Watch: Green Day takes viewers on the road in new ‘Youngblood’ music video

Green Day is getting a leg up on the competition and giving their fans an early holiday present. On Friday (Dec. 14), the California-founded band unleashed the music video for their latest single, “Youngblood.” The two-and-a-half-minute clip gives the viewer an inside look at what happens behind the scenes when the trio are out on the road.

The music video features footage of the guys meeting fans outside of venues, hanging out backstage with their crew members and family, rehearsing their set, and of course footage of their massive shows during their Revolution Radio tour. It’s also really cool to see how a band that has been together for such a long time still act like a bunch of teenagers before, after, and during a show.

Check out the music video for “Youngblood” above.

“Youngblood” is featured on Green Day’s 2016 release, Revolution Radio.

According to the band, the song was originally intended to be featured on the group’s “lost album,” Cigarettes and Valentines.

“There’s one song that was written a long time ago that’s on the new record [Revolution Radio] called “Youngblood’” and that got a facelift and new lyrics and stuff like that,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told NME in 2016.

While it has been several years since the iconic punks released new music, it looks like things may be changing soon. During an Instagram live stream, Armstrong revealed that he was currently in the process of writing new Green Day music.

“I’m writing new songs for gd now,” the frontman revealed on the live stream.

Even if new music may not see the light of day in 2019, fans have become suspicious that the act may have something up their sleeves. Following several posts on social media showing the band rehearsing Dookie and Insomniac in full, fans have begun speculating that they may embark on an anniversary tour in 2019.

Only time will tell.

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Robert Smith continues to tease new music from The Cure

If word that the Cure were part of the latest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t enough to make your gothic little heart flutter then we’ve got even better news. On Friday (Dec. 14), the British band announced plans to release a new album in the new year. In a recent interview on Sirius XM, frontman Robert Smith confirmed that the group is mere weeks from finishing their impending new album.

“We’re going in about six weeks’ time to finish up what will be our first album in more than a decade,” Smith explains.

“It’s very exciting times for us all around.”

In the same interview, Smith reveals that he was inspired to return to the recording studio after playing the role of curator for the 25th anniversary of London’s Meltdown Festival.

“Seeing all these new bands inspired me to do something new,” he admits.

This isn’t the first time Smith has confessed that playing curator and performing at the Meltdown Festival influenced the band’s decision to head into the studio. In April, the musician told BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Shaun Keaveny that curating the festival ignited his passion to write new music.

“I’ve suddenly fallen in love with the idea of writing songs,” Smith told Keaveny at the time.

“Funnily enough, doing this Meltdown thing has actually galvanized me and I’ve booked studio time for the band.”

The still-untitled record will be the band’s first new album in over a decade. The Cure’s last studio album was 2008’s 4:13 Dream.

With talks of a new record, it’s only logical that the band is beginning to announce tour dates. In September, Smith announced via Twitter that the group will embark on a 20-stop music festival tour during the summertime. The band has already been confirmed for Belgium’s Rock Werchter, Portugal’s NOS Alive, Finland’s Flow Festival, and Spain’s Mad Cool Festival though we expect more to be announced throughout the rest of 2018 and well into 2019.

Avril Lavigne drops new single ‘Tell Me It’s Over,’ confirms new album

Months after surprising fans with a brand new song and talks of a brand new album, Avril Lavigne has finally confirmed that her new record will be out in early 2019. On Thursday (Dec. 13), the Canadian pop star unveiled the details of her sixth studio album including its title, release date, and track listing. Titled Head Above Water, like the record’s lead single, the singer’s forthcoming studio effort id due out Feb. 15.

Head Above Water is the long-awaited follow-up to Lavigne’s 2013 self-titled. Pre-orders for Head Above Water are currently available here.

The 12-track record will feature title track “Head Above Water.” In conjunction with the new album announcement, the singer released the album’s second single; a track titled “Tell Me It’s Over.”

