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 ​​

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).

Ace Frehley Announces New Studio Album, 10,000 Volts





Stream / Get “10,000 Volts” Single Here

Grammy-nominated R&RHOF inductee and guitar legend ACE FREHLEY announces the release of his new studio album, 10,000 Volts, due out on February 23, 2024. Produced by Ace and Steve Brown (Trixter), the 11-track 10,000 Volts sees Ace perform electrifying, hard-hitting, riff-heavy rock’n’ roll.

Today, he releases the first single and title track. Written and produced by Ace and Steve Brown, the track kicks off with a surging riff, and Ace’s swaggering delivery takes hold and never lets go. It culminates on the chantable chorus, “She hit me like 10,000 volts, when I saw her face,” giving way to a fret-burning guitar solo.

The accompanying visual for the single was directed by Alex Kouvatsos from Black Wolf Imaging and shows Ace and his band performing the powerful, riff-heavy track live. Watch 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.”

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].

Photo credit: Jayme Thornton


Sabaton To Join Across All Shows

Tickets Available Starting Wednesday, November 15 with Artist Presale
General Onsale Begins on Friday, November 17 at 10AM Local on

Heavy metal titans Judas Priest have announced their Invincible Shield Tour with special guest Sabaton. The all-time greats will take over the U.S.A. this spring with 14 shows. Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on April 18 at Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT making stops in Reading, PA; Boston, MA; Rosemont, IL; Washington, DC and more before wrapping up in Syracuse, NY at Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview on May 22. Full ticketing and tour dates are available below. Metalheads are in for the show of a lifetime as few rock or metal acts remain as much of a must-see live attraction as Judas Priest!

Also, on Friday, November 17 JUDAS PRIEST will release ‘Trial By Fire’ the second song from their highly-anticipated new album Invincible Shield after the acclaimed lead single ‘Panic Attack’ –

TICKETS: Tickets will be available starting with an artist presale beginning on Wednesday, November 15. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on-sale beginning on Friday, November 17 at 10am local time at


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
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

Z2 and Iron Maiden Present “Piece of Mind” Graphic Novel


A stunning love letter to fans from one of the most celebrated metal bands in music history!

Z2 Comics release, Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind features original stories for each of the nine album tracks including Where Eagles Dare – written by Steven Grant (The Punisher) illustrated by Carson Thorn (Batman the Barbarian), Revelations – fittingly crafted by Bruce Dickinson with Tony Lee (Doctor Who) and illustrated by Damien Worm (The October Faction); (“Revelations” being the first track in Maiden history to be solely-credited to Dickinson), Flight of Icarus by Eisner nominee Ivan Brandon (24Seven, Viking) illustrated by Francesco Dossena (Dylan Dog), Die With Your Boots On by Emmy-winning director and screenwriter Sacha Gervasi with art by Christian Rosado, The Trooper by Antony Johnston (Atomic Blonde) illustrated by Staz Johnson (Rogue Trooper), Still Life by Leah Moore & John Reppion (Conspiracy of Ravens) painted by John Pearson (Mindset), Quest for Fire from metal authority Brian Posehn (writer, comedian, actor) with art by Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), Sun and Steel by multiple World Fantasy Award-nominee Chris Roberson (iZombie) with art by Danijel Žeželj (Luna Park), and To Tame a Land, written and illustrated by Alison Sampson (Hit-Girl). In addition, between each story, the book is packed with original pieces of art by acclaimed illustrators, including Montos, Ghoulish Gary, Steve Chanks, Jan Meininghaus, Kyle Hotz, Jay Geldhof, Darin Hazmat, Travis Knight, Akirant, and Nat Jones.

With Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind, collectors will have five variants available to purchase, including The Trooper cover by multiple Eisner-nominee J.G. Jones (Y: The Last Man), Asylum Edition with cover by multiple Society of Illustrators-winner Jason Edmiston, Die With Your Boots On cover by UK Iron Maiden illustrator Dan Mumford, and The Flight of the Icarus cover by Eisner-nominee Martin Simmonds (The Department of Truth) with an additional The Trooper Cutaway cover by famed poster artist Travis Knight.

Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind will be available in hardcover via Z2 distributed by Simon & Schuster for a list price of $40 (ISBN: 978-1-95492-826-8) at comic shops on November 22.

