Date: Apr 25, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

While Aaron Lewis has spent much of the year touring solo, he will reunite with his Staind bandmates in September.

The group officially ended their hiatus in 2019, playing their first show in five years at the 2019 Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Since that reunion, theres been talk of Staind working on new music with Lewis suggesting in May 2021 that he felt a new album would arrive in 2022. While theres been no word on an album as of yet, there are now fall tour dates with the month of September seemingly reserved for Staind on Lewis calendar.

The trek kicks off Sept. 8 in Niagara Falls, New York and includes four dates in the Eastern U.S. before the band shifts coasts to play in the Southwestern U.S. for the remainder of the run. The trek comes to its concludes Sept. 24 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday (April 29), but there will be a special artist pre-sale starting tomorrow (April 26) at 10AM local time that runs through Thursday (April 28) at 10AM local time. (password: STAIND22). You can purchase your tickets here.

See Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April and drummer Sal Giancarelli at the dates listed below.

Evening With Staind 2022 Tour Dates

Sept. 8 - Niagara Falls, N.Y. @ Seneca Casino
Sept. 9 - Verona, N.Y. @ Turning Stone Casino
Sept. 10 - Atlantic City, N.J. @ Ocean Resort Casino
Sept. 11 - Springfield, Mass. @ Mass Mutual Center
Sept. 15 - Corning, Calif. @ Rolling Hills Casino
Sept. 16 - Reno, Nev. @ Silver Legacy Casino
Sept. 17 - Highland, Calif. @ Yaamava’ Casino*
Sept. 18 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint at Virgin Casino
Sept. 20 - Tucson, Ariz. @ Casino Del Sol
Sept. 22 - Tulsa, Okla. @ Hard Rock Casino
Sept. 23 - Durant, Okla. @ Choctaw Casino
Sept. 24 - Shawnee, Okla. @ Firelake Grand Casino


    Date: Mar 29, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

The Foo Fighters have announced the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates, including two stops in Saskatchewan, after the untimely death of long-time drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Concerts in Saskatoon on Sept. 23, and Regina on Sept. 25 have been cancelled.

“It is with great sadness that Foo Fighters confirm the cancellation of all upcoming tour dates, in light of the staggering loss of our brother Taylor Hawkins,” the band said in a statement posted to social media.

“We’re sorry for and share in the disappointment that we won’t be seeing one another as planned. Instead, let’s take this time to grieve, to heal, to pull our loved ones close, and to appreciate all the music and memories we’ve made together.”

The band announced the death of their 50-year-old drummer on Friday night.

Colombias Prosecutors Office released a statement Saturday saying toxicological tests on urine from Hawkins body preliminarily found 10 psychoactive substances and medicines, including marijuana, opioids, tricyclic antidepressants and benzodiazepines. It did not provide a cause of death and investigations are continuing.


    Date: Mar 26, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

The music world has lost one of its great talents, as Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has died at the age of 50. The rock community immediately began mourning his death on Friday (March 25).

The news was delivered in a social media post by the band that read as follows:

The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.

A cause of death was not given. The group had been scheduled to perform in Bogota, Columbia Friday night (March 25) at the Festival Estero Picnic, with a Lollapalooza Brasil headline appearance scheduled for Sunday (March 27) in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Hawkins was born Feb. 17, 1972, in Fort Worth, Texas, and his family moved to Laguna Beach, Calif., in 1976, which is where he spent his youth. Hawkins started playing with the band Sylvia before landing his first professional gig as a drummer for Sass Jordan.

In 1995, he became a member of Alanis Morissettes band as she promoted her highly successful album Jagged Little Pill, and it was while playing with Morissette that he was noticed by Dave Grohl. In need of a drummer after parting ways with William Goldsmith in Foo Fighters, he contacted Hawkins seeking suggestions assuming Hawkins wouldnt leave his gig with Morissette. But Hawkins had interest in the drummer spot in Foo Fighters and eventually joined the group in 1997.

