Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents has released the following update about their 2020 music festivals:

“There are no pre-existing guidelines for what festivals should be doing during this unprecedented time.  Like the rest of the music industry, we continue to assess new information and make the best-educated decisions possible.  We know you have been anxious for updates from us and we are at a point where we can answer many of your questions about how each of our festivals may be affected by COVID-19. 

We are crushed to say that Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple are being canceled due to the governmental restrictions on mass gatherings.  We respect these directives and recognize they are in the best interest of the greater good, as well as the health and safety of our fans, musicians, partners, and staff.  Before accepting this fate, we worked really hard to try to reschedule the festivals.  Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts, venue availabilities and a number of other factors out of our control made postponing impossible.  Make no mistake, each of these festivals will return in May 2021 bigger and stronger than ever.

Let’s be perfectly clear — FULL REFUNDS will be available to everyone who has purchased passes to Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple. 

In addition to offering refunds, many of you have said that you would prefer to apply your 2020 purchases towards next year or exchange your pass for another one of our 2020 festivals.   Based on your feedback, we are offering pass holders three options:

(1) Full refund
(2) Apply your pass to 2021
(3) Exchange your pass for another 2020 DWP festival
Complete details will be emailed out to our pass holders within 72 hours. 

We also know that you are anxious to find out who is playing Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond and Aftershock.  Please understand that here at DWP, we’ve been debating when it is appropriate to announce our lineups and put passes on sale for our remaining festivals.  Our heads say we need to hold off on these announcements until we have more certainty in the world.  But our hearts say the world needs positivity and some things to look forward to.  We’ve been paying close attention to what you are saying on our social media and two themes consistently emerge.  First, you do want something to remind you of the better days ahead.  Second, times are financially hard for all of us. 

While we want nothing more than to give you the full lineups for Aftershock, Bourbon & Beyond and Louder Than Life, we just don’t feel like it’s the right time.  But we did hear you loud and clear that you want some good news.  And good news we have.  We are adding a Thursday to 2020 Louder Than Life and, are you ready . . . the newly added Thursday will be headlined by none other than Metallica.  Yes, Metallica is back.  We simply couldn’t accept that after all we’ve gone through together this year that there would be no Metallica performance East of the Mississippi.  And Metallica agrees,

To assist you in the current financial climate, all current pass holders for Louder Than Life will be given the 4th day FREE.  We are also deferring the next installment payment on the layaway plan for a month.  And we will leave open the refund option for Louder Than Life through Friday, March 27th in case you need your money back. 

To try to make passes a little more affordable right now, anyone who wants to buy a pass for Louder Than Life can reserve a pass for $1 down per pass, with payments not starting until May 3rd and split up evenly in May, June, July and August. 

We have also arranged for many of the bands from Sonic, Epicenter and Rockville to play at Louder Than Life and will be announcing that as soon as we feel appropriate.  Because we were not able to reschedule the Spring festivals, we want Louder Than Life to be an inclusive celebration of all of those festivals.  It’s not a perfect solution, but these are imperfect times. It is our sincere hope that we are all able to heal together with massive celebrations this Fall.

While we don’t know if this pandemic will end in time for Hometown Rising, Louder Than Life, Bourbon & Beyond or Aftershock, rest assured that all passes will be refunded in the unfortunate event that any of these festivals are prevented from happening because of COVID-19. 

We want to thank you for your continued loyalty and support.  We are blessed to have such an amazing Festival Family, and together, as a community, we will get through this.  Please stay safe and look out for each other.

With Love, 

Team DWP”

For more information, visit: DannyWimmerPresents.com.

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Whitesnake have canceled all their previously announced tour dates, including this summer’s jaunt with Sammy Hagar & The Circle with Night Ranger, as frontman David Coverdale must undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia.

Coverdale announced the cancelations in a statement released via social media earlier today. He wrote, “Once again it breaks my heart to be the bearer of even more sad news affecting Whitesnake’s touring schedule for this increasingly challenging year, 2020.

All tours, Europe, UK & US, are being canceled owing to health issues, related specifically to a bilateral inguinal hernia requiring me to have surgery.

At this time, I can only offer you & my amazing musicians in Whitesnake & our crew, my love & my sincere apologies, & also my regrets to my friends in Foreigner, Europe & Sammy Hagar for this unforeseen personal health issue, which I will have addressed at the first possible opportunity. Until then, I send my love to you & yours & hopefully we will meet again along the road.”

Earlier in the month, Whitesnake postponed its previously announced Japanese tour due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.

According to blabbermouth.net, Coverdale had both his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he was in so much pain with arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.

Whitesnake has been touring in support of its latest album, Flesh & Blood, which was released last May through Frontiers Music Srl. The disc follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album Forevermore and 2015’s The Purple Album, a reimagining of Deep Purple classics from David Coverdale’s time in that band.

Joining Coverdale on Flesh & Blood is the band comprised of Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitar, Michael Devin on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and Michele Luppion keyboards. 

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As previously reported, former Judas Priest guitarist K.K Downing has teamed up with former bandmates Tim “Ripper” Owens (vocals) and Les Binks (drums) in a new band called KK’S Priest The group, which will pay homage to Downing’s, is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (Hostile) and bassist Tony Newton (Voodoo Six).

Downing has posted the following message to his Facebook page:

“Hello KK’S Priest fans around the world. These are challenging and life-altering times for us all and I hope you and your families are all safe, at home, and comfortable. I am fortunate to have some of the best fans in the world. Your support and love is what allows and inspires us to create music and tour the world.