Concert Review: More Than Meats the Eye Tour (Mac Sabbath, Cybertronic Spree, Playboy Man Baby)

More Than Meats the Eye U.S. Tour

Mac Sabbath, Cybertronic Spree, Playboy Man Baby

Friday, November 3rd, 2023
Town Ballroom
Buffalo, NY

Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars

Mac Sabbath returned to Buffalo’s Town Ballroom on Nov. 3rd as part of their current “More Than Meats the Eye” U.S. Tour.  Joining the always entertaining Ronald Osbourne and company this time around is the Cybertronic Spree and Playboy Man Baby both of which bring their own unique mix of cheesy goodness to the tours bill.

Taking the stage first this evening were the Phoenix, AZ natives Playboy Manbaby. The quirky five piece band played a chaotic blend of devo-esque tunes which featured everything from single string guitar riffs, trumpet fills, and plenty of thick bass lines which were further accentuated by the bands singer Robbie Pfeffer whose unique attire was a site unto its own. The bands brief set started off a little slow but ended on a high note with an energetic dance party led by Pfeffer who by this point in the show had kept from the stage and was now in the middle of the floor commanding the audience like a possessed televangelist preacher as the band stormed through their closing number “Falafel Pantyhose”.

Next to take the intimate stage was the Cybertronic Spree. Hailing from the planet of Cybertron by way of Toronto, ON the members Hotrod, Arcee, Rumble, Unicron, Soundwave  and Shockwave rolled onto the stage ready to rock. From the opening chords of the “Transformers Theme Song” and on through songs like  the Weird Al classic “Dare to Be Stupid” the band sounded great and looked just as good as each member was clad in cartoon accurate robot attire that made the members look as though they had just been transported from the television. The later part of the bands ten song set included the Stan Bush song “The Touch”, and an original song titled “Wheels of Fire” from the groups recently released album “Ravage” before ending the set with a cover of Spectre General’s “Hunger”.

Closing out the evenings festivities was the fast food infused Mac Sabbath whose members consist of singer Ronald Osbourne, guitarist Slayer McCheeze, Grimalice and Dummer The Catburglar. The band would sizzle on to the stage flanked by giant demonic Ronald Osbourne heads which lit up and billowed smoke which caused an eerie haze to linger in the air. Bursting onto the stage clad in a mustard colored straight jacket was the evenings resident mad man Ronald Osbourne who after a brief moment freed himself from the binding jacket and took to center stage where he not only worked the mic in a foe British accent but also flipped burgers on a make shift grill complete with a variety of condiments. In between the Black Sabbath tinged songs “Organic Funeral”, “Sweet Beef” and “Frying Pan” the band also spread their foodie enriched wings with the songs such as “Grilled By Death”, “Love Buns” and “Bread”. The band took multiple stops in order to provide the crowd with a variety of food parody names and jokes that after awhile seemed to fall flatter then a fast food hamburger. After Mac Sabbaths initial ten song set the band now joined by two members of Cybertronic Spree returned to the stage for a sing along version of “Hallowiener Schnitzel” before closing out the evening with the song “Pair-a-Buns”.

The “More Than Meats the Eye” tour has a little something for everyone who may be looking for a night of fun music and entertaining stage antics. Yes, some of the jokes and gimmicks might come off hokey and get old pretty quickly however, the musicality of each of the bands makes up for any of the stage banter short comings making this a show worth checking out. With the tour running through mid November there are still a few opportunities to catch this show as you won’t want to pass up a good night of laughs and music.


Playboy Manbaby Setlist

1.) Chemical Reprieve
2.) Unknown
3.) Unknown
4.) Cadillac Car
5.) You Can Be a Fascist Too
6.) Falafel Pantyhose

Cybertronic Spree Setlist

1.) Run For Your Life
2.) The Transformers Theme
3.) True Survivor
4.) Dare to Be Stupid
5.) Instruments of Destruction
6.) Mortal Kombat (Techno-Syndrome 7″ Mix)
7.) The Touch
8.) Thunderstruck
9.) Wheels of Fire
10.) Hunger

Mac Sabbath Setlist

1.) Organic Funeral
2.) Sweet Beef
3.) The Lizard
4.) Grilled by Death
5.) Drive Thru the Void
6.) Bread
7.) Love Buns
8.) Supersize
9.) Chicken for the Slaves
10.) Frying Pan
11.) Hallowiener Schnitzel
12.) Pair-a-Buns

Kontrust members Manuel Haglmüller & Julia Ivanova talks about latest album Madworld

Austrian crossover legends KONTRUST are one of the most extravagant and exciting acts on the scene. On their first album in nine years, KONTRUST present new vocalist Julia Ivanova and new drummer Joey Sebald, who already won over live audiences in the summer of 2022 at huge festivals such as Graspop Metal Meeting, Hellfest Open Air, Barcelona Rockfest and Resurrection Fest.

