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GUNS N' ROSES have announced the rescheduled dates for their recently postponed Central and South American tour. The trek, which was originally slated to take place in March and April, was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic which has brought the worldwide concert industry to a near-complete standstill. The new shows will take place in November and December, with all original tickets honored for the rescheduled dates.
GUNS N' ROSES tweeted out a link to the tour page on the band's official web site and included the following message: "GNR fam, we're announcing new rescheduled #GNR2020 tour dates. Hold onto your tickets, see you soon"
Rescheduled tour dates:
Nov. 08 - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
Nov. 15 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Estadio Ricardo Saprissa
Nov. 18 - Guatemala City, Guatemala - Estadio Cementos Progreso
Nov. 21 - Quito, Ecuador - Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa
Nov. 24 - Lima, Peru - Estadio Universidad San Marcos
Nov. 27 - Santiago, Chile - Lollaplaooza
Dec. 04 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza
Dec. 06 - Bogota, Colombia - Estereo Picnic
GUNS N' ROSES' "Not In This Lifetime" tour, which began four years ago, recently became the No. 3 highest-grossing tour in the history of Billboard Boxscore.
Launched in April 2016, "Not in This Lifetime" features classic-lineup members Slash, Duff McKagan and singer Axl Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California's Coachella festival.
The band is now reportedly going to work on a new studio album — the first under the GUNS banner since 2008's "Chinese Democracy" and the first to feature Rose, Slash and McKagan since 1993.
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Alex Lifeson has checked in to say that after a recent family holiday, he’s self-quarantining for two weeks to help prevent the risk of spreading coronavirus.
The Rush guitarist has even asked for film and programme recommendations while he’s in lockdown – and his call has been answered with fans submitting hundreds of suggestions.
Lifeson says: “Just returned from spring break with my grandkids. We are all self quarantining for 14 days. All travellers should. Looking forward to getting caught up on Netflix! Send your top viewing suggestions.”
Some have jokingly recommended he watch the Rush documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage, while others have praised the guitarist’s actions in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 continues to chaos across the music industry, with tours and festivals cancelled as the flu-like virus continues to spread. Some countries and US states have set recommended limits on the number of people who can gather together, while other countries have gone into lockdown amid the pandemic.
Keep up to date with all the latest news on tour and show postponements and cancellations due to coronavirus on Louder’s dedicated hub page. This will be updated regularly with news as we get it.
The World Health Organisation have posted public advice in light of the spread of the virus which covers basic protective measures.
|Posted on March 16, 2020 at 7:20 PM||comments (0)|
Metallica producer Bob Rock has admitted that he initially "didn't get" the group's classic 1991 single "Enter Sandman." The record-maker helmed the tune's parent album as well as a handful of the band's subsequent efforts.
But that doesn't mean he was always on the same page with Metallica members, especially when it came to picking the record's first single. Although "Enter Sandman" did end up as Metallica's lead single, Rock didn't at first envision it as such. Watch him explain why in the video toward the bottom of this post.
"I remember Lars [Ulrich] saying, 'Well, "Sandman" is the single,'" Rock told GibsonTV, as transcribed by Guitar World. "And I'm going, 'What?' To me it was like, I didn't get it yet. Because all the lyrics weren't there."
The producer continued. "I was thinking 'Holier Than Thou,' only because that kind of energy was up-tempo and that kind of works for me. What do I know? It ended up being 'Sandman' – obviously a good choice."
Three years ago, Rock also remembered his time making Metallica albums. However, he admitted that some aspects of the recording process were challenging. After "The Black Album," he also produced the group's Load and Reload, in addition to both co-producing and playing bass on 2003's St. Anger.
"It's a huge part of my life," the producer described back in 2017. "I spent 15 years with those guys. I couldn't have worked with a better band. It was difficult, but when you're in a place that's not comfortable, you do your best work. Clearly it's some of my best work."
Check out the interview here:
|Posted on March 16, 2020 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx called on people to “dampen down the hysteria” as efforts continued to control the coronavirus epidemic.
Current World Health Organization information is that the vast majority of those who catch the illness will fully recover within two weeks, while even most of those who suffer heavier symptoms are likely to recover within three to six weeks.
“Wouldn’t it be great to see people stop self promoting right now and turn towards friends and family instead?” Sixx said via Instagram. “Reach out to people around you who might be scared or need help.” He added: “Also, do we really need more fear mongering? The news is doing a great job at that already… maybe find a way to dampen down the hysteria.”
