Helmet Announce European/UK “Covers And Hits” Tour

Helmet have announced a European/UK tour. The dates for the trek, which they are calling the “Move On: The Covers And Hits Tour,” can be found below.

Tour Dates:

04/03 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music Bar
04/04 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
04/05 Berlin, GER – SO36
04/07 Muenster, GER – Sputnikhalle
04/08 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
04/09 Aarhus, DEN – Voxhall
04/11 Oslo, NOR – John Dee
04/12 Stockholm, SWE – Slaktkyrkan
04/14 Helsinki, FIN – Vanha
04/16 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
04/18 Cologne, GER – Gebaeude 9
04/19 Frankfurt, GER – Zoom
04/20 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
04/21 Eindhoven, NET – Effenaar
04/22 Dunkerque, FRA – Les 4 Ecluses
04/23 Audincourt, FRA – Le Moloco
04/24 Grenoble, FRA – L’Amperage
04/26 Istres, FRA – L’usine
04/27 Toulouse, FRA – Le Rex
04/28 Hondarribia, SPA – Psilocybenea
04/29 Madrid, SPA – Nazca
04/30 Barcelona, SPA – Wolf
05/02 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
05/03 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
05/04 Rome, ITA – Largo Venue
05/05 Ravenna, ITA – Bronson
05/07 Vienna, AUT – Szene Wien
05/08 Budapest, HUN – Durer Kert
05/09 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
05/10 Stuttgart, GER – Universum
05/11 Paris, FRA – Petit Bain
05/13 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
05/14 Leeds, UK – The Wardrobe
05/16 Dublin, IRE – Academy
05/17 Limerick, IRE – Dolans Warehouse
05/18 Belfast, IRE – Limelight
05/19 Glasgow, UK – Cathouse
05/20 Manchester, UK – Academy 2
05/21 London, UK – Garage

Page Hamilton commented:

“After 2 & 1/2 years of pandemic prison we are beyond stoked to get back to our beloved European friends, fans, cities, rolling countryside, delicious not-fast-food and heavy beer. Thank you for your patience, vigilance and sense of communal responsibly for making this tour possible. We look forward to toasting you all with a bottle of lukewarm imported Budweiser; Helmet, live again in Europe, Scandinavia, the UK and beyond. Thank you.“

Watch Slaves On Dope, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Etc. Members Cover Helmet & House Of Pain’s “Just Another Victim”

The Kings Of Quarantine, the project featuring Slaves On Dope‘s Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine and Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher, have released a cover of Helmet and House Of Pain‘s “Just Another Victim.“ The track features Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Tony Palermo (Papa Roach), Matt McGachy (Cryptopsy), Bret “Epic” Mazur (ex-Crazy Town), Lou Koller (Sick Of It All), DJ Lord (Public Enemy), Slaine (La Coka Nostra), and Rhyme Style Troop and a video for it can be found below. All of the proceeds from the cover will go towards Roadie Relief.

Korn To Replace Faith No More On System Of A Down’s Fall West Coast Dates

Korn have been added to the rest of System Of A Down’s West Coast shows with Russian Circles. The band will be replacing Faith No More, who recently cancelled all of their fall concerts due to Mike Patton’s battle with mental health struggles. Here’s the dates:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc Of CA Stadium (with Helmet)

Helmet To Release New Live Album “Live And Rare” In November

Helmet have announced that they will be releasing their first official live album, “Live And Rare,“ on November 26. Fans can pre-order the effort HERE.

Page Hamilton commented:

“After persuading our label folks in Hamburg to bake these old tapes, we finally managed to mix two live shows for release. Side 1 was recorded at CBGBs, which was our neighborhood club, a 10-minute walk from home. We all spent plenty of time at CBs and though this is not our audition night set, it captures the early frenetic energy of the band as well as my lack of scintillating stage banter.

In 1989, I walked in off Bowery through the creaky swinging doors and plastic-slat, meat locker-style curtain into the greatest rock club in the world, CBGBs. Apparently, David Byrne (a musical hero of mine) was not sympathetic to the rent scandal that ultimately forced CBs to close but I am a maudlin old fool and have great memories from our time there. We became a better band by playing that stage a lot and I saw some of the best shows ever in that room.

Owner Hilly Crystal and manager/booker Louise Parnassa sat facing each other, west and east at desks up front and barely looked up to acknowledge me. Louise, a very pretty and seemingly dour (I got to know her a bit and she is sweet and lovely when she’s not dealing with hundreds of dipshits in rock bands) Jersey girl said, ‘Can I help you?’

