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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017

Saturday

Dec 9, 2017 – 5:00 PM

(daily for 2 times)

3900 West Manchester Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90305 Map

  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Prophets of Rage
  • Rise Against
  • X Ambassadors
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars
  • Cold War Kids
  • Royal Blood
  • Morrissey
  • The Lumineers
  • Walk the Moon
  • Run the Jewels
  • Judah & The Lion
  • Foster The People
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • The Killers
  • Muse
  • Vance Joy
  • Phoenix
  • Weezer

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KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 makes its return to the legendary Forum on December 9th and 10th, featuring two nights of incredible performances! Proceeds from the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas benefit local charities Para Los Niños and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center.

Night 1: Muse, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Queens of the Stone Age, Rise Against, Prophets of Rage, Run The Jewels, Cold War Kids, Judah & The Lion, Royal Blood

Night 2: Morrissey, The Killers, Weezer, The Lumineers, Foster The People, Phoenix, Walk The Moon, Franz Ferdinand, X Ambassadors, Vance Joy

Tickets go on sale to KROQ Street Team members on Friday, October 20th at 12pm PT via Ticketmaster.com. You must be a member of the KROQ Street Team in order to receive the password you’ll need to purchase tickets. There is no presale – all tickets will be available for purchase at this time.
Queens of the Stone Age: This hard rock band started out jammin' in the California desert before hitting it big, first in the United Kingdom, and then in the United States with their hit, "No One Knows." Queens of the Stone Age tour dates are booked internationally, so don't miss out on the chance to catch them in your area.

Frontman, Josh Homme, started QOTSA in 1996 under the moniker "Gamma Ray." After a lawsuit from a German metal band with the same name, they decided to change their name after their producer, Chris Goss, joked that they were like "Queens of the Stone Age." The name stuck and the band released their self-titled debut in 1998 on Loose Groove records. While it received a silver certification in the United Kingdom and four stars from Rolling Stone, the album failed commercially in the United States. It is slated for a re-release in 2011, hopefully this time around, American fans will listen.

QOTSA returned to the studio and recorded their sophomore set, "Rated R", which was released in 2000. This album proved to be more successful than its predecessor, with the band charting a single on the US Modern Rock survey, "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret," which was also featured on the HBO series, Entourage. With this mild success, Queens of the Stone Age tour dates were booked as the opening act for the Smashing Pumpkins, The Foo Fighters, and Hole. The Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule also featured a spot at the annual rock festival, Ozzfest, in 2000.

Their breakout success occurred with their third effort, "Songs for the Deaf." While on tour with the Foo Fighters, the band befriended Dave Grohl who joined the recording sessions and played drums on the album. Grohl even toured with them on the US portion of the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age Tour. The album was released in 2002, with the hit singles, "No One Knows," and "Go With the Flow," propelling the album to platinum status and becoming their highest performing album to date. Critics loved the album's schizophrenic sound and were especially praiseworthy of Grohl's legendary contribution on drums. The album's songs, "No One Knows" and "Go With the Flow," were respectfully nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 and 2004 Grammy Awards.

The band toured extensively in support of the album. The Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule included headlining stints at the Coachella Valley Music Festival and an international headlining tour in 2004-2005. The band returned to the studio and released their fourth album, "Lullabies to Paralyze," in 2005. To support the album, the Queens of the Stone Age concert schedule included a performance at Saturday Night Live where they also performed a skit, and the opening spot on the Nine Inch Nails' "With Teeth," tour. The album spawned the hit, "Little Sister," and debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, their highest charting entry to date.

Following the conclusion of the tour, the future of the band was in limbo following a series of line-up changes, the firing of bass player, Nick Oliveri, and a general slump in the band's cohesiveness. They took a couple of years off but returned in 2007 to release their most recent effort, "Era Vulgaris." which featured the Grammy nominated single, "Sick, Sick, Sick." Since releasing the album, the band has focused solely on touring and other musical side projects. The band is currently in the studio working on their long anticipated sixth album and trying to define the new direction that their sound will gravitate towards. Frontman, Hommes described what they are trying to do as "trancey" and "bluesy." In the meantime, you will just have to catch these guys on the road to hear what they're trying to create in the studio. Queens of the Stone Age tour dates are available, their concert schedule has them touring over forty international dates this 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Queens of the Stone Age tour dates and concert schedule news.

