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In this week’s Rock Report, we focus on Sting’s comeback, the special treasures coming from A Great Big Pile Of Leaves and some major forthcoming tours worth the price of admission. All of this -- plus new videos from Puscifer, Coldplay and New Found Glory -- in this week’s edition of the Rock Report.
Sting on the Comeback
Sting, the legendary front man of The Police and singer-songwriter extraordinaire, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his solo music career by embarking on a headlining North American concert series.
The British rocker will hit intimate venues all across the continent with a five-piece backup band this fall for the Back To Bass Tour. The trek begins October 21 at The Wang Theatre in Boston and concludes December 8 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Sting will also be supporting his three-disc box set “Sting: 25 Years,” due out September 27.
Puscifer in the Lab
Puscifer have locked themselves inside the studio for the past several months and now they are ready to walk the plank. The Maynard James Keenan-fronted rock project will independently release their forthcoming album “Conditions Of My Parole” on October 18 and they have just dropped an outstanding video for their leadoff single “Man Overboard.” It’s a 3D clip featuring sinister pirates on the attack, very much in the vein of Tim Burton. Check out the cool video below.
High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will not be soaring to North America alone. Brit-pop rockers The Hours will join them for the nearly two-week trek, which officially kicks off November 7 at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The U.S. portion begins November 11 at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia and concludes November 19 at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The Hours will be supporting their EP “I Want More,” which is slated to drop November 11 -- just in time for the start of the American tour dates.
Things are heating up for Coldplay. The Grammy Award-winning troupe released “Paradise,” the new single from their forthcoming fifth studio effort “Mylo Xyloto.” The pulsating orchestra-laced banger, which is the follow-up to the previous single “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall,” is available now for digital download on iTunes. The album drops October 24.
Dance rock troupe Electric Six will drop their eighth studio album “Heartbeats And Brainwaves” on October 11 and will headline the Hello, Destructor Tour to promote it. The trek launches September 16 at The Loft in Lansing, Michigan, and finishes up November 5 at Frankie’s in Toledo, Ohio. Indie rockers Kitten have been tapped as the opening act.
Elbow on Tour
Elbow have a busy two weeks ahead of themselves. The English dream-pop quintet just arrived to the States for the start of their North American tour. It begins September 19 at Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas, and runs through October 1 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
Elbow is currently promoting their fifth studio effort “Build A Rocket Boys!” which is arguably one of the best rock albums of 2011. Check out their latest single “Lippy Kids.”
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Indie rock snobs can rejoice as A Great Big Pile Of Leaves will release a pair of new EPs on the same exact date! The Brooklyn trio will drop “Live From The Living Room: Volume 1” and the studio-recorded “Boom” through Topshelf Records on November 1. Both collections feature original and re-recorded tracks. It will be available digitally and on vinyl only.
New Found Glory
New Found Glory party like rockstars -- in hospital hallways, that is. The pop-punk quintet just unveiled their brand-spanking-new video for “Radiosurgery,” the leadoff single and title track from their seventh studio album. In the clip, however, it appears as if their guests are having way more fun than the band does.
The group performs the ultra catchy song in a hospital hallway as a chaotic rager ensues in the background. Aside from patients and doctors having a good time, there are a variety of other partygoers including schoolgirls, a giant bunny rabbit and a skankin’ Bill Clinton. It’s an entertaining three-minute video worth watching during your lunch break. Just put down the sandwich and take a look.
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