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The Real Story Behind Van Halen and the Brown M&Ms

Posted by cristóvão On February - 14 - 2012

David Lee Roth sure knows how to weave a fantastic tale and answers the age-old question, Is it true that Van Halen forced promoter to remove all brown M_Ms from the backstage area? (Thanks Show for the tip-off);

Van Halen are about to embark on a tour starting February 18th in Louisville, KY that will see them stop through Montreal (March 15), Toronto (March 17), Ottawa (March 21), Vancouver (May 7), Calgary (May 9), Edmonton (May 11) and Winnipeg (May 13). Their first album in 14 years,  A Different Kind of Truth came out on February 7th.

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Video of the Day: Matthew Good ~ “While We Were Hunting Rabbits”

Posted by cristóvão On November - 11 - 2011

Matthew Good is in town for a two-night stint at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, smack-dab in the middle of his cross-Canada tour in support his latest album, Lights of Endangered Species. Reviews have been very good so far (save for Matt apparently getting a little upset at an unsavoury fan in Ottawa last week) and it should be an interesting and all around good concert.

First of all because Matt, in Calgary at least, is playing a nice theatre like Jack Singer. I’ve seen Matt play numerous times (mostly with the Matthew Good Band) and although all but one show were kick-ass fun times, there’s just something about the Jack Singer that brings out the best in musicians. Since going ‘solo’, I’ve missed two of his performances at the Jack Singer due to life getting in the way but my wife and I are pretty stoked to finally see him tonight.

Second, Matt has reunited with MGB drummer Ian Browne for this tour. The two met after a decade at fellow former MGB band-mate Geoff Lloyd‘s funeral last year. According to a recent interview Matt did with the Ottawa Sun, they got to talking, admitted that “everyone acted pretty fucking stupid” and it was time to “just fucking grow up and realize that what you had at the time, you shouldn’t have squandered.” That’s certainly refreshing to hear and with Ian back plus after seeing one of the Toronto gig set lists, we should expect to hear a couple of old MGB tunes probably in true form.

Lastly, after reading the review for one of the Toronto shows it’s apparent that Matt’s following the lead of his latest album’s title by incorporating a pretty light show with his performance. To me, that’s a good thing. See, last time I saw him live was for the Avalanche tour at MacEwan Hall and he used a simple yet very brilliant and visually soothing light show which complimented his music quite nicely. I expec the same tonight.

Another thing that makes me excited? “While We Were Hunting Rabbits” is in the pool of songs appearing on this tour’s set-lists. This has to be one of my all-time favourite songs of his and the video (below) for it, directed by Sam Bradley, is purely amazing. I have a thing for animated music videos and this one is tops!

(Editor’s Note: The first Calgary show was last night and as this was written before reviews were released, you may already have some insight to the gig. Feel free to comment if you were there and let us know what you thought of the show or share some interesting insights!)

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Blink 182 Finally Promises a New Album

Posted by clickitticket On August - 15 - 2011

Guest Post by: Alexis James (Clickitticket.com)

This is an exciting year for fans of the pop punk group Blink-182, who are currently on tour and whose new album, entitled Neighborhoods, is finally set to be released on September 27. Since 2009 when the band reunited, they have been working on the songs and promising release dates, but after several delays and very little explanation, many started to wonder if the album would ever actually drop.

Now that a firm release date appears to have materialized, fans and critics will be able to hear whether the studio versions of Blink-182′s new material live up to the energy and raw power of their live performances on the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour. The band were originally scheduled to do another summer tour abroad, but canceled it on the basis that they did not want to do another “greatest hits” tour where they simply rehashed old songs.

Instead they decided to spend that time polishing up the new tracks for Neighborhoods, and now they’re co-headlining with My Chemical Romance on the Honda Civic Tour, treating audiences to a mix of older favorites and a few newer songs. Reviews for the tour have been mostly positive, with many critics remarking how impressive it is for a 20-year-old band to still be bringing in younger audiences so consistently.

Enthusiasm for the tour may have been boosted by the release last month of “Up All Night,” the first single from the album and the first official new release from the band in almost seven years. The song has enjoyed a very warm reception, featuring Blink-182′s signature pop-punk sound layered with more modern electronica, progressive rock, and even metal elements. Although the band are evolving and growing up, they’re still doing their best to give their die-hard fan base a taste of the old flavor that made them famous in the first place.

