ABC/Randy HolmesDave Grohl is headed up north to Canada next month, and he's bringing his mom.
The Foo Fighters frontman will be a speaker during the Canadian Music Week conference. During his panel, held May 10 in Toronto, Grohl will be interviewing his mother, Virginia, about her book From Cradle to Stage, in which she interviews the moms of other famous rockers, including R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and Beastie Boys' Mike D.
Credit: David BergmanJon Bon Jovi will be cruising into the summer with a few thousand of his closest pals.
Following his recently completed Runaway to Paradise Caribbean fan cruise, which sailed from Miami to the Bahamas last weekend, the New Jersey rocker has announced another edition of the cruise for this summer, this time in the Mediterranean.
The cruise will take place from August 26 to August 30, and will sail from Barcelona, Spain, to Palma, Majorca, aboard the Norwegian Jade. Jon's special guests will include Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and singer/songwriter Grace Potter.
The August edition of the event will get to experience two shows by Jon -- one electric, and the other an acoustic session with a Q&A. If you purchase a "Gold" package, you'll also get a photo with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
Fans also will get to experience special tastings of Jon's signature wine, Hampton Water, with his son, Jesse Bongiovi; a gallery of never-before-seen memorabilia, guitars and clothing; an onboard pop-up shop featuring Jon's fashion line Hart N Dagger; and an onboard version of Jon's charity restaurant, The Soul Kitchen.
Randee St. NicholasFleetwood Mac have announced rescheduled dates for the North American shows they were forced to cancel due to Stevie Nicks' recent bout with the flu.
The rescheduled shows start October 28 in Boston and run through November 12 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. That show will serve as the official end of the group's current world tour.
All previously held tickets will be honored for the new dates, but new tickets will also be put on sale. The band's October 30 show in Quebec City will go on sale April 26 at 10 a.m. local time; tickets for the other shows are on sale now.
The next leg of the band's tour, which starts June 6, will take them to Europe and the U.K. They'll tour Australia and New Zealand in August and September, and then return to North America for those final rescheduled shows.
Here are the dates:
10/28 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden 10/30 -- Quebec City, QC, Canada, Centre Videotron 11/1 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Arena 11/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center 11/7 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place 11/10 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome 11/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rogers Place
Courtesy of Dennis DeYoungEx-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung has shared some details about a new tune that he's working on for his forthcoming solo album -- and it sounds pretty fab.
In a recent post on his official Facebook page, DeYoung reports that the song, which is among the last tracks he's recording for the project, has a title "taken directly from a classic Beatles tune, and for good reason."
He goes on to explain, "It tells the story of that momentous night in February 1964 when my world and, dare I say, the whole world seemed to change. The Ed Sullivan [Show] stage became the launching pad for a million dreams."
Dennis also reveals that he "decided to incorporate as many song titles of the Beatles catalog in the lyrics to illustrate the immediate as well as long lasting effect they had on culture."
In addition, DeYoung says he's hoping to "paraphrase as many Beatles [musical] tricks and styles into the song to make it sound 'fake' authentic."
He adds that he's "having a blast" putting the song together, then quips, "[I] will wear my Hard Day's Night suit during recording only speaking in a Liverpudlian accent. Call me Sir Scouse."
As previously reported, DeYoung recently released a collaborative single with Ides of March/ex-Survivor member Jim Peterik called "Proof of Heaven." The song will appear on both Dennis' upcoming solo album and the new record from Peterik's World Stage side project, Winds of Change, the latter of which is due out April 26.
No word yet on the title or release date of DeYoung's album.
earMUSICThe Hollywood Vampires, the supergroup featuring Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and actor/rocker Johnny Depp, will release their sophomore album, Rise, on June 21.
Unlike the band's star-studded self-titled 2015 debut, the new record features mostly new original songs, along with select cover tunes by three dearly departed rock artists.
The covers are David Bowie's "Heroes," which is sung by Depp; the Jim Carroll Band's "People Who Died," featuring Cooper on lead vocals; and Johnny Thunders' "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," sung by Perry.
In advance of Rise's arrival, the Hollywood Vampires have released the track "Who's Sorry Now" as a digital single and via streaming services. You also can check out a lyric video for the hard-rocking track, which boasts a sinister-sounding guitar riff, at the earMUSIC label's YouTube channel.
Another song on Rise, "Welcome to Bushwackers," features guest appearances by U.K. guitar legend Jeff Beck and lauded cult-film director John Waters.
The album was co-produced by Cooper, Perry and Depp, along with Tommy Henriksen, who plays guitar in Alice's solo band.
