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The Great Rock News Report 07.16.08

July 16, 2008 | Posted by Daniel Wilcox


First thing’s first, (as if first things could be anything else), apologies for the lateness. I went out with my Dad last night to celebrate his birthday and we stopped out longer than expect, and needless to say I was in no condition to complete this news report last night. That does of course mean I’m doing all this with a hangover, but I bring these things on myself.

All that does mean is that we’re working with just the bare minimum this week, but that’s what you come here for anyway: the news. And there’s plenty of it, as well as countless tour dates as usual.

As it happens, I am thinking of a complete overhaul look-wise for the report so expect some changes in the next few weeks.

Now then, onto the news.

Top Stories

My Morning Jacket Already Working On Evil Urges Follow Up

Despite releasing their fifth album, Evil Urges, last month, My Morning Jacket have already begun work on its follow-up. Frontman Jim James has revealed that he was in the process of writing what will be the band’s sixth studio album.

I’m already writing songs for the new record and stuff,” he said. “The process is weird because whenever we make a record, the songs come from one or two years of life that you’ve lived. Then by the time you get to make that record you’re in that zone but when it comes out, it’s a year or two later. So, for me personally, I’m working on the next thing.

Slipknot Reveal All Hope Is Gone Album Art

Last week it was the tracklisting, and this week it’s the album cover. For those who haven’t seen it yet, here it is:

Nothing spectacular, but then again it is Slipknot. There’s a ton of hype around this album making it probably the most heavily anticipated rock album of the year. The album is currently being mixed in the UK by Colin Richardson who has worked with Machine Head and Trivium amongst others. It was produced by the band and Dave Fortman who has worked with Mudvayne, Simple Plan, Evanescence and more. All Hope Is Gone will be released through Roadrunner on August 26. “It’s very reminiscent of Slipknot in ’99,” Shawn “The Clown” Crahan said in a recent interview, “A lot of the imagery connected with this album harks back to our first album.

Corey Taylor recently spoke of each individual track in an interview. Here’s a brief summary of each track.

Execute: …”[It] came about 10 years ago. Clown pulled up this speech by former US Vice President Spiro Agnew and that’s what we wanted to use as an into. I played it for Clown and he was like “That’s cool, but wouldn’it it be better if you took it and made your own deal about it?” So I did.”

Gematria (The Killing Name): “I love my country and the people that defend it. I love the people that still exercise their right to disagree and voice their discontent, but there are a lot of people who are disguising politics as religion and dictating taste and thurning it into policy. And that hurts me.”

Sulfur: “It’s kind of a reflection of where I am at the moment. I probably feel the best I’ve ever felt in years, not just health-wise but as a person.”

Psychosocial: “It’s got that Rammstein/Ministry edge to it. Lyrically, it’s very much about us, and the energy we use when we’re together and the fact that we can pull it off when we’re focused.”

Dead Memories: “It’s the story of my last 10 years. I’ve been holding on to these things for such a long time, I decided it’s just time to let them go.

Vendetta: “…basically my way of introducing myself back to the world, and looking around and going “wow!” I never really take credit for the stuff, but there are a lot of people out there who’ve been inspired by what we do.

Butcher’s Hook: “It’s about all those little emo boys with their sweet little haircuts and their girldfriend’s pants. People give us shit for wearing outfits, but all those guys look exactly the same.

Gehenna: “It deals with obsession and wanting to let go of the facade and being your true self, as montrous as it may seem.

This Cold Black: “It calls people to the carpet on all types of shit. And I don’t think people are doing that anymore, and if they are it’s in such a weak way.

Wherein Lies Continue: “It’s a dressing down of the world as we know it. It all comes down to the fact that we have to save ourselves.

Snuff: “This is the slow one. It’s about someone who helped me through a lot and I thought she felt the same way I did and then she let me down.

All Hope Is Gone: “A lot of people look at this in a very negative way. This track is a reflection of what Slipknot is. Just when you thought you had us figured out, give up all hope because you’re never, ever going to.

Brief News Bites

Smashing Pumpkins have announced plans to tour the U.S. in August “for fun,” with performances that “will consist of unique sets and songs.” A 20th anniversary tour will follow in November, with dates confirmed in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and more cities to come. Mainman Billy Corgan said in a statement, “The August tour is going to be a blast… Expect a very loud and raucous show from us.

