While You Were Away: Avril Lavigne’s First Greatest Hits LP, Kittie’s New Album, YUNGBLUD Takes On KISS, And More

Got the Monday blues? Shake them off with the latest edition of While You Were Away. What’s happening this week? New music from YUNGBLUD and Coheed and Cambria, Avril Lavigne’s first greatest hits album, Kittie’s first new album in 13 years, and more.

Coheed and Cambria share new song ‘The Joke’

Coheed And Cambria release new standalone single, The Joke

Coheed and Cambria have shared a new standalone single “The Joke.”

The song comes from the sessions for the band’s 2022 album Vaxis – Act II: A Window Of The Waking Mind. “The meaning behind The Joke is basically, ‘If you need a punching bag, I’ll be that guy,” says frontman Claudio Sanchez.

Watch the video for “The Joke” below.

Kittie announce first new album in 13 years

Kittie announce first new album in 13 years: “We cannot wait for you to lose yourselves in the passion and strength of Fire”

Kittie have officially announced their first new album in 13 years, Fire, out June 21st via Sumerian Records.

Speaking about the new LP, singer/guitarist Morgan Lander says, “10 years ago, if someone would have told us that we would be releasing new Kittie music in 2024, we’d have dismissed them right away. It feels like something deeper than fate that’s brought us together again, allowing us to create something fearless and magical for you.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard over the past year, and surrounded ourselves with the ultimate dream team to make this album a reality. We cannot wait for you to lose yourselves in the passion and strength of Fire.”

The band also shared new single “Vultures,” which follows previous singles “Eyes Wide Open” and “We Are Shadows.

Pre-order Fire here.

Avril Lavigne announces first greatest hits album 

Rolling Stone on X: ".@AvrilLavigne will revisit 'The Best Damn Thing' and her best damn songs on the upcoming compilation album Greatest Hits. Out June 21." / X

Avril Lavigne will celebrate her 20-year career with her first-ever greatest hits album. Avril Lavigne – Greatest Hits comes out on June 21st.

The 20-track album features classics such as “Complicated,” “Sk8er Boi,” “Girlfriend,” “Bite Me,” “My Happy Ending,” and “I’m With You.” Lavigne dropped the news by donning her now iconic “Complicated” era tank top and neck tie.

Pre-order Avril Lavigne – Greatest Hits here.

Hear YUNGBLUD’s take on KISS classic ‘I Was Made For Lovin’ You’

YUNGBLUD announces inaugural BLUDFEST at Milton Keynes Bowl | Kerrang!

YUNGBLUD has released his version of the KISS disco hit “I Was Made For Lovin’ You.” The song is featured on the soundtrack to the new movie, The Fall Guy, which stars Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

YUNGBLUD shared the news on Instagram saying: “Celebratin. fall guy is out now! go see it. it’s so sick makin music for films would luv to be in them one day. ps. yes, ryan gosling is hot in real life.”

The cover caught the attention of KISS’ Paul Stanley who commented: “A REALLY terrific new version and take on our classic. @yungblud NAILS it!!”

Listen to the song below. The Fall Guy is out now.

Tours on sale this week

The Sisters of Mercy Announce Fall 2024 North American Tour

The Sisters of Mercy will embark on a 26-date fall North American tour with support from Blaqk Audio. The tour starts September 14th in Detroit, Michigan, and runs through an October 26th show in Toronto. Tickets on sale now.

Catfish and the Bottlemen will tour the U.S. for the first time in nearly five years on their upcoming North American tour. The trek kicks off with a performance at Austin City Limits 2024 on October 4th and wraps up with a show in Washington, DC on November 3rd. Get all the details here.

Coal Chamber will hit the road this summer with Fear Factory, Twiztid, Wednesday 13, and Black Satellite. The 28-date tour starts on August 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada, and wraps up on October 12th in Sacramento, California. See all the dates here.

In support of their new album Romance, Fontaines D.C. will embark on a fall North American tour, which starts on September 20th in Seattle, Washington, and runs through October 20th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tickets on sale now.

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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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