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DAVID BOWIE's 75th Birthday Celebrated With 'Sound & Vision' Web-Exclusive Retrospective

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts,” wrote William Shakespeare. When he penned the now-classic line, he might as well have been prophesying a world forever redefined by the theatrical genius of David Bowie. The visionary’s catalog of conceptual personas encompasses the likes of Aladdin Sane, Major Tom, the Thin White Duke and, perhaps, most recognizable of all, Ziggy Stardust.

Yet, the life lived by the mortal behind the mask provides an infinitely more enigmatic and compelling subject as Morrison Hotel Gallery brings the Starman’s 75th birth year to centerstage with “Sound & Vision”, a web-exclusive Bowie retrospective as seen through the singular lens of Mick Rock. The exhibition goes live January 22, 2022 at www.morrisonhotelgallery.com and select works from it will be on view at Morrison Hotel Gallery’s New York City location.

This online exhibition explores the enduring, collaborative masterworks of two prolific artists spanning more than thirty years. From Rock’s renowned imagery of a bombastic Bowie to rarely seen moments of unmasked intimacy, “Sound & Vision” offers a captivating and comprehensive look into the proliferation of a beloved icon and the fundamental role photography plays in capturing the staying power of thin air.

Rock is often considered “The Man Who Shot The 1970s,” and the iconic lensmen had privileged access to Bowie. Rock met Bowie in 1972 and became his official photographer for a time, shooting some of the most defining images of Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust finery. Rock also produced and directed the music videos for Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, “Jean Genie” and “John, I’m Only Dancing”. Rock passed away on November 18, 2021, and this retrospective will unveil rare pictures and feature renowned works from the legendary British photographer’s archive.

Bowie died on January 10, 2016, two days after his 69th birthday. The British singer, songwriter, actor and fashion icon reportedly passed away from liver cancer, after suffering from a handful heart attacks in the last few years of his life.

Listen To KISS's Live Version Of 'Lick It Up' From 'Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach'

KISS has premiered a live version of “Lick It Up” from “Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach”, which is being released on March 11. The original album version of “Lick It Up” came out in 1983 and is the title track from the band’s platinum-selling release. The song quickly became a fan favorite, with the promotional video featuring the band without makeup for the first time.

“Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach” was recorded live at the Virginia Beach Amphitheatre on July 25, 2004. This is the second in a series of live releases by the band and will be available to stream and download, with a three-LP standard black vinyl set, a two-CD set, and a limited edition three-LP set pressed on 180-gram opaque green vinyl, all available exclusively through the official KISS online store.

“Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach” finds the legendary band in the midst of their “Rock The Nation” tour, which is notable for being the first full U.S. tour of the longstanding Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer lineup. The career-spanning 20-song set includes classic KISS tracks such as “Lick It Up”, “I Love It Loud” and the worldwide smash and No. 11 1979 U.S. Billboard-charting “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”, as well as perennial KISS fan favorites “Makin’ Love”, “King Of The Night Time World” and “100,000 Years” that dig deep into the band’s astonishing 40-plus-year back catalog.

KISS is globally recognized as one of the greatest live bands of all time and are the creators of what is universally considered the best live album ever, 1975’s gold-certified and No. 9 Billboard-charting “Alive!” The “Off The Soundboard” series continues KISS’s storied legacy of groundbreaking live albums with a document of the spectacular, larger-than-life extravaganza that is a KISS concert.

Known for their trademark performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and are America’s No. 1 gold record award-winning group of all time in every category. Peerless as a live act, the band’s illustrious legacy has been marked by record-breaking global tours during a remarkable 48-year career.

