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Vans Warped Tour Unveils Final Cross-Country Lineup, Founder Kevin Lyman: ‘This Is It, Kids’

By: Sarah Pittman

Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath, The Used, Less Than Jake, Black Veil Brides, Every Time I Die, and Reel Big Fish are just a small sample of the bands helping Vans Warped Tour go out in style with its final full cross-country tour.
Following two gigs in Japan in late March and early April, Warped’s final major road trip is scheduled June 21 through Aug. 5. The fun begins at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
The lineup was announced Thursday afternoon, followed by a press conference and BBQ at the Vans Global Headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Pollstar chatted with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman earlier this week about putting together the final cross country lineup.
“It’s a lot of bands that maybe have played before and bands that I think could use maybe another boost from the Warped exposure,” Lyman said. “Basically it’s a lot of bands who have been a part of Warped tour in the past, people that I like to tour with and I’m looking forward to spending time with.
“I think it’s a lineup that’s going to appeal to people who have been to Warped Tour before. Maybe want to come back and have a great last time out there, some fond memories of Warped Tour. As well as, I think we have enough young bands that we’ll get a lot of first-time attendees that will want to come and see it.
“I think the interest in Warped Tour almost is kind of one of those things where people started taking it for granted in many ways: ‘Oh, Warped Tour’s going to be here this year. Oh, I’ll go next year.’ This is it, kids. Like I said [Monday] in the video, this is it, kids. This is the last time we’re driving around the country for two months.” 

 Vans Warped Tour 2016Suzi Pratt/WireImageVans Warped Tour 2016Fans attend the Vans Warped Tour at White River Amphitheatre on August 12, 2016 in Auburn, Wash.
Lyman noted that he’s been getting emails from a lot of parents who came to Warped Tour in the ’90s who want to bring their kids to experience the festival.
“They say, ‘You know what?  Warped Tour changed my life in the way that I look at nonprofits, in the way that my mind opened to music.’ So I’m getting a lot of positive [feedback], a lot of notes from people like that.
He added that he’s also been getting calls from crew members who want to work a couple of days of the trek.
“They may be doing other tours but they just want to be a part of it, which makes you feel that you did do something, even though you sometimes dwell on the trolls online who can troll the narrative, but it really did mean something to a lot of people all these years.”
Of course, a number of bands have reached out to Lyman to play the final tour. He added that the lineup seen in the poster above doesn’t include “a bunch of bands that we’re holding back.  Because we’re going to want some real surprises. We’re going to want people to come in and just have a [reaction of], ‘Oh, crap?! They’re on that show?’”
With philanthropy and nonprofits having been such a big part of Warped Tour over the years, it should be no surprise that Lyman was especially excited about a new initiative that’s being launched during the trek to combat opioid addiction. Fans will be encouraged to download the FEND (Full Energy No Drugs) app, which will use gamification to provide education about opioids, with the incentive of qualifying to win tickets to Warped Tour or a special acoustic set from some of the artists.

“The only thing that I’m really trying to figure out is how to continue the mission of philanthropy and education that Warped has always been about, beyond the music,” Lyman said. “The music will figure itself out. It’s how do I help those people continue what they’ve been able to build in those parking lots? So that’s kind of really what my focus has been on over the last couple of months. How we’re going to continue that mission.”

Collector tickets, as well as general admission tickets for select shows, are on sale now. GA tickets for most dates go on sale March 8.
Check back next week for the full interview with Lyman.

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Sleeping With Sirens announce North American headlining tour with Set It Off, The Gospel Youth

By Maggie Dickman

Sleeping With Sirens have announced that they’ll be celebrating the release of Gossip with new North American tour dates to kick 2018 off right.

