This week on While You Were Away we’re talking about the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ tribute to Eddie Van Halen, Smashing Pumpkins’ massive new album, vinyl reissues from Queens of the Stone Age, and more.
Smashing Pumpkins announce 33-track rock opera album ‘ATUM’
The Smashing Pumpkins are ready to reveal what they’ve been working on. The band recently announced their massive new album ATUM, a 33-song three-part rock opera.
ATUM, which is the sequel to 1995’s Mellon Collie And the Infinite Sadness and 2000’s Machina/The Machine God, will be released in three “acts.” Act 1 arrives on November 15th, with Act 2 following on January 31st, and the final act arriving April 21st with a special edition box set.
Additionally, the band have also shared the album’s lead single “Beguiled,” which you can check out below. If that wasn’t enough Billy Corgan also announced a new podcast, Thirty-Three with William Patrick Corgan, in which each song from ATUM is discussed in detail for the next 33 weeks. Listen to the first two episodes here. And pre-order the new album here.
Queens of the Stone Age to reissue three albums on vinyl
Queens of the Stone Age have announced plans to reissue three of their albums, including their 1998 debut.
The band’s self-titled debut album will be re-released on black and limited-edition orange vinyl on October 21st with its original tracklist and the long out-of-print original Frank Kozik artwork. The band’s 2013’s album …Like Clockwork and their latest album Villians will arrive on December 9th. …Like Clockwork will be available on limited aqua and red vinyl with new artwork.
Meanwhile, Villians comes in a special fifth-anniversary package on both leaf-green transparent and white vinyl, plus etching, obi-strip, and a new poster by Boneface.
Currently, all reissues are sold-out, but keep checking back here in case more albums become available.
Additionally, it seems like new music is on the horizon for the band. If you visit the band’s website, you’ll notice a TV sitting in the desert with a four-button menu. Clicking on the red “Buy” button gives you links for the reissues along with a news scrawl that reads “BREAKING: QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE ALBUM LAUNCH RUMOURED TO BE ‘IMMINENT.”
Hopefully, we’ll get more details soon.
Red Hot Chili Peppers share a tribute to Eddie Van Halen
Red Hot Chili Peppers have shared their new song “Eddie,” a tribute to the late guitar wizard Eddie Van Halen.
“Sometimes we don’t realize how deeply affected and connected we are to artists until the day they die. Eddie Van Halen was a one of a kind,” frontman Anthony Kiedis said in a statement.
“The day after his death Flea came into rehearsal with an emotional bassline. John [Frusciante], Chad [Smith] and I started playing along, and pretty soon with all our hearts, a song in his honor effortlessly unfolded. It felt good to be sad and care so much about a person who had given so much to our lives. Although the song doesn’t speak to Eddie by name, it talks about his early days on the Sunset Strip and the rock n roll tapestry that Van Halen painted on our minds. In the end, our song asks that you not remember Eddie for dying but for living his wildest dream.”
Listen to the song below.
“Eddie” is taken from Red Hot Chili Peppers’ new album Return of the Dream Canteen, out October 14th. Pre-order it here.
Foo Fighters finalize lineup for Los Angeles Taylor Hawkins tribute concert
Foo Fighters have announced additional acts for the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, which will take place in Los Angeles on September 27th.
New additions to the lineup include Tool’s Danny Carey, Tommy Lee, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins, The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen, and Kesha.
Acts already on the bill include Travis Barker, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, RUSH’s Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Alanis Morissette, Miley Cyrus, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, to name a few.
See the full lineup below.
More names announced for the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles, Sept. 27th.
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) September 23, 2022
Tours on sale this week
Dropkick Murphys recently announced 2023 dates for their annual St. Patrick’s Day tour where they’ll be joined by a rotating lineup of Turnpike, Troubadours, The Rumjacks, and Jesse Ahern. The three-night run kicks off with two nights MGM Music Hall at Fenway on March 17th and 18th, followed by a performance at House of Blues in Boston. Tickets are on sale now.
Angel Olsen will hit the road next year in support of her new album Big Time, which starts on January 20th in Atlanta, Georgia and wraps up in Durham, North Carolina on February 11th. Get all the details and tickets here.
Wet Leg have expanded their current tour with more shows for late 2022 and summer 2023. The band will headline four shows in New York in December. Next year, they’ll join Harry Styles on his tour in the UK and Europe. See all the dates and get tickets here.
Steel Panther will embark on a short North American tour this winter. The “A Claus & Paws Holiday Party Tour” kicks off November 26th in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and runs through December 4th in New Haven, Connecticut. The band will close out 2022 with a two-night stint in Vancouver on December 29th and 30th. Get tickets here.