Sebastian Bach, Bret Michaels, Lita Ford, Etc. To Take Part In “’80s Radical Sabbatical” Virtual Festival

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row), Bret Michaels (Poison), Lita Ford, Kenny Loggins, Grand Master Flash, Ray Parker Jr., and more will be taking part in the upcoming “’80s Radical Sabbatical” virtual festival. That event is set to take place on January 30, 2021 and more information on it can be found HERE.

Metallica, Pearl Jam, Etc. Members To Perform At Joe Walsh’s “VetsAid” Concert

Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has revealed the details for his virtual “VetsAid” concert. The event will take place on December 12 and it will feature James Hetfield (Metallica), Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jon Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Daryl Hall, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and more. Tickets will be available on November 18 and net proceeds will go towards charities for veterans.

Walsh commented:

“For the past three years, we’ve held this glorious traveling circus in cities across the country with a day-long rock and roll festival and jobs fair to support our veterans and their families. Typically, we fill up an arena, play for five hours, and raise a bunch of money — nearly $1.5 million to date — to help our veterans get the care and support they deserve. But because of COVID this year, we’re going virtual as so many things are.

Our veterans community already suffers from increased poverty rates, mental health issues, re-entry difficulties and personal crises in the best of times. During this pandemic, they are especially vulnerable. I’m proud of this nationwide tradition we have built and I can’t think of a better way to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country this holiday season than by helping us raise funds to support their essential and basic needs.

Join us online for a worldwide broadcast of unique musical performances of all kinds, never-before-seen VetsAid footage from years past, and great stories from me and some of the greatest musicians in the world this December 12th!”

Year Of The Knife, Tallah, Thrown Into Exile, Etc. Set For Virtual “Pulse Of The Maggots Fest”

The lineup has been revealed for the virtual “Pulse Of The Maggots Fest.” The event will stream on Slipknot’s Knotfest.com on November 13 at 12:00pm PDT / 03:00pm EDT and it will feature the following: Hacktivist, October Ends, PRXJEK, Cerberus, Orbit Culture, Tallah, dEMOTIONAL, Vended, SCARLET, Year Of The Knife, Introtyl, Wargasm, Diamond Construct, VCTMS, Death Blooms, Death Tour, Thrown Into Exile, Once Awake, 156 Silence, and I Revolt.

Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Etc. To Pay Tribute To Tom Petty At Upcoming Virtual Festival

Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Lenny Kravitz, The Killers, Post Malone, and more will be celebrating the late Tom Petty’s 70th birthday with a virtual festival on October 23. The event will stream live on Petty’s website starting at 7PM EST. Other performances will also air on Sirius XM’s Tom Petty Radio at 4:30PM EST.

The following statement was posted on tompetty.com:

“For the first time ever, the Petty estate is working alongside fans and engaging with the music community to celebrate and pay tribute to Tom Petty. In 2017, the first annual Tom Petty Birthday Bash debuted in Tom’s hometown of Gainesville, FL. Fans gathered for the free, six-hour show of all Petty tunes, performed in the legendary musician’s honor. The celebration has grown into a fully-fledged music festival featuring local as well as national acts, with fans traveling across the country to celebrate the life and legacy of Tom Petty.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s special Tom Petty Birthday Bash, honoring what would have been his 70th birthday (today), will be held virtually on Friday, October 23 with 5 hours of performances, testimonials and tributes to Tom from friends and fans including Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Post Malone, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Norah Jones, The Raconteurs, Jason Isbell, a very special performance by Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench and many more.”

Foo Fighters & Rise Against Set For “Save Our Stages” Virtual Festival

Foo Fighters and Rise Against are among the artists that will be performing as part of the “Save Our Stages” virtual festival. The event, which is set to take place on October 16-18, will raise donations and awareness for the National Independent Venue Association and the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund. Foo Fighters will be playing an acoustic set at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on October 17 at 07:35pm PDT / 10:35pm EDT and Rise Against will be playing a set at The Metro in Chicago, IL on October 17 at 06:00pm PDT / 09:00pm EDT. More details can be found at saveourstages.com.

