First annual Ye Scallywag! festival to launch in California

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If you were ever referred to as a scallywag as a kid, and loved it, there might be a way for you to continue to be one as an adult. On Monday (Aug. 29), Synergy Global Energy, Brew Ha Ha Productions, and radio stations 91X and KFM-BFM announced the first ever Ye Scallywag! festival. The one-day, California-based event will feature performances by NOFX, Against Me!, and Bad Religion while also giving attendees a large array of craft beer, wine, and food.

“Scallywag! will be unlike any legitimate craft beer or wine event ever produced,” explains Ye Scallywag! co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions. “We are bringing in some of the most sought after and award-winning breweries in the country as well as some incredible wineries from Paso Robles, the Napa Valley, Central Coast, and beyond all set to the music of artists like Bad Religion. We’ve really got something special here!”

“Ye Scallywag! will be the perfect San Diego event to make one truly grateful for this wondrous California lifestyle,” adds 91X’s Halloran. “The craftiness of the beer, wine, food, and bands will prove that indeed, San Diego has the best. I am looking forward to an amazing day.”

Mirroring their sentiments, Fat Mike of NOFX adds: “When I started NOFX in 1983, I dreamed of being a scallywag one day, at least by the time I was 50. Well, not only am I a scallywag, but I’m also playing the scallywag festival! PS: What’s a scallywag? Is that like being a pirate?”

Ye Scallywag! is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Waterfront Park in San Diego, CA. The event will feature over 100 craft breweries and artisan wineries while the music portion of the event will kick off at noon. All tickets include beer and wine tasting and access to the BMW of Escondido Main Stage for live music.

Pre-sales for the event will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and will end on Thursday, Sept. 1. General ticket sales will then begin on Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. PST. As noted on the website, the one-day music festival is for those who are 21 and over. For more information about Ye Scallywag!, head on over to their website here.

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Bands join forces for Orlando compilation

Following the horrific Pulse Nightclub shooting, musicians have gathered to help support the victims/families of the shooting and the city of Orlando however they can. Panic! at the Disco held a blood drive and released a limited edition t-shirt with all proceeds being donate. PVRIS and Beartooth did the same by releasing limited edition t-shirts while You Blew It!, who call Orlando home, released an EP benefiting Center Orlando, an LGBT center providing counseling in the wake of the shooting.

On Friday (June 17), it was announced that a slew of artists have joined forces to release a compilation titled Forever Beautiful: A Collection Of Love For Orlando. The record will feature a total of 49 bands with all proceeds from the release going directly to the OneOrlando fund; the fund created to assist those who were victims of the shooting. Bands like  Taking Back Sunday, Real Friends, New Found Glory, Modern Baseball, Allison Weiss, Knuckle Puck, Foxing, Bad Religion, Somos, Anthony Green, You Blew It!, Into It. Over It., Pity Sex, Pinegrove, the Menzingers, Citizen, Thin Lips, Sorority Noise, Tiny Moving Parts, Turnover, Anti Flag, Tigers Jaw, Basement, and more are featured on the massive album. 

“This compilation is a love letter to the community of Orlando, FL. Following the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub on June 12th, we wanted to show our support and love for our LGBTQ community the best way we knew how; through music,” begins a collective statement from all the contributing artists.

“The tracks on this album were all individually contributed by the bands and artists themselves; artists from Orlando, New York, California, England, and all over the globe. All proceeds from this compilation will be donated to support the victims of the Pulse shooting as part of the OneOrlando Fund as a symbol of solidarity as our city rebuilds. The price of this album is whatever amount you would like to donate to this cause.”

The compilation can be found here. If you want to help out and donate directly to OneOrlando, that link can be found here.

Avenged Sevenfold Enlist Former Bad Religion Drummer

Avenged Sevenfold has confirmed the identity of their brand new drummer. Weeks after announcing that another drummer had left the band, the California group has unveiled who their new drummer is. During an appearance on Chris Jericho’s “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, frontman M. Shadows confirmed that former Bad Religion drummer, Brooks Wackerman, will in fact be A7X’s new drummer.

In a twist, Wackerman had announced his own departure from Bad Religion, a group he had been with for over a decade, about a week ago. In the interview, Shadows reveals that Wackerman’s name had been tossed around several times since the death of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan back in 2009. While Wackerman’s name had been suggested during several instances, it didn’t mean that they thought less of the former drummers they had; Mike Portnoy and Arin Ilejay.

“To be honest, Brooks’ name has always been in the mix. It was one of the names we were throwing around when Jimmy passed away in terms of who was going to step up for [2010’s] Nightmare,” said Shadows.

