ALTER BRIDGE Announces Spring U.S. Dates With IN FLAMES & METAL CHURCH

Hot on the heels of its most successful headline tour of North America, ALTER BRIDGE has announced the next leg of “The Last Hero” tour in the United States hitting the road this spring. The headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that ALTER BRIDGE is already confirmed for, including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and make stops in Sayreville, New Jersey; Providence, Rhode island; Baltimore, Maryland; Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. IN FLAMES and METAL CHURCH will be joining ALTER BRIDGE on select dates of the tour. Fans can head over to www.alterbridge.com/tour for more information on each date, including public onsale information and exclusive VIP experiences including meet-and-greet and guitar lesson opportunities.

Tour dates:

April 21 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL *#
April 22 – WJRR Earth Day Birthday – Orlando, FL*#
April 29 – Monster Energy Fort Rock – Fort Myers, FL *#
April 30 – Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL *#
May 02 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 03 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
May 05 – Lunatic Luau – Virginia Beach, VA *#
May 06 – Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC *#
May 10 – The Hippodrome – Baltimore, MD
May 11 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
May 14 – Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI *#
May 16 – Dream Makers Theatre – Sault Saint Marie, MI #
May 17 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 20 – Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH *#

* Without IN FLAMES
# Without METAL CHURCH

ALTER BRIDGE‘s fifth studio album, “The Last Hero”, was released on October 7 by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The CD was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette (SLASH, TREMONTI, TRIVIUM) and mastered by Grammy Award winner Ted Jensen.

ALTER BRIDGE vocalist Myles Kennedy told FaceCulture in a recent interview that even though the band’s new album is called “The Last Hero”, it’s not necessarily a politically oriented record. Kennedy explained: “The trick was not to get too directly political, because all that does is piss people off. One of the key emotions a lot of people seem to be feeling is disillusionment, and what I try to do as a lyricist is touch on these emotions.”

Guitarist Mark Tremonti agreed, telling The Pulse Of Radio that the album title and concept is more general in nature. “Myles kind of ran with that as a theme for the record,” he said. “It’s a calling out for leaders in this world that you can trust and put faith in and, you know, it’s just such a circus right now, especially here in the States, with everything that’s going on. So it’s just, you know, a call out to find new leaders in this world.”

A previously unreleased song called “Breathe”, first recorded by the band in 2004 during the sessions for its debut album “One Day Remains”, was included as a bonus track on the Best Buy edition of “The Last Hero”.

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KORN, STONE SOUR, SHINEDOWN & HALESTORM Set For SEETHER’s RISE ABOVE FEST

SEETHER has announced the fifth annual Rise Above Fest, with some exciting new developments. Due to popular demand, the multi-stage music festival has expanded to two days for the first time in its history.

Rise Above Fest, which supports suicide prevention and mental illness, is the largest suicide awareness music event in the world and has established itself as a can’t-miss destination festival of the summer for hard rock fans.

This year’s Rise Above Fest is set for Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. The event returns to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine.

The 2017 Rise Above fest lineup is a veritable “Who’s Who” of rock music, with KORN set to headline Saturday night, alongside sets from SEETHER, STONE SOUR, SKILLET, FALLING IN REVERSE and more. SHINEDOWN will close Sunday night’s festivities, along with performances from HALESTORM, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, HELLYEAH and ALL THAT REMAINS, among others.

In addition to giving rock fans a must-see lineup of bands, the event, which borrows its name from the SEETHER song “Rise Above This”, brings awareness to suicide as an epidemic and destigmatizes depression and other mental illnesses.

As fans are well aware, SEETHER frontman Shaun Morgan lost his brother to suicide nearly a decade ago and penned the song as an ode to him. The singer’s personal experience with suicide lead to the creation of Rise Above Fest. Additionally, Morgan was honored last year with the “Artistic Expression” Award from the National Council for Behavioral Health at the Awards of Excellence in Las Vegas for his tireless work as an advocate of suicide prevention.

