Robert Trujillo & His Metallica Mates Among Headlining Acts for French Hard Rock Festival Hellfast

Robert Trujillo est prêt à rock.

The lineup for the 2024 edition of the French hard rock festival Hellfest has been announced with the 59-year-old half-Mexican American musician and his Metallica mates among this year’s headlining acts.

Robert Trujillo & MetallicaAlong with Trujillo and his Metallica mates, other headlining acts for the festival include Foo Fighters, Machine Head and Avenged Sevenfold.

Hellfast will take place from June 27-30.

The first night — topped by A7X — will feature support from Megadeth, Dropkick Murphys, Bad Omens, Baby Metal, Enter Shakari and more.

Machine Head top the Friday night lineup, with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on the bill along with The Prodigy, Fear Factory, Steel Panther, Ice-T’s Body Count, Shaka Ponk, Biohazard, 311, Fu Manchu, Corrosion of Conformity and others.

Metallica will headline on night three, along with Mass Hysteria, Extreme, Mammoth WVH, Black Stone Cherry, The Dead Daisies, Saxon, Bruce Dickinson, Accept, Yngwie Malmsteen, Suicidal Tendencies, The Interruptors, Mr. Bungle and more.

Foo Fighters do the honors on the final night, with support from Queen of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, Heart, Nova Twins, High on Fire, The Offspring, Corey Taylor, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Simple Plan, Neck Deep, Madball, Rival Sons, Therapy?, Dimmu Borgir and many more.

The 17th edition of Hellfest will take place outside the western French city of Clisson with more than 160 bands setting up on six stages. Weekend tickets are already sold out and single-day tickets slated to go on sale early next year.

Lovato to Make Appearance at This Year’s Advertising Week

Demi Lovato is ready to rock this year’s Advertising Week

The 23-year-old part-Mexican American will make an appearance at the 12th annual industry gathering, which will be taking place in New York City on September 28-October 2.

Demi Lovato

Lovato will participate in a special Universal Showcase that includes Alessia Cara, as well as Joe Jonas with his new band DNCE (in partnership with Universal Music Group and Complex) on September 29 at Highline Ballroom.

But Lovato isn’t the only Hispanic artist to participate this year…

Zoe Saldana will speak on a September 29 panel about the future of social entertainment and the importance of reinventing how advertisers and millennials think about content, delivery and access.

Others Latinos appearing at Advertising Week include Saturday Night Live alumni Horatio Sanz, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dascha Polanco,.

Advertising Week will feature 250 distinct seminars, all taking place at venues in its Times Square hub: B.B. King’s; the Hard Rock; Liberty Theater; NASDAQ MarketSite; and the Times Center. All seminars and workshops will be streamed live, powered by MLB Advanced Media, at and in the official app.

Santana Planning to Release New Solo Instrumental Album

Carlos Santana isn’t just planning a two-year residency at Las Vegas’ House of Blues… He’ll soon be releasing a new solo instrumental album just two weeks after commencing his Vegas gig.

It’s the first of three albums the 64-year-old Mexican rock guitarist has planned for the near future.

Carlos Santana

Shape Shifter is the personal album,” he says of the disc that’ll be released on May 15. “One album will be a Santana band album. The other one is for my family, my new wife (Cindy Blackman) my brother Jorge. I’ll bring together my whole family, my new family, to do music in honor of the sacredness of the family. We can start in March, April and since we’re only working at night we can do sessions during the day (at Odds On Studio). It’s just a balance — recording and being onstage. We can do three, four, seven albums.”

House of Blues, which has never before presented a residency, will put about 45 shows in 2012 on sale on March 3. And, the venue is being reconfigured with seating and tables to replace the open space, taking capacity down to 1,200 from about 1,600.

“I like to do at least 50 percent” of the new album during the shows, he says before rattling off song titles from the new album — “Shape Shifter,” “Nomad,” “Dom,” “Never the Same Again.” “It’s for people who love ‘Caravanseri,’ ‘Europa,’ ‘Samba Pa Ti‘ — the instrumentals. A lot of people miss hearing the Mexican just playing his guitar. That’s a language that’s better than Swahili or English or Spanish. I haven’t done one in a long time.”

“Shape Shifter” is being billed as Santana’s 36th album in his career that began in the San Francisco Bay Area and erupted with a performance at Woodstock in 1969. Santana and the Rolling Stones are the only acts to have landed an album in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 in every decade since the 1960s.

Santana’s first Las Vegas residency ran from May 2009 to May 2011 at the Hard Rock‘s the Joint. He played 72 shows during that stint, which was billed as “Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits.” Santana is leaving the concept for his House of Blues run more fluid — he expects to welcome special guests and alter the middle of the show nightly. He has only prepared the opening and closing of the show, but he won’t give out song titles.

“I like to assault the senses so I have created three different kinds of intros — there’s a lot of power,” Santana said.  “There’s a lot to hit the ear. I call (the opening and closing segments) the doors — there’s the front door and the back door and the middle are the rooms. We can take it to rooms that we haven’t been in, we can discover spiritual romance inside the sheets so to speak.”

Santana’s opening night is May 2 with shows planned for May, June and September.