As summer turns to fall and shows begin heading indoors, there’s a great package tour that should be considered a “must-see.” Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach will co-headline dates with support from In This Moment and up-and-coming act From Ashes to New. The tour, fueled by Monster Energy, was first teased last month, but Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach reached out to their fans to determine where the demand was greatest through voting to help in making the routing for the trek. Now the dates have been revealed.
Over 1.5 million people voted to have the tour come to their venue and the trek will now start on Sept. 4 in Lexington, Ky. From there, the tour heads north and west, before circling back through the Midwest and wrapping Oct. 9 in Glen Falls, New York.
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states, “This tour is shaping up to be the perfect storm. We are really good friends with Papa Roach so for years we’ve been talking about touring together and it’s finally coming together in a big way. Both 5FDP and Papa Roach are bands of the people — our fans are who propelled us to success. So what better way than to give the fans ownership in the tour? In the world of Wikipedia and Kickstarter where crowd funding and crowd sourcing has become the standard of community effort and the new way of making things happen this might quite possibly be the future of touring — you simply ask the fans where they want you to go.”
Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix adds, “We are super excited to be sharing the stage on this co-headliner with FFDP. This will give Papa Roach the chance to put on the best, most epic live show to date. Our fans are going to be so stoked for these shows coming up. We seriously can’t wait to get out on the road for this tour.”
And it should be noted that tickets will be a cost-friendly $40, a solid price for the fans who voted to bring this tour to their town. Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach fans will get the first crack at tickets with a VIP pre-sale starting on Wednesday at 10AM ET. Local venue and radio pre-sales will follow on Thursday at 10AM ET and general public on sales will start Friday and Saturday depending on the location. For more ticketing and VIP package details, visit the tour sites of Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach.
It should also be noted that Five Finger Death Punch, who have been working on new music, have posted a video message about the tour that can be seen below. In the clip, the group also previews a bit of the song “Jekyll and Hyde,’ the new single from their upcoming Got Your Six album. The disc is due Aug. 28.
Papa Roach are supporting their F.E.A.R. album, which features their current single “Gravity.” The song features a guest appearance by In This Moment’s Maria Brink, and it’s likely you might see a crossover on the upcoming dates. As for In This Moment, Maria Brink and Chris Howorth stated, “We are beyond excited to tour North America with our good friends Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach! Our bands have known each other for a long time and have done various shows and tours together over the years, but we’ve never combined forces like this. It’s big and it’s beautiful, faces will be melted, souls will be crushed–this is definitely a tour not to be missed!” In This Moment are promoting their Black Widow album featuring the current single “Sex Metal Barbie.”
Rounding out the bill are From Ashes to New. Frontman Matt Brandyberry says, “We are beyond ecstatic to be a part of such an amazing lineup. This honestly, is a dream come true for us to be playing with such inspirational artists. We can’t thank everyone enough for believing in us as musicians and giving us the chance to show the world what we are made of!” The group is currently promoting their “Downfall” EP, with a lyric video for the title track expected to premiere later today. A full-length album is expected to follow this summer.
Five Finger Death Punch / Papa Roach / In This Moment / From Ashes to New Tour Dates
9/4 — Lexington, Ky. — Rupp Arena
9/5 — Cincinnati, Ohio — U.S. Bank Arena
9/8 — Mankato, Minn. — Verizon Wireless Center
9/11 — Missoula, Mont. — Adams Event Center
9/12 — Everett, Wash. — Xfinity Center
9/13 — Spokane, Wash. — Spokane Arena
9/15 — Eugene, Ore. — Matthew Knight Arena
9/16 — Reno, Nev. — Lawlor Event Center
9/18 — Ontario, Calif. — Citizens Business Bank Arena
9/19 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint
9/20 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Maverik Center
9/22 — Colorado Springs, Colo. — Broadmoor World Arena
9/25 — La Crosse, Wis. — La Crosse Center
9/29 — St. Charles, Mo. — Family Arena
9/30 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Indiana Farmers Coliseum
10/2 — Cedar Rapids, Iowa — U.S. Cellular Center
10/3 — Toledo, Ohio — Huntington Center
10/4 — Cleveland, Ohio — Jacobs Pavilion
10/6 — Lowell, Mass. — Tsongas Center
10/8 — Uncasville, Ct. — Mohegan Sun Arena
10/9 — Glen Falls, N.Y. — Glen Falls Civic Center
Metallica frontman James Hetfield was joined by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and a pedal steel guitarist for the song "Mama Said" from 1996's "Load," at the second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15. Check out the video Here on my blog below. Hetfield and Sammy Hagar co-hosted the event, which also included performances by Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from Train, Adam Sandler and Linda Perry. All proceeds from "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" will be donated to fund children's brain tumor research at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, one of the nation's leading children's medical facilities.
