Paul McCartney announces new 2015 tour dates

28. August 2015 14:09 by Julie Merar in Tour News  //  Tags:   //   Comments ()

When it comes to the legacy of Paul McCartney, there's not too much the famed Beatles member can do that would really add to his eminence in music. But at 73 years old, McCartney is definitely not showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In addition to the numerous collaborations with other artists he's partaken in this year, McCartney has kept busy playing a number of shows around the world, from selling out arenas to packing festival stages. It turns out McCartney isn't quite ready to call it a year yet, as the icon recently announced he's adding more U.S. tour dates in 2015. 

Back for an encore

McCartney has added four more U.S. performances and one stop in Toronto to his "Out There" tour, giving fans one last chance to catch the legend live this year. The tour is slated to pick back up starting October 13 in Columbus, Ohio, with concerts also confirmed in State College, Pennsylvania, Toronto, Detroit and Buffalo. These stops in general seem to reflect McCartney's attempts to provide some more intimate shows for fans, and his gigs in State College and Buffalo will mark the first time McCartney has ever performed in those cities.

In an interview with Esquire, McCartney scoffed at the thought of retirement, confirming his commitment to music and the fans for as long as he lives.

"Sit at home and watch telly? That's what people do, man. Gardening, golf… no thanks," McCartney told Esquire earlier this year. "Occasionally, I do think, "You should have got fed up by now, you should be jaded." My manager, who I don't have any more, glad to say, suggested quite a long time ago that I retire at 50. He sort of said it's not a good look. I went, "Oh, God, he could be right." But then I still enjoy writing, I still enjoy singing. What am I gonna do? You see so many people who retire and then immediately expire."  

Keeping busy 

McCartney clearly has no intentions of quitting music anytime in the near future, and his recent collaborations with other artists signal that he's not hesitant to try and deliver new material aimed at the younger generations. Earlier in 2015, McCartney worked alongside Kanye West and Rihanna, teaming up for the song "FourFiveSeconds," which peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. He also headlined this year's Lollapalooza, where his set featured everything from Beatles classics to a surprise appearance from Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard. One thing's for sure: now is the time to catch McCartney live, as he hasn't made any recent statements regarding another tour in the future.

System of a Down added to Rock Band 4

13. August 2015 08:25 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


After spending a decade climbing up the ranks as one of the most powerful and successful hard rock bands in the 21st century, System of a Down eventually cooled things off, embarking on a five-year hiatus while the members pursued other projects. In 2010, the group reunited for a handful of tour dates, and has continued to sprinkle in shows year after year while dodging new album questions. However, 2015 has shed new light on both a full-on world tour and upcoming album for System of a Down, and it's all sparked due to a recent video game announcement.

Video games and more?
The latest installment in the Rock Band video game franchise will include a song by System of a Down. From the band's self titled debut album, "Spiders" will be one of the songs gamers can test their talents on, and Rock Band 4 is slated to be available for sale on October 6. Among some of the other notable hard rock acts included on the soundtrack will be Disturbed's "Prayer," Queens of the Stone Age's "My God Is the Sun," Ozzy Osbourne's "Miracle Man" and Judas Preist's "Halls of Valhalla."

The inclusion of System of a Down in the video game may not be hinting at anything at all, but it could be a sign that there is more to come from the hard rockers amid a whirlwind of tour and album rumors. System of a Down currently has a handful of shows across the world for what the group is calling the "Wake Up the Souls Tour," which was spawned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, as every member of System of a Down is of Armenian descent.

As for a new album, the band has continued to provide one subtle hint after the other suggesting they might release some material further down the road. In an interview with Rolling Stone, lead singer Serj Tankian addressed the issue, elaborating that while nothing is certain, something could come to fruition after their current tour.

"There has been talk, and we are going to play this tour, come back and we're going to see where we are," Tankian told Rolling Stone in regards to the band releasing a new album. "If we have songs that work for System, if I have them and Daron [Malakian, guitar] has them. The openness is there to work together, but we haven't made any particular plans that we can announce."

The rap battle wages on for Meek Mill

10. August 2015 10:26 by Julie Merar in Music   //  Tags:   //   Comments ()


While "beef" has long been an element of the spirit and competition of hip hop, things have seemed relatively calm and peaceful in terms of the relationships of today's top rappers. However, the past month has unveiled plenty of diss tracks, derogatory tweets and most important of all, our biggest rap battle of 2015.

Meek Mill versus Drake
The war between Meek Mill and Drake seemed to begin after the former tweeted some confrontational remarks toward the latter not too long after Mill's second studio album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, was released. Mill was apparently upset at the lack of promotion and support on Drake's end after the album's release, and vented on Twitter to not only express his agitation, but also to call out Drake for his songwriting abilities, or lack thereof.

Mill, who's currently on tour with his girlfriend Nicki Minaj, began a series of Twitter rants accusing Drake of using a ghostwriter to help write his songs. For the first couple days, Drake remained silent on the subject, while Mill continued to express his frustration with the Toronto native through various forms of social media. Eventually, Drake fired back on all cylinders, releasing multiple diss tracks against Mill and stirring a frenzy on the Internet. Mill has since retaliated with a few diss tracks of his own, and the feud has now captured the attention of the hip hop world, eagerly awaiting to see what jabs will be thrown next.

Tour with Nicki Minaj
What remains one of the more intriguing dynamics of Mill and Drake's battle is both artist's relationship with Nicki Minaj. While Mill has been dating Minaj since earlier this year, Drake and Minaj are both signed to Young Money, and are friends while often featuring in each other's music. Mill is currently an opening act for Minaj on her current "Pinkprint Tour," and the queen of hip hop herself has remained relatively silent on the rap battle. Mill has continued to bash Drake during his concerts, while Drake has also done the same, calling out the rapper at his recent OVO Fest. While it remains to be seen how this will all play out, now is the time to catch Mill in full-on attack mode when he grabs the microphone live.

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