For the last month, Foo Fighters’ website has been counting down to Midnight on Monday, November 23rd. The clock has now struck 00:00:00:00, revealing news of a surprise new EP called Saint Cecilia that’s available to download right this very second.
A letter from Dave Grohl:
19 November 2015
Tonight, Let me begin with a preface to a letter I wrote a few weeks ago from my hotel room in Berlin while on our final tour for this album. I felt the need to write this foreword in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of Nov. 13th, as this project has now taken on an entirely different tone. As has everything, it seems…
The Saint Cecilia EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us.
Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away.
To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done.
Saint Cecilia Tracklist:
01. Saint Cecilia
03. Savior Breath
04. Iron Rooster
05. The Neverending Sigh
Foo Fighters are offering free downloads via their website. Pre-orders are also ongoing for a vinyl edition.
The EAGLES OF DEATH METAL have spoken in an interview for the first time since the horrific attack at the Bataclan where they were playing Friday November 13th in Paris, France.
This week VICE founder Shane Smith sat down with Jesse Hughes and bandmate Joshua Homme to talk about those they lost, what happened that night, and to try to figure out what it is that they—and we—can do next.
Below is a preview on vice.com. Next week the entire interview will be released.
All told 89 people lost their lives in the attack on the Bataclan that night. The Guardian UK has a great timeline article on what happened that night. We highly suggest reading it.
Epitaph Records hardcore band The Ghost Inside was involved in a horrific bus accident this morning while traveling from Lubbock, Texas, where they performed on November 18 to Phoenix, Arizona, where they were slated to perform on November 20. According to KVIA, the crash took place at 9:16 a.m.
Jay Ivie, a witness, told KFMX that it was the worst accident he had ever seen. There is no word on the condition of the band or their crew only that there were two fatalities on the scene (believed to be the drivers of both vehicles) and 10 more people being transported to a local medical facility.
According to CBS4’s Lashay Wesley, multiple survivors were transported to a local hospital via medical helicopter.
The Ghost Inside have issued the following statement:
"Thanks to everyone who reached out with concern today. The Ghost Inside was involved in a serious bus accident outside El Paso, TX this morning. All 5 band members + all members of the crew are alive and currently being treated for their injuries. Please keep them in your thoughts as well as their bus driver and those in the other vehicle who did not make it. Unfortunately, all US shows on the Locals Only Tour are cancelled. Refunds available at point of purchase. We will update you more when we can.”
Message To Venus has announced November 27th as the official release date for their full length release, Victims & Villains. The album will be available via iTunes
(available now for presale) and Amazon, and is being released by 3Thirteen Entertainment / eOne.
Victims & Villains was recorded in the band's native San Juan, Puerto Rico with producer Leo Alvarez. The album features the two previously released singles "Hollow" and "Over And Done".
The recording and release of Victims & Villains was made possible by Message To Venus' dedicated fans, which helped the band generate over $11,000 dollars in support. Fans who contributed to the crowd-funding campaign received special bonuses like an advance copy of the album, limited-edition Message To Venus comic books, and more.
Vocalist/guitarist Jandre Nadal states, "This would not be possible if it wasn't for all the support we received through our last Indiegogo campaign! If it wasn't for our fans, friends and families that supported us, this album would still be in the studio. People have no idea how expensive it is to release an album nowadays. We are grateful for all the support and very proud of what we accomplished with this new album."
Victims & Villains acts as follow up to the band's previously released album The Envelope (2011), which, along with lead single "Universal You", was acclaimed by established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm.
Message To Venus is currently planning tour dates for 2016 - stay tuned!
LAMB OF GOD have issued the following statement:
"Due to concerns brought to our attention by the venue security team yesterday in Tilburg — and continued general concerns across Europe — we have decided against putting our fans, our crew and ourselves in this position night after night and will be canceling the remainder of our performances in Europe. This is a decision we are making on behalf of the fans, our crew, and our band, as well as the well-being of everyone's family, friends and loved ones at home. Stay safe, and we will see you very soon."
CHILDREN OF BODOM, currently on tour with Lamb Of God, responded with their own statement: "LAMB OF GOD have chosen to leave the tour due to security concerns in Europe. Our team has been working very hard to make all of the remaining shows happen. We want to continue on the road and play the rest of the tour. Unfortunately, the promoter has decided to move forward and cancel tonight's show in Oberhausen, Germany, and the additional shows in Germany."
