Standouts on the lineup include headliner Red Hot Chili Peppers, Steel Panther, SIXX: A.M., Asking Alexandria and Megadeth. There are some other good bands scattered in too like We Came As Romans... but all in all I must say I think the headliners are weak. ROTR has had Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Shinedown and Five Finger Death Punch before. I was hoping for Iron Maiden but I guess the budget just wasn't there. Tickets are available now via pre-sale - field access weekend wristbands are $199 each and the price will go up incrementally until they are sold out.
Today's post is from our friend HIM.
Slow news day. But I figured I would restart a debate about music some of us care about.
The latest Sabbath tour, sans album feels like a sad gasp of the totality that Sabbath represents. Consider the impact the band has had on bands. Consider the clunkers and the hits. Consider the hidden pleasures (I still find the Martin voxed “Black Moon” a fine entry in their latter catalog).
Here’s the thing: Iommi can do no wrong with me, even if he did some serious disrepair to the brand over the years (Forbidden is nearly a mess and I won’t lay that at the feet of Ernie C. either). And I will celebrate his perseverance, and his stamina, in the face of illness and decline, alongside the talents of every member who ever graced the Sabbath stage. Glenn Hughes, we hardly knew you when you were outsizing yourself.
But here is the other thing: I really enjoyed 13, even if I heard Heaven and Hell leftovers and warmed-over sub-takes and remakes of what should have sounded like “true” Sabbath. And you all know me: I know that 13 was the best (better than we could have hoped for) out of this band, at this time, given all the element in place: a sick Iommi, a chugging Geezer, a complacent Ozzy, and a needed stand-in in Wilk. I won’t raise the Ward issue. Though if you want, we can Facetweet and Fingertext about it. I have opinions. So I just want to go back to the last time that I felt Iommi really wanted to make music. Over fifteen years ago. Iommi is suffused in nu metal stylings and odd attempts to capture the newest brass ring. But it rocks like Sabbath haven’t in some time.
Consider the Cult’s Astbury on “Flame On”
Or David Grohl (and Brian “frigging” May!!!) on “Hello Lament:”
Classic Sabbath? Nope. Chasing trends? A bit. But you can hear that crunchy Iommi riffing. And you can listen to pretenders to the throne as they bow before him—not Geezer, not Ozz, not Ward—and show their respect. That adds up to something a lot better than it should have been. And then you can listen to a patchwork of hits and misses from people like Henry Rollins and Phil Anselmo. So it is a dog’s dinner or a lord’s lunch; your choice. So let me bring it all home: I am so glad Iommi is living and breathing and rocking. I am also glad he is ready to retire. We likely won’t get much out of Ozzy and we might squeeze a bit out of G/Z/R/. Ward does his dance and he does it well. If anything, he is attuned to sounds that even Iommi is unaware of even if he can’t pound the skins to those beats in his head. Here’s the thing though: New or old, Iommi remains atop the hill. 2000 was ample proof of that.
Sweden Rock Festival, held annually the first week of June, has just confirmed 13 more bands. Some of the highlights include SIXX: AM and LA Guns. A total of 82 bands will play the fest. So far 36 have been announced.
Happy Black Friday to my fellow Americans. I'm about to head out to grab a handful of deals. Nothing major on my shopping list this year. Still Black Friday is my favorite unofficial holiday. I'm a deal hound anyway, so if I can stack bigger sales and coupons on items I need, I love it. Just remember to double-check the sales today to make sure you really are getting a great deal. Here's an amazing concert clip of Bon Jovi live from 1988... you know, before the band sold out and went country.
Happy Thanksgiving! Time for another 2016 tour announcement. Journey and the Doobie Brothers are going to hit the road, starting in May. Here are the dates - a lot of different cities on this one. Enjoy the holiday!
5/12 — Irvine, Calif. — Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
5/14 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Isleta Amphitheater
5/18 — Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheater
5/20 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/21 — Woodlands, Texas — The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/23 — Wichita, Kan. — INTRUST Bank Arena
5/25 — Memphis, Tenn. — FedEx Forum
5/27 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Indianapolis Motor Speedway *
5/28 — Kansas City, Mo.. — Sprint Center
5/31 — Rogers, Ark. — Walmart AMP
6/02 — Birmingham, Ala. — Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/04 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
6/05 — Raleigh, N.C. — Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
6/08 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/10 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amp.
6/11 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
6/22 — Bangor, Maine — Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/24 — Bethel, N.Y. — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/25 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Banks Art Center
6/27 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/29 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — Blossom Music Center
7/01 — Virginia Beach, Va. — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/02 — Bristow, Va. — Jiffy Lube Live
7/05 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/07 — Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/09 — Darien, N.Y. — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/10 — Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center
7/13 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Lakeview Amphitheater
7/15 — Camden, N.J. — BB&T Pavilion
7/16 — Burgettstown, Penn. — First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 — Nashville, Tenn. — Ascend Amphitheater **
7/29 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
7/30 — Maryland Heights, Miss. — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/02 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena
8/04 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/06 — Omaha, Neb. — CenturyLink Center
8/07 — Des Moines, Iowa — Wells Fargo Arena
8/09 — St. Paul, Minn. — Xcel Energy Center
8/11 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
8/13 — Tinley Park, Ill. — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/16 — Oklahoma City, Okla. — Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/17 — Little Rock, Ark. — Verizon Arena
8/20 — Denver, Colo. — Pepsi Center
8/21 — West Valley City, Utah — USANA Amphitheatre
8/23 — Auburn, Wash. — White River Amphitheatre
8/25 — Ridgefield, Wash. — Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
8/27 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Mandalay Bay Events Center
8/28 — Fresno, Calif. — Save Mart Center
8/30 — Chula Vista, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre