Lumineers cellist Neyla Pekarek has left the band after eight years. The group announced on Thursday (October 18th) that Pekarek had departed and will be launching a solo career, starting with the release of a single called "Train" later this year. Her debut album, titled Rattlesnake, will arrive in 2019.
The Lumineers said on Twitter, "A band is like an organism -- it grows, changes & evolves. These changes aren’t easy but are an unavoidable part of life. After writing, recording and touring the past eight years, Neyla has decided to leave the Lumineers to pursue her solo career. We wish her nothing but the best."
Pekarek said in her own statement, "They say when a snake sheds its skin, it is a sign of rebirth, transformation, and new beginnings. Eight years ago, I answered a Craigslist ad to be in a band. In those eight years, we were nominated for two Grammys, we met President Obama, and we saw just about every dark, dingy green room this big, beautiful planet has to offer. I am incredibly grateful for these experiences and opportunities, but it is time to shed my skin; it is time for a new adventure."
Pekarek joined the group after founding members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites moved from New York City to Denver, Colorado in 2010. She was part of the lineup for all the band's studio work, including its breakthrough hit, "Ho Hey," which hit Number One on the Modern Rock chart in 2012.
Greta Van Fleet finally releases its highly anticipated debut disc on Friday (October 19th), titled Anthem Of The Peaceful Army. The Michigan quartet's first full-length LP follows two EPs and the overnight success of their first single, last year's "Highway Tune."
While many of the songs on the record were composed over the past few years, the band kept adding new ones as well. Guitarist Jake Kiszka told us that the disc reflects the group's progression: "A lot of the content has evolved over the period of writing it and recording it. An influential factor in that was, I think, the last year and a half, where we've traveled a lot more and we've seen a lot more places, met a lot more people. And I think that insight, I guess, has been contributing in sort of the evolution of, I guess, wherever we're at now."
Bassist Sam Kiszka told Premier Guitar that Anthem Of The Peaceful Army is a concept LP, saying, "I think it asks fairly large questions. What are we doing to ourselves? What are we doing to our environment? What are we doing to each other? Why must there be hate? Why must there be greed and evil? I think it simply asks the question of why can't we all be one? We're all people. We all look up at the same sky, breathing the same air. We all come from the same place."
Last week, Greta Van Fleet announced a massive 2019 world tour in support of the new disc. After a series of shows in New York, Chicago and Detroit in November and December, the outing starts in late January overseas. The first North American leg gets underway on May 7th in Miami, winding down on June 4th in Madison, Wisconsin.
AUDIO: GRETA VAN FLEET'S JAKE KISZKA ON THE BAND'S EVOLUTION
Disturbed releases its seventh studio album, Evolution, on Friday (October 19th), with the band also rolling out the details of the North American leg of its 2019 Evolution world tour. The trek will kick off on January 9th in San Diego, wrapping up on March 8th in the band's hometown area of Chicago. Support on the 27-city jaunt will come from Canada's Three Days Grace.
Evolution has been billed as Disturbed's most diverse offering yet, and singer David Draiman admitted the band was a little nervous about how fans would react: "I'd be lying to you if I said that we weren't a little bit frightened (laughs) by, you know, what potentially the reaction could be to it. But at the end of the day, a great song is a great song. It's not easy going into uncharted territory. It's not that automatic sense of comfort that you get from going into the territory that you're used to navigating. So there certainly was internal apprehension of a sort, but that was quickly overcome." :
January 9 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center
January 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
January 12 - Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
January 14 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena
January 16 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
January 17 - Albuquerque, NM - Tingley Coliseum
January 19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena
January 22 - Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
January 23 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
January 25 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome
January 26 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
January 28 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
January 30 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
February 1 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
February 16 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
February 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
February 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena
February 21 - Washington, D.C. - Capitol One Arena
February 23 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
February 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
February 27 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center
March 1 - Montreal, QC - Place Bell
March 2 - Buffalo, NY - Keybank Center
March 4 - Toronto, ON - Scotiabank Arena
March 5 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
March 7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
March 8 - Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
AUDIO: DISTURBED'S DAVID DRAIMAN ABOUT BEING NERVOUS OVER NEW ALBUM
Coldplay is readying a new concert film and live album that will be released alongside the British act's forthcoming career-spanning documentary. The complete set, which is being referred to as "the Butterfly package," will arrive on December 7th.
The concert film and live album document two different stops on the South American leg of Coldplay’s world tour in support of its 2015 LP, A Head Full of Dreams. The film chronicles the group’s November 8th, 2017 concert in São Paulo, Brazil, while the record captures the last gig of the trek, on November 15th in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The band has shared a clip online from the concert film in which they perform their 2008 hit, "Viva la Vida." Singer Chris Martin told us a while back that Coldplay prefers to put everything they have into every aspect of their music: "Anything that's vaguely half-hearted, we just refuse to do, whether it's a song or a performance. I either want to be really good or really bad. Either one is OK."
The third component of the "Butterfly package" is the previously announced documentary, also titled A Head Full of Dreams, which will be shown in theatres for one night only on November 14th, followed by an exclusive run on Amazon Prime beginning November 16th. The film tracks the band's ascent over the last 20 years, from its earliest days to its current mega-stardom.
AUDIO: COLDPLAY'S CHRIS MARTIN ON NOT TAKING HALF MEASURES
Slipknot singer Corey Taylor told Metal Hammer magazine in a new interview that the Iowa band's next album will contain its heaviest song to date. Asked about the direction of the group's sixth studio effort, Taylor replied, "The way we've been describing it is, 'What if the guys who made (2001 sophomore LP) Iowa matured? What if the kids who made Iowa grew up?' That's kind of the way we're looking at it because some of this s**t is so heavy -- but there's melody, there's really cool melancholic melody going on."
Taylor added, "Some of this s**t is just so hard and dirty fast. It's f**king really good. It's also us at our most ambitious, our most experimental, also us doing what we f**king do best . . . At a time when most bands are slowing down, I think we've written our heaviest song -- one of them anyway -- on this new album."
Slipknot is expected to enter the studio in early 2019 and release the follow-up to 2014's .5: The Gray Chapter next summer. Taylor told a Spanish TV channel that the band has 20 songs in the demo stages, saying, "It'll just come down to which ones come out the best, and we take that, we make the album out of that, put the album out."
The nine-member masked band has also just been confirmed to perform at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand for the first time ever on August 10th, 2019. Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan told the Des Moines Register, "I'm gonna drive from my house directly to the stage just like I do when I come to the fair. It makes no sense why we haven't played here."
Tickets for the concert go on sale November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. via IowaStateFair.org. An opening act is yet to be announced.