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Wishing Alex a speedy recovery.

Atreyu are about to head to the UK for Slam Dunk and a European tour following that, but they'll be one man down.

Resident screamer for Atreyu Alex Varkatzas has had to withdraw from the band's upcoming tour commitments due to a health issue.

Taking to Instagram, Alex shared that a previous injury which saw him hospitalized has been aggravated "Just about 2 weeks before the Spring Invasion tour I severely aggravated a damaged disc in my back at L5-Sl, giving horrible muscle spasms & limiting my ability to walk, go to the bathroom, basically fucks everything. I was briefly hospitalized last year for this same thing & unable to walk for several days, followed by a week on a walker".

He continued "An MRI showed a bulging disc at L5-S1 that was a little worse than last year & revealed a surprise inguinal hernia. I was able to start physical therapy for my back right away but was unable to start on hernia. I was given an Oral steroid the day before I left for tour & started to barely feel ok after a few days. I was advised to take it easy or I would create further issues. After flying home I’ve been in constant agony. I would be lying to you if I said it wasn’t taking its toll on me mentally as well."

"My brothers in Atreyu will rock on without me this run. It will be a very special, one of a kind experience with Brandon up front & Porter screaming!" he concluded.

Check out Alex' full post below:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

There is no easy way to say this, but I am very sorry that I will not be able to join Atreyu on this upcoming European tour. At this point my body & mind need to heal in order for me to continue with all the things we have planned for 2019. I owe you all an explanation. It will be lengthy... Just about 2 weeks before the Spring Invasion tour I severely aggravated a damaged disc in my back at L5-Sl, giving horrible muscle spasms & limiting my ability to walk, go to the bathroom, basically fucks everything. I was briefly hospitalized last year for this same thing & unable to walk for several days, followed by a week on a walker. After this last injury before the Spring Invasion tour, my back never stopped aching & I started to suffer some pains in the lower abdominal/manly region . An MRI showed a bulging disc at L5-S1 that was a little worse than last year & revealed a surprise inguinal hernia. I was able to start physical therapy for my back right away but was unable to start on hernia. I was given an Oral steroid the day before I left for tour & started to barely feel ok after a few days. I was advised to take it easy or I would create further issues. After flying home I’ve been in constant agony. I would be lying to you if I said it wasn’t taking its toll on me mentally as well. It was very hard to accept & tell the guys in the band that my doctors advised me to not make the trip & take care of my body. My brothers in Atreyu will rock on without me this run. It will be a very special, one of a kind experience with Brandon up front & Porter screaming! I have an upcoming epidural, therapy & a follow up appointment to discuss the impending possibility of hernia surgery before Disrupt. I’m terribly sorry & thank you for the faith in our band. a HUGE, I’m sorry to: Slam Dunk Fest, FortaRock, Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring & the rest of the promoters. Finally to anyone who was looking forward to see me perform with the band on this run. I know you are disappointed & all I can do is offer my sincerest apologies & fully explain the situation. Something I normally wouldn’t like to do. So there it is. I wish my brothers in Atreyu a safe & fun tour.

A post shared by ATREYU (@atreyuofficial) on May 22, 2019 at 2:14am PDT

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This looks to be a lovely weekend.

Isle Of Wight festival dropped their final line-up announcement today, and joining headliners Biffy Clyro will be Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale are playing the Big Top on Saturday, June 15 while Biffy Clyro are headlingin the main stage on Sunday, June 16.

Also headlining Isle Of Wight Festival is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and George Ezra, and elsewhere on the line-up is a special guest appearance from Fatboy Slim and Rick Astley

Isle Of Wight Festival is set to go down at Seaclose Park from June 13 - 16, and tickets are available here.

Check out the full line-up poster below:

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Hey kids, finales are fun!

Last night was the grand finale of The Voice in North America, and Brendon Urie made an appearance for the second year in a row!

Brendon made an appearance alongside Taylor Swift to perform their new single 'ME!' on The Voice stage. 

"Hey kids, finales are fun!" - check out 'ME!' performed live on the grand finale of The Voice below: 

Taylor Swift - ME! (Live on The Voice / 2019) ft. Brendon Urie - YouTube

Last year, Panic! At The Disco appeared on the grand finale of The Voice as well, and performed 'Hey Look Ma, I Made It', and 'High Hopes'. Check it out below:

Panic! At The Disco Performs "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" and "High Hopes" - The Voice 2018 Live Finale - YouTube

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What are you up to, The Only Band Ever?

It's been a good couple of months for fans of Alexisonfire.

Not only have they announced a few shows across the world, they've also released a new song, 'Familiar Drugs', and have generally been about.

Well, it looks like there might be something else coming too - as they've begun teasing something for May 24 (this Friday)...
 

05/24/19 pic.twitter.com/5rt1pFeB76

— ALEXISONFIRE (@aof_official) May 21, 2019


Soooooooo... could this be more shows, or new music? Or something else entirely?

While we wait to find out, here's a reminder of 'Familiar Drugs':

Familiar Drugs - YouTube

And those tour dates are:

JUNE

01 - LONDON Alexandra Palace
08 - NEW YORK Terminal 5
13 - LOS ANGELES The Wiltern
15 - TORONTO The Budweiser Stage

We spoke to Dallas Green around the time of the song's release. Here's a taste of what he had to say.

WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE THIS FEEL LIKE THE RIGHT TIME AND THE RIGHT SONG?
"With having the song hanging around for a pretty long time and everybody liking the riff, it was just all about building everything else and everybody else’s contributions up around it. It was just a ‘oh ok, this sounds like us’. I feel like it all feels pretty fresh for us too. It doesn’t just sound like an old Alexisonfire song, it sounds more like a new version of us. I feel like that is exciting. We’re older now and we’ve been doing this for a long time. We don’t necessarily want to come back and just do the same thing that we have done before. We wanted to put an exciting twist on it and I think we have done that."

IT’S ALMOST A CASE OF BEING ABLE TO SHOW ALL THE THINGS YOU HAVE ALL PICKED UP ALONG THE WAY WHILE PLAYING IN OTHER BANDS AND PROJECTS.
"Yeah, very much. I think we have always been an amalgamation of all of the things that we are in to, which is why the music has always sounded like it does. It’s not just the five of us all liking one sort of music and trying to make that sort of music again. It’s always pushing and pulling to get everybody’s influences in there."

SO WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR THIS? IS THIS A CATALYST TOWARDS AN ALBUM OR IS IT JUST A CASE OF DOING BITS AND PIECES WHEN YOU CAN?
"In having lots of conversations, we always thought about making a whole record but because of everybody’s schedules and other lives it became difficult to find enough time to just be in there and do it. So we kind of just decided that we’re in 2019 and we can kind of do whatever we want. Instead of waiting around to see how long it takes us to make a whole record, let’s just write a song and get it out. We are just going to keep doing that for now. If by the end of the year we end up with a number of songs that could possibly be an album then we will group together and make a nice physical release or something. For me it’s just about keeping this fresh. We love playing the old songs and that’s almost enough, but because we can do whatever we want at this point then that’s exactly what we’re going to do."

You can read the story behind 'This Could Be Anywhere In The World' in the latest issue of Rock Sound, available here!

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Grab a board, we're going surfing.

The Dangerous Summer have released a video for new single 'Bring Me Back To Life'.

The song itself is all kinds of sweeping and emotional, while the video may make you wanna grab a wetsuit and surfboard* immediately.

Check it out here:

The Dangerous Summer - Bring Me Back To Life (Official Music Video) - YouTube
 
*Alternatively you might want to grab a cup of tea instead, that water looks kind of cold. But still, cool.

The song's taken from new album 'Mother Nature', out via Hopeless on June 14.

Here's another song from that:

The Dangerous Summer - Way Down (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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A good time, for a good cause.

All Time Low have been announced on the line-up for 5 Seconds Of Summer's upcoming charity show.

5SOS have established their own charitable organisation Friends Of Friends, which is a hub for supporting creatives with all proceeds going to S.P.Y. - a housing and support service for homeless youth in California.

All Time Low and 5SOS will both be performing alongside a series of other artists (with more to be announced) on Wednesday, May 29 at Sayers Club in Los Angeles. 

The venue only has a capacity of 250, and tickets have understandably already been snapped up.

Check out the show poster below:

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DO IT.

Next year is the 20th aniversary of the release of Blink-182's live album 'The Mark, Tom And Travis Show' - and Mark Hoppus seems keen to celebrate the anniversary with a show.

Overnight Mark was asked during a Twitter Q&A session "Will you do a MTTS 20 year reunion concert where you perform the exact show for the album with all jokes performed with their original zest? And 30 minutes at the end of you shooting the shit?"

And his response?

"That's a fantastic idea".

That's a fantastic idea.

That’s a fantastic idea.

— snark hoppus. (@markhoppus) May 22, 2019

But would Tom DeLonge be present? Uncertain. However, recently Mark and Tom have started interacting with each other on social media again, so anything is possible. 

