Refused announce 2016 European tour

Refused 2015

Refused have confirmed a European tour for 2016.

The Swedish hardcore outfit will kick off proceedings in their hometown of Malmo on the 26th February, with the tour taking in five dates in the UK.

Anna von Hausswolff will play in support for the UK shows.

Say Refused: “We’re excited to finally be able to do a few more shows throughout the UK in the spring and have Anna von Hausswolff on the tour with us for these. See you soon.”

Tickets for the live dates are available via Refused’s official website. The band have teamed up with the MOAS charity, with fans who buy tickets through having the opportunity to make a donation that Refused will then match.

Say Refused of the initiative: “Purchases made through will have the option to make a donation to MOAS and we will match all donations.

“MOAS is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing assistance to migrants who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in unsafe vessels.”

Refused will play:

Feb 26th: Malmo KB, Sweden
Feb 27th: Gothenburg West Coast Riot, Sweden
Mar 16th: Saarbrucken Garage, Germany
Mar 17th: Berlin Kesselhaud, Germany
Mar 18th: Vienna Arena, Austria
Mar 19th: Fribourg Fir-Son, Switzerland
Mar 20th: Cologne Stollwerck, Germany
Mar 22nd: Glasgow Garage, UK
Mar 23rd: Manchester Academy 2, UK
Mar 24th: Leeds Stylus, UK
Mar 25th: Brighton Concorde 2, UK
Mar 26th: Birmingham Library, UK
Mar 27th: Schijndel Passpop Festival, Netherland
Apr 08th: Umea Open, Sweden
Apr 09th: Umea Open, Sweden
Apr 20th: Stockholm Nobelberget, Sweden
Apr 21st: Huskvarna Teaterladen PF, Sweden
Apr 22nd: Karlstad Nojesfabriken, Sweden

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Morello and Cornell to play together at charity benefit show

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Former Audioslave bandmates Chris Cornell and Tom Morello are to play together at a charity benefit show, the pair have revealed.

The two musicians joined forces when Audioslave formed in 2001 after the break up of legendary bands Soundgarden and Rage Against The Machine. The group enjoyed a six year, three album run before Cornell left citing “personal and musical differences.” Morello, along with Audioslave bandmates Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk, returned to Rage Against The Machine, and Cornell regrouped with Soundgarden in 2010.

The two men will reunite on stage in Seattle on the 26th of September at a concert raising funds and awareness of the 15 Now campaign, which aims to raise the US minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Morello will headline the show in his Nightwatchman persona, with Cornell appearing as a guest during the acoustic set.

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Sanctorum reveal new bassist ahead of UK tour

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UK metal band Sanctorum have revealed that they have a new bass player.

Ahead of their UK tour with LA metal vets My Ruin this August, the band have recruited Matt Adamson to bring the low-end rhythm and rumble.

Writing via their Facebook page, Sanctorum said: “The Sacred Mood Tour with My Ruin is now just 5 weeks away, so we would like to introduce you to our new bass player Matt Adamson – come give him a warm welcome at one of the shows!”

The band have also teased their new album, stating: “Check back here next week, as we will be revealing the artwork for our new album coming VERY soon!”

You can watch the video for Sanctorum’s track “Paradigm”, taken from their last studio album, Semper Fidelis, below:

Meanwhile, the band have also announced that they are to play a set at Attitude Metal Fest in November. The event is a charity festival, with proceeds going to the Team Baby Tasker Children’s Charity. The festival takes place on the 29th November at Claremont Pier, Lowestoft.

Sanctorum will play in support of My Ruin during The Sacred Mood tour as follows:

Friday 15th Aug: Alt-Fest, Kettering
Saturday 16th Aug: Underworld, Camden
Sunday 17th Aug: The Haunt, Brighton
Tuesday 19th Aug: Sound Control, Manchester
Wednesday 20th Aug: O2 Academy, Birmingham
Thursday 21st Aug: The Fleece, Bristol
Friday 22nd Aug: Fibbers, York
Saturday 23rd Aug: The Waterfront, Norwich

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Richie Sambora had “no freedom” in Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora 2014

Richie Sambora has been speaking out in a radio interview following his departure from Bon Jovi last year.

Speaking to Rock Radio NI ahead of a solo European tour, Sambora explained that he felt a lack of freedom to express himself musically as part of Bon Jovi.

“There’s freedom there, obviously,” the guitarist said. “That’s one of the main things I was missing in music over the past years – and also in Bon Jovi, actually. There wasn’t enough room to improvise, to have that moment where you can actually lose yourself musically.”

He also revealed that he is working on a new solo project with his touring guitarist, Orianthi. “What I’ve done is assemble an amazing group of musicians. I asked the guys in my band to express themselves and bring all the input they can. The process of songwriting is easier than it’s been in a long time… The songs are just coming out of me right now – I just keep writing and writing,” he says. “I always felt there was some kind of nobility centred in my desire and passion for what I do. I still have that, I think I have it even more now.”

“I’m loving music right now. I feel like I’m 15,” he said.

There was a flurry of drama last year after Sambora pulled out of a leg of Bon Jovi’s world tour just hours before it was due to begin. A series of claims and counter-claims emerged from both the Sambora and Bon Jovi camps, but the guitarist has always claimed that he will rejoin the band in the future.

Meanwhile Sambora released a new song, “Lighthouse”, last month to benefit a planned New Jersey drug rehabilitation centre. Speaking of his own addictions Sambora said: “I got firsthand experience. I never did heroin, but obviously I did other stuff. We can’t be scared silent. Together we can make a difference because this epidemic has to stop.”

“I wanted to do something optimistic, a beacon of light and hope. Everyone needs that light when they’re far off the shore.”

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