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.
Jeff Beck’s long career has been made into a documentary scheduled for release on DVD next month. Due in stores May 18, Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story will offer a comprehensive overview of “the history of a musical maverick and true innovator” and features interviews with Beck as well some of his peers and collaborators, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, David Gilmour, Ronnie Wood, Slash and Joe Perry. The Blu-ray will also incorporates five previously unreleased tracks from Beck’s performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007, featuring “Eternity’s Breath,” “Freeway Jam,” “Nadia,” “Led Boots” and “Blue Wind.” Beck fans can also check him out live on the Stars Align tour with Paul Rodgers and Heart singer Ann Wilson; the trio’s concert trek is due to begin July 18 and run through late August.
The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” is to show in theaters across North America, the UK and Ireland starting July in honor of the film’s 50th anniversary. The 1968 animated movie has been restored in 4K digital resolution, according to an official announcement, although given “the delicate nature” of the hand-drawn artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up. “Yellow Submarine,,” based on the song of the same name by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, tells a fantastic tale featuring Beatles songs including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “All You Need Is Love.” Participating theaters and dates have yet to be revealed, but organizers say screenings will begin July 8 in the UK, Ireland and North America. For more information and updates you can visit www.yellowsubmarine.film
Otep have been working on their eighth full-length studio album, but are also planning ahead for the summer with their recently announced “Fire and Fury” headlining tour. The summer tour starts July 5 in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, hitting Canada, the Midwest and East Coast before wrapping on the West Coast with a finale Aug. 18 in Ventura, Calif. Otep frontwoman Otep Shamaya says, “we are beyond excited to play some of the new songs on tour, to play Rock Fest in Wisconsin this summer, to scream and sing with our beloved fans and to remind everyone that no matter how hard they try to extinguish our identities, this time, we’re standing together and fighting back. This time, they will know how powerful we truly are.” See all of the scheduled tour dates listed below.