Meanwhile, Crue drummer Tommy Lee said he’d take advantage of public health advice over social distancing by going to work in his studio. WHO advised people to maintain a distance of three feet from anyone seen to be coughing or sneezing, to prevent the chance of infected droplets being transmitted by air. “Lookin like a perfect time to get locked down in my studio and create!” Lee tweeted.
Separately, Queen guitarist Brian May expressed an optimistic view about the pandemic. He posted a video of the globe infected by COVID-19, backed with Monty Python song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.” May wrote: “Look at it this way... we’re all in this together... this is Planet Earth enveloped by CoronaVirus COVID 19. But all things must pass.”
Poison frontman Bret Michaels explained his decision to cancel his appearance aboard the 80s Cruise, which sailed from Miami, FL on March 8, with a scheduled return date of March 15. “As many of you know, I am a Type One Insulin-Dependent Diabetic,” he said via Facebook. “What many of you may not know is that diabetes causes an extremely compromised immune system. My doctor and diabetic specialist ordered me to wait this out, as I was at the highest of the high risk categories for contracting the virus, as stated by the CDC. Even if I did not contract the coronavirus, if we got quarantined at sea, there is a good chance that the insulin and supplies onboard would have run out without a re-supply.”
He added that he had no plans to “buy into media frenzy hyper pandemic,” but added, “this is a serious virus with little information so far on what you can do if you're in a high-risk category or any category.”
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KISS singer/guitarist Paul Stanley took to Twitter to offer some advice in dealing with the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Says Paul: "PLEASE. It may seem surreal. It may seem inconceivable. We are about to see illness, deaths and an overwhelmed hospital system never seen in our lifetime. Businesses are closing. This is NOT an opportunity for get-togethers or parties. SOCIAL DISTANCING IS THE MINIMUM. STAY HOME."
KISS have announced the the final three shows of the spring leg of their End Of The Road tour are being rescheduled out of an abundance of caution. Tulsa, OK will now be Sunday, October 4 at BOK Center; Biloxi, MS will now be Tuesday, October 6 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum; and Lafayette, LA will now be Wednesday, October 7 at Cajundome.
Tickets will be honoured on the new date. The fall leg of the tour remains unchanged.
|Posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
A mini-documentary about MTV's 1984 "Lost Weekend" Van Halen contest is now available to watch online.
The film, which runs a little less than 15 minutes, screened at festivals last year, and is now presented by 60 Second Docs. Lost Weekend was directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb, who previously made the documentary GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the inspiration for the hit Netflix show GLOW.
“Lost Weekend was born out of many late nights watching classic MTV music videos, awards shows and MTV bumpers," the filmmakers said in a statement. "Among the madness appeared the commercial for MTV's Lost Weekend contest. Before we knew it, the simple suggestion that 'We should do a doc about the guy who won that contest!' turned into a week in Pennsylvania, the surprising discovery of untouched raw archive footage, a newfound appreciation for Van Halen's music and the short film that is Lost Weekend."
The winner of the contest was 20-year-old Kurt Jefferis from Phoenixville, Pa., who had one of his 13 postcards picked out of the more than a million that were submitted to MTV in 1984. In early April, Jefferis and his friend Tom Winnick were ushered in a limo from their suburb outside of Philadelphia to the airport, where they boarded a private jet to Detroit. Van Halen were performing two nights at the city's Cobo Arena in support of their smash album 1984.
The band brought Jefferis onstage during one of the shows to congratulate him and then smashed a cake in his face and sprayed him with champagne. "The rush was unbelievable," Jefferis said in the film. Things got a little out of hand at a backstage party, the contest winner recalled. He drank with the band, smoked some pot and snorted "a little cocaine off David Lee Roth's pinkie."
What the band and MTV staff didn't know was that Jefferis had a metal plate in his head after a recent fall down a stairwell left him with a blood clot on his brain. He shouldn't have been drinking at all, and Winnick eventually pulled someone aside and told them. A decision was then made to separate Jefferis from the festivities, a move that may have saved his life.
"I didn't tell MTV about my accident because I didn't think anything of it," Jefferis said. "I was the grand-prize winner and I was going to go experience a lost weekend with Van Halen." Winnick noted that a contest like that held today would include a "50-page release and lawyers out the wazoo before you could even do a 10th of what happened."
You can watch the mini-documentary below:
|Posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:45 PM||comments (0)|
George Lynch says he wishes JUDAS PRIEST would call him and ask him to play guitar for the band.
When Glenn Tipton was forced to retire from full-time touring activities due to his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, he and his PRIEST bandmates opted to hire Andy Sneap to step in, having gotten to know the British-born, 50-year-old producer when he helmed the group's latest album, "Firepower".
