It's been a tumultuous year—reunions, deaths, births, seminal records . . . it all happened in 2012. Let's take a look back at some of the biggest music news stories on PureVolume this year.Tom Gabel of Against Me! Comes Out As Transgendered
In one of the most inspiring stories of the year, Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel bravely revealed plans to undergo a sex change. Following an initial announcement with Rolling Stone
, Gabel—who has now taken the name Laura Grace—went on to share her struggles with gender dysphoria and her hopes moving forward. The band's forthcoming new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues
, will continue to speak out on the issues Laura Grace has, and continues, to face.Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence Killed in Motorcycle Accident
The metal and music community at large lost a real icon with the loss of Suicide Silent frontman Mitch Lucker. On November 1, the shocking news broke that Lucker had been killed in a motorcylce accident. Friends, family, fans, and bands quickly gathered together to mourn the loss
, and in the months following, many members of the music community launched charities
in Lucker's honor, to help support the education of his young daughter.Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Passes Away At 47
After being diagnosed with cancer in 2009, Beastie Boys co-founder Adam "MCA" Yauch passed away in May 2012 at the age of 47. The music world not only lost a true artist, but an inspiring humanitarian and filmmaker. In addition to his career with the Beastie Boys, Yauch was heavily involved in the movement to free Tibet and launched the film production company Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Pussy Riot Trial
On February 21, the Russian feminist-punk collective took to Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to deliver a song of peaceful protest. Three members were immediately arrested and sentenced to two years in prison under charges for "for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” The music community immediately jumped to their aid, launching rallies and lectures, charities and album compilations, all to help protest the women's unjust sentencing. As of time of publishing, two members remain incarcerated and one has been set free. Underoath Break Up
This October, after more than a decade of making music, Underoath announced they would be calling it quits. The obligatory farewell tour was planned, an impressive anthology album was released in November, and music fans everywhere lost another little piece of their heart.Craig Owens Rejoins Chiodos
The moment so many had been waiting for finally happened this past April: Craig Owens announced he had rejoined Chiodos. Equal Vision repressed the band's classic All's Well That Ends Well
on vinyl, a return tour
was set, and fans partook in some extreme rejoicing. Solid year for these dudes.Thrice Announce Final Tour
Sure, Thrice technically announced their "indefinite hiatus" in December 2011, however, a major part of this year's news has revolved around the band's final tour. Announced in February, the tour officially embarked in May and wrapped in June. Afterwards, they released a live album of the tour as a final send-out, leaving their legacy forever cemented in the scene.
Tony Sly of No Use For A Name Passes Away at 41
August 1, news broke of the tragic passing of punk icon Tony Sly, frontman of iconic California punk band No Use For A Name. The cause of his death is still unknown. Since his passing, the music community have continued to rally together to mourn his loss and remember his contributions.
Paul McCartney Joins Nirvana On Stage for Hurricane Sandy Benefit Show
This title speaks for itslef. Paul McCartney and Nirvana, together on one stage? This one's for the music history books. The icons took to the stage to perform a completely new tune, "Cut Me Some Slack," and raised an incredible amount of money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the process.
All Time Low Sign to Hopeless Records & Release Don't Panic
Yes, many bands signed to many labels this year. And, yes, many bands released new albums. The reason why All Time Low stands out, however, is because they began the process independently and searched tirelessly to be sure the next label they signed to was aligned with their own artistic vision. It also doesn't hurt that Don't Panic
went on to top Best Of lists everywhere (our Readers Poll included!
) and make a huge impact on the scene. Circa Survive Self-Release Violent Waves
It's pretty huge for a band as noteworthy as Circa to break ties with their label and self-release their fourth full-length album, but that's exactly what they did. Their reasoning was simple—and inspiring. As frontman Anthony Green put it, "By choosing to download our music directly from us, you are choosing to give our band a future and directly supporting us and our families.” We think anyone who's heard Violent Waves
can attest that this route was certainly the best path for them to take. Taking Back Sunday Embark on Tell All Your Friends Anniversary Tour
Was it seriously 10 years ago we first laid hands (and ears?) on the seminal record that is TBS' Tell All Your Friends
? Apparently it was, and apparently we're old, but the great thing about milestones is that they call for celebration. TBS pulled the ultimate in anniversary gifts with their massive TAYF10 tour—packing 38 shows into a two month time span. As for a parting gift? A live album of the affair is reportedly in the works
.Andrew McMahon Retires Jack's Mannequin
We all had a feeling this one was coming back in February, when McMahon mentioned the possibility
in an interview, but the final announcement came this past September. The band played two farewell shows and that was that. Don't think for a minute McMahon's finished with music, though. He's just announced
that he'll be joining a tour with Fun.
, as well as some headlining solo shows, and is already working on a new EP.Finch Announce 10-Year Anniversary Reunion Show
Here was something most people probably didn't see coming. In honor of the 10 year anniversary of What It Is to Burn
, the band decided to reunite for a one-off show where they would play the album in full. This one-night ordeal soon spiraled into several, and that spiraled into a US tour. And, hey, did you hear?: They're coming for you, UK friends
.Armor For Sleep Reunite at Bamboozle
Yet another reunion nobody saw coming. This past April, fans were blown away when frontman Ben Jorgenson made the announcement that the band would be reuniting, for the first and last time, at Bamboozle 2012. After ending so abruptly, the show was a means to bring closure to fans—and the band themselves—with a proper farewell. If you were there, we're sure you can join us in saying it was an incredible send-off and a definite tribute to their influential career.Soundgarden Return with King Animal
Back in September, the Seattle alt-rock vets returned with the announcement that they would be dropping their first new album in 15 years, King Animal
. Released on November 13, the effort spurred a string of North American intimate tour dates, a Sirius XM Town Hall Session
, and continued praise from press and fans alike.
PHOTO of TOM GABEL OF AGAINST ME! by Mark C. Austin