More acts have been confirmed for the 2015 Ozzfest Japan. The festival will take place November 21-22, in Makuhari Messe and the newly announced acts include: A Day To Remember, Black Label Society, Bullet For My Valentine and Of Mice & Men
Previously announced acts include: Ozzy Osbourne & Friends, Korn and Evanescence.
Chevelle were forced to cut their May 22 show in Chicago, IL short after fan fell to his death. According to the Chicago Tribune, 24-year-old Kyle Kirchoff, and his friends snuck onto the catwalks, where Kirchoff fell from 6-8ft, only to be impaled by two metal rods in the chest.
Chevelle issued the following statement:
“To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.
We were asked by police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control. We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchhoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers…
Clutch bassist, Dan Maines has left the band’s current tour to go home for the birth of his child. In the meantime, Brad Davis (Fu Manchu) has been filling in for him. The band posted the following on Instagram:
M. Shawn Crahan, aka Clown from Slipknot, was interviewed by Full Metal Jackie, and was asked about the timeline for a new album. He said the band has been writing and that a new album may be ready in early 2017.
Here’s what Clown had to say:
“I’m not sure, ’cause we’re slated to tour the rest of this year and some of next year. So… I mean, it takes six months to make a record… then marketing and preparation… So, you know, if we’re touring the rest of this year and some of next year, it could be as early as the first quarter of 2017. I mean, I’m just giving you actual facts. But we’re writing now.
We’re in the rhythm of writing all the time, which is a very helpful tool, because we love doing that. So it’s not a waste of time. It’s not anything that won’t get used. Usually, if we’re writing, it’s passion. Whether it’s written here or in someone’s garage or basement, it’s all for the better cause. So, who knows? Hopefully soon.”
P.O.D. are in the finishing stages of their new album progress. The effort, which is titled The Awakening, is tentatively due in August. The band has also booked multiple summer dates to support the album.
6/14 — South Bend, Ind. — The Bear’s Big Growl 4
6/16 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Shakas
6/19 — Winchester, Va. — Blue Fox
6/20 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Oswego Events Center – WAQX Festival
6/21 — Huntington, N.Y. — Paramount
6/22 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Altar Bar
6/24 — Ft Wayne, Ind. — Pierre’s
6/26 — Alix, Alberta — Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival
6/27 — Detroit, Mich. — Stars and Stripes
6/28 — Ringle, Wis. — Q&Z Expo Center
6/30 — Madison, Wis. — Barrymore Theatre
7/01 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Reverb
7/02 — Bloomington, Ill. — Castle Theatre
7/03 — Sault Saint Marie, Mich. — Kewadin Casino
7/04 — Waconia, Minn. — Carver County Fairgrounds – Taste of Minnesota
7/07 — Minot, N.D. — Original Bar and Nightclub
7/09 — Rockford, Ill. — District
7/10 — Lansing, Mich. — Common Ground Festival
7/11 — Green Bay, Wis. — Watering Hole
7/12 — Des Moines, Iowa — Val Air
7/14 — Nashville, Tenn. — Marathon Music Work
7/15 — Hammond, Ind. — Wolf Lake Park Pavilion
7/16 — St. Louis, Mo. — Pops
7/17 — Cleveland, Ohio — Odeon
7/18 — Lancaster, Ohio — Mickeys Outdoors
In other news, P.O.D. have posted some pictures of them hanging with Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) and rapper Sick Jacken (Psycho Realm) in the studio. Fans are speculating that they will be featured as special guests on the new album.
Audiotopsy, the new band featuring Mudvayne members, Greg Tribbett (ex-HELLYEAH) and Matt McDonough, along with Billy Keeton (ex-Skrape) and Perry Stern, have signed a deal with Napalm Records for their debut album.
Tribbett issued the following statement:
“Audiotopsy is the band that has been waiting to happen. All the stars aligned and here we are. It’s some of the best music I’ve been a part of. We all cannot wait for everyone to hear it and we’re excited to join forces with Napalm to make it all happen! See ya on tour!”