Metallica To Mark New Album Release With “Blackened Friday” Events

Courtesy: Blackened Records

Courtesy: Blackened Records

The countdown to “Blackened Friday” is on.

Next Friday, 100 independent record stores across America will open their doors at midnight, giving audiences the chance to pick up Metallica’s new album HardwiredTo Self Destruct early.

The album is the band’s first new studio effort in eight years.  The select stores will carry not only the band’s new album but also prizes and lots of limited edition, exclusive items that will be given away free with purchase of the band’s new album.

On Friday, other independent record stores around the nation will join the festivities with their own special events.  Those events will include music and giveaways of limited edition items.

Items are all available only while supplies last.  So, audiences are encouraged to contact their local independent record store for more details on “Blackened Fridays” events.

HardwiredTo Self Destruct will be available on a variety of platforms including CD, vinyl, digital deluxe, and deluxe box.  It can be pre-ordered online now.  Greg Fidelman produced the album.  He also engineered Death Magnetic (2008), the band’s last album.

More information on “Blackened Friday” events is available online here.

More information on Metallica’s new album is available online now along with the band’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.metallica.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/metallica

 

 

 

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Finger Eleven Announces Details For New Album, Touris

Courtesy:  The Bicycle Music Company/Concord

Courtesy: The Bicycle Music Company/Concord

Finger Eleven has made it official. It will release its sixth full-length studio recording this summer.

Five years removed from the release of its 2010 album Life Turns Electric the Canadian rock group will release its new album Five Crooked Lines. The album is currently slated to be released on Friday, July 31st via The Bicycle Music Company/Concord. In regards to the album’s title, front man Scott Anderson explained that it stemmed from the lyrics to the album’s title track. He explained that five crooked lines can be used to make something ordinary or something extraordinary, and how that ability to use such lines is linked to the fragility of fortune and luck. “For me it’s symbolic of fortune and luck and how fragile those things are,” he said. “In one instance you’ve got five crooked lines, which in one position is just a heap of bent sticks. But in the right way, they make a star, which is the most glorious shape there is.” Fans can download Five Crooked Lines via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/five-crooked-lines/id999975916 and order it via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Five-Crooked-Lines-Finger-Eleven/dp/B00YV9OIW2/?tag=concordreco0c-20.

In anticipation of the album’s upcoming release, the band has debuted the video for its lead single ‘Wolves and Doors’ online. The video, which cuts between shots of the band performing its new song and shots of other rather intriguing images, can be viewed online at http://www.vevo.com/watch/finger-eleven/Wolves-And-Doors-(Music-Video)/QMFMK1500155. The band also announced that it will hit the road ahead of the album’s release beginning Saturday, June 13th in Burlington, Ontario at the Sound of Music Festival. Three Days Grace will join the band on select dates. Finger Eleven’s current tour schedule is listed below.

Check out FINGER ELEVEN at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks:

DATE CITY VENUE

Sat 6/13 Burlington, ONT. Sound of Music Festival

Thu 6/18 Franksville, WI Krautfest

Fri 6/19 Newton, IA Iowa Speedway (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series)

Sat 6/20 Joliet, IL Mojoes

Sun 6/21 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero

Fri 7/3 Warwick, PQ. Festival Hommes Fort Warwick

Thu 7/9 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

* Fri 7/10 Lansing, MI Common Ground Music Festival

* Sat 7/11 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

* Mon 7/13 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom

* Tue 7/14 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub Concert Hall

* Wed 7/15 Peoria, IL Limelight

Thu 7/16 Cadott, WI Rock Fest

Sat 7/18 Walker, MN Moondance Jam

* Tue 7/21 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater

* Wed 7/22 Portland, ME State Theater

Fri 7/24 Dayton, OH Oddbody’s Music Room

Sat 7/25 St. Louis, MO Fubar

Sun 7/26 Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre

Mon 7/27 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic

* Tue 7/28 Wichita Falls, TX Kay Yeager Coliseum

Thu 7/30 Clive, IA 7 Flags Event Center

Fri 7/31 Sioux City, IA Hard Rock Hotel

Sun 8/2 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s

Mon 8/3 Cleveland, OH The Agora Ballroom

Tue 8/4 Buffalo, NY Iron Works

Wed 8/5 Manchester, NH Jewel

Fri 8/14 Mount Brydges, ONT. RockinWheel Fest Lion’s Park

* With Three Days Grace

All of the latest updates on Finger Eleven’s upcoming tour dates and album are available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Website: http://www.fingereleven.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Finger_Eleven

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Justin Hayward Announces Schedule For Upcoming U.S. Summer Tour

Justin Hayward will perform at a handful of U.S. dates this summer.