“Off The Soundboard: Live In Virginia Beach” track listing:

2CD

Disc 1

01. Love Gun
02. Deuce
03. Makin’ Love
04. Lick It Up
05. Christine Sixteen
06. Tears Are Falling
07. She
08. Got To Choose
09. I Love It Loud
10. I Want You

Disc 2

01. Psycho Circus
02. King Of The Night Time World
03. War Machine
04. 100,000 Years
05. Unholy
06. Shout It Out Loud
07. I Was Made For Lovin’ You
08. Detroit Rock City
09. God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II
10. Rock and Roll All Nite

3LP

Disc 1

01. Love Gun (Side A)
02. Deuce (Side A)
03. Makin’ Love (Side A)
04. Lick It Up (Side A)
05. Christine Sixteen (Side B)
06. Tears Are Falling (Side B)
07. She (Side B)
08. Got To Choose (Side B)

Disc 2

01. I Love It Loud (Side A)
02. I Want You (Side A)
03. Psycho Circus (Side A)
04. King Of The Night Time World (Side B)
05. War Machine (Side B)
06. 100, 000 Years (Side B)

Disc 3

01. Unholy (Side A)
02. Shout It Out Loud (Side A)
03. I Was Made For Lovin’ You (Side A)
04. Detroit Rock City (Side A)
05. God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You II (Side B)
06. Rock And Roll All Nite (Side B)

K.K. DOWNING Weighs In On JUDAS PRIEST's 'Insulting' Announcement It Would Tour As Quartet: 'It Was A Slap In The Face'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that he was “totally bemused” to hear about the band’s plan to embark on the next leg of its 50th-anniversary tour as a quartet.

On January 10, JUDAS PRIEST announced that it would perform as a four-piece when it returns to the road in early March. A few hours later, the band’s touring guitarist Andy Sneap, who co-produced the group’s 2018 album “Firepower”, released a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET in which he said that he was “incredibly disappointed” by PRIEST’s decision to carry on as a quartet and thanked the Rob Halford-fronted outfit for the “mind-blowing” opportunity to share the stage with one of his favorite bands. Meanwhile, PRIEST fans were understandably upset about the band’s decision to forgo its classic twin-guitar attack sound and made their feelings known on social media. Some even called for the return of Downing, who joined PRIEST in 1970 and remained in the group until 2011.

On January 15, JUDAS PRIEST released a statement announcing that it was reversing its decision to tour as a four-piece, explaining that the bandmembers “decided unanimously” to continue their live shows “unchanged” with Rob, Ian Hill (bass), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Scott Travis (drums) and Andy.

Sneap, who is also known for his work in NWOBHM revivalists HELL and cult thrash outfit SABBAT, began touring with PRIEST four years ago after longtime guitarist Glenn Tipton — who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease eight years ago after being stricken by the condition at least half a decade earlier — announced in early 2018 he was going to sit out touring activities in support of “Firepower”.

Downing weighed in on PRIEST’s change of heart in a brand new interview with the “Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen” classic rock show. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I’m like everybody else. I’m totally bemused. It was just so extreme and insulting in a way, I guess, and insulting to Glenn as well. It was kind of a slap in the face, saying, ‘Okay, you two guys did it, but we think just one guy could do what…’ It kind of made us and everything that we’ve done and created, saying it was all superfluous, really, and didn’t really have the value that… I’m sure Glenn will agree with me that it does have a value.”

K.K. went on to say that it is “very, very strange” for PRIEST “to even think about” the possibility of going out as a quartet. “There must be, obviously, something behind the scenes that we don’t know,” he reasoned.

“It’s kind of awkward for me, guys, because with myself and Glenn, that’s JUDAS PRIEST to me,” he added. “I think I’ve got a license to say that, after spending a lifetime in the band. And the image and everything and all the shows and all the work and all the albums and everything, everything revolves around that. I mean, if you don’t see Glenn’s red pants on stage, it’s not JUDAS PRIEST, right?

“Okay, I created an image with the flying V [guitar], long blond hair, leather and studs — I created that.

“It’s easy to use the wheel, but inventing it is a different story,” he said.

Hill is the sole remaining original member of PRIEST, which formed in 1969. Halford joined the group in 1973 and Tipton signed on in 1974. Rob left PRIEST in the early 1990s to form his own band, then came back to PRIEST in 2003. Downing parted ways with the band more than a decade ago and was replaced by Faulkner.

Last November, JUDAS PRIEST announced the rescheduled “50 Heavy Metal Years” North American tour dates for March-April 2022. Support on the trek will come from QUEENSRŸCHE.

