Rock Report 2/23/22

Shinedown’s Brent Smith recently dove deep on the theme of the rock band’s upcoming seventh album, Planet Zero. In a video interview, the lead singer summarized how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the group’s writing process and concluded the album encourages individual freedoms. The musician invoked the Gettysburg Address when doing so.

That’s what happened in a portion of Smith’s appearance on HardDrive Radio on Feb. 17 as he discussed the lyrical inspiration behind the group’s follow-up to 2018’s ATTENTION ATTENTION with host Lou Brutus. Planet Zero arrives April 22.

Coheed and Cambria are in the midst of a U.S. tour with Sheer Mag right now, and they’ve already confirmed they’ll return to the road with another stateside headlining trek set for the summer, for which they’ll be joined by Dance Gavin Dance and Mothica. Adding to the excitement is the arrival of an animated music video for “The Liars Club,” the third single off Coheed’s highly-anticipated new record, Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind.

“The Liars Club” follows the release of “Shoulders” and “Rise, Naianasha (Cut the Cord)” as fans begin to piece together more about the second installment of Coheed and Cambria’s Vaxis story arc “about a couple on the run from tyrannical forces and their mysterious new addition,” as described in a press release.

Tool have some of the most diehard fans going, and a new item has come on the market that will likely yield excitement, but may cause a double take upon seeing the sticker price. The band have just announced that there will be a Fear Inoculum ultra deluxe vinyl LP box set available at shows, but it comes with a sizable price tag.
That should be something for fans to be excited about, but word has since circulated that the box sets in question are retailing for $810 at shows. This initially came from a photo taken at the merch booth that has since been posted to Reddit. According to a press representative for the band, the box set is going for $750 plus venue fees and tax which raises the total to $810.