The Replacements to play first UK show for 24 years

Replacements 2013

US legends The Replacements have announced their first UK gig for 24 years.

The band will play at London’s Roundhouse on the 2nd of June following two other European shows in Barcelona and Amsterdam.

Tickets for the Roundhouse gig cost £33.50 and £39.50 and will go on sale at 9am this Friday the 6th of February. You can find more details at the Roundhouse website.

The Replacements last played in the UK on the 16th April 1991 at London’s Marquee Club. The band reunited in 2012 and played new live shows in 2013. They released an unexpected new track, “Poke Me In My Cage”, late last year.

The Replacements will play:

28 May – Barcelona – Primavera Sound
30 May – Amsterdam – Paradiso
02 June – London – Roundhouse

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…Trail Of Dead confirm two new UK shows

Trail Of Dead 2015

And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have confirmed that they will play two UK shows in May.

The mighty Texans, who played a series of UK headline shows in November last year, will appear at the Temples festival pre-party at the Marble Factory in Bristol on the 28th of May, and then the Camden Rocks festival in London on the 30th of May.

The band released their most recent album, IX, via Superball Music last year, and you can read our review of it here.

Check out the band’s official video for track “The Ghost Within” below:

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Panic Room welcome Dave Foster to the fold

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Panic Room have confirmed that Dave Foster, guitarist with Steve Rothery Band, will join them for touring and recording commitments this year.

The prog-rockers parted ways with guitarist Paul Davies in 2013, with Adam O’ Sullivan replacing him on a temporary basis.

Foster – who also plays as part of Mr So & So – is now onboard for Panic Room’s live shows in April and May and will record their 5th studio album with the band during the year.

Posting a statement via their Facebook page Panic Room said: “Panic Room are preparing to unveil a powerful live show which will celebrate the finest and most-loved music from across all four of the band’s award-winning albums.

“Each event will feature a full electric set plus an exclusive acoustic set, and we are very excited to welcome Dave aboard for these shows.

“He will also be part of the recording line-up for Panic Room’s fifth studio album, which we plan to begin later this year. He’s a great all-round musician, who is equally gifted on the electric and acoustic guitar, and fans lucky enough to have heard Dave play with the SRB or Mr So & So will already know some of what he’s capable of.

“And in addition to his musical skills, he’s also a really lovely guy.”

A full set of live dates for the April/May tour are being finalised now and will be revealed in due course.

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Corrosion Of Conformity begin work on new LP with Keenan

Pepper Keenan

Corrosion Of Conformity are to begin work with Pepper Keenan on “leftover” material from previous album sessions.

Speaking in interview with IndyWeek, COC drummer Reed Mullin confirmed that a series of old demo tapes featuring a number of unused riffs recorded with producer John Custer have turned up.

Says Mullin of the find: “Pepper and I were talking the other day, and we’ve got some riffs left over from that era that I never used for COC stuff, and he didn’t use for Down.

“They’ve just been sitting around from when we used to do demos at Jag Studios. He was, like, ‘Man, I found a couple cassettes. Remember those cassettes we used to do with Custer down at Jag?’

“He found a cache of some good riffage in his house down there in New Orleans that I guess he had packed away. And, for some reason, I can remember a lot of the riffs those guys write.There’s a song on the new COC album, the three-piece, and the music is music Pepper and I had jammed back in 1989, and I ended up just putting lyrics to it.

“It’s called Tarquinius Superbus, after the last Roman king. For some reason, I remember a lot of the stuff they do, so I’m kind of like an encyclopedia of a lot of their riffs.”

It was revealed earlier this year that Pepper Keenan would be returning to the Corrosion Of Conformity fold after a period away from the band working with Phil Anselmo’s Down. Mullin has now revealed that their first work as a four-piece unit will likely be live shows in March:

“I think the first shows that we’re going to do with the four-piece are going to be in March. Before then, I guess we’re going be working on the new album. Woody’s going to have a baby in April, so we’re going to take a little time off in there, and then get back to touring with Pepper.

“He’s taking time off from Down and he makes so much damn money doing Down, we’ve got to get him while we can get him. He’s really excited about it, and we’re awful excited to do it.”

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Primus recruit Tool’s Danny Carey to fill the drum stool whilst Tim Alexander recovers from surgey

Danny Carey Drum Kit Shot

Primus have recruited Tool drummer Danny Carey as a temporary replacement whilst Tim Alexander recovers from open heart surgery.

Carey will play with the band at a handful of live shows in September, and at Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver. Alexander is expected to be well enough to occupy the stool once more sometime during October.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Pirums’ Les Claypool said: “The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr Danny Carey.”

“Whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced, boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion – towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia.”

“I can’t wait to see that menacing grin of Danny’s shine out as we pound our way through Here Come the Bastards and Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers. He’s a dear old friend and we are extremely excited to have him aboard, and I would wager we are equally if not more intrigued than most by what kind of sounds are going to come out of the three of us once we actually get in a room together and do more than just consume fancy booze.”

Claypool said that Primus chose to go through with the live shows in order to help give Alexander some financial relief whilst he recovers from his surgery. The Primus drummer suffered a minor heart attack a few weeks ago and had to undergo a triple heart bypass.

Claypool adds: “When Tim had a minor heart attack a few weeks back we were all startled. When he went in for an angioplasty the next morning and they said he needed a triple bypass we were all shocked. Tim is the ‘Ginseng drummer’ for a reason. He was always the non-meat eating, teetotaling, mastodon of a man who could throw a football over a mountain, chuck a curve ball at 89 miles per hour and could play his drums for hours on end without breaking a sweat, but unfortunately genetics and a taste for dessert have a way of catching up and kicking one’s balls.”

Primus are set to release their new album, Primus & The Chocolate Factory, on the 21st of October.

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