FOO FIGHTERS Announce 2018 North American Tour

FOO FIGHTERS Announce 2018 North American Tour

With newly minted memories of their Cal Jam 17 triumph still fresh in the eyes and ears of thirty-thousand-plus true rock believers, and with “Concrete And Gold” (Roswell/RCA) still riding high in the charts worldwide since its international No. 1 debut, FOO FIGHTERS have announced the next phase of the “Concrete And Gold” global domination initiative.

The first 2018 North American dates of the “Concrete And Gold” world tour have been confirmed: The new shows will kick off April 18 in Austin, Texas and will run through the band’s July 29 return to Chicago’s Wrigley Field. Included on the newly announced itinerary are a July 16-17 two-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden, a July 21-22 encore doubleheader at Boston’s Fenway Park, and so much more.

Tickets for these shows will be on sale to the general public Friday, November 3 at 10 a.m. local time (with the exception of the public on sale for Chicago, which will begin November 10).

Capital One cardholders will have access to an exclusive cardholder pre-sale for FOO FIGHTERS “Concrete And Gold” tour. The Capital One cardholder pre-sale starts Thursday, October 26 at 10 a.m. local venue time and ends Saturday, October 28 at 10 a.m. local venue time, or until pre-sale tickets run out. Capital One cardholder pre-sale for the Chicago date will begin Monday, November 6 at 10 a.m.

“Concrete And Gold” North American tour 2018:

Apr. 18 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
Apr. 19 – The Woodlands, TX (Houston) – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Apr. 21 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
Apr. 22 – Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center
Apr. 25 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Apr. 26 – West Palm Beach, FL– Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Apr. 28 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia State Stadium
Apr. 29 – Jacksonville, FL – Welcome to Rockville
May 01 – Lexington, KY —Rupp Arena
May 03 – Memphis, TN – Fed Ex Forum
Jul. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion
Jul. 12 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
Jul. 14 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Jul. 16 & 17 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Jul. 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Jul. 21 & 22 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Jul. 25 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH (Cleveland) – Blossom Music Center
Jul. 26 – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Jul. 29 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field


JUDAS PRIEST To Release ‘Firepower’ Album & North American Tour Announced

JUDAS PRIEST To Release 'Firepower' Album; North American Tour Announced

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST will release their new studio album, “Firepower”, in early 2018. The band will support the disc’s release with a North American tour, which will kick off on March 13 in Pennsylvania, and wrap up on May 1 in Texas.

All dates will be running a “JUDAS PRIEST fan presale” starting Wednesday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m local time with the password “FIREPOWER” that fans can use to purchase tickets in advance.

Check the local venue for additional information.

Confirmed tour dates:

Mar. 13 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar. 15 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Mar. 17 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
Mar. 18 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Mar. 20 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Mar. 22 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Mar. 25 – Ottawa, ON – The Arena at TD Place
Mar. 27 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
Mar. 28 – Oshawa, ON – Tribute Communities Centre
Mar. 30 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
Mar. 31 – Detroit, MI – Detroit Masonic Temple
Apr. 03 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
Apr. 05 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
Apr. 08 – Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena
Apr. 10 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center
Apr. 11 – Loveland, CO – Budweiser Events Center
Apr. 15 – Kent, WA – ShoWare Center
Apr. 17 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Apr. 19 – San Francisco – The Warfield
Apr. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Apr. 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Apr. 26 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Apr. 29 – Sugarland, TX – Smart Financial Centre
May 01 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum

The British heavy metal legends have spent the last few months in the studio recording the follow-up to 2014’s “Redeemer Of Souls” with the band’s longtime collaborator Tom Allom, acclaimed British knob-twiddler Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, ACCEPT) and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH).

During an October 5 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume, singer Rob Halford stated about the progress of the recording sessions for PRIEST‘s new disc: “We’re almost done. We’re in that final hurdle before we get to the finishing line. It is sounding monumental. It’s gonna blow your socks off. We’re thrilled. We’ve got this big metal monster looming in the background, about to drop early next year, with a world tour to coincide.”

