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Foo Fighters – Love Dies Young
Muse – Hysteria
The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
Stone Temple Pilots – Wicked Garden
Arcade Fire
Social Distortion – Story of my Life
Rage against the Machine – Killing in the Name
Kasabian – Bless this Acid House
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime LIVE
Nine Inch Nails – Head like a Hole
Kitten – G#
The Pretty Reckless – Death by Rock and Roll
Van Halen – You Really Got Me
Dirty Heads – For What its Worth
Green Day – American Idiot
Death of Guitar Pop – Urban Ska Club
Bad Manners – My Girl Lollipop
Mojo Nixon – Elvis is Everywhere



Bros – Wolf Alice

Surrender – Angels & Airwaves

Train in Vein – The Clash

Blitzkrieg Bop – K-Man & the 45’s

Celebrity Skin – Hole
Over The Rainbow – Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Get It Daddy – Sleeper Agent
Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Never Gonna Stop by Rob Zombie
First Date by Blink 182
Sabotage by Beastie Boys
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January 30, 2023ROB ZOMBIE & ALICE COOPER Freaks on Parade Tour 2023 January 30, 2023 by Traci Turner It’s going to be a very loud fall thanks to Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. The active rock legends will hit the road for a headlining tour with Ministry and Filter joining them in the macabre madness. The Freaks on Parade Tour will kick off in Dallas on August 24th and hit all the major cities, including Anaheim at the Honda Center on September 23rd. Rob Zombie LIVE | Photo by Green-Eyed Blonde Photography This is seriously going to be an amazing – and rafter-shaking – show. You have the one and only Cooper doing his classics “School’s Out,” “I’m Eighteen,” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Mr. Scary Man Zombie will certainly perform “More Human Than Human,” “Living Dead Girl,” “Thunder Kiss ’65,” “Dragula,” and “Never Gonna Stop.” Throw in industrial pioneers Ministry doing “Just One Fix,” “Jesus Built My Hotrod,” and “Every Day is Halloween.” And then Sir Richard Patrick (yea, I just knighted him) and Filter rounding it out perfectly with “Hey Man Nice Shot,” “The Best Things,” “Take a Picture,” and the newest single, “For the Beaten.” If you need ear protection, I have recommendations! Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time. There is a presale for Citi cardmembers starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time. Get yours and get ready to rock! FOR MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW SID 230128 | JIMMY ALVAREZ, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 29, 2023SEAL Announces 30th Anniversary Tour January 30th, 2023 by Nancy Evans Over my lifetime, I have been crazy for many things, but at the top of my list is Seal. What could possibly be better than listening to the Grammy-award winning artist’s music or watching his videos? Easy answer: Watching him perform them live! During a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Seal announced his 30th anniversary North American tour will take place this spring. What is the skinny on this tour you ask? Well, the British singer will perform his first two albums, 1991’s “Seal,” and 1994’s “Seal II” in their entirety as he travels across the globe. Songs we can expect to hear include favorites “Crazy,” “Killer,” “Future Love Paradise,” “I’m Alive,” “Prayer for the Dying,” and of course, “Kiss from a Rose.” The 25-date tour will also feature the musical direction of the legendary Trevor Horn, and music support from Horn’s band, The Buggles (“Video Killed the Radio Star” aka the very first video played on MTV!). The North American portion of the tour launches April 25th in Phoenix, and will stop in SoCal on June 30th at The Greek. To get fans ready to go, in fall of 2022, Seal released a reissue of “Seal.” The four CD/two LP deluxe edition includes rarities, a 12”x12” hardcover book with never-before-published photos, a previously unreleased 13-track concert performance, and more, with all music remastered by Trevor Horn. Tickets are now on sale, so do yourself a favor and get yours because he puts on a fantastic show! TO FOLLOW SID 2301245 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR Celebrating 30 Years of the Classic Albums Seal and Seal II [...] Read more...
