On Friday afternoon, Breaking Benjamin released the fourth single, 'Psycho', from their highly-anticipated upcoming album Ember coming out April 13th on Hollywood Records. The track hits hard and heavy just like the previous tracks we have heard so far and the fan reaction has certainly been positive. The song starts off with a heavy, groovy riff that feeds off of a pounding rhythm section to guide the guitars in the mix. The bass tone in particular certainly builds off of heavier tones that were audible in Dark Before Dawn comparatively to previous records. Of course what is a Breaking Benjamin song without a swooning and melodic chorus? The vocal strength of Benjamin Burnley is on full display in this chorus, which I'm sure we will hear legions of fans screaming during their tour with Five Finger Death Punch this summer. While this record was rumored to be heavier than the past effort, it certainly seems to be the case based on the first batch of songs we have heard off of Ember. Keep posted for the latest news on Ember as we are only 16 short days away from hearing the record in it's entirety!
Be sure to checkout Breaking Benjamin on tour this Spring and Summer as they hit the festival circuit and support the new record.
In Part 1 of this essay, I left off with the example of the Ise Grand Shrine. Another entity that is continually replaced across time is the human body. Our bones are refreshed once a decade, skin cells live about two or three weeks, sperm cells have a life span of only about three days, and the lining of our stomach is renewed every few days. Yet, we regard, for example, Arnold Schwarzenegger the bodybuilder and the former governor of California as the same person. This reasoning, according to Han, is applied not only to organisms but also works of art:
“The old dies off and is replaced by the new. Identity and renewal are not mutually exclusive. In a culture where continual reproduction represents a technique for conservation and preservation, replicas are anything but mere copies.”
There is creativity in such endeavors that the West overlooks. As the German art historian Lothar Ledderose once argued:
“Chinese artists … never lose sight of the fact that producing works in large numbers exemplifies creativity, too. They trust that, as in nature, there always will be some among the 10,000 things from which change springs.”
Unlike the West that tries to realistically depict nature, the Far East operates like nature. Nature has no author, and it might be time to rethink our relationship with authorship and creativity. The French philosopher Roland Barthes in his famous essay The Death of the Author called into question the practice of deriving meaning from the author’s views, historical context, background, and so on. This practice inherently limits the interpretation of the text, which is derived from a wide variety of ideas, cultures, languages, theologies, and philosophies. It ignores the role of the reader that breathes new life into the text through each unique interpretation. It inhibits the creativity that comes from the reader. The cult of the original is tied to the worship of the author. We praise the original work of art and congratulate the author for their creativity.
At this point, one might ask: what does this have to do with Greta Van Fleet? Or music? Clearly, the critics of Greta Van Fleet are arguing from the perspective that I have argued against so far. They praise Led Zeppelin for being the original, while Greta Van Fleet is cheapened due to its similarity to Zeppelin. The appreciation of Greta Van Fleet’s fan-base is unimportant, since there is only one author and that author is the only being that deserves praise. Music, in general, is replete with the cultism that unlisted the Ise Shrine as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hip Hop is often judged as inferior to other genres due to its heavy use of sampling. There exist countless lawsuits for copyright infringement. Yet, there was a past unencumbered by the cult of the original. We see fragments of this past from the Blues and Jazz, in which standards are played over and over again. Sometimes, they are radical re-inventions; sometimes, they capture the essence of the original. Both are praised for its unique beauty and creativity. What would happen if we switched our perspective on this issue? What if we brought about the death of the author, and operated more like nature? Would we deride Greta Van Fleet for being a copycat? Or, perhaps, one might argue that they are not copycat enough. What do you think?
Poster | NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Twitter
Initiated in the year 1999, New England’s Metal & Hardcore Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary consecutively at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. While the first line-up of artists have been announced; "many more bands" are still to be confirmed! Tickets may be purchased directly on the official website linked here.
