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The Format’s Comeback Sells Out, Sparks Outcries – Ticket Sites are Backed Up and Too Slow

JUNE 11, 2020 UPDATE: In the interest of following government guidelines and keeping everyone safe, The Format has moved the reunion shows from this July to next July 2021.
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MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE: Due to concerns related to the coronavirus, The Format has decided to move their upcoming shows to this July.
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On February 4th, 2020, exactly 12 years to the day after The Format shocked music fans with the announcement of a hiatus, they caused a scene with another announcement: they would be playing five shows in three cities in the spring of 2020. 

The Format was born in Arizona, formed by friends and classmates Nate Ruess and Sam Means, and it could be argued that they are a quintessentially Arizona band. It would hard, if not impossible, to find an Arizonan who did not hear the song “Tune Out” and nod in weary understanding when hearing the lyrics, “The 51 is backed up and too slow,” quite possibly while they were sitting on the aforementioned 51 – which is, unsurprisingly, even more backed up these days 17 years after the song was released. 

The Format with their live band at Tucson’s KFMA Day 2005
Nate Ruess, Mike Schey, Don Raymond, Marko Buzard, Adam Boyd, Sam Means
Photography:
Katherine Amy Vega © All Rights Reserved.

There was some rumbling on social media about the concerts listed at first: two in New York, Two in Chicago and only one in their hometown. The belief was that there should be at least two here in Phoenix – after all, it is their hometown. 

Once the presale went live it became very apparent that The Format was greatly missed by their adoring fans. The website was overwhelmed, causing massive headaches for those trying to buy the limited presale tickets. The demand was so intense and the presale sold out so fast that an extra show was added in each city: now there were three in New York and Chicago and two in Phoenix. 

The decision was also made to move the sale from the TicketWeb platform to Ticketmaster, likely due to the latter having a better architecture to handle the expected flood of diehard fans trying to snag the very limited tickets. 

The name Ticketmaster — to anyone who enjoys live music at all — is a four-letter word. In recent months, there have been many major shows that sell out very quickly, only to have massive amounts of tickets pop up in the secondary market at obscene prices. 

The 2017 Metallica scandal is still fresh in the minds of many; the scalping of 4,400 tickets per show by design – benefiting the band, companies and individuals involved at the cost of alienating the fans that were left out in the cold or with lighter wallets than they would have if the company had played fair.

For that reason – and many others – it is not hard to feel an added layer of trepidation and frustration when waiting in the queue for tickets – after all, how many bots and scalpers are you fighting to get in to see your favorite band? 

Unfortunately for many fans of The Format, today would not be an exception. 

At 12 noon, the floodgates opened and many fans found themselves staring at their screens in disbelief. The queue for the second show at the Van Buren – a venue that has a capacity of 1,800 – showed that there were 2,000+ people in front of anyone not there in the first minute of the tickets going on sale. 

At 12:10 a link suddenly popped up at the bottom of the screen for those in the queue. Just above it the announcement read, in not so many words: Yeah, ok, we should have led with three shows. We just added another one.

By 12:20 everyone in the queue for the newest show at The Van Buren was getting messages that the third show was sold out, and minutes after, the first tickets showed up on resale sites for predictably obscene amounts. The band may have found, to their surprise, that they were a far, far bigger deal than they realized they would still be after 12 years. 

Adding extra shows can result in diminishing demand as each show is added. However, in this case there was no slowdown from the first show to the third — a sign of how well-loved they are even after all this time away.

February 27 Update

NYC + Phoenix: The Format has launched a scalper-free ticket exchange with Lyte for the shows at The Bowery Ballroom + The Van BurenHERE

As the day wore on and more people on social media got angrier and angrier about the tickets being scooped up by scalpers, The Format posted an acknowledgement on their Facebook page. The below is part of their statement:

“We’ve seen a bunch of folks posting and saying that scalpers are taking all of the tickets. We want to let you know that we are working with the venues to scour every ticket purchase and make sure that they go to our true fans…not scalpers. We’ve already cancelled a bunch of purchases and made tickets available again.”

February 27 Update

NYC + Phoenix: The Format has launched a scalper-free ticket exchange with Lyte for the shows at The Bowery Ballroom + The Van Burenhttps://lyte.com/theformat/

The Format will forever be a cherished band and a staple from the young adulthood of many that grew up here in Phoenix and elsewhere. Their return from hiatus, however long it may last, is a welcome and exciting one, and their willingness to listen to their fans and address an issue that is causing anguish among their potential concert-goers is refreshing. To the few that managed to snag tickets, congratulations are in order. The message to the band from the fans, including this writer, is clear:

Welcome back. We’ve missed you.


The Format released its 2007 live DVD/documentary Live at the Mayan Theatre for the first time ever to listen to on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon, and more, as well as to watch on Amazon Prime Video and The Format YouTube channel.  

The Format Online

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Featured photo (top) December 17th, 2004 at Body Soul
by Katherine Amy Vega
© All Rights Reserved

Lamb of God Releases First New Music in Five Years, “Checkmate,” from Upcoming Self-Titled Album, Due Out May 8

Lamb of God has revealed a brand new single and video, “Checkmate,” from the band’s first release in five years, and the first to feature new drummer Art Cruz. The self-titled Lamb Of God is due out May 8 via Epic Records.

