July 2, 2014 – (Burbank, CA) – Once More ‘Round The Sun, the sixth studio album from Mastodon, has debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. This marks their highest chart debut ever.
In addition, this album released by Reprise Records on June 24th, has gone Top 10 in most European markets and top 20 in most remaining territories. Once More ‘Round The Sun has also entered the Top 10 Album Charts in the U.K. as well where it is currently the No. 1 Rock/Metal album across the nation; yet another milestone for Mastodon. Fans and critics agree, this is the best Mastodon album yet:
“The mercurial metal heads have improved on the lean hard-rock pummel of 2011’s The Hunter with lattices of ornate riffs and primal vocals… the band sounds best when taking risks.” – Rolling Stone
“Album after album, Mastodon set the pace for modern heavy metal. Their brand of aggression is brainy, technically dazzling and slightly hallucinogenic – metal for people who don’t usually listen to metal. At the same time, the band is balls-out creative. ‘Elegant’ isn’t a term usually associated with neck-tatted, acid-eating heshers but check out Bill Kelliher’s guitar riff verses Brent Hinds’ guitar solo versus Brann Dailor’s double-time drums. The union is perfectly effortless -and freight-train powerful.” -Spin.Com
“The Atlanta thrashers continue to walk a fine line between brutal hardcore, bespectacled math rock, and area-ready melody.” – Entertainment Weekly / The “MUST LIST”
Once More ‘Round The Sun was recorded in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Deftones). It is the follow-up to Mastodon‘s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 upon release and found its way onto several Year End / Best Of Critics’ Lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more.
In addition, the band has been confirmed to appear on the outdoor stage of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 15th, in Hollywood, CA.
Once More ‘Round The Sun is available now on CD, standard vinyl and a limited edition Deluxe Package pressed on two 180g black vinyl discs housed in a quadruple gatefold vinyl jacket featuring artwork by Skinner. The special package will also contain four exclusive lithographs derived from the album artwork plus the entire album on CD. Order it here. Check out the new Roboshobo-directed video for the song “High Road.”
Mastodon are currently on the road in Europe:
Thurs Jul 3 Main Square Festival Arras, France
Fri Jul 4 Le Zenith Paris, France
Sun Jul 6 Knebworth Park London, United Kingdom
Fri Jul 18 Malakoff Rock Festival Nordfjordeid, Norway
Sat Jul 19 Bukta Open Air Festival Tromsø, Norway
Sat Sep 6 Hopscotch Festival Raleigh, NC
Fri Sep 12 Riot Fest Chicago Chicago, IL
Sun Sep 14 Aftershock Festival Sacramento, CA
Sat Oct 4 Louder Than Life Festival Louisville, KY
Much more Mastodon news to be revealed soon. Until then go to: www.mastodonrocks.com
Production on the feature-length documentary is set to begin immediately and take six months, and will include historical footage; footage from the band’s current “An Evening With Sevendust” acoustic tour; interviews; and cameos from Tommy Lee, Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge and also a member of Sevendust guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vince Hornsby’s band, Projected), Wolfgang Van Halen and many others. City Drive/DC3 will film the concert portion of the project in New York City. They expect to film two full-length shows back-to-back: an acoustic show followed by a plugged-in show—the band’s last plugged-in show of 2014. The band will offer tickets for both shows to fans at one price and they’re expecting a very quick sell out. Tickets will go on sale sometime in late June. On sale info will be announced soon.
The plugged-in show will showcase more firepower than Sevendust has ever deployed, with pyrotechnics, spectacular lighting, video projection and screens, and special effects. Drummer/vocalist Morgan Rose promises, “We’re going to bring on so much production, it will amaze people. We’re going to blow sh** up, we’re going to have fire, we’re going to have dragons, we’re going to have fire-breathing dragons. It may be the only time fans will ever get to see us this way!”
Guitarist Clint Lowery explains, “The essence of this band is playing live and that’s what we’re finally documenting for this project. What’s unique about it is that it will share both sides of this band—the melodic and the aggressive—with our most die-hard fans. This film is a heartfelt way to show them, our children and the whole world who we were, who we became, where we are and where we’re going.”