Speaking at a guitar clinic at Pitbull Audio in San Diego this past January, George said (see video below): "I still to this day love PRIEST. I wish they would call me up and hire me. Glenn Tipton, hello?"
JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill recently said that it was up to Sneap to decide if he wants to carry on playing guitar for the band after the completion of the "Firepower" world tour. "Andy is now, these days, first and foremost a producer," he explained. "Whether he wants to go back and do that full time or not, it'll be a mutual decision when the time comes. Andy will be more than welcome to stay. He's done a tremendous job over the last year or so, really. He's done a great job stepping in for Glenn… We were only about three weeks away from starting the tour [laughs], and Andy stepped in and did a great job. He pulled a real rabbit out of the hat in learning a complete setlist of songs in such a short period of time. He pulled it off anyway. And as time's gone on, obviously, his stage presence, he got more comfortable with that, and he's performing great now. So when the time comes… We'll give it to the end of this run and then see what everybody wants to do. As I say, he'll be more than welcome to carry on with us if that's his plan."
Asked if PRIEST had anyone else in mind for the guitarist slot if Sneap ever decided to return to full-time producing, Hill said: "No, not at the time being. The plan is to tour [in 2020] with 50-year celebrations. And if Andy's with us, great. If he wants to carry on with producing, we'll more than understand that. He's done a tremendous job and he'll go with everyone's blessing."
Tipton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease six years ago — after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier — but didn't announce he was going to sit out touring activities in support of "Firepower" until February 2018. The guitarist, who is now 72 and has performed on every PRIEST record since the band's 1974 debut set, "Rocka Rolla", is not quitting the band, but simply cannot handle the rigorous challenges of performing live.
JUDAS PRIEST will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the U.S. in the summer/fall. The "50 Heavy Metal Years Tour" will feature support from SABATON.
You can check out the interview here:
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Rose Tattoo have released a video for the song "Nice Boys", featured on their new album, Outlaws, out now. Watch the clip below:
Outlaws is a re-recording of the famed first and iconic Rock N Roll Outlaw, spawning classics like “Nice Boys” (Don’t Play Rock ‘n’ Roll), “Rock N’ Roll Outlaw”, “One Of The Boys” and “Bad Boy For Love”, these songs have etched their way into the music landscape over the last 40+ years. The magik with a ‘k’ is that they’ve included three bonus tracks from the very early days, songs that were demoed and never made the final cut, being a ‘love song’ “Rosetta” written back in 1975 by Anderson and Rilens, “Snow Queen” and “Sweet Love Rock and Roll”, penned by Ian Rilens.
Loveable rogue, Angry Anderson recruited the best in the business to head up the assault on this one comprising legendary bass player, Mark Evans of AC/DC fame, iconic guitarist Bob Spencer - Finch, Skyhooks, The Angels, and, Pete Well’s endorsed, “unbelievably talented maestro of rock mayhem”, Dai Pritchard on slide. Keeping the drum stool warm on this outing is ‘Genghis’, the keeper of time, Jackie Barnes.
“For me, that’s critically important, cosmically important, because this album is all about history, heritage, honour and respect. Just as significant is the forging, the embracing, and the official signing on if you like, to that history by THIS band and having them make their own reverent mark. This really is about honouring the past and respecting the present.” - Angry Anderson
Rock N’ Roll Outlaw was originally recorded at the famed Alberts studios, produced by the legendary team, Vanda & Young and, released through Albert, Repertoire Records in late 1978.
“The universe owes a deep unpayable debt to this band’s founders Peter Wells and Ian Rilen as well as Mick Cocks, Dallas 'Digger' Royal, Geordie Leach, Rockin’ Robin Riley and Lobby Loyde. Paul DeMarco, Dai Pritchard and Steve King have of course honourably kept the temple flame burning brightly more recently, but the album also rightfully acknowledges the foresight and support of Ted Albert, Fifa Riccobono, George Young and Harry Vanda who saw something in this band back when most other record companies were calling the cops.” - Angry Anderson
Outlaws is released via Cleopatra Records on all digital platforms as well as on CD and a special limited edition vinyl pressing in your choice of red or silver. Order here:
"One Of The Boys"
"Sweet Love (Rock N’ Roll)"
"Rock N’ Roll Outlaw"
"The Butcher And Fast Eddy"
"Stuck On You"
"Bad Boy For Love"
"Rosetta" (Bonus Track)
|Posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
RUSHfest Scotland is back for its seventh year in Glasgow in June. This time round, the Rush fan convention will host three evenings between June 11 and June 13, including a very special ‘in conversation with’ event.
