Listen: Evanescence give a Fleetwood Mac classic an operatic spin

Evanescence is back and giving us a new spin on a classic song.

On Thursday (Jan. 9), the Arkansas-founded band released their version, and the accompanying music video, for their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic track “The Chain.” The remake finds the group taking the 1977 tune and making it their own by adding their signature dramatic and operatic flare (like you expected anything less from Amy Lee and company?).

“This cover was so fun to make. We love Fleetwood Mac and wanted to paint a dark and epic picture with our take on ‘The Chain,’” the band said in a post.

“The lyrics make me feel the power of standing together against great forces trying to pull us apart, perhaps even from the inside. I really wanted to drive that home in our version, and even made everyone in the band sing by the end of it! We’re beyond excited to share this with our fans, and I’m really looking forward to playing it live.”

The updated version of “The Chain” is featured in the trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ latest entry of their massively popular “Gears of War” series, “Gears 5.”

Watch the post-apocalyptic music video for “The Chain” above.

Evanescence’s 2020 is already shaping up to be a busy one. The group is scheduled to appear at the Download Festival in Tokyo at the end of March and then hop on over to Europe for their joint Worlds Collide tour with Within Temptation.

After spending most of April on the European touring circuit, the act will return to North America for two headlining gigs (The Fillmore in Minneapolis on May 14 at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus on May 15) and an appearance at the Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival.

Evanescence’s upcoming tour itinerary can be found here.

Evanescence’s last studio album was their symphonic album Synthesis, which was released in 2017.

Fleetwood Mac extend 2019 ‘An Evening with Fleetwood Mac’ tour itinerary

Fleetwood Mac just added a handful of new shows to their already packed 2018-2019 touring schedule. On Thursday (Now. 1), the iconic rock band unveiled six new additions to their “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour. The new shows include stops at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Jan. 31; the United Center in Chicago on March 1; Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 18; the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 22; TD Garden in Boston on April 2; and the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on April 8.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale to the general public on Monday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. local time.

The current tour lineup includes Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and John McVie as well as recently added members Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (frontman of Crowded House/Split Enz). Earlier this year, the band and longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham went their different ways, though each side has a different story as to what transpired.

In addition to the massive tour, Fleetwood Mac also announced plans to release a massive 50-song collection to celebrate 50 years of the band. Titled 50 Years — Don’t Stop, the album will feature songs from every Fleetwood Mac album and will be available on Nov. 16. The album will be available in several different formats. Pre-orders for the album can be found on Fleetwood Mac’s website here.

For now, the updated “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour itinerary can be seen below.

FLEETWOOD MAC 2018-2019 TOUR DATES:

Oct. 03 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Oct. 06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Oct. 10 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 12 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Oct. 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Oct. 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Oct. 20 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Oct. 22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Oct. 30 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Nov. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Nov. 03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
Nov. 05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 07 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Nov. 10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Nov. 12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Nov. 17 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Nov. 19 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Nov. 21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Nov. 25 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Nov. 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Dec. 03 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Dec. 06 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Dec. 08 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Dec. 11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
Dec. 13 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

Jan. 31 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center*
Feb. 05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Feb. 07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb. 09 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Feb. 13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Feb. 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Feb. 18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Feb. 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Feb. 22 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Feb. 24 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Feb. 27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
March 1 – Chicago, IL @ United Center*
March 03 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
March 05 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
March 09 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
March 11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
March 13 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 15 – Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER
March 18 – New York City, NY @ Madison Square Garden*
March 20 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
March 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center*
March 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
March 26 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
March 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
April 02 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden*
April 05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
April 08 – Toronto, ONT @ Scotiabank Arena*

*newly added tour stops

Fleetwood Mac to embark on massive ‘An Evening with Fleetwood Mac’ tour

Fleetwood Mac made headlines last week when they formally announced the departure of longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham; not exactly the first time that has happened. On Wednesday (April 25), the iconic band followed up the Buckingham news by unveiling a massive North American tour. The “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour will find the band hitting the road in early October and not ending their journey until the beginning of April 2019.