There are (3) tiers of tickets to consider:
1. Friday, April 20th ($45-50);
2. Saturday, April 21st ($45-50); or
3. Friday & Saturday Bundle ($85-95).
New England’s Metal & Hardcore Fest | 2018 “First Announced” Lineup
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, Thy Art Is Murder, Carnifex, Nile, Soulfly, Oceano, Fit For An Autopsy, Winds Of Plague, Enterprise Earth, Rivers Of Nihil, Shadow Of Intent, Archspire, Spite, Great American Ghost, Sanction, Bodysnatcher, I Am, Downswing, Buried Above Ground, Distinguisher.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Kamelot, Life Of Agony, Delain, Doyle, Candiria, Powerglove, Battle Beast, War of Ages, Dead By Wednesday, Noxii Arena.
New England’s Metal & Hardcore Fest Headliners | Latest Music Review
Yet to personally attend the New England festival despite its legacy for the past 20 years; Additionally, I have yet to participate at a live performance of headliners (04.20) Morbid Angel or (04.21) Kamelot either; inspiration for a new music* review!
Morbid Angel | “For No Master” | Video Released: January 29th, 2018
What a heavy loaded song, "For No Master" from Morbid Angel's album 'Kingdoms Disdained' (12.01.17); sick demonic album artwork! This band's genre is defined on public forums as death metal which according to online encyclopedia, "employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, palm muting, tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive powerful drumming, abrupt tempo & time signature changes, lyrical themes involving mysticism, torture, politics, and slasher-film stylized occultism." Felt the need to quote this entire section about death metal because these style attributes resonate with Morbid Angel's recent album. Catch them live @ New England’s Metal & Hardcore Fest : Friday, April 20th.
Kamelot | "Ravenlight" | Video Released: March 03, 2018
Kamelot’s new album drops April 6th, 2018 via Napalm Records, this single "Ravenlight" is packed with visual anticipation; The graphic animation is stunning! This band's genre is power metal which is described as "a faster, lighter, uplifting; exploring fantasy, choruses, theatrics, powerful sound." This specification is definitely true in my opinion of "Ravenlight;" it reminds me of a movie soundtrack, where a superhero meets a villain and there's an element of power motivation. They’ll be headlining @ New England’s Metal & Hardcore Fest : Saturday, April 21st.
In Celebration of 20th Anniversary
Past performance alumni from New England’s Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester MA, include (but are not limited to) acts such as:
2017 | 19th Anniverary | Testament, Sepultura, Sabaton, Katatonia.
2013 | 15th Anniversary | Turnstile, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Suicidal Tendencies.
2008 | 10th Anniversary | Megadeth, Behemoth, Ministry, Stick to Your Guns.
2003 | 5th Anniversary | Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon.
1999 | 1st Anniverary | Gwar, Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Overkill.
If you could re-live a past line-up from the selection above;
VIP Tickets | Please follow this official link here or click the photo below!
Many have mourned the displacement of rock by genres like Hip Hop and EDM. Led Zeppelin is one of the ghosts conjured up from the past to chastise the decadence of contemporary music. Such specters do not appear to be restricted to the comment sections of YouTube. There is a new band that is garnering both scorn and praise for its uncanny resemblance to the legendary group. The name of this band is Greta Van Fleet, and it is certainly eerie just how similar the band is to Led Zeppelin.
The voice of Josh Kiszka, the lead vocalist of Greta Van Fleet, is so similar to Robert Plant’s that I mistook it for Plant’s rather than Kiszka’s. The main riff of their single Highway Tune is also nearly identical to the riff of The Rover by Zeppelin. Such similarity prompted music reviewers like Anthony Fantano to claim that it crossed the line. Despite the controversy, the band is seeing great success as their song Highway Tune topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts in 2017. Robert Plant himself praised the band in an interview, as he described the lead vocalist as being “pretty good” and that “there’s a job for him somewhere.” Some may claim that their chart performance and praise from the man himself settles the deal. The problem with this argument is that it avoids the central criticism of Greta Van Fleet: that it is a copycat. In order to sufficiently answer this criticism, one must provide an argument that they are not a copycat or that copycatting does not diminish a work of art. Most defenders attempt to save the band from disgrace by arguing the former; I will make a case for the latter.
