The incredibly lucky or incredibly unlucky Travis Barker popped up on the red carpet this past weekend wearing a wrist brace but otherwise apparently unharmed after his SUV was hit by a school bus while driving in Calabasas on Friday…the 13th. The Blink-182 drummer, 42, is still recovering from blood clots in both arms, which forced the band to postpone some of their Las Vegas residency shows; they shared a video update on his diagnosis last week. Back in 2008, Barker survived a plane crash that killed four people, suffering second- and third-degree burns to his hands and body.
Glass Animals’ drummer Joe Seaward suffered a fractured skull and a broken leg after he was hit by a truck while cycling in Dublin. The band canceled a planned run of shows in North America and Europe in the wake of Seaward’s injury.
Twenty One Pilots already broke a record with their cinematic music video for new single “Jumpsuit.” The tune, released last Friday alongside accompanying the new song “Nico And The Niners,” is from the band’s new album Trench, which is out on Oct. 5. According to Twenty One Pilots’ record label, Fueled By Ramen, the “Jumpsuit” music video — which quickly earned #1 Trending status on YouTube — received an estimated 5.2 million plays within the first 24 hours. That’s quite a leap in views from the duo’s previous fastest-climbing vid, “Heathens,” which reportedly achieved 3.5 million plays its first day out. And it means TØP broke their own band record for most YouTube hits in a 24-hour period. The group’s huge Bandito Tour kicks off Oct. 16 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Deftones are getting in on the boutique festival game. The legendary metal band has announced the first annual Dia De Los Deftones, an all-ages show taking place November 3rd at Petco Park in San Diego. The eclectic lineup includes Future, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Rocket From The Crypt, and others. Tickets for the festival will go on sale starting July 20.
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has announced that he’ll be putting 20 of his guitars up for sale on Reverb. In an interview with the online music gear marketplace, Shiflett explained, “I have an excess of guitars that I’ve gotten over the years—I have more than I could even really play any more than I do play.” Shiflett’s sale kicks off this coming Thursday (July 19). And in case you care news, John Travolta joined the Foos on stage…for some reason.
Veteran Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear have announced that they’re breaking up. On their Facebook, the band wrote, “After almost two decades of writing and touring the world together, we have decided to close this chapter of our lives as Minus the Bear.” During the past 17 years, the four-piece have risen to indie royalty status over the course of six LPs and four EPs. This fall the band will embark on a farewell tour in support of their forthcoming EP Fair Enough.
System Of A Down‘s frontman Serj Tankian has released a tell-all statement discussing the reason behind the band’s delay in releasing new music. Following guitarist Daron Malakian’s recent interview, where he shared that the band still aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on new music, Tankian published a tell-all statement to his Facebook page, sharing his side of the band’s deadlock. Tankian’s statement, which he titled “Confessions About SOAD By Serj Tankian,” discusses his personal reasons why the band hasn’t released a new album since the release of their Mezmerize and Hypnotize albums. System Of A Down announced a few months ago that they will be heading out some headlining dates with At The Drive-In this October.
Bearing out rumors that came to light last week, Animal Collective has announced a new double album called Tangerine Reef. The album is an audiovisual collaboration with Coral Morphologic, a duo consisting of a marine biologist and musician that specializes in “avant-garde coral macro-videography.” The 13-track album, due out August 17 on Domino, features the standard Animal Collective lineup, but without Panda Bear.
Trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack were scheduled to perform this past weekend at Mad Cool Festival in Madrid, but due to the sound levels of a nearby Franz Ferdinand performance, the band ended up canceling their set entirely. Franz Ferdinand was scheduled to play a set from 1:30am to 2:50am on the Madrid the Abraza stage, while Massive Attack was scheduled to play at the Loop stage from 1:45 to 3am.
Evanescence vocalist Amy Lee revealed the band is planning to work on new music soon. The upcoming album will be their first of all-original material in eight years. Lee explained that, although they’ve been focused on their latest project, Synthesis, working on a new album next is “totally the plan.” “You will hear from us again,” she adds. The band doesn’t have a timeline yet, but Lee confirmed she’s been working on new ideas during the past few tours.
The Smashing Pumpkins kicked off their much-anticipated the Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour this week in Arizona after years of drama. Along with Billy Corgan, James Iha, and Jimmy Chamberlin returning to the stage comes another ’90s hitmaker, Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. McGrath filmed several backing videos played throughout the show. It seems like an odd pairing for the band, but if Corgan’s recent behavior is any indication, maybe it’s best to expect the unexpected on this stretch of shows.
