Hellfest 2020 is Officially Canceled, 2021 Fest Announced

Faith No More in Boston, by Meg Loyal Photography

Crushing news for the summer festival season in Europe, as France’s legendary Hellfest, has been canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The festival announced today it was unable to host the festival, which takes place in Clisson, France, outside of Paris. Hellfest 2021 is already announced for next summer. The 2020 edition was to have had Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and more. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast had an episode dedicated to the fest last summer. Continue reading

Welcome To Rockville Books Disturbed, Deftones, Social Distortion, Staind, The Offspring and More

 

Welcome To Rockville, Florida’s #1 Rock, Metal, and Punk, party, has announced the remaining bands, joining Metallica for the weekend in Dayton Beach, Florida, on Friday, May 8, Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10, 2020. Disturbed will headline Saturday, bookended by Metallica with Lynyrd Skynyrd (their last show ever in their Northern Florida home area), Godsmack, Deftones, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Staind, Lamb Of God, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Mastodon, Gojira, Royal Blood, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Anthrax, Ghostemane, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Bad Wolves and many more. Metallica, recently named the world’s biggest all-time touring act by Pollstar — will exclusively headline all five Danny Wimmer Presents hard rock festivals in 2020, including Welcome To Rockville, in a unique collaboration unprecedented for any American festival promoter or band. Weekend, 2-Day (new for 2020) and Single Day General Admission and VIP passes, as well as tent and RV camping passes for Welcome To Rockville are on sale now at the link below. Continue reading

Hellfest 2020 Books Faith No More, Deftones, System of A Down, Korn, Judas Priest and More!

Hellfest has announced its 15th-anniversary lineup for summer 2020, and it looks like a dream! Already announced Faith No More, and Down will be joined by Deftones, System Of A Down, Incubus, Korn, Mastodon, Opeth, Deep Purple, Judas Priest, The Offspring, Infectious Grooves, The Darkness, Obituary, Death DTA (the Death tribute featuring members of Death), At The Gates, Entombed AD, Sacred Reich, Devin Townsend, Meshuggah, The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Mayhem, Abbath, Rotting Christ, Primordial, The Great Old Ones, Wardruna, The Hu, Taake, Watain, Alcest, Borknagar, Gaahl’s Wyrd, Electric Wizard, Baroness, Om, Witchcraft, Black Mountain, Elder, ASG, Envy, Mono, John Garcia & the Band of Gold, High On Fire, Pelican, Killing Joke, Perturbator, Life of Agony, 3TEETH, Inter Arma, Body Count, Suicidal Tendencies, Youth of Today, Slapshot, Jesus Piece, Higher Power, Social Distortion, Anti-Flag, Agnostic Front, Reverend Horton Heat, Grade 2, Code Orange, and many more. Hellfest takes place June 19-21 in Clisson, France near Paris and ticket info is coming soon! Continue reading

Watch Bruce Springsteen Perform With Social Distortion At Sea Hear Now Festival

Last night at the Sea Hear Now Festival in New Jersey, local legend and Rock And Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen joined headliners Social Distortion for a short set of Social D originals and covers. Watch the fan-filmed footage right now! Continue reading

Anti-Flag – American Reckoning

Anti-Flag is an institution and a treasure of American punk rock. The kind of band we need more bands to emulate and follow in 2018. After two very good albums of anthemic, activist pop-punk the band has mined for almost 30 years with American Spring and American Fall (both Spinefarm), the question is where to go next? The band chose to switch things up and have made an all acoustic album from the best of their last two albums and some well-chosen covers for American Reckoning. Although the “punk goes acoustic” isn’t new or a trend, it’s a good way to re-imagine these tracks the band is not quite done with yet. Continue reading

Vans Warped Tour, The Offspring, And Social Distortion Get Shoutouts In The Ballers Season Premiere

Ballers is the HBO series focusing on financial advisors to superstar athletes. The cast is led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Rob Corddry. On the season four premiere, the main characters are courting a partnership with an extreme sports company led by comedian Russell Brand, and The Vans Warped Tour got a shout out. In addition, the now-defunct traveling tour, The Offspring, and Social Distortion were also name-checked. Warped Tour finished its last run as traveling tour last weekend after 23 years. Speculation on the future of Warped Tour has focused on the tour coming back someday as a destination festival. Continue reading

Greg Graffin (Bad Religion) Readies Solo Album This Spring

 

Greg Graffin, frontman of the iconic Los Angeles punk band Bad Religion as well as a renowned author, will release a brand new solo album titled Millport on March 10 via the Anti- Records label. Continue reading

Biters – Electric Blood

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It’s taken them 20 years to rediscover their midas touch, but of late Earache Records have been on a roll. A rock n’ roll, if you will. Whether Dig installed a Hot Tub Time Machine or not is open to scandalous rumour, but the label has been plucking 70’s rock success after retro-fuelled triumph, seeing the likes of The Temperance Movement, Rival Sons and Blackberry Smoke bring home the bourbon. Atlanta, Georgia’s Biters look set to be the latest in the line of acts on their roster recreating the magic of yesteryear, adding a street-smart proto-punk bite to their rock, rather than the smokey Southern vibe of their new label mates.

