The set times for 2017’s Blackest of the Black festival, which is curated by Glenn Danzig and presented by KLOS, have been revealed. Headlined by Danzig, Ministry and Suicidal Tendencies, the two-day event will take place over the weekend of May 26th-27th at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. The daily lineups are listed below.
“I first started Blackest in the early 2000s and finally my full vision is being realized,” Danzig said in a statement. “Get ready for sensory overload, from films to comics to Castle Danzig. This is going to be the real Blackest of the Black.”
In addition to the performances, the festival will feature a Verotik/Comic Con area, roaming freak show, sacrifice altar, suspension and bondage stages, carnival rides and much more. The event will also offer a camping site, which Danzig described in a radio interview with festival host Full Metal Jackie as “a haunted drive-in with tombstones. You can just put your sleeping bag there and watch schlocky horror movies until you pass out.” There will also be a “Castle Danzig” attraction, which will be similar to a horror funhouse.
Friday, May 26:
Suicidal Tendencies: 9:30 – 10:30
Corrosion of Conformity: 8:30 – 9:30
Discharge: 7:40 – 8:30
Deafheaven: 6:55 – 7:40
Suicide Silence: 6:10 – 6:55
Butcher Babies: 5:30 – 6:10
3Teeth: 5:00 – 5:30
Saturday, May 27:
Danzig: 8:55 – 10:25
Ministry: 7:40 – 8:55
Vamps: 6:40 – 7:40
Atreyu: 5:40 – 6:40
Venom Inc: 4:55 – 5:40
Marduk: 4:10 – 4:55
Devildriver: 3:25 – 4:10
Combichrist: 2:45 – 3:25
Ghoul: 2:05 – 2:45
Ritual: 1:30 – 2:05
Former Van Halen Manager Tells All in Book about Band’s Early Days ‘Running with the Devil’ debuts in July
If you want an up-close-and-personal account of a band’s backstage antics, just ask their manager. If you want to dial the crazy anecdotes up to 11, just ask their former manager—or more specifically, ask him to write a tell-all book. Noel Monk, former Van Halen manager from 1978 to 1985, wrote Running with the Devil, a memoir about his years with the band that debuts July 13. According to his publisher, the tome promises to lift the lid on the excess and hijinks that defined Van Halen’s run to stardom.
“During this infamous run of success, debauchery, and drama, few people were closer to the band than Monk,” writes Dey Street Books in a statement. “Lifting back the curtain on one of the great untold stories of rock music, he details the most outrageous escapades from his time as confidant, fixer and promoter, from hotel-room destruction, outrageous backstage behavior, Eddie Van Halen’s high-profile marriage to Valerie Bertinelli, to the incredible drug use and drinking that would ultimately fuel the conflict between the band members.”
The book also explores underlying issues that prompted David Lee Roth’s departure.
“[Monk] goes behind the legend of Eddie Van Halen, bringing into focus the unique combination of talent, vision, hardship and naïveté that not only shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, but also made him vulnerable to the trappings of fame,” the publisher continues. “Monk also sheds light on a breakup long shrouded in rumor and animosity, telling the story of Roth’s departure as he saw it, and explaining how a band at the height of their powers found themselves struggling in vain to hold it all together.”
The book is available for pre-order via the Van Halen Store, so current members can’t be too bent out of shape about the revelations. As always, it’s impossible to turn away from a rock odyssey, and Monk’s book promises to be “messy, loud and most of all fun.”
Bauhaus, Tones On Tail and Love And Rockets… Most musicians would give their right arms to have graced just one of these critically acclaimed bands. Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins were founding members of all three. Now joined by Kevin’s daughter Diva Dompe on bass, they have formed a new band called POPTONE.
Poptone have kicked off a career retrospective set list playing songs from all three former bands with a view to writing new material further down the road. Naturally, the set leans heavily on Tones On Tail whose songs have not been performed live for over 30 years. “It’s been a real treat to revisit the unique and eclectic Tones on Tail catalog,” says Haskins. “I feel that there are many people who didn’t get a chance to see us back in the day. So I am excited for them to hear these weird and wonderful songs played live again. With the addition of Bauhaus and Love And Rockets material, it will be a veritable feast for the ears!”
Having already performed a handful of largely sold-out shows on the West Coast, the trio will be making their way to the East Coast for a round of shows, including Asbury Park, NYC and Boston (tour dates below).
** designates newly added dates
May 30 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
May 31 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
June 2 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
June 3 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ** SECOND DATE ADDED **
June 6 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
June 7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
June 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
June 22 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 23 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
June 25 – Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre
July 6 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall **
July 8- Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 9 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
August 3 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony **
August 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theatre **
August 5 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza **
August 8 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club **
August 11 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage **
Originally emerging from the British punk and rock underground in the late 70s, Daniel and Kevin, along with vocalist Peter Murphy and bassist David J, Bauhaus spawned four iconoclastic and ultra-seminal albums as well as keystone singles “She’s In Parties”, “Ziggy Stardust”, and, of course, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” before disbanding in 1983. Rising from the rubble, Daniel and Glenn Campling collaborated soon after as the short-lived but no less impactful Tones on Tail (with Kevin joining the fray soon after), and pumped out midnight dancefloor classics such as “Ok This Is the Pops”, “Christian Says” and the smash “Go!” (which has recently appeared in the We’re the Millers trailer and was most recently re-recorded for the Power Rangers reboot). Next, the duo reunited with Bauhaus bassist David J. and hit the mainstream with the formation of Love and Rockets through the 1989 hit single “So Alive” which reached Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Now as Poptone, Daniel and Kevin are revisiting their storied catalog and presenting in a fresh, new direction, to combine their histories with a reinvigorated outlook for new tours and potentially new music.
Poptone is Daniel Ash (vocals, guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums), and Diva Dompe (bass, backing vocals).
TONES ON TAIL
OK This Is The Pops
Movement of Fear
Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover)
There’s Only One
LOVE AND ROCKETS
An American Dream
No Big Deal
Slice of Life
DANIEL ASH (solo)
Physical (Adam Ant cover)