Megadeth, Iron Maiden Announce Heavy Rock Tour this Fall!

It all started with Rock in Rio which is to be held on September 22, but Iron Maiden isn’t prepared to let it stop there. On their way to that festival they’re going to be playing a string of concerts, and they’re bringing Megadeth along as the supporting act!

The tour only includes seven dates, but they all dot the route that Iron Maiden will be taking on the way to Rio. Starting in Raleigh, North Carolina, a city that Maiden has never played before, they’ll kick off the tour on September 9 at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion. From there they’ll travel to Nashville, Kansas City, St. Louis, Austin, and Las Vegas. Then just before Maiden heads down to Rio, they’ll team up with Megadeth one last time at the Battle of San Bernardino festival in California on September 13.

“As Maiden fans know, we’re going back to Brazil to headline Rock in Rio again, so we thought that on our way down south we should certainly stop off and do a few more shows in the U.S.,” said Maiden’s frontman, Bruce Dickinson. “We especially wanted to try and play some more cities we’ve not visited for a while, so we’re really excited about seeing our fans again in places we’ve not been to in over a decade, and in some cases even longer! We hope they will remember us!”

We don’t think that will be a problem, do you?

Deftones Bassist Dies at Age of 42

It was five years ago that Deftones former bassist, Chi Cheng, was in a car accident with his sister. While she was wearing a seatbelt and walked away with only minor injuries, Cheng wasn’t so lucky. Not being buckled in, he was thrown from the car and had spent the last five years trying to recover. Last week, on Sunday, April 14 his battle finally came to an end, after he passed away at the age of 42.

Cheng’s life was very full, co-founding the Deftones with Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, and the band’s frontman, Chino Moreno in 1988. The group spent the next two decades recording hit after hit, and were working on their latest collection of hits when Cheng was in the accident. The album was naturally put on hold, but after Cheng was in a coma for a year, and then a semi-conscious state for the remainder of his life, the band started playing with backup bassist Sergio Vega.

The news of Cheng’s passing was first announced on the website, oneforlovechi.com, a website that had been set up by fans to provide updates on Cheng’s status, show support, and collect donations for his care. It was his mother who posted to the site on Sunday saying,

“He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.”

The website has currently been shut down due to a large volume of traffic received since news of Cheng’s passing broke. The band has not yet officially commented on losing their former band member.

Bruno Mars Will Serenade Northeast in Late June

Bruno Mars just made history on the Billboard Charts, as his latest hit took over the No. 1 spot on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart, which is based on Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. His new top hit, “When I Was Your Man,” is the first piano-and-vocal-only song to take over the number one spot on the Mainstream chart in its history.

It also gives Mars six No. 1 hits, which is the most in the 20-year history of the Mainstream chart, edging out Nelly and Justin Timberlake. Mars takes the top spot among top spot getters despite only being on the Mainstream Top 40 in the last three years. His other five No. 1’s are “Nothin’ On You,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade,” “It Will Rain,” and “Locked Out of Heaven.”

Hear those songs and more as Bruno Mars and Fitz and The Tantrums swing through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States in late June and early July. Mars will hit Washington, D.C. on June 22nd, then swing up to Philadelphia, PA on June 24th. After that it’s another day off before appearing in Boston, MA on June 26th and in Uncasville, CT on June 27.

From there, Mars takes his show to the newest arena in the biggest city in the country, as he appears in New York City at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on June 29th. For those who live on the other side of Manhattan, Mars will be at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on July 1st.

Mars is likely positioned for his best year in musical awards since 2011, when he took multiple awards for “Just the Way You Are,” including the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Mars was also named the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist that year by the American Music Awards.

With two of the top hits of 2013 just a few months into the year, Mars is poised for big things so don’t miss out on the chance to see him as he comes to a town near you this summer. Get your tickets right away before they sell out!

Motley Crue Takes up Vegas Residency Once Again at the Joint

It’s no secret that Motley Crue started turning Las Vegas into Rock Vegas when they took up their first residency their last year. Def Leppard was soon to follow, and we’re bound to see countless more come to rock Sin City. In the meantime though, Motley Crue is reprising their own residency in the city, and they’ll be bringing a “set list full of hits” with them this fall.

The band’s second Vegas residency takes them to The Joint, where they’ll perform twelve shows from September 18 — October 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Nikki Sixx started rumors that the band was coming back to play when he tweeted out a picture of a mattress lying on the ground in a parking lot of the Hard Rock.

“Trashing the Hard Rock in Vegas CRUE style…no one does it better than us #HardRockTrashed,” Sixx tweeted along with the picture. However, the photo was tweeted on April 1, leaving those who got the message wondering if it was actually an April Fools’ prank.

It’s definitely no joke though, as guitarist Mick Mars also made his own statement about the residency where he said that, at worst, it won’t “be a career killer” for the band.

If you’re going to be in Las Vegas the same as Motley Crue, tickets are already on sale for these Vegas shows so be sure to get yours today!

The Jonas Brothers are Back! Will they be Welcomed?

It’s been three years since they’ve done anything together, but the Jonas Brothers are back from their hiatus, and they’ve brought a soon-to-be chart-topper along with them. The question is, will it be enough for fans?

First, the music. The new single from the Jonas Brothers is called “Pom Poms,” and is a high-energy song filled with tons of pop beats, lyrics that are easy to sing along to, and danceable rhythm. And along with the song, the boys have already shot a full-length video to accompany the single.

The video was not to be released until today, although the boys did release two very small clips while at On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Surely prior to when the boys wanted though, the entire thing was leaked online yesterday, and you can see it here. The video sheds a newer, more grown-up look to the band, with scantily dressed girls dancing in the bleachers and around the bleachers. And the boys too, not only look more mature, but sound it too.

The question now is, will the song be enough to bring back their fans back?

In a pop world that currently seems a little overloaded with boy bans such as One Direction, The Wanted, NKOTB and the return of 98 Degrees, the Jonas Brothers might not sail through their comeback; but Jonas Brother fans are a loyal bunch, and the song does have a lot going for it. This song will mostly do very well on the iTunes charts, if only due to interest surrounding the band’s hiatus.

This song will probably help the Brothers make a huge comeback; but it might be a case of waiting for the next release to see if it’s a long-lasting one.

“Romeo and Juliet” go to Broadway and get a New Spin

If you’re going to take Shakespeare’s iconic play, Romeo and Juliet, to Broadway, you better have great actors, and you better be able to put a new spin on it while keeping it true to its original storyline and charm. It seems that the version that’s about to hit the Broadway stage has all three.

David Leveaux will be producing the newest version of Romeo and Juliet, which will begin previews on August 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The charming and very talented Orlando Bloom, who’s best known for his work in “The Lord of the Rings” series, will make a very dashing Romeo; while Condola Rashad, Tony-nominated actress, will be a breathtaking Juliet.

What’s the difference that this version of the play brings? The love is unrequited due to racism and prejudices lying within the Montague and Capulet households.

During promotion of the film producers said, “In this new production, the members of the Montague household will be white, and the blood relatives of the Capulet family will be black. While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel’ passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time. Shakespeare’s dramatization of the original poem sets the two young lovers in a context of prejudice, authoritarian parents, and a never ending cycle of revenge. Against this background, the strength of their love changes the world.”

Get your tickets today for this broadway show!

Want to Know the “History of the Eagles”? Catch them on Tour to Find Out!

First Showtime aired the documentary that was the “History of the Eagles” which, true to its name, outlined the iconic and lengthy history of this band. Knowing that not all fans may subscribe to Showtime, the special has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray, along with a special DVD featuring the “Eagles Live at the Capital Center,” a Washington, D.C. show the band put on during their “Hotel California” tour. Not happy to stop there, the Eagles are also going on tour to promote the release of the DVD, and it all happens this July!

With only 11 stops in total so far, the “History of the Eagles” takes the band around the United States and Canada. The first stop is in Louisville, Kentucky on July 6 and from there the band will travel to Milwaukee and Cleveland before hitting Canada for two stops in Toronto and Ottawa on July 11 and 15, respectively. The band is back in the states on July 16 to rock Philadelphia and from there they’ll travel to Uncasville, Mansfield, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh. On July 25 they’ll wrap it all up in Bethel, New York. You can find a full listing of cities and venues on the band’s official website here.

Seeing The Eagles live and in concert is something truly special, and not to be missed. Tickets go on sale on March 28, so be sure to reserve yours!

Maroon 5 Takes Southern Swing on Tour in Coming Days

Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine might have turned 34 last week, but he’s not taking too much time off to celebrate as the band will play five shows in seven nights in five different southern cities in late March and early April.