K.K. departed the iconic band 11 years ago but looked back on his time with the British metal titans in his autobiography, “Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest”, which came out in September 2018. The book, which was written with collaborator Mark Eglinton, covers all of the behind-the-scenes turbulence that led to Downing’s exit from PRIEST, including his strained relationship with Tipton and his gripes with certain managerial decisions.

TESTAMENT Parts Ways With Longtime Drummer GENE HOGLAN

TESTAMENT has parted ways with its longtime drummer Gene Hoglan.

The veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers announced Hoglan’s exit from the group in a social media post earlier today.

The band wrote: “To all our TESTAMENT fans around the world,

“First off, we are beyond grateful to have had Gene Hoglan behind our drum throne for ten years, several albums and countless tour dates. Unfortunately, our brother Gene’s additional tours and solo endeavors in 2022 conflict insurmountably with TESTAMENT’s rescheduled dates after two years of lost time due to the pandemic. Rather than TESTAMENT having to reschedule upcoming dates (yet again) or Gene having to cancel his own plans, we have decided to amicably part ways.

“We understand that this announcement will cause some disappointment but rest assured: There is no drama, only the best of vibes between us. As Gene embarks upon a new chapter, we thank him from the bottom of our hearts for bringing the most powerful drum beats to TESTAMENT and heavy metal. We have no doubt he will continue to bring it as only he can. Gene Hoglan will always be family and we ask all of you to join us in wishing him only the best of luck going forward! Also rest assured that we will continue to deliver yet another top notch addition to TESTAMENT and will reveal soon!

“We will see you all on tour very soon!”

TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL played the sole 2021 date of “The Bay Strikes Back Tour” last November at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California. The gig took place less than two months after the three bands shared the stage at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento.

“The Bay Strikes Back Tour” was originally scheduled to kick off on October 6 at the Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, California and make stops in Austin, New York, and Detroit before concluding in Oakland. The tour has since been rescheduled to take place in April and May 2022.

Two years ago, TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson told Midlands Metalheads Radio about the songwriting process for the band’s latest album, 2020’s “Titans Of Creation”: “Since I write most of the material, having different drummers in the band [over the years] and different styles, getting Gene in the band, who is kind of like a human drum machine — I mean, he can pretty much play anything. So my imagination is kind of limitless as far as what I can picture [the drum patterns being behind the] guitar. And a lot of the times, too, I play a riff, he’s worked with me so long now, he knows exactly in the ballpark of what beat is gonna go where. So it’s a lot of fun.”

Hoglan previously stated about how he approached his drumming with TESTAMENT: “With TESTAMENT, I try to be as ‘Gene Hoglan’ as I can be. I definitely want the drums to sound like what Eric’s looking for and I’m always trying to capture and enhance his vision. So I don’t mind when I get songs really demoed out. Cool, lemme learn what you put on the demo and lemme Gene-ize it and we’ll take it from there. Touring with TESTAMENT is very enjoyable. It’s a well-oiled, solid metal machine that knows what it’s doing.”

To all our Testament fans around the world,

First off, we are beyond grateful to have had Gene Hoglan ”Official…

Posted by Testament on Friday, January 21, 2022

STABBING WESTWARD Drops New Single 'Ghost'

As the anticipation grows for the brand-new STABBING WESTWARD album “Chasing Ghosts” to be released — the band’s first new LP in more than 20 years — the four-piece gives another taste of the new music with their latest single, “Ghost”.

Fans who buy the physical or digital edition of the single will be gifted with several additional tracks including remixes of “Ghost” led by STABBING WESTWARD frontman Christopher Hall and Assemblage 23 along with a reworking of early hit “Why”, from 1996 RIAA-certified gold album “Wither Blister Burn & Peel”.

“Chasing Ghosts” will be out March 18 via COP International Records. It features 10 tracks that showcase the industrial rock band’s characteristic sound with a modern sheen that picks up right where they left off with their last full-length in 2001. With the new tracks, STABBING WESTWARD has not only managed stay true to their original sound, but also expanded it to fit the frantic new reality of the 21st century.

“Ghost” follows the single “I Am Nothing” that was released in November 2021, with Loudwire saying, “20 years later, [STABBING WESTWARD] are back in the studio making the same intense electro-goth bangers they were doing two decades earlier. Now, the compressed crunchy guitar riffs, steady pounding beats, and signature wail of singer Christopher Hall highlight a tension that seems to fit perfectly this day and age.”

“Chasing Ghosts” will feature brand-new songs as well as re-workings of the band’s acclaimed 2020 reunion EP “Dead And Gone” that finds original founding members Christopher Hall (vocals/guitar) and Walter Flakus (keyboards/programming) honing in on the incredible partnership that once produced a string of hits that dominated alternative radio and film soundtracks, including “Shame”, “Save Yourself” and “What Do I Have to Do?” — and resulted in two gold records.

To recreate that original chemistry, the band recruited the legendary producer John Fryer to again helm “Chasing Ghosts”. Fryer, whose production credits include DEPECHE MODE, NINE INCH NAILS, 4AD, COCTEAU TWINS and LOVE AND ROCKETS, originally worked with STABBING WESTWARD on their best-selling early releases “Ungod” (1994) and “Wither Blister Burn + Peel” (1996). “Chasing Ghosts” was also mastered by Tom Baker who, like Fryer, worked with STABBING WESTWARD on their early releases and is part of the reassembled production team on the latest album. The current STABBING WESTWARD band lineup also includes Carlton Bost (guitars and programming) and Bobby Amaro (drums).

With artwork by David Seidman (who has worked with COHEED AND CAMBRIA and is known for his ethereal and surrealistic imagery), formats include digital, six-panel digipack CD, and limited-edition vinyl, including a run of 2,000 double-gatefold 180-gram black vinyl with an additional insert. Exclusive limited-edition merch will also be announced soon.

The full track listing for “Chasing Ghosts” is as follows:

01. I Am Nothing
02. Damaged Goods
03. Cold
04. Push
05. Wasteland
06. Ctrl Z
07. Crawl
08. Dead & Gone
09. Ghost
10. The End
Ghost by Stabbing Westward

TRIVIUM's MATT HEAFY Releases First Single From IBARAKI Project Feat. EMPEROR's IHSAHN

TRIVIUM singer and guitarist Matt Heafy has released the first single from his long-awaited IBARAKI project (formerly MRITYU).

The official music video for “Tamashii No Houkai”, featuring special guest Ihsahn of EMPEROR fame, can be seen below.

“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” explains Heafy. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”

Heafy, who is of Japanese heritage, continues: “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind EMPEROR and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for IBARAKI — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be.”

Heafy adds: “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that IBARAKI is… and will be.”

IBARAKI — the name for a terrifying Japanese demon taken from feudal legend — is the end-result of Heafy’s continued journey to find his voice. It’s personal, it’s deep, and its inspirations include everything from an adoration for the extremes of black metal and beyond.

It was Heafy’s exposure to Ihsahn’s solo work that would inspire the gradual craftsmanship that would eventually become IBARAKI. It was also the beginning of a friendship and creative collaboration that would eventually compel Ihsahn to take a leap of his own into a newfound role as producer on the project. While much of the material for IBARAKI was assembled over months and years — as much a songwriting process as an exchange of ideas between friends — it wasn’t until the pandemic that the space was created and the idea could really flourish.

Back in 2015, Heafy told Revolver magazine about IBARAKI: “[IBARAKI] was initially intended to be a black metal band that I was never going to tell anybody I was in. I was going to make the music, and it was going to be pretty true to the ’90s second wave-style-black metal — sort of like DARKTHRONE, early DIMMU BORGIR, early EMPEROR. But while [IBARAKI] has its roots in black metal, it’s become something so much more. It’s not just black metal — it’s anything I’ve ever wanted to try.”

