Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has announced dates and locations for five shows celebrating the tour’s 25th anniversary. In the wake of last year’s cross-country farewell run, Warped will host events this June and July in Ohio, New Jersey, and California to commemorate a quarter-century as a pop-punk institution. The first show takes place on June 8 at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where a kick-off concert will launch a Warped-themed exhibit titled Forever Warped. Anniversary shows are also scheduled for June 29 and 30 at Atlantic City Beach, and July 20 and 21 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif.
Vampire Weekend announced an upcoming Madison Square Garden performance at a New York Knicks game, which was taking place at the same venue. Lead singer Ezra Koenig was in attendance at the Knicks vs. Heat game Sunday night. After Koenig was projected on the Jumbotron, the date of the show—September 6 of this year—was displayed in gigantic Jokerman font. Last week, Vampire Weekend released the first two singles from their upcoming album Father of the Bride, which is reportedly due out in March or April.
John Mayer has shared dates for a massive U.S. summer tour, beginning in Albany and ending with two nights at The Forum in Inglewood, CA. Mayer has scheduled stops in most major cities, including two nights in New York at Madison Square Garden. Prior to his solo tour, Mayer has a string of live dates throughout June and July with Grateful Dead alums Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart as Dead & Company.
Congratulations are in order to Papa Roach! The band, who just released their tenth studio album Who Do You Trust?, hit a huge, plaque-worthy streaming milestone. Papa Roach’s newly released record already has some pretty impressive numbers. Besides reaching No. 1 on the Tunes Rock Albums chart, it also accumulated 4.1 million album streams in just four days. Obviously, the band already had nine other albums on their backs prior to that, with 14 top 5 singles and six songs hitting No. 1 on the radio. However, Papa Roach recently received Pandora’s “Billion Streams” plaque in celebration of this incredible achievement. The band were awarded the plaque on the last night of their three-night run at the Roxy in Los Angeles.
Halsey will both host and perform as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live next month on the February 9 episode.
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival has announced this years lineup in addition to tacos and beer, the sixth annual event in Dana Point, California, led by Good Charlotte, the Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion and the Descendents. It all goes down over an expanded two-day stretch April 6-7 at Doheny State Beach park.
Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World have announced a joint North American tour, set for later this year. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles at The Greek Theatre on June 14, and will run until early August. Ra Ra Riot will be the opening act at every show. The presale starts on January 30, with tickets going on sale to the public on February 1.
We already knew this year’s stacked Download Festival would be anchored with headlining sets from Slipknot, Tool and Def Leppard. But now, a whole slew of additional bands have been added to the upcoming rock event. Over 40, in fact! Fever 333, Halestorm and Stone Temple Pilots have now been announced for the June 14-16 fest at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. Also freshly added to the bill? Beartooth, Palaye Royale and more.
Later this month, Massive Attack will head out on tour, celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic 1998 album Mezzanine. The tour seems like it’ll be quite a spectacle. Two major Massive Attack collaborators, Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser and reggae legend Horace Andy, will be performing with them. Documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis is collaborating with the group on the tour’s visuals.
Last summer, blink-182 were set to play Bunbury Music Festival 2018. However, the band were forced to cancel “due to unseen circumstances” a few days before their Friday slot. At the time, the band and Bunbury both confirmed blink would be returning in 2019 for a rescheduled performance, but it looks like that has changed. This week blink shared an update on playing the festival. In it, they state they will no longer be able to make the festival due to being “hard at work in the studio on [their] next album.” The rest of Bunbury’s 2019 lineup is yet to be announced. The festival has been posting teasers to their social media over the past few days.
Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and Alex Gaskarth (All Time Low) have united for a new project called Simple Creatures. A lyric video for a catchy new single “Drug” was also released this past weekend, offering a look at what to expect from the duo.
Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the list of performers for the 2019 Grammy Awards. The rapper and the rock band will be performing together, much like the 2018 VMAs when Malone closed out the awards show by performing with Aerosmith. The 2019 Grammys will be hosted by Alicia Keys and air February 10 on CBS.
Teenage pop prospect Billie Eilish has announced her major label debut and shared a new single and accompanying video, “bury a friend.” Eilish’s debut album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? takes its title from the lead single’s chorus and is set for release on March 29 via Darkroom/Interscope.