Bonnaroo Festival 2021 Cancels Following Flooding and Heavy Rains from Hurricane Ida


Tough news for the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, as they have been forced to cancel this year’s event, citing flooding from heavy rains. Last year’s event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The festival had already lost some featured performers such as Lana Del Ray, Janelle Monáe, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, due to pandemic fears, but has set to host a lineup that still boasted Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Run The Jewels, Primus, Mastodon, Remiwolf, Tyler The Creator, Deadmaus Uncle Acid And the Deadbeats and many more. The festival, which was to celebrate 20 years this year, was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and originally, they were not going to allow fans to roll their tickets over to a second year in 2022. Read a statement from the organizers about the cancelation and refunds here:

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Live Nation Brings Back It’s $20 Summer Ticket Sale


Shows and festivals are coming back, as we discuss nearly weekly here at Ghost Cult. Live Nation is often the scourge of concert goers since they service all of the tours and own many of the venues worldwide in the music business. To celebrate the return of live music and honestly, our social life, Live Nation are offering $20 “All-In” tickets for nearly 1,000 shows from tons of artists, such as Slipknot, Korn, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Rise Against, 311, Coheed and Cambria, Alanis Morissette, KISS, The Black Crowes, and more!

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Watch Members of Tool, Primus, Mastodon and Coheed and Cambria Team Up For Cover of Rush’s “Anthem”



Danny Carey (TOOL), Les Claypool (Primus), Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall) have teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of RUSH’s “Anthem” as part of “Two Minutes To Late Night’s cover series. The video, which was edited by Drew Kaufman, can be seen below. RUSH drummer Neil Peart died at age 67 on January 7th after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.

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The Sword Release “Children Of The Revolution”; First Live Performance Since 2018



The Sword’s triumphant live return from hiatus was scheduled to be with Primus this summer as part of their huge A Tribute To Kings US tour Due to the pandemic, it was postponed to next summer, 2021. The Sword then got creative and so was birthed the “Conquest Of Quarantine” lockdown session. Watch them perform “Children Of The Revolution” right now! Continue reading


Dumb and Dumbest Episode #336: Package Tour Madness


Spring and Summer are the time for package tours to bloom and capture fans! A ton have been popping up in what was already shaping up to be a major year for tours in 2020 with Rage Against The Machine, Guns N Roses, Slipknot, Deftones & Gojira, Primus, Def Leppard/Motley Crue/Poison, Testament & The Black Dahlia Murder, Korn & Faith No More, Five Finger Death Punch & Megadeth and more! Dumb and Dumbest Episode #336 is streaming now and it’s all about Package Tour Madness! 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. And we just launched a Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for detailsContinue reading


Slayer – Primus – Ministry – Phil Anselmo and The Illegals: Live at Madison Square Garden


The lights came up… and it was all over.

This has been the scenario for thousands of shows I have seen. Maybe 6,000 plus shows that I have attended or performed in since I was a small child. The final bow, thunderous applause, and the blinding lights of the house coming on, our shared experience ending as we gather ourselves to go to the bar, or home. Except this was different. This was the last time I would ever see Slayer. It was definitely hitting me, long before the final notes of ‘Angel of Death’ rang out and the final jets of pyro screamed across the top of the band in a way that would excite Beavis and Butthead to no end. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Creeping Death – Wretched Illusions


Call me a Democrat candidate because I’m about to shamelessly pander to the youth; Creeping Death‘s Wretched Illusions (eOne) fucks. I think I typed that out correctly. That’s the saying, right, fellow kids? All that nonsense aside, know that Creeping Death is here and much like their Texan brethren in Power Trip, they’ve packed all the riffs and mosh parts that a growing boy needs from their metal. Continue reading


SPECIAL FEATURE: Woodstock 1994 – Twenty-Five Years Later


It started with an old-fashioned idea. The optimism of the hippies met wit the activism of the more rebellious factions of society to create a powderkeg of activism and art in the late 1960s to create Woodstock. The fest could have been an unmitigated disaster that would have made Fyre festival look good. However, it would have a lasting cultural impact even the future decades rode on. With an eye on capturing that spirit again, and raking in a lot of money, the original founders of Woodstock create Woodstock `94: 2 More Days of Peace and Music, but officially it was three days. Continue reading


Slayer Plays Final European Show in Germany, Final US Tour Dates Incoming


Slayer played their final show ever in Europe last night (Saturday, August 3) at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The band has spent all summer performing at European festivals and headline shows, such as last night with Anthrax and Alien Weaponry. Slayer’s “The Final Campaign”, the seventh and final leg of its farewell world tour will kick off in November. This tour starts at the ExploreAsheville Arena in Asheville, North Carolina, and see the band taking its goodbye bow at the Los Angeles Forum on November 30. Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a “vulgar display of Pantera”, will be the support acts on all dates.Continue reading


Slayer Sells Out Los Angeles Forum In One Day, Adds Second Date To Farewell Tour


A week after Slayer announced their final run of tour dates ever with Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals performing a vulgar display of Pantera, the band has announced a second show at the Los Angeles Forum. This is due to the sell-out of the first date of what will now be a two-night stand November 29 and November 30: s November 30 show at the Los Angeles Forum. This show is the last addition to Slayer’s Final World Tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 19 at 10 AM (local) at the link below.Continue reading