Clutch Officially Premiere New Song “How To Shake Hands”

Clutch premiere their new track “How To Shake Hands“ streaming below. The band’s press release offers:

“Clutch’s song ‘How to Shake Hands‘ traces its lineage back to Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker via the song ‘John Lee Hooker for President‘. In that song Ry Cooder impersonates JLH giving a stump speech on what will happen when he becomes President. Clutch’s original idea of covering the Ry Cooder song was soon abandoned as Neil Fallon said he couldn’t do the song justice. Instead, Neil put his own lyrics in the style of Ry Cooder/JLH to a new Clutch song which ended up becoming the fast-paced ‘How to Shake Hands‘.”

Earlier this week Clutch announced this tour with Sevendust and Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown:

09/16 Chicago IL – Riotfest
09/18 St Paul, MN – Myth Live
09/19 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
09/21 Houston TX – House of Blues
09/22 San Antonio TX – River City Rock Fest
09/23 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
09/25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
09/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/28 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (no Sevendust)
09/30 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
10/02 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
10/03 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/05 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/06 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/07 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/08 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/09 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/11 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/12 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
10/13 San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater (feat. System Of A Down, Incubus, At The Drive-In, etc.)
10/14 San Diego, CA – North Park/Observatory
10/15 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
10/17 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/18 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/19 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
10/20 Detroit, MI – The Filmore Detroit
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/23 Toronto, ON – Rebel
10/25 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/26 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/28 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

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Clutch Officially Premiere New Song “How To Shake Hands”

Clutch premiere their new track “How To Shake Hands“ streaming below. The band’s press release offers:

“Clutch’s song ‘How to Shake Hands‘ traces its lineage back to Ry Cooder and John Lee Hooker via the song ‘John Lee Hooker for President‘. In that song Ry Cooder impersonates JLH giving a stump speech on what will happen when he becomes President. Clutch’s original idea of covering the Ry Cooder song was soon abandoned as Neil Fallon said he couldn’t do the song justice. Instead, Neil put his own lyrics in the style of Ry Cooder/JLH to a new Clutch song which ended up becoming the fast-paced ‘How to Shake Hands‘.”

Earlier this week Clutch announced this tour with Sevendust and Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown:

09/16 Chicago IL – Riotfest
09/18 St Paul, MN – Myth Live
09/19 Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
09/21 Houston TX – House of Blues
09/22 San Antonio TX – River City Rock Fest
09/23 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live
09/25 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
09/27 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
09/28 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09/29 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (no Sevendust)
09/30 Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life
10/02 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
10/03 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/05 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
10/06 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
10/07 Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
10/08 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
10/09 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/11 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/12 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
10/13 San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater (feat. System Of A Down, Incubus, At The Drive-In, etc.)
10/14 San Diego, CA – North Park/Observatory
10/15 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
10/17 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
10/18 Sauget, IL – Pop’s Nightclub
10/19 Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
10/20 Detroit, MI – The Filmore Detroit
10/21 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10/23 Toronto, ON – Rebel
10/25 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
10/26 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/27 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/28 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

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Cognitive Announce Summer Tour With Wormhole

New Jersey based slamming tech death act COGNITIVE have announced a tour of the northeastern United States and Canada this summer alongside Wormhole. Dubbed “The Summer of Slamchop Tour”, the trek will run from July 3rd – July 14th and see the group continuing to support their pummeling 2016 Unique Leader debut album Deformity.

Guitarist Rob Wharton said of the tour, “Cognitive is super hype to be doing the Summer of Slampchop tour with our good friends in Wormhole. With a hometown show in Philly and northeastern US and Canada dates, this summer is looking to rule. We”ll be playing new material from our new album which details will be announced very soon, so come out and check out the new tunes and the boys in Wormhole”

Dates below:

7/3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie (Upstairs)
7/5 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner
7/6 – Syracuse, NY @ Spark Art Space
7/7 – Windsor, ON @ Windsor Beer Exchange
7/8 – Guelph, ON @ Dstrct
7/9 – Toronto, ON @ The Coalition
7/10 – TBA
7/11 – Ottawa, ON @ House of Targ
7/12 – Sherbrooke, QC @ Le Murdoch
7/13 – Montreal. QC @ Piranha Bar
7/14 – Albany, NY @ Club Chrome

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Cryptodira & Yashira July Tour Announced

Cryptodira and Yashira announce their tour plans for July. Below’s where the will perform:

07/14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus (‘Mathcore Index Fest‘) (no Cryptodira)
07/15 Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
07/16 Providence, RI – Alchemy
07/17 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
07/18 Greensboro, NC – New York Pizza
07/19 Chattanooga, TN – Ziggy’s Music Box
07/20 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic

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Fan Ejected From The Toronto Stop Of Slayer’s Farewell Tour Tried To Swim Back Into The Venue Island

A fan attending the show of Slayer‘s farewell tour at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, on May 29th, attempted to swim his way back in to the concert after being removed from the venue. It was not disclosed as to why he was ejected.

As you’ll see in the below series of pics posted by Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, he was not successful with authorities apprehending him when he reached the shore and EMT’s tending to him for potential hypothermia.

Slayer are currently out on the first North American leg of their farewell tour with Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament as support acts.

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UFO Vocalist To Retire After 50th Anniversary Tour

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.”

Mogg turned 70 back in April and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.

“I’m a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: ‘I wonder how old they were…’,” he chuckles. “The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot.”

