Rival Sons have announced their first full North American headline tour. The dates include stops at New York’s Brooklyn Steel, Philadelphia’s Union Transfer and Los Angeles’s Henry Fonda Theatre. The Sheepdogs will support all U.S. dates.

Pre-sales begin Wednesday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. local time; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. local.

The upcoming tour schedule marks the release of Rival Sons’ much-anticipated new album, Feral Roots, which arrives everywhere on January 25th through Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records.

The primal intensity of Feral Roots reflects a certain unrest at the heart of the album, sparked by Buchanan’s recent move to Tennessee. “With all the stimuli we’re constantly receiving these days, I think a lot of people have a desire to live with more freedom and simplicity,” noted Buchanan. “There’s a longing for your truer nature to prevail, and to reclaim some sort of wildness.” But with its nuanced explorations of art and love and truth, “Feral Roots” ultimately argues for pushing beyond pure survival instincts and striving for something more exalted: an unbreakable commitment to creating beauty of your own.

To read more about Feral Roots, to stream the single, Back In The Woods, and to view the video for, Do Your Worst, please click here.

Rival Sons are also set for a special headline performance at 98.9 The Bear’s Electric Christmas, on December 15th at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Pierre’s Entertainment Center.

Rival Sons Tour dates:


4 Dallas, TX – Trees
5 Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
6 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
8 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
9 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
10 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
12 Charleston, SC – Ladson Exchange Fairgrounds**
13 Orlando, FL – Central Florida Fairgrounds**
14 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena**
17 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
18 Boston, MA – Royale Night Club
19 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall***
21 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
23 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
25 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
27 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
29 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
30 Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth Room


2 Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
3 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre***
6 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
7 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
9 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

** Festival Lineup

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TrunkNation is off to a huge week on SiriusXM Volume 106. Yesterday Tobias Forge of Ghost (as Tobias Forge!) was in studio for a very revealing interview. Interesting guy with a real vision having some real success in rock. Great meeting him and appreciate him coming in. Today I did my official R&R HOF ballot on air with my audience. My final votes for 2019 were Def Leppard, Rage Against The Machine, Todd Rundgren, MC5, and The Cure. Tomorrow Ace Frehley calls in, Thursday the next Trunk Top 20 on Queen. Friday you call in with your top 20 Queen songs. It all happens live 2-4P ET on channel 106, replays 9-11P ET, and past shows On Demand on the SiriusXM app.

New podcast this Thursday is Jake E Lee.

FM/syndicated year end specials are now set and start weekend of 12/14. This year it will be 12/14 all Van Halen, 12/21 Kissmass (all Kiss), 12/28 all Rush, 1/4 all Iron Maiden.

I’ll be in Tulsa this weekend hosting LA Guns & Junkyard at IDL Saturday. See you there if in the area.

If ordering signed copies of my books please note ONLY VOL 2 is currently available.

Thanks to all who joined me last week in LA at The Rainbow for the latest LA Invasion show on Volume. Special thanks to guests Dave Mustaine, Richie Kotzen and Mike Portnoy.

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo , say they can relate to fans who say Metallica’s music has made a deep connection with them.

When asked Boise radio station 100.3 The X Rocks’ host Big J, what it was like when a fan approach(es) them to say that their music had saved their life.

Hetfield responded, “I know what they mean, because it saved my life. So, yeah, join the club.”

Guitarist Hammett then puts up his hand and says, “Yeah, me too.”

Hetfield continues, “That is the ultimate connection – something I’ve felt: Some fear, some anxiety, whatever it may be. My viewpoint of the world is totally off kilter, it’s defective, and then when someone comes up to you and says, ‘What you’ve written down or what you’ve created has helped me’ that’s more of a connection.

You haven’t spoken any words – you’ve just felt what that person is feeling, even though it might be different. Everyone loves it when someone tells their story. Someone’s saying, ‘That guy is singing to me’ or ‘That song is about me.’”

Trujillo says that music is the “ultimate conduit” and adds “With music, and the magic of music, you’re making people happy.

“I used to run in the mountains to Metallica music back on the Ride The Lightning album, so there’s always a place for it, and it’s almost always positive for most people. Music is like magic in my mind, it’s really special.”

Remaining Metallica 2018/2019 North American tour dates

Dec 5: Portland Moda Center, OR
Dec 7: Sacramento Golden 1 Center, CA
Dec 9: Fresno Save Mart Center, CA
Dec 12: Spokane Arena, WA

Jan 20: Little Rock Verizon Arena, AR
Jan 22: Birmingham Legacy Arena At The BJCC, AL
Jan 24: Nashville Bridgestone Arena, TN
Jan 28: Raleigh PNC Arena, NC
Jan 30: Cincinnati US Bank Arena, OH

Feb 1: Cleveland Quicken Loans Arena, OH
Feb 28: El Paso Don Haskins Center, TX

Mar 2: Lubbock United Supermarkets Arena, TX
Mar 4: Wichita Intrust Bank Arena, KS
Mar 6: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Mar 9: Louisville KFC Yum Center, KY
Mar 11: Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldshouse, IN

additional source: Metal Hammer via loudersound.com

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The long-awaited Motley Crue film based on their 2002 book The Dirt: Confessions Of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band finally has a release date.

The film entered pre-production back in January after it was originally slated to premiere in the summer of 2016 with Jackass director Jeff Tremaine at the helm – and now it’ll be released in March 2019.

Vocalist Vince Neil confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: “Wow! Just left Netflix offices. Just saw The Dirt movie! F–kin awesome! Can’t wait for everyone to see it! Released March 22nd. Yea!”

In September, Neil sent the rock world into a frenzy by revealing that Crue were back in the studio, with bassist Nikki Sixx later reporting they were recording four new songs for The Dirt with producer Bob Rock.

