Just days after they announced the cities for their upcoming tour of what they’re calling “classic theatres,” Jane’s Addiction have revealed the dates — and they’ve also lined up a sweet high-profile gig at Volkswagen’s pre-Super Bowl Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party on Feb. 5, where they’ll be appearing with the Roots and DJ Pete Wentz.
With a new album, ‘The Great Escape Artist,’ out for a few months and their latest single, ‘Underground,’ buzzing at radio, Jane’s Addiction are ready to return to the road for their first dates of 2012 — and this time, one of rock’s most theatrical acts is adding a suitably theatrical twist: the band will be stopping at “classic theatres” during a run of dates that will see them playing intimate venues across the country.
What can you do when you’ve sold more than 20 million records and the drummer for a blogger-friendly indie-rock duo tees off on you during an interview with Rolling Stone? Nickelback had to find the answer to the question recently, when Patrick Carney of the Black Keys said “Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world” — and to Nickelback’s credit, they were able to find the humor in the situation.
Rock started losing its primacy on the charts in the ’80s, and these days, the Top 40 is almost exclusively the domain of pop and hip-hop acts — a state of affairs that has prompted a steady flow of “is rock dead?” editorials over the last couple of decades. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney isn’t willing to bury the genre just yet, but during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he singled out Nickelback as a major cause of rock’s decline on the charts.
This month will be a big one for Van Halen fans, as the band is expected to debut the leadoff single from its long-awaited new album and start selling tickets for its 2012 world tour. But for a few lucky spectators at New York’s Cafe Wha?, the fun will begin this Thursday (Jan. 5), when the band takes the small club’s stage for what’s rumored to be a 45-minute, invitation-only warm-up set.
Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst promised fans that he’d have “huge news” about the band this month, and just in the nick of time, he’s lived up to his word: According to an announcement released today, he and his bandmates will be entering 2012 ready to continue their “true rock and roll journey” without a record label.
New Year’s resolutions: Most people don’t live up to them, but everyone makes ‘em — even your favorite hard rockers. How do we know? Thanks to the good people at Noisecreep, who asked a long list of rock’s heaviest hitters to share their plans for 2012, including Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale, Skillet vocalist John Cooper and Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack.
Van Halen surprised everyone on Dec. 26 with the news of their upcoming world tour and then a couple days later with news of their new album’s Feb. 7 release date, but when you’re one of the biggest bands in the world, stuff like this just doesn’t happen overnight — the plans have obviously been in the works for quite some time.
The day after Christmas, Van Halen teased long-suffering fans with the news of a 2012 tour, coupled with new performance footage and a mysterious graphic saying only “2.7.12″ — and ever since, we’ve been trying to figure out what it all means.
The end of the year tends to be a reflective time for most people — a time of looking back at where we’ve been, assessing what we’ve learned, and looking toward the future. And even though he might have a cooler hat collection (not to mention more guitar-playing ability) than most of us, Slash is no different — as evidenced by his recent column for Esquire, titled ‘What I’ve Learned.’
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