September 25, 2023

On the Radar: Marilyn Manson’s New LP, Pigs on Parade, Tool, + More

What’s happening this week? Marilyn Manson talks new album, Tool and A Perfect Circle may not release new music this year, and Pink Floyd inspires a new art installation. All this and more On the Radar.

Tool and A Perfect Circle change their mind about releasing albums this year

A Perfect Circle dropped a bombshell regarding their new music recently. According to the band’s official Twitter account, neither APC nor Tool are dropping new albums this year despite previous reports they would. This came about when a fan posted about APC releasing new music this year and hoping it was true. The band’s Twitter account replied with a stern “No.” When they decided to look on the bright side about the new Tool album coming out, they replied “Not true.”

So what exactly is going on? While most are freaking out about possibly waiting longer, some point out how Maynard James Keenan and crew love to screw with their fans. It’s possible they’re just playing a joke since these are some of the most anticipated releases of the year. Just remember, so far the only information we have comes from these Tweets. Let’s not freak out until we have more information.

A Perfect Circle debuted new songs “Feathers” and “Hourglass” on their current tour, so there’s definitely new material on the way.

Pink Floyd inspired installation lets us forget about Trump

Trump Tower
Mock up of the art installation

A new Pink Floyd inspired installation will help us forget about a Trump, at least for one day. For one day this summer, Trump Tower in Chicago will be obscured by pigs inspired by the iconic rock band. Four gold pigs will hover in front of the building covering up Trump’s name. The installation, called Flying Pigs on Parade, was announced last year by architect Jeffery Roberts.

The pigs are 30 feet by 15 feet and will be hooked up to a barge on the Chicago River. Roberts plans to bring the installation to other cities where Trumps owns buildings. Tons of tourists and Chicagoans won’t want to miss this installation, so make sure you stay up to date when it’s coming to the city.

The flying pigs are inspired by Pink Floyd’s 1977 album, Animals, which features a large pig flying towards a factory. It has since become a symbol associated with the band. The image is owned by Roger Waters, who signed off on Roberts’ project saying:

“The art folly has been created to provide visual relief to the citizens of Chicago by interrupting the view of the ostentatious Trump Tower Chicago sign,” Roberts says. “The design follows rigorous rationale in providing layers of meaning but ultimately allows for interpretation by individual viewers.”

Marilyn Manson says he’s done with his new album…finally

Remember last year when Marilyn Manson revealed his next album, Say10, and said it would come out Valentine’s Day 2017? That day came and went without any word from Manson. Not only were fans disappointed, Manson didn’t even provide some sort of update as to what was going on. Now, he says he’s done working on a new album.

At the red carpet premiere of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Manson told Fabulous TV the album is done and he’s changed the title: Heaven Upside Down. Maybe he realized Say10 isn’t as edgy and badass as he thought it was. He still didn’t provide a clue as to when it will drop but did remind us that he’s slated to go on tour in July. Perhaps the album will be ready around that time?

To make things even more cryptic, he posted an image of himself with the word “Defiant” underneath with the caption “07.09” on Twitter. Is this related to the new album? Hopefully, we’ll get some answers soon.

Back in April, Manson began posting short, mysterious clips on his Instagram, one with the caption “06.09.” Many speculate this is somehow related to his new album. Let’s just hope this time Manson actually delivers.

Upcoming Shows

Spend the weekend with songstress Norah Jones at her two-night stint at the Chicago Theatre on May 20 and 21. You still have a chance to get tickets here.

Kick off festival season with the 101WKOX PIQNIQ at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on May 20. The lineup features Joywave, Jimmy Eat World, Warpaint, Highly Suspect, Sum 41, Bleachers, and more. Find tickets here.

Country superstar Luke Bryan hits up Moline, IL for two nights at the iWireless Center on May 18 and 19 as part of the Huntin’, Fishin,’ and Lovin’ Everyday Tour. Special guests include Adam Craig and Brett Eldredge. Find tickets here.

Progressive rockers Coheed and Cambria play the Aragon Ballroom on May 19 with special guest The Deer Hunter. Get tickets here.

Chicago Artist Spotlight: Krewella

Chicago EDM duo Krewella dropped new music last Friday and it’s already got us excited. The duo released their new single, “Be There,” along with the official music video. The song is brimming with messages of positivity, love, and being there for one another. The video is downright adorable as it features footage of the Yousaf sisters as little girls showing their bond is as strong as ever. If that wasn’t cool enough, the song was released on the sisters’ own label, Mixed Kids.

Last year, Krewella release the single “Team” from their upcoming fourth EP. So far, they’re still hard at work on it. In the meantime, check out their 2016 EP Ammunition.