After they complete their tour across Canada and Europe, Def Leppard will be returning for a North American and U.K. tour. Celebrating approximately thirty-eight years in the music industry, they continue to play to sold out crowds worldwide. The tour dates from summer and into early October will also feature the Styx and Tesla. Beginning in early October, the lineup will shift to include Foreigner and Tesla for a few shows, and then will feature Foreigner and Night Ranger.
The U.S. leg of the tour will continue into mid-October, culminating in the October 17th show in Jacksonville, FL. After short stints in Japan and Australia, Def Leppard will co-headline some performances across the U.K. with another classic 80s band, Whitesnake, beginning in Dublin, Ireland on December 6th. The rock band Black Star Riders will also be featured in the U.K. portion of the tour. This leg will wrap up in Sheffield on December 9th, the same city the band was founded back in 1977.
Def Leppard was inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame in 2000. As of today, they have sold over 100 million albums worldwide throughout their career. This has included two RIAA diamond certifications, for Pyromania and Hysteria, that each sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone.
Watch Def Leppard play “Pour Some Sugar on Me” live with Taylor Swift helping out on vocals:
LA hard rockers Motley Crue have been out on their Final Tour, playing gigs across the world, and the details of the final stretch are starting to come into focus.
The band that brought you countless throughout the 80s and into the 90s and shows you all that excess had to offer is currently in the Land Down Under throughout the month of May playing Arenas across New Zealand and Australia.
Once summer kicks into full gear in North America, the Motley Crue will take to headlining arenas across the U.S. and Canada with Alice Cooper coming along for the ride as opening act – we can’t thing of a much better 1-2 punch on any bill this summer!
Having previously played outdoor shows, they’ll stick to arenas this time to allow fans the full, extravagant, over-the-top Motley Crue concert experience.
Motley Crue keeps it rocking in October and December 2015 with new tour dates. Originally, a hiatus, Motley Crue keep their schedule tightly packed by adding twenty-one concerts between October 2015 in Hidalgo, TX and December 2015 in fabulous Las Vegas, NV. They then slide into California for the previously scheduled, last three dates of the year – December 28th, 30th, 31st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles!
The band’s promise to make themselves available by playing as many locations as possible has unfortunately limited the stage effects in smaller or outdoor venues. With all the new dates being arena based, concertgoers will have the opportunity for a proper send off, Motley Crue style. Tommy Lee explains it best as quoted by Rolling Stone magazine, “The indoor production is fucking insane! You need a full-on roof to mount the ‘Cruecifly’ drum rollercoaster, because it actually flies out over the audience about 200 feet to the very back of the arena!” We have also heard talk about “The Crüe’s Nest,” a platform that will raise the band, as well as a few lucky fans as the set ends.
Fans of The Crue, as well as the band members themselves, appear to be having a hard time saying goodbye. The new dates and special effects are certainly a well-deserved bonus for those who remain loyal to Motley Crue.
Slipnot Announces Twenty-Seven City ‘Summer’s Last Stand’ Tou with Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine, Motionless in White.
A massive summer tour, entitled Summer’s Last Stand 2015 will take Slipknot to twenty-seven different cities across the United States and Canada. The tour will begin in late July and end in early September, with the band playing at stadiums and large outdoor venues from coast to coast. Three support bands, Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine and Motionless in White, will join Slipknot on the journey across North America.
The summer tour follows Slipknot’s two-stage Prepare for Hell tour with Korn and King 810 opening for the band in Europe over the winter, along with a fourteen-date college cities tour with Hatebreed in April and May. The band also played five dates in Australia’s Soundwave Festival in February.
Members of Slipknot have indicated they hope to continue the renewed momentum that they found in 2014 with the album .5: The Grey Chapter, released in North America last October. The album made several year-end “best of” lists and proved to fans that the band could continue to connect with its audience and produce quality heavy metal music following the unfortunate death of founding member, bassist, and songwriter Paul Gray, and it being the first album made without original dummer Joey Jordison.
Many dates are currently on Live Nation presale, and go on sale to the general public Friday, January 30th.
End in Sight for Motley Crues Final Tour. Metal Band Announce Final U.S. and Canadian Tour. Schedule Last Concert for December 31 in LA.
Weve known for about a year that Motley Crue were calling it quits. But an extravagant, excessive, lavish metal band like that cant just step back into darkness. No, they need to go out with a bang, the biggest bang imagineaimaginableats just what theyre doing with the Final Tour.
Motley Crues Final Tour stormed across North American in the fall, and will do so again in July, August, and September 2015. Theyll rock the biggest arena in your neighborhood with their over-the-top show, and unbeatable opening act Alice Cooper.
