Watch Implosion of Detroit’s Palace of Auburn Hills Concert Venue

The demolition of a famous Detroit-area sports and concert venue was completed this morning with the implosion of the Palace of Auburn Hills.

You can watch video of the building’s final moments below.

On Aug. 13, 1988 Sting, on tour in support of his second solo album …Nothing Like the Sun, became the first artist to play at the Palace. The 23,000 capacity arena went on to host shows by many of rock’s most famous acts, including multiple-night stands from Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi.

Van Halen played at the Palace four times each on tours in support of their For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance albums. Kiss included their Oct. 14, 1990 show at the venue on the Hot in the Shade tour in their Kissology Volume Two: 1978-1991 home video.

Watch the Implosion of the Palace of Auburn Hills

On March 31, 1995 a deranged former Led Zeppelin fan unsuccessfully tried to reach the stage and stab Jimmy Page during the Palace stop on Page and Robert Plant‘s No Quarter tour. The Cure‘s live album Show was recorded during the band’s July 1992 two-night stand at the venue, as was Madonna‘s 2001 Drowned World Tour HBO special and live DVD.

The NBA’s Detroit Pistons won three championships during the three decades they called the Palace their home. It was also the site of the infamous Nov. 19, 2004 “Malice at the Palace” fight between players and spectators.

Watch Kiss Perform at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1990

The team moved to the Little Caesers Arena in downtown Detroit at the start of the 2017 season, and Bob Seger performed the last concert at the Palace on Sept. 23, 2017. “What a great building this has been,” he said near the end of the show. “A lot of great shows. Thanks for everything, Palace. We love ya!”

After Seger performed a live version of “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” to end the concert, a pre-taped version of his song “The Famous Final Scene” was aired from the empty stage, accompanied by video footage of various famous music and sporting moments from the venue’s history.

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Kataklysm’s ‘The Killshot’ Might Be Their Heaviest Song Ever

Canadian death merchants Kataklysm have returned with a music video for “The Killshot,” the first song to be shared off their forthcoming 14th album, Unconquered.

The new track serves as the album’s opener, setting the tone with what may be the group’s heaviest piece of work yet, even factoring in their long lost frenzied style present on the Sorcery debut. Kataklysm have clearly tightened their grip on modern metal’s hallmarks while keeping everything true to their groove-laden 21st century output and ever-present death metal overtones.

Watch the music video further down the page and read through the lyrics (via Genius) to “The Killshot” as well.

Commenting on the first Unconquered single, Kataklysm stated, “‘The Killshot’ is very Machiavellian at its base meaning. The song deals with revenge and planning it out, I wrote the song in an open interpretation because everyone has their own story that they can attach to it. In general, the album deals with pain or setbacks, overcoming them and fighting back especially in today’s situation, the timing is on point. In February, we flew to Atlanta, Georgia, and worked with director Scott Hanson. We saw some of his creations and wanted to try his style. The experience was awesome, and we won’t forget it anytime soon. Everything went great but it was there, sitting at the airport that we first started seeing on all the screens that COVID-19 was about to shutdown the country.”

Here I come again
This time, to ruin your life
Because, everything you say is a lie
Everything you are is a lie
And I’m here to sever the ties

Fear the face of hate
The face of fear
And all the things you never could see
These words won’t kill
The silence will and everything you fail to reap
I feel your wrath
I feel your heart
I feel everything you are
This bond you broke
This trust you took
The monster you created is here

I know the things you did
I know who you really are!
Sow the seeds of confrontation
Into the soul of annihilation
Take the steps to enter the void
A declaration of war!

I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is the killshot
I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is my killshot

Face the face of war
The face of death
And all the justice that you deserve
You bring the dark
I bring the light
Your blood will spill in the hands of dissent
The sky will fall
Your world will end
And so will the lies you try to mend
My name is truth
My name is death
And I have come to take you away

We know the things you did, the things you did
I know who you really are!
Sow the seeds of confrontation
Into the soul of annihilation
Take the steps to enter the void
A declaration of war!

I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is the killshot
I’m locked and loaded
And I won’t miss
This is my killshot

Unconquered will be released Sept. 25 through Nuclear Blast. Pre-order the album here and view the artwork and track listing beneath the music video.

Kataklysm, “The Killshot” Music Video

Kataklysm, Unconquered Album Art + Track Listing

Nuclear Blast

01. “The Killshot”
02. “Cut Me Down”
03. “Underneath The Scars”
04. “Focused To Destroy You”
05. “The Way Back Home”
06. “Stitches”
07. “Defiant”
08. “Icarus Falling”
09. “When It’s Over”

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Greg Puciato Unleashes Heavy ‘Do You Need Me to Remind You’ Song

Dillinger Escape Plan may be no more, but singer Greg Puciato is still cranking out crushingly heavy music. The latest song from his forthcoming solo debut, Child Soldier: Creator of God, is “Do You Need Me to Remind You?,” a track that reminds us of the singer’s great range.

