FESTIVAL REVIEW: Chicago Open Air 2019

The rain. It’s been a thing this festival season, hasn’t it? But even with that said, Chicago Open Air Presents, which hasn’t seen a line up since 2017, pushed on through for their long awaiting festival fans who came to rock – rain or shine! And I’ll tell you: even with the rain, loyal fans pushed through those gates once those doors opened and ran towards that one main stage at the Seat Geek Stadium like it was the most anticipated event of their year. It was sad to see early bands like Vein and Code Orange get canceled by rain and the later start, but the safety of the fans has to come first.  It was awesome to see the stage relive its previous year’s glory with the sound of pure rock that could only come from some of the heaviest hitting metal/rock bands around. And the music did fly high above those storm clouds when Beartooth hit the stage that first day. Well-known Swedish bands like Meshuggah and a very artistic and melodic metal performance by Ghost was next, followed by long-awaited headliners System of A Down. SOAD had everyone, myself included, singing along to classics like ‘Aerials’, ‘B.Y.O.B’ amongst their thirty song setlist, and I’m pretty sure that by when they closed out with ‘Toxicity’ we were all out of breath and losing our vocal cords. Eh, it was worth it.

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Watch System of a Down Play Their Hits at Chicago Open Air

Fans braved the rain and a delay to make it through day one if Chicago Open Air yesterday (May 18th). And they did tough it out just to see System of a Down continue their live reunion. Following their set the night before at Sonic Temple, the band played a huge, long set list of twenty-five tracks in a killer performance. Watch fan-filmed footage of the entire performance and more from SOAD right now, and see the full setlist below. Continue reading

FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Epicenter Festival 2019

Kicking off today, Epicenter Festival the replacement for Carolina Rebellion, makes its debut event by Danny Wimmer Presents gets underway in North Carolina! Tool, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters, Korn, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, The Cult, Meshuggah, Mark Lanegan Band, Mastodon,Killswitch Engage, Architects, Tom Morello, High On Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Vein, Ho99o9o, Basement, The Dirty Nil, and many more have joined the bill. Epicenter takes place May 10-12 at the Rockingham Festival Grounds with the rest of the lineup below. Continue reading

Tool Books US Tour Dates

As we reported over the weekend, Tool is closing in on a finished album. Now they have booked a short run of tour headline dates surrounding festival dates at Welcome To Rockville, Epicenter, and Chicago Open Air! Continue reading

Tool Posts New Artwork Visualizers On Their Website

As Ghost Cult broke the news this weekend, things are heating up in the Tool camp and we may yet get that long-awaited album this spring. The band posted two new visualizers on their website today, which you can see below, courtesy of Metal Injection. No music with them, sadly, but definitely the tripped out artwork the band is famous for on their albums, videos, and stage shows. Speaking of shows, Tool will be the headliners for Chicago Open Air, Epicenter, Welcome To Rockville, as well as Download, and a full European tour. Continue reading

System Of A Down Bassist Shavo Odadjian Still Thinks They Will Make Music Again

In the on-going he said – he said between members of System of A Down, bassist Shavo Odadjian believes the band will again make music someday. He also expressed in a new interview that he is disappointed with how some of the back and forth between the members has played out in the music press. The band is booked for music festivals in America next summer, such as Sonic Temple and Chicago Open Air. Continue reading