Kicking off with ‘Restless Hearts’, rocking a brilliant earworm of a bubblegum chorus, whose conception seems rooted in a world where punk and rock first met, as if Social Distortion had rocked out a couple The Sweet covers, Electric Blood manages to be effortlessly cool in its’ skin-tight Ts and tassle leather jackets. All through, the effortlessness with which the choruses lodge in the brain is to be admired, as Biters bring the pop of 80’s hair metal, mixed into a cocktail of the rough, sleaze and cool of The Rolling Stones and the panache (and tambourine) of 70’s Glam Rock.

Swagger, nonchalance and above all quality simple rock songs dominate the skyline of their début. ‘1975’ and ‘Heart Fulla Rock n’ Roll’ overload with lyrical cliché but this is no parody as they swing authentic, with the latter breaking out into a Gary Moore descending guitar harmony and old-school bass-led breakdown. Vocalist Tuk is part-cheerleader, part-rabble rouser and full-time tunesmith, his simple tones knowing their limitations, but infusing these straight-forward good time songs with the melodies and hooks they need.

Don’t go into Electric Blood expecting anything other than oh-so-cool pop rock, and a love of yesteryear. In the heaviness stakes, Biters are more Gaslight Anthem than Green Day, and at times both are brought to mind. With traces of Americana lacing tracks like ‘Dreams Don’t Die’ and nods to AC/DC (‘Electric Blood’) and Thin Lizzy (‘Space Age Wasteland’), this is an album that demands the top (or at least the windows) down, the open road, the speed-dial nudging naughty and voices raised in joyous communion.

These songs have teeth. Biters just bit hard, and these songs aren’t letting go.

 

7.5/10

 

STEVE TOVEY

Live Review: Refused and Turbonegro at Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

 

Turbonegro came out on fire as part of the dual Scandinavian rockers bill, as they threw down the gauntlet early and never looked back. The Norwegian punk rockers, now led by British frontman Tony Sylvester (aka Duke of Nothing), kept the crowd on its feet and the energy up high with his one liners in between songs referencing Los Angeles as ‘evil” (“City of Satan”) and drug innuendos referencing neighboring city of Fullerton and finding Social Distortion mainman Mike Ness. But the highlights of their set list included their rendition of the Dire Straits classic “Money for Nothing” along with the set closer “I Got Erection,” with the crowd chanting along with every word.

Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Swedish veteran hardcore punkers Refused managed to rile up the sold out venue with their angst driven sound and kept the energy on high all throughout their set. Frontman Dennis Lyxzen led the assault with his anger driven stylings, while the crowd eagerly screamed along word for word, as if their lives depended on what he was saying. Beginning with “Elektra,” off of their forthcoming album Freedom, and then diving head into “The Shape of Punk to Come” and “The Refused Party Program,” (off of The Shape of Punk to Come) as well other long time favorites triggered the crowd to respond with the crowd jumping along with the band and crowdsurfers tossed around alongside the occasional appearance by Lyxzen throughout the evening in the pit.

Refused. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Refused. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

While this is Refused’s official return to the music scene after a couple of brief reunion runs and with a new album about to drop, they showed that they have hardly lost a step. While longtime fans may debate over the validity over whether their new material stands up to their past, tonight’s show hardly shows any signs of them missing a step. If Swedish punk were missing any of their heroes, Refused is definitely up for the challenge to fill the void. Plus one thing is for sure – unlike their song, Refused are anything but dead.

Dennis Lyxzen of Refused. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Dennis Lyxzen of Refused. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Refused. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Refused. Photo Credit: Rei Nishimoto

Set List

Elektra
The Shape of Punk to Come
The Refused Party Program
Rather Be Dead
Summerholidays vs. Punkroutine
Françafrique
The Deadly Rhythm
Dawkins Christ
Coup d’état
Hook, Line and Sinker
Refused Are Fucking Dead
Liberation Frequency
Tannhäuser / Derivè

Encore:
New Noise
Worms of the Senses / Faculties of the Skull

By Rei Nishimoto

Social Distortion, Reverend Horton Heat, etc To Perform On Lost Highway Festival

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Lost Highway Festival, a weekend long, motorcycle, camping and music destination festival is set for Friday, May 29 through Saturday, May 30, 2015 at San Manuel Amphitheater and Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernadino, CA.

The weekend will feature performances from Toby Keith on his Good Times & Pick Up Lines tour presented by Ford F-Series with Eli Young Band and more on the festival’s Country Stage. In the rock realm, Social Distortion, Reverend Horton Heat, Lucero, Lindi Oretga and others will play live on the Quaid Harley-Davidson Stage.

Toby Keith

Toby Keith

Mike Ness of Social Distortion.

Mike Ness of Social Distortion.

Other musical acts set for the event include:

Toby Keith
Social Distortion
Eli Young Band
Reverend Horton Heat
Rick Monroe
The Brave Ones
Lucero
Lindi Oretga

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