Metallica lead guitarist and thrash legend Kirk Hammett has been dethroned as the king of Wah-Wah pedal! He was challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, and defeated last night (Sunday, March 8) at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina at the “Cry Baby Battle Royale”. The event also included a performance by Kirk’s The Wedding Band, a covers project, also featuring his Metallica bandmate Robert Trujillo and Ugly Kid Joe singer Whitfield Crane, Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves, among others. The seven-minute battle was introduced by Gibson’s Mark Agnesi, who arranged the event during an interview with Mrs. Smith, and saw Hammett and Mrs. Smith trading licks over a reimagining of Isaac Hayes’s Oscar-winning “Theme From Shaft”, the original recording of which became infamous for the mind-blowing wah-wah guitar of the late Charles “Skip” Pitts. In the end, Hammett conceded that he had “just been out-wah’d,” proclaiming, “A moment in history has just occurred.” Watch it now! Continue reading
Disturbed will embark on a 31-date “The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour” throughout North America this year, co-produced by Frank Productions and Live Nation. Direct support will come from Staind and Bad Wolves, and will tour amphitheaters as Disturbed celebrates the two-decade anniversary of the band’s debut album ‘The Sickness’. The tour dates will run from mid-July through mid-September, with dates in cities including Tampa, Toronto, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and Irvine (full dates below). Tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 a.m. local time (with the exception of the Rogers, AR show which will go on-sale at 12 p.m. local time) here. Select presales will begin Tuesday, January 28. Special VIP, meet-and-greet, and merch bundle packages are available for all dates. Disturbed’s tour will also be a part of Ticket To Rock 2020, an exclusive ticket package at select Live Nation amphitheaters across the country.
Rock USA will celebrate its 10th-anniversary edition this summer, set to take place July 16-18 at Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Over 40 headliners and support act Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Ice Cube, Papa Roach, Anthrax, Chevelle, Avtar, Feever333, Hellyeah, Steel Panther, Knocked Loose, Bad Wolves, Attila and more. Hypervibe, Inc. the company that produces Country USA, puts on the fest. Tickets go on sale next week at the link below. Continue reading
Rocklahoma, America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party returns in 2020! Taking place Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24 at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma just outside of Tulsa, and this years’ lineup is a banger! Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Anthrax, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, and many more lead the bill. Early Bird Passes go on sale this Friday, January 24 at 10:00 AM CT. Continue reading
Megadeth kicked off their new tour last night in Helsinki, Finland opening for Five Finger Death Punch, with support from Bad Wolves. It was the bands’ first show back since Dave Mustaine defeated throat cancer. Watch fan-filmed footage of the set that included many hits and a few deep cuts. Continue reading
In a new post to social media, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has declared “I’m Back”, less than one year after his diagnosis with throat cancer. The 58-year-old musician and his bandmates are scheduled to kick off their European tour as the support act for Five Finger Death Punch next week on tour in Europe. Direct support on all shows will come from Bad Wolves. The tour begins on January 20 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland and ending on February 20 at the Budapest Sportarena in Budapest, Hungary. Mustaine revealed his cancer battle last June on social media. Five months later, he gave an interview to Rolling Stone in which he said that he wasn’t officially in remission but that he had finished the necessary treatment and had started rehabilitation. In addition to touring, Megadeth is expected to release a new album in 2020, their first since 2016’s Dystopia (Tradecraft/Universal) and the first with new drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex Soilwork). Continue reading
Rock Fest has set most of its lineup, according to a report by The PRP. Slipknot, Disturbed, Staind, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, and dozens of more bands will head the bill at the annual fest held near Cadott, WI from July 16th-18th. One direct support act to headliner Limp Bizkit is still pending for Saturday, July 18th. They will be revealed on January 24th. Continue reading