FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH SHARES NEW ALBUM TITLE, RELEASE DATE, TOUR
Five Finger Death Punch will release its seventh full-length studio album, And Justice For None, on May 18th. The long-awaited set is available for pre-order as a standard 13-track physical CD, a deluxe physical CD featuring three bonus tracks and exclusive artwork, and a vinyl set also containing the three extra tracks and special gatefold artwork. Fans who pre-order the LP will also receive an exclusive ticket pre-sale code for Five Finger Death Punch's just-announced North American summer co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin.
- The release of And Justice For None was delayed for the better part of a year as a result of legal wrangling between Five Finger Death Punch and its now-former label, Prospect Park. The arrival of the record will fulfill the band's contractual obligation to the company.
- The group signed a new North American recording deal with Rise Records in 2016, which will begin with the album after this one.
- The band's co-headlining run with Breaking Benjamin will start on July 16th in Seattle, finishing up on September 9th in Cleveland. Nothing More and Bad Wolves will serve as special guests on most dates. Ticket pre-sales are already in progress and general sales begin Friday (March 16th).
- Prior to that, Five Finger Death Punch will hit a handful of festivals and play around a dozen dates with Shinedown this spring.
- Newly confirmed Five Finger Death Punch tour dates (subject to change):
August 1 - Austin360 Amphitheater - Austin, TX
August 3 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - Houston, TX (no Nothing More)
August 4 - Starplex Pavilion - Dallas, TX
PEARL JAM CONFIRMS NEW LP ON THE WAY
Pearl Jam has confirmed that its new song "Can't Deny Me" is from the band's upcoming 11th studio album and first since 2013's Lightning Bolt. The song, with lyrics by singer Eddie Vedder and music by guitarist Mike McCready, was co-produced by Pearl Jam and longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien. The track was recorded in Seattle last month and released as a surprise early download to fan club members last Saturday (March 10th).
- "Can't Deny Me" has since been made available for purchase at PearlJam.com and via all digital stores and streaming services.
- The song appears to take direct aim at Donald Trump -- although without mentioning his name.
- A release date and title for the full album have yet to be revealed.
- Pearl Jam is kicking off a South American tour this week and has shows scheduled for Europe and North America in the coming months.
Story source: Blabbermouth
CHECK IT OUT: Here's an excerpt from "Can't Deny Me":
JACK WHITE 'HIGHLY DOUBTS' WHITE STRIPES WILL EVER REUNITE
Jack White was asked if the White Stripes could ever reunite in a new interview with Rolling Stone, saying, "I highly doubt that would ever be a thing.” The notion of a White Stripes reunion came up when White was asked if he has ever put certain songs aside for either of his other projects, the Raconteurs or the Dead Weather, instead of his own solo records or the Stripes back when that band was active.
White responded, "That doesn’t really happen too much,” adding, “I’m not telling people what to think about the White Stripes. They can think whatever they want about it. But there is a case to be made that in a lot of ways, the White Stripes is Jack White solo. In a lot of ways.”
- He continued, “There’s only two people in the band. I was writing and producing and conducting. The melodies are coming from one person, the rhythm is coming from Meg (White, drummer).”
- White also said, "“People define things by the label you give them. I’m sure if Billy Corgan called his solo album Smashing Pumpkins, it probably would’ve sold twice as many copies or whatever.”
- White's new solo album, Boarding House Reach, is due out March 23rd and is his first collection of all-new music since 2014's Lazaretto.
- Earlier this month, White shared a song from the LP called "Over And Over And Over" -- a tune he wrote 13 years previously for the White Stripes.
- White will kick off a North American tour in support of Boarding House Reach on April 19th in Detroit -- remember to leave your mobile devices in the car as they're not allowed inside during the show.
Story source: Rolling Stone
SIDE NOTES: Whatever happened to Meg White? It's been 11 years since the White Stripes ended their last tour prematurely in 2007, nine years since she and Jack performed together for Conan O'Brien and seven years since the Stripes officially disbanded. Jack White last spoke extensively about his reclusive former wife and bandmate in this 2014 interview
CHECK IT OUT: Meg's last appearance with Jack, on the final episode of Late Night With Conan O'Brien: