Two of the biggest bands in heavy metal — Megadeth and Lamb Of God — will be joining forces on a co-headline tour across North America this year, presented by SiriusXM. And to add to the firepower of this already formidable tour, Trivium and In Flames are joining, making this the must-see heavy music package of the year.
The 55-date trek will be split into two legs, the first of which begins June 12th at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and ends on August 1st at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The second run picks up on October 2nd at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and runs through November 13th at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
Megadeth, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s triumphant return to the stage following his diagnosis and recovery of throat cancer, will embark on their first North American tour since 2017.
Speaking on the epic announcement, Mustaine says, “Hello me! I’m back again, better than ever and coming to a town near you with Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames. If you want high octane metal madness this is the tour for you.”
Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton states, “The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! Lamb Of God has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is the metal tour of the year.”
Trivium’s Matt Heafy adds, “We are happy to be a part of the biggest real metal tour of the year. This tour is the main event and represents heavy metal and the culture that goes with it.”
In Flames singer Anders Fridén says, “We were honored to be asked to join this package. We were actually supposed to take this summer off, but of course we couldn’t say no. After playing shows with all of these guys for years, 2020 is going to feel like a kick-ass reunion. See you on the road, Jesterheads!”
Tickets and VIP packages for all four artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets and VIP packages beginning Tuesday, February 11 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 13 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi Entertainment.
Tour dates: June 12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live June 13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion June 14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater June 16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater June 17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater June 18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion June 20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center June 21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion June 23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview June 24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park June 26 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater June 28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park (on sale at 11 a.m. local time) June 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
July 1 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre July 2 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre July 3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center July 5 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre July 7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC PAVILION July 8 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica July 10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre July 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (on sale at 11 a.m. local time) July 12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium July 14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP (on sale at July 16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater July 17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion July 18 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (on sale at 12 p.m. local time) July 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater July 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre July 23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre July 25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre July 26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre July 30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
August 1 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
October 2 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre October 6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre October 7 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena October 9 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena October 11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center October 14 – Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena October 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center October 21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center October 23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Health Arena October 24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center October 27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron October 28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell October 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Armory October 31 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center (on sale at 11 a.m. local time)
November 2 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena November 3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center November 5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center November 7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center November 10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena November 11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena November 13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
Megadeth is currently on the road in Europe as the support act for Five Finger Death Punch. The trek kicked off on January 20th in Helsinki, Finland and will conclude on February 22nd in Sofia, Bulgaria. Additionally, the band has been working on its 16th album, which bassist David Ellefson said is due out early next year.
Despite a recent interview bassist Billy Sheehan gave, where he stated that he was previously asked to join Van Halen, he is now clarifying that he was never officially asked to join the band.
On February 7th, Sheehan took to his Facebook page to share an article headlined Mr Big’s Billy Sheehan Explains Why He Declined To Be Van Halen’s Bassist and he included the following message: “More fake news —- Though I spoke w EVH on three different occasions where he asked me about being in his band, the offer never came through. They never followed through on any sort of an official offer and therefore I never ‘turned down’ any offer, because it eventually fell through. This is the result of recycling old news ( I’ve spoken of this before) because I thought I’d do a favor [to] some little website that asked for an interview, and then they decided to make this the headline ( for clicks) and many other websites picked up the ‘story’ to get more clicks. Recycled, inaccurate and rebranded old news. Never happened.”
TMZ reports that Aerosmith is working on bringing drummer Joey Kramer back into the fold.
Sources close to the rock band, tell the site, Kramer has been working with bandmates Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton and Brad Whitford the past several days to help him return, but he’s not quite there yet.
TMZ were told Kramer’s been practicing, and once he can prove he’s up to the task, he will be re-joining the group.
Sources tell TMZ the other band members never intended to push Kramer out, and never wanted him to feel that way — they’re all trying to make amends after the recent drama.
Hopefully soon, Kramer will able to return to his old spot.
Rose Tattoo will release Outlaws, a re-recording of the iconic Rock N Roll Outlaw LP, on March 6th.
In addition to classics like Nice Boys (Don’t Play Rock ‘N’ Roll), Rock N’ Roll Outlaw, One Of The Boys and Bad Boy For Love, which have etched their way into the music landscape over the last 40-plus years, Outlaws includes three bonus tracks from the very early days, songs that were demoed and never made the final cut, those being “love song” Rosetta, written back in 1975 by Angry Anderson and Ian Rilens, Snow Queen and Sweet Love Rock and Roll, penned by Ian Rilens.
Lovable rogue Angry Anderson recruited the best in the business to head up the assault on this one, comprising legendary bass player Mark Evans of AC/DC fame, iconic guitarist Bob Spencer, Dai Pritchard on slide and Jackie Barnes on drums.
