As if we didn’t need more news to make us concerned about Ozzfest. It has been announced via Twitter that the Rockstar Energy Uproar 2010 tour will be making an announcement on Monday, May 3.
While there have been no confirmations about the inaugural tour, rumors about Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Hellyeah, Stone Sour, Lacuna Coil and Halestorm’s participation have been swirling the internet months prior. There have also been dates leaked, including one on August 24 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
This announcement is another exclamation point on how crowded the summer concert festival scene is becoming. Granted, the Uproar Tour is supposedly a late summer/early fall festival, but it’s probably a safe bet that these artists won’t be available now to part take in Ozzfest. Sure, these bands are still “unconfirmed.” But at least there’s been speculation about Uproar’s lineup building up to the announcement, while the buzz on Ozzfest’s possible lineup has been close to non-existent. And while the economy is supposedly showing signs of recovery, that won’t necessarily translate to the concert industry, which has had down attendance in recent years.
UPDATE: The lineup and dates to the inaugural Summer/Fall tour have been revealed. Disturbed will be on the main stage along with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour and Halestorm. Hellyeah will be headlining the second stage along with Airbourne, Hail The Villain, New Medicine and the winner of the Jagermeister Battle Of The Bands in each city. So pretty much, its exactly what has been predicted (minus Lacuna Coil) and it’s basically the Fall version of Mayhem Fest (also sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink). Check out the dates after the hit.
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NARM (or the National Association of Recording Merchandisers) is an association for music industry professionals that’s been around for more than 50 years. Their annual convention is taking place this year in Chicago from May 14-16. What’s that have to do with metal? Well for the first time, they’re having a “Metal Meetup,” which will be a discussion about the state of the metal industry from people involved in it.
The Meetup, on Sunday, May 16, will be moderated by Metal Blade’s Brian Slagel, and will feature other luminaries including Strong Management’s Vaughn Lewis, Relapse Records’ Pat Egan, Roadrunner’s Austin Stephens, EMI’s Sarah Wefald and *cough* me. There’s going to be a lot of ground covered, so if you’re in the Chicago area, in the music industry, or just want to be, you should register now. For only $99, and you’ll get admission to the Metal Meetup, the two day “Music Business Crash Course,” and a cocktail party following the Metal Meetup. If you’re a student, you can get in for only $49.
NARM Director of Digital Strategy and Business Development Bill Wilson coordinated the inaugural metal event for the association. Wilson has run his own label in the past, and also logged time as the GM of Earache in the mid-90s. We spoke to him about NARM as well as touched on some of the things that will be spoken about on the 15th.
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Metalsucks reports that despite Mastodon canceling their show on Tuesday, April 27 in Rochester due to Bill Kelliher’s illness, yesterday’s show in Grand Rapids, MI went on as scheduled despite Kelliher’s absence with a little help from opening band and fellow Georgians Baroness.
MS readers Matt Gaipa and Jared Lucas reported that both Peter Adams and John Baizley from Baroness each performed two songs with the band — “Oblivion” and “Divinations,” then “Quintessence” and “The Czar,” respectively — after which Mastodon finished out Crack the Skye without the assistance of a second guitar player.
It appears that Kelliher suffered a flare-up of the pancreatitis that sidelined him in November of 2008 while on tour with Slayer in Europe. He told Metal Insider via text message that he’s in the hospital still, but hopefully getting out later today. The fact that the band were able to play yesterday is both a testament to Mastodon’s work ethic and Baroness’ musicianship. Kelliher recently spoke to Kerrang! about the temptation to drink following his earlier bout with pancreatitis and the possibility of leaving the band.