Watch “Checkmate” Now Here

“‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the Lamb of God sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” says guitarist Mark Morton. “Re-energized and reignited, this is Lamb of God 2020. We’ve never been more excited.”

The fact that the band’s eighth studio effort would warrant ‘self-titled’ status is a testament to the band’s pride and satisfaction with these songs and this period in their creativity.

Putting only our name on it is a statement,
Vocalist D. Randall Blythe says.
This is Lamb Of God. Here and now.

A true collaboration between all members of the band, Lamb of God’s eighth studio album is an amalgam of each individual’s contributions, blended to create a singular style. Guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler fuel the album with a mountain of riffs, taking what Lamb of God are known for, and unbelievably, upping the ante to new levels. The rhythm section of John Campbell, looming large as a rhythmic shadow, and drummer Art Cruz, who makes his studio debut with Lamb of God here on this record, underpin the proceedings with passion, sweat and expansive dynamics. Vocalist D. Randall Blythe is as angry, insightful, and informed as ever. Never one to shrink from facing the darker aspects of our nature head-on, Blythe delivers with no punches pulled, and as only he and Lamb of God can in 2020.

In celebration of the release of “Checkmate” and the announce of the new album, Lamb of God will appear at a special show at the House of Vans in Chicago on February 14. The event is free and fans can RSVP beginning at 12 noon CST today at the House of Vans website here. The event will include a photography exhibit featuring photos from D. Randall Blythe that will be included in the new Lamb of God album artwork. Harm’s Way will open the show.

In the midst of writing the ten songs that appear on Lamb Of God, the group hit pause on the works-in-progress to man the stage as main support Slayer’s “The Final Campaign.” After months of playing their best-known songs nightly, Lamb of God returned to the new tracks and began to work with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (Korn, Megadeth, Gojira, Trivium). Special guests Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and Chuck Billy (Testament) also make appearances on Lamb Of God.

Pre-order/Pre-Save Lamb Of God Here

Lamb of God

Lamb Of God Tracklisting

  1. Memento Mori
  2. Checkmate
  3. Gears
  4. Reality Bath
  5. New Colossal Hate
  6. Resurrection Man
  7. Poison Dream (feat. Jamey Jasta)
  8. Routes (feat. Chuck Billy)
  9. Bloodshot Eyes
  10. On The Hook

The Richmond, Virginia, quintet propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake, released in 2004, was the first Lamb of God album to be certified gold by the RIAA, as was 2006’s Sacrament, which also made a Top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. In 2009, Lamb of God released Wrath, their first with Wilbur at producer, and earned the number one album spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts, with a number two position on the Billboard 200.

Those number one positions were repeated with 2012’s Resolution, which swung effortlessly between thrash, traditional metal, sludgy doom, with flashes of crust punk swagger and bravado. Lamb of God’s last album, VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number three and finished number 2 in the world charts, reaching Top 5 in five countries and six addition Top 15 positions.

In 2020, Lamb of God is re-energized and unrelenting, ready to lay claim to the metal throne.

Lamb of God Tour Dates

2/14- Chicago, IL @ House of Vans *Headline show

European Tour with Kreator and Power Trip

  • 3/27 – Stockholm, SE @ Fryshuset Arenan
  • 3/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box
  • 3/30 – Oulu, FI @ Club Teatria
  • 3/31 – Helsinki, FI @ Ice Hall Black Box
  • 4/2 – Kraków, PO @ Tauron Arena
  • 4/3 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
  • 4/4 – Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle
  • 4/5 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Kulturzentrum Schlachthof
  • 4/7 – Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
  • 4/8 – Munich, DE @ Zenith
  • 4/9 – Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
  • 4/11 – Hamburg, DE @ Sporthalle
  • 4/14 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzmatazz
  • 4/15 – Madrid, ES @ Sala Riviera
  • 4/17 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix
  • 4/18 – Saarbrücken, DE @ Saarlandhalle
  • 4/19 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique
  • 4/21 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
  • 4/22 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy
  • 4/23 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy Glasgow
  • 4/24 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
  • 4/25 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
  • 5/9 – Daytona Beach, FL @ Welcome to Rockville *US Festival

Lamb of God Is:

  • D. Randall Blythe – Vocals
  • Mark Morton – Guitar
  • Willie Adler – Guitar
  • John Campbell – Bass
  • Art Cruz – Drums

Lamb of God Online

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Featured photo (top) by Travis Shinn


Grammy-Nominated, Multi-Platinum Selling Band Incubus Announce Summer 2020 North American Tour With 311

Today, multi-platinum selling band Incubus has announced they will be hitting the road this summer on their upcoming North American amphitheater tour. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will kick off July 15 in Auburn, WA and will travel to 35+ cities across the country before concluding September 5 in Noblesville, IN. The Grammy-nominated band will be joined on the trek by alternative rock stalwarts 311, who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2020 (and will play all 50 U.S. States over the year) and Badflower, who recently had two #1 songs at Rock Radio. This summer marks the first time in 20 years that Incubus and 311 have toured together. The band also announced the release of their highly anticipated new EP, Trust Fall (Side B), in April 2020. Pre-save the EP HERE.

