NOFX Call Out “Beardo” Hipster at Show

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We know that everyone has a problem with hipsters nowadays for some really unknown reason (yes, we know it’s probably their pretentiousness and narcissists tendencies), but, apparently just the mere presence of a hipster at a recent show had the guys from NOFX a little more than annoyed.

During their warm-up banter at the Halifax, Nova Scotia stop of the ‘Fat Wrecked for 25 Years’ tour, guitarist El Hefe noticed a guy, right in front of the stage wearing a tie-dyed shirt who didn’t seem to be enjoying the banter on stage. Apparently, just his presences was irritating frontman Fat Mike to the point that he even offered the “beardo” money to leave the show.

“Yeah, you know what? You have no business being here. I will pay you $100 to leave this show,” said Fat Mike.
“Are you going to stand in front and bother me all day with your fucking tie dye shirt and your beard?” he continued.

Instead of taking the money, the guy decided to stand his ground, so Fat Mike did the only thing he could do; he “bought” the shirt from the guy for $20.

Watch the complete exchange below around the 1:46 mark.

Slipknot Bassist Rushed to Hospital During Show

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UPDATE:

Slipknot has commented on bassist Alessandro ‘V-Man’ Venturella’s hospitalization last night in Connecticut.

“After a medical emergency during last night’s show, we are relieved to let everyone know that our bass player, Alex ‘V-Man’ Venturella, is well on the road to recovery. Alex collapsed mid-set after feeling unwell and as a precautionary measure was taken to hospital where he was found to be suffering from severe dehydration. After recuperating overnight, he has now been discharged from hospital and is on his way back to his Slipknot family. All being well, Alex will be back onstage with us tomorrow in Mansfield, MA. We thank everyone who reached out with messages and well wishes for Alex and we look forward to be being back at full tilt for the rest of the Summer’s Last Stand tour.”

ORIGINAL:

Slipknot were down a member last night (Aug. 2) during the Hartford, CT date of their “Summer’s Last Stand Tour.”

The metal band was a couple of tracks into their set when all of a sudden they left the stage. As it turned out, bassist Alessandro “Vman” Venturella had an unknown medical emergency and was rushed to the hospital. After a 20 minute break, the band returned to the stage as an eight-piece.

Before restarting the show, frontman Corey Taylor went on the microphone to update the fans on what had just taken place.

“I’m gonna let you know what’s going on right now,” began Taylor.

“I’m sorry to say that our bass player, Alex, had… Something happened. I’m not sure what happened. He’s been put into an ambulance and he’s going to the hospital right now as we speak. But I want you all to make fucking noise for him. Send him some fucking love. Now, we had a choice to come back out here. We’ve had to modify some shit, but we’re gonna keep on playing for you. It’s what we want, it’s what Alex would fucking want.”

Video of Taylor’s speech can be seen below.

At the time of this article being written, there had been no update on what exactly happened to Venturella. Slipknot did post on both Twitter and Facebook a short video featuring the Hartford crowd chanting Venturella name. The video of the united crowd can be seen below.

Tonight, the band has no shows scheduled, but tomorrow, they will hit the Xfinity Center in Boston. Here’s hoping that Venturella is feeling a little bit better.

Mini My Chemical Romance Reunion at Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines Show

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For fans of the now defunct My Chemical Romance, nothing would be better than hearing the news that the band had gotten back together to put out new music. Though we don’t see that happening in the near future (and that’s coming from a die-hard My Chemical Romance fan) there’s always hope of a mini reunion to suppress our appetite momentarily.

Last night (July 7), our wish for a mini reunion finally came true at the final Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines show at Los Angeles’ The Lyric Theater. Former My Chem bassist Mikey Way had revealed last week he would be playing bass for the Deryck Whibley’s side band during their three shows stint in California.

In support of the bassist, two special guests attended the show; former My Chem frontman/Mikey’s brother, Gerard Way, and guitarist Ray Toro. The only person missing from the mini reunion was the group’s other guitarist, Frank Iero, whose band Frnkiero andthe cellabration is currently on tour with Against Me! and Annie Girl & The Flight.

While there’s no footage of the appearance, there was a photo from backstage posted on Instagram, showing the reunion in action.

So, can we keep our hopes that the next step is a real reunion?

Green Day Perform Secret Hometown Show

Ever since the announcement that they would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Green Day seemed to come out of hiding.

Last month we found the California band being inducted into the Hall of Fame and soon after revealed they were in the middle of working on a brand new album.

Now, the group are giving back to the community that helped shape them.