It is part of the paradigm of the contemporary world to regard copies as inferior versions of the original. An example of this can be seen from an incident in 2007, during which the Museum of Ethnology in Hamburg closed their exhibition of terracotta warriors from China. It became known that these artefacts were copies, and the director of the museum believed it would tarnish the good reputation of the museum. Another such instance occurred in 1956, in which the Musée Cernuschi in Paris criticized the famous Chinese painter Chang Dai-chien for giving them replicas of masterpieces of Chinese art. The philosopher Han Byung Chul explains this phenomena by arguing that replicas in the Far East are not seen as inferior copies of the original.
The Far East subscribes to a different paradigm: that of continual reproduction. The West treats the original as relics; Han describes it as a “cult of the original.” In the West, an ancient work of art is praised for oldness, whereas the Far East is concerned with extending the traces of the real trace of the Old Masters. A striking example of such differences is manifested in the example of the Ise Grand Shrine. The shrine is the supreme Shinto sanctuary located on Honshu island, which is 1,300 years old for the millions of Japanese who travel there to pilgrimage every year. But, the temple is, in fact, rebuilt from scratch every 20 years. This religious practice prompted a heated debate amongst Western art historians, and UNESCO eventually removed the temple from the list of World Heritage sites.
Tomorrow we'll discuss how all of this is related to Greta Van Fleet and Led Zeppelin. In order to do that, I must further sketch out the theoretical frameworks of the Far East. An important aspect of my argument is that regarding the original as superior inhibits creativity.
3 Doors Down and Collective Soul are set to hit the road together this summer on the 'Rock & Roll Express Tour' with special guests Soul Asylum. The tour kicks off July 6 in Atlanta, GA (Collective Soul's home-state) and will come to a close on September 16 in Phoenix, AZ.
In a statement released by the band, Brad Arnold says, “Soul Asylum, Collective Soul and 3 Doors Down, That’s’ a big night of hits! I’m looking forward to hopping on the Rock & Roll Express this summer. It’s gonna be fun!” Collective Soul’s Ed Roland adds, “It's going to be an exciting summer! Not only are we going to be out with a great band, but also some great friends. I look forward to seeing everyone come out and rock with us, 3 Doors Down, and Soul Asylum.”
Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 30 at 10 am P.S.T.
Rock & Roll Express Tour Dates
July 6 -- Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 7 -- Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
July 10 -- Boca Raton, FL @ Mizner Park Amphitheater
July 11 -- Tampa, FL @ Al Lang Stadium
July 13 -- Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
July 14 -- Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum
July 15 -- Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
July 17 -- Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
July 18 -- Cedar Park, TX* @ HEB Center
July 20 -- Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
July 21 -- Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 24 -- Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
July 26 -- Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
July 27 -- West Bend, WI* @ Washington County Fair
July 28 -- Riverside, IA* @ Riverside Casino
Aug 3 -- Clearfield, PA* @ Clearfield County Fair
Aug 4 -- Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Event Center
Aug 7 -- Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug 8 -- Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights
Aug 10 -- Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug 11 -- Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 14 -- Brookhaven, NY @ The Amphitheater at Bald Hill
Aug 16 -- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Aug 18 -- Niagara Falls, NY @ Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino
Aug 19 -- Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Aug 21 -- Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
Aug 22 -- Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre
Aug 24 -- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Aug 25 -- Simpsonville, SC @ Heritage Park Amphitheatre
Sept 6 -- Lemoore, CA* @ Tachi Palace Casino
Sept 7 -- Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
Sept 8 -- Funner, CA* @ Harrah’s Resort SoCal
Sept 11 -- Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
Sept 12 -- Salt Lake City, UT* @ Utah State Fair
Sept 14 -- Mescalero, NM* @ Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino
Sept 16 -- Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
Oct 27 -- Cherokee, NC** @ Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
*Not a Live Nation date
**The Better Life Foundation Concert
Happy THrowback Thursday (#tbt) And welcome to part three of:
As a quick recap, we'll brief over what we've gathered so far.