Prophets of Rage: Featuring ex-Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tom Commerford, Chuck D from Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill's B-Real

Rise Against: Fans who are planning to attend their first Rise Against tour date in 2011 might be surprised to find how deeply the band's roots are planted in punk culture. Before the current incarnation of the band: Tim McIlrath was with punk band Baxter, bassist Joe Principe was originally with 88 Fingers Louie, and Dan Lumley of Screeching Weasel filled in on drums for a short while. Rise Against even signed with LA punk icon Fat Mike's record label Fat Wreck Chords in their early days, before they hit the mainstream with Siren Song of the Counter Culture. While the album broke into the Billboard 200, it marked a move from the traditional punk that had launched McIlrath and Principe's careers towards a more "melodic" hardcore sound. It is this signature sound that has already sold out several tour dates in 2011.

Rise Against used the popularity of their breakout album to embark on a rigorous concert schedule in 2005, including the Taste of Chaos tour, The Leeds Festival, and the Warped Tour. Even with such a hectic concert schedule the band was able to release The Sufferer & the Witness, which brought Rise Against back to their punk roots. By 2006 the success of the album had made the band headliner of Warped Tour concert dates that year, and they shared some of that fame by opening for My Chemical Romance at the onset of their concert schedule. It was also around this time that Chris Chasse left the band due to the innumerable tour dates, and was replaced by Zach Blair.

Immediately after the replacement, Rise Against once again went on tour dates until Appeal to Reason was released in 2008. The album received mixed reviews, with critics now claiming it was too mainstream and strayed from their punk roots once again. Fans of the album attributed the change to the ever-present pop influence in society, and that the songs themselves were strong and well-written.

Rise Against's new album, Endgame, is a blending of their melodic riffs and screeching guitars, which should please fans on both sides. While McIlrath claims the album is not a concept album, many of the songs deal with serious worldwide events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Rise Against has been promoting the album on a South American and European concert tour, but will return to the US with tour dates starting on April 5 before heading back to Europe. Many tour dates are already sold out, including the Long Beach show which will feature popular punk band Descendents; their first time playing in fourteen years. Rise Against will be joined by Bad Religion and Four Year Strong on the remainder of the tour, so fans are advised to buy tickets soon.

X Ambassadors: Initially going by the name Ambassadors, this four-piece alt rock band from Ithaca have been playing since 2009. Their big break came after Imagine Dragons heard the band's single "Unconsolable" on the radio and convinced Interscope to sign them. X Ambassadors' debut LP, VHS, was released in 2015 and features the singles "Jungle" and "Renegades".

Thirty Seconds to Mars: 30 Seconds to Mars have been lurking in the background of mainstream music for over ten years now, supported by a huge fan base and colossal musical style. The group's epic style can't be categorized by one genre of music and falls somewhere between progressive and alternative rock. It's this electronic, alternative, indie rock sound that has built 30 Second to Mars a huge fan base at tour dates around the world (known as The Echelon) and created three hit records. While the group's members haven't even confirmed that they'll make another album, there are plenty of tour dates in 2011 to keep fans satiated.

In 1998, brothers Jared and Shannon Leto began playing together and writing songs in their spare time. With Jared playing rhythm guitar and providing vocals and Shannon on drums, they were soon joined by Kevin Drake on lead guitar (although he was replaced by Solon Bixler before the recording of their debut album, and later by Tomo Millicevic). The band continued to be merely a hobby for the group's members as they played local tour dates throughout Los Angeles. In 2001, the group was rounded out with the addition of Matt Watcher as a bassist, keyboardist, and the group's signature synthesizer.

After playing tour dates around Los Angeles for years, 30 Seconds to Mars were signed to Virgin Records in early 2001. They released their self-titled, debut album in 2002 and was full of sci-fi themes, emotional lyrics, and a hard rock sound. The album received great reviews and reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 30 Seconds to Mars reached the next musical plateau with the release of their second album, A Beautiful Lie, in 2005. The album produced four hit singles that received play on radio stations and tour dates; most notably "The Kill," which became a fixture on radios and television. The group's third album, This is War, was released in late 2009 but almost wasn't released at all, due to a lawsuit by Virgin Records. The album marked a change in 30 Seconds to Mars' sound, which was darker with a new wave infusion. The singles "Kings and Queens" and "This Is War" were both popular and both reached #1 in the Alternative Songs charts.

