In Japan, Cheap Trick is often referred to as "the American Beatles" due to their practice of taking a pop sound and twisting it until it resembles rock. With six platinum records and years worth of sold-out tour dates around the world, Cheap Trick is living up to that name. The band's hit singles "Surrender" and "I Want You to Want Me" have stood the test of time, and even Cheap Trick's newer albums have continued to delight fans and critics. While Cheap Trick may not have a new album in the works, they do have dozens of tour dates left for 2011.
The current lineup for Cheap Trick formed in 1975 and began performing at bowling alleys and bars. Their first two album were initially unsuccessful, though they received great reviews from critics and became hits in Japan. Cheap Trick hit it big with Heaven Tonight in 1978, which featured the single "Surrender" and is widely considered to be the band's best album. During Japanese tour dates in 1978, a live performance at the Nippon Budokan was recorded and released as Cheap Trick at Budokan which became the best selling album of their career and branded them international superstars. Even the band's recent work, particularly 2006's Rockford, has received acclaim from critics and fans and has cemented Cheap Trick's place in the future of rock music.
Cheap Trick's 2011 tour dates will travel around North America, including a few weeks of shows at the Northern Lights Theater in Milwaukee in October. On October 30, Cheap Trick will perform at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, effectively rousing out their tour dates for 2011.
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Buckcherry rocked 1999 with their hit "Lit Up" and toured with Lenny Kravitz on his Freedom Tour. After breaking up in the early 2000s, they remerged with a Platinum album in 2006 and followed up with two top-ten albums on the BIllboard 200. With Josh Todd's screeching vocals and Keith Nelson's hard-hitting guitar riffs, the members of Buckcherry have become heavy metal gods. Buckcherry tour dates have been scheduled nationally to promote their latest release, All Night Long. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Buckcherry tour dates and venue information.
After their self-titled 1999 debut went Gold, they released their critically panned album, Time Bomb, in 2001. Buckcherry tour dates were booked on the opening stage for ACDC's spring 2000 tour and they subsequently disbanded. They reunited in 2005 to release their commercially successful album, 15, which featured their first top ten hit - "Sorry". Buckcherry toured with Motley Crue in 2008 on Crue Fest along with rockers Papa Roach. They released their first top ten album, Black Butterfly and they toured with Kiss in 2009.
Buckcherry released their most recent album, All Night Long, in 2010 which debuted at #10 on the Billboard 200. Buckcherry toured with Hellyeah and All That Remains on the Jagermeister Music Tour throughout Spring, 2011. A scaled down Buckcherry headlining tour is currently scheduled throughout the US this 2011. The Buckcherry bandmates are the bad boys of metal and true living rockstars. Don't miss a date on the Buckcherry concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful for Buckcherry tour dates and concert performance info.
Alice In Chains:
Alice in Chains emerged as the originators of Grunge Rock with metal records that defined the '90s. Multi-Platinum records, worldwide tours, and immense success shortly ensued. With success, came tragedy and the band suffered through the loss of their lead singer Layne Staley in 2002 and disbanded. After the hiatus, the band has subsequently regrouped, released new material, and resumed touring. Alice in Chains tour dates are currently scheduled nationally throughout 2011.
The group formed in 1986 with Layne Staley at the helms; Jerry Cantrell joined soon after, as did Nick Pollock on guitar, Johnny Bacolas on bass and James Bergostrom on drums. The group gained a following in the Pacific Northwest and cut a demo in 1988. They were picked up by Columbia Records in 1989 and released their debut EP We Die Young. An instant hit, the EP featured the title-track which rushed up the Modern Rock Songs survey on Billboard. It immediately ushered in the Grunge Era and the band released their debut LP off the success. Facelift was released in 1990 and was certified Gold by years-end. The album was praised by critics for its innovative new direction in rock music. Alice in Chains tour dates were booked on the opening stage for acts such as Iggy Pop, Van Halen, and Poison. They topped off all of the success and mainstream attention with a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Performance at the 1992 ceremony.
After their extensive tour the band went into the studio intending to record another LP. Instead, they recorded a five-song acoustic EP entitled Sap. It was released in 1992 alongside Nirvana's iconic Nevermind album, both albums signalled the nascent of the new genre. They followed up with a sincere sophomore set Dirt which chronicled some of the band members' struggle with addiction. Released in 1992 the album became their biggest seller to-date and was certified four times platinum. The Alice in Chains concert schedule included a headlining stint on Lollapalooza in 1993.