The song starts off in a more sludgy vein, pummeling beats crushing over slow ebbing wall of distorted low end guitar. Pulling back for the vocal, Puciato’s soulful yet gritty vocal delivery takes center stage, giving the song a darker and more vulnerable vibe until the chorus arrives with Puciato flipping the switch on a more aggressive delivery. The track itself ebbs and flows in waves between crushing heaviness and more melodic moments.

The new song is yet another example of the dedication Puciato has thrown into his new record, playing many of the instruments on the album on top of delivering killer vocals.

The singer, who played everything but drums and some programming for the record, explains, “I’d been writing for so many different projects, Dillinger, then The Black Queen, and Killer Be Killed…and I just kept on writing, It felt as if I had more to say, but nothing that necessarily filled the script of those bands, so I ended up with something that I found to be intensely personal and super satisfying, but also confusing as far as what to do with it. When I realized that it was a solo release, it was sort of an ‘oh that’s interesting’ moment, both terrifying and exciting at once, and challenging, and new, and that combo is almost always a good sign, so I committed to it.”

He continues, “It’s important to continue taking risks in order to grow both your creativity and your future possibilities, to create new avenues and freedoms for yourself, and it also felt like a good time for me to integrate and own everything that I am into one thing, without fragmentation or limitation. I needed to come out from telling myself that I always have to be ‘guy in a band,’ and to release this as my own name.”

“Do You Need Me to Remind You?” follows his previous solo tracks “Fire for Water” and “Deep Set.” If you like what you hear, the new album Child Soldier: Creator of God is currently available for pre-order at this location. The album will drop on Oct. 23. See the full track listing and artwork below the new video.

Greg Puciato, “Do You Need Me to Remind You?”

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Federal Prisoner

Heavy of Stone
Creator of God
Fire for Water
Deep Set
Temporary Object
Do You Need Me To Remind You?
Roach Hiss
Down When I’m Not
You Know I Do
Through The Walls
A Pair of Questions
September City

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Pallbearer Reveal Sabbathian Track ‘Forgotten Days’ + New Album

Pallbearer have just released the debut single from their upcoming fourth studio album, Forgotten Days. The album’s title track is filled with Sabbathian doom riffs, mixed in with Pallbearer’s signature vocal style.

The Arkansas act emerged in the 2010s as one of modern metal’s most consistently brilliant acts, hitting a new height of popularity with 2017’s Heartless.

“I’m extremely stoked to finally share this song with everyone,” says singer/guitarist Brett Campbell. “The video for ‘Forgotten Days’ tells the story of an unfortunate traveler who journeys too far, and becomes lost in the depths of both inner, and outer, space. What is real when you cannot trust your own mind?“

“Joe [Rowland] and I have always written lyrics separately,” adds Campbell. “But we always end up with lyrics that are connected by threads. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe it’s because we’ve been in close proximity for a long while. Between Heartless and Forgotten Days, we were home for an extended period of time. I think we finally had time to reflect. Memory is a big aspect of the new record. The passage of time. How things change as perspective changes. Was the past truly the way that you remember it at all?”

Forgotten Days is us exploring what is natural to us,” adds bassist Joseph Rowland. “The songs tell me where I need to go when I write. We wanted to focus on songs that were visceral and enjoyable to play live – that our audiences would enjoy experiencing. We’re also getting back to more of the groovier and heavier elements of Pallbearer. Heartless is fairly uptempo and technical. This one is a little more open, it hammers you.”

“This record has a lot of thematic ties to our first record,” Rowland continues. “When we were writing Sorrow and Extinction, my mother was terminally ill. It’s been 10 years since she passed. It’s taken me all of this time to take a really good look at myself. While we were writing Forgotten Days, I knew, ‘Now is the time to sit down and begin to understand who I have become.’”

Forgotten Days will be released via Nuclear Blast on Oct. 23. Listen to the album’s title track and check out its artwork and track listing below.


Nuclear Blast

Pallbearer, Forgotten Days Track List:

Forgotten Days
Silver Wings
The Quicksand of Existing
Vengeance & Ruination
Rite of Passage

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Deep Purple Release Classic Sounding New Song ‘Nothing at All’

Rock legends Deep Purple will release Whoosh!, their 21st studio album, on Aug. 7 and have just served up the third single, “Nothing At All.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were originally set to release their new record in June, but disruptions in distribution lines and the closure of retail outlets due to the coronavirus pandemic forced the album to be pushed to later in the summer.

Fortunately, “Nothing At All” has been worth the wait, with “Throw My Bones” and “Man Alive” already released to tide fans over. It’s a classic sounding Deep Purple track driven by fluttering, classical-leaning organ melodies, a delightfully at ease swagger and Ian Gillan‘s playful sarcasm.

Read the lyrics directly below (via Genius) and hear the new song further down the page.

I’m talking to myself again
I’m waving to a passing friend
I’ve know her since I don’t know when
Ah, it’s nothing at all
Just the few of us walk arm in arm
It’s innocent and charming
The children seem to be getting along
Don’t worry kids, it’s nothing at all

When I hear about the dooming gloom
That’s around the corner and coming soon
I take a sip of mother’s room
And sit with my back to the wall

It’s nothing at all
Nothing at all
And the old lady smiles
It’s nothing at all
Then she blew all the leaves off my tree

And the junk that sails out seven seas
Is very nearly up to my knees
But the platitudes and pleasantries
Keep saying it’s nothing at all
I feel we’ll land on another day
If I close my eyes it’ll go away
So bottoms up, boys, and what do you say?
Really, it’s nothing at all

It’s nothing at all
Nothing at all
And the old lady smiles
It’s nothing at all
And the summer has gone away

Nothing at all
It’s nothing at all
And the old lady smiles
It was nothing at all
Then she blew all the leaves off my tree

Deep Purple again linked up with producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, KISS) on Whoosh!, having worked with him on their previous two album, So What?! (2013) and InFinite (2017).

View the album art and track listing beneath the video and pre-order your copy here.

Deep Purple, “Nothing At All”

Deep Purple, Whoosh! Album Art + Track Listing

01. “Throw My Bones”
02. “Drop the Weapon”
03. “We’re All the Same in the Dark”
04. “Nothing at All”
05. “No Need to Shout”
06. “Step by Step”
07. “What the What”
08. “The Long Way Round”
09. “The Power of the Moon”
10. “Remission Possible”
11. “Man Alive”
12. “And the Address”
13. “Dancing in My Sleep”

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Avatar Deliver Dystopian Nightmare With ‘Colossus’ Video

The future may not be a bright one, especially if the narrative of Avatar‘s latest video comes to pass. The band just released their third song off the upcoming Hunter Gatherer album, a song called “Colossus,” and it comes with a rather disturbing prophecy.

After a prologue from singer Johannes Eckerstrom, the action pulls back to a disembodied robot forced to continually assemble items with growing frustration. Being presented a treat, the mood starts to change but the complexity of the task remains an issue, leading to a further demoralizing conclusion.

The song itself speaks to our continual reliance on technology and the darker side of what that might bring, although as singer Johannes Eckerstrom shared with us late last year, it also might be our future salvation. Have a look at the video below.

“Colossus” follows the previously released tracks “Silence in the Age of Apes” and “God of Sick Dreams.” All three songs are featured on the Hunter Gatherer album, which is due Aug. 7. Pre-orders are available at this location.

Avatar, “Colossus”

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Tom Morello Shares Racist Experiences With Police, the KKK + Fans

Earlier today (July 9), Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello held a live conversation with Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, the Bloody Beetroots and artist Shea Diamond to discuss race and art in America. During the chat, Morello opened up about his experiences with racism and explained how “racism in this country is as American as apple pie and baseball.”

Morello spent the majority of the conversation interviewing his guests and hearing their perspectives on race, but before beginning a Q&A session with fans, he spoke about encounters with the Ku Klux Klan while growing up in Libertyville, Illinois, and being pulled over dozens of times by police during Rage Against the Machine’s most successful years.

“In the height of Rage Against the Machine’s fame and fortune, I was pulled over and handcuffed on the side of IL-176, which runs through town, just coming home from the local bar because I was walking while black in Libertyville,” Morello begins. “In Los Angeles, dozens of times, I was pulled over when driving, going on official band business but in my old Chevy Astro van when I was driving through Beverly Hills. ‘Why is there a thirty-something-year-old black man in this neighborhood?’ It’s a constant background noise for those of us who have experienced it and something you can’t really reach or understand if you haven’t experienced it.”

Morello continues, “A curious part of my history is that I’ve ‘changed color’ through the years. This is what I mean; in the town where I grew up, I was the only black person. Once, there was a noose in my family’s garage, there was the occasional burned cross on the lawn, and my mom, who was a public high school teacher, had some of the most horrific racist stuff pinned to her chalkboard.”

“Then, I was in a popular band that had songs that were predominantly played on white, rock-oriented stations, the way I speak is not typically urban vernacular, and there’s a large part of my fan base that freaks the fuck out when I say that I’m black. Like, they don’t want to hear it, they doubt it and it surfaces once a month whether it’s Twitter or Instagram where I say something about being black. They’re like, ‘You’re not black!’ I assure you that the Northern Illinois Ku Klux Klan thinks that I am.”

“Race is a very difficult thing to discuss in America, because racism in this country is as American as apple pie and baseball. It’s interwoven with the DNA of this country. That’s why when you criticize racism, people think you’re criticizing America… because you are. This reckoning with all these statues is very, very hard, because there are these myths, these white supremacists myths that are woven in our history. George Washington once traded a black man for a keg of molasses. Thomas Jefferson raped 14-year-old Sally Hemings, a person that he owned and had a bunch of children with. Those are like founding fathers No. 1 and 2, and that shit’s real.”

“It’s hard to say, ‘We’re the greatest country of all time, we’re the country of liberty and human rights, when these grains of objectively horrific racism are at our core. That’s why one of the reasons you see both active racism, the more overt Klan guys and the Confederate Flag, and reactive racism, which is people feel that the America that they’ve been taught to believe in their hearts is being threatened by the truth.”

The four participants in the chat recently collaborated on a protest anthem called “Stand Up.” Check out the track below.

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Eddie Vedder Makes Incredible ‘Trick Shot’ for ALS Challenge

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder feels at home in the water, but his comfort level got a little trickier recently when he decided to take part in an ALS trick shot challenge.

Vedder was challenged by Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein to complete a trick shot as part of the #TrickShot4Snowy challenge. The challenge was started to help out Calgary Flames Assistant GM Chris Snow who is battling ALS. As part of the challenge, people are asked to complete a trick shot of some athleticism and post it with the #TrickShot4Snowy hashtag, helping to bring attention to ALS, then make a donation to directly fund ALS Research.

For his trick shot, Vedder hopped atop his surf board skimming along the lake’s surface following a boat. While he was doing this, he also balanced while carrying a baseball bat and waited for someone from the boat to toss him a pitch. In addition to being a surfer, Vedder’s love for baseball has been well documented, so it should come as no surprise that he connected on the pitch. The bigger surprise may have been doing so while still maintaining his balance and never falling off the board. You can watch his trick shot below.

Having completed the task, Vedder then challenged his Pearl Jam bandmate Jeff Ament, claiming he knows he has some trick shots he could try, and retired NHL superstar Chris Chelios to take part in the challenge.

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Accepts the #TrickShot4Snow ALS Challenge

Fewer than 20,000 people in North America are estimated to be living with ALS. Of them only 2,000 are living with familial ALS, the kind caused by a gene passed down within a family. As of July 9, the #TrickShot4Snowy challenge had raised $186,519 for ALS research. To read more about Chris Snow and his family’s journey while dealing with ALS, click here.

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That Time Philip Anselmo Sang for Alice in Chains

In 2006, Alice in Chains were beginning the current phase of their legendary career. During their second appearance back from hiatus, the grunge icons appeared on VH1 with Pantera’s Philip Anselmo and Guns N’ RosesDuff McKagan to perform a rousing rendition of “Would?.”

The death of Layne Staley seemed to put the final nail in Alice in Chains’ coffin back in 2002, but in 2005, a tsunami benefit concert brought Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez onstage together for the first time in nine years.

“It was no grand plan,” Jerry Cantrell recently told Lars Ulrich about the benefit. “It was just something that kind of like we did a thing and then we thought, well, let’s take another step. And then we did another thing and then, all right, we’ll take another one. And it was just that sort of incremental things strictly going by feel, which is how this band has always operated.”

Thus, Alice in Chains slowly began to resurrect, and by the end of 2006, the Seattle legends had performed a total of 84 reunion gigs in North America, Japan and Europe. Performance No. 1 of 84 took place on March 10, 2006, at VH1’s Decades Rock Live television special. The show was booked to honor Heart, but Alice in Chains’ return quickly became its top story, bringing Anselmo on vocals and Duff McKagan on guitar into the fold.

The weight of this landmark performance seemed to manifest in Anselmo’s facial expressions. Instead of his tough onstage persona, Anselmo can be seen bracing himself and holding on to his earpiece to make sure his vocals were perfect. The rare vulnerability of Anselmo speaks endlessly to the otherworldly talent of Layne Staley and the challenge any vocalist would face by filling his shoes.

Of course, some backlash came as Alice in Chains continued with a “replacement” for Staley, but the band members later explained their decision. “What is this ‘You can’t replace Layne’? We’re not replacing. We’re playing our songs, man,” Kinney said, while Cantrell added, “Who’s somebody else to tell us we can’t be with somebody? You get divorced and what — you can’t be with anybody else? Somebody dies in your family, you can’t continue to live on?”

Watch Anselmo and McKagan perform “Would?” with Alice in Chains in the video below.

Alice In Chains – Would (Ft Phil Anselmo , Subtitulado al español ) Live HD

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Styx’s Tommy Shaw Plays ‘Fooling Yourself’ With Youth Orchestra

Styx‘s Tommy Shaw teamed with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra for a socially distanced version of the band’s 1977 hit “Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man).”

You can watch the video below.

The lockdown rendition is presented in a split-screen format, with Shaw joined throughout by the 88-piece orchestra — including cameos from brass, strings, woodwinds, percussion, a full drum set and even backing vocalists — all of whom are between the ages of 12 and 18.

Shaw appears from his Nashville home, with music director Liza Grossman conducting from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The project — released on the 43rd anniversary of Styx’s The Grand Illusion LP — sprung from Grossman’s invitation to Shaw, attempting to unite the orchestra for the first time since the COVID-19 hit.

“Everyone, including me, sent in cellphone videos of themselves playing and singing our parts,” Shaw said in a statement. “I have been blown away during this process as it developed into what you’ll see and hear. Remember, aside from Liza and me, none of the orchestra members are older than 18 years of age.”

“We are still in awe over what these kids have put together, and it was an honor to be a part of their project,” Styx wrote in the video’s YouTube caption. “Thanks again for letting us in on the fun. Can’t think of any better way to celebrate the anniversary of Grand Illusion. You guys rock!”

In a statement, Grossman called “Fooling Yourself” one of her favorite Styx songs to conduct, highlighting its “waltz feel at the top, the changing meters and the positive messages embodied in the lyrics.”

In May, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman told Sonic Perspectives that, prior to the pandemic, the band was set to start recording a follow-up to 2017’s The Mission. “Had life gone on in normal fashion, my drum tracks would have been recorded in Nashville two weeks ago,” he said. “They aren’t recorded, and most of the guys haven’t recorded their parts either, so it’s still largely demos at this point. They need to be done, and that will happen when we are safely able to get to it.”

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New Gerard Way Song Featured in ‘Umbrella Academy’ Trailer

It appears as though Gerard Way has been busy with Season 2 of his Netflix comic book adaptation, The Umbrella Academy.

Earlier this week, teasers began implying that a new trailer for season two was coming, with a ’60s-styled psychedelic graphic suggesting another doomsday accompanied by the caption “Feelin groovy. See u tmrw” and another photo of Way in the studio laying down some vocals.

The brand new trailer dropped Wednesday (July 8) morning, with the family of characters appearing to have been transported back to 1963-era Dallas, apparently sent there to thwart the assassination of President Kennedy, that is if they can get out of each other’s way. You can watch the trailer below, which finds each member of the family adapting in their own ways to the ’60s until Five is able to reunite them on their mission.

There is a new track titled “Here Comes the End” that plays throughout a majority of the trailer, with the My Chemical Romance frontman joined by Judith Hill on the song.

“ I was originally inspired to write this track when series one of Umbrella Academy was being shot, by the time I finished it 2020 was in full swing, the world had taken a profound turn and the song was finished in a surreal new reality,” said Way. You can hear the track in full via the platform of your choosing here. Have a look and listen to the trailer below.

The second season of The Umbrella Academy returns July 31 on Netflix.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Trailer

Gerard Way Featuring Judith Hill, “Here Comes the End”

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Black Metal Song Explains Why You Need to Wear a Face Mask

Despite health officials all around the world imploring people to continue to wear a face mask when going out in public and around other people, there are still just a ton of folks who don’t get it. One YouTuber has made a black metal song that explains why you need to.

Vance Kotrla uploaded a video onto his channel titled, “Wear a Mask! Wear a Mask! Catchy PSA for Mask Safety.” The video starts out with him holding an acoustic guitar standing with his daughter. “Since I play in a folk band, my friend Don suggested that I write a song encouraging people to wear masks,” he says. “So my daughter and I worked something up, and here we go.”

The video instantly flips over to Kotrla growling and decked out in corpse paint. Not only does the song ridicule peoples’ excuses and complaints for not wanting to wear masks, but it’s pretty damn catchy too.

Check out the song below, and “wear a mask, don’t be a chode.”

Black Metal Song – “Wear a Mask”

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