ROCK NEWS REPORT 25 APR 18

posted by Aaron Zytle - 

BLINK-182 IS WORKING ON NEW MUSIC

Blink-182 is working on new music, according to a post shared by the band on social media. Bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker have both shared photos from the studio on their Snapchat accounts, with Hoppus writing in the caption for his, “New Blink-182 songs day one."

The trio has kept a low profile since wrapping up its 2017 tour in support of 2016's California, the band's first album without founding guitarist Tom DeLonge. With Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba replacing DeLonge, the album hit Number One on the Billboard 200 and the tour behind it was one of the bigger rock attractions of last year.

  • There is no official word yet on when the next Blink LP could arrive.
  • Meanwhile, as previously reported, the band is headed to the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas for a 16-date residency dubbed "Kings of the Weekend."
  • The run will begin May 26th and happen on select weekends through November 17th. Hoppus said in a statement, "When the Palms asked us to do a residency here in Vegas, we said 'Absolutely!' . . . the possibilities in Vegas are endless."

Story source: NME

CHECK IT OUT: Here are Blink's images from the studio:



A PERFECT CIRCLE MAPS OUT FALL NORTH AMERICAN DATES

A Perfect Circle will embark on a North American tour this fall in support of its new album, Eat the Elephant. The trek kicks off on October 20th in Salt Lake City and includes stops in Denver, Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, New York and Las Vegas before wrapping up on November 20th in Phoenix. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday (April 27th) at 10:00 a.m. local time.

The new road trip follows a shorter North American jaunt this spring that starts on May 12th in Somerset, Wisconsin and wraps May 26th in Dallas, after which A Perfect Circle will head to Europe.

  • Eat The Elephant arrived last week and marks A Perfect Circle's first album in 14 years, following 2004's eMOTive.
  • Newly announced A Perfect Circle tour dates (subject to change):
    October 24 – Austin, TX - Austin 360 Amphitheatre

Story source: Rolling Stone

SIDE NOTES: A Perfect Circle singer Maynard James Keenan has also been working on a long-awaited new album from Tool. The band has been in the studio recording, although it's not clear whether Keenan has laid down any vocal tracks yet, nor whether the new APC dates will affect his plans with Tool.



METALLICA AND SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS HOLD SIXTH ANNUAL 'METALLICA NIGHT'

Metallica and the San Francisco Giants held the sixth annual "Metallica Night" on Monday night (April 23rd) at AT&T Park in San Francisco, as the Giants took the field against the Washington Nationals. Members of the band were on hand to start things off right with the national anthem and first pitch, sticking around all night to cheer on the team against the Nationals.

  • Drummer Lars Ulrich threw out the first pitch, while guitarist Kirk Hammett took to the diamond for a fiery solo rendition of the national anthem.
  • Asked by NBC Sports if tossing out the first pitch has gotten easier over the last six years, Ulrich said, "Six years in, I think most of them have been where they should be. (I've had) the occasional bounce right at home plate, but there's been no embarrassments; it hasn't ended up in the dugout or out in the bay or anything like that."
  • Ulrich added, "We're so proud for the city of San Francisco, for the team and for the families and for the whole vibe here . . it's just so awesome that we still have this going."
  • A portion of the proceeds from every "Metallica Night" ticket sold will benefit the band's All Within My Hands foundation.
  • Metallica has always kept strong ties to the Bay Area sports scene: the band has also performed before Golden State Warriors basketball games and San Jose Sharks hockey games.

Story source: Blabbermouth

CHECK IT OUT: Watch footage from "Metallica Night":

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