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.

2020 Lunatic Luau Cancelled

The 2020 Lunatic Luau in Virginia Beach, VA has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers issued the below statement:

“We are saddened to announce that FM99 WNOR Lunatic Luau 2020 at Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach will no longer be taking place this year. Tickets will be automatically refunded at point of purchase as soon as possible. Please allow at least 30 business days for the refund to process. Tickets purchased at the amphitheater box office will be refunded once the box office reopens. Thank you for understanding.”

Atreyu Premiere New Video For “Super Hero” Feat. Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows & Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie

Atreyu have premiered a new video for their song “Super Hero.” The track, which features Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows and Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie, appears on the band’s 2018 album “In Our Wake.” Atreyu commented:

“Our song ‘Super Hero’ was written about what it’s like to be a parent and the vast amount of time, effort, energy, and hard work it takes to be a real-life superhero for your children. The song also has a broader meaning, especially given the current situation the entire world is dealing with. There are many superheroes out there who appear in many forms — namely the first responders, medical personnel, and health care workers who are putting others first as they work to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. We dedicate this song to them.”

Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas On Upcoming Album: “It’s Just Depressing Sounding, Rocking Shit”

During a recent appearance on the Scars And Guitars podcast, Atreyu’s Alex Varkatzas talked a bit about the band’s upcoming album. According to the frontman, the new music will be “depressing sounding, rocking shit.’

Varkatzas said the following when asked about pre-production:

“There is zero pre-production. We’re fucking ballers, man. We’ve been doing this for so long. I write lyrics in my sleep. Literally, I wake up and I have a line and I write them down. And there’s two songs from this record — if they make the record, of course — that is literally me waking up in the middle of the night, and I have to write down lyrics or something. But that’s the way it goes, man.

“We’ve been doing this — it’s 20 years. We’re not good at a whole bunch, but we’re okay at this. And John Feldmann, our producer — he did ‘Lead Sails’ — he has crazy energy. He has more energy than us, and he’s a few years older than us. And so when we get around him, it pumps us up. And no matter what, we write one song a day. Every now and then, we crank out two songs a day. So, I think in three weeks — realistically, we work on the weekdays; we don’t work on the weekend — I think we had 18 or 19 songs. And that’s just in our first block. So we’ll come back and we’ll probably write at least another dozen songs.”

He went on to say the effort will be their “next step in maturity.” He continued:

“To me, in a way — and this is a fucking weird way to sell a record, because it doesn’t sound like this — it has some very dark ’80s gothic pop elements. And I don’t mean ‘pop’ as in happy[-sounding music]. It’s just depressing sounding, rocking shit.”

Varkatzas also talked about the lyrical themes in the group’s new material:

“It’s cool, because especially right now, there’s so much… If you’re a comedian and a musician, there’s lots of good inspiration every day — especially in America, unfortunately. Actually, all over the world, but in American especially, it’s ripe with things that make you feel something, whatever it is. Maybe you’re happy about it, maybe you’re sad about it — it’s not my place to speak for people. But you feel some shit right now. And I think comedians handle it by making fun of it, and I handle it by making music and words about it. So, it’s a good time to be inspired.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Disturbed, Volbeat, Atreyu, Etc. Set For 2020 Lunatic Luau

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Lunatic Luau. That event will take place at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA on May 1 and it will feature: Disturbed, Volbeat, Atreyu, HELLYEAH, Dirty Honey, Saint Asonia, Clint Lowery, Dinosaur Pile-Up, BRKN Love, Little Ozzy, and The Picture Books.

Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Blink-182, Papa Roach, Etc. Set For 2020 Inkcarceration Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Inkcarceration Music And Tattoo Festival. The event will take place at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH on July 10-12 and it will feature the following: Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Blink-182, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Mastodon, Underoath, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Falling In Reverse, Candlebox, Badflower, Atreyu, Static-X, Puddle Of Mudd, New Politics, All That Remains, We Came As Romans, The Devil Wears Prada, Emmure, Attila, Stick To Your Guns, New Years Day, Escape The Fate, Cold, Carnifex, The Aquadolls, Band-Maid, Stitched Up Heart, September Mourning, Damn Nation, Paralandra, Along Came A Spider, A Killer’s Confession, Missyou, Sink The Ship, Dread Engine, Mollo Rilla, and Saving Escape.