Asked what it has been like collaborating again with Allom, who produced every PRIEST release from “Unleashed In The East” (1979) through “Ram It Down” (1988), along with several live records since then, Halford said: “Brilliant. Absolutely fantastic. Tom has a rich history with PRIEST, particularly those great moments with ‘Screaming For Vengeance’, ‘Defenders Of The Faith’ [and] ‘British Steel’. My God — he’s the man in that respect. So I thought it was really great for Andy Sneap and Mike Exeter to accept that this was gonna be like a three-man job, with Andy mostly holding the reins, but with Tom by his side and Mike there [as well].

“It’s an unusual way to make this kind of record for PRIEST, because it’s generally the producer and the band,” Halford admitted. “We just had so much faith in Andy and in Tom and Mike that we said, ‘Guys, you go for it. You tell us what to do.’ And if Andy Sneap said, ‘Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. Do another take, Rob. ‘… I’ve never sung so much in the studio behind a mic in all my life. But he got the results that we needed, and I think I can say the same for Glenn [Tipton, guitar] and for Richie [Faulkner, guitar] and for Scott [Travis, drums] and for Ian [Hill, bass]. So he got something out of us — they all did — but they got something out of us truly remarkable, and you’re gonna be hearing it very soon.”

Sneap, who plays guitar in the reactivated British occult metal act HELL, recently told Serbia’s Hardwired magazine that PRIEST had “about twenty-six ideas” in the early stage of the production process for the new album. “We’ve whittled [that] down to fourteen or fifteen,” he said, adding that “we haven’t decided on which songs [will make the final cut] or a running order for the album yet.”

Andy went on to say that PRIEST‘s new album will contain “a really good energy and some real classic moments.” He said “Rob did great” during the album’s final recording sessions. “I’ll tell you what: for someone who’s got that much experience, there’s no ego there at all,” he said. “We’d do, like, six or seven passes, and I’d ask him to try something a bit [different] on this part, and he was, like, ‘No problem.’ And he’d give me another four takes with a slightly different vibe. And then me and Tom Allom would sit there and we’d comp it, and we pretty much agreed on everything.”

PRIEST was nominated for induction into the 2018 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, part of a list of nineteen potential candidates.

Inductees into the 2018 Rock Hall will be voted on by a group of more than nine hundred artists, historians and music-industry professionals.

The 2018 inductees will be announced in December and the induction ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium on April 14, 2018.

JOE ELLIOTT’s DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ To Release ‘The Further Live Adventures Of …’ In December

DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ will release a brand new live album, “The Further Live Adventures Of …”, on December 1 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc, recorded in Sheffield Corporation in December 2014, will be available 2CD/DVD, Blu-ray, vinyl and digital. In addition, on the same day, the band will reissue its previous records “My Re-Generation” and “The Further Adventures Of …” on CD, LP and digital.

The DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ is the project founded and fronted by DEF LEPPARD‘s Joe Elliott and backed by members of THE QUIREBOYS, WAYWARD SONS and RAW GLORY. The band pays tribute to rock legends MOTT THE HOOPLE and was established from the most unusual of circumstances. In the words of Joe Elliott: “When MOTT THE HOOPLE announced they were reforming for a week’s worth of shows at the Hammersmith Odeon, I was asked that I participate in some capacity. They’ve always been my favourite band and it’s nice to see the rest of the rock world finally catch up and give them their due.

“But, what was I to do? It was suggested to me that THE QUIREBOYS would be up for offering their services. This was perfect! A fan since their first album, I loved the idea of working with a band as enthusiastic to do this as I was. I decided that the thing to do was play some songs that like-minded people thought they would never hear live again, if ever, songs by spin offs of MOTT THE HOOPLE — songs by MOTT, Ian Hunter and BRITISH LIONS. Songs that are close to my heart, songs that I’ve played every week for the best part of thirty-five years on record, cassette, CD, iPod and now live.”

The DOWN ‘N OUTZ supported MOTT THE HOOPLE at one of their legendary 2009 reformation shows at Hammersmith Odeon. Following a rapturous reception, the one-night-project took on a life and energy of its own and an album project was born.

