Metallica, Disturbed, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more to play Epicenter 2020


We may be suffering from a severe case of the winter blues, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming about the warm weather and all the music festivals that come with it.

On Tuesday (Nov. 19), the masterminds behind some of the best rock-centric music festivals in the United States announced the lineup for the 2020 incarnation of North Carolina’s Epicenter. Let’s just say, it’s going to be EPIC (yes, we did use a pun).

As previously announced, Metallica will headline not one, but two of the three days (Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3). According to Metallica, they will perform two different setlists, so no, you won’t hear “Enter Sandman” on both nights.

“We’re headlining in Charlotte, NC with 2 different sets,” the band tweeted.

Metallica’s appearance at Epicenter is part of an exclusive deal with Danny Wimmer Presents. The joint venture, which was announced last month, will find the iconic metal act headlining all five of the promoters’ hard rock festivals in 2020.

“Metallica isn’t just another headliner. When Metallica takes the stage, it’s an event. It’s an experience. That’s the same standard we’ve set for every DWP festival – from the first band to the last band, and everything that happens in between. I can’t wait to bring the biggest band in the world to the biggest rock festivals in America,” says Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.

“Metallica paved this road that we travel. How many artists on the bill at these five festivals first picked up an instrument, or first started a band, because of Metallica?”

The massive lineup will also feature an exclusive 2020 North Carolina performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Disturbed, Deftones, Godsmack, Volbeat, Staind, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Gojira, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Royal Blood, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, and many more round out the next year’s roster.

In addition to the massive lineup, Danny Wimmer Presents also revealed that Epicenter will move to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. According to a statement, the relocation was one of the biggest requests from fans.

“We’re pleased to announce that Epicenter is moving to Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds,” says Danny Wimmer Presents CEO Danny Hayes.

“The new location offers plenty of nearby lodging, increased camping, and convenient travel options. The number one request we received from the fans was to move the festival to Charlotte, …and we listened.”

Epicenter 2020 will take place during the weekend of May 1-3 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Rock City Campgrounds in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tickets for the weekend-long event are currently on sale.

The full lineup can be found below.


Metallica, Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams to lead Chris Cornell tribute concert

The Foo Fighters, Metallica, and Ryan Adams are just some of the acts that will take the stage at the beginning of the year to honor Chris Cornell’s legacy. On Tuesday (Nov. 13), it was announced that a massive tribute event will be held in mid-January to honor Cornell almost two years after his untimely death. Titled “I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell,” the concert will take place on Jan. 16, 2019 at the Forum in Los Angeles.

In addition to the previously announced acts, Cornell’s bands —Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog— were confirmed as special guest performers for the evening.

Jimmy Kimmel will host the event and special guests are expected to attend.

“We are honored to have all these amazing artists and friends come together to pay tribute to and show their love and appreciation for Chris, his music and the mark he’s left on the world.  We look forward to sharing this night with all the fans,” Cornell’s widow Vicky said in a press statement about the gathering.

Tickets for the event will go on sale beginning this Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. PST. Each ticket purchased for the tribute show will include a copy of Cornell’s self-titled career retrospective album.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation as well as The Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the painful and debilitating genetic disorder.

The official poster for the upcoming event can be seen below.


Metallica adds North American tour stops to massive WorldWired tour

If you thought Metallica were about to take a break once the European leg of their “WorldWired” tour wraps up, then you would be sadly mistaken. On Monday (Feb. 26), the iconic rock band announced an additional 33 stops on their current tour. Returning to North America in the fall, the newly added leg of the excursion will kick off on Sept. 2 at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. After being on the road off and on throughout the end of 2018 and well into 2019, the trek will conclude on March 13, 2019 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As if additional tour dates weren’t enough, this excursion will also find the band performing at venues they have not played in over two decades.

