The Used Part Ways with Longtime Guitarist

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Back in February, The Used announced that longtime guitarist, Quinn Allman would be taking a yearlong break from the band. At the time, it was just a break and fans were led to believe that Allman would return to the group once his break was over. During that time, they had enlisted help from Saosin guitarist, Justin Shekoski, to fill in the vacancy.

On Thursday (Nov. 19), The Used officially announced Allman was no longer in the band and that Shekoski will be filling in the vacancy. Taking to Facebook, the band wrote that they thank the guitarist for all the “beautiful memories” and that it was all a result of “mutual understanding.” The Used’s complete statement about the departure can be seen below.

“Nothing can ever change, or detract from the magic of the relationships that helped create the music that is The Used. For these beautiful memories, we will be forever grateful. As a result of mutual understanding, Quinn will not be returning to the band and Justin Shekoski will be taking his place. The journey so far has been amazing and we continue to feel very positive about what lies ahead in the future. As always, can’t wait to see you on the road!”

As of now, only frontman Bert McCracken and bassist Jeph Howard remain as the only founding members of the Utah band. In a happy twist, the band revealed earlier this week that they will be hitting the road in 2016 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the group’s formation. During the tour, they will before two-night events in each city where during the first night they will play their self-titled debut album and on the second night they’ll play their sophomore album, In Love and Death.

The Used Announce Two-Night Shows for Upcoming Anniversary Tour

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If you’re a big fan of The Used (like we are here), then the band’s recently released news is going to make your teenage heart skip a beat. Taking to social media on Tuesday morning (Nov. 17), the Utah-based band announced that in honor of the 15th anniversary of their formation, they will be hitting the road. But this tour is not going to be like any other “anniversary tour.”

The band unveiled that instead of spending one night in one city trying to create a set list that features as much of their discography as they can, they will just make it a two-night event. On the first night, they will perform their debut, self-titled record in full. Then, on the second night, they perform their sophomore album, In Love and Death, in full.

In addition to the tour which will begin on April 5, 2015 at the Showbox in Seattle, WA, the band will also be releasing a CD/DVD titled The Used: Live & Acoustic at the Palace. Pre-orders for the acoustic CD/DVD are currently available on the band’s website. The album is set to be released on April 1, 2016, but those who order tickets for the tour will get a copy.

Pre-sale tickets and VIP packages will go on sale beginning today at 2 pm local time. General ticket sales will begin this Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 am local time.  The official posters for both the North American leg of the tour and the European leg can be seen below.

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Taste of Chaos Tour Resurrected

Ladies and gentle-dudes who grew up in the mid-00s, Taste of Chaos is back!

For anyone who grew up during the era of “emo bands,” Taste of Chaos, the sister traveling festival to Warped Tour, was definitely something you wanted to go to. Unlike Warped Tour, TOC concentrated on heavier bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, and many more.

In 2010, fans of the festival were given the saddening news that it would no longer exist, at least in the United States.

Fast forward five years, and now it has been resurrected from the festival funeral home.

Founder Kevin Lyman had been hinting at a resurrection over the past few weeks, but did not confirm whether the festival would return or if he was just being a troll.

Surprise, it’s back, but with some changes.

Instead of traveling across the country like it had done in the past, Taste of Chaos will stay stationed at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA.

But if its return is not enough to get those dark hearts of yours beating, then the newly announced line-up will do the trick.

Newly reunited Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, The Used, Saves the Day, The All-American Rejects, Dashboard Confessional and more are all slated to hit the stage on Oct. 3.

While the line-up may not be completely heavy, like the past incarnations, it’s nice to see that some veteran TOC bands (Thrice, The Used, Story of the Year) will be featured on the line-up.

Check out the complete line-up below.

TASTE OF CHAOS 2015 LINE-UP:

Jimmy Eat World
The Used
Dashboard Confessional
The All-American Rejects
Glassjaw
Thrice
Saves The Day
The Movielife
Story Of The Year
Finch
Mark Hoppus (DJ set)
Greek Fire
Adair

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Tickets for Taste of Chaos are scheduled to go on sale beginning Monday (June 22) on their official website which has yet to formally launch. Tickets start at $25 and for those are into camping, the festival will be offering accommodations for that.

Chevelle Update Fans on Friday Night Tragedy

It’s been several days since tragedy occurred during a Chevelle show in Chicago and now the band have formally released a statement about the incident.

For those not familiar with the horrific incident, this past Friday (May 22), Chevelle were playing at the Aragon Ballroom in their hometown when a 24-year-old man fell from a catwalk and was impaled through the chest upon landing.

At the time, the band had posted a message of Facebook hoping they would have a speedy recovery, even though their set had been cut short, much to the displeasure of a several naysayers in the crowd.

Today, the band posted a second post on Facebook addressing the incident that happened. Read their full post below.

“To our fans, as you may or may not have heard, an extremely unfortunate event occurred at our show in Chicago Friday night.

