Biff Byford Working On New Saxon, Heavy Water, And Solo Albums

It looks like Biff Byford currently has several new releases planned for the future. During an interview with TotalRock, the frontman confirmed that he is working on new albums for Saxon and Heavy Water, as well as new solo material.

Byford said the following:

“We’ve got this album [‘ More Inspirations’] coming out [from SAXON], obviously. We’re still touring [2022’s] ‘Carpe Diem’ [LP]. We’re writing the new album, which will be out — I think it will be out sometime early ’24. But we’ve got a lot of touring to do this year.

I’m sort of tentatively starting another solo album — maybe. We have another HEAVY WATER album coming out, which is me and my son [Seb Byford of NAKED SIX] in a band together. So that’ll be coming out soon as well; that’s all finished and ready to go. So there’s quite a lot of stuff happening for the band and myself, actually, in the next two years.

So we’ll just keep going, just trying to stay healthy, and we hope everybody likes what we’re doing, really.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Melvins, Boris, Colour Haze, Etc. Set For 2023 Desertfest New York

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s Desertfest New York. The event will take place at the Knockdown Center in Queens, NY on September 15-16 and it will feature: Melvins, Boris, Colour Haze, Truckfighters, 1000mods, White Hills, Lo-Pan, Duel, R.I.P., Ecstatic Vision, Heavy Temple, Clouds Taste Satanic, Mick’s Jaguar, Castle Rat, Grave Bathers, and Spellbook. A pre-party will also be held at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY on September 14.

The Who Announce UK Tour

The Who have announced a UK tour with UB40 (feat. Ali Campbell). Notably, the trek will find the band performing with a full orchestra.

Tour Dates:

07/06 Hull, UK – Sewell Group Craven Park
07/08 Edinburgh, UK – Edinburgh Castle (The Who only)
07/09 Edinburgh, UK – Edinburgh Castle (The Who only)
07/12 London, UK – The O2 (The Who only)
07/14 Derby, UK – The Incora County Ground
07/16 Bristol, UK – Badminton Estate
07/19 Durham, UK – Seat Unique Riverside
07/21 St Helens, UK – Totally Wicked Stadium
07/23 Brighton, UK – The 1st Central County Ground

Roger Daltrey commented:

“Having not toured the U.K. for six years, it’s great that at this time of our careers we have the chance to go to places that are not on the usual touring map Edinburgh Castle and Derby, as well as the other cities across the country that we haven’t been to for decades, will make this very special for me. This opportunity will give our U.K. WHO fans the chance to hear our current show, which, with the addition of an orchestra, takes our music to new heights.”

Simon Townshend added:

“Roger initially christened this tour with an orchestra ‘Moving On!’ I love it. It is what both of us want to do. Move on, with new music, classic WHO music, all performed in new and exciting ways. Taking risks, nothing to lose. I’m really looking forward to bringing this show to the U.K.”

In other news, The Who will also be releasing their July 2019 orchestral show at Wembley Stadium as a new live album titled “The Who With Orchestra Live At Wembley.” The effort will be available on March 31 in the following formats: limited edition yellow, orange and red 3LP set, triple black vinyl set, and 2CD / Blu-ray set.

Skindred And The Wild Things Added To UK Leg Of KISS’ Final Tour

Skindred and The Wild Things have been added to the UK leg of KISS’ final tour. Here’s the dates for that trek:

06/03 Plymouth, UK – Argyle
06/05 Birmingham, UK – Resorts World Arena
06/06 Newcastle, UK – Utilita Arena
07/05 London, UK – The O2
07/07 Manchester, UK – AO Arena
07/08 Glasgow, UK – OYO Hydro

The Mars Volta Announce May U.S. Tour

The Mars Volta have announced a May U.S. tour. The band’s headlining shows will also feature Teri Gender Bender. Here’s the dates:

05/06 Atlanta, GA – Central Park (‘Shaky Knees‘)
05/09 Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
05/10 Albuquerque, NM – Revel Entertainment Center
05/12 San Diego, CA – Snapdragon Stadium (feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers & Thundercat)
05/13 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
05/14 El Paso, TX – Abraham Chavez Theatre
05/16 San Antonio, TX – Tech Port Center + Arena
05/18 New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater
05/19 Houston, TX – 713 Music Hall
05/21 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville

Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, Ministry, And Filter Announce North American Tour

Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour this year. Ministry and Filter will open.

Tour Dates:

08/24 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
08/26 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/27 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
08/29 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
08/30 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
09/01 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/02 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
09/05 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
09/06 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
09/08 Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
09/09 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/10 Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
09/12 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
09/16 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
09/19 Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
09/20 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/22 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/23 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
09/24 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre

Venamoris (Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere “Drowning Emotion” Music Video

Venamoris, the project featuring Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.) and his wife Paula, have premiered a new video for their new song “Drowning Emotion.” The track, which features bassist Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies, etc.) and guitarist George Pajon Jr. (Cairo Knife Fight, etc.), will appear on the band’s new album “Drown In Emotion,” which is set to be released on February 10.

Nine Inch Nails, The Prodigy, Etc. Songs Featured In New Video Game “Hi-Fi Rush”

The track listing has been revealed for the newly released video game “Hi-Fi Rush.” The rhythm-action adventure includes the following songs:

  • Nine Inch Nails – “1,000,000”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Perfect Drug”
  • The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”
  • The Prodigy – “Invaders Must Die”
  • The Joy Formidable – “Whirring”
  • Number Girl – “INAZAWA CHAINSAW”
  • Wolfgang Gartner – “Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony”
  • Zwan – “Honestly”

Taipei Houston Share Pro-Shot Footage Of “Frequency” From 2022 Austin City Limits

Taipei Houston, the project featuring Myles and Layne Ulrich, the sons of Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, have shared pro-shot footage of “Frequency” from their 2022 Austin City Limits set at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. That track is from the band’s latest album “Once Bit Never Bored.”