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Mott The Hoople Announces First Tour In 45 Years

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The Press Release:
This April, Mott The Hoople ’74 will tour the U.S. for the first time in 45 years. The tour, featuring core ‘74 members Ian Hunter, Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, celebrates the 45th anniversary of their famous 1974 U.S. tour, as well as the original release of The Hoople and Live, the final albums of the classic Mott The Hoople era. The eight-date run of theatre performances begins April 1 and concludes at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on April 10. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 25.

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Photo credit: Tia Haygood, Ross Halfin, Trudi Knight

Mott The Hoople ’74 is Ian Hunter (vocals and guitar), Ariel Bender (guitar) and Morgan Fisher (keyboards) joined by James Mastro (guitar, saxophone, mandolin), Steve Holley (drums, backing vocals), Mark Bosch (guitar), Paul Page (bass) and Dennis Dibrizzi (keyboards, backing vocals).

In 1974, the last time Mott The Hoople performed in the U.S., they played theatres and arenas across the country in support of The Hoople, an album that features Mott classics like “The Golden Age of Rock n’ Roll” and “Roll Away The Stone,” both Top 20 hits in the UK. The groundbreaking band, with Top 15 UK singles “All the Way From Memphis” and “Honaloochie Boogie” and whose big US hit was the Bowie-penned “All the Young Dudes,” became the first rock group to play on Broadway in NYC, with a sold-out week at Uris Theatre. They recorded a set at the Uris, too, which yielded their Live album. At the height of their popularity, they brought along their protégés, Queen, to make their U.S. debut. This was also the year that front man Ian Hunter published ‘Diary of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,’ his 1974 tour memoir that Q Magazine has called, “the greatest music book ever written.”
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Meshuggah Announces North American Headlining Tour

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It’s a pretty cold Tuesday out there in the East Coast territories which makes it almost perfect that a brand new tour by those Swedish masters of musical mayhem in Meshuggah would announce a headlining tour.

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The Press Release:
Swedish extreme tech-metal pioneers MESHUGGAH have announced they will perform a handful of special U.S. headlining dates this Spring to add to the four U.S. festivals previously announced. Leading up to the trek, the band will make appearances in South America & Mexico before kicking off their U.S. dates on May 5th in Jacksonville, Florida. The tour, presented by The Noise, will also bring THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER as special guests for the headlining shows!
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KISS to Perform Exclusive Private Concert for SiriusXM at Whisky a Go Go

“You Wanted The Best and You Got The Best!; The Hottest Band In The World……KISS!!!!”

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The Press Release:
SiriusXM announced today that legendary rock band KISS will perform an intimate invitation-only show for SiriusXM subscribers and VIPs on Monday, February 11 at LA’s famed Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. The exclusive performance will air on KISS’ exclusive SiriusXM channel, KISS Army Radio.

The special concert for SiriusXM will feature KISS performing songs from the band’s 45-year career. This marks the first time KISS has played a club in over twenty years and will be their first performance at the world famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, the venerable rock club on the Sunset Strip that has played host to rock ‘n’ roll’s most important bands and artists, from The Doors, to Janis Joplin, to Led Zeppelin, as well as today’s emerging new artists.

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KISS’ performance at Whisky a Go Go will launch SiriusXM’s “The Party Continues,” a new live series that will feature music’s top artists performing in an intimate venue for SiriusXM subscribers following music’s biggest night at the Grammy Awards. KISS, in the midst of their END OF THE ROAD WORLD TOUR, kicks off the series at the historic Whisky a Go Go. “The Party Continues” joins a series of concerts established by SiriusXM at special and iconic venues across the country, including at the Apollo Theater in New York City, The Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons, the Faena Theater in Miami Beach and more.
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Santana Announces The “Supernatural Now” Tour

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival and one of the artists that performed there so many years ago is heading out on the road to celebrate that and another pivotal anniversary in his career. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has announced he will hit the road with his band across North America this summer for the Supernatural Now tour. The three-month, 29-date celebration will commemorate two of the most important milestones in the iconic guitarist’s career: the 20th anniversary of his groundbreaking, multiple Grammy-winning album Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of his momentous performance at Woodstock.

