Today Judas Priest share new song “The Serpent and the King,” the latest offering from their upcoming new studio album Invincible Shield. The song sees Judas Priest at their heavy metal best, with what is without doubt the most fist pumping track on the album. The single launches today on Apple Music’s The Zane Lowe Show alongside an exclusive interview with Rob Halford and Zane Lowe. The band have been teasing snippets of the song on socials for over a month, whipping fans into a frenzy for its release. Stream the song HERE.

Invincible Shield will be released on March 8, 2024, via Epic Records. Pre-order it HERE. The album’s previous singles “Panic Attack, “Trial By Fire” and “Crown Of Horns” have been streamed over 15 million times since their release.

Judas Priest will embark on a world tour this year, the European leg kicks off in Glasgow on March 11th before taking on North America in April and May. See below for full North American tour routing and head to judaspriestinvincibleshield.com for tickets.

Over the past 50 years Judas Priest have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and headlined the world’s biggest stages. With their evolving music and live performances also came a powerful unique identity, a look which has both defined the group and influenced future generations of metal bands the world over. With each year the Judas Priest legend continues to grow; 2022 saw them inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and complete a sold-out rescheduled world tour in support of their 50th Anniversary. As we roll into 2024 Judas Priest continue to retain their crown as one of the biggest and best British bands in the world.

1. Panic Attack
2. The Serpent and the King
3. Invincible Shield
4. Devil in Disguise
5. Gates of Hell
6. Crown of Horns
7. As God is my Witness
8. Trial by Fire
9. Escape From Reality
10. Sons of Thunder
11. Giants in the Sky

Thu Apr 18 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Fri Apr 19 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sun Apr 21 – Reading, PA – Santander Arena
Wed Apr 24 – Bangor, ME – Cross Insurance Center
Thu Apr 25 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Sat Apr 27 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center*
Sun Apr 28 – Indianapolis, IN – Everwise Amphitheater at White River
Wed May 01 – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
Thu May 02 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Sat May 4 – Kalamazoo, MI – Wings Event Center*
Sun May 05 – Maryland Heights, MO – St Louis Music Park
Tue May 07 – Huntsville, AL – VBC Propst Arena*
Thu May 09 – Daytona, FL – Welcome to Rockville^
Sat May 11 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Sun May 12 – Mobile, AL – Mobile Civic Center Arena*
Tue May 14 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Thu, May 16 – Columbus OH – Historic Crew Stadium ^
Fri May 17 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center*
Sun May 19 – Washington, DC –The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Tue May 21 – Albany, NY – MVP Arena
Wed May 22 – Syracuse, NY – Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview
*Not a Live Nation Date
^Festival Performance

⚡Ace Frehley Releases Video for “Cherry Medicine”⚡



10,000 Volts – stream/get tomorrow!

Photo credit: Jayme Thornton

“‘10,000 Volts’ is Ace Frehley at his best. 4.5/5
— Cryptic Rock

“‘10,000 Volts,’ in its own time, in its own way, is similarly staggering – quite simply, OVERWHELMING. 10,000/10
— Ghost Cult Magazine

RRHOF-inductee and guitar legend Ace Frehley releases a new video for “Cherry Medicine,” featured on his new album, “10,000 Volts.”

His highly-anticipated album will be released tomorrow. Produced and co-written by Ace and Steve Brown, the uncontainable energy on the 11-tracks showcases some of Ace’s best works since his ’78 solo album.

On “Cherry Medicine,” a mean palm-muted chug underlines his pensive vocals where he confesses, “I knew I had to change my ways for sure to keep you by my side.” The track showcases another side of Frehley with its saccharine and sweet, soaring hook as he promises, “I love you, cherry medicine. You heal my every need and some.” He seals the sentiment with another powerhouse solo.

Ace previously released the title track, “10,000 Volts” and single “Walkin’ on the Moon.”

Rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal simply wouldn’t sound, look, or feel the same without Ace Frehley. Among hundreds of accolades, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inducted him in 2014 as a Co-founder and the original lead guitarist of Kiss. Guitar World named him in the Top 15 of its “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time” and plugged the lead from “Shock Me” on the “50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.” Magnifying the imprint of his catalog as a solo artist, Foo Fighters cut a fan-favorite cover of “Ozone,” and he even jammed out “New York Groove” alongside The Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera proudly sported a tattoo of Frehley on his chest, while Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine celebrated him on X/Twitter as “My first guitar hero.”

10,000 Volts upholds an incredible legacy for Frehley, spanning 50-plus years in the limelight. Back in 1978, he delivered his solo debut, Ace Frehley. It reached platinum status and exploded as “the highest-selling of the four Kiss solo albums in the Soundscan era.” Pitchfork even retrospectively rated it a rare “8.5” score. In 1987, he dropped Frehley’s Comet. Following Anomaly in 2009, he went on to make history once again. His 2014 Space Invader LP captured #9 on the Billboard 200 and emerged as “The only solo album by a past or current Kiss member to reach the Top 10 on the chart.” 2016’s Origins Vol. 1, bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top Rock Albums Chart. He notably maintained his momentum with Spaceman [2018].

Preorder the album here:

Primus, Coheed And Cambria Announce 25-Date Co-Bill Summer Tour

Primus and Coheed And Cambria to Embark on a 25-Date Co-Bill Summer Tour

Tickets on-sale this Friday, February 23rd at 10am Local Time

For more information visit primusville.com and coheedandcambria.com

Primus and Coheed And Cambria have announced that they will be teaming up this summer for an extensive 25-date Summer Tour, kicking off in Redding, CA on Friday, July 12th. The tour will be supported by Guerilla Toss, Too Many Zooz, and Fishbone, who will be opening for the headlining acts throughout the summer. The tour will follow Sessanta, a series of unique performances featuring Primus, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle, celebrating the 60th birthday of Maynard James Keenan. Primus has also announced a limited run of additional headlining tour dates for the summer, including stops in Asheville, NC, Memphis, TN, and Austin, TX.

General on-sale will begin this Friday, February 23rd at 10AM Local. For more information, please visit https://primusville.com/ and https://www.coheedandcambria.com/.

Fans can elevate their night out with Primus as an official VIP this Summer. The Fat Bastard and Lucky Bastard VIP Experiences include a show ticket, early entry into the venue, an invitation to the exclusive pre-show Q&A session with the band, and a signed VIP tour poster. Fans can opt for the Fat Bastard Front Row Super VIP Experience for a seat in the front row of the venue (only available in select markets). All VIP Experiences will go on sale on Wednesday, February 21st at 10am local venue time and will require a password for purchase.

Coheed And Cambria fans can also access a special VIP package experience through their website. For more information, please visit https://www.coheedandcambria.com/.

The announcement follows a busy few years for Primus, including the release of the ‘Conspiranoid’ EP, their first new music in over five years. The band also completed their extensive ‘A Tribute To Kings’ Tour across North America, where they performed Rush’s ‘A Farewell To Kings’ in its entirety, alongside a set of their own music, to sold-out crowds. Most recently, Claypool toured the country with the Fearless Flying Frog Brigade for the first time in more than 20 years, performing Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ in its entirety, as well as other rarities. Claypool also delved into his solo legacy with the release of the Adverse Yaw: The Prawn Song Years Box Set, featuring remastered audio from his notable projects, including the Fearless Flying Frog Brigade and Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains.