The band will return to the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota 30 years after their last show there. Joining Grand Fork on the list of places they haven’t played in a long time (over 25 years) are: El Paso, Texas; Birmingham, Alabama; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

General ticket sales for the new tour stops go on sale beginning this Friday, March 2. Members of Metallica’s fan clubs will be given the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning this Tuesday, Feb. 27.

The newly added tour dates will be in support of Metallica’s recently released and award-nominated album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The record was released in November of 2016 and debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart.

For now, the newly added WorldWired tour dates can be seen below.


Sept. 02 – Madison, WI – Kohl Center
Sept. 04 – Minneapolis, MN –  Target Center
Sept. 06 – Lincoln, NE –  Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sept. 08 – Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
Sept. 11 – Sioux Falls, SD –  Denny Sanford Premier Center
Sept. 13 – Winnipeg, MB –  Bell MTS Place
Sept. 15 – Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Wisconsin Entertainment And Sports Centre
Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Oct. 20 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Oct. 22 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Oct. 27 – Buffalo, NY – Keybank Center
Oct. 29 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
Nov 26 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Nov. 28 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Nov. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Dec. 12 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
Dec. 05 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Dec. 07 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Dec 09 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
Jan. 20 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena
Jan. 22 – Birmingham, AL –  Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Jan. 24 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jan. 28 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Jan. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena
Feb. 01 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Feb. 28 – El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
March 02 – Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena
March 04 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena
March 06 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
March 09 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum Center
March 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldshouse
March 13 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena


Metallica to embark on North American WorldWired Tour

Metallica’s high anticipated Grammys performance with Lady Gaga ended up being a little of a hot mess due to some technical difficulties, but difficulties be damned as they soldiered through “Moth into Flame.” On Monday (Feb. 13), the California-founded band put their Sunday night gig on the back burner as they unveiled plans to hit the North American touring circuit later this year. The North American leg of Metallica’s “WorldWired Tour” is set to kick off on May 10 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore and wrap up about three months later on Aug. 16 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, and 2017 Grammy nominees Gojira will hit the road alongside the band. The “WorldWired Tour” is the band’s first outing in eight years. Their last tour was in support of their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. For the release of their new album, Hardwired… to Self Destruct, Metallica decided to stick to more intimate venues as opposed to hitting major markets’ arenas and stadiums.

Pre-sale tickets for those in Metallica’s fan club will go on sale beginning this Tuesday, Feb. 14. Public ticket sales will begin on Friday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. local time with the exception of the Dallas show (AT&T Stadium) and their appearance at Festival d’ete de Quebec in Quebec City. The Dallas date will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 18 and the Festival d’ete de Quebec will go on sale March 9. For more information about the upcoming tour, head on over to Metallica’s website. For now, the complete list of dates can be seen below.


