Tool, Slipknot, blink-182 lead Aftershock 2019 lineup

Tool, Slipknot, and blink-182 are just some of the bands heading to California’s capital in October for the 2019 incarnation of the Aftershock music festival. On Tuesday (April 23), festival organizers announced the rocking lineup for the eighth annual event.

Joining Tool, Slipknot, and blink-182 on this year’s line up are Korn, Rob Zombie, Bring Me the Horizon, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Chevelle, Dropkick Murphys, BABYMETAL, Bad Religion, Stone Temple Pilots, and many more.

“Aftershock Festival is always a unique experience for Korn compared to other festivals,” Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch says.

“One of the main reasons is we have many friends and family that live near Sacto, so it’s always like a family reunion when we play Aftershock. We’ve been gone a while and we’re coming back this year with a new album, new stage look, and a new excitement that is very contagious! We feel like we are on fire right now and our fans are gonna be fuel for the flames!”

Knowing that fans can’t get enough of the music festival, event organizers also unveiled that the festival has expanded from two days to three.

Dubbed “California’s biggest rock festival,” the event will return to its longtime home of Discovery Park in Sacramento during the weekend of Oct. 11-13.

Tickets, VIP packages, and hotel options go on sale this Friday, April 26, at noon PT. Tickets for Aftershock have sold out four years straight, so festival organizers are encouraging fans to get their tickets as soon as possible.

The official announcement comes a day after the lineup was leaked online. According to a Reddit post, the lineup was accidentally uploaded onto the festival’s website a day before it was set to go live. At the time, there was some speculation whether the lineup was real, but it turned out to be true.

For more details about the lineup, tickets, or general inquiries, head on over to Aftershock’s website.

The daily lineup for Aftershock can be found below.


Friday, October 11

Slipknot, Staind, Lamb of God, Halestorm, Dropkick Murphys, Sum 41, Clutch, I Prevail, Beartooth, Motionless in White, Andrew W.K., Philip H. Anselmo & the Illegals, Knocked Loose, Angel Du$t, While She Sleeps, Ded, The Pink Slips, Santa Cruz

Saturday, October 12

blink-182, Rob Zombie, Bring Me the Horizon, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Bad Religion, Highly Suspect, Ghostemane, Fidlar, The Interrupters, Fishbone, Badflower, Ho99o9, Health, Parlor Mob, Sick Puppies, Spirit Adrift, Broken Hands, Dead Posey

Sunday, October 13

Tool, Korn, A Day to Remember, Chevelle, BABYMETAL, Gojira, Architects, Falling in Reverse, Deadland Ritual, Fu Manchu, The Crystal Method, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Hu, Fire from the Gods, Joyous Wolf, Evan Konrad, Brkn Love, Blue Midnight


Dropkick Murphys announce fall tour dates with Clutch, Hatebreed

The Dropkick Murphys are hitting the road this fall and taking some of their friends for the ride. On Tuesday (April 16), the Boston-based band announced a United States-centric tour for later this year. The upcoming trek will find the act performing at venues across the country throughout September and October.

The 18-stop jaunt will invade several major cities including Raleigh, Charlotte, Birmingham, Detroit, St. Paul, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, and more. The tour begins on Sept. 20 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts and concludes almost a month later on Oct. 15 at the WAMU Theater in Seattle.

The six-pieces impending tour schedule also includes two previously confirmed music festival appearances; Sea.Hear.Now Festival on Sept. 22 in Asbury Park, New Jersey and Louder than Life on Sept. 28 in Louisville.

Clutch and Hatebreed are the tour’s direct supporting acts while Amigo the Devil and Russ Rankin of Good Riddance will perform on select dates.

“This fall we’re hitting the road with Clutch and special guests Hatebreed, Amigo the Devil, and Russ Rankin of Good Riddance,” the band posted alongside the official flyer for the upcoming trek. Watch the band’s tour announcement video above.

The fall tour is in support of the Dropkick Murphy’s latest studio release, 2017’s 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory. The album, the group’s ninth studio effort, debuted at the number eight spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.