“The music of Primus has had a creative influence on me and it is a huge honor to get to share the stage with them,” says Coheed And Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez.

Sanchez also announced today that his latest comic book series from the acclaimed The Amory Wars saga, “No World for Tomorrow” (from Boom! Studios) has set a release date. Issue #1 hits comic shops on May 8th, 2024.

Friday, July 12 – Redding Civic Auditorium – Redding, CA*
Saturday, July 13 – Hayden Homes Amphitheater – Bend, OR*
Monday, July 15 – Mountain America Center – Idaho Falls, ID*
Thursday, July 18 – Marymoor Park – Redmond, WA*
Friday, July 19 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR*
Saturday, July 20 – Spokane Pavilion – Spokane, WA*
Monday, July 22 – Kettlehouse Amphitheater – Bonner, MT*
Wednesday, July 24 – Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD*
Friday, July 26 – The Ledge Amphitheater – Waite Park, MN^
Saturday, July 27 – McGrath Amphitheatre – Cedar Rapids, IA^
Sunday, July 28 – The Astro – La Vista, NE^
Tuesday, July 30 – The Andrew J Brady Music Center – Cincinnati, OH^
Thursday, August 1 – Everwise Amphitheater at White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN^
Friday, August 2 – Breese Stevens Field – Madison, WI^
Saturday, August 3 – Saint Louis Music Park – St. Louis, MO^
Monday, August 5 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH^
Tuesday, August 6 – KEMBA Live! – Columbus, OH^
Thursday, August 8 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA~
Friday, August 9 – Outer Harbor – Buffalo, NY~
Saturday, August 10 – Michelob Ultra Summer Stage at Tag’s – Big Flats, NY~
Monday, August 12 – Broadview Stage at SPAC – Saratoga Springs, NY~
Tuesday, August 13 – State Theatre Summer Concert Series at Thompson’s Point – Portland, ME~
Wednesday, August 14 – The Anthem – Washington, DC~
Friday, August 16 – Virginia Credit Union LIVE! – Richmond, VA~
Saturday, August 17 – Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC~

* with Guerilla Toss
^ with Too Many Zooz
~ with Fishbone

Saturday, April 27 – Sick New World – Las Vegas, NV
Tuesday, May 6 – The F.M. Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA
Thursday, May 8 – Rabbit Rabbit – Asheville, NC+
Friday, May 9 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
Saturday, May 11 – Welcome To Rockville – Daytona Beach, FL
Saturday, July 6 – High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA
Sunday, July 7 – Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, CA*
Tuesday, July 9 – Yaamava’ Theater – Yaamava’ Theater – Highland, CA
Sunday, August 18 – Avondale Brewing Company – Birmingham, AL
Tuesday, August 20 – Grind City Amphitheater – Memphis, TN
Wednesday, August 21 – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
Friday, August 23 – Dillon Amphitheater – Dillon, CO
Saturday, August 24 – Sunset Amphitheater – Colorado Springs, CO

+ with All Them Witches
* with Guerilla Toss

Tuesday, April 2 – Boch Center Wang Theatre (The Wang Theatre) – Boston, MA
Wednesday, April 3 – Boch Center Wang Theatre (The Wang Theatre) – Boston, MA
Friday, April 5 – Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resorts Casino – Ledyard, CT
Saturday, April 6 – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ
Sunday, April 7 – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
Tuesday, April 9 – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre – Alpharetta, GA
Wednesday, April 10 – FirstBank Amphitheater – Franklin, TN
Friday, April 12 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Irving, TX
Saturday, April 13 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
Tuesday, April 16 – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
Wednesday, April 17 – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre – Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, April 18 – The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park – San Diego, CA
Saturday, April 20 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, April 21 – The Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Tuesday, April 23 – Maverik Center – Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday, April 25 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Friday, April 26 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
Tuesday, April 30 – Azura Amphitheatre – Bonner Springs, KS
Wednesday, May 1 – Wintrust Arena – Chicago, IL
Thursday, May 2 – Pine Knob Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Saturday, May 4 – Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, NY

CREED Extends Reunion Tour In Response To Overwhelming Fan Demand



With sold-out dates at amphitheaters across North America this summer, multi-platinum, GRAMMY® and American Music Award-winning rock band CREED have extended their 40+ “Summer of ‘99” tour with the “Are You Ready Tour?” due to overwhelming fan demand. Produced by Live Nation, the 20 additional arena dates will kick off this November in Oklahoma City at Paycom Center. The tour will feature special guests 3 Doors Down, Mammoth WVH and Finger Eleven in select cities (check routing for details).

The unprecedented resurgence of CREED has inspired stadium-wide singalongs, a nationwide marketing campaign with Paramount +, a viral EDM remix of “One Last Breath” and sold-out dates across the country.

TICKETS: Tickets will be available starting with presales from Tuesday, February 6, with the general onsale starting Friday, February 9 at 10am local time on www.creed.com.

Fans can also purchase VIP Packages, which may include premium tickets, stand on stage to watch the first 3 songs, Meet & Greet + photo op with members of CREED, access to the pre-show soundcheck, exclusive merch & more. For more information, visit www.creed.com.


Saturday, November 02 | Oklahoma City, OK | Paycom Center *
Sunday, November 03 | Little Rock, AR | Simmons Bank Arena *
Wednesday, November 06 | Kansas City, MO | T-Mobile Center *
Friday, November 08 | Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena *
Saturday, November 09 | Biloxi, MS | Mississippi Coast Coliseum *
Tuesday, November 12 | Corpus Christi, TX | American Bank Center Arena *
Wednesday, November 13 | Fort Worth, TX | Dickies Arena *
Friday, November 15 | Austin, TX | Moody Center ATX *
Saturday, November 16 | Bossier City, LA | Brookshire Grocery Arena *
Tuesday, November 19 | Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena *
Wednesday, November 20 | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena *
Friday, November 22 | Cleveland, OH | Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse *
Saturday, November 23 | Baltimore, MD | CFG Bank Arena *
Monday, November 25 | Montreal, QC | Bell Centre ^
Wednesday, November 27 | Toronto, ON | Scotiabank Arena ^
Friday, November 29 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden *
Saturday, November 30 | Bangor, ME | Cross Insurance Center *
Monday, December 02 | Allentown, PA | PPL Center #
Wednesday, December 04 | Atlanta, GA | State Farm Arena *
Thursday, December 05 | Orlando, FL | Kia Center #

* 3 Doors Down/Mammoth WVH
^ Mammoth WVH/Finger Eleven
# 3 Doors Down

This expansion of their recently unveiled “Summer of ’99” tour, initially announced last October, has already sold-out half of its dates in major cities like Houston, Nashville, Toronto and more. More dates are projected to sell out in the near future based on current sales trends. Remaining tickets for these already announced shows as well as VIP Packages, exclusive merch & more can be found at www.creed.com.

