SMASHING PUMPKINS Featured On 'Guitar Center Sessions' Season Opener; Preview Clip
Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight SMASHING PUMPKINS in the first episode of the new season of the award-winning music seriesGuitar Center Sessions on Friday, May 17 at 9 p.m. ET/10 PT onDirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessionsfeatures exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt.
A preview clip of SMASHING PUMPKINS performing the song "The Celestials", captured live in a rooftop concert at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, can be seen below.
"Today, more than ever before, any artist, established or up and coming, is working within a new convoluted paradigm full of challenges," Harcourtsaid in a statement. "The new episodes of Guitar Center Sessionsfeature a truly diverse group of artists, all sharing the ups and downs of their careers in the interviews and delivering blistering performances on stage."
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Confirmed For This Year's GIGANTOUR
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has been confirmed for this year's edition ofGigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Also scheduled to appear on the bill are headliners MEGADETH, along with DEVICE, the new band fronted by DISTURBEDsingerDavid Draiman; HELLYEAH, featuringVinnie Paul Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett (MUDVAYNE), Tom Maxwell (NOTHINGFACE) and Bob "Zilla" Kakaha (DAMAGEPLAN); NEWSTED, the new band led by formerMETALLICA, VOIVOD and FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Newsted; and DEATH DIVISION, the heavy, technically aggressive and melodic band founded by bassist Jerry Montano (HELLYEAH, DANZIG,NOTHINGFACE), drummer Tim Yeung (MORBID ANGEL, DIVINE HERESY, HATE ETERNAL, NILE), vocalist/guitarist Sean De La Tour and lead guitarist Rick Di Marco.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Jul. 03 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook
Jul. 05 Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 06 - Canandaigua, NY - Marvin Sands PAC
Jul. 08 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul. 09 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena
Jul. 10 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center
Jul. 12 - Dallas, TX - [to be announced]
Jul. 13 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheatre
Jul. 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
Jul. 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
Jul. 18 - Bloomington, IL - US Cellular Coliseum
Jul. 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
Jul. 20 - Cadott, WI - Chippewa Valley Music Festival
Jul. 22 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center
Jul. 23 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral
Jul. 26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
Jul. 27 - Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre
Jul. 29 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Entertainment Center
Jul. 30 - Everett, WA - Comcast Arena
Aug. 01 - West Valley City, UT - Maverik Center
Aug. 02 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center
Aug. 04 - Fargo, ND - Scheels Arena
Aug. 07 - New York, NY - [to be announced]
Aug. 09 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 10 - Montreal, QC - Heavy MTL
Aug. 11 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Speaking to "Saturday Night Scream" earlier this month, Dave Mustaine stated about the rest of the lineup for this year's Gigantour: "I think [fans] are gonna be pretty stoked, because each one of the other bands on there, they're new bands comprised of a person who was a major celebrity from a really large band that went on to do something new — [which is] another really good clue for you and your listeners."
In a January 2013 interview with VintageRock.com, Mustaine said about his plans for Gigantour: "We've got some stuff lined up at the end of the year with Gigantour — not only in here in the States, but also down in South America. We've got some really interesting lineups for that. Most people would look at the lineup and they would think, like, 'Dave's not gonna tolerate your crap at all.' Because there's a couple of people that we have that are on the lineup — and we're hoping for the best — but they're notorious bad boys. But when people grow up, they kind of grow up; they don't just grow old. And we're hoping that the music is gonna be the most important thing so that the fans will get what they want. Because it's undoubtedly… The people that we have, so far, as far as we know, for Gigantour, they've got great music. We're really looking forward to that."
Gigantour made its return last year for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL all personally picked by Mustaine — kicked off on January 26, 2012 in Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3, 2012 in Austin.
Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies of Liver Failure at Age 49
Slayer has announced that founding member and guitarist JeffHanneman died Thursday from liver failure. He was 49.
A statement posted onto the band's website Thursday reads, "Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothersMichael and Larry, and will be sorely missed."
Hanneman had been taking time off from the band since 2011, after contracting the flesh-eating infection necrotizing fasciitis from a spider bite. It's unclear if his battle with the disease contributed to his death. Papa Roach is among the rock acts that have paid their respects on Twitter, writing, "We're saddened by the death of @Slayer guitarist, Jeff Hanneman. Our prayers and best wishes to Slayer and Jeff's family."
A statement from the Recording Academy reads, "Two-time Grammy winner Jeff Hanneman was an intense and powerful guitarist and a force to be reckoned with on stage....The music industry has lost a true trailblazer, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, his bandmates and fans around the world who mourn his untimely passing.”
Hanneman founded Slayer with fellow guitarist Kerry King in 1981.
Korn Reunites with Guitarist Brian "Head" Welch for New Album
Good news for Korn fans: founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has rejoined the band for their next album.
