Greg Puciato Announces Artsy ‘F–k Content’ Streaming Event

Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed and The Black Queen fame, as well as a solo artist, has just announced an artsy Dec. 11 streaming event, “Fuck Content,” which rails against the new norm of virtual performance.

The singer and multi-instrumentalist, who released his solo record Child Soldier of God, already this year as well as the sophomore album, Reluctant Hero, with Killer Be Killed, insists this is a multimedia project that will serve as a natural extension of his that solo effort.

“‘Fuck Content’ is just another creative release, but in a different medium, marrying visual art, audio, live performance, studio footage … a lot of different elements together,” said Puciato.

Further elaborating on his artistic aim, he continued, “I wanted to make the modern equivalent of a VHS release you would have bought from a band decades ago, but with more of an arthouse sensibility. Like any other thing I’ve released, and that we’ve released with [my record label] Federal Prisoner, it was born from excitement, and flamed up really quickly from the initial spark into what it became.”

“Jesse (Draxler, Federal Prisoner label-partner and acclaimed visual artist) and I were having a conversation about making a visual release, to tie into my record, that would include live performance,” Puciato went on, “but also much more, and got to talking about the idea of ‘content,’ how dumb and revolting the idea of, and emphasis on, ‘content’ is overall, and how the opposite of content is substance, that we needed to make sure whatever we made had real substance.”

As for the inspiration for the title of this event, it was a spur of the moment idea.

“We were both ranting about it and at one point I said, ‘fuck content,’ and that was the spark we needed to build up the fire to start putting this together,” Puciato explained. “As we were making it, it took twists and turns, and new ideas formed, just like making a record, and we just followed them to their natural end points.”

The rocker urged that this was not just a matter of formality in a world where touring is firmly on hold.

“This, for me, is a release, as much as any other,” he affirmed, “it’s not a livestream, it’s not some way to placate people who aren’t seeing shows, or to keep me busy. It’s something we sank our teeth into creatively, as much as a record, and I’m excited for everyone to see and hear what we’ve got to show them.”

Watch a trailer for the “Fuck Content” streaming event below. Get your ticket here, where you’ll also find exclusive event-specific merch as well. The show is set for 11PM GMT / 6PM ET / 3PM PT / 10AM NSW.

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Hollywood Undead Throwing ‘House Party’ Livestream Next Month

If you’ve got a New Empire, you really should have a party to celebrate! That’s exactly what Hollywood Undead will do next month, teasing the upcoming release of New Empire, Vol. 2 and saluting the early 2020 New Empire, Vol. 1 offering with a livestream bash.

The Hollywood Undead House Party is being described as “a wild, no holds barred, virtual global party event” that’s now locked in for a Dec. 18 date, promising the possibility of some special party-crashing guests.

Johnny 3 Tears says, “While we can’t get everyone together in a venue to party, we wanted to do the next best thing and host a night they’ll never forget – but won’t remember the next day.”

The livestream event is being produced in partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents with tickets now on sale with a variety of party-themed packages ranging from standard tickets to merch and party packs, as well as a limited amount of virtual meet & greet packages.

Hollywood Undead have a variety of merch bundle add-ons, with fans able to tack on T-shirts, hoodies, rolling papers, a bandana, a dozen branded red solo cups, two ping pong balls, a deck of cards and even a virtual meet-and-greet.

Early bird prices start at $12.99 and will increase on Dec. 1, so go ahead and make your reservation at www.HollywoodUndeadLive.com. Check out a trailer for the event below.

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Wolfgang Van Halen Sets First Mammoth WVH Show

Wolfgang Van Halen announced his first solo concert as Mammoth WVH: a performance at the 2021 Aftershock Festival.

The former Van Halen bassist will play the final night of the event, which is currently scheduled to run Oct. 7 through Oct. 10 in Sacramento.