The band returned with another acoustic EP Jar of Flies which was released in 1994. The critically acclaimed album was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine who labeled the disc as "darkly gorgeous". The album's subject matter mirrored the life of lead singer Staley who soon entered rehab for his heroin addiction. His stint there would not cure him and the band had to pull out on their 1994 tour with Metallica. The band went on a self-imposed hiatus pending a full recovery for Staley.
The original line-up, including Staley, re-teamed in 1995 and they recorded new material. The resulting product was the self-titled third album which became their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 when it debuted in 1995. Alice in Chains booked a set with MTV's "Unplugged" series and cut an acoustic album from the performance. The album was released in 1996 and peaked at #3. Alice in Chains tour dates were once again scheduled on the Lollapalooza tour and sadly, their last performance in Kansas City would be the final to feature Staley as a member. The band went on an indefinite hiatus in 1996 to pursue individual side projects. Cantrell made some noise with a solo album in 1998 and the band released their Greatest Hit in 2001. Tragically in 2002, Staley was found dead in his house due to an overdose of heroin and cocaine.
The band mourned the loss of their original member; Jerry Cantrell dedicated his second solo album to the fallen Staley. They regrouped in 2005 to perform a benefit concert in Seattle and they also booked an intimate club tour in Europe. The band reunited to record their first album in fourteen years and released Black Gives Away to Blue in 2009. Their comeback album was a home-run. It was certified gold and featured two #1 singles on the Modern Rock chart, their first since 1994. The band suffered through an additional tragedy with the loss of former bassist Mike Starr who also lost a battle with drug addiction in 2011.
Alice in Chains were the forefathers of the short-lived Grunge Era, they celebrated success and suffered through tragic losses. They encountered several setbacks due to addiction, but always returned to each other because of their chemistry for creating awesome music. Alice in Chains tour dates are currently scheduled on a nation wide outing. Use Eventful as your source for Alice in Chains tour dates and concert schedule information.
As one of the pioneering grunge bands to come out of Seattle in the early 90s, Soundgarden has had a huge impact on modern rock. The band's 1994 album, Superunknown, helped popularize grunge music and gained the group international fame. Over the years, Soundgarden's tour dates have entertained audiences around the world with blistering energy. Soundgarden has stated that a new album should be released by the end of 2011 and Soundgarden has concert dates in 2011, all scheduled for July.
In the early 80s, Chris Cornell played in a cover band called The Shemps, which featured a bassist by the name of Hiro Yamamoto. Yamamoto soon left the band as was replaced by a high school friend of his from Chicago, named Kim Thayil. After some small tour dates, The Shemps disbanded and Cornell, Thayil, and Yamamoto began playing together; thus, Soundgarden was born. Aiming to accentuate Cornell's vocal talents, the band soon hired drummer Scott Sundquist, who was replaced by Matt Cameron in 1986. In 1988, Soundgarden released Ultramega OK, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance and led to high profile tour dates. Shortly after the release of Louder Than Love in 1989, Yamamoto left the band to go back to college and was replaced by Jason Everman, who was in turn replaced a few months later by Ben Shepherd.
With Shepherd, Soundgarden released Badmotorfinger in 1991, but it was overshadowed by the release of Nirvana's Nevermind. After extensive tour dates, grunge fans took notice upon the release of Superunknown in 1994. The album debuted at the very top of the charts and was supported by the hugely successful singles "Spoonman", "Black Hole Sun", and "Fell on Black Days". Cornell wanted to experiment more and 1996's Down on the Upside featured a more acoustic sound and more positive lyrics. Tensions increased on the following promotional tour dates, and in 1997, Soundgarden announced that they were breaking up. In 2010, thirteen years after disbanding, Soundgarden began playing small, exclusive, sometimes secret concert dates for diehard fans.
In spring of 2011, the band announced that they would be releasing a new album that might be finished by the end of the year, although they will distance themselves from their previous grunge and metal sound. They have also announced new North American concert dates in 2011, beginning on July 2 in Toronto. After two more shows in Ontario, Soundgarden will play a dozen more tour dates in the US, ending in Gorge, Washington on July 30. Fans of Soundgarden can't afford to miss these tour dates, so make sure to check Eventful for all the details.