4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of March 25th

Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly are going on tour together. Not them, of course, because they have both been dead for many decades, but their holograms, because it’s 2019 and the music industry has figured out how you can still tour even after you’re dead. The two holograms will share a stage on what’s being called the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour, which (per Rolling Stone) will run through North America and Europe at the same time because none of these people are real. It will, however, feature a real-life band with backing vocalists. The tour will take place in October, and tickets go on sale later this month. More information is available here.

Indie icons Bloc Party have announced a short U.S. tour, coming up later this year. Starting in September in Washington DC, the band will travel up the East Coast to Philly, New York, and Boston, before heading west to L.A. and San Francisco. At each of the six shows, the band will play their 2005 debut album Silent Alarm in its entirety. Tickets for the band’s 2019 U.S. shows go on sale this Friday, March 29.

Oh Sees have announced a sprawling 43-date world tour. The band will kick things off in early May in Atlanta before heading to the UK and Ireland for the remainder of that month. They’ll play a handful of dates across the rest of Europe until September, when they’ll return to the North America for shows in the US and Canada; Prettiest Eyes will join Oh Sees for select dates on this leg. The tour is set to close out in LA on Halloween night.

Set It Off removed L.I.F.T from the upcoming second leg of their Midnight world tour following what SIO described as  “allegations and stories.” Earlier this week, L.I.F.T wrapped up the first leg supporting Set It Off on the Midnight world tour alongside With Confidence and Super Whatevr. Since then, “allegations and stories” against the band have surfaced, as described by Set It Off, and they have removed L.I.F.T from the upcoming second leg of their tour.

Linkin Park’s debut album, which was released in 2000, just re-entered the album charts for the first time in two years. The album, Hybrid Theory, just took the 191 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album last hit the charts in July 2017, which is when late frontman Chester Bennington unexpectedly died after taking his own life. Some explanation for its re-emergence on the charts is that last week would have been late frontman Bennington’s 43rd birthday. The album peaked on the charts in December 2002 at number 2 and in total it’s spent 230 weeks on the chart.

Panic! At The Disco have broke another record with Pray For The Wicked, The band’s single “High Hopes” has become the longest-leading number one on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay Chart in more than 10 years. The song was previously the band’s highest charting single of all time at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Then it beat itself by climbing to No. 4 on the chart. It’s been at No. 1 for 15 weeks straight. The last time a song has topped this chart for this long was The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” in 2006-07 when that was at No. 1 for 15 weeks as well. The overall longest No. 1 on the chart is “Smooth” by Santana feat Rob Thomas in 1999. “High Hopes” is now tied for the No. 7 spot of all time.

Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave’s Tom Morello performed with both K.Flay and Vic Mensa at an event to celebrate the American Civil Liberties Union’s 100th anniversary in Los Angeles. The ACLU is currently hosting a tour across the U.S. to celebrate its birthday, and both Morello and K.Flay also appeared at the SXSW shows. Morello headlined the show with Mensa and K.Flay as special guests. Both K.Flay and Mensa collaborated with Morello on his first solo album, The Atlas Underground, which they performed songs from at the show.

Earlier this month, the Prodigy frontman Keith Flint passed away at the age of 49. This week, the band took to social media to invite fans to line Flint’s funeral procession route ahead of his memorial service on March 29. The Prodigy mapped out Flint’s procession route, sharing the map and inviting fans to pay their final respects to the late frontman. Following Flint’s passing, the band decided to exit four festival appearances. The scheduled festivals include Jacksonville’s Welcome To Rockville on May 3, Rockingham’s Epicenter on May 10, Columbus’ Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival on May 18 and Chicago Open Air Presents on May 19. On March 11, the coroners’ report confirmed Flint’s cause of death was a suicide by hanging, according to the BBC.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is pretty punk, and now he might just reunite The Mars Volta as a part of his campaign. In case you didn’t know, O’Rourke was previously in a band Foss with Mars Volta lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, also known from At The Drive-In. The Mars Volta has been inactive since 2013, but that didn’t stop someone from asking O’Rourke if he’d have the band play at his inauguration. Last Year, Bixler-Zavala teased the return of the band, so this could very well be possible for O’Rourke.

Everyone is still listening to My Chemical Romance, even if its members are busy making awesome Netflix series and solo albums instead. It could have been the attempt at a reunion for the upcoming Warped Tour anniversary shows or the worldwide obsession with The Umbrella Academ,y Whatever the reason, MCR have returned to the top of music charts for the first time in over a decade. The band’s timeless 2004 album, Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge, is back on the Billboard200, claiming the 191 spot this week. The album’s reappearance on the charts has come as a surprise to many, originally peaking at 28 shortly after its original release and sticking on the chart for 78 weeks.

Everclear’s Art Alexakis has revealed he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In a letter to fans posted on Everclear’s website, the singer said that he has had it “for anywhere between 10 to 20 years.” According to singer-guitarist’s letter, the MS was discovered three years ago following an automobile accident, after which he began to feel tingling and numbness in his arm. He underwent several MRIs and a battery of other tests and was later informed he had a form of multiple sclerosis known as relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). Alexakis also addressed his upcoming creative endeavors. He announced he is readying his first solo album, Sun Songs , which is slated for release early this summer. His “Songs and Stories” solo tour will launch on May 1st and he plans to start writing a book this summer.