Justin Timberlakes Announces Solo Tour in Addition to Co-Headlining Tour with Jay Z. New Album Due Out in September.
Having previously blogged that the recently released comeback album The 20/20 Experience was the first of a two-part album JT has in store for fans this year, we have been patiently waiting news on official release dates.
Just this Monday we were pleasantly surprised as details emerged on the new album AND a winter 2013/2014 solo headlining tour.
Dance/pop superstar Justin Timberlake and hip-hop king Jay-Z had already announced their plans for a co-headlining 2013 Legends of Summer North American tour, which is slated to kick off July 17th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, before skipping around the U.S. to play in several iconic stadiums including: New York’s Yankee Stadium, Chicago’s Soldier Field, San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, LA’s Rose Bowl, Detroit’s Ford Field, Boston’s Fenway Park, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, and Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, to name a few.
The new set of dates will feature Timberlake taking the all the limelight and starts up Halloween night, October 31st, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. From there, he’ll drop down into the U.S. and work his way West during the months of November, December, January and February. As of now, the February 10th show at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha represents the final stop of the 23-concert leg of this tour, but more dates could always be announced.
Tickets for concerts on the 20/20 Experience World Tour go on sale as early as Monday, March 13th and are available here.
The 20/20 Experience Part 1 came out March 18th and has represented nothing but a successful return to the music for Timberlake. The 20/20 Experience Part 2 comes out September 30th. Details on the album including the tracklist are scare. Watch this space for further updates.
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Welcome to part three of our five-part feature on the Muggs. They just released their fourth album, Full Tilt, a double-disc live album and the perfect preview of what Europeans fans can expect once Danny Methric, Tony DeNardo, and Todd Glass touch down on the other side of the Atlantic in just a couple weeks.
We got in touch with Muggs bassist Tony Denardo and drummer Todd Glass to find out what they have in store for rock fans in Spain, Germany, France, and the Netherlands, and how the whole European tour came about:
This Full Tilt tour represents the band’s fourth stint in Spain. When and how did things start for you guys here?
Tonymuggs: It all started back in January of 2007 when the Paybacks, a Detroit band Danny was still in, invited the Muggs to open for them. I think we had 12 dates. Not a big tour by any means, but it really wet our appetite for touring in Spain. As soon as we got back home, I tried for a couple years for the Muggs to return.
In 2010, it finally happened with a promotion company out of Barcelona called Funhouse Productions. Really good guys. Edu, was especially cool when that Icelandic volcano grounded all flights to the States. We were stuck in Barcelona for what turned out to be an extra week! He set us up for a weeks worth of shows. Edu….he’s still a douche bag!!!! haha. That’s an inside joke.
How was the reception been for a raw, in your face blues-rock band like yourselves in Spain?
Tonymuggs: Just great. As far back as 2007, I can remember playing cities like Bilbao and Vitoria seeing the beautiful Spain men and women singing along to “Gonna Need My Help”. All of us, me, Dannymuggs and Todd, are elated to be coming back for our 4th tour of Spain.
Detroit and Spain are one and the same to me. Beautiful people full of culture and a lust for life. Not the richest in terms of money, but Spain is all heart and soul man. And Spain has it all. It blew me away when I realized that you only have to travel 1 1/2 hours going east from say, Cangas on the Atlantic coast, to have an entirely new and beautiful landscape.
Todd: The reception has been exciting. The people respond to every nuance of the performance, a guitar solo, a breakdown in the song. They really listen. Also, there is feeling of appreciation that we are there, they thank us a lot for coming to their city or country. That’s nice
How did your music reach Spain in the first place and, perhaps, become better known than in the United States?
Tonymuggs: My guess is the internet and websites like Myspace.com. Back in 2005, we decided that the only real impact a small band like the Muggs could make was an ‘online impact’. I would spend hours every day contacting promotion companies from all around the world asking if they would distribute the Muggs, or have us on tour, or radio websites to play our music. I got quite obsessive about it. But I couldn’t stop thinking to myself, “I HAVE the time to promote the Muggs like a manager or label would, so shame on me, if I don’t”.
