While You Were Away: Metallica’s Global Event, Blink-182 Reunite At Coachella, The Linda Lindas’ New Song, And More

In this week’s While You Were Away we’re geeking out over Blink-182’s Coachella performance, getting hyped for Metallica’s new global event, rocking out to The Linda Lindas, and more.

The Linda Lindas release new single ‘Too Many Things’

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The Linda Lindas return with their new single “Too Many Things.”

“We had a nonstop, jam-packed, and awesome 2022 playing shows, going on tours, and meeting fans and making friends across the U.S. as well as Spain, Germany, England, Japan, Canada, and Mexico,” The band write of “Too Many Things” in a statement. “After taking a short break to catch our breath, recharge, focus on school, and go back into the studio, we are ready to share a song about how everything unfolds so fast all the time—the surprises, the disappointments, and the opportunities that pass us by at every moment.”

Listen to the new song below.

Metallica announce global concert event


In celebration of their recently released album 72 Seasons, Metallica have announced a global concert event.

The event, dubbed Metallica: M72 World Tour Live From Arlington, TX – A Two Night Event, will feature the band playing two nights with two different setlists. The setlist will feature songs that span across the band’s career, from their 1983 debut Kill ‘Em All to their latest album. According to a release, the band won’t play a single song twice, so they’ll play more than 30 songs across both nights.

“M72 World Tour” will hit the big screen live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in cinemas worldwide on Friday, August 18th, and Sunday, August 20th. Get tickets here.

Mötley Crüe’s manager says Mick Mars is a victim of ‘elder abuse’

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The dispute between Mick Mars and Mötley Crüe gets uglier. The band’s manager recently accused Mars’ representative of “elder abuse.”

The band’s manager, Allen Kovac, recently told Variety in a new interview “[Mars has] attacked the band, and he’s done it in a slanderous way, with false accusations and misrepresenting the facts to the fans. Mick is not the victim. The victims are Mötley Crüe and the brand, which Mick is so prideful of.”

He continued, “What’s upsetting to me is not Mick, but his representatives, who have guided Mick to say and do harmful things to the brand he cares about so much, Mötley Crüe. He has a degenerative disease and people are taking advantage of him. It’s called elder abuse.”

Mars’ attorney Edwin F. McPherson, meanwhile, professed, “It is interesting that these declarations about Mick’s playing are from employees of Motley Crue, who rely on the band for their livelihood. I noticed that there are no declarations from anyone about the other members’ playing – or not playing.”

Mars recently sued the band over his financial cut of the band’s profits and his claim that he was let go from the band despite only retiring from touring duties. The band clapped back with one of their lawyers saying, “Retiring from touring is retiring from the band.”

Blink-182 reunite at Coachella for first show together in nearly a decade

Blink-182 Add Last-Minute Stop at Coachella to Their Reunion Tour

Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Tom DeLonge played Coachella last week for their first show together in nearly 10 years.

The band performed Friday night (April 14th) at the Sahara Tent and proved to be in top-tier form. Though DeLonge’s performance started off kind of shakey he got better and stronger as the night went on. The band blazed through an 18-song set, which featured hits like “The Rock Show,” “All the Small Things,” “What’s My Age Again,” and “Feeling This.” The set also featured the live debut of their latest single “Edging.”

In between songs, DeLonge and Hoppus exchanged their classic crass commentary, which included jokes about the Dalai Lama and DeLonge’s mother’s vagina.

Check out clips of their triumphant performance below.

Tours on sale this week

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Mysterious UK rockers Sleep Token recently announced a fall US tour. The “Rituals” tour kicks off September 9th in Philadelphia and wraps up October 5th in Anaheim, California. Get all the details here.

In This Moment and Motionless in White are teaming up for a summer co-headling tour. The 30-date outing dubbed “The Dark Horizon Tour” starts July 8th in Uncasville, Connecticut and runs through August 19th in Albany, New York. Tickets are on sale now.

Avenged Sevenfold have expanded their 2023 tour with a second North American leg. New dates start September 16th in West Plam Beach, Florida, and wraps up October 15th in Fort Worth, Texas. Get all the details here.

Wavves and Cloud Nothings will heaed out on a summer co-headlining tour with Oakland rockers Ultra Q. The tour launches June 8th in Minneapolis and finishes up July 13th in Columbus, Ohio. 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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