Rock Rundown

Foo Fighters will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a North American tour on which the band will hit some of the same cities it visited during its first trek, back in 1995.

The 2020 Van Tour will launch on April 12th in Phoenix and wind down on May 20th in Hamilton, Ontario -- with more shows to potentially be added, possibly at small venues like the ones the band played in 1995.

In a press release, the band teased, "Aside from many of those clubs on that 1995 trek having since ceased to exist, squeezing a 2020 FF show into the few that are still around would just be too insane . . . or would it? Stay tuned for the answer to that question."

Drummer Taylor Hawkins told us a while back why smaller shows are sometimes better than arena gigs: "There's such a different feeling you get when you play something like that, as opposed to playing the sort of, you know, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in front of, you know, 15,000 people. I mean, that's a big, giant thing, you know, and that's a big, over-the-top show. But when they're right there in your face, you can't get that in front of 20,000 people."

Along with the Foos' show itself, each stop on the tour will feature a preview of Dave Grohl's new documentary, What Drives Us. The film finds Grohl exploring what compels musicians to leave behind everything and spend several months touring the country in a tiny van.

Tickets for the 2020 Van Tour go on sale Friday (February 21st) at 10:00 a.m. local time. The dates are (subject to change):
April 12 — Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena
April 14 — Albuquerque, NM - Santa Ana Star Center
April 16 — Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
April 18 — Wichita, KS - Interbank Arena
April 20 — Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
May 10 — Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
May 12 — Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
May 14 — Cincinnati, OH - Heritage Bank Center
May 18 — Cleveland, OH - Rocket Mortgage Arena
May 20 — Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre

AUDIO: FOO FIGHTERS' TAYLOR HAWKINS ON PLAYING INTIMATE GIGS


Pearl Jam has fired off a letter to New Jersey congressional representatives Bill Pascrell and Frank Pallone Jr. asking them to reject a new bill that is supposed to curb predatory ticketing practices and scalping, but which the band nevertheless feels has flaws in it that may not alleviate the issues.

In their letter, the group outlined the issues they see with the legislation, writing, "H.R. 3248 has been presented as a protection for concertgoers to get access to live concerts. Instead, we believe that it primarily, if not entirely, benefits professional ticket resellers using the so-called 'secondary market.' We urge you to stand with us and our fans to reject this flawed legislation."

The band expresses concern that the new bill would block non-transferrable ticketing, saying, "Consumers need artists to limit scalping and ticket fraud to use ensure that tickets go to fans instead of profit seekers; transfer restrictions make that possible. Over the last decade of selling concert tickets, we have seen this become an important tool to ensure our fans get to see us at a reasonable price."

The band points out other issues with the bill as well as some aspects that they are in favor of, concluding, "While H.R. 3248 as it is currently written would ultimately hurt our fans, we do think it contains some reforms that would benefit both consumers and touring artists . . . but we believe H.R. 3248 in its entirety strengthens mass resellers and does not protect the consumer. Please join us in opposing H.R. 3248."

Pearl Jam is addressing the issue as the band prepares to hit the road in support of its upcoming album Gigaton. The North American leg of the group's word tour starts March 18th in Toronto. The band has just released a new song from the LP called "Superblood Wolfmoon."



Korn and Faith No More have announced a co-headlining North American tour. The coast-to-coast 26-city outing will kick off on August 7th in Denver and make stops in Irvine, Phoenix, Dallas, Brooklyn, Toronto and more, before wrapping up with a performance in St. Louis on September 17th.

The trek will follow up the two acts' two-day stand at Banc Of California stadium in Los Angeles on May 22nd and 23rd. Those two days will also feature co-headliner System Of A Down and opening acts Helmet and Russian Circles, while the Korn/Faith run will include System guitarist Daron Malakian's Scars On Broadway, Helmet, Spotlights and '68 on select dates.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (February 21st) to the general public, with pre-sales already underway.

Newly announced Korn/Faith No More tour dates (subject to change):
August 7 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
August 9 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
August 11 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
August 13 - Wheatland, CA - Toyota Amphitheatre
August 14 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 16 - Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
August 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
August 19 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
August 21 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavilion
August 22 - Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater
August 23 - The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 25 - Alpharetta, GA - Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
August 27 - Scranton, PA - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 29 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
August 30 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
September 1 - Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
September 2 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
September 3 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center
September 5 - Burgettstown, PA - S&T Bank Music Park
September 6 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater
September 9 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
September 10 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 12 - Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center
September 13 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
September 15 - Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
September 17 - Maryland Heights, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre



Dirty Honey has added a slew of North American dates to its spring itinerary, mixing radio festival appearances with headlining shows.

The band is also heading to Australia and Japan for its first live dates in those countries. While in Australia in early April, the band will head to Byron Bay to record new music with producer Nick DiDia, who produced the group's self-titled EP there.

Singer Marc LaBelle told us that recording in Australia was actually less expensive than doing it right in the band's home base of Los Angeles: "You start crunching numbers and you realize, like, flights to Australia and AirBNB and it's not that expensive, compared to, like, renting NRG Studios or Capitol in L.A. Like, your two-day budget covers you for a three-week period in Australia."