Read more: Hear Sleeping With Sirens’ festive holiday song, “Christmas On The Road”

The tour starts January 22 in Philadelphia, and the 18-date run will wrap up February 16 in Indianapolis. Plus, Set It Off and the Gospel Youth have been announced as support, meaning it’s going to be a serious party.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

 

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Dates:
Jan. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry – Philadelphia
Jan. 23 – Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Jan. 25 – Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Jan. 26 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Jan. 27 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
Jan. 29 – Columbus, OH @ Newport
Jan. 30 – Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Jan. 31 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
Feb. 1 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings
Feb. 3 – Edmonton, AB @ Union Hall
Feb. 4 – Calgary, AB @ The Palace
Feb. 6 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Feb. 7 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Feb. 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
Feb. 11 – Park City, UT @ Team USA WinterFest°
Feb. 13 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon St
Feb. 14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
Feb. 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre

Sleeping With Sirens’ fifth album, Gossip, just came out in September. Vocalist Kellin Quinn spoke to AP about the record’s themes of finding hope among trying times: “I think [it’s about] being lost and then finding hope,” Quinn says.

“It’s a dark record. It sounds dark, but there’s a hopefulness in everything. That’s always something I’ve tried to do as a vocalist. When I write about a sad topic, I always want there to be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

And though they’re likely not going to be bringing their holiday tunes with them on tour in January, you can listen to their festive holiday song “Christmas On The Road” here.

 

Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria announce massive co-headlining tour

By Maggie Dickman

Yep, you read that right: Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria are co-headlining a massive 2018 tour, and we’re already counting down the days until it kicks off.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

Read more: Asking Alexandria unleash first new song since Danny Worsnop’s return—listen

The tour kicks off January 10 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT, rolling through major markets coast to coast, and concluding in Las Vegas, NV at House of Blues on March 2.

Crown The Empire have been announced as support for the full tour—and we couldn’t be more stoked.

Both Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides have albums set to be released in the coming year, meaning we have both a tour and new music to look forward to.

“The Black Veil Brides record will come out at the top end of 2018,” Biersack explains. “The reason for the delay was that—first of all—we took 15 months to make the record, we really wanted everything to be as perfect as possible.”

Asking Alexandria just debuted a thrilling music video for their new song, “Into The Fire,” taken from their yet-to-be-titled full-length due out this year. Give it a listen here.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 29.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

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Dates:
1/10: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
1/11: Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
1/12: Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
1/13: St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live
1/15: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
1/17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE – Indoor
1/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live
1/19: Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Club Stage
1/20: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
2/2: Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/3: Portland, ME @ State Theatre
2/4: Montreal, QC @ M Telus
2/5: Toronto, ON @ Rebel
2/7: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
2/8: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
2/9: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
2/1: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
2/12: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
2/13: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
2/14: Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
2/16: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live
2/17: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/19: Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
2/20: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
2/22: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
2/23: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/24: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
2/25: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
2/27: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
3/1: San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre
3/2: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues

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Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria announce massive co-headlining tour

September 26 2017, 11:42 AM EDT By Maggie Dickman

Yep, you read that right: Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria are co-headlining a massive 2018 tour, and we’re already counting down the days until it kicks off.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

Read more: Asking Alexandria unleash first new song since Danny Worsnop’s return—listen

The tour kicks off January 10 at The Complex in Salt Lake City, UT, rolling through major markets coast to coast, and concluding in Las Vegas, NV at House of Blues on March 2.

Crown The Empire have been announced as support for the full tour—and we couldn’t be more stoked.

Both Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides have albums set to be released in the coming year, meaning we have both a tour and new music to look forward to.

“The Black Veil Brides record will come out at the top end of 2018,” Biersack explains. “The reason for the delay was that—first of all—we took 15 months to make the record, we really wanted everything to be as perfect as possible.”

Asking Alexandria just debuted a thrilling music video for their new song, “Into The Fire,” taken from their yet-to-be-titled full-length due out this year. Give it a listen here.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 29.

Check out the full list of cities and dates below!

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Riot Fest Chicago 2017 Late Night After Shows!

The Riot Fest party doesn’t end at 10:00pm. Riot Fest Late Night shows have been announced!