During the weekend, the band revisited 924 Gilman Street, a Bay Arena punk venue that they used to perform at until they inked a deal with Reprise back in the 90s and were banned from performing there again.

In 2012, Mike Avilez, a representative for the venue, told SF Weekly that they weren’t ruling out the possibility of Green Day returning to the small venue.

“We’d have to have a meeting on it and vote – but I’d be for it,” he said and three years later, it looks like they came to an agreement.

The venue, who like to stick to their non-sell out performers, allowed them back in after all this time (we’re not counting 2001’s sneak attack performance) for a good cause.

The show was to help raise money for two local independent publishing houses, AK Press and 1984 Publishing, whose shared warehouse caught fire back in March. The event was to help raise money for not only the publishing companies, but for those whose homes also burned down due to the fire.

Though the band’s set list, which can be seen below, consisted mostly of songs from Dookie and American Idiot, they did sneak in some goodies from their pre-major label days as well as a cover of Operation Ivy’s “Knowledge” featuring fellow Berkeley boy and Operation Ivy guitarist, Tim Armstrong.

Check out the set list and some video of the show below.

GREEN DAY’S 924 GILMAN STREET SET LIST (05/17/15):

“99 Revolutions”
“Know Your Enemy”
“Holiday”
“Welcome To Paradise”
“2000 Light Years Away”
“Private Ale”
“Christie Road”
“Paper Lanterns”
“Stuart And The Ave”
“She”
“Going To Pasalacqua”
“Burnout”
“Longview”
“Basket Case”
“When I Come Around”
“Are We The Waiting”
“St. Jimmy”
“Knowledge (Operation Ivy Cover)”
“American Idiot”
“Jesus Of Suburbia”
“Minority”

Brand New Frontman Forgets Lyrics, Gives Hilarious Response

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It happens.

Singers sometimes forget the lyrics to their own songs and sometimes need the help from their fans to remember a line or at least finish the song.

When you have a discography that span over a decade, it’s not surprising that a “brain fart” will happen. It’s normal.

But, Brand New frontman Jesse Lacey is not normal.

During the band’s show in Albuquerque earlier this week (April 21), Lacey and the rest of the band had started their song, “Millstone” from 2006’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. Things began okay with Lacey singing the lyrics until he couldn’t remember them. He began to mumble into the microphone and then all together stepped away.

Instead of letting the audience pick it up for him, he stopped the song, telling the crowd “I can’t remember, give me a second.”

He even asked someone in the crowd, “do you have the lyrics on your phone there, bro?”

Hysterical.

Don’t worry, the band were able to restart the song from the beginning and it went off without a hitch.

Check out the footage below.

Tonight Alive Cancel Two Upcoming Shows

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Fans of Australian band Tonight Alive were given some bad news yesterday afternoon; the band cancelled two of their upcoming, headlining gigs. The shows were set to take place in Boise, ID and Jacksonville FL.

The announcement came after drummer Matt Best had been diagnosed with Tendinosis following Soundwave 2015 which would require surgery.

Despite the two cancellations, the band will continue their trek across the country as a supporting acts for All Time Low’s current “Future Hearts Tour” which began last week.

As Best wrote in a message to fans on Facebook, the All Time Low gig is only 30 minutes long, but even that seems to be too much for the drummer who admits that he gets through the set because of “painkillers and 24/7 care.”

Read the full post below which also confirms that the band had returned to the recording studio to record their new album.

“Hey guys,

I’m really sorry to say that we have to cancel the upcoming Boise, ID and Jacksonville, FL headline shows.

I was recently diagnosed with tendinosis and tears within the TFCC (ligaments and cartilage) of my wrist during Soundwave 2015.

Although it’s been very painful to play, I’ve been getting through the album recording and All Time Low shows with a lot of painkillers and 24/7 care but it’s been getting harder and I’m having more trouble than I thought.Right now we’ve realized that there is just no way I would be able to play a full headline show. The All Time Low support shows are 30 minutes long and I’m only just about getting through them.

I’m in need of surgery as soon as I get back to Australia, so I’ll be fit and ready to go on the next tour providing the rehab goes well. We really hate to cancel any shows and we promise to come back to Boise and Jacksonville just as soon as we can. I’m sorry for any inconveniences that may occur from this.

Thank you for all your support and understanding,

Matty”

Taking Back Sunday Show Ft. Lauderdale What ‘Happiness Is…’

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If you were to tell the “emo kids” of the 2000s that one of the bands that helped shape that scene would still be selling out concert venues more than ten years later, their response would probably be a scoff and a “well duh.”

But as history has shown, many bands who hit it big back then have either changed their line-up considerably or all together broken up. But Taking Back Sunday has shown that they could withstand the test of time by selling out the same venue not once, but twice, in two years.

Like entering any darkly lit night club on a Saturday night, as soon as you entered Revolution Live, you were instantly greeted by hoards of people who showed up early just to proclaim a spot of their own. Through the cigarette smoke and people clinging onto cans of beer, finding a spot became one of the most difficult parts of the evening, though not impossible.

In the background, the first band of the night, letlive. was on the stage entertaining fans with their screaming which even included two covers of some iconic hardcore bands. The first was a cover of “The Deadly Rhythm” from the newly reunited Refused. The second was Black Flag’s “Fix Me.” But as the song began, commotion from the second floor of the venue got louder and louder with security shoving people out of the way to make room. It was only a short time later that someone pointed out that a member of Black Flag was there.

After one more song, letlive. ended not only their set for the evening, but their time on the Happiness Is…Tour.

As the band and their crew moved quickly to take down and set up the stage, it was a little over half an hour until the second act of the evening took the stage; The Menzingers.

The Menzingers quickly went into their first song of the night, “I Don’t Want to Be an Asshole.” As they played, the band’s sound began to reminiscing of being a teenager. Their songs sounded like music those “weirdos” who went to high school in the 2000s used to listen to and could probably fit in with the other songs on our old school MP3 players.

As they were getting ready to begin another song, the screen behind them lit up with Taking Back Sunday frontman Adam Lazzara on the a screen. Attention was soon placed on Lazzara, but calmed down once the audience realized that it was just a gif (a very short clip being played on a loop). Though some were bummed that Lazzara was not currently waving at everyone live, the excitement for The Menzingers did not waver especially when they played a cover of Rancid’s “Roots Radical.”

Once their set wrapped, the stage went dark to let the road crew do their job and get ready for the headliners. As the commotion of setting up the stage went on for half an hour, the music in the background kept audience members awake and pumped, especially when “Forget About Dre” began to play the background.

On several instances, the lights turned on, giving false hopes to the packed venue. But the final time was different.

It was time.

Smoke began to fill the dark stage as band members began to make their way to their assigned spots. The final person to enter the stage was Lazzara. Once the lights went up, the singer was no longer on the stage, but rather on one of the side bars above the pit. Dressed in black, he began to sing the lyrics to the “Flicker, Fade” the first single off of Happiness Is…with blue lights flickering behind him.

“Flicker, Fade” quickly transitioned into “What’s it Feels Like to Be a Ghost?” from 2006’s Louder Now with little cartoon ghost images flashing behind the band on the screen.

As the song wrapped, Lazzara began to speak to the audience. He proceeded to tell a story of an awkward interaction guitarist John Nolan had with a girl who was dressed in short shorts. Due to the closeness of Lazzara’s mouth and the microphone, it was hard to hear what exactly happened, but somehow he managed to find the girl in the pit and point her out.

Kind of a cool story to tell your friends in the future.

As the night progressed, fans of the band got a set list that contained songs from several of their albums, though tracks from 2008’s New Again seemed to be left off the 21-song list.

“Timberwolves at New Jersey,” “Ghost Man on Third,” “You Know How I Do,” and “You’re So Last Summer” made appearances on behalf of Tell All Your Friends which turned ten just last year.

One of the funniest parts of the evening happened towards the end of “You’re So Last Summer” when a video montage of members of the tour lit up the screen behind the band. In it, the members were all dancing around, even kicking their legs up as if they were some Moulin Rouge rejects dancing the can-can.

“We’re going to let this play for a little longer,” joked Lazzara as he turned to stare at the screen.

Where You Want to Be is probably one of their biggest albums (alongside TAYF), so it was only fitting to have several tracks from the album performed live. Tracks included “Bonus Mosh Pt. II,” “One-Eighty by Summer” which according to Lazzara was a request by opening act letlive., and of course “A Decade Under the Influence.” During the song, Nolan could be seen, from his little corner on stage left, making random and kooky faces as Lazzara’s voice changed throughout the song.

Louder Now was a hit album among fans and it was nice to hear songs likes “Liar (It Takes One to Know One),”  “Spin,” and “Error: Operator” get played live rather than hear it directly from a CD. Deep down inside though, there was some hope that the band would play “Miami” since Ft. Lauderdale is as close to Miami as any band ever gets.

The rest of the set list was made up of songs from Happiness Is…which included “Stood a Chance,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and a song that made Lazzara somber up a little bit as the band performed it, “Better Homes and Gardens.” For those listening to the lyrics of the song and happen to know a little bit of band member history, it would only take a few second to realize that the inspiration for the song was Lazzara’s engagement falling apart back in 2007.

Though the energy in the room was somber as it was performed, it picked up right after the song was over, proving that “emo” songs don’t always dampen the mood.

Before long, the last song on the “official” set list ended and the lights went down. For once, no one moved knowing that in a few seconds the band would be back out to perform their encore.

The band emerged on to the stage with Lazzara holding an acoustic guitar in his hands, to begin the first encore song, a track titled “Call Me in the Morning” off of 2011’s self-titled.

Thankfully, they did not end the show with that song and picked up the pace when they began the first notes of “Cute without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team).”

If it wasn’t for the insulated wall Revolution Live has, there was a chance the people at the Broward Theater of the Performing Arts down the street would be able to hear the hundreds of voices screaming together “and will you tell all your friends you’ve got your gun to my head.”

But fans didn’t need to start chanting “one more song” once it wrapped because quickly, they went into another one of their big hits, “MakeDamnSure.” If anyone thought the crowd couldn’t get anymore insane, they would be wrong. It was as if the entire venue went from a ten on the energy scale to an 11 throughout the song.

As the last notes of “MakeDamnSure” were held by the instruments and Lazzara’s (and the audience’s) vocals, it was the end of the road on memory lane. Those 20 and 30-somethings who wanted to relive their youth got to do so with the band that probably got them through some of the toughest days of being a teenager and maybe gave them a new-found love of music.

It was a trip that for just a moment you could feel like the worst things you could do was dye your hair hot pink without your parents knowing, wear too much eyeliner, and writing all over your Converse.

A simpler time. And man, how they are missed.

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Watch Panic! At the Disco Play at a Rodeo

While most of the music world is making a beeline to Austin for South by Southwest with many performers trying to get as many high-profiled gigs at the actual event, it’s nice to see that one of our favorite bands decided to do the complete opposite of that.

Leave it to Panic! at the Disco to decide to give fans a surprise by showing up in the middle of a rodeo to give an “impromptu” concert which featured some of their discography as well as a cover of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

We swear, we aren’t making this up.

According to sources who were lucky enough to be at the show, the band came in on, what else, a tractor and gave them all a once-in-a-lifetime show. We say once-in-a-lifetime because we’re sure this is never going to happen again.

Check out some fanshot video, which might not be the best videos in the world, but they get the job done.

Surprisingly, Panic! at the Disco have been quiet for sometime now. The last we heard from the band was actually from frontman Brendon Urie when the “Drunken History of Fall Out Boy” was posted by the band a few months ago.

On the upside, they do have a handful of concerts coming up this year mostly including festivals like Tulsa’s Center of the Universe Festival and Reading and Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Watch Blink-182 Perform Live with Matt Skiba

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With all the drama surrounding Blink-182 over the past month, it’s kind of surprise that the group have decided to forge on by replacing founding member Tom DeLonge with a new singer; but what are you going to do when there are contractually obligated shows you need to perform at?

Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and now-singer Matt Skiba, made their debut as the newly revised Blink-182 at The Roxy last night (March 18). The gig was part warm-up, part introductory before the band hit the stage at Barker’s Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in Orange County on Sunday (March 22).

The band’s setlist featured over 20 songs including songs like “Feeling This,” “What’s My Age Again?,” “The Rock Show,” “Carousel,” and “Dammit.”

Thanks to those in the audience, footage from the show was shot and can be viewed below.

Now, the question becomes, how do we feel about Skiba taking over for DeLonge?

From Autumn to Ashes Announce First Post-Hiatus Show

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Good news From Autumn to Ashes fans; the band have announced their first official show since revealing they were coming out of hiatus.

The band, who went on hiatus in 2008, revealed that their first “welcome back” show will take place on May 15 at Revolution Music Hall in Amityville; a kind of pre-Skate and Surf Festival show which will begin the following day.

For those wanting to go to the show, tickets will go on sale this upcoming Friday (March 20), but as a warning, music fans who attend shows at that venue have pointed out that it has a very small maximum capacity (some say a 250 max limit) which means tickets will sell out quickly.

But if you don’t mind waiting a couple of extra days to have a lot of space and be jamming out with other From Autumn to Ashes fans, the Long Island group will be reuniting on stage during this year’s Skate and Surf Festival alongside Acceptance, Thrice, and Poison the Well.

If you’re a Canadian FATA fan and feel a little bummed about both shows being in the United States, don’t be because they will be heading to Montebello for their annual Amnesia Rockfest in June.