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Asking Alexandria Unveil 2013 U.S. Tour Dates

Asking Alexandria have spent the last few months in the studio and they’re ready to get out and play again. The band has revealed that their spring North American tour will launch April 19 in Wichita and is set to continue through their Rocklahoma performance on May 25.

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Revisits Poker Passion

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Godsmack ‘s planned year-long break in the schedule is not only giving frontman Sully Erna a chance to pursue his solo career, but he’s also taking the time to revive one of his other passions — poker. The musician tells ESPN that after stepping away from the card game for a few years, he’s gotten the itch to compete in poker tournaments again. In 2006 and 2007, Erna took part in the World Series of Poker competitions, winning $17,730 his first year and banking another $45,422 the following year. Then he took home $307,325 in the 2007 Five-Diamond World Poker Classic. But Erna says that his mindset wasn’t right to keep it up. He explains, “I was finding that I was very impatient and playing crappy hands. I was losing patience every time I was playing. I had to take a break. [But] I’m making a comeback! I’ve studied the game. I’m getting the itch to play poker again. In fact, I’m in Los Angeles today and I’ll be playing tonight. I need to shake the rust off. I’m ready to go deep and win a lot of money!” Erna says he felt the timing was right to pick up poker again. “I’ve been bouncing around testing out my game,” says the vocalist. “That’s why many of my venues for the solo shows are in casinos. I love that environment. It works to my advantage, also it’s a transient audience. I can’t wait.” Sully has booked a solo tour later this spring, promoting both his ‘Avalon’ solo disc and the works of Godsmack. Check out the tour dates here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Favorite Godsmack Song – Readers Poll” align=”center”]

Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Richard Fortus to Hold Master Class at University of Central Oklahoma

Ethan Miller, Getty Images While Guns N’ Roses are off the road, guitarist Richard Fortus will help other aspiring musicians learn his chosen trade. The axeman has agreed to host a master class this coming week at the University of Central Oklahoma that will give him a chance to share his skill. Fortus is the latest musician to visit the campus’ ACM@UCO Performance Lab, following in the footsteps of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Roger Daltrey and Jackson Browne , Black Country Communion ‘s Joe Bonamassa, Flaming Lips instrumentalist Steven Drodz and singer-songwriter Ben Folds among others. The guitarist joined Guns N’ Roses in 2001 and can be heard on the ‘Chinese Democracy’ album. He’s also performed or recorded with Thin Lizzy , the Psychedelic Furs, Fiona Apple and Jesse Malin among others. His master class will take place this Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Academy of Contemporary Music lab at the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district (329 E. Sheridan) at 7PM local time. For more information, visit the UCO website here . Fortus will take his place onstage with Guns N’ Roses this spring when the band headlines the Governors Ball and Rocklahoma festivals. [button href=”” title=”Next: Guns N’ Roses Offer Peek at 3D Concert Film” align=”center”]

The Offspring, 3 Doors Down + Stone Sour Headline Inaugural Fort Rock Festival

Kevin Winter / Michael Loccisano / Adam Bettcher, Getty Images Hard rock fans can add another great festival to their must-see list this spring when Fort Myers, Fla. hosts the inaugural Fort Rock Festival. The lineup for this year’s event features such top acts as the  Offspring , 3 Doors Down and Stone Sour leading the way. In addition, organizers have revealed that Papa Roach , Volbeat , In This Moment , Escape the Fate , Device , Pop Evil , Otherwise , Mindset Evolution and more will take part in the event, which takes place at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers April 14. Additional acts will join the festival as well and the bands will be divided up into the Main Stage and the Jagermeister Second Stage. Fort Rock comes from Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, part of the team that has produced the Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion and Welcome to Rockville festivals. Tickets for the Fort Rock Festival go on sale Saturday, Feb. 23 at 6AM ET at the event’s website . There will also be special VIP and hotel packages available as well. [button href=”” title=”Next: Check Out Other 2013 Must-See Rock Concerts” align=”center”]

Deftones’ Chino Moreno + Former Isis Members Complete First Palms Album

Ipecac Recordings Deftones frontman Chino Moreno is a man of many projects and his latest finds him recording with several former members of the band Isis in a new group called Palms . The band has confirmed the completion of their self-titled debut album and the disc is now due June 25 through Ipecac Recordings. Moreno is joined by the band by Jeff Caxide, Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer. They’ve been working on new music during breaks in Moreno’s schedule over the past year, with Harris handling mixing duties and all of the band members serving as producers. The Deftones frontman stated last fall about the project, “They recorded this music a long time ago, almost a year ago, so musically it’s been its own thing and I only got asked to do vocals on it not too long ago by my buddy Aaron [Harris], he’s the drummer. It’s not really a thing I rush on. Any of the projects I do, I don’t have to do them. I do them strictly because it’s fun to make music with friends and to do that.” Moreno recently took to his Mixlr account, where he played an early, unmastered version of the band’s song ‘Tropics,’ which will be part of the upcoming disc. The group recently launched an official website , but at present only a splash page with a photo and links to their social network accounts is all that is part of it. [button href=”” title=”Next: Deftones Announce Spring 2013 Tour” align=”center”]

