My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Etc. Set For 2021 Riot Fest

Riot Fest will not be taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the event will be returning to Douglas Park in Chicago, IL on September 16-19, 2021. Here’s the initial lineup: My Chemical Romance, Smashing Pumpkins, Run The Jewels, Pixies, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Sublime With Rome, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), Vic Mensa, The All-American Rejects, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Gogol Bordello, Circle Jerks, Thrice, Circa Survive, K.Flay, Toots And The Maytals, Jawbox, Les Savy Fav, Best Coast, Bayside, L7, Meg Myers, Pup, Mayday Parade, Fever 333, Living Colour, Big Freedia, SWMRS, Beach Bunny, Alex G, Thursday, Saves The Day, Don Broco, Joywave, Hepcat, Fishbone, Boston Manor, The Sounds, White Lung, Kennyhoopla, Beach Goons, Meet Me @ The Altar, Radkey, Holy Fawn, and Chubby And The Gang.

Rock/Metal Musicians React To The Murder Of George Floyd

As the U.S. continues to be rocked by the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, MN, a number of musicians have taken to social media to speak up about the tragedy and the ongoing riots related to it. You can find some posts from various artists below:

Ice-T (Body Count):

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“We’re Hurting” 5.29.2020 Richmond, VA. LET ME MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR: as a peace loving man who has seen & very regrettably been involved in violence myself in the past, I CANNOT CONDONE VIOLENCE- it only hurts us in the long run. BUT… I can UNDERSTAND it. Last night, I went out to document a protest in Richmond, VA, walking for a couple of hours with the people, shooting photos & trying to capture this moment in history- this is what I do as a photographer, in times good & bad. It was peaceful for the most part while I was there, but very shortly after I left, it kicked off & the rioting/violence started. There were a few cop cars & a city bus put to the torch, windows smashed (including small businesses, a few of which were black-owned- how does this help? It DOESN’T), & lots of spray paint. Tear gas/flash bangs were deployed. There were reports of gunshots (from the crowd, not the cops), but thank God no one died last night. And although I have had my problems with police before, I cannot just hate all cops- I know some good ones who do their best to serve & protect. But I also have NEVER had to worry that a cop might kill me because of the color of my skin. The violence you are seeing is the result of years & years of bottled up pain & fear, the only voice left when peaceful means don’t seem to be working. I texted a musician friend in LA last night who is a black man- I asked him how he & his family were. “We're okay. We're hurting. We're angry. But we’re okay.” The two words that stood out the most to me: WE’RE HURTING. When people hurt bad enough, for long enough, they lash out. So instead of just being another voice screaming “Racism is bad!” I want to ask you ALL: please think about a time you were hurt & scared- how did you react? I know that I myself have reacted VERY BADLY before when I was hurt & scared. All I really wanted was for someone to HEAR ME, to LISTEN, to CARE, to try to UNDERSTAND ME, to RECOGNIZE MY PAIN. There are A LOT of people who are very hurt & scared right now, & they have had ENOUGH. Things have to CHANGE, or the violence will continue. I will be staying in tonight- if you are going out, please- be peaceful. My heart hurts… 😞

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage):

