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- QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's video for the song "Head Like A Haunted House" can be seen below. Directed by frequent collaborator Liam Lynch, the clip is a ghastly animated carnival ride through your worst fever-induced nightmares. Accompanied by disembodied hands, UFOs, smoldering hellscapes and grooving skeletons, Joshua Homme leads the way as he and his pack of mischief-makers sail through the nighttime sky on what else but flying coffins.
After a triumphant South American jaunt with brothers in arms FOO FIGHTERS, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will make their return to the U.S. later this month with stops including Austin (Austin360 Amphitheater) and Irving (The Pavillion at the Irving Music Factory) as well as Miami's Bayfront Park Amphitheater, but not before kicking it all off with two sold-out nights at San Diego's Observatory North Park.
In addition to the slew of upcoming North American and European dates, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE will be headlining this summer at London's Finsbury Park on June 30 — and they're bringing friends. The band has curated a special lineup with guests including Iggy Pop, RUN THE JEWELS, THE HIVES, Brody Dalle, and more.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are touring in support of their seventh studio album, "Villains", which was released last August via Matador Records. The LP debuted at No. 1 in the U.K., Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and Portugal, No. 2 in Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Norway and Ireland, No. 3 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on Japan's international chart and No. 5 in Italy.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are Joshua Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore.
- New York's LIFE OF AGONY has announced dates for a headlining trek called "Rise Of The Underground Tour 2018" spanning the USA and Europe. The shows will begin with two sold-out, hometown warm-up gigs April 18 and April 19 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, and conclude November 2 as headliners of The Sound Of Revolution festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
"With 2018 marking the 25th anniversary of our debut album, we are just so incredibly grateful to our fans for sticking with us all these years and wanted to do something really special for them. We're breaking out some old fan favorites that we've never played before live and hitting cities we haven't been to in over a decade," says bassist Alan Robert. "You really can't beat the crazy energy of a packed, sweaty, tiny club, like we used to play back in the day, so we decided to include some very intimate rooms on this tour, along with the bigger venues, to feel that deep emotional connection again with our die-hard fans. It's gonna be insane."
Joining "Rise Of The Underground Tour" as main support during the September U.S. dates will be SILVERTOMB, the new band featuring Johnny Kelly and Kenny Hickey from TYPE O NEGATIVE. More support acts to be announced soon.
"Rise Of The Underground Tour 2018" USA dates:
Apr. 18 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr. 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
Apr. 21 - Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest, Palladium
May 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
May 18 - Anaheim, CA @ Parish at House of Blues
May 19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
May 20 - Phoenix, CA @ Club Red
May 22 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
Jul. 13 - Mansfield, OH @ INKcarceration Festival
Sep. 14 - Baltimore, MD @Soundstage
Sep. 15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of the Living Arts
Sep. 16 - Teaneck, NJ @ Debonair Music Hall
Sep. 19 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere's
Sep. 21 - Joliet, IL @ The Forge
Sep. 22 - Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Sep. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Rex
Sep. 25 - Buffalo, NY @ Ironworks
Sep. 29 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
"Rise Of The Underground Tour 2018" European dates:
Jun. 15 - Nickelsdorf, Austria @ Nova Rock Festival
Jun. 16 - Gräfenhainichen, Germany @ With Full Force Festival
Jun. 17 - Kiel, Germany @ Kieler Woche Festival
Oct. 12 - Papenburg, Germany @ Kesselschmiede
Oct. 13 - Dusseldorf, Germany @ Zakk
Oct. 14 - Leeuwarden, Netherlands @ Nueshoorn
Oct. 16 - Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos-saal
Oct. 18 - Mallorca, Spain @ Full Metal Holiday Festival
Oct. 21 - Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
Oct. 23 - Budapest, Hungary @ A38
Oct. 24 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Culture Factory
Oct. 26 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Kino Siska
Oct. 27 - Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet
Oct. 28 - Munich, Germany @ Technikum
Oct. 30 - Sint-Niklaas, Belgium @ De Casino
Oct. 31 - Leige, Belgium @ Reflektor
Nov. 02 - Eindhoven, Netherlands @ The Sound of Revolution Festival
In January, LIFE OF AGONY announced the addition of drummer Veronica Bellino to the group's ranks. She joined the band as the replacement for Sal Abruscato, who "amicably" left LIFE OF AGONY in December.
Bellino is a New York native who has been on the rise as one of the industry's hottest young drummer/songwriters. Veronica has co-written with the legendary DMC, found a national spotlight in The Game's "Red Nation" video, worked with LL Cool J as a member of his signed band 13, conquered dozens of stages with drum icon Carmine Appice's SLAMM group, and worked with Living Legend Award recipient Jeff Beck.
Bellino will make her live debut with LIFE OF AGONY when the band plays two intimate hometown shows on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19 at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, New York. Each night's set will be unique, with the group diving deep into its catalog to perform never-before-played tracks along with some of its classics.
- The company behind the hologram of Ronnie James Dio is going back to the "drawing board" as it prepares to launch the next leg of the "Dio Returns" world tour.
The legendary heavy metal singer died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram was created by a company called Eyeillusion and made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO band playing live, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Oni Logan.
Based on video footage of the first leg of last year's tour, Dio fans had mixed reactions to the apparition of their favorite singer, with some loving it and others thinking the performance didn't live up to the real thing or that it was just plain creepy.
In a brand new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, Ronnie's widow Wendy Dio, who is a member of the Eyellusion team, said that while the European "Dio Returns" tour was a great success, a few changes will have to be made to the hologram before the trek returns to the road.
"We took the hologram tour out in Europe [last fall] to see if there was a market for it, because this is all very new — it's a new technology, and a lot of people are naysayers; some people think it's good, some think it's bad," Wendy said (hear audio below). "So we wanted to see if there was actually a market for it. We took it out across Germany, Spain, Budapest, London, Belgium and Holland, and it was very, very well received. Kids were crying to me and saying, 'Thank you so much for bringing Ronnie back to us.' And I think it was great for people that have been there and seen Ronnie before and wanted to see him back on stage [as well as] for the kids that never got the opportunity to see Ronnie. It was a good test, we did very well, but there's things I need to perfect on Ronnie. I'm really very critical. I need to perfect his face a little bit more — his eyes and his eyebrows are not quite right to me. So we're back on the drawing board right now. And we're hoping it will go out again probably the beginning of next year, and we will hit Canada and America. But it has to be right first."
Wendy added that while she understands some concertgoers may be reluctant to shell out money to watch the a digitized version of Ronnie perform live, the "Dio Returns" tour is something that should be experienced in person and not just judged based on a few low-quality YouTube clips.
"All the criticism is fine — everybody has the right to criticize something — but look at it and see it first before you criticize it," she said. "Because most of the people that criticize it haven't seen it and they don't even know what to expect. It's a whole experience that we take out. Ronnie comes in and out — you don't know when he's gonna come in or out. He does about six or eight songs — he comes in and out. The rest of the time is with Ripper and Oni singing the songs, sometimes singing together, singing alone. And what we are developing now is for Ronnie to sing together with them, so they sing different verses together. And plus, the band, of course, is superb — they are a fantastic band, because they played with Ronnie for 17 years, and he only picked the best. And then we also have all kinds of stuff going on with old photos of Ronnie, all different things going on at the same time, so it's like an experience — it's a whole experience."
Wendy went on to say that "a fortune" has already been spent creating the Ronnie James Dio hologram, with the ultimate goal of keeping the singer's memory and music alive.
"It's something that's done with love, and hopefully the fans will enjoy it and wanna see it," she said. "It costs a lot of money — it's not like something that we're making a bunch of money on — it costs a fortune. Right now, we're into, I think, two million dollars in developing it. But it's something that we wanna do. We wanna keep Ronnie's memory and his legend alive all the time. From the day Ronnie passed away, I wanna keep his music and his legend alive, because he was such an amazing person."
Back in January, Eyellusion CEO Jeff Pezzuti posted a message on the company's official web site thanking fans for their support and underlining the project's goal of sharing the gift of Ronnie's music with future generations.
"It's not easy to be the first to do something in an industry that doesn't change all that often," he said. "But we're fans first. We had a vision that the music that has helped form the foundation of rock and roll should be passed down for generations and generations to enjoy. In the current business climate, that means live tours. After all, there's nothing quite like leaving everything behind for just a night to join fellow fans for an unforgettable experience. It's about the sound, the lights, the memories — just getting lost in the moment.
Goldy last year disputed the assertion that he was doing the "Dio Returns" tour as a way of "cashing in," explaining that he is "always out of pocket on these things." Craig added that while he is aware some of Dio's fans have an issue with the hologram tour, "many people understand the simplicity of this. It's not anything other than a grand gesture with the lights from the same gifted man who was the lighting director on the 'Sacred Heart' and 'Dream Evil' tours, the images on the two screens on each side of the stage, and only a handful of songs done with the hologram," he said.
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