With three successful albums out, fans are curious as to when an announcement of new music will come. To relieve some of the anxiety, 30 Seconds to Mars has plenty of international tour dates in 2011, including concert dates at some of the summer's biggest music festivals. The first concert date is on May 22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and will pick up again on June 4 in Chicago. Music festival tour dates in 2011 will include Novarock in Austria, the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands, the Hove Festival in Norway, the Highfield Festival in Germany, and appearances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Regular tour dates will occur primarily in European nations like Italy, Greece, and the UK, with a June 15 concert date in Paris already sold out.

Cold War Kids: Southern California indie rockers, Cold War Kids, burst into the mainstream with their debut album, Robbers & Cowards, in 2006. Since that time, their albums and concert schedules have become incredibly popular around the world, sparking international tour dates in 2011. Known for their narrative lyrics and lambasted by lines that can be misconstrued as religious, Cold War Kids' latest album, Mine Is Yours, features a more personal touch. Fans that enjoyed the album will go nuts over Cold War Kids' tour dates in 2011, which will cover Europe and the US.

Cold War Kids formed in 2004 and soon had two popular EPs released. Their debut album, Robbers & Cowards, broke into the top 5 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart and featured the hit singles "Hang Me Up to Dry" and "Hospital Beds." Cold War Kids played nearly two years worth of tour dates before the successful release of Loyalty to Loyalty, which was well received by magazines like Rolling Stone. The publicity allowed Cold War Kids to tour in support of Death Cab for Cutie.

Cold War Kids' latest album, Mine Is Yours has been praised as an evolution of the band's sound is undoubtedly their most ambitious release to date. Cold War Kids' increase in popularity has led to numerous tour dates in 2011, which are in Europe as of July. On August 3, Cold War Kids will take their concert schedule to the US, which includes festival appearances at Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits. To see a full list of Cold War Kids' tour dates in 2011, check their concert schedule on Eventful.

Royal Blood: Formed in 2013 by bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, Royal Blood quickly gained a following due, in part, to support for Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Their self-titled debut was released in August of 2014, featuring the single "Out of the Black." Royal Blood has received a great reception playing huge music festivals like South by Southwest, T in the Park, Reading festival, and Download Festival.

Morrissey: In recent years, indie music around the world has experienced a huge boon and reached a much broader audience. While mainstream indie groups are becoming more and more innovative, they are simply building on the musical and cultural legacy build by Morrissey. His tour dates have attracted sold-out audiences around the world, and continue to do so to this day. During his time with The Smiths and in his own solo career, Morrissey has written and performed dozens and dozens of hit songs. Some of these songs can be found on his most recent Very Best of Morrissey album and on the handful of remaining tour dates in 2011.

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Davyhulme, Urmston, Lancashire, England just a year after his parents emigrated from Ireland. He was often a withdrawn child and took solace in pop music and its stars, writing NME (who he would later be interviewed by) and becoming the president of the New York Dolls and The Cramps UK fan clubs. Morrissey spent his later teen years playing in punk bands and publishing two books (one about the New York Dolls and the other about James Dean).

In 1982, Morrissey met Johnny Marr and the two began writing songs together. They eventually decided to form a band, bringing on Mike Joyce to play drums and Andy Rourke to play bass. After releasing a few marginally successful singles, The Smiths released their eponymous debut album in 1984 to acclaim from audiences and critics. By the time The Queen Is Dead in 1986, recording and numerous tour dates in the US and the UK began to take its toll, with Marr leaving in 1987 due to exhaustion and creative differences with Morrissey. The Smiths disbanded shortly after the release of Strangeways, Here We Come in 1988, and Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate was released six months later.

After years of extensive tour dates and hit singles, Morrissey released the hugely successful album, Vauxhall and I, in 1994. The somber album was inspired by the death of a few friends, including Mick Ronson. Morrissey's career was in a bit of a slump as he entered the new millennium; that all changed with the release of You Are the Quarry. Critics claimed that the album harkened back to his classic solo work, and the single "Irish Blood, English Heart" became popular around the world. He followed up the album with the hit record, Ringleader of the Tormentors, in 2006, which was followed by numerous tour dates and television appearances. Morrissey scored another hit with Years of Refusal, which continued the musician's successful comeback.

