Slipknot, Halestorm, Bush, Etc. Members Set For “Rock For Relief” Virtual Concert

A special “Rock For Relief” virtual concert will be taking place on Friday (July 3) at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT via rockforrelief.net. The show will be hosted by Lou Brutus and Rikki Rachtman and money raised from it will go towards Feeding America‘s Coronavirus Response Fund. Here’s the artists set to perform: Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Don Felder, George Thorogood, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Joe Hottinger (Halestorm), Filter, Lisa Loeb, BJ Thomas, The Dead Daisies, Jesse Hasek (10 Years), Brian Vodinh (10 Years), Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Starset, Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), Brandon Saller (Atreyu), Ricky Byrd, Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, CoCo Carmel), Joe Grushecky, Bones Owens, Kathy Sledge, Danielia Cotton & Mickey Factz, and Matt Bigland (Dinosaur Pile-Up). Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Melissa Rivers, and Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia) will also be involved in the event.

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) Finishes Writing New Solo Album

During an interview with Download presenter Kylie Olsson, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) revealed that he has finished the writing process for his new solo album. The effort is expected to be released in 2021.

Kennedy said the following:

“Next solo record is pretty much done, so I’m excited about it. I’ve been able to get something done during this time, and also hang out with my family, which has been wonderful.”

He continued after being asked how it will differ from “Year Of The Tiger”:

“Well, it’s definitely a little more plugged in, as far as the overall approach. ‘Year Of The Tiger’ leans heavily on the acoustic side of things, and it definitely has a blues vibe. This continues that in the sense that this is my opportunity to venture more into the more bluesy realm, especially as a guitar player. But, with that said, it’s a little louder. [Laughs] It’s much more plugged in — it rocks a little harder, and there’s gonna be a lot of guitar silliness on it. So I’m excited about that.”

Kennedy went on to say that he has “pretty much” demoed all of the new material and that he has “basically started pre-production”:

“I sit here in my little studio and program all the drums, play the bass, lap steel [guitar]… You basically make the record and then you present it to everyone. You go, ‘Okay, this is kind of what I’m thinking here [points to his head]. Let’s make this happen for real.’ So I’m supposed to record that here in the next couple of months.”

He also confirmed that he plans to record the album with the “Year Of The Tiger” team:

“We had so much fun last time. We were, like, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ So I’m looking forward to getting back in with the gang. ‘Year Of The Tiger’, even though it’s a really dark record from a lyrical standpoint, we had so much fun making it — just hanging out with Elvis [producer Michael Baskette] and Jef [Moll, engineer] and the gang, and then Zia [Uddin, drums] and Tim [Tournier, bass]. Yeah, we’re a bunch of idiots, and we have fun.”

Kennedy also added the following about his lyrical inspiration:

“It had the potential to be another concept record, which I did not wanna do. Obviously, these are crazy times, so it’s virtually impossible not to be informed by that as a writer — it’s gonna make its way into the context of the lyrics. So there are elements of looking at what’s happening, asking questions — just your way of dealing with it. That’s what I love about being a songwriter — it really helps you work through things and deal with things and make sense of things. But there are also songs where I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t strictly about that. To me, what that does is that can date something. If the record were to come out in a year’s time, and maybe people have moved on past all of this, then it’s, like, I don’t know how relevant it would be. So you have to careful there and make sure that you don’t make it so literal — have a bit of ambiguity to it so that it can touch on different circumstances but still conveying emotion that you’re feeling as you’re going through it. And that’s the big challenge for me.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Alter Bridge Cancel Summer European Tour

Alter Bridge have cancelled their summer European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. With this news, the band have also confirmed that a decision has yet to be made regarding their postponed North American tour with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia.

Alter Bridge said the following:

“As the world continues to develop in the response to the changes of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that no one can provide definitive answers as for how musicians, promoters, local crew, staff and fans can come together in a way that protects everyone and takes in to account the challenges of a world tour.

We have tried to hold out as long as we could, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that our ability to tour Europe this summer in a way our fans have come to expect is no longer an option. We have tried exploring every possibility, but with the different rules and capacities globally we have learned there is no adequate way to move forward.

As we have seen the effect of all of these changes on the world, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the entire European tour. We didn’t want to postpone and wait for an appropriate opportunity to return when so many people have had their lives impacted.

We felt at least by canceling, all the tickets that were sold would be refunded and your money returned to you as opposed to holding it until we could hit the road again. We have always appreciated the undying support of the fans around the globe and we felt this was the right decision to return that support you always give us.

As of this time, this is for the European tour, but there may be a chance you will hear from us again soon about the previous postponed US dates. We are exploring every opportunity to try and see our fans globally as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

Until we can gather together in a live concert setting, take care of yourselves and each other. We are in unprecedented times and our world is changing. It is on all of us to make it better for everyone so we can get together and celebrate our common love of music in the near future.

