By David McNally
You might’ve missed it this weekend, but Griffin Taylor, son of Corey, definitely has the music gene in him. Fans at the PNC Banks Art Center in Holmdel, NJ found out firsthand on the night of July 27.
The vocalist invited his son out on stage to perform on ‘Song #3’ and took a backseat while Griffin took lead and absolutely killed it! Griffin is a spitting image of his father and has very bright future in music.
Stone Sour is currently on tour with Korn, click here to purchase tickets.
Remaining Summer Stone Sour Tour Dates:
Aug 01 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinati, OH
Aug 02 – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
Aug 05 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Aug 07 – Jackson County Fair Grounds – Jackson, MI
Aug 23 – Spark Arena – Auckland, New Zealand
Aug 25 – Festival Hall – Melbourne, Australia
Aug 26 – Hordern Pavilion – Moore Park, Australia
Aug 29 – Eatons Hill Hotel – Brisbane, Australia
Aug 30 – Eatons Hill Hotel – Brisbane, Australia
By David McNally
Last night Set It Off performed at Brighton Music Hall and Headrush TV was there to catch the show!
Haley Biermann was on location and had the chance to catch up with Maxx Danziger and Dan Clermont. When asked about how the bands music videos helped propel them to where they are today Danziger said “[videos] add another dimension and layer to not only the song, but the album as a whole” and allows the artist to drive in their point more precisely.
“I think in often cases when you have a music video, its another way to showcase the meaning of song. “ Danziger said on the role that music videos play in their writing.
Watch the full video below!
Set It Off is currently on tour with planned dates in Buffalo, Los Angeles, an Dallas. Click here to purchase tickets.
Set It Off Tour Dates
Aug 02 – Webster Underground - Hartford, CT
Aug 03 – Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY
Aug 04 – Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
Aug 06 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
Aug 08 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
Aug 09 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
Aug 11 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 12 – The Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Aug 14 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Aug 15 – City National Civic – San Jose, CA
Aug 18 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 19 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 20 – Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
Aug 22 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
Aug 24 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Aug 25 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Aug 26 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Aug 28 – Orpheum – Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 29 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
Aug 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Sep 01 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Sep 02 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Sep 03 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
By Haley Biermann
Yes, you read that right. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Jason Hook was having some serious issues with the cats he shares with his girlfriend, Stefanie. Their cat’s behavior was in fact so abominable that he enlisted the help of Jackson Galaxy.
My Cat From Hell is in its 7th season. Apparently people can’t get enough of a man transforming devilish kitties into upstanding feline citizens. Hook was certainly glad he had someone to give him a hand with his two cats, Farnsworth and Patton.
Hook adopted two cats after breaking up with Stefanie for a short time period. When the couple got back together, they hoped their now total of 4 cat children would all get along swimmingly. Unfortunately, Farnsworth and Patton weren’t on board with their parent’s wishes.
The cats hated each other so much, they even managed to lash out at one another through a cage door. The two make Game of Thrones look like child’s play.
Hook said, “[The Cats] scared us so bad that we were almost contemplating not getting back together.”
Find out for yourself if cat communicator Jackson Galaxy can end this war and bring the family to a time of peace— Watch the full episode here!
By Haley Biermann
Knuckle Puck announced the upcoming release of their second full length album! Shapeshifter is available October 13 via Rise Records. You can pre-order the album here.
Shapeshifter follows the band’s 2015 debut album Copacetic. The band has also released a three minute single called “Gone.” The song maintains high energy and intense vocals from lead singer Joe Taylor for its entire duration. Album art with pale colored boxes and images of a woman writing a letter came out along with the new song.
Apparently the second album took a couple of tries. Unhappy with the first product, the band turned to producer Seth Henderson for help.
Guitarist Nick Casasanto said, ““When you reach early adulthood and start to see your life take shape, it’s also important to shape your identity and break yourself free from anything that might be holding you down. That was a glaring parallel between what was going on with the record and what we were writing about at the time. Although it was tumultuous, I truly think we wouldn’t have written the same record without going through what we did.”
Take a listen to “Gone” below!
By David McNally
Yup, you’re not misreading that and we’re not feeding you FAKE NEWS – Ronnie James Dio is hitting the road this fall! ... Well, kind of.
Thanks to modern technology and a little bit of black magic, a hologram of the late James Dio who passed in 2010 will instead take to the stage along with a full band. The tour led by half front man, half hologram has been dubbed Dio Returns: The World Tour.