Tickets On Sale To The General Public Starting February 7 At LiveNation.com

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Fans can gain first access to the artist presale beginning tomorrow, February 5 at 10am local through Thursday, February 6 at 10pm local. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, February 7 at 10am local time HERE. Pre-order the new EP, Trust Fall (Side B), with your ticket purchase and receive the new music directly to your email inbox the day it comes out in April 2020. Until then, you can listen to the new single, “Our LoveHERE.

Please note: EP price includes all applicable taxes and fees. Download instructions will be sent via email on release date (4/17/2020). Orders placed after the release date will receive download instructions within 1-3 business days after purchase.

Meet & Greet Upgrade

Incubus

Fans can also upgrade their tickets to include a meet & greet with Incubus, invitation to the Incubus pre-show jam session, option to watch the entire Incubus set from the side of the stage, and more. Visit HERE for more information. Fans can also purchase 311 VIP Packages starting Wednesday, February 5 at 10am local HERE, which include a chance to meet the band and/or watch 311 from side-stage. A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

Incubus’ upcoming EP release, Trust Fall (Side B), will include their recently released single “Our Love” – Listen HERE. On the track, the band lock into an irresistible intergalactic groove, orbiting a funky bass line and percussive bounce. Sinewy and spacey guitar gives way to wistful acoustic strumming. Frontman Brandon Boyd’s voice lifts off on a hypnotic chant before a searing solo. Meanwhile, the visual transports the musicians to a new galaxy altogether. After crash landing on a remote planet, Boyd connects with his bandmates. They jam in a psychedelic desert underneath a bright sun before slipping into a wonderland populated by mushrooms with a Fungus Amongus flare. Watch the song’s music video HERE.

The EP will also include last year’s “Into The Summer,” which clocked upwards of 1 million views on the official music video as it attracted critical acclaim. Not to mention, they performed it live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In addition to features from Billboard and KERRANG!, who raved that the track has “got a great chorus, and the guitar work has a spacey Ratatat-ish vibe,Forbes noted, “Incubus have grown into a true legacy act, a band that has headlined festivals and arenas around the world, that have a dedicated following that eagerly awaits each new song, like “Into The Summer” and that a generation of fans have grown up with.”

Incubus 2020 Tour Dates with 311 & Badflower:

DATECITYVENUE
July 15, 2020Auburn, WAWhite River Amphitheatre
July 17, 2020Concord , CAConcord Pavilion
July 18, 2020Irvine, CAFivePoint Amphitheatre (on sale beginning 11am local time)
July 19, 2020Chula Vista, CANorth Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 21, 2020Phoenix, AZAk-Chin Pavilion
July 22, 2020Albuquerque, NMIsleta Amphitheater
July 24, 2020Salt Lake City, UTUSANA Amphitheatre
July 25, 2020Denver, COFiddler’s Green Amphitheatre*
July 26, 2020Bonner Springs, KSProvidence Medical Center Amphitheatre*
July 28, 2020Dallas, TXDos Equis Pavilion
July 29, 2020Austin, TXGermania Insurance Amphitheater
July 30, 2020Houston, TXThe Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 1, 2020Atlanta, GACellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
August 2, 2020Tampa, FLMIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 4, 2020West Palm Beach, FLiTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
August 6, 2020Charlotte, NCPNC Music Pavilion
August 7, 2020Bristow, VAJiffy Lube Live
August 8, 2020Virginia Beach, VAVeterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
August 11, 2020Saratoga Springs, NYSaratoga Performing Arts Center
August 12, 2020Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
August 14, 2020Mansfield, MAXfinity Center
August 15, 2020Hartford, CTXFINITY Theatre
August 16, 2020Gilford, NHBank of New Hampshire Pavilion
August 18, 2020Burgettstown, PAS&T Bank Music Park
August 19, 2020Darien Center, NYDarien Lake Amphitheater
August 21, 2020Syracuse, NYSt. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
August 22, 2020Wantagh, NYNorthwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
August 23, 2020Camden, NJBB&T Pavilion
August 26, 2020Cleveland, OHBlossom Music Center
August 28, 2020Tinley Park, ILHollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
August 29, 2020Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
August 30, 2020Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
September 1, 2020Maryland Heights, MOHollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
September 2, 2020Rogers, ARWalmart AMP (on sale beginning 1pm local time)
September 4, 2020Nashville, TNBridgestone Arena
September 5, 2020Noblesville, INRuoff Music Center

*not a Live Nation date

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About Incubus:

Since first coming together in 1991, IncubusBrandon Boyd (Vocal), Mike Einziger (Guitar), Jose Pasillas II (Drums), Chris Kilmore (Keyboard/DJ) and Ben Kenney (Bass) – have consistently elevated themselves and alternative music to new creative heights. The California band’s sales eclipse 23 million albums worldwide to date with multi-platinum and platinum certifications from around the globe.

