Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Zac Brown Band to headline Bourbon and Beyond 2019

The Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, and the Zac Brown Band are just some of the acts that will make their way to Kentucky in the fall for this year’s Bourbon & Beyond music festival. On Tuesday (March 12), festival officials unveiled the lineup for the 2019 incarnation of the annual event.

Joining the aforementioned acts on the bill are: John Fogerty, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Nathaniel Rateliffe & the Night Sweats, Trey Anastasio Band, Leon Bridges, the Flaming Lips, Alison Krauss, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, +LIVE+, Grace Potter, Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Sensational Space Shifters (who were initially scheduled for 2018), and ZZ Top who will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2019.

In total, more than 45 musicians will take one of three stages during the three-day event.

As if the music portion of the festival wasn’t enough to get people stoked for the upcoming event, the three-day show’s centerpiece —Kroger’s Big Bourbon Bar presented by Louisville Courier-Journal— will feature more than two dozen hand-selected bourbons from top distilleries as well as a unique opportunity to enjoy bourbons and exclusive one-time specialty cocktails.

Angel’s Envy, 1972, Barrell Bourbon, Bloody Butcher’s Creed, Buffalo Trace, Coopers’ Craft, Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Kentucky Peerless, Michter’s, Old Forester, StoneHammer, and Wild Turkey are just some of the big names heading to Kentucky in September.

As part of their partnership with Kroger’s and their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, 25 cents from each ticket sold will be donated directly to Dare to Care Food Bank.

Because a person cannot live on alcohol alone, the festival will also include “a taste of Louisville” with selections from local and regional restaurants such as Boss Hog BBQ, Couvillion, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, Ehrler’s Ice Cream, Eli’s BBQ, Heine Brothers Coffee, Hull And Highwater, Joella’s Hot Chicken, Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, Sarino, Seviche, and more.

Dubbed as the “world’s largest bourbon festival,” this year will also mark the first year that the event has expanded from two to three days.

Bourbon & Beyond will invade the new Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center during the weekend of Sept. 20 – 22. Several ticket packages are available for purchase on the festival’s website. They are currently offering several ticket options including three-day passes, single-day passes, and VIP experiences.

The daily lineup for Bourbon & Beyond can be found below

Friday, Sept. 20: Foo Fighters, John Fogerty, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Flaming Lips, +LIVE+, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Greensky Bluegrass, Blackberry Smoke, [artist TBA], Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Pearl, Mipso, Amythyst Kiah

Saturday, Sept. 21: Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Trey Anastasio Band, Alison Krauss, Grace Potter, Squeeze, Jenny Lewis, Del McCoury Band, Samantha Fish, The White Buffalo, Maggie Rose, Patrick Droney, The Travelin’ McCourys, Cedric Burnside, Ben Sollee

Sunday, Sept. 22: Zac Brown Band, ZZ Top, Leon Bridges, Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Kurt Vile And The Violators, Margo Price, Little Steven And The Disciples Of Soul, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, White Reaper, Whiskey Myers, Southern Avenue, Caroline Jones, Dustbowl Revival, The Lil Smokies, Front Country

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.

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Fall Out Boy to Induct Green Day into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is only a month away from happening and the committee behind the annual ceremony have revealed those artists who will be helping induct the “Class if 2015.”

Paul McCartney will introduce former band mate Ringo Starr while Stevie Wonder will do the honors for Bill Withers. Patti Smith will (posthumously) induct longtime friend Lou Reed while Peter Wolf will do the same for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. John Mayer is set to pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble while Steve Cropper will introduce The “5” Royales.”

Fall Out Boy will get the honors of helping induct Green Day into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But Green Day aren’t just getting inducted into the famed museum; they are also slated to perform at this year’s event. According to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, coming to an agreement on which songs should be featured on the set list has become difficult, especially since the group would like to incorporate some of the songs that first got them noticed.

“It’s hard because there’s the Lookout years that are important to us. It would be nice to play something from those years that’s meaningful,” Armstrong told Rolling Stone.

Also set to perform at the ceremony are Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend, Jimmy Vaughan, and fellow “class of ’15” inductee, Ringo Starr.

When asked about his performance, the drummer revealed that he’s not sure what will happen.

“I told Paul [McCartney] that I’m not putting a band together. If he puts a band together, I’ll do ‘With a Little Help From My Friends,'” Starr told Rolling Stone.

If it seems like one set of members from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “Class of 2015” is missing from the list, it’s because they are. As of now, there has been no information on who will be doing the honors of inducting Joan Jett and the Blackhearts into the club, because after all, that’s a huge honor in itself.

The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public House in Cleveland, OH while HBO will broadcast the event on May 30.

Foo Fighters Announce Birthday Bash for Next Summer

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When you’ve been a band for 20 years, how else would you celebrate that monumental moment than to throw a big bash with some of your closest music industry friends?

And that’s exactly what the Foo Fighters are planning to do next summer.

Earlier in the day, the band announced they would be throwing a star-studded event in Washington D.C. on July 4th to celebrate their 20th “birthday.”

Independence Day might be big for the United States, but for fans of the Foo Fighters, it marks the exact day that Dave Grohl and company released a record under the name that would go on to become a household name.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Heart, LL Cool J, Buddy Guy, Clark Grant Jr. and many more have also been announced as performers for the birthday bash. You know, just some of the guys’ friends who happened to appear on their current HBO docu-series Sonic Highways.

Check out the official poster for the event below. Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning this Saturday, Nov. 8 at 10 am, so if you have any desire to go to the birthday bash, we’ll advise to be standing in line starting like now.

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Punk Greats Join Forces for a Good Cause

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Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Green Day might be going head to head for a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean the two punk icons can’t join forces for a good cause.

At the Little Kids Rock Benefit which took place last night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Joan Jett was named “Rocker of the Year” a well deserved honor considering Jett’s contribution to the world of punk music. Jett performed at the benefit, but not without a little help from Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong.

Instead of picking a mainstream, well-known song from either of their lengthy catalogs, Jett and Armstrong went on to perform a song titled, “Don’t Abuse Me.” “Don’t Abuse Me” might not be a widely known song, but it was featured on Jett’s 1980’s album Bad Reputation.

Check out the joint performance below.

The Little Kids Rock Benefit is an event held every year since 2009. The event honors rock greats who help support music education in public schools; a stance that many musicians have taken. Since its creation, the foundation has raised millions of dollars to the cause.

Joan Jett to Release New Album

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Joan Jett announced yesterday that she will be releasing her first new album in over seven years. The new album will be titled, Unvarnished on October 1. Jett, who is known for her role in the Runaways, will be reuniting with her band The Blackhearts to put out the new album through her record label, also called Blackhearts.

In a press release, the frontwoman described the album as “a real band album. Everybody was involved.” Everybody includes the likes of Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!  as well as longtime collaborator, Kenny Laguna.

In the release, she also describes the new album as the most autobiographical to date. Topics for the songs will include dealing with the death of both her parents as well as the determination of Hurricane Sandy victims and other topics.

The first single off the album, “Any Weather” will hit iTunes on Tuesday then will debut live on Jimmy Kimmel that Thursday, August 8. Two versions of the album will be available, a standard version and a deluxe version which will include four bonus track. The full track list for both versions can be seen below.

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“Unvarnished” (Standard Version)
1. Any Weather (606 Version)
2. TMI
3. Soulmates To Strangers
4. Make It Back
5. Hard To Grow Up
6. Fragile
7. Reality Mentality
8. Bad As We Can Be
9. Different
10. Everybody Needs A Hero

“Unvarnished” (Deluxe Version)
1. Any Weather (606 Version)
2. TMI
3. Soulmates To Strangers
4. Make It Back
5. Hard To Grow Up
6. Fragile
7. Reality Mentality
8. Bad As We Can Be
9. Different
10. I Know What I Know
11. Seriously
12. Different (Demo Version)
13. Any Weather (Blackhearts)
14. Everybody Needs A Hero