Rebecca Sapp/WireImageOn Monday, the website Ars Technica published a report claiming that Tom DeLonge's To the Stars Academy UFO research program is $37 million in debt. In a since-deleted Instagram post, captured by Billboard, the former Blink-182 guitarist responded to the report, calling it a "blatant lie."
In the Ars Technica article, the author pointed to a mid-year SEC filing, which said that To the Stars Academy has an "accumulated deficit" of $37,432,000 as of June 30, 2018. The article originally characterized that figure as "debt," which DeLonge denies.
"The approximate $37 million stockholders' deficit is not debt as [the writer] characterized it but is attributable to stock-based compensation expense," DeLonge says. "It is not related to the operational results of the company."
DeLonge launched To the Stars Academy in October 2017. The program, which includes several former government officials on staff, made the news last December when The New York Times published a story about a secret Pentagon program dedicated to UFO research led by military intelligence official Luis Elizondo, who left his post to join To the Stars Academy.
Credit: Gabe L'HeureuxJane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell will release a new solo album titled Kind Heaven in 2019.
The album, Farrell's first solo effort since 2001, will feature guest spots from Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, Motley Crue's Tommy Lee, Jane's Addiction bassist Chris Chaney, Porno for Pyros guitarist Peter DiStefano, The Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and one-time Pearl Jam and Soundgarden drummer Matt Chamberlain, among others.
If the name "Kind Heaven" sounds familiar to you, that's because that's also the title of Farrell's upcoming "immersive entertainment destination," which is set to debut in Las Vegas next year. Kind Heaven the album is meant to be a "musical scene-setter" for the Vegas experience.
Farrell will be playing music from Kind Heaven during a special show in San Francisco on December 2.
ABC/Randy HolmesThe Revivalists have announced a 2019 U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming album, Take Good Care. The headlining trek begins January 11 in Washington, D.C., and will wrap up April 6 in Key West, Florida.
Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 19 at 10 a.m. local time via TheRevivalists.com.
Take Good Care, featuring the single "All My Friends," arrives November 9. It follows The Revivalists' 2015 album, Men Amongst Mountains, which spawned the hit "Wish I Knew You."
In other news, The Revivalists will perfor "All My Friends" on CBS' The Late Show this Thursday, October 18.
Here are The Revivalists' 2019 U.S. tour dates:
1/11 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem 1/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Metropolitan Opera House 1/13 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 1/16 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 1/17 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 3/8 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee 3/9 -- St. Paul, MN, Palace Theatre 3/10 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theatre 3/13 -- Tucson, AZ, Rialto Theatre 3/15 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre 3/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea Theatre 3/27 -- Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom 3/29 -- Houston, TX, Revention Music Center 3/30 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's BBQ 3/31 -- Austin, TX, Stubb's BBQ 4/3 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues 4/5 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Live 4/6 -- Key West, FL, Key West Amphitheater
ABC/Image Group LAPortugal. the Man has premiered the video for their latest single, "Tidal Wave."
The clip, directed by Wieden Kennedy, stars Claymation-animated versions of the Alaska-via-Portland rockers as they perform for a rowdy crowd. The stage then gets invaded by a bunch of toxic waste, turning the band members into hideous monsters. There's also a lot of frontman John Gourley dancing with his butt sticking out. You can watch it now on YouTube.
"W K always makes weird s*** for us, but this one borders on unacceptable," Gourley says. "I don't dance with my butt out like that. That's messed up."
"Tidal Wave" is Portugal's current single from their 2017 album, Woodstock, which also features the mega-hit "Feel It Still."
Dirty HitThe 1975 has announced a North American tour in support of the band's forthcoming album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. Following a March 20 date in Guadalajara, Mexico, the British group will run through the U.S. before wrapping things up June 3 in Toronto.
For access to pre-sale tickets, you'll need to pre-order A Brief Inquiry via The 1975's website. Visit The1975.com for all ticket info.
