Rammstein have announced four additional shows for their Europe Stadium Tour, which is now scheduled to take place in fall and summer of 2022 after being delayed due to the pandemic lockdown restrictions.
The newly announced dates include a new kick off show on May 15th in Prague, Czech Republic at the Airport Letnany and a new final stop on August 4th in Ostend, Belgium at the Park De Nieuwe Koers.
The other two additional dates include a second night in Klagenfurt, Austria at the Worthersee Stadion on May 26th and an additional concert in Nijmegen, Netherlands at Goffertpark on July 5th. See all of the dates here.
The 69 Eyes' Jyrki 69 and Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens have teamed up for a cover of the Jefferson Airplane's classic "White Rabbit", which has been released digitally and will see a special vinyl offering.
performed with guitar virtuoso Steve Stevens, best known for his work with iconic rock superstar Billy Idol. Together this duo update the paisley groove of the original with rich, atmospheric guitars that build into a metallic frenzy of distorted power chords, all surrounding a bone-chillingly captivating vocal take from Mr. 69.
Jyrki 69 had this to say, "I have never really mentioned this before but I am a huge Jefferson Airplane fan. Grace Slick is an amazing and beautiful person. Jefferson Airplane is one of those bands whose albums I listen to all the time.
"I was very excited to record our cover version of this ultimate rock classic. We turned into psychedelic gothic rock and Steve Stevens is truly my all-time favorite guitarist! Welcome to My Rock'n'Roll Wonderland!"
The special collectible 7" with black & white splatter vinyl will be released on July 1st here and will feature a collaboration with visionaries Rosetta Stone as the b-side. Watch the visualizer here.
(hennemusic) Anthrax continue their 40th anniversary video series with a look at their second studio album, 1985's "Spreading The Disease." Anthrax will mark their official 40th anniversary on July 18.
Produced by Carl Canedy, the set - which followed the "Armed And Dangerous" EP with new singer Joey Belladonna added to the lineup - earned favorable reviews and the band's first US chart position when it peaked at No. 113 on the Billboard 200.
Anthrax will celebrate turning 40 with a very special livestream performance on Friday, July 16 that will see the band deliver a deep cuts set that will pull from their entire career-spanning catalog; all details, including ticketing information, will be announced shortly. Watch the videohere.
Princeton Architectural Press have announced that they will be releasing Andrew McMahon's memoir, entitled "Three Pianos," on October 26th.
"The book tells of McMahon's challenges and triumphs in both his life and career, as seen through the lens of his personal connection to three pianos," according to the announcement.
Andrew had this to say, "This is not a book about the music I have made, it is about how that music and the pianos I have called friends have helped me to make sense of the world. It is a story about family, disease, love and the hunger to be heard."
Organizers of the MerleFest have announced the initial lineup of artists who will be performing at this year's event that is taking place in September.
The first-round lineup for MerleFest 2021 is led by Tedeschi Trucks (Friday), Melissa Etheridge (Sunday), Mavis Staples (Sunday), and LeAnn Rimes (Friday).
They will be joined by Sam Bush (Saturday), Donna The Buffalo (all 4 days), Scythian (Thurs., Fri., and Sat. performances), and The Waybacks (Fri. and Sat.)
MerleFest 2021 will be taking place on September 16-19 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets are scheduled to go sale on June 10th.
Sleep Walker have released a music video for their new song "Distance." The song is the first single from their forthcoming, "Alias", which is set to be released on July 23rd under their just inked deal with UNFD.
Guitarist Jason Caudill had this to say about the track, "'Distance' is about loss — more specifically, losing someone very close to you. For me, it's about witnessing my grandfather struggle with dementia.
"His passing really hit me and it was a very hard and emotional experience. I immediately knew I needed an outlet for that feeling and started working on the lyrics that eventually turned into 'Distance.'"
Drummer Frankie Mish added, "When writing 'Distance,' we realized this was the perfect song to round off this album. We had most of the songs finished and this demo just sat there as a lead and a chorus, and the further we got into the process, the more we realized we really needed something to stick out as a major emotional point in the album. Once that clicked, the song just easily flowed out." Watch the video here.
Elton John and Years & Years have released their cover of the Pet Shop Boys classic "It's a sin" following their performance of the track on the BRIT Awards.
The single was produced by Stuart Price (The Killers, Madonna, Scissor Sisters, Dua Lipa) and proceeds from the track will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
100% of Universal Music Operations Limited's net proceeds (inc. all artists and producer shares) from the sale of this single shall be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
May Pang will be launching the first NFT from her famed "Lost Weekend" with Beatles legend John Lennon on May 19th and it includes historic "never-before-seen photos."
Pang explains, "I'm proud to share these portraits of John, which became the inspiration for the Walls and Bridges album artwork as NFTs, allowing music fans and collectors the opportunity to own a piece of music history.
