Tool have announced a U.S. tour. The band will kick things off in Jacksonville on May 5 and wrap up the North American leg of the trek in Bridgeview, Illinois on May 19. From there the group will head to Europe for a previously announced month-long tour. In January, frontman Maynard James Keenan said the vocals for the group’s new album were finished “months ago,” though he later denied rumors that the record–the band’s first since 2006’s 10,000 Days–would be out April.
Sum 41 are headed on an intimate club tour this spring that sounds like it’s taking us back to the band’s roots. The group made the announcement via Twitter to fans that they’d be going on the smaller tour across the U.S. “This Spring we’re bringing it back to where it all began, in the clubs. Join us for the ‘No Personal Space Tour’, an intimate club tour across the US in April & May,” the tweet reads. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. here.
Following an inquest in Essex, The Prodigy singer Keith Flint’s cause of death has been revealed, the London Evening Standard reports. The coroner’s officer reported that a post-mortem examination revealed his cause of death as hanging, and that the death would not be treated “not suspicious.” However, the case will remain under investigation until the toxicology results are finished. The inquest is adjourned until July 23. Flint died at the age of 49.
Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody has something to celebrate this week — a full year of sobriety. The musician and his bandmates took to social media to celebrate the huge accomplishment. “Join me in celebrating @ivanmoody today on his One Year Sober Birthday! Roughly 75 percent of those who start the path to sobriety don’t make it a full year. I’ve seen firsthand the work that Ivan has done through 365 consecutive days to get himself to this HUGE milestone,” FFDP’s Chris Kael said on Instagram.
Tame Impala are set to appear on Saturday Night Live later this month as the show’s musical guest. The March 30 episode will be hosted by Sandra Oh, and marks the first time the Australian band has performed on the show as Tame Impala. If that weren’t enough, Tame Impala are also set to play Coachella next month, joining Ariana Grande and Childish Gambino as headliners. The band is also rumored to have a new album on the way, with Parker taking to Instagram to share a short clip of slow-rolling, synth-drenched new music.
Rock band Filter had their show canceled Thursday night over a Facebook post and the band’s intent to portray the American flag upside down in a background video onstage. The band was scheduled to perform at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center in El Paso, Texas. The Facebook post featured a short video of the band at sound check and read, “This is sound check!! We’re Playing El Paso!!! Get here later and it will be packed!! A lot of Trump bashing! Does anyone know Beto?? Bring Beto!” This sparked an outcry from pro-trump fans, including a alleged bomb threat. The venue did remain open Thursday night and the opening act, a local band, performed for about 40 or 50 people then closed the show down afterward. On Friday morning, Patrick and the band were at the airport, flying home to Los Angeles. Patrick is currently recording a follow-up to Filter’s 1995 debut album, Short Bus, with his original songwriting partner, Brian Liesegang, tentatively titled ReBus.
Massive Attack have postponed their North American tour, citing an undisclosed illness. The group was scheduled to perform a reconstructed version of their landmark 1998 album Mezzanine across the United States and Canada this month and next. The shows will be rescheduled for the fall and purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates, according to an announcement on Facebook.
The partisan divide between Democrats and the GOP grew even wider Thursday as two Congressmen had it out over an unforgivable policy position: the Republican’s love of Nickelback. While debating the merits of the Democrats’ H.R. 1 bill—designed to overhaul voting, campaign finance, and ethics laws—Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) mentioned how only four people out of 77,000 wanted to keep a particular voting rights provision. To drive that point home, he said that this is “probably about the percent of people who think Nickelback is their favorite band in this country.”Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) wasn’t in the mood for any Nickelback slander and interrupted his colleague from across the aisle to ask why he would “criticize one of the greatest bands of the ’90s?” In response to Davis’s brave admission, Pocan quipped, “One more reason why there’s a difference between Democrats and Republicans.”
Kurt Cobain’s hospital gown from Nirvana’s performance at Reading Festival in 1992 is up for auction. Fans with copious amounts of disposable income can bid on this dark bit of Cobain lore until March 14 here. Amid rumors surrounding his health, Cobain famously took the Reading Fest stage while wearing the gown, seated in a wheelchair pushed by journalist Everett True, before attempting to stand and pretending to collapse. He went on to perform 25 songs in a set that was bootlegged for years before being released on CD and DVD in 2009. The auction house RR Auction estimates the piece’s value at around $50,000.
Following the release of 2018’s Kicker EP, late ’90s emo darlings The Get Up Kids have announced they’re dropping a new album titled Problems on May 10. The album, The Get Up Kids’ first proper full-length since 2011’s There Are Rules,was produced by Grammy-winner Peter Katis, who has worked with the likes of Interpol, The National, and Kurt Vile. Along with the album announcement, the band also released the video for the album’s first single “Satellite.”
Pitchfork Music Festival announced its full 2019 lineup via Twitter this morning. Featured acts include Haim, Mavis Staples, Low, Soccer Mommy, Sky Ferreira, Belle & Sebastian, Kurt Vile, Robyn, and many more. Stereolab will also be performing, as part of their first run of live shows since 2008. And in what’s being billed as a special 60th anniversary celebration, the Isley Brothers will headline on Saturday, July 20. The festival runs from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 in Chicago’s Union Park.
Although the entire Woodstock 50 lineup is still under wraps, Billboard reports that The Killers, Chance the Rapper, Imagine Dragons, Dead & Company, and original Woodstock performers Santana are among the artists set to perform at the three-day music and arts festival set to take place in Watkins Glen, New York on August 16-18. Woodstock 50 is one of two Woodstock 50th anniversary events planned for the same weekend. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is hosting a smaller three-day festival taking place 90 minutes away from Woodstock 50 on the concert’s original grounds in Bethel, New York.