Cal Jam 17: Foo Fighters, QOTSA + More


Oct 7, 2017 – 10:00 AM

2555 Glen Helen Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407 Map

  • Foo Fighters
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Babes In Toyland
  • Japandroids
  • Wolf Alice
  • The Struts
  • Circa Waves
  • Royal Blood
  • The Kills
  • Bob Mould

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KROQ presents Cal Jam 17 featuring Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Japandroids, Wolf Alice, Bob Mould, The Struts, Bully, Circa Waves, Babes in Toyland, Adia Victoria, Fireball Ministry, The Obsessed, Pinky Pinky, Starcrawler, White Reaper, and more October 7th at Glen Helen Regional Park.

And in addition to 12 hours of rock and roll good times, Cal Jam 17 offers camping, carnival rides, a water park, attractions, a mobile recording studio & so much more.  On Friday night, October 6, campers will also experience the world’s best Go-Go band Big Tony & Trouble Funk, an outdoor movie theater and many other surprises.
Foo Fighters: With rock icon, Dave Grohl, as lead singer and guitarist, The Foo Fighters released their first album in 1995 making fans say "Nirvana who?" Following the tragic dissolution of Nirvana, the Grohl-conceived band has released six albums, all of which have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album, with three of them winning the title. Foo Fighters tour dates have been scheduled, and fans won't want to miss the chance to catch these rockers live in their area!

The band's self titled debut was an instant hit. However, it was their sophomore set The Colour and the Shape that established the post-grunge era of rock. The album features rock classics such as "Everlong" and "Hero," which to this day are mainstays on rock radio. The album was certified double-platinum and it remains their highest selling album to date. The Foo Fighters released several more critically and commercially acclaimed albums including There is Nothing Left to Lose (2001) and One by One (2002), which featured the hard rock hit "One By One." The Foo Fighters toured extensively for these albums, their concert schedule sending them to world renowned international venues including a sold out date at London's famed O2 arena.

In 2005, Foo Fighters tour dates were booked as co-headliners with Weezer for the aptly titled "Foozer Tour." They released their fifth album, In Your Honor, in 2006 and announced a series of acoustic Foo Fighters tour dates for their concert schedule that summer. The Foo Fighters tour dates in Los Angeles in 2006 were recorded for their first live CD, Skin and Bones, and featured a live DVD of the band's performance.

Five platinum records and a decade of touring later, the band keeps on recording new material and the Foo Fighters concert schedule remains as ambitious as when the bandmates were in their twenties. They released their sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace in 2007, which featured the hit rock anthem, "The Pretender." Foo Fighters tour dates were booked internationally, with the tour culminating in a performance at the Virgin Festival in Canada in 2008. The following year, the band released their Greatest Hits album which featured two new songs and the fifteen top ten rock hits they'd accumulated throughout the years. Now, the Foo Fighters are back with the #1 single, "Rope," a worldwide tour, and a new album, Wasting Light.

Foo Fighters tour dates 2011 have them rockin' venues across North America and Europe throughout the summer. Don't miss out on the chance to catch these rock legends live! Use Eventful as YOUR source for information on Foo Fighters tour dates and concert schedule updates.

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.

Liam Gallagher: Liam Gallagher didn't become interested in a musical career until he was in his later teens, eventually joining a band called The Rain with friend Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. It wasn't until Liam's older brother, Noel, joined the band that the group began to take off, eventually changing their name to Oasis. The band's first studio album, Definitely Maybe, quickly became the fastest selling record in UK history, due in part to the passionate vocals and controversial public persona of frontman Liam. Oasis's second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory, catapulted Liam into superstardom, and made him the tip of the Britpop movement in the 90s.

As Oasis' success continued to build at an exponential rate, tensions between Liam and his brother Noel began to rise, much as they had during the pair's childhood. After numerous, temporary departures by Noel, the fighting finally came to a head in in 2009, when the two engaged in a wrestling match backstage at the Rock En Seine Festival, after which Noel left Oasis and signaled the band's end. Liam and Noel's relationship never fully recovered.

However, Liam and other members of the band (Gem Archer and Andy Bell) continued to write new material, eventually forming the group Beady Eye. While Gallagher had stated that the process was extremely organic and casual, he had high hopes that his new work would surpass the work he had done with Oasis. Beady Eye's debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, was released in 2011, and featured equal songwriting and instrumentation credits between Gallagher, Archer, and Bell. The album received mixed reviews, mostly due to overly critical comparisons between the album and the music of Oasis. Regardless, the record shot to No. 3 on the UK Albums Chart.

Beady Eye was a headliner at a Japan Tsunami Disaster benefit concert just a few months later; a hugely successful event organized by Gallagher himself. Beady Eye's sophomore album, BE, was released in 2013, and received many more positive reviews than the group's previous effort. The record even beat its predecessor by one spot on the British charts, peaking at No. 2. Unfortunately, just as Beady Eye was beginning to settle into their groove, Liam announced in 2014 that the group had disbanded.