You hear bands gripe about it all the time, “Why aren’t we bigger?” or “How come we didn’t get asked to play this bill or festival?” To me, there are no excuses. The internet is your friend and ally if you are prepared to work hard for your cause.
Do you see a difference in the reception towards your style of blue-based rock depending on the country you visit?
Tonymuggs: Not really. Thankfully, people in general are very receptive towards the Muggs. We’ve played to 15 people at shows and we’ve played to 2,000 at festivals. What I love about Dannymuggs and Todd, (and myself) is that we always play like our lives depend on it. I think that translates to the crowd, be it big or small, and so it goes, the Muggs always play to win.
Todd: I definitely see a difference in Europe as opposed to the US. I notice a real feeling of excitement/anticipation there that you don’t get maybe in the U.S. Also, there are more young people at the shows in Europe. Blues Rock has gone underground for the moment over here but it seems alive and well over there.
Your last Spanish tour was your longest yet, and took you to places such as Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Switzerland? How was the overall experience playing new countries and even festivals?
Tonymuggs: Incredible. It’s so humbling when you do something, like play in a blues rock band, and you are so well received. We had some fans say from Spain that we were mythological! That was the highest compliment ever. In the digital age especially, because every one and everything has been de-mystified through the internet.
In Germany, one venue in particular said we were the best band to blow through in over 4 years. Even in France, on a Monday in Strausburg, we rocked 15 college students and afterwards, they took me and Dannymuggs on a tour of the city. We passed around bottles of wine and laughs. It took me back to my college days when I’d visit Dannymuggs up at Michigan State University and do some of the same things.
Todd: That’s one of the best things about being a musician, period. The experience of travelling itself is a blast. In some ways, a gig is a gig, but driving into a new city/country drives your performance because these people haven’t seen you before and so every song takes on a new meaning and it renews your comitment to the moment. Not to mention, I’m from Detroit so to visit places like Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, etc. is a dream come true!
I’m sure you’re particularly looking forward to playing events like The Freak Valley Festival in Germany. Do you prefer playing festivals or headlining rock clubs? What is your typical venue and crowd type to play to?
Tonymuggs: We are looking forward to playing the Freak Valley Fest in Germany. I always say that we are a FESTIVAL band. I love the atmosphere of festivals. In the US, we are lucky enough to play Arts, Beats and Eats festival in metro Detroit every year and 2,000+ people come out to see us.
Actually, I love seeing all types of people at our shows, not just the ‘rockers’. It gives me hope to see that our music can impact someone and affect them so deeply, it makes them change. In Torredembarra, Spain last year at La Traviesa, there was this cute little kid, had to be 2 1/2 years old, with an AC/DC shirt and headphones to protect his hearing. His mother and father were great! Those are the fans we love to play for!
Todd: The Freak Valley Fesival is exciting because we weren’t able to make it last year due to Scheduling conflicts and Germany in general has been very good to us. I prefer clubs and theatre myself sound wise, but festivals are something I think we would like to do more of. Festivals are a great way to take in other bands and performers and you tend to play to more people as well. Typically we play clubs and small theatres, but in the summer here in Michigan, every city it seems has a music festival and we play most of those.
What does a typical Muggs tour consist of? I’ve personally seen you guys play several times around the metro-Detroit area, and here in Madrid last year. Obviously there’s a lot of jamming, extended intro and solos, and energy. How do you go about constructing a setlist for each gig and, in turn, how did you decide to construct the setlist for the Full Tilt Live EP?
