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Ghost have extended their 2016 US Tour with the addition of new dates in the summer and early fall.
Currently on the road on the Black To The Future Tour in support of their latest album, “Meliora”, the Swedish rockers have announced July appearances in Des Moines, IA, Minneapolis, MN and Green Bay, WI – in addition to a July 29 date at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL.
The group will return in the fall for three festival gigs: the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival in Chester, PA, Houston Open Air in Houston, TX and Sonic Boom in Janesville, WI.
September’s Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival tickets are already on sale.
Houston Open Air early bird tickets will go on sale May 17 at 12 PM CST, with regular seats available Friday, May 20 at Noon CDT.
Sonic Boom presale tickets will go on sale Thursday, May 19 at 9AM CST, with a 72-hour sale starting Friday, May 20 at 10 AM CST.
One of the Nameless Ghouls has revealed that Ghost plan to release an EP of new music before the end of the year.
“We’re gonna finish up this spring tour in Albany, which is on May 22nd, and then our European tour starts May 27th,” he tells Metal Sucks. “And that stretches into right in the beginning of July; so that’s gonna be festivals. After that, we have an EP coming out. That’s gonna be great, because that’s gonna sort of re-energize the whole cycle.
“So there’s gonna be some new material, we’re gonna have a new stage show. So it’s gonna be a completely different setting. Then we’re gonna terrorize you with that up until next year.”
May 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
May 19 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room
May 20 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Orbit Room
May 22 – Albany, NY – Rock’N Derby
Jul 27 – Des Moines, IA – 7 Flags *
Jul 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Myth *
Jul 29 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
Jul 31 – Green Bay, WI – The Sandlot *
Sep 17 – Chester, PA – Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival *
Sep 24 – Houston, TX – Houston Open Air *
Oct 01 – Janesville, WI – Sonic Boom *
* new dates
OSLO – Mortiis has hand-printed a limited number of highly-collectible “Demons are Back” posters for the band’s upcoming UK tour.
“Old fashioned, hands-on printers like Presserommet are few and far between in this digital age, so naturally it was pretty fucking cool to discover that there’s one right here in my town,” Mortiis said.
Based on Medieval artwork, Mortiis personally designed and hand-printed the posters. Some of the process has been documented in a video available online.
“Needless to say, several satanic invocations have been hidden within the design of our ‘Demons are Back’ prints,” he said. “If you buy one – you’re buying stock in hell…and that´s always good business!”
The print run is limited to 300, with 100 of each paper color, and will be exclusively available during the UK tour later this month.
May 23rd NEWCASTLE Cluny
May 24th GLASGOW Audio
May 25th MANCHESTER Ruby
May 26th BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute
May 27th BRIGHTON Haunt
May 28th LONDON Garage
May 29th BRISTOL Fleece
Tickets are on sale now at: www.ticketweb.co.uk| https://www.stargreen.com
Critics worldwide hail them alongside Kraftwerk and Einstürzende Neubauten as pioneers of Electronic and Industrial music, bands like Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb called them their inspiration, and their musical ideas found their way into the sound of a wide spectrum of music, from Depeche Mode to the innovative pioneers of Detroit Techno.
Over 30 years and many internationally successful albums, DIE KRUPPS have developed an unmistakable signature sound that is meant to stay. Bandmaster Jürgen Engler is a visionary musician who since decades strongly influences the German music scene. During the 80’s he founded DIE KRUPPS together with his congenial partner Ralf Dörpner – who is also responsible for many of the lyrics since “Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn” – and became the driving force of the Industrial and EBM scene.
By the time the scene was adopted by the musical mainstream in the 1990’s, the band from Düsseldorf integrated a more Metal inspired aggressive vocal style and guitar riffs into their sound and became, alongside of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry, one of the most important initiators of Electronic Metal, which again influenced many bands of the Neue Deutsche Härte.
After their impressive musical history in the 80’s and 90’s, the band decided to bring a temporary stop to the bands extraordinary career. Though 2005 marked the 25th anniversary of DIE KRUPPS, which was reason enough for the two original members Engler and Dörper to prove to the rest of the world that DIE KRUPPS are far from being dead. The reunited group played festivals and several headline tours across Europe in the following years and proved that their live shows are as energetic as ever. The audience’s response was overwhelming and proved that the band had not lost any ground during its absence.
Since that comeback DIE KRUPPS released several products, amongst others the „Too Much History“-Collection, „The Machinist Of Joy“ (2013) and „V – Metal Machine Music“ (2015).
Finally there is a DVD showing the band‘s overwhelming live appearance. Watch them headlining the E-tropolis Festival in the sold out Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen (Germany) on February 22nd, 2014. 90 minutes live show, including songs from every creative period. On the right side of the stage the stooical-cool frowning guitarist Marcel Zürcher, Keyborader Dörper as usual acting in the background, Bradley Bills on the drums and Jürgen Engler, who seems not growing any older at all.
They are hitting stages in Europe again in 2016 – beeing part of the line up at the biggest metal festival of the world (Wacken) and several other festivals.