-AB”

Alter Bridge Pay Tribute To COVID-19 Frontline Workers With “You Will Be Remembered” Video

Alter Bridge have released a new video for “You Will Be Remembered” in honor of the workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. That track appears on the band’s 2016 album “The Last Hero.” The group commented:

“We wrote ‘You Will Be Remembered‘ as a tribute to anyone who gives themselves in service to others. In this current climate, those stories are around us every day and we just wanted to offer our own small visual tribute to some of those people. There are numerous stories and we want to thank everyone that is doing their part to get us through this unprecedented time. Thank You.”

Alter Bridge Postpone Spring Tour With Black Stone Cherry & Saint Asonia

Alter Bridge have postponed their spring tour with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia due to the coronavirus pandemic. The shows will be rescheduled at a later date.

Alter Bridge commented:

“We hoped that it wouldn’t come to this, but as some of you have already heard unfortunately, due to recent changes around the globe created by the recent Covid-19 situation, the May headline tour of the United States with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia will be postponed.

The health and safety of everyone attached to these shows (fans, artists, crew members, venue staff, etc) is our main priority. More information regarding rescheduled dates will be available in the future.

We look forward to the time when we can all come together and celebrate music as the community and family we are. Until then, Stay Home, Stay Healthy and Stay Safe…”

Alter Bridge Announce Spring Tour With Black Stone Cherry & Saint Asonia

Alter Bridge have announced a spring headlining tour. Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

05/01 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle (no Saint Asonia)
05/02 Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival (Alter Bridge only)
05/04 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
05/06 Huntington, NY – The Paramount
05/07 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/09 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville (Alter Bridge only)
05/10 Destin, FL – Club LA (Alter Bridge only)
05/12 Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
05/13 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
05/15 Rama, ON – Casino Rama
05/16 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Festival (Alter Bridge only)
05/18 New Orleans, LA – The Fillmore
05/20 Houston, TX – House of Blues
05/21 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Pavilion
05/23 Herrin, IL – Herrinfesta Italiana (Alter Bridge only)
05/24 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma (Alter Bridge only)

Alter Bridge, Mastodon, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Etc. Added To UK Download Festival

Over 40 more bands have been added to the UK Download Festival. That event will take place at Donington Park on June 12-14 and the updated daily stage lineups can be found below.

June 12:

Main Stage:

KISS
Deftones
Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes
Black Veil Brides
Motionless In White
Theory Of A Deadman
Wayward Sons

Second Stage:

The Offspring
The Distillers
Airbourne
Lacuna Coil
Amaranthe
Hatari
The Glorious Sons

The Avalanche Stage:

The Menzingers
PUP
Tiny Moving Parts
Sleep Token
Gender Roles
Press Club
Wargasm

The Dogtooth Stage:

Electric Wizard
Blues Pills
British Lion
Will Haven
Bokassa
Tempt
Cellar Door Moon Crow
JJ Wilde

June 13:

Main Stage:

Iron Maiden
Alter Bridge
Gojira
The Pretty Reckless
The Raven Age

Second Stage:

Killswitch Engage
Mastodon
Daughtry
3 Doors Down
Bush
The Wildhearts
Stone Broken

The Avalanche Stage:

Funeral For A Friend
Employed To Serve
Holding Absence
Loathe
Puppy
Sullii
Blackout Problems

The Dogtooth Stage:

Sepultura
Obituary
Dying Fetus
Chelsea Grin
Fire From The Gods
Bleed From Within
Higher Power
Lotus Eater
Dead Label
Uncured

June 14:

Main Stage:

System Of A Down
Korn
Volbeat
BABYMETAL
Alestorm
Powerwolf
Thy Art Is Murder
Wage War

Second Stage:

Disturbed
The Darkness
Skillet
Baroness
Of Mice & Men
P.O.D.
Wednesday 13
The Laste Internationale

The Avalanche Stage:

Bowling For Soup
Lit
The Skints
Marianas Trench
Milk Teeth
The Hara
Cemetery Sun
Dead Posey

The Dogtooth Stage:

Periphery
Northlane
Haken
Polyphia
Twin Temple
SHVPES
Kill The Lights
Heavy Lungs
Modern Error
Renounced

Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Etc. Set For 2020 Rocklahoma Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Rocklahoma festival. The event will take place in Pryor, Oklahoma on May 22-24 and it will feature the following: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Anthrax, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Motionless In White, Body Count, Hollywood Undead, HELLYEAH, Badflower, The Hu, Jelly Roll, Bad Wolves, Dirty Honey, All That Remains, Jinjer, Warrant, Brass Against, Bones UK, Knocked Loose, John 5 And The Creatures, Butcher Babies, From Ashes To New, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Diamante, Goodbye June, Bulletboys, Liliac, Color Of Chaos, East Side Gamblers, Budderside, Paralandra, Hericane Alice, Travis Bond, Fist Of Rage, Outlaw Devils, 90lb Wrench, Severmind, Love Sick Radio, Mind Of Fury, Jessikill, Straight Six, The Rumors, and Chaotic Resemblance.