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Amon Amarth Announces Biggest North American Headlining Tour to Date with Special Guests Cannibal Corpse, Obituary and Frozen Soul

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Tickets On Sale This Friday!

Following their Summer run crisscrossing the continent with their metal comrades in Ghost, Swedish heavy metal icons AMON AMARTHwill return to US and Canadian stages this Spring on the Metal Crushes All Tour 2024 produced by Live Nation; the band’s biggest North American tour to date!

Set to commence on April 21st and run through May 25th, the twenty-four-date journey includes a raid at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver as well as arena stops in Portland, Vancouver, Quebec City, Asheville, Tampa, and Anaheim. Support will be provided by special guests Cannibal Corpse along with Obituaryand Frozen Soul making for a must-see heavy metal event of the year! See all confirmed dates below.

Comments, AMON AMARTH: “Heed our warning; we are gearing up for our biggest and most epic raid in North American history! We are bringing a massive show that will leave your cities in ashes. Scorching the Earth with us are our good friends Cannibal Corpse, Obituary,and Frozen Soul. Come out to the shows and party like Vikings and raise your horns with us. METAL CRUSHES ALL!

Ticket presales for the Metal Crushes All Tourbegin Tuesday, December 5th at 11:00am Eastern time and run through Thursday, December 7th at 10:00pm local time. VIP upgrades with the new Viking Valhalla Experience are available Tuesday, December 5th at 12:00pm Eastern time.

General on sales start Friday, December 8th at 10:00am local time at: amonamarth.com

AMON AMARTH: Metal Crushes All Tour 2024 w/ Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, Frozen Soul:
4/21/2024 Revel Entertainment Center – Albuquerque, NM
4/22/2024 Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
4/24/2024 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
4/26/2024 Alaska Airlines’ Theater Of The Clouds – Portland, OR*
4/27/2024 PNE Forum – Vancouver, BC*
4/29/2024 Edmonton Convention Center – Edmonton, AB
4/30/2024 Grey Eagle Event Center – Calgary, AB
5/03/2024 Steelhouse – Omaha, NE
5/04/2024 The Sylvee – Madison, WI
5/05/2024 GLC Live At 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
5/07/2024 Rose Music Center At The Heights – Huber Heights, OH
5/09/2024 The Wellmont – Montclair, NJ
5/10/2024 Toyota Oakdale Theater – Wallingford, CT
5/11/2024 Videotron Centre – Quebec City, QC*
5/13/2024 The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
5/14/2024 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, MD
5/16/2024 ExploreAsheville.com Arena – Asheville, NC*
5/17/2024 House Of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
5/18/2024 Yuengling Center – Tampa, FL*
5/20/2024 Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
5/21/2024 Boeing Center At Tech Port – San Antonio, TX
5/23/2024 Arizona Financial Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
5/24/2024 Pearl Concert Theater At Palms Casino Resort – Las Vegas, NV
5/25/2024 Honda Center – Anaheim, CA*
* arena show

AMON AMARTH continues to tour in support of their critically adored The Great Heathen Armyfull-length. Recorded with esteemed studio guru Andy Sneap and released in 2022, the record represents another bold leap forward for the band, as their trademark sound undergoes yet another skillful, evolutionary overhaul, both lyrically and musically. From the noisily rabble-rousing “Find A Way Or Make One” and the pummeling, pugilistic “Get In The Ring” to the cinematic squall of the title track, The Great Heathen Army encapsulates the essence of this legendary band, while still allowing acres of space for new ideas.

Wrote Louder Sound of the offering, “The Great Heathen Army is simultaneously everything that helped AMON AMARTH climb to the top in the first place and a return to the darker, less showy sound of their early days… the band’s innate sense for fist-pumping riffs and colossal hooks remains impossible to deny.” Concurred Blabbermouth, “Both an unapologetic, festival-ready dose of new, gleaming, Viking-populated anthems, and one of the darkest and most brutal albums they have yet made, The Great Heathen Army feels celebratory, too — an extravagant blowout to mark the start of the next invasion.”

