Welcome back to the Rock Show, where it’s all about the music.
So Alex Lifeson of Rush spoke with Gibson guitars the other day about a whole bunch of stuff, including their upcoming album Clockwork Angels. Apparently, while we had already been told that they had about six songs written back before the Time Machine Tour got underway, we now know that they’re looking at eight or nine songs total for the album and that they’re working on writing more material during their downtime. Alex hinted that they intend to finish the Time Machine Tour and take the summer off before starting to record the album in September. Potentially the record will be released in early 2012 with a tour to follow, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’d love to see all of this happen, but we have to get through the second leg of the Time Machine Tour first. April 8 at the Giant Center in Hershey – don’t miss it!
Speaking of upcoming albums, Foo Fighters, The Strokes, and Rise Against all have their new albums available for pre-order from various vendors. I haven’t pre-ordered the new Foo Fighters album yet, but I definitely plan on doing so. The other two I’ll probably wait on until they’re released. Rise Against announced tour dates a while ago, but so far neither The Strokes nor the Foo Fighters have announced any major US tour plans. As usual, I’ll keep watching for updates.
On the hard rock side of things, both Seether and Shinedown are working on new albums. Not entirely sure where Shinedown stands on completion, but Seether has set May 24 as the release date. The new album, titled Holding on to Strings Better Left to Fray, will bear its first single, titled “Country Song,” on March 8. The band promises that the new album will be a bit different from their older material. I’m definitely interested to see what that means, exactly. Never been a huge Seether fan, per se, but I do have their first two albums and have no objections to their music. I’ll keep my eyes and ears open for updates on both bands. It’ll be nice to get some new Shinedown, though, since they’ve been milking The Sound of Madness for entirely too long.
Not much else to report on this week. Next week, though, we finally see the official release of “Rope,” the first single from the Foo’s new album. Can’t wait!
No artists added or updated this week.
Artists to watch: Foxy Shazam, The Pretty Reckless, VersaEmerge, A Silent Film
March 24 – Queens of the Stone Age at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
March 25 – Elton John at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
March 26 – Sick Puppies at the Crocodile Rock in Allentown, PA
March 30 – Yes at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA
April 2 – A Silent Film at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA
April 8 – Rush at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA
April 26 – Coheed & Cambria at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
April 29 – Asia at the Keswick Theater in Glendside, PA
April 30 – 30 Seconds to Mars at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ
May 2 – Rise Against at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 3 – Rise Against at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA
May 4 – Jon Anderson of Yes at the TLA in Philadelphia, PA
May 6 – My Chemical Romance at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA
May 7 – The Airborne Toxic Event at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, PA
July 15 – The Moody Blues at the State Theatre in Easton, PA
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