Today is Motörhead Day, May the 8th 2021, in which metal fans can celebrate one of the greatest bands ever and the memory of Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister! A day full of Motörhead activities and activations is happening today in which fans can participate. Use the hashtag #8thofmay and share your love of the band today
Anthrax has shared its third video in their series celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the band with their “Anthrax 40 for 40” series of videos. The third clip features the band’s thoughts of making their demo, going on their first tour, the release of Fistful of Metal (Megaforce), kicking out Dan Lilker and Neil Turbin, adding Frank Bello, and more! The full schedule is below and will honor each album in chronological order from the beginning. The 11-week series will include video contributions from Chuck D, Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Dave Mustaine, Gary Holt, Gene Simmons, Henry Rollins, John Carpenter, Kerry King, Mike Patton, Nergal, Norman Reedus, Michael Poulsen, Rob Zombie, Robert Trujillo, Roger Miret, Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC), Slash, Tom Morello and more. There will also be video clips from former band members Dan Lilker, Dan Spitz, John Bush, Neil Turbin, and Rob Caggiano. Check out the first clip below.
Right in time for Mother’s Day, Los Angeles-based Hard Rock band Celebrity Stalker has dropped a new single and a video for their irreverent new song, “Your Mom.” The track is the follow-up to 2020’s full-length album – Year Of The Thief. Check out the video for the song and stream it now on all DSPs.
C2 is a new podcast series from the minds of Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), Cori Westbrook (Metal injection) and now Publicist and Journalist Holly Royale focusing on helping bands with their music marketing, sales, and promotion. In episode #39 of the podcast, Curtis and Cori chat with Blues and Metal artist Lisa Mann. Continue reading
Henry W. Longfellow wrote that “… music is the universal language of mankind.” Music, to some people, generates their very life force. The pandemic came barreling into our lives like a runaway train canceling future plans indefinitely. The music industry was immediately impacted as devastated fans watched helplessly as show by show and entire tours were canceled. Fans of the ginormously popular alternative metal band Staind held little hope that after a five-year hiatus they would see their beloved Staind as scheduled. Alas, the tour was not meant to be, as the weeks turned into months, music fans were slowly giving up on ever seeing live music performed in the near future. Fortunes are turning around in 2021, and until the band can hit the road again, Staind has announced The Return of Staind: a two-part Global Streaming series.
Aftershock, a festival part of the Danny Wimmer Presents family of events, has announced that The Original Misfits will be the new Saturday Night Headliner, following the departure of My Chemical Romance from the fest due to the pandemic. The original Misfits had booked a slew of arena shows and festival slots in North America from 2018 to 2020. Aftershock also features Metallica as the headliner the other two nights of the fest. Tickets are on sale now. Recent additions to the festival bill now are Limp Bizkit, Rancid, The Offspring, Social Distortion, Rise Against, Volbeat, Machine Gun Kelly, Mastodon, Gojira, SEETHER, Parkway Drive, and many more. A special first time ever Thursday night date, presented by Jack Daniels, is headlined by Limp Bizkit and also hosts Parkway Drive, Testament, Hatebreed, Exodus, Knocked Loose and Fit For a King. Brought to you by Danny wimmer Presents, the West Coast’s Biggest Rock Festival–to Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA on October 7, 8, 9 and 10. Passes are on sale now at the link below and you can watch a special trailer video now.
Metallica has shared a new live performance video of their Metallica (“The Black Album”) cut “Of Wolf and Man” from their headline set at Milton Keynes Bowl in the UK in 1993. Metallica will celebrate 30 years of Metallica this so this may be a tease of a larger rollout that celebrates the biggest selling rock or metal album of all time. According to published reports last year, “The Black Album” still sells thousands of physical copies weekly and the band surpassed One Billion in streams in 2020.
In 2019 things were on the up for the independent LA quartet Dirty Honey; their debut single ‘When I’m Gone’ topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, they toured with Alter Bridge, Guns n Roses, and The Who and sold out their first headline tour in the first two months of 2020 but then covid reared its ugly head put life on hold. Finally things are opening up again and their debut album Dirty Honey is out, and its sound is firmly rooted in 1970s rock.
Eleven long years after their last full-length studio release, Floridian act Solstice makes a glorious comeback with Casting the Die (Emanzipation Productions), reuniting founder members Alex Marquez and Dennis Munoz for the first time since 1995’s Pray (Steamhammer SPV).
As previously announced, Bandcamp has been an amazing resource for bands and solo artists, labels, and fans during the pandemic. By waiving fees for bands one Friday, every month, for 2020 since the coronavirus (COIVISD-19) pandemic began. The relief dates have paid out over $75 million dollars to bands while taking no fees, encouraging fans to spend more on the platform, as bands seek relief. 800,000 fans have bought music on Bandcamp Fridays in 2020. Bandcamp has now announced additional Friday events for 2021. February 5th, was the first this year. Today is the next, and for now, final Bandcamp Friday of 2021. The additional relief days do not include artist subscription payments or vinyl pressing campaign pledges. For more information on Bandcamp’s revenue share, please see its Fair Trade Music Policy. However, this is an amazing gift to bands and a great day for fans to load up and support bands if you can. Continue reading