After recovering from the holidays, While You Were Away is back with its first edition of 2023! This week we’re talking about new music from Waterparks, The Hold Steady’s new album, getting hyped for Blink-182’s new album, and more.
Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge: “This is the best album we’ve ever made”
Blink-182‘s new album and tour with founding member Tom DeLonge is one thing many fans are looking forward to in 2023. Aside from sharing the single “Edging” the band have kept details hushed about the new album. But DeLonge assures it’s the best one they’ve ever made.
“This is the best album we’ve ever made,” Tom posted over the holidays. “Buckle up. I’m personally tripping and so proud of what we have created TOGETHER. As one unified force of fun, eternal youth, and most of all, close friends.”
Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we get to hear what is supposed to be Blink-182’s best album yet!
Check out DeLonge’s post below.
Cage the Elephant’s Matt Shultz arrested on gun charges
Last Thursday (Jan. 5) Cage the Elephant frontman Matt Shultz was arrested and charged in New York City for unlawfully having two guns in his possession.
On Wednesday (Jan. 4) police responded to a call from an employee at the Bowery Hotel who allegedly saw [Shutlz] carrying a handgun into a ground floor public bathroom.” When questioned by police, the singer admitted he owned two .45 caliber guns, but claimed to not remember if they were still in the hotel. After receiving a search warrant from a judge, police found the two unlicensed and loaded weapons in his hotel room. Police report he appeared to be intoxicated.
After spending the night at the 9th precinct in Manhattan, Shultz “was reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital to acquire some necessary medication before being returned a few hours later.” (via Consequence).
Deadline also reported that police prosecutors “said they also confiscated 11 Polaroid photos of the guns including some that depicted ‘a hand holding, pointing of the firearm.’ Additionally, six handwritten notes were found, ‘one of which states in substance: ‘I will protect myself if I am attacked.’”
The publication also noted that Shultz’s attorney said in court the guns were purchased legally and registered, but not in New York.”
Waterparks tease new song ‘REAL SUPER DARK’
This time, the band have shared a 30-second teaser of their new, heavy track “REAL SUPER DARK” along with a visual of frontman Awsten Knight sporting lots of different sunglasses.
Previously, the band shared singles “FUNERAL GREY,” “SELF-SABOTAGE,” and “FUCK ABOUT IT.” Check out the teaser below.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY drops later this spring.
REAL SUPER DARK BY WATERPARKS FROM THE ALBUM INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OUT SPRING 2023
— WATERPARKS (@waterparks) January 1, 2023
The Hold Steady announce new album ‘The Price of Progress’
The Hold Steady returns this year with their new album The Price of Progress, out March 31st. The band offered a taste of the album with the lead single “Sideways Skull.”
Speaking about the new song frontman Craig Finn says “Sideways Skull is a rocking song about rock and rollers. In this case, they’ve been taken out of the game for a bit of rest, but still keep their dreams alive as they discuss past glories. We loved the big sound of this when Tad Kubler brought it into the band, and the studio performance of it felt especially joyful. We’re happy to put this forth as a first look at The Price of Progress, and the album’s title even comes from this song.”
Listen to the song below. Pre-order the album here.
Tours on sale this week
The legendary Eagles have expanded their “Hotel California Tour” into 2023. The lineup featuring Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, and Vince Gill will play the Hotel California tour in full along with some greatest hits. Their new dates start March 3rd in San Diego, California, and wraps up April 7th in Newark, New Jersey. Tickets on sale now.
Sam Smith will embark on the North American leg of “Gloria the Tour” this summer with support from Jessie Reyez. The tour kicks off July 25th in Miami, Florida, and wraps up September 14th in Mexico City, Mexico. Tickets are available now.
Kings of Thrash, featuring former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, have announced their 2023 tour where they’ll perform two Megadeth albums in their entirety: Killing Is My Business…and Business is Good and So Far, So Good…So What. The tour starts February 16th in Joliet, Illinois, and concludes March 15th in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are currently on sale.