January 26, 2023Free Yourself With THE UNTOUCHABLES January 27, 2023 by Jimmy Alvarez Running for life like a runaway train with your hair on fire, that’s what being a ska fan was like in the ’90s. Before there was Sublime, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish, the world of ska wasn’t focused on the OC, it was focused in Los Angeles. All because a band from Silverlake broke the mold. That band is still known as America’s first ska band, that band is The Untouchables (aka the UTs)! Truth is, as the guard was changing in the world of music, new wave and a few sub-genres were making places like KROQ in Los Angeles World Famous with a new sound. The band was one of several regional ska bands, but they are the one ska band that made it, and they made it big. They did it with rotation songs on radio, later on places like MTV, VH-1 and Request Video here in SoCal. The result gave them fans from all across the country, and mad respect from across the pond. THE ROQ OF THE ’80s The ’80s were a time of incredible peaks in the world of music. KROQ and MTV were breaking bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, X, English Beat, The Smiths, Talking Heads, Social Distortion, Boingo and yes… The Untouchables were part of that madness. Back in the day you couldn’t go to a club without hearing songs like “Free Yourself,” “I Spy for the F.B.I.,” “Hey UTs,” “Wild Child,” and “What’s Gone Wrong.” With the incredible vocals of Jerry Miller,” the toasting backing vocals and high stepping dance moves of Chuck Askermeese, The Untouchables were destined for greatness. Like all great bands it is the music that binds us and their collective sonic vision came to life through the infectious grooves of guitarist Clyde Grimes. CLYDE GRIMES Sadly, we lost Grimes in 2016, but the energy and unmistakable sound remains intact through the current band. The band remains on the forefront of the touring scene. Today’s UTs feature the incomparable Jerry Miller behind the mic, Askermeese joins the band as travel schedule permits. Dave Cassel electrifies on guitar, Tony Rugolo slaps the bass, Bubba Sanchez is on keys, and Doug Sanborne pounds the drum kit. The horn section features Jack Sneddon on trombone, Nick Ramos on trumpet and Will Overholtzer on sax. It’s interesting when you speak with musicians, especially ska musicians, we often talk about bands that influenced us all. Somehow certain bands always come up in the conversation like Madness and The Specials. On this side of the pond, sure there are the Bosstones and Voodoo, but in the end… mad respect always goes out to the UTs. JERRY MILLER Fast forward to 2023 and the UTs are still killing it. They put out a single recently for a compilation album. It wasn’t meant to be anything more than a single. But we are talking about royalty here. The world of ska loved their take on the B.J. Thomas classic, “Hooked on a Feeling,” and the hardcore fans fell in love with it making it an instant classic. Luckily 2023 is in full effect and some of our favorite bands are out and about. The UTs are part of the gift that keeps giving. You can catch them on February 19th at the Mamba Sports Bar & Grill in Huntington Beach for a night of two-tone soul reviving ska! Joining the band will be openers Natural Supernatural, Vinson Lui and maybe a few more surprises. No doubt The UTs are living legends. There is a saying, some bands are part of music history; but there are a select few like The UTs that are music history. Before they play the Supernova International Ska Festival, dust of your creepers, Docs, your checkered whatever and get ready to skank to the sights and sounds of The Untouchables at Mamba Sports Bar & Grill in Huntington Beach. TO FOLLOW SID 230124 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 25, 2023Cali Roots 2023 January 26, 2023 by Amber Crouch With the new year finally here, festival season is quickly approaching. Summertime calls for all the best in outdoor fun filled with great times with friends and fantastic music. California Roots is no newcomer to that kind of summertime excitement. Happening Memorial Day weekend, in the heart of Monterey Bay County, Cali Roots is set to be another amazing experience. Thrusting music fans into a world of reggae, ska, dancehall, and roots with the promise of togetherness and community. With the final acts of the festival having just been announced, fans are eager for May to arrive. Originally covering three days, but now extended to four, the festival will invite show goers to roam the fairgrounds and experience their favorite musicians on the big stage, and on a personal level with interactive pop-ups and meet and greets. Cali Roots is starting Thursday off with some mellow tunes. Thrive, Anuhea, Mihali along with Mykal Rose and the Subatomic Sound System will get the early-early birds psyched for the evening ahead. Dub Inc, Katchafire, Thievery Corporation, and Soja will be coming in with the heavy rhythms for night one, while fan favorites Atmosphere, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Rebelution