Hawkins also fronted Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders for three albums with the most recent being 2019s Get the Money. Just this past year, Hawkins had started up the group NHC with Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney. They played their first show last fall and had been steadily releasing new music in the months since. His other bands included Chevy Metal and The Birds of Satan.

The drummer also added acting to his credits, joining the rest of the members of Foo Fighters in the horror comedy film Studio 666 after previously taking a role as Iggy Pop in the 2012 film CBGB.

Hawkins was married and had three children. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and the entire Foo Fighters family.


    Date: Mar 11, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

Korn are without a doubt one of the most distinctive bands in heavy music history, and much of their uniqueness is a result of frontman Jonathan Davis many talents. The singer admitted that he doesnt scat or play the bagpipes much anymore, and explained why in an interview with the Daily Beast.

Funny enough, scat singing actually originated within the jazz genre, according to the Jazz Academy. Jazz icons such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald were known for their ability to create wordless syllables and sounds as a means of vocal improvisation.

Davis utilized his signature scatting on a lot of Korns earlier albums, but not so much on the more recent ones. He also occasionally whips out the bagpipes when the band is performing live — but only occasionally.

I could do that shit for hours. I don’t do the bagpipes a lot and I don’t do the fucking scatting a lot because everybody wants me to, and if I do it too much it’s gonna burn out, the singer explained. When I do it it’s special. I do it on every record, it’s just on one song and not throughout everything.

Another act fans wont find Davis or Korn participating in much anymore is playing their entire 1994 debut album in full, which is something they did during their 2014 tour in celebration of the records 20th anniversary. The frontman recalled that he revisited a lot of his childhood trauma when the band wrote the album, and the final product was quite sinister as a result.

It was taboo at the time to talk about that shit. But whatever. I had to get it out. It helped a lot of people. That was a crazy time, and when I think about that record… it’s such a dark fucking record, he acknowledged. We played it in its entirety in 2014, for its 20th anniversary, and all of us got offstage and we looked at each other and were like, God, that record is dark. We hadn’t played it in its entirety in ages. And I don’t want to play that record again. Fuck no.


    Date: Jan 12, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

As Avenged Sevenfold were deep into creating their fifth studio album, Nightmare, they suffered an almost incomprehensible loss. The death of drummer Jimmy The Rev Sullivan brought a new significance to Nightmare, along with the last song The Rev ever wrote for the band, Fiction.

Nearing the end of 2009, Avenged Sevenfold had momentum on their side. All the music for a planned concept record had been written and demoed, and the band was raring to hit the studio. The Rev was known for his ambition when it came to songwriting, but this time, he upped the ante. He was on fire. He was taking in every idea from each band member and would add something to it. He was working his ass off. As guitarist Zacky Vengeance would say, it was almost as if he was “exhausting every ounce of what he had left.”

The Revs lyrics for Fiction, which was originally titled Death, include the lines, Gave you all I had to give / Found a place for me to rest my head / While I may be hard to find / Heard theres peace just on the other side.

The Rev was aware of some of his health struggles. He was born with an enlarged heart, and near the end of his life, complained about lingering stomach problems. Couple that with an addiction to alcohol and never being the one to shy away from drugs... it doesn’t make for a happy ending. Perhaps he knew his time was coming to an end, and wanted to wish his friends and family the best of luck for when he left.

I dont know of anytime in history where someone had basically said goodbye on a track and then they pass away and their music comes out six or seven months later with them singing it, M. Shadows would later reflect. It’s pretty crazy, its pretty surreal.”

In memory of Jimmy, the band changed the working title of the song from Death to Fiction, a nickname Jimmy gave himself. Before Jimmy died, he demoed all the piano and drums to the track, but only part of the vocals. As a tribute, Jimmy’s vocals were left in, with M. Shadows almost duetting with him in some parts.


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