Devin Ingelido Leaves VersaEmerge →
VersaEmerge have just announced that bassist Devin Ingelido is leaving the band. I swear Black Velvet didn’t jinx that with putting them in the new issue. ;-) (Read Sierra and Blake’s interview in Black Velvet 68). The band’s post is as follows (click the link for the full post): versaemerge: Hello Vultures It is with sadness that we would like to announce that May 7th...
Black Velvet 68 Out Now! (Papa Roach cover)
Issue 68 of Black Velvet Zine is out now and includes: Interviews with Papa Roach, Angels & Airwaves, Sick Puppies, Halestorm, We The Kings, VersaEmerge, Yellowcard, There For Tomorrow, Octane Ok, The Crave, Toploader & The Material. Concert reviews including My Chemical Romance, Kerrang! Relentless Tour feat. Good Charlotte, Four Year Strong, Framing Hanley and The Wonder Years,...
Madina Lake sign to Sony
According to a new NBC interview/article, Madina Lake have signed to Sony Music. The band have also just completed work on a new full length album. The four-piece play Chicago this Saturday, their first show with Matthew Leone back on bass since he was beaten unconscious last June. The full interview/article is at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/the-scene/events/madina-lake-120234014.html
KK Downing leaves Judas Priest
KK Downing has officially retired from Judas Priest. He will not be joining the legendary band on their upcoming Epitaph tour. Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott are going on with the tour and have drafted in replacement Richie Faulkner to play guitar. Richie is 31 and apparently blended well into the band. The Epitaph Tour will include songs from every Judas Priest studio album and include tracks that...
Blink-182 Reschedule Tour
Blink-182 have rescheduled their upcoming Uk/European tour due to having no new album to promote. The band write on their website: It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce our planned 2011 European Summer tour has been rescheduled. When we booked the tour last year, we were confident that we would have the new album out before the Summer. Turns out we were mistaken as the album is...
Bon Jovi Opening Act Competition - Dublin
Calling all Irish bands. You can now enter the competition to be one of Bon Jovi’s opening acts in Dublin. Visit http://www.aikenpromotions.co.uk/bon-jovi-competition/bon-jovi-opening-act-competition-dp2.html for more info. Bon Jovi play Dublin RDA Arena on June 29th and 30th. Five finalists will battle it out by playing live on May 19th. Two winning bands will each get the chance to open at...
Record Store Day 2011
Saturday is world fight back day. Not only is it World Day for Animals in Laboratories (your dearest Black Velvet editor will be joining the national march & rally that is in Manchester this year - see www.wdail.org for more info - standing up for the voiceless, the poor animals that are caged and tortured for no good reason), but it is also Record Store Day - the day for all the retail record...
Mindless Self Indulgence Release 'Tighter'
On June 6th, The End Records will reissue the much sought after debut album by Mindless Self Indulgence, ‘Tight’ in the UK. Their debut album, a 15-track release called ‘Tight’, was originally released in 1999. The album was only available for six months, as the band signed to a major label and was asked to shelve it. It has remained out of print ever since its ...
Jack's Mannequin US Tour
Jack’s Mannequin has announced a co-headlining summer tour with Guster, which kicks off August 7th in Baltimore and runs through September 4th in Columbus. Jack’s Mannequin is also set to release ‘People And Things’, the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Glass Passenger’, and will perform at Coachella this year, followed by a headlining tour leading up to...
Help Choose System Of A Down's Set
System Of A Down are asking fans to send in their top 6 setlist requests for their upcoming tour dates including their headlining slot at the Download Festival on Saturday 11 June. As an extra incentive, the band will select a winner from each tour city to win tickets to that show and also a signed set list. Go to http://www.systemofadown.com/yoursetlist/gb/ to vote for your favourite...
Hard Rock Calling
More acts have been announced for this year’s Hard Rock Calling festival at Hyde Park in London. Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse, Rumer, Mike + The Mechanics, Barenaked Ladies, Train and the Lighthouse Family have all been confirmed to play Sunday June 26th, which is headlined by Rod Stewart and also features Stevie Nicks. Folk-rock singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham...
Jon Bon Jovi Birthday Donations
Donations made by Bon Jovi fans on Jon Bon Jovi’s birthday (March 2nd) to Jon’s Soul Foundation are being used to fund St Joseph’s House, Camden, NJ’s only emergency drop-in shelter. The shelter was originally scheduled to operate until March 31st, however with the donations another month can now be funded.The house is a great place for the homeless, giving them a warm...
Francesqa UK Tour
Berkshire quintet Francesqa have announced a tour leading up to Slam Dunk Festival in May. Dates are: MAY 09 - HULL University Student Union 10 - PRESTON 53 Degrees 11 - SHEFFIELD Student Union 12 - LOUGHBOROUGH Student Union 13 - LONDON The Peel 14 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS The Forum 16 - GUILDFORD Surrey Student Union 17 - WINCHESTER Railway Inn 18 - MILTON KEYNES The Craufurd Arms 19 - NORWICH...