Its that time of year again, when everyone's talking about the upcoming lineup for the Vans Warped tour. Band announcements began last week, and they are announced every Wednesday at 11/10c on the television channel, Fuse. If you do not have Fuse, shortly after, they are posted on the Vans Warped tour website, so you'll never be out of the loop for long. The announcements only began on December 4, so not many bands were announced, but they've already began announcing some of the bigger names.
Joining the Vans Warped tour 2014 lineup are Mayday Parade, Attila, Plague Vendor, Tear Out The Heart, and The Protomen. This is the second year in a row for Attila to be playing Warped tour, and Mayday Parade has not been on Warped since 2012. Tickets are now on sale, for anyone who is interested in going.
Mayday Parade has also released a video announcement about this, which you can watch below.
In other news, New Found Glory has departed ways with their guitarist, Steve Klein.
"It is with heavy hearts that we must let you know that Steve Klein is no longer a part of New Found Glory. We’ve had our differences with Steve over the years that have led us to this decision. We love Steve however personal differences have guided this decision and we no longer feel we can work with him. Rest assured that New Found Glory will still go on! After the Parahoy Cruise we are planning to write a new record and start this new chapter for our band. We have not decided on who will fill Steve’s position however we will let you know our plans as soon as we figure that out. We love you, our fans, so much and appreciate your dedication and loyalty to our band. We hope you stick by us during this difficult time.
We love you,
Chad, Jordan, Cyrus, and Ian"
The Parahoy Cruise is a concert cruise headlined by Paramore, with support from New Found Glory, Teegan and Sara, Mewithoutyou, Shiny Toy Guns, Bad Rabbits, DJ Reuben Wu of Ladytron, and comedian, Doug Benson. This event will be going on March 7 -11, and not only will there be performances from all the people listed above, two from Paramore, but there are also pools, hot tubs, bowling alleys, a rock climbing wall. If that isn't enough, Paramore will also be doing an on deck, live Q & A, theme nights, and one-of-a-kind interactions with the bands on deck. Further information, such as prices, and departure times can be found on the Parahoy website.
Several bands have released videos and video teasers. Starting with The Downtown Fiction's teaser for their newest song, "Some Place On Earth." that they posted on their Facebook page. The actual video will be released on VEVO on December 18. The song is currently available on iTunes and will be on their new album that is due out in spring 2014.
Simple Plan released a lyric video for their song, "Ordinary Life" and that can be watched below. "Ordinary Life" is featured on their latest EP, Get Your Heart On -The Second Coming! The EP is available on MerchDirect and iTunes now.
All Time Low 'hacked' Alternative Press' website the other day and not only did Jack Barakat post a photo of him doing his signature, middle finger in the nose move, but Alex also posted their lyric video for their newest song, "Fool's Holiday." The song is featured on Punk Goes Christmas, which can be bought in various stores and on iTunes.
Slipknot has a lot going on right now. For starters, the band is planning to release a new album in 2014, and Joey Jordison, the band's drummer, has departed ways from the band. Read the statement that the band has posted on their website below.
"To our Maggots and fans around the world,
It is with great pain but quiet respect that, for personal reasons, Joey Jordison and SLIPKNOT are parting ways. We all wish Joey the best in whatever his future holds.
We understand that many of you will want to know how and why this has come to be, and we will do our best to respond to these questions in the near future.
It is our love for all of you, as well as for the music we create, that spurs us to continue on and move forward with our plans for releasing new material in the next year. We hope that all of you will come to understand this, and we appreciate your continued support while we plan the next phase of the future of SLIPKNOT.
"Thank you, The 'KNOT"
Also, more news involving members of Slipknot. Corey Taylor has been cast in a movie titled, Fear Clinic with Robert Englund. Information, such as a release date is still unknown. Corey will also be reuniting with the Stone Sour boys January 14 through Febuary 15 to tour with Pop Evil and Stolen Babies. However, one of the members, (James, as the rumors currently have it.) will not be joining them on this tour so he can focus on writing the new Slipknot album. Who is in his place is currently unknown, but this is exciting news for Slipknot and Stone Sour fans.
For anyone interested in going to this tour, all dates can be found on their website, and tickets, as well as VIP tickets are now on sale. VIP tickets include a meet and greet with the band that includes a photo, a VIP laminate, posters, and guitar picks.
Get excited Maggots and Stone Sour fans, there's big things coming your way!
It was announced a couple weeks ago that Matt Good, former member of From First To Last and D.R.U.G.S is restoring From First To Last. They started a Kickstarter to raise some funds and managed to raise $25,000! This means they can now begin recording their EP. They are doing this interdependently, with just themselves and the fans. They wish to be label free this time around. There are still eight days left to donate, so if you'd like to donate to their Kickstarter, do it now while there is still time.
On December 16, We The Kings will be releasing their fourth album, which will be titled Somewhere, Somehow. The album artwork was just released. The track listing has yet to be released, but that will surely come soon.
On December 3, Simple Plan released a seven track EP called Get Your Heart On -The Second Coming. You can get the EP now from iTunes or their merch store.
This EP has been reviewed by Immortal Music for those who are interested.
The first bands for the 2014 Vans Warped tour have been announced. Air Dubai, For Today, Stray From The Path, Mixtapes, and Teenage Bottlerockets will be playing the North American Vans Warped tour. Tickets are also now on sale. Also, Fuse is now doing their Warped Roadies series once more. They air every Wednesday at 11/10c. Check your local listings for the channel numbers. On Warped Roadies, they are giving away VIP passes! To learn more, please go to the Fuse website.
Chris Motionless, the frontman for Motionless In White posted a lengthy rant on his personal Tumblr blog about the music industry, and said some very powerful, moving things when it comes to fans saying that they or any other band saved their lives. "NO band X, Y or Z did not save your life. IF in fact you were on the brink of any self harming action… it was YOU who pulled yourself from the ledge. You saved your life, You are the hero." If you are interested in seeing what else Chris had to say, please feel free to do so here.
Australian fans can catch Motionless In White along with A Day To Remember, HIM, Pennywise, Jimmy Eat World, and many more next year at the 2014 Soundwave Festival.
These are just some of the happenings in the music world. There will always be something that Immortal Music did not cover, but here are just some events.