Sixx said, “F–k can I just say it? I’m listening to the roughs of the new Motley Crue and it feels real and raw.

Everybody is playing like mad and the songs crush. Bob Rock brought the sounds. Plus we have a surprise that will confirm that we’re outta our minds.”

The Dirt stars Daniel Webber as Neil, Douglas Booth as Sixx, Machine Gun Kelly as drummer Tommy Lee and Iwan Rheon as guitarist Mick Mars.

The film also features Tony Cavalero as Ozzy Osbourne and David Constable as Doc McGhee.

additional source: Classic Rock via loudersound.com

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With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.

Starting May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.

“Metal maniacs – Judas Priest is roaring back to the USA for one more blast of Firepower Firepower 2019 charges forth with new first time performances born out of Firepower, as well as fresh classic cuts across the decades from the Priest world metalsphere. Our visual stage set and light show will be scorching a unique, hot, fresh vibe – mixing in headline festivals, as well as the in-your-face venue close ups. We can’t wait to reunite and reignite our maniacs…The Priest Is Back!” -Judas Priest

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their nearly 50-year career – responsible for issuing such all-time classic albums as British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and Painkiller, as well as the anthems Breaking the Law, Living After Midnight, and You’ve Got Another Thing Coming.

And Priest’s presence and influence remains strong, as evidenced by the chart performance of Firepower and its glowing reviews, a Grammy Award win for ‘Best Metal Performance’, plus being a VH1 Rock Honors recipient and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Also, Priest can be credited as being one of the first metal bands to pioneer wearing leather and studs – a look that would eventually be embraced by metalheads throughout the world.

Undoubtedly, Judas Priest’s upcoming North American tour will only add to their ever-growing status of heavy metal legends.

Judas Priest Tour Dates:

05/03/19 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
05/06/19 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium
05/08/19 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
05/09/19 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
05/12/19 Washington, DC The Anthem
05/14/19 Huntington, NY The Paramount
05/15/19 Huntington, NY The Paramount
05/16/19 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
05/18/19 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
05/19/19 Albany, NY Palace Theatre
05/22/19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
05/23/19 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
05/25/19 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
05/28/19 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/29/19 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater
05/31/19 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory

06/01/19 Little Rock, AR First Security Amphitheater
06/03/19 St. Louis, MO Stifel Theatre
06/05/19 Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor World Arena
06/08/19 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre
06/10/19 Lethbridge, AB ENMAX Centre
06/11/19 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place
06/13/19 Dawson Creek, BC Encana Events Centre
06/14/19 Prince George, BC CN Centre
06/16/19 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
06/17/19 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre
06/19/19 Airway Heights, WA Northern Quest Resort and Casino
06/21/19 Kent, WA Accesso Showare Center
06/22/19 Portland, OR Moda Theatre of the Clouds
06/24/19 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
06/25/19 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
06/27/19 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
06/29/19 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel

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The soaring success of Bohemian Rhapsody – the Freddie Mercury/Queen movie that is set to become the biggest grossing music biopic of all time – has proven that the public’s love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Longtime fans and recent converts will be thrilled to discover then, that Queen – original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor, teaming up once more with longtime front man Adam Lambert on lead vocals – will return to North America next year. Produced by Live Nation, the epic 23-date arena and stadium Rhapsody tour is set to run from mid-July through late August with an all new concert experience.

Tickets for the Rhapsody tour go on sale to the general public starting December 7th at Live Nation at 10AM local time. Queen and Adam Lambert Fan Club Presales will run from 10AM local time through 10PM local time on Thursday, December 6th.

Going under the Rhapsody header, the six-week tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Stufish Entertainment Architects’ set designer Ric Lipson says, “Queen and Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

The tour follows an acclaimed run of 10 sold-out shows at the MGM Park Theater, Las Vegas in September 2018 and will begin on July 10th at Vancouver Rogers Arena. Stop-offs include some of the most history-packed venues in the US and Canada, including The Forum in Los Angeles (the last venue the original line-up played in North America on September 15th, 1982) and New York City’s Madison Square Garden (the site of past Queen glories, including a memorable performance from Queen and Adam Lambert on July 17th, 2014). It will wrap August 23rd at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, NC.

Announcing their Rhapsody tour Roger Taylor said, “We are ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle.”

Adam Lambert said, “We have been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to unveil it.”

With Brian May adding, “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever, and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, America…”

…Then along came 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts in excess of $500 million. The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back on to the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. In the US, the band scored its highest-charting album in 38 years with the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack (Hollywood Records), which surged from No. 25 to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart on November 17th, reached the top of the Billboard Rock Albums chart and were Spotify’s most streamed artist in the world for the week ending November 22nd. Rolling Stone called the album “more than just a greatest hits”, praising it as “a fun imaginative way to relive the band’s genius.” In the same week, Queen’s Greatest Hits Vol I, II & III: The Platinum Collection rocketed from No. 194 to No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and they had a jaw-dropping 22 songs charting on the Digital Rock Tracks chart including seven of the Top 10.

In the UK the release of Bohemian Rhapsody has also given a healthy boost to Queen’s music on streaming services. Rhapsody remains their most popular, with 50.4 million streams, followed by Don’t Stop Me Now on 46.1 million plays.

When Freddie sang The Show Must Go On all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be storming the charts in 2018. Next summer, the stages of North America will be well and truly rocked again. You can’t help thinking Freddie would be overjoyed.

Queen Rhapsody Tour Dates:


10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
14 San Jose, CA SAP Center
16 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
19 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
24 Houston, TX Toyota Center
27 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena
28 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena
30 Washington, DC Capital One Arena
31 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena


3 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
4 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
6 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
9 Chicago, IL United Center
10 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
13 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
18 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena
20 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
22 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
23 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center

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