*If you can head over to to Australia this winter, it'll be worth the trip thanks to the Soundwave festival.
Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy, Slash, Gerard Way, Incubus, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Judas Priest, New Found Glory, Tonight Alive, Escape the Fate, All Time Low, Of Mice and Men, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, and more will be criss crossing the country to play shows. Unbelievably, even more acts are expected to be announced.
Tickets go on sale this Friday for Soundwave members and August 29th to the general public and will set you back $188 plus booking fees. Shows are on February 21st and 22nd then again on February 28th and March 1st. Get the details over at SoundwaveFestival.com.
*Unlike many celebrities commenting on what’s been happening in Ferguson, Missouri…Michael McDonald actually has a connection to the situation: he grew up in Ferguson. In a statement released through his attorney, Benjamin Crump, McDonald has issued a statement on the explosive situation.
"As someone who spent his first 18 years in the St. Louis area, (14 of them in Ferguson Mo.),” he writes. “I pray for the family of Michael Brown and the entire community that is originally my home town to which I still feel a strong connection. I pray this tragic event and the still greater issue that it heralds will be faced and dealt with in an honest and responsible manner by the residents of Ferguson and the people in its leadership positions.”
*Neil Young and Willie Nelson are set to perform a special benefit concert on September 27th on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska. Why? It’s on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.” Still confused? Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land.
*Lenny Kravitz has released another track from his new album, “Strut,” available. As we told you before, the record drops on September 23rd, but the title track is available to stream now.
Kravitz had previously released a stream of album track, “Sex,” and a video for lead single, “The Chamber,” so clearly, he’s pretty excited. “This record brought me back to a place of what I love so much about music,” says Lenny. “Back to the feelings I had when I was in high school. It’s a real rock and roll record – it’s raw, it’s got soul and it came together really quickly.”
*It appears Faith No More fans have a lot to look forward to next year. How do we know? They said so! The band sent out a tweet yesterday declaring that their "reunion tour is over" and adding, "Things are going to change" in 2015.
It’s not entirely a surprise – a few months ago, frontman Mike Patton hinted that Faith No More was working on new music, and not long after that the group debuted a pair of new tunes live. If Patton and company keep that going and put out a new album next year, it’ll be their first since 1997's "Album of the Year.
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.