For now though, Tom has just released a new single with Angels & Airwaves, and is preparing for the release of a new album (and accompanying feature film) - so he's a busy lad.

Reminisce by listening to 'The Mark, Tom And Travis Show' below:

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Brilliant.

See, the thing about being in a band like Real Friends is that you spend a lot of time out on the road, and passing through a whole lot of towns and cities. 

And what better way to pass the time than to review everywhere you stop for food, coffee or recreation activities? 

Enter: Yelp.

For the uninitiated, Yelp is a review site which collates reviews for just about everywhere. If you want to know where the best coffee shop is in town? You head to Yelp. Want to know what people think of Disneyland? Yelp. 

Now, they haven't reviewed anything this year - but we're hopeful it'll be revived.

Take for example their review of Indiana's Wahooz Family Fun Zone Amusement Park, where Real Friends share "This place has to be in the top 10 for best fun centers in the whole country. Is there an official list? Do I have to now visit every fun center in America to determine which is the most fun? I'll do it if I have to. I'm not afraid of having fun. I can tell you right here, right now though that I haven't had as fun of a day at any other fun center than I did at Wahooz."

Or even their review of Cologne Cathedral in Germany "Wow, this place looks exactly like I imagined it would after seeing it in Lord of the Rings. My pal Harold actually worked on the set of that movie and we asked if that would get us a discount, but the owners insisted this isn't the same place. Was looking forward to getting an autographed photo of Frodo except I didn't have enough money. I settled for a photo of some person's hairy feet someone was selling outside. This place is great."

Or this two-star review of an Illinois Starbucks: "No one greeted me when I walked in and the employees seemed upset with each other. Maybe an interwork romantic relationship had gone awry? Hope everything is okay... I don't want to see another one of these :("

Basically, they're hilarious. And we would read Real Friends' review of every single restaurant they ever eat at, until the end of eternity. Check out their official Yelp here.

Want more Real Friends in your life? Rock Sound Records has an exclusive vinyl variant of their brand new EP 'Even More Acoustic Songs', and it's hand signed by the band! There's only 250 in existence, so get yours now from RECORDS.ROCKSOUND.TV

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"Blink-182 - now with 50% better songs".

As we enter a new era for Blink-182, an old television commercial for their 2001 album 'Take Off Your Pants And Jacket' has resurfaced on the internet.

While the modern method of marketing a new album is a whole lot more social media-driven, back at the turn of the millenium bands were still relying on television. Oh, the memories!

But if you remember Blink back in 2001, you know this isn't just a commercial. Oh no. It's presented as a pharmaceutical commercial. Basically, you need to see this.

"Blink-182 - now with 50% better songs".

Check it out below:

blink182 commercial for take off your pants and jacket - YouTube

Blink-182 have dropped the first single 'Blame It On My Youth' off their upcoming (yet to be announced) album.

blink-182 - Blame It On My Youth (Lyric Video) - YouTube

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Brendon was honoured for his work in support of LGBTQ education projects.

Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie was honoured with the Inspiration Award at the 2019 GLSEN Respect Awards in New York last night (May 20), paying tribute to his fans for their continued support.

GLSEN is a non-profit organisation that provides support and aims for inclusion and safety in schools for all LGBTQ youth. Running annually since 2004, the awards celebrate "the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth." Urie recently donated $1m through his 'Highest Hopes Foundation' to help create Gay-Straight alliance clubs in K-12 schools across the US.

Brendon Urie's GLSEN Inspiration Award Speech - YouTube

Collecting his award from 'Kinky Boots' composer Cyndi Lauper, Brendon said that "Today, I stand here, overwhelmed in the best way. Just sitting here in the crowd, hearing all these amazing stories, watching all these amazing youth come up here and act like true leaders - it really is overwhelming."

He added "It's not only an honour to receive this award, but to be embraced by my fans and by the LGBTQ+ community. Being in Panic! At The Disco has afforded me so many once in a lifetime opportunities, which include getting to know so many wonderful young adults who I am lucky enough to call my fans, and also I get to have this platform. They've taught me to be strong, inspired me to use my voice for what matters and because of them, I launched the 'Highest Hopes Foundation', hoping to echo the spirit of community and inclusion my fans have always provided me with."

He closed by saying "Thank you to everyone in this room for fighting battles every single day. You are truly all inspirations and I thank you from the bottom of my heart".

You can check out the full acceptance speech in the video above.

Panic! At The Disco recently wrapped up their huge 'Pray For The Wicked' tour but will play a handful of US festival dates later this summer.

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