All proceeds from Rise Above Fest benefit SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), which is one of the leading national not-for-profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention in order to save lives.

“It’s unbelievable we’re in our fifth year of Rise Above Fest,” Morgan said. “We started this out as a way to give back and raise awareness. To have created something that our friends and fans believe in is really humbling. Every year it’s grown and it’s an honor to bring you a two-day experience. Can’t wait to see you there.”

Tickets for the Rise Above Fest go on sale on Friday, February 24 at 10 a.m. ET.

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TREMONTI To Release New Album In 2018

ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti has told All That Shreds that he is preparing to begin work on the fourth album from his TREMONTI solo project. “After this [ALTER BRIDGE] tour is over, I’m going to have the [other] guys [from the solo band] come to town and start writing and just kind of pick our moments to keep writing and probably get a record out next year,” he said.

Asked if he had any kind of sound or direction in mind for the next TREMONTI album, Mark said: “In a perfect world, I want to kind of split it up. You know, I don’t want to get trapped into having to do heavy records all the time, because it’s something I really wanted to get out with the solo project — the heavier side of my writing — but I don’t want to completely abandon some of the melodic atmospheres of stuff, so I might want to do just like I did the last time, do two albums and have two different sounds. Have one be more atmospheric in music, acoustic, real melodic and have the other one be straight-up heavy.”

Mark also said that it was unlikely VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen would return to TREMONTI for the new album sessions. “I don’t believe so,” Tremonti said. “He’s doing his own project right now. It’s either he’s playing bass in somebody else’s band or he’s singing and playing bass and drums and everything in his own project right now, and I’m sure he’s going to want to put all his efforts into promoting that.”

TREMONTI‘s third album, “Dust”, was released in April 2016 via Fret 12.

“Dust”, which was recorded during same sessions as 2015’s “Cauterize”, features Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette produced “Dust”.

Although Wolfgang Van Halen was part of TREMONTI‘s touring band in 2013 and played on “Dust” and “Cauterize”, he sat out TREMONTI‘s tour schedule because of commitments with VAN HALEN.

TREMONTI recruited Tanner Keegan to play bass on its most recent tour.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS To Release ‘Prevail I’ Album In May

Canadian hard rockers KOBRA AND THE LOTUS will release their new album, “Prevail I”, on May 12 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, AMARANTHE, EPICA) and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer Ted Jensen.

The first single from the disc, a track called “Gotham”, can be streamed below.

Frontwoman Kobra Paige states about the story of “Prevail I”, the band’s most ambitious effort to date: “When we are born, we are innocent, pure, and unshaped. This mandala signifies a human at the beginning of its journey. Unscathed and beautiful, the mandala is each and every one of us. As this album unfolds, you will notice it’s more than just music. ‘Prevail I’ is a story of visceral truth and I believe, if we’re really being honest with ourselves, everyone will find their story within it. After all, the battles may differ, but we all started as the same mandala and we are more relatable than we’d like to admit. Our only wish is that you may enjoy the freaking crap out of this album and find comfort in realizing you’re not alone.”

“Prevail I” track listing:

01. Gotham
02. TriggerPulse
03. You Don’t Know
04. Specimen X (Mortal Chamber)
05. Light Me Up
06. Manifest Destiny
07. Victim
08. Check The Phyrg
09. Hell On Earth
10. Prevail

Evolution is inevitable and KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has delivered its most powerful album to date, “Prevail I”, with “Prevail II” to complete the story in the not-too-distant future.

Led by Kobra Paige, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS has been making a name for itself worldwide since 2010 with extensive touring and three well-received albums.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is loaded with exquisite precision, heavy emotion, vocal brilliance and grand-scale dynamics, highlighting the glories of classic heavy metal and rock. Known for their exceptionally strong live shows, they proudly carry the flag for all metal/hard rock fans.

