What To Watch For At The 2017 Loudwire Music Awards
Hard rock royalty and heavy metal masters will gather in Los Angeles on Oct. 24 for the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards.
The show will include performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Anthrax, Dave Mustaine, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Body Count, and many more, as well as live appearances by Zakk Wylde, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith, Steve Vai, Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, and former Pantera members Vinnie Paul and Rex Brown. Fozzy frontman and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho will host the ceremonies.
Loudwire will also honor three GRAMMY-winning rock legends: Rob Halford of Judas Priest will receive the "Lemmy" Lifetime Achievement Award; Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath will be honored with the Courage Award and Sammy Hagar will be celebrated with the Humanitarian Award. Additional winners in various hard rock and metal categories will be announced based on voting by Loudwire's readers.
Can't make it to the festivities in Los Angeles? Thanks to a partnership between AXS TV and WWE, all the action from Los Angeles will be simultaneously live-streamed online via Loudwire's Facebook page and WWE's Facebook page.
Also happening on Oct. 24, before the Loudwire Music Awards, a series of panels will take place at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live as part of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Summit. These discussions will feature a variety of topics, including the future of streaming, surviving the music industry and a live taping of "Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction" with Halford and Hagar.
Admission to the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Summit is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first served basis. Tickets for the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards at Los Angeles' The Novo by Microsoft are still available via AXS' website.
Sony Music U.K. Donates To Save Grassroots Music Venues
In a bid to help save the U.K.'s grassroots music venues, Sony Music U.K. has made an undisclosed donation to the Music Venue Trust.
The Music Venue Trust works to save smaller venues around the U.K. for the important role they play in the live music industry, especially for up-and-coming artists. Many of these venues, including The Marquee, Astoria, 12 Bar Club, and Madame Jojo's have closed their doors since 2007, leaving fewer live performance opportunities that were vital in building legendary careers such as the Beatles.
"If we don't support live music at this level, then the future of music in general is in danger," said former Beatle Paul McCartney, who will also be supporting the Music Venue Trust. "Without the grassroots clubs, pubs and music venues, my career could have been very different."
To meet its goals, Music Venue Trust hopes others will also contribute financially to the cause of saving smaller venues with the hopes of bolstering the live music economy for artists at all stages in their careers.
"Sony is committed to supporting and developing artists from grassroots to festival headliners," said Sony Music U.K. chairman and CEO Jason Iley. "We recognize the vital role that grassroots music venues play in that journey, providing an essential platform for artists to be able to take their first steps and develop their audiences."
DJ Device Tracks Set Lists To Ensure Accurate Royalty Reporting
Coda's owner Joel Smye had long been dissatisfied with the guesswork he knew went into dividing up and distributing royalties to artists from the licenses the club paid. "Now, through technology, the use of a simple device will ensure that the music licenses that we pay and have always paid will go to the right people," he said.
This is part of a growing trend as digital metadata, music recognition and the internet begin to play more fundamental roles in the business side of music. The Association For Electronic Music supports SOCAN's program as part of its "Get Played, Get Paid" initiative.
Mark Grotefeld, general manager of Pioneer DJ, said, "We hope that other PROs in North America will see how accurate the service is and come aboard."
Judas Priest Announce 2018 Concert Tour Dates
Judas Priest are ready to bring plenty of firepower, literally, to concert stages in 2018.
The metal legends, who are up for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, will embark on a 25-date North American arena tour in support of their new studio album, Firepower, due in early 2018. The trek will kick off March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Penn., and conclude May 1 in San Antonio.
Firepower will mark Judas Priest's first album since 2014's Redeemer Of Souls. The group's prior studio album, 2009's A Touch Of Evil: Live, spawned the group's first GRAMMY win for Best Metal Performance for "Dissident Aggressor," a track from 1977's Sin After Sin.
A fan presale will commence Oct. 25.