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PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS: One Hand Clapping (06/14/24)

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Queens of the Stone Age Reissue (06/21/24)

BEASTIE BOYS: Ill Communication Reissue (07/26/24)

GHOST: RITE HERE RITE NOW: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (07/26/24)

blur: Live at Wembley Stadium (07/26/24)


GHOST’S RITE HERE RITE NOW
BECOMES HIGHEST-GROSSING HARD ROCK CINEMA EVENT EVER IN 
NORTH AMERICA 
& ENTERS TOP 10 AT THE GLOBAL BOX OFFICE WITH $5.04M GROSS

Trafalgar Releasing is thrilled to announce the record-setting success for GHOST’s RITE HERE RITE NOW. Inclusive of the screenings on June 20 through 23, the unique feature-length concert/narrative film entered the worldwide Top 10 box office at No. 9 with a total gross of $5.04 million worldwide* from limited showtimes.

RITE HERE RITE NOW, which screened in 1,800+ cinemas across 49 territories, combines never-before-seen 2023 concert footage of GRAMMY award-winning rock band, GHOST, with a narrative story that picks up plot threads from the band’s long-running Chapters series, directed by GHOST’s Tobias Forge and Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell).

RITE HERE RITE NOW entered the Top 10 of the North America box office with a cumulative total gross of $2.65M, making it the highest-grossing hard rock cinema event ever in North America. The film reached No. 3 at the June 20 box office with a gross of more than $1.12M and a per-screen average of $1,492 across 755 movie theaters. On June 21, it grossed more than $238K across 366 movie theaters. Continuing its success, it landed at No. 7 at the June 22 box office with a gross of more than $1.03M and a per-screen average of $1,376K across 751 movie theaters. Finally, on June 23, it grossed over $257K and a per-screen average of $718 across 358 movie theaters. 

Regional highlights also included UK & Ireland with a $606K gross and No. 5 at the box office, Germany with a $332K gross and No. 3 at the box office, Mexico with a $326K gross and a No. 5 box office position for the weekend, and Australia with a $178K gross and No. 6 at the box office.

Due to demand, further screenings have been added in select markets for this and next week. Full details are available at www.ritehereritenow.com.    

Tobias Forge said, “Having wanted to make a movie for most of my life, I was overwhelmed to see the interest our fans showed in the film before it was even released. Now as people seem to have not only seen it, but also seem to dig it… That really gets my motor humming. Thank you all!” 

Kymberli Frueh, SVP of Programming and Content Acquisitions at Trafalgar Releasing, said “We’re thrilled to be part of this historic moment for Ghost and their fans across the globe. RITE HERE RITE NOW proves there’s a huge appetite for concert films that deliver an unforgettable experience. It’s a testament to the power of music and the magic of seeing incredible concerts on the big screen and together with other fans.”

RITE HERE RITE NOW: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, mixed by Rich Costey, will be released worldwide on July 26 via Loma Vista Recordings. A fitting 18-song complement to GHOST’s debut feature film, the band’s first ever original soundtrack will be available on all formats (digital, CD, 2xLP). Pre-orders are live now here, and include the brand new studio recording “The Future is a Foreign Land,” revealed to the world during the film’s opening night, and the live version of “Absolution” as instant grat tracks.

* Worldwide gross is listed as of time of press release issuance. 

^ Exact screening dates varied between territories. Notable exceptions include Sweden and Denmark, where screenings were held on June 20 and 23, and France, where screenings were held on June 23 only.

About GHOST
Accumulating nearly 10 billion streams, GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock band and global sensation GHOST continues to bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live shows to ever-growing crowds, most recently on last year’s triumphant RE-IMPERATOUR U.S.A. 2023, which hit more than two dozen North American cities before its two-night finale at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. In March 2022, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reported in a Calendar cover story that GHOST had “conquered metal and the charts” when its fifth album IMPERA debuted at #1 in a sweep of the U.S. album charts, entering the BILLBOARD 200 at #2 and bowing at #1 in the band’s native Sweden, Germany and Finland, while cracking the top 5 in another half dozen or more countries. Featuring “Spillways”—hailed as a “sweetly constructed rock tune” by THE NEW YORK TIMES and later reimagined with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard—and the GRAMMY-nominated “Call Me Little Sunshine,” GHOST’s fifth #1 at Active Rock radio—IMPERA moved ROLLING STONE to remark, “GHOST predicted the pandemic, now the metal band is foretelling the fall of empires.” The album presented the most current and topical GHOST subject matter to date set against a darkly colorful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other—yet unmistakably, quintessentially GHOST. Having closed out 2022 by cracking the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, with the RIAA platinum-certified “Mary on a Cross,” as well as IMPERA winning Favorite Rock Album at the American Music Awards and Best Rock Album of the Year at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, GHOST unveiled PHANTOMIME, a five-song covers EP including the version of Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera” that earned the band its fifth GRAMMY nomination. GHOST’s seemingly limitless ambition will soon take the band to the silver screen with the June 2024 theatrical premiere of the feature film RITE HERE RITE NOW.

