Opeth Cancels Shows Due to Mikael Åkerfeldt’s Case of Laryngitis

Opeth is now on a North American Tour supporting last year’s stellar album In Cauda Venenum, released last year via Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast Records, with Graveyard as direct support. Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt and is being forced to cancel tonight’s performance in Worcester Massachusetts, followed by the next two shows. The band will hopefully resume this Friday in New York for their two landmark shows at The famed Apollo Theater in Harlem. Åkerfeldt broke the news of the cancellation earlier today in a social media post. He wrote: “I regret to inform you that we have to cancel the following shows on the North American run: Worcester, Toronto and Montreal. The reason being ‘acute laryngitis,’ according to the doc. Continue reading

Ozzy Osbourne Officially Cancels The “No More Tours 2 2020 Tour”

Rough news as Heavy Metal legend Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his entire 2020 North AmericanNo More Tours 2” tour. According to a statement from Ozzy’s publicist, he is headed over to Europe for additional medical treatments this spring, as a result of his ongoing battle with Parkinsons’ Disease and other injuries as a result of a fall in his home in early 2019. The decision to cancel the tour rather than postpone and rebook again was made to accommodate fans who’ve been holding tickets for rescheduled shows and have been asked to change plans, some multiple times. Following promotional obligations for his new Ordinary Man album (out February 21), Ozzy will continue to seek medical treatment. Marilyn Manson was to support all dates in 2020 in the USA. Refunds are available at the original point of purchase. All refunds, including fees, will be returned directly to the credit card used. Additionally, ticketholders who purchased “No More Tours 2” tickets will have first access to tickets when the next tour is announced. Ozzy has issued a statement to fans: Continue reading

Rolling Stone Ranks The Top 100 Metal Albums of All-Time

Rolling Stone has released its list of the top 100 Metal Albums of all time, and it will surely spark some ire among fans. Curated by a list of the who’s who of proper rock and metal journalists such as Christopher R. Weingarten, Tom Beaujour, Hank Shteamer, Kim Kelly, Steve Smith, Brittany Spanos, Suzy Exposito, Richard Bienstock, Kory Grow, Dan Epstein, J.D. Considine, Andy Greene, Rob Sheffield, Adrien Begrand, and Ian Christe, they definitely had the right pedigree to choose the list. Black Sabbath’s second album Paranoid took home the #1 spot with typical names you expect Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne solo, and Megadeth all in the top ten. Other notables on the list include Avenged Sevenfold’s City of Evil at 100, Morbid Angel’s Covenant at 75, Slipknot’s Iowa at 50, and Metallica’s “The Black Album” at 25. Perhaps both disappointing and unsurprising at the same time is how few women-led bands and bands with women in them made the list with just Evanescence, Nightwish, and White Zombie, and Pig Destroyer rating making it. We have listed the top ten in descending order for you and you can also check out the full list the list below! Continue reading

Dumb and Dumbest Episode #328: More on Why CD’s Matter!

CDs: a topic so nice, we covered it twice. Hear Matt and Curtis go deeper on why CD’s are great! Dumb and Dumbest Episode #328 is streaming now and it’s all about More on Why CD’s Matter! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions), Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR) and Keith Chachkes (Ghost Cult/BDWE Media). In addition to the podcast, Matt, Curtis, and Keith all host The Music Marketing Challenges: low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading

The Pretty Reckless Books New Tour Dates, Updates Fans on New Album Progress

The Pretty Reckless is back! The band led by Taylor Momsen has booked a new headline tour, their first since 2017. Starting May 5th, the group canvases North America, performing in intimate venues in major cities such as New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and more. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public in select markets beginning Wednesday, February 19 at 10am local time through Thursday, February 20 at 10pm local time. The general on-sale is set for Friday, February 21 at 10am local time. The band will also appear at all of the major Spring festivals, including Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple, and Rocklahoma, sharing stages with Metallica, Deftones, and more. Continue reading

Nightwish Announces Mini North American Tour

 

Symphonic metal masters Nightwish have announced their return to North America, with a short run of dates next September. The four shows announced include stops in Toronto at Meridian Hall, two at the Hollywood Palladium and ending in New York at Terminal Five. These will be the first shows here following the release of their highly anticipated first new album in five years, Human. :II: Nature., due out via their long-time label Nuclear Blast Records on April 10th. Continue reading

Spirit Adrift Signs with Century Media Records (non-USA), New Tour Incoming

Stoner Doom legends in the making Spirit Adrift have announced their signing with Century Media Records outside North America, while 20 Buck Spin handling the domestic release. The bands acclaimed 2019 released Divided By Darkness (review here) released via 20 Buck Spin, who also issued their debut Curse of Conception. Continue reading