Dirt - Monday, Oct 23, 2017

Updated at 3:33 PM:  Good Day folks! Getting started a little late….Did you stay up for Talking Dead after Walking Dead last night?  I did!   Lots of news today to feast on……

Blabbermouth reporting Breaking Benjamin has set Ember as the title of its sixth studio album. Frontman Ben Burnley revealed the name of the disc during an interview with our hardDrive affiliate KFMA at Saturday’s (Oct 21st) KFMA Fall Ball in Tucson, AZ. Burnley joked, “We were gonna call it Ascend but spell it Ass-End, but the label was, like, ‘Hmm…’” A release date for Ember has not yet been announced. The LP will follow up 2015′s Dark Before Dawn, which ended a six-year gap between albums for the group and marked the recording debut of the band’s current lineup.  The initial sessions were recorded in NYC last December.  The band just returned from a European run and is doing some shows around the U.S..  The band will also be spending the early part of 2018 on tour with Avenged Sevenfold!  See the Road Rage page for more!

Alternative Press reporting Linkin Park‘s tribute concert to the band’s late frontman Chester Bennington will be live streamed for free via YouTube. The stream will kick off at youtube.com/linkinpark at 10:45 p.m. ET and 7:45 p.m. PT on Friday, Oct  27th. The performance itself will take place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and see Linkin Park return to the stage for the first time since Bennington took his own life this past July.

Among the artists scheduled to appear at the show are Jonathan Davis of  KornOliver Sykes from Bring Me The HorizonM. Shadows and Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold, all the members of System Of A Down except Serj Tankian, members of Blink-182Machine Gun Kelly, ex-Yellowcard singer Ryan Key, pop singer and Linkin Park collaborator Kiiara and more. Members of No Doubt and other surprise guests are also reportedly going to attend.

Proceeds from the concert, which is being billed as Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington, will go to Music For Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.

Meanwhile, TMZ reported Chester left behind a will in which he specifically requested that all six of his children — which he had with three different women – be encouraged to spend time together and with their extended family. Bennington stated in the document, “I request that my children’s mothers or guardians encourage and allow my children to visit with one another and with my extended family and the extended family of my spouse on a regular and ongoing basis, so that my children know that they have a large and loving family.” He also left money for them so that they could travel to see each other and the world. The size of the estate that Bennington left behind was not disclosed. His current wife, Talinda, was named executor of his will.

Foo Fighters sent out a couple of emails over the weekend stating due to a family emergency, , Foo Fighters concert scheduled for this Monday, Oct 23rd in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena has been postponed. Information on the new date will be announced shortly. Foo Fighters concert scheduled for tomorrow Oct 24th in Memphis at Fed Ex Forum has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 3rd 2018. All tickets previously purchased will be honored for the new dates.

Their Saturday night show tonight’s show in Lexington KY at the Rupp Arena also had to be rescheduled to May 1 due to a family emergency.  All tickets for that show will be honored at the May 1 rescheduled date. The band sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience and looks forward to returning to rock Lexington in May. If you are unable to attend the new date, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Further questions regarding ticketing can be addressed at the Rupp Arena box office 859-233-3535 or Ticketmaster 800-745-3000.

If you are unable to attend, refunds are available at the point of purchase. Foo Fighters apologize for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing fans at the new dates. For more information on the MEMPHIS date call the FEDEX Forum Box Office at 901-205-2640 or the Ticketmaster number, 800-745-3000.

Meanwhile, the first 2018 North American dates of the Concrete and Gold world tour have been confirmed: The new shows will kick off Apr 18 in Austin, Texas and will run through the band’s Jul 29 return to Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Included on the newly announced itinerary are a Jul 16-17 two-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a Jul  21-22 encore doubleheader at Boston’s Fenway Park, and so much more. Tickets for these shows will be on sale to the general public Friday, Nov 3 at 10am local time (*with the exception of the public on sale for Chicago, which will begin Nov 10).

Capital One cardholders will have access to an exclusive cardholder pre-sale for Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold Tour. The Capital One cardholder pre-sale starts Thursday, Oct  26 at 10 a.m.local venue time and ends Saturday, Oct 28 at 10 a.m. local venue time, or until pre-sale tickets run out. Capital One cardholder pre-sale for the Chicago date will begin Monday, Nov 6 at 10 a.m.  Oh and this new date!

Visit www.foofighters.com/capitalone for more details and information. And see Road Rage for all the new dates for 2018.