“We felt Mike [Portnoy] was the right choice and we still feel that way. Mike just destroyed on the record. He was perfect. But at the time, our tour manager brought up Brooks’ name as well. But at the time he was also busy with Bad Religion and it was also … people were going to look at it differently because he was a punk drummer at this point.”

But for those Bad Religion fans who may think that A7X “stole” Wackerman from the group, Shadows admits that he started things slowly, not to completely “poach” him from the punk band.

“What we did was we just wanted to make sure we didn’t jump into anything too fast, so for us it was, ‘Can we play the old songs? Let’s go have some rehearsals. Can we write together? Let’s write together. Let’s throw some riffs at him and see what would you play on this and can you give us 10 different drum beats around this riff?’ And it just instantly clicked and everyone was so excited.”

As for Wackerman, he said that he broke the news of his desire to leave Bad Religion to each of the member, individually, right before the last show of their tour.

“I spoke with every band member individually on a day off on tour right before our last show. There’s just a lot of history there, but they understood. They get it. I mean the band has been around for 35 years so they’ve gone through this before.”

As for Avenged Sevenfold and new music, it sounds like there might be something coming our way soon. During the interview, Shadows teased about the direction the new album will be heading.

“The idea of the last record was a very stripped down sound and the idea of the next is a not very stripped down sound.”

To listen to the complete interview with Shadows and Wackerman on “Talk Is Jericho,” head on over here.

Avenged Sevenfold’s last studio album was 2013’s Hail to the King.

Coachella Organizers Reveal Long-Awaited 2015 Line-Up

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Following a few months of speculation and predictions, the line-up for this year’s Coachella has been revealed.

The festival organizers took to Twitter to break the new in which they wrote, “For those about to RT.” A photo was attached to the tweet which contained the full line-up of all the artists who will take the trip to California in April.

Performers for the two weekend-long festival will include: AC/DC, Jack White, Brand New, Bad Religion, Circa Survive, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Kaskade, Ryan Adams, David Guetta, Fitz and the Tantrum, Marina and the Diamonds, LIGHTS, Andrew McMahon, and many, many more.

Check out the full, and pretty lengthy, list below.

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place in Indio during two consecutive weekends in April. The first weekend will take place April 10-12 while the second weekend will take place April 17-19.

The Offspring, Bad Religion, and Pennywise to Head on Summer Nationals Tour

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Remember how two weeks ago we revealed that The Offspring would be heading out on tour in support of the 20th anniversary of their hit album, Smash? Well, the tour has officially been confirmed and so have the artists that will be joining the California band on their tour.

The tour, which has been named “The Summer Nationals Tour” will not only feature The Offspring, it will also feature Bad Religion and Pennywise, like we had been informed when the news first broke. Aside from the official bands heading out and the name of the tour, we were also given the tour dates which can be seen below. The tour will begin on July 29 in Pittsburgh and travel all over the country eventually wrapping up on September 11 in Council Bluffs, IA at Harrah’s Ballroom.

THE SUMMER NATIONALS TOUR:

7/29/14-Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE* – on sale May 17 @ 10 AM

7/30/14-Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion* – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/1/14-Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage* – on sale May 16 @ 4 PM

8/2/14-Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory* – on sale May 16 @ 4 PM

8/4/14-New York, NY – Terminal 5* – on sale May 16 @ 12 Noon

8/5/14-New York, NY – Terminal 5* – on sale May 16 @ 12 Noon

8/7/14-Toronto, ON – TD Echo Beach* – on sale May 23 @ 10 AM

8/8/14-Burlington, VT – Waterfront Park – Lake Champlain Maritime Fest* – on sale May 16 @ 11 AM

8/11/14-Boston, MA – House Of Blues* – on sale May 17 @10 AM

8/14/14-Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre# – on sale June 6 @ 10 AM

8/15/14-West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre# – on sale June 6 @ 10 AM

8/16/14-Cape Canaveral, FL – Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral# – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/19/14-St. Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphitheatre# – on sale May 30 @ 10 AM

8/20/14-Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Music Park# – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/22/14-Oklahoma City, OK – Downtown Airpark# – on sale May 17 @ 10 AM

8/24/14-Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre# – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/26/14-Magna, UT – The Great Saltair** – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/27/14-Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino# – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/29/14-Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre# – on sale May 17 @ 10 AM

8/30/14-Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre* – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

8/31/14-Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre Grounds* – on sale June 13 @ 10 AM

9/7/14-Cincinnati, OH – Horseshoe Cincinnati^ – on sale TBA

9/9/14-Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom^ – on sale May 16 @ 10 AM

9/11/14-Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Ballroom^^ – on sale June 6 @ 10 AM

* w/ Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals
# w/ Bad Religion, Pennywise and TBA
** w/ Pennywise and TBA
^ w/ Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and TBA
^^ w/ Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and Naked Raygun

ADDITIONAL OFFSPRING TOUR DATES:

7/11/14-Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre w/ The Adolescents

8/08-10/14-Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal Festival w/ Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Metallica, Slayer and more. 