To top it all off, theyve announced their final-ever show, which will take place December 31st at the Staples Centre in the hometown of Los Angeles, California. The band that paid their dues and made it on the Sunset Strip will surely throw one hell of a show on New Years Eve closing off 2015, and putting an end to the bands history, as they welcome on the distant 2016, and new horizons.
Setlists will span the hits from their thirty-four-year career.
Tickets go on sale Friday, January 23rd at 10 am local time.
Swedish Metal Rockers In Flames Announce 2015 Siren Charms North American Tour with All That Remains, Wovenwar.
Swedish metal act In Flames are currently finishing up their 2014 North American tour this week, playing New York, Worcester, Montreal, and Toronto with co-headliners Opeth, and Red Fang. However it will just be a matter of months before we see them again – just about two, to be exact!
Out on tour behind latest album, Siren Charms, which came out in September, In Flames will join forces with Massachusetts metalheads All That Remains, and west coast rockers Wovenwar for a headling tour across the United States and Canada.
They’ll bring new hits “Rusted Nail” and “Through Oblivion” to the stage, as well as the fan favorites from the ten other crushing albums starting February 20th at The Canyon in Agoura Hills, California. All in all they’ll play twenty-one cities (almost nightly) before finishing things off March 18th at The Rave in Milwaukee. Highlighted concerts include the House of Blues Las Vegas, the Roseland Theater in Portland, Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Vogue Theatre Vancouver, as well as their gigs in the Great White North, including: Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg.
Tickets for the 2015 leg of the Siren Charms Tour go on sale starting Friday, December 19th. Presale starts Thursday the 18th in several cities:
Slipknot’s Confirm New Album ‘.5: the Gray Chapter,’ On ‘Prepare for Hell’ Tour Now with Korn, Taking Knotfest to California.
This are looking incredibly busy in the death metal world of Slipknot. Their ready to drop their latest musical assault, .5: the Gray Chapter, the follow up to 2008’s All Hope is Gone, on the ears of metal fans across the world on October 20th. But, first, they’re bringing it live to a town near you on tour.
The weekend after it’s released, they’ll bring new songs “Custer,” “XIX,” “Sarcastrophe,” and others to San Bernadino, California for their Knotfest.
Having taking place in since 2012, where it made it’s debut at their hometown of Council Bluffs, Iowa and the nearby Somerset, Wisconsin, the Knotfest will once again play host all genres of hard and heavy metal (doom, thrash, death, and all their core varieties) in 2014.
This year, from October 24th to 26th at the San Manuel Amphitheater, Slipknot will take the stage for headlining sets on both Saturday, October 25th and Sunday the 26th. They’ll be joined by the likes of Danzig, Anthrax, Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch, Atreyu, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, and loads more.
Tickets are currently available starting at $25 for single-day lawn entrance. Full 2014 Knotfest line-up/tickets.
What’s the band is finished melting faces and bursting ear drums at the very own festival, they’ll hit the road on their Prepare for Hell tour across North America. They’re bringing numetallers Jonathan Davis and Korn along for the ride, along with Michigan nu metal act King 810, and will play arenas into early December.
All in all, the North American leg of their headlining tour spans from their October 29th show at the El Paso County Coliseum to their December 7th gig at Lowell, Mass’s Tsongas Center at UMass. Along the way they’ll play concerts in Dallas, San Antonio, Madison, Denver, Baltimore, Nashville, Lexington, KC, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, and East Rutherford, to name a few – oh yeah, and a quick little November 15th/16th stop in Tokyo for the Knotfest Japan!
Tickets are currently available:
As stated, .5: The Gray Chapter comes out a week from not, but the band is making sure you’ve heard it – as plenty of tracks are currently streaming on the internet (listen to new single “Custer” below).
Just today, they put “XIX” and “Sarcastrophe” up for streaming on a website of theirs, listen in here.
Listen to “Custer”:
It may seem like a clash of styles and maybe something the 70s metal/stoner rock fans might not be into (think Mix Master Mike opening up for Guns N’ Roses back on their 2001 Chinese Democracy tour), but we already know Andrew W.K. is up for just about anything, and, apparently, so are metal gods Black Sabbath!
It was just announced yesterday that the man who just set the Guinness World Record for consecutive hours drummed (having drummed for 24 hours straight at Times Square on June 19th) will set the tone for the legendary and pioneering metal band on the North American leg of their 2013 reunion tour.
Being a rocker himself, W.K. will cater to his audience, as he promised to spin a “rabble-rousing selection of classic riffs, heavy jams, and crowd pleasing favorites spanning every era of hard rock and metal .”