“We've kinda blown it out the park this year by bringing Terry Brown, Hugh Syme and [Rush covers act] Jacob Moon across as our special guests,” event founder Steve Brown tells Prog. “Hugh designed the poster for us, using elements from the upcoming Permanent Waves 40th anniversary reissue, with the label's permission.”
The first night kicks off on June 11 at Astley Hall with a headline set from Jacob Moon who returns for a second performance on June 13 at Drygate Brewery. Fans will also have the opportunity to hear Syme and Brown in conversation on June 12 at Ivory Blacks.
Says Steve Brown, “Our main event on Saturday June 13 will include a set from Jacob plus Moving Pictures and headliners Kepler Ten, as their Rush tribute alter egos R2. But we won't let them off the stage unless they play some original material too!”
RUSHfest Scotland was founded in 2014 and has so far raised more than £41k for cancer charities. This year, all profits will go to Cancer Support Scotland.
To purchase tickets, including a limited meet-and-greet option, visit the RUSHfest Scotland website:
|Posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Motor Sister have started work on a follow-up to 2015's Ride, the debut album from the hard rock supergroup that features Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and his wife, vocalist Pearl Aday. The band also includes guitarist Jim Wilson, bassist Joey Vera and drummer John Tempesta.
That's what the act recently revealed via social media. The recording news surfaced alongside a photo the musicians assembled in a studio, instruments in hand.
"It begins…" the group shared Monday (March 9) on Instagram. "MOTOR SISTER is in the studio this week recording our NEW ALBUM." Also tagged in the accompanying image is musician and recording engineer Jay Ruston, the Anthrax and Steel Panther producer presumably helming the upcoming effort.
It was five years ago that Motor Sister first emerged on the music scene, the band initially sharing a video for Ride's "Fork in the Road." A performance clip for "A Hole" soon followed, as did a lyric video for "This Song Reminds Me of You." In 2015, the band discussed their formation with Loudwire. Shortly after that, Wilson offered some insight into his career that led to Motor Sister's arrival.
Wilson fronted the power trio Mother Superior and played in Henry Rollins' Rollins Band before forming the supergroup with Ian and Aday. Vera's past credits include work with Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Tempesta previously performed with Exodus, Testament, White Zombie and Helmet.
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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Ozzy Osbourne has released the official music video for "Ordinary Man", the title track of his new album. In the clip, directed by Stephen Lee Carr and produced by Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Peter Glowski, R. Greg Johnston and Stephen Lee Carr, Ozzy sits in front of a screen watching clips and looking at photos from his early days with BLACK SABBATH to headlining venues around the world as a solo artist. Throughout, Osbourne faces good times and bad, going from melancholy as he views troubling moments (the loss of Randy Rhoads) to happy times alongside his wife and family.
Marking his first new solo music in almost 10 years, "Ordinary Man" was preceded by the release of three singles, the No. 1 rock track "Under The Graveyard", which was followed by "Straight To Hell" featuring GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, and the aforementioned title cut.
"It was a lot of fun to do though it's a lot different from my other albums," Ozzy says of the LP. "We recorded it quickly, which I haven't done since the first BLACK SABBATH album. This made it a different process, which I actually enjoyed."
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (GUNS N' ROSES) on bass and Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums. Beyond the core band, "Ordinary Man" features a who's-who of Ozzy friends and collaborators including Elton John, Post Malone and Tom Morello.
"It all just came together," Ozzy explains of the guest stars. "Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing 'Ordinary Man', it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, 'I wonder if he would sing on it?' We asked, and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and play piano on the song."
Three days after the news of the surprise collaboration with Elton was broken by Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon on her daytime TV talk show "The Talk", Smith spoke about the project during an appearance on "Volume West", which airs daily on SiriusXM Volume channel 106.
Asked by host Lyndsey Parker how Slash came to be involved with the album, Chad said: "Having Ozzy do new music, anyone that we mentioned to, 'We're making music for Ozzy,' everyone wants in. Anyone we spoke to. So we wanted it to be the right people. We didn't wanna just throw in names for names. [We wanted] people that love Ozzy, which is pretty much everybody anyway, but that made sense. The single that's out now called 'Straight To Hell', he soloed at the end of that — classic Slash wah-wah, bluesy; great. But, really, we wanted him to play on this song that is the title song, which is called 'Ordinary Man' — this more midtempoey, kind of BEATLES… Ozzy loves THE BEATLES — it's his favorite band. He's going on about THE BEATLES — THE BEATLES, BEATLES, BEATLES. And you would think, the Prince Of Darkness — THE BEATLES, really? So he's, like, 'We need something midtempo, not so heavy.' So Andrew [Watt, 'Ordinary Man' producer] had this little piano idea thing, and we made it into this song, and it's epic. And Slash plays the solo. It's so epic, there's two Slash solos. [Laughs] It's a really good song. And he plays beautifully on it, and we're so happy to have him on it.'
