A Perfect Circle:
While A Perfect Circle might have started as a side project for Maynard James Keenan while on hiatus from Tool, the supergroup and its tour dates have become just as popular as its predecessor. A Perfect Circle currently features Keenan, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Vandals drummer Josh Freese, the band's founder and lead guitarist Billy Howerdel, and Puscifier bassist Matt McJunkins. Their unique brand of heavy alt-rock and metal has thrilled grateful fans by filling a gap that has been left by the popularity of hardcore and metalcore. Howerdel recently announced that the band is working on new music (the first since their 2004 hiatus), and that some of the songs might appear on tour dates in 2011. With a possible album and concert schedule in the near future, it's a good time to be a fan of A Perfect Circle.
The formation of A Perfect Circle began like every amateur musician's fantasy for Billy Howerdel. Howerdel was a well known guitar tech for bands like Fishbone, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Tool. He and Keenan became friends on tour dates in 1992 and, in 1995, Howerdel played a few of his original songs for Keenan. Keenan enjoyed the music and agreed to sing for Howerdel should he ever put a band together. And put a band together he did, with Pez Lenchantin on bass, Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, and Tim Alexander on drums, with Alexander soon being replaced by Freese. After playing gigs around Los Angeles, A Perfect Circle released their debut album, Mer de Noms, in 2000. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and went platinum in just six months, a feat that was extremely rare for a new rock band. The album produced the three singles "Judith," "3 Libras," and "The Hollow," and critics praised the combination of Keenan's voice and Howerdel's lyrics.
The band's second album, Thirteenth Step, wasn't released until 2003, but was praised as a positive evolution of A Perfect Circle's sound. The album debuted at #2 on the charts and featured a softer, more melodic sound; despite the change, fans responded positively. A Perfect Circle's third album, Emotive, was released in 2004, to coincide with the US election day. The album featured ten covers of war protest songs, along with original tracks like "Passive." While the album performed well, it marked a hiatus for A Perfect Circle as the musicians took time to work on their previous or independent projects.
In 2010, the new lineup of A Perfect Circle announced a new concert schedule where they would be playing three shows in each town, with each show consisting of one of the group's albums. A Perfect Circle have tour dates in 2011 set for Rock on the Range Festival in Ohio, Boonstock Music Festival in Alberta, and Edgefest in Toronto. In addition to festival appearances, A Perfect Circle has announced North American tour dates beginning on June 29 in Portland, Oregon. There are 23 tour dates scheduled in 2011, with the tour covering most major American cities. The concert schedule will end on August 9 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and tickets are already on sale. With A Perfect Circle's many side-projects and commitments, fans should take this opportunity to check out what could be band's final concert schedule.
Godsmack came as a breath of fresh air to the world of heavy metal when they arrived on the scene in 1998. Godsmack's ferocious tour dates and hit albums featuring the deep growl of lead singer Sully Erna earned the band the reputation as one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the new millennium. Even Godsmack's latest album, The Oracle, has given the band their third #1 album in a row, showing off their staying power. This will also be displayed on Godsmack's North American tour dates in 2011, which are tearing through arenas this summer.
Sully Erna formed Godsmack in 1995 after becoming tired of drumming and wanting to take a stab at singing. Godsmack's self-titled debut album became a huge success, going platinum four times thanks largely to the hit single, "Whatever." Headlining and high profile tour dates quickly followed, including an appearance at Ozzfest and supporting Black Sabbath on their tour. Godsmack continued to score hits with their albums, including Faceless in 2003, which featured the Grammy-nominated songs "I Stand Alone" and "Straight Out of Line."
After four years without a release, Godsmack released The Oracle in 2010. The album was praised by fans and critics as a return to the band's signature sound displayed on their first album. The album has also reignited Godsmack's tenacity for touring, as the band has numerous tour dates in 2011. After finishing up headlining appearances on the Mayhem Festival on August 14, Godsmack will perform around North America where they will be supported by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Adrenaline Mob. Don't miss these 2011 tour dates as Godsmack shows the world they're still in their prime.