Confirmed Dirty Honey tour dates (subject to change):
February 21 - Seattle, WA - Nuemos
February 22 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall
February 25 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
February 28 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
April 17 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena (radio fest)
April 18 - Orlando, FL - Central Florida Fairgrounds (radio fest)
April 21 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade/Purgatory
April 24 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (radio fest)
April 25 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center (radio fest)
April 27 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufournes Elecriques
April 28 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Place
April 29 - Buffalo, NY - Rec Room
May 1 - Virginia Beach, VA - Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre (radio fest)
May 3 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Music Festival
May 15 - Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple
May 16 - Camden, NJ - radio festival
May 19 - Warrendale, PA - Jergel's Rhythm Grille
May 21 - Memphis, TN - 1194 Lounge
May 22 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
May 24 - Dallas, TX - Dos Equis Pavillion (radio fest)

AUDIO: DIRTY HONEY'S MARC LABELLE ON RECORDING IN AUSTRALIA


The Strokes have released a new single called "Bad Decisions" as well as an accompanying music video. It's the second track the band has shared off their upcoming album, The New Abnormal, which comes out April 10th.

The song follows the album's first single and video, "At The Door," which made its premiere last week. "Bad Decisions" also made its concert debut earlier this month at a rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

In the song's video, the Strokes can be seen playing their instruments in an older woman's living room. It appears to be the late '60s and the band sports new outfits and hairdos to fit the era. The woman can also press a button that makes life-sized dolls resembling members of the Strokes appear, and things eventually get even weirder.

The New Abnormal is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's Comedown Machine, the New York City group's last full-length LP. They released a four-song EP called Future Present Past in 2016. To support the new set, the Strokes will make a number of festival appearances, in addition to a brief run of West Coast arena shows in March.



Ozzy Osbourne's new album Ordinary Man features a second collaboration with Post Malone, following Ozzy's joint appearance with the rapper on the song "Take What You Want."

The pair have also recorded a track called "It's A Raid," which is the second-to-last song on Ordinary Man, with "Take What You Want" serving as the LP's closer. Ordinary Man is out this Friday (February 21st) and Ozzy has posted samples of several songs online, including "All My Life," "Goodbye" and "Eat Me."

Ordinary Man was produced by Andrew Watt, who has also produced Malone and brought the two artists together. Watt also played guitar on Ozzy's new LP, co-writing and performing the music with Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Meanwhile, Ozzy's wife and manager Sharon has commented on her husband's cancellation of his 2020 tour plans in order to head overseas for treatment of his Parkinson's disease and other health issues. Ozzy also ceased all live activity in 2019 while battling illness and injuries.

Asked what the fans' reaction has been like to the latest cancellation, Sharon responded on The Talk, "I went online and I thought, 'Oh, lord. He's gonna get so much flak for doing this again and again and again.' And those fans are behind him."



Kiss' final show in 2021 may see a reunion of the other living members of the band. As it stands, Kiss will play its last concert on July 17th, 2021 at a still-to-be-announced venue in New York City. Kiss' longtime manager, Doc McGhee hinted that past band members might be involved in the big finale. There are currently four living members of Kiss not in the band -- co-founders Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, Frehley's replacement Vinnie Vincent, and latter-day guitarist Bruce Kulick.

While talking to Pollstar, McGhee touched on the final Kiss show explaining, "It's going to be great. It's going to be worthy of the end of the road. It will be worthy to the 45 years of Kiss, the last month for sure. We want to celebrate everybody and we might bring out all the former members. We'd like to. Nobody says we hate this guy; we hate that guy; we want everybody who wants to come out."

When pressed as to how Kiss came to decide on David Lee Roth as the band's opening act for the current North American leg, McGhee said, "I thought that was really cool. We like Dave a lot. Listen, David Lee Roth in the ‘70s and ‘80s was the greatest front man there was. There wasn't anybody better than that cat. It's going to be fun. I haven't seen him outside of Van Halen except for that brief 'Sam & Dave' thing (with Sammy Hagar), but I think when he gets out there and does his hits and some Van Halen hits, it's gonna be cool!"

McGhee was asked how Kiss differs from the previous acts he's managed -- including Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and Poison, among others: "I managed, arguably, some of the biggest bands in the world for a long time and I've never seen this many people tattooing themselves with Kiss. It's a huge way of life. We've done nine Kiss Kruises and I've been exposed to a full week with 3,500 Kiss fans from 33 countries so when you see what that means to them, it's crazy. It's not anything that I can fathom or can understand."

Paul Stanley told us that these days, he tends to look at the big picture when considering Kiss' career: "When you think of Muhammad Ali, you think of him as the champ. You don't think of the times he lost -- and he did. I'd rather think of us in those terms. Nobody stays on top all the time, but who's been champ longest?"

Gene Simmons admitted that he knows some people only consider Kiss valid with all four original members, but says that the concept is inaccurate: "There's no question that there's a core of fans -- five-to-10 percent, my sense is -- who believe in original members. And yet, when you look at original members, the Beatles are not original members -- Ringo (Starr) is not an original member; the Stones -- barely. Y'know, they've had so many members come and go, but it's the Stones, and AC/DC's aren't original members, and Van Halen, and Journey. . . you go down the list of every -- almost every band you can think of."

AUDIO: GENE SIMMONS SAYS THE IDEA OF BANDS WITH ORIGINAL MEMBERS IS FALSE
AUDIO: PAUL STANLEY SAYS HE SEES THE BIG PICTURE OF KISS' ACCOMPLISHMENTS OVER THE YEARS


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