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Gathering my thoughts, my anger, my frustration and my warrior sense about what’s been going on in this country. It’s bigger than recent events it runs DEEP in our history! My heart is heavy, my soul is burdened but my determination to help and try to understand the big picture of the division we all are pushed into daily is strong. Yet another life taken and paraded on social media and the repercussions unfold. Is anger enough? What more can be done aside from post about it, write songs about it, live in fierce opposition to the persistent divide created because of it. I humbly ask what can be done? It’s not just the murder of George Floyd it’s the countless others that have died in a similar manner and many thousands that have died and never received media coverage. Our so called creed in this country a country that clams “liberty and justice for ALL” is under fire. How do you not react in anger in disgust and frustration?! I am “just a musician” and not a “political figure” but we are taking about HUMAN LIFE being taken. How do we NOT speak out against this wrong! It’s not about politics and I’m sick to my stomach seeing any one argue that point in any way! STOP using Black folks being murdered as an agenda to push politics!!! No, not all police are awful and murderous. In fact I know officers that are good people with the desire to actually serve and protect! So if you are one of those Good Cops use your voice now to show solidarity with citizens who are the victims of abuses of power! Just like me a white male is showing my solidarity to a people who have deep history and deep roots in the building and creating of the foundations and culture of this country. We need more unity and coming together to speak out and fight against WRONG! There is NO defending what continues to happen NONE. When heavily armed white skinned people can parade around in front of officers unharmed and unchecked and unarmed black folks are executed for the camera it sends a MESSAGE! Put aside ANY stupid political speculation about what is happening and lead with your mind. This should serve to UNITE us for the common good of us all NOT DIVIDE!

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Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

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The fact that it took this long, and people had to resort to protesting and rioting in order to get some semblance of justice… is disgusting. It is the year 2020. We have to change as a human race. We need new leadership that will encourage and inspire unity and equality instead of division and violence. We as individuals need to practice kindness and love, not selfishness and hate. We are all living on this globe together. Treat others as you’d want to be treated and help where you can instead of hurt. And if you get your panties in a twist over the notion of LOVING ONE ANOTHER…then YOU are part of the problem. Let’s draw a hard line NOW! Out with the old dinosaur mentalities, and let’s start brand new, with new eyes to view the world as John Lennon imagined it. “Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one”

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Korn:

Green Day:

Black Veil Brides:

We Came As Romans:

Ben Bruce (Asking Alexandria):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Fever 333:

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Power Trip:

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DON’T. MESS. WITH. THE. HORNET’S. NEST.

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Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CAvwkAvA2tO/

Circa Survive:

Brian Fair (Shadows Fall):

Alexis Mincolla (3TEETH):

Venom Prison:

UPDATE: Here’s some more posts:

Senses Fail:

Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour):

Jay Weinberg (Slipknot):

Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies):

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I was already upset watching #ahmausarbery being shot. Then watching the #georgefloyd video both gutted and enraged me to the point that it’s all I can think about. If you were unaffected by the video of the life leaving George’s face, there’s something wrong with you. After forty odd years of my life, I think things have actually gotten worse. If you don’t know, I am biracial. Growing up I experienced a great deal of racism. I watched my dad being racially profiled. Just two years ago I was racially profiled while on tour when two aggressive cops came to my hotel room because a front desk clerk told them a strange looking black woman with purple dreads seemed suspicious and must be a hooker. I don’t need sympathy for this…my point is that If someone that looks like me can be racially profiled so easily, imagine what black people go through on a daily basis and try to understand why there’s so much anger. It’s every dirty look, every “nigger” mumbled in their direction, every false accusation, every unwarranted pull over, all these videos of our brothers and sisters being murdered in cold blood building up to a boiling point. I heard someone say that these riots and protests are a public mourning. It gives me a little hope seeing so many different kinds of people mourning and protesting TOGETHER. THAT’S beautiful. The Looting on the other hand, makes me sick to my stomach. If you’re participating in that, you are an opportunist. A man died for that Louis Vuitton bag and those Nike shoes you just stole. You don’t give a shit about George. And maybe those big businesses can recover…but some small businesses that barely survived coronavirus definitely won’t survive being vandalized and looted now. Man, free stuff is cool but you know what’s cooler? Using this horrible incident to make an actual difference in your community. @miiabenante and I have been talking about this all week, and she asked me why these pissed off people can’t go to school to be lawyers or officers and make difference and I thought that was a pretty great idea 🙂 be safe. Love you all.

