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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.


Hear Decemberists live on NPR.org Wednesday

Portland’s Decemberists will perform material from their just released new album, “The King Is Dead,” for National Public Radio’s web site on Wednesday, EMI announced. Fans will be able to hear an hour-long performance and interview session that will be webcast from Portland’s NPR affiliate’s studios at noon, which will be viewable at www.npr.org/music/. For local fans, that will serve as warm-up to the band’s Feb. 18 appearance at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.


Rush bringing “Moving Pictures” back this summer

Rush will bring their Time Machine Tour back to Washington this summer. The Canadian prog-rock kings will headline the Gorge Amphitheatre in George on July 2, Live Nation announced today. Tickets will go for $45 to $110, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster will have them on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 31.

The Time Machine Tour – which features Rush playing it’s classic album “Moving Pictures” in its entirety – stopped at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre last August, and you can find our coverage here.


Spoiler alert: “The Wall” is torn down at the end

British prog-rockers Pink Floyd visited just two American cities with the original tour for 1979 double album “The Wall” before pulling the plug on a venture that proved too costly. But local fans finally got to witness one of rock’s most celebrated operas Saturday night as chief architect Roger Waters presented his magnum opus to a packed Tacoma Dome.
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Roger Waters “The Wall” = year’s most predictable set list

In case you forgot the names of the tracks on Pink Floyd’s classic rock opera “The Wall,” here’s what Roger Waters played at the Tacoma Dome tonight. The only thing up in the air was whether there would be an encore. And nope, there was not. Not that they needed one. Stay tuned for a few photos and observations from one of the year’s most anticipated shows.

Roger Waters “The Wall”
Tacoma Dome
Dec. 11, 2010

In the Flesh 1
Thin Ice
Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 1
Happiest Days of Our Lives

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The Decemberists will preview new song on ‘Conan,’ play Seattle in 2011

Portland’s Decemberists are headed back to Seattle early next year. The experimental pop-rock outfit will headline the Paramount Theatre on Feb. 18, 2011, Capitol Records announced.
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X Japan interview (audio)

Imagine if Metallica, after two decades of packing arenas in the United States, had to reboot and play a series of club shows to win over new fans in, say, Turkey. That’s roughly what symphonic metal band X Japan is doing with its first U.S. tour.

X Japan is one of the biggest bands on the planet that you’ve probably never heard of, having sold 30 million records and DVDs at home in Japan and sparked a music and fashion movement called “Visual-Kei,” a precursor to some of the anime styles catchin’ on

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Rush review: Reigning kings of prog-rock turn back time in Auburn

Rush singer-bassist Geddy Lee …
… and guitar hero Alex Lifeson (photos by Ernest Jasmin).

Prog-rock kings Rush and their faithful converged on Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre on Saturday to celebrate one of the band’s most critically acclaimed albums and to party like it’s 1981.
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Tool rocks, inspires with psychedelic set in Seattle

Tool, as viewed from the back of KeyArena Saturday night (photo by Ernest Jasmin).

Tool is one of the strangest, most inspiring anomalies in pop music today. The “thinking man’s metal band,” as they’re called, crafts songs that are brazenly weird, cerebral and arty. They eschew trends, instead packing albums with sprawling prog-rock epics that have more in common with Rush and King Crimson than anything trendy on top 40 radio today. And they take their own sweet time between albums, having produced just four proper full-lengths in 18 years.

Yet, in the fickle world of pop, they’ve remained staples of MTV and mainstream radio since grunge was king. Hey, how’d that happen? And based on Saturday night’s appearance at KeyArena, Tool may be more respected and relevant than ever.
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Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier talks new songs, Olympia roots

College radio faves Deerfhoof will headline Olympia’s Capitol Theater on the Fourth of July and Seattle’s Vera Project the day after that. And recently, I caught up with founding member Greg Saunier for a story that will run in Friday’s GO section and the Olympian’s Weekend. But before that hits the streets, you can click the links below to hear Saunier talk about …

… the new album the band is mixing on the road and a new local fans

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