Lynyrd Skynyrd’s last concert will be a hometown affair. On April 20, the band revealed they will play one last date to end their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour: a Sept. 2 date at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., the city where the band was formed. The band broke the news at the stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play during the team’s annual State of the Franchise event. Kid Rock and Jason Aldean are slated as the opening acts, and others will be announced at a later date. It will be the first concert at the stadium since 2015. Tickets go on sale on April 30 at 10AM, with certain pre-sales beginning April 24 at 10AM. Skynyrd’s tour begins on May 4 at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida. You can see all the dates here.
For the upcoming second weekend of the Coachella Music Festival, X Japan will be making another appearance, and this time Marilyn Manson will be hitting the stage alongside the Japanese metal outfit. “I am happy to join my great friend @yoshikiofficial and XJapan at Coachella on Saturday the 21st for a special performance,” the shock rocker wrote on Instagram. At the opening weekend of Coachella last week, X Japan made a rare appearance at festival. Their set didn’t disappoint as it featured the holograms of late members Hideto “Hide” Matsumoto and Taiji Sawada and the return of band leader Yoshiki, who underwent surgery last year. Special guests Richard Fortus from Guns N’ Roses and Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland also appeared with the band.
Leading national retail chain Walmart has refused to carry STRYPER’s upcoming 10th studio LP, “God Damn Evil”. Many other Christian retail chains have also objected to the title of the band’s album, and are declining to carry “God Damn Evil” in their stores as well. Stryper frontman Michael Sweet said in a statement, “We’re disappointed. Stryper has always been about making people think outside the box. Our new album title, ‘God Damn Evil’, is a statement that’s needed in our society. We’ve seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us.” When the Christian group announced it was calling its new album “God Damn Evil”, many people within the Christian rock and metal community went up in arms, accusing Stryper of having gone too far.
According to guitarist Joe Perry, Aerosmith will hit the road to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Perry said that he and his bandmates may play additional one-off shows following their previously confirmed appearance at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival on May 5. Perry also said: “In 2019, we will be closing in on our 50th anniversary, so we are planning some dates and a tour to celebrate that. Right now, we are pretty much laying low and finishing up some solo things before we start that.”
Organizers have announced the initial details for the 2019 Monsters of Rock Cruise. Entering its ninth year of operation, veteran acts Queensryche, Tesla, Tom Keifer, and Extreme will be headlining the cruise. The five-day, five-night cruise will set sail Feb. 24, heading out to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and the private isle of Labadee before returning to port in Miami on March 1. Other artists participating in the 2019 Monsters of Rock Cruise include Saxon, Skid Row, UDO, Kix, D*A*D, Danger Danger, Kings X, Pat Travers Band, Nelson, The Quireboys, Pink Cream 69, The Wildhearts, Rose Tattoo, Eclipse, SOTO, Killer Dwarfs, Brighton Rock, Vain, Mike Tramp, John Corabi, Bullet Boys, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Tuff, Lies, Deceit & Treachery, Jetboy, Michael Grant and the Assassins and Mitch Malloy, with more performances to be announced. The public sale began on Wednesday at 1PM ET, with cabins going for $1,299 per person (double occupancy.) For more booking details, check out the Monsters of Rock Cruise website.