Tonymuggs: We used to write out setlists prior to our shows. Since our 2012 Born Ugly Spanish and European Tour, we’ve been calling them out on the fly. We all know these shows so intimately now that all Dannymuggs has to say is, ” let’s start the show with ‘these 3′ and then I’ll just call them out.” It’s fun and how can Todd or I bitch, when Dannymuggs has to sing all the songs in the first place. Danny’s our fearless captain!
As far as the 2013 Full Tilt Tour goes, we have some surprises. It’s important to us and to our fans that we stay one step ahead of the game. We want to continue to be creative and push the envelope. Sure we could play the songs EXACTLY like the studio LPs, but we’ve done that in prior years. Now it’s time to stretch out. More people are becoming familiar with our music, so it only makes sense to us to make the live show as different and exciting as we can.
Do you have any time to explore Spain (and Europe) while on tour, or is it just mostly jotting around from gig to gig in a van?
Tonymuggs: Unfortunately, we never have enough time to explore. Since working with DejaMeDecirTe Promotions company and Veovoces Tour Management, we have been working our butts off. They are great. We want to be busy. Last year was the first time where I actually felt like this was a REAL tour. No slant on our 2007 & 2010 promotion companies either. That just speaks to the professionalism Natalia and Juan Pablo bring to the table. This tour we only have 5 days off out of 32 days abroad. Bring it on!!!!
Todd: Mostly jotting around, but we have a knack for taking in as much of a particular city as humanly possible. I wish we had more time to explore though, it’s painful to drive by a Museum or a section of a historic city and know you can’t stop and look around.
What do you most like about the country/culture?
Tonymuggs: That’s not to say we don’t ever have an hour or two to explore close to our hotels. Every country has its’ own particular ‘flavor’. My heart belongs to Spain probably because I know Spain better than any other country in my life currently. Germany has been great to us as well. German fans love our brand of Detroit blues rock. The Netherlands too. We only played two shows in France last year and they were on a Sunday and Monday so I don’t think that counts really. I am looking forward to our last show on Sat. June 8th in northern Italy. It’s not official yet but I’ve been through northern Italy in 1999. Monterosso, Verona, Florence and Venice. I hope this festival happens!
Todd: What don’t I love about Spain?? Number 1, the people. The way people have taken us into their homes and hearts has been so cool. In general, the mood is very relaxed and hearts and minds open. The FOOD! Particularly in Cangas where we were treated to the best seafood I’ve ever had. I honestly feel at home there, more so in a lot of ways than here in the US! I must have some Spanish blood somewhere! :)
What type of concert can people expect to see on your 2013 Full Tilt Spanish and European Tour?
Tonymuggs: New Improvs! Of course, a mix from all three of our previous studio LPs, The Muggs (2005), On With The Show (2008) and Born Ugly (2011). We are learning new and exciting covers to pepper into to our set too. I might have a couple songs to sing to give Danny’s pipes a rest. We’ll play at least 1 1/2 hours. I think our longest set was at La Traviesa last year on a Sunday in Spain. 2 1/2 hours!!! The fans were so worked up. I love that. We’ve not divas…we’ll play every last song if our fans want us to continue. I don’t get that ‘rock star’ mentality. It annoys me and comes off so ugly and negative.
As mentioned above, The Muggs are out touring in support of their new live album, Full Tilt, which came out this past Friday, April 26th and features 22 tracks from all three Muggs studio albums.
The Spanish leg of the tour takes off May 9th at Kafe Antzokia in Bilbao and continues strong until their May 27th gig at Rocksound in Barcelona. Along the way, they’ll be making a stop at Wurlitzer Ballroom in Spain’s capital city of Madrid on May 22nd. After their Barcelona show, the Detroit trio will continue their trek Northward into Europe, playing in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and possibly Italy!
Watch The Muggs play “Kitchen Sink Blues,” “6 to Midnight,” and “Down Below” Live at Trackside:
Follow our entire five-part feature on The Muggs:
- The Muggs Interview Part 1: The Muggs Release Live Album ‘Full Tilt!’.