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Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy):

Ash Costello (New Years Day):

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA315lRFHae/?igshid=rwu1rbnmel7f

Arejay Hale (Halestorm):

In This Moment:

Rise Against:

Palaye Royale:

Chain Fest Rescheduled For 2021

This year’s Chain Fest has been postponed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA on May 29, 2021. The previously announced lineup includes: Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive (performing “Blue Sky Noise” set), Saves The Day (performing “Through Being Cool” set), Anberlin, Glassjaw (performing “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence” set), Cartel (performing “Chroma” set), and Acceptance.

2020 Chain Fest Rescheduled For October

The 2020 Chain Fest has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA on October 17. The previously announced lineup includes: Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive (performing “Blue Sky Noise” set), Saves The Day (performing “Through Being Cool” set), Anberlin, Glassjaw (performing “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence” set), Cartel (performing “Chroma” set), and Acceptance.

Circa Survive Postpone First Leg Of “Blue Sky Noise” 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive have postponed the first leg of their “Blue Sky Noise” 10th anniversary tour with Polyphiya and Gouge Away due to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes all dates from March 20 through April 14.

Circa Survive commented:

“Due to extreme circumstances outside of our control we are crushed to tell you that we are postponing the first leg of our Blue Sky Noise tour. (3/20 – 4/14) As of right now leg two (5/9 – 6/7) is still on the books but we are closely monitoring the situation.

We are currently working diligently to reschedule all shows of leg one as soon as possible & will of course honor all tickets already sold.

This is heartbreaking for all of us but we have to prioritize safety. We also felt that we have a responsibility to help reduce the stress on our hospitals so our health care system can deal with the virus at a realistic rate.

This party isn’t cancelled, it’s just postponed and it gives us all some more time to really get our dance moves down. Thank you for always being the supportive loving force that you are and always having our backs. It made this difficult decision slightly easier for us to make. Please stay safe, we love you.
Circa 又”

Here’s the remaining dates:

05/09 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/11 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
05/12 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/18 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
05/19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
05/22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Club
05/25 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
05/26 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/28 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
05/29 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
05/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
06/01 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/02 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theater
06/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology Live
06/05 Hartford, CT – The Webster
06/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06/07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, Etc. Set For 2020 Chain Fest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2020 Chain Fest. The event will take place at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA on May 23 and it will feature: Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive (performing “Blue Sky Noise” set), Saves The Day (performing “Through Being Cool” set), Anberlin, Glassjaw (performing “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence” set), Cartel (performing “Chroma” set), and Acceptance.

Circa Survive Reveal Opening Acts For “Blue Sky Noise” 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive have revealed that Polyphia and Gouge Away will be joining them on their “Blue Sky Noise“ 10th anniversary tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/20 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/21 Richmond, VA – The National
03/22 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
03/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/26 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
03/28 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
03/29 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
03/31 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
04/01 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
04/03 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
04/04 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
04/05 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
04/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/08 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
04/10 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
04/11 Montreal, QC – Fairmont Theatre
04/12 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
04/14 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/09 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/11 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
05/12 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/18 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
05/19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
05/22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Club
05/25 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
05/26 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/28 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
05/29 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
05/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
06/01 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/02 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theater
06/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology Live
06/05 Hartford, CT – The Webster
06/06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06/07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Circa Survive Announce “Blue Sky Noise” 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Blue Sky Noise“ on a 2020 North American tour. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

03/20 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
03/21 Richmond, VA – The National
03/22 Charlotte, NC – Fillmore
03/24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
03/25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
03/26 Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
03/28 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
03/29 Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
03/31 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
04/01 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
04/03 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
04/04 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
04/05 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre
04/07 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04/08 Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall
04/10 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
04/11 Montreal, QC – Fairmont Theatre
04/12 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
04/14 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
05/09 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05/11 Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall
05/12 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
05/18 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
05/19 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/20 Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo
05/22 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Club
05/25 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
05/26 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/28 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Event Center
05/29 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
05/30 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
06/01 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
06/02 Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theater
06/04 Rochester, NY – Anthology Live
06/05 Hartford, CT – The Webster
06/07 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Festival Recap: Vans Warped Tour 25th Anniversary Event In Mountain View, CA

On July 20-21, thousands of people descended upon Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA to say goodbye to the Vans Warped Tour at the final of three 25th anniversary events. It was a long weekend of music, skating, wrestling, and more.