Part One: Review of Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' & String Theory.
Part Two: Analogies Between Physics & Music; Sound & Music Crash Course.
Part Three: How has rock and metal, historically, adapted inspiration from discoveries in Physics? We match  historical albums with Stephen Hawking quotes. These #TBT album resources include Pink Floyd, Megadeth, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bring Me The Horizon.
Inside Album Art | The Dark Side of The Moon
1. Pink Floyd | 'Dark Side of the Moon' | (1973) :
"Newton (1666-72) discovered that if light from the sun passes through a triangular-shaped piece of glass, called a prism, it breaks up into its component colors (its spectrum) as in a rainbow. By focusing a telescope on an individual star or galaxy, one can similarly observe the spectrum of the light from that star or galaxy. " - Hawking
Medium asserts 50 million copies of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of The Moon' were sold, remaining on Billboard charts for 741 weeks.
"Eclipse:" Despite the radical album cover, this track is the most physics-inspired song in my opinion; Lyrics include: "All that you eat and everyone you meet;" next to "And all that is now and all that is gone and all that's to come" ending with "But the sun is eclipsed by the moon."
Backside Album Art | The Dark Side of The Moon
Gif | 'Rust in Peace'
2. Megadeth | 'Rust In Peace' | (1990):
"Might it be possible for someone to travel into the future or the past? If we sent a spaceship to our nearest neighboring star, Alpha Centauri, which is about four light-years away, it would take at least eight years before we could expect the travelers to return and tell us what they had found." - Hawking.
According to VH1, Megadeth'S 'Rust In Peace' ALBUM SOLD 1 MILLION COPIES.
"Hangar 18:" I mean, this truly is referencing aliens and space-time travel. Lyrics include: "Foreign life forms inventory; Suspended state of cryogenics; Selective amnesia's the story; Believed foretold but who'd suspect."
Backside Album Art | Google Images
Album Back & Front | RHCP BlogSpot
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers | 'Californication' | (1999):
"Aristotle believed that all the matter in the universe was made up of four basic elements – earth, air, fire, and water. These elements were acted on by two forces: gravity, the tendency for earth and water to sink, and levity, the tendency for air and fire to rise." - Hawking.
Loudwire confirms the Red Hot Chili Peppers Album 'Californication' sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
"Parallel Universe:" This song is quite abstract and resonates with String Theory (multi-verse theories.) Part of the lyrics include: "Under water where thoughts can breathe Easily; Far away you were made in a sea; Just like me."
Gif | Californication
4. Bring Me The Horizon | 'Sempiternal' | (2013)
"In 1984 there was a remarkable change of opinion in favor of [a unified life theory] what are called string theories. The basic objects are not particles; These strings may have ends (the so-called open strings) or they may be joined up with themselves in closed loops (closed strings)." - Hawking.
Quoting PRP; Bring Me The Horizon album 'Sempiternal' sold .5 Million copies.
"Sleepwalking:" This song in particular was chosen because lyrics include multi-verse theories like, "I'm at the edge of the world; Where do I go from here? Do I disappear?"
Gif | BMTH
Thank You for Joining Us:
We hope you enjoyed our series;
We look forward to more #research series moving forward!
Hello again! Welcome to Part Two of:
Let's review the agenda:
Part One: Review of Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time' & String Theory.
Celebrating the physicists who have advanced comprehension of the universe; we quoted that, "The eventual goal of science is to provide a single theory that describes the whole universe." (Hawking). So far, the closest attempt to a unified theory is called, "String Theory," described by Physicist Michio Kaku, as a "multi-verse theory" explaining the Big Bang to either have been a "collision or fissioning of universes."
