System of a Down has announced five tour dates, marking the band’s first U.S. shows since 2015. The five shows all take place in October and include a headline performance at the Aftershock Festival in San Bernardino, Calif., alongside Deftones, Alice in Chains, Godsmack and more. The dates are the first U.S. shows for the band since 2015’s Wake Up The Souls Tour, which wrapped at the Forum in their hometown of Los Angeles. While it’s been three years since they performed in the States, SOAD did head out on a successful sold-out tour of Europe last year. Ticket information can be found here.
Lindsey Buckingham’s tenure with Fleetwood Mac has apparently come to an end, and he has parted ways with the band 22 years after their classic lineup reunited. After his second tenure with the band, he’ll be replaced on an upcoming tour by Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers and Neil Finn of Crowded House. Rolling Stone is reporting that Buckingham was fired over a disagreement regarding the tour. “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family,” the band said in a statement. “With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalog of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.” The statement concluded that “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”
Kid Rock’s 11th studio album, Sweet Southern Sugar, is keeping him on the road as he’s just announced another round of U.S. tour dates in 2018. The “Red Blooded Rock ‘n’ Roll Redneck Extravaganza” tour is set to launch on Aug. 3 in Maine with a total of 15 dates scattered between then and Oct. 13. Brantley Gilbert, Wheeler Walker Jr. and A Thousand Horses are all lined up as the support acts for the run. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10AM local time and fan club members can purchase advance tickets starting April 10 at 10AM local time. The full list of stops are in the linked article below.
According to frontman James LaBrie, Dream Theater will gather in the studio to start work on their 14th album in a couple of months. The band hope the follow-up to 2016’s The Astonishing will be released early next year. “We’re hoping that the album will be out, let’s say, February of 2019. And then we’re looking, at this point, that we’d start the next world tour next March.” Last year LaBrie had stated in n interview “We all pretty much know where we want to go with the next album, but we have a clear, clear vision of what it needs to be in direction, where we want to take it. That’s exciting.” Keyboardist Jordan Rudess had previously said the new LP wouldn’t be a concept album in the style of The Astonishing.
Milwaukee’s Summerfest, held in June and July, will take place on stages at the American Family Insurance Amphitheatre as well as a number of additional stages on the Summerfest grounds. The event annually draws performances from a wide-range of performers. Def Leppard will get the honor of headlining the annual July 4 show at the American Family Insurance Amphitheatre, while you’ll find such modern rock favorites as Greta Van Fleet, Kaleo, Hellyeah, Machine Gun Kelly, Buckcherry,, P.O.D., Pop Evil and more on board. Veteran acts such as Steven Tyler, Cheap Trick, Jethro Tull and more will also take the stage. For more details on all of this year’s concerts as well as ticketing info, head to the Summerfest website.