Korn has just released a trailer for the upcoming release, which can be seen on RollingStone.com, featuring the guitarist working on tracks with the group in the studio. Welch, who had performed with Korn on a number of occasions over the last five months, says that he’s excited to be working with the band again.
"We knew we would have a blast playing together, because we love each other so much, but we really wanted to make sure the music felt right before we committed to making a whole album together," Welch tells Rolling Stone. "But since we got in the studio, everything just started pouring out, now I can't wait until our fans hear this stuff!"
While a firm release date for the group’s eleventh studio album has yet to be revealed, it is expected to arrive in stores sometime this year.
Late Beastie Boys Rapper Adam “MCA” Yauch to Get Brooklyn Park Named After Him
After a year-long campaign, late Beastie Boys rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch will be getting a park named after him this weekend in his hometown of New York City. City officials have agreed to rename Brooklyn’s Palmetto Playground to Adam Yauch Park, fulfilling the wish of Beastie Boys fans who launched a Facebook campaign to that end shortly after the rapper's death last year.
Surviving Beastie Boys member Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz will join members of Yauch's family, Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Council Member Stephen Levin at a ceremony Friday to dedicate the park to Yauch.
While campaign organizers originally wanted Squibb Park to be named after Yauch, they were met with strong opposition from Brooklyn Heights residents. Eventually, Palmetto Playground was chosen as an appropriate venue to honor the late rapper.
Yauch died at age 47 on May 4, 2012 after a three-year battle with cancer.
Ex-Metallica Bassist Jason Newsted Says Debut CD with New Band Is About “Standing Up for Yourself”
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted says that the upcoming debut album of his new band, Newsted, will feature a positive message.
“The thread that goes through the lyrical content is about standing up for yourself, being true,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It's all up stuff, and I get to say this from the microphone now as the frontman. I get to spread positive vibes instead of trying to out-grimace people. I already did that.”
The bassist adds that the band, which recently kicked off a North American tour, will be performing a number of the new tracks during their live sets. “We play the four songs from the [recently-released Metal] EP in the set, but we're sharing a lot of new music now,” he reveals. “It's a cool thing -- we're delivering 13 songs as the four-piece band.”
Newsted is expected to release their first full-length album sometime this summer.
Volbeat to Headline Rock Allegiance Tour
The Rock Allegiance Tour returns this year, and the event’s producers have just unveiled the full list of performers. Volbeat has signed on to be the headlining act, supported byHIM, All That Remains and Airbourne.
"The fans have made our North American visits thus far this year great fun and truly memorable," says Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen in a statement. "We are looking forward to headlining Monster Energy's Rock Allegiance festival tour this summer, and sharing the stage with HIM, All That Remains and Airbourne."
The full list of dates for the travelling musical extravaganza will be revealed in the coming weeks. Visit RockAllegiance.com for more information.
Deftones Get St. Louis Fans to "Jump" for Late Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly
It appears that Deftones were fans of Kris Kross. During their concert at The Pageant in St Louis, Missouri on Wednesday night, the band paid a musical tribute to Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s rap duo, who died Wednesday afternoon.
At a point during the show, frontman Chino Moreno told the audience, “We just got word that a member of Kris Kross has passed. I know it's not good news." The group then launched into a cover of Kris Kross’ 1992 smash hit, “Jump,” mixed with their own single, "Engine No. 9," from their 1995 debut album, Adrenaline. Fan-filmed footage of the performance is available on YouTube.
Deftones can definitely sympathize with Kris Kross fans, since they experienced a loss of their own recently. Bassist Chi Cheng died last month at age 42 from complications from a 2008 car accident that had left him in a minimally conscious state.
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon & More Offer Free Tickets for Helping the Poor
Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Black Sabbath are among the artists who are participating in a new program which will reward their fans for becoming social activists. The groups are offering up free tickets to fans who sign up for Global Citizen Tickets Initiative, which was designed to help to create awareness around issues related to extreme poverty.
Spearheaded by Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis, the program allows fans to earn points for taking a variety of social actions -- like signing petitions or raising money for a designated charity -- in order to get into a lottery for free tickets.
“Pearl Jam is very grateful to be part of such an innovative and generous group of artists and music business leaders participating in this project,” says guitarist Stone Gossard in a statement. “It reflects the DNA of our band and business, and expands it to respond to some of the greatest inequities and challenges facing humanity.”
Other bands participating in the Global Citizen Tickets Initiative include Soundgarden,Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes, No Doubt, Depeche Mode andGrizzly Bear. A number of festivals have also offered up tickets for the program, including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Coachella, Outside Lands, Sasquatch! Music Festival and the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience.
Visit GlobalCitizen.org/Tickets for more information.