Produced by Live Nation, the Supernatural Now tour begins on June 22 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ, and will make stops in Dallas, Chicago, Toronto, and more before it concludes on August 25 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning January 25 at LiveNation.com.

Critically-acclaimed rock band The Doobie Brothers, who have sold more than 48 million albums and won four GRAMMY® Awards, will appear on all dates. The band is known for their roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll set.

Reflecting on the cosmic significance of both anniversaries occurring in the same year, Santana says, “Both were monumental moments in my life. Woodstock and Supernatural took me to places I never dreamed were possible. I embraced those incredible moments in my life with all my heart. Both were supreme lessons in maintaining focus, heart and integrity in every step every day and to strive to better oneself with a high standard on and off the stage. I cannot think of these two moments without thinking about Mr. Bill Graham and Mr. Clive Davis. They are two of many angels in my life that helped shape my career.”
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Whitechapel & Dying Fetus To Co-Headline Chaos & Carnage US Tour

The New Year’s revelry is long over but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep on celebrating because the Spring and Summer tours are slowly being accounced to the Media Soothsayers for us to share with you as fast as possible. The briefing below shares the skinny on the upcoming “Chaos and Carnage” Tour which is a co-headliner by Whitechapel and Dying Fetus. Take a look

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The Press Release:
This spring, WHITECHAPEL will co-headline the 2019 edition of the Chaos & Carnage US tour with Dying Fetus, in support of their upcoming album, The Valley (due out March 29th via Metal Blade). Support will be provided by Revocation, Fallujah, Spite, Uncured, and Buried Above Ground. Tickets can be purchased at chaosandcarnage.com. See all confirmed dates below.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Chaos & Carnage tour this year,” WHITECHAPEL issues in a collective statement. “Dying Fetus has been a band we have grown up listening to and has influenced our sound over the years. We are grateful for the opportunity to shred the US co-headlining with them.”

WHITECHAPEL Chaos & Carnage Tour w/ Dying Fetus, Revocation, Fallujah, Spite, Uncured, Buried Above Ground

The Tour Dates:
4/18/2019: Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
4/19/2019: Palladium – Worcester, MA
4/20/2019: Reverb – Reading, PA
4/23/2019: Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
4/24/2019: Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
4/25/2019: Conrod Music Hall – Chicago, IL
4/26/2019: Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
4/27/2019: The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/28/2019: Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
4/30/2019: The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
5/02/2019: UC Theatre – Berkley, CA
5/03/2019: House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA
5/04/2019: The Pressroom – Phoenix, AZ
5/05/2019: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
5/07/2019: The Complex – Springfield, MO
5/08/2019: Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
5/09/2019: Rock Box – San Antonio, TX
5/10/2019: Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX
5/11/2019: Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
5/12/2019: House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
5/13/2019: Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA
5/15/2019: Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
5/16/2019: Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
5/17/2019: Ramkat – Winston Salem, NC

Mixed by David Castillo, mastered by Ted Jensen, and produced once again by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, The Black Dahlia Murder), WHITECHAPEL’s upcoming The Valley full-length is a reference to the part of Hardin Valley (west of Knoxville, Tennessee) where vocalist Phil Bozeman grew up. Set against this backdrop, he approaches his subject matter unflinchingly, building upon everything that came before, making it clear that he has survived that which he was forced to endure and is not afraid to confront it. “Phil has been upfront in his lyrics in the past about hardships he endured in his life as a child, and I believe with this record we tried to paint a better picture of that,” says guitarist Alex Wade. “I feel our music is Phil’s release from his past, being able to get it out and speak about it, and hopefully anyone who hears it that may have gone through similar experiences can find some release in it as well.”

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sadly, this tour is NOT coming to my neck of the woods so to those fans who will find it crushing their favorite regional venue, please do enjoy. Part of me is okay with this since I have to think that a majority of the acts will be on the annual summer slaughter tour. That’s all I have to say about this one but I wonder what you readers think about it all. Will you be able to attend and what do you think about it? Chime in down below in the comments. See you next time.

Official Websites:
Whitechapel: http://www.whitechapelband.com