Most recently, 2017’s 8 bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their fifth consecutive Top 5 debut on the respective chart. 2019 saw them celebrate the 20th anniversary of their triple-platinum classic, Make Yourself, with a sold-out tour. Additionally, they maintain their status as a streaming phenomenon, averaging 4.1 million monthly listeners on Spotify and clocking over 1 billion-plus streams. They continue their next chapter in partnership with ADA Worldwide, plotting more music for 2020.


About 311:

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer SA Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Southern California. 311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound – and have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands in the U.S.

2020 will mark 21 consecutive summers for 311 to headline the US. 311 plan to play all 50 U.S. States in 2020 in celebration of their 30th Anniversary. 311’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide.

311 have so far released 13 studio albums, selling over nine million albums in the U.S. alone. 10 consecutive albums reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and they’ve had nine Top 10 radio hits, including three #1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset in July.” 311’s feature film ENLARGED TO SHOW DETAIL 3 was screened in 240 cinemas nationwide March 11, 2019. More 311 info via their official website.


Incubus Online:

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Featured photo (top) by Julian Schratter

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Circa Survive Reissues Blue Sky Noise on Limited Edition Vinyl

Psychedelic post-hardcore group Circa Survive will be reissuing their major label debut Blue Sky Noise on vinyl via Hopeless Records on March 20th. The album had a big debut landing on numerous Billboard charts including #1 Billboard 200, #1 Tastemakers, #3 Top Rock Albums, #11 Top Current Albums, #11 Top Album Sales, and #17 Vinyl Albums. The band will be celebrating the 10th anniversary by hitting the road with Polyphia and Gouge Away in tow on their Blue Sky Noise 10 Year Anniversary Tour that will kickoff on release day (dates below).

The limited edition commemorative vinyl reissue is an exclusive three LP set of the remastered version of Blue Sky Noise and fan favorite Appendage. This edition also includes previously unreleased demos from the Blue Sky Noise studio sessions called Appendage II. The vinyl reissue is limited to 4,000 units and features brand-new expanded packaging, triple gatefold jacket with the collection pressed on pink, yellow, and blue vinyl. Each album will include a seeded wildflower download card that is fully-plantable and biodegradable. In addition, a dollar from every album sold will be used to plant a tree through a donation to One Tree Planted. Learn more about One Tree Planted at OneTreePlanted.org. Preorders are now live and can be placed here.

Blue Sky Noise LP1

Side A

  1. Strange Terrain
  2. Get Out
  3. Glass Arrows

Side B

  1. I Felt Free
  2. Imaginary Enemy
  3. Through The Desert Alone

Blue Sky Noise LP2

Side A

  1. Frozen Creek
  2. Fever Dreams
  3. Spirit Of The Stairwell

Side B

  1. The Longest Mile
  2. Compendium
  3. Dyed In The Wool

LP3

Side A – Appendage

  1. Sleep Underground (Demo)
  2. Stare Like You’ll Stay
  3. Everyway
  4. Backmask
  5. Lazarus

Side B – Appendage II

  1. 100 Steps (Demo)*
  2. At A Loss (Demo)*
  3. Blank Slate (Demo)*
  4. New Sun (Demo)*
  5. Resentment (Demo)*

*Previously Unreleased

Circa Survive Tour Dates:

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About Circa Survive:

Circa Survive emerged from the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown and quickly made a name for themselves in the indie music scene in a little over two years with the release of their 2005 debut album Juturna and sophomore album On Letting Go, both released on Equal Vision. Their major label debut Blue Sky Noise was produced by David Bottrill (Tool, Muse, The Smashing Pumpkins), mixed by Rich Costey (Rage Against the Machine, The Mars Volta, Deftones), and released via Atlantic Records in 2010. After parting ways with Atlantic Records, the band’s fourth album Violent Waves was independently released in 2012. Their fifth album Descensus was released on Sumerian Records in 2014 and their most recent album The Amulet was released via Hopeless Records in 2017. 

Circa Survive Is:

  • Anthony Green (vocals)
  • Colin Frangicetto (rhythm guitar, backing vocals)
  • Brendan Ekstrom (lead guitar)
  • Nick Beard (bass, backing vocals)
  • Steve Clifford (drums, percussion). 

Circa Survive Online:

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Instagram | YouTube


Featured photo (top) by Hayley Rippy


My Chemical Romance Finally Reveal Full U.S. Tour After Teasing Fans With Cryptic Clues

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This morning, My Chemical Romance announced an intensely anticipated 18-date U.S. arena tour — their first in nine years. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 31 at noon local time — find them here. Tour dates below.

Ever since My Chemical Romance (“MCR”/”My Chem”) started trickling out international tour dates following their sold out Los Angeles reunion show on December 20th, 2019, fans in the States have been on the edge of their seats and scouring the internet for any clues they can dig up — even analyzing the source code of the band’s website.

The disciples of the legendary emo/pop punk/post-hardcore group (the “MCRmy”) were quick to pick apart visuals they found in photos and the multi-cam full show posted on YouTube, comprised of a compilation of fan footage. They found a symbol on frontman Gerard Way’s jacket, which they learned was a sigil.

