Dirt - Tuesday, Jan 27

Wow!  We got away with less than a foot of snow!  So HURRAH!  I think I can still get a flight out tomorrow and might even be able to stay home today as a “snow day”!  Schwing!  Now, here’s the news: Slipknot announced a massive tour yesterday called Summer’s Last Stand,  and are taking Lamb of God,  Bullet For My Valentine and Motionless in White!  Kicks off Jul 24 in West Palm Beach, FL and ends  Sep 05 in Dallas!  Pre-sales will be available today (Jan 27th) at Slipknot’s official website, with general sales beginning Friday, (Jan 30th). Road Rage….I was emailing with my friend Neil Sanderson,  Three Days Grace  drummer/songwriter, yesterday.  He’s vacationing in Puerto Rico (he managed to get the last flight out of Toronto, too!)  and now comes news the band has revealed their fifth studio album will be called Human and will arrive on March 31st. The announcement comes just as the first single, “I Am Machine,” tops the rock radio chart and gives the Canadian act its 13th Number One track on the survey. That breaks Three Days Grace’s own record of 12 chart-toppers, the most at the format, which includes “Painkiller,” “Misery Loves My Company,” “Chalk Outline,” “World So Cold,” “Animal I Have Become” and “Home.” Neil said about the latest single, “Sonically, we wanted to create a ‘machine-like’ sound in parts of the song. We were inspired by the images from the opening scene of Tim Burton‘s Edward Scissorhands . . . relentless machines turning and churning, never ceasing to operate. Lyrically the song is about how sometimes you feel like you are in an endless routine and cannot escape . . . you begin to feel numb to the world around you, as you yearn to just feel anything, any emotion.”  Human will follow up 2012′s Transit Of Venus. The new album will be the first to feature frontman Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad Walst​. Matt replaced original singer Adam Gontier in early 2013 and was officially made a member of the band last March.  Sanderson told us Matt fit naturally into the way that Three Days Grace writes songs: You know, we’ve always been a big collaborative band and in fact, you know, Matt had some co-writing on our first Three Days Grace album in 2003 as well as Transit Of Venus and obviously on this new body of work that we’ve got. So in that way it was kind of natural to kind of just keep the guitars rolling and keep writing and do what we’ve always done, and here we are today.“ Sanderson said about the new album, “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other . . . we feel like we’re back in those days where we’re high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands.”  Three Days Grace’s next U.S. date is at the Northern Invasion festival in Somerset, WI on May 9th…Faith No More has revealed the details of its first North American live shows since 2010 and first full U.S. and Canadian tour since reuniting in 2009. The trek kicks off on April 15th in Vancouver, Canada, wrapping up on May 15th in Philadelphia. The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on its follow-up to 1997′s Album Of The Year. The as-yet-untitled CD is due out this May. Bassist Bill Gould said, “Here we go. First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”  Tickets for all shows are on sale this Friday (Jan 30th), at 10:00 a.m. local time. A fan club pre-sale will be available on Wednesday (Jan 28th). More details can be found on FNM.com and the band’s social media pages. The band is releasing a second single from the new album ahead of the tour. “Superhero” will be available as a limited-edition seven-inch single on March 17th, followed by a digital release on March 31st.  See all the dates on the Road Rage page…Pulse Of Radio reports Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, the first documentary about late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain made with the authorization and cooperation of his family, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT on Saturday (Jan 24th). The film was praised in several reviews, with The Wrap calling it a “bold, generous portrait of a man who was clearly a tortured teenager before he was a tortured artist and a reluctant icon,” adding that parts of the two-hour-plus film were “shockingly personal.” Badass Digest was more detailed in its review, noting that the film was “as much a tour of Kurt’s mind as it is a retelling of his life,” and revealing that it includes photos and recordings of Cobain and Courtney Love having sex among its more intimate materials. The film relies less on straight documentary reporting and is constructed more like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs and other artifacts, all accompanied by Cobain’s music.  Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, is an executive producer on the film, which was directed by Brett Morgen. She, Courtney Love, Kurt’s parents and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic all appear in the movie.  Morgen was asked at the premiere why Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl did not appear in his film. Morgen explained that Grohl was interviewed but that there was not enough time to edit his segment into the movie before the Sundance screening.  Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck will premiere on HBO on May 4th…The Mad Season tribute performance scheduled for Jan 30th at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall has added three “mystery guests” to the show’s lineup, which already boasts surviving Mad Season members Mike McCready from Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin from Screaming Trees, along with Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam drummerMatt Cameron and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.  The event will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Mad Season’s sole album, Above, with a unique performance incorporating the Seattle Symphony. Titled “Mad Season Sonic Evolution,” the show will also “pay tribute to Seattle bands Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Mad Season and more.”  In addition to McCready on guitar and Martin on drums, Mad Season featured the late musicians Layne Staley on vocals and John Baker Saunders on bass. McCready told us a while back he often wonders what his two bandmates would have done if they had lived: It’s an interesting, sad feeling at times, because I wonder what those guys would be like now. You know, I wonder if Layne would be a dad or Baker would be a dad or, you know, those kind of things that are important to me now, as opposed to when I was in my 20s, are so different and I wish they could experience that.”  The tribute show is long sold out, but Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation recently ran a contest where winners will receive a pair of tickets to the show plus $1,000 in travel expenses and a meet-and-greet with McCready and others. The contest closed on Sunday (Jan 25th).  All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Vitalogy Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations doing work in the fields of community health, the environment, social change and arts and entertainment. (Thanks Pulse.)….Celebrating their birth day:  Nick Mason of Pink Floyd is 71! Janick Gens of Iron Maiden is 58 and Mike Patton of Faith No More, Mr Bungle, Tomahawk and other side projects is 47.

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