The doctor told me I can’t drink alcohol anymore. The partying has calmed down a lot. It really needs to totally stop but it’s not that easy when everybody around you is drinking, partying and having a good time. It’s definitely a disease, alcoholism, and I’m not cured of it yet. I’m still in the phase of trying to deal with it myself and get out of that phase but I don’t know if that means I’d have to leave the band or what. It never really crossed my mind (to the leave the band) ’til recently but talking to my wife back home, she’s really upset that’d I’d risk my life just for beer or alcohol. When I’m home it’s a lot easier to regulate it. Just recently I’ve been feeling like I don’t know what I’m going to do.
Mastodon is way too great a band and Kelliher too talented a guitarist for us to consider the fact that this could happen. He’s really the glue that holds the band together as far as we’re concerned. But the band has certainly been known for their on the road excesses, and it could be a tough road ahead for him. It goes without saying that we with him the best.
If you’re in the New York area tonight and looking to kick off your weekend right, come join Metal Insider at the Arrow Bar (85 Ave. A between 5th and 6th) for Heavy Metal Happy Hour. It will be a listening party for Diamond Eyes, the highly-anticipated new album from Deftones, which comes out on Tuesday (4). Sure, you might have already listened to it streaming online, or illegally downloaded a dub of it. However, none of those options feature 2 for 1 drinks and Deftones giveaways courtesy of Reprise Records. We hear some surprises are in the works as well, so if you’re in the city, come hang out with the metal music industry elite (yeah, right), legally hear some good new music, and pregame for the rest of your weekend.
Norma Jean has posted a new video revealing the cover artwork to their new album Meridional.
Hellyeah has revealed the cover artwork to their sophomore album Stampede.
Limp Bizkit will perform on NBC’S The Tonight Show on May 10. Frontman Fred Durst revealed via Twitter that they may perform an older song on the show. Good or bad news?
In case you haven’t noticed, the ’90s have reunited and are touring again. While Soundgarden’s reunion was initially pretty exciting when it was announced, interest waned until last week’s surprise show in Seattle as “Nudedragons.” This pro audio version of “Beyond The Wheel” from Ultramega OK is pretty impressive. Chris Cornell is doing what he does best: wailing. Timbaland is nowhere to be found, and we’re pretty psyched again.
MetalSucks.net is reporting that Mastodon was forced to postpone their show on April 27 in Rochester, NY due to guitarist Bill Kelliher’s hospitalization. No confirmation on what Kelliher was hospitalized for.
In the world of journalism, there’s something called “burying the lead.” Basically, that means hiding the main part of a story a few paragraphs in while the headline states a less important start of the story. It’s done all the time in media. It’s why Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension was announced the day before the NFL draft so it would be overshadowed by the draft. It’s also why some companies that have dismal quarterly earnings announce their results on Friday, hoping the rest of the world (and their investors) don’t notice and the media doesn’t report on it. You see what we’re getting at?
The 2010 version of the Ozzfest is going to be announced later tonight via Ozzy’s Twitter. It’s actually cool to see Ozzy/Sharon/management getting involved in social networking, and the way they unveiled the album art and will be announcing the lineup is pretty cool. But for them to do it on a Friday night after the 9-5 crowd and metal blogosphere has logged off for the weekend seems to suggest that the announcement itself might be a little underwhelming.
Going by rumor alone, the tour looks to be scaled back from previous Ozzfests, with less dates and fewer bands. Less dates is fine, and so are fewer bands, if those bands are good ones. Ozzfest is a brand by now, and that brand has been damaged for the last few years by inactivity and the “free” experiment. And in the past few years, multiple hard rock tours have sprung up, with Mayhem, the rumored Disturbed/Avenged Sevenfold/Stone Sour “Uproar” tour and the Sevendust/Shinedown/Chevelle’s “Carnival of Madness” tour. Not to mention this summer’s “American Carnage” tour with Slayer, Megadeth and Testament. It’s a crowded market, and many of the bands that might have played Ozzfest are already touring. With Ozzy’s new album and new lineup, interest for him is higher than it’s been in a while, and we hope that when the lineup is announced later today, it’s a good one. But we can’t help but be a little skeptical.