Throughout their two decade-spanning career, the Austrian based outfit has gained millions and millions of YouTube views with their exciting music videos, with over 15 million views on the electrifying hits “Hey DJ!” and “Bomba” alone. With their new album, madworld, KONTRUST prove their standing as an unpredictable force in the scene – ready to exceed everything they have achieved so far!

Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Kontrust members Manuel Haglmüller & Julia Ivanova about the new album and what fans can expect next from the band.




Album Available for Pre-Order at and

Alkaline Trio walks among us once again. On January 26, 2024, everyone’s favorite tortured triumvirate will return in Grand Guignol style with Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs, its tenth album and first full length offering of new material to be released in (66)6 years.

Recorded with GRAMMY-winning producer Cameron Webb at Studio 606 in Northridge CA, Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs finds Alkaline Trio stripping its sound down to the skin and bones of its unmistakable sonic spirit, while taking that dark essence to parts previously unknown. Accompanied by the premiere of a fittingly kinetic video directed by Ravi Dhar and featuring pro skaters including Steve Caballero, Chris Cole and more, the album’s first single and title track exemplifies its balance of the eerily familiar and the shock of the new. Oh, and there’s that song/album title…

“My mom worked for years as an emergency room nurse,” says vocalist/guitarist/founder Matt Skiba. “She and her co-workers referred to exceptionally busy nights as ‘blood, hair, and eyeballs’. Well, we’ve been busy making an exceptional record we refer to as Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs, too. We approached this new record in completely new ways. We built the songs together, from the ground up, in the same room which hasn’t happened since the band started. Usually we start with an idea somebody’s already written. This time, we had the unique opportunity to build the songs onto drums recorded at Studio 606 on to two-inch tape using one of the most beautiful-sounding and legendary consoles in rock. It has almost everything to do with how our new record sounds.”

Of the “Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs” video, bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano adds, “Sometimes the full circle nature of life is enough to just completely blow my mind… this is one of those times. Skateboarding was my first love, is my favorite sport, and a community through which I was first introduced to punk rock. So when Matt and I read Ravi’s idea to combine our music with an homage to the Bones Brigade’s ‘The Search For Animal Chin’ and throw some spooky zombies in there… we both dug it right away. The work Ravi and the entire production crew put in was insane and it shows… So to kick off the release of our 10th album with this super fun video featuring Steve Caballero, Chris Cole, Ace, Corey and Shea is so much more than a dream come true, it’s true love. This is not a phase.”

In addition to being a darkly shining exemplar of the Trio’s signature blend of wry lyrical wit and bittersweet melodic sensibility, Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs arrives in a confluence of endings and beginnings—specifically, it’s both the first album to be released via the band’s new label home, Rise Records, and the last to feature longtime member Derek Grant, drummer on every Alkaline Trio record since 2003’s classic Good Mourning.

See below for Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs’ tracklist, as well as a full list of upcoming live dates (with support from Drug Church), on which Skiba and Andriano will be joined by veteran drummer Atom Willard (Against Me!, Rocket from the Crypt). “Playing with Atom is so inspiring,” says Andriano. “His motor is unparalleled.”

Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs

Hot For Preacher
Meet Me
Versions Of You
Bad Time
Shake With Me
Blood, Hair, And Eyeballs
Broken Down In A Time Machine
Teenage Heart

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

Kid Cudi Surprises Star Trek Fans on New York Comic Con Stage

Kid Cudi Surprises Star Trek Fans on New York Comic Con Stage

During the Star Trek Universe Panel at New York Comic Con, Scott Mescudi, better known by his stage name Kid Cudi, wowed “Star Trek” fans in a surprise appearance to a packed room discussing his exclusive collaboration as part of “Star Trek’s” all-new “Boldly Be” campaign.

The panel was moderated by Josh Horowitz, best known for his work as a correspondent for MTV News and as a host of the podcast, Happy Sad Confused. Horowitz kicked off the panel by welcoming the crowd and introducing Executive Producer and the person at the helm for the Star Trek franchise, Alex Kurtzman, who debuted never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Kid Cudi’s collaboration with the “Star Trek” universe.

Photo Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images for Paramount+

Kurtzman then shocked the New York Comic Con audience by introducing Kid Cudi himself for a brief moderated conversation, where he shared discovering his love of “Star Trek” through his father, as well as details behind the exclusive partnership – which includes a capsule streetwear collection, an immersive Fortnite gaming experience, and a new single, “Heaven’s Galaxy,” out now.

Photo Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images for Paramount+

The panel also treated fans to a special advance screening of an all-new episode from the current season of the hit Paramount+ original animated comedy series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, followed by a conversation with Alex Kurtzman and fellow Executive Producer, Mike McMahan. Season four of STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS is produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman, Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth and Katie Krentz (219 Productions) serve as executive producers alongside creator and showrunner Mike McMahan. Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout), who brought McMahan to the project, also serves as an executive producer. Titmouse (Big Mouth), the Emmy Award-winning independent animation production company, serves as the animation studio for the series.

Photo Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images for Paramount+

After the panel, Kid Cudi then stopped by the official Star Trek x Kid Cudi booth, surprising “Star Trek” fans on the Javits show floor.

Photo Credit: Catherine Powell/Getty Images for Paramount+

The “Boldly Be” campaign takes its inspiration from “Star Trek’s” ethos of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations), the basis of Vulcan philosophy that the vast variables create truth, beauty, and strength.

The campaign kicked off on October 12th at the start of New York Comic Con with the release of an original Kid Cudi song inspired by “Star Trek” titled “Heaven’s Galaxy.” Fans can also visit the Star Trek x Kid Cudi booth that will showcase the capsule collection and a first look at the Fortnite gaming experience at NYCC on the Javits show floor from October 12 – October 15, booth 2653.

“Heavens Galaxy” was written by Cudi, produced by longtime collaborator Dot Da Genius and inspired by Cudi’s own fandom of Star Trek. It is available now on all streaming platforms.

Further celebrating the partnership, the Kid Cudi x “Star Trek” capsule collection debuted this week at New York Comic Con including tees, crewnecks, hoodies, a custom button-up t-shirt and a colorful leather varsity jacket with robust chenille and embroidery details. The collection will have a preorder window exclusively for attendees at NYCC, followed by the global release on on October 16.

Fans can also join “Star Trek,” Kid Cudi, and Fortnite as they embark on an out-of-this-world music and gaming collaboration like nothing this Galaxy has seen before! Star Trek x Kid Cudi: Mirror Mayhem brings Kid Cudi into the worlds of both “Star Trek” and Fortnite to perform his brand-new “Star Trek”-themed music collaboration “Heaven’s Galaxy” as well as never before heard songs from his new album INSANO. Boldly Go as you partner with Captain Skyles (Kid Cudi) on a mission to uncover the source of a sonic anomaly that threatens the peaceful planet Vada. Beam down to explore, discover, and defend a world these forces are threatening to tear apart. It’s up to you and other Starfleet recruits to work together with Captain Skyles to uncover the source of this musical malady and restore the harmony of Vada while there’s still time! The immersive Fortnite gaming experience is now live. Watch the game trailer here that can also be viewed at the NYCC booth today and throughout the weekend.

Follow @StarTrek on social and stay tuned to for more details on how to get involved with “Boldly Be.”


Listen to new song “Heaven’s Galaxy” HERE
Watch the Fortnite gaming experience trailer HERE

Bo Bice discusses his latest tour stop at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida

Alumni of American Idol, Bo Bice is hitting the road with his next upcoming stop being at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, Florida. “Bo Bice: In Concert” hits the stage on October 13-14, 2023!! Bo takes out sometime to chat with Media Mikes to discuss the plans and what to expect for the concerts.

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METAL ALLEGIANCE began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and off) that read like a Wikipedia entry on the genre itself.

On January 25th 2024, the band will re-assemble at The House Of Blues Anaheim for the bands 10th anniversary celebration (which will also coincide with the return of the Winter NAMM show). The night will be sponsored by Dean Guitars, ddrum and Heavys Headphones, with opening acts being Dieth, Held Hostage and QUOR.

The last time Metal Allegiance played at the House of Blues Anaheim was in 2020, right before the world shut down; the show garnered rave reviews, such as North East Rock Review saying “I have attended a couple Metal Allegiance shows over the years and they seem to get better every year. When attending the NAMM show, this is one of the shows not to miss.” Additionally, LA Metal Media added, “Metal Allegiance is an incredible coalition of the metal community’s most incredible and notable musicians today; a coalition that pays tribute to some of the best metal music ever written. Be sure to check out this amazing assembly of metal greats if you can whenever they play live.”

Metal Hammer raved about one of their past Anaheim shows, “Tonight the mayhem rises exponentially as a platoon of legends descends on the House of Blues – tucked deep in the heart of downtown Disney – even the besieged bar staff pause to witness the carnage.” while Cryptic Rock suggested, “Anyone who has the chance to see this should run, not walk, and join the Allegiance.”

“When Metal Allegiance first came together in 2014, no one could have guessed that ten years later, we’d be planning this anniversary show. The world feels different now than it did then, but we’re still here, music still unites and that is cause to celebrate. Among the many MA highlights over the past decade have been our shows in Anaheim, which always create a lot of great memories. This time will be no exception and no better way to mark our ten-year milestone. See you there!” – Alex Skolnick

Tickets can be purchased starting October 13 via Ticketmaster here

Also available will be a VIP upgrade package, which will include:

• Early access into the venue
• Exclusive pre-show Meet & Greet with members of Metal Allegiance
• Personal photograph & autograph signing with members of Metal Allegiance
• Collectible show poster (which they’ll happily sign for you)
• Official Meet & Greet VIP laminate
• Crowd-fee access to the merch booth

VIP packages can be purchased via

Please keep in mind that this is a VIP upgrade only. A ticket to the concert is required to attend pre-show meet & greet.

“I never in my life imagined a band like MA would exist, let alone write and record one record… here we are a few records, an EP and many shows/tours later celebrating our 10th year of existence. Pretty surreal. It’s been a minute since the ‘Core4’ have been in the same room. Excited to see my brothers, jam and laugh w/ them again. Only one place to kick off the festivities and that’s our home away from home at the House of Blues in Anaheim Cal-i-forn-i-A.” – Mark Menghi

Since the band’s inception in 2014, Metal Allegiance is comprised of the core 4 members of (Mark Menghi – bass, songwriter, Alex Skolnick – guitars, David Ellefson – bass, and Mike Portnoy – drums), and has issued two full-lengths (2015’s self-titled debut and 2018’s Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty) and an EP (2016’s Fallen Heroes).

In addition to Menghi, Portnoy, Skolnick, and Ellefson, the show will feature John Bush (Armored Saint), Chuck Billy (Testament), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Brann Dailor (Mastodon), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves / God Forbid), Hel Pyre (Nervosa) and Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), among others in addition to their usual unannounced surprise guests.

Members of Metal Allegiance are certainly looking forward to the show:

“Metal Allegiance’s annual Anaheim shows are always one of the metal events of the year! This will be our return to Anaheim for the first time since our last show there weeks before the world shut down at the beginning of 2020, so I can’t wait to get back and throw down with my metal brothers and sisters once again! \m/ “ – Mike Portnoy

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we started Metal Allegiance out on the Motorhead Motorboat Cruise, but here we are, a couple of albums and a whole bunch of shows later, celebrating the strength and resilience of heavy metal together. Looking forward to the show as everything is back in the swing during NAMM 2024!” – David Ellefson

“Great to be part of this killer 10-year event with MA. The head-banging doesn’t get any better than this!” – Bobby Blitz (Overkill)

“I am thrilled to get the band back together for a 10th anniversary Metal Allegiance throwdown! We look forward to another memorable show with all our friends!” – Troy Sanders (Mastodon)

“So stoked to be able to return once again to Metal Allegiance for the 10-year anniversary of the world’s foremost collection of metal maniacs, all sharing a stage together! It’s been way too long, I am fired up for this! Bring it on!” – Gary Holt (Exodus / Slayer)






Following a storming headline show at Power Trip Festival in California last night, metal icons Judas Priest announced on stage the arrival of a brand-new studio album entitled Invincible Shield, set for release on March 8, 2024, via Epic Records. “Panic Attack,” the first single from the album, will be released this Friday, October 13, 2023. The album is now available to pre-order here.

Power Trip festival took place at the weekend and saw the biggest names in metal gather for this sold-out event, where everyone from Metallica to Iron Maiden and AC/DC performed alongside the mighty Priest. Their surprise on-stage announcement was made to 200,000 fans at the festival and sent a shockwave of excitement amongst their loyal followers across the globe.

The undisputed hardest working band in metal will also be embarking on a world tour in 2024, the with the UK leg kicking off in Glasgow on March 11th and includes a show at London’s OVO Wembley Arena on March 21st.

Over the past 50 years Judas Priest have sold over 50 million albums worldwide and headlined the world’s biggest stadiums. 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 bands in the world.



