September 30, 2023

On the Radar: Chester Bennington Tribute Show, Peter Hook Vs New Order, Vic Mensa + More

Linkin Park

What’s on Chicago Music’s Radar for last week? Vic Mensa joins Jay-Z’s tour, Peter Hook settles lawsuit with New Order, Linkin Park announce new show, and more

 Linkin Park to hold special tribute show to honor Chester Bennington

The remaining members of Linkin Park will honor the late Chester Bennington with a one-night-only concert. The special event takes place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles October 27. Also joining them are Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Blink-182, M. Shadows and Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold, Daron Malakian, Shavo Odadjian, and John Dolmayan from System of a Down, Kiiara, and Yellowcard’s William Key. This marks the first time that the remaining members have performed on stage together since Bennington’s death on July 20.

Tickets are currently on sale, but seeing how special this event is, don’t expect many to be left. Each member plans to contribute their fees from the show to Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.

Linkin Park also shared a touching new video for “One More Light.” The clip, directed by Joe Hahn and Mark Fiore, shows Bennington on stage as well as behind the scenes hanging out with his bandmates. You can watch it above.

Vic Mensa joins Jay-Z’s 4:44 tour

Chicago’s own Vic Mensa is joining Jay-Z on his 4:44 tour. Mensa will be opening all 30 dates, which kicks off October 27 in Anaheim, CA and wraps up December 21 in Los Angeles, CA. The two play Chicago’s United Center December 15. You can get tickets at Tidal. Find all dates here.

Over the summer, Mensa dropped his highly-anticipated debut album, The Autobiography. The album features guest spots from Weezer, Syd, The-Dream, Chief Keef, Joey Purp, Pharrell Williams, Saul Williams, Ty Dolla Sign, and Pusha T.

Peter Hook and New Order settle royalty lawsuit

If you’re a fan of New Order then you already know things aren’t great between the band and former bassist Peter Hook. Aside from writing scathing books about the members, Hook also launched a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the band in 2015 over royalties. He claimed when the band set up a new licensing company in 2011, he lost out on over $3.5 million. The band announced last week the battle is finally over.

The group shared the news in the following statement: “New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook,” the group shared in a statement. “The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy. With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.”

With that out of the way, maybe the band can put aside their differences and reunite. Then again, it probably won’t happen.

Upcoming Shows

Catch Harry Styles on his first solo outing at the Chicago Theatre September 26. You still have a chance to get tickets here.

Young Thug hits up UIC Pavilion along with A Boogie, Cardi B, Young M.A., PnB Rock as part of The Freshman event September 29. Find tickets here.

Between the Buried and Me celebrate the tenth anniversary of Colors and will perform the entire album live. It also goes down September 30 at Bottom Lounge.

UK’s Glass Animals swing through Chicago to play at Aragon Ballroom September 28. You can find tickets here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: War Gods of the Deep

Chicago is home to great rock and metal acts like Ministry, The Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed. Lately, rap acts have been the city’s focus and some would argue rock isn’t bursting as it once was. War Gods of the Deep are here to prove you wrong. The band, who recently released their new EP Robots, Rockets, and Rampage, are straightforward with what they’re about: unapologetic heavy metal with a love of classic rock.

Formed last year, the band feels like they’re from another time with their unbridled love for comics, VHS horror, and bands like KISS, Metallica, and Queen. They quickly gained attention with their debut EP Monsters, Magic, & Mayhem. Sites like Metal Injection, Metal Sucks, and Invisible Oranges garnered the band with praise and named them an act to watch. They’ve received more rave reviews with their newest release. Clearly, they’re doing something right.

If you like no-nonsense metal with a dash of old school rock and a hint of melody, then check of War Gods of the Deep. You won’t be disappointed.