Queen + Adam Lambert’s European Tour, previously to kick off in May will now take place in 2021. The 27-date European “Rhapsody” tour is being postponed due to the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 tour was due to start in Italy on May 24, with the itinerary also including a run of 10 London O2 concerts as well as a pair of shows each in Manchester and Birmingham, before further mainland Europe dates were set to conclude with two Madrid shows on July 7 and July 8. The decision has been made with the safety of Queen’s audiences, band, crew and venue staff in mind and with close on 400,000 tickets sold across the tour, was not a decision taken lightly. The good news for fans is that the band has worked swiftly to reschedule the dates and is now able to confirm that the shows are now set for matching or similar dates in 2021. All tickets will be valid for the rescheduled show dates. Ticket holders are advised to contact their point of purchase for information on ticket exchanges for the 2021 dates. The postponement comes as a major disappointment for the band having only recently enjoyed performing one of their biggest ever tours with their massively successful six-week stadium tour of South Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Australia, playing to audiences reaching up to 60,000 a night. The trek also included a special appearance at the Sydney Fire Fight Australia benefit concert for bushfire relief, for which the band reprised their iconic 22-minute Live Aid set, helping raise $9.5 million to help those affected by Australia’s massive bushfires. Continue reading
New Death Metal supergroup Umbra Vitae brings together guitarists Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, Ex-Hatebreed) and Mike Mckenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth), bassist Greg Weeks (The Red Chord) and drummer Jon Rice (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Ex-Job For A Cowboy). The name comes from a poem by Georg Heym, first published in 1912. Umbra Vitae’s debut album, Shadow Of Life, will be released on May 1 via Bannon’s own Deathwish Inc. label. Check out the first single, ‘Return To Zero’!
Rockers Islander have released their new single, a cover of the R.E.M. classic ‘It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” first bit of music released since signing to Better Noise Music. The band took a break from writing their upcoming album to cover this timely track, in recognition of the worldwide pandemic and the toll it has taken on the Carvajal family having lost their aunt to the deadly virus. The band’s brothers, Mikey and Chris Carvajal, wanted to use the track to raise funds for a cause close to their (and their Aunt’s) hearts. Continue reading
Comprising members of Unsane, Swans and Cop Shoot Cop, New York quartet Human Impact embrace all of those bands’ qualities and add a rebellious Noise element which belies the middle age quickly enveloping the protagonists. Debut album Human Impact (Ipecac Recordings) sees that collective maturity provides a focused, prowling edge. Continue reading
Dark Tranquility, currently preparing a new album due later in 2020, has announced new permanent members and guitarists Chris Amott and Johan Reinholdz. Both metal veterans have been touring with DT for some time. The band released a statement online from frontman Mikael Stanne, which you can see below. The new album will be the first since 2016’s excellent Atoma (Century Media) album. Continue reading
Whenever the time-honoured, if ultimately pointless “if it had been a Big Five…” question raises its ugly head, Bay Area bruisers Testament always find themselves at the forefront of the conversation. Even alongside names such as Exodus, Overkill, and Kreator, such is their… ahem, legacy (sorry), it’s not uncommon to find them as one of the top two preferred choices. Continue reading
Ghost Cult caught up with Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red on their brand new album Guardians, coming out April 3rd, 2020, via Fearless Records. Jake chatted all about the theme of the new album of support and not being afraid to reach out for help, relevant themes at this time. He also discussed the writing of the album, the band’s approach to recording, how the band has achieved longevity, how the goals of the band and the new album align with Jake’s foundation Heart Support (https://heartsupport.com), and Jake’s feelings on the bands’ debut release Thrill Seeker! You can purchase Guardians here. Continue reading