Supporting Acts: + 3 Doors Down | ^ Daughtry | * Switchfoot | x Tonic | # Big Wreck | = Finger Eleven

Wednesday, July 17 | Green Bay, WI | Resch Center * = (Sold Out)
Friday, July 19 | Monticello, IA | Great Jones County Fair * = (Not A Live Nation Date)
Saturday, July 20 | Walker, MN | Moondance Jam * = (Not A Live Nation Date)
Tuesday, July 23 | Simpsonville, SC | CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park * =
Wednesday, July 24 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion + =
Friday, July 26 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live + =
Saturday, July 27 | Virginia Beach, VA | Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach + =
Tuesday, July 30 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage # = (Sold Out)
Wednesday, July 31 | Clarkston, MI | Pine Knob Music Theatre + = (Sold Out)
Friday, August 2 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center + = (Sold Out)
Saturday, August 3 | Burgettstown, PA | The Pavilion at Star Lake + =
Tuesday, August 6 | Bridgeport, CT | Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater x =
Wednesday, August 7| Holmdel, NJ | PNC Bank Arts Center + = (Sold Out)
Friday, August 9 | St. Louis, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO + = (Sold Out)
Saturday, August 10 | Indianapolis, IN | Ruoff Music Center + =
Tuesday, August 13 | Nashville, TN | Ascend Amphitheater x = (Sold Out)
Wednesday, August 14 | Pelham, AL | Oak Mountain Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)
Saturday, August 16 | Tinley Park, IL | Credit Union 1 Amphitheatre + =
Saturday, August 17 | Welch, MN | Treasure Island Amphitheater + = (Not A Live Nation Date) (Sold Out)
Tuesday, August 20 | Gilford, NH | BankNH Pavilion x = (Sold Out)
Wednesday, August 21 | Boston, MA | Xfinity Center + =
Friday, August 23 | Hershey, PA | Hersheypark Stadium + =
Saturday, August 24 | Saratoga Springs, NY | Broadview Stage at SPAC + =
Saturday, August 31 | San Bernardino, CA | Glen Helen Amphitheatre (Summer of ’99 And Beyond Festival with 3 Doors Down, Daughtry, Finger Eleven, Fuel, Vertical Horizon, The Verve Pipe)
Sunday, September 1 | Wheatland, CA | Toyota Amphitheatre + =
Wednesday, September 4 | Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre + =
Friday, September 6 | Salt Lake City, UT | Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre + =
Saturday, September 7 | Denver, CO | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre + = (Not A Live Nation Date) (Sold Out)
Tuesday, September 10 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP ^ =
Wednesday, September 11 | Dallas, TX | Dos Equis Pavilion + = (Sold Out)
Friday, September 13 | San Antonio, TX | Frost Bank Center + = (Sold Out)
Saturday, September 14 | Houston, TX | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman + = (Sold Out)
Monday, September 16 | Brandon, MS | Brandon Amphitheater ^ = (Sold Out)
Wednesday, September 18| Raleigh, NC | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek + =
Friday, September 20 | Tampa, FL | MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds + = (Sold Out)
Saturday, September 21 | West Palm Beach, FL | iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre + =
Tuesday, September 24 | Jacksonville, FL | Daily’s Place x =(Sold Out)
Wednesday, September 25 | Alpharetta, GA | Ameris Bank Amphitheatre + = (Sold Out)
Friday, September 27 | Darien Lake, NY | Darien Lake Amphitheater + =
Saturday, September 28 | Atlantic City, NJ | Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena + =(Sold Out)

CREED formed in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1994. The more than one billion streams between “Higher,” “My Sacrifice,” “One Last Breath,” “With Arms Wide Open,” and “My Own Prison” on Spotify alone is a testament to the band’s enduring power. Nearly 30 years after CREED’s formation, the ubiquitous anthems composed by singer Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti, performed for millions of fans around the world together with drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall, are part of modern rock and alternative’s DNA. With more than 53 million albums sold worldwide, CREED stands alongside iconic bands like Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, and Metallica as one of an elite few hard rock outfits to earn RIAA Diamond-certified status, for more than 11 million sales of Human Clay in the United States. After an eleven-year hiatus, Creed officially announced a reunion in July 2023 and announced that they would be headlining two different Summer of ’99 cruise festivals in April 2024 which resulted in immediate sell-outs. The band recently launched a new webstore that will cater to fans old and new including new merch designs as well as the opportunity to purchase entry into Mark Tremonti’s guitar clinic. The store can be found at www.creed.com.

In the meantime, CREED fans can still support the band before the tour gets underway. Scott Stapp’s fourth solo album Higher Power (Napalm Records) will be available March 15, 2024. The title track “Higher Power” is at radio now as Stapp’s most successful single to date. The album can be pre-ordered at: https://scottstapp.com/. Mark Tremonti continues his work supporting the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and recently was announced as a performer at their annual gala in New York City on March 7th. Mark has also recruited his bandmates to support NDSS on May 2nd when CREED will perform an exclusive acoustic set to benefit the organization alongside cruise companions Tonic. Tickets for that event can be found here.

Comic Book Review: “Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind”

“Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind”

Various Authors
Z2 Comics
Hardcover: 141 pages

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

40 years have passed since the release of IRON MAIDEN’s groundbreaking fourth studio album, PIECE OF MIND. Released in 1983, “Piece Of Mind” was the band’s first album to enter the U.S. Billboard Top 20, peaking at #14, achieving RIAA platinum certification in the U.S. To celebrate this classic album Iron Maiden have partnered with award-winning publisher Z2, to bring the multi-platinum album Piece of Mind to book form. “IRON MAIDEN: PIECE OF MIND”, is a love letter to fans from one of the most celebrated metal bands in music history.

Just like the album itself “Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind” the graphic novel wastes no time transporting readers into the world of all things Eddie and Iron Maiden. Starting off with an introduction titled “Piece of Mind at 40” by long time manager Rod Smallwood, the commemorative book is packed with vibrant art, testimonials from acclaimed writers, artists, actors and musicians along with newly written interpretations of each of the albums 9 signature tracks.

No matter if you are new to Iron Maiden or a long time listener the latest offering from the British metallers and Z2 comics puts a whole new spin on one of the bands most legendary release. Though there is not one seamless story line tying the book together readers instead get 9 different stories all by different writers and based on their interpretation of one specific song. To go along with each story is a bevy of new artwork which only further adds to the books overall appeal. I really enjoyed the writing of Steven Grant “Where Eagles Dare”, Sacha Gervasi “Die With Your Boots On” and Brian Posehn “Quest for Fire” along with the artwork by artists Damien Worm “Revelations” and Staz Johnson “The Trooper” but what I think I enjoyed most about the book is that it provides a nice balance of text and pictorials. Across the heavy weight, glossy 141 pages there was never too much or too little of each as page after page provided was equally enjoyable. To top things off  Maiden’s very own frontman Bruce Dickenson pens the story for “Revelations” which is very cool addition in my opinion.

If you are looking for something a little different apart from the standard remaster of an album or a brief retrospective article then “Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind” is something you will definitely want to grab. The books unique written and visual presentation adds a whole new level to the “Piece of Mind” mythos in a way unlike no other making it a great companion to the audio release.

Wolfgang Van Halen and EVH® Gear Announce the Launch of the New SA-126


EVH® is proud to announce the debut of the SA-126 model.