About Alex Ross Perry
Alex Ross Perry was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1984. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and worked at Kim’s Video in Manhattan. He is the director of the films Impolex, The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth, Golden Exits, Her Smell and the writer of Disney’s Christopher Robin. He has directed music videos for GHOST, Pavement, Kim Gordon, Sleigh Bells and many more. He lives in Brooklyn.

About Trafalgar Releasing
Trafalgar Releasing, the global leader in event cinema distribution, harnesses the power of cinema to bring fans together in more than 15,000 cinemas across 132 countries.  A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s operations include production, acquisition, marketing, and distribution of live or pre-recorded content to cinemas worldwide led by an international team based in the UK, US and Germany. Featuring live concerts, music documentaries, world-class opera, award-winning theatre, and more from leading names in entertainment such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, BTS, Metallica, Oasis, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, the Royal Opera House and others, Trafalgar Releasing has repeatedly shattered event cinema box office records, most recently with international distribution for TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR, the highest-grossing concert film of all time. Information about Trafalgar Releasing can be found at www.trafalgar-releasing.com.


Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. 
Tune In This Weekend!

This weekend only, jump in to Fortnite to experience Metallica’s music like never before in Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. This immersive music experience journeys through five classic Metallica tracks plus — because this is a Metallica concert — the customary live intro of Ennio Morricone’s “The Ecstasy of Gold.”

Watch the Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. concert teaser here

Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. will have six different showtimes across two days. Mark your calendars, because these times will be your only chance to experience the concert live in Fortnite:

Saturday, June 22, 2024

  • 2 PM ET
  • 5 PM ET
  • 11 PM ET

Sunday, June 23, 2024

  • 10 AM ET
  • 2 PM ET
  • 5 PM ET

Want to hear more about Metallica’s journey across Fortnite? Listen to this week’s “The Metallica Report” podcast where James Hetfield shares insight into how the band feels about taking over Fortnite. 

During the episode James shared: “It [Fortnite] was a really cool idea. And the way it was explained to me is it’s a whole ‘nother continent. And we’ve played all seven so might as well play the eighth one, you know. So let’s get in on that. And yeah, explore and be adventurous and see what comes out of this. Why would we not?” 

Listen to the full episode of The Metallica Report here and check out these clips on Instagram and X

HOW TO JUMP INTO METALLICA: FUEL. FIRE. FURY.

Watch our How to Video hereTo check out Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. you will need to download Fortnite. Fortnite is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Android, PC and cloud-based streaming services. Learn how to access any of these options here.

Once you’re logged in and Fortnite is running, select the “Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury.” tile in the Discover screen (Fortnite’s menu).

The experience will be in Fortnite’s Discover screen for thirty minutes at each showtime, so even if you jump in later than the listed start time, you can still be part of the full show. 

You can jump into Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. with a party of up to four!

In case you missed it, 

On June 13, Metallica became the first band to take center stage across all Fortnite experiences, with Metallica-themed gameplay in Fortnite Festival, Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite, and Rocket Racing. Additionally a new Season – and a new way to play Fortnite Festival (Battle Stage) – launched.

Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. – tune in this weekend!


GHOST

“THE FUTURE IS A FOREIGN LAND”

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED NEW STUDIO TRACK OUT NOW

FROM RITE HERE RITE NOW: ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK 

Out July 26 via Loma Vista Recordings 

Listen HERE

Taking the world by surprise with its debut during the opening night of GHOST’s first ever feature film RITE HERE RITE NOW, the never-before-heard “The Future is a Foreign Land” is cause for celebration amongst the millions of fans of GHOST’s legendary 1969 era. Long thought lost to the sands of time, “Future…” is the third song from the GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock icons’ timeless 1969 sessions featuring Papa Nihil fronting an early incarnation of the band — the same lineup that blessed us with the now-classic Seven Inches of Satanic Panic single. That single’s pair of GHOST swinging sixties staples — “Kiss the Go-Goat” and the RIAA-certified platinum Tik Tok phenomenon and Billboard Hot 100 breakthrough “Mary on a Cross” — has become an unholy trinity with the unearthing of “The Future is a Foreign Land.” While its wicked twangy guitar figures and portentous lyrics of an impending 1984 render the song instantly recognizable as an artifact of the era, “Future…” is suffused with presciently modern signatures of the contemporary GHOST sound. Ending with an optimistic nod to 2024, “Future…” was revealed to the children of the world during the end credits of RITE HERE RITE NOW‘s world premiere, and is the sole previously unreleased studio track to be included on the movie’s original soundtrack.