I have always considered you as part of my large extended family, and as I always say, family comes first. We all have to do everything we can to ensure that our families, friends, neighbours, work colleagues remain safe, healthy and comfortable. Together we will survive these uncertain few months, and we cannot wait to get out on the road and bring our music to you all in every corner of the globe.

In these times of uncertainty, I just wanted to give you an update from the studio. We are moving…full steam ahead on the new album. Thankfully Ripper finished all the tracks and got home to Ohio safely before the travel restrictions started, and I have to say I am so excited — his vocals are classic Ripper/Priest — and then some.

This album is coming together so naturally and is already sounding incredible — I can’t wait for you to hear these songs — and I hope it’s not too long before we can let you hear the first track released by Explorer 1… so stay tuned.

Anyone that registers on our official website will get first access to news and music — so head on over to kkspriest.com and put in your email.

Thank you so much for your support over the years and please stay safe and keep on rocking.

KK Downing and KK’S Priest”

KK’S Priest’s debut recording will be released through Explorer1 Music Group. The group will also play select shows later this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Judas Priest and Downing’s career as a founding member. KK’S Priestt’s setlist will consist of Priest classics and new songs.

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Sebastian Bach has announced the newly rescheduled dates for the second leg of his highly anticipated 30th Anniversary tour celebrating the album Skid Row, which was originally set to start later this month. Today, Bach has revealed the tour will take place this fall starting on October 28th and running through December 15th with special guests Stitched Up Heart. All dates have been rescheduled and tickets and VIP upgrades purchased will be honored at the newly scheduled dates, with the exception of Regina, SK, Uncasville, CT and Roanoke, VA. Fans who purchased tickets and VIP upgrades for those three shows will need to contact their point of purchase for refunds. Find the new tour schedule listed below.

Earlier this month Bach provided the statement below addressing the tour’s postponement.

“Due to extreme circumstances outside of our control, we will be postponing the 2nd leg of the 30th Anniversary tour from March 25th thru May 11th. The key word is postponed. I was really looking forward to rocking out with you all this spring, but multiple cities along the tour have forced public gathering cancelations, which is beyond my control. It is also VERY important to me that my family, my band and crew and my extended family AKA my fans stay safe and healthy. In the meantime, I am going to continue to work on new music.”

Bach’s 30th Anniversary Tour, taking place now this coming fall, will commemorate the groundbreaking, platinum selling 1st album, Skid Row, which he’ll be performing in its entirety along with other classic hits.

Sebastian Bach’s band is:
Drums: Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Fates Warning) 2005-2019
Bass: Rob DeLuca (UFO, Spread Eagle) 2005-2019
Guitar / Backing Vocals: Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Chevy Metal) 2012-2019

Sebastian Bach Tour Dates:

Oct 28 – Blue Lake, CA – Blue Lake Casino & Hotel
Oct 30 – Seattle, WA – Clearwater
Oct 31 – Portland, OR – Aladdin

Nov 2 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Nov 3 – Victoria, BC – Distrikt
Nov 6 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
Nov 7 – Edmonton, AB – River Cree Casino
Nov 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
Nov 11 – Rosemont, IL – Joe’s Live
Nov 13 – Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
Nov 14 – Hopewell, VA – Beacon Theater
Nov 16 – Boston, MA – Big Night Live
Nov 17 – Washington, DC – Howard Theatre
Nov 18 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
Nov 21 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
Nov 22 – Quebec City, QC – L’Imperial Bell
Nov 23 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
Nov 25 – Detroit, MI – Harpos
Nov 28 – Renfro Valley, KY – Entertainment Center
Nov 29 – Bristol, TN – Paramount Theatre

Dec 1 – Columbia, SC – The Senate
Dec 3 – Sebastian, FL – Captain Hiram’s Sand Bar
Dec 4 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Dec 5 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s
Dec 6 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Dec 8 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
Dec 11 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee
Dec 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Fonda
Dec 14 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Dec 15 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

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Deep Purple is proud to share Throw My Bones,the first single from their highly anticipated studio album Whoosh! The single is accompanied by a new music video, which can be viewed below. Also, available here for stream and download.

Deep Purple’s 21st album to date, and third produced by Bob Ezrin, Whoosh!addresses resentments and ideas about our current world, with a message geared towards all generations. The music video for Throw My Bones reflects that message, extending an invitation to take a step back and see the bigger picture. It’s a call to observe the planet, and take action.

“Whoosh is an onomatopoeic word that, when viewed through one end of a radio-telescope, describes the transient nature of humanity on Earth; and, through the other end from a closer perspective, illustrates the career of Deep Purple.” states vocalist Ian Gillan.

Whoosh! will be available as a Limited CD+DVD Mediabook (including the 1-hour feature “Roger Glover and Bob Ezrin in conversation” and, for the first time, a video of the full live performance at Hellfest 2017), 2LP+DVD Edition, standard CDand Digital on June 12th, 2020 on earMUSIC. Pre-order is available here.

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Tesla premieres their video for the acoustic live classic cover of The Beatles’ We Can Work It Out. The cover is off their upcoming new album Five Man London Jam. The album is a live performance of some their most iconic songs from their catalog. Five Man London Jam was recorded and filmed in 4K high-definition as an homage to their critically acclaimed  and highly influential Top 20 platinum album Five Man Acoustical JamFive Man London Jam will be available in multiple formats including Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD and digitally.

Watch the video for, We Can Work It Outhere. Preorder Five Man London Jam here.

Read more about  Five Man London Jam, at this link and See a performance of, Signshere.

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