The bands were announced at an event held Monday at L.A.'s Whisky a Go Go that included a press conference with Rob Zombie and his band along with Five Finger Death Punch and performances by festival acts Butcher Babies and Huntress.
This year's Mayhem will have four stages for the first time. The other featured bands are main stage openers Amon Amarth and stage closers Children of Bodom, Machine Head and City in the Sea.
In addition to the aforementioned artists Behemoth, Job for a Cowboy, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Battlecross and Thrown into Exile round out the lineup, along with three upcoming local acts at each show.
Unveiled for the first time Monday was a portion of a cut titled "Here to Die" from the new album that Five Finger Death Punch are currently in the studio working on and hope to have out by the start of Mayhem. The 1:22 snippet begins a minute into the band's 2013 Tour Reel, which has been posted on YouTube.
JOURNEY: Schon Sues Ex-Mother-in-LawJourney guitarist Neal Schon has filed a lawsuit against his former mother-in-law. Schon has filed a defamation suit against Judy Kozan, the mother of Amber Schon -- whom Neal divorced in 2007 -- claiming Kozan has "attacked and harassed" him through Internet postings and false comments to the media for years.
According to the lawsuit Kozan published a blog entry in January accusing Schon of not paying her daughter enough money to support herself -- letting their two little girls "go homeless," putting his ex "in a situation where she literally has no money for food, gas for the car, bills, nothing." Schon says in the suit that he's paid his ex $1.3-million and her mom's lies have tarnished his reputation. Kozan has since removed the blog post, but Schon is suing for at least $75,000.
FILTER: The Sun Will Come Out...in JuneFilter will release their sixth studio album on June 4th. The Sun Comes Out Tonight will be available for pre-order through iTunes with an immediate download of the single "What Do You Say" on April 4th. Fans can download a free track from the album, "We Hate It When You Get What You Want," now at OfficialFilter.com.
ALICE IN CHAINS, GUNS N' ROSES: Headline New FestivalAlice in Chains and Guns n' Roses will headline a new festival in San Antonio, Texas on May 26th. The Bud Light River City Rockfest will be held on the grounds of the AT&T Center and will also feature Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, Skillet, All That Remains and Asking Alexandria. Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday.
IN OTHER NEWSA new Imagine Dragons track, “Radioactive (The Dirty Tees Remix),” will appear on The Host: Choose to Listen, the soundtrack for the movie based on the book by Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer. Skylar Grey and Jamie N Commons also have songs on the collection, which hits stores March 26th, three days before The Host opens in theaters.
Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward remembers former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr, who died last week from MS. He writes on his website, "My wife and I respectfully send our condolences to the family and friends of Clive Burr. Thank you, Clive, for all you’ve brought to rock’s history. My wife Jackie particularly liked your drumming and was a huge fan."
Bob Seger and Kid Rock did their two shows together Friday in St. Paul, Minnesota and Saturday in Fargo, North Dakota. Kid opened and then came out at the end of the night to join Seger on several encores, including “Night Moves” and “All Summer Long.”
Sammy Hagar will celebrate the ninth anniversary of his Lake Tahoe Cabo Wabo with shows there on May 3rd and 4th.
EGYPT CENTRAL: Splinter Group's Debut Out in MayDevour the Day, the new project started by Egypt Central's former rhythm section, will release its debut album on May 7th.
Time and Pressure was recorded by bassist Joey “Chicago” Walser and drummer Blake Allison, who's now the lead vocalist and guitarist. The first single, "Good Man," will hit the airwaves on March 29th and be available as a digital download on April 2nd.
The duo are setting up their first tour, which will be announced soon. Allison and Walser will be joined on the road by Bury Your Dead and Walls of Jericho drummer Dustin Schoenhofer and former Egypt Central guitarist Jeff James -- which means the live band will feature three-quarters of their former group.
THE WHO: Sell OutThe Who are jumping into the fashion world.
