It kicks off on August 9th in Scranton, Pennsylvania and hits 23 cities before wrapping up on September 15th in Irvine, California. Tickets go on sale April 25th.
However, the lineup for the festival hasn't been announced yet. That will happen on Monday.
PANTERA: Philip Goes SoloEx-Pantera singer Phillip Anselmo has announced plans for his first album under his own name. Anselmo and his band The Illegals will release Walk Through Exits Only on July 16th.
Anselmo describes the project as "an angry album that only I could do. I don't see anybody else out there screaming about the same [crap] I'm screaming about. On this album, there isn't any wordplay, there isn't any hidden message -- it's all right there in front of you."
Anselmo and The Illegals will head out on a North American tour this summer.
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME PREVIEW: Heart
Heart is among this year's class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Nancy Wilson is thankful for their fans who have stuck by them all these years. She adds that she and her sister, Ann Wilson, "Feel like we deserve it."
Joining Heart in this year's class at Thursday night's induction ceremony in L.A. are Rush, Randy Newman, the late Albert King, the late Donna Summer, producer Quincy Jones, producer Lou Adler and Public Enemy.
RUSH: Feel Deep Purple Needs to Be In
Rush is headed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night in Los Angeles, but Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson both agree that bands like Deep Purple, who were nominated, should have been inducted before them.
Geddy tells us, "The sound of a lot of bands like ourselves would not be the same without Ritchie Blackmore's guitar playing and the writing that Deep Purple did as a band. So I feel pretty strongly that they should be in there."
Other bands that Alex Lifeson feels are overdue for induction include The Moody Blues and Yes.
Joining Rush in the class of 2013 are Heart, Albert King, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Lou Adler and Public Enemy.
PAUL RODGERS: Feels Like Helping AnimalsPaul Rodgers, along with the late John Bonham's sister, Deborah Bonham, recently held a benefit concert in the U.K. to help various animal welfare organizations. This year's show raised more than $80,000, which brings the three-year total since starting these fundraisers to $180,000.
QUEEN, JT, YES: Tributes to BostonA number of artists have tweeted or posted comments regarding Monday's tragedy at the Boston Marathon. Among them:
Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Bob Weir: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Boston."
Brian May: "Deepest condolences to all in Boston whose loved ones were injured or lost on this terrible day. Impossible to imagine how anyone can imagine that cruelty like this can be justified in any terms whatsoever. And it gets harder and harder not to despair of the human race."
Kansas: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by today's senseless tragedy in Boston."
Boston native James Taylor: "Bostonians are rightly proud of our marathon. It is a uniquely American event which opens its arms to the world. Any and all are welcome: men and women, able-bodied and disabled, young and old across the races and religions of the planet. That anyone could target this celebration of global family is impossible to conceive. Our hearts ache for the injured innocents, and we are so grateful and proud of our first-responders, our President, our Governor and Mayor for their calm strength and leadership in this tragic time."
Yes: "Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends and fans in Boston."
PEARL JAM: Stone's Next Solo AlbumPearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard will release his first solo album in 12 years on June 25th.
The first single from Moonlander, "I Need Something Different," is available now as a free download from Pearl Jam's website. The song also appears on a digital EP called Apollo that will be released on iTunes on May 7th.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, NINE INCH NAILS: Heading OutsideRed Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails and Paul McCartney will headline the sixth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival.
The fest will be held once again at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park August 9th through the 11th. Tickets go on sale on Thursday at SFOutsideLands.com.
Other bands on the bill include Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Young the Giant, Band of Horses, The Head and the Heart, Dawes, Gary Clark Junior and Atlas Genius.
KID ROCK: Rails Against JT and Jay-ZKid Rock can't stand the prices hitmakers Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are charging for their upcoming summer tour.
Appearing on CNN, Rock called the prices -- reportedly $225 -- "garbage" and said that both Jay and Justin are guilty of "highway robbery... I don't care who you are. I would consider them both of them in my circle of friends in the business, but I don't agree with it."
Rock says the problem is that artists are asking to be guaranteed "astronomical" fees to perform. He adds that the $20 a ticket he's charging for many seats on his own tour might lose him money if fans don't come out, but he wants fans to have an affordable option out there.
AEROSMITH: React to Hometown BombingsAerosmith are Down Under in Australia for their first dates of the year, but their hearts are with their hometown of Boston after Monday's bombings.
- Joe Perry tweets, "Sending out prayers to everyone in Boston and our Blue Army. Deepest sympathies to those who lost family members and those with injuries."
- Drummer Joey Kramer, who now lives in Austin, Texas, says, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston. My heart is truly saddened."
Three people were killed and more than 100 injured when two bombs went off seconds apart at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
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BLACK SABBATH: U.S. DatesBlack Sabbath has announced three U.S.dates this summer with a fourth in Canada. The shows are in support of 13, their first studio album with Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years, which will be out on June 11th. The four dates are:
- August 4th - Holmdel, NJ - Arts Center
- August 14th - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
- August 24th - George, WA - Gorge Amphitheatre
- September 3rd - Los Angeles, CA - Sports Arena
Tickets for these shows go on sale Saturday and more dates will be announced soon. Sabbath starts a tour Down Under on Saturday in New Zealand.
The first single from the album, “God Is Dead?,” will hit the airwaves starting Thursday and will be available digitally on Friday.
The album’s remaining seven tracks are:
- “End of the Beginning”
- “Age of Reason”
- “Live Forever”
- “Damaged Soul”
- “Dear Father”
The latest behind-the-scenes video from the band’s recording session for 13, produced by Ozzy’s son Jack, is now online.
