Massive music festivals are commonplace now, but they were far and few between fifty years ago. They are hard to produce well, but can be great moments in time for fans and musical artists. For every Lollapalooza, Wacken, and Ozzfest, we have Altamont, Woodstock 1999, and Fyre Fest as well. No festival sets out to fail or do harm and hurt the trust of fans, but sometimes that happens. Blue Ridge Rock Fest, as it turns out, became a perfect storm of too many fans, too small a town, to support those fans. Purpose Driven events had put on severa
Quickly shaping up to be the biggest music festival in the USA this year, Blue Ridge Rock festival has announced their full line-up of 180 bands. Headlining the massive 4 day festival are Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, and Limp Bizkit. There is a special club warm up show which includes headliner Ludacris, T-Pain, and Lil Jon. Also on tap: the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, a vaudeville freak show of wonder by Hellzapoppin’s Ringleader and Producer, Mr. Bryce “The Govna” Graves. In addition, excitingly, the festival will be hosted by Steve-O (MTV’s Jackass); and special guest Lou Brutus (SiriusXM). The fest takes place September 9th – 12th at Blue Ridge Amphitheater, a long-awaited large-scale concert venue in Southwest Virginia. Tickets are on sale now at the link below and here is the full lineup:
Rocklahoma previously confirmed they were happening this year and now the lineup is here! Hosted by Eddie Trunk, the festival features headliners Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie, with Chevelle, Halestorm, Anthrax, Falling in Reverse, Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Perform A Vulgar Display Of Pantera, Sevendust, The Hu, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Badflower, Grandson, Jelly Roll, Candlebox, Puddle Of Mudd, Stephen Pearcy The Voice Of Ratt, Andrew W.K., Knocked Loose, From Ashes To New, Tremonti, John 5 And The Creatures, Ayron Jones, All Good Things, Light The Torch, Zero 9:36, Bones UK, Butcher Babies, George Lynch & The Electric Freedom, Diamante, Austin Meade, Cory Marks, Jeris Johnson, BulletBoys, Liliac, Another Day Dawns, Dead Metal Society, Color Of Chaos, East Side Gamblers, Budderside, Paralandra, and many more will perform. The even takes place labor day weekend Friday, September 3th, Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th, and returns to Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma. Early Bird Passes go on sale to the public Friday, June 11 at 10:00 AM CST.
Rocker Daughtry has shared a new cover of Temple of the Dog’s 1990s classic song “Hunger Strike” as a tribute to Chris Cornell, who died four years ago. The track features LaJon Witherspoon of Sevendust on co-lead vocals, in the role Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam had on the original track. Check out the track with a cool visualizer below.
Sevendust will launch a summer run of socially distanced tour dates in the midwest and the southern USA this summer with direct support coming from Austin Meade and Kirra. The trek kicks off on June 26 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and ends on July 24 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. All local COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including social distancing, additional hand sanitizer stations, and instructions to stay home if you’re sick. Sevendust has done four live streams during the pandemic. Ticket links and full dates can be bought at the link below. Blood and Stone is out now via Rise Records.
Metal and Coffee’s Mini-Metal Mixtape, presented by Ghost Cult Magazine is back with a new episode! Time to get your weekly dose of an essential mix of the newest extreme music by essential bands, and a few classics baked in there too! This edition by Ebonie Butler a.k.a, Metal & Coffee, and the next few weeks of this series will celebrate black artists in honor of Black History Month. This week’s playlist features Bam Bam, Sevendust, Animals As Leaders, Suffocation, and Dress the Dead In her 12-year journey as an extreme metal DJ, Metal & Coffee has delved into the depths of the heavy music world to bring you a new mix each week. Metal & Coffee has been featured on Philadelphia’s most popular college radio station, WKDU 91.7 FM, and has also spent time as the resident New Releases DJ over on GIMME METAL. Stream the newest playlist right now!
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Rock and Metal supergroup Disciples of Verity (DOV) have shared a new official music video for their song “I AM I.” Their debut album Pragmatic Sanction is out now (read our review here)! The band counts Corey Glover (vocalist Of Living Colour and Bowie Experience), George Pond (bass, ex Negative Sky), Corey Pierce (drums, God Forbid), Mark Monjoy (rhythm guitar, Sekond Skyn), and their debut album is out now! The album boasts guest appearances from Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Tara McLeod (Kittie), Mike Antine (Majul), JJ Sammataro (Negative Sky), and solo artist Joe Gareri. The band kicked off a mini-tour of the east coast last fall (2019) but had to postpone future tour dates and their record release party until 2021 due to the pandemic. Continue reading
Sevendust, fresh off of their lone show of 2020, a livestream supporting their new album Blood and Stone (Rise Records) has booked another streaming even. The band will perform its entire Animosity album during a January 8, 2021 livestream event from Opav in Orlando, Florida to celebrate 20 years of their third album. Tickets for the virtual concert can be purchased at the location below.
Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with John Connolly of Sevendust to chat about their new album, Blood and Stone, releasing on October 23rd, 2020 via Rise Records. We discussed the making of the new album, releasing new music during this uncertain time, the more adult themes of the band’s music these days, how the band approaches songwriting, working with producer Elvis Baskette, the decision to cover Soundgarden’s “The Day I Tried To Live” and how they almost didn’t go through with it and more. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat right now.