).

On whether Bruce, who is  Asking Alexandria‘s primary songwriter, collaborated with his bandmates on the group’s forthcoming self-titled album:

Ben: “I’m the main writer. I’ve been the main songwriter since our debut album. Then, obviously, I share my ideas with the guys. They come in and record their parts, so it’s not like I keep anyone in the dark and just show them a finished album. Yeah, I get the ball rolling. I write most of the material and I come up with the initial ideas and the main song structures.”

On whether he thinks the band’s self-titled album is all he hoped it was going to be:

 Ben: “I actually think it’s gone above and beyond all my expectations. For me, every time I finish an album, I’m, like, ‘Man, I wish I could have done this differently. I would have changed this. This song’s not that good, it’s kind of an album filler. I wish I had more time to write more hits.’ With this album, we had no limitations, we had no time limits or restrictions and were left to our own devices and we did exactly what we wanted to do. I listen to the final product now and I couldn’t be more proud. There’s no point on the album where I’m, like, ‘Ah, I wish we could have re-recorded this or changed this.’ Or ‘I’m not too fond of this song.’ Every time I listen to the album, I have a different favorite song. I’m definitely more proud of this album than I ever have been of any record before.”

On whether the band had to make any changes to re-acclimate returning vocalist Danny Worsnop:

Ben: “No, not really. It just all felt really natural. I think all the time apart from each other, it just allowed all of us to grow as musicians and individuals. When he came back and we started doing this album, everything just kind, it just kind of clicked, like it was meant to be. We didn’t have to sit down and force anything, like, ‘Okay, Danny’s back, so we need to do this.’ We didn’t need to tell Danny, ‘We need screaming so you have to do this.’ It’s just what it was, so we didn’t have to set any limitations. We were just, like, ‘Let’s all write music that we love and see what happens.’ This album is the result of that. I think everyone, including Danny, I’ve not seen Danny this excited about an Asking Alexandria record, ever. All of us are obsessed with it and it’s because it was such a pleasure to record and it’s us. It’s just us through and through. We weren’t told what to do or when to do it. Every single song, we did for us. Yeah, there was no groaning or changing, it was very natural, very easy.”

On whether Worsnop’s return has prompted the band to go in a different direction:

Ben: “Possibly. It’s hard to sort of know. I feel like with [2016's Denis Stoff-fronted] ‘The Black’, it’s a great album. I’m very proud of it. People always ask ‘Do you regret ‘The Black’? No. That’s a significant time in our career, but we knew it was a tough thing to lose Danny and we wrote a record with that in mind, like, we need to keep our fanbase engaged, we need to write a record that our core, original fanbase that got us to where we are in the beginning are going to love and be excited with it. With this one, it was five friends back in a room that started the band together. It was, like, ‘Let’s write a record for us. We’re back as Asking Alexandria. Let’s celebrate that.’ It was a very different mindset. I can’t see the future and I can’t change the past, so who knows what would have happened if we done anything different, but this is the direction we took with this album. I’m definitely really pleased that we did. It seems to me, that all of our fans are, too.”

Asking Alexandria, the band’s 6th studio album, will be released on Dec 15th via Sumerian. The disc, which was produced by From First To Last‘s Matt Good and mixed by Taylor Larson, will mark the group’s first full-length effort with Worsnop since he rejoined the band in the fall of 2016.

My friend Fieldy aka Reggie Arvizu from Korn has released a three-part documentary about the making of the bassist ‘s jazz fusion album, Bassically, directed by longtime Korn documentarian Sébastien Paquet.

Bassically was be released on Nov 17. The seventeen-track disc was produced by Fieldy’s writing partner Anthony “Q” Quiles” and mixed by Chris Collier. The record features guest appearances by three of Fieldy’s bandmates: drummer Ray Luzier plays drums, bongos, shaker, tambourine and djembe on the songs ”Bass O Rama”, ”Step Right Up”, ”Basque K Cinco”, ”Zibba Zibop” and ”Mr. Bassmen”; guitarist Brian “Head” Welch plays on ”I Wuv Bass Mon”; and singer Jonathan Davis does some beatboxing on ”JD Fresh”.