See video HERE!
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME PREVIEW: Rush
Rush is in Los Angeles this week getting ready for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame there Thursday at the Nokia Theater.
Despite being eligible for induction since 1999, they weren't nominated until last year. But for Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart, the fact that they had never been nominated was not something they thought about. "It certainly was not in the forefront of our minds ever," says Geddy. "We felt really strongly for our fans because it seemed to be a cause that they championed...so I feel very happy that they got the monkey off their back...because it's their victory more than our victory."
They will be inducted by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters.
Also being inducted this year is Heart, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, the late Donna Summer, the late Albert King, producer Lou Adler and Public Enemy.
Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will take part in a Q&A session following a screening of the Rush documentary, Beyond the Lighted Stage, Tuesday night at the ArcLight Cinema in L.A.
BOSTON: Someday IndeedBoston has revealed a possible title for their next album. A post on the band's website says guitarist and leader Tom Scholz is "buried in the studio, lovingly coaxing his legacy analog equipment to bear with him just a little longer while he wraps up the mix of his latest song, 'Someday.' Although he has listened to it more times than he cares to count, he is still very excited about it, saying, 'This final song might be the title track for the new Boston studio album; it reminds me of the uptempo rockers I wrote for the debut album over 30 years ago."
He adds that he hopes to have the album out this summer. Stay tuned. He's only been working on this album for 10 years, and he plans to follow it up with a live DVD.
QUEEN: Rocking AmericaA full slate of U.S. dates for the touring version of the Queen musical has been announced. In addition to the previously announced opening in Baltimore in October, We Will Rock You will now hit Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada, Miami, Ft. Myers, Florida; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Providence, Tampa, Charlotte, Des Moines, Iowa and Los Angeles. For a full slate of dates check out the Queen News section at Brian May-dot-com. We Will Rock You opened in London in 2002, where it is still playing.
GENE SIMMONS: Play BallGene Simmons was one of the people helping to make 42 the top grossing film of the weekend.
He says the Jackie Robinson bio-pic is a "solid movie. Standout performance by Harrison Ford, as the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson was the first African American in baseball. He broke the color barrier and he broke every baseball record you could imagine. He was not welcome by the then-racist masses. Head held high, self-esteem held in check, he went on to single-handedly open doors that were shut to African Americans in our shameful past. I had seen the original Jackie Robinson Story film, but this version has heart. Go see it."
Robinson made his major league debut 66 years ago today -- April 15th, 1947 -- at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.
DEFTONES: Guitarist Speaks About ChiDeftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter has issued a statement on the death of bassist Chi Cheng.
It's the first public comment from the band since Cheng died early Saturday morning after being in a coma-like state for more than four years. Carpenter says, "There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled every day with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of love. It's time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi."
YOUNG GUNS, FINGER ELEVEN: Rarities for Record Store DayRarities from Young Guns and Finger Eleven appear on a Record Store Day release from their label Wind-Up Records.
The limited-edition 10-inch vinyl release, to mark the label's 15th anniversary, includes an acoustic version of Young Guns' “Bones,” a live acoustic version of Seether's “Driven Under” and remixes of songs by Finger Eleven and Creed.
Record Store Day takes place Saturday at music retailers around the U.S and U.K.
THE OSBOURNES: Sharon & Jack HonoredSharon and Jack Osbourne will be honored by the Race to Erase MS next month.
The event will take place May 3rd in Los Angeles. Both Osbournes will be given the Race to Erase MS "Medal of Hope" award. Jack will be honored for "announcing his diagnosis as well as for acting as a role model to all who suffer with MS." Sharon will be honored for her ongoing efforts in raising MS awareness.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Josh Jams for AnthonyQueens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan have penned a song for Anthony Bourdain’s new CNN show Parts Unknown.
Homme appeared on Bourdain's previous show, No Reservations, twice -- including one episode which saw them eat Tex-Mex, get drunk on tequila and record a song documenting Bourdain’s time in Southern California’s High Desert. Bourdain said in a statement, "When you hear the new title music for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown your head will explode, leaving only a smoking stump. When we heard what (Homme and Lanegan) had come up with, there was weeping and jaw-droppage."
Head to CNN.com to hear the theme for the show at about 50 seconds into the show.
GUNS N' ROSES, SMASHING PUMPKINS, JANE' ADDICTION: 3D Concerts Coming SoonThe 3D craze is now coming to concert releases. Smashing Pumpkins, Jane's Addiction and Guns n' Roses will each release 3D DVDs and Blu-rays this year.
- The Pumpkins’ Oceania: 3D in NYC was filmed last December at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Billy Corgan and company performed their new Oceania album in its entirety, along with a selection of the band’s biggest hits. It's due in stores June 25th.
- Jane's Addiction's Live in NYC was filmed July 2011 at Terminal 5 and originally streamed online as a 3D event. It's due in stores June 25th.
- GNR's Appetite for Democracy in 3D was shot on November 21st, 2012 during the band's 12-date residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It's due out in the late summer.
PEARL JAM, NINE INCH NAILS: Heading to VoodooPearl Jam and Nine Inch Nails will headline the 15th anniversary Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans.
The festival will be held in City Park's Festival Grounds November 1st through the 3rd. Other acts announced so far include Trent Reznor's side band How to Destroy Angels, Paramore and Desaparecidos (featuring Conor Oberst). The full lineup will be announced next month. Tickets are on sale now at WorshiptheMusic.com.
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