While Morrissey has new album to promote this year, he does have a few remaining tour dates in 2011. The concert dates are centered in the UK and include stops in Dunoon, Hawick, Grimsby, and Dunfermline. Morrissey's 2011 tour dates will end on July 1 in Plymouth, so be sure to buy your tickets on Eventful soon!

Walk the Moon: “It’s okay to play,” insists Nicholas Petricca, lead singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of Ohio quartet Walk the Moon. It’s a hard point to argue after a listen to the lead single off their album I Want! I Want!, dance-rock extravaganza “Anna Sun.” I Want! I Want! has you dancing quickly. Very quickly. So it is no surprise that the response to the band has been just as immediate. Surrounding a reactive SXSW appearance, the band has already been featured as Nylon Magazine’s Band Crush, as a Hot New Band by SPIN Magazine, as a New York Post band “You Must Know,” and in the Spotlight of Last Call with Carson Daly. Walk the Moon is poised for an explosive rise.

Walk the Moon shows are nothing short of electric. Petricca, with bassist Kevin Ray, guitarist Eli Maiman and drummer Sean Waugaman, (all Ohio natives) streak, dot and smear their faces in paint before every performance. Eager crowds predictably join in the fun and by the end, even the most staunch skeptics are in the colorful mix. Respected regulars in the Cincinnati and Columbus club scenes, the boys, all in their early twenties, have garnered notable respect from fans and bands alike in their first few ventures to major markets. Walk the Moon combine impressive musicianship with what the New York Post deems their “unrestrainable love for performing.” It is a truly contagious mix.

Matching what NME’s Jaimie Hodgson called “air strike choruses” with careful songwriting, Walk the Moon are dynamic - noticeably more than a “buzz band.” They cite Talking Heads, The Police and The Killers as inspiration, both in writing and performing, not to mention a tribute to Bowie with a thumping rendition of “Let’s Dance.” I Want! I Want! is thoughtful and youthful at once, a perfect reflection of the band. Walk the Moon may very soon grow out of the clubs they play now (they’ve already sold out in advance of their first headlining New York show), but they are a band you don’t want to grow up all the way. After all, they possess an enviable spirit, one devoted to just plain having fun. And who doesn’t like fun?

Judah & The Lion: Judah & the Lion is an americana-folk band from Nashville, Tennessee started in 2011. The band released an independent EP in 2013 entitled Sweet Tennessee that received commercial success on numerous Billboard charts.

Foster The People: Few bands have been able to have a top 10 album as quickly as indie pop up-and-comers Foster the People. With only one album out, Torches, Foster the People has captured the attention of audiences around the world with their hit single, "Pumped Up Kicks." Their success is all the more surprising considering the song deals with a school shooting, but the catchy dance sound that's indicative of the entire album has struck a favorable chord with critics and fans. Those that haven't yet heard Foster the People can catch them on their international tour dates in 2011; the ones that haven't sold out yet, anyway.

Foster the People was formed by Mark Foster in 2009, after years of being kicked around by the Los Angeles music scene. After working as a jingle writer and working on original compositions for a number of years, Foster began combining his favorite musical elements into the sound you hear today. He began posting his songs on the mp3 blog The Hype Machine and eventually began scoring small tour dates, with accompaniment by drummer Mark Pontius and bassist Cubbie Fink. The band was originally called Foster & the People, but was changed after audiences kept mishearing it as Foster the People. The popularity of Foster the People's music online combined with a breakout tour date at South by Southwest led to a record deal and the release of Torches in May 2011. The album quickly broke into the top 10 and shot to #1 of the Alternative charts.

As Torches races towards platinum certification, Foster the People are headed out on many, many tour dates in 2011. Concert dates are already underway and, while many tour dates are already sold out, there are still plenty of chances to catch Foster the People in late summer/early fall. The band is making it's way through tour dates in Texas and Arizona before ending up in California in early July. On July 14, Foster the People will begin concert dates in Europe, including performances at the Melt Festival in Grafenhainichen, Germany and the Lattitude Festival in Suffolk, UK. Foster the people will play tour dates in Australia in late July before touring the US agin from August to October. Foster the People will conclude their 2011 tour dates in the UK in late November, so buy your tickets from Eventful soon before the entire tour is sold out.

