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In this week’s Rock Report, there is some major bad news for Red Hot Chili Pepper fans, but great news otherwise for fans of major outdoor festivals like Coachella and Warped Tour. Also, we have an exclusive with I The Breather and At The Drive-In reunites. This, and much more, in the Rock Report!
RHCP Postpones Tour
Man down! Red Hot Chili Peppers have been forced to postpone the beginning of their North American tour due to an assortment of foot injuries sustained by front man Anthony Kiedis. The vocalist recently had surgery to correct a detached flexor tendon and remove a crushed sesamoid bone. The original tour dates have been rescheduled and take place anytime from late March all the way through October. Check their website for more details.
Coachella Lineup Announcement
Concert campers and festival fans can rejoice because the official lineup for Coachella 2012 has been announced! The infamous three-day event, which will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California from April 13th – April 15th and again with the same exact lineup from April 20th – April 22, will be headlined by The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg.
Also slated to hit the stage are Arctic Monkeys, AWOLNATION, Bon Iver, Fitz & The Tantrums, Florence + The Machine, The Hives, Madness, Manchester Orchestra, Sheepdogs, We Are Augustines, Sheepdogs and many. Head over to Coachella.com to reserve your tickets before it gets sold out like it did last year.
Warped Tour Adds Bands
Warped Tour has announced seven more bands for its annual lineup. The latest additions are Funeral Party, Hyro Da Hero, Living With Lions, Lost In Society, Rise To Remain, T Mills and Title Fight. The traveling summer festival, which kicks off June 16th in Salt Lake City, Utah, will tag more artists to the bill next week.
At The Drive-In Back in Action
Start the car and rev the engine because At The Drive-In are back! After members spent the past decade in various projects like The Mars Volta and Sparta, the 90’s post-hardcore quintet have re-formed after an 11-year hiatus and will play their first show back at Coachella. Other details have yet to be released, so stay tuned to Red Bull as we continue to follow this story.
News from Nathan Ellis
The Human Abstract might have disbanded last week, but one-time vocalist Nathan Ellis appears to be doing better than ever. His indie rock collective, The Casket Lottery, will release their currently untitled fifth album through No Sleep Records this coming summer. The label also plans to release EPs from both the band and a solo one from Ellis in the Spring.
A Rock-Flavored Metal Collective
Following the success of their debut album “These Are My Sins,” rock-flavored metal collective I The Breather returns with their sophomore set “Truth And Purpose” on February 28th. Recorded with Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Senses Fail, VersesEmerge) in Baltimore, Maryland, the 10-track collection will be fueled by the hypnotic single “Bruised & Broken” and is action packed with heavy messages.
“The lyrics this time around were inspired by a person’s ability to grow and push through all the tough times in his or her life,” Armand Jasari, the group’s bassist, explains. “Our vocalist Shawn [Spann] did a great job of portraying an image to the listener by creating a story within the album’s entirety. The emotion and connection that can be heard [and] read in the lyrics pertains to just about everyone -- including me and the rest of my band’s personal struggles.”
I The Breather will hit the road with August Burns Red and Silverstein in support of “Truth And Purpose.” The trek begins January 13th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey and wraps up March 2nd at the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Not only will the Maryland-based collective be promoting their new album, but they will also be performing alongside artists they’ve admired for years. “I've looked up to both bands growing up and getting the chance to perform with them every night is unreal,” Jasari says. “A lot of planning, hard work, dedication took place for this to happen, and it still seems unreal to me that we'll be a part of this.”
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