Kid Rock’s fake Senate campaign will not earn him real fines from the Federal Election Commission. You might recall that the Bullgod spent a good portion of last year making it seem like he was taking on Democrat Debbie Stabenow for a Senate seat in Michigan. Rock went so far as to create merch for the phony campaign and give what sounded like stump speeches at several shows before finally admitting, “fuck no I’m not running for Senate”. Rock said his “campaign” was inspired by the media reaction to a Michigan state legislator’s public suggestion that he run for Republican nomination for one of the state’s Senate seats in 2018. The FEC ruling notes that Rock and his manager said the “Kid Rock for US Senate” slogan expressed the idea that “middle America should not lose faith in our country and ourselves” and that it provides concertgoers with a “patriotic experience.” Rock later donated about $122,000 from sales of merchandise to the CRNC Action voter-registration organization, an affiliate of the College Republican National Committee.
Papa Roach announced a U.K. tour spanning 12 dates in April 2019. The tour is in support of their new album, Who Do You Trust? out Jan. 18, 2019. Who Do You Trust? is Papa Roach’s 10th studio album to date and is available for preorder now. Tickets for the upcoming tour go on sale this weekend and can be purchased here.
Lena Dunham hasn’t spoken since Dunham’s breakup with ex-boyfriend Jack Antonoff almost a year ago. That’s notable because—as Dunham seems well aware—rumors about Lorde and Antonoff flew thick and fast during much of 2017, particularly around the rollout of Lorde’s album Melodrama, which Antonoff co-produced. Dunham says she’s still friendly with Antonoff, yet is unsure as to why Ella aka Lorde, hasn’t spoken to her since.
Announced this week, System Of A Down, Foo Fighters, Disturbed and Bring Me The Horizon are all set to play the inaugural Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. The festival will span over the course of three days, May 17 to May 19, 2019, and it is slated to be held at Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
After a year of tabloid drama with Elon Musk and Azealia Banks, Grimes is finally releasing new music. She announced on Twitter that new music would be arriving on November 29, and updated her website to include a countdown clock. Her Instagram account has been completely wiped, too, save for a few posts teasing new music and merch. New artwork has been included along with the posts, featuring the word “ГРАЙМС,” or “GRIMES” in Russian.
Currently on sale, Paramore is now selling shirts made by local artists in the scene! The designs are currently being sold on Paramore’s website, where fans can choose from three different band-inspired designs made by artists across the country.
High off a successful 2018, Weezer is already putting their stamp on the coming year. The band has announced that their forthcoming album, The Black Album, will arrive on March 1. It’s the follow-up to 2017’s Pacific Daydream. Weezer has already released the album’s first single, the strange “Can’t Knock The Hustle.,” and now they have unveiled the second single “Zombie Bastards.” Weezer and Pixies will head on the road next year for a massive North America and UK tour, including a Madison Square Garden show which is also set to include TV On The Radio.
New Found Glory has a new way to connect with their fans. The band has launched the New Found Glory Pinheads club, with exclusive NFG pins for fans to collect and share. When fans sign up, they receive a membership pin as well as a New Found Glory lanyard and “mystery pin” to get the collection started. You can start your collection here.
Fans who missed the Davie Bowie Is exhibition during its museum tour will be delighted to learn that the show is being adapted into a mobile app. The David Bowie Archive and Sony Music Entertainment announced that an augmented reality version of the Bowie career retrospective will be released on January 8. The app experience will feature the costumes, lyrics, photos, and other artifacts included in the physical exhibit, as well as additional items exclusive to the app.
Halestorm, In This Moment and New Years Day are taking their tour to the U.K. next fall. This fall, you can catch the three bands in North America. So far, there are only four dates for their U.K. tour. Tickets are on sale now and can
be bought here.
The Smashing Pumpkins are threatening/treating us with a potential to release a Christmas album. Billy Corgan stated that the record would probably include a “mixture” of Pumpkins Christmas originals and classic carols. All to be sleighted…for 2019.
2019 isn’t here quite just yet, but the Chemical Brothers are already making big plans for the year with their first album in four years. No Geography is the Brothers’ ninth project and the follow-up to 2015’s Born In The Echoes. The album features the recently released single “Free Yourself.” There’s also no scheduled date for the album but they have set the time frame for Spring in the coming year.
Slipknot has announced a new 10th-anniversary reissue of their 2008 album All Hope Is Gone. The reissue comes with new reimagined artwork for the album, as well as a bonus disc of live material from the band’s 2009 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York. The band is also offering a limited edition version of the album on their website, which comes with a silver lithograph album cover and is currently limited to 99 copies.