This Week in Rock Music News

Written by: Teodor Nihtianov

From new releases by legends of the past, to upcoming tour news from bands new and old, we have some non-gossipy steel-plated information that is sure to fill up your curiosity quota for the week.  Here we go.

Lollapalooza 2014’s Official Lineup Adds Arctic Monkeys and … More Quantity than Quality

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The larger than life festival’s lineup is no longer just a rumor swimming through the endless internet ocean. It was recently confirmed that Arctic Monkeys have been added to the August 1-3rd festival, co-headlining with Eminem and … Outkast?  The one-hit wonders are returning to perform and we are supposed to get excited?  

When compared to rosters of years past, this year’s lineup has some decent bands but also a good portion of electronica and hip-hop. It will surely sell out, but it has to rank among its weakest lineups ever. You be the judge. Here is the Lollapalooza 2014 lineup.

Fleetwood Mac Announces On With The Show Tour as Christine McVie Returns

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Finally! After 16 years of seclusion, Christine McVie has decided to return to what is arguably the band’s most beloved lineup. She joins Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie, as the band launches their On With The Show tour which encompasses 34 shows in 33 cities starting on September 30th in Minneapolis. Get your tickets ASAP – Fleetwood Mac 2014 Tour Dates.

Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde Reveals Solo Album Debut Set For June

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As Pretenders’ leader Chrissie Hynde plans to release her first debut album entitled Stockholm, there is a spoonful of irony present in her solo debut. Hynde states that this compilation of songs was “more of collaboration than any Pretenders album ever was… “I wanted to make a power pop album you could dance to – Abba meets John Lennon.”

To the delight of all Pretenders fans, Stockholm will be released on June 10th and includes guest appearances by Neil Young, John McEnroe and Joakim Ahlund of the Caesars.

Pixies Compile Recent EPs on New Album, Indie Cindy

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It has been 23 years since their last masterpiece, so it is safe to say Indie Cindy walks hand in hand with a heavy dose of anticipation. Though it will be strange without bassist Kim Deal, their  original member who left the band last June. Look for it on April 29th (with a Japanese release date of April 23rd and a UK/European/International date of April 28th). Also, here is a song from the new album, melancholy, weird and melodic as hell, just how I like my Pixies.

Two New The Smashing Pumpkins Albums Set for 2015

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Yes you read that right, not one but two new albums from Illinois-based psychedelic/goth/punk/every influence that ever exists quartet. The two albums will be titled Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night and will apparently thrust guitars, guitars and some more guitars forward. So look out for two albums in classic Pumpkins tradition next year, we will keep you posted.

Yes Keeps Progging with Special U.S. Tour and New Album

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The progressive rock band Yes – with their current lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and vocalist Jon Davison – have announced a special 35-date U.S. summer tour.

What makes this tour so special is that the band will be performing their classic album Fragile in its entirety, as well as the equally brilliant Close to the Edge.  The band will then do an encore of the band’s greatest hits and material off their new studio album, Heaven and Earth, which is set for a July 8th release.

While many ardent Yes fans do not like the idea of a vocalist other than Jon Anderson, Jon Davison is a quality replacement and this announced set list is sure to sell out quickly. Get your tickets ASAP – Yes Tour Dates.

Gwar frontman Dave Brockie aka Oderus Urungus Dies at Age 50

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The rock n’ roll world was saddened this week as GWAR lead singer Dave Brockie was found dead in his hotel room. Ex-GWAR bassist had this to say: “Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known. He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”

When an artist dies so young and in such unexpected circumstances it leaves a wound in both fans and bandmates that will never truly heal. Our condolences go to Brockie’s family and friends.

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