GRETA VAN FLEET ANNOUNCES FALL LEG OF ITS 2019 “MARCH OF THE PEACEFUL ARMY” TOUR

Grammy-winning rock ‘n’ roll band Greta Van Fleet today announces a three week Fall North American leg of its March of the PeacefulArmy Tour, set to begins in Kansas City on Saturday, September 21st.  The tour will include first-time visits to Kansas City and Irvine, and the band performing a blend of fan-favorites and some brand new tunes.  Shannon and the Clams, a GVF personal pick, will support on all dates.  Pre-sales for Peaceful Army Fan Club members begin Wednesday, 5/15, and the public on-sale starts Friday, 5/17 at 10 AM local time.  Log on to gretavanfleet.com for all ticketing details.
Greta Van Fleet – Josh Kiszka/vocals, Jake Kiszka/guitars, Sam Kiszka/bass & keyboards, and drummer Danny Wagner – kicked off 2019 with sold-out shows on the band’s first-time tours of Japan, Australia, South America, and Mexico.  The group is currently on a four-week tour of North America and will then head to Europe on June 27th to play a series of major outdoor festivals and some stand-alone headline dates.  All confirmed dates are below.

May:

13   Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
15   Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC 
16   Red Hat Amphitheatre, Raleigh, NC
18   The Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ
19   Kerfuffle, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD (DC101 Radio show)
21   MECU Pavilion, Baltimore, MD
22   Rochester Dome Arena, Rochester, NY 
24   Boston Calling Festival, Boston, MA
25   Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, NY
28   Echo Beach, Toronto, ON CANADA 
29   Echo Beach, Toronto, ON CANADA
31   Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH

June:

1    Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
2    Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Cleveland, OH 
4    Breese Stevens Field, Madison, WI

(June 27 – September 10 – Europe, Australia and New Zealand dates)

North American Fall run:

September:

21   The Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
23   Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
27   The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
29   Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA
30   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

October:
 
2    Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
 5    Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles, CA
 9    Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
11   UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA
13   Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
15   The Met Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

For more information, visit: Greta Van Fleet Official Website.

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HELLYEAH ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUN, “WELCOME HOME,” AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 27TH, AND NEW TOUR DATES

After this weekend’s courageous and emotional sold-out concert celebrating the life of Vinnie Paul, hard rock purveyors Hellyeah announce today the title of their sixth studio album, Welcome Home, and new release date, September 27th, through Eleven Seven Music. New video for the title track will be available May 17th, and available for preorder here with an immediate download of the track.
The show, which began with an emotional procession by the Las Vegas Golden Knights DrumBots, and a live painting by renowned fine-artist Rob Prior, marked the first time the band has taken the stage since Paul’s passing, and the debut of Stone Sour member Roy Mayorga as fill-in. In a poignant moment during the set, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John Kats (Katsilometes) presented the band with an official proclamation from the Clark County Board of Commissioners declaring May 11thas Vinnie Paul Day, for his incomparable role as a musician, and helping make the Entertainment Industry in the City of Las Vegas what it is today.  A portion of the proceeds from the sold-out show, were donated to The American Heart Association in honor of Vinnie Paul. 
Welcome Home, the eagerly anticipated new album featuring the late Vinnie Paul’s final recordings, will unleash 10 tracks, driven by their love, loyalty, reverence and respect for their fallen brother, including the first fiery song, 333, recently released. Watch the official music video here.
As bassist Kyle Sanders so succinctly stated, “While Vinnie Paul is obviously irreplaceable, one thing we can’t not do is tour. As easy as it would be to say we’re not going on the road, we have to. Vinnie would be extremely disappointed in us if we didn’t promote this record properly. He’d be pissed off at all of us for putting all this work into finishing the record and then just letting it sit there on the shelf while we put a couple of songs to radio and whatever…and we know that.”
The latest 18-city headlining summer outing will kick off on July 23rd, in Atlanta, and will culminate in a special hometown celebration on August 17th, in Dallas, Texas. Full routing below.
Tickets with VIP packages are available for purchase beginning May 14th, at 10:00AM local time here. Fan club pre-sales begin on May 14, at 10:00AM local time here. On-sale to the general public begins Friday, May 17, at 10:00AM local time. In honor of Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah will donate $1 from each ticket sold on the tour to the American Heart Association.

