Primus To Be Joined By Members Of Tool At Jimmy Hayward Benefit Show

Primus have announced a benefit show for director Jimmy Hayward, who is currently battling cancer. The event will take place at The Belasco in Los Angeles, CA on April 17 and it will find the band joined by a number of special guests including Tool’s Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor.

Primus frontman Les Claypool commented:

“Every now and again cancer steps into our world and pulverizes the lives of people that are dear to us. Such a thing happened a while back with our good friend Jimmy Hayward. Over the past couple years Jimmy has undergone many major surgeries to remove then reconstruct major damage from a cancer that invaded his bones. With a wife and two very young children at hand, Jimmy has shown incredible courage and tenacity in an unbelievably challenging time.

It is at this time that we in Primus and some of Jimmy’s good friends in the music/entertainment world have decided to give a “brother a hand”, and do a live performance in his honor and for the benefit of his family. Please come down and witness a one time collaboration music event in celebration of our good friend.”

Godflesh, Sumerlands, Etc. To Perform At TRVE Brewing Company’s 11th Anniversary Show

The lineup has been revealed for TRVE Brewing Company’s 11th anniversary show. The event will take place at The Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO on June 24 and it will feature the following: Godflesh. Sumerlands, Stormkeep, Spectral Voice, and Street Tomb.

Darkest Hour, The Acacia Strain, Integrity, Etc. Set For “Benefit Bash” Concert

The organizers of Furnace Fest have announced a new benefit concert, which they are calling “Benefit Bash.” The event will take place at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL on June 17 and it will feature: Darkest Hour, The Acacia Strain, Integrity, Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, Left To Suffer, Capra, The Judas Cradle, Across Five Aprils, Holy+Gold, Reclaim The Empyre, Stay Lost, and Joyboy.

The following was said about the show:

“What better way to raise funds to help the Sloss Foundation than by throwing a Benefit Bash? We’re excited to present Benefit Bash on Saturday, June 17th, featuring @darkest_hour_official @theacaciastrain @integrityofficial @matsod @lefttosuffer @capraband @judasband @acrossfiveaprils_official @holygoldband @reclaimtheempyre @staylostal @joyboybham!

Profits from this show will improve three areas related to the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark:

The Shed: Stage repair and enhanced lighting.

Under the viaduct & walkways: increased lighting.

The Field: Leveling, removing debris, planting new grass.

Even if you can’t make it to Benefit Bash (which would suck!), please consider purchasing a ticket as a small way of giving back to the Sloss Foundation, which welcomes us each year with warmth and excitement.

Get your ticket and parking pass here:

First 500 presales will be $35, $40 for all remaining and if available $45 at the gate.

Furnace Fest current ticket tier = good until midnight CST, March 24th!


Hotels between FF, Comic-Con, and Alabama Football will be an issue for us this year. Visit our website for discounted rates and make your reservations ASAP before a Roll Tide or Auburn fan does.”

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Be Joined By Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn) During Upcoming Orchestral Performance

Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) is set to be joined by Charles Elliott (Abysmal Dawn) during his “Invocations” concert at the Soraya in Los Angeles, CA. That event will take place on April 29 and it will also feature the CSUN Symphony Orchestra and other guests. Elliot commented:

“It’s an honor to be performing as vocalist with such a legendary and diverse musician like Serj. I am truly humbled to have been asked to be a part of such a cool and unique project. I’m ready to provide something ugly to some extremely beautiful and captivating music. Now I hope to see some headbangers there, wearing their best penguin suits and monocles!”

[via The PRP]

Taproot To Release New Album “SC\SRRS” In September, Announce Flint, MI Show

Taproot have revealed that their new album, “SC\SRRS,” will be released on September 29. With this news, the band have also announced a record release show at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI. The concert will take place on September 29 and tickets for it will be available on March 3 at 10:00am EDT.

Guitarist/vocalist Stephen Richards commented:

“I had written most of this record to be the next Taproot release years ago, following ‘The Episodes’, when some health and other issues arose, we decided to take a break that turned into a longer than anticipated hiatus. After my mother’s passing, I decided I needed to record these songs and share them with friends and fans that were interested in hearing what was next. I’ve spent the last six years doing as much as I could around my personal life to make it happen, and after all of the hard work, the other guys jumped behind me to support and we decided to get it out there and release what is the new Taproot record ‘SC\SSRS’.”