The 52-stop tour will officially kick off on Oct. 3, 2018 at the BOK Center in Tulsa and conclude on April 5, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. As per the band’s recently unveiled tour poster, the excursion will include Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and John McVie as well as newly added members Mike Campbell (from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (frontman of Crowded House/Split Enz).

Pre-sales for the tour will begin this Monday, April 30, at 10 a.m. local time while general ticket sales will begin next Friday, May 4, at 10 a.m. local time.

While news of Buckingham’s exit was never completely addressed by the group, in a recent Rolling Stone interview Stevie Nicks reveals that part of the decision to let go of the musician stemmed from the newly announced tour.

“We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November [2019],” Nicks explains in the article. “That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows [on a solo tour]. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do.”

In the same interview Mick Fleetwood reveals that the group was not in a “happy situation” and that a joint decision was reached on what was best for the band.

“Words like ‘fired’ are ugly references as far as I’m concerned. Not to hedge around, but we arrived at the impasse of hitting a brick wall. This was not a happy situation for us in terms of the logistics of a functioning band. To that purpose, we made a decision that we could not go on with him. Majority rules in term of what we need to do as a band and go forward.”

To read the complete Rolling Stone interview, head on over to the publication’s website here while the complete itinerary for the “An Evening with Fleetwood Mac” tour can be seen below.

FLEETWOOD MAC 2018-2019 TOUR DATES:

Oct. 03 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Oct. 06 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
Oct. 10 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
Oct. 12 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct. 14 – Des Moines, IA @ Wells Fargo Arena
Oct. 16 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Oct. 18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
Oct. 20 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
Oct. 22 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Oct. 26 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
Oct. 28 – Milwaukee, WI @ Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Oct. 30 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
Nov. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
Nov. 03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
Nov. 05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
Nov. 07 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
Nov. 10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
Nov. 12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
Nov. 14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
Nov. 17 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
Nov. 19 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
Nov. 21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
Nov. 23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Nov. 25 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
Nov. 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
Nov. 30 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
Dec. 03 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Dec. 06 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
Dec. 08 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Dec. 11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
Dec. 13 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum

Feb. 05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Feb. 07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Feb. 09 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
Feb. 13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Feb. 16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
Feb. 18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Feb. 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Feb. 22 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Feb. 24 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
Feb. 27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
March 03 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
March 05 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
March 09 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
March 11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
March 13 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
March 15 – Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER
March 20 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
March 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
March 26 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
March 31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
April 05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Stevie Nicks to Appear on ‘The Voice’

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The Voice is known for bringing in well-known artists to come in and mentor the contestants before they hit the stage to sing for the world on behalf of their mentors.

In the past we have had Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, Jennifer Hudson, and several more.
In the last few months, it was revealed that Ed Sheeran and Cher would be making a guest-appearances on the show as mentors to the contestants this upcoming season.

Today, another iconic singer has been added to the list; Stevie Nicks.

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman was confirmed for a guest-appearance which coincidentally comes on the heels of Fleetwood Mac announcing that they will be hitting the touring circuit later this year (September 30 in Minneapolis to be exact).

Nicks will be acting as an “adviser” to Team Adam Levine during NBC’s hit show’s seventh season. Nicks has reportedly been working with Levine and his 12 team members as they assign songs and rehearse with the contestants as they prepare for the battle rounds.

This upcoming season also brings in a breath of fresh air as two new judges take their place on the spinning, red chair. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will be taking the place of Shakira and Usher/ Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.

The Voice is slated to return to its scheduled time on September 22. the network also revealed that they would be revealing more “advisers” for the upcoming season soon.

Leighton Meester Covers Fleetwood Mac

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Who knew that Blair Waldorf could sing?

Well, considering Leighton Meester did all the singing in her role in the Gywneth Paltrow starring Country Strong, it doesn’t come off as a surprise. Aside from doing all her singing for the film and its soundtrack, Meester also contributed vocals to Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad,” but covering a Fleetwood Mac song and having a soulful tone to it is not easy.

Listen to the actress and her friend Dana Williams cover Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” here.

