Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its 2020 nominees

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Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Music lovers of all ages, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are finally in!

On Tuesday (Oct. 15), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the lengthy list of nominees for the 2020 class. As with past years, the musicians on the roster come from various music genres, which may lead to a debate or two among fans (there’s already some online “conversations,” but when doesn’t that happen?).

Motörhead, Depeche Mode, Soundgarden, Judas Priest, Nine Inch Nails, Pat Benatar, Whitney Houston, the Dave Matthews Band, and The Notorious B.I.G. are just some of the potential inductees.

The class of 2020 also marks the first time that the majority of the candidates are first-time nominees.

The first-time nominees include the Dave Matthews Band, the Doobie Brothers, Motörhead, the Notorious B.I.G., Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, and Whitney Houston.

This will be the sixth time Kraftwerk has been nominated, the fifth time for MC5, the fourth for Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, the third for Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, and the second for Judas Priest and Todd Rundgren.

All-in-all, a very diverse lineup.

It was reported that artists such as Aaliyah, Weezer, blink-182, and Daft Punk were eligible but were not nominated.

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.

While a lot of the voting power sits with industry insiders, fans are going to get a chance to put their two cents in.

Through Jan. 10, fans can go to Google and search “Vote Rock Hall 2020” or any nominee name plus “vote” to cast a ballot with Google. They can also head on over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s website or the museum in Cleveland to chime in.

The top five artists chosen by the public will make up the “fans’ ballot” joining the industry insiders’ votes.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony will take place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland on May 2, 2020. The full list of nominees can be found below.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2020 NOMINEES:

Pat Benatar
Dave Matthews Band
Depeche Mode
The Doobie Brothers
Whitney Houston
Judas Priest
Kraftwerk
MC5
Motörhead
Nine Inch Nails
The Notorious B.I.G.
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
Todd Rundgren
Soundgarden
T.Rex
Thin Lizzy

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.

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Rock on the Range announces 2017 lineup

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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.

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Activision Release New Guitar Hero Live Song Titles

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Now that everyone knows Guitar Hero Live will be heading our way in the Fall (no official release date), the people behind the video game, Activision, have been revealing the titles and artists to be featured on the new installation of the guitar-centric game.

Today, a new wave of song titles which includes tracks from Chevelle, Rise Against, A Day to Remember, and more were released. Those newly added songs can been seen below in bold while the previously released tracks are listed below that.

GUITAR HERO LIVE TRACK LIST (Wave 3):

Halestorm – “Love Bites (So Do I)”
Tenacious D – “Tribute”
Beartooth – “I Have A Problem”
Pearl Jam – “Mind Your Manners”
Rise Against – “Tragedy + Time”
Soundgarden – “Been Away Too Long”
Anthrax – “Got The Time”
Architects – “Gravedigger”
Chevelle – “The Clincher”
A Day To Remember – “Right Back At It Again”

Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
Marilyn Manson – “Disposable Teens”
Killswitch Engage – “In Due Time”
Marmozets – “Move Shake Hide”
Of Mice & Men – “Bones Exposed”
Deftones – “Diamond Eyes”
Vista Chino – “Sweet Remain”
Bring Me the Horizon – “Shadow Moses”
Mastodon – “High Road”
Trivium – “Strife”
The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling”
Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr. – “Don’t Owe You A Thang”
Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
The Killers – “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
Pierce The Veil – “King For A Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones – “Paint It Black”
Skrillex – “Bangarang”
The War On Drugs – “Under The Pressure”
Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest – “Breaking The Law”
Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
System of A Down – “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge – “Cry Of Achilles”
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells – “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going To Hell”

Soundgarden Reveal Compilation Album Details

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A day after the release of a brand new song and some speculation that it could be featured on their long-in-the-works B-side and rarities compilation, Soundgarden have confirmed the news.

The band who most recently appeared at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit, confirmed the new song will be featured on that compilation.

As if that wasn’t enough, they also revealed the name of the compilation album as well as the long track list. The record will be titled Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path and will include three discs.

Disc one will consist mainly of B-sides as well as a two unreleased tracks which includes the now-released “Storm.” Disc two will feature covers Soundgarden recorded from The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Ramones, The Stooges, and many more. Disc three has been dubbed the “oddities” record with instrumentals, remixes, demos, and all around “odd” things.

Check out the long list of tracks to be feature on the compilation.

Disc 1: Originals
Soundgarden-written songs (mainly B-sides) in addition to two unreleased songs, “Kristi” and “Storm.”
01. “Sub Pop Rock City”
02. “Toy Box”
03. “Heretic”
04. “Fresh Deadly Roses”
05. “H.I.V. Baby”
06. “Cold Bitch”
07. “Show Me”
08. “She’s A Politician”
09. “Birth Ritual”
10. “She Likes Surprises”
11. “Kyle Petty, Son Of Richard”
12. “Exit Stonehenge”
13. “Blind Dogs”
14. “Bleed Together”
15. “Black Rain”
16. “Live To Rise”
17. “Kristi”
18. “Storm”

Disc 2: Covers
Feat. versions of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Doors, the Stooges, the Ramones, DEVO, and more.
01. “Swallow My Pride”
02. “Smokestack Lightnin’”
03. “Everybody’s Got Something”
04. “Thank You”
05. “Come Together”
06. “Stray Cat Blues”
07. “Into The Void”
08. “Girl U Want”
09. “Touch Me” (Friday Rock Show)
10. “Can You See Me?” (Friday Rock Show)
11. “Homicidal Suicidal” (Friday Rock Show)
12. “I Can’t Give You Anything” (Friday Rock Show)
13. “I Don’t Care About You” (Friday Rock Show)
14. “Waiting For The Sun” (Live)
15. “Search And Destroy” (Live)
16. “Big Bottom” (Live)
17. “Earache My Eye” (Live)

Disc 3: Oddities
Instrumentals, remixes, and demos “including Steve Fisk’s unreleased ’The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix),’ ’Twin Tower,’ penned by Matt Cameron, and ’Night Surf,’ an instrumental performed by bassist Ben Shepherd.
01. “Twin Tower”
02. “Jerry Garcia’s Finger”
03. “Ghostmotorfinger”
04. “Night Surf”
05. “A Splice Of Space Jam”
06. “The Telephantasm”
07. “Black Days III”
08. “Karaoke”
09. “Fopp (Fucked Up Remix)”
10. “Big Dumb Sex (Dubbed)”
11. “Spoonman (Steve Fisk Remix)”
12. “Rhinosaur (The Straw That Broke The Rhino’s Back)”
13. “Dusty (Moby Remix)”
14. “The Telephantasm (Resurrection Remix)”
15. “One Minute Of Silence”

Echo Of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across The Path is set to be released on Nov. 25 through A&M Records.

Stream Soundgarden’s New Song, “Storm”

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After making an appearance at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit this past weekend where Chris Cornell joined Pearl Jam as they covered Temple of the Dog’s “Hunger Strike,” Soundgarden have dropped a new song.

The song is titled “Storm” and is their first new piece of music since the released of 2012’s King Animal.

The song comes as a surprise for fans of the grunge band especially because there was no indication that any new music was on the way or being recorded for that matter, even if they had recently wrapped up a tour.

But like Consequence of Sound pointed out that the song might be one of the unreleased tracks featured on “long-in-the-works” B-side and rarities compilation; a song titled “The Storm” is listed in the tracklisting for the compilation

Then again, only Soundgarden will know the origins of the dark and brooding new song. Listen to it below.

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Team Up for Upcoming Tour

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Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden announced during the weekend that the two bands will be heading out on tour. Speculation about the tour began when Spin Magazine asked Soundgarden if the rumors were true during an interview at South By Southwest last week. The band side-stepped the question which typically means that the rumors are true.

This past weekend, the rumors had been confirmed when the bands both announced that the tour was definitely happening. The official announcement is set to happen later today, but the tour dates had already been released when the confirmation had been made.

Nine Inch Nails will be going from one big tour to another. The Trent Reznor-led group are currently wrapping up an Australian tour with Queens of the Stone Age while Soundgarden just finished performing at the inaugural iTunes Festival here in the United Stated during SXSW. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral and Soundgarden’s Superunknown.

