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.


MUSIC NEWS: Motley Crue kick off their “final” tour (NSFW)

Motley Crue’s “Final Tour” got off to a disastrous start last Wednesday night (July 2nd) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with both the Detroit News and MLive reporting that the band suffered technical and performance problems three times within the first 40 minutes of the show. The first difficulty occurred when drummer Tommy Lee’s kick drum pedal broke three songs into the set, forcing the band to stop and leave the stage while it was repaired. The rest of the show was thrown off from there, with guitarist Mick Mars botching the intro to “Too Fast For Love,” stopping the show again, and then the whole band flubbing the start of the new song “All Bad Things Must End.” The crowd began to boo at that point, with singer Vince Neil quipping, “We’re breaking down. At least you guys can always say you were here.” The rest of the show went off mostly without a hitch, although the Detroit News said that the band looked “sloppy and unrehearsed.” (Detroit News /


MUSIC NEWS: Crowd Funded shows the future of touring?

Foo Fighters are playing a crowdfunded and fan-organized show in Richmond, Virginia sometime in the near future and frontman Dave Grohl thinks these kinds of gigs could be how touring is done in years to come. Grohl told a South African radio station, “It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play. It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there.”

The campaign was launched by Andrew Goldin, a Foo Fighters fan who wanted the band to play their first show there since 1998.
Goldin and several collaborators set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each, promising donors they would only be charged if the concert sold out, and that their money would be returned if the band didn’t agree to play. A couple of local businesses also got involved, donating $5,000 each and giving away all their tickets for free. Word of the campaign eventually got to the Foos, who agreed to play the show. A date and venue have yet to be announced.

Foo Fighters will release their new album in November, timed to the premiere of a new HBO documentary series called Sonic Highways.


MUSIC NEWS: Ozzy tickets go for cheap

A ticketing error allowed thousands of fans to buy tickets to see Black Sabbath this Friday (July 4th) in London’s Hyde Park for just £2.50 each in British pounds or around $4.25 in U.S. dollars. The heavily discounted tickets were obtained via a “secret” link leaked by a promotional company meant for employees of the event organizers. Normal ticket prices started at £69 U.K., or approximately $117.

The ticketing company AXS told IBTimes UK that the discount was an offer open only to “companies that are connected with the promoter.” It added that the promoter, AEG Live, plans to honor all the discounted tickets. In addition to Sabbath, the concert at Hyde Park will include performances by Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly and Wolfmother.


MUSIC NEWS: Vedder drinks wine from fan’s shoe

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder surprised the almost 24,000 people attending the band’s concert in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday night (June 28th) by drinking wine from a fan’s Converse shoe. It started when a girl held up a sign saying, “Please sign my shoe,” to which Vedder replied, “You picked the wrong guy.” But after being egged on by the audience, Vedder had the girl toss her shoes onstage, signing one a short time later and sending it back to her with a bottle of wine, then filling the other with wine and drinking from it before throwing the shoe back to her. The crowd went nuts.



MUSIC NEWS: Jack White has the plug pulled but carries on

Jack White had the plug pulled on him by the venue owners during his set last Thursday night (June 26th) in Dublin, Ireland just as he was powering through an encore of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene.” But White didn’t let that stop him, pausing to inform the crowd of what had happened and then proceeding to belt the song out at the top of his lungs with help from the audience.



WTF: Scientist crowd surfs out of classical concert

A leading American scientist was kicked out of classical concert after trying to crowd-surf. Dr. David Glowacki was invited onstage along with other audience members to partake in the concert, but Glowacki became “over-excited”. He tried to crowd-surf during “Hallelujah” chorus of Handel’s “Messiah.” Members of the audience were so annoyed that they physically threw him out of the concert. Glowacki has denied being drunk.



MUSIC NEWS: Linkin Park play surprise set at Warped Tour

Linkin Park played a surprise set on Sunday (June 22nd) at the Ventura, California stop on the Warped Tour to help celebrate the long-running festival’s 20th anniversary. A special stage was constructed between the two main stages solely for Linkin Park’s late-afternoon, seven-song set, which featured guest appearances from A Day To Remember‘s Jeremy McKinnon, Finch‘s Nate Barcalow, The Devil Wears Prada’s Mike Hranica and Yellowcard’s Ryan Key, among others.