Maroon 5 starts out in Birmingham, AL, on March 26th, and then hits Atlanta, GA, the next night. From there, it’s down to the Sunshine State as Maroon 5 visits Sunrise, FL, (near Ft. Lauderdale) on March 29th and Orlando, FL, on March 30th. Finally, they’ll play a show in Jacksonville, FL, on April 1st before heading north.

This comes on the heels of Maroon 5 seeing a third single from its most recent album hit the top of the charts. “Overexposed,” which dropped last June, has seen three songs hit number one on Billboard’s pop music charts. “Daylight,” joins “Payphone,” and “One More Night,” as chart-toppers.

According to Billboard, this makes Maroon 5 the first band to notch three number ones off the same album since Ace of Base in 1993 and 1994. Nobody else has achieved the same feat.

Other recent hits for Maroon 5 include 2011’s “Moves Like Jagger,” which featured Christina Aguilera and became one of the most played songs on the radio.

In all, Maroon 5 has six number one hits, which pulls the band even with Beyonce Knowles and Mariah Carey. The record is nine, held by Katy Perry and Rihanna.

While Levine is probably best known as the lead singer of Maroon 5, he has also gained a great deal of notoriety as a coach on “The Voice,” a singing talent show on NBC. Levine also recently appeared on Saturday Night Live, showing off his comedic skills and removing his shirt as well.

That showed why he’s been named one of the sexiest men alive by Glamour Magazine in 2012 and People magazine in 2008.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see one of the hottest bands and most notable performers as Maroon 5 rocks Alabama, Georgia and Florida in the coming days. Get your tickets right away!

Avril Teases Song from New Album, asks Fans for Help with Video

Avril Lavigne is expected to release her fifth studio album any day now (some sources were claiming as soon as this month); and in that time, she knows how to keep fans on the edge of their seats. Recently she took to her Facebook page to preview a clip of the first single and, she’s asking for your help when it comes to making the video!

It was last week when Avril blasted out on her Facebook page, “So stoked to share a clip of my new single & a chance for you to be in the lyric video! ‘Here’s To Never Growing Up'” What followed was 13 seconds of what can only be a bridge or a chorus, with a male voice singing “Here’s to never growing up,” with Avril’s signatures “Whoa-o, whoa-o” in the background.

It’s also through Avril’s Facebook page that fans can submit videos to be a part of the lyric video for the single once it’s released. The video can feature fans living life with a “never growing up” mindset, or lip-synching the words to the song. For full details on how to participate, you can find them on the Facebook page here.

A March release for the entire album is no longer looking like a possibility, but fans might hope for April. That’s the month when Avril will release the full version of “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” which was co-written by herself and her fiancé, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. The song was produced by Martin Johnson, frontman for Boys Like Girls.

Kendrick Lamar Hits Louisville and San Bernardino This Month

It’s been a big year for Kendrick Lamar, who has surged to the forefront of rap as one of the game’s youngest stars. While the Compton, Los Angeles emcee has a West Coast flavor in his raps; he’s now collaborating with one of the all-time greats from the East Coast.

Lamar paired up with Jay-Z on a remix of “B****, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” which hit the Internet on Monday. Lamar expressed excitement about pairing up with one of hip hop’s legends during an interview on Sway in the Morning on SiriusXM.

“Always looked up to the greats to be a great,” Lamar told Shade 45. “So to actually be on a track with him, it’s an accomplishment.”

Lamar has gained recognition after being mentioned in GQ magazine and appearing on Saturday Night Live with a performance of his song, “Poetic Justice.”

Lamar’s latest album, good kid, m.A.A.d City, is his second that was recorded in the studio and has sold more than 775,000 copies as of March 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album features the hit song, “Swimming Pools (Drank),” which hit number one on the United States Rap charts and number 17 overall. “Poetic Justice,” has been as high as sixth on the US rap charts and 26th overall.

Lamar, 25, writes a lot of raps a lot about growing up around gang violence and bad influences, but managed to avoid some of the pitfalls of his neighborhood to rise to prominence. His lyrics sometimes tackle social and economic issues, diving into serious topics in between popular party songs.

Concert goers are likely to get a special treat that album listeners will not, as “Cartoon & Cereal,” is a song that Lamar performs at shows but has not yet released on an album. Nonetheless, it was ranked number two on the Best 50 Songs of 2012 list according to Complex magazine.

Lamar has previously cited the late Tupac Shakur as one of his biggest artistic influences, even claiming that he’s come to him in his dreams.

Lamar visits the Louisville Palace on March 21 and the Nos Events Center in San Bernardino on March 30.

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