Former Guns N’ Roses Drummer Matt Sorum Introduces Artbit To Help Starving Artists Get Paid

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum has announced the launch of Artbit, “a revolutionary distributed-ledger platform that allows both artists and fans to share and monetize artistic talent from anywhere across the globe.” Sorum founded Artbit, alongside Pablo Martins, Renan Monjon, Saulo Monjon, and Jean-Philippe Innocent, to help “unsigned, unrepresented artists” by “providing exposure and capital to independent artists, while protecting their intellectual property and equipping them with the tools they need to manage the business side of their craft.”

Sorum commented:

“Before I had any recognition as a musician, I was roaming back alleys in Hollywood, playing any gig I could get, sleeping on couches and surviving off Top Ramen. Today, getting recognition is easier, but getting paid is even harder. With Artbit, we’re giving power back to the fans to tell the world who deserves attention, and we’re giving a platform to artists to turn their dreams into a paying reality.”

Artists using Artbit will be able put on live shows and connect with their fans around the globe. Fans can then interact through liking, sharing, etc. and this in turn will create a micro-income for the artist and the public. These “virtual stages” will let artists fund their work through a crypto-economy, which is powered by hashgraph. Through augmented reality and gamification, fans and performers will gain the oppurtunity to be a part of the show.

Tomorrow (March 16), Sorum and the Artbit team will be hosting an event in Austin, Texas during SXSW in an effort to showcase the platform. Renown contemporary street artist Shepard Fairey will DJ the event, while Sorum and Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) will perform.

Sorum recently discussed Artbit with Yahoo! Finance and Loudwire as well.



Guns N’ Roses Recruit Volbeat, Gojira, Ghost, Etc. To Open Select Dates Of Their European Tour

Guns N’ Roses have confirmed some of the supporting acts for their summer European tour. You can find the band’s updated schedule, along with the newly announced openers below.

Tour Dates:

06/03 Berlin, GER – Olympiastadion (feat. Manic Street Preachers & Greta Van Fleet)
06/06 Odense, DEN – Dyrskueplausen (feat. Manic Street Preachers & Greta Van Fleet)
06/09 Donnington, UK – Download Festival
06/12 Gelsenkirchen, GER – Veltins-Arena
06/15 Firenze, ITA – Firenze Rocks
06/18 Paris, FRA – Download Festival
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/24 Mannheim, GER – Maimarktgelande (feat. Rival Sons & The Pink Slips)
06/26 Bordeaux, FRA – Matmut Stadium (feat. Rival Sons & The Pink Slips)
06/29 Madrid, SPA – Download Festival
07/01 Barcelona, SPA – Estadi Olimpico (feat. Volbeat & Nothing More)
07/04 Nijmegen, NET – Goffertpark (feat. Volbeat & Gojira)
07/07 Leipzig, GER – Festwiese (feat. Rival Sons & Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown)
07/09 Chorzoq, POL – Stadion Slaski (feat. Volbeat & Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown)
07/13 Moscow, RUS – Spartak Otkritie
07/16 Tallinn, EST – Song Festival Grounds (feat. Volbeat & The Dead Daisies)
07/19 Oslo, NOR – Valle Hovin (feat. Ghost & Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown)
07/21 Gothenburg, SWE – Ullevi Stadium

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready To Be Honored At MusiCares Concert For Recovery

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2018 MusiCares Concert For Recovery on May 10 at The Showbox in Seattle, WA. The guitarist will be recognized for his support of MusiCares and for his commitment to helping people with addiction recovery. The event will include performances by Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nancy Wilson (Heart), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), and Mike Ness (Social Distortion), and it will end with a special performance by McCready and friends. McCready commented:

“Recovery is a journey that you take each day, and mine has been affirming from a musical standpoint and a community perspective. To be able to raise funds for MusiCares and the critical addiction recovery work they do for music people across the country all year long is humbling, and it speaks to the way we can come together to help those in need.”


KnuckleBonz Guns N’ Roses Statues Now Available For Pre-Order

As previously reported, KnuckleBonz Inc. will be releasing new limited edition ‘Rock Iconz’ statues of Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan based on a 1988 show at New York’s Ritz. Those figurines are now up for pre-order HERE. There will only be 3000 of each statue, and each one is hand-painted and numbered with a certificate of authenticity.


KnuckleBonz To Release New Guns N’ Roses Statues

According to Metal Insider, KnuckleBonz Inc. will be releasing new limited edition ‘Rock Iconz’ statues of Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan. The figurines are based on a 1988 show at New York’s Ritz. More details will be revealed soon.


Former Guns N’ Roses Drummer Steven Adler Planning To Perform “Appetite For Destruction” In Full On Upcoming Tour

According to Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot), who is an agent for the BTE Inc booking agency, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler will be resurrecting Adler’s Appetite and heading out on tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction.” He will play the effort in its entirety “plus other GN’R classics.”


Over 50 Bands Added To UK Download Festival

The 2018 UK Download Festival just got a whole lot bigger with over 50 bands having been added. The event will take place at Donington Park, UK on June 8-10, and it will now include all of the following: Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Stone Cherry, Marilyn Manson, Volbeat, Thunder, Shinedown, Black Veil Brides, Boston Manor, Cradle Of Filth, DragonForce, Hatebreed, In This Moment, Inglorious, Marmozets, Monster Truck, The Pink Slips, The Struts, The Temperance Movement, Whiskey Myers, You Me At Six, Parkway Drive, Rise Against, Babymetal, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria, Body Count, Bury Tomorrow, Corrosion Of Conformity, Dead Cross, Greta Van Fleet, Jonathan Davis, Kreator, L7, Meshuggah, Powerflo, Thrice, Turbonegro, Neck Deep, The Hives, Cancer Bats, Dream State, Employed To Serve, Jamie Lenman, Less Than Jake, Mayday Parade, Milk Teeth, Puppy, Stick To Your Guns, Stray From The Path, The Bottom Line, The Bronx, The Faim, The Maine, Woes, WSTR, TesseracT, Thy Art Is Murder, Baroness, All Them Witches, Blessthefall, Death Blooms, Emmure, Gold Key, Higher Power, Knocked Loose, Koyo, Malevolence, Miss May I, Myke Gray, Myrkur, No Hot Ashes, Plini, Rolo Tomassi, Savage Messiah, SHVPES, Sleep Token, Sun Arcana, The Hyene Kill, Tigress, Von Hertzen Brothers, Wayward Sons, and Zeal & Ardor.