Eyellusion, the company who designed the hologram announced today that the tour will kick off November 30th in Helsinki, Finland and will span across theaters in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia, with a North American leg planned for the spring.
Although this may appear as a scheme from the rockers estate to sucker crowds in, its not. Dio was a pioneer and was not afraid to try new acts on stage.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Wendy Dio said, “Ronnie was always wanting to experiment with new stage ideas and was a big Disney fan. With this said, I am sure he is giving us his blessing with this hologram project. It gives the fans that saw Ronnie perform an opportunity to see him again and new fans that never got to see him a chance to see him for the first time. We hope everyone will enjoy the show that we have all worked so hard to put together."
This won’t be the first time that a hologram of Dio has performed with a live band. Earlier this year, the Ronnie James Dio hologram made its U.S. debut with the official DIO band to open the annual Pollstar Awards.
Watch DIO perfrom ‘We Rock’ live with the James Dio Hologram below.
Dio Returns Tour Dates:
November 30 - Helsinki, Finland @ The Circus
December 3 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Fryshuset
December 4 - Oslo, Norway @ Rockefeller Music Hall
December 6 - Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
December 13 - Barcelona, Spain @ Bikini
December 15 - Santander, Spain @ Escenario Santander
December 17 - Bucharest, Romania @ Arelene Romane
December 20 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
December 21 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
By Haley Biermann
A fire needs a space to burn
A breath to build a glow
I've heard it said a thousand times
But now I know
(“Until It’s Gone,” The Hunting Party)
Chester Charles Bennington was born on March 20, 1976 in Phoenix, Arizona. Music called him at an early age. He was inspired by the classic rock sound of Stone Temple Pilots, and dreamed of joining the band someday. His parents divorced when he was 11, and he turned to drugs as a means of escape- marijuana, alcohol, opium, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD were among those he abused. He also suffered from bullying in high school, and revealed in an interview that he was a victim of sexual abuse.
I feel it everyday
I feel I made my way
I feel it swell up inside, swell up inside
(“Part of Me,” Hybrid Theory)
Bennington decided to pursue a life as a professional musician. He struggled to find a band he fit into, and almost gave up the dream entirely. As fate would have it, he was offered an audition with Linkin Park members in Los Angeles. Bennington and Mike Shinoda made a spectacular vocal duo, but repeatedly were rejected from record deals. Jeff Blue, who had initially offered Bennington the audition, finally succeeded in helping the band to sign with Warner Bros. Records. Linkin Park released their debut album in 2000, which was certified Diamond in 2005 by the Recording Industry Association of America. It was the best-selling debut album of the decade. The band would go on to release two more highly successful studio albums including Meteora (2003) and One More Light (2017).
Listen to your heart
Those angel voices
They'll sing to you
They'll be your guide
(“The Messenger,” A Thousand Suns)
The singer had one child through his relationship with Elka Brand, and later adopted her other son. He had one child with his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit, who he divorced in 2005. He had a second marriage to Talinda Ann Bentley. He had three children with her, the last of which were twins born in 2011. Bennington co-founded the band Death by Sunrise in 2005, and also fronted the band that had inspired him growing up, Stone Temple Pilots, from 2013-2015.
I wanna heal, I wanna feel what I thought was never real
I wanna let go of the pain I've felt so long
(“Somewhere I Belong,” Meteora)
Bennington suffered from poor health throughout his career, including gastrointestinal problems that called for surgery. In 2007, he injured his wrist jumping off a platform during a show in Melbourne. Despite breaking his wrist, he did not take a trip to the emergency room until the last song was completed. He injured his ankle in 2015, but attempted to work through a tour with crutches and a knee scooter. He was consistently reluctant to allow an injury to pull him away from the stage.
Bennington is known for influencing the hard genre like no artist before him. He was unafraid to let his love for hip hop to ebb its way into punk riffs, and his emotional voice and candid lyrics spoke to millions. BBC's Steve Holden called Bennington the "voice of a generation."
What I've done
I'll face myself
To cross out what I've become
And let go of what I've done
(“In the End,” Hybrid Theory)
Bennington committed suicide on July 20, on what would have been his close friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. He was the godfather of Cornell’s son, and sang "Hallelujah" at Cornell's funeral. A half-empty bottle of alcohol was the only drug found at Bennington’s home in Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Bring me home in a blinding dream,
Through the secrets that I have seen
Wash the sorrow from off my skin
And show me how to be whole again
("Castle of Glass," Living Things)
By Haley Biermann
What goes up doesn’t always come down.