"I have kept them in my personal collection for almost 50 years and I am excited to present them in this new and innovative form. I know that John, a man of music and art who was always well ahead of his time, would have been excited to experience the emergence of NFTs."
A preview of the collection is available here.
Steve Wilson has released a new track entitled "Anyone But Me". The song was originally planned to be the closing number on Wilson's "The Future Bites" album.
Wilson explains, "This song was a casualty of Covid19. It was originally the closing song on The Future Bites, the album was even mastered and cut with it in place, but the delay in releasing the album gave me the chance to re-evaluate and I decided to replace it with the more laid back and atmospheric 'Count of Unease.' I still love this song though.
"Lyrically it's about how it's now possible to present to the world a version of yourself via social media that may have no bearing on reality - photos of yourself in places you've never been, hanging out with friends you've never met. It's becoming more important to create the illusion of a desirable life on social media than it is to actually live it." Stream the song here.
Supergroup The Gemini Affair have released a music video for their first single titled "You're Perfect". The track comes from their forthcoming EP, which will be entitled "To.....".
"You're Perfect" has been released as a single on vinyl by Pearl Jam's Mike McCready's HockeyTalkter Records and will include the track "Whisper To A Moan".
The band was founded by vocalist/guitarist Jeff Rouse of Duff McKagan's Loaded. He is joined by drummer Donn Gunn (Death Cab for Cutie, Peter Frampton, Soundgarden, King Crimson), bassist Keith Ash (Star Anna, Guessing Game), guitarist Davey French (Everclear) and guitarist Ryan Waters (Sade, Heart, Liv Warfield).
Mike McCready had this to say about the group and upcoming vinyl release, "The members of Seattle's The Gemini Affair are not only incredible musicians, but they are dear friends of mine. I've been fortunate to share the stage with Jeff Rouse & Keith Ash countless times, and I'm stoked to release a single with them!
"The songs 'You're Perfect' and 'A Whisper To A Moan' exhibit a modern take on their classic rock influences! Enjoy the songs and look for them live sometime down the road!"
Rouse's Loaded bandmate and Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver icon Duff McKagan added, "Jeff worked very hard to find his sound on this brilliant record.
"The confluence of his post-punk heroes 'The Cure" and ' Killing Joke', mixed with the straight-up rock n roll motherf***er that he is, makes for the really godamn epic 'Gemini." Watch the video here.
New Zealand rockers Capital Theatre have released a visualizer video for their brand new single, "Long Way To Fall", which was produced by the legendary Mike Clink (Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Whitesnake).
They had this to say about the track, "The song deals with the journey outward to uncharted territory. The melodic piano intro and driving lead guitar lines really propel the idea that a quest or adventure has been embarked upon.
"Whether consumed literally or metaphorically, 'Long Way To Fall' should take the listener on a journey, exploring themes of seeking guidance and answers, sacrificing love for a sense of duty, and accepting that unknown consequences will come from answering the call to adventure.
"We wanted a musical format that allowed us to delve into all of rich musical upbringings and a product that was true to ourselves and we are excited the journey is now beginning. To be in a band is one of life's true privileges." Watch the video here.
KK's Priest, formed by Judas Priest legend KK Downing and former vocalist Tim 'Ripper' Owens, have released a music video for their new track "Hellfire Thunderbolt".
The song is the lead single from the band's forthcoming debut album, "Sermons Of The Sinner", which is set to be released on August 20th. KK and Ripper are joined in the band by Tony Newton (Voodoo Six) on bass, A.J. Mills (Hostile) on guitar and Sean Elg
Downing had this to say, "We are delighted to finally be able to release our first track to the world. It gives a real flavour of the sound and showcases the amazing players I've got in this band. We can't wait for the fans to hear the record." Watch the video here.
Carrie Underwood has announced that she will be launching her very first-ever residency at the end of the year that will be entitled REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency.
The residency will be kicking off December 1st at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas and will be followed by five additional performances on December 3, 4, 8, 10 and 11.
Carry had this to say, "Touring is one of my favorite things I get to do as a performer and we've all really been missing that. I love being on the road and coming to the fans where they live but it will also be fun to get to do multiple shows in one place where people will be able to come to get that concert experience and have some fun in Las Vegas at the same time.
"It's such a special honor to be one of the first artists to get to perform in a brand new, beautiful, state-of-the-art theatre at such an exciting new destination as Resorts World Las Vegas."
She also explained the name of the series, "The show title refers to the fact that this show will reflect the amazing journey I've been on for the past 16 years, as well as a glimpse into what lies ahead."
Yours Truly have released a brand new music video for their tack "Siamese Souls." The song comes from the group's debut album "Self Care", which was released last year.
The new single focuses on vocalist Mikaila Delgado's "turning to astrology as a means to cope with and find meaning as her relationship was ending," according to the announcement.
She explains, "it's about sugar coating the fate of a relationship by looking towards astrology ....it can be so easy to become ignorant to the reality of the situation because you convince yourself the universe is bigger than you." Watch the video here.