Guns N’ Roses have added two huge milestones to their resume over the weekend. In a new report by Forbes, the band has been named the biggest music group on Youtube from the 1980s and the 1990s. Per the report, the band’s music video for “November Rain,” recently reached a billion views, which is also the first video created before Youtube to do so. The nine-minute video, that features frontman Axl Rose getting married, Slash performing an epic guitar solo outside of a church and a funeral, has averaged about 560,000 views each day in 2017. The 1991 track, featured on Use Your Illusion I, isn’t the only song the band has found Youtube success over. The video for 1981’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” has racked up 692 million views, which has helped cement the band as the most popular in the 1980s as well.
Southern California is about to get a whole lot of rock this October as the Surf City Blitz festival announced its inaugural lineup full of punk rock legends. Housed at Huntington State Beach, the two-day festival features the Offspring and Social Distortion headlining on Oct. 27 and 28 respectively. The two bands will be joined by Pennywise, Suicidal Tendencies, Rancid, Bad Religion, The Wrecks and more. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Junior Lifeguard Program and the Living the Dream Foundation, the latter of which works to give terminally ill music fans VIP access to their favorite artists.
LCD Soundsystem is releasing three new remixes of songs from their 2017 album American Dream. The 12″ vinyl singles arrive this August 10th. The album will feature remixes from Berlin techno giant Dixon. As well as Los Angeles producer Lovefingers.
Fans have been pretty anxious waiting for the release of Tool’s next full-length album, and over the weekend fans were sent into a panic when they received a Google alert saying that Tool had dropped a new album, only to realize that it wasn’t a new album from the band they were hoping for. Fans have been waiting for a new Tool album since 2006, so we can only imagine the excitement people must have felt when they saw “lllutionWorld by Tool was released today.” Of course, they soon realized nothing was as it seems and Google mistakenly mixed up Tool with a SoundCloud rapper named TOOL$. Understandably so, fans weren’t too pleased with the mix-up.
Jack White has now been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A noted investor in Detroit Tigers’ second baseman Ian Kinsler’s sporting goods company Warstic, White played in a charity sandlot game on March 23, and the custom Warstic bat he used in the game is now being inducted. Jeff Idelson, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum president, was present at the charity game and has personally requested that White’s bat is included, according to Pitchfork.
Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco are up to win Moon Men at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards were released Monday, and the Best Rock category is filled with a few of our faves. Fall Out Boy is nominated for “Champion,” and Panic! At The Disco are nominated for “Say Amen (Saturday Night).” Other competitors in the category include Foo Fighters for “The Sky Is A Neighborhood,” Imagine Dragons for “Whatever It Takes,” Linkin Park for “One More Light” and Thirty Seconds To Mars for “Walk On Water.” A few other notable nominations are Post Malone for Artist of the Year and Bishop Briggs for the Push Artist of the Year. The 2018 Video Music Awards will air Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. Fans can vote for some of their favorite artists in eight categories here, including the Best Rock category.
Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon has responded to an accusation of alleged sexual assault by a fan. In a post published to Duran Duran’s Facebook page this weekend, Le Bon called claims that he groped and assaulted record store employee Shereen Hariri at a Los Angeles in-store signing in 1995 “simply untrue.” Because the statute of limitations for assault cases has passed, Hariri claims to not be pursuing a lawsuit against Le Bon. She also claims to be uninterested in seeking monetary compensation in her statement. But Hariri’s lawyer Sarah Prescott detailed her alleged interactions with Le Bon’s legal representation about negotiating an in-person meeting to the Detroit Free Press.
Marilyn Manson has announced a North American fall tour. Manson is going on tour in North America in October. The musician announced a handful of headlining dates. General sale starts on Friday, July 20, 10 a.m. local time. Get your tickets here. Manson is currently on the “TWINS OF EVIL: The Second Coming” tour with Rob Zombie. The run also includes a handful of headlining dates.
Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin have set out on the road together for a massive co-headlining tour. The North American summer trek features support from Nothing More and the Cranberries-channeling rockers Bad Wolves. The tour kicks off on 07/18 on Spokane, WA & wraps up 09/09 – Cleveland, OH