The band then decided to record an album, “My Re-Generation”, produced by Elliott and Ronan McHugh (DEF LEPPARD), which was recorded in Elliott‘s personal studio with basic tracking done at Moor Hall studio Bedfordshire by engineer Chris Corney. The album featured entirely covers of songs by artists related to MOTT THE HOOPLE, such as tracks by MOTT, BRITISH LIONS and Ian Hunter.

The band made an appearance at the 2010 High Voltage festival in the U.K., launched their own branded beer, and also announced it would be performing with Paul Rodgers in April 2011 as the opening act on the latter’s U.K. tour.

On April 21, 2014, DOWN ‘N’ OUTZ released their second studio album, “The Further Adventures Of…” Classic Rock wrote: “‘Further Adventures’ raises the bar for MOTT THE HOOPLE covers while giving timeless songs a new lease of life, as classics deserving of a new audience.”

In addition to Elliott (vocals, guitar, keyboards), the band features THE QUIREBOYSPaul Guerin (guitar), Guy Griffin (guitar), Keith Weir (keyboards), drummer Phil Martini (WAYWARD SONS) and bassist Share Ross (VIXEN).

“The Further Live Adventures Of…” track listing (2CD + DVD)


01. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
02. One More Chance To Run
03. Rock And Roll Queen
04. Drivin’ Sister
05. Whizz Kid
06. Storm
07. Overnight Angels
08. One Of The Boys
09. Shouting And Pointing


01. Sea Diver
02. The Journey
03. Who Do You Love
04. Crash Street Kidds
05. Violence
06. England Rocks
07. Good Times


01. Funeral For A Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
02. One More Chance To Run
03. Rock And Roll Queen
04. Drivin’ Sister
05. Whizz Kid
06. Storm
07. Overnight Angels
08. One Of The Boys
09. Shouting And Pointing
10. Sea Diver
11. The Journey
12. Who Do You Love
13. Crash Street Kidds
14. Violence
15. England Rocks
16. Good Times

ANTHRAX And KILLSWITCH ENGAGE To Mount Epic Sequel With ‘KillThrax II’

What do you do when you’ve co-headlined one of the hottest metal touring packages of 2017? Well, like any rock band that cares about its fans, you do it again, but you take it to the places that missed out the first time. And that’s exactly what metalcore masterminds KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and legendary thrash/metal masters ANTHRAX are announcing today — “KillThrax II”, a twenty-nine-city tour of North America presented by SiriusXM that kicks off January 25 in Montreal, Canada and will zig-zag across the continent to wind up in Portland, Maine on March 4. HAVOK will serve as the opening act for the entire tour.

Said ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello: “After playing so many amazing shows last year with our friends KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, I’m psyched for round two of ‘KillThrax’, and we’re adding HAVOK to the heaviness!!” Drummre Charlie Benante added: “The shows were great, the audiences were great, and we all felt great about the whole thing, so why not do it again?”

‘Evil Dead II’. ‘Dawn of the Dead’. ‘The Godfather: Part 2’. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. All sequels that are better than the original. Add ‘KillThrax II’ to that list. Back by popular demand, ‘KillThrax’ is coming at ya again my friends,” said ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian.

“We are looking forward to the next leg of the ‘KillThrax’ tour,” said KILLSWITCH ENGAGE singer Jesse Leach. “We had a blast on the first one and we enjoyed sharing the stage with the humble legends ANTHRAX! There is such a synergy between the two bands and a certain unity that is infectious, so it was a no-brainer to put this package back together and hit the road. It’s an honor and we are excited for these shows, the fans, and the good times! ‘KillThrax’ is gearing up for round two, so let’s keep the party rolling!”

As with the inaugural “KillThrax” tour, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and ANTHRAX will rotate the show’s closing slot on “KillThrax II”. Fans can also expect a night of high energy, musical ferocity and sheer intensity, and what one reviewer called “an incredible night of live music with heavy hitters that provided hours of escape into metal bliss.”

Confirmed dates for “KillThrax II” are below.