This was the lesson Every Time I Die’s Jordan Buckley learned while crowd surfing at an El Paso, Texas show. The band is touring with Taking Back Sunday, but were greeted with just as much enthusiasm as the headliner in Texas.
Crowd surfing is insanely cool, and one of the most honored traditions of any hard rock concert. What’s more exhilarating than a band member diving into the hands of an adoring crowd? The action truly incorporates the fans into the show as active participants, and some wish it would never end. This was certainly the case at the Texas show, where fans refused to put Buckley back on his feet!
The stage dive occurred toward the end of Every Time I Die’s set, and even when the band had completed their last song and house music began to play, Buckley was still floating among the crowd.
Buckley joked on Twitter, ““I’m still up. They never put me down. I think I’m still somewhere in Texas. Help.”
Every Time I Die continue to showcase their album Low Teens, which came out last year. They will be performing with Taking Back Sunday through August 19. Check out dates here. Watch the crowd surfing incident here.
Who knows, with the help of his fans, Buckley might not need a tour bus to get himself to the remaining stops!
By Haley Biermann
We’ve been wanting to hear from these guys! After five years since unleashing new material, hard rock band Converge released a new 7” with two new songs as well as a video for their song “I Can Tell You About Pain.”
The band released their last album All We Love We Leave Behind in 2012, which was a hit among the Converge fan base. The suspense for more seemed to grow each year, but we’re certainly not disappointed with the fresh songs. The first is titled “I Can Tell You About Pain,” and the second is called “Eve,” which clocks in at 7 minutes.
Both the music and the video for “I Can Tell You About Pain” definitely gets your thoughts turning. The sound itself creates and unnerving feel, which the band paired with a video displaying a man losing touch with reality. The artistic yet edgy combination is eerily compelling.
“Eve” is an experimental piece with a heavy drone sound. Despite the expansiveness of the track, time seems to fly by when listening to it.
You can get the new Converge 7” via Bandcamp. Check out the “I Can Tell You About Pain” music video below!
Arkells are set to head out on tour with IRONTOM this fall starting on 10/4 in Phoenix, AZ and ending on 11/18 in Washington, DC.
The Canadian band, consisting of Max Kerman, Nick Dika, Tom Oxford, Anthony Carone, and Mike DeAngelis, started in 2008 and have been no stranger to the music scene after tours with The Maine, LIGHTS, and more. Arkells have also been regulars in the music festival circuit, taking on XPoNential festival in Camden, NJ on 7/27 -7/28.
Arkells have recently put out an album, Morning Report. The name-sake of the tour, Knocking At The Door, comes from a single off of Morning Report, and you can watch the video here.
Where will you be seeing Arkells?
By Michael Connelly
Linkin Park’s front man Chester Bennington has reportedly committed suicide according to TMZ. Bennington at age 41 has allegedly hung himself in his Palos Verdes Estates residence in L.A. Bennington’s body was found earlier this morning at 9AM.
Bennington had struggled with drugs and alcohol for years due to his difficult past.
In an interview with Metal Hammer the singer said he was using hard drugs, explaining: "I was on 11 hits of acid a day. I dropped so much acid I'm surprised I can still speak! I'd smoke a bunch of crack, do a bit of meth and just sit there and freak out. Then I'd smoke opium to come down. I weighed 110 pounds. My mom said I looked like I stepped out of Auschwitz. So I used pot to get off drugs."
The lead singer had been a close and personal friend of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. Bennington had performed “Hallelujah” at his funeral. Today would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday which many are speculating as a motive for the act. After Cornell’s passing Bennington wrote, “Thoughts of you flooded my mind and I wept. I'm still weeping, with sadness, as well as gratitude for having shared some very special moments with you and your beautiful family. You have inspired me in many ways you could never have known. Your talent was pure and unrivaled. Your voice was joy and pain, anger and forgiveness, love and heartache all wrapped up into one. I suppose that's what we all are. You helped me understand that."
Bennington in an interview with Metal Hammer...
"In 2006… I did some counseling with the guys and they really opened up and told me how they felt. I had no idea that I had been such a nightmare. I knew that I had a drinking problem, a drug problem and that parts of my personal life were crazy but I didn't realize how much that was affecting the people around me until I got a good dose of 'Here's-what-you're-really-like.' It was a shock. They said that I was two people — Chester and then that fucking guy. I didn't want to be that guy."
Linkin Park released their seventh album titled One More Light last may. Linkin Park was also set to play in support of their new album with Blink -182. The rock world has been shaken by Bennington’s passing. Bennington is survived by his Wife Talinda and six kids.