Current EDM icon and bass-drop enthusiast Skrillex has been touring relentlessly for the past five years, and 2015 looks like it will be business as usual for the DJ and producer. In addition to more than 30 current tour dates lined up for this year, reports now confirm that Skrillex will also be headlining this year's Mad Decent Block Party, a traveling festival that's set to hit various big cities scattered throughout the the U.S. and Canada.
The Block Party continues
Mad Decent is the record label created by fellow DJ and Skrillex-collaborator Diplo, who founded the company back in 2005. Seven years ago, the Mad Decent Block Party began as a small, Philadelphia neighborhood get-together that featured some of the lesser known lineups within the record label's roster. Now, the festival is a two-month series of concerts that move from city to city, featuring some of the biggest names in both hip hop and EDM.
The tour is being co-headlined by Skrillex and Diplo, including Diplo's group Major Lazer. The dates will also feature a number of performances from Skrillex and Diplo's side project Jack Ü. The duo released a handful of singles in 2014, and came out with the debut album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü in February 2015. The album was inspired by multiple genres, such as a more trap-influenced sound that was infused with both artists' trademark sound-effects and styles. Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü also featured a variety of notable artists, such as Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz and Kiesza.
Other acts who are slated to perform at the Mad Decent Block Party include fellow EDM juggernauts such as RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus and many other DJs and electronic producers. There will also be a prominent number of rappers included on the lineup bill, such as Tyler the Creator, Vic Mensa and RiFF RAFF. The first show is slated to begin on July 31 in Atlanta, and carry on until September 26 in Chicago.
Skrillex keeping busy
In addition to his select dates playing on the Mad Decent Block Party bill, Skrillex is certainly keeping himself busy, embarking on a massive tour this year that will see him playing all over the world. His tour will head everywhere from select cities in the U.S. to nearly a dozen dates in Canada, as well as a number of shows overseas, in countries such as Spain, Italy and Germany.
While many suspected the once acclaimed and popular Guitar Hero video game franchise was officially on hiatus, recent announcements have declared the game will be back and better than ever. Slated for release in fall 2015, the game is being titled "Guitar Hero Live," and while details are still scarce, an official lineup has revealed that Fall Out Boy leads the way among other rock giants such as The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Green Day and more.
Game will produce more live music feel
Previous games in the Guitar Hero series tended to focus more on the skill aspect of punching in buttons while playing user's favorite songs on their own TV screen. However, a recent video has been released by the game's producers Activision that emphasizes how this version in particular will be more catered to producing the live feel bands like Fall Out Boy create every night while selling out arenas.
The game will be a first-person experience, where you'll be a member of a band that starts off playing the low-key, bar shows until you work your way to the top, packing stadiums with thousands of fans. The graphics will also stray away from the cartoonish qualities of previous installments and instead incorporate live action footage, so your bandmates and audience members will look like real people. Fans in the crowd will also respond to how well you play, booing if you begin to miss notes and cheering you on as you exceed expectations.
Year of Fall Out Boy
Being announced as one of the leading bands for the new Guitar Hero game is just the icing on the cake for Fall Out Boy in 2015. This year is shaping up to be something special for the band hailing from Wilmette, Illinois, as they inch closer to their 15 year anniversary with a worldwide tour that kicks off in June and is slated to go on until late October. April alone has seen a lot of activity from the pop punk rockers, as the band made a special performance at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards and bassist Pete Wentz threw out the opening pitch for the Chicago Cubs in his nearby hometown of Chicago.
Back in January, the band released its sixth studio album titled American Beauty/American Psycho, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, being the band's third No. 1 album and selling 218,000 equivalent copies in its first week. Critics responded to the release with rave reviews, and the album has spawned singles such as "Centuries," "Irresistible" and "Uma Thurman."