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Breaking Benjamin Announce 2021 U.S. Tour Dates With Papa Roach And Memphis May Fire POSTED BY: Nathan Cooper ON Aug 04, 2021
Date: Aug 04, 2021 Posted By: Nathan Cooper
Breaking Benjamin have announced a short run of U.S. tour dates for the fall. Papa Roach will open the majority of the shows while Memphis May Fire will perform on all dates.
The shows will be Breaking Benjamin’s first run of dates since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The gigs will begin on Sept. 11 in Gilford, N.H. and end in Huntington, W.V. on Sept. 22. Breaking Benjamin will also perform at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival on Sept. 9.
Breaking Benjamin Fan Club members will be able to pre-order tickets from Aug. 4 at 10AM local time to Aug. 5 at 10PM local time. The artist pre-sale will take place from Aug. 4 at 2PM local time to Aug. 5 at 10PM local time. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Aug. 6 at 10AM local time. Click here to grab tickets.
Check out the full list of tour dates below.
Breaking Benjamin 2021 U.S. Tour With Papa Roach + Memphis May Fire:
Sept. 11 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion^
Sept. 12 – Montclair, N.J. @ The Wellmont Theater^
Sept. 14 – Columbus, Ohio @ Express Live!
Sept. 15 – Toledo, Ohio @ Huntington Center
Sept. 17 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 18 – Scranton, Pa. @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sept. 21 – Youngstown, Ohio @ Covelli Centre
Sept. 22 – Huntington, W.V @ Mountain Health Arena
^Papa Roach not on this date
ZZ Top Cancel Upcoming Show Following Death of Dusty Hill POSTED BY: Mackenzie Gray ON Jul 29, 2021
Date: Jul 29, 2021 Posted By: Mackenzie Gray
ZZ Top have canceled their upcoming show tonight (July 28) in Simpsonville, S.C. following the death of the late legendary bassist Dusty Hill.
In June of this year, the band announced a massive 75-date tour that kicked off this month and is set to run through May of 2022. Hill stepped away from performing with the group a couple of days ago due to a hip injury, and longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis filled in for him during the July 23 concert. His departure was only intended to be a short detour, according to a statement from the rockers.
They await a speedy recovery and [to] have him back pronto. Per Dusty’s request the show must go on! they wrote.
Members of ZZ Top shared the news of Hills death on social media earlier today. We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard wrote.
We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top. We will forever be connected to that Blues Shuffle in C. You will be missed greatly, amigo.
It is unclear whether the band will carry on with the tour and find a permanent fill-in for Hill, or if they will cancel it. Stay tuned for any further updates.
Rest in peace, Dusty.
Joey Jordison, Founding Slipknot Drummer, Dead at 46 POSTED BY: Jordan White ON Jul 28, 2021
Date: Jul 28, 2021 Posted By: Jordan White
Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer and co-writer of many of their biggest hits, died on Monday at the age of 46. A rep for his family said he died “peacefully in his sleep” but did not specify a cause of death.
“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” reads a statement from Jordison’s family. “To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.” The family intends to hold a private funeral service.
Jordison was the motor that kept Slipknot’s music running in their early days. His stoic presence behind the drum kit and virtuosic drum solos, like the one captured in the band’s Disasterpieces film where his riser ascended to the heavens, made him a favorite member for fans. Behind the scenes, Jordison was instrumental to Slipknot’s songwriting, and his neck-rattling rhythms and death-metal blastbeats were a crucial ingredient to the band’s sudden success.
The drummer was playing with a group of Des Moines, Iowa metalheads who called themselves the Pale Ones and later Meld when he suggested they change their name to Slipknot in 1995. Within a few years, the band’s lineup expanded to nine members who wore nightmarish masks and fused metal and rap aggression that placed them at the vanguard of the nu-metal explosion. Thanks to steady touring and explosive live shows on Ozzfest, their 1999 self-titled debut went double-platinum.
He stayed with the band until 2013, leaving for what he described at the time as “personal reasons.” A few years later, he revealed a neurological disease that caused his departure. “I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis; I lost my legs,” he told the audience at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016 (via NME). “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy to fucking beat this shit.” At the time, he said he was rededicating himself to music with a new band called Vimic.
In addition to Slipknot and Vimic, the prolific musician played guitar in the glam-inspired horror-punk group the Murderdolls, drums with the alt-metal group Scar the Martyr and extreme-metal supergroup Sinsaenum, and pre-Slipknot resume stints in Modifidious and the Have Nots. He also made guest appearances on recordings by Otep, Necrophagia, and Rob Zombie. In 2005, he assembled several supergroups for the project Roadrunner United, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of Slipknot’s label, Roadrunner; on five tracks, he played with dream teams that featured members of Type O Negative, Deicide, Life of Agony, and King Diamond’s band.
Nathan Jonas Jordison was born in Des Moines on April 26th, 1975. He grew up nearby in the small town of Waukee, where he got bad grades in school and considered himself an introvert. He discovered Kiss and Black Sabbath in the early Eighties and his parents nurtured his interests in music. He started his first band while in elementary school; Jordison played guitar with a friend who wasn’t very good at drums, prompting the musician to switch instruments. His parents surprised him with his own drum kit when he was in fifth grade and he continued to play with friends.
Jordison and the other original members of Slipknot found each other playing Des Moines’ club circuit, chiefly at a venue called the Runway. By 1996, they had started wearing masks and had put out a demo album called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., which featured a song called “Slipknot” that the band later refashioned into the Slipknot album’s “(sic).” “The first mask I had was an original pale-white kabuki mask,” Jordison told Revolver. “One Halloween, when I was about eight years old, I came home from school and my mother popped around the corner with that mask on and a long robe and scared the living fuck out of me. It’s always stuck with me. So I had to use that for my mask.”
