Ghost announces a hauntingly good tour itinerary for the fall

Ghost has quickly become one of those bands that don’t like to sit still for long periods. On Monday (April 1), the Swedish band proved this point by announcing another massive North American tour. Dubbed the “Ultimate Tour Named Death,” the excursion will find the act performing at venues across the continent throughout September and October.

The six-week outing includes stops in major markets such as Seattle, Vancouver, Boise, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis, Grand Rapids, Hershey, Trenton, and more. The tour begins on Sept. 13 at the Rabobank Theatre in Bakersfield, California and concludes on Oct. 26 at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, New York. More tour stops will reportedly be announced at a later time.

San Antonio’s Nothing More will open for Ghost throughout the full excursion except for the Sept. 28 stop of the tour at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah.

The “Ultimate Tour Named Death” tour begins shortly after Ghost concludes their time on Metallica’s “WorldWired” European stadium tour this summer.

A series of pre-sales begin this Tuesday, April 2, at 10 a.m. local time. General ticket sales begin this Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. local time.

The upcoming tour is in support of Ghost’s Grammy-nominated album Prequelle. The record, the group’s fourth studio effort, was released in June 2018 and earned the act two Grammy nominations; Best Rock Album” for Prequelle and Best Rock Song for “Rats.”

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


Sept. 13 – Rabobank Theatre – Bakersfield, CA
Sept. 14 – Reno Events Center – Reno, NV
Sept. 16 – Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center – Portland, OR
Sept. 17 – Toyota Center – Kennewick, WA
Sept. 19 – WaMu Theatre – Seattle, WA
Sept. 20 – Pacific Auditorium – Vancouver, BC
Sept. 21 – So. Okanagan Events Centre – Penticton, BC
Sept. 24 – The Corral – Calgary, AB
Sept. 26 – Spokane Arena – Spokane, WA
Sept. 27 – Taco Bell Arena – Boise, ID
Sept. 28 – Maverik Center – West Valley City, UT*
Sept. 30 – Budweiser Events Center at The Ranch – Loveland, CO
Oct. 1 – Broadmoor World Arena – Colorado Springs, CO
Oct. 3 – Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD
Oct. 4 – Scheels Arena – Fargo, ND*
Oct. 5 – The Armory – Minneapolis, MN
Oct. 7 – Resch Center – Green Bay, WI
Oct. 14 – DeltaPlex Arena – Grand Rapids, MI
Oct. 19 – Cross Insurance Arena – Portland, ME
Oct. 21 – DCU Center – Worcester, MA
Oct. 22 – The Oncenter – Syracuse, NY
Oct. 24 – GIANT Center – Hershey, PA
Oct. 25 – Cure Insurance Arena – Trenton, NJ
Oct. 26 – Cool Insuring Arena – Glens Falls, NY

*Nothing More not performing

Ghost, System of a Down, the Prodigy lead 2019 Chicago Open Air

Ghost, System of a Down, and the Prodigy are just some of the bands who will make their way to Chicago in the springtime for the 2019 incarnation of Chicago Open Air. On Tuesday (Dec. 11), U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents unleashed the full lineup for next year’s event following its one-year hiatus.

In addition to the aforementioned bands, Tool, Meshuggah, Beartooth, Code Orange, Knocked Loose, Vein, Gojira, In this Moment, Fever 333, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Alien Weaponry will round out the roster for next year’s event. Unlike the other Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals, which boost a large array of performers throughout the day, Chicago Open Air will only have seven bands performing a day.

“I can’t even begin to express how excited we are to be playing Chicago Open Air Presents. We had such a blast last time!” In this Moment frontwoman Maria Brink said in a press statement.

“Tool, the Prodigy, and System of a Down. That’s insane and such a powerful lineup. We feel blessed to be a part of it all. These are some of our all-time favorite bands, I can’t wait to see you all there with In this Moment.”

In addition to the rocking lineup, attendees will also be able to indulge in a variety of local and regional craft beers and delicious Chicago-centric cuisine during the weekend-long festivities.

Chicago Open Air will take over the SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, Illinois during the weekend of May 18 – 19. Doors for the two-day event will open at 2 p.m. each day.

Tickets for the music festival will go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 14, at noon CT on Chicago Open Air’s website.

The festival will offer several package for attendees to choose from including several single-day and two-day packages.

The full lineup for the event can be seen below.


Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Joan Jett lead inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival

The inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival is about to show all other music festivals how to put together a rocking roster. On Monday (Nov. 26), Danny Wimmer Presents unveiled the lengthy lineup for the inaugural Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival. The forthcoming festival, which will replace Ohio’s long-running Rock on the Range, will feature some of the biggest names in the rock and metal genre.

The Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Disturbed, Bring Me the Horizon, the Prodigy, Ghost, Halestorm, Lamb of God, Chevelle, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and the Cult are just some of the major acts that will make their way to Columbus in mid-May.

Joining the aforementioned artists on the bill will be Tom Morello, Killswitch Engage, In This Moment, Parkway Drive, Beartooth, Scars on Broadway, Architects, Avatar, Bad Wolves, The Fever 333, Badflower, The Glorious Sons, Issues, Yungblud, H09909, Black Pistol Fire, Scarlxrd, Zeal & Ardor, Basement, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more.