9/06/14-Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre/Chill On The Hill 2014 w/ Rise Against, Bad Religion, A Day To Remember and more.

9/12/14– Riot Fest Chicago-Chicago, IL – Venue TBA

The Offspring to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of ‘Smash’ in a Big Way

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The Offspring may or may not be considered one of the godfathers of the punk-rock world, with their random appearances at festivals and concerts or just by putting out catchy tunes (cause they’re pretty fly for white guys). We can attest to that, the first and only time we saw the Offspring was at Warped Tour in 2005 and remember something about a word beginning with the letter “F” and ending in a “K.”

“It’s ‘FIRETRUCK,’ guys!”

But even though they have been in the game for such a long time, it might be surprising to find out that their hit album, Smash will be turning 20 this year. To this day, Smash has sold over 12 million copies and is still considered one of the best-selling independent records of all time.

In honor of the anniversary, the band have already announced plans to release a vinyl/CD reissue of it in August, but that’s not all. Today, an announcement was made, letting fans know that they still have it and will be hitting the road to celebrate the 20 year anniversary.

The tour will feature them performing Smash in its entirety, but once again, that is not where the surprises en. The Offspring will be joined on tour by Bad Religion and/or Pennywise as well as The Vandals, Stiff Little Fingers and Naked Raygun opening on certain dates.

A lot to take in in such a short time span.

And if that wasn’t enough news, a leaked press release shows that the band will be performing at a Chicago venue that is still TBA on September 12 meaning they will be performing at this year’s Chicago Riot Fest.

Yep. Offspring new overload.

Check out all the upcoming tour dates below.

THE OFFSPRING ‘SMASH’ TOUR:

7/29/14 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE*

7/30/14 Baltimore, MD – Pier Six Pavilion*

8/1/14 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony Summer Stage*

8/2/14 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory*

8/4/14 New York, NY – Terminal 5*

8/5/14 New York, NY – Terminal 5*

8/7/14 Toronto, ON – TD Echo Beach*

8/8/14 Burlington, VT – Burlington Waterfront Park – Lake Champlain Maritime Festival*

8/11/14 Boston, MA – House Of Blues*

8/14/14 Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre#

8/15/14 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre#

8/16/14 Cape Canaveral, FL – Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral#

8/19/14 St. Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphitheatre#

8/20/14 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade Music Park#

8/22/14 Oklahoma City, OK – Downtown Airpark#

8/24/14 Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre#

8/26/14 Magna, UT – The Great Saltair**

8/27/14 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino#

8/29/14 Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre#

8/30/14 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre*

8/31/14 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre Grounds*

9/7/14 Cincinnati, OH – Horseshoe Cincinnati^

9/9/14 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom^

9/11/14 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Ballroom^^

* w/ Bad Religion, Pennywise and The Vandals

# w/ Bad Religion, Pennywise and TBA

** w/ Pennywise and TBA

^ w/ Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and TBA

^^ w/ Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and Naked Raygun

ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES:

7/11/14 Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre w/ The Adolescents

8/08-10/14 Montreal, QC – Heavy Montreal Festival w/ Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Metallica, Slayer and more.

9/06/14 Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre/Chill On The Hill 2014 w/ Rise Against, Bad Religion, A Day To Remember and more.

9/12/14 Chicago, IL – Venue TBA

Bad Religion Guitarist Leaves Band

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Longtime Bad Religion guitarist, Greg Heston has left the band. The news which came out of nowhere was revealed a few days ago. 

The guitarist took to Twitter to confirm that he has departed the band that he had been in for the past 29 years.

On the social media site, Heston wrote a simple confirmation which read: “As some people noticed I have left @badreligion. Thanks to everyone for the 29 plus years of support. Stay tuned here and Instagram for updates.”

Judging from the context of the message, it was apparent that people were beginning to wonder what happened to him and this was just a confirmation to something that fans might have already been suspicious about.

As of now, there has been no more information as to why, after such a longtime in the punk group, Heston had decided to leave, but like he said, keep an eye out on his social media accounts.