Sept. 20 — Springfield, MA – MassMutual Center
Sept. 21 — Erie, PA – Erie Insurance Arena
Sept. 22 — Ashbury Park, NJ – Sea.Hear.Now Festival*
Sept. 24 — Raleigh, NV @ The Red Hat Amphitheater
Sept. 25 — Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 26 — Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
Sept. 28 — Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life*
Sept. 29 — Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre+
Sept. 30 — Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Oct. 1 — St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
Oct. 3 — Moorhead, MN – Bluestem Center of the Arts Amphitheatre
Oct. 5 — Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center+
Oct. 6 — Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
Oct. 8 — Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Oct. 9 — San Diego, CA – Park at the Park Petco Park
Oct. 12 — Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl#
Oct. 14 — Boise, ID – Outlaw Field at the Idaho Botanical Garden
Oct. 15 — Seattle, WA – WAMU Theater$

* only Dropkick Murphys
+ Clutch, Amigo the Devil
# Russ Rankin
$ Clutch, Russ Rankin

Blink-182, Coheed and Cambria, Jack White to headline Bunbury Music Festival 2018

Blink-182, Coheed and Cambria, and Jack White are just some of the bands who make their way to Ohio in early June for this year’s Bunbury Music Festival. On Friday (Jan. 26), the Cincinnati-based music festival unveiled its lengthy and rock band-centric lineup for the 2018 incarnation of the annual event.

Blink-182 spent most of last year on the road touring behind 2016’s release, California, as well as dropping music videos for as many of the record’s tracks as possible. Much like blink, Coheed and Cambria hit the road in the spring of 2017 where they performed their third studio album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness, in its entirety at every show.

As for Jack White, Bunbury is another music festival that the musician will perform at during the summer months. Earlier this month, the former White Stripes frontman confirmed not only the release of his third studio album (Boarding House Reach), but also a lengthy tour which includes all his previously announced music festival appearances.

Joining blink-182, Coheed and Cambria, and White on the bill for the music festival’s seventh year will be Incubus, Royal Blood, Foster the People, Third Eye Blind, Dropkick Murphys, Young the Giant, The Front Bottoms, Peter Bjorn and John, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Fitz and the Tantrums, Misterwives, LANY, and many more.

“We are very excited about the lineup we’ve put together for 2018,” says PromoWest Productions’ Scott Stienecker in a press release. “The caliber, strength and depth of this year’s festival is attributed, in large part, to the city of Cincinnati and its continued support to make this one of the premier boutique musical festivals in the country.”

Tickets for the three-day music festival are currently available with three different ticket options to pick from. For more information, head on over to Bunbury’s website here.

Bunbury Music Festival 2018 is set to take place during the weekend of June 1-3 at the music festival’s usual location along the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati. As with previous years, the festival will encompass the entire area throughout Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove.

For now, the complete lineup for the 2018 incarnation of Bunbury Music Festival can be seen below.

Dropkick Murphys drop video for ‘Until the Next Time’

The Dropkick Murphys may have released their brand new album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, earlier this year, but don’t expect the Boston boys to stop releasing music videos for the record’s tracks. On Thursday (June 8), the group released their music video for their latest single “Until the Next Time.” The video has a simple premise that celebrates the fans with the four-minute clip mostly featuring shots of the band’s fans at the shows, meeting them behind-the scenes, and even over taking the  stage while the band is still performing.

“The music video for ‘Until the Next Time’ was directed by our longtime friend and amazing photographer Gregory Nolan during our 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Tour in both Europe and the U.S. This song is about our relationship with YOU, the best fans on the planet,” explains vocalist/bassist Ken Casey in a press release.

He continues: “It’s about the memories and the great friends we’ve made along the way…about the pleasure of coming to so many cities that we feel we can almost call home, and the bittersweet moments of having to say goodbye and move on to the next town every night.”

Watch the music video for “Until the Next Time” above.

“Until the Next Time” is featured on the band’s ninth studio album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory which was released back in January. The record debut at the number eight spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart and came out at the top spot in the independently released album category.

In support of the new record, the band has been touring relentlessly since January. Currently, the band is in Europe on the European leg of the 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Tour. Once the tour concludes on July 16 at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, Ireland, the Dropkick Murphys will return to the United States for their joint “From Boston to Berkeley Tour” with Rancid.

The “From Boston to Berkeley Tour” will kick off on July 27 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine and wrap up a month later on Aug. 26 at the It’s Not Dead Festival in San Bernardino, CA. The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers will open the tour from July 27 to Aug. 9. From Aug. 11 to the end of the tour, The Selecter and Kevin Seconds from 7 Seconds will replace The Bouncing Souls and Burns.

The complete list of tour dates can be seen here.

Rancid and Dropkick Murphys to embark on ‘From Boston to Berkley’ tour

Just when you thought summer 2017’s list of tours was already packed, it’s time to add one more to that lineup. On Tuesday (March 7), Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys announced plans to hit the road this summer for a joint, co-headlining excursion. The “From Boston to Berkley” tour will kick off on July 27 at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, Maine and wrap up a month later on Aug. 26 in Los Angeles, though a venue or ticket sales date have yet to be confirmed.

In addition to full sets from both groups, the bands have also announced that every night, they will come together for a special joint encore. The Bouncing Souls and Jake Burns of Stiff Little Fingers will open the tour from July 27 to Aug. 9. From Aug. 11 to the end of the tour, The Selecter and Kevin Seconds from 7 Seconds will replace The Bouncing Souls and Burns.