“We’re already on the road to make this project happen,” says award-winning film director Daniel Catullo III, CEO of The City Drive Entertainment Group and DC3 Music Group, the director and producer of the project. He started shooting Sunday, June 8th at the band’s show in at the Starland Theatre in Sayreville, NJ, just across the river from New York City. “We aim to capture the band’s live essence—acoustic and plugged-in—as well as to document their long history of genre-bending innovation in the hard rock arena.”
“Fans will be part of the films, and how could they not be?” Catullo adds. “They are the heart of Sevendust’s success and literally made the band’s current album possible.” The film will feature interviews with up to 100 fans. Catullo urges fans that want to be interviewed for the film to put in their requests at Sevendust@citydrivefilms.com. City Drive/DC3 expects to release the DVD/CD project in early 2015.
Atlanta-based Sevendust, comprised of Lajon Witherspoon (vocals); Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals) and Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) formed in 1994 and released their first eponymous record in 1997, which was certified gold.
Sevendust released their critically acclaimed tenth (and second acoustic) album, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES, on the band’s 7Bros. Records label, in conjunction with ADA Label Services, on April 15. The album of new and re-recorded acoustic material debuted at the top of Billboard’s Hard Music Albums chart. Crowdfunded with a PledgeMusic campaign, which kicked off in November, fan response was so great the band was able to start recording TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES at Architekt Music in Butler, NJ—where they recorded their previous album “Black Out The Sun” in January 2013. By the time the campaign ended, they’d reached 235% of their goal with almost 3500 pledges.
The band is currently headlining an acoustic tour, “An Evening With Sevendust,” to support the release. The tour kicked off this past April in Athens, GA and has dates booked through the end of June, with more dates to come throughout the summer.
Daniel E Catullo III has produced over 200 music videos and 150 live TV specials in his 20-year career. Catullo was an Executive Producer of the Oscar-nominated 2013 documentary THE SQUARE. That film, chronicling the uprising the toppled Mubarak regime in Egypt, the went on to win many awards at film festivals from Sundance and Toronto to Dubai and Carmel. It also won the 2013 IDA Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Catullo has won or been nominated for multiple awards including Grammy, Telly, Golden Eagle Cine, IDA, Demmy and Webby awards in his career. In addition to Sevendust, Catullo has worked with recording and performing artists including: Alter Bridge; Rage Against The Machine; Godsmack; Creed; Chickenfoot; Black Eyed Peas; Guns N Roses; Slash; KISS; Rush; and many others. Catullo is also founder of former production powerhouse Coming Home Studios and the DC3 Music Group.
The City Drive Entertainment Group, Inc. is a finance, production and distribution company with offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento and New York. City Drive specializes in documentaries and live concert DVD’s. Recent projects include Mariah Carey Live In Central Park; THE SQUARE; TED x Hollywood; and Alter Bridge Live From Milan. The Company currently has a number of productions in the works including four new documentaries and several high profile music projects, including a co-production with Electus and Eminem’s Shady Films. For more information please visit www.thecitydrivegroup.com.
April 23, 2014 – SEVENDUST wanted to make an acoustic studio album, solely because their family of fans has been clamoring for one since the release of 2004’s SOUTHSIDE DOUBLE-WIDE live acoustic album. They gave their fans exactly what they asked for, and in turn produced one of their most critically acclaimed albums to date. And now, their family of fans has launched the album into the #1 slot on Billboard’s “Top Hard Music Albums” chart next week. TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES–released April 15 on the band’s 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services–is the Atlanta band’s second consecutive #1 album.
Elsewhere in Billboard, TIME TRAVELERS & BONFIRES will debut at #19 on the “Top 200 Albums” chart, #2 on the “Record Label Independent Current Albums” chart, #4 on the “Top Current Rock Albums” chart, #15 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and #8 on the “Top Internet Albums” chart.
The band’s current headlining acoustic U.S. tour, “An Evening With SEVENDUST,” launched April 1 in Athens, GA and isn’t stopping anytime soon. Dates continue through June 28, with more dates to come throughout the summer.
