ROCK NEWS REPORT 19 MAR 18

posted by Aaron Zytle -

A PERFECT CIRCLE'S JAMES IHA SITTING OUT TOUR FOR SMASHING PUMPKINS

A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha is going to sit out the band's tour this spring because of his commitments to the Smashing Pumpkins reunion trek. According to Guitar World, A Perfect Circle has tapped longtime friend Greg Edwards from Failure to fill in on guitar. A statement from the band reiterated that Iha remains a member of A Perfect Circle.

A Perfect Circle will begin its spring run on April 14th at a radio festival in Tucson, Arizona. The band's new album, Eat The Elephant, is set for release on April 20th and will be the first collection of studio recordings from the band since the 2004 covers LP eMOTive.

  • The long-awaited semi-reunion of the original Pumpkins was confirmed last month with the announcement of a 36-city North American tour that will begin in Glendale, Arizona on July 12th.
  • Joining the three charter members -- Iha, frontman William Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin -- will be Jeff Schroeder on guitar and Jack Bates on bass. Founding bassist D'arcy Wretzky will not participate, and has accused Corgan of rescinding an offer to join the reunion.
  • The show will feature material exclusively off the first five Pumpkins albums, from their debut Gish to the last LP to feature the original lineup, Machina: The Machines Of God.

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Watch James Iha performing in 2016 with the Smashing Pumpkins:

KORN'S JONATHAN DAVIS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR SOLO EFFORT

KORN'S JONATHAN DAVIS SETS RELEASE DATE FOR SOLO EFFORT - (03/19/2018)

Korn's Jonathan Davis has set May 25th as the release date for his new solo album, saying on Matt Pinfield's podcast, "I just finished (the album) last night actually. I’ve still been working on it. I’ve been working on songs being mixed, so the last song I finished last night. It’s being mixed today and it’ll be done." Davis released a first single called "What It Is" in January.

Davis has yet to decide on a title for the disc, which he has been writing and recording on and off since 2007. Asked in a recent interview about the sound of the project, he explained, "It's completely different. It's a different thing. It's something I've been working on for 10 years. It's just a crazy, different world music hybrid of all kinds of things, and there are all kinds of different players who play on the record. And I'm really proud of it."

  • The singer will kick off a solo North American tour on April 6th in Portland, Oregon, ending on May 18th in Boston. Korn drummer Ray Luzier will be part of the backing band.

Story source: Loudwire

SIDE NOTES:

  • Davis also said in the Pinfield interview that Korn has been "talking about a covers album for years," with recordings of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band and Billy Squier's "The Stroke" already in the can.
  • Davis remarked, “It’s been a work in progress for a long time. But whenever we get a little free time, we go ahead and do a couple songs. One day it’ll see the light of day.”

CHECK IT OUT: Watch Jonathan's video for "What It Is":

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