Credit: Jeff ForneyThis summer, Avenged Sevenfold will launch a massive tour behind their 2016 album The Stage with Prophets of Rage and Three Days Grace. As frontman M. Shadows tells ABC Radio, the tour will be the culmination of The Stage era.
"We kinda feel like this tour's been built up for the last two years," Shadows says. "We're gonna blow up a lot of stuff, bring out a lot of production, and just give everybody a big send-off until we go into hibernation again to do the next record."
As for that next record, Shadows says the direction of any new music is currently "theoretical," but the band is ready for the right inspiration.
"We went down to Mexico recently and got really inspired by some of the music down there," he says.
The summer tour begins July 22 in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and will wrap up September 2 in Houston, Texas. Assuming they don't add anything more to their live schedule, Shadows estimates that Avenged Sevenfold could start working on album number eight this fall.
"Maybe October, November we'll start thinking about getting together and just throwing ideas around," Shadows says. "We usually don't even write anything the first few weeks, we just kinda talk and show each other things: 'Here's some chords, here's some ideas, what do we want this thing to sound like?'"
"So that's still in the early stages," he adds. "But it's exciting."
Rosalind O'Connor/NBCIs it "Arcade Fire" or "The Arcade Fire"? Even the band isn't sure in a promo for this weekend's Saturday Night Live.
In the clip, host Bill Hader introduces the Canadian indie rockers as "Arcade Fire," frontman Win Butler says their name is actually The Arcade Fire. "I thought it was just Arcade Fire," vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Regine Chassagne responds. Everyone then pulls out their phones to look up the correct answer, and Butler discovers that "it's Arcade Fire, that's what we're called."
Perhaps Billy Corgan's band can go on SNL so we can determine once and for all if it's "Smashing Pumpkins" or "The Smashing Pumpkins."
ABC/Image Group LAIf, after hearing it for the umpteenth time, you thought that the only thing missing from "Feel It Still" is more accordion, then have no fear, "Weird Al" Yankovic is here.
The master parody songwriter and polka enthusiast has shared a remix of Portugal. the Man's mega-hit, as well as one for the band's current single, "Live in the Moment." Both remixes are available now for digital download.
Both "Feel It Still" and "Live in the Moment" appear on Portugal. the Man's latest album Woodstock. The band will be touring behind the album pretty much non-stop throughout the year, and will hit a number of festivals including Coachella, Hangout and Boston Calling.
ABC/Randy HolmesWeezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has released a new solo song with a very Rivers Cuomo-esque title. The poppy track is called "Medicine for Melancholy," and it's available now for digital download.
Over the weekend, Cuomo played a solo set in Los Angeles, during which we played a variety of Weezer songs, as well as covers of Smashing Pumpkins' "Today," R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" and Oasis' "Champagne Supernova."
Meanwhile, Cuomo and the rest of Weezer have been working on a new album, titled The Black Album. According to an interview with Cuomo last month, the follow-up to 2017's Pacific Daydream is due out May 25.
This summer, Weezer will launch a co-headlining tour with Pixies.
Credit: Jon ShoerAustralian musicians unite! Empire of the Sun frontman Luke Steele and Daniel Johns of the defunct post-grunge band Silverchair have formed a new band called Dreams. The duo's first single is called "No One Defeats Us," and is available now on digital platforms.
"We wanted to go with something first that said, 'We are here to rip your head off,'" Johns says of the track. "It says lyrically what our goal is. It's a journey into our vision of the future. 'No One Defeats Us’ is a very simple song: it has no chorus, it feels like a mantra."
Steele and Johns first met in 2004 when Steele's pre-Empire band The Sleepy Jackson opened for Silverchair. The two quickly became friends, and would casually play music together before finally deciding to officially start a band.
"Dan and I excel and struggle on similar levels," says Steele. "We have so much passion and we are so ambitious. 'No One Defeats Us' came from a time when we were beginning the band and we needed something deep."
He adds, "I wanted to build a gang -- like, a gang of the future. We want the band to be for the common man, the underdog, the homeless, the person who shows love to his neighbor."
Dreams will make their live debut at Coachella next month.
Credit: Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle will hit the road in support of their forthcoming new album Eat the Elephant starting April 14 in Tucson, Arizona, but guitarist James Iha won't be joining them.
According to a statement from APC's rep, Iha will miss all of the band's currently scheduled live dates, which run through July 1, due to his commitments to the Smashing Pumpkins reunion tour.
"As you most likely have heard, James Iha's original band, the Smashing Pumpkins, have announced a summer tour that James will be taking part in," the statement reads. "Because James will be busy gearing up for that tour, he won't be able to join us for our upcoming tour dates."
Stepping in for Iha on A Perfect Circle's tour will be Failure and Autolux guitarist Greg Edwards, who the band describes as a "longtime friend" and "one of our favorite guitar players."
"We want to reiterate that this is a temporary situation and James remains a part of A Perfect Circle," the statement concludes.
You'll still be able to hear Iha on APC's new album Eat the Elephant, which will be released April 20.