They've teamed up with designer Lyric Culture on a men's collection of apparel that will be sold exclusively in Bloomingdale’s starting April 15th. The Who Collection of graphic screen print tees and hoodies will be available at select Bloomingdale's locations, with prices ranging from $48 to $98.
The designs feature iconic album imagery as well as lyrics to some of their greatest hits, including “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You,” “Baba O’ Riley,” “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Long Live Rock” and many more. The collection was made possible through a partnership with Spirit Music Group, the publisher of Pete Townshend’s lyrics.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN: Just One U.S. Show This YearSystem of a Down have announced that they will perform just one show in the U.S. during 2013. The concert will take place at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl on July 29th. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PT.
Coincidentally, System announced their last North American shows, two summer festivals in Canada, one year ago today.
GENE SIMMONS: Movie Review From AboveKISS wrapped up their tour Down Under on Saturday in Mackay, Australia, and on the flight home Sunday, Gene Simmons watched a documentary that he suggests you check out.
He writes on his website, "I stayed awake next to [my wife] Shannon on Qantas to watch the Academy Award-winning documentary on a mysterious figure named Rodriguez. I urge you to get a hold of the documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. Rogriguez recorded his songs in the early '70s and was produced by Dennis Coffey, who worked with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and other greats. Nothing happened to his music…nothing, that is, until South Africa got a hold of one of his records and he became bigger than Elvis there... I will say for the record, his music touched me like no one has since Bob Dylan. He is on that level."
And speaking of movies, Simmons is a fan of horror flicks, so the t-shirt company Fright Rags has taken the KISS Destroyer album cover and replace Gene, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss with Freddy, Chucky, Jason and Leatherface for a limited-edition t-shirt.
RADIOHEAD, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS: Thom and Flea Hit the RoadAtoms for Peace -- which features Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea -- will play a few North American shows this fall.
Only six dates have been announced so far, starting September 24th in Philadelphia and wrapping up October 17th in Santa Barbara, California. A few more dates are expected to be announced.
ERIC CLAPTON: Kicks Layla to the SideEric Clapton did something on Saturday that he hadn't since the mid '90s -- he left "Layla" out of his set list.
It happened at his show in Houston, the second on his 50 Years Further on Up the Road tour in support of his new album, Old Sock. He opened again with "Hello Old Friend," which he hadn't featured in a live set since 1976, but "Layla" was dropped for first time since his From the Cradle blues tour in 1994-95.
At Sunday's show in Austin, Clapton was joined by Jimmie Vaughan on "Black Cat Bone," and "Lay Down Sally" was added -- and "Layla" came back. Show number-four is Tuesday in Dallas.
GARBAGE: Get High On DVDIf you haven't been able to catch the reunited Garbage in person, you can still see a show -- thanks to a DVD that's due to hit stores in May.
Garbage: One Mile High, which was filmed in Denver last October, features the band's full 21-song live set as well as a slew of bonus material. The extras include rehearsal and soundcheck footage, the official music videos for "Big Bright World" and "Blood for Poppies," and interviews with the band's members.
Garbage: One Mile High is due for release on May 28th.
HEART: Touring With Jason BonhamHeart have announced they'll be hitting the road with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience on the Heartbreaker tour for this summer.
2013 has already been a huge year for Ann and Nancy Wilson, with honors at Canadian Music Week and induction next month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They teamed with Bonham's band in December for a performance of "Stairway to Heaven" at the Kennedy Center Honors that wowed TV audiences and drew more than six-million hits online via YouTube and downloads from iTunes. Beyond their own sets, the artists will conclude each show with a 30-minute tribute to Led Zeppelin.
Ann Wilson says, "Nancy and I and the rest of Heart are thrilled to be playing with Jason and his band this summer. Awesome rock and roll music every night... Miracles apt to happen any old time."
