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Incubus

Formed: 1991
From: Calabasas, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Incubus News

Below is our complete Incubus news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Chi Cheng Benefit Auction Part 3 Launched

Deftones and CharityBuzz have now launched the final new batch of items for the Benefit For Chi Auction. These include guitars, autographed and donated by:

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
Trent Reznor / NIN
Ozzy Osbourne
Papa Roach
Disturbed

Plus other cool rarities, including artwork from Brandon Boyd of Incubus, plus autographed gear from My Chemical Romance, Trivium and Fall Out Boy.

FC Records is offering items from from Burning Empires (the new project from members of Misery Signals, Fall Out Boy, and 7 Angels 7 Plagues), merch from FC Records, an Autographed Drum Head from Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy/BE, and a Misery Signals merch package.

You can view these and all previous items here.

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Deftones Gives Benefit Shows Recap

The Deftones has issued the following update about the benefit shows held for bassit Chi Cheng:

"Deftones would like to thank all of the incredible artists, sponsors, crew, supporters, fans and friends who made last Thursday and Friday an overwhelming success. The two night event commenced with special sets by POD, Far and Cypress Hill on night one. Deftones opened their Thursday night set with a brand new song 'Rocket Skates' and continued through a show that included 'Elite,' 'Be Quiet and Drive,' and 'My Own Summer.'

"Each night the band was joined by some of Deftones' and Chi's close friends for some special collaborations exclusive to the nights. Night one included Ben Kenney from Incubus on 'Street Carp,' Mike Shinoda and Tommy Lee on 'Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event,' Xzibit on 'Back to School,' Jonah and Shawn from Far on the Jawbox cover 'Savory,' and Cypress Hill joining Deftones for a full band version of Cypress' 'Rock Superstar.'

"Friday night opened with longtime Chi Cheng favorites Fungo Mungo and Will Haven. Special guests on night two included Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Daron Malakian (System of A Down) and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) on a punishing cover of Metallica's 'Battery,' an ensemble performance of Suicidal Tendencies' 'War Inside My Head' with members of Suicidal, and Daron, John Dolmayan, and Shavo Odadjian of System performing 'Aerials' and 'Toxicity' with Chino on vocals.

"Coupled with the online auction, Deftones will likely reach their goal of raising six figures for Chi..."

Read the full article at Deftones MySpace Blog.

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Incubus Plans Best-Of and Rarities Album

Incubus is readying a greatest hits album with a disc of rarities, entitled "Monuments and Melodies."

"Monuments and Melodies" includes one disc of hits from Incubus' six studio albums as well as two new songs, "Black Heart Inertia" and "Midnight Swim," recorded in Los Angeles during Einziger's last winter break from Harvard University, where he's been "just taking courses for personal enjoyment." The second disc features rarities, including a newly recorded cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy." The set is also available on four vinyl LPs, and copies of the album come with a unique code that will allow buyers to access a new section of exclusive music, photos and other material at a special section called The Vault on the enjoyincubus.com web site.

Incubus' tour for "Monuments and Melodies" gets under way July 9 in San Diego. Einziger says he expects getting back on the road will get the band started on writing for its next album -- the follow-up to 2006's "Light Grenades"

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Tool To Headline Mile High Festival 2009

Billboard.com reports that Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray have been tapped to headline the second annual Mile High Music Festival, to be held July 18-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.

Other artists scheduled to perform include Incubus, Ben Harper and Relentless7, G.Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, 3OH!3, Ani DiFranco, Paolo Nutini, the Black Keys, John Butler, Gomez, the Wailers and India Arie. Additional acts are still being confirmed and will be announced soon.

Tickets go on sale April 3 through TicketHorse.com and milehighmusicfestival.com. Two-day passes cost $162.50 (plus service fees), and a limited number of single-day tickets will be available for $90. Two-day VIP packages will also be available for $400. This year, fans who purchase a two-day pass can utilize a payment plan with two installments.

