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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.
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:
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!
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.
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?"
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?
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.
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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.