Former Asking Alexandria frontman officially returns to band


In a shocking update, Asking Alexandria has announced that former frontman Danny Worsnop has returned to the band, replacing Denis Stoff. On Friday (Oct. 21), founding member/guitarist Ben Bruce made the revelation in an eight-and-a-half minute clip. About a minute into the Facebook live video, Bruce confirms that the band, and Stoff, had departed ways; barely two years after the Make Me Famous singer joined the group. Bruce explains that the band did not kick Stoff out, but rather, the former singer just stopped speaking to them all together.

“Basically, to a cut a long story short, we didn’t kick Denis out of the band. He just stopped talking to us,” Bruce explains in the clip. “Everything seemed fine and then he just stopped responding. I texted him a bunch, loads of emails back and forth, no response whatsoever.”

As the video continues, we hear Bruce’s side of the story as well as if he regretted adding Stoff to the lineup for the year and a half that he was with them. “Do I regret the last year and a half I spent touring the world with Denis? Absolutely not. Do I regret releasing and writing The Black? Absolutely not. Do I go back on anything I said? Absolutely not. The Black was a very honest and open record and that is I felt at the time, how we all felt at the time. We’ve moved on, we’ve moved upwards. I’m not gonna sit here and talk shit on Denis, he came into this band and he was amazing for us at the time. We had a blast with him, we had the best time ever.”

But one good thing came out of Stoff’s not-so-sublte departure; original singer Worsnop and the rest of the guys of Asking Alexandria have buried the hatchet. Last month, Worsnop had teased posted on social media that he was on his way to visit Bruce and From First To Last’s Matt Good to “maybe play a little music.”

“Obviously over the last sort of few months we’ve rekindled our relationship with Danny and what happened in the past sucked and it hurt us, obviously I said things and Danny has said things—that happens,” says Bruce in the video. “It was in the past and it was shit. But at the end of the day, we’ve been best friends for a decade and that’s why this is the move that’s right for us. Right for us as a band. Right for us as people and friends and right for us as Asking Alexandria. This is full circle. This is right back where we started and why we started the band.”

Worsnop left the band in early 2015 when he decided “to pursue other musical interests” in the form of his band We Are Harlot. Shortly after Worsnop’s departure, the remaining members enlisted Stoff to take over vocals for not only their live shows, but also for their recently released record, The Black.

Bruce’s Facebook live stream can currently be viewed here, while the complete transcript of the video, courtesy of The PRP, can be found here. Asking Alexandria is set to hit the road for Sumerian Records’ “10 Years of Black” tour. The British band will travel across the country with Born of Osiris, I See Stars, After the Burial, Upon A Burning Body, and Bad Omens. The trek will kick off on Oct. 25 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle and wrap up on Dec. 6 at Livewire in Scottsdale, Ariz. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


10/25 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
10/27 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
10/28 – Boise, ID  @ Knitting Factory
10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/31 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/01 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/04 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
11/06 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/07 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
11/09 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory
11/12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
11/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/15 – Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
11/16 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
11/18 – Norfolk, VA @ NorVa Theatre
11/19 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
11/20 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live
11/21 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
11/23 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
11/25 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/26 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
11/27 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
11/28 – Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Pavilion
11/29 – Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
12/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
12/02 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
12/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
12/04 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
12/06 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Livewire

Watch the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2’ trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy are back! Yes, that means Star Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Baby Groot have returned to save the world once again. Check out the first teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to the hit Marvel film below.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.

Pop Evil announces early 2017 headlining tour

With several massive tours and rock festivals under their belt, Pop Evil is ready to take the lead and headline their own tour. On Tuesday (Oct. 18), the Michigan-founded band announced plans to headline their own tour in 2017. The tour which has been named the “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW,” will kick off on Jan. 10, 2017 at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY and wrap up a month and a half later on Feb. 24, 2017 at the Fillmore Detroit in the group’s home state of Michigan.

“What an exciting time to announce a full headline tour across the states as we launch our final single off UP, ‘If Only For Now,'” begins frontman Leigh Kakaty in a press release. “It’s no secret, as a ‘Rock’ musician this is a very difficult era to survive in. That’s why we take it very seriously to appreciate what is happening RIGHT NOW by living in the moment. We are not taking success for granted and will continue to waive the Rock ‘n’ Roll Flag! It’s time for the ROCK community to come together to spread the awareness that rock and roll’s a force to be reckoned with. Come join us this January as we embark on our Rock ‘N’ Roll quest across the states on the ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW!”

