Published Jun 30, 2012With Canada Day on its way, we're easing our way into another welcomed long weekend. But of course we're still back with our news roundup to help you play catch-up on all the week's biggest stories.
First off, there's no question that the week's biggest -- and most shocking -- story was the arrest of Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe, who was detained in Prague on manslaughter charges. While this story is still developing, the charges stem from a 2010 incident at a Lamb of God show where Bythe's actions allegedly led to the death of a concertgoer.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the only bad news to break this week. Echo Lake drummer Pete Hayes died at the young age of 25, while a man was found dead at BC's Entheos music festival, leading the RCMP homicide team to investigate.
Also, the anticipated Full Flex Express Tour hit a snag when the Alberta date was forced to be relocated after St. Albert officials said that the festival, featuring the likes of Skrillex, Diplo and Grimes, had "potential for disaster." Plus, A Guy Called Gerald took some very public swings at deadmau5, effectively landing the pair a spot in our Beefs 2012 series.
On the more positive front, Metric and Stars have teamed up for a Canadian tour, Sloan are gearing up for a deluxe reissue of their classic Twice Removed (which they'll be playing in full during a series of Canadian shows), Halifax's Summersonic announced its return, and Hamilton, ON's Supercrawl revealed its 2012 lineup with Change of Heart, Owen Pallett, K'naan and Mystery Machine, among others.
To finish things off, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion announced their first new album in eight years, Mother Mother revealed they have a new LP headed our way, and indie rock supergroup Divine Fits gave us all the details on their anticipated full-length debut.