May 10 – Baltimore, Md. – M&T Bank Stadium

May 12 – Philadelphia, Pa. – Lincoln Financial Field

May 14 – East Rutherford, N.J. – MetLife Stadium

May 17 – Uniondale, N.Y. – The New Coliseum Presented by NYCB

May 19 – Foxborough, Mass. – Gillette Stadium

May 21 – Columbus, Ohio – Rock On The Range @ MAPFRE Stadium

June 4 – St. Louis, Mo. – Busch Stadium

June 7 – Denver, Colo. – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

June 11 – Houston, Texas – NRG Stadium

June 14 – San Antonio, Texas – Alamodome

June 16 – Dallas, Texas – AT&T Stadium

June 18 – Chicago, Ill. – Soldier Field

July 5 – Orlando, Fla. – Camping World Stadium

July 7 – Miami, Fla. – Hard Rock Stadium

July 9 – Atlanta, Ga. – SunTrust Park

July 12 – Detroit, Mich. – Comerica Park

July 14 – Quebec City, Quebec – Festival D’Ete de Quebec

July 16 – Toronto, Ontario – Rogers Centre

July 19 – Montreal, Quebec – Parc Jean-Drapeau

July 29 – Los Angeles, Calif. – Rose Bowl

Aug. 4 – Phoenix, Ariz. – University of Phoenix Stadium

Aug. 6 – San Diego, Calif. – Petco Park

Aug. 9 – Seattle, Wash. – CenturyLink Field

Aug. 14 – Vancouver, British Columbia – BC Place

Aug. 16 – Edmonton, Alberta – Commonwealth Stadium

Rock on the Range announces 2017 lineup


With just a couple of weeks left before 2016 comes to an end, the people behind May’s Loudest Month have unveiled the rocking lineup for their biggest event; Rock on the Range. On Tuesday (Nov. 29), music festival production company Danny Wimmer Presents, announced their  lengthy lineup of Ohio’s Rock on the Range 2017. Headlining the weekend-long event will be Metallica, Korn, and Soundgarden with each iconic band headlining one of the nights of the festival.

In addition to Metallica, Korn, and Soundgarden headlining, the lineup also unveiled the identities of the other 50+ bands who will head to Ohio at the end of May 2017. The Offspring, Chevelle, Papa Roach, Seether, Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, Pierce the Veil, Sum 41, Skillet, Escape the Fate,Motionless in White, and Every Time I Die are just some of the names of the artists confirmed for Rock on the Range.

“Rock on the Range is the pinnacle rock festival in America. I always feel that in the crowd and can’t wait for our headline set in May. We’re gonna come at you with everything we’ve got — expect a few surprises!” teases Korn frontman Johnathan Davis about the group’s set.

“Great lineup at Rock on the Range this year. The Offspring can’t wait to finally be part of it all,” Dexter Holland of The Offspring echos.

“After our record-breaking ten-year anniversary, it was high time to raise the bar and have the world’s best rock bands jump over it. We couldn’t be more honored to have Metallica and Soundgarden at Rock on the Range! But why stop there? To have bands such as Korn, Volbeat, Primus, Papa Roach, The Offspring, and so many more truly makes this year’s ROTR our best one yet!” says Gary Spivack, Rock on the Range co-executive producer for Danny Wimmer Presents.

Rock on the Range 2017 will once again return to the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH during the weekend of May 19-21 for the rock-centric music festival’s 11th incarnation. Pre-sale and layaway tickets, as well as a limited amount of Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier packages are currently on sale on the music festival’s website.


Watch Metallica play ‘Enter Sandman’ with toy instruments

Metallica’s new album is set to hit stores in less than 24 hours,but like any hardworking band, they are currently in the midst of doing their publicity rounds. On Wednesday (Nov. 16), the iconic rock band headed over to Jimmy Fallon’s late night show on NBC to promote their tenth studio album. During their time there, they joined forces with house band, The Roots, to perform a “different” version of their famous song, “Enter Sandman.”

Instead of using real instruments, the band was given toy instrument which could be found at any elementary school. Armed with kazoos, toy drums, xylophone, and a baby guitar, the two groups, as well as Fallon covered the song. It’s also a good time to point out how the members of The Roots, and Fallon, are wearing Metallica shirts while drummer Lars Ulrich is wearing a The Roots shirt and vocalist James Hetfield is rocking a “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” shirt. Watch the funny clip below.

Metallica’s tenth studio album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is set to be released this Friday, Nov. 18. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is the follow-up to  2008’s Death Magnetic. Between the eight-year gap, the band released Lulu, their collaborative record with Lou Reed as well as an EP titled Beyond Magnetic in 2011.

In anticipation of the new record’s release, the band revealed that they would be releasing a string of music videos to give a “sneak peek” at every track on it. Earlier in the day, the band released the music video for “Spit Out the Bone.” Watch that clip here.

Reading and Leeds Unveil 2015 Set Times


Are you one of the thousands of concert goers who will be heading to Reading and Leeds this upcoming weekend? Well, if you are we have some good news for you; the festival organizers have unveiled the complete list of set times for both Reading and Leeds’ main stage. Check out the newly released list below and don’t forget to plan according to see as many awesome bands/artists as you can.

