Over the weekend, Metallica hit the state at New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans in place of original headliners Green Day. Green Day had been forced to pull out following frontman Billie Joe Armstrong checking himself into rehab late in September.
Montreal-based Godin Guitars has announced a new model, the Montreal Premiere. The guitar is a thinline, semi-hollow-body electric, the latest addition to the Signature Series. It features a Canadian wild cherry top, back and sides, with a spruce “breathe-through” carved core. This feature promotes free airflow through the interior center block, making the Montreal Premiere a resonant, vibrant guitar.
With frontman Billie Joe Armstrong still in rehab for the foreseeable future, Green Day have been forced to cancel their remaining 2012 tour dates, as well as postponing a slate of shows scheduled for January and February of next year.
Gov’t Mule recently released the first installment in their Bootleg Series. The Georgia Bootleg Box is a six-disc set capturing a three-night run from Georgia in 1996. The band was recorded live at The Georgia Theater in Athens on April 11, The Roxy in Atlanta on April 12 and Elizabeth Reed Music Hall in Macon on April 13.
Austin, Texas-based heavy rock quartet The Sword released their fourth studio album, Apocryphon, October 22, their first release on Razor & Tie. It’s a contrasting follow-up to the concept album, Warp Riders, in every sense.
Black Country Communion — the retro-rocking supergroup featuring Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian — will release their third studio album in as many years, Afterglow, October 30 via J&R Records. The powerful, riff-heavy album was predominantly written by bassist/vocalist Hughes, the band's self-declared "keeper of the keys."