This is a bass album that encompasses the last nine years of my life on the road recording with a variety of special and unique basses,” Fieldy said. “This project features recordings of mine from dressing rooms, tour buses, hotel rooms and other unique locations playing on basses just as obscure as the locations. It’s a blend of funk, fusion, and rock. I can’t wait to share it with you.“  (Thanks Blabbermouth)

Also from Blabbermouth, Swedish band Ghost has begun teasing a live album called Ceremony And Devotion. The official cover artwork for the disc, which is reviewed in the latest issue of Sweden Rock Magazine is posted above.

An official release date for Ceremony And Devotion has not yet been announced, but rumor has it it could be any time now.  The last-ever Ghost concert to feature frontman Papa Emeritus III took place on Sep 30 in Gothenburg and saw the singer apparently being dismissed from the band.

Papa was forcibly removed from the stage by two men during the band’s closing number, ”Monstrance Clock”, A short time later, a very elderly man wearing a white and gold version of Papa’s robes and his signature make-up took the stage and addressed the crowd, saying in Italian, “I am Papa Emeritus Zero. The party is over and now a new era begins. The Middle Ages begin now.”  The band posted footage of the incident to its official Instagram account but has yet to comment on the matter. It appears, however, that the reign of Papa III has ended.

Forge recently revealed that he’s been working on the group’s fourth studio album for a tentative April 2018 release. The new disc will follow up 2015′s Meliora, which featured the Grammy-winning hit “Cirice”, and last year’s Popestar EP, which included the chart-topping “Square Hammer.”

Forge hired an all-new lineup of the group for touring purposes in the first half of 2017, with the musicians all anonymously performing as Nameless Ghouls.

Celebrating life today:  Happy 4-0 to Dominic Howard, drummer for Muse.

 

 

 

STARSET

FEB
20:  Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
21:  Lawrence KS @ Granada Theatre
23:  Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
24:  Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
26:  Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
27:  Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
28:  Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
MAR
02:  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
03:  Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
04:  San Diego, CA @ SOMA
06:  Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
07:  Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
09:  Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
10:  Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
11:  Houston, TX @ White Oak
13:  Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade [Heaven]
15:  Nashville, TN @ Top Golf Live
16:  Columbus, OH @ Express Live

 

Wednesday, Dec 06, 2017

Man, I was overwhelmed with the birthday greetings from friends and artists!  It was a lovely sentiment of love!  Much appreciated!

Well, I hadn’t heard about THIS coming out in our recent conversation, but Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio say Avenged Sevenfold will release an acoustic album, Live At The Grammy Museum, this Friday (Dec 8th). The performance was recorded on Oct 19th at the Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds from the digital-only release will benefit the education initiatives of the Grammy Museum, which seek to inspire youth via the enduring qualities and cultural significance of music.

The band members stated that part of the reason for the live set’s release was that they were “excited about (their) Grammy nomination.” The quintet has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Song for “The Stage,” the title track from their latest studio LP. It’s the first-ever Grammy nod for the Southern California-based group.

Guitarist Zacky Vengeance told us Avenged Sevenfold is always looking ahead to the next project: Our sights are always set so far in advance, you know, we’re always looking at what the future holds for us and how to put on an even better show, a bigger show…I want generations of fans. I want fans to someday be bringing their children. We still have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, in our humble opinion.”

The band will release a deluxe edition of The Stage on Dec 22nd. The new version will feature seven additional studio songs plus four previously unreleased live tracks recorded during recent shows at the O2 Arena in London.

Avenged Sevenfold recently confirmed the details of an early 2018 North American headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The trek will begin on Jan 12th in Nashville with shows booked so far through Feb 11th in Fargo, ND.
M Shadows will be Lou BrutusFeatured Artist Of The Week on hardDrive XL  week of Dec 18.

BFMV 2015: Jamie Mathias, Matt Tuck, Padge, Moose (sorry to see ya go, Moose!)

Speaking of Bullet For My Valentine, I am sorry to hear this news!  The Welsh act has made its split with founding drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas permanent. The band has announced that it’s officially parted ways with Thomas, who took a leave of absence from the group in November 2015 when his first chikd was born, and replaced him with Jason Bowld, who has been behind the kit since Thomas’ exit.

The band said in a statement, “We’d like to officially welcome Jason to Bullet For My Valentine as our permanent drummer. Since initially filling in for Moose in 2015, Jase has cemented himself as an integral member of the Bullet family, and you guys are going to be blown away with what he’s brought to the new record.”

The statement added, “We’d like to place on record our thanks for everything that Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas has given to Bullet throughout his time in the band, and we wish him every success in his future endeavors.”