Tickets On Sale Friday, October 6 at 10am Local Time
Pre-Sales and Additional Information at

Support Acts to Include Pretenders, The Hives, Mammoth WVH, Amyl and The Sniffers, Alex G and L7

“Grohl and his counterparts—Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Rami Jaffee and newly inked drummer Josh Freese—always come wholly alive when they are in concert” — Chicago Sun-Times

With their universally acclaimed 11th album But Here We Are stacking up Best of 2023 So Far accolades and singles “Rescued” and “Under You” cementing the band’s tally of more #1s than any other artist at Rock and Alternative Radio, Foo Fighters have confirmed a massive run of summer 2024 U.S. Stadium dates. The newly announced leg of the Everything or Nothing at All Tour will kick off with the band’s return to New York’s Citi Field for the first time since 2015 for a July 17 and 19 doubleheader and will see Foo Fighters host 12 rock ’n’ roll marathons at 10 stadiums, including a pair of shows August 9 and 11 at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles.

General on sale for tickets begins Friday, October 6 at 10am local time. For pre-sales and further information, please visit

Foo Fighters’ 2024 stadium dates will mark the band’s biggest U.S. headline shows since the June 2 release of But Here We Are, which has landed on the mid-year best of lists of Alternative Press, Consequence, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Loudwire and Uproxx among others, while generating some of the most positive critical notes in Foo Fighters history, including:

“Tragedy isn’t necessary to produce transcendent music. But here, it did.” — THE ATLANTIC

“★★★★★ Stunning … a standout, and at times stunning, piece of work … quite possibly their best and most meaningful album.” – GOLDMINE

“Explosive, emotional and inspired… a back-to-basics immediacy and intensity… The undercurrent holding all of ‘But Here We Are’ together is not an idea so much as raw emotion. Grohl’s melodies are as soaring and anthemic as they’ve sounded in years; his vocals are freshly impassioned and heartfelt.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES

“A fantastic record full of riffs and reflection… so catchy and vibrant, so brimming with wild-eyed wonder… Grohl clearly understands that we honor departed loved ones by building new joys we wish they were around to share.” – NPR

“Dave Grohl gives himself over to arena-sized grief, reckoning, and resolve on the band’s most propulsive and purposeful music of the last two decades… offering earnest hope, fond reminiscence, and skyscraping choruses” — PITCHFORK

“One of the strongest albums of the band’s career… reckoning with the conundrums of human existence through the sheer power of music” — SPIN

“Memorable and meaningful” — USA TODAY

“Aching directness and wounded sweetness make a potent combination here… But Here We Are pulses with the sense that the future happened too quickly, and we’re all having to navigate situations and handle emotions we thought we’d get to much later in life. These songs chart the push through denial into the acceptance of the reality of death and the lifetime journey of bereavement.” — VULTURE

Support on the various dates will come from Pretenders, The Hives, Mammoth WVH, Amyl and The Sniffers, Alex G and L7. See below for a full list of dates and details.


Wednesday, July 17 — New York NY — Citi Field *
Friday, July 19 – New York NY — Citi Field #
Sunday, July 21 – Boston MA — Fenway Park #
Tuesday, July 23 – Hershey PA — Hersheypark Stadium #
Thursday, July 25 – Cincinnati OH — Great American Ballpark *
Sunday, July 28 – Minneapolis MN — Target Field **
Saturday, August 3 – Denver CO — Empower Field at Mile High *
Wednesday, August 7 – San Diego CA — Petco Park $
Friday, August 9 – Los Angeles CA — BMO Stadium #
Sunday, August 11 – Los Angeles CA — BMO Stadium %
Thursday, August 16 – Portland OR — Providence Park Soccer Stadium %
Saturday, August 18 – Seattle WA — T-Mobile Park %

* Pretenders & Mammoth WVH Support
** Pretenders & L7 Support
# The Hives & Amyl and The Sniffers Support
$ The Hives & Alex G Support
% Pretenders & Alex G Support

Citi is the official card of the above Foo Fighters shows. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, October 3 at 10am local time until Thursday, October 5 at 10pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit

Fabio Frizzi chats about his new Composer Cut of the score to 1979’s Zombie aka Zombi 2 and his tour

Fabio Frizzi is an Italian musician and composer. He is best known for his film scores like “Zombie” and “The Beyond” and was a frequent collaborator with horror director Lucio Fulci. Recently Fabio has been re-recording the scores to his films like “The Beyond” and most recently “Zombie” and taking them on the road to tour with his band. Media Mikes had a chance to chat about the new changes in the Composer Cut of “Zombie” and plans for his upcoming tour!

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