Check out SEVENDUST at any of the following stops.
DATE CITY VENUE
Thu 4/24 Kansas City, MO The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Fri 4/25 Joliet, IL Mojoes
Sat 4/26 Madison, WI Orpheum
Mon 4/28 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tue 4/29 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Wed 4/30 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
Fri 5/2 Baltimore, MD Sound Stage
Sat 5/3 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre
Sun 5/4 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Tue 5/6 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
Thu 5/8 Patchogue, NY Emporium
Fri 5/9 Portland, ME Asylum
Sat 5/10 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Tue 5/27 St. Louis, MO Pop’s
Thu 5/29 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino (with Staind, NOT ACOUSTIC)
Fri 5/30 South Bend, IN Club Fever
Sat 5/31 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s
Sun 6/1 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Tue 6/3 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Wed 6/4 Boston, MA Paradise
Fri 6/6 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Sat 6/7 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theatre
Sun 6/8 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom (LOW DOUGH)
Wed 6/11 Green Bay, WI The Distillery
Thu 6/12 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar
Fri 6/13 Minneapolis, MN POV’s
Sat 6/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Sun 6/15 Bloomington, IL Castle Theatre
Tue 6/17 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Wed 6/18 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule
Thu 6/19 Beaumont, TX The Gig
Fri 6/20 Broussard, LA The Station
Sat 6/21 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Tunica/Bluesville
Mon 6/23 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Wed 6/25 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
Thu 6/26 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Fri 6/27 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
Sat 6/28 Kent, CT Club Getaway Resort
April 23, 2014 – Responsible for some of Rock’s most indelible summer anthems, legendary groups FOREIGNER and STYX will release THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER on May 6 to coincide with their highly anticipated tour of the same name, which also features very special guest DON FELDER, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders are available on Walmart’s website.
THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER package includes FOREIGNER hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and STYX hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade” (see below for a complete track listing). The collection finishes with the spectacular highlight, a brand new interpretation of one of Classic Rock’s most successful songs ever, “Hotel California.” Original songwriter DON FELDER teamed up with STYX and FOREIGNER for this very special collaboration, as well as a stunning new version of FOREIGNER’s massive hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which will only be available as a limited edition vinyl disc and on iTunes.
Fans can check out an exclusive stream of “Hotel California” on USA Today’s website, which went live earlier today.
STYX is one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet, with more than 30 million records sold in North America alone. Spawned from a Chicago basement in the early ‘70s, STYX would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late ’70s and early ’80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Over the course of their 38-year career they’ve released 15 studio albums, six best-of compilations and four live albums, garnering eight Top Ten singles. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together longer than any other lineup in the band’s 40-year existence.
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, FOREIGNER is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million. Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems, FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game, Foreigner is led by founding member Mick Jones (guitar), and Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums).
DON FELDER–former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner—released his second solo album (and first since 1983), “Road To Forever” in October 9, 2012 and has been on tour throughout the U.S. ever since. The album has recently been re-released with four additional songs, “Road To Forever: Extended Edition,” on March 4 via INGrooves Music Group. The album’s latest single, “You Don’t Have Me,” is currently bulleted at #3 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart. “Road To Forever” originally debuted on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” chart at #27. “Girls In Black,” the album’s first single, reached the Top 30 on the Mediabase Rock chart while the second single, “Wash Away,” co-written by FELDER and STYX’s Tommy Shaw and featuring Shaw’s signature vocal sound, quickly jumped to #4 on the Mediabase Classic Rock chart.
Here’s the complete track listing of THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER:
1. Feels Like The First Time
2. Cold As Ice
3. Hot Blooded
4. Double Vision
6. Waiting For A Girl Like You
7. I Want To Know What Love Is
8. Juke Box Hero
9. The Grand Illusion
10. Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
12. Crystal Ball
13. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
14. Miss America
16. Too Much Time On My Hands
17. Hotel California
Check out “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour at any of these stops (with more to be added in the coming weeks). DON FELDER hits the stage at 7:00pm at every stop. FOREIGNER and STYX will alternate closing slots as listed.