Part Two | 03.21.18: Let's address the analogies between physics and music. We review a Google Talks presentation of the book, 'The Secret Link Between Music & Universe' (2016) by physicist and jazz master, Stephon Alexander. We delve into music theory with the PBS series on Youtube, "Sound Crash Course" and "Physics of Music."
Part Three | 03.22.18: How has rock and metal, historically, adapted inspiration from discoveries in Physics? We match historical albums with Stephen Hawking quotes.
Gif | In a Nutshell
'The Secret Link / Music & The Structure of the Universe' | Stephon Alexander
YouTube & Quotes | Stephon Alexander @ Google Talks
Physicist & Artist Stephon Alexander improvises jazz and equations;
1. Early Adulthood:
"Throughout my life; music and physics were deliberately separate from each other. I used to play clubs at night and during the day do calculations for post-doc."
2. Physics and Music:
"I became friends with Brian Eno (programmer of the DX7; frequency modulated synthesis); He was freely importing ideas from science into his art into his music. I started bringing physics and music (jazz) together."
3. Book Thesis:
"I assert; after working as a theoretical physicist with quantum field theory, string theory; the name of the game is about vibration and patterns of vibration. Music, quantum mechanics and cosmology are connected."
4. Final Analysis:
"I wish someone would have told me when I was a student who was conflicted between being a musician, or being a physicist, or being a nobody - that the very birth of what we call Western science, music and astronomy and mathematics and what became physics; were all unified. It begins actually, with Pythagoras, the one who came up with the Pythagorean scale."
The Pythagorean Scale in Music, describes the universal intervals developed by Pythagoras to which orchestras tune their instruments;
Gifs & Quotes: "Sound Crash Course"
1. Introduction: "You probably receive thousands of cues about what's going on in your environment everyday, strictly from sound."
2. Thesis: "Sound is a wave which travels through a medium like air or water (or metal, or bones). Knowing that sound is a wave, is important; because we can use the physics of waves to describe the quality of sound."
thINKING ABOUT THE UNIVERSE AND MUSIC IN CONTEXT OF WAVES FEELS DIFFICULT TO PICTURE. hOW DO scientists even study what we cannot see? According to Bill Nye, with an Oscilloscope; one can measure properties of sound waves.
3. Microphones: "They use a diaphragm stretched over a sealed compartment; as sound waves pass by, they create areas of lower or higher pressure; The differences in pressure cause the diaphragm to move back and forth, which electronics translate into audio data.
4. Ears: "Your eardrums work in the same way. As sound waves pass through, they make your eardrum vibrate. Your brain then interprets those vibrations are sounds."
4. Sound Waves: "Sound is a longitudinal wave, meaning that the wave's back and forth motion happens in the same direction in which the wave travels. "
5. Wave Scale: "Humans have been describing sound by loudness and pitch. Too high in pitch is called ultrasonic, infrasonic is pitch we can't hear."
Gifs & Quotes: "Physics of Music Crash Course"
1. Introduction: "When we talk about sound waves in the context of music; there's all kinds of properties and rules to talk about."
2. String Instruments: "String instruments create sound when strings vibrate in the air."
3. Thesis: "Making music is not just an art; it's also a science."
4. Standing Waves: "String, wind & brass instruments use a special kind of wave; Standing waves; different frequencies correspond to different musical notes."
longitudinal wave, Standing waves, Frequency, Wavelength, Amplitude; understanding music involves a lot of hard work and formulas!
Conclusion | Analogies Between Physics and Math
After a brief overview of the physics behind understanding sound and music; it's apparent there is so much more to delve into: Sound Waves, Harmonies, Melodies, Music Theory & Notation, Electronics (Amps, Microphones, Synth); it's clear that music is a science!
Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 03:
How Rock & Metal Has Been Inspired By Physics;
Historical Albums Matched w/ Hawking Quotes.