Hellyeah 2019 Tour Dates: 

July:

23 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre 
24– Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
26– Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore 
27– Inwood, WV – Shiley Acres 
28– Boston, MA – House of Blues
30– Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
31 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

August:

1– Green Bay, WI – The Green Bay Distillery
3– Denver, CO – Summit
4 – Sturgis, SD – Iron Horse Saloon 
7– Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater 
8– Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10– Detroit, MI – The Fillmore 
11– Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live 
13 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion 
14– Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom 
16– Houston, TX – House of Blues 
17– Dallas, TX – House of Blues
*More dates TBA.

Hellyeah was formed in 2006 by Pantera founder/drummer Vinnie Paul, singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne), and guitarist Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) with bassist Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) and guitarist Christian Brady, who joined in 2014. The band has released five albums, culminating in the #2 Hard Rock album release UNDEN!ABLE in June 2016. Their final album with Vinnie Paul, Welcome Home– a truly stunning album that does both Vinnie’s memory and groundbreaking legacy proud – is slated for release on September 27th. 


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GUNS N’ ROSES SUES COLORADO BAR OVER ROSÉ ALE

According to Hollywood Reporter, Guns N’ Roses is suing a Colorado brewery for its Guns ‘N’ Rosé ale, claiming it infringes on the legendary rock band’s trademark and suggests the group is somehow connected to the product…

…Guns N’ Roses says the brewery has been selling the rosé ale in canned and keg form since 2018, as well as other merchandise bearing the brew’s name. The brewery filed an application to register Guns N Rosé as a trademark last August, which prompted the band’s business manager to reach out and attempt to resolve the dispute. According to the complaint, the brewery refused to stop selling the beer and related merchandise but did abandon its trademark application.

The band is asking the court to bar the brewery from making or selling the Guns ‘N’ Rosé ale, and deliver to them for destruction any merchandise or promotional material bearing the mark. They’re also seeking compensatory and punitive damages. 

Oskar Blues Brewery has not yet responded to a request for comment on the complaint.

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GUITARIST JOHN 5 SHARES A SHORT CLIP OF UNRELEASED MUSIC HE RECORDED WITH DAVID LEE ROTH

Guitarist John 5 was a recent guest on Masters of Shred, where he shared a clip from an unreleased album that he worked on with David Lee Roth.

The material, had it been released, would be the first of Roth’s solo records to feature John 5 since 1998’s DLR Band, which is credited for John 5’s breakout. In a new interview, the guitarist shared a song clip from what he dubbed The California Sessions.

These sessions took place in 2014 and John 5 recalled the writing process stating, “Dave would call me. He’d be like, ‘Come on over! Let’s write some songs, get some burritos.’ I’d always hang out with Dave for years and years and years. So I’d just go over and we’d talk about everything and play music and write songs all the time.”

“So there was this time where we would write songs early in the morning and he would rent out the studio at night. We’d write write write and then we’d go into the studio. We did that for a long time,” he continued.

Unfortunately, John 5 did not play to a click track, as they wanted a natural feel, but they had to be redone in order for [drummer Gregg] Bisonnette to lay down his parts. “John I never asked you for anything but I’m asking you right now. You have to re-record this record,” Roth told him. With the tour starting the next morning, he unpacked his gear and re-did the entire record before taking off.

After telling the story, John 5 took his phone out of his pocket and played a 40-second clip of unreleased music from the sessions, which can be heard at the 22:49 mark. It’s an acoustic passage and John 5 admits it sounds a bit like Damn Goodoff Roth’s Skyscraper album.

additional source: Loudwire

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GHOST FRONTMAN TOBIAS FORGE SAYS HE IS WORKING ON A FILM ABOUT THE BAND AND HE WANTS THEIR NEXT ALBUM TO BE “HEAVIER”

Steve Appleford of Revolver reports:

…In the eleven months since the beatific release of Ghost’s epic fourth album, Prequelle, much has happened in the world of this wildly theatrical metal act from Sweden. The first of these events was the reveal of Tobias Forge as the living, breathing mastermind behind the masks and papal vestments. Though he’s never explicitly stated as such, it’s widely understood that it’s been Forge all along behind the mic, disguised in corpse paint and/or latex masks, first as a series of consecutive demonic popes called Papa Emeritus (Nos. I-III), before reemerging in 2018 as the grimly debonair Cardi Copia.