Bassist Phil Lipscomb added:

“Steve had all these great songs recorded that he’d originally written for the next Taproot record that he was planning to just release independently as part of his solo project, but we started talking, and I encouraged him that we should just do it as a Taproot record and pay it the respect that it deserves. And that’s exactly what we did.”

Taproot’s current lineup consists of Richards and Lipscomb as well as new guitarist Taylor Roberts. Original drummer Jarrod Montague will also join the band for select shows. All other shows will feature drummer Dave Coughlin.

Slipknot, Halestorm, Living Colour, Etc. Members To Perform With Kings Of Chaos At Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach

Kings Of Chaos, the all-star musical collective headed by Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses), will be performing at the Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach on April 15. The concert will find Sorum joined by a number of guests including: Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Corey Glover (Living Colour), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Rome (Sublime With Rome), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Brent Woods (Taylor Hawkins And The Coattail Riders), and James LoMenzo (Megadeth).

Deftones Announce Merch Collaboration With Heaven By Marc Jacobs And Secret Release Show

Deftones have teamed up with Heaven by Marc Jacobs for a new merch collection. The capsule will be available on March 3. To celebrate the collaboration, Deftones will be playing a secret show in Brooklyn, NY on March 2. The venue will be revealed on the day of the concert.

The Ghost Inside To Perform “Get What You Give” In Full During London, UK Show

The Ghost Inside have added another date to their spring UK tour. The show will take place at The Dome in London, UK on April 4 and it will find the band performing “Get What You Give” in full. Here’s their updated schedule:

With Senses Fail and Dragged Under:

03/29 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
03/30 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
03/31 Glasgow, UK – SWG Galvanizers
04/02 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
04/03 Bristol, UK – SWX
04/04 London, UK – The Dome (no Dragged Under)

Moon Tooth To Return To The Stage Following Nick Lee’s Battle With Limbic Encephalitis, Premiere “Grip On The Ridge” Music Video

Moon Tooth have announced that they will be performing at The Brooklyn Monarch in Brooklyn, NY on May 20. The show will be the band’s first since guitarist Nick Lee underwent a battle with Limbic Encephalitis.

Lee commented:

“The way myself and the rest of Moon Tooth see this situation is we could hide from the mystery brain disease for another six months, a year, six years; or we could face it directly this Spring and do what we do best, which is play a killer live show alongside some of our best friends.

We’ve been working our asses off to get back to tip top shape and I have been fortunate enough to have the most incredible support base a person could hope for in blood, family, and health, so let’s hang May 20th and truly make up for some lost time!”

In other news, the band have also premiered a new video for their song “Grip On The Ridge.“ That track is from the group’s latest album “Phototroph.” Vocalist John Carbone had the following to say about the song:

“Conceptually, ‘Grip on the Ridge‘ deals with something that will undoubtedly be revisited in future recordings of ours. While writing this record, my family was dealing with the sudden and unexpected passing of my Uncle. With my family being as tight-knit as we are, personally experiencing that and especially watching my cousins endure it after having already lost their Mother ten years prior was more terrible than I can convey. The song reflects not only a person having to face that horror, but also the monumental question of ‘Where do we go from here?’ It reflects the desperate grasp for the will TO go on.”

Megadeth Confirm Marty Friedman’s Participation In Tokyo, Japan Show

Megadeth have confirmed that Marty Friedman will be making a guest appearance during their February 27 show at Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan. This will be the band’s first concert with the guitarist in 23 years.

Frontman Dave Mustaine told Rolling Stone the following:

“When Marty said, ‘Hey, I can play at this gig,’ I thought, ‘This is so magnificent.’ It’s gonna be so much fun to get Kiko and Marty together, because they’re both geniuses on guitar. So this is like a gigantic birthday and Christmas present for me.”

Friedman added:

“It has been a long time — 23 years to be exact since I’ve been on the same stage with Dave Mustaine making music. We’ve both taken drastically different paths since then. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m extremely proud of the part that I played in Megadeth’s history and legacy. I’m also very, very proud of the band’s many great achievements and continued success in my absence. For right now, I just feel immense joy and some serious adrenaline. I am looking forward to playing with Megadeth at this very cool place, the Budokan.”

As previously reported, the show will be livestreamed as part of the band’s virtual “They Only Come Out At Night” event. Tickets can be purchased HERE.