Twenty Two Hundred to support Slash on UK leg of ‘World On Fire’ tour

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Australian rockers Twenty Two Hundred have been invited to open for Slash during his forthcoming UK tour.

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have scheduled a series of UK dates for the end of the year. The shows will follow the release of Slash’s new album, World On Fire, in September.

Twenty Two Hundred’s songwriter, bassist and founding member Mark Wells – whose career kicked off in the UK playing for and producing Ronnie Wood’s Not for Beginners album – said: “This is such an amazing opportunity. Slash could have chosen any number of kick-ass bands. We were invited to join them on this leg of the tour and I’m looking forward to returning with Twenty Two Hundred and giving UK audiences a KILLER show!”

California Breed will also be playing a support slot on the tour, with confirmed dates as follows:

28th of Nov: Phones 4u Arena, Manchester
29th of Nov: First Direct Arena, Leeds
1st of Dec: LG Arena, Birmingham
2nd of Dec: Wembley Arena, London
4th of Dec: Hydro Arena, Glasgow

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Opeth confirm UK tour dates

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Opeth have announced a set of UK tour dates scheduled to take place in October.

British fans were up in arms recently when the band announced a set of European shows that didn’t feature any dates on UK shores. But keyboardist Joakin Svalberg later explained: “Hold yer horses! More dates to be announced real soon. Big festivals usually have clauses in their contracts, stating no shows nearby are to be announced until the festival happens.”

Svalberg was referring, of course, to Download which took place last weekend. True to their word, now that the festival is over, the UK dates have been revealed. Opeth will play:

10th of October: O2 Academy, Bristol
11th of October: Roundhouse, London
12th Of October: Rock City, Nottingham
14th of October: O2 ABC, Glasgow
15th of October: Manchester Academy
16th of October: Birmingham Institute

Opeth release their new album, Pale Communion, on the 25th of August. Tickets for the above shows go on sale this Friday, the 20th of June.

Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt was the recipient of the Golden God award at last night’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods award ceremony. You can read a full list of award winners here.

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Taylor Hawkins: The Birds Of Satan is my freedom

Foo Fighter's Taylor Hawkins And Chevy Metal Benefit Concert With The Generation Rescue And Age Of Autism

Taylor Hawkins has said in an interview that The Birds Of Satan, the band he is in with My Ruin’s Mick Murphy and Chevy Metal’s Wiley Hodgden, is just the freedom he’s needed.

Speaking in an interview with Music Radar, Hawkins admits that he isn’t always able to express himself in Foo Fighters, his regular band fronted by Dave Grohl.


“Not having to share that department with anyone and being able to come up with all my own drum shit, just the way I want it, is such fun because I really don’t always get that freedom in the Foo Fighters. And nor should I, because those are Dave’s songs and, being a drummer himself, he knows exactly how he wants things to be,” he says.

“To be honest, I think the fact that I even get to play drums on Foo Fighters records is kind of astounding, considering one of the greatest drummers of all time is the lead singer of the band and could easily do it by himself.

“So, yes, there is definitely something I get with a project like this that I don’t get with Foo Fighters. And Dave understands that, just as I understand that he’s a drummer first and foremost and needs to go off and play drum gigs every once in a while.”

The Birds Of Satan released their debut album in April this year, garnering a 5/5 review from Skin Back Alley. You can read the review here.

They also recently rocked Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the LA based TV talk show. You can watch their performance of song “Thanks For The Line” below.

Meanwhile, Mick Murphy and Tairrie B. Murphy of My Ruin are heading to the UK in August to play a series of shows, including this year’s Alt Fest.

My Ruin will play:

15th of August: Alt Fest, Kettering
16th of August: Underworld, Camden
17th of August: The Haunt, Brighton
19th of August: Sound Control, Manchester
20th of August: O2 Academy, Birmingham
21st of August: The Fleece, Bristol
22nd of August: Fibbers, York
23rd of August: The Waterfront, Norwich

The band released their latest album, The Sacred Mood, in summer last year, and secured the top spot in Skin Back Alley’s “Best Albums of 2013”. Read what we had to say here.

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Ty Seagall announces new album, ‘Manipulator’, and UK tour dates

Ty Seagall has announced details of his new album.

Titled Manipulator, the LP will be released via Drag City on the 26th of August. The album will feature 17 new songs and follows the US musician’s 2013 album, Sleeper. You can watch a teaser trailer for the album by clicking above.

Never less than prolific, 2012 saw Seagall release not one, but three albums: one under his own name, one as part of The Ty Segall Band and one under the White Fence moniker.

Following the release of Manipulator, Seagall will play three UK shows in November.

10th of November: Manchester Gorilla
11th of November: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
12th of November: London Electric Ballroom

The full tracklisting for Manipulator is as follows:

“Manipulator”
“Tall Man, Skinny Lady”
“The Singer”
“It’s Over”
“Feel”
“The Faker”
“The Clock”
“Green Belly”
“Connection Man”
“Mister Main”
“The Hand”
“Susie Thumb”
“Don’t You Want To Know? (Sue)”
“The Crawler”
“Who’s Producing You?”
“The Feels”
“Stick Around”

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Jack White announces new UK tour dates

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Jack White has announced details of three live dates in the UK.

White will play Leeds First Direct Arena on the 17th of November, Glasgow SSE Hydro on the 18th of November, and London O2 Arena on the 19th of November.

Confirmation of the tour dates comes after news that White’s gig at the London Eventim Apollo on the 5th of July has completely sold out. He is also due to play a set at this year’s Glastonbury festival. White will play the festival’s main stage on Saturday the 29th of June, after a set from Robert Plant, and ahead of the controversial choice of headliner, Metallica.

The US musician’s second solo album, Lazaretto, was released earlier this month and is available now from good music stockists.

Jack White will play:

29th of June: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset
5th of July: Eventim Apollo, London
17th of November: First Direct Arena, Leeds
18th of November: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
19th of November: O2 Arena, London

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