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Members of the legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd are "reuniting" in support of the Women Of The Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition, an global organization aimed at ending the siege of Muslim women's rights in Gaza, Egypt. The organization was illegally arrested and stopped in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force.
The band released a statement on their Facebook page Thursday stating the following:
The Women Of The Gaza Freedom Flotilla Coalition recently announced the details of their "Women's Boat To Gaza" initiative, in which a series of ships will set sail to challenge the Israeli blockade, as well as give hope to the Palestinian people. The boats set sail to Gaza in mid-September. For more information, see the organization's website.
The band also released a remix of the classic track 'Childhood's End' from the seventh album, Obscured By Clouds which was originally released in 1972. The new mix was done by Andy Jackson and Damon Iddins, and serves as a promotional single from the band's upcoming collection Pink Floud: The Early Years (1965-1972), which will be released this November.
The extent of this "reunion" is unknown - whether it is nothing beyond this statement or if it means shows in support of the cause or new music is on the way is yet to be seen, but what we do know is that it's great to see a band of this caliber support such a cause.
Alternative rock band Brand New have been busy working on a new record - rumored to be their last - and touring, but fans may need to wait a bit longer to hear the new material.
The band released a statement (as shown below) on the progress of the record, stating that "there exists a collection of songs that, right now, would call fit to be an album," but go on to say the album isn't complete to them, yet. While they planned to release a record this year, the ending sentence of the paragraph confirms "Brand New will not release a record in 2016."
What the band will be doing, however, is performing their major label debut third effort, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me in its entirety on their upcoming fall tour in honor of its ten-year anniversary. The band has been touring North America since June, and are gearing up for another excursion across the country in October and November. It is unknown if the band will continue to perform the album in December when they head to Europe.
Read the full statement released by the band below:
Catch The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me performed in its entirety at these shows in October and November:
- October 13, 2016: Rochester, New York (Main Street Armory)
- October 14, 2016: Glens Falls, New York (Glens Falls Civic Center)
- October 15, 2016: Portland, Maine (Cross Insurance Arena)
- October 17, 2016: Wallingford, Connecticut (Oakdale Theater)
- October 18, 2016: Ithaca, New York (Ithaca College and Events Athletic Center)
- October 20, 2016: Cleveland, Ohio (Wolstein Center)
- October 21, 2016: Grand Rapids, Michigan (Deltaplex)
- October 22, 2016: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Eagles Ballroom)
- October 23, 2016: St. Paul, Minnesota (Roy Wilkins Auditorium)
- October 25, 2016: Sioux City, South Dakota (The District)
- October 27, 2016: Missoula, Montana (Adams Center)
- October 28, 2016: Garden City, Idaho (Revolution Event Center)
- October 29, 2016: Reno, Nevada (Grand Sierra Resort)
- October 31, 2016: San Jose, California (Event Center @ San Jose University)
- November 1, 2016: Las Vegas, Nevada (The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan)
- November 3, 2016: El Paso, Texas (El Paso County Coliseum)
- November 5, 2016: Corpus Christi, Texas (Concrete Street)
- November 7, 2016: Birmingham, Alabama (Alabama Theater)
- November 8, 2016: Greenville, South Carolina (Ben Secours Arena)
- November 10, 2016: Fairfax, Virginia (Eagle Bank Arena)
- November 11, 2016: Allentown, Pennsylvania (PPL Center)
- November 12, 2016: University Park, Pennsylvania (Bryce Jordan Center)
You can purchase tickets on the band's website.
Excited to see the band's album performed in full? Who's going? We'll keep you updated on that new album they have on the backburner now. Only a matter of time.
English post-hardcore outfit Architects has lost on of it's founding members. Guitarist Tom Searle has passed away after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 28.
The band was amidst their tour for their new record All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, released earlier this year. The album has been critically acclaimed and is revered as the band's best record so far. Several tour dates have were cancelled earlier on the cycle, including European and U.S. Headlining appearances, as a result of Searle's illness.
A statement posted on Facebook by twin brother and bandmate Dan Searle reads:
The band has started a donation page for the hospice that cared for Tom through his illness, the Marlets Hospice. You can donate here.
Architects will continue the tour without Tom in September when they head to Australia; see all of their tour dates here. A fill-in guitarist has not yet been announced. Read our review for All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, too - it's one of our favorite records of the year.
Rest in peace, Tom Searle.
UPDATE 7/21: The band responded to the rumors by stating:
The emo music scene was in shambles when My Chemical Romance broke up in 2013, many fans begging for it not to be true... Three years later, things may finally be changing.
My Chemical Romance have uploaded a video and new images to their Facebook page, the images branding a new logo featuring "MCR X" (MCR 10?) around a cross figure. The video shows the same figure waving on a flag with the signature piano intro of 'Welcome To The Black Parade' over it, the cryptic date "9.23.16" (September 23, 2016) appearing at the end. What could it mean?
My Chemical Romance broke up in 2013 following the release of the Conventional Weapons series of releases. The band has stayed mostly quiet since then, releasing their Greatest Hits compilation May Death Never Stop You and some isolated merch along the way. Gerard Way launched his solo career and took time to focus on his comics, while guitarist Frank Iero also continued on with his solo career.
There are many possibilities as to what this could mean. The most logical answer: a ten-year anniversary tour for The Black Parade, which was released October 23, 2006. October 23 is exactly a month off of September 23... it all seems to align. Whatever the band has in store, it's bound to be a big moment for fans.