14.05.2016 – Wave Gotik Treffen (DE)
05.08.2016 – Wacken Open Air (DE)
06.08.2016 – Laba Daba Festival (LT)
12.08.2016 – Brutal Assault Festival (CZ)
13.08.2016 – Mera Luna Hildesheim (DE)
… more to come
SOURCE: Rolling Stone by Kory Grow
Founding Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only will get onstage together for the first time in more than 30 years at Riot Fest this fall, but despite decades of bitter, public legal drama, the latter says a reunion is not as far-fetched as it sounds. “We were never not friends,” he tells Rolling Stone. “We were just adversaries. Larry Bird might not have liked Michael Jordan on the court, but when they go out to a bar they’re cool.”
The reunion, which includes longtime guitarist and Only’s brother Doyle, stemmed from a legal meeting that Danzig had with Only and Misfits management in January. The pair have had a long history of lawsuits, over the rights to the band’s name and merchandising, and they wanted to get on the same page before more litigation. “We went in there wanting to cut each other’s throats,” Only says. “It was turning into another court battle and it turned into a reunion. We walked out the door knowing we were going to play together. It’s a very cool thing.”
Only remains vague about the exact details of the meeting – who reached out to whom first (“Who gives a shit,” he says) – but he says that everyone agreed that if a reunion were to happen, it should be when all of the members are “in their prime.” Moreover, he says that all of his past arguments with Danzig have made him a better musician – they led to him becoming de facto frontman of the group in 2001. Because his skills are greater, he’s excited for the singer to return.
“The man has vision,” Only says of Danzig. “Where we go from here, let’s make sure we get along first. ‘Cause we’re doing well both on our own. If we do it and it don’t work, fuck it – we did it, man. But that’s not the case. … I think we’re going to get out there and back it up. And we’re going to be the best band ever. That’s my guess. It’s going to be fun.”
One thing that’s for sure is that Only is carefully considering Danzig’s side of the reunion. “I wouldn’t have done it unless I thought Glenn was really about it,” the bassist says. “I said, ‘Look, I know every song, so you pick the songs and you pick the set. That way you got the best shot of giving your best show.’ And we sat down and that happened pretty quick. We went through all the songs. We got ‘Halloween,’ ‘Die Die My Darling,’ no doubt, ‘Last Caress,’ boom boom boom. We picked out the songs and we came up with about 30 songs. We’re still messing around with the order.”
A drummer for the reunion has yet to be announced, though Only says they have one in mind who seems like a solid bet. “We’re throwing names up on the board, and I just said this name out of the blue,” he says. “And Glenn said that’s my favorite drummer.” The few hints the bassist will offer are that the drummer is a “family guy” who has lost positions in bands due to his commitment to his family. The bassist has a meeting scheduled with the drummer in June to begin rehearsing.
Next year will mark Misfits’ 40th anniversary, but for now Only has his sights on the Riot Fest shows, the first of which will take place Labor Day weekend in Denver. The second – and only other date scheduled – will take place two weeks later in Chicago. “If we make it to the second show, I’m a happy fucking guy,” Only says. “I’ll guarantee you I’m keeping to myself, I’m going to do my job, I’m going to work out every day, I’m going to play. Glenn likes my manager, John [Cafiero], so if I keep John right there in the middle and make sure that me and Glenn both get what we want, then there’s absolutely no problem. When you put two tigers in the cage, it’s an issue. It took me 39 years to realize that.” (Cafiero, on the line, later repeats that Only and Danzig enjoy each other’s company.)
Although the future of the reunion has yet to be seen, Only remains committed to Misfits regardless. After reaching an agreement with Danzig to tour and record under the moniker in the mid-Nineties, the bassist has become the group’s leader, singing and fronting various lineups of the group on tour. They’ve put out four full-lengths, two live albums, a comp and an EP since 1997. He’s releasing another Misfits EP, Friday the 13th, today, which he fast-tracked to come out around the reunion announcement and titular bad-luck day. It features the most recent lineup of the group, which included his son, Jerry Caiafa Jr., on guitar. But despite all the acrimony with his former partner, he says his continuation of Misfits has been in deference to Danzig.
“He was like a big brother to me,” Only says. “He showed me what the scene was about. I took it and ran.”
Lemmy Kilmister is being honored by the German postal service in the form of a range of stamps.
The collection is the result of a partnership between Deutsche Post and the German newspaper Bild.
Only available in Germany, a book of ten stamps can be purchased for €10 via the Bild web site.
The newspaper says: “The German official post office Deutsche Post together with Bild are honoring our beloved late Lemmy Kilmister with an official set of German postage stamps for standard-size letter.
“One stamp package contains ten stamps, five Lemmy motifs in total and everyone can compile the stamps the way they like.
“These stamps are limited to 7777 — Lemmy’s lucky seven — and will be available for four weeks only, between May 17 and June 17.”
Bild goes on to call Lemmy “a great artist, a gentleman, an honest and loyal person, an icon for many and an inspiration for his fellow artists and fans.”
Lemmy passed away at his home in Los Angeles on December 28, only four days after his 70th birthday.