The Killers confirm the release date for ‘Imploding the Mirage’ with new single, massive North American tour

Hold on tight to your chairs, guys, because the Killers have a slew of news that just may give you whiplash.

On Thursday (March 12), the Las Vegas-founded band officially confirmed the release date for their sixth studio album. Previously revealed to be titled Imploding the Mirage, the new album is due out May 29 through the band’s longtime home of Island Records.

The new set of tunes was produced by the band alongside Foxygen’s Shawn Everett and Jonathan Rado.

But that’s not all.

The record will also include guest appearances by k.d. lang, Natalie Mering from Weyes Blood, Adam Granduciel from War on Drugs, Lucius, and former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham who happens to play on the album’s lead single, “Caution.”

Yes. You read that right.

The Killers not only confirmed their new album’s release date but have also dropped its lead single, which features a music legend. Listen to “Caution” above.

To coincide with the song’s release, frontman Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci spoke with Zane Lowe about the inspiration behind the four-and-a-half-minute tune.

“It’s sort of about having the wherewithal to listen to that angel on your shoulder, even if they’re telling you something that you don’t want to hear,” Flowers reveals in the interview.

“And I think for me with this song was a lot about leaving Las Vegas. I was having this sort of hunch or impression that that was something that I was supposed to do for my family. … And so it was tough for me to leave, and I thought I was able to harness that energy, and there was a sort of…a relief when it happened, and you kind of feel that the spirit in ‘Caution,’ I feel like.”

So what is a band to do after confirming a record release date and unveiling its lead single? Well…announce a massive North American tour, of course! So stock up on hand sanitizers and disinfection wipes.

This summer, the Killers will hit the North American touring circuit for their Imploding the Mirage tour. The almost-four-month outing will find the group performing at venues in the United States, Canada, and Mexico (though there’s a quick trip to Australia in between).

Yup. Four months of nonstop shows across the continent.

The Imploding the Mirage North American trek begins on Aug. 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. The tour concludes several months later on Dec. 4 at the Estadio 3 de Marzo in Zapopan, Mexico.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr will open for the Killers throughout the forthcoming tour.

IMPLODING THE MIRAGE 2020 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

8/18/20 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
8/19/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
8/21/20 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
8/22/20 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
8/23/20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
8/25/20 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
8/26/20 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
8/28/20 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
8/29/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Banc of California Stadium
8/30/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
9/10/20 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
9/11/20 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
9/12/20 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
9/15/20 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
9/16/20 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
9/18/20 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
9/19/20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
9/20/20 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
9/22/20 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
9/23/20 – Chicago, IL – United Center
9/25/20 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
9/26/20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
9/27/20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Event Center
9/29/20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
10/1/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/2/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
10/3/20 – Washington, D.C. – Capital One Arena
10/5/20 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
10/6/20 – University Park, PA – Petersen Events Center
10/9/20 – Cleveland, OH – rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
10/10/20 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

12/1/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/2/20 – Monterrey, MX – Arena Monterrey
12/4/20 – Zapopan, MX – Estadio 3 de Marzo

5 Seconds of Summer take it back to the beginning with ‘Old Me’

5 Seconds of Summer are taking all their fans back to the band’s inception, even if it is for a few minutes.

On Tuesday (March 10), the Australian band returned with the music video for their latest single, “Old Me.” Initially released late last month, the song is an ode to the band’s past selves who worked hard to get them where they currently are.

Sticking to the message of the song, the foursome released a four-minute clip to mirror that. The premise of the video is simple. The guys are riding in a desolate train as footage and photos of their younger selves (not really them until a certain point in the video) are inter-cut with the present versions of themselves.

Towards the end of the clip, real footage from the guys during their early and teen years are shown (footage you can probably find on YouTube). When the train finally arrives at the group’s final destination, it opens to reveal a festival stage with a massive audience all there to see 5 Seconds of Summer. That’s one way to celebrate your past.

Also, shout out to drummer Ashton Irwin, who just HAD to take off his shirt during the final seconds of the clip.

Watch “Old Me” above.

“Old Me” is the fourth single off 5 Seconds of Summer’s upcoming fourth studio effort, C.A.L.M. Previously released singles “Easier,” “No Shame,” and our personal favorite “Teeth” are also featured on the forthcoming 12-track album.

C.A.L.M. is due out March 27. Pre-save and pre-order options are currently live on the band’s website.

In support of the much-anticipated release, the foursome will hit the North American touring circuit in the late summer. The “No Shame” tour will find the quartet performing at venues across the continent in August and September.

The tour begins on August 12 at the Sports Palace in Mexico City and concludes on September 26 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Jimmy Eat World to embark on the ‘Criminal Energy’ tour in the late summer

Jimmy Eat World promised fans some good news this week, and they have definitely kept their word.

On Monday (March 9), the Arizona-founded band announced plans to embark on a short, North American tour in the summer. Dubbed the “Criminal Energy” (after a track on their new album) tour, the group will be joined by the Front Bottoms throughout most of the outing.

The cross-continent trek will include stops in major cities such as Charlotte, Raleigh, Baltimore, New York, Toronto, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, and more.

The 20-stop outing begins on August 6 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta and concludes a month later on September 5 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix.

Pre-sales begin this Tuesday, March 10, at 10 a.m. local time. For those who miss out on pre-sales, don’t worry. General ticket sales for the “Criminal Energy” tour go on sale this Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. local time.

Turnover and Joyce Manor will join Jimmy Eat World and the Front Bottoms on the upcoming excursion. Turnover will play the first half of the shows (Aug. 6 – 22), while Joyce Manor will take over during the second half (August 26- September 5).

Jimmy Eat World released their tenth studio album, Surviving, last fall. The record was met with a lot of praise from fans and critics alike.

The summer tour will be in support of the record’s release. Before hitting the North American touring circuit, Jilly Eat World already has several shows lined up. They will open for My Chemical Romance and hit the stage at a handful of music festivals, including Chain Fest and Bottlerock in California.

CRIMINAL ENERGY SUMMER 2020 TOUR DATES:

August 6 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy (The Front Bottoms are not performing)^
August 7 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre^
August 8 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater^
August 9 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion^
August 11 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17)^
August 14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage)^
August 15 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia)^
August 16 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion)^
August 18 – Toronto, ON – Rebel^
August 20 – Indianapolis, IN – Amphitheater at White River State Park^
August 21 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit^
August 22 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion^
August 26 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory#
August 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave#
August 28 – Chicago, IL – Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom#
August 29 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland#
August 31 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium#
September 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex#
September 4 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU#
September 5 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre#

^ – w/ Turnover
# – w/ Joyce Manor

Mayday Parade return with ‘It Is What It Is’

Turn up your speakers because Mayday Parade is back with a brand new song!

On Friday (March 6), the Florida-founded band unleashed their first new track in two years. Dubbed “It Is What It Is,” the title of the track basically described the inspiration behind the lyrics; just because things are bad now doesn’t mean that it will always be like that. It is what it is.

“It’s just about anything in life that ends badly and how it always hurts, but you eventually get over it,” drummer Jake Bundrick reveals about the new song.

Frontman Derek Sanders adds, “If there are people out there dealing with hard times, we hope our music can help them work through that, and come away feeling a little better about everything.”

Listen to “It Is What It Is” above.

It Is What It Is” is Mayday Parade’s first new song since the release of their sixth studio album, Sunnyland. The record was released in 2018 through Rise Records.

Now the real question is, “Is this song a standalone single or the first single off their seventh studio effort?” We shall see.

Earlier this week, the five-piece announced plans to embark on a springtime North American tour. The excursion will find the group performing at venues in cities such as Pensacola, New Orleans, Tucson, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Calgary, Louisville, and more.

The month-long outing begins on April 9 at High Dive in Gainesville and concludes on May 2 at Bogart’s in Cincinnati. Grayscale and Point North will join Mayday Parade on the upcoming trek.

The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.

IT IS WHAT IT IS SPRING 2020 TOUR DTAES:

April 9 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive
April 10 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
April 11 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
April 14 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note
April 15 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
April 18 – Las Vegas, NV – Fremont Country Club
April 20 – Tacoma, WA – McMenamins Elks Temple
April 21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
April 23 – Calgary, AB – Palace Theatre
April 24 – Edmonton, AB – Midway
April 26 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
April 28 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 29 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club
May 1 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
May 2 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

Hayley Williams to head out on first-ever solo tour in the spring

Hayley Williams is hitting the road this spring, armed with a brand new set of tunes and a new attitude.

On Thursday (March 5), the Paramore frontwoman announced plans to hit the road later this year in support of her debut solo album, Petals for Armor. Dubbed the Petals for Armor tour (because what else?), the outing will find the musician performing at venues across the continent throughout May and June.

The North American-centric tour will include shows in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, and more.

The 17-stop trek kicks off on May 28 at the Moore Theatre in Seattle and concludes a month later on June 29 at the Brooklyn Ballroom Nashville.

There are currently two different ways to get first dibs on tickets for the newly announced gigs. You can pre-order Petals for Armor on the record’s official website from now until this Sunday (March 8).

You can also register for Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program from now until Sunday (March 8) to unlock an exclusive ticket pre-sale code.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale beginning this Tuesday, March 10. General ticket sales begin next Friday, March 13, at 10 a.m. local time.

Arlo Parks will join Williams during the North American excursion.

“Wow. I am going on tour. Myself. It’s not Paramore, and truthfully, it’s just a little terrifying. But if I know anything, it’s that there’s no safer place (besides at home with my dog) than to be in a room, on a stage, in front of the people who I’ve grown up singing my lungs out for. There was a time I thought I wouldn’t tour Petals For Armor. What a joke. I must,” Williams writes in a press statement.

She continues: “This is a brand new adventure. It’s important to embark on something new every now and then just to show yourself that you can. I welcome the discomfort and the joy, and I’m ready to be present for this.

The first run of shows is going to be hot, sweaty, and intimate. My brand-newly-formed band and I will be playing rooms that Paramore outgrew a decade ago. It’s going to be so satisfying to feel the energy of a crowd that close again, especially while performing songs that feel so vital for me; songs I have never performed before for an audience.

Thank you for the chance to tour this. I hope to see a ton of old friends and make some new ones too.”

The upcoming tour is in support of Williams’ forthcoming album, Petals for Armor. The record is due out May 8 through Atlantic Records.

Last month, Williams revealed that she would release an exclusive five-track collection titled Petals for Armor I. The EP will include “Simmer,” “Leave it Alone,” and “Cinnamon.”

PETALS FOR ARMOR NORTH AMERICAN SPRING 2020 TOUR:

May 28 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
May 30 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
June 3 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre
June 5 – Dallas, TX – HiFi
June 6 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
June 8 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
June 10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
June 15 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
June 17 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
June 20 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
June 22 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
June 24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
June 26 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
June 27 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
June 29 – Nashville, TN – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville

Lady Gaga to take ‘Chromatica’ on the road during the summer

When Lady Gaga invited us to Chromatica, she was not kidding.

On Thursday (March 5), the pop star announced plans to take her futuristic world (aka her new studio album) on the road later this summer for a couple of weeks. Dubbed the Chromatica Ball Tour (you know, her usual tour naming convention), the upcoming excursion will include six stops; two in Europe and four in North America.

The Chromatica Ball Tour begins on July 24 in Paris and concludes on Aug. 19 in New Jersey.

The two European shows include the Stade de France in Paris on July 24 and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on July 30.

Gaga will then cross the pond for the four North American gigs, which include Boston’s Fenway Park on Aug. 5, Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Aug. 9, Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Aug. 14, and East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium on Aug. 19.

Tickets for Paris, London, and Toronto go on sale next Friday, March 13. The remaining gigs (Boston, Chicago, and East Rutherford) go on sale Monday, March 16.

Every ticket purchased for the North American stops will include a CD copy of Chromatica. As if that wasn’t enough, Gaga also revealed that for every United States show, $1 from each ticket will be donated to her Born This Way Foundation.

Now that’s how you give back to your Little Monsters.

Last week, Lady Gaga confirmed the upcoming release of their sixth studio album. Titled Chromatica, the record is due out April 10 through Interscope Records.

Pre-orders for Chromatica are available here. Most of the Chromatica bundles include a digital version of the forthcoming studio effort.

Before announcing the new album, Gaga gave her fans a taste of the record with its lead single, “Stupid Love.”

CHROMATICA BALL TOUR SUMMER 2020 DATES:

July 24 – Paris, France – Stade de France
July 30 – London, UK – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Aug. 5 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
Aug. 9 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
Aug. 14 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
Aug. 19 – East Rutherford, NJ – MetLife Stadium

All Time Low, the Maine, and The Story So Far to headline Sad Summer Fest 2020

Well, guys, it looks like this summer is about to get a whole lot sadder.

On Tuesday (Feb. 25), the people behind last year’s Sad Summer Festival announced that the traveling music festival will once again hit the North American touring circuit for its second year.

This year’s festivities will find everyone’s favorite sad boys All Time Low headlining every single day on the newly announced roster. Joining All Time Low on the road this summer will be The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Yours Truly, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.

“Rock n Roll summer camp just hits a little bit different when you’re with your friends,” All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth said in a press statement. “This tour is going to be something special, something we’ve all been chasing. Can’t fucking wait.”

The 18-stop excursion will include shows in Anaheim, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, and more.

Sad Summer Fest 2020 kicks off on July 17 at Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo in Sacramento and concludes a month later on Aug. 15 at The Rave in Milwaukee.

Pre-sale tickets for the summer-centric trek are currently available for purchase here using the code word SAD. General ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 28, at noon ET.

The Sad Summer Fest 2020 lineup announcement comes on the heels of All Time Low announcing the forthcoming release of their eighth studio album, Wake Up, Sunshine. Due out in early April, the four-piece has already released two tracks from the 15-song record; “Some Kind of Disaster” and “Sleeping In.

Last year, the inaugural Sad Summer Festival launched to fill the void left by the Vans Warped Tour. The Maine played last year’s tour along with Mayday Parade, State Champs, The Wonder Years, Mom Jeans, Stand Atlantic, L.I.F.T., and Just Friends.

SAD SUMMER 2020 LINEUP:
July 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo
July 18 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim – Outdoors
July 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide Event Center
July 21 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
July 22 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall – Outside Lawn
July 24 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Amphitheater
July 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
July 28 – Columbus, OH @ EXPRESS LIVE!
July 29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
July 31 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
Aug. 1 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Aug. 2 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
Aug. 5 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
Aug. 7 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
Aug. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Skyline Stage @ the Mann
Aug. 12 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Aug. 14 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom – Outdoors
Aug. 15 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

Listen: The 1975 channel country-twang for ‘The Birthday Party’

You know how the 1975 promised us that their new studio album would be different than all the others?

You know how we kind of rolled our eyes and were like “whatever”?

Well, maybe we shouldn’t doubt the band anymore.

On Wednesday (Feb. 19), the British act unleashed another new song from their much-anticipated new album Notes on a Conditional Form. Titled “The Birthday Party,” the song finds the four-piece somehow combining their signature Brit-pop sound with some country-esque twang (yes, that’s a banjo you hear) to give us this five-minute ballad.

We know it sounds like a combination that’s poised for failure, but it’s the 1975 so don’t doubt them (as we have learned).

“The Birthday Party” made its official debut during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music earlier in the day.

Watch the music video for the new track above. As a warning, it’s weird somehow managing to interweave the SIM, memes from the 2000s, Microsoft crash screens, CDs, flossing, and yeah, just watch it.

“The Birthday Party” is the fifth single off the group’s much anticipated fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form. It joins their traditional “The 1975” track, “People,” “Frail State of Mind,” and last month’s new tune “Me & You Together Song” on the forthcoming studio effort.

Notes on a Conditional Form is due out April 24 through Dirty Hits/Interscope. Pre-save and pre-order options are available on the band’s website. Notes on a Conditional Form is the sister companion album to 2018’s A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

In support of its springtime release date, the band previously announced plans for a North American outing. The cross-continent excursion begins on April 27 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston. It concludes a month-and-a-half later on June 11 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Simple Plan and New Found Glory prove Pop Punk’s Still Not Dead with an upcoming summer tour

This summer is about to get a lot more pop-punk.

Are you interested?

Of course, you are!

On Tuesday (Feb. 11), Simple Plan announced plans to embark on a summertime outing with their friends New Found Glory for the first time ever. Yes, the first time ever.

“It’s finally happening. It took almost 20 years, but we are stoked to announce that we are heading out on a US tour this summer for the 1st time ever with our friends New Found Glory,” the Canadian band posted on social media.

“We’ll be bringing Knuckle Puck as our special guests, so you know it’s gonna be RAD.”

Accompanying the message to fans is a two-minute clip staring Simple Plan frontman Pierre Bouvier (sporting an NFG shirt) and New Found Glory vocalist Jordan Pundik (rocking a Simple Plan shirt). The duo “run into each other” and start a very awkward conversation, where they discuss the impact of each other’s music.

In the end, they just decide that it would be cool if the two bands decide to head out on tour together (because what’s more pop-punk than that?).

Dubbed the “Pop Punk’s STILL Not Dead” tour, the trek will find the three bands performing at venues across the country in May and June. The 19-stop tour includes gigs in Atlanta, New York, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Denver, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Dallas, and more.

The early summer excursion begins on May 29 at Jannus Live! in St. Petersburg, Florida, and concludes a month later on June 28 at Stubb’s in Austin.

Ticket pre-sales are currently available so long as you use the code PPND.

The bands are also offering special “Very Important Pizza” VIP packages if you feel like dropping a little bit of extra dough (get it?).

General ticket sales begin this Friday, Feb. 14.

On Monday, New Found Glory announced plans to unleash a brand new studio album later this year. Titled Forever + Ever x Infinity, their tenth studio effort is due out May 29 through Hopeless Records.

As for Simple Plan, if they’re hitting the road this summer, then that probably means we should expect some new tunes soonish. Until then, we will just keep rocking some old-school SP.

The 1975 go full coming-of-age teen films in ‘Me & You Together Song’

You know how we all said that the 1975’s new song could easily soundtrack a coming-of-age teen film from the 2000s? Well, it looks like the band listened because their music video for it seems to channel all of that cheesiness.

On Thursday (Feb. 6), the British band unleashed the music video for their latest single “Me & You Together Song.”

The band is seen playing in a room that looks similar to any band-centric music video from the 2000s (we honestly thought of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down” at first).

It’s like the director asked the band, “How many 2000s Easter eggs do you want?” and the group responded with “yes.”

In between shots of the foursome, we see couples making out or hooking up. Playing up the teen film cliches, we see a rocker dude pining over the perky popular girl. We also see a cool alternative chick catching the eye of a shy dude, both of them eventually hooking up.

But, it’s not just heterosexual couples in the video. The band does an excellent job of including all kinds of couples in the music video because love is love.

Watch the music video for “Me & You Together Song” above.

“Me & You Together Song” is the fourth single off the 1975’s much-anticipated fourth studio album,  Notes on a Conditional Form.  It joins their traditional “The 1975” track, “People,” and “Frail State of Mind” on the forthcoming studio effort.

Notes on a Conditional Form is due out April 24.

In support of its springtime release date, the band previously announced plans for a North American outing. The cross-continent excursion begins on April 27 at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston. It concludes a month-and-a-half later on June 11 at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia.

The full list of tour dates can be found here.