Deftones Announce Summer Headlining Tour

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It’s official, the Deftones are back. With the band set to release their new studio album in the spring and a slew of music festivals already planned to fill up their touring schedule, the California group has now unveiled some headlining dates. On Monday (Feb. 29), the official list of upcoming tour dates for the Deftones was announced. The tour will unofficially kick-off this Saturday, March 5, at Travis Barker’s Musink Festival where they will play alongside Taking Back Sunday.

After about two weeks, they will pack up their bags and hit the road for their lengthy North American headlining tour. Then, in June, they will cross the pond for a slew of European shows including appearances at Rock AM Ring/Rock IM Ring in Germany, the Download Festival in the United Kingdom (and now France), and the NorthSide Festival in Denmark before wrapping up on June 18 at Secret Solstice in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Tickets for the upcoming tour are set to go on sale beginning this Friday, March 4. The complete list of summer tour dates can be seen below.

DEFTONES HEADLINING TOUR:

03/05  Costa Mesa, CA – Musink Festival
03/16  Mission, TX – Never Say Never Festival
03/18  Austin, TX – SPIN Party at Stubb’s
03/19  San Antonio, TX – Lonestar Events Center
03/20  Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
03/22  Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
03/24  Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion
05/08  Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
05/10  Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall*
05/11  Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium*
05/13  Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheatre*
05/14  Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues*
05/15  Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05/17  St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre*
05/18  New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theatre*
05/20  Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre*
05/21  Maryland Heights, MO – KPNT Pointfest*
05/22  Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range*
05/24  Sioux Falls, SD – The District*
05/25  Wichita, KS  – Cotillion Ballroom*
05/26  Oklahoma City, OK – Criterion Theater*
05/28  El Paso, TX – Neon Desert Festival*
06/03  London, UK – The SSE Arena Wembley
06/04  Mendig, Germany – Rock AM Ring
06/05  Nürnberg, Germany – Rock IM Park
06/10  Paris, France – Download Festival
06/11  Derby, UK – Download Festival
06/14  Cologne, Germany – Palladium
06/15  Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
06/17  Aarhus, Denmark – NorthSide Festival
06/18  Reykjavik, Iceland  – Secret Solstice

*newly announced show

The lengthy tour dates are in support of the Deftones upcoming new album Gore. The new record, their eighth, is set to be released on April 8 through Warner Bros. Records. Pre-orders for Gore are currently ongoing on the band’s website. The album pre-order also includes and instant download of the album’s lead single, “Prayers/Triangles.”

Major He Said/He Said Going on In the Blink-182 Camp

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We all know that blink-182 and its members have their issues, but for once we though that all the drama had been put behind them so that they could work on a new album, peacefully.

So much for that.

Earlier in the day, it was revealed that blink-182 would be performing at the 8th Annual Musink Festival in California; a big deal for drummer Travis Barker who would be curating the artists for the second year. When the official flyer was revealed, fans were quick to notice that blink-182 were listed, but right under their band name it said “with Matt Skiba.” (Matt Skiba is the vocalist/guitarist for Alkaline Trio.)

Almost as quick as that flyer was posted, fans began to speculate that frontman Tom DeLonge had once again left the band and the band would soon after confirm that with a long statement in which they reveal that DeLonge’s manger contacted them claiming that DeLonge no longer wanted to participate in any blink endeavors, including a new album and this festival.

Check out the “alleged” statement from the band.

“Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Music and Tattoo festival.  

“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”

Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project.  

“No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.”

But now that this has hit the web, DeLonge has gone ahead and rebutted the statement from the band claiming that he had quit the band.

He reveals that he was actually in the middle of a phone conference about a blink show in New York when the news started to pour in that he reportedly left the band. He went directly to Instagram and posted his own statement, which can be read below, about this.

“To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs”

Now, we will admit that each member of the band has their own faults, especially DeLonge, but if they continue to go this way, we’re pretty sure this new album they’ve been trying to work on for months is never going to get done and an inevitable split is on the horizon.

And no, we don’t mean split like “we’ll be going on a hiatus; we’ll be back in ten years.”