What’s the music news you may have missed this week? Saying goodbye to Meatloaf, Adele postpones highly anticipated Vegas residency, the Grammys are rescheduled, When We Were Young Festival, tours on sale this week, and more on this week’s edition of While You Were Away.
Grammys 2022 Gets A New Date And New Location
After being postponed earlier this month due to rising COVID cases, the Grammys are set to return April 3rd in Las Vegas. The ceremony will take place at Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden and will be hosted by Trevor Noah.
Details for other Grammy weekend events, such as the MusiCares Person of the Year benefit concert honoring Joni Mitchell, Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala honoring Sony Music chief Rob Stringer, have yet to be announced.
The 64th annual Grammy Awards will air live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3rd. You can watch them on CBS or streaming on Paramount+. See this year’s nominees here.
Big Changes For Rage Against The Machine And Fugees Reunion Tours
The highly anticipated Rage Against the Machine reunion tour has once again been postponed. After two previous postponements due to COVID, the tour is now set to launch on July 9th in East Troy, Wisconsin and wraps up August 14th at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “We will be back to you soon with the rerouted dates,” the band said in its statement. See their updated dates here.
Meanwhile, The Fugees reunion tour has been canceled after previously being postponed.
“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen,” they said in a social media statement. “The continued COVID pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe.” They added, “We hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon.” Check out their full statement below.
— Fugees Reunion (@fugees25) January 21, 2022
When We Were Young Festival Drops Massive Lineup
In case you haven’t heard, the While We Were Young Festival has announced this year’s lineup and it’s making emo kids around the world froth at the mouth.
This year’s event features a stacked lineup with headliners My Chemical Romance, Avril Lavigne, and Paramore. The bill also includes Jimmy Eat World, Bright Eyes, A Day to Remember, Bring Me the Horizon, and Car Seat Headrest, as well as AFI, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Dashboard Confessional, Alkaline Trio, Manchester Orchestra, Pierce the Veil, and The Story So Far. And that doesn’t even cover half of the bands featured. Ticket demand has been so overwhelming that a second date had to be added.
When We Were Young Festival takes place October 22nd and 23rd at Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Get tickets here.
Adele Postpones Las Vegas Residency
Adele’s highly anticipated Las Vegas residency has been postponed. Just days before she was set to launch her Las Vegas residency, the singer broke the news with a tearful video saying the shows would be postponed due to COVID delays.
“I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,” Adele said in the video. “We’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID. Half my crew, half my team are down with COVID, they still are, and it’s been impossible to finish the show. And I can’t give you what I have right now. And I’m gutted.”
The singer says all of the concerts would be rescheduled for a later date. “I’m sorry it’s so last minute,” she said. “We’ve been awake for over 30 hours now trying to figure it out and we’ve run out of time, and I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s traveled again.” Watch the full video announcement below.
Legendary Singer Meatloaf Dead at 74
Meat Loaf, the legendary singer known for hits such as “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” has died. He was 74 years old. Though an official cause of death has yet to be released, TMZ reports the singer died of COVID related causes.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends,” says a statement posted to Meatloaf’s Facebook page. His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.”
It continues, “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”
Our hearts go out to Meatloaf’s friends and family during this difficult time.
Tours On Sale This Week
Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow is set to return this year with a lineup featuring Jinjer, Ho99o9, In This Moment, and Cypress Hill. The tour starts March 16th in Fargo, North Dakota and wraps up June 18th in Chula Vista, California. See all the dates and tickets here.
Behemoth and Arch Enemy team up for a spring co-headling tour. The “North American Siege” tour kicks off April 16th in Tempe, Arizona and concludes May 15th in Los Angeles. Napalm Death and Unto Others will also join the tour. Find tickets and a complete list of dates here.
Boston Calling recently revealed its lineup for 2022, which includes headliners Foo Fighters, The Strokes, and Metallica. Other acts on the bill include Avril Lavigne, HAIM, Run the Jewels, Weezer, Modest Mouse, Cheap Trick, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Black Pumas, Japanese Breakfast, Goose, and Glass Animals. The festival takes place May 27th to May 29th in Allston, Massachusetts. See the full line and get tickets here.
Clutch is hitting the road with Eyehategod and The Sword on select dates this spring. The tour starts March 16th in Birmingham, Alabama and wraps up May 22nd in Richmond, Virginia. Tiger Club and Nate Bergman will appear on select dates. Get all the details here.
Disclosure will embark on their 2022 US tour starting April 9th in Seattle, Washington and concludes June 23rd in Rothbury, Michigan. Find tickets and dates here.