Franz Ferdinand: It's music of the night: to fling yourself around your room to as you psyche yourself for an evening of hedonism, for the dance-floor, flirtation, for your desolate heart-stop, for losing it and loving losing it, for the chemical surge in your bloodstream. It's for that lonely hour gently rocking yourself, waiting for dawn and it all to be even again.

By the end of 2006 we were exhausted - physically, emotionally and creatively. We'd been in the studio or on the road for three years without a break and we needed one. Alex went to Vancouver with the Cribs, Paul raised a family, Bob made a film and Nick disappeared in South America. We met up again in Glasgow a few months later, happy to be in each other's company and excited about creating something new.

Nick found a building for our HQ. He has a knack for it. It was a crumbling Victorian town hall, recently vacated by the drug rehabilitation unit that was the last tenant. The flock wallpaper was peeling a little and the psychedelic municipal carpet was browned with fifty years of council nicotine, but the vibe was great and the monthly rent was half the daily rate of a London studio. There was a noise complaint from the nearby home for the deaf after our first session, but after we blocked the windows with fibreglass and rockwall nobody knew we were there. Daylight disappeared and night became permanent. We didn't notice it, but the mood of the record began to form.

We started writing, but there wasn't a plan. There has never been a plan. As we wrote songs, we played them out at gigs - not huge gigs, but sweaty pub basements and social clubs, keeping it word of mouth and chaotic, giving the new music room to live or die. You don't realise what's good about a song until you play it to people. You also don't know if a song's crap until you play it to people. "Anyone In Love" died in the Captain's Rest, but Turn It On turned us on. "English Goodbye" died in the British Aluminium Club, Fort William, but Ulysses became something more than it was when we left Glasgow. We spent a few days with Brian Higgins and his Xenomania team in Kent. We enjoyed the time and it was inspiring, but it became clear to both of us that we shouldn't make a record together. Our worlds are too different.

The HQ evolved into a studio with the help of Paul Savage. Paul was drummer of the Delgadoes and the engineer at Chem 19, the Chemikal Underground studio in Glasgow. We brought over an old Flickinger console that Bill Skibbe found for us in Michigan and Allen Johnston wired the rooms.

Then we met Dan Carey. He was perfect as a producer - a mad mixer, a chaotic experimenter. Recording with him is like breaking into a science lab with a mischievous brainbox who wants to see what we can blow up. We had a laugh.

Nick climbed into the rafters of the hall to hang a mic from a thirty foot cable which Dan swung across an amp kicked over and feeding back from Alex's guitar, so we could warp the sound with the Doppler effect of a passing racing car or a diving spitfire on What She Came For. A gaggle of obscure and long forgotten 70's synths were mobilised for the likes of Can't Stop Feeling & Lucid Dreams. Superslinkies hung from the ceiling as primitive spring reverb. Sometimes, on the likes of Live Alone, we'd go super hi-fi and tight in the dead room, then, on tracks like Send Him Away we'd rock out in the cellar under the stage, playing to one mic, so it sounded like it was just you and the band in the room when you played the tape back. We rattled human bones for percussion on No You Girls and sang into the darkness, nothing for company apart from the tingle on your spine and the ghosts of the Saturday night dancing.

Anyway, here it is. Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. You can listen to it quiet, but it's better loud. You can listen to it during the day, but it's better at night.

The Killers: Before indie rock became so prolific in recent years that most bands are now casually dismissed into the "indie landfill", there was The Killers. Upon the release of their acclaimed single "Mr. Brightside", The Killers thrust indie rock into the upper echelons of mainstream popularity, making their tour dates and albums widely sought after. Despite their origins in Las Vegas, The Killers' synth-infused style has become hugely popular with fans around the world, particularly in the UK. Despite the band's members stating that it might take them a while to release, and it being the cause of no tour dates in 2011, fans are excited about The Killers' upcoming album; their first in three years.