Red Sun Rising and Badflower will join Pop Evil during the early-2017 excursion. Those who wish to purchase tickets to the show can currently do so here using the pre-sale password, “BLABBERMOUTH.” All Ticketmaster service fees will be reduced to $0.99 beginning today until Monday, Oct. 24, at 9:59 a.m. local time. After that, the normal Ticketmaster service fees will resume.  The official poster and full list of tour dates can be seen below.

The “ROCK ‘N’ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW” trek is in support of the group’s recently release record, 2015’s UP. The album, the band’s fourth studio record, earned the number one spot on Billboard’s Indie Chart and received a lot of accolades from critics.

Jimmy Eat World reassure that ‘You Are Free’ in new song

With a handful of days left before the release of their upcoming new album, Jimmy Eat World has released one final taste of the record. On Monday (Oct. 17), the Arizona-founded band released a fourth new track from their impending, ninth studio album, Integrity Blues. The new song is titled “You Are Free.” The lyric video for the new tune can be seen below.

“You Are Free” will join previously released tracks “Get Right,” “Sure and Certain,” and “You with Me” on Integrity Blues. Those who pre-order the album now will receive instant downloads of “Get Right,” “Sure and Certain,” “You with Me,” and “You Are Free.” Integrity Blues is set to be released this Friday, Oct. 21, through RCA Records and marks the follow-up to 2013’s Damages.

Back in August, the group had revealed that the new record was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen who previously worked with M83 and Paramore. In support of Integrity Blues, the band is currently n their “Integrity Blues” world tour. Tonight, the band is taking a break from performing, but tomorrow (Oct. 18), the group will perform at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS. The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen here.

Listen: Avenged Sevenfold hit “The Stage” with new song

It seems like during the past week, speculations of new Avenged Sevenfold tunes has reached an all-time high. With the appearance of the band’s Deathbat logo in random locations around the world like London, Paris and Ontario and “leaked” information making its rounds on the internet, we figured it was only a matter of time before the group confirmed or denied the rumors. On Thursday (Oct. 13), the band officially confirmed the new music rumors when they released their brand new song, “The Stage.” The new, eight-and-a-half minute long song can be streamed below.

While the biggest rumor was that the band would be unleashing a new song on Friday, Oct. 14, there was also a post on Instagram by Fozzy frontman (and close friend of M. Shadows) Chris Jericho. In the now-deleted post, the wrestler posted that Avenged’s new album would be titled Voltaic Oceans and would see a release date of Dec. 9.

To coincide with the new music news, the band launched a new website which features the”Deathbot”; the gatekeeper of Avenged Sevenfold information. Music publication Loudwire asked the Deathbot several questions including “new album.” According to the publication, when they typed “new album,” the Deathbot responded with “the official answer will be given during a special live event on Oct. 27.” Cool.

Earlier this year, the band announced they had severed ties with their longtime home of Warner Bros. in favor of Capitol. During an interview with Loudwire Nights, M. Shadows unveiled that things were not good between them and Warner Bros.

“We left because every single person at the label, not every single person, the radio department is still intact. But the people that signed us, the A&R people, all the people that had to do with the high up at the company didn’t know who Avenged Sevenfold was or cared at this point. So we had to leave.”

Shadows add: “It had nothing to do with anything other than if you’re at a place where they don’t care about your band, then you have to do somewhere where they do care about your band. So, as labels start morphing and changing over time, you have to do what’s best for you and that’s the main reason we left. For us, it’s about finding a home that care about rock music and they care about Avenged Sevenfold and want to further our career as we try to push through this thing.”

Whatever the new album ends up being titled or when it is set to be released, we do know that it will be the follow-up to 2013’s Hail to the King. The impending release will also mark the first record to feature new drummer Brooks Wackerman who replaced former drummer Arin Ilejay.

All we can say is, keep your eyes open for that special event on Oct. 27.

Circa Survive announces ‘On Letting Go’ tenth anniversary tour

A little over a year after hitting the road in support of the tenth anniversary of Juturna, Circa Survive will be hitting the road for another ten-year anniversary. On Tuesday (Oct. 11), the Philadelphia-founded band announced that they will be hitting the road in 2017 to celebrate the tenth year anniversary of their sophomore album, On Letting Go.

“So many moments on that record personified what Circa Survive was starting to become.,” writes frontman Anthony Green on Facebook. “I’m really excited to revisit that with all of the knowledge we’ve been able to pick up since. It was a wild time in my life and it’s kind of an escape for me now to go back to that and celebrate it!”

Turnover and mewithoutYou will hit the road with Circa for the anniversary tour. VIP tickets are currently available while general admission will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. local time.

On Letting Go was released on May 29, 2007 through Equal Vision Records and earned the number 24 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, quite a feat for a band with only one record under their belt. Circa Survive has been a little on the quiet side since the release of their recent record, 2014’s Descensus.

Green, on the other hand, hasn’t. The singer reunited with Saosin earlier this year for the release of their new album, Along the Shadow and just recently wrapped up his solo tour behind his recently released solo record, Pixie Queen. For now, check out the full list of tour stops for the On Letting Go tenth anniversary tour below.


Jan. 12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Jan. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Jan. 14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Jan. 15 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Jan. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jan. 18 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Jan. 20 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Jan. 21 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Jan. 22 – Ft. Lauderdale, Fl @ Revolution
Jan. 23 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
Jan. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
Jan. 26 – Norfolk, Va @ The NorVa
Jan. 27 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Jan. 28 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Feb. 10 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Feb. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Feb. 12 – Madison, WI @ The Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Feb. 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Feb. 17 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Feb. 18 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Feb. 20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
Feb. 21 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Feb. 22 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
Feb. 26 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Feb. 28 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
March 01 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
March 02 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
March 03 – New Orleans, LA @ The Joy Theater
March 05 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
March 06 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora

Depeche Mode announces new album, world tour

Depeche Mode music lovers rejoice! On Tuesday (Oct. 11), the British band announced plans to release a brand new record in 2017. Taking to Facebook, the trio unveiled that the new record, their 14 studio album, will be titled Spirit and is set for a 2017 projected release date; the specific date has not been revealed.

“We’re working on the album with a new team: it’s produced by James Ford [of Simian Mobile Disco], and he’s helped us to make what we feel is a very incredible sounding record,” lead singer Dave Gahan explains of the new music. “He was able to really guide us.”

In support of the upcoming record, the band has also announced a massive world tour. The trek, which has been named the “European Global Spirit” tour, will kick off on May 5 at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden and wrap up a month-and-a-half later on July 23 at the Cluj Arenain in Cluj, Romania. Proceeds from the tour will raise money for the charity, charity:water.

“If you don’t know charity:water, you should,” guitarist Martin Gore begins. “They’re an amazing organization whose goal is to bring clean, safe drinking water to everybody on the planet. On the last tour, with our fans’ help, we were able to raise over $1.4 million for charity:water. Those funds specifically brought clean water to people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda.”

Before Spirit is set to hit stores next year, the band will release a compilation titled Video Singles Collection. The collection features the group’s entire videography from 1981 to 2013. The compilation is set to hit stores on Nov. 11.

For now, the complete list of tour dates can be found below. Spirit is the follow-up to the group’s 2013 release, Delta Machine.


May 5 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Friends Arena
May 7 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Ziggo Dome
May 9 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
May 12 – Nice, France @ Stade Charles-Ehrmann
May 14- Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Dvorana Stožice
May 17 – Athens, Greece @ Terra Vibe Park
May 20 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Štadión Pasienky
May 22 – Budapest, Hungary @ Groupama Aréna
May 24 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Eden Aréna
May 27 – Leipzig, Germany @ Festwiese
May 29 – Lille, France @ Stade Pierre-Mauroy
May 31 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Telia Parken
June 3 – London, United Kingdom @ London Stadium
June 5 – Cologne, Germany @ RheinEnergieStadion
June 9 – Munich, Germany @ Olympiastadion
June 11 – Hannover, Germany @ HDI Arena
June 18 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Letzigrund Stadion
June 20 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Commerzbank-Arena
June 22 – Berlin, Germany @ Olympiastadion
June 25 – Rome, Italy @ Stadio Olimpico
June 27 – Milan, Italy @ Stadio San Siro
June 29 – Bologna, Italy @ Stadio Rentao Dall’Ara
July 1 – Paris, France @ Stade de France
July 4 – Gelsenkirchen, Germany @ Veltins-Arena
July 6 – Bilbao, Spain @ BBK Live Festival
July 8 – Lisbon, Portugal @ NOS Alive Festival
July 13 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ SKK
July 15 – Moscow, Russia @ Otkritie Arena
July 17 – Minsk, Belarus @ Minsk-Arena
July 19 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
July 21 – Warsaw, Poland @ PGE Narodowy
July 23 – Cluj-Napoca, Romania @ Cluj Arena