We were asked by the police to stop our set so that the authorities could tend to an injured fan. Once the severity of the accident was determined, the authorities cleared out the venue to give them time to investigate. We want to thank our Chicago fans for their respect of the authorities and for understanding that these decisions made by the authorities were out of our control. We love our fans in Chicago and while there was no question that the show would be cut short in light of this tragic event, we will be sure to play for you all again as soon as possible.

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Chevelle fan Kyle Kirchoff and at this time we ask that you all keep Kyle and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

S.P.D.”

After the fall, first responders quickly attended to Kirchoff rushing him to Weiss Memorial Hospital where 30 minutes after his arrival he was pronounced dead.

At the time of the original story, officials were still investigating what happened and police had said that foul play was not being suggested.

Man Dies During Chevelle Show

Over the weekend, a 24-year-old man lost his life during a Chevelle concert.

The band was in the middle of their set Friday night (May 22) at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom when Kyle Kirchoff, from Hanover Park, fell from a restricted catwalk and was impaled in his chest upon landing.

The band’s set was cut short as first responders made their way to the injured. He was taken Weiss Memorial Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Chevelle quickly took to their Facebook page to explain what led to them having to shorten the set and wished the injured a speedy recovering. We’re assuming it was posted before Kirchoff was officially pronounced dead at the hospital.

The show was not only the band’s final co-headlining tour date with The Used and Marmozets, but it was also their hometown show; Chevelle are from Grayslake, a suburb of Chicago.

While there has been no official cause of death, police are currently investigating the incident though it appears foul play is not being suggested.

The Used Announce Co-Headliner for Upcoming Tour

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The Used may have been down a member this time last week, but the band didn’t let that stop them with their full schedule of touring.

Today, the four-piece announced they will be heading out on another tour immediately after their tour with Every Time I Die wraps on May 2. Opening acts, Marmozet will be sticking around for the second tour.

One of the biggest surprises come is the announcement that it will be a co-headlining tour with Chevelle. Funny enough, both bands released their last album last April; The Used released their sixth album, Imaginary Enemy while Chevelle released their seventh album, La Gárgola last April.

The Used/Chevelle co-headlining tour will begin on May 4 in Birmingham, AL at Iron City and wrap up on May 22 in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. Pre-sales will begin today at 2 p.m. local time while general ticket sales will be available on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m., local time.

Check out the tour dates below.

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Recently, the Utah based band revealed that their longtime guitarist Quinn Allman has decided to take a year-long break from the band. Taking his vacant spot during upcoming shows and appearances will be Saosin guitarist, Justin Shekoski.

Saosin Guitarist Updates Fans After New Gig Announcement

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Earlier this week, the Used announced longtime guitarist Quinn Allman would be leaving the band for a year and they had already found the perfect person to replace him; Saosin’s Justin Shekoski.

Had it been last year, fans of the hardcore band wouldn’t have worried much, but since the band, now featuring original vocalist Anthony Green, announced they would be working on new music, this new engagement has quickly become an issue.

Taking to the internet yesterday, Shekoski wrote to fans, reassuring them that even with his new gig with The Used, Saosin would continue to “write new music and work [ing] towards a great future” like the band has promised.

Read Shekoski’s full message below where he tells fans that luckily Circa Survive and The Used’s tour schedules run parallel making it easier to get some Saosin things done.

Hello Everyone,

Just played the first show with The Used. Wait, let me start over. Lots has happened. It’s been an exciting month to say the least. After a week of rehearsal, a quick (and extremely fun) Saosin tour and a long flight, I have arrived in the UK….with a new band.

As you may or may not have heard, I have been asked to join forces with The Used to play some great music and be a part of their incredible family. I’m extremely humbled by the opportunity to play alongside not only such great musicians but such excellent people. They have all been beyond welcoming.

The first show was tonight and was an absolute blast, to say the least. I can’t wait to play more shows and do what I love to do most, play music.

I also wanted to say, as far as Saosin goes, nothing’s changing. We will still be writing new music and working towards a great future. Saosin is a group of brothers that all have different things, projects and schedules going on. This will just be one more schedule to work around. Luckily, quite a bit of The Used schedule is parallel with Circa Survive. So possibly, you can see Anthony play with Circa Survive and me with The Used in the same month. I hope to see a lot of you!

Thank you for all of the support so far, I can’t wait to see all of my old friends and meet tons of new ones on the road very soon.

See you in the not so distant future,

Love,

Justin Shekoski

Early this year, Saosin reunited for a four-day tour where at one of the stops the band revealed that new music was on the horizon for them. They’ve come a long way since their reunion with Green at Skate and Surf Fest last Spring.

The Used Guitarist to Take Year-Long Break

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The Used have just revealed that one of their member will be leaving the band. But before everyone gets up in arms about it, said member will just be leaving the band for a year.

The Utah-based band took to Facebook a little while ago to post a statement that founding member and guitarist, Quinn Allman will be taking a temporary, year-long break from the band.

Though the statement the band released about Allman’s temporary departure does not explain exactly why he had chosen to leave, though they do write something about “upcoming endeavors,” but they do reassure fans that everything is O.K. and that Saosin’s Justin Shekoski will be filling in for Allman during his absence.

Read the band’s full statement below:

The Used will be heading out on a headlining tour with Every Time I Die, Marmozets, and the Eeries beginning on April 3 at the House of Blues in San Diego and wrapping up on May 2 at the House of Blues in Cleveland.

Craig Aaronson (A&R for Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, and More) Passed Away

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Normally, hearing that someone from a record label passed away doesn’t really make headlines, but sometimes that person played a key role in discovering some of your favorite bands. In news that feels like a dagger to the heart, the A&R guy responsible for discovering many of the bands that helped shape our music taste and love of music, passed away.

According to several music publications including Billboard and Alternative Press, Craig Aaronson famed A&R guy from Warner Bros., passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Many artists, including those that he played a key role in discovering, have already taken to Twitter to express their condolences. Here are just some of the ones that we have found on our Twitter feed with more coming as the day progresses.

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It's with great sadness in our hearts that we write this message to you all. An integral part of our A7X family has passed away. Craig Aaronson was one of the driving forces behind our decision to sign with Warner Brothers Records back in 2004 along with Tom Whalley and Andy Olyphant. We had heard horror stories about independent bands signing with major labels so when we first met Craig we were skeptical. We ended up trusting him and Warner Brothers Records and in the end we are glad that we did. Craig had not only been a personal friend to us through the years, but also helped spearhead many of the bands successes, including allowing us to have complete creative control throughout all of our albums. No matter what we handed into the label he would get behind it and go to work. Our manager Larry Jacobson has always said working with Craig was like working with a partner, always agreeable even when you disagreed, and because of that, A7X and WBR got so many good things done together. A couple of years ago Craig left Warner Brothers to do other things, we were saddened by his decision but realized he needed to move on. A few months later we were informed that Craig had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While on chemo Craig still made it out to our Hail to the King album release show in Los Angeles earlier this year. We were all blown away by his dedication and will to live. Sadly, yesterday he lost the battle against cancer. He is survived by an amazing wife and kids. We will always be grateful to Craig and everything he has done for us. He has done the same for many other countless bands and without a doubt will be sorely missed. Thank you for everything Craig. Love A7X P.S. Life is too short, spend some extra time with the ones you love today.

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Aaronson was most well-know for bringing bands such as My Chemical Romance, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Taking Back Sunday, Avenged Sevenfold, Against Me! and more to the label and helping them reach success.

If anyone needs an example of Aaronson’s enthusiasm for the bands he helped discover and love of his job, the perfect example can be found on MCR’s first DVD, Life on the Murder Scene where we see Aaronson listening to some new tracks the band were working on at the time and how passionately excited he got while listening to them.

Aaronson kicked off his lengthy resume of successful bands by signing Jimmy Eat World back in 1995 to Capitol before leaving and getting his job at Warner Bros. Jimmy Eat World recently wrote about that and how when they had no money, Aaronson had let them sleep in his house.

All we can say is thank you very much for discovering those bands and we owe you a lot, Craig. You had a role in helping shape who we are today.

Frnkiero and the Cellabration to Join Taking Back Sunday and The Used on Tour

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Taking Back Sunday and The Used recently announced that they will be joining forces once again to travel around the country for the second time in 2014. After a successful tour at in support of both their new albums, Taking Back Sunday for Happiness Is… and The Used for Imaginary Enemy, the two bands decided to hit the road together one more time.

Today, it was announced that former My Chemical Romance guitarist, Frank Iero and his new band, Frnkiero and the Cellabration are set to be opening up for Taking Back Sunday and The Used on the upcoming new dates.

“I’m really looking forward to getting on the road and finally playing these songs live,” Iero said.

“It’s strange, while making ‘Stomachaches’ I never got to really play the songs before recording them, because for the most part, it was just me, making them all by myself late at night in my basement. So it’s kind of a scary and exciting experience for me right now to finally hear these songs come to life in a live setting. And I’m glad to be able to be doing it with old friends like Taking Back Sunday and The Used.”

Frnkiero and the Cellabrations’ debut album is set to be released on August 26.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY and THE USED feat. frnkiero and the cellabration TOUR DATES:

09/08–Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion

09/10–Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE

09/12—Grand Rapids, MI, Orbit Room

09/16—Minneapolis, MN, The Myth

09/17–Sioux Falls, SD, The District

09/19—Kansas City, MO, Live! at the Power & Ligth District

09/21—Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium

09/23—Idaho Falls, ID, Civic Auditorium

09/25—Seattle, WA, Showbox, Sodo

09/26—Portland, OR, Roseland Theater

09/29—Calgary, AB, Macewan Hall

09/30—Edmonton, AB, Union Hall

10/02—Winnipeg, MB, The Burton Cummings Theater

10/03—Fargo, ND, The Venue

10/04—Des Moines, IA, 7 Flags Events Center

10/06—St. Louis, MO, The Pageant