Meester who recently made news for marrying boyfriend and fellow actor Adam Brody in super secret, will be taking her signing skills to Broadway for a production of “Of Mice and Men” with James Franco and Chris O’Dowd.

So what do we think about their cover?

“On With the Show” With Fleetwood Mac

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Diehard Fleetwood Mac fans, the rumors were true! Stevie Nicks and company are heading out on a full tour later this year.

The North American reunion tour was announced this morning during NBC’s Today show and will be their first time hitting the road since singer-keyboardist Christine McVie rejoined the band following a 16-year break. McVie’s last show with the band was back in 1998 during their “Dance Tour.”

Back in January, McVie’s publicist had confirmed that she had rejoined the band, a rumor that had been running around the web since September 2013. After that confirmation had been made, there had been some hinting that a tour announcement would be made as well.

In an interview, McVie revealed that the real reason she stopped touring with the band was because of her fear of flying and noted that she hasn’t flown in 15 years. Nicks though, had said that she really though that McVie would never come back to the band once she had left.

The tour has officially been named the “On with the Show” tour which will visit 33 cities and have a total of 34 shows. The first stop of the tour will be in Minneapolis on September 30 at the Target Center. After an almost three-month trek around the country, the show will wrap up in Ft. Lauderdale on December 19 at the BB&T Center. Fleetwood Mac’s last full-scale tour was back in 2012.

General admission tickets through LiveNation will go on sale beginning on March 31 while the band are set to return to the Today show on October 9th to perform. All the tour dates can be seen below.

“ON WITH THE SHOW” TOUR DATES:

Sept. 30 — Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
Oct. 2 — Chicago, IL (United Center)
Oct. 6 — New York City (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 10 — Boston, MA (TD Garden)
Oct. 11 — Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
Oct. 14 — Pittsburgh, PA (Consol Energy Center)
Oct. 15 — Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
Oct. 18 — Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Oct. 19 — Columbus, OH (Nationwide Arena)
Oct. 21 — Indianapolis, IN (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
Oct. 22 — Detroit, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
Oct. 26 — Ottawa, ON (Canadian Tire Centre)
Oct. 31 — Washington, DC (Verizon Center)
Nov. 1 — Hartford, CT (XL Center)
Nov. 10 — Winnipeg, MB (MTS Centre)
Nov. 12 — Saskatoon, SK (Credit Union Centre)
Nov. 14 — Calgary, AB (Scotiabank Saddledome)
Nov. 15 — Edmonton, AB (Rexall Place)
Nov. 18 — Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
Nov. 20 — Tacoma, WA (Tacoma Dome)
Nov. 22 — Portland, OR (Moda Center)
Nov. 24 — Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Arena)
Nov. 25 — San Jose, CA (SAP Center at San Jose)
Nov. 28 — Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Nov. 29 — Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
Dec. 2 — San Diego, CA (Viejas Arena at San Diego State University)
Dec. 3 — Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena)
Dec. 10 — Phoenix, AZ (US Airways Center)
Dec. 12 — Denver, CO (Pepsi Center)
Dec. 14 — Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center)
Dec. 15 — Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
Dec. 17 — Atlanta, GA (Philips Arena)
Dec. 19 — Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center)

The 56th Annual Grammys Reveal Closing Performers

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The Grammys are set to take place this Sunday and already, organizers have revealed who will be taking the stage at the annual music award ceremony.

Previously, it was confirmed that Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, P!nk, Katy Perry, Lorde, and Metallica would all be taking the stage to perform during the live event and now another group of performers had been added to the list.

Today, it was revealed that Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, and Fleetwood Mac guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham will be closing the Grammys with a special performance.

Queens of the Stone Age will be performing at the Grammys in celebrations of their three nominations for Like Clockwork...including nominations in the Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories.

Nine Inch Nails and Dave Grohl were also nominated for awards this year as well. Nine Inch Nails were nominated for Best Alternative Music Album for Hesitation Marks while Dave Grohl is up for two awards for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media for his work on Sound City: Real To Reel.

Talk about a way to end a show.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast Sunday, January 26, at 8p.m. ET/PT on CBS.