Heafy previously said about his decision to launch IBARAKI: “My love for black metal eventually spawned the idea of creating a side musical project based upon the same early values of Norwegian black metal: a project shrouded by anonymity — a musical venture that no one would ever know was ‘me.’ I think that initial idea was due to the fact that the black metal genre usually warrants some of the most elite-minded fans; the kind that… well, basically don’t like anything anyone else likes — ones who even quickly turn their backs on their favorites of the black metal genre once any kind of popularity occurs. It’s that close-mindedness of a small-faction of the fans that I initially wanted to try to grasp, but one day I befriended a new mentor who would help change that outlook through their musical and artistic influence.”

He added: “Through [my] conversations [with Ihsahn] and the influence of his new record, the idea of the black metal ‘project’ I was intending to do completely took a new shape and form. No longer was I concerned what anyone would think about it — all I wanted to do was make exactly what I felt like; the principles of black metal I learned from Ihsahn all made complete sense with this attitude. Through the next few months, we would occasionally pass around more things for each other to check out, including passing back and forth the demos of [IBARAKI]. The decision was clear — when time outside of TRIVIUM existed, Ihsahn must produce the [IBARAKI] record.”

Rockers React To Passing Of MEAT LOAF

Brian May (QUEEN), Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES), David Draiman (DISTURBED), Frank Bello (ANTHRAX), Dino Cazares (FEAR FACTORY), Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE) and SCORPIONS are among the rockers who have reacted to the passing of iconic rock singer Meat Loaf. He died on Thursday at the age of 74.

According to TMZ, Meat Loaf was “seriously ill” with COVID-19 just days before his death. The singer was due to attend a business dinner earlier this week for a show he was working on based on his classic hit “I’d Do Anything For Love” but canceled after becoming sick.

Meat Loaf had reportedly been outspoken about vaccine mandates. In May, he posted a clip of Eric Clapton and Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown song “Stand & Deliver”, writing, “Listen and Learn.”

The news of his passing was confirmed on the musician’s Facebook page by his family.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends,” the post said.

Meat Loaf is survived by his daughters, his son-in-law Scott Ian (ANTHRAX) and grandson Revel Young Ian.

Meat Loaf’s amazing career spanned six decades and saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World”.

His “Bat Out Of Hell” remains one of the 10 top-selling albums of all time.

“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man,” the family’s post added.

No cause of death has yet been revealed.

The Dallas-born singer’s real name was Marvin Lee Aday.

His 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” earned him a Grammy Award.

“Bat Out Of Hell” was also adapted as a stage musical, written by longtime collaborator Jim Steinman.

Damn it. That’s quite enough 2022. #MeatLoafRIP
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— David Draiman (@davidmdraiman) January 21, 2022

Very sad news.https://t.co/sgPsgX9ynR
— Todd La Torre (@ToddLaTorre) January 21, 2022

“And if life is just a highway, then the soul is just a car
And objects in the rear view mirror, may appear closer than they are”
? #Meatloaf

— ☆ ?????? ????? ☆ (@AshleyPurdy) January 21, 2022

? Another icon sadly gone. Remembering Meatloaf.
One of the first records I bought – ‘Bat out of Hell’
One of the first major music artists I saw live at Monsters of Rock.

Incomparable, utterly unique. ?
RIP pic.twitter.com/tptnpk7knN

— Toby Jepson (@TobyJepson) January 21, 2022

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Rest In Peace Meatloaf pic.twitter.com/s5GhrfU0RQ
— Dino Cazares (@DinoCazares) January 21, 2022

R.I.P Meat Loaf. Thank you for everything.
My thoughts: https://t.co/ZgUrPk92op pic.twitter.com/GcLwRxh73A

— Justin Hawkins (@JustinHawkins) January 21, 2022

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From stage to screen, you filled us with so much entertainment and energy, a true inspiration in many ways, RIP Marvin Lee Aday, known to us all simply as #Meatloaf pic.twitter.com/Yxs3KfAZei
— Jeff Scott Soto (@jeffscottsoto) January 21, 2022

A gentle hearted powerhouse ockstar forever and ever. You were so kind. Your music will always be iconic. I’m sure you’re singing concerts in the great beyond. Rest In Peace sir. #MeatLoafRIP #Meatloaf pic.twitter.com/9twdJcOeP1
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 21, 2022