“‘Tell Me It’s Over’ is an anthem about being strong, finally putting your foot down and closing the door on a relationship that you know is wrong after time and time again of falling for their games,” said Lavigne in a press statement about the soulful, R&B-tinged tune.

“If someone doesn’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated, don’t put up with it.”

According to Lavigne, the new song was highly inspired by some classic soulful women of music including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and Etta James and that she wanted to write a song that was classic and timeless.

Watch the Erica Silverman-directed music video for “Tell Me It’s Over” above while the complete track listing for the upcoming release can be seen below.

HEAD ABOVE WATER TRACK LISTING:

01. “Head Above Water”
02. “Birdie”
03. “I Fell In Love With The Devil”
04. “Tell Me It’s Over”
05. “Dumb Blonde”
06. “It Was In Me”
07. “Souvenir”
08. “Crush”
09. “Goddess”
10. “Bigger Wow”
11. “Love Me Insane”
12. “Warrior”

Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, The Cure to join the Rock and Roll Hall in 2019

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Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, and the Cure are just some of the artists who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame come spring 2019. On Thursday (Dec. 13), the newly added members of the prestigious club were announced.

In a press statement, Nicks shows her gratitude for her second induction into the Hall of Fame.

“I have a lot to say about this, but I will save those words for late,” begins the queen witch’s statement. “For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”

Nicks is the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; the first time was with Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

Jackson also released a statement about the honor saying: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”

Like Jackson and Nicks, longtime the Cure keyboardist Roger O’Donnell thanked the fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the band’s recognition.

“It’s very nice to be acknowledged by the fans primarily, and the industry and you guys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

The biggest surprise addition was the inclusion of Radiohead. In the past, several members of the band have shared their opinions of the honor.

“I don’t want to be rude about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because for a lot of people it means something, but culturally I don’t understand it. I think it might be a quintessential American thing,” said guitarist Ed O’Brien in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2017.

Instead of rejecting the recognition, the band released a simple message: “The band thanks the Hall of Fame voting body and extends congratulations to this year’s fellow inductees.”

This year’s other nominees included Kraftwerk, Todd Rundgren, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, MC5, LL Cool J, John Prine and Devo.

In order for an artist to be eligible to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, their first recording must have been released at least 25 years ago.

The 34th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on March 26, 2019 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Like past years the ceremony will air on HBO at a later date. Ticket details will be announced in January.

Last year’s inductees included Nina Simone, the Cars, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, and Dire Straits.

Against the Current announce new tour dates for 2019, drop video for ‘The Fuss’

Against the Current spent most of the year on the road, touring nonstop behind their at-the-time new album. Now, it looks like the trio’s 2019 is going to look a lot like 2018 with a slew of tour dates in their future. On Monday (Dec. 10), the New York-founded band announced plans to embark on a short North American tour in the springtime.

The upcoming trek will find the trio performing at venues across the continent throughout the months of March and April.

Dubbed the Past Lives tour —after their recently released record— the excursion will include stops in Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and New York. The 22-stop jaunt will begin on March 22 at the Masquerade in Atlanta and conclude a month later on April 20 at the U Street Music Hall in Washington D.C.

Supporting acts for the forthcoming excursion have yet to be announced. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 14.

The impending trek will be in support of the band’s recently released record, Past Lives. The album, the group’s sophomore studio effort, was released in September through Fueled By Ramen.

In conjunction with the 2019 North American Past Lives tour announcement, the group has released the music video for their latest single, “The Fuss.” Watch the almost-three-minute clip above.

“The Fuss” joins previously released singles “Strangers Again,” “Almost Forgot,” “Personal,” and “Voices” on Past Lives.

Against the Current’s springtime itinerary can be found below.

PAST LIVES 2019 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

March 22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
March 23 – Orlando, FL – The Social
March 25 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Indoor
March 26 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
March 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
March 29 – San Diego, CA – Irenic
March 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
March 31 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
April 02 – Portland, OR – Holocene
April 03 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial
April 04 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
April 06 – Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue
April 07 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
April 09 – St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
April 10 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
April 12 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
April 13 – Toronto, ON – Velvet Underground
April 14 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral
April 17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
April 18 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
April 19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
April 20 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

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.

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Breaking Benjamin announce tour with Skillet, Underoath

It looks like Breaking Benjamin‘s 2019 is going to be as full of touring as 2018. On Monday (Dec. 10), the Pennsylvania-founded band announced plans to embark on a North American springtime tour. The upcoming trek will find the band performing at venues across the continent throughout the months of March and April.

The 14-date jaunt will include stops in cities like Milwaukee, Madison, Sioux City, Bismarck, and more. The upcoming trek will begin on March 15 at the Dow Event Center in  Saginaw, Michigan and conclude a month later on April 10 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Washington.

Heading out on the road alongside Breaking Benjamin are Skillet, Asking Alexandria, Underoath, Fight the Fury, and Diamante on select dates. Pre-sales go on sale beginning this Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. EST. General tickets go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. local time.

The upcoming tour will be in support of the band’s recently released album, Ember. The record, the band’s sixth studio effort, debuted at the number three spot on the Billboard 200 chart and has launched a pair of number one rock radio hits; “Red Cold River” and “Torn in Two.”

The new tour announcement comes a few days before the band is scheduled to release the music video for their current single, “Tourniquet.” According to the band, the new music video will conclude their visual trilogy of videos for Ember.

For now, the complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below.

BREAKING BENJAMIN 2019 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

March 15 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center *
March 18 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center *
March 20 – Moline, IL – TaxSlayer Center *
March 21 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom *
March 23 – La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center Arena *
March 25 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee *
March 27 – Sioux City, IA  Tyson Events Center *
March 29 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Center *
March 31 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center *
April 2 – Rapid City, SD – Barnett Arena *#
April 5 – Broomfield, CO – 1STBANK Center +
April 7 – Casper, WY – Casper Events Center ^
April 8 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena ^
April 10 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center –

* = With Skillet / Underoath / Fight the Fury
+ = With Underoath / Diamante
^ = With Asking Alexandria / Underoath / Diamante
– = With Asking Alexandria / Diamante

Slayer unveil new North American 2019 tour stops

Slayer’s farewell tour just keeps on going and going. On Monday (Dec. 10), the iconic metal band announced the fifth leg of their “final” world tour. The upcoming trek, their third North American farewell jaunt, will find the group performing at venues across the north and southeastern parts of the continent during the month of May.

The 16-date tour will include stops in Albuquerque, Dallas, Tampa, West Palm Beach, Columbia, Camden, and more. The trek will begin on May 2 at the Ak-Chin Amphitheatre in Phoenix and conclude a few weeks later on May 25 at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

According to a press release, there are still a slew of tour stops that have yet to be announced, but fans should expect them to be confirmed at a later date.
Lamb of God, Amon Amarth, and Cannibal Corpse will act as Slayer’s supporting acts throughout the upcoming tour.

Tickets for the springtime jaunt go on sale this Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. local time.
The newly announced dates will be sandwiched between the band’s previously announced fourth and sixth leg. The fourth leg of the farewell tour will find Slayer performing in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Philippines while the sixth leg will include stops in Europe.

As if the new tour dates wasn’t enough, Slayer was confirmed as one of the many bands who will make their way to Canada in the summer for Montreal’s Heavy Montreal music festival. As of now, Slayer is the only band confirmed for the event set to take place in July.

For now, the complete list of newly announced tour dates can be seen below.

SLAYER’S NORTH AMERICAN FAREWELL TOUR: FIFTH LEG DATES:

May 2 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Amphitheatre
May 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre,
May 5 – El Paso, TX – UTEP/Don Haskins Center
May 7 – Edinburg, TX – Bert Ogden Arena
May 8 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
May 10 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 13 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Superstore Arena
May 14 – Columbia, MD – Merriweasther Post Pavilion
May 16 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
May 17 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
May 19 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Center
May 20 – Youngstown, OH – Covel Centre
May 22 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Tire Centre
May 24 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
May 25 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center

The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX lead inaugural Camp Anarchy lineup

The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, and Less than Jake are just some of the bands that will make their way to Ohio during the springtime for the first annual Camp Anarchy. On Monday (Dec. 10), Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. and Brew Ha Ha Productions announced the debut of their brand new, punk rock-centric music festival due to take place during the final weekend of May 2019.

Joining the aforementioned bands on the inaugural roster are X, Fear, Sick of It All, Strung Out, Death By Stereo, Suicidal Tendencies, The Damned, Off!, The Suicide Machines, A Wilhelm Scream, Voodoo Glow Skulls, T.S.O.L., and The Bronx. According to the festival’s official flyer, more bands will be announced at a later date.

“[Camp Anarchy is] a punker’s dream…three days of the best bands and so much to do while camping under the stars in Ohio. What could be better?” John Reese, Camp Anarchy co-producer and founder of Synergy Global Entertainment, says in a press statement.

Mirroring Reese’s excitement about the upcoming three-day event is Pennywise guitarist Fletcher Dragge who said: “Super stoked to be taking part in the first ever Camp Anarchy music and camping fest next year!!!”

Dragge adds: “Looks like Legend Valley will become ground zero for some serious punk rock debauchery and musical mayhem. The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, X, Suicidal Tendencies, Less Than Jake, Fear? What the f*ck?!”

In addition to the rocking lineup, the event will also include craft beer tastings, dodge ball games, fair games, scavenger hunts, a flea market “full of stuff you probably don’t need but know you will want,” and a s’mores station for those with an epic sweet tooth.

Camp Anarchy will make its rocking debut at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio during the weekend of May 31 – June 2. Tickets go on sale beginning this Friday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. EST. For more information about the festival, the lineup, tickets prices, and more, head on over to Camp Anarchy’s website.

For now, the complete lineup can be seen below.

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Marianas Trench plot US-centric tour for spring 2019

It’s been a while since Marianas Trench last toured the United States, but now, it looks like the group is ready to take a trip a little more south than they’re used to. Earlier this week, the Canadian four-piece announced plans to embark on a U.S.-centric tour during the spring.

Dubbed the “Suspending Gravity” tour, the upcoming excursion will find the act visiting venues across the country during the months of May and June. Marianas Trench will stop in several major cities including New York, Boston, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, Seattle, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and more.

The 23-stop jaunt will begin on May 1 at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia and conclude a little over a month later on June 5 at the House of Blues in Anaheim.

According to a press release, the upcoming tour will give fans “more of an up-close-and personal live experience and feature the powerhouse Vancouver quartet’s signature high-energy performance.”

Tickets for the upcoming trek are available for purchase on the band’s website.

The “Suspending Gravity” tour will be in support of the band’s forthcoming new album. Titled Phantoms, the record is due out in 2019. Phantoms is the follow-up to the group’s 2015 release —and “Goonies” inspired album— Astoria.

Prior to announcing the springtime excursion, the band released the first single off Phantoms, “I Knew You When.” According to the band, the track is about moving on from a former relationship even though there’s still some lingering memories and feelings.

“This is about long-term, messy, real-life love,” explains frontman Josh Ramsay.

“Love with consequence. Not about drunken lust, or doing shots in a bar, or ‘living life for just tonight,’ but the kind of real-life relationship that takes a decade to build, through ups and downs. If I’ve learned one thing in my life as a performer it’s this; if you’re going to sing a song every night for the rest of your career, you better mean it – and I do.”

Listen to “I Knew You When” above while the full “Suspending Gravity” tour itinerary can be seen below.

SUSPENDING GRAVITY US TOUR DATES:

May 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
May 3 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
May 4 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 5 – Silver Spring, MD – Fillmore
May 7 – Charlotte, NC – Underground
May 8 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
May 10 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
May 11 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
May 12 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
May 14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
May 15 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
May 19 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
May 22 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
May 24 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
May 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
May 26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
May 28 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
May 29 –  Salt Lake City, UT – Depot
June 1 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
June 3 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre
June 5 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues