LIKE A STORM CONFIRMS FIRST HEADLINING U.S. TOUR
New Zealand rockers Like A Storm have unveiled the initial details of their first-ever headlining U.S. tour, which will kick off on November 6th in Flint, Michigan and wind through the country for seven weeks. Nine shows have been confirmed so far and special guests on the trek, dubbed the Didgeridoo Destruction Tour, include From Ashes To New, Stitched Up Heart and Failure Anthem. Guitarist Matt Brooks told us that one of his favorite memories so far also involved being on tour in the U.S.: "One of the biggest highlights for me was our first U.S. tour was opening for Creed, and I remember seeing Mark and the guys watching us play. Mark Tremonti was always one of my guitar idols and now I feel very fortunate to say he's a friend of ours. But that was like the most surreal thing, when you come from New Zealand and you're playing with these guys and then they're watching you play, it's just madness." :
October 9 - Fort Myers, FL - The Buddha
October 10 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade – Hell
October 11 - Greensboro, NC - The Blind Tiger
October 12 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
October 14 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
October 15 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka’s
October 16 - Winchester, VA - Blue Fox Billiards
October 17 - Swansboro, NC - Carteret Country Speedway
November 6 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop
November 7 - Fort Wayne, IN - Piere’s Entertainment Center
November 8 - Arlington Heights, IL - Home Bar
November 9 - Spring Lake Park, MN - POVS
November 11 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
November 12 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
November 14 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
November 15 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
November 16 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven Back to top
SOUNDGARDEN, PEARL JAM MEMBERS LAUNCH NEW PROJECT
Ten Commandos is a new project featuring Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes and Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan. The outfit will release a debut single called "Staring Down The Dust" on Friday (October 9th), with a full album arriving in November.
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- The project has been in the works since at least early 2014, when Ten Commandos members shared several photos of themselves working together on new music.
- Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, who also records and tours as a solo artist, told us that working on different projects is what keeps an artist fresh: "At no time am I immersed in something that I've been doing too much of, and I think that's kind of what kills the creative spirit. That's sort of what burnout comes from, I think. It's not from doing too much, it's from doing the same thing too much."
- Cameron and Shepherd previously played together in the side projects Hater and Wellwater Conspiracy, which both formed in 1993 and released a handful of albums each.
- Soundgarden is currently writing music for its seventh studio album, while Cornell is also on a solo acoustic tour. Pearl Jam is on hiatus but will likely work on a new studio set in 2016.
FORMER GUNS N' ROSES GUITARIST DOESN'T THINK REUNION WILL HAPPEN
Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke was asked last week by podcast host Eddie Trunk for his thoughts on a Guns N’ Roses reunion, following reports that long-estranged singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash had recently repaired their relationship. Clarke, who was not an original member of the group, said, "It’s strange, I mean obviously we’ve all heard. I actually did not know the news that Slash and Axl had talked, I didn’t know, and I see him all the time. I don’t know, I mean obviously it would be great for music if it did happen."
Clarke added that he has not heard anything about a reunion from anyone in the band and replied, "No, I really don't," when asked if he thought a reunion would actually happen. As for whether he might be asked to participate, Clarke said, "I think if it happened, obviously it would be great, but I got to be realistic. The fans want the original five guys, and I do too. It was a great band, it would be great to see that. If it did happen, I would definitely be available to do it."
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- Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the Guns lineup in 1991, during the Use Your Illusion tour, and stayed with the band for three years.
- He has continued as a producer and solo artist since then, while also playing in Slash's Snakepit, Rock Star Supernova, Heart and other acts.
- Clarke reunited with Guns members Slash, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan at the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in April 14th, 2012, although he himself was not inducted as part of the band.
- Slash's revelation last month that he and Axl had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years immediately led to speculation about the classic Guns lineup reuniting, although Slash has refused to speak about the matter.
SUBLIME WITH ROME AND DIRTY HEADS CO-HEADLINING CRUISE
Sublime With Rome and the Dirty Heads are getting in on the rock 'n' roll boat business by launching their own music-themed cruise called the Light Up The Pacific Cruise. According to Radio.com, the inaugural cruise will depart from Long Beach, California on September 30th, 2016, sail down to Ensenada, Mexico, then return on October 3rd. Other acts on the ship in addition to the headliners will include Yelawolf, Matisyahu, Sticky Fingers and more.
Pre-sales begin on Thursday, October 15th at 9:00 a,m, PT to all Sublime With Rome and Dirty Heads fan club members. Reservations will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 16th at the same time. Prices start at $699 per person, with a $300 per person deposit required at the time of booking. The first 100 cabins booked will get to attend a private onboard acoustic performance.
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- In addition, all who book before October 22nd will be entered into a drawing. The winner will receive first row seats for the cruise's two Sublime With Rome and Dirty Heads shows and signed merchandise.
- Attendees will also get a rare chance to see their favorite musicians offstage, with a special fan Q&A session and a photo session for all guests with the band.
- Each of the bands will also participate in special activities with fans like pool games, beer pong, casino tournaments, mini golf, bar crawls and more.
- There will also be evening Theme Nights, complimentary meals, a one-hour open bar Cocktail Party and more.