2011 tours for MCR, Damned Things and more

While you’ve been busy gorging on mountain of ham, crying into beers as Ricky Ponting disgraced the country and making vague New Years Eve plans, Soundwave boss AJ Maddah has kept his Twitter feed rolling with plenty of newsworthy tidbits.

All through December Maddah has tweeted about Soundwave, Sidewave shows, the replacement for Avenged Sevenfold and some of the other big acts making their way to Australia next year. (He has also spoken about his favourite ways to eat congee, but for now we’ll just look at his more musical tweets.)

Since Avenged Sevenfold’s dramatic exit from the festival Maddah has been searching for a replacement act and keeping his followers informed on the progress. Prior to Christmas it appeared that Thrice were likely to take the slot, but unfortunately they had a show they can’t get out of and so couldn’t commit to the Soundwave tour. Other bands suggested by fans including Hatebreed (“Can’t fit on any more hardcore or metal without creating a major clash”), Brand New (“Won’t happen”) and The Used (“have other plans”) have also been rejected as possible replacements.

There will be another round of Sidewave shows announced on the 6th of January, which is likely to include dates for Stone Sour and Sydney dates for Anberlin and Terror. Don’t expect anymore Sidewaves in Adelaide though; according to Maddah the New Found Glory and Less Than Jake Sidewave on Sunday 6th March is the first and probably last Adelaide Sidewave ever.

In addition to the news about the festival shows, Maddah has revealed that glam metal crew Black Veil Brides and The Damned Things – the supergroup featuring members of Fall Out Boy, Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley and Anthrax – have locked in Australian tours and that Los Angeles metalcore band In This Moment will be here second half of 2011. Tours from Papa Roach and Yellowcard are also being planned.

According to Maddah, punters can also expect to hear a My Chemical Romance tour announcement in January and Alter Bridge, the band of former Creed members fronted by Slash’s touring vocalist Myles Kennedy, is likely to play a run of Australian shows in Spring.

Maddah has even dropped a few hints about bands that could make their way to Soundwave 2012, noting that the festival “tried to get No Doubt for SW2011” and that ” Jimmy Eat World have an open invite and can play SW whenever they want”.