Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer, Etc. Set For Inaugural Exit 111 Festival

The inaugural Exit 111 festival has officially been announced. The event will take place at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN on October 11-13 and it will feature music, an R-rated paranormal cirque, a car show, Red Bull motocross demonstrations, and a mega sports bar. Eddie Trunk will host the festival and the daily lineups can be seen below.

October 11: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slayer (last Tennessee show ever), Megadeth, Seether, Black Label Society, Black Stone Cherry, The Cadillac Three, 10 Years, Bishop Gunn, Kyle Shutt, and Watermox.

October 12: Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Ghost, Mastodon, Gojira, Cheap Trick, Blackberry Smoke, Nothing More, Sleeping With Sirens, Whitechapel, Power Trip, Fever 333, Graveyard, New Years Day, Alien Weaponry, Dead Sara, Them Evils, and Astronoid.

October 13: Guns N’ Roses, Deftones, Coheed And Cambria, Lamb Of God, Alter Bridge, Ministry, Skillet, Of Mice & Men, Thrice, From Ashes To New, Tyler Bryant At The Shakedown, Plague Vendor, Dirty Honey, Tetrarch, and O’Brother.

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ZZ Top Announce 50th Anniversary North American Tour

ZZ Top have announced a 50th anniversary North American tour. The trek will include a number of dates with Cheap Trick and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Tour Dates:

Aug. 16 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*
Aug. 17 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Casino Theater
Aug. 20 – Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley SunDome
Aug. 21 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle*
Aug. 23 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre**
Aug. 24 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion**
Aug. 25 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
Aug. 27 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater
Aug. 28 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU*
Aug. 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre*
Sep. 01 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre*
Sep. 04 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion”
Sep. 06 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Sep. 07 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
Sep. 08 – Sterling Heights, MI-Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill*
Sep. 10 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights*
Sep. 11 – Burgettstown, PA – KeyBank Pavilion*
Sep. 13 – Ocean City, MD – Ocean City BikeFest
Sep. 14 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*
Sep. 18 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
Sep. 19 – Wamtagh. NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater*
Sep. 21 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
Sep. 22 – Louisville, KY – Champions Park
Oct. 05 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*
Oct. 06 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion*
Oct. 09 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Cars Stadium*
Oct. 11 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee – Event Center*
Oct. 12 – Manchester, TN – Exit 111 Festival
Oct. 13 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre*
Oct. 15 – Augusta, GA – The James Brown Arena*
Oct. 16 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
Oct. 18 – Estero FL – Hertz Arena*
Oct. 19 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*
Oct. 20 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre*

* with Cheap Trick
** with Lynyrd Skynyrd

Todd Youth (Fireburn, Ex-Danzig, Etc.) Passes Away

Todd Schofield, aka Todd Youth, has sadly passed away at the age of 47. Schofield has played in numerous bands over the years including Danzig, Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law, Warzone, Cheap Trick, and tons more. More recently, he was a member of Fireburn, who feature current and former members of Bad Brains, Nails, etc. R.I.P.

Fireburn’s Israel Joseph I (ex-Bad Brains) commented:

“On the passing of my friend, and my Brother Todd Youth

There are no words to express how sad I am at the passing of my brother Todd Youth. The music he made will forever be remembered, and I’m so thankful that I was able to work with him and that we created Fireburn together. Todd and I were living separate lives doing hardcore and reggae music.

We met each other in 1992 and then never spoke again until 2017. We created Fireburn within two weeks of knowing each other and finished writing two of my favorite hardcore records that I ever worked on: “Don’t stop the youth“, and “Shine“. Closed casket records signed the band and we were on our way.

We had great shows and lots of people showed up to them. We toured with #GBH from England, hung out with the guys from #NegativeApproach, and got our blessings about our music and our records from the #BadBrains. I know that Todd is now resting in peace and I know that Krishna has taken his soul to a better place.

He was a devout Hari Krishna and a devout human being. Todd wherever you are I hope that we will make music again one day. Life is a circle, and I know I’ll meet you again in that circle brother. We will meet again. Rest In Peace, Rest In Power, rest my brother.

I am saddened that we cannot make music again together in this world, but I am happy that you are finally going home to be with Krishna that Haile Selassie has finally giving you peace and comfort my brother. One day, I too will lay down and die. This body that I ware is temporary. I will probably be alone.

They’re probably be no one around me. However I know that I will join you and all of our other friends in that good place and we’ll all see each other again. I’m sorry you died Todd. I’m sorry I can’t see you again. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to help you. You are my friend and my brother and I love you. Rest in peace my brother. May your visit to our Heavenly Home be full of peace, and comfort, and closeness to Krishna. Haribo. Haile Selassie I. FIREBURN.
🔥🔥🔥🌠

#ToddYouth #Fireburnhc #Fireburn #Death”

* Photo courtesy of “The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film”

Cheap Trick Putting Finishing Touches On New Album

It looks like Cheap Trick are almost done with their new album. Guitarist Rick Nielsen told Lazer 103.3 the following:

“Robin [Zander] just finished the last of the vocals about three days ago. And I’m going next week or the week after — I’m not sure — back to finish the last three guitar solos. So wish me luck.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Joe Perry (Aerosmith) Premieres “Aye, Aye, Aye” Video

Joe Perry (Aerosmith) has premiered a new video for “Aye, Aye, Aye” off his “Sweetzerland Manifesto” album. The clip was filmed at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California, and it features Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo and Robert DeLeo, Buck Johnson (Aerosmith), and David Goodstein.

Cheap Trick Working On New Album

During an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander confirmed that the band are working on a new album. He said the following:

“We’re working on another record right now as we speak. In fact, we just did a John Lennon cover song. I’m thinking we should put it out now, because it’s a great version of ‘Gimme Some Truth’.”

He also added the following when asked when it will materialize:

“Oh, it will be this year. We’ve already got a couple of songs that are mixed and ready to go. I’ll tell you one thing that we’re working on, that we’ve finished already, because it might not be on the record. It might be, but it might not be. I’d like to get [the cover of ‘Gimme Some Truth’] out as soon as possible, even if we don’t have the record ready, I’d like to put that out somewhere.”