I handed her our first recorded music on a cassette tape with hand silk-screen torture helmet artwork from a Spanish Inquisition book and an umlaut over the ‘M.’ The songs, ‘Born Annoying,’ ‘Rumble,’ ‘Shirley Maclaine,’ and ‘Geisha to Go‘ were done at Don Fury‘s 8-track Soho basement studio. She said, ‘I might listen in a couple of weeks. If you wanna play sooner, audition.’ She signed us up for the first available date, which was that Sunday. (Maybe Monday?)

We played with a Night Ranger-style rock band, one dude wore a thigh bandana and a singer/songwriter girl wearing a long Loretta Lynn-kinda dress. Mike Kirkland and Tommy Victor of the band Prong did the door and FOH that night.

Mike later told me he wrote in the CBs notebook, ‘Cool band, book with Cop Shoot Cop or Unsane.’ Louise told me a few years later we were like ‘ice picks in her forehead,’ but she thought I was cute (paraphrasing here, think Jersey alphabet…fuckin’ A, fuckin’ B, fuckin’ C) so she booked us almost monthly. ‘Murder,’ ‘Repetition,’ and ‘Sinatra‘ were brand new, so this show was pre-Strap It On, year zero.

Henry probably still had dreadlocks; Peter wore Beatle boots and skinny legged pants; John and I always dressed like 12-year-olds, so no, it wasn’t some brilliant Helmet marketing scheme as a few bitter downtown hipster turds claimed. For $50, the FOH engineer would record your set on CBs 2″, 16-track tape machine. I’m pretty sure our friend Brian Childers who was the singer for a cool band called Crawlpappy was manning the desk.

I’m glad we shelled out the money; if you were one of the 30 people there, you helped pay for this live album. Thanks.

Side 2 is part of the set from the Big Day Out festival in Melbourne, Australia. Our first trip down under is a bit of a blur after almost 30 years but the memories I have are fond. A brief escape from the frigid NYC January dreariness was welcome relief.

Unbundling at Bondi beach, surrounded by beautiful topless women sunbathing next to the clear, clean, warm water of the Tasman Sea was soundly beating the 6-flight walk-up, grocery-schlep to my East Village apartment while wrapped up like ‘Nanook of the North.’ The shows, hmmmm. My performance was no doubt effected by all the fun in the sun and copious amounts of alcohol (red label Coopers mate).

Someone did manage to run a 2″ 24-track tape machine during our set at the Melbourne Big Day Out; thanks are due to those folks. We’ve had these tapes collecting dust in the band locker (New Jersey pre-2001, North Hollywood since) for all these years so we enlisted our talented pal Toshi Kasai to mix some of the set and Golden Mastering to polish things up.”

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:

Helmet Cancel Fall Headlining Tour

Helmet have cancelled their fall headlining tour. The band issued the following statement:

“Due to the ongoing pandemic and for the safety of all concerned we are disappointed to have to cancel our short run of headline dates in the US due to take place later this month. We hope to be able to revisit some if not all these shows in 2022 and desperately look forward to an uninterrupted schedule finally and get back out on the road. Be safe everyone and thanks for your support.”

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.

System Of A Down, Faith No More, & Russian Circles Announce West Coast Dates

System Of A Down, Faith No More, and Russian Circles have announced a few more shows together. Here’s their updated schedule:

10/15 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
10/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
10/18 Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (feat. Korn and Helmet)
10/23 Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium (feat. Korn and Helmet)

Helmet Announce Fall Headlining Dates

Helmet have announced some fall headlining shows. Here’s the dates:

09/22 Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
09/24 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
09/25 Wichita, KS – TempleLive
09/26 Fort Smith, AR – TempleLive
09/28 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
09/30 Cedar Park, TX – Haute Spot
10/01 Denton, UK – Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
10/02 Amarillo, TX – Hoots Pub

Helmet Release 7-Inch Box Set “Move On”

Helmet have released a new 7-inch box set titled “Move On.“ The effort, which can be purchased HERE, features the following tracks:

7” #1: “Move On” (David Bowie cover) and “More Bad News” (live)

7″ #2: “Mercy” (Wire cover) and “Rollo” (live)

7″ #3: “E.T.I.” (Blue Öyster Cult cover) and Blacktop (live)

7″ #4: “I’m Only Sleeping” (The Beatles cover) and “Crisis King” (live)