The Iron Maiden tribute CD Maiden Heaven is available now, exclusively free with rock magazine Kerrang! I have no idea if the magazine sells internationally. Artists paying tribute inclue Metallica, Machine Head, Avenged Sevenfold, Dream Theatre, Coheed and Cambria, Trivium, Madina Lake and more. I may or may not review the CD later this week.

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkings recently was interviewed by WWE Superstar Jeff Hardy on During the interview, Watkins said that the band’s new album is expected to see a January/February 2009 release. The album has now been postponed several times.

Cold War Kids have announced details about the follow up to their 2006 breakthrough album, Robbers & Cowards. Loyal To Loyalty will be released in September 2008 via Downtown Records.

The first official taste of Guns ‘N RosesChinese Democracy will appear in the sequel to the smash-hit video game Rock Band. The new GNR tune, “Shackler’s Revenge,” appears in the track listing for Rock Band 2.

The Plain White T’s new album, Big Bad World, is due out September 23 via Hollywood Records. Lead singer Tom Higgenson says the album is more accessible than the band’s previous efforts. “We tried to make more of a record that an adult can pick up and love track-for-track, the same as a teenager could or even a younger kid could.

Police plan to release a live CD and DVD from its reunion tour later this year. Drummer Stewart Copeland has revealed the group filmed and recorded two shows, Dec. 1-2 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the projects, which are due out later this year.

AC/DC will embark on a world tour before the end of the year in support of its next studio album, according to authoritative fan site Electric Shock. The album is likely to be titled Black Ice and will be released Oct. 28 in North America via Columbia, but will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores.

Trigger The Bloodshed have revealed a new line up. ““Firstly we have parted ways with our vocalist Charlie Holmes. It is sad to see him go as he is a good friend and we are happy to say there is no ill feeling between him and the rest of the band. The good news is that we finally have a full lineup, including new vocalist Jonny Burgan, and keeping it in the family, our new bassist is Rob’s younger brother Dave Purnell, who is no stranger to the band — you may have seen him playing with us at Download. Jonny and Dave live and breathe extreme music and are both bringing a lot to the table in terms of musicianship. We all feel that this is the strongest the band has ever been and with a solid lineup we are set to take no prisoners across the summer and later this year on tour.

I Am Ghost have emerged from self-imposed songwriting solitude to begin work on their sophomore album, which is slated for release this fall via Epitaph Records. The quintet recently headed east to record the follow up to 2006’s critically heralded debut, Lovers’ Requiem, with producer Paul Leavitt (The Bled) in Baltimore, MD.

The Blackmore’s Night album Secret Voyage has been given a US release date of August 19. The album will be released through SPV Records.

Here is the tracklisting for Staind‘s upcoming album The Illusion of Progress.

1. “Believe”
2. “All I Want Is You”
3. “Feel”
4. “Save Me”
5. “Talk”
6. “Raining Again”
7. “This Is It”
8. “Corner”
9. “Voices In The Rain”
10. “Pardon Me”
11. “Tangled Up In You”
12. “Breakaway”
13. “The Way I Am”

The Madden 09 soundtrack has been announced. It features brand new songs from Franz Ferdinand and Gym Class Heroes as well as already released songs from the likes of Disturbed, Airbourne, The All-American Rejects, Shinedown, Trivium, The Offspring, From First To Last and Busta Rhymes featuring Linkin Park. Click here for the full tracklisting. The Franz Ferdinand song “Lucid Dreams” is set to appear on their new album due early next year while “I’m Home” by Gym Class Heroes is included in their fifth studio album The Quilt, set to drop September 9 via Feuled By Ramen.

Monster has been revealed as the title for Saliva’s upcoming new album, expected to be released by the end of the year.

An investigation has reportedly been launched into whether Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister committed a crime under German law by wearing what appears to be a Nazi cap in a recently published photo. The picture in question appeared in a German newspaper prior to the band’s July 5, 2008 “Wacken Rocks Seaside” concert in Aurich, Germany with Machine Head and Saxon.

Our Lady Peace have announced that they have 17 tracks recorded, some finished, in preparation for a new album.

Secret Machines have announced that their third studio album will be self-titled and see an October release. The album will be the first to feature the band’s new guitarist Phil Karnats, who has replaced Benjamin Curtis after he left the in March last year.