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS is:

Kobra Paige (vocals)
Jasio Kulakowski (guitars)
Brad Kennedy (bass)
Marcus Lee (drums)

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IRON MAIDEN Announces Last Show Of ‘The Book Of Souls’ Tour

Due to overwhelming demand, British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have added a second night at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, July 22. Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 25 at 10:00 a.m. EST via Ticketmaster.com.

The extra date in Brooklyn on July 22 will be the final chance for MAIDEN fans to witness “The Book Of Souls” tour as the two-year, round-the-world odyssey, which began in February 2016 in Florida, comes to a close. By which time, the band will have played 117 shows to well over 2 million fans in 36 countries across six of the seven continents, travelling well over 100,000 miles.

Tickets for the North American 26-date, June/July second leg of “The Book Of Souls” tour went on sale a little over two weeks ago on Friday, January 27, and were speedily snapped up by MAIDEN fans ,with well over 200,000 tickets being sold across the opening weekend alone. The Brooklyn show, the band’s first-ever visit here, sold out rapidly with the neighboring Philadelphia and Newark shows already close to selling out as well. There’s been particular fan frenzy in places the band has not played for many years such as Minneapolis which is already sold out with Oakland and Tampa the next to go.

To mark the very end of the tour MAIDEN has used its coveted city-specific event shirt art upfront of the show. The art, by long time collaborator Herve Monjeaud, features Eddie playing havoc with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge amidst hordes of global MAIDEN fans arriving to witness the event.

Fanclub members will be given the option of an exclusive pre-sale for the second Brooklyn date, along with the chance to enter in the draw to be First To The Barrier, details of which can be found at IronMaiden.com.

Special guests on the North American leg of “The Book Of Souls” tour is GHOST.

Here’s the full list of dates so you can grab yourself a ticket to see the last ever shows on this incredible tour:

Jun. 03 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube
Jun. 04 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jun. 07 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Jun. 09 – Charlotte, NC – Pnc Music Pavilion
Jun. 11 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Jun. 13 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jun. 15 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jun. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jun. 19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Arena
Jun. 21 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jun. 23 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Jun. 24 – San Antonio, TX – ATT&T Center
Jun. 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Jun. 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul. 01 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul. 03 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Center
Jul. 05 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Jul. 07 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheater
Jul. 09 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Jul. 11 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jul. 12 – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Jul. 15 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Jul. 16 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Jul. 19 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Jul. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Arena
Jul. 22 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Arena

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ANTHRAX’s Concert In Glasgow Filmed For Forthcoming DVD

ANTHRAX: Tonight's Concert In Glasgow Filmed For Forthcoming DVD

ANTHRAX‘s concert Wednesday night (February 15) at the Barrowland in Glasgow, United Kingdom was filmed for a DVD, to be released later this year via Megaforce. Seventeen cameras, including five GoPros and a full-size camera crane, captured more than two hours of ANTHRAX favorites that were voted onto the evening’s set list by fans and included “Madhouse”, “Be All, End All”, “Breathing Lightning” and “A.I.R.”, followed by ANTHRAX‘s classic 1987 album “Among The Living” performed start to finish. In addition to the live footage, the DVD will include “fly-on-the-wall” interviews and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere.

The DVD is being produced and directed by Paul Green of the Manchester, U.K.-based Paul Green Productions who has filmed concerts for OPETH, THE DAMNED, Gary Numan, THE LEVELLERS and many others.

Last year’s celebration of ANTHRAX‘s 35th anniversary saw the band getting some of the best live reviews of its career, but the reception from British fans on this tour has been far more than anyone anticipated.

“I don’t know why it took us so long to come back to the U.K. and headline our own tour,” said ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna, “but I’m sure glad we did. These shows have been some of the best we’ve ever done, and that’s really due to the interaction with the fans; they’ve just been crazy. And that’s what we wanted to capture for this DVD.”