"Rise is not only a totally different animal than the first Vampires album, it is unique to anything I've ever been a part of," says Cooper. "I approached it very differently than I usually do when working on an album. Each of us -- Joe, Johnny, Tommy, and myself -- have written songs on this album…I think that with this album, we are establishing what the Vampires' sound really is."
Adds Perry, "[Rise] is one of the freest and most honest sounding records I've been part of."
As previously reported, the Hollywood Vampires will launch a seven-show of the Western U.S. on May 10 in Las Vegas. Here are all of the dates:
5/10 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint 5/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek 5/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre 5/14 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore 5/16 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino 5/17 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Casino 5/18 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Casino
And here's the full Rise track list:
"I Want My Now" "Good People Are Hard to Find" "Who's Laughing Now" "How the Glass Fell" "The Boogieman Surprise" "Welcome to Bushwackers" -- featuring Jeff Beck and John Waters "The Wrong Bandage" "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory" "Git from Round Me" "Heroes" "A Pitiful Beauty" "New Threat" "Mr. Spider" "We Gotta Rise" "People Who Died" "Congratulations"
Courtesy of HBOHBO has premiered a trailer for its upcoming 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony special, documenting the night last month when Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure, Roxy Music, Radiohead and Janet Jackson welcomed into the hallowed institution.
The show will debut on Saturday, April 27, at 8 p.m. ET. The preview offers brief glimpses of the honorees' speeches, as well as of the celebrity presenters' introductions and the evening's various performances.
As previously reported, Def Leppard was inducted by Queen's Brian May, Nicks by One Direction's Harry Styles, The Zombies by The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, The Cure by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Roxy Music by Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon and John Taylor, Radiohead by ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and Jackson by Janelle Monae.
The ceremony, which took place March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, boasted performances by Def Leppard, Nicks, The Zombies, The Cure and several members of Roxy Music.
During her set, Stevie was joined by Styles and the Eagles' Don Henley. The event's finale featured surprise guest Ian Hunter leading an all-star rendition of his old band Mott the Hoople's classic David Bowie-penned hit "All the Young Dudes."
During the trailer, we get to watch May quip, "What's the secret of a successful rock group? You have to keep your hair." The video also includes a snippet of Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's emotional speech, in which he says of the group, "We're not blood, but we're the closest thing to brothers."
Atlantic/Swan Song/Warner MusicAs part of its ongoing 50th anniversary celebration, Led Zeppelin has launched a new video series on its official YouTube channel looking at key highlights of the legendary band's history.
The first episode of the Led Zeppelin History series begins in September 1968, when the band began recording its self-titled debut album at London's Olympic Studios, starting with "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" and "You Shook Me."
Using archival footage of the group in concert as a backdrop, and soundtracked by "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You," the video goes on to note that the album was self-financed, was recorded in just 30 hours, and cost 1,782 pounds -- equivalent of around $2,300 in today's money.
The clip also offers the following quotes from the band members about the making of Led Zeppelin I:
Jimmy Page: "The group had only been together for two-and-a-half weeks when we recorded it."
Robert Plant: "We weren't in a position at that time to be able to block whole studio time."
John Paul Jones: "We did it in about 15 hours, with another 15 hours for mixing, so it was 30 hours in all."
Page: "We deliberately aimed at putting down what we could reproduce live on stage."
ABC/Randy HolmesLongtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde has shared an update on the health status of the metal legend, who had to postpone all of his tour dates this year to 2020 after suffering a fall in his home and aggravating injuries he sustained in a 2003 AV accident.
"I texted Ozzy last night, just to check in on him," Wylde tells Kerrang!. "He was taking the p**s out of himself like he always does! I've always said it was a miracle we ever got any work done anyway, because we'd always be on the floor crying and laughing with him."
The Black Label Society frontman adds that Ozzy is eager to return to the road
"He's been telling everyone, 'Just glue me back together and get me going again!'" Wylde says. "He's got a very special kind of fortitude that's bigger than King Kong and Godzilla combined...seriously, he's hard as nails, man!"
Legacy RecordingsSantana is celebrating a few major milestones this year -- the 50th anniversary of the band's debut album and historic performance at Woodstock, and the 20th anniversary of its hugely successful comeback album Supernatural and its lead single, "Smooth."
"Smooth," which was released in June of 1999, featured guest lead vocals by Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas, who tells ABC Radio that he and Carlos Santana are trying to schedule a show together to celebrate the anniversary while both are out on the road this year.