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3 Doors Down has announced plans to stage the “Back Porch Jam” Tour, an acoustic interpretation of the band’s hits, fan favorites and deep album cuts. All ticket purchasers will receive a limited-edition digital EP featuring acoustic performances of “Kryptonite,” “It’s Not My Time,” and “I Don’t Want To Know.”  The VIP pre-sale will begin on Tuesday, Oct 24 via www.3DoorsDown.com with a general on-sale to follow on Friday, Oct 27. The first leg will begin in Airway Heights, WA on January 16 and continue through Feb 11 in Detroit, MI. More dates will be announced soon.

Lead singer Brad Arnold says “over the years we’ve always enjoyed stripping down our songs and playing them acoustic. For us as a live band it breathes new life into these songs, allows us to switch-up our set and dig really deep into our catalog. We’re looking forward to playing in some intimate venues, which we don’t often do, and being up close and personal with our fans.”

For select performances, two exclusive and limited VIP experiences will be offered. The “Sit On The Back Porch with 3DD” package will feature the ability to sit on-stage during 3 Doors Down’s entire set while listening to the bands in-ear mix through custom headphones, Meet & Greet, Photo opportunity, exclusive merch and much more. For further details and package descriptions visit www.3DoorsDown.com

The 14th Annual “The Better Life Foundation” concert took place on Saturday, Oct 21st in Cherokee, NC at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort for the second year in a row. This years TBLF event saw the band perform two complete sets featuring their hits and the “Away From The Sun” album start to finish. To date, The Better Life Foundation has donated over $3 Million dollars to veteran, children, women’s and humanitarian relief efforts domestically and around the globe.

Photos courtesy Oliver Sykes Instagram

Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish completed their quest late last week to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and raise money for Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Southampton Hospital in the U.K. Sykes posted photos online from the journey, which has raised the British equivalent of $91,000 so far.

The campaign began after Fish and his wife had to bring their four-day-old son Eliot to the hospital’s pediatric care unit when he suffered a brain hemorrhage. Fish attributed much of Eliot’s survival and recovery to the unit and decided to do something to give back to it, with Sykes offering to help as well.

The pair traveled to Tanzania on October 12th to begin their eight-day hike up Kilimanjaro. The mountain is the highest summit in Africa and the duo ascended more than 16,000 feet to reach the peak.

Last December, the British act released its Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD, documenting an April 2016 concert at the legendary London venue with a full orchestra and choir. All proceeds went to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Brave Words posted that Hellyeah are streaming a live version of the song “Sangre Por Sangre (Blood For Blood)”, featured on the Unden!able Deluxe Edition, out Oct 27th on Eleven Seven Music as a CD/DVD Best Buy Exclusive and CD & Live Audio Digital Deluxe.

The physical package contains the fan-shot Live Concert DVD We’re All In This Together. The digital package contains the live audio from the DVD. Unden!able features three top ten US Active Rock singles, including “Human”, “I Don’t Care Anymore”, and “Love Falls.”

Malcolm and George Young

NoiseCreep is reporting the rock and metal world has been shaken by a series of deaths over the weekend, with the most recent being AC/DC producer George Young. The eldest Young sibling, brother to Malcolm and Angus, has passed away at the age of 70.

Young’s music career started in 1964 with popular Aussie rock band The Easybeats, who scored an international hit with “Friday on My Mind.” Young served a five-year stint as the band’s guitarist and returned in 1986 when they briefly reunited for an Australian tour. He also received writing credits on the John Paul Young song “Love Is in the Air.”

Helping out his brothers, he served as a co-producer on AC/DC’s early albums, including TNT, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Let There Be Rock. After a bit of a break, he also had a hand in 1988’s Blow Up Your Video and 2000’s Stiff Upper Lip. For his work in music as a performer, writer and producer Young was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and again as a member of the Easybeats in 2005.

In a statement released by the band on their social media, they offered:

It is with pain in our heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved brother and mentor George Young. Without his help and guidance there would not have been an AC/DC.
As a musician, songwriter, producer, advisor and much, much more, you could not ask for a more dedicated and professional man.
As a brother, you could not ask for a finer brother. For all he did and gave to us throughout his life, we will always remember him with gratitude and hold him close to our hearts.

Our condolences go out to the Young family, the extended AC/DC and Easybeats family and fans of George Young.

Happy 53rd today to Robert Trujillo of Metallica!  Weird Al Yankovic is 58!

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