Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton leave Cobra Starship
Alex Suarez and Ryland Blackinton have left Cobra Starship. The band posted a message to fans on their Facebook page. Alex and Ryland wrote:
Hey guys - first off, we’re extremely thankful for the love and support you have shown us since we first joined Cobra Starship. We’ve had an opportunity to get to know a lot of you over the years and can’t thank you enough for sharing some of the fondest moments of our lives as musicians. We truly mean it when we say we have the best fans.
Cobras has taken us all around the world. To places we surely wouldn’t have seen, smells we wouldn’t have smelled and flavors we wouldn’t have savored - all possible because of you guys. Gabe, Nate and Victoria have become family over the last 8 years and we couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share this unique and enriching experience with.
We’re excited to start a new chapter in our lives in production and songwriting. Who knows? Maybe we’ll finally even fulfill our dream of competing in American Ninja Warrior. Or maybe we’ll open “Much Ado About Muffin,” our Shakespeare- themed bakery. The world is our oyster! We hope to have your support in our future endeavors. We’re thankful to have the support of the rest of the Cobras in this decision and we’ll always be a part of the Crew. We’re stoked to see you guys supporting “Never Been in Love” and we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album Gabe and the band are working on.
We’re so grateful for the opportunity you’ve given us. Meeting so many of you has been a life changing experience.
When the two if us met in high school, all we wanted to do is play music. Thank you for making that possible.
Gabe, Victoria and Nate will announce a new bass player this week, while tomorrow they are premiering the video for ‘Never Been In Love’, which features Alex and Ryland.
More info is at https://www.facebook.com/cobrastarship
Shimon Moore Leaves Sick Puppies
Sick Puppies announced yesterday that frontman Shimon Moore was leaving the band. Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin posted an official statement, saying:
Sick Puppies are undergoing some exciting changes and evolving. Former member Shimon Moore is no longer with the band and is pursuing other endeavors. We are currently in the studio writing material for our upcoming studio album while auditioning new singers. As always, there is nothing we enjoy more than creating and performing music for our fans. Our passion and determination to create and share our music is stronger than ever. We cannot wait for Sick Puppies’ next chapter to unfold and for you all to be part of it.
We wish the best to all parties. Visit Sick Puppies on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sickpuppies
Martyr De Mona seek new Lead Guitarist
Lead guitarist Ant Rickett has decided to leave Midlands rock/metal band Martyr De Mona to spend more time with his family. He wrote:
"It saddens me to say that I am leaving Martyr de Mona. It’s a decision that I have made not because I want to, but because I have to. My life has changed in so many different ways since joining the band and it is time I take responsibility for my new family and our future. I’m sure many of you understand the pressures of starting a family and working hard to build your home. This isn’t the end for me musically, I will keep writing and making music as it’s something that is extremely important to me. I want to thank Ashley, Louis and Josh for all their continued support, and I want them to know that all the hard work, sleepless nights writing the album and travelling round the country playing our music together is something I hold dearly and is something I will never forget. It’s been a blast!”
The band are now seeking a new lead guitarist. They say:
If you have the skill; the experience; the drive, and the dedication required, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or PM us on Facebook. Any sharing or suggestions would be most welcome.
Please note you need to be able to play all the lead parts in this album!
More info is on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/martyrdemona
LostAlone Announce Split
LostAlone have announced their split. They wrote on their Facebook page:
Hey guys, we’ve some important and sad news to share with you.
LostAlone will forever be documented by our three albums of which we are immensely proud, the memories of the incredible support you have shown us, and the unbelievable places around the world we’ve had the opportunity to travel to together.
This is not something that we wanted to happen, and not a decision we took lightly but unfortunately for us events have transpired that make it impossible right now for us to continue the band we love.
We never dreamed that we would ever have fans as committed, passionate and supportive as you guys and we are extremely thankful to each and every one of you. We hope that this will continue as we take our first steps on our individual musical paths.
Hopefully we’ll see as many of you as possible at these final shows so we can say goodbye in person.
It’s our sincerest hope that in our physical absence our music will be safe in your hands.
Listen to it, share it, play it loud, sing it, cover it, own it, wear it and spread the word of LostAlone
Breathe in the future and exhale the past.
Steven, Mark & Alan
The band will play two UK shows in December before they go their separate ways, and are about to head to mainland Europe for a few shows. Dates are:
FRIDAY 17th - MADRID, SPAIN - INDEPENDENCE
SATURDAY 18th - BARCELONA, SPAIN - BE COOL
MONDAY 20th - MUNICH, GERMANY - BACKSTAGE CLUB
TUESDAY 21st - HAMBURG, GERMANY - KLEINER DONNER
WEDNESDAY 22nd - COLOGNE, GERMANY - BLUE SHELL
THURSDAY 23rd - BERLIN, GERMANY - COMET
THURSDAY 18th LONDON - BARFLY
FRIDAY 19th - DERBY - THE VENUE
Tickets for UK shows on sale Friday 17th October.
Visit https://www.facebook.com/lostaloneofficial for more info.
Hostage Calm announce split.
Hostage Calm have announced their split. They wrote:
Hostage Calm has broken up. It’s too soon, it’s too young, and it hurts too much.
All planned shows are canceled. We are still figuring out if and when there will be any final shows.
I want to personally thank every one of you who supported us over the years. You shared so much more with us than you’ll ever know. From our music to our politics, you helped make a bunch of Wallingford kids’ foolish dreams a reality. It was the great privilege of our young lives.
To all of you who’ve connected with us, who’ve grown with us, who’ve loved, changed, cried, lived with us - and to all of you who will yet - Just know that we loved what we did, and we could never have done it alone. “I’ve been a hero, and I’ve been a fool. And all of it for you.”
Check their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/hostagecalm for more info.
Sixx:A.M. announce October 7th Live Show
Sixx:A.M. have announced they’ll play an exclusive live show on October 7th, the day the band’s new album, ‘Modern Vintage’ is released. The show is in collaboration with iHeartradio and will be held at the iHeart Theater in Burbank, CA. It will be the band’s first live show since 2009.
The band will also take part in a Q&A and make a big announcement. All will be aired on iHeartRadio and select Clear Channel stations.
US fans can win tickets to the show over at http://www.sixxsense.com/pages/contests/modernvintage/ You must be 18 to enter.
Check out ‘Gotta Get It Right’ from ‘Modern Vintage’ below. Visit www.sixxammusic.com for more info.
Manics to play ‘The Holy Bible’ in full
To mark the 20 year anniversary of ‘The Holy Bible’, Manic Street Preachers have announced that they’ll be playing the album in full at a number of shows. Dates are in their poster below:
Tickets go on sale on Friday September 26th from the usual ticket outlets.
Gerard Way UK Tour
Gerard Way will be heading to the UK in November. Tickets for his UK tour go on sale this Friday (general sale). Dates are:
Wed Nov 5th - Manchester Ritz
Thu Nov 6th - Oxford Academy
Fri Nov 7th - Glasgow O2 ABC
Sun Nov 9th - Cardiff Students’ Union
Mon Nov 10th - London Koko
Gerard’s album, ‘Hesitant Alien’, is released on Sept 30th in USA (29th in the UK).
Watch his video for ‘No Shows’:
Leeds Cockpit Closing
Leeds Cockpit has announced that the venue is closing. The full statement is over at http://thecockpit.co.uk/. It begins:
It is with great regret that we have to announce the permanent closure of the Cockpit. After 20 great years as an integral pillar of the Leeds music scene we have decided that it is no longer viable to deliver you the level of service you deserve with the building in it’s current condition.
However, Slam Dunk are planning to open a new music venue - The Key Club on Merrion Street. This will open on September 20th.
All forthcoming live events at The Cockpit will move to alternative venues. Original tickets will remain valid.
RIP Leeds Cockpit.
Free States And Empires UK Tour
States And Empires (featuring Neil Starr and Will Davies of Attack! Attack!) are off on a European tour this month but will follow it up with a free UK tour in October. All UK shows are free entry - so make sure you get to one. Tour dates are listed below.
The band’s new album ‘Freedom’ is available on iTunes now. Signed physical copies can also be purchased at
RIP Jody Has A Hitlist
Jody Has A Hitlist will soon no longer exist as a band. The band will still be making music but not under the moniker of Jody Has A Hitlist. To wrap up their time as Jody Has A Hitlist the band will be supporting Kids In Glass Houses in October. They wrote on Facebook:
Sorry for the lack of updates as of yet, as some of you may be aware, we have recorded an album of material called ‘You: My Drug, My Downfall’ and have since then we’ve just been writing, rehearsing and demoing as much as we can.
We really feel that the new songs and ideas we’re coming up with and playing now are branching off in a different direction to anything we’ve ever done before as Jody Has A Hitlist and for a number of different reasons, such as there being a few line up changes over the years, personal musical tastes naturally evolving and also basically just to keep this whole thing enjoyable and fun for ourselves we’ve decided to draw a line under Jody.
We started in 2008 in and since then have got to do a lot of amazing things. Met some of the best people and had the absolute craic. To anyone that’s ever came out to a show, bought a T-Shirt or even just told their friends about us: THANK YOU.
We’ve always been 100% independent and any money made from shows, merch or digital/physical sales of our music have just gone straight back into the band to keep the wheels turning. We do this because we love it so if you’ve supported us in any way over the years please know that you kept us going in more ways than one and for that we are very very grateful.
These shows in Dublin and Belfast at the start of October will be the last time we play any Jody Has A Hitlist songs live. It’s one last hurrah. MY LAST SERENADE. Last chance saloon etc. So come on down for old times sake and get messy with us, should be a laugh and a half. Also it’s Kids In Glass Houses’ last Irish shows ever so come on down and check them out as well
You Me At Six / All Time Low Co-Headline UK Tour
You Me At Six and All Time Low have announced a co-headline UK tour for next February. Tickets go on sale next Friday, August 29th. Dates are as in their tour poster below.
Billy Idol announces UK Shows
Billy Idol has announced three UK shows. He will play Birmingham, London and Manchester in November, 2014 – his first UK appearances since his Download 2010 appearance.
The newly announced dates will follow Billy’s first new album in almost ten years, which will be released in late October. Billy is also bringing out an autobiography through Simon and Schuster on October 7th - entitled ‘Dancing With Myself’.
Idol’s band includes his long-time lead guitarist Steve Stevens, Stephen McGrath on bass, Billy Morrison on guitar, Eric Eldenius on drums and Paul Trudeau on keyboards.
The three dates are:
Nov 5th Birmingham O2 ACADEMY 0844 477 2000 http://www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/
Nov 9th London EVENTIM APOLLO 0844 249 1000 http://www.eventim.co.uk/
Nov 10th Manchester O2 APOLLO 08444 777 677 http://www.o2apollomanchester.co.uk/
Tickets go on sale on Friday 15th August at 9.00am. Ticket are available online from http://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/billy-idol-tickets - 24 hour phone line: 0844 576 5483.
Photo By Charles Jischke
Sleeping With Sirens Intimate London Show
Sleeping With Sirens have announced a special intimate show on Thursday 21st August at The Underworld, London. The show is the band’s first show since their headline slot at Brixton Academy in 2013 and will be a warm up show before they perform on the main stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival.
Singer Kellin Quinn says “We’re excited about this show because it’s a smaller venue, so we have the opportunity to put on a more intimate show. We love playing London - it’s one of my top places to play!”
Tickets are £18.00 in advance and on sale from Friday 15th August at 9am