The tracklist titles for RITE HERE RITE NOW: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are as follows:

  1. Imperium
  2. Kaisarion
  3. Rats
  4. Faith
  5. Spillways
  6. Cirice
  7. Absolution
  8. Call Me Little Sunshine
  9. Watcher In The Sky
  10. If You Have Ghosts (Chamber Version)
  11. Twenties
  12. Miasma
  13. Mary On A Cross
  14. Respite On The Spitalfields
  15. Kiss The Go-Goat
  16. Dance Macabre
  17. Square Hammer
  18. The Future Is A Foreign Land*

*All songs recorded live from the Kia Forum except “Future is a Foreign Land”

RITE HERE RITE NOW’s theatrical run opened June 20 via Trafalgar Releasing, its unique phantasmagorical blend of mesmerizing live performance and intriguing narrative having haunted nearly 2000 cinemas across nearly 50 countries. RITE HERE RITE NOW: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released worldwide on July 26 via Loma Vista Recordings. A fitting 18-song complement to the feature film, the band’s first ever original soundtrack will be available on all formats (digital, CD, 2xLP). Pre-orders are live now here, and include “The Future is a Foreign Land” as well as a live version of “Absolution,” captured at the now-legendary sold-out two-night stand at the Forum where the concert footage featured in the film was shot.

Whether you’re a devoted disciple looking to relive treasured memories of the GHOST live spectacle or among the curious uninitiated, RITE HERE RITE NOW and its companion soundtrack will put you right there: putting your phones down and living in the moment—as a shadow of uncertainty looms—completely spellbound and in the thrall of this bombastic yet intimate cinematic portrait of GHOST.

RITE HERE RITE NOW is directed by Tobias Forge of GHOST and Alex Ross Perry, and is produced by Popecorn Cinematic Pictures. Producers include Kristen Mulderig, Rick Sales, Craig Butta and Jonas Åkerlund. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was mixed by Rich Costey.

Official Channels:

RITE HERE RITE NOW official website: https://www.ritehereritenow.com
GHOST’s official website: https://ghost-official.com/
GHOST’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/thebandghost/
GHOST’s X page: https://twitter.com/thebandghost

Notes to Editors
Exact screening dates may vary between territories. Notable exceptions include Sweden, Denmark and Finland, where screenings will be held on June 20 & 23, and France, where screenings will be held on June 23 only. Full screening information will be available at ritehereritenow.com

About GHOST
Accumulating nearly 10 billion streams, GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock band and global sensation GHOST continues to bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live shows to ever-growing crowds, most recently on last year’s triumphant RE-IMPERATOUR U.S.A. 2023, which hit more than two dozen North American cities before its two-night finale at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. In March 2022, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reported in a Calendar cover story that GHOST had “conquered metal and the charts” when its fifth album IMPERA debuted at #1 in a sweep of the U.S. album charts, entering the BILLBOARD 200 at #2 and bowing at #1 in the band’s native Sweden, Germany and Finland, while cracking the top 5 in another half dozen or more countries. Featuring “Spillways”—hailed as a “sweetly constructed rock tune” by THE NEW YORK TIMES and later reimagined with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard—and the GRAMMY-nominated “Call Me Little Sunshine,” GHOST’s fifth #1 at Active Rock radio—IMPERA moved ROLLING STONE to remark, “GHOST predicted the pandemic, now the metal band is foretelling the fall of empires.” The album presented the most current and topical GHOST subject matter to date set against a darkly colorful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other—yet unmistakably, quintessentially GHOST. Having closed out 2022 by cracking the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, with the RIAA platinum-certified “Mary on a Cross,” as well as IMPERA winning Favorite Rock Album at the American Music Awards and Best Rock Album of the Year at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, GHOST unveiled PHANTOMIME, a five-song covers EP including the version of Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera” that earned the band its fifth GRAMMY nomination. GHOST’s seemingly limitless ambition will soon take the band to the silver screen with the June 2024 theatrical premiere of the feature film RITE HERE RITE NOW.

About Alex Ross Perry
Alex Ross Perry was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1984. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and worked at Kim’s Video in Manhattan. He is the director of the films Impolex, The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth, Golden Exits, Her Smell and the writer of Disney’s Christopher Robin. He has directed music videos for GHOST, Pavement, Kim Gordon, Sleigh Bells and many more. He lives in Brooklyn.