After Bullet made the split official, Thomas tweeted to thank all the fans for their messages of support, writing, “It’s been a weird couple of years for me, but please hear this: I AM NOT QUITTING DRUMS OR MUSIC! I have been hard at work on something and will announce very soon.”

Bullet For My Valentine also said that it’s “99 percent done” recording its sixth studio album for an early 2018 release. The new LP will follow up 2015′s Venom.

Alter Bridge  & Slash & The Conspirators singer Myles Kennedy has released a teaser for “Year Of The Tiger,” the first single and video from Kennedy’s debut solo album of the same name. The full video and song will arrive this Friday (Dec 8th), while the LP is set for release on Mar 9th, 2018. The disc is a concept album based on Kennedy’s experiences after the death of his father. (Blabbermouth)

Hollywood Undead has released a video for “Black Cadillac” (not the Shinedown song with the same title) from the masked rap-rock act’s new album, V. The video and track features B-Real from Cypress Hill and Prophets Of Rage. Singer/guitarist J-Dog said, “We haven’t done a straight up hip-hop song like this in a while so this one made sense and we got B-Real on it who we all grew up listening to. It was an honor to have him participate.”

Finally today, I spoke with this new artist recently.  Blabbermouth is reporting Los Angeles-based alternative rock band Dorothy has announced tour dates for the 2018 “Freedom Tour”. Dorothy is taking the high-voltage show to major cities across the United States, including Chicago, New York, Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles, Austin, and more.  Her band will perform new music from its forthcoming album, produced by Linda Perry, along with tracks from its Rockisdead debut,  “Down To The Bottom”, and “Naked Eye” from the “Served Like A Girl” soundtrack.

Taking on an unprecedented interest in local culture, for the 2018 “Freedom Tour”, Dorothy is looking for a hometown favorite band from each city to be the opening act for every show along the way. All genres are welcome. This will be an opportunity to bring the focus of touring back to developing the local music scene.

“Touring sweeps you from city to city,” says singer Dorothy Martin. “Sometimes you don’t even get a chance to venture past a couple blocks of the venue you’re performing in. On this tour, we are doing something different. Instead of letting a band with marketing dollars and guaranteed ticket sales open for me, I thought it would be cool to let the local favorite band in each city have a shot.

“This tour is about taking the time to truly connect with the different communities to get a taste of what the local music scene is like,” she continues. “We want to be inspired. This could be a disaster or it could be complete magic. Who knows? WHO CARES?! It’s rock n’ roll.”  For more information on how to submit, go to this location. See all the tour dates on the Road Rage section of the site!

 

 

Tuesday, Dec 05, 2017

Papa Roach have announced a new tour for 2018. Hot off the news of their run with A Day To Remember, the band has lined up shows for April and May with Nothing More and Escape The Fate.   See all the dates in Road Rage!

Meanwhile, Escape The Fate have a new album, their 5th studio record, I Am Human, coming on Feb 16th, 2018.

Stone Temple Pilots have also plotted out the first leg of their 2018 tour with new lead singer Jeff Gutt.  This will be around the time the band will probably release their first full length album in quite some time.

The trek will kick off on Mar 2nd in Santa Clarita, CA and conclude on Mar 17th in Billings, MT. The band will also play at three festivals in April and May: at Columbus, Ohio’s Rock On The Range, Jacksonville, FL’s Welcome To Rockville and Fort Lauderdale, FL’s Fort Rock.

Meanwhile Gutt was asked in a new interview with Loudwire about how much he wanted to channel late singer Scott Weiland and how much he wanted to put his own identity into the band. Gutt answered, “I don’t really aim to emulate Scott onstage. But I also can’t be fearful of the comparisons . . . I’m a huge fan of Scott and of course remember how he felt the music onstage. I always just try to be me but sometimes it’s unavoidable.”

Asked if he had any personal favorite songs within the STP catalog, Gutt said, “The great thing about the STP catalog is it’s diversity. While this makes it more tricky going forward I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Gutt also spoke about the band’s next album, which is due out in the spring of 2018. He explained, “This record is full of amazing songs and vibes that I feel are really missing in the spectrum of today’s music. It has that STP feeling even though I’m singing. But I also didn’t come in trying to change everything. It was the most rewarding record I’ve ever been a part of.”

Fozzy, led by Chris Jericho, will continue to rock their fans across America on their Judas Rising Tour with newly added tour dates in 2018.  Set to launch Feb 28 in New Orleans, LA, the 25-date trek will take the band (Jericho: vocals, Rich Ward: guitars, vocals, Frank Fontsere: drums, Billy Grey: guitars and Paul DiLeo: bass) from east to west.  Through Fire, Santa Cruz and Dark Star Choir will round out the bill for the night of rock. Tickets for these newly announced dates (see below for list) go on sale to the public Friday, Dec 08.  Find all the dates in Road Rage!

Blabbermouth  & The Pulse Of Radio  report System Of A Down fans may have to start accepting the idea that the band is either finished or needs a new frontman. Singer Serj Tankian, who has two new film scores under his belt, was asked in an interview with Russian magazine Expert if he finds it hard to write music without vocals. He replied, “Screw vocals. I’m tired of it . . . I wrote so many lyrics that it stopped to be interesting. Not because there is nothing I want to talk or sing about. Sure, there are topics I don’t want to write lyrics to, but at least I can pull out some new emotions out of it.”

Tankian, who said he was known as a poet before making music, added, “Poetry is always something that opens yourself up and supports self-determination. I just did it for too long. Now I am more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music.”

Tankian told us a while back that even with System, he worked on his music by himself: “Even with System, I always wrote the songs by myself in my own studio. I would write the songs, and have the vocals, have the whole arrangement done, then I’d take it to the band. But I’d still work the song from its inception to full form by myself. This is something I’d been doing for a very long time.”

The first of Tankian’s two new film scores, for a movie called Intent To Destroy, was released digitally on November 17th, while the second, for a movie titled Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat, will arrive digitally on Friday, Dec 8th.  Tankian has composed scores for other films, as well as TV and video games. His other solo work includes three rock albums, a live set, a classical symphony and a jazz recording.

Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but the band has not released new music since 2006.

And here’s news  from our friends Danny Wimmer Presents!  Look at these line-ups, will ya?  Pretty exciting stuff.   Several major festivals unveiled their lineups on Monday (Dec 4th), starting with Sunrise, FL’s  (formerly held in Fort Myers, FL)  Fort Rock event. Ozzy OsbourneGodsmackFive Finger Death PunchStone Sour,   Shinedown  and Breaking Benjamin will headline the sixth edition of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at Markham Park in greater Fort Lauderdale.  Other acts on the bill include HalestormBullet For My ValentineTriviumHollywood UndeadSevendustPop EvilRed Sun RisingStone Temple Pilots and more.  VIP and early tickets are available now, with general ticket sales beginning on Friday (Dec 8th).

Godsmack, Muse and Alice In Chains will headline the three-day Carolina Rebellion event, taking place from May 4th through the 6th at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Joining the headliners will be Shinedown, Stone Sour, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, AvatarTremontiIn This MomentQueens Of The Stone AgeIncubusGreta Van Fleet and many others.  Godsmack, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots  and Muse are all likely to have new albums either out or close to release by the time the festival rolls around.

All general admission and VIP tickets as well as hotel and camping options are available now at the Carolina Rebellion website.

Finally, Las Rageous returns for its second year on Friday, Apr 20th and Saturday, Apr 21st. The two-day music festival will take over two square blocks in downtown Las Vegas and will feature performances from A Perfect Circle, Five Finger Death Punch, GhostBeartooth, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way and more.  Early bird tickets will be available starting on Wednesday (Dec 6th) at 10:00 a.m. PT, for those who purchased tickets to last year’s event. Presale tickets will be available Thursday (Dec 7th) and general tickets will be available starting on Friday at 10:00 a.m. PT.

Celebrating birthdays today:  Little Richard, flamboyant rock star is 85.  Comedian Margaret Cho is 49 and yours truly, Queen Producer extraordinaire of hardDriveRadio (at least ’til Dec 31st)  is 29!  ;> 

 

 

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS

MAR
02:  Santa Clarita, CA @ The Canyon
04:  San Diego, CA @ The Observatory
08:  Pasadena, CA @ The Rose
09:  Las Vegas, NV @ HOB
10:  Tempe, AZ @ Marquee
12:  San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
13:  Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
15:  Portland, OR @ Roseland
16:  Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
17:  Billings, MT @ Pub Station Ballroom
APR
28:  Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville
29:  Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Fort Rock
MAY
20:  Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
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