The EAGLES OF DEATH METAL have issued a statement regarding the attack at the Bataclan in Paris Friday night on their official Facebook page:
While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.
Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.
All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.
Saxon is selling a new shirt with all proceeds going to a charitable trust.
From their Facebook page: Liberté, égalité, fraternité - Heavy Metal Thunder France t-shirt in memory of Nick Alexander – R.I.P.
Translated: Liberty, equality, fraternity - heavy metal thunder France T-shirt in memory of Nick Alexander - R.I.P.
From their website:
ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS T-SHIRT WILL BE DONATED TO A CHARITABLE TRUST AS INSTRUCTED BY NICK'S FAMILY.
You can purchase the shirt RIGHT HERE.
Nick Alexander, merch manager for the Eagles Of Death Metal's European tour was killed Friday night in Paris, Fance at the Bataclan shootings. You can read more about him HERE.
Friends of Alexander have set up a GoFundMe account for Alexander's memorial fund.
Tool have announced a few US tour dates for January 2016! Support comes from Primus and 3Teeth.
From their official Facebook page : "Those faint glimpses of TOOL SHOWS that I recently perceived in the scrying mirror can now be considered official. Indeed, something wicked your way comes…THE UNPARALLELED SONIC AND VISUAL EXPERIENCE OF TOOL LIVE.
TICKETS FOR THE FOLLOWING SHOWS GO ON-SALE
THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th."
Saturday, January 9 - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Wednesday, January 13 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Saturday, January 16 - Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
Sunday, January 17 - Grand Prairie, TX (Dallas) @ Verizon Theatre
Tuesday, January 19 - Southaven, MS (Memphis) @ Landers Center
Saturday, January 23 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Monday, January 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
Tuesday, January 26 - Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
Reports indicate that Nathalie Jardin, the house light tech at Bataclan in Paris, France died from gun shot wounds suffered Friday night in the terrorist attacks.
No more information is present at this time.
You can scroll down to read about other music industry and live music industry people who passed away at Bataclan Friday night.
Universal Music Group executive, Thomas Ayad, was among the victims of Friday night's terrorist attacks in Paris, the company has confirmed.
Thoams Ayad, an international product manager for Universal's Mercury Records label, died in the attack on the Bataclan theater that killed 87 people during a performance by the band Eagles of Death Metal. (The total number of casualties keeps fluctiating and will until a 'final' toll is announced in days to come.)
Universal Music Group Chairman Lucian Grainge called the loss "an unspeakably appalling tragedy," in a Saturday note to employees provided to the Los Angeles Times.
"I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow," Grainge wrote. "On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family."
The Eagles of Death Metal were reportedly seven songs into its sold-out concert when gunshots interrupted the performance. The 19th century venue was packed with more than 1,500 fans. The band has now canceled the remaining 20 dates on its European tour, according to promoters.
Eagles of Death Metal is a Universal Music artist. Universal Music is owned by the French media conglomerate Vivendi SA.
Universal Music France president Pascal Negre named two employees killed as Marie and Manu on Twitter, but did not provide their surnames.
Here is the entire letter from Lucian Grainge provided by the LA Times:
Today, I'm writing to you with a heavy heart.
We, like so many around the world, are struggling with last night's horrific tragedy in France.
Paris is in our thoughts and prayers. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims as well as our fervent wishes for healing for all of those affected by this senseless violence.
This is especially painful and personal for all of us. As many of you know, the band Eagles of Death Metal is part of the UMe and Mercury France family. The band and its crew as well as our own teams from Mercury and other UMG staffs were present at the Bataclan theater for last night's show.
At this point, we have confirmed that Thomas Ayad, an international product manager for Mercury Records lost his life in the attack on the theater. This is an unspeakably appalling tragedy. I cannot even begin to express the depth of my sorrow. On behalf of everyone here at UMG, we extend our most profound sympathies to his parents and all of his friends and family.
We will update you further as information permits. In the meantime, please send all healing thoughts and prayers for those affected by this heinous act.
Today is a dark day. We are a family. Let's support one another as we grapple with the weight of this darkness.