Other acts scheduled for the fest include Metallica, Mastodon, Social Distortion, Limp Bizkit, the Offspring, My Chemical Romance, Rancid, Seether, Machine Gun Kelly, Rise Against and Pennywise.

General admission and VIP passes, both in single- and three-day configurations, are available to purchase at the Aftershock site. Wolfgang Van Halen tweeted the news, writing, “See you at @AFTERSHOCKSAC with @MammothWVH in 2021!”

The musician recently debuted his first solo single, “Distance,” which honored his late father, Eddie Van Halen. The Mammoth WVH name is a nod to his dad’s pre-Van Halen band Mammoth.

Wolfgang — who will release his debut LP in 2021 — spoke to UCR about his musical evolution, noting that he was largely self-taught, though his dad offered “little lessons here and there.”

“He never really tried to push me into any direction,” he said. “I think the only thing he really introduced to me was AC/DC – the album Powerage was a big bond for us. ‘Down Payment Blues,’ that was my dad’s and my favorite song. But from there I kind of developed my own taste. I was really into Blink-182. I played Enema of the State nonstop – that’s how I learned the drums. It wasn’t until maybe I discovered Tool that I started to see an improvement in my skills by trying to play like Danny Carey.”

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Sevendust to Play ‘Animosity’ in Full at 2021 Livestream Show

Sevendust just dropped their 13th album, Blood & Stone, earlier this year and celebrated with a livestream release day event that served as their one and only concert performance for all of 2020. Next year is looking at least just as busy onstage as they’ve just revealed they’ll be playing their 2001 record Animosity in its entirety on Jan. 8 with another livestream set.

In the career-spanning set from Sevendust’s 2020 livestream gig, Animosity was the most heavily favored as the band played three songs from that record, the most material off any album during that show. This time, fans will get more than “Angel’s Son,” “Praise” and “Shine,” which were all featured, as the veteran hard rock outfit prepares to play the remaining 10 tracks off the RIAA gold-certified record.

The nearly 56-minute third effort from the five-piece isn’t all that’s on deck for the Jan. 8 show. A tweet from Sevendust also revealed that they’ll dish out all of Animosity “and then some,” leaving the opportunity for some additional surprises.

Tickets for the show, which will be broadcast by OPAV in Orlando, Florida, are available now. Head here to purchase and for more info.

Meanwhile, if there’s a nagging Sevendust itch to scratch, drummer Morgan Rose recently announced his debut solo EP alongside the new track “The Answer.” Get the scoop here.

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The Darkness Announce ‘Streaming of a White Christmas’ Livestream

Glammy U.K. rockers the Darkness will bring holiday cheer to headbangers worldwide when they perform a concert from London next month to be livestreamed as Lockdown Live: Streaming of a White Christmas.

The show, per a press release, promises to be a “flamboyant extravaganza packed with all the snow and tinsel one could dream.” It will broadcast from the Indigo at the O2 Arena on Friday, Dec. 18, at 8PM GMT (3PM ET). Tickets go on general sale this Friday, Nov. 27, starting at 9AM GMT (4AM ET).

The livestream concert follows the Darkness’ latest studio effort, the presciently titled and artistically censored Easter Is Cancelled, which arrived in October 2019. As the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the months after the album’s release, the band now joins others in mounting a virtual gig.

The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins quipped, “OK, so we pressed the wrong button and canceled Easter. And we’re sorry about that. Let’s move on, yeah? Christmas is coming, and nothing says joy and surprise like the Darkness, rocking live in your living room!” 

The singer also hinted at some onstage surprises by saying that “a few brave and immune rockers will have the good fortune to join us in the stadium of dreams for this exclusive event.”

The performance will be recorded and thereafter issued as a live album also called Streaming of a White Christmas, scheduled to be released on CD and vinyl in April 2021.

But that’s not all the Darkness have going on for this Yuletide season. The group has also teamed up with London-based brewery Signature Brew to issue a signature seasonal beer called Bells End.

