** As you guys already know Godsmack will be at the Midland Theatre on May 3rd and just announced this week 'Smack front man Sully Erna will be at Liberty Hall in Lawrence performing a solo show on June 1st. Erna, who will lead an eight-piece ensemble band, said the show will be "a world of beautiful scenery, world cultures, and amazing cinematic visuals that will leave you breathless at times."
** Aaron Lewis, solo show at the VooDoo Lounge on the 22nd, says Staind is working on new material and it will hearken back to the Dysfunction days. Johnny, producer for The Illusion of Progress, is back behind controls on the new disc.
** Aerosmith will drop a new CD on May 10th however it won't be new stuff rather Tough Love: Best of the Ballads with some of your favorite couple-skate tunes such as Angel, Cryin', Crazy and Dream On.
**Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave/Street Sweeper Social Club guitarist Tom Morello has signed a new deal with an indie label, New West Records, and will release World Wide Rebel Songs in a few months. He'll go by what he's gone by as a solo artist The Nightwatchman.
**A sort of new sample of Korn music can be listened to on a previous blog of mine.
**Deftone's front man Chino Moreno has a new project he's working on with FAR guitarist Shaun Lopez called Crosses. They expect to drop a new album with 16 tracks soon.
Deep Purple will hit the road this summer. Their first North American tour in four years, A Night with Deep Purple, will have a 30 piece orchestra in tow and is set to begin on June 3rd in Rama, Ontario, Canada. No stops as of now in KC. In fact this tour will mostly hit just the West Coast in Cali and the Northeast. However if you feel like road-tripping it from KC to Minneapolis they'll perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on June 19th or the night before in Highland Park Illinois.
** On the metal side of things Devildriver bassist, Jonathan Miller, has called it quits after nine years.
** There was a solid metal band a few years back called Bloodsimple. Sadly they imploded but by doing so a handful of the members went back to their band prior to, known as Vision of Disorder and restarted it. Ergo it's with great happiness I share to you that V.O.D. are planning to enter into the studio in May and work on a new album.
** There's been a lot of great feuds in rock-n-roll between brothers. Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis and Chris and Rich Robinson from the Black Crowes come to mind. The original feud probably belongs to Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks but it seems that brotherly love may prevail and we might see Kinks reunion. Maybe. Nothings definite but a maybe is a good place to start.
** What do you get when you cross the Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night and Inception? Hopefully, according to Duff McKagen, "(something) as funny as we think it's going to be. Seems for the upcoming release of Duff's Loaded album The Taking that drops on April 19th a movie will be released for it as well.
And I know it's not necessarily rock news but I know many people dug this flick so I figured I'd put the trailer for the sequel up for ya!
(I hope it's funnier than the first... just my humble opinion)
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