Remember your first time hearing System Of A Down? Yeah, me too. Kids React! published a video showing children's initial reactions to the group. Relive the thrill of horror and excitement that your body never knew possible until listening to SOAD.
To quote the kid at 1:40, we would have to agree that it's "AWWWEEESOMEEEE."
Rumors surrounding a new Tool album have been circulating for months, and over this past weekend, those rumors have finally been confirmed. In a Facebook post, Tool confirmed the band is currently in the studio recording the first full-length album from the group since 2006's 10,000 Days.
This isn't the first time that Tool has taken to social media to fuel the album rumors. Last month, Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenum announced via Twitter that he “Started getting music files from the boys w the word FINAL in the title a few months ago after 11 years of begging. Words & Melodies 100% DONE on all but 1. Someday we’ll track them. Long way from the finish line, but at least we’re closer.” The tweets have since been deleted from Keenum's account.
No official release date has been confirmed at this time, but fans can expect the band to periodically share bits and pieces from their studio sessions.
"We are very excited to announce what is sure to be welcome news for both fans of TOOL and prog-metal enthusiasts in general" the post reads. "After all the years of writing and arranging (and re-arranging) at the band’s loft, I can at this time officially report that the guys have moved into a major studio where the recording process for the next album is about to begin in earnest."
Five Finger Death Punch drops new album ‘And Justice For None.' North American Tour with Breaking Benjamin.
Special Guests include 3X GRAMMY Award-nominees Northing More and Bad Wolves
Five Finger Death Punch will be releasing their much awaited seventh full-length studio album And Justice For None on May 18. This highly anticipated album will be available for physical pre-order today as a Standard CD (13 tracks), Deluxe CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe gatefold artwork). There will also be available a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles. You can pre-order a digital copy of the album And Justice For None on April 6th here. On top of this great news, fans will be delighted to hear that anyone who pre-orders the new album will receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code for Five Finger Death Punch’s 32-date North American tour co-headlined with Breaking Benjamin.
It is exciting news to hear about Five Finger Death Punch co-headlining with Breaking Benjamin! This North American Tour will include special guests like 3X GRAMMY Award-nominees Northing More and Bad Wolves. You can find the music of these amazing artists hitting #1 on the mainstream, Rock and Metal charts in multiple countries around the world with their cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.” Their video of “Zombie” has garnered more than 15 million views in 2 weeks. The track has reached 3.2m streams and hit #3 on Spotify’s Viral Global Top 50, as well as #4 on Spotify’s Viral US Top 50. “Zombie” will be part of the band’s debut album Disobey that’s scheduled to be released on May 18th. There is much excitement surrounding this album, as the Rolling Stone described the song, “Bad Wolves’ interpretation of “Zombie” is moody like the Cranberries’, though the instrumentation sounds clearer and more cutting.”
The North American Tour will be held in a summer amphitheater, co-produced by Live Nation and Frank Production. It will begin on July 16th, 2018 in Seattle, WA, and they will visit 32 North American cities. Last week, Live Nation’s Ticket to Rock program announced select dates for this exciting tour. Today, all dates are now available and VIP presale begins today at 12:00PM EST. Fan Club members have access to the presale tomorrow, March 14 at 10:00 AM EST. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 16 at 10:00AM at LiveNation.com. Please take a look at the world premiere morsel of Five Finger Death Punch’s new album in this exclusive tour trailer here. For tickets, VIP offerings, and more info on this much-anticipated tour, please visit here.
“When I’m asked for a tour quote I’m always scratching my head… Is there anything to add?” says Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory. “We are putting together 2018’s biggest Hard rock tour of the Summer; where even the first band on the bill has a massive hit single around the world. There will be fire, there will be lights and it’s going to be loud. An experience you just can’t download, you have to be there. We all get about 80 summers in our lifetimes, so make them count.”
