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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023 

Tickets on sale this Friday, January 20 at 10am

WWJK Presents The Mega-Monsters Tour: Mastodon and Gojira with  special guest Lorna Shore at The St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Friday, May 5. Tickets for Mastodon & Gojira go  on sale this Friday, January 20 at 10am online at and at the venue Box Office. 

GRAMMY® Award-winning band Mastodon continue to chart their own course through their highly successful  music career. Founded in Atlanta, GA during 2000 by Troy Sanders (bass/vocals), Brent Hinds (guitar/vocals), Bill  Kelliher (guitar) and Brann Dailor (drums/vocals), the group have unleashed a series of influential albums. Rolling  Stone notably cited 2004’s Leviathan on its coveted The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Meanwhile,  Crack The Skye closed out 2009 on year-end lists by everyone from Time to Spin. They delivered three  consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with The Hunter [2011], Once More ‘Round the Sun [2014],  and Emperor of Sand [2017]. Mastodon have been nominated for GRAMMY’S® five times to date. The group  commemorated their late manager Nick John with their 2019 take on “Stairway To Heaven,” affectionately  entitled “Stairway To Nick John.” Initially released for Record Store Day, all proceeds benefit the Hirschberg  Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Research. Their evolution continues later this year, with their ninth full-length  offering for Reprise Records produced by David Bottrill [Tool, Rush], Hushed and Grim

Gojira tends to operate in polar extremes. “I can’t help but see humanity as a parasite,” Gojira’s co-founding  guitarist and principal songwriter Joe Duplantier explains, “and yet the most beautiful things come out of  humans.” To that end, the French quartet—Duplantier and his brother Mario [drums], Christian Andreu [guitar],  and Jean-Michel Labadie [bass]—have spent the past 15 years translating this duality into a distinctive sound:  dark, crushing metal brightened by triumphant arena-rock melodies, contrast-heavy and emotionally charged.  Enter 2016’s Magma, whereupon Gojira found strength—and crossover success—through a singular commitment to self-reflection. It debuted at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart, topped the Billboard “Hard Rock  Albums” chart (a first for a French band), and netted nominations for Best Rock Album and Best Metal  Performance (for “Silvera”) at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.  

Humbled and honored as he was by Magma’s success, Duplantier came out of that victory lap feeling  exhausted—and eager to move on. And so, Gojira made a group decision: for album number seven, Fortitude,  they’d have some damn fun. In late 2019, the brothers Duplantier returned to Silver Cord Studio, their  Ridgewood, Queens, headquarters, to begin work on new, self-produced Gojira material, culled from ideas  they’d developed over the past two years. “With this album, we wanted to come back with more joy, more  power, and more positivity about life in general,” Joe explains. “We’re so lucky to do what we love; it’s not like  we were depressed or anything, but we had something in our system to express—Magma—and we felt like it  was time for something else—something that is all about strength.” 

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