Prequelle was a medieval concept album that became a hit, spreading the word of Ghost to a growing congregation, in the U.S. reaching No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, and the Top 10 across most of Europe. An American tour filled theaters and last year delivered Ghost to select arenas in Los Angeles, New York and Montreal. It was all a preamble to Ghost’s upcoming Ultimate Tour Named Death, a true arena tour of North America, where the band will deliver a fully realized, theatrical rock show of stained glass and fireballs this fall, beginning September 13th in Bakersfield. (Ghost is also openingfor Metallica this summer on a “WorldWired” European stadium tour.)…

…As a lifelong devotee of Queen and KISS, Forge is a true believer in the power of rock’s epic sweep. Taking Ghost to its fullest potential as operatic spectacle is the ultimate fantasy-come-true for Forge, who birthed the band with few expectations a decade ago with a trio of satanic metal tracks…

…Forge is also close to realizing his ambition to create the first feature-length Ghost movie. If all goes well, the film will be shot before the end of the year.

“If it wasn’t for the fact that I ended up finally being a musician, the one thing I really, really want to do in my life is cinema,” Forge says. “Any chance I can have to do that, I’m definitely grabbing it…”

…He’s confident that the story of the film has now been figured out, and would partly take place around a live concert. Figuring out the location, budget, etc. will make all the difference…

…Beyond the film and the final leg of this tour, Forge is contemplating what comes next when he returns to the studio in 2020 to begin work on a new Ghost album. He’s leaning toward a harder, riffier sound this time. He’ll start in January and finish that summer.

“I want to make a different record from Prequelle. I want it to feel different,” says Forge, being careful with his words to avoid misleading fans. “If I dare to say heavier, people think that it’s going to be Mercyful Fate all the way … but I definitely have a darker, heavier record in mind.”

Prequelle, he says now, was “a little ballad heavy.” The next one will lean more in the imposing direction of 2015’s Meliora without repeating the same ideas. He’s worked to make each album different, starting with 2010’s gloomy, metallic debut, Opus Eponymous

…”I have always pushed myself to write the songs that we don’t have instead of going back — it maybe would’ve been a smart move to just try to replicate Opus,” he explains. “I can regurgitate. I grew up with metal. It’s in my DNA, so I can formulate death-metal lyrics easily. But I try not to repeat myself on that.”

“I like to make the Metallica comparison — where Kill ‘Em All is a little bit more crude, on Ride the Lightning they started writing about more real things. It had more depth,” he adds. “I’m not going change everything…but I believe that if you have people’s attention, you have responsibility to weigh with your words a little. Sometimes that is hard. I find that harder than the musical challenges.”

Read more at Revolver.


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FENDER GUITARS PRODUCE LIMITED EDITION “GAME OF THRONES” SERIES, WATCH NUNO BETTENCOURT, SCOTT IAN AND TOM MORELLO PLAY THE SHOW’S THEME ON THE INSTRUMENTS

If you are a fan of both Fender guitars, and the HBO original series, Game Of Thrones, then this is a collector’s item for you.

Game of Thrones show runner, D.B. Weiss, and principal Fender master builder, Ron Thorn, have collaborated to create guitars based on the popular series.

Each guitar features a sigil of the three most famous families featured in the series: House Stark Telecaster (the Dire wolf), House Lannister Jaguar (the Lion) and House Targaryen Stratocaster (the Dragon).

The video below features all the details about each instrument, as well as a performance of the show’s theme, featuring guitarists Nuno Bettencourt, Scott Ian and Tom Morello, along with song composer Ramin Djawadi and Game Of Thrones show runner Dan “D.B.” Weiss.

There are only two episodes left in the final season of Game of Thrones, which airs on HBO on Sundays at 9PM (EST).

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