Fans can check out a teaser for the upcoming video “Saxons and VikingsHERE and can preview and purchase The Great Heathen Armyat: metalblade.com/amonamarth

Formed in Tumba, Sweden, in 1992, AMON AMARTH has forged an extraordinary legacy over three decades of thunderous, anthemic metal, all rich in the magical imagery of Viking history, folklore and culture. With albums like 2008’s widely acclaimed Twilight Of The Thunder God and 2016’s conceptual triumph Jomsviking, the Swedes have been consistent standard bearers for heavy metal as a life-affirming and communal experience, armed with a seemingly endless stream of instant classic songs.

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LIVE NATION Ends Artist Merchandise Cuts Nationwide

Live Nation’s latest initiative, “On The Move Once More,” has hit the stage in collaboration with the iconic Willie Nelson to champion emerging artists and the dedicated teams that bolster their careers.

At the heart of live music, emerging artists grace the intimate stages of clubs, a rite of passage for nearly every musician. In a realm where small venues account for approximately 70% of annual shows in the United States, their significance cannot be understated, as noted by Pollstar’s live music charts.

Yet, as touring expenses continue to soar and fluctuate, these hardworking artists bear the brunt of the impact. While the music industry enjoys unprecedented growth, Live Nation is unwavering in its commitment to further fortify the careers of these gifted performers and the tireless crews that labor behind the scenes.

Willie Nelson, a living legend, emphasizes the importance of supporting fellow artists: “Touring is crucial to artists, and if we can extend a helping hand to others, we should. This program will touch the lives of thousands of artists this year, making the journey a tad smoother.” Remarkably, Nelson has generously lent his iconic track, “On The Road Again,” as the program’s anthem.

Throughout the year’s remainder, the “On The Move Once More” initiative aims to inject tens of millions of additional dollars into the pockets of club artists and their crews by:

Live Nation’s clubs will invest in emerging artists by offering $1,500 in travel and gas allowances for each performance, in addition to regular performance compensation. Moreover, these clubs will waive merchandise selling fees, ensuring artists retain 100% of their merch earnings. Recognizing that travel costs often devour artists’ nightly profits, Live Nation’s support will alleviate this financial burden, enabling artists to continue captivating audiences in cities across the nation.

The initiative extends its gratitude to the unsung heroes behind the scenes—the local promoters, tireless tour reps, and dedicated venue crew members. “On The Move Once More” acknowledges their relentless efforts with financial incentives, embodying the essence of grit and dedication that drives the industry. Additionally, the initiative pledges $5 million to Crew Nation, offering a lifeline to industry crew members facing unexpected hardships.

Michael Rapino, president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment, underscores their core mission: “Championing live artists is our foremost objective. As the live music industry thrives, our commitment to supporting artists at all stages of their touring journey remains unwavering, especially those emerging talents in clubs. In the words of Willie, this is about making it a bit easier for thousands of artists to continue pursuing their passion: performing for their dedicated fan base.”

“On The Move Once More” is a collaborative masterpiece, drawing from Nelson’s extensive experience on the road and insights gathered from touring artists, their teams, and venue operators. Importantly, all the benefits stemming from this initiative are derived directly from the venues’ existing earnings, with no impact on consumers.

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ROB ZOMBIE AND THE FREAKS ON PARADE TOUR ANNIHILATE WEST PALM BEACH


Over 10,000 fervent metal enthusiasts gathered under the night sky to partake in an unforgettable spectacle headlined by none other than the hard rock and heavy metal legend, Rob Zombie. Alongside him, the stage was graced by the presence of the iconic Alice Cooper, the electrifying Ministry, and the raucous Filter. This past Sunday, West Palm Beach, Florida, became the epicenter of the Freaks On Parade tour, merging the realms of metal and masquerade in a perfectly orchestrated chaos.

Alice Cooper’s performance was nothing short of extraordinary. He effortlessly tamed a boa constrictor, outwitted a towering Frankenstein, and endured electric shocks with unyielding resolve. He escaped from a straitjacket only to face a guillotine, Cooper’s onstage antics reached their pinnacle when he was gleefully decapitated by Marie Antoideath, portrayed by his wife, Sheryl Cooper.

Boasting a rich legacy spanning more than half a century in the realm of rock ‘n’ roll stagecraft, Cooper dazzled the audience with a 70-minute tour de force. His show seamlessly wove together iconic classics like “I’m Eighteen” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy” with lesser-known treasures from his middle years. Commencing with the electrifying “Lock Me Up” from his 1986 album “Raise Your Fist and Yell,” Cooper found his artistic zenith midway through the performance, delivering a string of early-’90s hits, including “Hey Stoopid,” “Lost in America,” and “Snakebite.”

