If you are like us at Ghost Cult, you go to a lot of concerts every year. We actually pay for many shows we cover, and the fees on top of the tickets, especially for major festivals, event-type shows and tours are astronomically over-priced. And the company that owns the most venues and puts on the most tours in the entire world thinks we are getting away cheap! According to a new report by Marketwatch, Ticketmaster and their parent Live Nation feel they have been charging fans too little and there is a “great opportunity” to earn more money by charging more for tickets in 2020 and beyond. According to the report, the average ticket price for the largest worldwide tours has increased by more than 20% in the past five years and is approaching $100 per ticket. This timeline coincides with the biggest bands and tours in the world, including major tours the last few years Guns N Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime Tour”, Metallica’s “Worldwired World Tour”, Slipknot’s “Slipknot Roadshow”, The Eagles, The Who, Elton John’s farewell tour, KISS’ “End of the Road” tour, Slayer’s “The Final Campaign Tour” on their way to retirement, Tool’s new tour, and next year’s big-ticket tours from My Chemical Romance, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. This is not counting the secondary and resale market, which includes Ticket master’s murky relationship with resellers and bots (see Metallica’s S&M2 ticket debacle last summer), StubHub and other companies that gouge fans for profits. Continue reading
Pollstar, the music industry bible of data for recording artists has released their list of Highest-grossing Touring bands of the last decade and ranking on the list were Rock and Metal heavy hitters like Bon Jovi, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses. Other top bads include U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Roger Waters, and The Eagles. Continue reading
Talyor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Chevy Metal) and his new band Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders have shared a new single, the title track from their upcoming new album. Get The Money is due for release November 8 by Shanabelle/RCA Records. The track features Taylor on lead vocals, with appearances from Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Joe Walsh of The Eagles on lead guitar, and Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses on bass. Stream the track (with a visualizer) and pre-order the album now.
Anthony Vincent of 10 Second Songs on YouTube is at it again! He has performed a video of him singing the global hit song ‘Old Town Road’ that mashes up Rap and Pop Country in 15 styles of bands like Slipknot, Volbeat, Depeche Mode, Van Halen, Johnny Cash, Lana Del Ray, The Beach Boys, Nickleback, Shaggy, The Eagles and more. Check it out! Continue reading
We were on hand last week to see metal history as Metal Allegiance, themselves a supergroup of the greatest metal musicians (Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnick, David Ellefson, Mark Menghi) played New York City’s Gramercy Theatre. The celebrate the release of their new album Metal Allegiance II: Power Drunk Majesty on Nuclear Blast Records, they were joined by a who’s who of legends and current stars of heavy music including Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Bobby Blitz of Overkill, Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy, John Bush of Armored Saint, Andres Kisser of Sepultura, Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Mark Tornillo of TT Quick, In addition to playing cuts off their brand new album Metal Allegiance II: Power Drunk Majesty (Nuclear Blast), they played a ton of sick covers. Watch fan-filmed footage of the band performing the music of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Dio, The Eagles, Anthrax, Overkill, and more. Be on the lookout for Ghost Cult’s full review and photo sets soon! Continue reading
You may or may not cringe when people say “everything’s been done before” depending on your taste in music. Fans can be a jaded lot, and there is so much noise to cut through to find new sounds to rock out to, it’s understandable to hesitance to think outside your typical playlists. Devildriver in their career have been nothing, but resilient, consistent, and heavy. Their cover of ‘Sail’ by AWOLNATION proved they could get out of their comfort zone, and impress. So here we are, on the ledge looking over the chasm at the release Outlaws ‘Til The End Vol. 1 (Napalm Records), an album that could easily divide their die-hard fanbase. Continue reading
Tom Petty, part of the fabric of American Rock Music for over forty years died last night at age 66 of a massive heart attack, leaving fans, friends, and family devastated by the sudden news. Petty had just wrapped up his 40th Anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers, last week at The Hollywood Bowl, which would fittingly be his final performance ever. Continue reading
It’s not often that a side project from an acclaimed band can stand on par with said original group. After all, a lot of sidebands become the vacation parent to fans; as a stop-gap measure for artists to toss eager followers a bone in between releases. However, that is not true of Stone Sour, launched in the shadows of Slipknot, and for over fifteen years has slowly ascended to the hard rock pantheon on their own merits. In fact, on their new album Hydrograd (Roadrunner), the band has put out an album that actually surpasses a few Slipknot releases outright. Continue reading
In part 2 of our interview with Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance we discussed the recording sessions for the recent Fallen Heroes EP (Nuclear Blast). Mark went into details the choice of tracks and the singers they worked with. Continue reading
We caught up with Mark Menghi of Metal Allegiance, in the middle of hellishly busy week for him. He was rehearsing for a tribute performance to Deep Purple’s Made In Japan album at Saint Vitus Bar, in Brooklyn. We has also rehearsing for their first UK performance ever, at Bloodstock Open Air 2016. So when Mark squeezed us in for a chat, we were pleasantly supposed by his calm, humble demeanor. Mark talked a lot about the profound losses to the music world that led the band to create their new EP, Fallen Heroes (Nuclear Blast).