Jan. 25 – MTelus – Montreal, QC
Jan. 26 – London Music Hall – London, ON
Jan. 27 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
Jan. 28 – The National – Richmond, VA
Jan. 30 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
Jan. 31 – The Fillmore Charlotte – Charlotte, NC
Feb. 02 – Eagles Ballroom Club Stage – Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 03 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 05 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Feb. 06 – Iron City – Birmingham, AL
Feb. 08 – The Pavilion at Concrete Street – Corpus Christi, TX
Feb. 09 – Lonestar Pavilion – Lubbock, TX
Feb. 10 – The Criterion – Oklahoma City, OK
Feb. 11 – El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Feb. 13 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
Feb. 14 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 16 – Revolution Concert House – Boise, ID
Feb. 17 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
Feb. 19 – The Ranch – Edmonton, AB
Feb. 20 – Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place – Grande Prairie, AB
Feb. 21 – MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
Feb. 23 – Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Feb. 24 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25 – Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Sioux City, IA
Feb. 27 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
Mar. 01 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Mar. 02 – Dome Arena – Henrietta, NY
Mar. 03 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
Mar. 04 – State Theatre – Portland, ME

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS To Release ‘Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue’ Album In December

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS, the project led by the former PANTERA and current DOWN/SUPERJOINT frontman, has set “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” as the title of its second album, due in December via Anselmo‘s Housecore Records.

“Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue” is the follow-up to PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS‘ debut, “Walk Through Exits Only”, which came out in 2013 to mostly positive reviews.

In a 2014 interview Yahoo! Music, Anselmo said that the second ILLEGALS album would be “very different” from the debut. “I feel like every solo effort should be different,” he explained. “That’s a rule in my house under this particular roof. I don’t want to regurgitate a damn thing I’ve done in the past.

“Maybe I might touch on certain things, and in a lot of ways, there’s no getting around the voice because my voice is my voice,” he continued. “But you can express different musical influences from generations of music. I can do anything I want with THE ILLEGALS. It’s my band.”

“Walk Through Exits Only” sold around 8,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 35 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over a couple of years at Philip‘s New Orleans studio, Nodferatu’s Lair.

Back in October 2015, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS parted ways with guitarist Marzi Montazeri and replaced him with Mike DeLeon. Anselmo told Metal Underground about the split with Montazeri: “What I wanted to do with Marzi was jumpstart his career, which I did. He’s the type of guy that needs to be the focal point of pretty much anything he does. So he’s got that now and I’m happy for him. More power to him.”

Regarding how the addition of DeLeon came about, Anselmo said:”Mostly from his association with my drummer, Blue [José Manuel Gonzalez], and my other guitar player/bass player from SUPERJOINT, Steve [Stephen Taylor]. Steve Taylor was constantly saying, ‘DeLeon is the guy. DeLeon is the guy. He wants it the most! He wants it the most!’ I trust them. I trust their judgment. I trust their intuition. So far, every time DeLeon has come to jam, it has been serious grinding. He takes a good beating, man. He’s great. He’s a pleasure to work with.”

SAMMY HAGAR’s 70th Birthday Film ‘Red Til I’m Dead’ Coming In December

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, famed partier and entrepreneur Sammy Hagar is bringing his epic multi-night birthday bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to movie theaters nationwide on December 5, 2017. Cameras will be on hand to capture all the action at the rock legend’s world-famous bar for this exclusive cinema event including performances by Toby Keith, Chad Kroeger (NICKELBACK), Darryl McDaniels (RUN-D.M.C.), Eddie Money, Vinnie Paul (PANTERA), THE CIRCLE‘s Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, Vic Johnson and more. Plus, a special appearance by Sammy‘s pal, famed chef and TV personality Guy Fieri.

Presented by Fathom Events and AXS, “Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party” will feature the best of the performances and party action from the four-day rock spectacular when it hits cinemas nationwide for one night on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Moviegoers will also enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the music that spans the career of the one and only Red Rocker, plus birthday wishes from famous friends.

“I’ve been celebrating my birthday in Cabo for almost 30 years and I couldn’t begin to pick a favorite year,” said Sammy Hagar. “I’ve had hundreds of friends who’ve come down to perform and party. Each year is packed with so many insane collaborations and moments that I’m just happy that the rest of the world can finally get in — and celebrate alongside us as it unfolds on the big screen.”

