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Maroon 5 Announce Massive 2020 Tour With Leon Bridges & Meghan Trainor
The 2005 Best New Artist GRAMMY winners' most recent release is "Memories," which they dropped on Sept. 20
After the septet wrap up a handful of shows across Latin America in February and March, they will kick of the newly announced trek on May 30, 2020 in Chula Vista, Calif. and play huge venues across the continent until Sept. 17, where they'll close things out in Tampa, Fla.
According to a press release, the "upcoming tour dates mark the biggest U.S. shows of the band's career," as they are slated to play to massive stadiums and amphitheaters, including Austin, Texas' Austin360 Amphitheater on June 7, Chicago's Wrigley Field on June 13 and Boston's Fenway Park on June 24. Trainor will be joining the band on all tour dates, while Bridges will offer additional support for all of the stadium shows.
Tickets for the tour go on sale next Friday, Dec. 13, via Live Nation, with pre-sales beginning Dec. 9. More info and complete dates can be found on Maroon5.com.
The pop-rock heavyweights have not yet revealed details about a follow up to 2018's Red Pill Blues, although they did release a new track, "Memories," on Sept. 20. Earlier this year, at the 61st GRAMMYs, the Red Pill Blues single "Girls Like You" received a nod for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Their upcoming tour mate Bridges won his first GRAMMY at the 61st show, for Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Bet Ain't Worth The Hand," from his GRAMMY-nominated 2018 sophomore album, Good Thing. Trainor shares the title of former Best New Artist winner with Maroon 5, as she earned it at the 58th GRAMMY Awards in 2016.
Back at the 47th GRAMMY Awards in 2005, a baby-faced group of rising pop-rockers known as Maroon 5 accepted the GRAMMY for Best New Artist. Adam Levine even gave a heartfelt shout out to fellow 2005 Best New Artist Nominee Kanye West during his speech: "Kanye West, I want to thank you for being unbelievable."
That year they were also nominated for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for their breakout hit, "She Will Be Loved." The next year, at the 48th GRAMMYs, they won in that category with "This Love," another Songs About Jane hit.
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Pearl Jam Named Record Store Day 2019 Ambassadors
Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it
Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.
McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award.
The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.
"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."
With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.
Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.
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Original Misfits Unleash One Night Only L.A. Reunion Show
Dark punk legends to play first show with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only since last year's Riot Fest reunion
There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.
The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.
This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.
"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."
Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.
Maroon 5 Auction To Benefit GRAMMY Foundation
Auction offers pairs of tickets to GRAMMY-winning band's Southern California dates on Oct. 4 and Oct. 6
The GRAMMY Foundation will auction 80 pairs of tickets to Maroon 5's upcoming performances with Kelly Clarkson and Rozzi Crane on Oct. 4 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, Calif., and Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The auction for both concerts is open now and ends Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. PST.
Proceeds will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation, which cultivates the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the impact of music on American culture through music education programs, scholarships and grants.
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Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes
GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program
On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.
Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.
"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."
The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.
"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."