Metallica Pulls Out of Sonic Temple and Louder than Life Fests, Citing Personal Issues

Metallica has pulled out of their upcoming expected headline gigs at Sonic Temple this spring and Louder than Life next fall. This is due to James Hetfield’s ongoing recovery work and a need to prioritize his personal self-care, which has suffered in recent years. The band will honor all other shows this year, including Welcome To Rockville. Tool and The Red Hot Chili Peppers will step in for both festivals. James has made a personal apology statement to fans on the news. Continue reading

Dee Snider Affiliated Petition for AC/DC to Play the SuperBowl has Nearly 30K Signatures!

As we previously reported, Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider has helped launch a Change.org petition to get the NFL to hire classic rock legends and recently reunited AC/DC to perform at the SuperBowl Halftime show. Originally started by a fan, Gina Di Lecce, the petition grew from fan outcry and Dee’s criticism on social media following this year’s halftime show performance from Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Heavy music is used constantly in sports, especially the NFL. Famously rock and metal bands such as Metallica, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, and Guns N Roses (2020) have all performed on the NFL’s pre-game concert the day before. Anyone performing at the big game performs for free and must pre-record and lip-sync their performance, which is why some groups like Metallica have said definitely no to performing, while The Red Hot Chili Peppers infamously made fun of themselves lip-synching in 2014, with Flea being the most notorious culprit. They also were a guest of Bruno Mars and not a headliner themselves that night. The last real rock act to perform at the SuperBowl Halftime Show was The Who in 2010.  in 2009. Anyway, sign the petition and let’s unite for rock and metal at The SuperBowl!

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Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Launches Petition for AC/DC to Play the SuperBowl Halftime Show

Heavy Metal legend Dee Snider has launched a Change.org petition to get the NFL to hire classic rock legends and recently reunited AC/DC to perform at the SuperBowl Halftime show. This sprung from Dee’s criticism on social media following this year’s halftime show performance from Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. Dee didn’t find fault as much with the artists but the insulting lack of rock or metal. Heavy music is used constantly in sports, especially the NFL where both ‘Hells Bells’ by AC/DC and Metallica’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ were heard early in the broadcast. Famously rock and metal bands such as Metallica, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold and this year Guns N Roses have all performed on the NFL’s pre-game concert the day before. Anyone performing at the big game performs for free and must pre-record and lip-sync their performance, which is why some groups like Metallica have said no, while The Red Hot Chili Peppers infamously clowned around and made fun of themselves lip-synching. Anyway, sign the petition and let’s unite for rock and metal at The SuperBowl!

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Ozzy Osbourne New Album Details Shared By Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers

In a new interview with Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, we now have a great many more details about Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, Ordinary Man, officially due for release on February 21st via Epic Records. During an appearance on “Volume West”, which airs daily on SiriusXM Volume channel 106 host Lyndsey Parker got Smith to reveal a bunch of details about recording the album with producer Andrew Watt, how he and Duff McKagan came to write and play on the album, that Slash has played on two songs, the current single ‘Straight To Hell’, and the title track ‘Ordinary Man’ which also features Sir Elton John, and more! Continue reading

Ticketmaster and Live Nation Feel That Concert Tickets Are Too Cheap!

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

John Frusciante Reunites with The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Josh Klinghoffer Steps Down

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have welcomed back guitarist/vocalist John Frusciante to the band, replacing Josh Klinghoffer for the last decade. Josh, began touring with the band in 2007, and handled guitar duties on 2011’s I’m With You album as well as 2016’s The Getaway. This will be Frusciante’s third time in the band, joining officially in 1988, appearing on their commercial breakthroughs Mother’s Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magick. After quitting in 1994, he returned for 1999’s Californication, 2002’s By the Way and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium. Continue reading

Brutally Delicious Podcast Streams Episode 3 ft Producer Michael Beinhorn

Brutally Delicious, the hit YouTube channel from filmmaker and journalist Bruce Moore has launched a podcast. Co-hosted with Kris Siegers. An interview podcast with musical artists and notable names from across genres, the guest for Episode 3 is megastar producer Michael Beinhorn who has produced some of the biggest artists of all time, such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Ozzy, Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith and many more. Check it out episode three and catch up on the first few you missed.  Continue reading