Guns N’ Roses, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Etc. Members To Take Part In (De)Tour Virtual Festival

Morrison Hotel Gallery and Rolling Live Studios have announced a special (De)Tour virtual festival. The event will take place on August 15 and proceeds from it will go towards MusiCares and NIVA. The following artists will appear: Ringo Starr, Linda Perry, Slash, Gavin Rossdale, Macy Gray, Sean Lennon, Jesse Malin, Cheap Trick, Taylor Momsen, Badflower, John Oates, David Johansen, Billy Gibbons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Gilby Clarke, Donita Sparks, Matt Sorum, Lzzy Hale, Bluebonnets, Charlotte Muhl, David Ramirez, Al Barr, Eve Monsees, Scream, Haley Reinhart, Joseph Arthur, Kathy Valentine, Lenny Kaye, Mickey Thomas, Mike Flanigin, South of Eden, Steve Stevens, Sue Foley, the Cringe, Uni, Vintage Trouble, Awolnation, Mike Garson, Meg Toohey, Carmine Rojas, and more. You can watch the stream on rollinglivestudios.com.

Wacken Open Air Organizers Announce 2020 Virtual Event

As previously reported, this year’s Wacken Open Air festival has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite this, organizers will still be hosting a virtual event on July 29 – August 1.

The following statement was posted on wacken.com:

“Completely detached from the actual W:O:A, together with Magenta Musik 360 we present you a unique event that you can experience live on wacken-world-wide.com, as well as on the website and app of MagentaMusik 360 and MagentaTV. And since we don’t want to exclude anybody from what is probably gonna be the coolest Metal Party of the year, the whole event is free of charge! For real.

These fine artists (among others) will be joining us live:

Blind Guardian

Heaven Shall Burn

In Extremo

Kreator

Beyond The Black

We’re also trying to bring you something unique, because technically we’re trying to set new standards. We do nothing less than the biggest mixed reality show of all times. That means: Full-fledged live performances and no boring living room concerts in an unprecedented form for the full dose of metal at your home, in the garden, at the lake – Rain or Shine or Online!

Our digital streaming festival brings you not only these unique concerts of classic W:O:A crowd favourites but also newcomers, exclusive interviews and conversations, insights behind the scenes and much more. For that Wacken feeling the Wacken Foundation, the Metal Battle and other well-known and beloved faces will of course be joining us as well.

To make your festival feeling complete we offer souvenir tickets and festival ribbons for a small price, which you can find under this link. With the purchase you support us and the artists involved in a unique project that the metal world has never seen before.

And if you want to celebrate your very own Wacken and demonstrate your solidarity with other metalheads around the globe, you can find more articles like t-shirts in the new World Wide Wacken design under this link.

See you from 29 July to 1 August!

Rain or Shine Or Online

www.wacken-world-wide.com

www.instagram.com/wackenworldwide

www.facebook.com/wackenworldwide

www.twitter.com/WackenWorldWide

Hellfest Organizers Announce “Hellfest From Home” Virtual Festival

The organizers of Hellfest Open Air in Clisson, France have announced a “Hellfest From Home” virtual festival. The event will take place on June 19-21 and it will feature performances from past editions of the annual event. More details can be found on Facebook and hellfest.fr.

Independent Metal Festivals Join Forces For Virtual “European Metal Festival Alliance” Event

13 different independent metal festivals have joined forces to create the “European Metal Festival Alliance.” The festivals will be hosting a virtual event on August 7-9 featuring exclusive performances, interviews, and more.

The following statement was issued:

“🤘🏻 THE EUROPEAN METAL FESTIVAL ALLIANCE! 🤘🏻

Summer 2020 is a very different landscape from the usual event-packed few months, so to maintain a sense of community, 13 of the best independent metal festivals in Europe has joined forces to create a unique online event for both bands and fans!

