Underoath, August Burns Red, Impending Doom, Etc. Set For 2018 iMatter Festival

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2018 iMatter Festival. The event will take place at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads, NY on August 12, and it will include: Underoath, August Burns Red, Impending Doom, ’68, Slaves, Sworn In (performing “Start/End“), Such Gold, Belmont, Misgiver, The Funeral Portrait, and Awake At Last.

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CKY & Slaves Announce Co-Headlining Tour

CKY and Slaves have announced a co-headlining North American tour. Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am will serve as support.

CKY drummer Jess Margera commented:

“ATTENTION! You want it? You’ve got it! You wild heathens kept asking for it and we heard you loud and clear: We are proud to announce a full co-headlining North American tour with our friends in Slaves.

We’re bringing Royal Thunder and Awaken I Am along for the ride. It’s going to be a night of some thick ass rock n roll that you can brag about to all your fake ass ‘friends’ who stayed home watching Netflix. This is gonna be the tour of all tours and this tour is all yours. Get a ticket NOW”

Tour Dates:

07/27 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
07/28 Easton, PA – One Centre Square
07/29 Warrendale, PA – Jergels
07/31 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
08/01 Toronto, ON – Opera House
08/02 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
08/03 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza (CKY only)
08/04 Louisville, KY – Diamonds
08/05 St Louis, MO – Fubar
08/07 Fargo, ND – Sanctuary
08/08 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
08/09 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theater
08/10 Sturgis, ND – Iron Horse Saloon (CKY only)
08/11 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
08/12 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre (no Slaves)
08/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
08/15 Seattle, WA – Revolution
08/16 Portland, OR – Dantes
08/17 Las Vegas, NV – Psycho Las Vegas (CKY only)
08/19 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
08/21 Lubbock, TX – Jakes
08/23 Dallas, TX – Trees
08/24 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
08/25 San Antonio, TX – ACMH
08/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
08/30 Brooklyn, NY – Bazaar
08/31 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
09/01 Worcester, MA – The Palladium

Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Released Following Scottsdale, AZ Arrest, Band Comments

As previously reported, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested for criminal damage and disorderly conduct during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. However, those charges have now been dropped, and Craig has been released.

The band commented:

“To confirm the rumors, Jonny Craig was arrested last night in Scottsdale, AZ.

As Slaves were performing on stage, an altercation was transpiring backstage between members of the band Ghost Town causing the venue to call the authorities. While police arrived, the bands set was hastily shut down 30 minutes early by cutting off all microphones on stage.

Unaware of what was happening (along with the fans), Jonny “dropped the mic” and damaged a few microphones (approximately $60 dollars worth of damages, which were paid for by the band). In response, the police handcuffed and arrested Jonny for criminal damage. This was obviously an excessive use of force (realized later), resulting in all charges to be dropped and Jonny to be immediately released.

We want to thank all fans, old & new for their support on the release of our new album & coming out to this tour.

We’ll see you again soon,

SLAVES”

Slaves Frontman Jonny Craig Arrested At Scottsdale, AZ Show

UPDATE: Craig has now been released with the charges having been dropped.

Original Story:

According to Lambgoat, Slaves’ Jonny Craig was arrested during the band’s March 12 show at Pub Rock Live in Scottsdale, AZ. The frontman was charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct. He will remain in custody until he is arraigned.

Slaves’ Jonny Craig Denies Rape Allegations

In a series of tweets, Slaves’ Jonny Craig has denied the recent rape and sexual misconduct allegations against him. You can see his full compiled statement below.

Craig:

“Let me make it clear. I have never raped ANYONE or sexual assulted anyone. You can say i am many things. A junkie. A theif. A cheater a shitty BF for sure. you can call me many things but in NO WAY do i condone hurting someone like that! Sometimes i say mean shit and don’t think Before i speak.. like saying i will burn said persons house down if she sold my stuff. All I’m thinking about it is my shoes that cost more than her rent. Stupid i know.

I have no hate towards any of these girls. I dont care about about two of them and I’m sorry that I was on Drugs and i didn’t think about anyone but myself. Im sorry we had horrible relationships and you stayed knowing i was an addict and cared more about the drugs then you. That being said Goodluck with your lives because i am willing to work with any law inforcment agencies to Help clear my name of this serious but untrue slander and to help show that my band and I do not promote violence towards anyone esp woman.

We want all those who have really been hurt to be able to step forward without being scared. This all being said as A man I’m going to Take all the mistakes i have made in my life and in these past relationships and apply them to making sure i treat @taylorndean with nothing but love and respect because being off heroin has allowed me to have a real perspective on life and how being the best man i can be For not only myself but for my fans and family is what’s most important to me in 2018.

Thank you so much for reading this and again i hope the best for all 3 of these lady’s and i hope they heal from whatever damage i have caused. One love. Positivity and the right people in your life can change everything. I am living proof. Oh yeah… and blunts hahah. Love you guys!”

[via The PRP]

Slaves Delay New Album “Beautiful Death” After Being Dropped By Artery Recordings

As previously reported, Slaves were dropped by Artery Recordings, assumedly due to the disturbing sexual assault, abuse, and misconduct allegations against frontman Jonny Craig. As a result, the group’s new album “Beautiful Death“ has been delayed until February 16. The band commented:

“Hey Everyone,

As some of you may have heard, we recently parted ways with our label Artery Recordings. Because of this the release date will move to February 16th so our new team can get everything in order. The good news is ‘Beautiful Death’ will now be released through The Orchard/Sony Music.”

Volbeat, Opeth, NOFX, Etc. Added To 2018 Download Paris

31 more bands have been added to the 2018 Download Paris festival. That event will take place on June 15-18 at the Base Aérienne 217 in Brétigny-sur-Orge, France, and the updated daily lineups can be seen below.

June 15: Ozzy Osbourne, Ghost, Opeth, Alestorm, Converge, Underoath, Powerwolf, Black Veil Brides, Eluveitie, Thy Art Is Murder, Vandenberg’s Moonkings, Bury Tomorrow, Poho Car Crash Control, and Cellar Darling.

June 16: Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, NOFX, Billy Talent, Turbonegro, Meshuggah, Hollywood Undead, Ultra Vomit, Thrice, Crossfaith, While She Sleeps, Tagada Jones, Treponem Pal, Mantar, Alcest, Whiskey Myers, and Skinny Lister.

June 17: Foo Fighters, Mass Hysteria, The Hives, Dead Cross, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Royal Republic, Wolf Alice, Slaves, Perturbator, Graveyard, The Struts, Starcrawler, Nothing More, Arcane Roots, Ego Kill Talent, and The Noface.

June 18: Guns N’ Roses, Volbeat, Seether, The Pink Slips, Greta Van Fleet, and The G.