The SA-126, Wolfgang Van Halen’s signature guitar is the result of a 3-year collaborative development process between Wolfgang, Matt Bruck, and EVH’s Masterbuilder Chip Ellis. With this release, Wolfgang and EVH® carry forward the more than 30-year brand legacy of innovation and top-quality standards into the future with a unique hybrid of classic and

high-performance design and features. The end result is a guitar that is unique in its vision and tonal fingerprint.

“The SA-126 was born out of necessity for finding my own sound,” said Wolfgang Van Halen. “ I wanted to do my own thing and that’s how I gravitated towards semi-hollow bodies and how it became my core sound. The goal was to put together a guitar that didn’t exist yet, which merged the beauty and wonderful warm tones of a classic semi-hollow guitar but with the performance style and neck that EVH gear is known for.”

Crash-tested for over 2 years by Wolfgang on tour with his band Mammoth WVH, this hot rodded semi-hollow instrument projects a beautiful and detailed aesthetic while producing a super wide spectrum of tones from articulate cleans, to burning leads to brutal chugging chordal rhythms. It creates a new categorization for electric guitar and is characterized by its limitless nature.

Featuring a set of custom wound bridge and neck pickups – meticulously crafted exclusively by Fender’s resident and legendary pickup designer, Tim Shaw, in collaboration with the EVH® team – the development was exhaustive. What came from that attention to detail is the perfect, unique voicing the instrument needed to provide such a wide range of versatility and tones.

The SA-126 also features a Mahogany body with a basswood centerblock for tone, along with a capped maple top on solid finishes and quilt maple top on translucent finishes with 5-ply body binding. The mahogany neck features a 22-fret 12″- 16″ compound Ebony fingerboard, jumbo frets and triple block inlays, providing a modern-classic feel that is both familiar and comfortable. Its 24 and three-quarters scale length adds to the overall playability. To facilitate easy adjustments on the fly, a spoke wheel truss rod adjustment is conveniently located at the butt end of the neck.

“Unveiling the SA-126 on this significant day is a testament to the future we’re forging at EVH Gear,” said Jon Romanowski, VP Category Management, EVH® Gear. “I’m incredibly proud of Wolfgang and the team for their dedication to pushing boundaries and shaping the brand’s next chapter with innovation and artistry.”

Introducing the All-New EVH SA-126 Demo Video HERE.

Players and fans can sign up at evhgear.com/sa-126 to be notified when the SA-126 hits their EVH® Authorized Dealer.

For technical specs, additional information on new EVH products and to find a retail partner near players, visit www.evhgear.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @EVHGear on Instagram and YouTube.
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SA-126 Special ($1,799.99 USD, £1,449.00 GBP, €1,649.00 EUR, $2,999.00 AUD, ¥319,000 JPY) Featuring a chambered Mahogany body, with a basswood Centerblock added for stability and tone. Capped with a maple top on solid finishes and flame maple top on translucent finishes w/ 5 ply body binding, this thing emits “TONE”. The neck is a 22 fret 12”-16” compound Ebony fingerboard with jumbo frets and triple block inlays on a graphite reinforced mahogany neck. With a scale length of 24 and three quarters, this feels like a modern – classic that is familiar and comfortable. Finally, a spoke wheel truss rod adjustment at the butt end of the neck for easy adjustments, on the fly. Introducing the EVH® SA-126 bridge and neck pickups created by Fender’s resident pickup designer Tim Shaw and the EVH® team, they can handle just about anything you feed them. From the elegant sound of cascading-glassy cleans to a heavy bath of Overdrive to “Burn” that will satisfy the most discerning “gainiac”. Three-way toggle at the upper horn to switch between bridge, bridge and neck, and neck pickups as well as two volumes and two tones to control each. Other features include a Harmonica bridge and stop bar tailpiece, oversized strap buttons, and keystone tuning pegs. The SA-126 is offered in Matte Army Drab and Stealth Black

● Chambered mahogany body with a basswood centerblock
● Bolt-on Mahogany neck with scarf joint, EVH® Modified “C” Neck Shape
● Ebony, 12”-16” Compound Radius 22 Jumbo fret fingerboard
● NEW EVH® SA-126 Humbucking Pickups (Bridge and Neck)
● SA-126 Hardshell case wrapped in Ivory vinyl with a blue crushed velvet interior

SA-126 Special, Quilted Maple ($1,899.99 USD, £1,499.00 GBP, €1,699.00 EUR, $3,199.00 AUD, ¥341,000 JPY) Featuring a chambered Mahogany body, with a basswood Centerblock added for stability and tone. Capped with a quilt maple top w/ 5 ply body binding, this thing emits “TONE”. The neck is a 22 fret 12”-16” compound Ebony fingerboard with jumbo frets and triple block inlays on a graphite reinforced mahogany neck. With a scale length of 24 and three quarters, this feels like a modern – classic that is familiar and comfortable. Finally, a spoke wheel truss rod adjustment at the butt end of the neck for easy adjustments, on the fly. Introducing the EVH® SA-126 bridge and neck pickups created by Fender’s resident pickup designer Tim Shaw and the EVH® team, they can handle just about anything you feed them. From the elegant sound of cascading-glassy cleans to a heavy bath of Overdrive to “Burn” that will satisfy the most discerning “gainiac”. Three-way toggle at the upper horn to switch between bridge, bridge and neck, and neck pickups as well as two volumes and two tones to control each. Other features include a Harmonica bridge and stop bar tailpiece, oversized strap buttons, and keystone tuning pegs. The SA-126 Quilted Maple is offered in Transparent Purple and Tobacco Sunburst.

● Chambered mahogany body with a basswood centerblock
● Bolt-on Mahogany neck with scarf joint, EVH® Modified “C” Neck Shape
● Ebony, 12”-16” Compound Radius 22 Jumbo fret fingerboard
● NEW EVH® SA-126 Humbucking Pickups (Bridge and Neck)
● SA-126 Hardshell case wrapped in Ivory vinyl with a blue crushed velvet interior

Two of the most important and recognizable names in rock ‘n’ roll joined forces in 2005 to develop the EVH® brand of guitars, amplifiers and musical products. Guitar icon and virtuoso Eddie Van Halen combined his unparalleled instinct and innovation in instrument and amp design with the expertise of the craftsmen and engineers at Fender to create a line of high quality, durable instruments that epitomize the sound of rock ‘n’ roll. The result is an arsenal of super powerful guitars and amps that remain unmatched in sound and form and guitars that embody speed, style and emotion. Today, Fender honor’s the legacy of the legendary guitarist through exceptional offerings that embody the spirit of innovation and musical excellence that defined his illustrious career. Guided by Eddie’s son, Wolfgang Van Halen, the brand is embarking on a bold direction that seamlessly merges tradition and forward-looking innovation, paying tribute to his father’s influence while forging a path of its own. EVH® is a licensed brand under Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and their work together has provided musicians everywhere with the foundation to emulate one of the world’s best guitarists while also recruiting some of the biggest names in music whose inventive playing styles honor the legacy of Eddie Van Halen. For more information, visit www.evhgear.com. Join the conversation on social media by @EVHGear on Instagram and YouTube.


10th Studio Album Out Today on Rise Records
Watch the New Video for “Break” HERE
See the Band’s JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Appearance HERE

“Offers their signature sinister sensibility, with a fresh, albeit eerie, feeling of groundedness… It’s grim, and it’s great. True to form.” —ALTERNATIVE PRESS

“The band’s signature sound is obviously intact on Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs, but the songs are rendered with such immediacy and melodic intensity” —UNDER THE RADAR

The agonizing wait for the new Alkaline Trio album is over at last: Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs, the band’s 10th studio album, is out today, January 26, on Rise Records.

Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs’ arrival is heralded by the latest video from the album, this time for standout track “Break.” Premiering yesterday on rollingstone.com, “Break” captures the dark, alluring energy of a classic Alkaline Trio performance in stark and vivid black and white, the song’s infectious hooks and melodies offset — or possibly enhanced — by its backdrop of the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles.

“You ever see someone having such a horrible nervous breakdown that it looks like they’re dancing?” asks Alkaline Trio guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba. “Me neither. But this song is sorta’ about that.”

Alkaline Trio dropped in at another hallowed L.A. theater earlier this week, taking the stage at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre as music guest for Tuesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! — To watch Skiba, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano and new drummer Atom Willard knock out a captivating “Bad Time,” go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0hQLVroxWo

Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs was recorded by Skiba, Andriano and since-departed drummer Derek Grant with GRAMMY winner Cameron Webb producing at Studio 606 in Northridge CA, and is the first Alkaline Trio album to be released via the band’s new label home, Rise Records. The album will be supported by an extensive North American tour—see below for dates—featuring Drug Church as support.

Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs
North American Tour 2024
(DRUG CHURCH supports on all dates)

Thu — Feb 22, 2024 — Anaheim, CA — HOB Anaheim
Fri — Feb 23, 2024 — San Diego, CA — SOMA
Sat — Feb 24, 2024 — Phoenix, AZ — Van Buren
Mon — Feb 26, 2024 — Dallas, TX — HOB Dallas
Tue — Feb 27, 2024 — Austin, TX — Stubbs
Wed — Feb 28, 2024 — Houston, TX — HOB Houston
Fri — Mar 1, 2024 — Atlanta, GA — Tabernacle
Sat — Mar 2, 2024 — Orlando, FL — HOB Orlando
Sun — Mar 3, 2024 — Charlotte, NC — Fillmore
Tue — Mar 5, 2024 — Washington D.C. — Fillmore Silver Spring
Wed — Mar 6, 2024 — Philadelphia, PA — Fillmore Philadelphia
Fri — Mar 8, 2024 — Cleveland, OH — Agora Theater and Ballroom
Sat — Mar 9, 2024 — Queens, NY — Knockdown Center
Sun — Mar 10, 2024 — Boston, MA — HOB Boston
Tue — Mar 12, 2024 — Toronto, ON — History
Wed — Mar 13, 2024 — Montreal, QC — Beanfield
Fri — Mar 15, 2024 — Royal Oak, MI — Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sat — Mar 16, 2024 — Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom
Sun — Mar 17, 2024 — St. Louis, MO — The Pageant
Mon — Mar 18, 2024 — Minneapolis, MN — Fillmore Minneapolis
Wed — Mar 20, 2024 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
Thu — Mar 21, 2024 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Complex
Sat — Mar 23, 2024 — Seattle, WA — Showbox SoDo
Sun — Mar 24, 2024 — Vancouver, BC — Vogue Theatre
Mon — Mar 25, 2024 — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom
Wed — Mar 27, 2024 — San Francisco, CA — The Masonic
Fri — Mar 29, 2024 — Los Angeles, CA — Novo
Sat — Mar 30, 2024 — Las Vegas, NV — Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Kirk Hammett of Metallica and Gibson Unveil the 1989 Les Paul Custom, An Artfully Recreated Version of the Icon’s Versatile Guitar, Available Worldwide

Gibson Custom Shop:

Kirk Hammett 1989 Les Paul Custom

An Artfully Recreated and Murphy Lab Aged Version of the Metallica Icon’s Versatile Les Paul Custom,
Available Worldwide on Gibson.com

Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality, and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity, and attention to detail.

For 130 years, Gibson has shaped sound across generations and genres of music, becoming one of the most relevant, played, and loved guitar brands around the world. Gibson Custom Shop is proud to unveil its next global release in partnership with Kirk Hammett, legendary guitarist of the multi-platinum-selling and GRAMMY® Award-winning band, Metallica. The Gibson 1989 Kirk Hammett Les Paul Custom is available worldwide at authorized, premium Gibson Custom Shop dealers and on www.gibson.com.

“This black 1989 Les Paul Custom is actually the first Les Paul I ever played live on stage and on tour,” says Kirk Hammett. “I got it when we were on the …And Justice For All tour, specifically for “Fade To Black” because I really wanted that big, fat, creamy Les Paul sound for the intro. I loved how fast the neck was and after my tech modified a bunch of the hardware, making it ‘none more black,’ it ended up being a great live metal guitar. It’s a very dependable and reliable guitar, and I’ve used it for decades. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I did!”

Above: the Kirk Hammett 1989 Les Paul Custom.

To fans of metal, Kirk Hammett needs no introduction. Longtime fans will also no doubt be familiar with his “blacked-out” 1989 Gibson Les Paul Custom, which he has used on numerous Metallica albums and tours. Now the Gibson Custom Shop has recreated this renowned guitar in exquisite detail. Like the original, the Kirk Hammett 1989 Les Paul Custom features all-black hardware, and per Kirk’s wishes, it comes equipped with uncovered-Type pickups, along with a Fishman Powerbridge piezo bridge pickup system with a Fishman Powership preamp and volume control that bring simulated full-bodied acoustic tone to this versatile Les Paul Custom. Artfully aged by the Murphy Lab to match the look and feel of Kirk’s original 1989 Les Paul Custom, it is a fitting tribute to a metal guitar master and one of his favorite instruments.

Explore the Gibson Kirk Hammett 1989 Les Paul Custom HERE.

One of the most iconic rock guitarists of our generation, Kirk Hammett has been the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for Metallica since 1983. Before joining Metallica, he formed and named the metal band Exodus. For a deep dive into his music influences, the early days in the San Francisco metal scene, and his 37 years as the lead guitarist of Metallica, watch Gibson TV’s “Icons” series interview with Kirk Hammett. This episode of “Icons” features archival and never-before-seen photos of Metallica, with Kirk talking about touring history and personal stories about recording the group’s pivotal albums, including Kill’em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, …And Justice For All, and The Black Album; watch and share Gibson TV’s “Icons” featuring Kirk Hammett, HERE.

SCOTT STAPP Announces US Tour Dates to Launch New Album, “Higher Power”

SCOTT STAPP Announces US Tour Dates to Launch
New Album, Higher Power, out March 15 via Napalm Records

Pre-Order Higher Power HERE

New Single “Higher Power” at #17 on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart

[photo credit: Sebastian Smith]Grammy winning songwriter, platinum solo artist, and voice of Creed, SCOTT STAPP, has announced the first leg of the Higher Power Tour, a run of intimate theater dates to celebrate the release of his fourth solo album, Higher Power (out March 15, 2024 via Napalm Records). The first dates to be announced will take place a month before Creed reunites for the first time in over a decade.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 19 at 10:00am local time and can be found HERE. See below for all current tour dates!

Currently, the upcoming album’s title track, “Higher Power”, is at #17 on Mediabase’s Active Rock Chart and climbing as it “rides in on a riff packed with so much thunder and lightning you’ll be seeking shelter before (Stapp) reaches the chorus” (Louder Sound).

Higher Power Tour Dates:
3/10/24 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
3/12/24 – Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
3/14/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal
3/15/24 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/18/24 – Nashville, IN @ Brown County Music Center
3/19/24 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
3/21/24 – Omaha, NE @ Steelhouse Omaha
3/22/24 – Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom

On Higher Power, Stapp is “primed for a big decade, sounding just as powerful as he did at half his age with a sense of newfound heaviness resting beneath his iconic voice” (Loudwire). The album describes a metamorphosis forged by loss, frustration, betrayal and near defeat. It features stand-out performances by Dorothy, guitar god Yiannis Papadopoulos, and a co-writing appearance by multi-Grammy winning songwriter and musician Steve McEwan. The album was produced by Marti Frederiksen and Scott Stevens and follows Stapp’s 2019 The Space Between the Shadows, which debuted at #3 on the US Current Rock Albums chart, the US Current Hard Music Albums chart, and the UK Official Rock & Metal Chart.

Pre-Order Higher Power HERE:

Higher Power track listing:
1. Higher Power
2. Deadman’s Trigger
3. When Love Is Not Enough
4. What I Deserve (feat. Yiannis Papadopoulos)
5. If These Walls Could Talk (feat. Dorothy)
6. Black Butterfly
7. Quicksand (feat. Yiannis Papadopoulos)
8. You’re Not Alone
9. Dancing in the Rain (feat. Yiannis Papadopoulos)
10. Weight of the World

Higher Power will be available in the following formats:
-Digital Album
-CD Digisleeve
-Solid Viola Gatefold Vinyl LP
-Black/Red Splatter Gatefold LP – Die Hard Edition w/ Slipmat & Record Butler (Napalm Mail Order Only, Limited to 300)

Rex Brown Thunderbird Bass, Acclaimed Multi-instrumentalist, Solo-Artist, and Member of Pantera Partners with Epiphone for a Signature Thunderbird

Epiphone: Rex Brown Thunderbird Bass,
Available Worldwide on Epiphone.com

Acclaimed Multi-instrumentalist, Solo-Artist, and Member of Pantera Partners with Epiphone for Signature Thunderbird Bass

Above: Rex Brown performing with his Epiphone Thunderbird Bass.

The First Epiphone Signature Guitar From Legendary Bassist Rex Brown.

For over 150 years, Epiphone has been a leading innovator in instrument design. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the future, Epiphone has set the stage for the next era of sound for present and future generations. Epiphone is proud to unveil the latest addition to its collection of bass guitars and its first collaboration with Rex Brown, the Epiphone Rex Brown Thunderbird Bass. The acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, solo-artist, and member of Pantera and Down, Rex worked closely with Epiphone luthiers to create the Thunderbird bass that can fulfill any level of a player’s ability. A striking new Bass model in Ebony with Gold accents, the Epiphone Rex Brown Thunderbird Bass is available now at select global dealers and on www.epiphone.com.

“Sometimes, it’s not about the price, but the quality, and Epiphone has some of the coolest bass designs ever made, IMO,” says Rex Brown. “I’ve had Thunderbird’s as long as I can remember! There is nothing cooler looking than a TBird… All my favorite bass players growing up have played them!! From Tom Hamilton to Pete Way, these fckr’s Rule, you fool…” Rex adds, “I worked really hard with the Epiphone guys, to design something that has never been done before! The pick-ups were made by Richard Aker, who has been with Gibson for 40+ years. We put the same thumpers that were in the ‘76 Anniversary T-Birds, passive & deadly!”

Multi-instrumentalist Rex Brown is famous for his work with legendary metal bands Pantera and Down and his hard-rocking solo album, Smoke on This… Epiphone is proud to release the first Epiphone Rex Brown signature guitar in partnership with the legendary musician. The Epiphone Rex Brown Thunderbird Bass features a 9-ply neck-through-body mahogany and walnut neck with a C-shape profile, mahogany body wings, and a standard 34” scale length. It is powered by a pair of Epiphone ProBucker™ 760 bass pickups, which feature nickel covers that complement the otherwise all-gold hardware. The passive electronics have two volume controls and a master tone control that feature smooth CTS® potentiometers. The gold pickguard bears the famous Thunderbird logo with Rex’s signature reproduced on the back of the headstock and a Rex Brown logo doodle on the rear control cover. A hardshell guitar case is also included.

Above: Rex Brown performing with his Epiphone Thunderbird Bass.

Plenty of folks who’ve accomplished a lot less are content to rest on past achievements, but Rex Brown is forever charging forward. Renowned worldwide, Brown and his Texas brethren forged a blueprint with PANTERA that’s been studied by nearly every metal act that followed. Late lead guitar player Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott is rightly immortalized as a good-natured, guitar-shredding legend. The rhythmic punch forged by Rex and PANTERA’s drummer, the late Vinnie Paul Abbott, has yet to be outdone. Along with singer Philip H. Anselmo, hailed as one of the greatest frontmen of all time, the self-described Cowboys from Hell, PANTERA, sparked a movement that reinvigorated heavy metal, inspired countless bands, and is memorialized in tattooed skin around the world, representing the band’s five groundbreaking multi-platinum albums unleashed between 1990 to 2000 with billions of music streams annually. Rex and singer Philip H. Anselmo partnered once again in the group Down, crafting their doomy, smoke-enhanced Southern dirges that helped shine a light on a whole other subculture in heavy music.

With the addition of Zakk Wylde (guitars) and Charlie Benante (drums), PANTERA began touring worldwide in late 2022 and will return to the stage February 2024 on the second leg of their North American headlining tour. The journey follows the band’s massively successful twenty-city run this past Summer, a tour which stood as one of the most anticipated tours of 2023, as well as their dates supporting Metallica. The 2024 trek will commence on February 3rd, in Sunrise, FL, and the band will be joined by special guest, acclaimed metal powerhouse Lamb Of God, with additional support acts to be announced in the weeks to come. For all Pantera touring news, visit: https://pantera.com/tour.

For an intimate look into his music legacy, Rex Brown’s episode of Gibson TV’s “ICONS” takes a deep dive into his influences from John Paul Jones, to Pino Palladino, Jaco Pastorius, Tom Hamilton, Pete Way, and Geddy Lee. Rex shares personal stories about his childhood, through his entire career, and lets viewers in to explore rare photos, stories, and footage from his legendary life, the enduring legacy of PANTERA, and more. Watch the Gibson TV “ICONS” episode featuring Rex Brown, HERE.

Above: the Epiphone Rex Brown Thunderbird Bass.

Video Alert – Ace Frehley “10,000 Volts: Behind The Scenes”

Ace Frehley Releases
10,000 Volts: Behind The Scenes Video

10,000 Volts Album Out on February 23, 2024

Grammy-nominated R&RHOF inductee and guitar legend ACE FREHLEY offers a sneak peek into the making of his new album, 10,000 Volts, and the title track with a new Behind the Scenes video. The thunderous, riff-tastic, 11-track album was produced by Ace and Steve Brown (Trixter) and will be released on February 23, 2024.

Preorder “10,000 Volts” HERE

Ace released the single “10,000 Volts” on November 28th. The track has already amassed over 1.6M streams and 800k video views.

Watch the video HERE

Rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal simply wouldn’t sound, look, or feel the same without Ace Frehley. Among hundreds of accolades, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inducted him in 2014 as a Co-founder and the original lead guitarist of Kiss. Guitar World named him in the Top 15 of its “100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time” and plugged the lead from “Shock Me” on the “50 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time.” Magnifying the imprint of his catalog as a solo artist, Foo Fighters cut a fan favorite cover of “Ozone,” and he even jammed out “New York Groove” alongside The Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera proudly sported a tattoo of Frehley on his chest, while Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine celebrated him on X/Twitter as “My first guitar hero.”

Social Distortion Announce Co-Headline Tour With Bad Religion


Southern California punk legends Social Distortion announce an epic co-headlining tour across the US with fellow Epitaph label mates Bad Religion that kicks off in Bakersfield, California on April 9th 2024. With additional support from The Lovebombs, the two iconic bands will join forces to bring their signature sounds and beloved catalogs to stages across the continent, showcasing their enduring legacy and influence on the punk rock movement.
Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness comments, “It gives me great pleasure to announce that in April we will be going on a nationwide co- headlining tour with our friends in Bad Religion. Yes, we are back in action and can’t wait for this tour!! We did this with them in Australia in 2022 and the shows were amazing!”

He continues, “We have also decided in celebration of the 40-year anniversary and re-release of ‘Mommy’s Little Monster’ that we will be playing the album in its entirety. This should be a very special tour and we are all looking forward to it.”

“Bad Religion and Social Distortion first played together in 1980,” Bad Religion singer Greg Graffin adds. “Though we evolved in different directions, we both carried the torch of Southern California punk all along the way. Now we’re so excited to be on the same stage again.”

Formed as rebellious teenage punks in the working-class suburb of Fullerton, California, Social Distortion survived their tumultuous youth to pioneer an undeniably honest and fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll that would incorporate outlaw country, classic seventies punk and primal blues. Seven studio albums and countless electrifying live shows have earned the band a dedicated worldwide fanbase and catalog of timeless anthems including “Story Of My Life,” ”Ball And Chain,” “Prison Bound” and more. The band’s last release, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes entered the Billboard 200 at #4 and in 2019 they celebrated 40 years as a band.

Social Distortion also share rescheduled dates for their previously postponed tour with follow SoCal rockers, The Bellrays. Ness enthuses, “I am also happy to announce the tour with “The Bellrays” from last summer will now be happening in September & October 2024. I’d like thank the fans who bought tickets for their patience while we worked on the rescheduled dates. Words can’t describe how happy I am to be back onstage doing what I love. See you all soon.”

Artist Pre-sale tickets are live today at 12 noon local time with codes: BALLANDCHAIN or SUFFER

The general on-sale will be December 15th, 10 AM local time.
All tickets will be available HERE

W/ Bad Religion
April 9 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Theater
April 10 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
April 11 – San Diego, CA – PETCO Park
April 13 – Las Vegas, NV – Virgin Hotels Las Vegas – The Theater
April 14 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheater
April 16 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheater
April 18 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
April 19 – San Antonio, TX – Boeing Center at Tech Port
April 20 – Austin, TX – Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Greenway
April 22 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
April 23 – New Orleans, LA – The Filmore Harrah’s New Orleans
April 26 – St. Augustine, FL – The Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
April 27 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
April 28 – Clearwater, FL – Coachman Park – The Sound
April 30 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
May 1 – North Charleston, SC – Firefly Distillery Lawn
May 3 – Oxon Hill, MD – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
May 4 – New York, NY – Pier 17 The Rooftop
May 5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Filmore Philadelphia
May 7 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
May 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
May 11 – Detroit, MI – The Masonic Temple Theatre
May 12 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Brady Music Center
May 14 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave/Eagles Club – Eagles Ballroom
May 15 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
May 17 – Indianapolis, IN – Everwise Amphitheater
May 18 – Chicago, IL – Salt Shed – Indoors
May 19 – Columbus, OH – Historic Crew Stadium

w/ The Bellrays
Sept. 13 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Sept. 14 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Sept. 15 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Sept. 18 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 19 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sept. 21 – Edmonton, AB – Midway Music Hall
Sept. 22 – Edmonton, AB – Midway Music Hall
Sept. 23 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Hall
Sept. 25 – Winnipeg, MB – Buron Cummings Theatre
Oct. 1 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Oct. 2 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Oct. 4 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 5 – Toronto, ON – History
Oct. 6 – Montreal, QC – M Telus
Oct. 8 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Oct. 9 – Hampton Beach, NH – Casino Ballroom
Oct. 11 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Oct. 12 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Oct. 13 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Oct. 15 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Oct. 16 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Oct. 17 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
Oct. 19 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
Oct. 20 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 22 – Albuquerque, NM – Rio Rancho Event Center
Oct. 23 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre

GWAR Announces “Age of Befuddlement” Tour

Announces “Age of Befuddlement” Tour

US & Canadian Dates to Kick off March 3rd!

Support from Cancer Bats
plus X-Cops & Fuming Mouth on Select Dates!

Human scum!

!nfamous Lords and Masters of Shock Rock, GWAR, return to the road in March of 2024 for the “Age of Befuddlement” Tour! Featuring support from Cancer Bats, and select dates with X-Cops and Fuming Mouth, the tour starts March 3rd in Norfolk, VA and runs through the end of the month on March 30th in Baltimore, MD.

A complete list of dates and supporting act information can be found below. Pre-sales begin tomorrow and the general on-sale date is Friday, December 8th at 10:00 AM local time.

Lead singer, The Berserker Blothar, had this to say about the impending trek:

“The Invasion of Canada is nigh. We will start our campaign to bring befuddlement to the masses in the cultured and forward thinking American South, and from there, we will launch a coast-to-coast attack on the Great White North, leaving a swath of destruction not seen since the War of 1812. Stopping only to get high in the Pacific Northwest, we will dive directly into the gaping hole of the donut, the American Midwest, before gracing the Dirty South and ending again on the filthy streets of Baltimore! I wonder if we can score crack in the “City that Reads.” Are You Not Befuddled?”

Age of Befuddlement Tour
w/ Cancer Bats (🦇)
Select Dates with X-Cops (X) & Fuming Mouth (FM)

03/03 Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa 🦇 X
03/04 Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre 🦇 X
03/06 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom 🦇 X
03/07 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium 🦇 X
03/08 Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre Theatre 🦇 X
03/09 Montréal, QC @ Beanfield Theatre 🦇 X
03/10 Quebec City, QC @ Théâtre Capitole 🦇 X
03/12 London, ON @ London Music Hall 🦇 X
03/13 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection 🦇 X
03/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre 🦇 FM
03/16 Saskatoon, SK @ Coors Event Centre 🦇 FM
03/17 Edmonton, AB @ Midway Music Hall 🦇 FM
03/18 Calgary, AB @ The Back Alley 🦇 FM
03/20 Vancouver, BC @ The Vogue Theatre 🦇 FM
03/21 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory 🦇 FM
03/24 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater 🦇 FM
03/26 Davenport, IA @ The Capitol Theater 🦇 FM
03/27 Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot 🦇 FM
03/28 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall 🦇 FM
03/29 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground 🦇 FM
03/30 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage 🦇 FM

GWAR recently released a tenth anniversary Edition of their “Battle Maximus” album via Pit Records. This new version is completely remixed and remastered, and features the final recorded vocal performance of Oderus Urungus on the previously unreleased and never-before heard song “Tammy, Queen of Dirt.”

Order the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Battle Maximus’ HERE

Concert Review: Baroness- Sweet Oblivion Tour 2023

Sweet Oblivion Tour 2023
Baroness, Soul Glo, Spotlights

Sunday, November 26th 2023
Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY

Media Mikes Score 3.5 out 5 stars

In support of their sixth studio “Stone” heavy metal group Baroness along with special guests Soul Glo and Spotlights made a stop at the quaint Town Ballroom which is located deep in the heart of Buffalo, NY. With both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres being out of town on this post Thanksgiving weekend, the historic music venue was the place to be on an unseasonably snowless night.

Starting off the night with a thunderous dirge that shook the rafters of the vintage room was the three piece doom metal trio Spotlights. The group consisting of husband and wife duo Sarah Quintero (bass) and Mario Quintero (guitar/vocals) along with drummer Chris Enriquez performed a brief set which was a mixture of extremely down tuned instrumentation and multi layered sonic landscapes which gave listeners plenty to listen to despite numerous redundancies which could be easily identified from song to song.

Despite a majority of the crowd being huddled around the bar television due to the Bills/Eagles football game going into overtime the Philadelphia based punk/hardcore band Soul Glo would take the stage next. I found little to be impressed with as the bands sets was a chaotic mess of noise and sloppy musicianship. The group which appeared to be heavily influenced by legendary D.C. punk band Bad Brains did little to captivate the crowd which was evident in the minimal applause that was garnered at the end of the bands thirty plus minute set.

Headliner Baroness would take the stage next launching immediately into the song “Last Word” from the bands latest album “Stone” followed by “The Sweetest Curse” from the bands 2009 album “Blue”. Frontman John Baizley addressed the crowd briefly through out the bands fifteen song set taking time only to thank the fans and other bands on the bill and to ask for some leniency from the Bills fans in attendance due to the bands ties to Philadelphia. (The Buffalo Bills lost in overtime shortly before Baroness took the stage). Also gracing the setlist this evening were long time fan favorites such as “March to the Sea” and “Cocainium” along side more tracks from the new “Stone” album including “Beneath the Rose” and my personal favorite of the night “Anodyne”. Baizley and co-lead guitarist Gina Gleason worked flawlessly together replicating even the most minute detail and lick heard on the studio recordings. Bassist Nick Jost and drummer Sebastian Thomson added to the units tightness as each of their playing elevated the bands performance on multiple levels.

Before leaving the stage for the evening the band treated the crowd to a two song encore which was made up of the song “The Gnashing” and probably the bands most well know the song “Take My Bones Away”. Just like the thirteen previous songs these final two sounded just as good with the final number garnering a tremendous applause from Buffalo faithful. Though the tour only has a few more dates left on this leg we can only hope that 2024 will bring fourth a whole new slew of dates. If that ends up being the case we highly recommend getting out there to one of those shows as the level of musicality that Baroness bring to the stage is really enjoyable to experience in a live setting.

Baroness Setlist:

1.) Last Word
2.) The Sweetest Curse
3.) Isak
4.) A Horse Called Golgatha
5.) March to the Sea
6.) Cocainium
7.) Beneath the Rose
8.) Green Theme
9.) Anodyne
10.) Seasons
11.) If I Have to Wake Up (Would You Stop the Rain?) / Fugue
12.) Under the Wheel
13.) Shock Me

14.) The Gnashing
15.) Take My Bones Away

Be sure to check out our exclusive interview with Baroness guitarist Gina Gleason here.

Godsmack Announce Stripped Down 2024 Tour



Press Photo by Chris Bradshaw

In continued support of their latest studio album Lighting Up The Sky, multi-platinum Grammy-nominated hard rock band GODSMACK is transforming their thunderous pyro-filled amphitheater rock show into a more intimate experience. The band is set to deliver a series of intimate evenings featuring acoustic/electric performances and untold stories in theatres across North America. The first leg is scheduled to begin on February 15 in Catoosa, OK, whole the second leg will kick off April 9 in Valley Center, CA.

Tickets will be available starting with an Artist presale beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, November 29 at 10am local time. Additional pre-sales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale starting Friday, December 1 at 10am local time. For tickets and more information, visit ​​https://www.godsmack.com/tour.

2/15/24 Catoosa, OK Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live
2/17/24 Shawnee, OK Grand Casino & Hotel Events Center
2/18/24 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino – New Showroom
2/20/24 Lubbock, TX The Buddy Holly Hall – Helen DeVitt Jones Theater
2/22/24 Austin, TX Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
2/23/24 San Antonio, TX Majestic Theatre
2/24/24 Lake Charles, LA L’Auberge Casino Resort Lake Charles
2/27/24 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
2/29/24 Huntsville, AL Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at the Von Braun Center
3/1/24 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
3/2/24 Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace
3/5/24 Charleston, WV Charleston Municipal Auditorium
3/6/24 Richmond, VA Altria Theater
3/8/24 Durham, NC DPAC – Durham Performing Arts Center
3/9/24 Greenville, SC Peace Center – Peace Concert Hall
3/10/24 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
3/13/24 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts – Walt Disney Theater
3/15/24 St Petersburg, FL Duke Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
3/16/24 Miami Beach, FL The Fillmore

2/6/24 Scottsdale, AZ AZ Bike Week*

4/9/24 Valley Center, CA Harrah’s Resort Southern California – The Events Center
4/10/24 Inglewood, CA YouTube Theater
4/12/24 Indio, CA Fantasy Springs Resort Casino – Special Events Center
4/13/24 Las Vegas, NV The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
4/15/24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
4/17/24 Kansas City, MO The Midland Theatre
4/19/24 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
4/20/24 Gary, IN Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana
4/22/24 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
4/25/24 Niagara Falls, ON Fallsview Casino
4/26/24 Windsor, ON The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
4/27/24 Mount Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
4/30/24 Erie, PA Warner Theatre
5/1/24 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
5/3/24 Atlantic City, NJ Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino Resort
5/4/24 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
5/5/24 Oxon Hill, MD The Theatre at MGM National Harbor
*full electric

With over 20 years of chart-topping success, GODSMACK have cemented themselves as 21st-century hard rock titans. To date, they’ve accomplished a staggering 11 #1 singles at mainstream rock radio and have achieved 20 Top 10 hits at the format (the most of any act since February 1999). Additionally, they’ve enjoyed four Grammy nominations and were named Billboard Music Award’s Rock Artist of the Year in 2001. Selling over 20 million records worldwide, the band has released eight studio albums; Godsmack (1998), Awake (2000), Faceless (2003), IV (2006), The Oracle (2010), 1000hp (2014), When Legends Rise (2018), and Lighting Up the Sky (2023).

GODSMACK is Sully Erna (vocals, guitar), Tony Rombola (guitar), Robbie Merrill (bass), and Shannon Larkin (drums).