Candlebox’s Kevin Martin Plans To Retire Following 30th Anniversary Of Band’s Debut Album

During a recent interview with 94.3 The Shark, Candlebox’s Kevin Martin revealed that he is planning to retire. The frontman will be hanging it up following the 30th anniversary of the band’s debut album in 2023.

Martin said the following [via Blabbermouth]:

“I am retiring after next summer — yes, I am retiring. I don’t know if I would have ever thought that CANDLEBOX would be around this long. I wanted it, of course; I think every kid wants to have that opportunity and a career that lasts decades, and I’m very grateful that it has. But there comes a time where my responsibilities as a husband and a father supersede my responsibilities to the music that I make. And that’s kind of where I’m at. I enjoy it, but it’s not the love of my life anymore. And that’s, I think, when you as an artist you kind of have to recognize that and step away from it. And if it means that five years after that I decide that I wanna go out and do some shows, I’ll do it; if two years after that I decide I’m going to do some shows… But I won’t be doing the full-band tours for two, three, four months. I don’t wanna do that. It’s really, really hard. And I miss my family. And physically, it’s very taxing. The way I sing, it’s acrobatic, so it’s not something that I wanna be performing and not have my voice work. So I’d rather go out on top, I think, is the term.”

“I know that I’ve got another record I have to do. And people are saying, ‘Well, if you do another record, you’ve gotta tour on it.’ Well, that’s not necessarily true. I would certainly want to and have people hear it, but I think that the case is that it’s probably best for me to just accept that the mindset that I’m in and what I’ve decided for myself is what I need to do. As much as I may wanna keep singing and doing this and putting myself in the music the way I do, I have to recognize that I’m not in love with it the way I [once] was.”

He went on to say that “a lot of people” are telling him that he can’t retire:

“A lot of those people are my bandmembers and my management. They’re, like, ‘You can’t retire. People love you, and they love your music.’ But like I said, man, I have got to put myself first emotionally in everything I do. And that’s kind of where I’m at. I don’t want to stop singing a song like ‘Sometimes’ that means the world to me, or ‘It’s Alright’ or ‘Far Behind’ or ‘You’, because I love them, but I just know that it’s the decision I have to make.”

Underoath, Mammoth WVH, Candlebox, Etc. Pay Musical Tributes To The Late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)

Various artists have been honoring the late Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) with special performances during their recent live shows. You can find some of those tributes below:

Underoath covering Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” for Hawkins in St. Petersburg, FL:

Mammoth WVH covering Foo Fighters “My Hero” for Hawkins in Boston, MA:

Candlebox covering Foo Fighters’ “Learn To Fly” for Hawkins in Dallas, TX:

Daughtry and Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed) covering Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” for Hawkins in New Orleans, LA:

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators dedicating “Starlight” to Hawkins in Orlando, FL:

Elton John dedicating “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to Hawkins in Des Moines, IA:

Liam Gallagher dedicating Oasis’ “Live Forever” to Hawkins in London, UK:

Aaron Lewis (Staind) dedicating “Kill Me Like You Love Me” to Hawkins in Laughlin, NV:

Miley Cyrus dedicating “Angels Like You” to Hawkins at Lollapalooza Brazil:

Joan Jett And The Blackhearts dedicating “Fragile” to Hawkins in Brookhaven, GA:

Candlebox Planning To Release New Documentary “Far Behind: The Candlebox Story” This Fall

Candlebox have announced a new career-spanning documentary titled “Far Behind: The Candlebox Story.” Warner Music Entertainment have partnered with Highway West Entertainment for the film, which is expected to be released this fall.

Frontman Kevin Martin said the following:

“The story of Candlebox is one that’s long overdue for a telling, and I cannot wait to share this documentary with the world — no holds barred, honest, painful, and as real as it gets. Ours is the story of an unknown band of young men who took the world by storm on their very first voyage, only to lose their way in an unforgiving ocean of bad decisions and disagreements over who would captain the ship. Though I’ve kept the Candlebox name alive in the years since the original lineup split at the turn of the millennium — continuing to release relevant music and perform for legions of fans with the help of some of the most talented musicians around — there was magic between us four original guys. And now that we’re touring together for the 30th anniversary, Candlebox is a story of redemption as well.”

Guy Oseary, who served as an executive producer on the documentary alongside Jack Piatt, continued:

“At 20 years old, I signed Candlebox to Maverick Records. Their debut album sold more than four million copies, which gave me a spectacular start to my journey in the music business. For that I will always be indebted to them.”

