Dropkick Murphys, Clutch and Hatebreed Announce U.S. Tour

Dropkick Murphys have announced that they will be hitting the road this fall for a tour that will also include Clutch, along with Hatebreed on most dates.

Amigo The Devil and Russ Rankin of Good Riddance have also been invited to join the trek on select dates. The tour will be kicking off on September 20th in Springfield, Ma.

Hatebreed won’t be at the stops in Detroit, St. Paul, Charlotte, Denver, Las Vegas, and Seattle. Clutch is also setting out the Las Vegas show. Amigo The Devil will be part of the trek on one of the dates through October 6th in Salt Lake City with Russ Rankin of Good Riddance taking over on October 8th in Los Angeles. See the dates below:

  • Fri. 9/20 – Springfield, MA – MassMutual Center
  • Sat. 9/21 – Erie, PA – Erie Insurance Arena
  • Tue. 9/24 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
  • Wed. 9/25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre (No Hatebreed)
  • Thu. 9/26 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
  • Sun. 9/29 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre (No Hatebreed)
  • Mon. 9/30 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
  • Tue. 10/1 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live (No Hatebreed)
  • Thu. 10/3 – Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Center of the Arts Amphitheatre
  • Sat. 10/5 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center (No Hatebreed)
  • Sun. 10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
  • Tue. 10/8 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
  • Wed. 10/9 – San Diego, CA – Park at the Park Petco Park
  • Sat. 10/12 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl (No Clutch or Hatebreed)
  • Mon. 10/14 – Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
  • Tue. 10/15 – Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater (No Hatebreed)

AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Will Reportedly Be Part Of New Album Tour

According to a new report by US rock radio DJ Eddie Trunk, AC/DC will tour in support of a new album with Brian Johnson. Trunk’s report follows recent confirmation of studio activity from longtime AC/DC engineer Mike Fraser – who worked on the group’s past five studio records – and sightings of band members last summer at a Vancouver recording studio.

BRIAN JOHNSON Live with AC/DC in St. Paul, MN PHOTO BY MATT BECKER

The appearance of Johnson at the 2018 sessions was a surprise; the singer left the group’s “Rock Or Bust” tour in the spring of 2016 after being advised by doctors that he was risking total hearing loss.

“I think AC/DC… it’s pretty much a done deal that these guys are gonna make a record or have made a record and a record is gonna come out,” said Trunk during the April 11 broadcast of his show. “I have sources that have told me that they are absolutely going to tour with Brian back again. That’s all unconfirmed from their camp, but I had it from some reliable sources.”

“I think it’s pretty much a done deal that AC/DC at the very least are going to release some sort of record,” he continued, “and it’ll be some sort of record, and it’ll be some sort of tribute to Malcolm [Young] just like ‘Back In Black’ was a tribute to Bon [Scott].

“So I have no doubt about that and I’m pretty confident they’re probably going to do shows, as well. but I think at this point it’s pretty much just when they announce it.

DJ Eddie Trunk

It should be noted that there has been no official comment or word from AC/DC’s camp regarding the group’s plans moving forward.

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Van Halen Reunion Attempt Confirmed By Anthony

Original Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony has confirmed that he was contacted by Van Halen’s management last fall about a possible reunion but things did not progress beyond that.

Van Halen Reunion Attempt Confirmed By Anthony | Photo by: GHOSTRIDER2112 / Flickr

Anthony and Sammy Hagar appeared on Howard Stern’s show to discuss their upcoming debut album from their group The Circle. The record, entitled “Space Between” is set to be released on May 10th and during the talk the subject of a Van Halen reunion camp up.

Another confirmed earlier comments from Hagar about being approached by the Van Halen camp about a reunion. Michael said, “I was actually contacted by their management last October, to see if I would be interested in something. And that’s basically as far as it went.

“I think they were trying to put something together on their end, management was, and something broke down on their end and the plug got pulled.”

Anthony went on to say that he would be interested in reuniting with the group, “if it was done the correct way. You know — four guys up there just doing their thing.”