"I was actually just on the phone with him a few nights ago," Thomas reveals. "We want to connect somewhere on the West Coast [or] East Coast. Like, on a day that I have off, I'll just come and open up for him when we're in the same place."
"Smooth," which Thomas co-wrote with composer Itaal Shur, spent 12 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spanning from October 1999 to January 2000.
The song also won a trio of Grammy Awards -- Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals -- and is ranked by Billboard as the second most successful song of all time.
Earlier this month, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder released his first solo album in more than six years, American Rock 'n' Roll, an 11-track collection that's packed with famous guest musicians.
Kicking off American Rock 'n' Roll is the album's title track, which finds Felder lyrically and musically saluting the history of U.S. rock music, from the 1969 Woodstock festival through the grunge era.
"[T]o me, [Woodstock] was sort of the birth of modern rock 'n' roll," Felder, who was at the historic gathering, tells ABC Radio. "So I thought that would be a great premise to set an album up on, and invite friends of mine…to play and sing with me on it that had that same experience and that same influence."
"American Rock 'n' Roll," the song, features guitar work from Slash and drumming from Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith.
Other musicians featured on the album include Peter Frampton, Rush's Alex Lifeson, Sammy Hagar, Bob Weir, Joe Satriani, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, and members of Toto.
Hagar, Weir and Satriani all appear on "Rock You," which Felder describes as "a big stadium rock 'n' roll anthem." Don says he wanted to duet on the song with "a big rock 'n' roll voice," and Sammy fit the bill perfectly.
While Felder was working on the track at Hagar's studio in Sausalito, California, Sammy's pals Satriani and Weir paid separate visits to the facility, and wound up contributing guitar and backing vocals, respectively.
As for Frampton, Felder tapped him to add the "ethereally beautiful" sound he gets playing his Les Paul through a Leslie speaker to the love song "The Way Things Have to Be."
Here's the American Rock 'n' Roll track list, along with select guests featured on each song:
"American Rock 'n' Roll" -- featuring Slash, Mick Fleetwood and Chad Smith "Charmed" -- featuring Alex Lifeson "Falling In Love" -- featuring Steve Porcaro "Hearts On Fire" -- featuring David Paich and Joe Williams "Limelight" -- featuring Richie Sambora and Orianthi "Little Latin Lover" -- featuring Abe Laboriel Sr. "Rock You" -- Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Bob Weir "She Just Doesn't Get It" -- featuring Styx drummer Todd Sucherman "Sun" "The Way Things Have to Be" -- featuring Peter Frampton and David Paich "You're My World"
Courtesy of FenderThe Game of Thrones theme song just got a whole lot heavier.
In a video for the Fender guitar company, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello team up to play a metal version of the HBO fantasy epic's opening anthem. The jam session also included GoT co-creator D.B. Weiss and series composer Ramin Djawadi.
Fender produced the video to promote its new Game of Thrones Sigil Collection, a trio of guitars with designs inspired by the banners and colors associated with the show's main families: the House Stark Telecaster, the House Lannister Jaguar and the House Targaryen Stratocaster.
In the clip, Ian plays the Stark Tele, Bettencourt jams with the Lannister Jaguar and Morello rips it up on the Targaryen Strat.
If you happen to be as rich as a Lannister, then you may be able to pick up one of the guitars yourself. The Stark costs $25,000, the Lannister costs $30,000 and the Targaryen costs $35,000. Best put your loan application in with the Iron Bank now.
A&M RecordsIf the first picture of a black hole inspired you to revisit Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun," you weren't alone.
According to YouTube Music, the "Black Hole Sun" video saw a significant spike in views last Wednesday, April 10 -- the day the black hole photo was released. Views of the clip went up 68 percent compared to its prior daily average views in 2019.
Following the release of the black hole photo, a petition started online asking that it be named after late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition has over 45,000 signatures.
Meanwhile, YouTube also notes that views of Nirvana videos spiked 95 percent on April 5, the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death.
Kevin Mazur/NetflixBruce Springsteen will take part in a special event marking the opening of Netflix's third annual FYSEE experience, which runs from May 5 to June 9 at the streaming company's Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
Springsteen will be appearing with renowned director Martin Scorsese at the opening-night event, scheduled for Sunday, May 5. Bruce, of course, starred in the recent Netflix special Springsteen on Broadway, which captured a performance of his popular Broadway show.
The FYSEE experience, which showcases and promotes Netflix's original programming, will include a variety of Q&A sessions, performances, screenings and interactive displays, as well as themed events featuring Quincy Jones, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres.
A June 9 closing-night event will feature Oprah Winfrey hosting a conversation with director Ava DuVernay and the cast of the limited Netflix series When They See Us, which premieres on May 31.