ANTHRAX plays its last “Among The Kings” U.K. date Friday in Norwich and then heads to 22 European cities, winding up in Paris on March 16.

The “Among The Kings” show is divided into two parts — one, “Among The Living” performed live start to finish, and then the other half will be a special set that ANTHRAX is inviting its fans to help create. Fans should go to anthrax.com/setlist-vote where the band has posted the titles of 44 of their songs from throughout their career. You can vote for up to 10 songs, and the songs that receive the most votes will make up that portion of the live show. The band plans to keep an eye on the votes over the course of the European dates so as the most voted for songs may change, the band will alter their set lists appropriately.

Despite the fact that “Among The Living” was ANTHRAX‘s third album (following 1984’s “Fistful Of Metal” and 1985’s “Spreading The Disease”), guitarist Scott Ian told Metal Hammer that the band wasn’t being forced by the record company at the time to make any big commercial breakthrough. “We were under no pressure at all,” he said. “We had no time limit for writing or recording. The way we worked back then, when there were enough songs for an album, then we’d go in and do it. We never wrote more than was necessary. In a way, I now regret that situation. We were on such a roll that perhaps someone should have persuaded us to carry on writing. Who knows what else may have come out? When you’re in that zone, there’s a lot to be said for staying in. I’m not criticizing what’s on ‘Among The Living’, but we may have benefited from being a little less hasty in finishing up the writing side.”

Regarding the recording process for “Among The Living”, Scott said: “We had just come off the METALLICA tour in the fall of ’86 when [METALLICA bassist] Cliff Burton was killed, and we had come off that tour obviously early because of the tragedy. And that’s when we started recording that record, pretty much right after that. I feel like the energy just really jumps off that record; you fucking hear how pissed off we are playing our instruments on that record. There’s a brutality on that album that you don’t hear on the two records before ‘Among The Living’. It was just the record of its time; it really was.”

OZZY OSBOURNE To Headline MOONSTOCK Festival During Solar Eclipse

OZZY OSBOURNE To Headline MOONSTOCK Festival During Solar Eclipse

Ozzy Osbourne will headline the final night of this year’s edition of the Moonstock, a four-day music festival celebrating the total solar eclipse. The event will take place August 18-21 at Walker’s Bluff, a picturesque vineyard located in Carterville, Illinois.

The only other act currently confirmed for the festival is FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, who will perform on Sunday, August 20.

On August 21, people from all across the country will flock to southern Illinois to witness a total solar eclipse, something that hasn’t been visible in nearly forty years. On that day, at 1:20 p.m., at the exact time the solar eclipse will take full effect, Ozzy will play his classic song “Bark At The Moon”.

“The fact Ozzy will be playing as the eclipse occurs is an awesome event in itself, but will be the culmination of a four-day festival,” Doug Brandon, business development officer at Walker’s Bluff, said in a news release.

“It’s been a while since people have had an opportunity just to see an Ozzy concert, let alone an epic event like this, where when everything goes dark, he takes the stage,” Brandon told WPSD. “And people are already excited about it.”

To commemorate the event, Walker’s Bluff will release a new wine, Solar Red. Solar Red will be packaged in a black bottle with an image of Ozzy and a total solar eclipse. It will be distributed nationally.

A message on the festival’s web site states: “On August 21st, the US.. will witness a Total Solar Eclipse. An estimated 200,000 tourists will travel to southern Illinois to observe the point of greatest duration. On that day, at 1:20 p.m, you can experience the light turn to darkness as Ozzy Osbourne kicks off his concert with ‘Bark At The Moon’. Moonstock 2017 — a four-day music festival celebrating the Total Solar Eclipse is taking place at Walker’s Bluff, a picturesque vineyard located in beautiful southern Illinois.”

Ozzy is also scheduled to perform on July 14 at Rock USA (Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin), and on July 16 at Chicago Open Air (Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois).