While You Were Away: New Music From The Warning And Paramore, Remembering Wayne Kramer, And More

February already? While you’re trying to figure out where they time went, catch up with music news you missed with this week’s edition of While You Were Away featuring Wayne Kramer, The Warning, Paramore, and more.

The Warning drops new single ‘S!CK’

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The Warning returns with their new anthemic single “S!CK.”

The raucous song celebrates doing whatever the fuck you want with your life. It comes with a vibrant music video that features the sister trio throwing punches, riding motorcycles, and rocking out.

The Warning described the single as “a song about fearing that you never lived out your life and desperately wanting to live it.”

Watch the video below.

Rob Zombie: Piggy D. is out, Blasko is back in

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Bassist Matt “Piggy D.” Montgomery has announced he’s leaving Rob Zombie after being in the band’s lineup for nearly two decades. He broke the news just a day after Zombie announced his co-headlining “Freaks On Parade” tour with Alice Cooper.

Montgomery didn’t give a specific reason for his exit but did release a statement saying: “Dear Friends, My time with Zombie has come to an end. It was an honor to entertain you for the last 18 years. I look forward to the future and wish everyone the best.”

Just hours after the announcement, Zombie revealed that original bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson is back in the band.

“After 18 years I am thrilled to announce that BLASKO has returned! The original 4 string Zombie monster is back. Get ready for a crazy summer of mayhem,” Zombie said on Instagram.

See the statements below.

Piggy statement

Wayne Kramer, leader of MC5, has died

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Wayne Kramer, co-found, guitarist, and singer of Detroit rock band MC5, has died. He was 75 years old.

News of Kramer’s passing was announced on Friday (February 2nd) in a post shared on Instagram, revealing the singer died of pancreatic cancer.

“Wayne Kramer passed away today peacefully from pancreatic cancer. He will be remembered for starting a revolution in music, culture, and kindness,” read the statement on his official Instagram account.

MC5 are considered one of the most influential rock bands of all time, with acts such as The Stooges and The White Stripes singing their praises. They’re best known for their 1969 song “Kick Out the Jams.”

We send our thoughts out to Kramer’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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Paramore share cover of ‘Burning Down the House’ from A24’s ‘Stop Making Sense’ tribute album

Paramore Unveil Cover of “Burning Down the House” from A24’s Stop Making Sense Tribute Album

Paramore have shared their cover of classic Talking Heads single “Burning Down the House.” The song is a part of A24’s Stop Making Sense tribute album honoring the 40th anniversary of the Talking Heads’ iconic film and soundtrack.

Dubbed Everyone’s Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense, the 16-track album will feature contributions from The National, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Chicano Batman, Blondshell, and more.

So far, details about which artists will be covering which song along with the actual release date have not been released.

Listening to Paramore’s cover below.

Tours on sale this week

2000trees announce headliners The Chats, plus Hot Milk, grandson, Nova Twins and loads more

Nothing More and Wage War are teaming up for a spring 2024 co-headlining tour. The trek kicks off on April 16th in Charlotte, North Carolina, and wraps up on May 18th in Bloomington, Illinois. Veil of Maya and Sleep Theory join as support. Find more details here.

Knocked Loose will embark on a spring tour with Show Me the Body, Loathe, and Speed. The tour starts on April 27th in Las Vegas and runs through June 9th in St. Petersburg, Florida. See the full itinerary here.

2000trees have added more bands to its 2024 lineup, including headliners The Chats. Other bands on the bill include Hot Milk, grandson, Nova Twins, Death from Above 1979, Spanish Love Songs, Cassyette, Crawlers, and Static Dress. See the full lineup here.

The Hives have announced two US headline shows taking place this summer. The Swedish rockers will perform at 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on July 20th and The Observatory in Santa Ana, California on August 8th. Find tickets here.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Illinois Entertainer. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Creeper, and Green Day.

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