According to Chad, Elton ended up playing on the record as an afterthought. "We decided, 'Well, [the song] has a piano. Who is a really good piano player? I don't know…. Let's get the Rocket Man,'" Smith recalled. "And so Andrew and I went down to Atlanta, where Elton John lives when he's on the East Coast. I think he kind of lives all over the place. And we recorded him. And he played the piano on the song, and he plays it beautifully, of course. And then we're, like, 'Why don't we have him sing a verse?'"
Chad went on to say that Elton and Ozzy both sound "fucking awesome" on the song. "These two iconic legendary English fucking rockers that have been through it all are singing about the end of their lives. 'I don't wanna die an ordinary man.' And it's fucking great," he said. "Me and Andrew are pinching ourselves. And Elton was so great, so gracious. 'I'll do anything for Ozzy. I love Ozzy.'
"And so on this 'Ordinary Man' song, you've got Duff McKagan, Slash, Andrew Watt, wonderboy producer, writer, hot-shit guy of the moment, great musician," he continued. "You've got the Prince Of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. You've got Sir Elton John, and a drummer from some other band. You've got the fucking Avengers of rock and roll. It's so fucking good. And at the end of this song, every time I hear it, there's this string thing at the end. We went to Abbey Road [studios], and it's strings and a choir. It's fucking epic, and every time I hear it, I'm, like, 'And the Grammy goes to…'"
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According to The Costa Rica Star, Guns N' Roses' March 18 concert at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa Ayma in San Jose, Costa Rica is among the "massive events and activities" that have been canceled as Costa Rica confirms nine cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
The Ministry of Health in coordination with the National Emergency Commission (CNE) informed that as of Tuesday, March 10, all massive events and activities, both free and paid, are canceled; also, the President gave orders for public institution employees to work from home when possible. The objective is to mitigate the transmission of the virus.
The cancelation of events applies by decree for all activity of high concentration of people, whether it is of free access or organized a commercial activity, these includes concerts (such as Guns N’ Roses), parades, carnivals, public shows, etc. Special measures are to be applied for theaters, movie theaters and sporting events. For the time being religious activities and education will carry on without suspension.
The Ministry of Work has aided other public institution to have employees work from home whenever possible. This is also suggested to the private sector.
Guns N’ Roses recenlty announced that The Smashing Pumpkins will join a select number of dates on their 2020 worldwide stadium tour. The colossal Guns N’ Roses 2020 Tour will feature The Smashing Pumpkins at stops in major cities across North America - Philadelphia, PA; Detroit, MI; Toronto, ON; Washington, DC; East Rutherford, NJ; and Boston, MA.
Guns N’ Roses will bring their uninhibited signature sound and dominance to millions of fans across the globe starting this March in Mexico City. The colossal Guns N’ Roses 2020 Tour will steamroll through Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Lisbon, London, Prague and so many more. GN'R will be the first ever rock band to perform at the long-awaited Los Angeles SoFi Stadium and will hit MetLife Stadium on the opposite coast, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
14 - Mexico City, MX - Vive Latino Festival
21 - Quito, EC - Estadio Olimpico Atahualpa
24 - Lima, PE - Estadio Universidad San Marcos
27 - Santiago, CL - Lollapalooza
29 - Buenos Aires, AG - Lollapalooza
3 - Sao Paolo, BR - Lollapalooza
5 - Bogota, CO - Estereo Picnic
8 - Guatemala City, GT - Estadio Cementos Progreso
11 - Punta Cana, DR - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
20 - Lisbon, PT - Passeio Martimo De Alges
23 - Seville, ES - Estadio Benito Villamarin
26 - Munich, DE - Olympiastadion
29 - London, GB - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
30 - London, GB - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
2 - Hamburg, GE - Volksparkstadion
6 - Solvesborg, SE - Sweden Rock Festival
9 - Vienna, AT - Ernst Happel Stadium
12 - Firenze, IT - Firenze Rocks
14 - Berne, CH - Stade de Suisse
17 - Warsaw, PL - PGE Narodowy
19 - Prague, CZ - Letnany Airport
21 - Landgraaf, NL - Pinkpop
25 - Glasgow, GB - Glasgow Green
27 - Dublin, IE - Marlay Park
4 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest – AmFam Amp
8 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
11 - Detroit, MI - Comerica Park
13 - Toronto, ON - Rogers Centre
16 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
18 - East Rutherford, NJ - MetLife Stadium
21 - Boston, MA - Fenway Park
24 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Field
26 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
29 - Commerce City, CO - DICK'S Sporting Goods Park
2 - Seattle, WA - T-Mobile Park
5 - San Francisco, CA - Oracle Park
8 - Los Angeles, CA - SoFi Stadium
12 - Atlanta, GA - Bobby Dodd Stadium
15 - Tampa, FL - Raymond James Stadium
18 - Arlington, TX - Globe Life Field
21 - Indianapolis, IN - Lucas Oil Stadium
23 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome
26 - Missoula, MT - Grizzly Stadium
|Posted on March 10, 2020 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
Is a new virus going to lead to the cancellation of rock's biggest season?