Led Zeppelin have arranged for the manufacture of a very special Limited Edition White Vinyl version of ‘The Song Remains The Same’. There are only 100 of these being made available for sale (and only 200 in existence). All 100 of these special editions are being sold through, direct to fans. The only way that you could stand a chance of getting hold of this rare version is to pre-order the ‘The Song Remains The Same’ Vinyl direct from; The White Vinyl versions will be sent to customers who are picked at random.

Trap Them will release their latest full-length, Seizures in Barren Praise, this fall. The album was recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou and features the band’s new drummer Mike Justian (Unearth, The Red Chord, Shai Hulud).

The estate of rock and roll legend Jimi Hendrix has flunked a challenge to prove that a controversial video depicting him in a sexual escapade with two women is not really him, according to Vivid Entertainment, which released the DVD in May.

Tour Dates

US Dates

The Who have announced two LA dates, the first of many of a massive planned US tour.

Nov 8th – Nokia Theatre, LA
Nov 9th – Nokia Theatre, LA

The band also promises more dates will be announced soon.

Buller For my Valentine have announced dates for the second leg of their “No Fear” Tour. No word on if Bleeding Through will remain as the support act, but here are the dates;

Sept 2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Sept 4 – Orlando, FL HOB
Sept 5 – Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
Sept 6 – Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Sept 8 – Knoxville, TN The Valarium
Sept 9 – Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Sept 10 – Norfolk, VA The Norva
Sept 12 – Louisville, KY Coyotes
Sept 16 – Kansas City, MO Beaumont
Sept 17 – Des Moines, IA Val Air
Sept 19 – Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom
Sept 22 -Denver, CO Fillmore
Sept 23 – Salt Lake City, UT Great Salt Air
Sept 25 – San Francisco, CA Warfield

Children of Bodom will team up with Between The Buried And Me on the following run;

9/11 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
9/12 Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
9/13 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/14 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
9/16 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
9/18 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
9/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
9/20 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
9/21 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
9/22 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
9/23 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at The Market
9/25 Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
9/26 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
9/27 Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
9/28 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
9/30 Saint Paul, MN @ Myth
10/1 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
10/2 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Eagles Club
10/3 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
10/4 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargo’s
10/6 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
10/7 Rochester, NY @ Water St. Music Hall
10/8 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/9 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
10/10 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

Of Montreal have announced a headlining tour of the US and Canada, kicking of in October.

Durham, NC Carolina Theatre (October 7)
Asheville, NC Orange Peel (8)
New York, NY Roseland Ballroom (10)
St. Louis, MO The Pageant (24)
Minneapolis, MN First Avenue (25)
Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theatre (26)
Chicago, IL The Riviera (27)
Toronto, Ontario Queen Elizabeth Theatre (28)
Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre (30)
Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory (31)
Richmond, VA The National (November 1)
Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle (8)
New Orleans, LA Howlin’ Wolf (11)
Houston, TX Warehouse Live (12)
Austin, TX 507 E. 6th Street (13)
Dallas, TX House of Blues (14)
Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall (15)
Denver, CO Ogden Theatre (16)
Murray, UT Murray Super Theatre (17)
Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo (19)
Portland, OR Roseland Theater (20)
San Francisco, CA Regency Center Grand Ballroom (21)
Los Angeles, CA Venue to be announced (22)

Against Me! have announced a short run of Canadian dates this fall, with support from Jappanther;

Sept 7 – London ON @ Cowboy’s Ranch
Sept 10 – WInnipeg MB @ The Garrick Centre
Sept 11 – Saskatoon SK @ The Odeon Events Centre
Sept 12 – Edmonton AB @ The Edmonton Events Centre
Sept 13 – Calgary AB @ MacEwan Hall

Powerman 5000 have announced dates for a 2009 tour.