“This is the type of tour package that is all too rare nowadays,” remarks Larry Frank, Owner Frank Productions/Live Nation. “Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Nothing More, and Bad Wolves is the kind of tour that keeps music alive and exciting and at the same time introduces the audience to newer bands that will become the next generation of arena rock acts.”
The bands are not neglecting this opportunity to support a good cause, and the fans who purchase a ticket to the tour will be donating $0.50 from each ticket sold to two charity organizations chosen by each co-headliner. Five Finger Death Punch has chosen C.O.P.S-Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization whose mission is to “rebuild the devastated lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line of duty deaths through partnership with law enforcement and the community.” Breaking Benjamin has chosen Prevent Child Abuse America, whose mission is to “prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children.”
Another exciting news is that the singles of these bands have all entered the U.S. Top Ten Rock Chart: Five Finger Death Punch (“Gone Away,” #6), Breaking Benjamin (“Red Cold River, #4), and Nothing More (“Do You Really Want It?”, #7). Bad Wolves is following hard on their heels with “Zombie” at #14.
Five Finger Death Punch’s current single, “Gone Away” (their new version of The Offspring’s 1997 hit single) has received over 7 million streams since its debut, over 15 million video views on YouTube and topped iTunes rock and metal charts globally. This single is rising up the charts, reaching #6 this week. Check out the official video for “Gone Away” and the lyric video.
Five Finger Death Punch + Breaking Benjamin Summer Tour Dates
* -5fdp & Bad Wolves only/** -5fdp, Breaking Benjamin & Bad Wolves only
7/16/18 - White River Amphitheatre - Seattle, WA **
7/18/18 - Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA **
7/20/18 - Taco Bell Arena - Boise, ID
7/21/18 - USANA Amphitheatre - Salt Lake City, UT
7/24/18 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - San Francisco, CA
7/25/18 - Mattress Firm Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA
7/27/18 - FivePoint Amphitheater - Irvine, CA
7/29/18 - Isleta Amphitheater - Albuquerque, NM **
8/1/18 - Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX
8/3/18 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX **
8/4/18 - Starplex Pavilion - Dallas, TX
8/6/18 - BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove - Southaven, MS
8/7/18 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO
8/9/18 - Heritage Park Amphitheatre - Simpsonville, SC
8/11/18 - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre - Tampa, FL
8/12/18 - Verizon Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
8/14/18 - KeyBank Pavilion - Pittsburgh, PA
8/15/18 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
8/17/18 - The Pavilion at Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA
8/18/18 - Xfinity Center - Boston, MA
8/20/18 - Budweiser Stage - Toronto, ON
8/22/18 - Lakeview Amphitheater - Syracuse, NY **
8/24/18 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
8/25/18 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ **
8/28/18 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
8/29/18 - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - Chicago, IL
8/31/18 - Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center - Indianapolis, IN **
9/1/18 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Detroit, MI
9/3/18 - Darien Lake Amphitheater - Darien Center, NY
9/6/18 - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY **
9/7/18 - XFINITY Theatre - Hartford, CT
9/9/18 - Blossom Music Center - Cleveland, OH **
Previously Announced 5FDP Spring Festival Dates
4/20/18 – KUPD’s UFEST -Temple, AZ
4/21/18 – Las Rageous – Las Vegas, NV
4/27/18 – Welcome to Rockville – Jacksonville, FL
4/28/18 – Fort Rock Fest – Sunrise, FL
5/5/18 – Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC
Previously Announced 5FDP / Shinedown Spring US Tour Dates
5/6/18 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
5/8/18 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY
5/10/18 – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
5/11/18 – Westfair Amphitheatre – Council Bluffs, IA
5/12/18 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI *
5/14/18 - Salem Civic Center - Salem, VA
5/16/18 - Legacy Arena - Birmingham, AL
5/17/18 - Ford Center- Evansville, IN
5/18/18 - Mark of the Quad - Moline, IL
5/20/18 - Alerus Center - Grand Forks, ND
5/30/18 - Casper Events Center - Casper, WY