The reunion itself might not have even happened, had it not been for two tragedies that occurred around the band in 2008. Jerry Finn, a producer who often worked with Blink-182, died in August of that year of a cerebral hemorrhage, prompting the band members to begin communicating with each other again on a tentative basis, after a several-year break.

Then, less than a month later, drummer Travis Barker was seriously injured in a plane crash that killed four of the six people on board the aircraft. Barker was left with severe burns over the entire lower half of his body. When Barker’s former Blink-182 bandmates came to visit him in the hospital, friendly and supportive conversations led to reconciliation as the band patched up their differences. According to guitarist Tom DeLonge, had it not been for those two events, tragic as they were, the band never would have gotten back together.

The Honda Civic Tour is currently making its way across the US, finishing up in Los Angeles in October. Support acts include Manchester Orchestra, Alkaline Trio, Rancid, and Matt and Kim.

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Foo Fighters Add More Dates to 2011 Calendar

Posted by cristóvão On July - 21 - 2011

Simul-posted from ClickitTicket

The Foo Fighters have a busy second half of 2011 to get through. Tour, tour, tour. As July starts to wind down and the boys look to August, they’ll kick off the month in Chicago at Lollapalooza. A couple of shows in Canada follow that, then it’s off to Europe for the rest of the month.

They’ll be back stateside with dates starting in mid-September and running through mid-November as they support their April release, Wasting Light.

If you plan on attending a show, best mind your manners. At a recent gig in London, a guy started a row in the moshpit. Front man Dave Grohl stopped in the middle of a tune to admonish the fan, saying “You don’t fight at my show. Who’s fighting right now? Who’s fighting? Let me see him. It’s that fucking guy in the striped shirt right there. Look at you. Hey! Look at me. Hey! In the striped shirt! Look at me right here, motherfuckker. Look at me. Look at me. Get the fuck out of my show right now.”

Addressing the rest of the audience, Grohl added, “You don’t come to my show and fight. You come to my show and dance. I don’t put up with that.” The legions of the fans, then, danced and rocked for the remainder of the performance.

Reviews for the Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light tour have proven to be as solid as the band itself. Joining Grohl in the Foo Fighters’ ranks are guitarists Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear, bassist Nate Mendel, and drummer Taylor Hawkins. Together, it seems, they know how to rock a joint.

A Memphis critic wrote, “Whatever you want to say about the relative merits of the Foo Fighters’ music, it can’t be denied that the band offers fans bang for their buck. On Friday night, the alt-rock giants took the stage of Downtown’s FedExForum performing an epic set – nearly 30 songs and three hours – with tickets topping out a relatively modest $49.”

That’s quite the bargain in this day of high prices and low talent.

The reviewer continued, “Racing around the stage and running along a catwalk extending deep into the arena, Grohl slapped hands and struck poses; his outsized rock-and-roll persona is ideally built to play to the rafters, and he did that throughout the night.

“The songs and bonhomie continued, with the group dipping into generously into its seven-album back catalog, and even breaking out a couple classic rock covers. By the end of the marathon performance it was evident that everyone had gotten their money’s worth.”

Part of the reason behind the so-called “bonhomie” is that Grohl, quite simply, loves his job and isn’t afraid to show it: “How could you not want to do this? I get to sit around and talk about rock’n’roll all day, then go play music with my friends and laugh my ass off backstage, until it’s time to have a beer and get 80,000 people to sing with me. That’s not work!”

Foo Fighters 2011 Tour Dates:

August 2011
7 – Chicago, IL – Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
9 - Foo Fighters in Toronto, ON - Air Canada Center
10 - Foo Fighters in Montreal, QC - Bell center
18 – Hasselt, Belgium – Kempische Steenweg (Pukkelpop)
20 – St. Polten, Austria – Green Park (Frequency)
21 – Erfurt, Germany – Stausee Hohenfelden (Highfield)
23 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
24 – Ubersee, Germany – Open Air Almfischer (Chiemsee Festival)
26 – Paris, France – Rock en Seine Festival

September 2011
14 - Foo Fighters in St. Paul, MN - Xcel Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
16 - Foo Fighters in Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
17 - Foo Fighters in St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
19 - Foo Fighters in Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
20 - Foo Fighters in Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
22 - Foo Fighters in Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
23 - Foo Fighters in Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
25 - Foo Fighters in Buffalo, NY - HSBC Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)
26 - Foo Fighters in East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (w/ Rise Against, Mariachi el Bronx)

October 2011
9 - Foo Fighters in Denver, CO - Pepsi Center (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
11 - Foo Fighters in Salt Lake City, UT - Maverick Center (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
13 - Foo Fighters in Inglewood, CA - The Forum (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
16 - Foo Fighters in Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
17 - Foo Fighters in San Diego, CA - Viejas Arena (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
19 - Foo Fighters in Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
20 - Foo Fighters in Sacramento, CA - Power Balance Pavilion (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
25 - Foo Fighters in Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
27 - Foo Fighters in Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledom (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)
28 - Foo Fighters in Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place (w/ Cage The Elephant, Mariachi el Bronx)

November 2011
7 - Foo Fighters in Duluth, GA - Arena at Gwinnett Center (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
8 - Foo Fighters in Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
10 - Foo Fighters in Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
14 - Foo Fighters in Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)
16 - Foo Fighters in Bosto, MA - TD Garden (w/ Social Distortion, The Joy Formidable)

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Interpol Announce 2011 North American Tour Dates

Posted by JonesK On November - 8 - 2010

Written By: Kristen Jones

Last week Interpol announced a North American tour for 2011, to promote their new self titled album released this past September.  The tour will begin January 27th in Vancouver and conclude February 19th at the House of Blues in Boston.  Included in the stops are some Canadian shows including one at the Sound Academy in Toronto on February 15th and another one the following night in Montreal at the Metropolis.

Over the years the members of Interpol have grown from being New York local favourites to a globally respected band.  The band made up of Paul Banks (vocals, guitar), Daniel Kessler (guitar, vocals), Sam Fogarino (drums, percussion) and joined by Dave Pajo (bass) and Brandon Curtis (keyboard, vocals) for their upcoming tour, recently posted the following on their website;

 “It’s been a pleasure each and every night.  Interpol fans are top notch.  The Best.  And…we want to come back for more so we’ve just announced the following North American dates for January and February.  Very much looking forward to visiting some new spots for the first time (you know who you are), some places we’ve recently played (can’t get enough) and those towns that we haven’t seen in some time (we’ve missed you).  It will be a warm reprieve from the big, bad winter-man.  And it will be here in no time at all.  We can’t wait.  Rock n’ Roll.” 

Currently Interpol is finishing up the remaining dates of their current American tour and then they will be traveling for shows in Europe and Australia, before returning stateside in the new year to begin all over again.

And for all you fans who want even more Interpol, the band will be playing more North American dates when they open for U2 in the summer.  So far Canadian spots include a show in Toronto and two in Montreal.

Check out Interpol’s website www.interpolnyc.com, for more on the band and tour dates.

For a review of the album go to http://www.offthedial.ca/?p=7356

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30 Seconds To Mars Announce Biggest Ever UK Tour

Posted by shannona On July - 27 - 2010

From: GigJunkie.net

Fast on their way to becoming one of the world’s biggest bands, 30 Seconds To Mars’ status in the UK has already been proven with shows this year that include a sold-out arena tour as well as a headline slot on the second stage at Download Festival plus appearances at Oxegen and T in the Park.

Their undeniable success continues with the confirmation of their biggest UK tour to date which commences at the end of November and due to phenomenal demand three new dates have been added in Cardiff and Newcastle and a second date in Brighton. These go onsale Friday 30th July @ 9am. The tour, including a show at London’s 02 Arena on November 30th, will see the band play to a combined audience of over 50,000 people (support provided by Enter Shikari).

Tickets to seee 30 Seconds To Mars are on sale here!

November
25th – Brighton Centre
26th – Cardiff CIA
27th – Newcastle Metro FM Arena
29th – The Brighton Centre
30th – London, The O2 Arena
December
1st – Birmingham, NIA
3rd – Aberdeen, AECC
4th – Manchester, Central

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The Coral Announce Tour Dates

Posted by shannona On July - 27 - 2010

From: GigJunkie.net

‘One of the most consistently brilliant British bands of the last 10 years’  NME
‘One of the most musically accomplished and influential bands around today’ The Independent

Following their phenomenal return to the UK music scene with their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, ‘Butterfly House’, The Coral announce a UK tour in November, which includes a very special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

With their latest release The Coral have cemented their position as one of the UK’s most valued bands, with the album securing glowing reviews and a declaration from The Times that ‘Butterfly House’ is a ‘masterful exercise in neo-classical guitar pop’.

