Coheed and Cambria:
American progressive rock band, Coheed and Cambria, has taken the musical narrative to a whole other level. Besides their hugely popular tour dates, the band's albums tell a continuous story of a couple (Coheed and Cambria) who live in a futuristic society that is threatened by a seemingly unstoppable virus, and soon find themselves the only ones that can stop it. In the process, Coheed and Cambria has become rock stars, and their albums have arguably become better known for its hit music more than its story line. After recently finishing up 2011 tour dates on their 10th Anniversary tour, Coheed and Cambria have only a few shows remaining this year.
Initially called Shabütie, while the band was on tour in Paris they decided to adopt the names of characters in lead singer and guitarist Claudio Sanchez's short stories, and to base their lyrics and albums around them. The result was The Second Stage Turbine Blade which is actually the second volume in Sanchez's epic known as The Armory Wars. The album was well received by audiences and led to numerous supporting tour dates over the next year. Coheed and Cambria's follow-up album, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 was an even bigger success, receiving praise from music critics and catching the attention of major labels.
Coheed and Cambria's latest album, Year of the Black Rainbow is the prequel/1st installment in the Armory Wars saga. Critics have called the album possibly their best yet, and have noted that the music appeals to those who are interested in the story line or not. Coheed has a few 2011 tour dates in South America in September, including a performance at Rock in Rio. With so few remaining shows this year, fans in South America should leap at the chance to catch these tour dates in 2011.
Alice In Chains:
Alice in Chains emerged as the originators of Grunge Rock with metal records that defined the '90s. Multi-Platinum records, worldwide tours, and immense success shortly ensued. With success, came tragedy and the band suffered through the loss of their lead singer Layne Staley in 2002 and disbanded. After the hiatus, the band has subsequently regrouped, released new material, and resumed touring. Alice in Chains tour dates are currently scheduled nationally throughout 2011.
The group formed in 1986 with Layne Staley at the helms; Jerry Cantrell joined soon after, as did Nick Pollock on guitar, Johnny Bacolas on bass and James Bergostrom on drums. The group gained a following in the Pacific Northwest and cut a demo in 1988. They were picked up by Columbia Records in 1989 and released their debut EP We Die Young. An instant hit, the EP featured the title-track which rushed up the Modern Rock Songs survey on Billboard. It immediately ushered in the Grunge Era and the band released their debut LP off the success. Facelift was released in 1990 and was certified Gold by years-end. The album was praised by critics for its innovative new direction in rock music. Alice in Chains tour dates were booked on the opening stage for acts such as Iggy Pop, Van Halen, and Poison. They topped off all of the success and mainstream attention with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Performance at the 1992 ceremony.
After their extensive tour the band went into the studio intending to record another LP. Instead, they recorded a five-song acoustic EP entitled Sap. It was released in 1992 alongside Nirvana's iconic Nevermind album, both albums signalled the nascent of the new genre. They followed up with a sincere sophomore set Dirt which chronicled some of the band members' struggle with addiction. Released in 1992 the album became their biggest seller to-date and was certified four times platinum. The Alice in Chains concert schedule included a headlining stint on Lollapalooza in 1993.
The band returned with another acoustic EP Jar of Flies which was released in 1994. The critically acclaimed album was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine who labeled the disc as "darkly gorgeous". The album's subject matter mirrored the life of lead singer Staley who soon entered rehab for his heroin addiction. His stint there would not cure him and the band had to pull out on their 1994 tour with Metallica. The band went on a self-imposed hiatus pending a full recovery for Staley.
The original line-up, including Staley, re-teamed in 1995 and they recorded new material. The resulting product was the self-titled third album which became their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 when it debuted in 1995. Alice in Chains booked a set with MTV's "Unplugged" series and cut an acoustic album from the performance. The album was released in 1996 and peaked at #3. Alice in Chains tour dates were once again scheduled on the Lollapalooza tour and sadly, their last performance in Kansas City would be the final to feature Staley as a member. The band went on an indefinite hiatus in 1996 to pursue individual side projects. Cantrell made some noise with a solo album in 1998 and the band released their Greatest Hit in 2001. Tragically in 2002, Staley was found dead in his house due to an overdose of heroin and cocaine.
The band mourned the loss of their original member; Jerry Cantrell dedicated his second solo album to the fallen Staley. They regrouped in 2005 to perform a benefit concert in Seattle and they also booked an intimate club tour in Europe. The band reunited to record their first album in fourteen years and released Black Gives Away to Blue in 2009. Their comeback album was a home-run. It was certified gold and featured two #1 singles on the Modern Rock chart, their first since 1994. The band suffered through an additional tragedy with the loss of former bassist Mike Starr who also lost a battle with drug addiction in 2011.