While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement.

The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision.

“I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.”

Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind.

“For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker.

You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision.

“Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”

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UFO Vocalist To Retire After 50th Anniversary Tour

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.”

Mogg turned 70 back in April and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.

“I’m a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: ‘I wonder how old they were…’,” he chuckles. “The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot.”

While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement.

The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision.

“I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.”

Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind.

“For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker.

You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision.

“Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”

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UFO Vocalist To Retire After 50th Anniversary Tour

Phil Mogg has confirmed that next year’s 50th anniversary tour with UFO will be his last as the frontman of the long-running hard rock band. Consequently, it seems almost certain that at that point they will cease to exist. UFO were formed in London in 1969 and Mogg is their only ever-present member, performing on all of the group’s 22 studio albums.

“This decision has been a long time coming, I’ve considered stepping down at the end of UFO’s previous two tours,” Mogg explains. “I don’t want to call this a farewell tour as I hate that word, but next year’s gigs will represent my final tap-dancing appearances with the band.

“2019 marks UFO’s 50th anniversary, so the timing feels right,” he continues. “There will be a final tour of the UK and we will also play some shows in selected other cities that the band has a strong connection with. But outside of the UK this won’t be a long tour. Being out on the road isn’t always tremendously luxurious and although the playing is as great as it ever was, the stuff that surrounds it becomes very tiresome. I always told myself that when I reached that stage I would step down, and that’s what I’m going to do. This is the right time for me to quit.”

Mogg turned 70 back in April and although his voice remains strong, he admits that age played its part in his conclusion.

“I’m a big reader of obituaries, and my finger always goes down to: ‘I wonder how old they were…’,” he chuckles. “The last few years have been tough, losing Lemmy was awful and I was sad that Jimmy Bain passed on a cruise ship. That distressed me quite a lot.”

While many veteran bands in such a position simply cease playing live and continue to record, UFO will no longer be releasing new music. Last year’s covers collection ‘The Salentino Cuts’ is set to become a signing-off point, though Mogg insists that however unlikely the prospect might seem – the singer is a lone strand of consistency throughout a 50-year history – he would have no problem with UFO continuing with a replacement.

The band’s current line-up – completed by keyboard player/second guitarist Paul Raymond, guitarist Vinnie Moore, drummer Andy Parker and bassist Rob De Luca – have of course been informed of Mogg’s decision.

“I’ve told the guys that this is how it is,” he says. “They know it’s my time to go and they know that they can do whatever they want to do without me but I don’t want to play live or make records anymore, though having said that I might go on and do an album of my own. I’ll have to see how I feel about that.”

Of course UFO have either split up, retired or gone on hiatus several times before but Mogg is keen to make the distinction that next year’s dates don’t just mark the end of his touring commitments with UFO – for Phil, there will be no further concerts of any kind.

“For me, this is the end of my stint with UFO,” he clarifies. “This is a line in the sand. I’m suggesting we call the tour ‘Last Orders’, though I also like ‘The Bar Is Closing’. I’m also tempted to name it ‘The Drinks Are On Parker’,” he chuckles, referring to long-suffering sticksman Andy Parker.

You’ll have gathered that Mogg is not about to slash his wrists anytime soon. Of course he is sad that the finishing line is now within sight but has had sufficient time to live with and process such a massive personal decision.

“Maybe the best word to use is ‘bittersweet’,” he concludes. “But my time has arrived and all that remains is to make sure that we have a good tour.”

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Five Motograter Members Exit Band In Mass Exodus

It would appear that Motograter have imploded with reports of all members exiting the band except guitarist/vocalist Matt “Nuke” Nunes. Numetal.net have shared a picture of a text conversation with Motograter guitarist Jesse Stamper in which Stamper revealed that all members of the band, including himself, have quit, leaving Nunes the only remaining member.

The mass exodus follows the latest period of lineup volatility for the band, which began late last year with the firing of drummer Noah “Shark” Robertson. This past April saw bassist Mylon Guy ejected from the group, who found out about his replacement by Aeon Cruz, after reading about it online.

The band nonethelesse just wrapped up a leg of spring touring this month, that was riddled with problems and canceled shows. Motograter wrecked their tour van and trailer which caused canceled dates. Nunes went to jail as well, stating that he was picked up for driving on a suspended license. He’s been bragging about it via social media, even though it caused the cancellation of performances.

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Bloodbath Forced To Postpone North American Tour Due To Visa Issues

Due to visa issues Bloodbath had to postpone their planned North American tour that was scheduled to kickoff this week. The group released the below statement:

“It’s with an immense mix of anger, frustration and sadness that we’re forced to announce the following news…

We will not be flying out tomorrow to begin our first North American tour we all so much looked forward to playing.

We’ve been rehearsing and preparing this for months and our gear and bags are packed ready by the doorstep, but sadly due to the US Immigration and Embassy making a mistake with our visas, they couldn’t fix it in time and reissue it.

We hoped we never would have to make this kind of announcement, we were still trusting they would issue it in time to the very bitter end, but now with less than 24hrs to go, we have to accept our fate, it ain’t gonna happen.

We’re so sorry for all of you who bought a ticket and made plans to come see Bloodbath!

On any kind of positive note, we WILL be rescheduling (nothing else is acceptable!) and prepare to play the tour as soon as possible. More news on refunds etc. ASAP.”

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