Dirt - Tuesday, Mar 07

WOO HOO!   Lots of bands we hold near and dear have announced tour dates and special appearances!

Let’s start with the Korn, Stone Sour, Baby Metal, Skillet, Yelawolf and Islander, “The Summer of Serenity” Tour!  See all the dates in Road Rage!  Secretly this is a chance for fans to see Corey Taylor join Korn onstage nightly for “A Different World,” which includes a guest appearance by the Stone Sour/Slipknot frontman.  And as a matter of fact, Corey joined Korn on stage Sunday night in Anaheim, CA at the House of Blues at Korn’s second sold out night there, as evidenced below!

Singer Jonathan Davis spoke about getting Taylor to appear on the track. “We were trying to figure out who we wanted to collaborate with, and I’m like, ‘You know, that’s the one, that’s the guy,’” he said. “And I texted him, I’m like, ‘Do you want to be on a new KORN track?’ He’s all, ‘Hell yeah! When and where, what do I do?’ So he did great on the song. I already did my parts, I’m like, ‘Do what you do, man.’ And I like the way he did it, the approach: he starts creeping in underneath the song, you can start slowly hearing his voice under mine, and it crescendos up into the middle part where he sings, and then it’s just full-on at the end, so the song came out great.

Taylor said that he became involved in ”A Different World” after receiving “a phone call, like, ‘Hey, do you wanna do this?’ And I was on the plane the next day. I flew in, and I hadn’t even heard the music. I was, like, ‘Yeah.’ ‘Cause as a fan and as a friend, it was just something that we had been talking about for years. And all the stars aligned and I got to do this track. And it is heavy, dude. It is so righteous. People are gonna lose their minds.

Read more at  Blabbermouth.

Then today, we get the news Stone Sour is returning to the live stage, with an exclusive performance at the Rock On The Range official festival Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18 at Express Live! in Columbus, OH.  

An exclusive presale for Rock On The Range ticket purchasers will start on Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, March 10 at Noon EST at www.RockOnTheRange.com and via Ticketmaster. To celebrate the 11th annual ROTR, tickets will be available for only $11 + service fees.

The exclusive set will mark Stone Sour’s first show in support of Hydrograd, the brand new album coming this summer. Hydrograd, which the band just completed work on, will be the band’s first studio album since the House Of Gold & Bones double album set in 2013.  The band is thrilled to be storming back to the live stage with this intimate show. Stone Sour is known as a truly incendiary live act, appearing on main stages across the world including Download (UK), Soundwave (Australia) Rock In Rio (Brazil) and many more.  Stone Sour have multiple Gold albums, and Platinum and Gold singles to their credit, and over a dozen Top Five Active and Alternative Rock singles to date.

The Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party will launch the weekend for America’s premier rock festival, May 19, 20 and 21 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH. Tickets for the 11th annual Rock On The Range sold out in record time, just over one month after going on sale, marking the fifth consecutive advance sellout for the festival.

The unprecedented Rock On The Range music lineup includes rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn each headlining one night of America’s largest and most-acclaimed rock festival, along with performances from The Offspring, Volbeat, Primus, Bush, +LIVE+, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Coheed and Cambria, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Taking Back Sunday, Of Mice & Men, and many more. The ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent will feature sets from nationally known comedians plus Columbus’s top comedy talent. For more information, visit www.RockOnTheRange.com.   WOO FREAKING HOO, my friends! Counting the days!


Also from Blabbermouth, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has slammed President Donald Trump‘s plan to build “a great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying that “we need to bring people together.”

Metallica concluded a three-night residency in Mexico City Sunday night (Mar 5), and Ulrich was asked by Paola Rojas of Mexico’s Las Estrellas television network for his opinion on the proposed wall. The drummer responded (see video above): “I don’t think the world needs any walls. I think we need to bring people together. Metallica travels all over the world, and through music we try to bring people together. So whether we’re in Mexico or whether we’re in Asia or whether we’re in Europe or whatever, we encourage as many different people from as many different backgrounds to come together and share music and life and culture and all these experiences. And so, being one Danish guy, being asked an opinion, I don’t think any walls are necessary, and I think that, increasingly, as far as Metallica traveling all over this beautiful planet, we break down barriers with music.”

After Trump — one of the most polarizing figures to assume the office — was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, a number of celebrities took to social media to share their thoughts, including  Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who urged fans to “defend democracy” and “reject American carnage.”

In a series of tweets, the
 guitarist was critical of Trump‘s inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of life for some in the United States. “To say America is not great, that it lacks greatness, sets up a scenario for manipulation and control from others —pay attention, people!“ Hammett wrote.

In October, Ulrich said he would consider moving back to his native Denmark if Trump were elected president.  I am a hundred percent Danish citizen. I pay taxes in the U.S.A., but I can’t vote in America,” he said. “Yes, certainly sometimes I think about moving home to Denmark… If Trump becomes President and everything goes to shit, I might make my way to the airport and ask if I can get back in again.”

And Chevelle have announced new tour dates which I have posted for ya in Road Rage. A special pre-sale has been arranged by Blabbermouth, so if you type in ChevBBM as the presale code, you can buy tickets starting tomorrow, (Wed Mar 08) at 10 AM ET before they go on sale to the general public. The summer leg will include Dinosaur Pile-Up and Black Map!

Avatar just posted the music video for “New Land” that you can feast your eyes on above!  The Pulse Of Radio says in the clip, the band travels to the newly discovered Earth-like planets in the nearby Trappist-1 system with guitarist Jonas “Kungen” Jarlsby saying in a statement that the group intends to travel to the new planets as soon as possible.

Jarlsby said, “The ‘new land’ mission will focus primarily on finding life and sustainable living conditions. Secondly we will look for harvestable resources such as various types of metal, lead, copper, zinc, thrash, death — that sort of thing . . . The mission will be aired LIVE on Avatar Country state television, KTV (Kungliga Television). For people abroad, unable to watch the event as it is happening, a summary can be seen above on AvatarVEVO today. Glory to Avatar Country! Glory to our King!”

The song is from the band’s Feathers And Flesh album,  a concept album based around a fable about an owl that goes to war against the world to keep the sun from rising. It features the single “The Eagle Has Landed,” which has reached the Top 20 at rock radio.

We asked frontman Johannes Eckerstrom if the story had any relevance to events going on in the world today: “It’s not necessarily topical that it’s aimed at one specific thing going on in the world, but if it says anything it’s about the human nature and the human condition. But that’s the job of any fable and that’s one of the reasons this was an interesting form of writing to take on with this — that every fable is supposed to have a moral.”

Avatar will begin a North American tour with In This Moment on Apr 7th in Milwaukee.


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