Five Finger Death Punch (FFDP) released their new album F8 (Better Noise) right as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic took hold of the world. The band filmed their new video for “A Little Bit Off” in their hometown of Las Vegas. The normally swarming with people was deserted during the lockdown. Watch the clip right now.
In a story Ghost Cult broke several months ago, Mayhem Fest co-founders Kevin Lyman and John Reece had been in talks about bringing the fest back and confirmed by Lyman on social media. However, now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, those plans are on hold until 2021. No further details had been shared yet about a new version of Mayhem Fest, but the rumor of the Megadeth/Lamb of God Tour being the headliners was debunked by Lyman and the bands. Reece even polled his fans to see if they wanted it back AFTER our news story broke. The final Mayhemfest wrapped in 2015 with Slayer and King Diamond co-headlining. Lyman’s Warped Tour celebrated 25 years last summer with a final few all-day festival dates, but not a cross country tour. Reece and Lyman were also responsible for The Uproar Festival Tour and A Taste of Chaos Tour as well. Perhaps Mayhem Festival will return as an all-dayer or an all-weekend destination fest like Lollapalooza did. The traveling summer-time metal festival was the metal answer to Warped Tour, also co-founded by Kevin Lyman and John Reece and saw Slipknot, Slayer, System of a Down, King Diamond, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Mastodon were among the many headliners over the years. Continue reading
Five Finger Death Punch has used their cover of ‘Blue on Black’ featuring Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brantley Gilbert, and Dr. Brian May to donate $150k to the Gary Sinise Foundation honoring America’s Defenders, Veterans, First Responders, their families and those in need. The donation of over $150K to the Gary Sinise Foundation consists of a portion of the ticket sales from the band’s 2019 U.S. Fall arena tour, as well as proceeds from their #1 hit single “Blue On Black”. The Gary Sinise Foundation will use the funds to help America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed), the artists merged country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song, which was originally recorded and co-written by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The video for the song has garnered over 37 million views to date. Watch Gary Sinese comment on the donation. Continue reading
We caught up with AJ from Fire From The Gods by phone for a new interview, while he was self-quarantining at home with his family. AJ talked at length about how coronavirus is affecting him personally, how his band is spending the time at home working on new music, the last tours supporting their recent album American Sun (Better Noise), how he feels society and government need to work together in the future in light of the pandemic, what books are on his quarantine-list, and how he stays creative, mentally strong, and upbeat in these tough times. Continue reading
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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
Megadeth has shared photos to social media of the band commencing rehearsal and production for their upcoming tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves. It will be Megadeth’s first shows since Dave Mustaine’s battle with and recovery from throat cancer. The tour kicks off will on January 20th at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland and ending on February 20 at the Budapest Sportarena in Budapest, Hungary. Continue reading
Bad Wolves have released a new music video for their track ‘Sober’, from their 2019 sophomore release N.A.T.I.O.N. (Better Noise Music) The song and video have a powerful message for fans about addiction and recovery. Watch the clip below. The band kicks off a European tour opening for label mates Five Finger Death Punch and also Megadeth starting next week in Europe. Continue reading