Gallagher re-surfaced in 2015, playing original, acoustic songs at a pub in Charlestown, Ireland. When asked if he was planning a solo career, he vehemently denounced the idea. However, just a year later, Gallagher stated in an interview that he would be releasing original songs as a solo artist, noting his previous hypocrisy on the subject. In 2017, he released his first album as a solo artist, As You Were.

Cage The Elephant: Music lovers that haven't heard of Cage the Elephant have probably heard their hit single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" on the radio or TV. Those same lovers are probably also missing out on Cage the Elephant's amazing concert dates. This Kentucky band is a group up-and-coming stars who are bringing a much needed kick to mainstream music through their folksy yet rocking beats and frenzied tour dates. Their style is a unique blend of bluegrass, punk, and rock that has been garnering attention from both fans and critics. For those people who have heard and enjoyed "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked", there's good news in the form of tour dates for 2011.

Cage the Elephant was formed by brothers Matthew and Brad Schultz in 2006. Their sound was almost immediately a hit and gained the band a concert date at the 2007 Lollapalooza, immediately following Lady Gaga's breakout performance at the festival. It wasn't until they played at the South By Southwest Festival that Cage the Elephant were signed to UK record label Relentless Records, eventually relocating there. Their debut eponymous album was released in June of 2008 in the UK and almost a year later in the US to positive reviews. Shortly after, the single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" began to circulate as a hit single and the band began to play concert dates with a number of UK and US bands, including The Pigeon Detectives and Manchester Orchestra. Cage the Elephant returned to play a tour date at Lollapalooza in 2009 as well as playing the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and Bonnaroo in Tennessee.

Cage the Elephant's new album, Thank You Happy Birthday, was released in January of 2011 and has prompted the current 2011 tour dates with superstars The Black Keys. The two bands share a similar bluegrass sound, as well as the energy they both expend on stage. The concert dates will kick off in Cage the Elephant's home away from home of London on March 23, with tour dates in 2011 extending into July. Part of Cage the Elephant's meteoric rise to fame is due to their energetic tour dates, where the band's members visibly play like it's their last night on Earth. While Cage the Elephant won't be opening for The Black Keys on every tour date in 2011, the shows with The Black Keys are selling out fast, so buy tickets soon.

Japandroids: Japandroids (JPNDRDS) is a two piece band from Vancouver, BC. This 'band' started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a 'lead singer' and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don't care what you call it, as long as it's not minimal. Japandroids are maximal - a two piece band trying to sound like a five piece band.

Building on the buzz of 2008's Lullaby Death Jams and 2007's All Lies, Japandroids' debut full-length, Post-Nothing, was released in 2009 and immediately began garnering critical acclaim. Four months later, the record was named on numerous year-end lists -- earning best-of-2009 honors from Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, NME, Exclaim and many, many more.

Tired of being forced to pick a label for their music, Brian (guitar) and Dave (drums) decided that their sound was simply "post-nothing." The album's nine gems confirm this: running the gauntlet of rock 'n roll sub-genres to the point that the boys are ripping off too many different bands to sound like any other duo making music right now.

In 2010, finding it difficult to record a full album while in the midst of a heavy touring schedule behind Post-Nothing, Japandroids devised a 7" series as a way to give something back to its fans.

Recorded during the duo's brief period of time off between tours, each two-song 7" in the five-part series (to be released throughout the year) will include an A-side of previously unreleased material written during the Post-Nothing sessions and a cover B-side.

2010 will also see the re-release of Japandroids' two pre-Post-Nothing EPs -- Lullaby Death Jams and All Lies -- compiled together as No Singles . The EPs have been out of print ever since the original pressings (500 copies each on CD-R) quickly sold out.

Gaining just as much positive press for its amazing live shows, Japandroids have already played more than 200 concerts across North America and Europe.

Supporting Japandroids gets you into heaven -- no questions asked.

The Struts: No biography provided

Circa Waves: Formed in 2013, Circa Waves have wasted no time in achieving rock and roll stardom. They began playing shows around the UK, eventually releasing their debut single, "Get Away/Good For Me" later that year. The next year, Circa Waves released their debut EP, Young Chasers, after which they supported the 1975 on tour. Their debut studio album, Young Chasers, was released in 2015; however, it was their second album, 2017's Different Creatures that really struck a chord with fans.

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.

The Kills: Despite Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart being the only two members of the indie rock band The Kills, the duo creates a bigger sound than most seven-piece bands on tour dates. While two-piece bands often invoke the memory of The White Stripes, The Kills have created their own original sound, guided by the skillful and creative use of a drum machine in cleverly written, down and dirty songs. The Kills' concert dates have become hugely popular, with Hince and Mosshart tearing down the traditional relationship between performer and audience. Hince (known in the band as "Hotel") and Mosshart (aka "VV") have a winning approach that has made them successful in previous projects and that will take them well into the future. The Kills are currently playing a number of worldwide tour dates in 2011 to promote their new album, Blood Pressures, available for streaming and purchase on April 4.

Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart were no strangers to the music scene when they met. Mosshart was on tour dates with her punk band Discount while Hince was touring England with his band Scarfo. Alison heard Jamie practicing in the hotel room above hers and, intrigued, went up to investigate. The duo began a trans-atlantic correspondence of recorded music and increasing collaboration prompted Mosshart to move to London. Playing under the moniker "VV and Hotel," The Kills recorded a demo tape in 2001, but refused courting from major record companies. VV and Hotel eventually released their debut EP, The Black Rooster, on British indie label Domino Records. The Kills become known for their non-traditional stage performances, where concert dates included little interaction with the audience and mostly chain-smoking and performing.

The Kills' first full-length album, Keep on Your Mean Side, was released in 2003 and - while maintaining the group's signature style - showcased a variety of experimental styles. No Wow, released in 2005, was a success despite the fact that Hince and Mosshart weren't able to perform the tracks on a Moog synthesizer, as they had originally intended. Even with their popularity on the rise, The Kills next album, Midnight Bloom, became an even bigger success due to publicity received from the incorporation of the album's singles into television shows and movies.

Blood Pressures is the latest album from the Kills, released on April 4, 2011. The popularity of the lead single "Satellite" has critics and fans buzzing; so much so, that a sold out concert date in London has inspired even more UK tour dates in 2011. The newly announced UK tour dates will only last about a week beginning on May 27, which will be followed by concert dates at a few European music festivals, including the Hurricane and Southside festivals in Germany and Rock En Seine in France. In late July, The Kills will head to Australia for a few tour dates in 2011, including appearances at On the Bright Side in Perth and the Splendour in the Grass Festival in Woodford. Immediately after Australian tour dates, The Kills have a scheduled concert date at the Fuji Rock Festival in Niigata, Japan. The Kills are constantly adding tour dates in 2011, so make sure to check Eventful for all the updates.

Bob Mould: Guitarist/singer/songwriter Bob Mould was initially a member of Hüsker Dü, one of the most influential American bands of the '80s. Hüsker Dü was a post-hardcore punk band that helped define the sound and ideals of alternative rock. After Hüsker Dü broke up, Mould signed a solo contract with Virgin Records in 1988. The following year, he released his first solo album, Workbook, which represented a major shift in sonic direction. Workbook was an introspective collection, featuring keyboards, acoustic guitars, and even strings. The album received excellent reviews and spent 14 weeks on the charts, peaking at 127; "See a Little Light" became a Top Ten modern rock hit. Mould returned to loud, guitar-driven rock on his second solo album, 1990's Black Sheets of Rain. Featuring the Top Ten modern rock hit "It's Too Late," Black Sheets of Rain received mixed reviews.

Frustrated with the business operations of major record labels, Mould left Virgin after the release of Black Sheets of Rain; they would later release a compilation of the two albums, Poison Years. Mould then formed an independent record company, SOL (Singles Only Label), which released 45s from new, developing bands as well as cult bands. In 1992, he formed a new trio, Sugar, with bassist David Barbe and drummer Malcolm Travis; the band signed with Rykodisc in the U.S., Creation in the U.K. Sugar's first album, Copper Blue, was released in the fall of 1992 to enthusiastic reviews and became Mould's most successful project to date. Copper Blue nearly went gold and spawned several alternative radio and MTV hits, including "Helpless" and "If I Can't Change Your Mind." In the spring of 1993, Sugar released the mini-LP Beaster, a more abrasive collection than Copper Blue that was recorded at the same sessions. Around the time of the release of Beaster, Mould was forced out of the closet by various gay publications, with hopes that he would embrace their political cause; he rejected their requests.

Mould wrote the material for the second Sugar album during 1993. The band began recording in the spring of 1994, but the sessions ground to a halt and the tapes were erased. Mould decided to give the album one more try, and it was recorded quickly late that spring. The album, File Under: Easy Listening, appeared in the fall of 1994. Although it received good reviews and was moderately successful commercially, it didn't match the performance of Copper Blue. In the spring of 1995, it was announced that Sugar was on hiatus. Besides, a collection of rarities and B-sides, was released that summer. By the fall, Mould had broken up the band and begun to work on a third album entirely by himself. Mould played all of the instruments on his self-titled third album, which was released in the spring of 1996. The Last Dog and Pony Show followed in 1998. In 2002, after a long period of musical inactivity, Mould returned with the electronics-heavy Modulator, followed by the more conventional Body of Song in 2005. After a dance project with Richard Morel (Blowoff Project), Mould returned to his guitar roots and paired up with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty to record District Line in 2008.

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