About Trafalgar Releasing
Trafalgar Releasing, the global leader in event cinema distribution, harnesses the power of cinema to bring fans together in more than 15,000 cinemas across 132 countries.  A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s operations include production, acquisition, marketing, and distribution of live or pre-recorded content to cinemas worldwide led by an international team based in the UK, US and Germany. Featuring live concerts, music documentaries, world-class opera, award-winning theatre, and more from leading names in entertainment such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, BTS, Metallica, Oasis, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, the Royal Opera House and others, Trafalgar Releasing has repeatedly shattered event cinema box office records, most recently with international distribution for TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR, the highest-grossing concert film of all time. Information about Trafalgar Releasing can be found at www.trafalgar-releasing.com.


Paul McCartney & Wings

One Hand Clapping 

Live studio sessions from 1974 newly mixed and available for the first time

Official album from seldom-seen documentary film – featuring several previously unreleased tracks

One of music’s most mythical live albums finally released

Available now in various formats:

2LP/2CD/Digital
Online Exclusive: 2LP +7”

Watch fully restored performance video for “Soily” Here

© 1974 MPL Communications Ltd, Photographer Credit David Litchfield
Download Hi-Res Artwork & Photographs Here

The wait is over: today, One Hand Clapping, one of the most bootlegged live albums in musical history, finally receives a proper release. In August 1974, when Band on the Run was enjoying a seven-week consecutive #1 stint at the top of the UK album charts, Paul McCartney and Wings headed to Abbey Road Studios for the filming of a video documentary and possible live studio album – One Hand Clapping. Despite overwhelming demand for newly recorded material from the biggest band in the world at that time, One Hand Clapping was never officially released.

Filmed and recorded over four days and directed by David Litchfield, the release of One Hand Clapping is a historic moment for Paul McCartney fans. Over the years, various parts of One Hand Clapping have been bootlegged with varying degrees of success. Some of the material has also appeared on official McCartney releases. However, today’s new release of One Hand Clapping, which features the original artwork designed for the project, including a TV sales brochure for the unreleased film at the time, is the first time the audio for the film—plus several additional songs recorded off-camera–have been officially issued.

Fully restored, newly mixed, and mastered from Paul McCartney and Wings’ original Abbey Road Studios performance captured for the One Hand Clapping documentary film in 1974, a new music video for live-favorite “Soily” is available to watch today here in tandem with the album release.

One Hand Clapping showcased Wings‘ new line-up, fresh off their return from Nashville, where they recorded the classic single “Junior’s Farm.” Following the sudden departure of Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough the previous year, on the eve of recording the Wings masterpiece Band on the Run, Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine were now joined by guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton. Additionally joining the band in the studio were orchestral arranger Del Newman and saxophonist Howie Casey, who had previously played with Paul in Hamburg and would go on to join the Wings touring band.

Opening with an instrumental jam that would become the One Hand Clapping theme song, the album features live-in-studio renditions of Wings mega-hits “Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run,” “Jet,” “My Love,” “Hi, Hi, Hi,” “Junior’s Farm,” Paul’s much loved solo song “Maybe I’m Amazed,” reworked extracts of Beatles’ classics “Let It Be,” “The Long and Winding Road” and “Lady Madonna,” the Moody Blues hit “Go Now” with Denny Laine singing, and a Paul solo piano version of the Harry Akst/Benny  Davis Tin Pan Alley classic “Baby Face.” 

One Hand Clapping will be released in multiple formats, including an online exclusive 2LP + 7” package featuring an exclusive vinyl single of previously unreleased solo performances recorded on the final day of the sessions in the backyard of Abbey Road studios. These include the unreleased track “Blackpool,” The Beatles’ iconic “Blackbird,” Wings’ B-side “Country Dreamer,” and cover versions of Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” (the first song Paul played to John Lennon when they met in 1957) and Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” and “I’m Gonna Love You Too.” Order One Hand Clapping HEREOne Hand Clapping serves as a celebration of the enduring legacy of Paul McCartney and Wings. It captured a moment when Wings had found and defined their signature sound – just as Paul had shaped popular culture the decade before with The Beatles, he was doing it once again in the 70s with Wings. This recording gives an insight into the inner workings of the band as they work and play together in the studio. It also underscores Paul’s incredible talent as a live performer:  Fifty years on, Paul is still performing many of these songs in packed stadiums across the world.

View full tracklisting and formats here.

