To mark what would have been late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington's 42nd birthday on Tuesday (March 20th), his widow Talinda Bennington and the 320 Changes Direction organization is hoping to spread the word for mental health advocacy as a tribute to the fallen vocalist, who took his own life last July.
Talinda has partnered with the Campaign to Change Direction for her initiative, which is aimed at helping people with emotional struggles rather than isolating them, and encouraging conversations about mental health rather than avoiding them.
- Talinda is asking for fans to lend a "hand" in a social media campaign that is designed to get people discussing the five signs of emotional suffering and to get people practicing the healthy habits of emotional well-being.
- Her request read in part, "I ask that you post a picture of yourself holding up your hand, which symbolizes you know the Five Signs. Write 'I AM THE CHANGE' on your hand and please use #320ChangesDirection."
- She added, "Because we are the CHANGE in our mental health culture. Every one of us is changing it by sharing your thoughts, offering support, and by simply being aware that we have our mental health to care for."
- Talinda continued, "The passing of my husband cannot be in vain. His passing was a catalyst for opening up dialogue with respect to emotional and mental health. Throughout his life, he saved countless lives with his music and philanthropy. And through his death, he continues to save lives by spotlighting the urgent need for a change in our mental health culture."
- Talinda also posted images which provide more information on the five signs as well as the healthy habits that may be practiced.
- Chester was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home on July 20th after committing suicide via hanging. Linkin Park staged a tribute concert for the singer last October, but has yet to announce its future plans.
Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor is joining the roster of performers who will appear on Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho's Rock ’n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea. Taylor will play a solo acoustic set aboard the cruise, which will also feature Fozzy, Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell's new band the Bastard Sons and more, along with some of Jericho's fellow pro wrestling stars like Mick Foley and Raven.
Taylor said in a statement, ""I’m gonna be just as geekin’ as you are watching all the music, all the wrestling. Growing up, I was a huge fan, so this is gonna be pretty bad ass."
Taylor and Stone Sour recently announced a spring headlining tour that will also include appearances at several festivals in the U.S. It kicks off on April 28th at Jacksonville's Welcome To Rockville fest. If all goes according to plan, the month-long run will mark the return of guitarist Josh Rand, who last performed with the group in January before he entered treatment for unspecified issues.
- Stone Sour is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit "Song #3."
Blink-182 is headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for a 16-date residency dubbed "Kings of the Weekend." The run will begin May 26th and run on select weekends through November 17th. Bassist Mark Hoppus said in a statement, "When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said 'Absolutely!' Now, we just have to cast our showgirls, create our set list -- a true throwback of Vegas classics with Sinatra, Liberace. Maybe we can even marry someone onstage . . . the possibilities in Vegas are endless."
- Blink is just the latest in a long line of contemporary pop and rock performers who have gone the Vegas route, including Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Elton John, Rod Stewart, John Fogerty and many others, with Lady Gaga beginning a 74-show stand later this year.
- Blink-182 has kept a low profile since wrapping up its 2017 tour in support of 2016's California, the band's first album without founding guitarist Tom DeLonge.
- With Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba replacing DeLonge, the album hit Number One on the Billboard 200 and the group proved to be one of last year's most popular touring attractions. A new album is reportedly in the works.
- The Vegas shows will all take place at the Palms' Pearl Concert Theater. A ticket pre-sale begins Tuesday (March 20th) at 10:00 am PST. A public on-sale follows on Friday (March 23rd). The shows will run as follows:
June 8-9, 15-16, 23-24
November 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
Queens Of The Stone Age have released a video for the song "Head Like A Haunted House" from the band's current album Villains. The clip is described as a "ghastly animated carnival ride through your worst fever-induced nightmares. Accompanied by disembodied hands, UFOs, smoldering hellscapes and grooving skeletons, (frontman) Joshua Homme leads the way as he and his pack of mischief-makers sail through the nighttime sky on what else but flying coffins."
Homme told us a while back that he appreciates his current job more than ever considering some of the gigs he had in the past: "My first job was working construction. I've hot-tarred roofs, I've done finished woodwork, I've done demolition. I've worked out on a citrus ranch. I've worked at a deli and had to wear a hair net. That didn't last very long. I just don't like hair nets. Summertime, hot-tarring roofs is interesting work. It'll make you appreciate everything else you do from that day forward, and that's how I wanna be with this."
- "Head Like A Haunted House" is the latest single to emerge from Villains, following "The Way You Used To Do."
- Queens Of The Stone Age have been mostly spending the early part of the year outside the U.S., most recently in South America with Foo Fighters. However, they'll be back for more U.S. dates in March, April, and May before spending the summer in Europe.
- The North American run kicks off with a two-night stand on March 21st and 22nd at the Observatory North Park in San Diego.