After playing at clubs locally in Las Vegas, The Killers experienced success in the UK thanks to the single "Mr. Brightside." That success spread to the US and other parts of the world with the release of Hot Fuss, which went platinum six times and featured the hit singles "Somebody Told Me" and "Smile Like You Mean It." The Killers followed-up with Sam's Town in 2006, which experienced nearly the same success as their debut effort. The album was succeeded by a number of headlining tour dates, including memorable performances at Madison Square Garden and Glastonbury Festival.

The Killers' third album, Day & Age, received even better reviews than Sam's Town and also went multi-platinum. With The Killers' continued success fans can't wait to see what the indie band has planned next; even though they'll have to. Be sure to check Eventful once the album is released for all the latest 2011 tour date information.

Muse: In the late 90's, few English alternative rock bands struggled as hard to emerge from the shadow of Radiohead as Muse. Despite an initial similarity in sound, the members of Muse have made a name for themselves in the music world with their unique blending of musical styles and elaborate tour dates. While more of a recent development, Muse's concert dates in 2011 have featured incredible moving stages, intense lighting effects, and visually striking instruments. Their signature sound has sold well over ten million albums worldwide and garnered them heaps of awards and critical acclaim. In recent years, Muse has also become known for their innovative and elaborate live performances, including a few remaining concert dates in 2011.

Muse began in Teignmouth, Devon, under the name Gothic Plague. The band was started by drummer Dominic Howard while attending Teignmouth Community College in the early 90s. However, after Bellamy suggested moving from a cover band to an original one, Howard, Chris Wolstenholme, and Matthew Bellamy were all that remained. After winning a local battle of the bands, the trio quit school and their jobs, moved to London, and changed the band name to Muse. Muse's 1999 EP, Muscle Museum, became a hit with the title track reaching #3 on the indie singles charts and experiencing rotation on the radio. Despite playing tour dates throughout the UK, Muse's lack of success prompted them to move to the US.

Shortly after, Muse signed with Maverick Records and recorded their first full-length album, Showbiz, later in 1999. The album's theme revolved around Muse's struggle to achieve commercial success and featured a softer style than what the band would become known for. Muse drastically changed their style on their next album, Origin of Symmetry, which was originally released in 2001. The album features a more experimental sound achieved with an expanded drum kit and mellotron, as well as Bellamy's signature falsetto voice. The success of the album prompted a number of headlining and supporting tour dates, which began a habit of continuously playing concert dates. Muse saw their success grow even more with the release of Absolution in 2003. While comparisons with Radiohead were still common, critics praised the album and its sound regardless of any musical similarities. Muse experienced similar success with their 2006 album, Black Holes and Revelations, despite the risky experimentation with style on the album.

Muse's latest album, Resistance, was released in 2009 to resoundingly positive reviews. It became the group's third #1 album in the UK and reached #3 on the Billboard 200, it's highest charting in the United States. The album also won Muse their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. After taking a break from extended tour dates, Muse has hinted at a new album for late 2011. The band also has a few scheduled concert dates left for 2011, including tour dates at a number of music festivals around the world. After playing the LA Rising concert date with Rage Against the Machine on July 30, Muse will play tour dates at Kanrocksas in Kansas City and the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco on August 13. Muse is set to end their 2011 concert dates at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, where they will play the entire album, Origin of Symmetry, in honor of its 10th anniversary.

Phoenix: One of the most popular bands to come from France in recent years is Phoenix, whose style lies in the borderlands of alternative, indie, new wave, and jazz. While the group has been releasing records and playing packed tour dates for over ten years, it wasn't until the release of their most recent album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, in 2009 that Phoenix hit it big. The band's members are currently spending their time writing songs for their new album, with no official announcement on a title or release date yet. Unfortunately, with Phoenix in the studio, that means no more concert dates for 2011 past February, but fans can expect numerous tour dates upon the release of the album.