A complete original. Meatloaf was the exact opposite of what “success” in Rock & Roll was SUPPOSED to look like.The Anti-Plant. He WORKED being a Mystery Date “Dud” into the “100 Million Sold” that’s the ONLY reason he’s relevant to the Fancy Folk pretending to love him now.
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— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) January 21, 2022

METALLICA And FOO FIGHTERS To Headline 'Boston Calling' 2022

Boston Calling, the acclaimed three-day festival poised to make its triumphant return to Allston, Massachusetts this Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – 29, 2022, announces its full lineup today. Headlining the festival are rock and roll icons METALLICA; alternative rockers THE STROKES, playing their first show in Boston since 2006; and Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers FOO FIGHTERS. These three powerful rock bands will lead a lineup of over 50 performers, including the largest collection of regional talent ever to take the stage at Boston Calling. The 2022 bill features an incredibly diverse mix of globally recognized music stars, including RÜFÜS DU SOL, WEEZER, HAIM, RUN THE JEWELS, GLASS ANIMALS, KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD, AVRIL LAVIGNE, BLACK PUMAS, MODEST MOUSE, GOOSE, CHEAP TRICK, OLIVER TREE, EARTHGANG, ORVILLE PECK, THE STRUTS, and many more. The entire lineup can be found below, listed by day.

Boston Calling Events, LLC (BCE) co-founder and chief executive officer Brian Appel said: “We are so thrilled to bring Boston Calling back, and we cannot thank our loyal fans enough for supporting us as we navigated the pandemic. This year’s lineup is particularly special for us. It not only signifies a return to the things we love, but it also celebrates some of the world’s most renowned acts, exciting up-and-comers, and Boston’s talented music scene. Knowing how much Boston musicians endured during the pandemic, it was very important to us that Boston Calling 2022 shine a spotlight on local and regional artists more than ever before. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone come together on Memorial Day Weekend.”

2021 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and multi-Grammy Award winners FOO FIGHTERS will headline the festival on Friday, May 27. THE STROKES, leaders of garage rock revival and 2021 Grammy winners for “Best Rock Album,” will headline Saturday, May 28. 2009 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees and multi-Grammy Award-winning rockers METALLICA will close out Boston Calling with a headlining performance on Sunday, May 29.

Boston Calling once again promises an exceptional experience, from its iconic mix of musical performances to its commitment to showcasing new forms of entertainment and extensive food and drink offerings.

This year, the festival will expand its offerings in the VIP and Platinum tiers. An all-new VIP lounge will become an oasis within the festival featuring full bars and unique amenities. Fans can also expect newly enhanced viewing areas within the VIP and Platinum sections, including a new double-decker VIP experience with dramatic views of both the Red Stage and Green Stage, and an expanded viewing deck within the Platinum section where menus by some of Boston’s best chefs will be served throughout each day. Platinum pass holders will also have access to a full specially priced bar featuring premium beer, fine wine and craft cocktails, a daily gifting suite with complimentary products, and a daily complimentary parking pass (3-day passholders only). More information on the festival’s VIP and nearly sold-out Platinum experiences can be found on Boston Calling’s web site.

A limited number of 3-Day General Admission tickets ($369.99), 3-Day VIP tickets ($999.99), and 3-Day Platinum tickets ($1,999.99) are on sale now at www.bostoncalling.com. A special limited 2-pack of 3-Day GA tickets ($699.99) is also available.

More details on The Arena, as well as on the festival’s food and drink components, will be announced in the coming months.

