Even though temperatures outside are very cold, it won't be long before concerts announcements will be made for the summer season.
First is Tool. The boys made an appearance at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center last September and will hit Ohio again this spring or summer, I hope. They've just started to announce a new string of U.S dates in the West. My money is on Toledo and most likely the Sports Arena. No, it's not the nicest or newest venue in the world, but it's only an hour away.
Tool is touring in support of its newest CD, "10,000 Days," which has sold about 1.3 million copies since its release last May.
Next is Nine Inch Nails.
Amazingly, I caught NIN two times last year. NIN front man Trent Reznor said online recently the band is in the mixing process of its new CD. That's pretty cool, considering NIN usually takes about five years between albums and "With Teeth" was just released in May 2005.
But Reznor also warned fans he wasn't sure when the CD would hit the stores because it's his "angriest CD yet." He said he expected his "punishment" would be forthcoming when record company executives listened to the new disc.
NIN played the new song "Non-Entity" during its 2006 summer tour.
Either way, that's good news. I also believe NIN has a live DVD slated for release at the end of this month.
Progressive rockers Dream Theater are currently in the studio working on a new CD. I hope the band gets this disc finished and hits the road by this summer. I'd like to see Dream Theater in a proper setting. I saw them live in March 2006 at the Agora Theatre in Cleveland, but didn't have the greatest time because of over-crowding.
Don't forget, The Cure is putting the finishing touches on its new album. I read online to maybe expect a May release date. The article mentioned the album's delay because of front man Robert Smith's writer's block. I do hope The Cure play outside venues this summer.
Porcupine Tree's "Fear of a Blank Planet" is slated for an April release. Steven Wilson, PT guitarist and vocalist, also has a side project scheduled for a March street date called "Blackfield II." Several Blackfield U.S. tour dates have been announced, but nothing near Ohio.