Slipknot’s self-titled debut came out in 1999 and thanks to a slot on Ozzfest and videos for the singles “Wait and Bleed” and “Spit It Out,” it was certified platinum within a year. “I was a night manager at a Sinclair gas station from ’95 to ’97,” Jordison told Rolling Stone in 2001. “That’s where most of Slipknot was conceived. I’d get off band practice at about ten, and I’d bring a radio and TV and fucking crank metal. [Member] Shawn [Crahan] would come down at about 11:30, and we’d start plotting things out. He’d split at about five in the morning, and we’d have all these ideas. That’s how we did it.”
Their second album — 2001’s Iowa — was an even bigger success, reaching Number Three on the Billboard 200 as the band moved from Ozzfest’s second stage to main-stage headliners. But not everything was so sunny behind the scenes. “When we did Iowa, it was a very dark time for the band,” Jordison told Revolver. “Some of our strongest and most meaningful songs are on that record, but we were all on drugs and drunk and it sucked. It’s a time I don’t like to talk about much because I don’t like to condone any drug use, whatsoever.” Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), released in 2004, debuted at Number Two, while 2008’s All Hope Is Gone bowed at Number One. That record would be Jordison’s last with the band.
In 2016, the drummer claimed the band had fired him via email three years earlier over a misunderstanding. “They got confused about my health issues and obviously even I didn’t know what it was at first,” he told Metal Hammer. “They thought I was fucked up on drugs, which I wasn’t at all. I’ve been through so many things with those guys, and I love them very much. What’s hurtful is the way it went down was not fucking right.”
A few years before his death, Jordison revealed that he was holding onto demo tapes of songs he’d written for Slipknot at the time of his dismissal. “Maybe someday they’ll surface, maybe they’ll never be heard, but I don’t translate them to any other band. They still stay in the Slipknot safe,” he told Metal Hammer. “I won’t use them for anyone else besides Slipknot, if that ever happens again.”
Twenty years ago, though, he was unsure if Slipknot could continue — he just knew he wanted it to. “I don’t think this band can last more than four or five albums,” he told Rolling Stone. “Look what we’ve done on the new one [Iowa]. I know we’ve succeeded every time I listen to it. I think four albums will tie everything together. This band is so physical, it’s literally trimming years off our lives. This music is hard to play, and it’s hard on us. But we love it.”
Matt Sorum And Ace Harper Welcome Their First Child POSTED BY: Mackenzie Gray ON Jul 22, 2021
Date: Jul 22, 2021 Posted By: Mackenzie Gray
Congrats are in order for rock couple Matt Sorum and Ace Harper as they are expecting the birth of their first child. Sorum, who played drums for Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver, and Harper, a professional singer, dancer and fashion designer, wed back in 2013.
In an interview with People, the couple revealed that their child is expected to arrive this summer. “We are beyond elated with God’s gift of our baby girl. Of all the beautiful adventures we’ve been fortunate enough to have in our lives there is nothing that compares to the joy we feel of finally creating our own family. We’re excited to show our child all the wonderful experiences life has to offer.” said the couple.
Sorum has spent much of the past year co-producing and co-writing a new album for ZZ Tops Billy F. Gibbons. That set is expected to be released prior to the childs arrival. In addition, his new book Double Talkin Jive: True Rock N Roll Stories is set to arrive this fall.
Harper evolved from her dance troupe and history of working with Lenny Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez, Duran Duran and others to releasing solo music in 2017. Later this year Ace will launch her Ace Harper fashion line.
The couple shared a photo showing Harpers baby bump while shes wearing a jacket from her upcoming fashion line.
QUEENSRYCHE GUITARIST PARKER LUNDGREN EXITS THE BAND POSTED BY: Kaylee Harper ON Jul 06, 2021
Date: Jul 06, 2021 Posted By: Kaylee Harper
Queensryche guitarist Parker Lundgren has announced hes leaving the band to focus more on other business opportunities. Late Friday (July 2), both the band and Lundgren offered statements on the move, which appears to be an amicable one.
Queensryche offered, Hello Queensryche Fans, Parker Lundgren, guitarist for Queensryche, has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years. For over a decade it has been a great pleasure watching him evolve and flourish as a guitarist, songwriter, and most importantly, a wonderful human being. Parker will always be family to us and we wish him all the success in the world with his new endeavors. Take hold, Brother!
Further explaining the situation, Lundgren revealed in his own statement, For several years I have been deeply immersed in collecting and selling guitars, as well as rare and fascinating musical instruments. This passion led to the opening of my guitar store Diablo Guitars in 2019. Since then my business has grown and I recently acquired a storefront with a full service repair shop.
He continued, In 2020 my wife and I opened Lucky Devil Latte, which has quickly expanded to multiple locations. With these new endeavors and ensuing responsibilities, my time to devote to Queensryche has become increasingly strained and I no longer am able to commit the time and focus it deserves.
For these reasons I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as guitarist in Queensryche. I want to thank my friends, family, and fans for making the past 13 years an amazing journey. I wish nothing but the best for my fellow band members, crew and everyone who has supported us. I hope to have your continued support as I pursue new ventures, said the guitarist.
While it is not known who will fill the void on a permanent basis, the band had former guitarist Mike Stone take over duties during a recent performance in Idaho. Stone played on the bands 2003 Tribe album.
The currently lineup includes singer Todd La Torre along with original guitarist Michael Wilton and original bassist Eddie Jackson. Drummer Scott Rockenfield never officially left the group but hasnt performed with the band since 2017, as Casey Grillo has filled in on tour.
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