Tickets for “Red Til I’m Dead: Sammy Hagar’s Rock-N-Roll Birthday Party” can be purchased online beginning Friday, October 27 by visiting or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Sammy Hagar is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter who has sold more than 80 million albums during his four decades as a solo artist and frontman for bands including MONTROSE, VAN HALEN, CHICKENFOOT and THE CIRCLE. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with VAN HALEN in 2007, is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author, host of the TV series “Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar”, restaurateur and spirits entrepreneur. He turned his love for Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and hand-crafted tequila into an empire with the Cabo Wabo Cantinas and Tequila and has since added nine restaurants throughout the United States, the award-winning Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, and in 2017 launched a new Santo Mezquila with Adam Levine.

Sammy‘s parties in Cabo have become legendary, with a lottery system determining which fans receive the incredibly-limited tickets,” said Fathom events VP of programming Kymberli Frueh. “We are pleased to partner with AXS to give ‘Redheads’ nationwide the opportunity to join the party from their local movie theater.”

FIELDY To Release ‘Bassically’ Solo Album In November

KORN's FIELDY To Release 'Bassically' Solo Album In November

KORN bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu will release his long-awaited jazz fusion album titled “Bassically” on November 17. The seventeen-track disc was produced by Fieldy’s writing partner Anthony “Q” Quiles” and mixed by Chris Collier. The record features guest appearances by three of Fieldy‘s bandmates: drummer Ray Luzier plays drums, bongos, shaker, tambourine and djembe on the songs “Bass O Rama”, “Step Right Up”, “Basque K Cinco”, “Zibba Zibop” and “Mr. Bassmen”; guitarist Brian “Head” Welch plays on “I Wuv Bass Mon”; and singer Jonathan Davis does some beatboxing on “JD Fresh”.

“This is a bass album that encompasses the last nine years of my life on the road recording with a variety of special and unique basses,” Fieldy said. “This project features recordings of mine from dressing rooms, tour buses, hotel rooms and other unique locations playing on basses just as obscure as the locations. It’s a blend of funk, fusion, and rock. I can’t wait to share it with you.”

Asked what his inspirations were when writing “Bassically”, Fieldy told Weld For Birmingham in a 2016 interview: “To write it, my inspiration was probably my wife Dena. She was, like, ‘You should put a bass album out.’ And then I really thought about it. And if you go back in time to my inspiration in my early days, I listened to a lot of Stanley Clarke. And then from there on, I got into a lot of Flea. And I started really listening to some of these great bands — if you’re not listening for it, you don’t really know how great a lot of those bass players are unless you listen. For example, a lot of classic rock bands I listened to as a kid — now, I was like, ‘Wait, I just found the EAGLES on the bass, rippin’! Or LED ZEPPELIN! LED ZEPPELIN gets to rippin’ on bass! You hear these great tones that as a kid, I’d never really listened to. And now, I’m like starting to listen and trip out on it.”

Luzier told ABC News Radio back in 2013 that he found some inventive ways to create drum tracks for “Basically”. “I did some made-up percussion stuff, like we’d literally have a cup full of, like, change and seashells and I’d shake it,” he said. “And then… backstage [at a KORN show], we recorded a drum track, I pulled a floor tom off my kit and a snare and a hi-hat and it’s come out way better than we thought.”

“Bassically” track listing:

01. Bass O Rama
02. Charlie Brown
03. Step Right Up
04. Buck of Funk
05. Basque K Cinco
06. 15 String Exodus
07. JD Fresh
08. Zibba Zibop
09. Check This Out
10. Bass Invaders
11. I Wuv Bass Mon
12. 5 String Graffiti
13. Dance Your Bass Off
14. Give Me 5
15. You Can Do It
16. Mr. Bassmen
17. Bass Age

“Bassically” is available for preorder via PledgeMusic, where you can sample the songs “Bucket Of Funk”, “Bass O Rama” and “Zibba Zibop”.