Long live the grunge.

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NINE INCH NAILS, SOUNDGARDEN TOUR:

July 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
July 21 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
July 24 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
July 26 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 27 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
July 29 – Mansfield, MA @ XFINITY Center
July 30 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 01 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
August 02 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 04 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
August 05 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
August 07 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavillion
August 08 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Ampitheater at Lakewood
August 10 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Ampitheatre
August 11 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Ampitheatre
August 14 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Ampitheater
August 16 – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
August 17 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavillion
August 19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Ampitheater
August 21 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Ampitheatre
August 22 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre
August 24 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Ampitheater
August 25 – Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

Soundgarden to Perform ‘Superunknown’ at U.S. iTunes Festival

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Fans of Soundgarden might want to take a trip to Austin, TX during the week of South by Southwest because it has been reported that the grunge band will be performing its hit 1994 album, Superunknown in full during their set.

Superunknown being performed from beginning to end, will be the first time in the history of the band that they do so. The concert will take place at The Moody Theater on March 13 and will be streamed live on iTunes in the U.S. for those not fortunate enough to score tickets to the show.

When Soundgarden announced they might be heading out on tour in 2014, drummer Matt Cameron had said previously he would not be able to since he had prior commitments with his other band, Pearl Jam. Things must have either fallen through or Cameron found a loophole because the sticksman will be joining Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and Ben Shepherd for the show.

The iTunes Festival performance will also mark the 20th anniversary of Superunknown’s released which would go on to sell nine million copies and hit platinum five times. In honor of the milestone anniversary, a deluxe, expanded version of the album is set to be released in June as well as various versions of the albums, bonus tracks and never-before-seen photographs by Kevin Westerberg.

The band released their last album, King Animal back in November 2012.

As for the iTunes Festival, this is the first year that the festival will take place in the United States. Typically, the festival takes place in England in September, offering free shows from some of music’s biggest stars for an entire month. So far, the situation about tickets has not been released.

Sasquatch! 2014 Line-Up Revealed

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Just when we thought all the festivals have revealed their line ups for the 2014 season, Sasquatch! Music Festival has announced their line up.

Following their promise to perform at every single music festival in the United States, Outkast is one of the headliners for the festivities. For the first time in the history of the event, it will happen during two weekends and unlike all the others, the line-up for the two weekends will be completely different.

The weekends will be May 23 to 25 for the first set and July 4 to 6 for the second set.

As for the weekend that Outkast will be headlining which will also be Memorial weekend, the line up will be the following: QOTSA, and M.I.A., the National, Haim, Chance the Rapper, Neko Case, Waxahatchee, Rudimental, Major Lazer, Violent Femmes, Kid Cudi, Cut Copy, tUnE-yArDs, Panda Bear, Tyler, the Creator, Parquet Courts, Bob Mould, Phosphorescent, Liars, AlunaGeorge, Washed Out, Big Freedia, Banks, Austra, Damien Jurado, Deafheaven, Mogwai, Foals, and Ryan Hemsworth. A comedy stage will feature Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band Princess, and others.

As for the weekend that Neutral Milk Hotel and Frank Ocean will be headlining which will be Fourth of July weekend the line up will be the following: Soundgarden, Kraftwerk, Spoon, New Order, Röyksopp & Robyn, Cloud Nothings, Cass McCombs, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Rhye, Mikal Cronin, Action Bronson, Sharon Van Etten, Talib Kweli, Courtney Barnett, Junip, Mac DeMarco, Foxygen, Broken Bells, Tegan and Sara, Metz, the Notwist, Gold Panda, Deltron 3030, Of Montreal, Death, La Roux, Majical Cloudz, Oneohtrix Point Never, the Horrors, Chad VanGaalen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Duke Dumont, Palma Violets, and Black Milk. There will be another comedy stage, with Demetri Martin, Eugene Mirman.

Sasquatch! will take place at Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington and passes will go on sale on Saturday, February 8 at 10 a.m. PST via the festival’s website.