Soundwave 2013 lineup changes: two bands added, one band dropped

The Soundwave 2013 lineup has grown again with the addition of another two bands to a bill that already boasts Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink 182, A Perfect Circle, Paramore, Garbage and Slayer.

The two new acts are Creed and Alter Bridge lead guitarist Mark Tremonti and Canadian pop punk crew Living With Lions. Tremonti released his debut solo album, All I Was in July this year, while LWL will be touring their controversy baiting 2011 album Holy Shit.

Despite these new additions it appears that Soundwave’s lineup will be short one New York-based deathcore crew when it arrives in Australia in February next year. Dr.Acula were added to the Soundwave lineup last month in the festival’s third announcement, but now guitarist (and the band’s only original member) Bill Graffeo has announced they’re breaking up. Last week the band was forced to cancel their upcoming European tour citing “lineup problems, health problems and financial problems”.

Graffeo said that after almost eight years Dr.Acula will be put to rest, telling fans that he quit the band “a little less than a month ago”. According to Graffeo’s statement he had some personal problems holding him back from continuing with the band and he could no longer handle the “sketchy” things some people would do within the band itself.

Bassist Oli Miclett has also released a statement declaring that it’s time for the band members to move on to new stuff. “This band wasn’t going in a direction that pleased everyone in DA,” says Miclett. “Some members kept cancelling tours for no valid reasons, without respect for the fans.” Miclett has announced that he’ll be starting a new band with Dr.Acula vocalist Casey Carrano and ex-Demolisher guitarist Blake Moore.

The Soundwave 2012 festival tour went through several lineup changes with Hole, Dragonforce and Black Tide all withdrawing from the bill; These Kids Wear Crowns missing the Brisbane date due to a double-booking; and Switchfoot withdrawing from the Adelaide and Perth shows due to a family emergency. Alesana, A Skylit Drive and Saxon all dropped off the 2011 lineup, while 2010 cancellations included My Chemical Romance, The Devil Wears Prada, Maximum the Hormone and Closure in Moscow. Scars on Broadway were dropped from the 2009 lineup; the 2008 lineup lost Chiodos, Ace Enders, Social Distortion and Coheed and Cambria; and The Format didn’t make the tour in 2007.

We go behind the Soundwave line-up announcement to present a definitive guide to everything you need (and don’t really need) to know about next year’s Soundwave.