This behavior of MCR fans is clearly no secret to the band, and they put quite a bit into generating hype with media crafted to keep their fans anticipating what is to come. Amidst all of the taunting clues, those with knowledge of the occult, witchcraft, angels, and magic have been able to lend their knowledge to the fanbase. Many have speculated that considering all of the new branding and merch we have seen, there must certainly be a new album in the works. In the band’s videos, they have noted a star of which they believe the 5th point represents what would be the band’s 5th studio album — but this is purely one conjecture of many.

My Chem really started letting the cat out of the bag yesterday afternoon, when they posted a video that fans picked apart, just as they had been with other mysterious videos posted on Jan. 19, Jan. 16, and Jan. 9. By now, they were quick to recognize the sigils that flashed in the footage like subliminal messages, and they got to work deciphering them straight-away. It did not take long at all for the community to discover that they were U.S. cities.


Meanwhile, there were also allegedly leaks from a Houston radio station and a Dallas venue, which further cemented the belief that a tour announcement was impending.

Last night, a tweet requested that their audience visit their YouTube or official website at 8:35am PST/11:35am EST.

This morning, a cinematic video with the reveal was posted to YouTube at the promised time, and the suspected tour was confirmed.

The MCRmy’s theory was validated, but their hunger for more is insatiable after years grieving over the loss of the band since their hiatus beginning in 2013. Fans want a new song, a new music video, a new album… They want My Chemical Romance fully resuscitated.


North American Tour Dates

  • Sept. 9 – Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena
  • Sept. 11 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
  • Sept. 12 – Chicago, Ill. @ Riot Fest
  • Sept. 14 – Toronto, Ontario @ Scotiabank Arena
  • Sept. 15 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
  • Sept. 17 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Barclays Center
  • Sept. 18 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
  • Sept. 20 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Music Midtown
  • Sept. 22 – Newark, N.J. @ Prudential Center
  • Sept. 26 – Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
  • Sept. 29 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
  • Sept. 30 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
  • Oct. 02 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
  • Oct. 04 – Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
  • Oct. 06 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oakland Arena
  • Oct. 08 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
  • Oct. 10 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Aftershock Festival
  • Oct. 11 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena

International Tour Dates

  • March 20 — Ascot Vale, Australia @ Download Festival
  • March 21 — Parramatta, Australia @ Download Festival
  • March 25 — Western Springs, New Zealand @ Outer Fields at Western Spring
  • March 28 — Osaka, Japan @ Intex Osaka
  • March 29 — Hibino, Japan @ Download Festival
  • June 18 — Milton Keynes, U.K. @ Stadium MK
  • June 20 — Milton Keynes, U.K. @ Stadium MK
  • June 21 — Milton Keynes, U.K. @ Stadium MK
  • June 23 — Dublin, Ireland @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
  • July 04 — Bologna, Italy @ Sonic Park Fest
  • July 06 — Bonn, Germany @ Kunst!rasen
  • July 11 — Moscow, Russia @ Park Live


My Chemical Romance Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube



Disturbed Confirm 31-Date The Sickness 20th Anniversary Amphitheater Tour With Very Special Guest Staind And Bad Wolves

This morning, two-time Grammy nominated and multi-platinum band, Disturbed confirm their extensive 31-date The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour throughout North America, co-produced by Frank Productions and Live Nation. The amphitheater tour, with very special guest Staind and Bad Wolves, celebrates the two-decade anniversary of the band’s seminal album, The Sickness.

On this tour, the band will perform songs off the album, as well as tracks from their most recent studio release, Evolution, and their extensive catalog. The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour will run from mid-July through mid-September, with dates in cities including Tampa, Toronto, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and Irvine (full dates below).

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 31 at 10am local time (with the exception of the Rogers, AR show which will go on-sale at 12pm local time) here. Select presales will begin Tuesday, Jan. 28. Special VIP, meet & greet, and merch bundle packages are available for all dates – more info here. Disturbed’s tour will also be a part of Ticket to Rock 2020, an exclusive ticket package at select Live Nation amphitheaters across the country—additional details to be announced, for more info go here.

Disturbed Tour Dates:

  • May 01 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach (FM99 Lunatic Luau)
  • May 2 – Charlotte, NC – Epicenter Festival
  • May 9 – Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome to Rockville Festival
  • May 16 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion (MMR*B*Q 2020)
  • May 24 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion (97.1 The Eagle presents BFD 2020)
  • June 5 – Nurburgring, DEU – Rock AM Ring Fest
  • June 7 – Nuremburg, DEU – Rock IM Park Fest
  • June 9 – Bremen, DEU – Bremen Buergerweide
  • June 11 – Nickelsdorf, AUT – Nova Rock Fest
  • June 12 – Interlaken, SWI – Greenfield Fest
  • June 14 – Donington, UK – Download Fest
  • June 16 – Gdansk, POL – Ergo Arena
  • June 17 – Hannover, DEU – Swiss Life Hall
  • June 19 – Copenhagen, DNK – Copenhell Fest
  • June 20 – Dessel, BEL – Graspop Fest
  • June 21 – Landgraaf, NLD – Pinkpop Fest
  • June 24 – Stockholm, SWE – Grona Lund Tivoli
  • June 25 – Oslo, NOR – Tons of Rock Fest
  • June 27 – Seinajoki, FIN – Provinssi Fest
  • July 15 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
  • July 16 – Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
  • July 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Upheaval Festival
  • July 21 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre*
  • July 23 – Tampa, FL- MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
  • July 24 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre*
  • July 26- Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live*
  • July 29 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center*
  • July 30 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center*
  • August 01 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium*
  • August 02 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre*
  • August 04 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts
  • Center*
  • August 06 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones BeachTheater*
  • August 08 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview*
  • August 10 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater*
  • August 11 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage*
  • August 13 – Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park*
  • August 15 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center*
  • August 16 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre*
  • August 20 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre *
  • August 21 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center*
  • August 23 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center*
  • August 26 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP*^
  • August 27 – The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
  • August 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater*
  • August 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion*
  • September 01 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*
  • September 02 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre*
  • September 04 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre*
  • September 05 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre*
  • September 09 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre*
  • September 11 – Ridgefield, WA – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
  • September 12 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre*