“Rancid is looking forward to hitting the road with our brothers, the Dropkick Murphys,” writes Rancid vocalist/guitarist Tim Armstrong.

“It’s a long time coming with these two bands touring together,” adds Rancid guitarist Lars Frederiksen. “There is so much history between both of us that it should make for a great tour. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and family out there.”

“This is a dream come true for Dropkick Murphys. Hopefully all the people coming to the shows will feel the same way. Rancid gave us our break – Tim signing us to his label, Lars producing our early albums…so much history and great memories. Now, literally sharing the stage together every night. This tour is going to destroy all others this summer,” mirrors Dropkick Murphys vocalist/bassist Ken Casey.

The upcoming summer tour will be in support of Dropkick Murphys’ recently released record, 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory. As for Rancid, the California-founded band’s released their last album, …Honor is All We Know in 2014, though, it appears they are currently working on new material.

Tickets for all shows, unless noted otherwise, are set to go on sale this Friday, March 10 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will be available on both Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys‘ websites. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


7/27 – Bangor, Maine – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/28 – Montreal, Quebec – ’77 – on sale TBA
7/29 – Toronto, Ontario – Echo Beach
7/30 – Cleveland, Ohio – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
7/31 – Sterling Heights, Mich. – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
8/02 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Stage AE
8/03 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Festival Pier – on sale 3/10 @ Noon ET
8/04 – Asbury Park, N.J. – Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/05 – Boston / Brockton, Mass. – Brockton Fairgrounds
8/06 – Brooklyn, N.Y. – Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island Boardwalk
8/08 – Chicago, Ill. – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/09 – Milwaukee, Wis. – BMO Harris Pavilion
8/11 – Denver, Colo. – Sculpture Park
8/12 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Saltair
8/13 – Nampa, Idaho – Idaho Center Amphitheatre – on sale 3/10 @ 11:00 AM MT
8/15 – Vancouver, British Columbia – UBC Thunderbird Arena
8/16 – Seattle, Wash. – WaMu Theater at Century Link Field Events Center
8/18 – San Luis Obispo, Calif. – Avila Beach – on sale 3/10 @ Noon PT
8/19 – Sacramento, Calif. – Memorial Auditorium
8/20 – Berkeley, Calif. – The Greek
8/22 – Chandler, Ariz. – Rawhide Event Center
8/24 – San Diego, Calif. – Petco Park In The Park – on sale 3/10 @ 11:00 AM PT
8/25 – Las Vegas, Nev. – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
8/26 – Los Angeles, Calif. – TBA – on sale TBA

Dropkick Murphys announces new album, major tour


Dropkick Murphys fans, it’s time to rejoice! On Thursday (Nov. 3), the Massachusetts-founded band announced plans to release their ninth studio album in the new year. The new record will be titled 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory and is set for a Jan. 6, 2017 release date through their record label Born & Bred Records. The record, which was produced by Ted Hutt, was actually not recorded in Boston. Instead, the group decided to pack up their bags and headed south to El Paso, TX to record the album.

“To me, the whole journey starts with the fact we actually agreed to go – and then went – to Texas, because we’ve never left home to make a record,” bassist/founder Ken Casey said in a press release. “As everyone’s lives have become crazier and busier with kids and families, it’s gotten harder to buckle down at home. We decided to leave Boston, go down to literally the middle of nowhere and lock ourselves in a room.”

The result of being locked in a room in Texas became 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory. Pre-orders for the new album are currently available on iTunes while limited edition CDs and vinyl are being offered on the band’s official webstore. To give fans a taste of what to expect, the band has released the lyric video for their first single, “Blood.” Check out the new song below.

In addition to announcing 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory’s release, the band has also unveil a massive tour set to take place at the beginning of the new year. The “11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory 2017 Tour” will kick off on Feb. 21, 2017 at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA and wrap up a month later on March 19 during the band’s annual hometown run of Boston shows during St. Patrick’s Day Week. The Interrupters and Blood or Whiskey will open the shows with the exception of certain shows.

Tickets for all the shows will go on sale this Friday, Nov. 4. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.