Along with the tour dates, The 1975 has premiered the video for the A Brief Inquiry track "Love It If We Made It." The topical clip, streaming now via Pitchfork.com, makes reference to a variety of current events and movements, including #MeToo and Black Lives Matter.
A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships also features the previously released songs "TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME" and "Give Yourself a Try." The album arrives November 30.
Here are The 1975's North American tour dates:
3/20 -- Guadalajara, MX, Auditorio Telmex 4/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 4/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint 4/25 -- Seattle, WA, Wamu Theater 4/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre 4/27 -- Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum 4/29 -- Orem, UT, UCCU Center 4/30 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 5/2 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 5/3 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater 5/4 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 5/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory 5/8 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 5/11 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 5/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 5/14 -- Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion 5/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater 5/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park 5/19 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 5/21 -- Washington, D.C., The Anthem 6/2 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater 6/3 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
Credit: Travis ShinnFor years, Disturbed frontman David Draiman has sported two curved piercings in his chin. However, his signature jewelry has been missing from recent press photos, and the musician has now confirmed that he's not wearing them anymore.
Speaking with Germany's DW, Draiman calls the piercings a "pain," and says that he "felt it was time" to ditch them.
"It just felt kinda weird walking around like a 45-year-old Hot Topic kid," he laughs.
Disturbed will release their new album, Evolution, this Friday.
Credit: Brad HeatonTwenty One Pilots earned the best sales week of their career thanks to their new album, Trench.
According to Billboard, Trench moved a total of 175,000 equivalent album units in its first week of sales, 135,000 of which were traditional album sales. That narrowly beat the mark set by the duo's Blurryface album, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in 2015 with 134,000 copies sold.
Despite the career sales week, Trench couldn't stand in the way of A Star Is Born. The soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film, which stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, debuted at number one on this week's Billboard 200, while Trench dug in at the number-two spot.
Twenty One Pilots will launch a U.S. tour in support of Trench this Tuesday in Nashville.
Credit: Olivia BeeSmashing Pumpkins have premiered the video for their new single, "Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)."
Directed by Billy Corgan, the clip finds the reunited rockers braving the night in a haunted house as part of a Halloween promotion set up by a radio host, played by none other than Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath. You can watch the video now on YouTube.
"Silvery Sometimes" will appear on the upcoming Pumpkins album, Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun., due out November 16. It's the band's first album to feature original members Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin in nearly 20 years.
Later this fall, the Pumpkins will play a series of U.S. 30th anniversary tour dates, beginning November 28 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters got an unexpected assist from a 10-year-old fan named Collier during their show in Kansas City on Friday. Dave Grohl invited the young rocker on stage, who impressed the packed arena and the Foos themselves with his guitar chops.
After he arrived on stage, Grohl asked Collier what he knew how to play on guitar. Turns out, he's a big Metallica fan, and started to shred "Enter Sandman." The rest of the band quickly joined in, and Grohl did his best James Hetfield impression as he belted out the first verse and chorus of the Black Album classic.
But Collier wasn't done -- he also dusted off the riffs for "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and "Wherever I May Roam." Grohl was clearly impressed, and declared that pop star Ed Sheeran, who was playing Kansas City the next night, "ain't got nothing on Collier."
In addition to shading Ed Sheeran, Grohl also gifted young Collier his guitar. "If I see that s*** on eBay next week, I'm gonna find you," Grohl joked. You can watch fan-recorded footage of the performance now on YouTube.
Following the show, Grohl tweeted, "Lookout world...Next generation of rockers coming soon to an arena near you! Thanks Collier!" Metallica also shared their reaction, tweeting, "How cool is this??? Show 'em how it’s done, Collier!"
Perhaps Collier can start a band with Little Fonzie, the young drummer who joined the Foos onstage earlier this year but refused to leave the stage.
Interscope/UMeRise Against's whole career is coming to vinyl. The Chicago punk-rockers are reissuing all eight of their studio albums on wax in a self-titled box set, due out November 30.
Spread across eight LPs, the collection includes 2001's The Unraveling, 2003's Revolutions per Minute, 2004's Siren Song of the Counter Culture, 2006's The Sufferer & the Witness, 2008's Appeal to Reason, 2011's Endgame, 2014's The Black Market and 2017's Wolves, all pressed to 180-gram vinyl.
"Eighteen years and eight records later, the story of Rise Against is best told with the music," says frontman Tim McIlrath. "Each song on each record was a handcrafted stepping stone that took us far beyond any expectations we ever had and surpassed any goal we ever set. These albums connected with, and introduced us to, a die-hard fanbase we feel unworthy of."
"Whether it was Blasting Room [Studios] production on most of these albums or the Shepard Fairey artwork for Siren Song of the Counterculture, the devil is in the details," he continues. "Each record here tells our story and represents a snapshot of where we were and who we were at the time, maybe it does the same for you."
Rise Against recently wrapped up their Mourning in Amerika tour with AFI. Over the summer, they released a new compilation titled The Ghost Note Symphonies, Vol. 1, which featured "reimagined" versions of songs from throughout Rise Against's discography.
ABC/Randy HolmesAWOLNATION is putting a new spin on "Table for One," a track originally from the band's new album, Here Come the Runts. The reworked track features electro-pop artist Elohim, and is available now for digital download,
"It's sweet, it's sad, it's for everyone," frontman Aaron Brunosays of the new version. "We hope you like it."
Here Come the Runts, which was released this past February, also features the singles "Handyman" and "Passion."
AWOLNATION will be opening for Twenty One Pilots on the duo's Bandito tour, which kicks off October 16 in Nashville.
ABC/Randy HolmesA Perfect Circle has released the video for "Eat the Elephant," the title track from the band's comeback album.
The clip is a two-dimensional version of the "hologram" that accompanied the deluxe box set version of Eat the Elephant. It's full of all the creepy images you'd expect from an A Perfect Circle visual, including a whole lot of tentacles and gas masks. You can watch it now on YouTube.
Eat the Elephant, the long-awaited follow-up to 2004's eMOTIVe, was released earlier this year. APC will launch a U.S. tour behind the album October 20 in West Valley City, Utah.
In even more A Perfect Circle happenings, the band will release a limited edition seven-inch single featuring the Eat the Elephant track "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" and a cover of AC/DC's "Dog Eat Dog" for Record Store Day Black Friday, November 23.
Credit: Dana TrippeThe Killers guitarist Dave Keuning has announced the release of his debut solo album. It's called Prismism, and it'll arrive on January 25.
Our first preview of Prismism comes in the form of a single called "Restless Legs," which you can download now via digital outlets.
"The lyrics speak for themselves," Keuning says of the track. "'Got restless legs/And a restless heart,' that’s just what came pouring out of me. It was all I could think of...No other subjects came to mind. It was all I had. The beauty of the words is they're open-ended enough that you can relate them to your own situation."
Keuning will play a batch of U.S. solo tour dates next month in support of Prismism starting November 6 in San Diego.
In addition to his solo work, Keuning is "still actively sending in song ideas for the next Killers album," according to a press release. While he contributed to the most recent Killers release, 2017 Wonderful Wonderful, he chose not to tour with the band in support of it.
Over the summer, Keuning made a guest appearance during Smashing Pumpkins' 30th anniversary show.
Here's the Prismism track list:
"Boat Accident" "The Night" "The Queen's Finest" "I Ruined You" "Ruptured" "If You Say So" "Prismism" "Restless Legs" "Pretty Faithful" "High Places" "Broken Clocks" "Gimme Your Heart" "Stuck Here on Earth" "Hope and Safety"
Credit: Michael LavineSoundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil has downplayed the idea of the grunge icons continuing after last year's death of Chris Cornell.
"No, I don't think that's anything we'd give reasonable consideration to at this point," Thayil tells the Seattle Times. "When I say 'at this point,' I mean perhaps ever."
The guitarist does say that future archival Soundgarden projects are in the works, but beyond that there are no plans for the band.