*The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour with very special guest Staind and Bad Wolves

New Music Video

Disturbed also share a new music video for “Hold on to Memories” directed by Matt Mahurin, who also directed their “Sound of Silence” music video. The video is inspired by the Mexican holiday “Día de Muertos,” a day of remembrance and celebration of loved ones who have passed, with which it shares the sentiment that as long as we keep their memories with us, a piece of them is still alive. Watch the music video for “Hold on to Memorieshere:

The band previously shared their live video for “Hold on to Memories,” directed by Rafa Alcantara. The video captures a moment during Disturbed’s live show where the band perform alongside a video collage of their favorite memories, with photos and videos of their friends and families, both here and gone. Watch the live video for “Hold on to Memorieshere:

Disturbed have continued their record-breaking streak at rock radio, claiming the title of “2019’s Most Played Artists” in the Active Rock format. The band earned their seventh consecutive #1 on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart and Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs Chart with their latest single “No More,” an achievement unmatched by any artist in history. Disturbed have earned ten #1 singles on the chart, including “A Reason To Fight,” the track that initially broke the record earlier this year. “No More” is the third top-charting single from the band’s #1 album, Evolution (Reprise Records).

About Disturbed:

Disturbed are one of the most successful rock bands in modern history. The multiplatinum-selling quartet accomplished the rare feat of achieving five consecutive number one debuts on the Billboard Top 200. That accolade historically elevated them to rarified air alongside Metallica, the only other hard rock group to do so in the history of the chart. Immortalized (2015) received a platinum certification and spawned the triple-platinum crossover smash “The Sound of Silence,” which garnered a nomination at the 2017 GRAMMY® Awards in the category of “Best Rock Performance.

Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold 16 million albums globally and scored twelve No. 1 singles at Active Rock Radio. Their quadruple-platinum 2000 debut, The Sickness, formally announced their arrival as hard rock leaders, with that status solidified by subsequent GRAMMY® Award nominations as well as gold-, platinum- and double platinum-certified records, as well as countless sold-out shows around the globe. Named “Best Rock Artist” during the 2017 iHeartRadioMusic Awards, Disturbed continue to boldly forge ahead with the release of their aptly titled seventh offering, Evolution.

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TOOL wins GRAMMY Award®: Best Metal Performance (“7empest”)

LOS ANGELES – TOOL has won a GRAMMY Award® for Best Metal Performance (“7empest”). Danny Carey (drums) and Justin Chancellor (bass) accepted the awards at today’s Premiere Ceremony in Los Angeles.

“7empest” is from the band’s fifth studio album: Fear Inocolum (RCA Records). The 10-song collection arrived in late August, debuting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200.

Critically, the album was met with equal enthusiasm. NPR said “Fear Inoculum was worth the 13-year wait,” The Atlantic dubbed it “precise and devastating,” Revolver declared it “a masterpiece that will be dissected for years to come” and Entertainment Weekly said the collection is “deeply satisfying, both as a distinct artistic statement and as accidental fan service to a base that expects nothing less than unflinchingly unique artistic statements.”

The Los Angeles-based band has previously won three GRAMMY Awards®: Best Metal Performance (1998, “Ænima”), Best Metal Performance (2002, “Schism”) and Best Recording Package (2007, 10,000 Days).

TOOL Tour Dates:

  • January 28 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena
  • January 29 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • January 31 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
  • February 1 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
  • February 14 Perth, Australia RAC Arena
  • February 17 Sydney, Australia Qudos Bank Arena
  • February 18 Sydney, Australia Qudos Bank Arena
  • February 20 Brisbane, Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • February 22 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
  • February 23 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
  • February 28 Auckland, New Zealand Spark Arena
  • February 29 Auckland, New Zealand Spark Arena
  • March 9 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
  • March 11 Portland, OR Moda Center
  • March 12 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Center
  • March 14 Boise, ID Ford Idaho Center Arena

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Alicia Keys Announces Long-Awaited Return to Touring with Alicia – The World Tour

Today global music icon and 15-time GRAMMY Award winner Alicia Keys announced ALICIA – THE WORLD TOUR, her highly anticipated return to the stage. Keys will bring her repertoire of worldwide hits to iconic venues across North America and Europe, including a stop at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in Key’s hometown of New York City. The celebrated singer/songwriter/producer will visit major cities on both continents including London, Paris, Berlin, Atlanta, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more on the tour produced by Live Nation.