Feb. 21 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center *+
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live! *+
Feb. 24 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center *+
Feb. 25 – Hinckley, MN @ The Grand Minnesota Taste Together *
Feb. 26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ The District *+
Feb. 28 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater *+
March 1 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *+
March 2 – Little Rock, AK @ Metroplex Live *+
March 3 – Robinsonville, MS @ Horseshoe Tunica – Bluesville *+
March 4 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City *+
March 6 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *
March 7 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live *
March 8 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues *
March 10 – Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues *+
March 11 – Washington, DC @ Shamrockfest Dropkick Murphys ONLY
March 12 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount *+
March 15 – Boston, MA @ TBA
March 16 – Boston, MA @ TBA
March 17 – Boston, MA @ TBA
March 18 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
March 18 – Boston, MA @ After Party @ House Of Blues with Pro Boxing
March 19 – Boston, MA @ TBA

* w/ Blood or Whiskey
+ w/ The Interrupters

11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory is the follow-up to the group’s 2013 release, Signed and Sealed in Blood.

Dropkick Murphys Give Impromptu Show at Airport

Imagine sitting in a boring airport, waiting for your flight to be called to begin boarding when all of a sudden, you hear some live music playing from down the corridor, but not just any music, upbeat music that you expect to hear at your neighborhood pub.

That’s what we imagine happened last night when the Dropkick Murphys decided to give some unsuspecting people in a Boston airport (Logan Airport) an impromptu concert.

The band, who have become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish, were waiting to board a plane to where else, Dublin for their “Celtic Punk Invasion Tour,” when they decided to give those waiting an impromptu concert on St. Patty’s Eve, just a few hours after performing at Boston’s House of Blues.

Check out some passenger shot videos from the “show” and a tweet from the band about their decision.

Now, that’s one way to bring up the people’s moral after enduring TSA and waiting hours to board a stinking plane.

Skate and Surf Unveil 2015 Line-Up, Two Big Reunions

Skate and Surf Festival 2015 - Asbury Park, NJ - May 16th & 17th *RAIN OR SHINE

It’s only been a little over a month since Skate and Surf Festival announced just a small portion of their 2015 festival line-up and now, after promising fans for a while, the New Jersey festival has revealed a hefty portion, if not all, of the line up.

Headlining the event will be Jersey’s own The Gaslight Anthem and the Dropkick Murphys who will be in the middle of their “Celtic Punk Invasion” Tour when they drop by Asbury Park in May.

Kevin Devine, mewithoutYou, American Nightmare and more have now joined previously announced acts like Manchester Orchestra, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far, Modern Baseball, From Autumn to Ashes, Four Year Strong, and many more.

Like last year, the festival will have two (as of now) awesome reunions going on.

The first of two reunions will be Acceptance, who broke up in 2006 after releasing their super successful debut record. Fittingly enough, this comes a couple of months after guitarist Christian McAlhaney’s other band, Anberlin, called it a day.

The other band making a triumphant return to the stage will be Poison the Well who went on hiatus back in 2010.

Check out the newly revised line-up for this year’s Skate and Surf Festival.


Like the poster says, tickets for the weekend-long event are currently available. Skate and Surf 2015 will once again be returning to their home territory of Asbury Park on May 16 and May 17. For more information, head on over to the festival’s website.

Dropkick Murphys’ Bus Involved in Fatal Accident


The Dropkick Murphy’s tour bus was involved in an accident in the early hours on Sunday morning that resulted in the band having to cancel their Tulsa tour date last night (Nov. 16).

While en route to Dallas’ airport to drop off a member of the band who was flying home, the band’s tour bus struck a pedestrian north of Austin, TX. Round Rock police confirmed that the accident occurred around 3 a.m. near Interstate 35.

The fatal incident left the band with “a driver that has been severely shaken up by the accident” as well as a “bus too damaged to continue to Tulsa” which resulted in the Boston band having to cancel the show.

In a statement to fans, mostly directed at those attending the show at Cain’s Ballroom, the band revealed they tried to get to Tulsa, but things did not pan out as they hoped for, running out of time before everything could make it to Arizona.
All tickets for the show had been refunded for those who purchased tickets for the event.

Police are currently investigating the incident to confirm whether it was a suicide. In the band’s Facebook statement, they wrote that the pedestrian, who still has yet to be identified, “suddenly ran onto the highway.”

No word yet on whether the band will pick up their tour which is scheduled to continue this Wednesday in Mexico at Salon Jose Cuervo.

Stream the Boston Strong Benefit Concert


With all the bad things that have been happening recently, a silver lining has found its way in the form of a concert that will be taking place at the TD Garden tonight starting at 7 p.m. EST.

Artist such as Aerosmith, Boston, Jason Aldean, Dropkick Murphys, James Taylor, Carole King and more will be sharing the stage for the Boston Strong Benefit Concert.

All proceeds from the concert will be donated to  the One Fund Boston, a charity that was established to help those most affected by the April 15th Boston Marathon bombing attacks. The charity was a joint venture created by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Other acts that are so far scheduled to perform at the show are Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, the J. Geils Band, New Kids on the Block and Steven Wright.

The full stream can be seen here and don’t forget to donate if you can.