Concert Review: Royal Blood & Cleopatrick In Oakland, CA

Yesterday (May 3), I attended Royal Blood and Cleopatrick’s show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA and it was a fun night of pure rock ‘n’ roll.

Cleopatrick opened the concert with a killer set. Singer/guitarist Ian Fraser and drummer Luke Guntz were very energetic as they powered through a variety of songs from their catalog. They really helped set the vibe for the show with a grungy display of alternative rock.

After Cleopatrick finished up, it was time for the headliners of the evening, Royal Blood. The band were firing on all cylinders as they blasted through a catchy set driven by Mike Kerr’s heavy bass riffs and alt-rock vocals and Ben Thatcher’s thunderous drums. The sheer talent of the two musicians was also complimented by touring member Darren James, who contributed keyboards and backing vocals to enhance the dancier material from the band’s latest album “Typhoons.”

In addition to the powerful display of musicianship, the band also had a solid stage production full of flashing lights. The colors and strobe effects helped add to the experience without taking away from the the group’s musical prowess, which served as the main focal point of the show.

As for the setlist, it was mostly composed of songs from their self-titled record and “Typhoons,” with a couple of songs from “How Did We Get So Dark?” thrown in for good measure. The band also performed their latest single “Honeybrains,” much to the delight of the crowd. Everyone sang and a danced to every song, while the band appeared to be having the time of their lives onstage.

All in all, the performance was absolutely phenomenal. Some highlights from the set included: “Boilermaker,” “Trouble’s Coming,” “Blood Hands,” “Figure It Out,” and the epic closer “Out Of The Black.”

Royal Blood Announce North American Tour With Cleopatrick

Royal Blood have announced a headlining North American tour. Cleopatrick will open.

Tour Dates:

04/18 Toronto, ON – History
04/19 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
04/20 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
04/22 Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
04/23 Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
04/25 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
04/27 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Expo Centre
04/29 Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
04/30 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
05/01 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/03 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
05/07 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
05/08 San Diego, CA – The Observatory, North Park
05/09 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
05/10 Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre
05/12 Austin, TX – Stubbs Walker Creek
05/13 Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
05/14 Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
05/16 Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl
05/17 Atlanta, GA – The Eastern
05/19 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
05/20 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
05/23 New York, NY – Terminal 5
05/24 Boston, MA – House of Blues

Every Time I Die & Memphis May Fire Added To 2021 Louder Than Life Festival

Every Time I Die and Memphis May Fire have been added to the 2021 Louder Than Life festival. Their additions come after Helmet, Red Fang, and Hyro The Hero were all forced to drop off the event. Louder Than Life will be held on September 23-26 at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Here’s the daily lineups:

September 23: Korn, Staind, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Beartooth, Sevendust, Knocked Loose, Wage War, Memphis May Fire, Escape The Fate, Zero 9:36, Avoid, Currents, Jeris Johnson, Another Day Dawns, and Blame My Youth.

September 24: Metallica, Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Starset, Avatar, Fever 333, Turnstile, Cleopatrick, Dead Sara, ’68, The Violent, South Of Eden, Tallah, Joyous Wolf, and Contracult Collective.

September 25: Disturbed, Snoop Dogg, Machine Gun Kelly, Volbeat, Suicidal Tendencies, Asking Alexandria, Atreyu, Grandson, Code Orange, Ice Nine Kills, Spiritbox, Red, Butcher Babies, Bones UK, Diamante, Siiickbrain, UnityTX, Dana Dentata, and The Messenger Birds.

September 26: Metallica, Judas Priest, Mudvayne, Seether, Pennywise, Skillet, Sabaton, The Hu, Badflower, Tremonti, Fozzy, Every Time I Die, Ayron Jones, From Ashes To New, Teenage Wrist, Tempt, Dead Poet Society, and Like Machines.

The set times can be found in the below Instagram post:

Faith No More To Replace Limp Bizkit At 2021 Aftershock Festival

Faith No More have been added to this year’s Aftershock Festival. The band will be replacing Limp Bizkit, who have decided to cancel all of their 2021 dates. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Faith No More, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Death Angel, Fit For A King, and Oxymorrons.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, Dropkick Muprhys, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Ayron Jones, Butcher Babies, Crobot, Des Rocs, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Black Map, UnityTX,and Contracult Collective.

October 9: Misfits, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Mudvayne, Body Count, Atreyu, Badflower, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, DED, Bones UK, Alien Weaponry, The Black Moods, Blame My Youth, South Of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, Mammoth WVH, From Ashes To New, The Blue Stones, Law, All Good Things, Tempt, and The Cold Stares.

Disturbed, Volbeat, & Atreyu Added To 2021 Louder Than Life Festival

Disturbed, Volbeat, and Atreyu have been added to the 2021 Louder Than Life festival. That event is set to take place on September 23-26 at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY. Here’s the daily lineups:

September 23: Korn, Staind, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Beartooth, Sevendust, Knocked Loose, Wage War, Helmet, Escape The Fate, Zero 9:36, Hyro The Hero, Avoid, Currents, Jeris Johnson, Another Day Dawns, and Blame My Youth.

September 24: Metallica, Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Starset, Avatar, Fever 333, Turnstile, Cleopatrick, Dead Sara, ’68, The Violent, South Of Eden, Tallah, Joyous Wolf, and Contracult Collective.