One Hand Clapping by Paul McCartney and Wings:

Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, piano, electric piano, Hammond organ, celeste, harmonium, acoustic guitar
Linda McCartney: Moog, electric piano, Mellotron, tambourine, backing vocals
Denny Laine: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Jimmy McCulloch: electric guitar, backing vocals
Geoff Britton: drums

Featuring Tuxedo Brass Band and Howie Casey
Orchestra conducted by Del Newman 

Produced by Paul McCartney 

www.PaulMcCartney.com


GHOST 

RELEASE FIRST LOOK CLIP FOR DEBUT FEATURE FILM

RITE HERE RITE NOW

WATCH THE CLIP HERE

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND NEW DATES HAVE BEEN ADDED
RITE HERE RITE NOW HAUNTING CINEMAS WORLDWIDE ON JUNE 20, 21, 22 & 23 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW, AVAILABLE HERE

SOUNDTRACK PRE-ORDER ft. INSTANT GRAT TRACK “ABSOLUTION” HERE

ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK OUT JULY 26
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE

STARRING: GHOST, Maralyn Facey, Alan Ursillo, Ashley McBride, Kevin “Jesus” Kaufmann

DIRECTED BY: Alex Ross Perry and Tobias Forge

PRODUCED BY: Kristen Mulderig, Rick Sales, Craig Butta and Jonas Åkerlund

Ahead of its world premiere, Trafalgar Releasing has unveiled a first-look clip of GHOST’s debut film, RITE HERE RITE NOW.  In the spirit of the feature film, the clip juxtaposes mesmerizing live footage of GHOST performing for capacity crowds, showcasing a sequence of the song “Kaisarion” from the 2022 album IMPERA, with intriguing backstage machinations sure to fuel fever-pitch speculation regarding plot threads drawn from the  GRAMMY-winning band’s Chapters series. 

Due to the overwhelming demand, further theatrical dates have been added to the worldwide launch of RITE HERE RITE NOW which will now premiere in cinemas over four days on June 20, 21, 22 & 23 (tickets on sale here). 

RITE HERE RITE NOW combines live performance from the sold-out  two-night finale of the band’s RE-IMPERATOUR U.S.A. 2023 with a narrative story that picks up plot threads from the band’s long-running Chapters series. The result is an utterly unique phantasmagorical blend: Flesh and bone renditions of favorites from all five of GHOST’s albums as well as the RIAA platinum-certified “Mary On A Cross” and more are interwoven with the silver screen debuts of a few faces familiar to the band’s legions of fans—all interacting behind the scenes with GHOST’s Papa Emeritus IV, as his future and fate lay in the hands of the Ministry.

RITE HERE RITE NOW: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released worldwide on July 26 via Loma Vista Recordings. A fitting 18-song complement to GHOST’s debut feature film, the band’s first ever original soundtrack will be available on all formats (digital, CD, 2xLP). Pre-orders are live now here, and include the soundtrack’s live version of “Absolution,” captured at that now-legendary two-night stand at the Forum, as an instant grat track available here and on YouTube here.

Whether you’re a devoted disciple looking to relive treasured memories of the GHOST live spectacle or among the curious uninitiated, RITE HERE RITE NOW will put you right there: putting your phones down and living in the moment—as a shadow of uncertainty looms—completely spellbound and in the thrall of this bombastic yet intimate cinematic portrait of GHOST.

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to RITE HERE RITE NOW will be released via Loma Vista Recordings.RITE HERE RITE NOW is directed by GHOST’s Tobias Forge and Alex Ross Perry and is produced by Popecorn Cinematic Pictures. Producers include Kristen Mulderig, Rick Sales, Craig Butta and Jonas Åkerlund.

Official Channels:

RITE HERE RITE NOW official website: https://www.ritehereritenow.com
GHOST’s official website: https://ghost-official.com/
GHOST’s Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/thebandghost/
GHOST’s X page: https://twitter.com/thebandghost

For more information and press enquiries please contact:
steve@nastylittleman.com / jillian@nastylittleman.com / michele@nastylittleman.com

For event assets, visit here

Notes to Editors
Exact screening dates may vary between territories. Notable exceptions include Sweden, Denmark and Finland, where screenings will be held on June 20 & 23, and France, where screenings will be held on June 23 only. Full screening information will be available at ritehereritenow.com