Of the beverage, guitarist Dan Hawkins says the band “wanted a beer that’s punchy and drinkable at the same time. Signature Brew really know their stuff and captured exactly what we were after. Bells End has got a bit of oomph to it but it’s something you can drink in the run-up to Christmas and throughout the whole season. It’s a very wintry beer, it’s perfect and we can’t wait for everyone to try it.”

The Darkness fans can get their Streaming of a White Christmas livestream tickets right now at the band’s official web store. There, pre-sale access comes with pre-orders of the subsequent live album. General tickets will be available from the above on-sale date at this link.

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Foo Fighters to Perform for Amazon Music’s ‘Holiday Plays’ Series

Remember the school holiday pageant and the spirit of bringing a community together? That’s the vibe Amazon Music is going for in introducing their Holiday Plays series of concerts, helping to spread musical cheer to the global masses this holiday season and they’ve recruited Foo Fighters as one of the acts to help them do so.

The veteran rockers will take over the stage at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Dec. 15 at 7:55PM ET, not only rocking through their well known hits and some material from the upcoming Medicine at Midnight album, but you’re also likely to get a rocking Christmas song thrown in for good measure. You can head here for details on the streaming concert event.

The Amazon Music Holiday Plays series will also include performances from Miley Cyrus, LIl’ Nas X and rising breakthrough artist Kiana Lede, with each performer personalizing their own production.

These are busy times for Foo Fighters, who just premiered a 25th anniversary video event titled Times Like Those in which they revisit old photos and footage while reflecting on some of their greatest times as a band. The group also has a new album, Medicine at Midnight, en route on Feb. 5. You can currently pre-order the set right here (As Amazon affiliates we earn on qualifying purchases.)

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The Black Dahlia Murder Putting on ‘Yule ‘Em All’ Livestream

Death metallers can get in the holiday spirit too! Just take The Black Dahlia Murder for example, as the band has announced their “Yule ‘Em All” holiday variety extravaganza coming up next month.

Frontman Trevor Strnad comments, “We in The Black Dahlia Murder have been hard at work assembling what will surely be the most major holiday event since Tickle Me Elmo dropped. Live music from albums new and old, skits, cartoons, Ham Sanitizer … it’s all here and waiting for your eager bloodshot eyeballs to blissfully consume! Clear your calendars for Dec 18!!! You won’t want to miss it!”

The special livestream concert event is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 18 at 7PM ET / 4PM PT, featuring live performances, special guests and plenty more. In addition, the band will be selling special merch bundles commemorating this special show. You can currently purchase tickets and check out the special merchandise at this location.

The Black Dahlia Murder issued their latest album, Verminous, earlier this year, and while the pandemic has cut down on touring for 2020, the band does have plans to tour the record. At present, they have a solid run of European shows booked for the first few months of 2022. See the tour dates here.

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KISS Announce ‘KISS 2020 Goodbye’ New Year’s Eve Concert

KISS are ready to send 2020 out in style, announcing their “KISS 2020 Goodbye” New Year’s Eve concert. The band is putting on an extravagant rock show to ring in the New Year, and you can catch it all via a virtual livestream.

The band will be performing from the Atlantis resort in Dubai, pulling out all the stops to give viewers one of the best livestreamed shows they can provide.

Filmed with more than 50 cameras and 360-degree views, this show produced by Landmarks Live can be seen globally with ticketing technology and livestream powered by TIXR.

The concert will kick off at 12PM ET / 9AM PT on Dec. 31.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at Kiss2020Goodbye.com, with prices starting at $49.99 and gong all the way up to $999 for a bundle that includes 14 “exclusive and limited edition items,” including a Blu-ray of the concert. Watch a trailer for the event below.

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Steel Panther to Play ‘Gobblefest’ + ‘Formal as F**k’ Livestreams

What?! You didn’t think Steel Panther were packing it in for the holidays, did you? The over-the-top rockers are ready to “double your pleasure” this holiday season, announcing their “Gobblefest” and “Formal as Fuck” livestream events.

