With the song "Show Yourself" entrenched in the Top Five at rock radio, Mastodon has unveiled the details of a new North American tour that will kick off this fall and feature support from Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles. Mastodon and the Eagles will spend most of the summer in Europe, coming home for a festival in Las Vegas in late August before starting up the new trek a month later.
- The two bands just recently completed a leg of North American dates together.
- Mastodon is touring behind its seventh studio album, Emperor Of Sand, which debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album chart in April.
- "Show Yourself" is the biggest single of the group's career.
- Newly confirmed Mastodon tour dates (subject to change):
August 20 - Las Vegas, NV - Psycho Las Vegas Festival
September 23 - Denver, CO - High Elevation Fest
September 26 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
September 27 - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performance Arts Center
September 29 - Knoxville, TN - Civic Auditorium
September 30 - Louisville, KY - Louder Than Life Festival
October 3 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
October 4 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
October 6 - Atlanta, GA - The Fox Theater
October 7 - Camden, NJ - Rock Allegiance Festival
October 9 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
October 10 - Rochester, NY - The Armory
October 11 - Grand Rapids, MI - 20 Monroe Live
October 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
October 14 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theater
October 15 - Houston, TX - Houston Open Air
October 17 - Albuquerque, NM - Historic El Rey Theater
October 19 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
October 21 - Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival
October 24 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
October 25 - Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
Foo Fighters main man Dave Grohl revealed in an interview with BBC One that the band's just-announced new album, Concrete And Gold, will feature a "bunch of guests," including some "that will really surprise you." Pressed further, Grohl added, "There’s one who is probably the biggest pop star in the world and -- I’m not kidding -- sings backup on one of the heaviest songs on the record and we’re not telling anybody who it is."
Fans have been speculating online who the "biggest pop star" could be, with most agreeing on Adele. The British superstar has close ties with producer Greg Kurstin, who has not only produced her music but was behind the board for Concrete And Gold.
- Grohl also spoke about the recording sessions in the interview, saying, "Without telling anybody, we’ve been in the studio for the last six months and we made the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record we’ve ever made."
- The Foos frontman continued, "Honestly, I think it’s going to take a lot of people by surprise. Every band says it’s the best record they’ve ever made, but wait til you hear it. It’s definitely the hugest thing we’ve ever done."
- Grohl told us in the past that his approach to songwriting is basic: "It's pretty simple with this band. If there's a melody and there's a good lyric, then we've got ourselves a song in a couple of minutes. If we could throw it together, and get an arrangement together, and put it down on tape, that's kind of what we do best, you know: that simple, melodic rock that gets stuck in your head."
- Concrete And Gold will arrive on September 15th. The first single and video, called "Run," is out now.
- Foo Fighters will celebrate the release of the album with a fall North American tour. They kick it off on October 7th with Cal Jam 17, a full day's worth of music headlined by the Foos and also including Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, The Struts, The Kills and a dozen more acts.
- The rest of the tour begins on October 12th in Washington D.C. and will last through December. Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. local time on June 26th.
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Late Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell will appear on a new album that features poems written by Johnny Cash set to music. According to Rolling Stone, the project is titled Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music and is the creation of Cash’s son John Carter Cash, who is also producing the set. The younger Cash published a book of his father's previously unavailable poems last year, titled Forever Words: The Unknown Poems.
News that Cornell had contributed to the project surfaced last week via country artist Jamey Johnson, who told the Kentucky Country Music blog last week, "John Carter has a good number of poems that Johnny wrote. I say poems because they don’t have music to them. He’s working on an album where he’s pairing up these songs with songwriters from our day to finish up these Johnny Cash songs. One of them that I know he’s most proud of and you can’t get it anymore -- he’s got Chris Cornell having finished one of these songs and then recorded it. I’m excited for it to come out. I got to do a couple of them."
- Along with Cornell and Johnson, other artists set to appear include Brad Paisley, Jewel, T-Bone Burnett, Dailey & Vincent, Kacey Musgraves and more.
- Cash himself covered Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" on his 1996 album Unchained, and Cornell began performing Cash's arrangement of it on his 2015 solo tour.
- A release date for Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music has yet to be announced.
Bono appeared on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (June 21st). While there, he signed a "get well" card for wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot in Virginia last week during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Billboard reported, "Bono also met members of Scalise's staff in the Louisiana Republican's office, along with House GOP leaders including Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy."
Patch.com posted a statement from Ian Koski of The ONE Campaign detailing the reason for Bono's visit: "Bono is highlighting the lives saved by America's investments in foreign assistance and underscoring testimony given by 16 retired generals and admirals last week about the critical importance of development to America's national Security. Bono also met briefly with staff to U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise."
- Bono has worked tirelessly to reduce poverty, hunger, and AIDS in Africa and other parts of the globe, and was even nominated for a Nobel Prize in 2005 for his efforts. U2 guitarist The Edge told us at the time that the band has never worried about Bono's activist efforts alienating its audience: "There are, I'm sure, people who'd rather that there were less direct references to politics in the show, or that Bono wouldn't end up on TV talking about his work for Africa, but we're fine with that, y'know? We think that it's really important, and the small downside that comes with it is far outweighed in every respect by the positives." at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
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