“For me, that’s critically important, cosmically important, because this album is all about history, heritage, honor and respect,” Angry said. “Just as significant is the forging, the embracing, and the official signing on if you like, to that history by THIS band and having them make their own reverent mark. This really is about honoring the past and respecting the present.”
Rock N’ Roll Outlaw was originally recorded at the famed Alberts studios, produced by the legendary team Vanda & Young and, released through Albert, Repertoire Records in late 1978. xRose Tattoo’s debut album was described as “a dangerous, unpredictable, monster of a record whose power has hardly diminished an ounce in the decades since this album cemented the band’s foundation for the years to come.”
Added Anderson, “The universe owes a deep unpayable debt to this band’s founders Peter Wells and Ian Rilen as well as Mick Cocks, Dallas ‘Digger’ Royal, Geordie Leach, Rockin’ Robin Riley and Lobby Loyde. Paul DeMarco, Dai Pritchard and Steve Kinghave, of course, honorably kept the temple flame burning brightly more recently, but the album also rightfully acknowledges the foresight and support of Ted Albert, Fifa Riccobono, George Young and Harry Vanda who saw something in this band back when most other record companies were calling the cops.”
Outlaws will be released by Cleopatra Records on all digital platforms as well as on CD and a special limited-edition vinyl pressing in your choice of red or silver. Additionally, Rose Tattoo will undertake its first U.S. tour since 1982 this May.
Rose Tattoo tour dates are as follows:
May 07 – W. Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go May 08 – W. Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go May 09 – W. Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go May 10 – Garden Grove, CA – Garden Amphitheatre May 12 – Denver, CO – The Venue May 14 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live! May 15 – San Antonio, TX – The Rock Box May 16 – Dallas, TX – Trees May 17 – Austin, TX – The Lost Well May 20 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club May 21 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop May 22 – Columbus, OH – Ace Of Cups May 23 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s May 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel May 27 – Brooklyn, NY – Market Hotel May 28 – Manchester, NH – The Jewel May 29 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge May 30 – New Bedford, MA – The Vault Music Hall
The legendary American rock band Tela will release their new live album, Five Man London Jam, worldwide on March 27th on UMe. 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 Jam. Five Man London Jam will be available in multiple formats including Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD and digitally. The electrifying lead single What You Give (Live), is available for immediate download with album pre-order, click here to listen. Produced by Tesla, Five Man London Jam, is being released in conjunction with the group’s upcoming North American tour dates that will run throughout 2020, starting in Pensacola, FL on February 14th. For tour dates, see full routing below.
The recording of this live album took place when Tesla visited the famed iconic recording studio Abbey Road Studios for a one-night musical event capturing the band performing songs from their legendary arsenal including Love Song and What You Give along with their classic covers of Signs and We Can Work It Out. Additionally, the band performed live for the first-time-ever their new song California Summer Song from their latest album Shock including Tied To The Tracks and Forever Loving You. Preorder Five Man London Jamhere. For merchandise and bundle packages, click here.
Tesla tour dates:
Feb. 14 Pensacola, FL Saenger Theatre Feb. 15 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre Feb. 17 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall Feb. 19 Hunstville, AL Mars Music Hall Feb. 21 Virginia Beach, VA Sandle Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 22 Greensboro, NC Piedmont Hall Feb. 25 Memphis, TN The Soundstage at Graceland Feb. 26 Houston, TX House of Blues Feb. 28 Amarillo, TX Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium Feb. 29 Albuquerque, NM Route 66 Casino Hotel
Apr. 10 Toppenish, WA Legends Casino Hotel Apr. 11 Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall Apr. 14 El Cajon, CA The Magnolia Apr. 15 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre Apr. 17 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues Apr. 18 Tucson, AZ Pima County Fair Apr. 21 Wichita, KS The Cotillion Apr. 22 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center Apr. 24 Harris, MI Island Resort Casino Apr. 25 Harris, MI Island Resort Casino Apr. 28 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live Apr. 29 Indianaplois, IN Murat Theatre
May. 1 Niagara Falls, NY The Rapids Theatre May. 2 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion May. 30 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre May. 31 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Jun. 3 Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom Jun. 5 Thackerville, OK Winstar World Casino Jun. 6 Topeka, KS Stormont Vail Events Center Jun. 7 St Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Jun. 9 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheatre Jun. 10 Huber Heights, OH Rose Music Center Jun. 12 Welch, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino Jun. 13 Chicago, IL Rosemont Horizon Jun. 14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center Jun. 16 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pav Jun. 17 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena Jun. 19 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center Jun. 20 Gilford, NH Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook Jun. 23 Long Island, NY Jones Beach Jun. 25 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for Performing Arts Jun. 26 Pittsburgh, PA S&T Bank Music Park Jun. 27 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Oct. 27 Playa Mujeres, MX The Sands Festival at Dreams Golf Resort & Spa