"I don't know really what kind of thing is possible or what we would consider in the future," Thayil says. "It's likely nothing. The four of us were that. There were four of us and now there's three of us, so it's just not likely that there's much to be pursued other than the catalog work at this point."
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, drummer Matt Cameron said he, Thayil and bassist Ben Shepherd would "certainly love to try to continue to do something, figure out something to do together," although that obviously could refer to projects separate from the Soundgarden name. For example, Cameron and Thayil have recently played together in the MC5 50th anniversary band, MC50.
Epic RecordsChevelle has released a new song called "In Debt to the Earth," which is included in the band's forthcoming 12 Bloody Spies B-sides and rarities compilation, due out October 26. You can download the track now via digital platforms.
12 Bloody Spies collects 12 rare and unreleased Chevelle songs recorded between 2002 and 2016, including the new single "Sleep Walking Elite." The album also features an acoustic version of 2009's "Sleep Apnea" and an unearthed Wonder What's Next bonus track called "Until You're Reformed."
Chevelle's most recent album is 2016's The North Corridor.
Image Group LA/ABCThe story of Coldplay will be told in A Head Full of Dreams, a new documentary film to chronicle the history of the British band from their very first rehearsal to the stadium-conquering stars they are today.
A Head Full of Dreams, named after Coldplay's 2015 album, is directed by Mat Whitecross, who met Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion at a London university before they even started a band. Whitecross, who's gone on to direct several Coldplay videos and the 2016 Oasis documentary Supersonic, has been filming the band since their very first rehearsal.
Early footage of Coldplay's origin is included in the film's trailer, including several shots of Marin in braces.
A Head Full of Dreams will hit theaters for one night only on November 14 before being released on Amazon Prime Video November 16. Tickets to theatrical screenings will be available at Coldplay.film.
ABC/Fred WatkinsTo say that Foo Fighters have been successful is quite the understatement: What started out as a Dave Grohl solo project has turned into multi-million selling, world-conquering rock behemoth.
Billboard just named the band the all-time top performing artist on its Alternative Songs chart -- which launched 30 years ago -- and now, Grohl tells the publication the secret to writing a hit single.
"You have to write great songs. That's it," Grohl says. "To me, the challenge was always trying to craft a song that was simple in a way that people would connect to it emotionally."
For him, the melody of the song often has more of an emotional impact than its lyrics.
"A lyric is one thing, but there's something that a melody can do," Grohl says. "Just the sound of a minor scale, or a major scale rising in a chorus. The notes will twist your heart."
He continues, "That's the Rubik's Cube, trying to find a melody and lyric will braid together and create four minutes of memory that you'll have for the rest of your life."
Grohl and Foo Fighters are currently touring the U.S. in support of their latest collection of four-minute memories, Concrete and Gold.
Credit: Chris McKayOctober 30 and 31, 1968, iconic proto-punk band MC5 recorded their legendary debut album Kick Out the Jams in their hometown of Detroit. Fifty years later, MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer will return to Detroit to play a special show at Jack White's Third Man Records this October 30.
Kramer will be joined by his new band, MC50, which he started to celebrate MC5's 50th anniversary. The group includes Soundgarden's Kim Thayil, Faith No More's Billy Gould, Fugazi's Brendan Canty, and Zen Guerrilla's Marcus Durant.
The show will also feature appearances by Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron and Detroit musician and producer Don Was.
As with many other Third Man Records events, the MC50 show will be recorded and immediately pressed to vinyl using the label's "direct-to-acetate" method. For ticket info, visit ThirdManStore.com.
Credit: Danny ClinchIf you've ever dreamed of Muse dedicating a song to you during a concert, then you're in luck.
The British rockers have teamed up with the Omaze fundraising website to give you the opportunity to score VIP tickets to the band's show in London on December 3. Should you win, Muse will also dedicate a song to you during the show.
In order to enter, Muse is asking you to donate to The Prince's Trust, a U.K. charity that supports vulnerable youth. The more money you donate, the more times you'll be entered in the contest.