Phoenix began as a garage band in the suburbs of Paris in the early 90's by lead singer Thomas Mars, guitarist Chris Mazzalai, and bassist Deck d'Arcy. In 1995, Mazzalai's brother, Laurent Brancowitz, left his band Darlin' (which included Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk) and joined Phoenix as a second guitarist. It took the group two years of writing songs and playing tour dates to independently release a single before they were picked up by Source Records. Early on, the band made regular appearances as the back-up band for French duo, Air, on tour dates. The group released their debut LP, United, in 2000; while the album wasn't an instant success, the song "Too Young" was used in the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation. Phoenix's 2004 album, Alphabetical, achieved slightly more success and was supported by the singles "Everything Is Everything" and "Run Run Run". The success of the album afforded the group more publicity, as well as a number of worldwide, high profile tour dates.

It wasn't until 2009, with the release of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, that Phoenix became a commercial and critical success worldwide. The album included the hit singles "1901" and "Lisztomania," and both songs harken back to the late 19th / early 20th century Parisian style. The album won Phoenix a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2010, and also scored Phoenix a number of headlining tour dates. Also in 2010, Phoenix provided the majority of music for the film, Somewhere, by Sofia Coppola (whom Thomas Mars is currently dating and has two children with).

While Phoenix has no more scheduled concert dates in 2011, they are in the early stages of producing a new album. There is a camera set up in the band's rehearsal space, which plays on the band's website so fans can check out their progress. Unfortunately, fans will probably have to wait until 2012 for the announcement of new tour dates. Be sure to keep checking Eventful for the latest news on Phoenix's upcoming album and any updates on tour dates.

Weezer: Weezer tour dates are currently scheduled internationally throughout 2011 in support of their most recent album Death to False Metal. Weezer brought us the alt-rock anthem "Buddy Holly" and were the front-runners of the Emo/Alt rock movement. Don't miss a date of the Weezer concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Weezer tour dates and venue information.

Weezer's first concert performance was on the opening stage for Matrix star Keanu Reeves and his band Dogstar in 1992. They were signed to Geffen Records in 1993 and headed to the studio with The Cars frontman, Ric Ocasek, to produce their self-titled debut album dubbed the "Blue Album". The lead-off single "Undone-The Sweater Song" was an immediate top ten hit on modern rock radio. It was with their second single "Buddy Holly" and its iconic video that the band reached cult status. The single won Weezer the Breakthrough Video Award and Best Alternative Music Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. The album featured one more hit single, "Say It Ain't So", and was certified triple-Platinum and remains their highest selling album to-date.

In the aftermath of the success, Weezer tour dates were scheduled internationally to play to their burgeoning audience. The band returned to the studio in 1994 and released their sophomore album Pinkerton in 1996. While the single "El Scorcho" was a hit on radio, the album was not properly promoted due to a legal issue and subsequently suffered through slow initial sales. Weezer tour dates were scheduled to promote the album before a hiatus beginning in 1997. During this time, Rivers attended Harvard and focused his efforts towards his song-writing. The band reunited in 2000 for a spot on the Fuji Festival in Japan which reinvigorated their appetite for recording. Weezer tour dates were scheduled on the 2000 Warped Tour and they recorded their album Weezer.

The self-titled third album, popularly known as The Green Album, was released in 2000 and brought Weezer back to mainstream acclaim. The initial singles "Hash Pipe" and "Island in the Sun" were MTV video hits and radio smashes. They quickly returned with Maladroit in 2002 which featured a heavier more serious sound. Weezer concert dates were booked on the Maladroit Enlightenment Tour and they recorded in-between shows. They headed back into the recording studio with famed producer Rick Rubin to craft Make Believe. the album was released in 2005 and featured their biggest hit to-date, "Beverly HIlls", which reached #1 on the Modern Rock Songs chart. The Weezer concert schedule included the Make Believe Tour and a Japan-wide concert series in 2005.

More recently, Weezer cut their sixth album with Rick Rubin, which was colloquially known as the The Red Album. The disc featured their second #1 hit, "Porks and Beans", which won a Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video. Weezer tour dates were scheduled alongside Blink 182 for a nation-wide outing and they wrote songs for their upcoming album, Radittude, which was released in 2010. Weezer's concert schedule included headlining stints at the Bamboozle Festival and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in 2010. Weezer released their latest studio album, Hurley, and a compilation of rarities, Death to False Metal, in 2011 . The Weezer concert schedule 2011 will have the rockers traversing the globe. The band has been rockin' their quirky rock anthems for nearly two decades. Don't miss a date on the Weezer concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Weezer tour dates and venue information.

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