About GHOST
Accumulating nearly 10 billion streams, GRAMMY-winning Swedish theatrical rock band and global sensation GHOST continues to bring the “euphoric spectacle” (ROLLING STONE) of its live shows to ever-growing crowds, most recently on last year’s triumphant RE-IMPERATOUR U.S.A. 2023, which hit more than two dozen North American cities before its two-night finale at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. In March 2022, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reported in a Calendar cover story that GHOST had “conquered metal and the charts” when its fifth album IMPERA debuted at #1 in a sweep of the U.S. album charts, entering the BILLBOARD 200 at #2 and bowing at #1 in the band’s native Sweden, Germany and Finland, while cracking the top 5 in another half dozen or more countries. Featuring “Spillways”—hailed as a “sweetly constructed rock tune” by THE NEW YORK TIMES and later reimagined with Joe Elliott of Def Leppard—and the GRAMMY-nominated “Call Me Little Sunshine,” GHOST’s fifth #1 at Active Rock radio—IMPERA moved ROLLING STONE to remark, “GHOST predicted the pandemic, now the metal band is foretelling the fall of empires.” The album presented the most current and topical GHOST subject matter to date set against a darkly colorful melodic backdrop making IMPERA a listen like no other—yet unmistakably, quintessentially GHOST. Having closed out 2022 by cracking the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, with the RIAA platinum-certified “Mary on a Cross,” as well as IMPERA winning Favorite Rock Album at the American Music Awards and Best Rock Album of the Year at the iHeart Radio Music Awards, GHOST unveiled PHANTOMIME, a five-song covers EP including the version of Iron Maiden’s “Phantom of the Opera” that earned the band its fifth GRAMMY nomination. GHOST’s seemingly limitless ambition will soon take the band to the silver screen with the June 2024 theatrical premiere of the feature film RITE HERE RITE NOW.

About Alex Ross Perry
Alex Ross Perry was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1984. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and worked at Kim’s Video in Manhattan. He is the director of the films Impolex, The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip, Queen of Earth, Golden Exits, Her Smell and the writer of Disney’s Christopher Robin. He has directed music videos for GHOST, Pavement, Kim Gordon, Sleigh Bells and many more. He lives in Brooklyn.

About Trafalgar Releasing
Trafalgar Releasing, the global leader in event cinema distribution, harnesses the power of cinema to bring fans together in more than 15,000 cinemas across 132 countries.  A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s operations include production, acquisition, marketing, and distribution of live or pre-recorded content to cinemas worldwide led by an international team based in the UK, US and Germany. Featuring live concerts, music documentaries, world-class opera, award-winning theatre, and more from leading names in entertainment such as Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, BTS, Metallica, Oasis, Coldplay, Billie Eilish, the Royal Opera House and others, Trafalgar Releasing has repeatedly shattered event cinema box office records, most recently with international distribution for TAYLOR SWIFT | THE ERAS TOUR, the highest-grossing concert film of all time. Information about Trafalgar Releasing can be found at www.trafalgar-releasing.com.


Metallica Lights Up Fortnite
First Ever Band to Take Center Stage Across All of Fortnite Beginning June 13 
Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. Playable Concert June 22 & 23

Watch the Metallica x Fortnite trailer here
Check out the press kit here

Having played every continent in the physical world, Metallica sets its sights on new frontiers with events across Fortnite this month.

Metallica becomes the first band to take center stage across all Fortnite experiences, with Metallica-themed gameplay coming to Fortnite Festival, Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite, Rocket Racing and more starting tomorrow, June 13. Plus, as part of an all new music experience inside of Fortnite, Metallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. will bring a series of in-game concert performances to players only on June 22 and June 23.

Completely customized and built from the ground up using Unreal Editor for Fortnite by technology studio MagnopusMetallica: Fuel. Fire. Fury. is a brand-new playable concert that will journey through six of Metallica’s fan-favorite songs with themed gameplay that complements the intensity of a Metallica live show. This immersive music experience will have six different showtimes across two days:

Saturday, June 22, 2024

  • 2 PM ET
  • 5 PM ET
  • 11 PM ET

Sunday, June 23, 2024

  • 10 AM ET
  • 2 PM ET
  • 5 PM ET

The above times will be the only chance to experience the concert live.

James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo of Metallica are the icons of Fortnite Festival Season 4, where fans can shred along with Metallica on classics including “Enter Sandman,” “Ride the Lightning,” and “Master of Puppets.”

Metallica’s not just visiting Fortnite to perform—they’re here to battle. This new season of Fortnite Festival introduces the Battle Stage, a new competitive way to play the rhythm music game, and will be available even after the Metallica collaboration concludes.

Fortnite Festival’s Battle Stage will see 16 players in a match, all will play from the same four-song setlist, and one will emerge victorious. 

Season 4 starts tomorrow and ends August 16, 2024 at 12 AM ET. For more info on Season 4, the “player-vs-player” (PvP) Battle Stage, check out the Fortnite Festival blog.

Metallica themed-gameplay is also coming to additional Fortnite games: Battle Royale, LEGO Fortnite, and Rocket Racing. For more information on the Metallica x Fortnite collaboration, visit the blog.