Spring and summer regularly see a huge uptick in tours; that's when festival shows return too. But the emergence of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 might change everything this year.
Experts are focusing on large gatherings as information about how COVID-19 spreads becomes more widely known. The number of new cases didn't start leveling out in China, ground zero of the epidemic, until the country clamped down on all public events. Italy also self-quarantined in a bid to stave off an explosion of new cases.
Some schools are already closing in the U.S., even before testing proves that the virus has become widespread. Conventions have been called off; people are electing to work from home.
As such, Pearl Jam don't look to be the last band to have a tour postponed over concerns about the virus. The recently canceled South by Southwest probably won't be the last festival either. A broader disruption in the music industry is looking more and more possible.
"The scope of this social distancing that [the Chinese] engaged in was phenomenal, helpful and beneficial," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, told USA Today on Monday. "I think, right now, we should be limiting large gatherings, especially in areas where we know that there's spread."
Then there is the fact that the novel coronavirus is most deadly among patients who are older than 60, as well as those with preexisting health conditions. This would impact both the first generations of classic-rock fans – and the acts themselves.
Five out of the Top 10 worldwide 2019 tours featured artists who were more than 50, according to Pollstar; three on the list included band members between 60 and nearly 80. All three top earners in the industry magazine's list of Top 200 North American tours were older than 70, including Elton John, the Rolling Stones and Bob Seger.
Recognizing what was potentially at stake, Neil Young put the brakes on a planned tour with Crazy Horse. "We are all super ready to go, and the last thing we want to do is put people at risk – especially our older audience," he said on Monday. "No one wants to become sick in this pandemic."
COVID-19-related scheduling changes began, predictably, in Asia – where Green Day already decided to hold off on touring "due to the health and travel concerns with coronavirus." Slipknot followed suit.
More recently, however, the virus has begun to gain a foothold in the West.
Italy, which became the epicenter of the European outbreak this week, asked those in theaters to sit three seats apart. France banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people, prompting Queen and Adam Lambert to postpone a planned May 26 concert. Van Morrison added a second show at L'Olympia in Paris, in order to split up the crowd.
Yesterday, the fallout moved over North America: Kiss announced they were ending post-show meet and greets with fans. Organizers at Coachella, which was expected to draw more than 100,000 people on each of its six days, were also reportedly trying to decide how to move forward.
There are financial considerations too. As the virus spread, insurance coverage ended for COVID-19, potentially saddling promoters with a huge financial burden. There is also the risk of litigation should a concertgoer become ill – though music-industry insurance expert Paul Bassman questioned whether that sort of suit could be won.
"Maybe it's a moral thing," Bassman told Pollstar. "Imagine if you had an event and all of a sudden 50,000 people came down with coronavirus, and then all of a sudden those people's grandparents were dropping like flies because of it? The guilt would be overwhelming. So, possibly it's someone who couldn't justify that loss and thought, 'I can't live with myself by allowing this to go on.'"
A rush of tours and festivals now loom, as spring turns into summer. Yes' Cruise to the Edge is scheduled to set sail later this month. Metallica, Lindsey Buckingham, the Stones, Robert Plant, Journey, Ringo Starr and then Alice Cooper are among those planning to begin new tours between now and May. The New Orleans Jazz Fest, where the Black Crowes kick off their reunion dates, also heralds a bustling festival season.
Experts like Gottlieb are suggesting that all of it should be put off until the novel coronavirus epidemic plays out.
"If you implement mitigation steps, what you do is, you slow the rate at which people get the virus," Gottlieb said. Those steps, he noted, should include "shutting down businesses where you have a large number of people congregating indoors, where you have rapid spread. Think of movie theaters. Requiring businesses to have nonessential people telework. Slowing transportation."