The day-by-day lineup for Boston Calling 2022 is as follows (performance times are forthcoming):

Friday, May 27:

FOO FIGHTERS
RÜFÜS DU SOL
HAIM
AVRIL LAVIGNE
CHEAP TRICK
OLIVER TREE
THE STRUTS
PARIS JACKSON
THE BACKSEAT LOVERS
GRANDSON
PARIS TEXAS
MOB RICH
POM POM SQUAD
BORN WITHOUT BONES
AVENUE
MIRANDA RAE
THE CHELSEA CURVE

Saturday, May 28:

THE STROKES
RUN THE JEWELS
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD
BLACK PUMAS
EARTHGANG
ORVILLE PECK
KENNYHOOPLA
SUDAN ARCHIVES
CELISSE
HINDS
FRANCES FOREVER
CHARLOTTE SANDS
JULIE RHODES
VAN BUREN RECORDS
ALI MCGUIRK
CORAL MOONS
DUTCH TULIPS

Sunday, May 29:

METALLICA
WEEZER
GLASS ANIMALS
MODEST MOUSE
GOOSE
RIPE
JAPANESE BREAKFAST
CULTS
PEACH TREE RASCALS
HORSEGIRL
DJO
CAM MEEKINS
OOMPA
CLIFF NOTEZ
CROOKED COAST
AARON AND THE LORD
PAPER TIGERS

To follow the festival online, visit www.bostoncalling.com.

Rare Early Live Images Of NIRVANA Set To Be Sold As NFTs

It was just six days after NIRVANA released its groundbreaking “Nevermind” album when the bandmembers took the stage on October 1, 1991 at the intimate J.C. Dobbs venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photographer Faith West was in the crowd that night and captured the raw, electric energy. A few weeks after the show, the band exploded to international stardom.

Now, over three decades later, 28 never-before-seen live NIRVANA images are set to be sold as NFTs via Pop Legendz on February 20, marking what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 55th birthday. These one-of-a-kind NFTs are available on the Pop Legendz web site, a gateway site to the trusted Rarible platform where these NFTs are minted. Pop Legendz is selling these unforgettable moments directly to fans and collectors alike, with the ability to purchase items at auction with a cryptocurrency wallet, or with either cryptocurrency or a credit card for items in the sale

Steve Baltin of Forbes exclusively unveiled details of the project yesterday, commenting: “See the band as they were then — young, hungry, unaware of the stardom that was awaiting them.”

For high-end music collectors, four unique one-of-a-kind NFTs made from 10 never-before-seen images have been selected to be sold, auction-style, with bids beginning at 67 Ethereum (currently valued at a quarter million U.S. dollars) for the GIF artworks. These buyers will also receive a framed 16″ x 24″ fine-art print of one image, signed by the photographer. Additionally, these 10 images that make up the artworks will be auctioned off individually as NFTs, both in black-and-white and in acid-washed color versions.

For fans of NIRVANA — the band that altered the course of rock history forever — there’s the “Nirvana Fan Club,” a sale of limited-edition NFTs for fans: 150 lucky NIRVANA fans have the ability to purchase 10 GIF artworks as NFTs, crafted from four images, at $499 (U.S.) each, plus 150 copies of each of 17 still images will be sold for $99 (U.S.) each, in both black and white and acid-washed color.

Half of all proceeds from both sales benefit The Trevor Project, a non-profit assisting at-risk LGBTQ+ youth to prevent suicides. Part of the remainder of the proceeds will benefit Grid Alternatives, bringing solar power to working poor families, tackling both climate change and income inequality.

“At the club that night, the air was thick with anticipation,” recalls West. “There was a buzz of excitement that said something awesome was about to transpire. Also, there was a sense of joy emanating from Cobain in his raucous guitar licks and the transcendent longing of his vocals…I can still hear the echo of the fuzzy guitar, and feel the energy in the room, when I recall it now, three decades later.”

Pop Legendz is among the first NFT gateways to exclusively feature pop culture icons, aiming to bring the reliable ownership ledger and fun of collecting NFTs to the traditional pop culture memorabilia market.

West, founder of Pop Legendz, is a professional photographer and a freelance music journalist. With her Philadelphia-based company TCI Photo-Video, she’s created images for many well-known clients including Merck and Qatar Airways, plus photographed a wedding for actor Bill Murray when his son Luke got married. Her music reviews have been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, and musicwire.com. Faith brings her broad knowledge of the intersection of pop culture and image-making to the NFT world with her groundbreaking collection of one-of-a-kind moments in musical and pop culture history from legendary icons.

Photo credit: Faith West