make those who decided to make the trek early glad they did. Friday is set to mix things up with their heavy assortment of sounds; from reggae to hip hop, everyone can find a bit of something they are sure to enjoy. Rising with the morning sun is Soulwise, Kyle Smith, Joe Samba, Surfer Girl, Lila Iké, Jesse Royal, and Maoli, each adding just the right amount of soul and tasty jams to fuel a great afternoon. A hearty rotation of beats and flows are set to follow the first half of the day with L.A.B, The Interrupters, Common Kings, Steel Pulse, Cypress Hill, and Sublime with Rome with headliners Wu-Tang closing the night. Even with a stacked lineup the first two days, Cali Roots did not disappoint with the announcement that Stick Figure would be taking center stage Saturday evening, but not without Shaggy, Collie Buddz, Hieroglyphics with Del the Funky Homosapien, Hirie, The Skintz, along with a few new bands that will be mixing things up throughout the day. Badfish, Alborosie, The Hip Abduction, Gentleman, Kes, Little Stranger, Chila 2na and the Cut Chemist, and Cydeways are amongst the veteran and first time Cali Roots acts this year. With the weekend drawing to a close, the festival wanted to make sure they provided an ambiance for the final day that would make fans want to come back for years to come, and I think Sunday is looking like one of the best days. Starting the morning off with heavy riffs are The Rudians, The B Foundation, Tunnel Vision, Johnny Cosmic & K Bong, Thee Sacred Soul and Shaywze. The Elevators, Natiruts, The Movement, Dispatch, Kolohe Kai and Matisyahu are set to draw the final crowds in for the day alongside local bands DENM, Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Iration, and our very own Dirty Heads is closing out the entire weekend. Every year the festival team at California Roots curates a wonderful weekend filled with tunes and community for fans of all kinds of music. After the postponing of the festival for two years due to the pandemic, they’ve gone above and beyond to make sure fans know how much they mean to them. From additional days, to adding new acts from all corners of the world, to inviting its fan favorites, Cali Roots wants fans to know they’ve been listening. Memorial Day weekend at the Monterey Fairgrounds is always one to look forward to. With the incredible lineup, beautiful weather, and excellent location, this amazing festival happens right in the heart of it all, leaving many asking, “Is it May yet?” FOR MORE INFORMATION SID 230124 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 25, 202320 Years Of AUGUST BURNS RED January 26, 2023 by M.B. Edwards August Burns Red is celebrating their 20th year in the only way a metalcore band should: one kick-ass, energetic concert after another. The band has invited The Devil Wears Prada and Bleed From Within to join them on this celebratory journey, which kicks off on February 15th. Sorry SoCal; the concert at the House of Blues Anaheim on March 1st is sold out, but don’t fret because they will also be in San Diego at SOMA. Not only is August Burns Red celebrating 20 years, they are dropping one of the most anticipated albums of 2023, “Death Below.” The album is due out March 24th and contains special guests – Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage, Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath, JT Cave, 2023 by y from ERRA, and guitarist Jason Richardson. SOMA San Diego, California February 28, 2023 House of Blues Anaheim, California March 1, 2023 The band dropped the video for “Ancestry” in November and it has been racking up views. Now you can catch another sneak peek of the album by listening to “Backfire,” which just hit. Including the new album, August Burns Red has put out 10 full-length albums in their 20 years. The Grammy-nominated band – thanks to the hits “Identity” and “Invisible Enemy” – was formed in Pennsylvania in 2003 when the members were still in high school. Within a year, they put out their first EP, then a year later, their first full album, “Thrill Seeker.” The band saw a bit of turnover in their early days, but their current lineup is solid with Jake Luhrs (vocals), JB Brubaker (lead guitar), Brent Rambler (rhythm guitar), Dustin Davidson (bass), and Matt Greiner (drums). Their musical style, while mainly metalcore, has progressive metal and melodic metal attributes. With Luhrs’ screaming and spewing vocals, the band pushes the limits and is always looking at ways they can incorporate other styles and elements into their sound. Don’t pass up a chance to see August Burns Red in concert; they are full of energy and definitely know how to put on a fantastic show. Their San Diego show is February 28th at Soma, and OC Music News will catch them in North Carolina on February 16th to give you a preview of what to expect. TO FOLLOW SID 230123 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 25, 2023the church The Hypnogogue Tour January 25, 2023 by David Jackson There is no debate that the ‘80s and a good number of the bands that came out of that era remain a benchmark in the evolution of music. So is the case for a number of bands that come from the land down under. One band that stands out and still doing it is The Church. the church In their heyday, The Church killed it with epic songs “Reptile” and “Metropolis.” However, the song that made them a household name throughout the music world was “Under the Milky Way.”   In a recent interview, lead singer Steve Kilbey said he considers himself very lucky and grateful to have his music regarded so highly and still played after all this time. The Australian band is back at it with new music and a tour. They just released a single, “The Hypnogogue,” which will be from their forthcoming 26th album to be released February 24th.   Kilbey went on to say that everyone in the band had a hand in this one, and from the early results, The Church may have something special brewing. Today the band features a dynamic lineup. Kilbey remains the front-man (lead vocals) and guitar / bass, Ian Huang on guitar and backing vocals, Jeffrey Cain guitar and keys, Ashley Naylor on guitar, and Tim Powles on the skins. The Church will support the new album with The Hypnogogue tour. Dates begin in Los Angeles and hit many of the usual stops such as San Francisco, NYC, Philly, Boston, Norfolk,  Carrboro, and TN’s cave venue. The SoCal gigs will land at The Belasco on March 11th, then they head south to play at The Belly Up Tavern on the 12th. TO FOLLOW SID 230121 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 24, 2023TOP 10 of 2022 The Punk Rock Edition January 25, 2023 by Rachael Contreras We don’t dare say punk rock is making a “comeback” because it has always been here in some capacity. However, over the last decade or so, punk music has been building in ways we never thought possible. What was once thought of as a single sound dressed in leather and spiky hair has advanced to include almost all corners of music. With this in mind, here is our list of the Top 10 Punk Songs of 2022, with a few honorable mentions. With a variety of punk styles, fans of alternative music tastes can enjoy. TOP 10 OF 2022: Ignite entered 2022 with new front man, Eli Santana, a self-titled album, and a world tour. “Anti-Complicity Anthem” was the right choice as the first release as it showcases Ignite’s 30-year history with Santana’s introduction reflects the perfect blend. Number 1: “Anti-Complicity Anthem” by Ignite Massachusetts punk band No Trigger has made a resurgence with their newest album, “Dr. Album” and my favorite song, “Antifantasy.” It has the politics we love with punk, but wrapped in comedic lyrics that have you equally laughing and singing along. Number 2: “Antifantasy” by No Trigger Cliffdiver is quickly climbing the ranks of notoriety with their unique blend of pop-punk; adding horns, male and female lead vocals, inventive song titles, and genuine lyrics, they call themselves “emo pop.” Number 3: “New Vegas Bomb” by Cliffdiver Rock/punk/grunge band Pinkshift is the newest band on the list. This trio only started in 2019, but rock like they’ve been doing it for ages. We look forward to more releases from them. Number 4: “I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying” by Pinkshift Zebrahead released “No Tomorrow” in 2022 as their first single from their EP coming out in 2023 titled “II.” Zebrahead continues their musical journey around the world and will be touring the globe this year. Number 5: “No Tomorrow” by Zebrahead Anti-Flag joined forces with Stacy Dee from the all-female punk band, Bad Cop / Bad Cop to knock this politically heavy song out of the park. Number 6: “NVREVER” (feat. Stacy Dee from Bad Cop / Bad Cop) by Anti-Flag British-American band As It Is released this relatable and catchy song that perfectly fits their popular punk/emo/rock sound. Number 7: “I Hate Me Too” by As It Is The duo from DC better known as Teen Mortgage released this track in the genre the band affectionately calls “garage punk.” Number 8: “Tuning In” by Teen Mortgage This is the first upbeat punk song I’ve ever heard that could pull tears. Centering the song around the loss of beloved Canadian actor John Candy, the band highlights our favorite Candy movie characters in the most loving, punk rock way. Number 9: “Leaving Candyland” by Handheld The young ladies of The Linda Lindas shot to popularity with “Racist, Sexist Boy,” detailing their experiences in high school. Seemingly overnight, they were everywhere in 2022, including opening for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the Hollywood Bowl. Their 2022 debut album with Epitaph in will definitely not be their last. Number 10: “Racist, Sexist Boy” by The Linda Lindas Honorable Mentions: “Dear Detective” by The Corps “Bad Mouth” by Authority Zero “Friendly Reminder” by Lipstick Stains SID 230121 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 24, 2023On The Prowl With STEEL PANTHER January 25, 2023 by M.B. Edwards Cougars get ready… Steel Panther is “On the Prowl!” LA-native