In Japan, Cheap Trick is often referred to as "the American Beatles" due to their practice of taking a pop sound and twisting it until it resembles rock. With six platinum records and years worth of sold-out tour dates around the world, Cheap Trick is living up to that name. The band's hit singles "Surrender" and "I Want You to Want Me" have stood the test of time, and even Cheap Trick's newer albums have continued to delight fans and critics. While Cheap Trick may not have a new album in the works, they do have dozens of tour dates left for 2011.
The current lineup for Cheap Trick formed in 1975 and began performing at bowling alleys and bars. Their first two album were initially unsuccessful, though they received great reviews from critics and became hits in Japan. Cheap Trick hit it big with Heaven Tonight in 1978, which featured the single "Surrender" and is widely considered to be the band's best album. During Japanese tour dates in 1978, a live performance at the Nippon Budokan was recorded and released as Cheap Trick at Budokan which became the best selling album of their career and branded them international superstars. Even the band's recent work, particularly 2006's Rockford, has received acclaim from critics and fans and has cemented Cheap Trick's place in the future of rock music.
Cheap Trick's 2011 tour dates will travel around North America, including a few weeks of shows at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee in October. On October 30, Cheap Trick will perform at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, effectively rousing out their tour dates for 2011.
The glam metal (or hair metal, as it has become affectionately known) revolution of the 80's has created many iconic rock bands, but none so famous as Poison. Their tour dates exposed sold-out crowds to a unique blending of rock and metal. In addition to head banging rock songs, Poison was also the master of the 80s rock ballad, with their hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" becoming a prime example of how it's done. Despite personal problems and conflicts within the band, the entity known as Poison has survived nearly thirty years, proving that their music and their musical drive can stand the test of time. Poison is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by joining Mötley Crüe on a number of US concert dates for 2011, introducing glam metal to a new generation and re-introducing older fans.
Poison signed to famous 80's label Enigma Records in 1986 and soon released their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In. The record was a huge hit for a debut album and was highly publicized on MTV, which made Poison a brand name among glam rock acts. Their followup album, Open Up and Say…Ahh!, was released in 1988 and featured some of the band's biggest hits, including "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Nothin' but a Good Time." The success of the album propelled Poison from opening act on tour dates to headliner, with even bigger things to come. 1990's Flesh & Blood marked image changes for Poison; as the band moved from the 80s into the 90s, they dropped their outlandish glam style and focused on the strength of the music itself. The transition was well received by fans and critics, as it eventually went multi-platinum and produced a number of international tour dates.
Unfortunately for the band, another poison was creeping in as C.C. Deville's alcohol and cocaine abuse began to affect performances. Deville was fired and replaced by a string of guitarists, the first of which was Richie Kotzen. After attending rehab and embarking on several solo products, C.C. Deville made amends with the members of Poison and returned to the band shortly after the release of their greatest hits album. Following the promotional tour dates for the album, bootleg versions of the unfinished Crack a Smile became released on the internet. Instead of recording a new album with Deville, Poison decided to officially release the album with new tracks in 2000. The album was a huge success, with some fans calling it "The Lost Album" because of its similarities to Poison's earlier albums.
Poison spent the next several years venturing on a number of tour dates, and in 2007 released a covers album titled Poison'd. In honor of Poison's 25th Anniversary this year, they are releasing the ultimate greatest hits compilation featuring two cd's that span 25 years and contain 35 hit songs. Poison will be celebrating their anniversary on 2011 concert dates with a few other bands celebrating milestones, including Mötley Crüe (celebrating 30 years) and the New York Dolls (celebrating 40 years). Tour dates for Poison begin on May 25, and the band will join up with Mötley Crüe and New York Dolls on June 7. The glam rock trio will cover a good portion of the US before the last tour date on August 7. Summer concert dates for 2011 mark the first time Poison and Mötley Crüe have toured together, and it might be the only time, so fans should snatch up tickets on Eventful soon.