Piatt added:

“I was in high school when the early ’90s Seattle sound made its way to rural Ohio, and it left a huge impression on my life musically. Candlebox plays a key role in this historic legacy. This is an important story for a lot of people, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to tell it.”

Warner Music Entertainment president Charlie Cohen also commented:

“Candlebox’s impact on the music scene in Seattle and beyond is undeniable. They helped mold the grunge sound into the globally renowned genre that it became, and we are incredibly excited to help tell their story with Guy, Jack, and the fantastic team at Highway West Entertainment.”

Further information on the film was also shared:

“‘Far Behind: The Candlebox Story’ will feature footage and interviews with original band members Kevin Martin, Peter Klett, Scott Mercado and Bardi Martin, in addition to Guy Oseary, famed Soundgarden/Alice In Chains manager Susan Silver, and others. The band has sold over seven million albums worldwide, scoring the megahits ‘Far Behind’ and ‘You’, which have garnered over 100 million streams, decades after their initial release. The band’s new album, ‘Wolves’, has been in the top 10 on two Billboard charts (Hard Music Albums and Alternative Albums). The band is gearing up for a new tour starting this May.

Oseary and Piatt are joined by Candlebox’s manager and longtime music industry veteran Amy Decker, who will also serve as executive producer with fellow producer Caroline Hoste (founder, Hello Stranger Creative) as well as executive producer Charlie Cohen (WME).”

[via Blabbermouth]

Candlebox Announce Spring Unplugged Tour

Candlebox have announced a spring unplugged tour. Here’s the dates:

04/20 Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall
04/21 Nashville, TN – City Winery
04/22 Atlanta, GA – City Winery
04/23 Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester Performance Center
04/25 Chicago, IL – City Winery
04/26 Chicago, IL – City Winery
04/27 Bloomington, IN – Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
04/29 Morgantown, WV – Tropics WV
04/30 Washington, DC – City Winery
05/01 Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
05/03 Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
05/05 Plymouth, NH – Flying Monkey
05/06 Beverly, MA – Cabot Theater
05/07 New York, NY – City Winery (Early & Late Shows)

Candlebox Premiere New Song “All Down Hill From Here”

Candlebox have premiered a new song titled “All Down Hill From Here.” This track is from the band’s new album “Wolves,” which will be released on September 17. Kevin Martin co-wrote the song with Christopher Thorne (Blind Melon) and he had the following to say about it:

“It can be challenging to be an artist who has enjoyed great success, and then down the line, still has great fans, but never really achieves that great success again. A lot of our friends in bands are in that position now. It’s a story I think a lot of people can relate to, not only musicians. Like the boxer who’s on his last legs, he still has an opportunity. You really can’t count anyone out.”

Candlebox Premiere New Song “In Your Hands”

Candlebox have premiered a new song titled “In Your Hands.” The track, which features Don Miggs and Zane Carney, was released to honor victims of gun violence.

Frontman Kevin Martin commented:

“When people read the words ‘gun violence awareness,’ a lot of folks just see the word ‘gun’ and get up in arms about the government coming to try and take their firearms, as opposed to taking a step back to think about the reality of the situation.”

“There have been more than 19,000 deaths from gun violence in the U.S. alone during 2021 so far, and the number has been staggering year after year. This phenomenon is clearly an epidemic, and it’s shocking to me that people aren’t willing to acknowledge that. While I am 100% supportive of the second amendment, I am concerned about the amount of damage that can be done very quickly with one small instrument in the wrong hands.”

“We need responsible gun laws in place to help make this a reality. What I mean by ‘responsible gun laws’ is that for one, I’d like to see a national mandate in place so gun regulations don’t vary so much by state. I can’t believe it’s not a requirement for a prospective gun owner to take a course and pass a test and become certified before being able to purchase a gun. We wouldn’t let people drive a car without a license because that would be dangerous. What makes guns any different?”

Miggs added:

“‘In Your Hands’ began as a riff that popped into my head one night at a party I was having. It came to me after a conversation about how out of hand the gun issue had become. Kevin spent the night and woke up to me insisting he get in my studio because I already tracked drums and the basics of the song. We needed to write the lyrics and have him sing it before he had to catch a plane back home.”

As previously reported, Candlebox’s new album “Wolves” will be released on September 17.