band Steel Panther is touring in support of their new album, “On the Prowl,” which will drop in connection with their February House of Blues Las Vegas show. OCMN plans to catch them at a pre-tour show in North Carolina when they perform with special guests Black Heart Saints and The L.A. Steel Panther is… unique. The glam metal band is full of incredibly talented musicians, but their songs feature a comedic twist that has earned them loyal fans across the globe. Originally formed in 2000 under the name Metal Shop, they officially became Steel Panther in April 2008 and put out their first album, “Feel the Steel.” The debut peaked at number one on the Billboard Comedy chart, and then their second album, “Balls Out,” also repeated the number-one success. Since then, they have released three other studio albums: “All You Can Eat,” “Lower the Bar,” and “Heavy Metal Rules.” Why is a glam metal band topping the comedy charts? Well, their song titles include “Death to All But Metal,” “Community Property,” “17 Girls In A Row” (this one is a concert favorite and needs to be seen in person as it includes audience participation), “Gloryhole,” “Poontang Boomerang,” “Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin,’” and “The Shocker.” Their over-the-top performances, surprise guests, and amusing lyrics keep their fans coming back for more, and their energy onstage and jokey banter livens up the crowd. They depict all that was great with the ‘80s hair bands, and yet somehow poke fun at how ridiculous some of the bands got towards the end of the decade. Steel Panther, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Heavy Metal Band Ever” consists of Ralph Saenz / “Michael Starr” (lead vocals); Russ Parrish / “Satchel” (guitar); Darren Leader / “Stix Zadinia” (drums/keyboard); and Joe Lester / “Spyder” (bass). As part of their “On the Prowl” tour, Steel Panther will be at the House of Blues in Anaheim on February 25th, and Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood on April 6th and 7th. They will be hitting all the major cities – including Las Vegas, Nashville, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Denver – and many stops in between, so check for shows near you. If you want to relive the ‘80s and forget about being politically correct, you need to go to a Steel Panther show and dive headfirst into the high hair, denim outfits, and raunchy lyrics that accompany every performance. Their “we don’t give a flying ‘f’” attitude is exactly what their followers enjoy about their shows. That and the gratitude they show to their supportive fans. Steel Panther knows how to put on one hell of a concert! TO FOLLOW SID 230120 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 23, 2023GOLDFINGER LIVE at the House of Blues, Anaheim January 24, 2023 Review by Todd Markel The House of Blues in Anaheim will have to make room on their wall of skateboards to commemorate Goldfinger’s latest sold-out show at the venue. It had been far too long since Goldfinger played in Southern California; in fact, the last time I saw them was in 2019 in Huntington Beach. It was a stormy, wet Saturday night in Anaheim, but that didn’t damper the spirits of the fans lined up in a long queue outside the venue; a line which wound into the parking structure. Goldfinger’s latest album, “Never Look Back,” was released in 2020 and this was the first chance for most fans to hear those songs live, so if they had to wait, they would. Anaheim, California January 14th, 2023 Once inside, Canadian ska punk band The Planet Smashers were just getting the show started. They’ve been keeping crowds skanking with their infectious sound since 1993, and released their latest album, “Too Much Information,” in 2019. The band’s newest album was represented right off with the standout track, “Can’t Stop.” Lead singer Matt Collyer welcomed Mike Herrera onstage to sing their 2005 song “Unstoppable,” a song that Herrera’s other band – MXPX – had recently covered. They are a fun band with a great horn section, and they got everybody in the mood for the night to come. Orange County locals Zebrahead definitely brought the party to the show; they even had an onstage bar manned by skeleton-clad bartenders. They kicked their set off with the high-energy song “Rescue Me;” written in 2003, but the lyrics seem as current as ever with lines “Another tragedy in the news, someone shooting down the right to choose”; “Another law I heard got passed today, someone’s trying to take my rights away.” Lead singer/rapper Ali was sporting a new look – clean-shaven and bleached blonde. Their newest member, co-lead singer/guitarist Adrian Estrella, has only been with them since 2021, but he’s a great addition to the group and brings a lot of excitement to their stage show. Next up was another song from 2003, “Hello Tomorrow,” followed in the same vein with their new single, “No Tomorrow.” It’s a straight-ahead rocking song with very relatable lyrics: “Everybody’s got their own opinion, but nobody ever wants to listen.” “Drink Drink” was their not-too-subtle encouragement for everyone to join the party. Their skeleton-clad helpers were offering drinks up and down the front row, much to the chagrin of the security team, who was making sure everyone was of legal age. A large inflatable was brought for crowd surfing and beach balls were tossed into the crowd, all of which added to the overall party vibe. They closed their set by encouraging everyone to form a large circle pit for their final song, “Anthem,” with its catchy, “Get up, get up, let the good times roll.” Zebrahead took it up a notch by putting on a super fun show. Look for a new EP to be released in the fall of 2023. Following Zebrahead’s set, the stage’s large curtain was lowered and the house lighting turned down low. Stage techs had to wear head lamps to continue to prep the front of the stage for the show to come. This only seemed to add to the sense of excitement and anticipation, at least for me. On cue, the Shirley Bassey-sung theme song to the 1964 James Bond film, “Goldfinger,” begins to play. The band calmly walked out to thunderous applause and the first song came at us like a freight train. “Spokesman” opened the show, and it works so well. Front-man John Feldmann seemed to soak it all in for a moment before announcing the next song “is a punk rock song” as they busted into “Infinite.” The opening track from their latest album, “Never Look Back,” it’s a rocking, fast number with a catchy chorus. Throughout their set, newer songs were interspersed with fan favorites including “Counting the Days,” “Get What I Need,” and “A Million Miles.” Feldmann mentioned a concept, that perhaps more than a few fans shared, which was, “Don’t you hate it when you go to a show and they say ‘We’re going to play a new song!’ Don’t you hate that? Well, here’s a new song called ‘Wallflower’ which was the first single off of ‘Never Look Back.’” After telling the tale of how Feldmann’s perseverance got them signed in 1993, they played the classic, “Here in the Bedroom.” From their first album, this is the song that put them on the map and was played frequently on MTV. “Wake Up, Wake Up” started the banger “Open Your Eyes.” Feldmann walked out on the upraised hands of the willing fans, before taking a dive into the crowd. At this point, guitarist Philip Sneed took the mic, and the song morphed into Blur’s “Song 2,” sung by Sneed. The band has had a few lineup changes over the years, but they sound phenomenal with this version. It’s so great seeing Charlie Paulson playing with them again as he brings excitement with his constant jumping and trademark spins. Sneed fills out their sound by adding a third guitar and backup vocals. There is nothing bad anyone can say about bassist Mike Herrera; he’s a solid player and an all-around nice guy. Nick Gross ties it all together and has been Goldfinger’s touring drummer since 2018, and their official drummer since 2020. The song “Mable” is always a high point of the show, and this time they invited everyone 21 years old and younger to join them onstage and sing with them. A large number of kids were in attendance, so the stage was filled with moshing youngsters for the duration of the song. Feldmann enthralled the crowd with a story about them playing in England and how the entire crowd was totally indifferent to them – until they played this song, and everyone went totally ballistic for it. After the show, they asked their label what the reaction was about. It turns out, the song is featured in the video game, “Tony Hawk Pro Skater.” They welcome Hawk onstage and after a big hug, invite Hawk to sing “Superman.” It looked like everyone’s cell phone went up in the air to record this; you could tell most people recognized what a special moment it was. Hawk told the crowd, “That song has defined our video game series for decades. It’s been an honor to finally join these guys.” As he walked off the stage, he challenged the crowd: “Now do a kick flip!” After announcing “Questions” as the last song of the night, they said goodnight. The band soon came back to the stage for the expected encore, which started with The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Feldmann said the first show he ever saw was a ska show, and afterward he was inspired to start a ska band. He went on to say, “The greatest ska band of all time is The Specials, so we’re going to do a Specials song in remembrance of Terry Hall.” They played “Nite Klub,” a song that has actually been part of their set for a number of years. Closing the night with their cover of Nena’s “99 Red Balloons,” I thought it was kind of funny their three-song encore consisted of all cover songs, but it is something they do very well. You can see both Goldfinger and Zebrahead play the sold-out When We Were Young Festival in Las Vegas on October 21st. SHOW PHOTO GALLERY by Todd Markel Rock Photography TO FOLLOW SID 230120 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 23, 2023COLDPLAY To Play at Rose Bowl January 23, 2023 by Traci Turner In 2022, Coldplay traveled the globe