These efforts would moderate the epidemic such that it can be handled within our existing health-care system, he said. It would also give scientists more time to develop a vaccine. "We're past the point of believing that we can prevent epidemic spread," Gottlieb confirmed. "Now the goal is to have a limited epidemic and reduce the scope and severity of it, and that's still possible."
For now, industry leaders like Live Nation are focused on preventative measures. Those include "increasing the number of hand-washing stations" and "placing extra hand-sanitizer dispensers at all bathroom areas," a Live Nation spokesman told the Orange County Register on Friday, as well as "additional signage and messaging to help direct people to these stations and reinforce basic health and hygiene practices."
Of course, it might not matter what bands, festival organizers and tour promoters decide. Some fans may elect to stay home, whether music events are shuttered or not.
"So far, only one measure has been effective against the coronavirus: extreme social distancing," Johns Hopkins University's professor Yascha Mounk told the Atlantic. "It's hard to change our own behavior while the administration and the leaders of other important institutions send the social cue that we should go on as normal. But we must change our behavior anyway."
In the end, maybe others can take a page from shut-in Chinese fans who have rushed toward live-stream opportunities – in particular on BiliBili, a Shanghai-based video-sharing website that allows users to chat during performances. These so-called "bedroom festivals," as singer He Fan of the Beijing band Birdstriking enthused, are "like going to a karaoke parlor or being in a mosh pit, without leaving your house."
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Def Leppard are entering the early stages of brainstorming ideas for their next album, which will be the follow-up to 2015's self-titled effort from the glammy English rockers. That's according to a recent radio interview with longtime Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.
Interestingly enough, however, Campbell himself won't be present at the first writing session for the upcoming record. The musician already had plans with his other outfit, Last in Line. Regardless, the guitarist explained that Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, Phil Collen and Rick Savage are starting without him.
"I think Joe and Phil and Sav are getting together in the next couple of weeks to start work on something," Campbell told Q105.7's Steve King last month (Feb. 28). "Unfortunately, by the time I got wind of the schedule, I was already booked to do some shows with Last in Line. But it's just an initial writing session."
Listen to the rest of the interview here:
Since the act last released a studio album, a live release (And There Will Be a Next Time… Live from Detroit), rarities EP (The Lost Session) and a hits compilation (The Story So Far – The Best of Def Leppard) have emerged. But that doesn't mean the group's songwriters aren't continually working on new material.
"Joe's always writing songs," Campbell added. "In fact, everyone in this band is always writing songs. We always have something in our back pocket. So someone obviously has a burning desire and a song that they really believe in to get the ball rolling."
The musician continued, "It's just an initial session, and Def Leppard records take a long time to come together. We'll be together pretty soon to start rehearsals for the tour. In fact, we have a one-off show in Mexico on May 1, a festival date, so we'll be rehearsing for a week or ten days before that. And that's when we'll probably start to swap ideas and talk about a schedule. But, realistically, it'll be next year before we get in to actually make a record of any shape."
The tour mentioned by Campbell is this summer's "The Stadium Tour" that puts the band alongside contemporaries Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett. After that, Def Leppard will tour the States this fall with ZZ Top.
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Sammy Hagar is planning a Las Vegas residency, which he promises will be the “ultimate party.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal report The Red Rocker is looking at opening the stint in June ahead of his summer tour with The Circle, with the vocalist and guitarist then looking at playing one weekend per month after that.
Hagar tells the website: “I want to create the ultimate environment where I can throw the ultimate party, like I have done in Cabo for 30 years for my birthday – but at another time of year here in Las Vegas, which is really the party capital of the world.
“I hate to put Cabo second to anything, but I feel in this case it’s gotta take second place to Las Vegas.”
It’s reported that the former Van Halen and Montrose frontman has already sent open invitations to a number of fellow rockers including Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil, Journey guitarist Neal Schon and Billy Idol.
Hagar is looking at holding the event at the Celestia tent at the Strat Hotel And Casino in Sin City, and adds: “Everybody wants to do a residency, and people are doing residencies, but what I want to create with the Strat guys is more than me going into a building and playing it.
“We want it to be more like an event, a place for fans to come in that’s a consistently cool place.”
Hagar and The Circle will head out on tour with Whitesnake and Night Ranger across the US from July 9.
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A new documentary about Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood will be receiving its U.S. premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in April.
The film is entitled "Somebody Up There Likes Me" and will be receiving three separate screenings at the festival with tickets going on sale next Tuesday, March 17th at 11am ET.
The first screening is scheduled to take place on April 16th at Bow Tie Cinemas in Hoboken, New Jersey (409-415 14th Street) at 6:00 PM. The second screening is set for April 18th at 1:30PM at the Village East Cinema. The final screening is scheduled for April 23rd at 5:45PM at Cinepolis Chelsea 6.