Marilyn Manson's video was filmed in Los Angeles and features actor Michael K. Williams ("The Wire", "Boardwalk Empire"). The song comes from Manson's new album, "The Pale Emperor"
Manson collaborated on the new album, his first in over two years, with noted film composer/producer Tyler Bates ("Guardians Of The Galaxy", "300", "The Watchmen"). Bates also joined Manson as a member of his band on the recent "The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour", alongside longtime bassist Twiggy Ramirez, Gil Sharone on drums and Paul Wiley on guitar.
Manson recently explained that 'The Pale Emperor' came from a book that I was given in 2000 by [actor Johnny] Depp,"
"We have each other's back as in we have the same tattoo on our back. It covers our entire back. It was about Heliogabalus, the emperor of Rome before Caligula. He was the first one to deny God, and that's a big deal. For whatever reason, I had just opened up all the boxes of my past life. I moved into a new house while I made this record. Normally, I'd title the album before the album was made, but this time I titled it after it was made.”
"I unearthed all of these books and I found this book Johnny gave me in Y2K when I went to stay with him in South of France, because we thought the world was going to come to an end. Instead, we set off firecrackers and bought all the absinthe there was in different countries. I read it and it was referring to this emperor who they referred to the pale emperor and I identified with it suddenly."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Manson revealed that many of the songs on "The Pale Emperor" were recorded in a single take. "It's dirty," he said, "like the dirt under my nails, like someone who has dug a grave."
Check out Marilyn Manson Friday May 15th at 8pm on the Monster Main Stage at Rock On The Range.
Manson will team up with SMASHING PUMPKINS for "The End Times" co-headlining tour. They will hit the road together starting July 7 in Concord, California, and ending on August 8 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rock on the Range may be sold out, but you can still win tickets this week! Be here Mon-Thur 6a-10a with Loper and Randi in the Morning and 3p-7p with me in the afternoon. Win 3-day passes to the sold out Rock on the Range!
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SAINT ASONIA is the name of a new rock "supergroup" led by former THREE DAYS GRACE frontman Adam Gontier, with the rest of the group reportedly consisting of STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok, ex-FINGER ELEVEN drummer Rich Beddoe and journeyman bassist Corey Lowery. While that lineup has not been officially confirmed, a 38-second teaser video clearly shows clips of Gontier, Mushok and possibly Beddoe and Lowery.
The teaser video states that "the combined forces behind the group have amassed 25 Top 10 rock singles and 17 Number One hit songs."
The clip also hints at something arriving on May 16, with a debut single likely.
Gontier has kept a low profile since leaving THREE DAYS GRACE in December 2012. The band replaced him with Matt Walst and recently release a new album called "Human".
Mushok's band, STAIND, has not released new music since 2011 and as of last December had no plans to return to the studio. Mushok played briefly in 2013 with ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted in his self-named band.
Beddoe exited FINGER ELEVEN in late 2013. The Canadian act recorded a new album late last year but release details are yet to be announced.
Lowery's resume includes stints with STUCK MOJO, SWITCHED, STEREOMUD, DARK NEW DAY and most recently EYE EMPIRE.