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Incubus Announces North American Tour Dates

Incubus has announced that they will be embarking on a tour across North America this summer. The summer dates seem to indicate that the band will not participate in the rumoured Family Values tour this year.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 9 - San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 10 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
July 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
July 13 - Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
July 16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre
July 19 - Kansas City, MO @ City Market
July 21 - Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
July 22 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawn at White River State Park
July 23 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 26 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 29 - Cleveland, OH @ Time Warner Amphitheatre
July 30 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
August 1 - Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
August 2 - Uncasville, CT @ The Mohegan Sun Arena
August 4 - New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
August 5 - New York, NY @ P.N.C Banks Arts Center
August 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
August 9 - Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 11 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 12 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 14 - Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
August 15 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
August 16 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
August 19 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
August 21 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 22 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
August 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Jobbing.com Arena

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Family Values 2009 Tour To Go Ahead?

Rumours are spreading that Korn will bring back their Family Values tour this year with themselves as headliners. The biggest rumour is that the recently reunited Limp Bizkit will be on the bill as co-headliner. Other names being thrown around include Suicidal Tendencies, Gojira, Serj Tankian, Haste The Day, Incubus and legendary rapper Ice Cube, who appeared on the 1998 edition of the tour.

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Incubus To Go On Hiatus

Billboard.com reports that Incubus is planning to take a break while its members pursue a variety of endeavors. The band has just completed a year-and-a-half-long tour in support of its 2006 album "Light Grenades."

Guitarist Mike Einziger will unveil an orchestral piece in concert at Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles on August 23 before enrolling in Harvard's music school to study composition next year.

Boyd also plans to enroll in a university art program, and the band's drummer is having a baby.

The band will play the VH1 Rock Honors salute to the Who on July 12 in Los Angeles alongside Pearl Jam, the Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips and Tenacious D. as their final show for the time being.

"I'm of the mind to say it wouldn't be a bad thing to disappear for a year or two years," Boyd says. "A lot of people would say culture moves too fast and you need to remind people, but I would argue there's not any rush. Maybe they'll be a sex scandal or an arrest or something to keep us in the news."

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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More Bands Confirmed For Download 2008

According to Kerrang.com, ALTER BRIDGE, DISTURBED, IN FLAMES and INCUBUS have been added to the bill of this year's Download festival, set to take place the weekend of June 13-15 at Castle Donington, UK.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

KISS (headliner)
LOSTPROPHETS (headliner)
THE OFFSPRING (headliner)
JUDAS PRIEST
MOTÖRHEAD
RISE AGAINST
HIM
ALTER BRIDGE
DISTURBED
IN FLAMES
INCUBUS

"On behalf of ALTER BRIDGE, I'd like to say that it is a huge honour to share the stage with so many great bands at the Download festival," Myles Kennedy from the band told Kerrang.com. "But, even more importantly, we look forward to re-connecting with old and new fans alike. The Download festival is always one of the highlights of our year."

"We are honored and are looking forward to sharing the stage with so many bands we respect and admire, and playing to one of the most rabid crowds in existence," stated DISTURBED's David Draiman.

IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén was equally excited: "We are really happy to play Download again!" he told Kerrang.com. "We played 2006 and that was an amazing show, such a great day. We are really looking forward to doing it again."

Tickets for Download 2008 are on sale now. Prices are as follows: a full weekend ticket: £130, standard camping: £20, camper van: £40, family zone camping: £20, lockers: £11, parking £10 in advance or £15 on the day. There are a variety of ticket packages available to buy, including the RIP packages (a VIP package) from £315.

For Club or VIP Experience packages, please call 020 7009 3484 to discuss your requirements.

Disabled customers can call 0121 767 9729 to discuss accessibility arrangements. Please note, disabled customers will be provided with one free ticket for their helper, where required. Should additional helper tickets be required, please call the disabled access ticket line on 0121 767 9729 or email access@downloadfestival.co.uk

For more details, visit www.downloadfestival.co.uk.