April 8, 2014 – Goo Goo Dolls have released a live EP – Warner Sound Sessions – available digitally April 8 via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April for The Warner Sound series The Live Room at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks from the band’s highly-acclaimed new album Magnetic, as well as the classic hit “Slide.” Available on iTunes.
Warner Sound Sessions Tracklisting:
When The World Breaks Your Heart
Come To Me
Keep The Car Running
The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band has just kicked off a 3-week acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The sold-out tour offers fans a rare opportunity to see the band perform in an intimate setting that fosters a “story teller” format allowing the band to dig deep into an extensive catalog spanning their nearly 30-year career.
In June, Goo Goo Dolls are set to hit the road again with Daughtry for an extensive summer amphitheater and arena tour. Also on the bill, performing an acoustic set, are Plain White T’s.
The tour kicks off in Wallingford, CT, on June 12th and crisscrosses North America through the end of the summer.
The Goos are touring in support of their 10th studio album Magnetic, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and at No. 2 on the Top Rock Albums chart, propelled by the red-hot single “Come To Me” – the fastest-growing single in the Goos‘ history.
The Goo Goo Dolls have become one of the most globally respected and influential forces in popular music history, selling more than 10 million albums since 1986. They have scored 14 Top 10 radio hits (more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format), including “Name,” “Slide,” and “Iris,” the latter spending nearly 12 straight months on the Billboard charts and holding the No. 1 position for 17 consecutive weeks. The band, which also features bassist Robby Takac, has toured the globe countless times, performed in front of millions of fans, received numerous awards (including four Grammy Award nominations), and recorded and released nine studio albums. Vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award.
The Goo Goo Dolls Acoustic Tour with Run River North:
04/07 Syracuse, NY The Carrier Theatre
04/08 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
04/09 Albany, NY Lewis A. Swyer Theatre@ The Egg
04/12 Niagara Falls, NY Seneca Niagara Bear’s Den*
04/17 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
04/18 Biloxi, MS Beau Rivage Resort & Casino**
04/19 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
04/21 Lexington, KY Lyric Theatre & Cultural Art Center
04/22 Chicago, IL City Winery
04/23 East Lansing, MI Pasant Theater @ The Wharton Center (MSU)
04/25 Middletown, OH Finkelman Auditorium – Miami University
04/27 Green Bay, WI Meyer Theatre
04/30 Wilmington, DE The Baby Grand
05/02 West Palm Beach, FL Sunfest**
** Full Electric Set
The Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry summer tour dates with Plain White T’s are as follows:
06/12 Wallingford, CT Toyota Oakdale Theatre
06/14 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
06/15 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/19 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre
06/20 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
06/21 Orange Beach, AL The Amphitheater at the Wharf
06/23 New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Music Amphitheatre
06/24 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre
06/25 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
06/27 Houston, TX Woodlands
06/29 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/01 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/02 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/03 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/05 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
07/06 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
07/08 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
07/09 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
07/11 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
07/12 Memphis, TN Live at the Garden
07/15 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/16 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
07/18 Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheatre
07/21 Saratoga, CA The Mountain Winery
07/22 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
07/23 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
07/25 San Diego, CA Harrah’s Rincon Pavilion*
08/01 Las Vegas, NV Red Rocks Resort, Spa & Casino
08/03 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
08/05 Enid, OK Enid Event Center
08/06 Lincoln, NE Pershing Auditorium
08/08 Tower, MN Fortune Bay Resort and Casino
08/09 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair **
08/10 Chicago, IL FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
08/15 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
08/16 Big Flats, NY The Summer Stage at Tags
08/17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/19 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
08/21 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook
08/22 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
08/23 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition
08/25 Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater
08/26 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
08/27 Grand Rapids, MI Fifth Third Ballpark
08/29 Kansas City, KS Starlight Amphitheater
08/30 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Casino
More dates to follow!