For further information including how to attend these live in-game showings, how to unlock exclusive Metallica-themed items and more, please feel free to reach out to Cass Reynoso <cass.reynoso@epicgames.com>

How to Jump Into Fortnite
●      Download Fortnite for free on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, Android, PC. 
●      Fortnite is also available on cloud-based streaming services. Learn how to access any of these options here.
●      Once in the Fortnite Lobby, select the game you’d like to play. For starters:
     ○ “Fortnite Battle Royale” for the classic, action-packed shooter
     ○ “Fortnite Festival – Main Stage” for rhythm-based gameplay
     ○ “Fortnite Festival – Battle Stage” for competitive, player-vs-player music gameplay
     ○ “LEGO Fortnite” for a survival crafting LEGO adventure
     ○ “Rocket Racing” to drift, fly, and boost in a supersonic arcade racer


ALKALINE TRIO

BLOOD, HAIR, AND EYEBALLS

SEPTEMBER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
PRESALE AVAILABLE NOW AT http://alkalinetrio.shofetti.com/

“From the moment Skiba skipped onto the stage…Alkaline Trio were wildly engaging and all-around exceptional.” – Las Vegas Weekly

“Alkaline Trio still attack the stage with the same visceral energy that won them the fans that are still packing venues to see them today.” – Rock Revival

Something wicked this way comes… Alkaline Trio has today announced new North American dates for their can’t miss Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs The Tour 2024. Kicking off San Antonio, TX, the headline dates will see the tortured triumvirate touch down in New Orleans, Buffalo, Milwaukee and more.

Fan club presale today at 12PM EST via http://alkalinetrio.shofetti.com/

Promoter presale today at 1PM EST via www.alkalinetrio.com/tour

General onsale June 13 at 1PM via www.alkalinetrio.com/tour

Newly announced Blood, Hair and Eyeballs The Tour 2024 dates
(Spanish Love Songs and Slomosa supports on all dates)

09/11/24 – San Antonio, TX –Aztec Theater 
09/12/24 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
09/15/24 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
09/17/24 – Wilmington, DE – The Queen
09/19/24 – Wallingford, CT – The Dome at Oakdale
09/20/24 – Wantagh, NY – Mulcahy’s
09/21/24 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
09/22/24 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
09/24/24 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Riverworks
09/26/24 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
09/27/24 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
09/28/24 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
09/29/24 – Newport, KY – MegaCorp Pavilion


METALLICA MARCHING BAND COMPETITION ENTERS YEAR TWO

SIGN-UPS OPEN NOW AT metallicamarchingband.com

Number of Winners Tripled to 15 + Fan Favorite to be Chosen by Popular Vote

It’s official: The Metallica Marching Band Competition that saw nearly 500 colleges and high schools across the U.S. create exciting, dynamic and unique performances of Metallica music, while vying for prizes valued at nearly $200,000, is back for a bigger, bolder and brassier second year. Sign-ups are open at metallicamarchingband.com from June 6 through the week of September 23, with submissions due the week of November 25.

The second annual Metallica Marching Band Competition, presented by Metallica in partnership with Sweetwater, will offer competing bands three times as many chances to win. Each of the five original categories—College (Division 1), College (Divisions 2 & 3), High School (Large), High School (Medium) and High School (Small)—has now been expanded to include awards for first, second and third place, with winners in each category ultimately selected by the members of Metallica.

Year two of the Metallica Marching Band Competition will also feature the return of the Fan Favorite award, this time for a single outstanding performance to be decided by popular vote. Fan Favorite voting opens December 1 and closes December 31.

Winners in all categories will be announced at a date to be determined in early January 2025. All competing schools will have access to free sheet music for 13 Metallica songs.

Metallica Marching Band Competition winners will receive instruments and gear for their schools’ music programs, provided by Metallica, in partnership with Sweetwater, with sponsorship from TAMA and others to be announced.

For further information, please go to http://metallicamarchingband.com.


blur

ONE YEAR ON FROM A MOMENTOUS WEEKEND AT WEMBLEY STADIUM 

THE BIGGEST SHOWS OF BLUR’S 30+ YEAR CAREER TO DATE, PLAYING TO 150,000 FANS ACROSS TWO NIGHTS

COMES THE LIVE ALBUM

Live at Wembley Stadium

OUT JULY 26th 2024
WATCH TEASER HERE

Photo Credit: Phoebe Fox

PLUS

A FEATURE-LENGTH CONCERT FILM

blur: Live at Wembley Stadium

COMING TO CINEMAS IN UK & IRELAND ON SEPTEMBER 6th

DOWNLOAD HIGH RES PRESS IMAGERY – PHOTOS & ARTWORK – HERE 

Acclaim for blur’s Wembley Stadium shows last year:

“Glorious reunion buzzes with energy and ragged joy…The songs carry the weight. And what songs they are.” – THE GUARDIAN ★★★★★

“The Britpop icons deliver all the showstoppers in a fun-filled set, spliced with unexpected b-sides and surprises.” – NME ★★★★★

 “In an electric atmosphere, Blur rose to the occasion with a magnificent set… relying on a band attacking their songs with rare force.” – i NEWS ★★★★★

A year on from a momentous weekend of music and joy at Wembley Stadium, blur today announced a new live album titled Live at Wembley Stadium, set for release on July 26th 2024 via Parlophone/Warner.   