Kicking things off on Thursday, September 14th—before the festival is in full-swing—will be Chicago’s acclaimed punks, The Orwells, entertaining a packed House of Vans at this free-with-RSVP show, as well as a pit stop at Cobra Lounge from Riot Fest alumni The Queers and The Ataris. GBH, Buzzcocks and Hot Water Music, will be squeezing into Cobra Lounge; New Found Glory, Bayside and Gogol Bordello will rock Concord Music Hall, and Bottom Lounge will become an indie rock lover’s paradise with Cap’n Jazz on Friday night, as well as a special Saturday night co-headline show with Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill. Then, Taking Back Sunday will do just that as this perennial Riot Fest band wraps things up on Sunday night.

Check out the full Riot Fest Late Night schedule here.

Thursday, Sept. 14th: The Queers & The Ataris @ Cobra Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, Sept. 14th: Tobacco w/ High Tides @ Smart Bar
Thursday, Sept. 14th: The Orwells @ House Of Vans
Friday, Sept. 15th: New Found Glory w/ Bayside & Radar State @ Concord Music Hall
Friday, Sept. 15th: GBH @ Cobra Lounge
Friday, Sept. 15th: Cap’N Jazz w/ Rapperchicks @ Bottom Lounge
Saturday, Sept. 16th: Buzzcocks @ Cobra Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, Sept. 16th: Dinosaur Jr. & Built to Spill @ Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, Sept. 17th: Gogol Bordello w/ Lucky Chops @ Concord Music Hall
Sunday, Sept. 17th: Hot Water Music w/ Airstream Futures @ Cobra Lounge (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, Sept. 17th: Taking Back Sunday w/ Sleep On It @ Bottom Lounge (SOLD OUT)

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The Riot Fest Schedule Is Here 2017


Rejoice! The Riot Fest schedule is here! Download or update the Riot Fest app on iOS or Android to find out when and where your favorite bands are playing, create a custom schedule, and deep dive into the bands you don’t love yet. Don’t forget to let the Riot Fest Twitter Person know your highlights and tough decisions at @RiotFest.

If you haven’t gotten your Riot Fest 2017 tickets yet, there’s still a limited amount available. Don’t wait! Head over to our TICKETS PAGE for more information.

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Why Is Everything So ‘Heavy’? How Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Gave Us Strength, Even on His Last Hit

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Chester Bennington in the video for “Heavy.”

Chester Bennington is gone, lost to suicide at the age of 41. News like this jabs you out of nowhere, first hitting you with shock and sadness, then shape-shifting to reflect whatever unique ways the artist’s work affected you. Linkin Park is one of the most popular rock bands of our generation, so that pain is festering in many ways for many, many different people.

The Linkin Park frontman lived a difficult life, battling depression, anxiety and substance abuse. As a child, he was molested by an older man over several years and spoke openly about this as an adult. Today, our social media feeds are flooded with words of encouragement for those battling mental difference, often with phone numbers for suicide prevention hotlines and the like. The exact messages always differ, but the common thread often boils down to #TalkingAboutIt — encouraging openness, offering support, de-stigmatizing issues that are, in fact, deeply stigmatized in American society. With Bennington at the mic, Linkin Park spent the better part of two decades doing exactly that, right through the band’s most recent hit song.

Chester Bennington photographed on Aug. 04, 2009 in London, England.

Yes, whether or not you were still paying attention, LP remained a massively popular band into 2017, and “Heavy,” the Kiiara-assisted electro-rock single from May’s One More Light, was a staple at top 40 radio this spring. It was not particularly well-received by critics, though, and the band’s pivot from metallic guitar to EDM-lite synthscapes turned off many an old-school fan. But below its marketable surface lies the emotional vulnerability that’s marked Linkin Park since Hybrid Theory: “I’m holding on/ Why is everything so heavy?” Skeptics and believers alike: Try re-listening to that chorus and not feeling an emotional jolt you didn’t feel the first time.

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Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Dead at 41

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Chester Bennington photographed on Aug. 04, 2009 in London, England.

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has committed suicide at age 41. TMZ first reported that Bennington hanged himself at his Palos Verdes residence on Thursday, July 20, after which the L.A. County coroner confirmed to Associated Press that Bennington had died. Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda tweeted “shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life. He spoke openly about both, as well as about being molested by an older man when he was a child. Bennington was married and is survived by six children.