Cooper’s band executed flawlessly, with guitarists Ryan Roxie, Tommy Henriksen, and the virtuoso Nita Strauss delivering a tidal wave of sound. Bassist Chuck Garric’s harmonious backing vocals completed this musical powerhouse.

Nita Strauss stood out prominently among the young guitar maestros of her era, enthralling the crowd with a mesmerizing solo act that showcased her prowess in tapping, sweep-picking, and whammy bar wizardry. Her limitless enthusiasm and undeniable skill elevated her to an essential role within Cooper’s ensemble, and the audience couldn’t contain their excitement, showering her with thunderous applause when she made her entrance during the grand finale, “School’s Out.”


Cooper’s set sparkled with satire and vaudeville, while Rob Zombie’s performance epitomized unbridled extravagance. It was a sensory overload of scorching flames, grotesque demon babies, and twisting devil statues. Zombie, adorned in fringe, gyrated across the stage, commanding an industrial metal tempest that would befit the darkest depths of hell.

His set, characterized by droning dirges and horror movie aesthetics, was a relentless onslaught of raunchiness and grotesquery. Tracks like “Superbeast” and “Living Dead Girl” struck the perfect balance, creating a dangerous and devilishly fun atmosphere.

During “Thunder Kiss ’65,” Zombie had the audience light up their phones, quipping, “it’s hot as hell out here!” Indeed, Zombie’s blazing pyrotechnics were merely a fraction of the sweltering 106-degree heat that earlier acts Filter and Ministry had to contend with. Yet, they rose to the occasion, each delivering formidable performances. Filter, led by Richard Patrick, roared through hits like “Take a Picture” and “Hey Man Nice Shot,” while Ministry’s Al Jourgensen whipped the crowd into a frenzy with incendiary tracks like “Stigmata” and the climactic “Revenge,” performed for the first time since 1984.

Both opening acts displayed headlining-worthy prowess, setting the stage for an incredible evening of music. The show, as a whole, was a sensory feast, a symphony of visuals and sounds that left an indelible mark. I wholeheartedly recommend catching this tour if it rolls into your town.

The Freaks on Parade Tour will continue to rampage across the United States for the next month, concluding on September 24th in Phoenix. For those yet to experience it, this tour promises an unparalleled fusion of music and mayhem that should not be missed.

Alice Cooper, 8/28/23, iThink Financial Amphitheater, West Palm Beach
1. “Lock Me Up”
2. “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
3. “I’m Eighteen”
4. “Under My Wheels”
5. “Billion Dollar Babies”
6. “Snakebite”
7. “Lost in America”
8. “Hey Stoopid”
9. “Poison”
10. “Feed My Frankenstein”
11. “Devil’s Food” / Nita Strauss guitar solo
12. “Black Widow” jam
13. “Ballad of Dwight Fry”
14. “Killer” (band only)
15. “I Love the Dead”
16. “Elected”
17. “School’s Out” (with “Another Brick in the Wall”)

Rob Zombie, 8/28/23, iThink Financial Amphitheater, West Palm Beach
1. “The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)”
2. “Feel So Numb”
3. “Well, Everybody’s Fucking in a U.F.O.”
4. “What Lurks on Channel X?”
5. “Superbeast”
6. “Demonoid Phenomenon”
7. Drum solo
8. “The Lords of Salem”
9. “House of 1000 Corpses”
10. “More Human Than Human”
11. “Living Dead Girl”
12. “Thunder Kiss ’65”
13. “Dragula”

FREAKS ON PARADE TOUR DATES:

Tue Aug 29 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music
Park at Walnut Creek
Wed Aug 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United
Home Loans Amphitheater
Fri Sep 01 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino
Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 02 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Tue Sep 05 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Wed Sep 06 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Fri Sep 08 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage
Mountain
Sat Sep 09 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones
Beach Theater
Sun Sep 10 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre Tue Sep 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sat Sep 16 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green
Amphitheatre *
Tue Sep 19 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts
Amphitheater
Wed Sep 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat Sep 23 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sun Sep 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort
Amphitheatre
PERKSE

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MESHUGGAH Announces US/Canadian Fall Headlining Tour With Special Guests In Flames And Whitechapel; General On Sale This Friday!

July 11th, 2023 – Swedish metal icons MESHUGGAH will return to US and Canadian stages for a nineteen date tour this Fall! Produced by Live Nation, the journey will commence on November 21st in San Diego, California and run through December 16th in Laval, Quebec. The tour marks the first time in five years that the band has played Canadian soil! Support will be provided by special guests In Flames and Whitechapel. The final show will also include the addition of Voivod!

Tickets: Tickets will be available starting with Citi and Artist presales beginning today at 11:00am ET. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on sale beginning Friday, July 14th at 10:00am local time at livenation.com.

Presale: Citi is the official card of the MESHUGGAHtour. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning today at 11:00am ET until Thursday, July 13th at 10:00pm local time through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit citientertainment.com. The artist presale will also begin today at 11:00am ET.

MESHUGGAH w/ Special Guests In Flames, Whitechapel:
11/21/2023 SOMA – San Diego, CA
11/22/2023 Hard Rock Live Sacramento – Wheatland, CA
11/24/2023 Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
11/25/2023 Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre – Vancouver, BC
11/27/2023 Midway Music Hall – Edmonton, AB
11/28/2023 Grey Eagle Event Centre – Calgary, AB
11/30/2023 Burton Cummings Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
12/01/2023 The Fillmore Minneapolis presented by Affinity Plus – Minneapolis, MN
12/02/2023 The Sylvee – Madison, WI
12/03/2023 GLC Live at 20 Monroe – Grand Rapids, MI
12/05/2023 The Hard Rock Live Northern Indiana – Gary, IN
12/06/2023 The Andrew J Brady Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
12/08/2023 The Paramount – Huntington, NY
12/09/2023 MGM Music Hall at Fenway – Boston, MA
12/10/2023 The Wellmont Theater – Montclair, NJ
12/12/2023 Toyota Oakdale Theater – Wallingford, CT
12/14/2023 Wind Creek Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
12/15/2023 HISTORY – Toronto, ON
12/16/2023 Place Bell – Laval, QC w/ Voivod

MESHUGGAH released their critically adored Immutablefull-length last year via Atomic Fire. Recorded at Sweetspot Studios in Halmstad, Sweden, mixed by Rickard Bengtsson and Staffan Karlsson, and mastered by multiple Grammy award winner Vlado Meller (Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down), the band’s ninth studio album and follow-up to their Grammy-nominated full-length The Violent Sleep Of Reason showcases just how far ahead of the pack the band continues to be. Full of surprises and yet instantly recognizable as the work of metal’s most idiosyncratic force, Immutable redefines and redesigns the MESHUGGAH sound across more than an hour of the most stimulating and engaging music the band has ever composed.

Immutable is available on CD, vinyl, cassette, and digital formats. Find ordering options and additional merchandise at THIS LOCATION.

“Stomping tracks like ‘God He Sees in Mirrors,’ ‘I Am That Thirst,’ and recent single ‘Light the Shortening Fuse’ make brilliant use of the band’s signature ouroboros-like riff style, which bombards the would-be headbanger with complex rhythmic data while laying down an irresistible groove…” — Rolling Stone

“Sweden’s djent progenitors are one of the most unconventional, yet consistent, bands in heavy music. Their ninth full-length continues this sterling legacy, assaulting the senses with an array of battering drums, snarling vocals, syncopated rhythms, razor-sharp guitar and head-spinning solos.” — Revolver

“Haake remains one of the most unique players to ever step behind a drumkit. There are times where it seems impossible that it is all the work of one set of hands. Cerebral time signature changes and palm-muted chords are still staples of this band’s music.” — Metal Injection

“…gigantic, ophidian, undeniable. Probably the most important metal band on the planet.” — Knotfest

“…the band’s most adventurous, progressive, diverse and downright peculiar album to date. It is also their longest, at a generous and mind-expanding 67 minutes, and… frequently the heaviest and most brutal thing to ever bear their name. They may have nothing to prove, but MESHUGGAH are proving it anyway, possibly just because they can.” — Blabbermouth