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    Date: Sep 08, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

Rock and roll stars are known for making a racket, but on Friday in Ottawa, one big name frontman turned up to a local sports centre without one.

The Rideau Sports Centre posted to social media that Pearl Jam lead singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder turned up to play tennis but he needed an important tool.

“He borrowed our CEO and Founder’s (Nicki Bridgland) tennis racquet. What a thrill it was to meet him,” a post on the Rideau Sports Centre’s Facebook page.

Pearl Jam was in town to play the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday. Bridgland told CTV News that Vedders visit was a surprise.

One of our staff came running up the stairs and asked the front desk manager, ‘Do we have any racquets we can borrow? Eddie Vedder is in the lobby, Bridgland said. “And I looked at him and said Are you joking or are you serious?”

Vedder and his manager played on court four, Bridgland said. As a thank you for lending her racquet, Vedder offered Bridgland tickets to the show. 

“’Alive’… ‘Even Flow’…I graduated in 1995 this was the playlist of my time,” she said.  I feel very fortunate that timing and serendipity worked out and I had the opportunity to visit with him and he got to use my racquet.

Those who play regularly at the RSC were excited to hear of the musician’s visit.

“I dont deserve to play on this court anymore,” said Doug Lai. “Im sure he was much better than me.”

“Its cool he hung out in the city and didnt just pass through,” said Mitch Guazas.

The team at the RSC clearly enjoyed Saturday nights concert, writing on Facebook that it was INCREDIBLE.

Thank you for bringing such joy to Ottawa!


    Date: Jun 21, 2022
    Posted By: Mackenzie Gray

The glow is not off of TurnstileGLOW ON quite yet. In fact, the band has just announced more fall dates as part of their Turnstile Love Connection Tour that will carry them into November of this year.

For the upcoming run, the band didnt have to look far to find their supporting acts as fellow Baltimore-area bands JPEGMAFIA and Snail Mail will open shows for the group. The trek officially gets underway Oct. 3 at New Yorks Brooklyn Mirage and winds across the country, coming to its conclusion on Nov. 19 at Bostons Roadrunner. See all the stops listed at the bottom of this post.

Pre-sale tickets for the trek will be available at 10AM local time tomorrow (June 22), with the general on-sale starting this Thursday (June 23) at 10AM local time. Head over to Turnstiles website for additional ticketing info as well as their upcoming international shows.

And to coincide with the news of new dates, the band has a new video to share as well. The bands own Brendan Yates directed the video with Ian Hurdle for New Heart Design off the GLOW ON album.


    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.


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