The band’s most recent album, One More Light, topped the Billboard 200 earlier this year.

Linkin Park’s massively popular 2000 debut, Hybrid Theory, introduced the world to their immaculately produced hybrid of alt-rock, metal and rap. Its follow-up, 2003’s Meteora, became the first of the band’s six chart-topping albums. Over the course of seven studio albums and a collaborative EP with JAY-Z, Linkin Park established itself as one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of the 21st century. The band has sold 27.8 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.

Their biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit, “In the End” from Hybrid Theory, peaked at No. 2 in 2002. “Numb” from Meteora hit No. 11 in 2004, “What I’ve Done” reached No. 7 in 2007, “New Divide” peaked at No. 6 in 2009 and “Shadow of the Day” earned a No. 15 spot in 2008.

In addition to Linkin Park, Bennington formed Dead by Sunrise in 2005, who released one album, Out of Ashes, in 2009. Bennington teamed up with Stone Temple Pilots after Scott Weiland’s departure for one EP, High Rise, in 2013.

MINISTRY Announces U.S. Tour With DEATH GRIPS; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

MINISTRY Announces U.S. Tour With DEATH GRIPS; BLABBERMOUTH.NET Presale Available

American industrial metal juggernaut MINISTRY, led by Al Jourgensen, has announced a co-headlining U.S. tour with experimental rap trio DEATH GRIPS. The trek kicks off at The Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts on October 13 and will hit Pittsburgh, Seattle, and San Francisco before concluding on November 11 at Gas Monkey Live in Dallas, Texas.

A special BLABBERMOUTH.NET presale will begin on Wednesday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time and end on Thursday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. local time. When prompted, type in the presale code “PIT” to access tickets before the general public.

The general on-sale is Friday, July 21 at 10:00 a.m. local time.

MINISTRY and DEATH GRIPS tour dates:

Oct. 13 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA (buy tickets)
Oct. 14 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA (buy tickets)
Oct. 16 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 17 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY (buy tickets)
Oct. 19 – The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD (buy tickets)
Oct. 20 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH (buy tickets)
Oct. 21 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA (buy tickets)
Oct. 23 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Detroit, MI (buy tickets)
Oct. 24 – Express Live – Columbus, OH (buy tickets)
Oct. 26 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN (buy tickets)
Oct. 27 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO (buy tickets)
Oct. 29 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO (buy tickets)
Oct. 30 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT (buy tickets)
Nov. 01 – Showbox Sodo – Seattle, WA (buy tickets)
Nov. 02 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR (buy tickets)
Nov. 04 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA (buy tickets)
Nov. 05 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA (buy tickets)
Nov. 07 – The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ (buy tickets)
Nov. 08 – The Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM (buy tickets)
Nov. 10 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX (buy tickets)
Nov. 11 – Gas Monkey Live! – Dallas, TX (buy tickets)

MINISTRY 2017 is:

Al Jourgensen – Vocals
John Bechtel – Keyboards
Sin Quirin – Guitar
Cesar Soto – Guitar
Jason Christopher – Bass
Thomas Holtgreve – Drums

MINISTRY debuted a new song called “Antifa” during its May 27 appearance at this year’s edition of the “Blackest Of The Black” festival, which took place at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California.

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“Antifa” is expected to be included on MINISTRY‘s next studio album, “AmeriKKKant”, which will tentatively arrive this fall. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.

Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number of different pledge options, including opportunities to have their name listed among the album credits, get a copy of a signed lyric sheet, a personalized signed signature Al Jourgensen guitar, a vinyl test pressing, a happy birthday message delivered as an MP3 file, various merch options and more, all at staggered pricing.

In 2016, Jourgensen announced plans to record a new MINISTRY studio album to follow 2013’s “From Beer To Eternity”, despite previously saying there would be no further MINISTRY records after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.

Jourgensen‘s side project SURGICAL METH MACHINE released its self-titled debut album in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded primarily at Jourgensen‘s home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D’Ambruoso.

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