The tour begins June 17th at West Palm Beach, Florida's Cruzan Amphitheater. Other featured dates include June 27th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater on Long Island, New York, July 3rd at Camden, New Jersey's Susquehanna Bank Center and July 4th at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. Tickets go on sale this Saturday.
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ADELITAS WAY: Take a Break to Play NASCARAdelitas Way will head to a race track this month.
They'll perform a set March 23rd before the NASCAR Busch Series race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. They're taking a break from recording their next album to do the show. They started work on it just after "Alive" was released as the last single from Home School Valedictorian.
DEVICE: Drainman Covers ReznorThe deluxe edition of the self-titled album from Device will include a Nine Inch Nails cover.
David Draiman and company cover "Wish" from Trent Reznor and company's 1992 EP Broken. The regular album also includes a cover of Ozzy Osbourne and Lita Ford's "Close My Eyes Forever" with Halestorm's Lizzy Hale.
The deluxe edition is available for pre-order now through iTunes. The Device album will be in stores April 9th.
GODSMACK: Sully Gets First Film RoleGodsmack's Sully Erna is using the band's break this year to act.
Erna has joined the cast of Army of the Damned, which starts shooting next month. The movie's plot sounds like something that definitely wouldn't be in a Godsmack song -- "The filming of a hit reality TV show goes horribly wrong when a group of small-town cops respond to a call that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase domestic disturbance."
VOLBEAT, ALL THAT REMAINS: Team Up for TourVolbeat and All That Remains are teaming up for a series of dates in May. They'll join forces on May 1st in Boston and hit 11 cities before wrapping up at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 18th.
EDDIE VAN HALEN: Latest on LL CollaborationWe've learned a little more about Eddie Van Halen's recent collaboration with LL Cool J.
The rapper announced at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas that Eddie plays on one track on his forthcoming album, Authentic, which comes out on April 30th. But a source close to the guitarist tells us they did two tracks together.
The album also features appearances by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who's on tour in Australia with Bruce Springsteen, and fellow rapper Snoop Dogg.
ROB ZOMBIE: Ozzy, Rick and MeDid you catch that photo Rob Zombie tweeted of himself, Ozzy Osbourne and Rick James? He's given an explanation that may or may not be true.
Zombie tells Fuse, "We were at Rick James’s house smoking crack together, all three of us -- me, Ozzy, Rick James. And then someone caught the couch on fire. I think he [James] had his girlfriend tied up in the corner, was burning her. It was good times. No, wait, it was on his tour bus. No, I don’t remember -- that was a long time ago. You can only smoke so much crack and keep the story straight."
See video HERE!
THE DOORS: Just What Is Needed, Another Morrison DocumentaryIt seems the life and legend of Jim Morrison never gets old, which is there's yet another film being made about the late Doors singer.
Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age will include interviews with his family and friends, including his brother Andy Morrison and Doors roadie Gareth Blyth, as well as previously unseen home movies and photographs.
Morrison died on July 3rd, 1971 in Paris, where he is buried.
Source: Rolling Stone
PINK FLOYD: Happy 40th Dark SideThis month marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. However, seems no one can agree on the actual release date.
But regardless of the date, the band is recognizing the milestone on the Floyd website and Facebook and Twitter pages, posting different takes on the legendary album's iconic cover. Each of the separate images is being added to a grid, which when complete will contain 49 different versions.
FOREIGNER, BAD CO.: Going Behind the Music -- AgainForeigner and Bad Company are going behind the music again -- they're among the acts getting the Behind the Music Remastered treatment on VH1 Classic.
The new season starts tomorrow (Saturday) at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Foreigner. The updated version includes interviews with former drummer Jason Bonham and new singer Kelly Hansen. Behind the Music Remastered: Bad Company premieres on Saturday, March 23rd and now includes Paul Rodgers' stint with Queen for a few years and the death of bassist Boz Burrell in 2006.