September 25: Disturbed, Snoop Dogg, Machine Gun Kelly, Volbeat, Ghostemane, Asking Alexandria, Atreyu, Grandson, Code Orange, Ice Nine Kills, Spiritbox, Red, Butcher Babies, Bones UK, Diamante, Siiickbrain, UnityTX, Dana Dentata, and The Messenger Birds.

September 26: Metallica, Judas Priest, Mudvayne, Seether, Pennywise, Skillet, Sabaton, The Hu, Badflower, Tremonti, Fozzy, Red Fang, Ayron Jones, From Ashes To New, Teenage Wrist, Tempt, Dead Poet Society, and Like Machines.

Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Etc. Set For 2021 Louder Than Life Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Louder Than Life festival. That event is set to take place on September 23-26 at the Highland Festival Grounds at the KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY. Here’s the daily lineups:

September 23: Korn, Staind, Cypress Hill, Anthrax, Beartooth, Sevendust, Knocked Loose, Wage War, Helmet, Escape The Fate, Zero 9:36, Hyro The Hero, Teenage Wrist, Currents, Jeris Johnson, Another Day Dawns, and Blame My Youth.

September 24: Metallica, Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gojira, Killswitch Engage, Starset, Avatar, Fever 333, Turnstile, Cleopatrick, Dead Sara, ’68, The Blue Stones, South Of Eden, Tallah, Joyous Wolf, and Contracult Collective.

September 25: Nine Inch Nails, Snoop Dogg, Machine Gun Kelly, Ghostemane, The Distillers, Asking Alexandria, Grandson, Code Orange, Ice Nine Kills, Spiritbox, Red, Butcher Babies, Bones UK, Diamante, Siiickbrain, UnityTX, Dana Dentata, and The Messenger Birds.

September 26: Metallica, Judas Priest, Mudvayne, Seether, Pennywise, Skillet, Sabaton, The Hu, Badflower, Mammoth WVH, Fozzy, Red Fang, Ayron Jones, From Ashes To New, Avoid, Tempt, Dead Poet Society, and Like Machines.

Misfits, In This Moment, August Burns Red, Etc. Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

More bands have been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. The event is scheduled to take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Anthrax, Testament, Exodus, Knocked Loose, Fit For A King, and Oxymorrons.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, Dropkick Muprhys, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Ayron Jones, Butcher Babies, Crobot, Des Rocs, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Black Map, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: Misfits, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Mudvayne, Body Count, Asking Alexandria, Atreyu, Badflower, Anti-Flag, August Burns Red, Bones UK, Alien Weaponry, The Black Moods, Blame My Youth, South Of Eden, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, Mammoth WVH, From Ashes To New, The Blue Stones, Law, All Good Things, Higher Power, Tempt, and The Cold Stares.

Mammoth WVH Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH project has been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. That event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Mammoth WVH, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Limp Bizkit, Rancid, The Offspring, Etc. Added To 2021 Aftershock Festival

A bunch of bands have been added to the 2021 Aftershock Festival. The event will take place at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7-10 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

October 7: Limp Bizkit, Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose, and Fit For A King.

October 8: Metallica, Rancid, Volbeat, Seether, +LIVE+, Skillet, Suicidal Tendencies, Avatar, Pop Evil, Butcher Babies, Des Rocs, Ayron Jones, Crobot, Cleopatrick, Ego Kill Talent, Crown Lands, UnityTX, and Contracult Collective.

October 9: My Chemical Romance, The Offspring, Machine Gun Kelly, Gojira, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Badflower, Thursday, L7, Atreyu, Bones UK, South Of Eden, The Black Moods, Another Day Dawns, and American Teeth.

October 10: Metallica, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Mastodon, Pennywise, The Pretty Reckless, Black Veil Brides, Steel Panther, Yelawolf, Grandson, From Ashes To New, Alien Weaponry, Law, The Blue Stones, The Contortionist, Higher Power, Creeper, and The Cold Stares.

Light The Torch, The Interrupters, Ded, Etc. Added To 2019 Epicenter Festival

Light The Torch, The Interrupters, Ded, Dead Girls Academy and Tetrarch have all been added to the 2019 Epicenter Festival. The event, which is replacing Carolina Rebellion, will take place at the Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on May 10-12 and the updated daily lineups can be found below.

May 10: Korn, Rob Zombie, The Prodigy, Evanescence, Machine Gun Kelly, Meshuggah, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Wilson, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, Ded, Arrested Youth, Vein, and Black Coffee.

May 11: Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult, Bush, Black Label Society, Circa Survive, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Light The Torch, Wage War, Crobot, Dead Girls Academy, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde, and Tetrarch.

May 12: Foo Fighters, Bring Me The Horizon, 311, +Live+, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Architects, The Interrupters, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, Ho99o9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick, and The Dirty Nil.

In other news, organizers have also announced that Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine of “That Metal Show” will be reuniting at the festival. They said the following:

“The rants, the debates, the rock star interviews and yes…Stump The Trunk are back! May 10 and 11, the 3 amigos of That Metal Show will be live onstage at the country’s biggest rock festival–EPICENTER–and we couldn’t be more stoked. The Boys Are Back In Town!”