In addition to the long-list of bands, Sonic Temple will also include a comedy and spoken word tent. Andrew Dice Clay, Henry Rollins, and Pauly Shore have been confirmed with more acts to be announced at a later date.

“Although in its inaugural year, Sonic Temple’s pedigree is proven, and its roots are strong; it made total sense for us to be involved,” System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian said in a press statement. “One could argue that it was a long time coming. We’ll see you all in Columbus this May.”

Disturbed’s David Draiman mirrors Odadjian sentiment: “We are honored to share the stage with all of our amazingly talented friends and colleagues at the upcoming Sonic Temple Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Are You Ready?!?!”

The Sonic Temple Art and Music Festival will make its debut at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio during the weekend of May 17 – 19.

General admission tickets, VIP tickets, premium VIP tickets, and camping packages go on sale beginning this Friday, Nov. 30, at noon EST. For more information about the festival, tickets, or the artists, head on over to the festival’s website here.

The upcoming three-day event will replace Columbus’ long-running Rock on the Range Festival. Back in September, Danny Wimmer Presents announced plans to put an end to Rock on The Range, but assured rock and metal fans that something bigger would be coming.

“When we started Rock on the Range, there was no other festival in America quite like it but recently it became clear that we had different visions of where to take the festival next. The city of Columbus and our devoted rock fans deserve a one-of-a-kind, world-class festival, and that is exactly what Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival will bring to MAPFRE Stadium.”

The official poster for Sonic Temple can be seen below.


Iron Maiden and Ghost to embark on summer ‘Book of Souls’ tour

Last year, Iron Maiden embarked on their “Book of Souls” word tour with only a handful of dates for those in North America. Understandably, many fans were upset with the handful of dates resulting in the iconic metal band promising to return in the new year. On Thursday (Jan. 19), Iron Maiden kept their promise and announced a North American summer trek.

“The Book of Souls 2017” summer tour will kick off on June 3 at the Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia and wrap up a month and a half later on July 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In addition to several United States stops, the band will also venture north to Canada for several dates including stops in Toronto and Quebec City. Grammy Award-winning metal band, Ghost will join Iron Maiden during the complete summer tour. Last year, the Swedish metal band released their Popestar EP and heavily toured behind the release.

Tickets for the general public will go on sale beginning next Friday, Jan. 27. Members of Iron Maiden’s fan club will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets before the general public. In addition to tickets, there will also be several “upgrade” packages which will feature early entry, food, exclusive gear, and a chance to win prizes. For more information about that, head on over to Iron Maiden’s website here. For now, the complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

June 03 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

June 04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

June 07 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

June 09 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion

June 11 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

June 13 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

June 15 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

June 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

June 19 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Arena

June 21 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

June 23 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

June 24 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center

June 27 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater

June 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

July 01 – San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater* (more bands TBA)

July 03 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

July 05 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

July 07 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheater

July 09 – Lincoln, NV @ Pinnacle Bank Arena

July 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
July 12 – St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

July 15 – Toronto, Canada @ Budweiser Stage

July 16 – Quebec City, Canada @ Videotron Centre

July 19 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

July 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

Inaugural Texas Mutiny Festival to launch in Texas


Texas will be getting another massive rock-centric music festival this fall. On Monday (May 2), AEG Live (the people behind Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and more) announced plans to launch the first annual Texas Mutiny festival. In addition to the new music festival announcement, AEG has also unveiled the lengthy roster of bands that will make their way to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in September for 12 hours of non-stop music.

Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones, Chevelle, Pierce the Veil, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Ghost, Candlebox, Nothing More, Starset, The Amity Affliction, Skindred, KYNG, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Avatar, Twelve Foot Ninja, September Mourning, and more will all make the journey to the Lone Star state for the one day event.

“Considering the ongoing success we’ve had in Dallas for years with Edgefest and the new success story this year with Off the Rails, the DFW market is one that is primed and ready for a top-notch hard rock festival,” explains Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Texas Mutiny for AEG Live. “We’re taking successful components from several of our other similar rock festivals to create an experience for music fans that is uniquely Texas. Our hope is that this is the first step toward establishing a long legacy that rock artists and rock fans in the Lone Star State can call their own!”

“AEG Live is one of the premier producers of rock festivals in the U.S., and we’re pleased to partner with them on one that reaches the hard rock audience,” Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said about the new music festival. “Charlotte Motor Speedway, our sister venue in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family, has partnered with AEG Live for the [Monster Energy] Carolina Rebellion music festival since 2013 and we’re looking forward to hosting an equally successful event in the inaugural Texas Mutiny.”

Texas Mutiny will invade the Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas-Fort Worth on Saturday, Sept. 24. For those living in Texas, or those who might want to take a trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, specially priced general admission and VIP tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 4. The special pre-sale will run from Wednesday to Friday, May 6 at 9:59 AM CDT, so make sure to obtain your tickets as soon as they go on sale. For more information about Texas Mutiny, head on over to the festival’s website here.