The group will venture to the longtime Sunset Strip hot spot The Viper Room on Dec. 5 for Gobblefest, hilariously subtitled “Gobbling Isn’t Just for the Holidays, livestream. Longtime Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer will step in to help out the group during the concert, while other surprise guests are also expected to join in the festivities. Plus, the band will debut their new anthem “Fuck 2020,” which reimagines the Heavy Metal Rules favorite “Fuck Everybody.”

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Then, on Dec. 31, be sure to ring in the new year with The Almost Live – Formal as Fuck New Year’s Eve Special. “We are saying up front that this is Almost Live,” states the press release. So toss out the “Auld Lang Syne” and serve up a truly righteous farewell to the year that was as Steel Panther rock “Fuck 2020.” The group will be joined for this event by Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho.

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You can actually catch both virtual concerts for the price of $20 (deal valid until Dec. 5). Both shows will start at 2PM PT and tickets as well as exclusive merch for the concerts can be purchased here.

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Kiss Announce ‘Kiss 2020 Goodbye’ New Year’s Eve Virtual Concert

Kiss will perform a virtual ‘Kiss 2020 Goodbye’ concert on New Year’s Eve.

The promotional video embedded below promises fans “the biggest & baddest concert event and pyrotechnics show of the year.”

Access to the event can be purchased at Kiss2020Goodbye.com, with prices starting at $49.99 and ranging up to $999 for a bundle that includes 14 “exclusive and limited edition items” including a Blu-ray of the concert.

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We Came as Romans Lead ‘The Barricade’ Livestream Event

We Came as Romans have signed on to head up a two-day livestream event titled “The Barricade” in early December.

Hosted by SiriusXM Octane personality Caity Babs, the event will feature The Plot in You and Dayseeker playing Thursday, Dec. 3, while We Came as Romans are paired up with Bad Omens for the Friday, Dec. 4 livestream. The event is being put on by Sweetwater Studios. Look for the festivities to kick off at 7PM ET / 4PM PT both days.

All four acts will have exclusive merch lines created specifically for “The Barricade” event. Head here for details.

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“As terrible as 2020 has been for the entire entertainment industry, creating this livestreaming event has been a nice escape for everyone involved, and we are hoping it has the same effect for our fans,” says vocalist Dave Stephens. “The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has been extremely difficult on all of us, but we are thankful to have had the opportunity to be together, play music and be blessed with the resources to share it with our fanbase. Stay safe everyone, and keep your heads up.”

We Came as Romans hope to return to touring in 2021 and have already been announced for the 2021 Rock Fest.

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Metallica, Korn + More to Play Alice in Chains MoPOP Event

The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle has chosen Alice in Chains as the recipient of its 2020 Founders Award. A virtual concert will be held to celebrate the honor, and will feature a performance from the honorees themselves, as well as tribute performances from Metallica, Korn, Corey Taylor and more.

The artists featured during the event will be covering select songs from Alice in Chains’ vast catalog. In addition to the four previously mentioned artists, the lineup also features Billy Corgan, Duff McKagan, Mastodon, Dave Navarro, Taylor Hawkins, members of Soundgarden, Chris Cornell‘s daughter Lily Cornell Silver, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and more.

Additionally, Eddie Vedder, Sammy Hagar, Tom Morello and other artists will make special appearances.

See the lineup below.

AIC bassist Mike Inez recently told us about his experience finally getting to perform with his bandmates again up in Seattle.

“We’ve been hearing other bands and what songs they’re picking to play, so we’re really excited to hear it,” he enthused. “We’re gonna be just as surprised as everybody else. We’re purposely not listening to the stuff because we want to be surprised.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET on the MoPOP Facebook page, Amazon Music Twitch channel and Amazon Music app. Donations are welcome. For more details, visit the MoPOP website.

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