Testament Members Make Plea For Aid To Nepal

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Two of Testament’s members are asking the band’s fans to help the nation of Nepal recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Front man Chuck Billy and bassist Steve Di Giorgio are urging audiences to help the people of Nepal recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Billy posted a video to the band’s official Facebook page Wednesday asking fans to help those efforts.  Di Giorgio posted his own statement here.

Metal for Nepal works to help the people of Nepal deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Audiences can help the agency by purchasing art and merchandise from the agency at its official store.

Metal for Nepal is streaming a video here that appeals to audiences to help the nation recover from the pandemic.

More information on Metal For Nepal and its efforts is available at:

 

Website: http://metalfornepal.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/metal4nepal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/metal4nepalorg

 

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Green Day Announce New Tour Dates

Courtesy:  BB Gun press

Courtesy: BB Gun press

Pop punk band Green Day has announced two new concert dates to its current tour lineup.  The band—Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals/guitar), Tre Cool (drums) and Mike Dirnt (bass)—added performances on Tuesday, April 16th and Thursday April 18th.  The band will perform at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California on April 16th.  Tickets for this show will be available this Friday at noon local time.  Fan club members will get first access to pre-sale tickets, which go on sale today at 3pm EST/12pm PST.  For more information on this pre-sale and more, fans can go online to http://www.idiotclub.com.  The second of the new pair of performance dates will be at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.  Tickets for this show will be available next Friday, February 22nd at 10am local time.       

The dates are just two more in an already very busy schedule for the trio.  The band will kick off its tour on Thursday, March 28th and will tour across the country through April 18th before heading overseas for the European leg of its tour.  The tour is in support of the band’s recently released trilogy, Uno!, Dos!, and Tre!  Also recently announced is the upcoming debut of the band’s documentary, Cuatro!, at the 20th annual SXSW Film Conference and Festival.  The documentary follows the band as it brings its trilogy from concept to store shelves.  It also includes some very special performances recorded along the way.  The 20th annual SXSW Film Conference and Festival runs from March 8th – 16th in Austin, TX.

Also debuting at the annual event is the Doug Hamilton directed, Broadway Idiot.  The film follows Billie Joe Armstrong as he ventures into the world of Broadway and turns the band’s album, American Idiot into the massive stage success that it is today. 

For more information on all of this and to get the latest news from the band, go online to http://www.greenday.com, http://www.facebook.com/GreenDay, http://twitter.com/greenday, and http://www.youtube.com/greenday.

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Gillies’ New Post Silverchair Project One Of 2012’s Surprise Hits

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Ben Gillies’ name likely doesn’t ring a bell to most audiences.  But with the release of the debut album from his new band, Bento, the former Silverchair drummer’s name may become far more prominent among music audiences.  Diamond Days is such an intriguing record in that its sound is something similar to a hybrid of indie pop and rock.  The album’s title track opens the whole thing.  It’s a solid opener that’s driven largely by a moving piano part and equally solid drumming.  The song’s lyrics do their own part in the song’s success, too.  Gillies sings happily, “These are the/Diamond Days/My vision/Of golden sands/They were the/fractured dreams/No more/Of broken hearts/I got this feeling long ago.”  The whole positive, upbeat spirit of the song makes it not just a solid opener for the album, but an instant hit for the band.  It is without a doubt the best possible first impression for Gillies and company on this new project.

Gillies and his band mates keep the positive vibe moving in the album’s second track, ‘Words of Love.’  The title alone leaves no question as to the song’s topic.  And the lyrics back that up, as Gillies sings, “Take this heart of mine/And make it yours to keep/It’s your gift here waiting/It’s your cherry tree.  Again, the band leaves little doubt about the song’s topic.  The standard sappy love song lyrics aside, it’s still a good song thanks to that continued up-tempo vibe of the song’s musical half.  Even those people who aren’t fans of the love song genre will enjoy this song if only for the fact that it’s a forward moving piece.  For that matter, it’s another highlight of this debut release from Bento.

Gillies moves in a different direction after ‘Words of Love.’  The album’s third track will take children of the 80’s back in time with its keyboard part.  It’s a throwback to the nu-wave sound of the 80’s.  From there, he moves back to a more light rock oriented sound on ‘Glue’, another of this album’s high points.  This song especially would be a good fit at any mainstream rock radio station, given the chance.  It actually boasts something akin to a classic rock vibe.  Some might even compare it to material from music legend Bob Dylan.  It’s another song that comes across as being about personal relationships.  But that aside, the music makes it another great listen, and one more piece of the overall successful musical picture that is Diamond DaysDiamond Days is available in stores and online now.  It can be ordered online direct via the official Bento website, http://wearebento.com.  Fans can also get all the latest news and more from Bento on its official website, as well as http://www.facebook.com/wearebento, http://twitter.com/wearebento, http://www.youtube.com/wearebento, http://www.wearebento.tumblr.com, and http://www.soundcloud.com/wearebento

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