Aerosmith Launch Deuces Are Wild Residency (videos)

Aerosmith played the first show of Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency at the Park MGM’s Park Theater on Saturday night, April 6th and video from the show has been shared online.

The set featured performances of classic hits like “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” before delivering a series of ’70s classics – “Mama Kin,” “Back In The Saddle,” “Kings And Queens” and “Sweet Emotion” among others.

“We have spent the last year and a half bringing Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild residency to life. The intent of the sound design, visuals, lighting and this entire experience is to be as authentically Aerosmith as the band and their fans expect while taking them both on a journey they never expected,”

Show Producer Steve Dixon of Fireplay

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Here’s What Happened at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony went down Friday night.  It won’t air until the 27th of this month on HBO, but here’s a quick look at what went down:

Def Leppard Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

STEVIE NICKS started the show with four songs.  She was even joined by DON HENLEY for their hit “Leather and Lace” . . . and HARRY STYLES took the TOM PETTY party in “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.

Styles inducted Stevie, saying, quote, “If you’re lucky enough to know her, she’s always there for you.  She knows what you need, advice, a little wisdom, a blouse, a shawl . . . she’s got you covered.”

Stevie is the first woman to be inducted TWICE . . . first with FLEETWOOD MAC, and now as a solo artist.

DAVID BYRNE inducted RADIOHEAD, citing their innovations in both the music itself AND its distribution.  The only members who showed up were drummer PHIL SELWAY and guitarist ED O’BRIEN.  Selway said, quote, “I’m beyond proud of what the five of us have achieved together.”

Then SIMON LEBON and JOHN TAYLOR from Duran Duran inducted ROXY MUSIC.  Even though original keyboardist BRIAN ENO and drummer PAUL THOMPSON weren’t there, and the band hadn’t played in any capacity since 2011, they still took the stage to perform.

TRENT REZNOR inducted THE CURE, saying, quote, “They’ve been in and out of fashion so many times in the last four decades that they ended up transcending fashion itself.”

Even though 10 past and present members were inducted, ROBERT SMITH pulled a Blondie and only performed with the CURRENT lineup.  He was also the only one who spoke.

Robert Smith reaction to The Cure's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction is quintessential Robert Smith

The Cure's Robert Smith is an international treasure.

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Then it was JANET JACKSON’s turn.  JANELLE MONAE did the honors, calling Janet, quote, “a bold visionary, a rule-breaker, a risk taker, and a boundless visual artist.”

Janet mentioned her brothers in her speech, without singling out any of them in particular.  She said, quote, “I wanted to stand on my own two feet, but never in a million years did I expect to follow in their footsteps.  Tonight, your baby sister has made it in.”

Janet also revealed that she never thought she was a good dancer . . . and she called for the induction of more women.  She did not perform.

SUSANNA HOFFS from the Bangles inducted THE ZOMBIES.  She talked about listening to them as a young girl in the ’60s, in the back of her mom’s station wagon.

DEF LEPPARD were the last band to be inducted, and QUEEN guitarist BRIAN MAY said, quote, “I regard all these guys as great friends and kind of part of my family;  that’s why it’s so important for me to be here.  I wouldn’t have let anybody else do this.”

Def Leppard singer JOE ELLIOTT spoke for the whole band.  He said, quote, “It did seem that every time we made some musical headway, life would knock us back down somewhat . . .

“[But] if alcoholism, car crashes and cancer couldn’t kill us, the Nineties had no [effing] chance!”

He also mentioned drummer RICK ALLEN staying with the band after losing his left arm . . . which brought the crowd to its feet.

After they played “Hysteria”, “Rock of Ages”, “Photograph”, and “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, it was time for the all-star jam.

Brian May, Susanna Hoffs, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent from the Zombies, Steven Van Zandt, and Ian Hunter came out and joined Def Leppard for the Mott the Hoople classic, “All the Young Dudes”.

Rolling Stone has a pretty good Roundup of the event including videos here.