People started moving into the event on Saturday morning and they were already excited for what lied ahead. For those that wanted to take in the whole festival, it was nice to get in as early as possible to navigate the festival grounds and check out the various merch booths, vendors, etc. before their favorite artists took the stage. This date featured performances from the likes of The Offspring, Bad Religion, August Burns Red, Wage War, Goldfinger, Simple Plan, Save Ferris, Anti-Flag, OFF!, Meg & Dia, Silent Planet, and tons more. These groups managed to bring in an unmatched energy that captured the spirit of the festival’s 25 year run. Every act was memorable for different reasons, whether it be The Offspring’s impeccable showmanship and comedic stage banter, Bad Religion’s killer musicianship, Anti-Flag’s inspiring words, or Wage War’s intense onslaught.

As day two arrived, there was no shortage of massive amounts of talent and positive vibes. This day included artists such as NOFX, who played an abbreviated set after some travel issues, Jawbreaker, The Used, Sum 41, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, Andy Black (Black Veil Brides), Juliet Simms, Dance Gavin Dance, Thrice, Circa Survive, and more. Every artist had a different flair to them, helping to enhance the festival experience even more. This included the awesome dual vocal stylings of Dance Gavin Dance and Atreyu, amazingly powerful vocals from Simms, the entertaining and comedic nature of The All-American Rejects, the extremely energetic Sum 41, and the fun dancey vibe of Black.

Despite all these great things, the real highlight came at the end. NOFX’s flight got cancelled and they ultimately needed to get flown in on a private jet, before getting a police escort to the venue. However, they weren’t going to make it until 9:50, so organizer Kevin Lyman recruited a number of musicians to cover songs from the band until then. Members of Goldfinger, Sum 41, Thrice, Atreyu, The Used, The All-American Rejects, The Starting Line, etc. participated in the cool performance, which Lyman described as a drunken jam session, reminiscent of past Warped barbecues. They even had a fan, identified as Twitch, sing a song before Fat Mike ran out, much to the crowd’s delight.

Once NOFX took the stage, they powered through 11 tracks, before being told to stop, but it was awesome nonetheless. The band were hilarious, energetic, and they managed to give Warped Tour a proper send-off, regardless of the circumstances.

All in all, the whole weekend was a blast. There may have been a few hiccups at the very end, but it actually worked out by making everything even more memorable. The iconic “punk rock summer camp” has been bringing people together for 25 years and it ended the way it should have, with a community joined together by the power of music.

Underoath, Circa Survive, Taking Back Sunday, Etc. To Be Featured On “Punk Goes Acoustic, Vol. 3”

Fearless Records have revealed the details for their “Punk Goes Acoustic, Vol. 3” compilation. The release will be available on July 26 and it will feature Underoath, Circa Survive, Dance Gavin Dance, and more. You can find the cover art and track listing, along with some acoustic versions of Taking Back Sunday’s “A Decade Under The Influence” and Set It Off’s “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing,“ below:

“Punk Goes Acoustic, Vol. 3” Track Listing:

01. Dance Gavin Dance – “Story Of My Bros” (acoustic)
02. Circa Survive – “Act Appalled” (acoustic)
03. Taking Back Sunday – “A Decade Under The Influence” (acoustic)
04. Dashboard Confessional – “Screaming Infidelities” (acoustic)
05. Mayday Parade – “Take This To Heart” (acoustic)
06. Movements – “Colorblind” (acoustic)
07. Underoath – “A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black And White” (acoustic)
08. Don Broco – “Come Out To LA” (acoustic)
09. Set It Off – “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” (acoustic)
10. As It Is – “Okay” (acoustic)
11. Grayscale – “Atlantic” (acoustic)
12. The Almost – “Hand Grenade” (acoustic)