Alice in Chains were the forefathers of the short-lived Grunge Era, they celebrated success and suffered through tragic losses. They encountered several setbacks due to addiction, but always returned to each other because of their chemistry for creating awesome music. Alice in Chains tour dates are currently scheduled on a nation wide outing. Use Eventful as your source for Alice in Chains tour dates and concert schedule information.
Circa Survive is an experimental rock band consisting of former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green and members of the now-defunct This Day Forward, including guitarists Brendan Ekstrom and Colin Frangicetto. Compared to the sound of Green's former group, the music of Circa Survive taps a different musical influence for Green, who cites Paul Simon, dredg, and Björk among later artists who have more influence on his vocal stylings in Circa Survive which are comparatively less aggressive, as well as his songwriting.
After going back to his hometown of Philadelphia for a dental appointment, Anthony Green went back to the airport to return to California and his Saosin mates. However, he suddenly had an epiphany - that despite the fact that Saosin was close to breaking out, he knew he would be miserable if he returned. To him, Saosin was "a girl that you had great sex with, yet had little in common with," as Green himself affectionately said. He returned to Colin Frangicetto, a friend who he had "jammed" with during his stay, and they decided to begin recording and recruiting. Thus, Circa Survive was born.
Colin Frangicetto and Anthony Green, with full support from Equal Vision Records, then recruited Brendan Ekstrom. Ekstrom had been Frangicetto's bandmate in This Day Forward. Both Ekstrom and Frangicetto had toured with Taken during their This Day Forward days, and procured Nick Beard, Previous Bassist of Taken, as Circa Survive's next member. The band met Steve Clifford through Vadim Taver of the band Marigold; "[Steve] jammed with us for a week and from there it was on," says Frangicetto.
To date, Circa Survive has released two versions of the song "Handshakes at Sunrise" on two different 2004 sampler discs from Equal Vision Records, as well as a 2005 limited edition tour EP called The Inuit Sessions. A full length album Juturna was released April 19th, 2005.
Circa Survive now has many national tours under their belt, including a co-headlining tour that took place in summer 2005. Circa Survive has also opened for Mae and dredg on each of their headlining runs. Circa Survive played The Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey in 2005, and is scheduled to play the festival in 2006. They also played a few dates on The Van's Warped Tour in 2005 and completed a European tour with Coheed and Cambria and Thrice in 2006. They recently completed a tour with Saves the Day and Moneen.
Circa Survive has just finished their first major headlining tour with The Receiving End of Sirens. YouInSeries and Days Away were on the first leg of this tour and dropped off on July 23rd. On July 25th, Portugal. The Man and Keating joined the tour.
Circa Survive just finished their tour with Thursday, Rise Against and Billy Talent. The Band is currently writing and recording songs in their new house in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The band in question have but recently announced that their second full length (On Letting Go) has been completely mastered and will be confirming release dates and official artwork soon.
Pioneers of alternative rock, Jane's Addiction, are back together this year with a new album and 2011 tour dates. Jane's Addiction broke onto the scene with their debut studio album, Nothing's Shocking, which featured the signature vocals of Perry Farrell and the skilled guitar work of Dave Navarro. Despite frequent breakups, Jane's Addiction sounds better than ever, as fans will discover upon the release of The Great Escape Artist in August. In the meantime, Jane's Addiction has a handful of 2011 tour dates around the world this summer and fall.
Formed circa 1985 in Los Angeles, Jane's Addiction quickly gained a following while playing on the club circuit. Their debut studio album, Nothing's Shocking, quickly went platinum and was followed by the band's first headlining tour dates. 1990's Ritual de lo Habitual sold even better, going double platinum and followed by a year-long tour. Extensive touring took its toll on the band's interpersonal relationships and Jane's Addiction disbanded in 1991. They briefly reunited in 1997, but wouldn't release another album until reforming in 2001 and recording Strays. However, after subsequent tour dates, the band once again broke up again.
Jane's Addiction reunited in 2008 and, with a new upcoming album and over a dozen tour dates in 2011, it looks like their together for good. The concert schedule is currently ongoing and, while most of the shows are in North America, Jane's Addiction will make intermittent trips overseas to perform festival dates. Jane's Addiction's tour dates end on October 14, but they may add more performances after the album releases.