Candlebox Share Cover Of Loverboy’s “Turn Me Loose”

Candlebox have shared a cover of Loverboy’s “Turn Me Loose.” You can check that out below. Kevin Martin commented:

“I love Loverboy and always have – no guilt, pure pleasure. A friend asked us to cover “Turn Me Loose” for her boss, who is also a huge fan of the band, so not only were we happy to oblige, but we decided to go all the way and make a video. Shot in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, our longtime sound engineer and tour manager Carlos assembled the footage and we absolutely love it. Hope you do too!”

Candlebox Announce U.S. Tour

Candlebox have announced a summer/fall headlining tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Wolves,” which is set to be released on September 17.

Tour Dates:

08/05 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
08/06 Fort Madison, IA – Riverfest
08/07 St. Louis, MO – Pageant
08/08 Fort Smith, AR – Temple Live
08/10 Wichita, KS – Temple Live
08/12 Three Forks, MT – Rockin’ The Rivers
08/13 Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
09/03 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
09/04 Houston, TX – KTBZ Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion
09/05 Dallas, TX – KEGL’s BFD at Dos Equis Pavilion
09/07 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
09/09 Wantagh, NY – South Shore Music Hall
09/10 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center – WDHA Rocks the Rock
09/11 Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center
09/12 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
09/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Roxian Theatre
09/15 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
09/17 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
09/18 Detroit, MI – WRIF RIFF-Fest/50th Anniversary – DTE Amp
09/19 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
09/21 Indianapolis, IN – Vogue
09/22 Fort Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
09/24 Charlotte, NC – The Underground
09/25 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
09/27 Columbia, SC – The Senate (formerly Music Farm)
09/28 Savannah, GA – Victory North
09/30 Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
10/01 Orange Park, FL – Rock the Box Charity Show for St. Michaels Soldiers
10/02 Tampa, FL – WXTB 98 ROCK FEST – Amalie Arena
10/03 Fort Meyers, FL – The Ranch
10/05 Birmingham, AL – Iron City Music Hall
10/07 N. Augusta, SC – SRP Park
10/08 Fort Walton Beach, FL – The Gulf Okaloosa Island
10/09 Orlando, FL – WJRR Earthday Birthday – Tinker Field
10/10 Dothan, AL – The Plant
10/14 San Antonio – Aztec
10/15 Waco, TX – The Backyard
10/16 Cedar Park, TX – The Haute Spot
10/17 Lubbock, TX – Cook’s Garage Lubbock
10/19 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
10/21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10/23 Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
10/24 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
11/05 Seattle, WA – Crocodile (Original Lineup)
11/06 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre (Original Lineup)

Candlebox Premiere New Song “My Weakness”

Candlebox have premiered a new song titled “My Weakness.” This track is from the band’s new album “Wolves,” which will be released on September 17.

Kevin Martin said the following about the new song:

“The song is kind of guttural and like ‘The Summer Of ’69’ and Bruce Springsteen tunes; it’s one of those love songs where you can feel the band just wants to take off with you the whole time.”

He also added the following about the new album:

“It comes from where we are as humans right now, and what we’ve become. Yes, there’s beauty in these wolves, but there’s the pack mentality, and that lone wolf mentality on the other side.”

“Wolves” Track Listing:

01. “All Down Hill From Here”
02. “Let Me Down Easy”
03. “Riptide”
04. “Sunshine”
05. “My Weakness”
06. “We”
07. “Nothing Left To Lose”
08. “Lost Angeline”
09. “Trip”
10. “Don’t Count Me Out”
11. “Criminals”

Candlebox Premiere New Song “Let Me Down Easy”

Candlebox have premiered a new song titled “Let Me Down Easy.” This track is from the band’s upcoming album, which will be released in 2021.

Kevin Martin commented:

“We’re all sinners. Ain’t a saint amongst us, and you can only hope that when your time comes it’s not a struggle, that maybe you might be lucky enough to be forgiven for your sins and allowed into the gates of heaven because you are aware — that is… if that’s what you believe in.”

“Peter Cornell and I had been chatting about doing something together and he sent me the song. I really loved writing this one with Peter. He’s incredibly talented and has an innate ability to produce something that is easy to sing to… I really loved this process with him. I think it’s an amazing song. We put it together as a full band in pre-production pretty quickly because it was so well-structured, which in turn allowed/inspired me to write the lyrics.”