Reading Festival:

Friday (Aug. 28)

12:00 – 12:30 Mariachi El Bronx

12:45 – 13:25 Neck Deep

13:40 – 14:20 Drenge

14:40 – 15:25 Palma Violets

15:45 – 16:35 Panic! At The Disco

16:55 – 17:45 All Time Low

18:10 – 19:10 Bastille

19:45 – 20:45 Alt-J

21:30 – 23:30 Mumford & Sons

Saturday (Aug. 29)

12:00 – 12:30 Babymetal

12:45 – 13:15 Fidlar

13:35 – 14:15 Marmozets

14:30 – 15:10 Modestep

15:35 – 16:20 Pierce The Veil

16:45 – 17:35 Alexisonfire

18:10 – 19:00 Royal Blood

19:40 – 20:40 Bring Me The Horizon

21:30 – 23:30 Metallica

Sunday (Aug. 30)

12:00 – 12:30 Feed The Rhino

12:45 – 13:25 Lonely The Brave

13:45 – 14:30 Against Me!

14:50 – 15:40 The Gaslight Anthem

16:00 – 16:50 The Cribs

17:10 – 18:00 The Maccabees

18:25 – 19:25 Jamie T

20:00 – 21:10 Kendrick Lamar

21:55 – 23:30 The Libertines

Leeds Festival:

Friday (Aug. 28)

12:00 – 12:30 Feed The Rhino

12:45 – 13:25 Lonely The Brave

13:40 – 14:20 Against Me!

14:40 – 15:25 The Gaslight Anthem

15:45 – 16:30 The Cribs

16:50 – 17:35 The Maccabees

18:00 – 18:55 Jamie T

19:30 – 20:40 Kendrick Lamar

21:25 – 23:00 The Libertines

Saturday (Aug. 29)

12:00 – 12:30 Mariachi El Bronx

12:45 – 13:20 Neck Deep

13:35 – 14:15 Drenge

14:30 – 15:10 Palma Violets

15:30 – 16:15 Panic! At The Disco

16:35 – 17:20 All Time Low

17:45 – 18:40 Bastille

19:15 – 20:15 Alt-J

21:00 – 23:00 Mumford & Sons

Sunday (Aug. 30)

12:00 – 12:30 Babymetal

12:45 – 13:15 Fidlar

13:30 – 14:05 Marmozets

14:25 – 15:00 Modestep

15:20 – 16:05 Pierce The Veil

16:25 – 17:10 Alexisonfire

17:45 – 18:35 Royal Blood

19:15 – 20:10 Bring Me The Horizon

21:00 – 23:00 Metallica

Reading and Leeds will take place during this upcoming weekend, August 28-30. Tickets are still on sale, but if you still haven’t gotten them, we aren’t quite sure how many are left.

Lollapalooza 2015 Complete Line-Up Revealed

While most of the music festivals that will be coming our way this Summer have already announced their line-up, Lollapalooza was waiting until the time was right to unveil their own line-up.

This morning, the Chicago-based event revealed their complete line-up. The 2015 incarnation of the annual festival will include Florence + The Machine and Paul McCartney as headliners. Funny enough, Florence and McCartney have both become music festival staples this year.

Metallica, Sam Smith, Of Monsters and Men, Twenty One Pilots, Brand New, Walk The Moon, and many more will also be joining the newly announced list.

Check out the complete list of performers below which instead of being a boring poster, Lollapalooza decided to turn it into a gif. Welcome to the 21st century.

Lollapalooza will return to Chicago’s Grant Park during the weekend of July 31-August 2.

Three-day general admission passes are long gone, but the festival organizers did advise that single day passes will go on sale beginning on today at 10 a.m. CT, so get on it quickly if you plan on attending this year’s event.