ALICIA Album Artwork

The tour announcement comes fresh off Keys’ exciting news to fans last night that her forthcoming seventh studio album ALICIA is set to be released worldwide on March 20, via RCA Records. Keys also gave fans a first-look at the album’s stunning artwork. Pre-sale for the album is set for Friday, January 24, in celebration of Alicia’s birthday on January 25.

Keys released the anthemic “Underdog,” the album’s new single, earlier this month to critical acclaim (“A be-jewelled slice of pop-soul with a gently euphoric feel” – Clash).  The track became the most added song at US top 40 radio upon its release. Previously released singles include “Time Machine” and “Show Me Love,” which earned Keys a record-extending 11th number 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs airplay chart.

In addition to new music, Keys will be bringing her classics – from “No One” to “If I Ain’t Got You” to “Girl on Fire” – to life in a special multi-media, artistic experience on the ALICIA – THE WORLD TOUR stage each night. A meditation on love and life, the show will be a true celebration, filled with the magnetic energy that only live music can create.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets to the tour before the general public, beginning Wednesday, January 22nd at 10am local time until Sunday, January 26th at 10pm local time across Europe and the US (timings may vary in Europe). Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, January 27th from 9am local time.

Keys will be returning to host the Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26th, airing on CBS.  She will release her book More Myself on March 31, via Flatiron Publishing.

European & North American Tour Dates — CLICK TO ENLARGE

North American Tour Dates:

Date City Venue
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
Thursday, July 30, 2020 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
Sunday, August 2, 2020 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Baltimore, MD MECU Pavilion
Friday, August 7, 2020 Washington, DC The Theater at MGM National Harbor
Sunday, August 9, 2020 Philadelphia, PA The Met
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Boston, MA Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
Thursday, August 14, 2020 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Detroit, MI   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Friday, August 21, 2020 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
Thursday, August 27, 2020 Denver, CO Bellco Theatre
Sunday, August 30, 2020 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater
Monday, August 31, 2020 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center
Friday, September 4, 2020 San Francisco, CA The Masonic
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
Friday, September 11, 2020 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Saturday, September 12, 2020 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre (Comerica Theater)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Houston, TX Smart Financial Center at Sugar Land
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Dallas, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Orlando, FL Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Tampa, FL Hard Rock Event Center
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Miami, FL Hard Rock Live Arena



Industrial Pop Trio Aesthetic Perfection to Join Lords of Acid on Make Acid Great Again Tour

On the heels of a direct support slot through Europe with the infamous Lindemann, the solo project of Rammstein’s Till Lindemann, industrial pop trio Aesthetic Perfection will set out across the US with the legendary Lords of Acid on the Make Acid Great Again Tour.

Make Acid Great Again Tour Begins Friday, March 13 in Los Angeles

With a newly revamped live show, audiences can expect a spectacle like never before.

“In the 20 years I’ve been a part of this project, I’ve never felt that all the pieces fit just as perfectly as I do now,” says Aesthetic Perfection founder and frontman Daniel Graves. “Each one of us is committed to taking this project to the next level and evolving every aspect. We want this to be an audiovisual experience, created within a community where everyone feels accepted for who they are.”

Since forming Aesthetic Perfection nearly two decades ago, producer Daniel Graves has released five full-length albums, numerous singles and music videos, all the while reinventing what it means to be a dark electro artist. Blending industrial, pop, goth, and everything in between, Aesthetic Perfection defies definitions in a world that demands them.

For a sampling of Aesthetic Perfection,
check out the video for “Gods & Gold” here:

Aesthetic Perfection’s latest studio album, Into the Black, hit stores last year via Close to Human Music. The album features acclaimed drummer Joe Letz, recognized for his work with artists such as Emigrate (also featuring Richard Z. Kruspe), CombichristWednesday 13Genitorturers and several other top heavy-music artists. An all-star cast of collaborators such as Richard Z. Kruspe, Jinxx of Black Veil Brides, Mick Kenney of Anaal Nathrakh and Krischan Wesenberg of Rotersand also contributed to the album.

Into the Black is the most mature Aesthetic Perfection album to date. Dark and gritty, yet undeniably catchy and melodic, Into the Black builds upon the band’s past while solidly keeping its eyes focused on the future. From the haunting electronic melodies of “Supernatural” to the twangy guitars of “Echoes”, from the punch-to-the-gut beat of “No Boys Allowed” to the soaring highs of “Mourning Doves,” Graves takes the transgressive art form known as industrial pop to the next level.

Into The Black is available via Apple MusicAmazon and Bandcamp. Physical editions and merch are available here, and the album can be streamed via Spotify.

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Make Acid Great Again Tour Dates

  • Mar 13 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mar 14 – Hard Rock Live – Las Vegas, NV
  • Mar 15 – Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
  • Mar 17 – Club Red – Mesa, AZ
  • Mar 18 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
  • Mar 19 – Rockhouse – El Paso, TX
  • Mar 20 – Trees – Dallas, TX
  • Mar 21 – Scout Bar – Houston, TX
  • Mar 22 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX
  • Mar 23 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
  • Mar 25 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Mar 26 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
  • Mar 27 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC
  • Mar 28 – The Underground – Charlotte, NC
  • Mar 29 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
  • Mar 31 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 01 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
  • Apr 02 – The Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY
  • Apr 03 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
  • Apr 04 – Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
  • Apr 05 – Crafthouse – Pittsburgh, PA
  • Apr 06 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
  • Apr 07 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
  • Apr 08 – The Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
  • Apr 09 – Vertigo @ The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Apr 10 – The Bluebird – Reno, NV
  • Apr 11 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
  • Apr 13 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
  • Apr 15 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA

Aesthetic Perfection Is:

  • Daniel GravesVocals
  • Elliott BerlinKeys & Guitars
  • Joe LetzDrums

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Pearl Jam’s NEW Album Gigaton Available 3/11/20, North American Spring Tour Dates

SEATTLE — Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton, on Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records on March 27, 2020 in the US. Internationally, the album will be released and distributed by Universal Music Group. Produced by Josh Evans and Pearl Jam, Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since GRAMMY award-winning Lightning Bolt, which was released on October 15, 2013.

Gigaton is available for pre-order now at HERE. The first single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants”, will be released in the coming weeks.

“Making this record was a long journey,” explains Mike McCready. “It was emotionally dark and confusing at times, but also an exciting and experimental road map to musical redemption. Collaborating with my bandmates on Gigaton ultimately gave me greater love, awareness and knowledge of the need for human connection in these times.”

Gigaton’s cover features Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist Paul Nicklen’s photo “Ice Waterfall.” Taken in Svalbard, Norway, this image features the Nordaustlandet ice cap gushing high volumes of meltwater.

In support of Gigaton, Pearl Jam will embark on their first leg of North American tour dates in March and April. The 16-date tour kicks-off on March 18 in Toronto and wraps with a two-date stint in Oakland April 18-19. Full tour dates follow.

Pearl Jam’s North American tour is in addition to the band’s previously announced European summer tour. Full details HERE.  Watch the announcement HERE.            

Pearl Jam Spring 2020 Tour Dates

Ticket Information

Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American concerts will be made available through a Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration and ticket presale, a Ten Club presale for eligible members and a general public ticket sale. More details on all of those points of sale follow. To give fans the best chance to buy tickets at face value for this tour, Pearl Jam has decided that tickets will be mobile only and strictly non-transferable, except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law.

For fans who are unable to use their tickets, Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster will offer North America’s first Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange, which will allow fans to resell their tickets for the price they paid (including all fees). The Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange will launch on February 18, 2020. There will be no additional fees charged to Exchange users for buying or selling tickets on the Exchange.

1. Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Registration and Ticket Sale                       

General public tickets will be sold first through a presale powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Pearl Jam has partnered with Ticketmaster to create a safe, reliable, ticket-buying experience and ensure tickets get directly to fans for all of these concert dates.

A simple registration is required and only fans that have been verified and invited to the presale will receive an access code that will allow them to shop for tickets.

Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration begins today and closes on Wednesday, January 15 at 11:59pm PT. To register, please visit: HERE.

The Verified Fan presale then begins on Thursday, January 23 at 10am venue local time.

2. Ten Club Ticket Presale                                                           

A special ticket presale for members of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club (current as of January 12, 2020) is being supported on the Ticketmaster Request platform. Full details at HERE.

3. Public Ticket Sale                                                                      

A remaining, limited number of tickets for each venue will be released through a traditional general sale on January 24, 2020 at 10am local time on Ticketmaster.

NOTE: $5 of each ticket is a charitable contribution to the Vitalogy Foundation, a United States-based public charity under I.R.C. section 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).

SafeTix Ticket Transferability Information

SafeTix mobile tickets will be issued for all tickets for all shows. These tickets will be non-transferable, (except in NY and CO where transferability is required by state law), which means that ticket purchasers will be required to enter the venue with their guests. SafeTix tickets use a unique barcode that automatically refreshes every few seconds so they cannot be counterfeited. SafeTix tickets require a smartphone to display. No other tickets will be accepted for entry.                    

Fan-to-Fan Ticket Exchange

Ticketmaster Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange is an artist-driven resale marketplace built just for fans. It keeps tickets in the hands of fans at prices set by the artist. Whether you buy a primary ticket or a fan-to-fan ticket, if you can’t attend the show, you can simply list your ticket for sale on the Fan-to-Fan Face Value Ticket Exchange for another fan to purchase. Fan-to-Fan sales will also be fulfilled as SafeTix non-transferable tickets.  There will be no additional fees charged to Exchange users for buying or selling tickets on the Exchange.

About Pearl Jam

2020 officially marks 30 years of Pearl Jam performing live. Eleven studio albums, hundreds of unique live performances and official live concert bootleg releases later, the band continues to be critically acclaimed and commercially successful — with over 85 million albums sold worldwide and a 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

About Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen lives a life of art, purpose and adventure, combining a career as an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine and founder of his own conservation society, SeaLegacy. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Paul is an acclaimed polar specialist, speaker, author, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine with 20 completed stories to date.

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