Dirt - Thursday, Mar 16

I’ve been alone in my house (BF drove some of our stuff to FL) and I have NO IDEA how I’ve now come down with a cold!  ARGH!

Well, THIS happened!  Members of Avenged Sevenfold, apparently feeling little pain, played a somewhat sloppy rendition of their song “Nightmare” during an unannounced appearance at a small Hard Rock Cafe restaurant and bar in Helsinki, Finland on March 5th. According to Blabbermouth, vocalist M. Shadows, guitarist Synyster Gates, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman performed the track on gear supplied by the venue to what was apparently an almost-empty bar before calling it quits.

The band later wrote in a Facebook post, “After arriving in Helsinki, we decided to head to the local Hard Rock Cafe Helsinki and grace the customers with some sweet tunes. Unfortunately, as the patrons fled for the exits, we were cut off after only half of ‘Nightmare’ was played. Maybe better luck tomorrow.”   Avenged Sevenfold later played at Hartwall Areena in Helsinki on March 7th as part of its European headlining tour with support from Disturbed and Chevelle. They presumably got a better response and turnout.

The band will join Metallica on the latter act’s North American stadium trek this spring and summer, kicking off on May 10th in Baltimore.  Avenged Sevenfold is touring in support of its seventh album, The Stage, which was given a surprise release at the end of Oct with almost no promotion beforehand.

Skillet has released the official music video for the song “Back From The Dead,” from the band’s latest album Unleashed. The clip tells the story of the band escaping from a testing facility and being chased by hordes of zombies, and even gives a nod toward Skillet’s 2009 video for the massive hit single “Monster,” which has been viewed more than 183 million times on YouTube.

Skillet frontman John Cooper told us he wrote “Back From The Dead” in response to people saying that rock music was a dying genre: The idea for ‘Back From The Dead’ was just simply this, that a few years ago, when our last record came out, we were still selling really good — in fact, our last record Rise just went gold last year — but it had this air about it that people were going, ‘Oh, it’s never gonna sell, it’s not big, rock music is over’…it made me mad enough that I wrote a song about it called ‘Back From The Dead.’

Cooper told radio station Q103 in nearby Albany, NY (I was at the same show!)  about the video, “It was the biggest video (we’ve done); we had about 50 cast members for the video, so it was quite fun. It’s got a really dirty feel to it. It’s very post-apocalyptic, Mad Max-ish, Blade Runner – that kind of vibe.”

Skillet is currently on a headlining tour behind Unleashed, which also features the hit “Feel Invincible.” The band stops in El Paso, TX today (Mar 16th) and will wrap up on the 24th in Little Rock, AR.  Following that, Skillet will also be making the rounds through U.S. festivals this spring, including Carolina Rebellion on May 7th and Rock On The Range on May 20th, before going out as one the support acts on the Korn/Stone Sour summer tour.   BTW:  look closely and you will see a cameo appearance by Skillet’s first guitarist, Ben Kasica, who happened to produce the music video!

Mastodon looking stone(d) faced:  Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, Brann Dailor

Mastodon have announced their first live late night televised appearance in support of their new album Emperor of Sand, which will be released via Reprise Records on Mar 31st. The band will perform on the outdoor stage at ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Apr 3rd,  and  the following day, Apr 4th, a rare, intimate show at Amoeba Music Hollywood, 6400 Sunset Blvd., at 5 pm PT.   Admission is limited to in-store orders only and two LP/CD + ticket per person.  Admittance lines for the in-store will form on Ivar Avenue beginning at 2 pm on April 4th and is limited to first purchasers and the store’s capacity.

Emperor of Sand is available for pre-order now at www.mastodonrocks.comCatch Mastodon on tour this spring: http://www.mastodonrocks.com/tour

My Canadian friends (now based in Nashville) Thousand Foot Krutch have posted the new video for “Lifelines” off their Exhale album.  Frontman Trevor McNevan commented, ‘Lifeline’ is about a time in my life when I was feeling very overwhelmed, to the point of anxiety,” continues McNevan. “I felt like I was drowning in the waves of everything around me, and battling my own rational. The feeling of being alone in isolation wasn’t true, but it sure felt like it.

For the latest on TFK, tour news and band information can be found at www.thousandfootkrutch.com, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, Bandsintown and Facebook.

Metallica have announced a GIGANTIC  tour of Europe for the fall of 2017 and spring 2018.   See Road Rage for details.

Celebrating life today:  Wolfgang Van Halen is 26!



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