Tickets to see The Coral are on sale @ GigJunkie.net!

Full tour dates below:
14 November         Leeds O2 Academy
15 November         London Royal Albert Hall
17 November         Oxford O2 Academy
19 November         Glasgow O2 ABC
20 November         Liverpool University

Tickets go on sale Friday 30th July at 9.30am

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UPDATE: Serj Tankian Fall Tour POSTPONED

Posted by cristóvão On July - 20 - 2010

Serj Tankian has been keeping himself busy. Earlier this year, he released Elect the Dead Symphony, a live album of his debut solo album with the Auckland Philharmonic Symphony. He just wrapped up the fist leg of his European tour and is playing a couple of U.S. dates before commencing the second leg of the European tour in August. His new album, Imperfect Harmonies is set for release in was released in Semptember and just days after he’ll be embarking on his Fall North American tour.

UPDATE: Tankian postponed the tour indefinitely. Refunds were issued as he apologized for pushing the tour “until a later date”.

The good news; It starts right here in Calgary. The (sorta) bad news; It will NOT be an Elect the Dead Symphony performance as he’s been doing all year in Europe and at those two mid-summer U.S. dates. What makes it all better? The fact that most of the performances will take place in acoustically superior theatres and concert halls, like Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall (September 12th), Edmoton’s Winspear Centre (Sep. 13th), Vancouver’s Centre for the Performing Arts (Sep. 15th), Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Sep. 29th) and Montreal’s Théâtre St-Denis (Sep. 30th).

Here’s the full tour for the remainder of this year;

Remaining U.S. Date _ European Tour 2010 – Second Leg (all dates Elect the Dead Symphony performances);

  • Jul 30* – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre w/Orchestra TBA
  • Aug 07 – Pori, Finalnd – Sonisphere Festival
  • Aug 09 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgarn
  • Aug 10 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
  • Aug 12 – Yerevan, Armenia – Hamalir
  • Aug 14 – Sibiu, Romania – Piata Mare – ARTmania Festival
  • Aug 15 – Burgas, Bulgaria – Spirit of Burgas Festival
  • Aug 17 – Athens, Greece – Terra Vibe Park
  • Aug 20 – St. Poulton, Austria – Frequency Festival
  • Aug 21 – Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop
  • Aug 22 – Biddinghuizen, Holland – Lowlands Festival
  • Aug 24 – Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit
  • Aug 25 – Köln, Germany – E-Werk
  • Aug 27 – Leeds, UK – Bramham Park – Leeds Festival
  • Aug 28 – Reading, UK – Little Johns Farm – Reading Festival
  • Aug 30 – Paris, France – Bataclan
  • Aug 31 – Wettingen/Zurich, Switzerland – Sportzentrum Tagerhatd
  • Sep 01 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon

“Imperfect Harmonies” North American Tour;

  • Sep 12 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – Jack Singer Concert Hall
  • Sep 13 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Winspear Centre
  • Sep 15 – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Centre For the Performing Arts
  • Sep 17 – San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center
  • Sep 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theater
  • Sep 20 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts
  • Sep 23 – Bee Cave, TX (near Austin, TX) – The Backyard
  • Sep 25 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theater
  • Sep 26 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
  • Sep 28 – Buffalo, NY – Center For the Arts
  • Sep 29 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
  • Sep 30 – Montréal, Québec, Canada – Théâtre St-Denis
  • Oct 02 – Glenside, PA (near Philadelphia, PA) – Keswick Theatre
  • Oct 03 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
  • Oct 07 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
  • Oct 08 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
  • Oct 09 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami

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You Say Party Make Public Statement

Posted by cristóvão On June - 22 - 2010

After the sudden death of their drummer Devon Clifford back in April, the future of Vancouver’s YSP!WSD! was unknown. The group cancelled all tour dates and entered an understandable time of mourning and reflection.

Today, the group (newly named You Say Party) have officially spoken regarding Devon’s death, the future of the band, new members, the new name, rescheduled European tour dates and their next single, “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” of 2009′s album XXXX.

Here’s the full statement from the band as released and posted on their web site;

To all of our fans and supporters,

Heartfelt thanks for all the messages of love and condolences that you have sent since Devon’s passing. We have drawn a lot of strength from these as we navigate this difficult time.  Losing Devon has been a profound loss for the family this band has grown to become.  We have taken some time out of the spotlight these last few months to heal, process, reflect and re-evaluate the future of this band.