The European Metal Festival Alliance is a joint venture between Alcatraz (Belgium), ARTmania (Romania), Bloodstock (UK), Brutal Assault (Czech Republic), Dynamo (Netherlands), Into The Grave (Netherlands), Leyendas Del Rock (Spain), Metal Days (Slovenia), Midgardsblot (Norway), Motocultor (France), Party.San (Germany), Resurrection (Spain) and Summer Breeze (Germany).

A special streaming event will take place across the weekend of 7th-9th August offering exclusive live performances from a selection of yet-to-be-revealed artists chosen by each festival, as well as exclusive new interviews, and more. As a fundraiser for the beleaguered independent festival sector, who don’t have the backing of big corporate money for their survival, viewers will be asked for €6.66 for a ‘full festival pass.’ In return, they will enjoy three days of live performances by 35+ metal bands at various locations around the world and other exclusive content, from the comfort of their own home. Virtual ticket purchasers will also get a discount on a European Metal Festival Alliance ‘Rebooting for 2021’ T-shirt.

Meanwhile, to get warmed up, the newly launched destination website at ➡️ www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com will host a wide range of previous footage from this festival co-operative, including many sets not previously broadcast, throughout the summer.

❗ The line-up & schedule for the streaming event will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available on Friday July 10th, 2020 from www.MetalFestivalAlliance.com

#EMFA2020″

Full Lineup Revealed For Virtual “Slay At Home” Festival

The full lineup for the virtual “Slay At Home” festival has officially been revealed. The event, which was organized by Metal Injection’s Frank Godla, will take place on May 29-30 and it will feature quarantine performances, commissioned music, collaborative covers, and more.

Lineup:

Never Before Seen Performances By:

Suicide Silence
TesseracT
Gavin Rossdale (Bush)
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Twelve Foot Ninja
Tyler Bates
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls
Darkest Hour
Allegaeon
Entheos
Der Weg einer Freiheit
O’Brother
Khemmis
Silvertomb
Mantar
Astronoid
Employed To Serve
Spirit Adrift
Spotlights
Cadaver
Andy Gillion
Johnny Booth
Panamama
Moon Destroys
Nitesoil
Contracult Collective
Spylacopa
Del Judas
Myrone
Chronus
AA Williams
Angel Vivaldi
GlerAkur
Jo Quail

Commissioned Music By:

“Pallid Veil”:
Luc Lemay (Gorguts)
Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)
Liam Wilson (Azusa, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)

“Digital Ink”:
Ben Weinman (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Billy Rymer (END, ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Brian Sullivan (Thoughtcrimes)

“Solo Set”:
Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)

“DJ M’s Wacky Attacky”:
Manuel Gagneux (Zeal & Ardor)

Cover Collaborations By:

Pustulus Maximus (GWAR)
Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)
Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)
Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)
Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)
Ash Pearson (Revocation)
Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil)
Gwarsenio Hall (Two Minutes To Late Night)
Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
Steve Zing (Samhain/Danzig)
Hank Hell (Silvertomb)
Pepe Clarke (Kyng)
Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Conor Marshall (Sylosis),
Greg Burgess (Allegaeon)
Frank Godla (Metal Injection)
Mrs. Smith
Phil Pendergast (Khemmis)
Justine Jones and Sammy Urwin (Employed To Serve)
Kevin Antreassian (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
DJ Scully (The Number Twelve Looks Like You)
Billy Rymer (ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan)
Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
Ra Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies)
Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head)
Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through)
John Tempesta (The Cult, ex-Rob Zombie)
Mike Tempesta (ex-Powerman 5000)
Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow / MSG)

Guest Appearances By:

Gost
Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
Jose Mangin (Sirius XM Liquid Metal)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed)
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste)
Chuck Billy (Testament)
Chef Brian Tsao
Chef Chris Santos
Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black)
Rob Caggiano (Volbeat)

Art Installations By:

Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
Vincent Castiglia
Trine Grimm
Jodi Cachia
Zein
Carin Hazmat
Nathaniel Shannon
Kevin Wilson
Rodrigo Fredes
Vertebrae 33
Stefan Raduta

Godla commented:

“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other.

I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there.

Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises.

I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”

Money raised from the event will benefit MusiCares and Global Giving.