The rest of this season includes:
- Twisted Sister on March 30th
- Pantera on April 6th
- Thin Lizzy on April 13th
- Motorhead on April 20th
- Deep Purple on April 27th
ERIC CLAPTON: New Tour Under WayEric Clapton's 50th anniversary tour, in support of his new album, Old Sock, is off and running.
He got things going Thursday night at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, turning in a 22-song set. In addition to such staples as "I Shot the Sheriff," "Layla" and "Crossroads," he broke out "Hello Old Friend" to start things off, as well as songs off the new album. He also turned the microphone over to keyboardist Paul Carrack, who sang lead on three songs -- "Tempted," his hit with Squeeze; "How Long," his hit with Ace; and the night's last number, Joe Cocker's "High Time We Went," which was co-written by Cocker and Clapton's other keyboardist, Chris Stainton.
Up next is Houston on Saturday night.
Eric Clapton - opening night set list:
1. Hello Old Friend
2. My Father's Eyes
3. Tell the Truth
4. Got to Get Over
5. Black Cat Bone
6. Got to Get Better
7. Tempted (Paul Carrack)
8. I Shot the Sheriff
10. Nobody Knows You
11. Tears in Heaven
12. Goodnight Irene
13. Wonderful Tonight
14. How Long (Paul Carrack)
15. Stones in My Passway
16. Love in Vain
18. Little Queen of Spades
21. Sunshine of Your Love
22. High Time We Went (Paul Carrack)
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KEITH RICHARDS: Makes a New FriendThe Rolling Stones' Keith Richards made a new friend the other night -- and it's hard to believe they've never crossed paths.
Keef attended the premiere screening for HBO's upcoming Phil Spector bio-pic on Wednesday, where he made the acquaintance of star Robert De Niro. And how did he introduce himself? By saying, "We have a mutual friend -- Johnny Depp." Depp, of course, co-starred with Richards in a couple of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
Richards has another connection to the movie -- long before she married Phil, Ronnie Spector and Keith were an item.
Source: New York Post
TOOL: Yeah, It Takes Us a WhileTool guitarist Adam Jones admits that it's getting harder and harder for the band to make albums. Jones tells Revolver magazine, "It’s unfortunate that we haven’t put anything out in a while, but you know, we’ve changed as a band. It’s just like a marriage -- you grow older, people change, and you’ve gotta adapt or move on. We’ve become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard. There are a lot of other interests. But what I really want people to know is that it’s not a bad thing. I’m serious."
Jones adds, "We all would have liked to have been done with a new record a long time ago -- but when it’s done, it’s gonna be good. And that’s the point. We’re not gonna put out something that sucks just to put it out." It's been over six years since Tool's last album.
GREEN DAY: Billie Joe's Next MusicalGreen Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is writing for the stage again. The Yale Repertory Theater have announced that Armstrong will be writing new songs for a "rock" adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing called These Paper Bullets. The show will run from March 14th to April 15th, 2014. It centers on a band from Liverpool dealing with romance and the music industry in London.
Source: Hartford Courant
GUNS N' ROSES: Duff Gets Tossed from GNR Bootleg StoreDuff McKagan got himself thrown out of a store selling bootleg Guns N' Roses items in Japan. The ex-GNR bassist wrote about it in his new Seattle Weekly column, saying that while he was exploring Tokyo he stopped at a "7-11 type of store" to get a bag of peanuts to calm his stomach. He then noticed a bootleg T-shirt store that had a Metallica/GNR T-shirt in the front window.
McKagan writes, "It got me to further peruse the inside of the store. I was met with a dazzling array of Guns N' Roses shirts with some 'artwork' close to the original and other 'artwork' comically missing. Just as I was looking at a skull-guys-on-the-cross GNR shirt (where we all looked more like chimps than dastardly rock-and-roll hellions), I was asked to leave...for eating inside of the store." McKagan adds, "I was relieved that they didn't recognize me. I rather hope that I look nothing like a skull-chimpy type of rocker."