Chicago's alternative hard rock trio Chevelle -- who created a local buzz in 1999 with its indie debut "Point #1" and broke nationally in 2002 with its platinum–selling major label release, "Wonder What's Next" -- have wrapped up work on their sixth and newest album, "Hats Off To The Bull."
Scheduled for a Dec. 6 release via the group's longtime label, Epic Records, it's the Gurnee–based band's follow–up to 2009's "Sci–Fi Crimes," which debuted at No. 6 on the "Billboard Top 200 Albums" chart. Fans can preorder "Hats Off To The Bull" now at WWW.CHEVELLEINC.COM and on iTunes.
The first single, "Face to the Floor," which rails against corporate corruption, is off to a great start on radio. It entered the Top 10 at "Active Rock" and vaulted into the Top 20 at "Mainstream Rock," while debuting at No. 2 on the "iTunes Rock Singles Chart."
Mark the date Chevelle fans. The lads will celebrate the album's release with a 11 p.m. Dec. 8 performance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Then a major 2012 tour with Bush is in the works, with dates soon to be announced.
MUSIC NOTES ...
• Chicago's Alligator Records added celebrated blues guitarist, vocalist, songwriter Joe Louis Walker to their talent roster this week. Walker's Alligator debut, "Hellfire," was produced by Tom Hambridge (Susan Tedeschi, Johnny Winter, Delbert McClinton) and hits Jan. 31.
The two–time Grammy winner and four–time Blues Music Award winner has been playing professionally for 47 years.
FYI: WWW.ALLIGATOR.COM and WWW.JOELOUISWALKER.COM
• The Ides Of March plan to rock their old neighborhood of Berwyn at a Nov. 10 benefit for the nonprofit organization Chicagoland Czech–American Community Center.
The Ides found fame in the mid 1960s with such regional hits as "You Wouldn't Listen" and later hit the national charts with songs such as "LA Goodbye" and their No. 1 single "Vehicle."
The fundraiser at Berwyn's Sokol Tabor Hall, 1600 S. Clarence Ave., is the classic rock group's first appearance in their hometown since the dedication of portions of Home Avenue as "Ides Of March Way" in September 2010. Opening for all original line–up of The Ides will be The World Band from the Czech Republic.
The $40 tickets, which are tax–deductible, go on sale 9 a.m. Nov. 7 online at http://ccaccides.eventbrite.com. Food and beverages will be available and parking is free. FYI: Jim Kapsa at (708) 484–2700 or WWW.IDESOFMARCH.COM
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