David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for The V&ALast week, Elton John was photographed touring Florence, Italy's famed Uffizi Gallery in a wheelchair, after a sprained ankle left him unable to walk around and see the paintings. Now, the art-loving superstar has gotten an entire gallery named after him at yet another famous museum.
According to the BBC, London's Victoria & Albert Museum, which focuses on decorative arts and design, has named its new photography gallery the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery, following what's described as a "significant" donation from Sir Elton.
In addition to having the gallery named after him and his husband, Elton now has a place to display his extensive private photography collection, which includes more than 7,000 works from acclaimed photographers like Man Ray, Dorothea Lange and Cindy Sherman.
According to the BBC, Elton said in a statement, "We are delighted to be part of this exciting moment and we hope that audiences will walk away with the same excitement and appreciation for photography as I did when I first started collecting."
Tristram Hunt, director of the V&A, added, "We are immensely grateful to Sir Elton John and David Furnish for their generosity in supporting our photography center and mission to make historic and contemporary photography available to the widest possible audience."
Mike ColucciIt's not every superstar singer who can headline New York's Madison Square Garden one day, and then help clean up his town the next.
Page Six reports that last Friday, Billy Joel did his usual monthly residency show at the Garden, where he welcomed his palTony Bennett as a special guest. Then, the next day, he was out helping his neighbors in Oyster Bay, Long Island, clean up the town's beach.
Town supervisor Joseph Saladino confirmed that Billy participated in the clean-up effort, and told Page Six, "He got up early and came out on a morning with not ideal weather, and was so gracious to everyone. He's a big supporter of the environment."
The annual beach clean-up is something that Billy's been participating in for years; in the past, he's been joined by his good pal, New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
Billy's next concert is Miller Park in Milwaukee on April 26. He'll be back at the Garden on May 9 for the next installment of his residency.
Among the topics Perry discusses is his new solo album, Traces, which he recorded after the death of his girlfriend Kellie Nash from cancer in 2012.
In a preview clip of the show, Steve explains that the album includes songs that he wrote before he met Kellie, but that he now feels are about her because of the emotions expressed in the tunes. Perry tells Rather that he actually avoided playing early demos of songs such as "Most of All" and "In the Rain" for Nash because he thought they may have upset her as she battled cancer.
"I didn't want to put that energy in her struggle to succeed in [fighting] cancer," he says. "So I never played those [demos], because they were about profound loss."
Other subjects Perry delves into with Rather on The Big Interview include his decision to leave Journey and withdraw from the music business, his experience being a child of divorce, and the highs and lows of rock stardom.
The Big Interview's season premiere will air at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Last week, Ian Hunter wrapped up a run of U.S. reunion dates with a revised version of his old band Mott the Hoople. Now the group, dubbed Mott the Hoople '74, will launch a series of seven U.K. concerts with a performance tonight in Leamington Spa. Meanwhile, the age-defying Hunter will turn 80 June 3, and to mark the milestone he'll play a four-night engagement with his longtime backing group The Rant Band at the City Winery in New York City.
The shows are scheduled from May 31 through June 3, with the May 31 and June 2 gigs focusing on songs that Hunter wrote for Mott the Hoople, the June 1 concert featuring music from Ian's long solo career, and the June 3 finale dubbed the Gala 80th Birthday Celebration. Tickets for events are on sale now, and the June 3 show already is sold out.
Hunter, who also played the City Winery on his 70th birthday, tells ABC Radio that he never thought he'd make it to his ripe old age. "[S]omehow some do, some don't," Ian notes. "It's genetic, it's whatever it is."
Turning back to the subject of the Mott the Hoople reunion, Hunter says he isn't that interested in extending the tour beyond the U.K. shows.
"Mott has a good name, you know. I want to keep it that way," Ian declares. "And we do [the music] justice. When you see it, it's good…and I'd like to leave it like that."
Having said that, Hunter admits that if there was enough interest in bringing the group to the West Coast, Japan and Australia, he would do that, "because it's somewhere where we haven't been."
ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaBryan Adams recently announced a series of concerts in the Southern U.S. this May as part of a world tour in support of his latest studio album, Shine a Light. Now, the Canadian rocker has added more stateside shows out west this September.
The new six-date run is mapped out from a September 15 performance in Wheatland, California, through a September 21 concert in Mountain View, California. In addition, Adams has confirmed a sole U.S. date on the East Coast, taking place August 2 in Bangor, Maine.
Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. local time. Citi card members will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets starting Tuesday, April 16, at 10 a.m. local time through the Citi EntertainmentSM program.
Everyone who purchase a pair of Adams concert tickets will receive a free CD copy of Shine a Light.
Bryan's Shine a Light tour also will visit his Canadian homeland in July and Europe in June and December.
The Shine a Light album was released March 1, and features Adams duetting with Jennifer Lopez on a song called "That's How Strong Our Love Is."
Here are all of Adams' upcoming North American tour dates:
5/4 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 5/6 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place 5/7 -- St. Petersburgh, FL, Al Lang Live 5/9 -- New Orleans, LA, Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square 5/10 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater 5/11 -- Alpharetta, GA, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre 5/12 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 7/2 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Centre 7/4 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Budweiser Stage 7/6 -- Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Thunder Bay Bluesfest 7/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, Bell MTS Place 7/10 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, SaskTel Centre, 8/2 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 9/15 -- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre 9/17 -- Boise, ID, Ford Idaho Center Arena 9/18 -- Seattle, WA, WAMU Theater 9/19 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center 9/20 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena 9/21 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
Courtesy of Wynn Las VegasPat Benatar and her husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo have lined up a two-night Las Vegas engagement at the Wynn Resort and Casino's Encore Theater on August 2 and 3.
The concerts will be Benatar and Giraldo's first-ever gigs at the Wynn Las Vegas, and are part of the couple's tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the launch of their musical career together.
Tickets for the shows go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. PT via WynnLasVegas.com or by phoning the resort's box office at 702-770-9966.
Pre-sale tickets will be available via Ticketmaster.com on April 17 starting at 10 a.m. PT.
Pat and Neil have more than 30 confirmed concerts on their 2019 tour itinerary, including four intimate acoustic shows next month in Florida and a bunch of joint performances with Melissa Etheridge in June, July and August.
Here are all of Benatar and Giraldo's U.S. shows, according their official website:
5/2 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre* 5/4 -- Coconut Creek, FL, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek - The Pavilion* 5/5 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts* 5/7 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live Orlando* 6/22 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 6/23 -- Morristown, NJ, Mayo Performing Arts Center 6/25 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap 6/27 -- Bensalem, PA, Parx Casino - XCite Center 6/28 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino - Grand Theater 6/30 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield 7/2 -- Paducah, KY, Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center 7/4 -- O'Fallon, MO, Heritage & Freedom Fest Festival 7/6 -- Memphis, TN, Graceland Live 7/9 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion 7/10 -- Detroit, MI, MotorCity Casino Hotel 7/12 -- New Buffalo, MI, Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center 7/13 -- Mequon, WI, Gathering on the Green 7/15 -- Arvada, CO, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities 7/16 -- Sandy, UT, Sandy City Amphitheater 7/18 -- Pasa Robles, CA, California Mid-State Fair 7/20 -- Costa Mesa, CA, OC Fair & Event Center 7/21 -- Tuolumne, CA, Black Oak Casino Resort - Westside Pavilion 7/23 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 7/25 -- Hillsboro, OR, Washington County Fair 7/28 -- Airway Heights, WA, Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Outdoor Summer Concert Series 7/29 -- Kennewick, WA, Toyota Center 8/2 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater 8/3 -- Las Vegas, NV, Wynn Las Vegas - Encore Theater 8/24 -- Chautaugua, NY, Chautaugua Amphitheater 8/25 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – The Pavilion 8/28 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 8/30 -- Lenox, MA, Tanglewood 8/31 -- Essex Junction, VT, Champlain Valley Fair 9/7 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino 9/9 -- Austin, TX, Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
* = A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening = with Melissa Etheridge = with Melissa Etheridge and Liz Phair.
ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica's latest album, 2016's Hardwired...to Self-Destruct, will turn three this November, and the metal legends are starting to look towards their next effort. Guitarist Kirk Hammett is particularly excited to return to the studio, and, as he tells Australia's Mixdown magazine, he's well-prepared to do so.
"We're in our third year since Hardwired. Maybe we can get a bit more focus and go into the studio a bit sooner," Hammett says.
The guitarist adds that he has "a ton of material" for another album.
"I've over-compensated," he admits. "So I'm ready to go anytime."
Prior to Hardwired, Metallica last album was 2008's Death Magnetic, and Hammett says they don't want to wait another eight years for a follow-up.
"None of us are very comfortable with the fact it's been so long, because that is a long time," he says. "We're hoping to avoid that this time around."
Metallica's WorldWired tour continues May 1 in Portugal, and has dates scheduled into November 2019.