January 17th in Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
January 19th in Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
January 21st in Cedar Falls, IA @ The Reverb
January 22nd in Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
January 23rd in Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
January 24th in Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
January 25th in Mt Clemens, MI @ Emerald Theater
January 27th in Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
January 28th in Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
January 29th in Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
January 30th in Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
January 31st in Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
February 2nd in Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
February 3rd in Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
February 4th in Wantagh, NY @ Mulcahy’s
February 6th in Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
February 7th in Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
February 8th in Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 9th in Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
February 12th in Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
February 13th in San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
February 15th in Farmington, NM @ Gators
February 17th in San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle

Jucifier, have announced a string of Northeastern US and Canadian tour dates;

July 16 – Providence, RI – Living Room
July 18 – Wallingford, CT – Cherry Street Station
July 19 – Northampton, MA – Elevens
July 25 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
July 26 – Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
July 29 – London, ON – Call The Office
July 30 – St. Catherines, ON – L3
July 31 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dees
Aug 12 – Winnipeg, MB – The Royal Albert
Aug 17 – Edmonton, AB – New City
Aug 18 – Calgary, AB – The Stetson
Sept 1 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

The Swell Season have announced a run of dates in the US and Canada;

Aug 9 – Baltimore, MD Virgin Festival
Aug 10 – Northampton, MA The Pines
Aug 17 – Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Music Festival
Sept 17 – New York, NY Rumsey Playfield
Sept 19 – Boston, MA Agganis Arena
Sept 20 – Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall
Sept 21 – Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theatre
Sept 22 – Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
Sept 24 – Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Sept 27 – Austin, TX Austin City Limits Festival
Sept 29 – Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Sept 30 – Albuquerque, NM Popejoy Hall

UK Dates

Fall Out Boy have announced three shows for October.

Oct 19th – Birmingham NEC
Oct 21st – Glasgow SECC
Oct 22nd – London Wembley Arena

Nightwish will play their final headline show in the UK as part of the Dark Pasion Play tour on March 11 at London Brixton Academy.

Simple Plan will be back in the UK in November.

Nov 27th – Glasgow Carling Academy
Nov 28th – Birmingham Carling Academy
Nov 29th – London Forum

Alter Bridge have announced a string of UK dates.

Nov 4th – Sheffield Academy
Nov 5th – Glascow Academy
Nov 7th – Norwich NEA
Nov 8th – London Brixton Academy
Nov 9th – Manchester Apollo
Nov 11th – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Nov 12th – Nottingham Rock City
Nov 13th – Portsmouth Guildhall

Vampire Weekend will tour the UK again in October;

Birmingham Academy (20)
Manchester Academy (21)
Sheffield Academy (22)
London Forum (24, 25)
Newcastle Academy (28)
Glasgow Barrowlands (29)
Liverpool Academy (30)
Bristol Academy (31)

The Ting Tings have added more shows to their upcoming tour of the UK – because of such heavy demand for tickets.

September Tour Dates:
Liverpool Carling Academy – 20
Glasgow Barrowlands – 21
Newcastle Carling Academy – 23
Nottingham Rock City – 24
Southampton Guildhall – 25
Sheffield Carling Academy – 26
Norwich UEA – 28
Lincoln Engine Shed – 29
Leicester University – 30
October Tour Dates:
Manchester Academy – 2/3
Birmingham Carling Academy – 4
Cardiff University Great Hall – 5
Bristol Carling Academy – 7
London Shepherds Bush Empire – 8
London Forum – 9/10

Little Man Tate have lined-up an Autumn tour to coincide with their second album Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy, which is released on September 15th.

Sept 8 – Birmingham Bar Academy
Sept 9 – Manchester Roadhouse
Sept 13 – London BarflySept 16 – Bristol Thekla
Sept 17 – Liverpool Academy
Sept 18 – Stoke Sugarmill
Sept 19 – Peterborough Park
Sept 20 – Northampton Roadmenders
Sept 22 – Bedford Esquires
Sept 23 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Sept 24 – London Islington Academy
Sept 25 – Aldershot West End Centre
Sept 26 – Harlow Square
Sept 27 – Stockton Ku Bar
Sept 29 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sept 30 – Sage Gateshead
Oct 1 – Glasgow Garage
Oct 2 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Oct 3 – Dundee Fat Sams
Oct 4 – Aberdeen Moshulu
Oct 6 – Swansea Sin City
Oct 7 – Colchester Arts Centre
Oct 9 – Leicester Charlotte
Oct 10 – Sheffield Academy


It’s a damn good job I’m financially doing OK right now, because I’ll be picking up tickets for Alter Bridge, Nightwish, Fall Out Boy and The Ting Tings soon enough.

That is all we have time for today, folks. The good news is, I’ll be back next week with more enthralling news and stuff! Until then, have a good week.


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