Complete Black Sabbath tour dates are as follows:
I’m just shocked. It’s just the most incredible dream come true! This is the greatest honor I could be given. I remember when the phone rang and I first heard that Black Sabbath wanted me to be their exclusive opening act. I was really in a state of disbelief – almost sick with amazement and excitement. It took about 3 days until I fully mastered the reality of this opportunity and realized it was really going to happen. Black Sabbath’s music changed my life from the first time I heard it, and this tour will change my life all over again. I couldn’t be more thankful or humbled by this one-in-a-billion miracle. Can this really be real!? What kind of adventure will this be!?
Watch Andrew W.K. break the drumming world record:
Black Sabbath are touring in support of recent release, 13. The album features the classic and original Sabbath lineup of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), plus Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame on drums, as problems quickly came about between original drummer Bill Ward shortly after the band’s reunion was announced in 2011.
13 has gone on to reach the number one spot on the U.K. and Billboard charts, which also prompted the Black Sabbath crew to go on and create this awesome poster:
Watch Black Sabbath’s “live” music video for single “End of the Beginning:”
Tickets for all currently announced North American shows go on sale this Friday, April 20th.
The concerts are spread out geographically (East Coast to West Coast) and time wise (between August 4th and September 3rd), which leaves plenty of room for a proper tour to be announced in the coming days (something we fully expect).
Be sure to sign up for Black Sabbath Gig Alerts to be the first to find out if/when they announce gigs in your area.
Ozzy and the gang will be on tour in support of the forthcoming Rick Ruben-produced album, 13, which is slated to come out June 11th.
The album features the classic and original Sabbath lineup of Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), plus Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave fame on drums, as problems quickly came about between original drummer Bill Ward shortly after the band’s reunion was announced in 2011.
Just last week, the album cover art was revealed, as well as a preview of a still-unknown song. In the 30-second snippet we find the world-renown Sabbath “sound” with Ozzy‘s ominous voice singing “Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide” over some grinding guitars (listen below).
- End of the Beginning
- God is Dead?
- Age of Reason
- Live Forever
- Damaged Soul
- Dear Father
According to Consequence of Sound, “the album will be available in standard CD and vinyl formats, and as a deluxe double CD featuring bonus studio material. There will also be a limited-edition Super Deluxe Box Set, featuring the album on both CD and 12″ vinyl, bonus recordings, a documentary on DVD, and various art prints and photographs.”
They’ve also confirmed a Winter European tour that will include a UK leg during the month of December.
It’s nearing the end of festival season in the United States, as Austin City Limits is closing in on us next month. However, we have much to look forward to, as many 2013 festival dates and initial lineups are being confirmed, including Austin’s own Chaos in Tejas.
That’s right, Chaos in Tejas 2013 has been confirmed for May 30th to June 2nd, in what has been proclaimed by the festival as the “Best Weekend of the Year.” As always, the festivities go down in Austin, aka “The G-Spot of Texas” (according to the promoters), a city with a plethora of musical heritage and movement. Taking place over Memorial Day Weekend, the festival helps signify the official start of summer.
So far, the 2013 edition of Chaos in Tejas is set to include hardcore and punk acts such as Bolt Thrower, Final Conflict, Terveet Kadet, Integrity, Manilla Road, plus others. This is just the initial lineup, many more bands should be announced in the coming months.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of their hit 2002 album, Perseverance, Connecticut hardcore metal band Hatebreed has scheduled a celebratory ’10 Years of Perseverance tour.’ The album has since sold over half a million copies and propelled the band into the mainstream with singles “I Will Be Heard” and “Perseverance,” as it was their first to place on the charts.
The tour takes off September 13th with their show at the Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, New York and will take them on the road for an entire month. They’ll play 29 concerts, passing through the East Coast, Midwest, West Coast, South West and finishing things up with their October 12th show at Harpo‘s in Detroit, Michigan.
Fans should expect to hear plenty from the 2002 album Perseverance, but will be excited to know the band has stepped back into the studio for work on a new record. According to the band’s official press release, drum tracks have already been laid down, as drummer Matt Byrne claimed, “I got the biggest and best drum tone ever for this new album and Zeuss [Harris -- metal producer who has worked with the likes of Suicide Silence, All That Remains, Shadows Fall, etc.] really helped me dial in the sound. Having 25+ days of pre-production really helped make this an efficient and fun recording session.”
The yet-to-be-named album would be their first since 2009’s self-titled Hatebreed.
Tickets went on sale last Friday, June 8th and are available here.