Rock in Rio USA Add More Artists to Line-Up, Unveil “City of Rock” Streets

Rock in Rio USA announced several headlining artists for the upcoming inaugural gathering in Las Vegas back in January, but it looks like those aren’t the only one heading to Sin City for the two weekends.

Today, the festival took to the web to announce the complete line-up. The line-up includes a couple of more performers on the main stages, some DJs that will represent the countries the festival has already invaded (Spain and Portugal to name a few) and those cool “City of Rock” streets they hinted at when the idea was still being formed (each street represents the musical culture of either the United States, United Kingdom, or Brazil).

Check out the full schedule for the two weekend which have been divided in half. The Rock-centric weekend will take place May 8-9 while the Pop music-centric weekend will take place May 15-16.


May 8:

Main Stage:  No Doubt, Maná, The Pretty Reckless, Smallpools

Sunset Stage: Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr, Bleachers, Saints of Valory

Electronic Stage: AN21, Ftampa, Wax Motif, MVTH

Rock Street Brazil: Spock Frevo Orquestra, Pepeu Gomes, Leo Gandelman

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Academy of Villains, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

May 9:

Main Stage: Metallica, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead

Sunset Stage: Deftones, Sepultura (feat. Steve Vai), Coheed and Cambria, Of Mice & Men

Electronic Stage: Caked Up, Gaslamp Killer, Felguk, Alok

Rock Street Brazil: Spock Frevo Orquestra, Pepeu Gomes, Leo Gandelman

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Academy of Villains, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta


May 15:

Main Stage: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Echosmith, Ivete Sangalo

Sunset Stage: Jessie J, Charli XCX, Tove Lo, James Bay

Electronic Stage: Whitney Fierce, Jeniluv, Valida, Heidi Lawden

Rock Street Brazil: Simoninha Feat. Toni Garrido, Marcos Valle, BossaCucaNova

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

May 16:

Main Stage: Bruno Mars, Sam Smith, Empire of the Sun, Big Sean

Sunset Stage: John Legend, Joss Stone, Magic, Mikky Ekko

Electronic Stage: Behrouz, Renato Ratier, Uner, Dj Vibe

Rock Street Brazil: Simoninha Feat. Toni Garrido, Marcos Valle, BossaCucaNova

Rock Street USA: DJ Druskee & MC Myron Marten, Rock in Rio Dance Crew

Rock Street UK: Stones the Beetles, Terra Celta

Tickets for Rock in Rio USA are available on the festival’s website.

Reading and Leeds Unveil Full 2015 Line-Up


If you though Bonnaroo had a cool way if veiling the artists for this year’s line-up, then Reading and Leeds might have a slightly cooler way of unveiling the third and final headliner for this year’s event.

The British festival took to Facebook to post anonymous letter which read: “Yeah, so I just woke up but like, I dunno, I just can’t stop thinking about Reading and Leeds and how much I’m looking forward to playing Reading and Leeds 2015.”

Everyone following were left to guess who the third headlining spot, alongside Metallica and Mumford and Sons, would be given to until Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show went live. During the show, it was revealed that the third headliner spot was given to The Libertines.

“Reading has always been a special festival to me, it’s where I misspent a lot of my youth. I saw Rage against the Machine there when I was a nipper, which inspired a lot in me. Zack de la Rocha set me on a path, he bridged the gap between my bedroom and Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix and the Doors and showed me what it really was to be up on that stage in front of all those people” frontman Carl Barat told NME about their big headlining gig.

“It’s pretty dizzying to be alongside Metallica, I used to love them when I was a kid. They were up there with Michael Jackson and James Dean.”

But while Barat and the rest of the Libertines (including a sober Pete Doherty, we hope) are headlining, a slew of over 50 more acts were also revealed including Kendrick Lamar, American Football, Panic! at the Disco, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Frnkiero and the cellabration, and many more (though there are two special guests still unannounced).

Check out the complete line-up for Reading and Leeds 2015 slated to take place during the weekend of August 28-30. All information about the festival including tickets can be seen on their websites here and here.