Live at Wembley Stadium is a collection of songs captured across two unforgettable nights last summer – the biggest shows of the band’s 30+ year career to date – which saw Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree perform to over 150,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, blur’s first time ever to play the iconic London venue. The extraordinary and hugely emotional shows on Saturday July 8th and Sunday July 9th, 2023 captured “…a sense of momentousness [Financial Times ★★★★★]” and “…fizzed with the vibrant energy of a band in their prime [Evening Standard ★★★★★].

Song highlights include “The Narcissist” and “St. Charles Square” from their latest #1 album, the acclaimed The Ballad of Darren, as well as “There’s No Other Way,” “Popscene,” “Beetlebum,” “Trimm Trabb,” “Villa Rosie,” “Coffee & TV,” “Under the Westway,” “Out of Time,” “To the End,” “Parklife,” “Song 2,” “This is a Low,” “Girls & Boys,” “Tender,” and “The Universal.”

A new feature length concert film – also titled blur: Live at Wembley Stadium – is set for a UK and Ireland cinema release on September 6th this year. Ticket and cinema details to be announced soon.

Live at Wembley Stadium – the album – will be available in the following formats:

Live at Wembley Stadium – the album – will be available in the following formats:

·       Triple black vinyl – the Sunday show
·       Triple teal colored vinyl – D2C exclusive – the Sunday show
·       Double black vinyl – ‘highlights’ across both shows
·       Double picture disc vinyl – Blood Records exclusive – ‘highlights’ across both shows
·       Double CD – the Sunday show
·       Double Cassette – D2C exclusive – the Sunday show
·       Digital – the Sunday show, plus 4 bonus tracks recorded live at the UK warm up shows, May 2023

For complete details of all formats, visit the blur store. Pre order Live at Wembley Stadium here.

The feature-length documentary blur: To The End will be in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from July 19th. The film depicts the most recent chapter in the band’s story, captured during the period in which they made a surprise – and emotional – return with their first record in 8 years, The Ballad of Darren. Watch trailer HEREblur: To The End is an intimate moment in time with this most enduring of English bands, who have been at the heart of British cultural life and influence for over three decades. 

Both blur: To The End and blur: Live at Wembley Stadium are directed by Toby L and produced by Josh Connolly, via production house Up The Game and will be released by Altitude.

Details of international cinema releases coming soon. For a list of UK and Ireland cinemas and to book tickets, visit blur.co.uk

Acclaim for blur’s Wembley Stadium shows last year:

“… A set full of twists and turns: big populist hits cut with strange idiosyncratic oddities and true emotional heft” – EVENING STANDARD ★★★★★

“Ecstatically gracing the stage at Wembley with a career-spanning set… Blur remain fresh-faced, stunningly tight and infectiously energetic…. better than ever.” – CLASH

“The kings of Britpop bring unfettered joy at triumphant comeback show.” – i NEWS ★★★★★

“Tender, sung with the massed ranks of the London Community Gospel Choir, brought matters to a head. Nostalgia was replaced by something more alive, a sense of momentousness. This was a song for the ages, played by a band that has withstood the test of time.” – FINANCIAL TIMES ★★★★★

“Blur quite simply knock it out of Wembley’s capacious park, playing a superbly varied setlist of both hits from their mid-1990s heyday, and more reflective album tracks…. the musicianship shines through.” – CNN

“Blur made everyone forget why Modern Life Is Rubbish for one jubilant evening at Wembley” – METRO ★★★★1/2

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Download high res press imagery – photos and artwork –  HERE.

ABOUT blur

Since announcing their arrival with debut album Leisure in 1991, blur went on to revolutionize the sound of English popular music with seven successive UK #1 albums Parklife (1994), The Great Escape (1995), Blur (1997), 13 (1999), Think Tank (2003), The Magic Whip (2015) and The Ballad of Darren (2023) and a string of Top 10 singles, including two #1s with “Country House” and “Beetlebum,” helping to propel the band to mass popularity at home and abroad.

One of the biggest British bands of the last three decades, blur have released nine studio albums and collected ten NME Awards, six Q Awards, five BRIT Awards and an Ivor Novello Award, and played live to thousands of devoted fans across the globe. In 2010, the band released the Grammy-nominated documentary film No Distance Left To Run; with 1993’s Starshaped their first documentary release, a film beloved by fans to this day.The Ballad of Darren, the latest #1 album from this most enduring of English bands, was released to critical acclaim on July 21st 2023, cementing blur’s position at the heart of British cultural life and influence for over three decades.