Mastodon are streaming a brand new song called "Forged by Neron." The track comes from the forthcoming "Dark Nights: Death Metal Soundtrack".
Brann Dailor had this to say, "We are super excited and honored to be part of the Dark Nights: Death Metal soundtrack! We've all been fans of DC Comics and the Batman universe since we were kids, so it really means a lot for us to be able to add something to that world."
The album is set to be released on June 18th and will also feature tracks from Rise Against, Grey DazeDenzel Curry, Manchester Orchestra, Chelsea Wolfe, Idles, Gunship, Tyler Bates (feat. Dave Lombardo), Soccer Mommy and more. Stream the song here.
Mat Kearney has released the "January Flower Acoustic EP", which features unplugged versions of tracks from his forthcoming studio album "January Flower".
The new record will be hitting stores on May 21st but Mat is giving fans an early taste with the EP that includes acoustic versions of the songs "Grand Canyon," "Can't Look Back," "Pontiac," and "Anywhere With You."
Kearney said of his inspiration for the new ablum, "It was about digging down and finding the innocence that comes with wanting to make music solely for the love and passion of doing it. I wanted to stay true to that voice." Stream the EP here.
The Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Jay-Z, Carole King, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner have been announced as the class of 2022 for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Metal legends Iron Maiden sadly will not be inducted despite selling over 100 million albums and continuing to perform to arena and even stadium sized audiences across the globe.
Late Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads, along with LL Cool J and Billy Preston will receive the Musical Excellence Award at the induction event on October 30th at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH.
Korn have announced that they will be returning to the road this summer to launch a U.S. tour that will also feature their very special guest Staind.
The 28- city trek will be kicking off on August 5th at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL and will wrap up at this year's Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, KY on September 23rd.
pre-sale tickets will be going on sale beginning Thursday, May 13th at 10:00AM local time, and general on-sale for tickets launch on Friday, May 14thst at 12:00PM local time. See the dates here.
(hennemusic) Oasis have announced plans to release a feature documentary later this year highlighting the 25th anniversary of the band's legendary pair of 1996 concerts at Knebworth, England.
Touring in support of their second album, "(What's The Story) Morning Glory", the group performed the August 10 and 11 shows before 125,00 fans each night; the events saw more than 2.5 million fans apply for access, setting a record for the largest-ever demand for concert tickets in British history.
The film will be directed by Jake Scott, who has created videos for Oasis, R.E.M, U2, The Verve, The Rolling Stones and many more, while Oasis members Noel Gallagher and Liam Gallagher will serve as executive producers.
"It's a story driven entirely by the music, a rock and roll experience, told in the moment, like a visual stream of consciousness that is built around the extensive archive footage from the event," says Scott. "No on-camera interviews or unnecessary celebrity recollections."
The Knebworth documentary will be screened in cinemas later this year by Trafalgar Releasing.
Last fall, Oasis released a limited-edition series of 25th anniversary vinyl editions of "(What's The Story) Morning Glory"; the original album delivered four UK Top 5 hits - including two No. 1's with "Some Might Say" and "Don't Look Back In Anger" and a pair of No. 2's with "Wonderwall" and "Roll With It" - on its way to 15x platinum sales of more than 4 million copies in the country to become the best-selling album in the UK of the decade.
The record was also a worldwide hit for Oasis, peaking at No. 4 in the US and selling 4 million there, as well, while topping the charts in at least 10 countries to earn global sales of more than 22 million copies. Watch the live video for "Champagne Supernova" from Knebworthhere.
Former Tenth Avenue North lead vocalist and guitarist Mike Donehey just released his new EP "A Father & Two Sons," and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the track "Pushing Me Away". Here is the story:
Last summer my human interaction was limited. My "pod" had been reduced to my brother-in-law's family and my friend Thomas and his wife. So the three of us, my brother-in-law Kris and my friend Thomas and myself, started getting together to write.
For one reason or another, I was going through a particular deep dive into the late 60's era of rock and the more psychedelic folk scene. One day we began to tinker and my brother-in-law played the opening riff to what would become the song. And I sort of just blurted out "Why You Pushing Me Away?"
I don't know if, subconsciously, I had just had a fight with my wife or what, but those words fit with his guitar riff like a puzzle piece. And in two hours it felt like the song had written itself.
Later I started reflecting on a parable of Jesus about a father and two sons and how his boys seemed to rather have his money than have his presence. That thought hit me in the gut. I grew up in church and heard quite a few soliloquies about "prodigals" and how they need to come home. But I don't remember hearing too much about how the father of those boys must have felt. That's when I tweaked the bridge lyrics to "pawning my inheritance to give you what you're looking for, and when you got nothing left I'll give you even more."
If Jesus' story about that father is truly comparative to how the mystery of a loving God feels, then it gives me great comfort to know he's pawning off treasures to make me his.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!