Live Nation CEO Predicts a Return of Concerts and Festivals “At Scale” in 2021

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has been bullish on concerts and festivals returning in 2021 and now we have further evidence that he is convinced of this idea. According to a published report by Kerrang (via IQ Mag)  Rapino spoke on an Investors call on November 5th in which he said expects concerts to return “at scale” next year,  depending on the region.He further shared that the promoters were working on a “roadmap to get back to live safely”, with current “progress on testing technology treatments and vaccines” looking encouraging. Though Michael admitted the “exact timeline of this return will vary by region, and so we continue to focus on remaining flexible”, he added that Live Nation “expect shows at scale next summer”.

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Deftones to Present Black Stallion Remix Album Preview Exclusively at Adult Swim Festival

Deftones previously announced their upcoming reissue of their classic White Pony as well as their planned Black Stallion Remix album! The set will be released on December 11th via Reprise / Warner Records. The band will share an early sneak peek of the Black Stallion album with a new song and visualizer, rumored to be Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park’s remix of “Passenger” ft Maynard James Keenan of Tool. The song will appear this Friday as part of the Adult Swim Online Festival. An All-star cast of peers and legends including DJ Shadow, Robert Smith, Mike Shinoda, Clams Casino, Phantogram, Tourist, and more will reimagine White Pony for its 20th Anniversary (read our retrospective here); Pre-orders are live at the link below. Listen to Purity Ring’s entrancing remix of “Knife Prty” below.  Continue reading

Sweetwater and Gibson Report Theft of Limited-Edition Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Guitars


Gibson and iconic just announced Tool guitarist Adam Jones partnership and signature Adam Jones 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar. Now, a pallet of new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitars has been stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN on October 30, 2020. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, IN, the headquarters of Sweetwater Sound. Continue reading

LIVESTREAM REVIEW: Puscifer – Existential Reckoning – Live at The Arcosanti

Theatrical Rock troupe Puscifer never does anything small and never has. Everything they do feels like an event level thing in an “it’s all happening” way. In the early days of the band, it was singles and EP’s before their debut album. Then it was a Paul Frank clothing drop or a few shows. Now, even in these trying times choking the music industry, the band finds creative ways to top themselves. They just released their new album, Existential Reckoning (read our review here) and for Halloween, they shared a visually striking, possibly insane, and high-quality multi-media livestream performance, Existential Reckoning – Live at The Arcosanti in the Arizona desert. 

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Gibson Guitars and Tool’s Adam Jones Release Signature Guitar, Animated Movie


Gibson and iconic Tool guitarist Adam Jones Announce Partnership and signature Adam Jones 1979 Gibson Les Paul Custom Guitar. The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom is a limited-edition guitar offering from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s #1 guitar, his prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul, seen everywhere during the world tour for the group’s blockbuster Fear Inoculum album, which became one of the highest-selling albums of 2019. A limited offering of 79 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom replicas have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab–led by Tom Murphy–then signed and numbered by Adam himself. An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom replicas for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument. The guitars are available worldwide at the links below. You can also watch an exclusive animated short film, created, directed and scored by Jones and mixed by Joe Barresi, “The witness”, to celebrate, right now. Continue reading

Author And Punisher Releases “Live 2020 B.C.” Album

Industrial Metal act Author & Punisher has surprise-released a live album “Live 2020 B.C.” Album. The album was created while the band was direct support for Tool on the Fear Inoculum tour, for which the band was direct support for three months, before the pandemic. We’ve been jamming this out, and it kills! You can purchase and stream the album over at Bandcamp and buy special bundles of merch too! 

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Danny Carey Says Tool is A Free Agent for The First Time Since 1992, Still Hopes To Record an EP

In a new interview with Skinny Puppy founding member cEvin Key, drummer, Danny Carey of Tool discussed his hopes that the band would work on new music during the pandemic and shut down of touring. Carey remarked the band has basically been on hiatus since their spring tour was canceled during the outbreak and the band subsequently cancleed all remaining tours, to give aid to fans needing high priced tickets back, rather than rebook and hold their monies. Danny also mentioned the band doesn’t have a record deal, technically for the first time since early in their career. Tool’s worldwide smash album Fear Inoculum released on August 30th 2019 via Tool Dissectional/RCA Records. Continue reading

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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PODCAST: Episode 105: Iva Toric Talks Occult Rock, Self-Care, and More!

Ghost Cult caught up with singer, musician Iva Toric recently to chat about her music career and her spate of singles and videos she has released in 2020. We chatted about the three tracks out now, Finally Today’Actions Speak Louder’ (which Ghost Cult premiered), and ‘Dark Side Of Me’. We also discussed a myriad of topics such as Iva’s interesting musical training, her many influences, mental health concerns, her plans for her upcoming full-length album, and much more. Follow and purchase Iva’s music at this link and check out our chat below. Continue reading

Deftones’ Career-Defining Album “White Pony” Turns 20

Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on. Continue reading