Hayward, who is known best for his work with legendary band The Moody Blues, will embark on an eight-date solo tour of the Northeast beginning August 20th in Salisbury, Massachusetts. It will come on the heels of a UK run in July. Hayward said of the upcoming tour, “We are so looking forward to this tour,” noting that fans’ reaction to the live shows put on by Hayward and his band mates—Julie Ragins (keyboards, backing vocals) and Mike Dawes (acoustic guitar)—played a role in the decision to bring the music to the fans again. “Julie Ragins [keyboardist/background vocalist], Mike Dawes [acoustic guitar], and I have been overwhelmed by the reception of our live shows during this last year in the USA,” he said. To hear every nuance of my acoustic guitars (they are on the road for the first time) and our voices in these venues is a joy. And the USA, like me, is discovering what a fabulous guitar player Mike Dawes is, and I look forward to hearing him play every night too.”

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Hayward’s most recent live recording, Spirits…Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta was released via Eagle Rock Entertainment on August 19th, 2014. It would go on to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Video Chart and premiered on PBS this March. It has been airing on PBS during its stations’ fundraising periods. Hayward was deeply appreciative of PBS’ support in discussing the network’s carriage of his recording. “It is a privilege and honor that PBS is broadcasting my live show as part of their pledge drives,” he said. He also discussed his own support of and respect for PBS, stating, “PBS has always meant a lot to me – not only for the quality of its programming but for its news, independence, and integrity…a true great comfort to me while I’m on the road.”

Justin Hayward has recorded and performed with The Moody Blues for more than four decades. He has penned some of the band’s most beloved hits including: ‘Nights in White Satin,’ ‘Tuesday Afternoon,’ ‘Question,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘Your Wildest Dream’ among many others. During his time with The Moody Blues, the band gone on to sell more than 60 million albums.

Audiences can check out a clip of Hayward performing ‘Nights in White Satin’ online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffyHZ556ncE. The performance is taken from Spirits…Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre. Hayward’s current U.S. tour schedule is listed below.

Justin Hayward will perform at the following venues:

August 20 – Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Music Hall

August 21 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theatre

August 22 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall Hartford

August 25 – Harrisburg, PA – Whitaker Center-Sunoco

August 26 – Bethlehem, PA – ArtsQuest Center

August 27 – Alexandria, VA – Birchmere Music Hall

August 29 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage

August 30 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center

All of the latest news from Justin Hayward is available online now at:

Website: http://www.justinhayward.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/haywardmusic

More information on Spirits…Live – Live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

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Lamb of God’s Chris Adler Tapped For Megadeth’s New Album

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

The rumors have finally been confirmed and one piece of the puzzle is now in place for Megadeth’s album.

Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has officially confirmed as the drummer for Megadeth’s next album. The confirmation comes after rumors swirled around whether or not Adler would take the place of recently departed drummer Shawn Drover. This is not the first time that Adler has been the center of some major rumors. His name was recently thrown into the mix after former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was replaced by a then-unnamed drummer. It was widely speculated that Adler was the man responsible for the drums on Slipknot’s new album .5 The Gray Chapter. But it was later revealed that drummer Max Weinberg’s son Jay Weinberg had taken over drumming duties for the band.

Megadeth front man and founder Dave Mustaine released a statement in regards to the announcement noting his outlook for the new album with Adler on board even in a studio-only position saying, “Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over.” He also noted his respect for Megadeth’s former drummers in the grand scheme of things saying, “I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Along with these sentiments, Mustaine also gave a big thanks to Adler’s band mates in Lamb of God for allowing Adler to lend his talents to Megedeth’s new album noting, “I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.”

Mustaine’s band mate, bassist David Ellefson, added his own thoughts on the announcement of Adler helping the band record its next new album saying, “Chris has been an endearing friend to us in MEGADETH for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in MEGADETH’s next chapter.”

In speaking with the media about the announcement, Adler explained Megadeth’s influence on his own decision to follow a path in the music industry. “MEGADETH was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction,” he said. “There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.” He went on to explain how a tour between Lamb of God and Megadeth roughly a decade ago is what initially might have gotten the wheels rolling on this partnership. “About 10 years ago, LAMB OF GOD toured with MEGADETH and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” he said. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the MEGADETH legacy.”

For all of the optimism and openness in these statements, there was also a slightly cryptic comment in regards to departed Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick from Mustaine. Mustaine noted subtly in his comments that “Back in 1989, MEGADETH originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our GRAMMY® nominated platinum album Rust In Peace.” Whether or not this was meant to leave some discussion, it leaves a question mark as to whether or not there are plans to replace Broderick or keep Megadeth a three-piece. When and if an update on this happens, it will be announced online along with other Megadeth news at:

Website: http://www.megadeth.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Megadeth

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