Meanwhile, the Smashing Pumpkins Shiny and Oh So Bright tour kicks off July 12 in Glendale, Arizona.
Credit: Alex LakeFollowing his Oscar-nominated score for the film Phantom Thread, you can hear Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's soundtrack work again in the upcoming movie You Were Never Really Here, a violent thriller starring Joaquin Phoenix. Greenwood and Radiohead aren't known as a particularly fierce bunch, which begs the question: which member would be the best fighter?
In an article answering fan questions for The Guardian, Greenwood was asked who is the "hardest," or toughest, member of Radiohead, to which he responded, "It's not a very strong field." However, his first guess is guitarist Ed O'Brien.
"Ed's had boxing training -- he was sparring with the head of our concert security on the last tour -- so he's probably quite tasty," Greenwood says. "But also the most placatory and pacific of all of us."
His next instinct is to pick drummer Philip Selway, who Greenwood says "would be pretty handy if he had his wild up with someone."
"Unlikely, but still, don't push him," Greenwood cautions.
As for the rest of the band, Greenwood admits that they are "not a threat."
You Were Never Really Here opens in the U.S. April 6. Greenwood and the rest of Radiohead launch a North American tour July 6 in Chicago.
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam is auctioning off a special VIP package for their upcoming shows at Chicago's Wrigley Field this summer in support of the victims of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and their families.
The winning bidder will receive four tickets to either the August 18 or August 20 Wrigley show, a meet-and-greet with frontman Eddie Vedder, and a guitar signed by the whole band. For more info, visit PearlJam.com.
At Pearl Jam's show in Chile earlier this week, Vedder dedicated their performance of the new song "Can't Deny Me" to the Douglas students.
The Chicago shows are a part of Pearl Jam's summer stadium tour, which kicks off August 8 in Seattle.
Credit: John CrawfordThis summer will feature new music from Nine Inch Nails. Speaking with BBC Radio 6 Thursday, frontman Trent Reznor says the band will release a new EP in time for their upcoming European tour, which kicks off June 22 in London.
The new release will be the third installment of Nine Inch Nails' planned trilogy of EPs, which also includes 2017's Add Violence and 2016's Not the Actual Events.
Reznor also said that he and bandmate Atticus Ross have a few more composing projects lined up, but didn't reveal any specific details. The pair recently scored the 10-part PBS documentary series The Vietnam War.
Waring Abbott/Getty ImagesDrummer Charlie Quintana, who played in the bands Social Distortion and Cracker, has died at age 56.
Cracker confirmed the news Wednesday on the band's Twitter, calling Quintana "one of the greatest drummers of all time." "A true test of a drummers ability is a slow song," the wrote. "No one could ever match him on this."
Quintana was a member of Social Distortion from 2000 to 2009, and played with Cracker in 1995 and 1996. He was also a founding member of the '70s punk band The Plugz, and he's played with Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin and Bob Dylan.
Capitol RecordsBeck will it the road this summer on a North American headlining tour in support of his latest album, Colors. The trek begins July 6 in Detroit, and includes a stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden on July 19.
Tickets go on sale next Friday, February 23. Visit Beck.com for more info.
Along with the tour dates, Beck has also shared a new remix of the Colors single "Up All Night," recorded with electronic duo Oliver. You can download the remix now on digital outlets.
Here are Beck's new tour dates:
7/6 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theater 7/7 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage 7/10 -- Montreal, QC, Place Bell 7/15 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 7/19 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 7/20 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier 9/22 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Maverick Center
Credit: Guy ArochArcade Fire has premiered "Money Love," an epic double video for the songs "Put Your Money on Me" and "We Don't Deserve Love," two songs from the band's latest album, Everything Now. The 16-minute visual is streaming now on YouTube.
"Money Love" opens with a bankrupt Arcade Fire visiting they dystopian Everything Now Corporation to sign a new contract. As an evil company head, played by Emmy-winning actress Toni Collette, tells them, the Everything Now Corporation will own the band's entire back catalogue, and will take "just 98.3 percent of future earnings."
Reluctantly, the Canadian art rockers accept the deal, and find their music now inundated with product placement. They eventually snap while performing at a corporate party, and they try to escape. However, everyone but frontman Win Butler is recaptured. After a lonely walk through the desert, Butler finally decides to rejoin his friends and band mates.
The whole video seems to be a reflection on last year's satirical promotional effort for the Everything Now album release, which poked fun at product placement and the idea of viral content.
If after 16 minutes you still want to see more Arcade Fire, you can catch them on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, airing March 17 on NBC.
Island RecordsQueens of the Stone Age and Mumford & Sons are among the many artists interpreting the classic songs of Elton John on two new albums. Titled Revamp and Restoration, both collections will arrive on April 6.
Revamp features a variety contemporary rock and pop artists putting their spin the iconic musician's work, including Queens of the Stone Age covering "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and Mumford & Sons taking on "Someone Saved My Life Tonight."
Additionally, the album features Florence the Machine, The Killers and Coldplay covering "Tiny Dancer," "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "We All Fall in Love Sometimes," respectively.
Sir Elton himself also appears on Revamp, reworking "Bennie & the Jets" as a collaboration with pop star Pink and Grammy-nominated rapper Logic.
Meanwhile, Restoration sees some of country's biggest names covering Elton songs, including Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson.
"As songwriters, Bernie [Taupin] and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process," says John in a statement. "It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity."
Several artists contributing to Revamp and Restoration, including Coldplay's Chris Martin, will appear on the upcoming TV special Elton John: I'm Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute, which airs April 10 on CBS.
Revamp "Bennie and the Jets" - Elton John, P!nk, Logic "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" - Coldplay "I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues" - Alessia Cara "Candle in the Wind" - Ed Sheeran "Tiny Dancer" - Florence the Machine "Someone Saved My Life Tonight" - Mumford & Sons "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" - Mary J. Blige "Don’t Go Breaking My Heart" - Q Tip feat. Demi Lovato "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" - The Killers "Daniel" - Sam Smith "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me" - Miley Cyrus "Your Song" - Lady Gaga "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" - Queens of the Stone Age
Restoration "Rocket Man" – Little Big Town "Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters" – Maren Morris "Sacrifice" – Don Henley and Vince Gill "Take Me to the Pilot" – Brothers Osborne "My Father’s Gun" – Miranda Lambert "I Want Love" – Chris Stapleton "Honky Cat" – Lee Ann Womack "Roy Rogers" – Kacey Musgraves "Please" – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton "The Bitch Is Back" – Miley Cyrus "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – Dierks Bentley "This Train Don’t Stop" – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris "Border Song" – Willie Nelson
ABC/Nicole WilderJack White will be celebrating the release of his new solo album Boarding House Reach with a pair of very intimate performances at his Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.
The shows will take place Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16. Visit ThirdManRecords.com for more info.
You'll also be able to see White in much bigger venues this spring and summer on his North American headlining tour, which kicks off April 19 with a hometown show in Detroit. You might want to leave your phone at home, though, as the shows are described as a "phone-free, 100% human experience."
Boarding House Reach, which features the singles "Connected By Love" and "Over and Over and Over," will be released March 23.
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicSince at least 2013, Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell has been talking about a new project called Kind Heaven. Now, it's finally coming to fruition.
Described as a "groundbreaking new entertainment venture," Kind Heaven will open in Las Vegas in 2019.
"Lollapalooza forever changed the way fans experience live entertainment and Kind Heaven will take that to the next level, mesmerizing the audience through sights, sounds and deliciously exotic smells," says Farrell. "Nothing like this has ever been attempted before. It's going to be incredible."
According to a press release, Kind Heaven combines "leading edge technology" and "Hollywood-style storytelling" in order to take attendees on a "sensual exotic journey that offers the best of Southeast Asian culture, music, food, danger, fashion, exoticism, exploration, mystery and spiritual enlightenment."
Kind Heaven is also described as "family friendly by day and adult at night."
We'll have to wait until 2019 to see what exactly all that looks like, but until then, you can stay tuned to KindHeaven.com.
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam opened their South American tour in Chile Tuesday, and during the show, Eddie Vedder dedicated the song "Come Back" to the late Chris Cornell. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Also during the concert, Pearl Jam gave their new song "Can't Deny Me" its live debut. Vedder dedicated that track, the first preview of the band's forthcoming new album, to the students of Parkland, Florida.
Pearl Jam's South American tour concludes March 24 in Brazil, and they head to Europe in June. They'll return to the U.S. in August for a series of stadium shows, including stops in Seattle, Chicago, Boston and Missoula, Montana.
ABC/Randy HolmesPeter Mensch, co-founder of artist management company Q Prime, spoke at the International Live Music Conference in London last week. According to Billboard, he talked about Q Prime client Metallica, and the secret to the metal legends' enduring popularity.
"James Hetfield speaks to group of people that no one else speaks to," Mensch said of the Metallica frontman. "That's one of the reasons why Metallica are as big as they are now. No one else is even close to them."
Mensch added, "If hard rock is about losing your inhibitions or frustrations, James Hetfield still, to this day, his lyrics, are f***ing angry. He's fueled by hate."
However, Mensch had some not-so-kind words for Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, a former client who, he said, inspired Q Prime's "no a**holes" policy.
"[Corgan] was a very difficult person to work with," Mensch said "He's a really talented guy, just doesn't want to listen to anybody's advice -- at least as far as I could tell."
Other Q Prime clients include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Disturbed and Cage the Elephant.
ABC/Randy HolmesProphets of Rage, Weezer and Five Finger Death Punch are headlining Canada's Montebello Rockfest, scheduled for June 14-16 in Montebello, Quebec.
Other artists playing the festival, formerly known as Amnesia Rockfest, include Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, A Day to Remember, Jimmy Eat World, Lamb of God, Slipknot's Clown, Tenacious D, All Time Low, Motionless in White, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly.