ABC/Craig SjodinThe members of Pearl Jam have never been shy about their political views, and that tradition continues with the band's poster for their recent show in Missoula, Montana.
The poster, designed by bassist Jeff Ament and artist Bobby Draws Skulls, depicts the White House engulfed in flames while a bald eagle feeds on the corpse of President Donald Trump. The clouds above spell out the word "vote."
"We're at a tipping point, and it's time for action," says Ament, a Montana native. He also expressed his support for Montana's senator, Democrat Jon Tester, who's running for re-election in November.
"Jon Tester is the real deal and nobody cares more about our country and especially Montana," Ament writes.
Tester's opponent in the Senate race, Republican Matt Rosendale, called the poster "disgusting and reprehensible."
"It's time for @JonTester to denounce this act of violence and blatant display of extremism!" Rosendale tweeted.
Pearl Jam will play two shows in Chicago later this month and two shows in Boston in September.
In other Pearl Jam-related news, Jack White covered the grunge icons' song "Daughter" during a show in their hometown of Seattle on Monday. Fan-recorded audio of the cover is streaming now on YouTube.
At Pearl Jam's show in Seattle last week, Eddie Vedder performed a solo rendition of The White Stripes' "We're Going to Be Friends."
ABC/Paula LoboAs the lead singer of Alkaline Trio, Matt Skiba has long had a passionate following. However, his fame level definitely went up a notch after he joined Blink-182 in 2015, replacing Tom DeLonge.
In an interview with Kerrang!, Skiba says that his increase in fame hasn't changed his life too much, but it did impacted one specific aspect of it.
"My parents have always been very supportive," Skiba explains. "But now that I play in Blink, all of my parents' friends are so jazzed that it makes my folks excited."
"From the outside looking in, it is a huge new step," he continues. "It's definitely a point in my life that will always stand out."
While Skiba was working with Blink-182, Alkaline Trio took a bit of a break, but they'll return with a new album called Is This Thing Cursed? on August 31. During that break, Skiba says his relationship with his Alkaline Trio band mates Dan Andriano and Derek Grant never wavered.
"Derek and Danny are my brothers," Skiba says. "That's my family right there. Doing Blink has put Trio on pause for now, but nothing more. It didn't pause our friendship -- Danny would come out to Blink shows and I would go to his solo shows."
He adds, "It's weird to have that put on pause, but we've been so transparent with each other."
Alkaline Trio is currently on a U.S. tour, and Skiba will link back up with Blink for a live fall run in September.
Credit: Travis ShinnAs Disturbed gears up to release new music, the Chicago metallers launched a poll asking fans to pick the direction of the first single from their next album: "heavy," or a "ballad," à la the band's hit cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence." Well, the results are now in, and it wasn't much of a contest.
Of the over 80,000 people who voted, 83 percent chose "heavy," while only 17 percent picked "ballad." "The consensus was overwhelming," Disturbed says of the outcome.
Along with the poll result, Disturbed has shared a new video teasing the date August 16, so presumably we'll get to hear that heavy single on Thursday.
The new album will be the follow-up to Disturbed's 2015 comeback effort, Immortalized.
Credit: Ashley OsbornFifteen years ago, Hoobastank frontman Doug Robb declared "I'm not a perfect person" on the band's hit single "The Reason," the title track from their 2003 sophomore album. If you're wondering if he's come any closer to perfection in the last decade-and-a-half, then you might be interested in Hoobastank's upcoming 15th anniversary The Reason tour.
The trek, during which Hoobastank will be performing The Reason in full, begins October 25 in Portland, Oregon, and wraps up November 30 in Phoenix. Visit Hoobastank.com for ticket info.
"The Reason tour signifies a lot," says Robb. "First, we get to revisit a time in our career that was so exciting and groundbreaking for both us and our fans. You don't get that opportunity too often. Second, it reminds us how fortunate we have been to be able to do this for so long. It's humbling. Each show will be like a time machine for our fans and us."
In addition to its massive smash title track, The Reason also spawned the singles "Out of Control" and "Same Direction."
Hoobastank released their latest album, Push Pull, this past May.
Here are Hoobastank's 15th anniversary The Reason tour dates:
10/25 -- Portland, OR, Revolution Hall 10/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Grand 10/28 -- Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre 10/30 -- Billings, MT, Pub Station Ballroom 11/1 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café 11/3 -- E. Dubuque, IA, Q Casino 11/4 -- Joliet, IL, The Forge 11/6 -- Detroit, MI, The Majestic 11/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Rex Theatre 11/8 -- Philadelphia, PA, Underground Arts 11/11 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom 11/12 -- Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall 11/13 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 11/14 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live 11/17 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 11/18 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 11/19 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre 11/21 -- Greenville, SC, The Firmament 11/23 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar 11/24 -- San Antonio, TX, The Rock Box 11/25 -- Dallas, TX, Canton Hall 11/27 -- Lubbock, TX, Jakes 11/28 -- Albuquerque, NM, El Rey Theatre 11/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Van Buren
Credit: Jessie EnglishYungblud has released the video for "Falling Skies," which he recorded for the 13 Reasons Why season two soundtrack.
The clip, streaming now on YouTube, finds the British musician navigating a post-apocalyptic landscape alongside singer Charlotte Lawrence, who's featured on the track. In the middle of the video, you see a brief shot of a newspaper lying in an abandoned house, which reads "Trump and world leaders launch nuclear missiles."
Yungblud released his debut album 21st Century Liability, featuring the single "I Love You, Will You Marry Me," earlier this summer. He'll launch a U.S. tour in September.
ABC/Randy HolmesBastille has teamed up with hit-making DJ-producer Marshmello for a new track. The song is called "Happier," and it'll arrive this Friday, August 17.
"Last year we wrote a song called 'Happier' which we thought would be great as a collaboration," Bastille explains. "We had a lot of fun getting to work on it with Marshmello who managed to find some joy in the melancholy."
"Happier" will follow Bastille's single "Quarter Past Midnight," which is the lead single from the band's upcoming third album, the follow-up to 2016's Wild World. It's unclear whether "Happier" will appear on the album as well.
Speaking of that album, Bastille reportedly revealed the title of the record during their show in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday. According to The Scottish Sun, frontman Dan Smith announced that the album would be called Doom Days, and will "be out soon."
Credit: Andreas NeumannQueens of the Stone Age will play a one-off acoustic show on September 3 in the Australian island state of Tasmania. The charity performance, held at the the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA, will raise money for the Royal Hobart Hospital Children's Ward.
"Playing Tasmania is special for me," says frontman Josh Homme, whose wife Brody Dalle is Australian. "I sit with Brody's mum & enjoy the wild, utterly Australian beauty. I think MONA is a perfect example of Tassie individuality, so playing there is an honor. As a token of our appreciation, we will donate all proceeds to the Royal Hobart Hospital Children's Ward."
If traveling to Tasmania to see a Queens of the Stone Age show is realistic for you, you can visit MONA.net.au for ticket info.
The acoustic show will be a part of Queens of the Stone Age's tour of Australia and New Zealand, which begins later this month. The band will be supporting their latest album, Villains.
Credit: Pamela LittkyAlice in Chains is asking fans to help former collaborator Scotty Olson, who's been diagnosed with progressive dementia. Olson played with the grunge legends during their 1996 MTV Unplugged taping.
To help him pay for his medical expenses, friends of Olson have set up a GoFundMe page. "If anyone would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated," AiC says.
In addition to his work with Alice in Chains, Olson played guitar in Heart from 1995 to 1998 and 2002 to 2003. He was also an engineer on Jerry Cantrell's 1998 solo album Boggy Depot and the 2000 Deftones album White Pony.
Metropolis RecordsYou'll be able to hear Gerard Way and Serj Tankian together on one album this fall. Both artists guest on Euringer, a new solo album from James Euringer, aka Jimmy Urine of the band Mindless Self Indulgence.
The former My Chemical Romance leader lends his vocals to a track called "Sailor in a Life Boat," while the System of a Down frontman appears on the song "If It Ain't You Today It Will Be You Tomorrow."
"I was having fun exploring my brain and I wanted to invite my friends to have fun with me immersing myself in another time and space, bit by bit, gaining its form from my daily life into a surreal stream of consciousness," says Euringer of the album.
Euringer will be released on October 19.
Way and Tankian will also be busy with different projects throughout the rest of the year. Tankian is hitting the road with System of a Down for a U.S. tour in October. Meanwhile, Way, who's married to Euringer's MSI band mate Lyn-Z, is gearing up for the live-action TV adaption of his The Umbrella Academy comic book series, premiering on Netflix in 2019.
ABC/Nicole WilderJack White is headed up north this fall for a Canadian tour. The two-week trek begins November 2 in Edmonton. Visit JackWhiteIII.com for ticket info.
White has always had a unique relationship with Canada. In 2007, The White Stripes became the first band to play every Canadian province and territory in support of what became their final album, Icky Thump. That tour was documented in the 2009 film Under Great White Northern Lights.
White will be touring in support of his new solo album, Boarding House Reach. His current U.S. run continues Monday night in Seattle.
MTVPrayer will be in session next Monday when Panic! at the Discotakes the stage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.
According to Billboard, Brendon Urie's band will be performing "High Hopes," a track from their new album Pray for the Wicked.
The video for another Panic! song, "Say Amen (Saturday Night)," is nominated for the Best Rock VMA, along with Foo Fighters' "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," Linkin Park's "One More Light," Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Walk on Water," Imagine Dragons' "Whatever It Takes" and Fall Out Boy's "Champion."
The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Credit: Mike DempseyManchester Orchestra has announced a co-headlining tour with "Peace Sign" rockers The Front Bottoms. The joint outing kicks off November 21 in Atlanta, and will wrap up December 18 in Lowell, Massachusetts. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m. local time via TheManchesterOrchestra.com.
Prior to the co-headlining run, both Manchester Orchestra and The Front Bottoms will play Foo Fighters' CalJam festival, held October 6 in San Bernardino, California.
Manchester will be touring behind their new album A Black Mile to the Surface, which features the single "The Gold," while The Front Bottoms will be supporting their latest effort, Going Grey.
Here are Manchester Orchestra's co-headlining tour dates with The Front Bottoms:
11/21 -- Atlanta, GA, The Stuffing @ Fox Theatre 11/23 -- Raleigh NC, The Ritz 11/24 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem 11/25 -- Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium 11/27 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston 11/28 -- Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory 11/29 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom 12/1 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium 12/2 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater 12/3 -- Clive, IA, 7 Flags 12/5 -- Madison WI, The Sylvee 12/8 -- TBA 12/7 -- Detroit, MI, Fillmore Detroit 12/10 -- Rochester, NY, Main Street Armory 12/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia 12/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Fillmore Philadelphia 12/14 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel 12/15 -- Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel 12/16 -- TBA, Champagne Jam 12/18 -- Lowell MA, Tsongas Center
ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons won both rock categories at this year's Teen Choice Awards, held Sunday in Los Angeles.
Dan Reynolds and company took home the prize for Choice Rock Artist, and well as the Choice Rock/Alternative Song award for "Whatever It Takes."
The other nominees for Choice Rock Artist included Twenty One Pilots, Panic! at the Disco, Paramore, Portugal. the Man and X Ambassadors, while the competitors for the Choice Rock/Alternative Song crown were Paramore's "Hard Times," Panic's "High Hopes," Alice Merton's "No Roots," Foster the People's "Sit Next to Me" and Halsey's "Alone."
In addition to winning Teen Choice Awards, Imagine Dragons wrapped up their Evolve North American tour over the weekend in Tampa, Florida. They embark on a European tour this Saturday.
Credit: Olivia BeeThe Smashing Pumpkins sort-of reunion tour arrives in the band's hometown of Chicago this week, and to celebrate their homecoming, Billy Corgan and company stopped by Wrigley Field on Sunday to watch their Cubs take on the visiting Washington Nationals.
Before the game, The Pumpkins threw out the first pitch, and Corgan sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. As for the actual game, the Cubs won in dramatic fashion after rookie infielder David Bote hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning.
"SP Magic!" Corgan wrote in an Instagram post. "Threw out first pitch, sang 7th Inning stretch, and @cubs win with walk-off grand slam by Bote! What a game."
The Smashing Pumpkins, which now consist of original members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin, will play Chicago's United Center tonight and tomorrow.
In related news, Corgan has returned to the cover of Chicago's cat-loving Paws magazine. The musician is pictured on the cover of the publication's 20th anniversary issue, along with his girlfriend Chloe Mendel, son Augustus and cats Angelface and Diamondbaby.
Corgan previously appeared on the cover of Paws in 2014.
During the tour, Yorke will be playing songs from his two solo albums, 2006's The Eraser and 2014's Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, as well as material from his side project Atoms for Peace, which also features Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Radiohead wrapped up a U.S. summer tour earlier this month.
Here are Thom Yorke's solo tour dates:
11/23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory 11/24 -- Boston MA, Wang Theatre-Boch Center 11/26 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre 11/27 -- Brooklyn, NY, Kings Theatre 11/30 -- Washington, DC, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 12/1 -– Cleveland, OH, Keybank State Theatre 12/2 -– Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Cathedral Theatre 12/4 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre 12/5 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater 12/6 -- Minneapolis MN, Northrop at the University of Minnesota 12/8 -- Saint Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre 12/9 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland 12/11 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre 12/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Union 12/15 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/17 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory, North Park 12/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre 12/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, Orpheum Theatre 12/22 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
ABC/Craig SjodinPearl Jam played the second of two hometown shows in Seattle on Friday, and during the concert, Eddie Vedder and company payed tribute to another grunge icon: Chris Cornell.
In the middle of the set, PJ started playing the late Soundgarden frontman's solo song "Missing," which he recorded for the 1992 film Singles. You can watch fan-shot footage of the performance now on YouTube.
In addition to honoring Cornell, Pearl Jam also paid tribute to the late Tom Petty with a cover of "I Won't Back Down."
Pearl Jam's U.S. tour continues Monday in bassist Jeff Ament's home state of Montana with a show at Missoula's Washington-Grizzly Stadium. The band will also play two shows each at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park.
Credit: P.R. BrownEvanescence is performing on tour with a full orchestra in support of their latest album Synthesis, which re-imagines Amy Lee and company's catalog with classical and electronic instrumentation. While touring with an orchestra does give a new dynamic to Evanscence's music, it does present certain logistical issues.
Specifically, the orchestra Evanescence is traveling with isn't a touring company. Neither is it a local ensemble. As Lee tells Billboard, a contractor picks musicians at each tour stop, and those musicians don't meet the band until right before the show, at sound check.
"When we do the show, you're hearing us all do it together for the first time, for the most part, in front of you, which is awesome!" Lee explains.
As awesome as that may be, Lee does confess that the logistics of the tour did make her nervous at first, but she was able to turn it into a nightly challenge for herself.
"I don't want to be comfortable," Lee says. "I always want to be able to take it to a place where it's a little bit scary. Something might go wrong, but you're challenging yourself potentially to do something cooler than you've ever done, or at least you're doing [something] different than you've ever done."
Evanescence's summer tour, which also features chart-topping violinist Lindsey Stirling, continues Tuesday night in Simpsonville, South Carolina. On October 12, the band is releasing Synthesis Live, a concert film and live album recorded on last fall's Synthesis tour.
Interscope/UniversalLast month, U2 released a digital EP featuring three remixes of its new song "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way." Now, the Irish rockers have unleashed a new digital EP boasting four reworked versions of another recent tune, "Summer of Love."
The "Summer of Love" remixes were created, respectively, by German DJ and producer Robin Schulz; the U.K. production duo TILT with U.K. producer Danny Stubbs; frequent U2 collaborator Howie B; and Austrian producer HP Hoeger and London DJ Rusty Egan.
The latter duo also were responsible for the three aforementioned "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" remixes, which recently topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.
The Summer of Love (Remixes) EPis available now at digital music sellers and via streaming services. The original versions of "Summer of Love" and "Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way" both appear on U2's latest studio album, Songs of Experience, which was released last December.