Of Mice and Men Frontman Undergoes ‘Big Operation’

Of Mice and Men frontman Austin Carlile underwent a serious and “big” surgery yesterday, over a week after OM&M broke the news that the band had to cancel the final two days of their “Full Circle Tour” with Crown the Empire and Volumes due to their singer being hospitalized.

When the news broke, no one knew what led to Carlile’s hospitalization, but it was eventually revealed it was stemming from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, which the singer has.

Last week, Carlile had updated fans that he was being moved from the hospital he had been checked into to Stanford University where he would be in the care of his own cardiologist as well as a Marfan specialist.

On Twitter yesterday, Carlile updated fans with the news about the then upcoming surgery and hoped that it would be “the most effective of all the procedures they’ve tried” on him to combat Marfan or at least keep it at bay.

After his several posts on both Twitter and Instagram, support immediately began to flood in from fans as well as fellow musicians. OM&M bandmate Aaron Pauley, Periphery guitarist Mark Holcomb, and Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta all sent him well wishes in their own kooky way, as can be seen below.

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Like everyone else, we wish Carlile nothing but the best and hope you get better soon!

Austin Carlile Updates Fans on Hospitalization

It’s been several days since Of Mice & Men broke the news to fans that the final two stops of their “Full Circle Tour” had been cancelled due to frontman Austin Carlile being hospitalized for unknown reasons.

Now, four days later, Carlile has taken to Twitter to thank the fans for their dedication and well-wishes. He also updated his followers that he will be transferred to Stanford University sometime this week to get the “health situation at hand under control” and to be in the care of his cardiologist and a Marfan specialist.

One silver-lining in all of this; Carlile’s promise that he’s “never giving up.”

Check out the slew of tweets from the singer and a picture update from the hospital on Instagram below.

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Of Mice & Men were supposed to wrap up their “Full Circle Tour” earlier this week (June 9) at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. The tour was in support of the reissue of 2014’s Restoring Force, Restoring Force: Full Circle which came out earlier this year.

Of Mice & Men Cancel Tour Dates Due to Frontman’s Hospitalization

Fans of Of Mice & Men who were slated to see the final days of the band’s current tour were given some disappointing news; the shows have been cancelled.

Over the weekend, frontman Austin Carlile was admitted into the hospital and was advised by doctors to stay overnight, though there has been no word on what exactly led to Carlile being admitted in the first place.

The band took to Facebook after his admittance to release a statement about the cancellation of the final dates of their tour and how they will make it up to those unfortunate fans.

“Of Mice & Men regrets to announce that the remaining dates of the ‘Full Circle Tour’ will be cancelled. Therefore, tonight’s [Sunday’s] show at Soma in San Diego and Tuesday’s show at El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City will no longer go ahead. Lead singer Austin Carlile was admitted to a hospital yesterday morning and per doctor’s orders has been kept in overnight for evaluation. The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans and hopes to be back in both cities as soon as possible. Refunds for both shows will be available at point of purchase, however Of Mice & Men are planning to reschedule both shows for a later date in the year. We will have more news on this in the coming weeks and tickets holders are welcome to retain their tickets, as they will remain valid for these rescheduled dates.”

In a twist, as pointed out by Loudwire, this isn’t the first time the band has had to cancel tour dates due to Carlile being hospitalized. Last year, the band has to cancel some European stops because Carlile had gotten a neck injury that he never got checked out. It ended up pushing at the back of his heart and due to previous heart issues, he had to remain hospitalized for several days.

The now-cancelled remaining days of the “Full Circle Tour” was in support of the band’s recently released album, Restoring Force: Full Circle, the reissue of 2014’s Restoring Force.

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.

ROCK WEEKEND:

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

POP WEEKEND:

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.

Of Mice & Men to Head Out on Headlining Tour

Of Mice & Men will be heading out on tour this Spring in support of the re-issue of their 2014 album, Restoring Force.

The tour will feature the California band headlining all dates (minus three stops) and support from Crown the Empire and Volumes.

The tour will begin on Apr. 28 at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale and wrap up a month and a half later on June 7 at Soma in San Diego.

On the tour schedule, which can be seen below, the band reveal that there will be a couple of dates which they will not be headlining. Those three stops are three different music festivals that they will be performing at. Those include:  Carolina Rebellion that will take place in Charlotte, NC; the first annual Rock in Rio due to take place in Las Vegas (they will be performing during the festival’s “Rock” weekend); Columbus, OH’s Rock on the Range; and Pryor, OK’s Rocklahoma.

OF MICE & MEN’S SPRING TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 28 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

April 30 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown

May 1 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

May 2 – Charlotte, NC @ Carolina Rebellion **

May 6 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore

May 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

May 9 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock In Rio **

May 11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Balroom

May 12 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium

May 13 – New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theater

May 16 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range **

May 17 – Sauget, IL @ Pops

May 19 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues

May 20 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues

May 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre

May 23 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

May 24 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma **

May 26 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues

May 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall

May 29 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater

May 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

June 1 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

June 2 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market

June 4 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

June 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

June 7 – San Diego, CA @ Soma

**=not headlining shows

Last week, Of Mice & Men released the music video for their new song “Broken Generation” from Restoring Force: Full Circle which is scheduled to be released on Feb. 24 through Rise Records.

Of Mice & Men Call Out the “Broken Generation”

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Of Mice & Men have just released their music video for their song, “Broken Generation” from their upcoming reissue of 2014’s album of the same name, Restoring Force: Full Circle.

With a title like that, it gives the impression that the California band have a lot to say about the generation that makes up part of their fanbase.

Fitting with the song of said broken generation is its music video showcasing what has become the norm in the 2000’s; everyone so glued to their electronics that they don’t even notice the things happening in front of them.

We especially loved the parts of the people at the party on their phone s rather than socializing with one another and the customer at the restaurant completely oblivious to the waitress because she’s on her phone. Sadly, it has become the norm and what’s even more sad are those that always say they will “die” if they can’t have a phone on hand (or those that are always frantically looking for an outlet to charge).

Watch the music video below.

Restoring Force: Full Circle will be released on Feb. 24.

Rock in Rio USA Reveal Complete Line-Up for Inaugural Event

Last September, Rock in Rio announced they would be bringing the Brazilian party to the United States by recreating the famous festival in the U.S.’ adult playground; Las Vegas.

With the initial announcement made last year, the festival had revealed that acts like Metallica, No Doubt, Deftones, Linkin Park, John Legend, and Taylor Swift had been confirmed to perform at the inaugural event.

Now, the festival organizers have announced the complete, massive line-up for the event slated to take place over the course of two weekends in May.

Announced via a press conference, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Bleachers, Jessie J, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Hollywood Undead, Foster the People, Gary Clark Jr., Saints of Valory, Of Mice and Men, and many more were added to the original line-up from last year.

“We want different flavors. We want different types of artists,” said Roberta Medina, daughter of festival founder Robert Medina in a voice over about the chosen performers.

Tickets for Rock in Rio USA will go on sale beginning this upcoming Monday, Jan. 19 at the festival’s website. General-admission weekend passes will put attendees back $298 while VIP weekend tickets with access to VIP areas, open bars, buffet, and access to an exclusive entrance will cost those interested, $498.

The first weekend, named the “Rock Weekend,” will take place May 8-9, while the second weekend, named the “Pop Weekend,” will take place May 15-16 at the City of Rock MGM Resorts Festival Grounds.

It is estimated that a grand total of 240,000 to 320,000 attendees will show up during the course of the weekend with festival organizers hoping to have 80,000 a day though they admit it might be more like 60,000 attendees per day.

Check out the line-up for each day of the festival below.

Saturday, May 8:

Main Stage: No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless

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

Sunday, May 9:

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

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

Saturday, May 15:

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

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

Sunday, May 16:

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

Sunset Stage: John Legend, Joss Stone, Ma!, Mikky Ekko

Linkin Park Bring the ‘Hunting Party’ to North America

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What is a band to do after they complete two back to back tour?

Easy. Go on another tour.

And that’s exactly what Linkin Park are doing. The California band announced that they will be bringing their “Hunting Party” tour to North America beginning in January.

Joining them for the month-long trek will once again be Of Mice & Men, who played supporting act on the European version of the tour, and Rise Against.

Full tour dates can be seen below.

THE HUNTING PARTY NORTH AMERICAN 2015 TOUR:

Jan.15 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center

Jan. 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

Jan. 18 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Jan. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

Jan. 21 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center

Jan. 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall

Jan. 24 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center

Jan. 25 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

Jan. 27 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center

Jan. 28 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum

Jan. 30 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena

Jan. 31 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless

Feb. 3 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre

Feb. 4 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena

Feb. 6 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

Feb. 7 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena*+

Feb. 11 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre

Feb. 12 – Calgary, AB – Scotia Bank Saddledome

Feb. 14 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

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Linkin Park recently wrapped up their huge “Carnivores Tour” with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI to support their new album, The Hunting Party making this the third tour to support the record.

Of Mice & Men recently released the music video for the song “Feels Like Forever” and revealed they were heading back into the studio when they posted a photo of them with producer David Bendeth in the studio. No official announcement about a new record has been made yet.

As for Rise Against, the politically charged band released their seventh studio album, The Black Market back in July and wrapped up a tour of their own in support of the record.

Soundwave 2015 Reveal “Rocking” Line-Up

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Soundwave Festival have just unveiled the line-up for the 2015 installation of the festival and it might just be one for the history books.

Earlier in the day, the Australian festival revealed that it will become a two-day festival with half the bands performing on one day and the other half on the second day in order to “minimize clashes, give bands longer set, better staging production [and] infrastructure” as well as “give fans better value for money and a less stressful day.”

FAITH No More, Soundgarden, Slipknot, Slash and Fall Out Boy are just some that are set to headline the festival. Also on the bill, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, Incubus, Ministry, Judas Priest, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Fear Factory, New Found Glory, Area 7, Tonight Alive, Escape the Fate, Lagwagon, All Time Low, Of Mice and Men, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Godflesh, Crown the Empire and more were announced with reportedly more bands to be revealed in the near future.
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The list of venues for the traveling show will feature Bonython Park in Adelaide on February 21 and 22, Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on February 21 and 22, Olympic Park in Sydney on February 28 and March 1 and Brisbane Showgrounds on February 28 and March 1. Sadly, the show will not be making a pit stop in Perth due to bad ticket sales in that area.

Tickets for the two-day festival will cost $188, plus booking fees. Tickers will go on sale this Friday (August 22) to Soundwave members, while general ticket sales will begin on Friday, August 29.