- The Muggs Interview Part 2: Getting to Know The Muggs.
- The Muggs Interview Part 3: 2013 Spanish and European Tour.
- The Muggs Interview Part 4: Tony DeNardo is DUDE.
- The Muggs Interview Part 5: Rapid Fire Questions.
It is indeed a Happy Friday with news that legendary and pioneering metal band Black Sabbath have added a bunch of new shows to their 2013 World Tour.
The new concerts were announced last night and fit right in between the previously announced tour dates.
Lucky cities on Sabbath‘s trek include:
Black Sabbath have spent the past week playing New Zealand and Australia and everything we’ve read seems nothing but positive. The band sounds as tight as over, playing with energy, and Ozzy is hitting the mark on vocals. As Faster Louder claims, “Ozzy may look like a granny running for a bus but Sabbath still rock…”
Take a look at their most recent setlist, from last nights gig at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre (via Faster Louder):
- War Pigs
- Into the Void
- Under the Sun
- Electric Funeral
- Black Sabbath
- Behind the Wall of Sleep
- End of the Beginning
- Fairies Wear Boots
- Symptom of the Universe (Instrumental)
- Drum Solo
- Iron Man
- God Is Dead?
- Dirty Women
- Children of the Grave
Watch Black Sabbath play “War Pigs” live at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand:
We were delighted to hear the news the other day when the announcement came out, as the iconic Bob Dylan is set to team up with two of the better live performing bands you’ll see around, Wilco and My Morning Jacket, for a lengthy summer 2013 tour dubbed the AmericanaramA Tour.
The tour starts off June 26th at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida and will take the three bands through the American Heartlands, up into Canada, down the East Coast, and then out West, where they’ll wrap things up August 4th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.
Complete dates are as follows:
The 20-date tour starts off July 17th in San Francisco and heads Westward, even North into Canada for stops at Toronto and Montreal, before coming to a stop August 11th in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Complete Under the Influence of Music tour dates and tickets:
Wiz Khalifa will be touring in support of forthcoming album O.N.I.F.C., which came out late last year and is the follow up to 2011′s Rolling Papers.
A$AP Rocky has had a busy 2012 and 2013, as he’s currently been setting the tone for the night at each stop on Rihianna‘s massive Diamonds tour as opening act. He’ll touring behind debut studio album, LONG.LIVE.A$AP, which came out in January.
Alice in Chain to Headline Uproar North American Tour, Add Extra Canadian Dates. New Album Out in May.
Since then, the Jerry Cantrell-led grunge group has been confirmed for several festivals and have just announced two new legs to their 2013 North American tour!
Cantrell, Sean Kinney, Mike Inez, and new frontman William Duvall will hit the road in August and September for the Rockstar Uproar Festival. The Uproar Festival is really a traveling “festival” rock show that also features the likes of Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Danko Jones, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, and the Chuck Shaffer Picture Show.
Shortly after that news was released, the band confirmed plans for a Canadian leg during the month of July, making stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, London, Montreal, and Ottawa for the 2013 Ottawa Blues Fest.
They’ll share the bill with some big names at the Ottawa Blues Fest, including: B.B. King, Rush, Weezer, Fun., Wu-Tang Clan, The Tragically Hip, and Tegan & Sara, among many others.
Complete Alice in Chains tour dates and tickets.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here comes out in just over a month –on May 28th to be exact- and will be the follow up to 2009′s Black Gives Way to Blue, which was the first AIC album to feature new vocalist/guitarist William Duvall. In an interview with Rolling Stones, Canrtrell described the sound of the record, saying: “There’s some real filth in there. That’s intentional, and that’s also just how we sound together.”
- Pretty Done
- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
- Lab Monkey
- Low Ceiling
- Breath on a Window
- Phantom Limb
- Hung on a Hook
Watch music video for new single “Stone”:
Summer time is getting closer with each passing day and what better way to spend it than at a Kid Rock concert?
He’ll be hitting the road come June 28th for what should be three months of a rockin’ loud tour, dubbed the $20 Best Night Ever Tour. He’ll be joined by the famous beadsmen ZZ Top and fellow metro Detroit native Uncle Kracker.
He described the tour vibe while talking with Rolling Stone, saying:
“In the summertime, I try to play the hits to make sure everyone has fun,” Rock says. “From there, I do fun stuff. I might do ‘Born on the Bayou’ since I recently cut that with John Fogerty, or maybe ‘Rock & Roll Never Forgets’ since I just did some shows with Bob Seger. I also hope to play with ZZ Top. We’re old friends and I’m always down for that.”
If the music wasn’t enough to get you to the show, how about the ticket prices, which will be $20 for any seat in the house.
He made a recent video post on his website explaining his motivation behind giving fans an affordable ticket price, saying:
“Because it’s the right thing to do. Because I’m in a position that I can do it and i should do it to try and help change this business. This is all from the heart. There’s no bigger outline picture here, there’s no shenanigans. I’ve been very fortunate to have the career I’ve had…The time is now to change this business up and try to make things affordable.”
Watch full video update below:
The headline states it all – details of Paul McCartney‘s 2013 Out There Tour came out with news of concerts in Brazil, Poland, Austria, and Italy before further announcements were made confirming U.S. stops.
Since then, new dates have slowly trickled out, making it look more and more like a proper tour.
As we’ve said before, be sure to sign up for Paul McCartney Gig Alerts in case he continues adding cities to his tour, as there’s plenty of space in between legs to do so.
One of the special stops on his tour will be his headlining appearance at Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Bonnaroo goes down June 13th to 16th at “The Farm” in Manchester, Tenneesee and will see McCartney share the bill with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bjork, Wilco, Pretty Lights, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, The XX, and TONS more.
Bonnaroo isn’t just a festival of music in it’s diverse pop-culture genres, there are also comedic stages, will feature sets from Daniel Tosh, Bob Saget, David Cross, and Ed Helms, just to name a few.
The two UK shows at Hyde Park in London went on to sale out in a matter of minutes despite sky-high ticket prices. Scarcity might have been the case for those ticket sales, as those London gigs, plus the Stones‘ performance at the Glastonbury festival in June are the only scheduled dates the British band have on their own turf.
The North American leg of their tour was originally more extensive (and equally expensive), and just got even bigger as the classic rock icons have decided to double up (even triple up) in several select cities along the way!
The lucky cities being treated to not one, but two (or three) Rolling Stones 50th anniversary concerts include: Los Angeles (May 2nd and 4th), Anaheim (May 11th and 15th), Chicago (May 28th, 31st, June 6th), Boston (June 12th and 14th), and Philadelphia (June 18th and 21st).
Tickets for all concerts are on sale now and available starting at $85 (which is just enough to get you in the nose bleeds).
It’s still entirely possible they’ll keep adding gigs to this tour so be sure to sign up for Rolling Stones Gig Alerts to be the first to find out if/when they add tour dates in your area.
Much like the five 50th anniversary shows they played late last year in London and Greater New York, this tour should prove to be a celebration of their entire catalogue and will feature guest on-stage appearance in addition to the full-time inclusion of guitarist Mick Taylor.
In an interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, lead guitarist Keith Richards shared plans for Mick Taylor to join them on tour, which should make things “interesting,” as he stated. They’ll have more flexibility with the songs and be able to include more guitar parts that are often left out with just Richards and Ronnie Woods at the helm.
“It’s great that he wanted to do some more… Ronnie and I, you understand, the Stones records, sometimes [there are] four, five, maybe six guitars on them that we carefully overlay and artistically manufacture, and then we get onstage and there’s two of us and we have to decide which are the important bits! So to have Mick Taylor with us as an added third guitar, this means this is gonna be an interesting tour all around.”