AUDIO: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE'S JOSH HOMME SAYS CURRENT JOB BETTER THAN PAST ONES
Godsmack and Shinedown have fleshed out the rest of their co-headlining summer North American tour, which gets underway on July 22nd in Clarkston, Michigan and will now hit more than 30 cities before wrapping up after six weeks on September 2nd in Wantagh, New York. The two bands announced the first 16 dates earlier this month. Like A Storm will open the first half of the tour, while Red Sun Rising will warm up the crowds for the second half.
Tickets are available to the general public starting Friday (March 23rd) at LiveNation.com. These dates come as both groups are set to release new albums: Shinedown's Attention Attention arrives on May 4th, while Godsmack will unleash When Legends Rise on April 27th.
- Shinedown's Brent Smith told us a while back what he thinks makes a successful live show: "The people that come and see the shows, they don't want to see you just stand there and look as if it's their privilege to see you. It's totally the other way around, and I think that you have to embody that and I think that you have to be very respectful of your fans, and I think that you have to literally give every single ounce of your mind, body and soul on that stage, and quite frankly they don't deserve anything less." :
July 22 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 24 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
July 25 Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino
July 27 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 28 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 29 - Des Moines, IA - KAZR Bday Show
July 31 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
August 2 - West Valley City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
August 3 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
August 4 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
August 6 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
August 8 - Bonner Springs, KS - Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
August 11 - The Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 12 - Dallas, TX - Starplex Pavilion
August 14 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
August 15 - Biloxi, MS - Coast Coliseum
August 16 - Atlanta, GA - Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 18 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 19 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
August 21 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 22 - Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 24 - Hartford, CT - XFINITY Theatre
August 25 - Mansfield, MA - XFINITY Center
August 26 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 28 - Burgettstown, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
August 29 - Syracuse, NY - Lakeview Amphitheater
August 31 - Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
September 1 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
September 2 - Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
AUDIO: SHINEDOWN'S BRENT SMITH ON GIVING EVERYTHING ONSTAGE
Steven Tyler is heading out on the road for an extended solo run backed by his side group, the Loving Mary Band. Vintage Vinyl News reported that opening for Tyler on the trek will be the Sisterhood Band, which includes Rod Stewart's 30-year-old daughter with model Kelly Emberg, Ruby Stewart. The 15-date trek will play eight North American shows, kicking off on June 12th at Lewiston, New York's Artpark Amphitheater and wrapping on June 30th at Northfield, Ohio's Hard Rock Live. After that Tyler and his crew will hit Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and England.
In addition to new songs, Steven Tyler's recent live appearances have included such Aerosmith classics as "Sweet Emotion," "Cryin'," "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," "Dream On," and "Walk This Way." He's also been tackling covers of the Beatles' "Come Together" and "I'm Down," Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake," and Janis Joplin's "Piece Of My Heart."
- In 2016 Tyler released his first solo set, We're All Somebody From Somewhere. The album, which was written and recorded in Nashville, peaked at Number 19 on the Billboard 200 albums charts and sailed to Number One on the magazine's Country Albums list.
- Steven Tyler went on to say how powerful the experience of writing and recording in Nashville was for him this time around: "Lookit, I've never done a solo record. I just never have. I've always wanted to. It's such a joy to walk into a room and go, 'What do you wanna sing about?' And I go, 'Y'know what? How about the 'Good, the Bad, the Ugly -- and me!' (Laughs) And it was funny at the time, by the time I walked outta there fi. . . six hours later, a song was written. And, y'know, that's all I care about is a couple of good notes, couple of good songs. To be able to walk into, y'know, this endeavor, this whole thing and write a song and finish it? Wow!"
- Aerosmith's sole date currently on the books is for May 5th at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
JUST ANNOUNCED: Steven Tyler tour dates (subject to change):
June 12 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Amphitheater
June 18 - New York, NY - SummerStage in Central Park
June 21 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
June 24 - Bethlehem, PA - Sands Bethlehem Event Center
June 27 - Detroit, MI - MotorCity Casino Hotel
June 30 - Northfield, OH - Hard Rock Live
July 7 - Naperville, IL - Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest
July 11 - Calgary, AB - Cowboys Stampede Tent
July 15 - Sion, Switzerland - Sion Sous Les Etoiles Festival
July 18 - Trieste, Italy - Trieste Piazza Unita D’Italia
July 24 - Barolo, Italy - Collisioni Festival, Piazza Colbert
July 27 - Rome, Italy - Rome Cavea
July 30 - Madrid, Spain - Teatro Real
August 2 - Marbella, Spain - Starlite Festival
August 7 - London, UK - O2 Forum Kentish Town
AUDIO: STEVEN TYLER ON WRITING SOLO MATERIAL