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Incubus Guitarist Working On A Symphony

Billboard.com reports that Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger is working on a symphony.

The project began in March, after Einziger had surgery to relieve debilitating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. "I couldn't play guitar for a few months," Einziger tells Billboard.com, "so I just started studying music again. I started working on (the symphony), and I learned very quickly that there were a lo of gaps in my musical knowledge."

Einziger began studying five days a week with a teacher and also spent time with a "musical mentor." The symphony project remained his focus, and he's working on it during Incubus' current headlining tour of North America to promote its 2006 release "Light Grenades."

"I'm just kind of writing it in small pieces, 'cause it's very intimidating to think of it as a whole body of work," explains Einziger, who hasn't titled the piece yet. "It'll probably be three movements and 40 minutes of music, and that's a lot of music to write.

"And I completely realize that it can't just be interesting only because it's the guitar player of a rock band writing it. It has to stand up to the work of other composers as well. It's a pretty hefty task for me to endure, but I'm actually excited about it."

Einziger says Incubus' road schedule should give him plenty of time to continue working on the symphony. After wrapping up on these shores, the group will hit Europe and South America in the fall, with Australia, Japan and other parts of Asia slated for 2008.

The next Incubus album is also on the quintet's radar -- especially since any leftover "Light Grenades" material has been used up for B-sides and bonus tracks.

"We'll be starting completely from scratch," Einziger says, "but that's how we like to do it. We like to look at our albums as photo albums from a very specific time and place. We want them to be representative of where we were at a specific time, so including older songs would seem strange. Everything we do next time will be fresh and brand new."

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Incubus Release North American Tour Dates

INCUBUS have announced the following Summer North American tour dates:

July 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
July 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theater
July 12 - Santa Barbara, CA @ County Bowl
July 14 - Berkley, CA @ Greek Theater
July 15 - Lake Tahoe, NV @ Harvey’s
July 17 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana
July 18 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks
July 20 - Kansas City @ City Mart
July 21 - Omaha, NE @ Westfair Radio Show
July 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless
July 24 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target
July 25 - Chicago, IL @ Northerly Island
July 26 - Detroit, MI @ DTE
July 28 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Lawns
July 29 - Cincinatti, OH @ Riverbend
July 31 - Colombus, OH @ Promowest Amp
August 1 - Cleveland, OH @ Tower City
August 2 - Toronto CAN @ Molson Amp
August 5 - Guilford, NH @ Meadowbrook
August 6 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana
August 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Penns Landing
August 9 - New York, NY @ Jones Beach
August 10 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Banks Arts Center
August 12 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
August 13 - Saratoga, NY @ SPAC
August 20 - Victoria, BC @ Victoria Arena
August 22 - Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center
August 23 - Calgary, AB @ Calgary Stampede Corral
August 25 - Seattle, WA @ Gorge Download Fest
August 26 - Portland, OR @ KUFO Festival
August 28 - Atlanta, GA @ Hi Fi Buys
August 29 - West Palm, FL @ Sound Advice Amp
August 30 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amp
September 1 - Houston, TX @ Woodlands
September 2 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Amp
September 3 - Austin, TX @ Backyard
September 5 - Phoenix, AZ @ Mesa
September 7 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless
September 8 - San Diego, CA @ Coors Amp

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Metallica Announce Opening Acts for Upcoming Tour

METALLICA have issued the following update:

"Easter greetings from Metallica HQ! In our ongoing quest to keep you informed about every little thing we have planned for our upcoming jaunt through Europe this summer, we finally have an almost complete list of bands who will be joining us as we take a little break from recording to come hang with some of you in a few of the coolest cities on the planet. As you know, some of the shows are festival dates, so things could change a little here and there, and we may have one or two more surprises for you along the way, but as of April 8, here's what we've got for you so far. And for those of you in Denmark lucky enough to score tickets after we got done with Lars' guest list, we're spreading the Danish love with... just read Lars' extra special Easter greeting...in Danish!

We're super psyched to be sharing the stage with great musicians from all over the world . . . see you out there!" More...

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Incubus Postpone Tour Dates Due To Injury

Incubus have postponed the remainder of their European tour and have scrapped an upcoming South American run after guitarist Mike Einziger suffered a severe hand injury. Einziger will under go surgery and will forced to sit out for 8 to 12 weeks.

Re-scheduled dates will be announced soon.

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Incubus Celebrates By Re-Enacting "Riverdance"

MTV.com has a lighhearted talk with Incubus talking about their recent #1 album "Light Grenades," the process of writing the album and more. Here's an excerpt:

"Our last two records [2004's A Crow Left of the Murder and 2001's Morning View] debuted at #2 and we were ecstatic about that," Boyd elaborated. "But then we were at rehearsal the other day trying to get good at playing the new songs, and we all got a simultaneous e-mail saying that our record debuted at #1, and we all looked at each other kind of suspicious like ... someone's messing with us. And then we did a little 'Riverdance' thing together, where we like kicked our heels together in a circle, and then there was that moment of uncomfortable silence like, 'That was really lame, what we just did."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Incubus Earn First No. 1 Album

Incubus tops the Billboard Top 200 Chart this week moving 165,000 copies of their latest, 'Light Grenades'. It's the the bands first No. 1, but not their best selling. Their 2004 release, 'A Crow Left of the Murder', debuted at No. 2 scanning 332,000 units.

Sales were down 13.3% from last week and down 5.1% from the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 5% compared to 2005 at 500.5 million units.

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Incubus Announce Tour Dates

Incubus have announced the following tour dates:

January 5 - Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
January 6 - Seattle, WA @ The Paramount
January 7 - Portland, OR @ Roseland
January 9 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
January 12 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
January 13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock
January 15 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
January 17 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Tea Room
January 18 - Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
January 19 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre
January 21 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
January 22 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock
January 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
January 25 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
January 26 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
January 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
January 30 - Boston, MA @ Avalon
January 31 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
February 2 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre
February 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
February 4 - Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
February 6 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera
February 7 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
February 8 - Denver, Co @ Fillmore
February 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern

Incubus' new album, "Light Grenades", will be released November 28th. The tour will be their first in over 2 years.

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Incubus Prepare Album For Fall Release

Art-rockers/metallers Incubus, who have been hard at work on their fifth album, announced in May that they had 10 songs completed with plans to write six or seven more. Two months later, guitarist Mike Einziger says the followup to 2004's 'A Crow Left of the Murder' will be released this fall.

"I promise that it will rock your balls off," he wrote on the band's Web site.

Among the likely cuts are 'Earth to Bella,' which singer Brandon Boyd said would feature two movements, and 'Love Hurts.' The band has debuted both tracks during at recent live shows.

Incubus will pay tribute to the Pretenders in the next segment of VH1's 'Decades Rock Live,' alongside Kings of Leon, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson and Iggy Pop. The show will be taped Aug. 11 in Atlantic City.

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Nu/Faux Metal Bands Rocked By Slump

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News is profiling how the hard rock sales for the past few months have been dampened while faux-grunge group Nickelback, '70s-style acts, Jet and The Darkness, and arty act Incubus have enjoyed success. Farber cites P.O.D., who saw their last release, 'Satellite,' move 2.7 million copies in 2002 while its latest 'Payable on Death' CD has fallen to No. 186 on the Billboard charts after just 13 weeks, selling just over 400,000 copies. Meanwhile, Limp Bizkit's 'Results May Vary', is lumbering in the low 80s on the chart after 20 weeks, selling only as many as first week sales of their previous effort, 'Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water', moved in its first week. Korn's dropoff also is cited.

The article title "Metal bands rocked by slump" surely is incorrect as these bands hardly qualify as metal, with Korn being the closest of them, and their sales probably hurt by the lackluster Untouchables anyway.

Read the full article at New York Daily News.

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