Live Performances

A Perfect Circle

On the tail of their Coachella performances and armed with their new album, Eat The Elephant, A Perfect Circle hit the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week. The crew performed their tunes, “TalkTalk” and “So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish.” Check out the videos below and see all of their new tour dates here.

A Perfect Circle play Bass Power Slinkys and a custom set of Ernie Ball Single Strings for guitar with gauges 13-56.

New Releases

All Time Low

All Time Low released a new music video this week for their song “Afterglow” from the album Last Young Renegade. The video takes a look at the band’s explosive live show. From their loyal fans fighting the cold in London, to confetti showers in arenas. The guys from ATL don’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon. They will be out on tour this summer for Vans Warped Tour so make sure to check out all of the dates on the band’s website.

All Time Low rely on Ernie Ball Beefy Slinkys, Everlast Phosphor Bronze, and Power Slinky Bass strings.


5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer has released the live music video for their title track of their upcoming album Youngblood. The track is getting 5 Seconds of Summer’s fans very excited for the album as it’s the first to be release since Sounds Good Feels Good back in 2015.

5 Seconds of Summer play Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinkys and Regular Slinky Electric Strings.


State Champs

State Champs have announced their highly anticipated album, Living Proof, which will be released June 15th. They also released a new song titled “Dead and Gone.” State Champs will be touring with Vans Warped Tour all summer! Check out tour dates here and see when they are playing near you.

State Champs play with Beefy Slinkys and Power Slinky Bass strings.


Alice In Chains

Alice in Chains is nearing the release of their sixth album. In a Guitar World article, Jerry Cantrell said the now unnamed album should be released sometime this summer. When asked what fans can expect in this album, he responded,

There’s some really heavy stuff, some really ugly stuff, some really beautiful stuff, some weirdo trippy stuff… it’s good!

When the album releases, the band will have already started their massive international tour.

Alice In Chains play Regular RPS Slinkys and Paradigm Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings.

The Bombpops

The Bombpops premiered the music video for “Dear Beer” on New Noise. They are currently playing in Europe and will be heading to the United States at the beginning of summer 2018. Check out their official tour dates on their website.

The Bombpops play Regular Slinkys and Earthwood Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings.



During an interview with LA’s radio station KROQ this past week, Nick Hexum of 311 announced that they are currently writing and recording their next album with John Feldmann at the Helm. Both 311 and Feldmann are longtime Ernie Ball players and have both released amazing records over the last 20+ years. Fingers crossed that the album arrives before the end of 2018.

311 rely on RPS 10 Gauge and the Paradigm Power Slinky guitar strings.



Get an inside look on how 311 crafts their specific sound and what inspires the band, watch Nick Hexum and Tim Mahoney’s Ernie Ball String Theory film below.

Parkway Drive

Parkway Drive has teased fans with the release of their upcoming album Reverance by dropping the Official Music Video for “Pray.”  Reverance is expected to drop May 4th and “Pray” joins other released singles like “Wishing Wells” and “The Void.” This album is offering a new branch of music for Parkway Drive and we are loving it! Check out the music video below and catch a show on their 2018 U.S. Spring Tour.

Parkway Drive play Skinny Top Heavy Bottom Slinkys and Bass 5 String Super Slinkys.


Special Providence

Special Providence has released the Official Music Video for “Distant Knowledge.” “Distant Knowledge” is off of their fifth studio album, WILL. In the video, you can see bassist Attila Fehérvári rocking his Music Man StingRay5 Bass.


Bad Religion

Brian Baker posted a photo of himself on Instagram this week with the caption “Finally.” The selfie seems to be documentation of Bad Religion working on a new album. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait too long to hear the next chapter since the release of 30 Years Live back in 2016.

Bad Religion play Power Slinkys and Hybrid Stainless Steel Bass strings.


Tour Announcements

Manchester Orchestra

Longtime Ernie Ball players, Manchester Orchestra will be hitting the road this spring starting with a performance at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta Georgia. The dates are mostly filled with festival appearances all over the country including LA’s KROQ Weenie Roast, Alabama’s Hangout Fest, Bonnaroo and many more. Check out all of the dates here. If you haven’t already, snag the band’s latest record, A Black Mile To The Surface, here.

Manchester Orchestra play Regular Slinky bass and Power Slinky guitar strings.


Code Orange

As a follow up of their record release, Forever, Code Orange will be hitting the road on The New Reality Tour. Be sure to get your tickets for the show at a venue near you. These Pittsburg natives were not only featured on the cover of Revolver Magazine in the last few months, but also released a new song, “Only One Way.” If you’re able to catch them performing live, you won’t be disappointed.

Code Orange play Not Even Slinky, Skinny Top Heavy Bottom, and Regular Bass 5 Slinky.


Bonus Content

Gabriel Severn

A big congrats to Ernie Ball Music Man artist Gabriel Severn, who has won two prestigious awards from Downbeat Student Music Awards including “Junior High Outstanding Performance for Jazz Solo” and “Composition for a Small Ensamble.” Gabriel is a young phenom at the age of 13 and has been shocking the world with his mastery of the electric bass. Check out his website to learn more and watch the video below for a sample of his unbelievable talent.

Gabriel plays the Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5 Bass and the Bongo 5.


Guitar Workshop Plus Sessions: Albert Lee, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Tommy Emmanuel and more…

Guitar Workshop Plus is hosting seminars this summer featuring world-renowned artists. Many of which are part of the Ernie Ball family including, Albert Lee, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert and Tommy Emmanuel. These artists will be hosting classes, workshops, concerts, and conducting clinics throughout the U.S. Check out the Guitar Workshop Plus‘ official website to catch a workshop near you!

Share this Post