MUSIC NEWS: Seether launch auction for suicide prevention

Seether has launched a series of online auctions in conjunction with the band’s upcoming Rise Above festival, which will take place on May 9th in Bangor, Maine. The first auction is being held in partnership with Bidding For Good and will include items such as a signed Offspring guitar, VIP passes to the Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville festivals and other prizes, while the second auction is hosted by If Only and will feature guitars donated and signed by Slash, Tom Morello and Staind’s Aaron Lewis.

The festival’s name is taken from the Seether song, “Rise Above This.” Frontman Shaun Morgan wrote the track as a message to his brother, who took his own life seven years ago. Morgan created the festival as a way to honor his brother and bring attention to suicide prevention and mental illness. Joining Seether at the event will be Godsmack, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Papa Roach, All That Remains, Butcher Babies and more.
Proceeds from the show will go to Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE), one of the leading national not-for profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. (Loudwire)


MUSIC NEWS: Jack White creates concert experience App

Jack White has introduced a new virtual reality app called “Third-D.” The app, which White designed with tech company Jaunt, allows users with a five-or-six-inch Android phone and Google Cardboard headsets to watch the ex-White Stripes frontman perform as though they were sitting in the venue. The app was created by using 360 degree 3D cameras and mics. “Third-D” is available now for all Android users on Google Play. (Diffuser)


MUSIC NEWS: Nickelback Announce Tour

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Nickelback has unveiled the details of a massive North American tour that will take place in 2015 to support the band’s eighth studio album, No Fixed Address. The trek kicks off on February 14th in Allentown, Pennsylvania, hitting some 60 cities before winding down on August 29th in Atlanta.

SIDE NOTES: Nickelback will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 17th and Good Morning America on the 20th.

The band unveiled the tour itinerary on Wednesday (November 5th) in an event at the House of Blues in Los Angeles which also included a performance from the group. Proceeds from this special sold-out show are going to the International House of Blues Foundation “Action for the Arts” grants program.

A pre-sale for certain bank and credit card holders begins on Monday (November 10th), while fan club members will have an early chance at tickets starting Friday (November 7th).
Tickets for the general public go on sale Saturday, November 15th. Tickets for all shows start at $25.
No Fixed Address arrives on November 17th and features the chart-topping single, “Edge Of A Revolution.”
Newly confirmed Nickelback tour dates (subject to change):
March 24 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
March 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
August 29 – Atlanta, GA – Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood


MUSIC NEWS: Metallica to perform at BlizzCon

Metallica will perform live at this year’s BlizzCon gaming convention in Anaheim, California. The performance will take place during the convention’s closing ceremony on Saturday, November 8th. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft game universes. Previous BlizzCon performers have included Foo Fighters, Blink-182 and Ozzy Osbourne. Tickets to the con are sold out, but fans can watch from home by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket for $39.99, which will offer comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event — including Metallica’s set. (Blabbermouth)


MUSIC NEWS: Metallica + Dave Grohl to headline “Concert for Valor”

Metallica, Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen will headline next month’s The Concert For Valor. The live concert will be held in Washington, D.C. on November 11th on the National Mall at 7:00 p.m. ET. Among the other artists scheduled to take part are Eminem, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, the Zac Brown Band, Jamie Foxx, John Oliver, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Steven Spielberg — with additional artists still to be announced. The show is being co-sponsored by HBO and Starbucks and executive produced by Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Joel Gallen — who will also direct. HBO will broadcast the concert, giving their affiliates permission to open the signal to non-subscribers.

HBO Chairman/CEO Richard Plepler said in a statement: “We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women. Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nation’s gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield.”
Last November, Starbucks committed to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and active military spouses over the next five years. In April, the Schultz Family Foundation, co-founded by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his wife Sheri, committed $30 million to support veterans’ transition to civilian life.


MUSIC NEWS: Theory of a Deadman + Fozzy tour

Theory Of A Deadman has unveiled the first leg of a fall North American tour in support of its fifth album, Savages. The trek kicks off on September 17th in Tempe, Arizona with a dozen dates confirmed so far through October 11th in Cleveland. Fozzy will also be on the bill.

Savages arrives on July 29th and Theory frontman Tyler Connolly explained that the set brings the band back to its roots: “It’s a return to where we started. It really feels like a 360, it’s going back to our roots. I mean, it’s the kind of music we were writing when we were kids. I don’t want to say that our music got away from us, but the last couple of records, it was a little bit different than what we started out on. So this one is really back to the dark riff-rock that Theory Of A Deadman was when we started.”

The Canadian act had to cancel several shows recently due to Connolly being put on vocal rest, but the band is back on the road and plays Fairbanks, Alaska on Friday (July 11th). See them in Atlanta on September 23rd at Center Stage.