Hollywood Undead + Falling in Reverse Team for Spring 2013 North American Trek

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2) Hollywood Undead are racking up the miles this spring, just tacking on another leg of dates that will take them through the end of May. For those keeping track, this will be their third leg of North American dates in support of the ‘ Notes From the Underground ‘ album. For the new shows, which begin April 17 in Pharr, Texas, the band will be joined by Falling in Reverse . This latest leg concludes May 25 in Louisville, Ky. Hollywood Undead also recently announced a March run that kicks off in Reno, Nev., on March 4 and concludes in Providence, R.I., on March 27. On that tour, support will be split with Dance Gavin Dance opening the first four dates of the tour and Abandon All Ships appearing on a majority of the remainder of the run. Hollywood Undead’s first tour in support of the album came in January, right after the disc was released, and fans sold out every date on the Underground trek. Falling in Reverse, meanwhile, are still touring strong behind their 2011 debut, ‘The Drug in Me Is You.’ Hollywood Undead Tour With Dance Gavin Dance + Abandon All Ships 3/4 — Reno, Nev. – Knitting Factory Concert House* 3/6 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House* 3/7 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory Concert House* 3/8 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland Theater* 3/9 — Vancouver, British Columbia — Rickshaw Theater** 3/11 — Calgary, Alberta — MacEwan Hall Ballroom** 3/12 — Edmonton, Alberta — Starlite Room** 3/13 — Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — Odeon Events Centre** 3/15 — Winnipeg, Manitoba — Garrick Event Center** 3/16 — Fargo, N.D. — The Venue @ The Hub 3/19 — London, Ontario — London Concert Theatre** 3/20 — Toronto, Ontario — The Phoenix Concert Theatre** 3/21 — Guelph, Ontario – Guelph Concert Theatre** 3/23 — Jonquiere, Quebec – Theatre Palace Arvida** 3/24 — Quebec City, Quebec- Imperial de Quebec** 3/25 — Laval, – Marcellin-Champagnat** 3/27 — Providence, R.I. — Fete (Ballroom) * w/ Dance Gavin Dance?** w/ Abandon All Ships Hollywood Undead Tour With Falling in Reverse 4/17 — Pharr, Texas — Pharr Event Center 4/19 — San Antonio, Texas — Backstage Live 4/21 — Lubbock, Texas — Lonestar Ampitheatre 4/23 — Austin, Texas — Emo’s East 4/24 — El Paso, Texas — Tricky Falls 4/25 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Sunshine Theatre 5/1 — Panama City Beach, Fla. — Club La Vela 5/3 — Chattanooga, Tenn. — Track 29 5/4 — Nashville, Tenn. — Marathon Music Works 5/9 — Madison, Wis. — Orpheum Theatre 5/10 — Sioux Falls, S.D. — Sioux Falls Expo Center 5/14 — La Crosse, Wis. — South Hall @ La Crosse Center 5/15 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Orbit Room 5/18 — Ft. Wayne, Ind. — Pierre’s 5/19 — Lancaster, Pa. — Chameleon Club 5/21 — Clifton Park, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall 5/22 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theatre 5/24 — Rochester, N.Y. — Main Street Armory 5/25 — Louisville, Ky. — Expo 5 [button href=”” title=”Next: Hollywood Undead’s ‘We Are’ Inspired by America’s Youth” align=”center”]

David Draiman’s Device Unveil Teaser Video for Self-Titled Debut Album

Facebook – Device As the anticipation builds for the April 9 release of their self-titled debut album, Device have released a short, 45 second black and white teaser video featuring a snippet of their music (watch below). The first single ‘Vilify’ hits radio on Feb. 19. The trio formed by David Draiman from Disturbed  has recruited a star-studded lineup of guest musicians for ‘Device.’ Among those making appearances are Black Sabbath  bassist  Geezer Butler , Deep Purple  singer-bassist  Glenn Hughes , Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows , System of a Down  singer  Serj Tankian , Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Halestorm ‘s Lzzy Hale . The band’s touring lineup consists of Draiman,  Evanescence  drummer Will Hunt and Dope / Eve to Adam guitarist Virus. Former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo wrote and recorded the album with Draiman, but will not tour with the outfit. Draiman recently discussed how happy he was with Hale’s appearance. “For years I’d wanted to re-do ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne. I always thought it was a fantastic idea and needed the right combination of elements and events and needed to have the right woman to play the role of Lita in this song, and Lzzy Hale, in my opinion, is the strongest, most distinctive voice, female voice, in rock today. I think that she’s just as good as it gets.” Device have some concert dates scheduled in support of their debut album. They’ll play in Switzerland later this month, and then have several festival dates lined up for the spring and summer. You’ll be able to see them at Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville Festival, Lazerfest 2013 and elsewhere. Watch Device’s Teaser Video [button href=”” title=”Get the Latest News on Device Here” align=”center”]