While You Were Away: Smashing Pumpkins Headline New Festival, Metallica Streams Benefit Concert, The Misfits Cancel Big Show, And More

Did you spend the long weekend sleeping off all that turkey and stuffing? Don’t worry, we’re here to catch you up with all the music news you may have missed during the great snooze. This week we’re talking about the new World is a Vampire festival, The Misfits canceled gig, Metallica’s Helping Hands concert, and more on the latest edition of While You Were Away.

Metallica to stream Helping Hands Benefit Concert on Paramount+ and YouTube

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Metallica have announced that their Helping Hands benefit concert will stream on Paramount+, Pluto TV, and YouTube on December 16th.

Taking place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the night will feature an opening set by Gret Van Fleet with Jimmy Kimmel set to host the evening’s festivities.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the achievements of All Within My Hands in our final show of the year, the Helping Hands Concert & Auction at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, December 16,” Metallica said in a statement. “This will be the third time we hit the stage to benefit the Foundation, but the very first time that it will be streamed live with a full audience in the house, thanks to our friends at Paramount+.”

“In another first, we’re also honored to announce that Jimmy Kimmel will be joining us to host the show! Make sure to tune in early as it all kicks off at 5:30 PM PST streaming live on Paramount+ and simulcast on Pluto and MTV’s YouTube channel. Don’t miss the special guests and presentations, Greta Van Fleet’s set, and a few surprises before we hit the stage.

We’ll also have some amazing items and experiences that will be auctioned off starting December 5 to benefit the Foundation, with 100% of ticket and auction proceeds going directly to those in need. Established in 2017, All Within My Hands works with partners around the world to combat food insecurity, provide funds in areas of natural disaster, and support education with the ground-breaking Metallica Scholars program, now in its fourth year.”

The stream starts 5:30 PM PT.

Rock FM - Concertul caritabil Metallica Helping Hands va fi difuzat pe Paramount+ și YouTube

Smashing Pumpkins to headline inaugural The World is a Vampire festival

The World Is A Vampire Festival 2023: Fecha, bandas y boletos

In a move that surprised no one, Smashing Pumpkins have been tapped to headline the inaugural The World is a Vampire festival in Mexico City next year. Other acts appearing at the festival include TURNSTILE, Peter Hook & the Light, Interpol, The Warning, Deafheaven, and Chelsea Wolfe.

Tickets go on pre-sale today (Nov. 28th) at 2 PM CT with general sales starting Tuesday, November 29th at the same time. The World is a Vampire festival takes place March 6th – 9th in Mexico City.

See the full lineup below.

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Co-Headlining The World Is a Vampire Festival with Interpol - American Songwriter

Mötley Crüe announce new vinyl box set

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Mötley Crüe have announced their new box set Crücial Crüe: The Studio Albums 1981-1989, which collects their first five albums on vinyl and CD. Both formats will be released on February 17th.

The LP collection includes colored-vinyl variants of Too Fast for Love (white/black splatter); Shout at the Devil (yellow/black splatter); Theater of Pain (hot pink magenta/black splatter); Girls, Girls, Girls (cyan blue/black splatter); and Dr. Feelgood (coke bottle green/oxblood splatter). Both the vinyl and CD sets will be limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.

This marks the first time the band’s 80s output has been housed in one package on vinyl and CD.

Pre-order the box set here.

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The Misfits cancel New Year’s Eve show

The Misfits cancel New Year’s Eve show in Vegas

Well, this is a bummer. The Original Misfits have canceled their highly anticipated New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas.

The band released a statement about the cancellation saying:

“It is with regret, that due to an unexpected personal matter, the Misfits are unable to perform our show in Las Vegas on Dec 31st. We look forward to hopefully seeing you at a show in 2023.”

Refunds are available from the point of purchase.

Tours on sale this week

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The Winery Dogs, featuring Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan, and Mike Portnoy have announced their 2023 tour in support of their new album III. The outing kicks off February 15th in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and wraps up April 16th in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets are on sale now.

Alpha Wolf have announced their first-ever headline tour in the UK and Europe. Joined by King810, Ten56, and Xile, the tour kicks off on April 6th in Köln and wraps up in Berlin on April 27th. Get all the details here.

Pantera have added nine dates to their 2023 European tour, which kicks off May 26th in Sofia, Bulgaria, and runs through an appearance at the Tons of Rock fest in Oslo, Norway, on the weekend of June 22nd-24th. Check out all of their dates here.

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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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