My Lack of Posts

I didn’t share a new music post on Sunday; there have been no updates to the playlist challenge and no featured band or album of the week. I’m pretty sure there won’t be any posts next week, either. I apologize to the followers who actually pay attention, but everything kinda went to hell recently.

My grandmother has been sick and in the nursing home for a while. She was diagnosed with COPD and congestive heart failure years ago. Otherwise, though, she was healthy.

She has had stomach issues her entire life, and for the last couple of years she’s been in and out of the hospital, complaining of nausea and pain. Well, last week she was once again in the hospital for those symptoms. Her doctor told her that there was nothing else he could do unless she allowed them to do an endoscopy and actually figure out why she had those symptoms. She refused the procedure. My mom asked her why and my grandmother said she didn’t want to know. If it was serious, she felt like they couldn’t help her anyway. (Bear in mind, she’s 89.)

My mom and I both talked to her last Wednesday, right after she was released from the hospital and sent back to the nursing home. The very next day, my great aunt called and told us that she was dying.

She is in the final stages of COPD and congestive heart failure. Her lungs are filled with fluid. She is no longer responsive, though that could be because they are keeping her dosed with morphine for the pain. She has a DNR in place, so basically they can do nothing but make sure she’s comfortable.

I ask that anyone who reads this send up a prayer, positive thoughts, or whatever it is you do. This is a very difficult time, especially for my mom, and we need all the comfort we can get.

Thank you.

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Escape the Fate and Slaves to Tour North America in September/October

Escape the Fate and Slaves are touring this fall with special guests Famous Last Words, Picturesque, and Set To Stun.

Dates:

  • 9/6 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl @ Hard Rock
  • 9/7 – Pomona, CA – The Glasshouse
  • 9/8 – Fresno, CA – Strummers
  • 9/9 – Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
  • 9/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
  • 9/12 – Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
  • 9/13 – Kansas City, MO – Aftershock
  • 9/14 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
  • 9/15 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache
  • 9/18 – Columbus, OH – Skully’s
  • 9/19 – Cleveland, OH – Foundry
  • 9/20 – Erie, PA – Basement Transmissions
  • 9/21 – Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
  • 9/22 – Quebec City, QC – Salle Multi
  • 9/23 – Albany, NY – Upstate Music Hall
  • 9/24 – Portland, ME – Port City Hall
  • 9/26 – Hartford, CT – The Underground
  • 9/27 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas
  • 9/28 – Jacksonville, NC – Tarheel
  • 9/29 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
  • 9/30 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
  • 10/3 – Orlando, FL – Soundbar
  • 10/4 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
  • 10/5 – Miami, FL – (The Ground) Club Space
  • 10/6 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
  • 10/7 – Nashville, TN – Growlers
  • 10/8 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
  • 10/10 – Laredo, TX – Ethos Live
  • 10/11 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
  • 10/12 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey
  • 10/14 – San Diego, CA – Soma

Nonpoint to Tour North America This Summer

I just saw this announcement on Letters From the Fire’s Instagram, and I’m super stoked! Nonpoint is hitting the road in August with special guests He Is Legend and, of course, Letters From the Fire.

Dates:

  • 8/21 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall
  • 8/23 – Ft. Myers, FL – The Ranch
  • 8/24 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
  • 8/25 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
  • 8/26 – Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
  • 8/28 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
  • 8/29 – Greenville, SC – The Firmament
  • 8/31 – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
  • 9/2 – Lynchburg, VA – Blue Ridge Rock Fest
  • 9/6 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
  • 9/7 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
  • 9/8 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
  • 9/11 – New York City – The Gramercy Theater
  • 9/14 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
  • 9/15 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
  • 9/16 – Easton, PA – One Center Square
  • 9/19 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

You Can Now Pre-order ‘A Dying Machine’ (The Novel)

In case you didn’t know, there is going to be a novel that tells the story of Tremonti’s concept album A Dying Machine. The book is the combined effort of Mark Tremonti and John Shirley. Pre-orders available on both Fret12.com and marktremonti.com. Items will ship later this summer.

Here’s the synopsis, via Fret12:

When Brennan Gibbons’ beloved wife Eleanor dies, so does the renowned architect’s career. On a fluke, Brennan enters and wins the 22nd Century Lottery to be one of the few people able to buy a first generation Vessel – an artificial human, part flesh, part machine, created to be the perfect partner. Though slightly dubious, Brennan brings Stella home, with the hopes that she can help him re-engage with life, without replacing his dead wife. At first, Stella is everything Brennan could desire in a partner, but Stella is not entirely human. Her robotic parts make her better, stronger, and faster. Yet as time passes, Stella begins to develop her own personality and free will–along with a dark obsession.

At the same time, the Vessels created to be the bodyguards for the rich and powerful board members of Fusion Flesh are realizing that they too have free will. Bred to be killers and forced to serve as confidants and lovers, these Vessels realize that they have the tools necessary to fight for the rights of their kind. Led by Ares, the bodyguard of Fusion Flesh CEO Maggie Coogan; the Vessels band together to form a ruthless guerilla unit to overthrow those who control them.

A DYING MACHINE weaves a tale of two stories: that of Ares and Stella – highlighting human folly through the creation of seemingly perfect beings… Beings who ultimately want what all people want: the freedom to love and live.

Self Help Festival 2018

The Self Help Festival is taking place on September 29th at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Detroit. So far, the lineup consists of Limp Bizkit, Asking Alexandria, Nothing More, Beartooth, Denzel Curry, Turnstile, Knocked Loose, and Sylar. We will keep you updated as more acts are announced!

Badflower Tour Dates for June and July

  • 6/27 – Pueblo, CO – Brues Alehouse
  • 6/28 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
  • 6/29 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon
  • 6/30 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
  • 7/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
  • 7/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
  • 7/7 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
  • 7/8 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
  • 7/10 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
  • 7/12 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
  • 7/13 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
  • 7/15 – Washington DC – DC9
  • 7/18 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
  • 7/20 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
  • 7/23 – Hampton, NH – Bernie’s Beach Bar
  • 7/24 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theater
  • 7/26 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
  • 7/28 – Grand Rapids, MI – Elevation at Intersection
  • 9/28 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life

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Get your tickets here. And be sure to listen to Badflower’s latest single, “Ghost.”

Blue October Touring This Fall

Blue October will be releasing their new album, I Hope You’re Happy, on August 17th.

The fall leg of the I Hope You’re Happy Tour kicks off September 29th in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wraps up November 18th in Mobile, Alabama.

New Coheed & Cambria Album This October

Coheed & Cambria announced that their new record, The Unheavenly Creatures, will be released October 5th. This album will continue the band’s The Amory Wars concept.

Full story here.

The first single off The Unheavenly Creatures was released a couple of weeks ago. Check out “The Dark Sentencer.”

Coheed & Cambria will be on tour with Taking Back Sunday in July and August. Dates can be found at the above link.

Bullet For My Valentine Fall Tour 2018

Bullet For My Valentine will be playing across North America in September and October. The “special guests” touring with them are yet to be announced.

Dates:

  • 9/13 – Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge
  • 9/15 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
  • 9/18 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
  • 9/20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
  • 9/21 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
  • 9/22 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
  • 9/24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
  • 9/25 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre
  • 9/27 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
  • 9/30 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
  • 10/2 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
  • 10/3 – Syracuse, NY – SI Hall
  • 10/4 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
  • 10/7 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
  • 10/9 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom
  • 10/10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
  • 10/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
  • 10/16 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues