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March
1st

System of a Down to launch tour in Seattle

After a long hiatus, System of a Down is back. The popular prog-metal band will launch its forthcoming U.S. tour on May 13 at KeyArena, Live Nation announced. Gogol Bordello will open. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday with prices ranging from $29.50 to $65. You’ll be able to find tickets here.

Feb.
16th

Rammstein headed to the Tacoma Dome

German art-metal Rammstein will headline the Tacoma Dome on May 15, Live Nation announced today. The band – known for its theatrical style and vocalist Till Lindemann sometimes performing while engulfed in flame – will launch its nine-stop North American tour on May 5 in New York. Tickets for the Tacoma show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Feb. 26, but prices were not yet made available.

Feb.
5th

Ozzy Osbourne review and set list

Let’s start with the obvious. Ozzy Osbourne has seen better days. And after decades of ingesting enough booze and contraband to kill most of us, you never know which version of the rock legend will show up in concert.

Will it be the guy who’s had trouble finishing tours in recent years; the one that melted down and shuffled offstage after his voice blew out midway through Black Sabbath’s set in Auburn a few years back? Or will it be some semblance of the Prince of (bleeping) Darkness, the lovable madman that got this metal train rolling more than

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Feb.
2nd

Ozzy vs. Slash


Warning: Do not approach these men if you see them. Her, a different story (AP photo/Joel Ryan)

Listen up, people! It’s time to hide your daughters, the contents of your medicine cabinets and any small animals that may be in your care.

Why? Ozzy Osbourne and Slash are coming to town, that’s why. They’re the main attractions Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome. And, in case you didn’t know, they’re also two of the most debauched rockers to ever be featured on VH-1’s “Behind the Music.”

So as a public service we’ve compiled some incriminating confessions from their biographies, “I Am Ozzy” (written with Chris Ayres, Hachette Book Group, $15.99) and “Slash” (with Anthony Bozza, It Books, $15.99) to figure out which guy is the most dangerous and erratic – and to let you know why you should do a 180 and run if you see either one strolling down D Street before the show.
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Jan.
11th

Agent Orange, more headed to Backstage

We now have a better idea of the bands general manager Joy Hutt plans to bring to the forthcoming Backstage Bar & Grill, which is under construction at 6409 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma, formerly home base for the short-lived Game On Sports Grille.
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Nov.
24th

Revengers, Bloodhunger and Swampy Draws lineup changes

A few popular Tacoma bands will look a little different in the near future. For starters, Revengers will play their last show with vocalist Eric Quinn on Friday night at the New Frontier before the Mighty Quinn heads off to law school in Michigan. I ran into Revengers beatmeister Jeff Berghammer this morning when he was getting some coffee, and he said he and his mates are contemplating going on with a new singer. But can they find one that emotes quite like Eric? Methinks no.
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Oct.
11th

Ozzy Osbourne, Slash headed to Tacoma Dome

It’s been a while since Ozzfest brought its head-banging mayhem to these parts. But finally namesake Ozzy Osbourne is coming back.

Metal’s godfather will headline the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 5, 2011, Live Nation announced today. And his opening act is no slouch, either. It’s Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver guitarist god Slash, who will be out in support of his self-titled solo album.

Live Nation and Ticketmaster will start selling tickets at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. The price range is $29.50 to

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Oct.
9th

Alice in Chains return to KeyArena, record 3D concert film

It’s hard to believe Alice in Chains v. 2.0 has been around for half a decade now. And on Friday, the resurgent Seattle metal gods returned home for the third time in just over a year, an event that market the latest phase in their improbable comeback.

In 2005, the band’s surviving members resurfaced for a star-studded South Asian tsunami benefit at Seattle rock club, the Premier (a venue since renamed Showbox SoDo.) Later that year, they tapped singer-guitarist William DuVall to fill in for fallen front man Layne Staley, who died in 2002 of an apparent drug overdose.
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Oct.
6th

The Deftones’ Chino Moreno on unreleased CD “Eros,” accident that sidelined band mate (audio)

Alice in Chains, Mastodon and the Deftones have joined forces for the BlackDiamondSkye tour, which will drop by Seattle’s KeyArena on Friday. And someone will be notably missed during the Deftones’ set, with bassist Chi Cheng still sidelined nearly two years after the accident that put him into a coma in November 2008.

Recently, I caught up with Deftones singer-guitarist Chino Moreno for a story that will run in Friday’s GO section. Meanwhile, here are a few clips from that interview with Moreno discussing …

… how his band wound

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Oct.
5th

Friday’s Alice in Chains show to be filmed in 3D

Alice in Chains’ headlining set at KeyArena on Friday will be filmed in 3D, the band announced today. A in C has hired HDLogix to shoot their hometown stop with the BlackDiamondSkye tour, which also features hard rock heavyweights Mastodon and the Deftones.

In charge of filming will be director Tim Cronenweth and director of photography Jeff Cronenweth. But the band has yet to announce where and when the 3D footage will eventually turn up.