The Hottest Band In The World, KISS has recently announced on their website and social networks the rescheduled dates for their North American tour which was supposed to take place in the coming weeks but was curtailed like so many other things by the Coronavirus Pandeminc. Take a look down below for the listings and I will return with some closing thoughts and a couple of treats for you as well. Fans will be excited that the legendary Van Halen singer David Lee Roth will be opening on most shows.
As expected, in addition to all of the Spring tours that are starting to be announced so come the festivals that will be happening across the nation. In an effort to keep supporting these kinds of happenings, I will be sharing broadcasts of interest. Here is the skinny on the 2020 Epicenter Festival which is a Danny Wimmer Presents affair.
The Press Release:
The music lineup has been announced for Epicenter 2020, May 1, 2 and 3 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. As previously announced, rock icons Metallica will headline Friday, May 1 and Sunday, May 3, performing two different headlining sets. Multi-platinum band Disturbed will headline Saturday, May 2. The diverse and massive music lineup for Epicenter also includes Lynyrd Skynyrd (in an exclusive 2020 North Carolina performance), Deftones, Godsmack, Volbeat, Staind, Papa Roach, David Lee Roth, Gojira, Chevelle, Cypress Hill, Rancid, Royal Blood, Anthrax, Dropkick Murphys, I Prevail, Alter Bridge and many more.
As previously announced, Metallica–recently named the world’s biggest all-time touring act by Pollstar–will exclusively headline all five Danny Wimmer Presents hard rock festivals in 2020 in a unique collaboration unprecedented for any American festival promoter or band. Epicenter is the first performance in this festival series.
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The Press Release:
David Lee Roth – front man and voice of Van Halen – is coming to Las Vegas. Toastmaster general of the immoral majority Diamond Dave is bringing the rock to the House of Blues Las Vegas with a residency beginning on Jan. 8, 10, and 11 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
David Lee Roth: ROCKS VEGAS will delight fans with an explosive two-guitar sound, bringing his long list of mega familiar hits to life that you’ve only heard on the radio till now. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com with presales beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10.
With a changing set of 26 instantly recognizable songs, including “Jump,” “Panama,” and “California Girls,” it is the sound of a generational prison break.
“A weekend with me,” laughed Roth, “is interactive way beyond just music. It starts with the best food on earth. The fellas smoke their three cigarettes for the year and we all stay up way past our bedtime!”
“House of Blues Las Vegas is known as an intimate venue where fans can see huge, legendary acts and that tradition continues with David joining our family,” said Chief Operating Officer of Live Nation Clubs and Theaters Division Ben Weeden.
ROCKS VEGAS 2020 performance dates (Doors 7:30 p.m., Show time 8:30 p.m.; Ages 18+):
• Jan. 8, 10-11
• March 18, 20-21, 25, 27-28
Tickets for David Lee Roth: ROCKS VEGAS start at $63.50, plus applicable fees and go on sale Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are available by visiting HouseofBlues.com/DavidLeeRoth, MandalayBay.com, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. A Citi® Card Member, SiriusXM, Fan Club and M Life presales begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. The House of Blues, Blabbermouth and Live Nation presales begin Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.
Sinatra, Gaga, Elvis, Roth – only the most 3-dimensional and colorful performers take up residence in the showbiz capitol of the world. Most bring great shows to Vegas – David Lee Roth IS Las Vegas. Sin City, where we love, laugh and live it up. Las Vegas is where we celebrate and do the victory dance. Diamond Dave at the House of Blues Las Vegas is the perfect soundtrack.
About House Of Blues:
Founded in 1992, the 11 House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.
About Mandalay Bay:
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center combine to make Mandalay Bay a distinctive Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: We grew up loving the seminal years of the mighty Van Halen and when Dave went solo we were right there with him. This residency should be fun and bring out the entertainer that Roth is for sure. I don’t generally get to these residency shows for the purposes of media but this one sure sounds like it could be a blast and a worthwhile trip. Sure I’d rather see Roth fronting Van Halen but lord only knows when and if that is going to be happening ever again. What do you readers think about this announcement? Chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time.
Official Website: http://www.davidleeroth.com
Though today is a gloomy and rainy day here in my NYC Metropolis, the power of music shines as radiant as the blazing sun as we raise a glass to the mighty Van Halen and their self-titled debut album which celebrates its fortieth anniversary today. Speaking frankly, “Van Halen I” as many are apt to refer to it is a “Milestone Among Milestones” and since all the hard scoop about it is already documented on its Official Wikipedia entry (linked below), I’ll be sticking to the more personal reflections on how this album hit me as a then very young music fan. Now, as I scroll back through the sands of time to my own first go-round about the album, I must admit that I couldn’t recall hearing it when it was first released in 1978 and think that it was probably closer towards the end of the Summer of 1979. I had already been enjoying the melodies of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Renaissance and KISS with the four masked men being my own discovery some years earlier. My folks listened to the other stuff I mentioned, and I remain very happy about their musical offerings to me.
I first learned about the existence of Van Halen on the streets of Brooklyn and while that might sound tougher than it is, its just reflecting on the times when teens spent time together outside. There weren’t home video games like there are today and while Atari had its “Pong” and I think another game, no one I knew owned a console, so you did other stuff. One of the girls in my circle of the day pulled out this sleek looking record with the cool cover and awesome logo and asked if we had heard them yet. We hadn’t, and she let us hear the track that was playing on some radio stations which was “You Really Got Me” (the bands take on the classic by The Kinks) and I have to admit that I was hooked straightaway. We also got a good listen to the guitar skills of Edward Van Halen on the “Eruption” track and I remember friends who dabbled with guitar at the time looking dumbfounded. The stuff Eddie was doing during this solo seemed like from another dimension of sound. Let’s look at the full-on album tracks before continuing.
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Hot off the news about the first-ever live album in “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” (which I discussed HERE in the event you missed it); the legendary Van Halen has announced a summer tour. Let’s take a look at the full press release, dates and promotional art. I’ll close out with some editorial of course.
The Press Release:
In celebration of a 2015 Summer/Fall North American Tour, VAN HALEN will perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30 on Hollywood Boulevard. Featuring some of the band’s essential rock and roll classics, the concert will be broadcast over two nights, March 30 and March 31, on the late night talk show and marks VAN HALEN’s first U.S. television performance with original lead singer David Lee Roth. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. / 10:35 p.m. Central time on ABC.
VAN HALEN is touring North America beginning July 5 in Seattle, Washington at the White River Amphitheater, with concerts scheduled through October 2 in Los Angeles, California at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd will support all dates along the tour. Tickets for the Live Nation-promoted tour go on sale beginning April 4 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com with special pre-sale information being announced locally. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.
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