and broke attendance and sales records with their Music of the Spheres World Tour. In 2023, they will bring the show to North America, with a handful of dates announced today, and more to be announced in the future. SoCal will have two shots at catching the legendary band: September 27th in San Diego at Snapdragon Stadium, and September 30th in Los Angeles at the Rose Bowl. Coldplay will be supported on these dates by H.E.R. and 070 Shake. The Chris Martin-led band has been performing 25+ song sets over multiple stages, and of course it includes hits “Higher Power,” “Paradise,” “The Scientist,” “Viva la Vida,” “Yellow,” “Clocks,” “A Sky Full of Stars,” and “Fix You.” They also continue their tradition of LED wristbands for the audience, which sync to the music as the band plays. This year will be busy for the band in additional ways: they are nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Music of the Spheres,” and they have been in the studio recording a new album. Perhaps 2023 shows will get samples of the new material. This first batch of tickets goes on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PT. There is an exclusive “first come, first served” presale to past purchasers of their 2022 Los Angeles dates. If that includes you, you should receive an information email, and the presale will begin Thursday at 10 a.m. PT. The $20 Infinity Ticket Program will be made available at a later date, giving fans exclusive access to the Music of the Spheres World Tour. TO FOLLOW SID 230119 | JIMMY ALVAREZ, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 23, 2023Cruel World 2023 Brings Siouxsie and Iggy January 23, 2023 by Traci Turner After an epic 2022 Cruel World that included Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes, The English Beat, and Public Image Ltd, Goldenvoice had to aim high for 2023. They did. Cruel World returns to Pasadena for 2023 with Siouxsie, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Adam Ant, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Human League, Molchat Doma, Gary Numan, Gang of Four, ABC, Boy Harsher, Modern English, Animotion, The Vapors, The Motels, Riki, GVLLOW, Urban Heat, The Soft Moon, Aurat, Twin Tribes, Ela Minus, and Glass Spells. CRUEL WORLD FEST Brookside at The Rose Bowl May 20, 2023 Siouxsie Sioux has not performed in the US in 15 years, and has not performed live in 10. It was previously announced the Siouxsie and the Banshees front-woman would return to the stage by headlining England’s Latitude Festival in July 2023, but today’s announcement puts her return to live performances at Cruel World instead. Other notables about the lineup include the reunion of Love and Rockets, who have not performed since 2008, and the appearance of Echo & the Bunnymen, who were scheduled to perform Cruel World last year, but had to cancel due to visa issues. Cruel World is slated for May 20th at Brookside at the Rose Bowl. Tickets go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. and they did sell out last time, so get signed up now at the Cruel World site. FOR MORE INFORMATION SID 230119 | JIMMY ALVAREZ, EDITOR [...] Read more...
January 22, 2023Jane’s Addiction Coming to the Hollywood Palladium January 20, 2023 by Traci Turner After spending fall of 2022 touring with Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction is preparing to hit the road again for their own mini-jaunt. A handful of dates have been announced with SoCal getting a show at the Hollywood Palladium on March 9th. The Smashing Pumpkins’ Spirits on Fire tour was a big deal for Jane’s fans as it was the first time in more than a decade that original bass player Eric Avery would be included. Unfortunately, guitarist Dave Navarro had to sit the tour out due to his long COVID issues. Troy Van Leeuwen from Queens of the Stone Age jumped in and did a fantastic job when OC Music News caught the show. Should you decide to go, you can expect to see them do favorites “Jane Says,” “Stop!,” “Mountain Song,” “Three Days,” and of course, “Been Caught Stealing.” While Avery and Van Leeuwen were out with front-man Perry Farrell, and drummer Stephen Perkins, Navarro was able to work on new music for the band. Apparently the tour added to the excitement of creating new music for everyone. Avery stated, “This time out, there was a real connection between the people onstage that I haven’t felt since 1986. We were all pulling in the same direction, and it was surprising in many ways. I think it’s really important for us to write new material.” HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM March 9th, 2023 Although new stuff is on the way, 2023 is also the 35th anniversary of the band’s debut album, “Nothing’s Shocking.” A perfect time for the reunion shows! Tickets are on sale now for the Jane’s shows, plus they have some Lollapalooza dates plotted out. We have to wait a bit to see if Chicago’s Lolla is included in those dates… TO FOLLOW SID 230118 | TRACI TURNER, EDITOR [...] Read more...

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