*On Sale 4/18
**On Sale 4/12
July 31, 2013 –THE WINERY DOGS (@TheWineryDogs) is sending a huge thank you to their loyal fans in North America for giving their critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album a strong debut on the Billboard charts. Not only did it explode onto the “Top Rock Chart” at #5, it also opens on the “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
The power trio–Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Mr. Big, Poison)—self-produced THE WINERY DOGS, which was released July 23 on Loud & Proud Records. The album has been hailed as “…one of the most intriguing releases of the year” by Loudwire.com, and in a recent reader’s poll on Revolver magazine’s website, fans called it their “Album of the Week.”
Success hasn’t been limited to the U.S. shores. THE WINERY DOGS recently kicked off their first-ever tour in Japan and South America to sold-out crowds wherever they played. After one more stop in Buenos Aires on August 1, they’ll head home for their first U.S. shows, starting August 3 in New York City at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. While they’re in town, THE WINERY DOGS will appear on “The Artie Lange Show,” which will air Monday, August 5 at 10pm ET on DirectTV and is streamed live on the show’s website. On Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm, the band will take part in an in-store signing session at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ. For more information, visit www.vvinyl.com.
Once the first leg of their U.S. trek concludes on August 8, Portnoy, Sheehan and Kotzen will take a much-deserved break before heading back overseas for their first shows in Europe throughout most of September, which will include stops in England, Germany, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The U.S. tour will start up again on October 3 in Agoura Hills, CA at the Canyon Club.
Meanwhile, THE WINERY DOGS will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, August 14 at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band that night by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed on Rocklineradio.com for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following U.S. tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Sat 8/3 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
Sun 8/4 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Tue 8/6 Fords, NJ Vintage Vinyl (in-store)
Wed 8/7 Newton, NJ The Newton Theater
Thu 8/8 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
Thu 10/3 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
Fri 10/4 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
Sat 10/5 San Diego, CA Romana Mainstage
Sun 10/6 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
Tue 10/8 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s
Wed 10/9 San Francisco, CA Yoshi’s
Queensryche defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction on July 13 that would have kept it from touring and operating under the band name, AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish exclusively tells Billboard. The act is defending a complaint filed by former singer Geoff Tate in a Washington state court over whether he should be awarded the Queensryche name after being expelled from the group in June.
“We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member,” Parrish said in a statement. “We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can’t wait to unveil to the fans what [the band creates] next musically.”
You can read more HERE.
Rock band Queensryche is continuing forward without vocalist Geoff Tate, who will be replaced by Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre, Billboard has exclusively learned.
“Over the past few months, there have been growing creative differences within Queensryche. We want our fans to know that we hoped to find a common resolution, but in the end parting ways with Geoff was the best way for everyone to move forward in a positive direction,” drummer Scott Rockenfield said in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavors. We can’t wait to bring Queensryche to our fans with Todd behind the microphone.”
The statement also said that scheduled Queensryche performances “are on hold at [the] present time and revised routing is being worked on. Fans can check the band’s website for all of the latest tour information as it [becomes] available.”
Billboard requested a comment from Tate through Jeff Albright of the Albright Entertainment Group, but it wasn’t received by press time.
La Torre said in a statement a few weeks ago, and reiterated during an interview on Ron Keel’s “Streets of Rock & Roll” radio show that was posted online on June 14, that he still remains a member of Crimson Glory.
Fans and media have speculated about the state of Queensryche, which marked its 30th anniversary last year, for weeks due to rumors of internal conflict. They were sparked by an unconfirmed posting on MetalSludge.tv that Tate allegedly became violent toward other bandmates prior to an April show in Brazil after allegedly being fired. Then, during the Rocklahoma fest during Memorial Day weekend, Tate told the crowd “you guys suck” as he tried to get the audience to respond more enthusiastically.
On May 29 the other members of Queensryche announced it was forming a project called Rising West with La Torre. Rising West posted June 5 on its Facebook page that it was “being denied access to our own Facebook page and website (meaning Queensryche),” which promoted other side projects, such as Tate‘s wine business and Rockenfield‘s recording endeavors. In response, Tate‘s step-daughter, Miranda, posted June 7 on Facebook that “it’s about time to get some truth on the table” and denied that other members couldn’t access the site, among other alleged problems. Rising West played Queensryche‘s older material at two sold-out shows June 8-9 at Seattle’s Hard Rock Cafe.
In subsequent interviews, Rising West and Tate deflected questions about the situation. When Rising West appeared June 7 on KISM Seattle radio show “The Men’s Room,” Rockenfield said it was “a day-to-day” process as Queensryche determined its next move, but the band would definitely continue. Blabbermouth.net reported that during a June 15 interview on KISW, Tate said, “Just hang in there. Everything’s moving along and everything’s looking good” regarding the group.
Queensryche was scheduled to perform June 11 to open for the Scorpions in West Valley City, Utah, but only Tate appeared, backed by his solo band. NRToday.com reported June 18 that Queensryche had canceled its Aug. 10 appearance at the Douglas County Fair in Oregon, with Eddie Money replacing the act. It stated that fairgrounds director Harold Phillips attributed the cancellation to a falling out between Tate and the band. Tate has continued playing dates on his solo tour, which coincided with Queensryche‘s dates for its current tour.
May 7, 2012 – (Burbank, CA) – Mastodon have announced that they hit the road in Europe, performing both major festivals, including Pinkpop, Sonisphere, and Nova Rock, as well as headlining shows beginning May 23rd and continuing through the end of June. Mastodon will also perform at both the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K. in August. Mastodon have always commanded a high press profile abroad and The Hunter continues to amaze fan and critics alike. Kerrang! Magazine, the UK’s leading hard rock publication has nominated Mastodon in both “Best Album,” and “Best Video: “Curl Of The Burl” at this year’s Kerrang! Awards set for June 7th, in London. Click here for further info.
Mastodon are touring in support of their critically acclaimed current album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. A video for the current single, “Dry Bone Valley,” shot live at London’s Brixton Academy, has been posted here. Another live video clip from the same show for “All The Heavy Lifting,” is being readied for release now. Details to be revealed soon.
The band travels to Europe a few days after performing at this year’s Rock on the Range Festival on May 20th. Mastodon have been on the road since early April co-headlining a triumphant U.S. tour with Swedish metal band Opeth and special guest Ghost that wraps on May 12th with a show in Mastodon’s hometown Atlanta at The Masquerade.
Mastodon on the road with Opeth:
05/07 Minneapolis, MN Brick – Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/09 Washington, DC The Fillmore – Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
05/10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore – Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues – Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park – Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20
Rock on the Range Festival:
05/20 Columbus, OH Crew Stadium
European and Canadian tour dates:
05/23 Oslo, Norway Valle Hovin
05/25 Lisbon, Portugal Bela Vista Park / Rock in Rio Lisbon (w/ Metallica, etc.)
05/26 Madrid, Spain Getafe Sonisphere
05/27 Landgraaf, Holland Pinkpop Festival
05/28 Werchter, Belgium Boutique Festival (w/ Metallica, etc.)
05/30 Yverdon, Switzerland Sonisphere at Rives du Lac (w/ Metallica, etc.)
06/01 Bavaria, Germany Rock In Park Clubstage
06/02 Nurburgring, Germany Rock Am Ring Clubstage
06/03 Warsaw, Poland Ursynalia Festival
06/06 Horsens, Denmark Open Air
06/07 Sölvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
06/08 Zagreb, Croatia Rokaj Festival
06/09 Muenster, Germany Vainstream Festival
06/10 Nickelsdorf, Austria Nova Rock Festival (w/ Metallica, etc.)
06/13 Bergen, Norway Bergen Calling
06/15 Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhell Festival
06/16 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown
06/17 Seinäjoki, Finland Provinssirock
06/19 Tallinn, Estonia Rock Café
06/20 Riga, Latvia Palladium
06/23 Roeser, Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival
06/24 Eindhoven, Holland Effenaar
06/25 Amsterdam, Holland Melkweg Max
06/27 Rome, Italy Atlantico
06/29 Werchter, Belgium Rock
06/30 Belfort, France Eurokennes
07/14 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
07/15 Quebec, QC Festival D’Ete Quebec
08/25 Reading, England Reading Festival
08/26 Leeds, England Leeds Festival