We have talked at great length with each other and our families and friends about the future.  Devon’s parents have encouraged us to continue on and given us their blessing. It is their opinion (as well as ours) that Devon would never have wanted his death to end the band. He would have wanted us to continue on.

In the time between Devon’s passing and this statement, we have all reflected upon our personal lives.  Krista has decided that her time with us has come to an end as she no longer desires the long drives, poor sleeps and revolting selection of road food.  Instead she’s choosing a home, a garden, some gluten-free baking and a proper education.  We will miss Krista very much and she remains a part of our lives.

We have turned to our good friends and former tour-mates Robert Andow and Bobby Siadat of Vancouver band “Gang Violence” to play keyboards and drums. This new line up will continue the tradition of excellent live shows and sweaty dance floors, with new strength and a renewed commitment to music and touring. The 5 of us look forward to carrying the spirit of our friend Devon with us everywhere.

The cancelled European tour is being rescheduled for this fall and we will announce the dates as soon as possible. We are also planning select shows for the rest of 2010.

Out of respect for Devon and the evolution of life, today we announce that we will no longer be known as “You Say Party! We Say Die!” but instead as simply “You Say Party”.

Lately, we’ve been thinking a lot about the words and meanings we’ve spoken through our music.  To return you to the core message of our band, we present the first track “There is XXXX (Within My Heart)” as the next single in North America.

With XXXX and light.
YSP

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Gentlemen Husbands Take On Ontario

Posted by cristóvão On June - 22 - 2010

From Press Release;

Gentlemen Husbands are setting out on a very action packed summer! Having just played a number of well-received sets at this year’s North by Northeast Music Festival, the band will spend the rest of the summer on the road playing festivals and bringing their feel-good alt rock and roll to new stages! Their live show is not to be missed and their pure brand of Canadiana rock and roll is the perfect remedy for your summer blues!

The band’s rambunctious live performances have won them over fans across the province. They’ve shared stages with the likes of The Arkells, Lucero, Ron Sexsmith and Murder By Death and been invited to play festivals such as Cutting Edge Music Festival, SCENE fest, Rock the Mill, Canadian Music Fest, and more. Expect to hear much more from these small-town rockers before the year lets up!

Tour Dates;

  • June 21 @ Call the Office, LONDON (w/ Del Asher)
  • June 22 @ Karma Lounge, OSHAWA (w/ Del Asher)
  • June 25 @ Cherry Cola’s, TORONTO (w/ Monster Truck)
  • June 26 @ Market Hall, COBOURG (w/ Teenage Kicks)
  • June 27 @ Patrick Sheehan’s, ST. CATHARINES (**SCENE Music Festival)
  • July 3 @ Happy Gilmores, COBOURG
  • July 10 @ Rock The Coliseum, MISSISSAUGA (w/ Sights _ Sounds)
  • July 14 @ SummerFest Free Outdoor Stage, BELLEVILLE (w/ The Balconies)
  • July 15 @ Farini’s, PORT HOPE
  • July 19 @ El Mocambo, TORONTO (w/ The Bad Ideas)
  • July 30 @ The Townehouse, SUDBURY
  • Aug. 6 @ D’Arcy McGee’s, OTTAWA
  • Aug. 7 @ D’Arcy McGee’s, OTTAWA
  • Aug. 20 @ Sneaky Dees, TORONTO (w/ Teenage Kicks)
  • Aug. 21 @ Rock the Mill Festival, CAMBRIDGE
Gentlemen Husbands are setting out on a very action packed summer! Having just played a number of well-received sets at this year’s North by Northeast Music Festival, the band will spend the rest of the summer on the road playing festivals and bringing their feel-good alt rock and roll to new stages! Their live show is not to be missed and their pure brand of Canadiana rock and roll is the perfect remedy for your summer blues!

The band’s rambunctious live performances have won them over fans across the province. They’ve shared stages with the likes of The Arkells, Lucero, Ron Sexsmith, and Murder By Death and been invited to play festivals such as Cutting Edge Music Festival, SCENE fest, Rock the Mill, Canadian Music Fest, and more. Expect to hear much more from these small-town rockers before the year lets up! Tour dates and bio below.

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