The documentary was directed by Mike Figgis and is described as "A series of intimate conversations with Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, whose extraordinary music career placed him at the forefront of the British R&B explosion to rock 'n' roll stardom."
Find more details here:
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KISS has scrapped its previously announced meet-and-greet events on the "End Of The Road" tour due to the unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
KISS manager Doc McGhee released a statement announcing the cancelation, explaining that the bandmembers "have been advised to temporarily" call off these events as authorities struggle to keep people out of crowded places as the virus continued to spread.
"Our Meet and Greets have always offered us and you our fans a unique opportunity to literally stand shoulder to shoulder together," McGhee said in the statement. "After many discussions with experts in the field, we have been advised to temporarily cancel these events given the reality that we do this nightly for a hundred or more fans. Shows will continue as scheduled and we look forward to resuming our time with you backstage."
Around 100,000 people worldwide have contracted the coronavirus and more than 3,000 people have died — the majority in China.
According to the Centers For Disease Control And Protection (CDC), coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person — between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet), and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
The agency is recommending that people avoid "close contact" with anyone showing flu-like symptoms.
As the disease officially called COVID-19 continues to spread, concert organizers have been canceling or postponing events across the globe.
Preliminary estimates suggest that the death rate associated with COVID-19 is between one and two percent, which is higher than the average death rate associated with seasonal flu strains, at around 0.1 percent.
KISS is in the middle of the "End Of The Road" farewell tour, which is scheduled to conclude on July 17, 2021 in New York City.
"End Of The Road" kicked off in January 2019 in Vancouver and resumed on February 1, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
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In December 2019, Dokken announced tour plans for the US in 2020 with Lynch Mob as support. The shows include a special encore performance featuring Dokken frontman Don Dokken and Lynch Mob / former Dokken guitarist George Lynch. The duo performed "Kiss Of Death", "When Heaven Comes Down" and "Tooth And Nail" together at the end of the first show, which took place in Biloxi, MS. Fan-filmed video is available below.
Tour dates can be viewed below:
28 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre **
25 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheater **
30 - Las Vegas, NV - Fremont Street **
6 - Sunbury, PA - Spyglass Ridge Winery **
7 - St, Louis, MO - Hollywood, Casino Amphitheater
21-22 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky A Go Go **
19 - San Antonio, TX - Rock Fest (Sunken Garden Theater)
** Don Dokken / George Lynch encore performance
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Queen and Adam Lambert are streaming video of the band's reprised performance of their iconic Live Aid set during a February 16 headline performance at the Fire Fight Australia benefit concert in Sydney, AU.
For the first time since that historic event in 1985, Queen delivered its original 22 minute Live Aid setlist - as recreated in the 2018 biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" - at ANZ Stadium to help raise funds for national bushfire relief and recovery efforts in the region.
The six-song set featured "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Radio Ga Ga", "Hammer To Fall", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions."
Queen's original Live Aid appearance was beamed by satellite to 160 countries and watched by an audience of 1.5 billion worldwide, including 72,000 at London's Wembley Stadium.
Queen and Lambert just wrapped up a series of shows in Australia and New Zealand and will next be seen when they launch a European tour in Bologna, Italy in late May.
Watch the performance here:
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Metallica's latest clothing collaboration with Billabong LAB has taken its inspiration from the 1986 classic Master Of Puppets album.
The two previously joined forces back in 2007, with the 2019-2020 partnership resulting previously in a variety of items spanning the band’s early albums, and also included designs featuring original concept art by artist Pushead.
The Master Of Puppets collection includes cross-branded surf trunks, t-shirts, and corduroy jackets featuring the iconic cover art which was originally created by Don Brautigam.
The latest apparel collection has been endorsed by Billabong athlete Jack Freestone.
Billabong LAB say: “After winning ASP World Junior titles in 2010 and 2012, Freestone emerged as one of the fresh faces of surfing’s progression. Now a contender on the World Surf League Championship Tour, the 27-year-old is known for his effortless, explosive style that couldn’t be more appropriate set to an adrenaline-fuelled Metallica track.”
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett said about the partnership: “For myself, the exhilaration of heavy metal and the exhilaration of riding a wave are one and the same. The new collaboration reflects this incredible feeling.”
Bassist Robert Trujillo added: “There’s a lot of rage in metal, but it’s a good rage. It’s a great release, almost like surfing, out in the rhythm of the ocean.”
Check out a promotional video below:
The Metallica x Billabong LAB range is available to purchase online.