Myrtle Beach’s Hard Rock Park Bankrupt and Closing After First Season
As reported by UltimateRollercoaster.com:
After a disappointing first summer, the music has been silenced at the new Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach, at least temporarily.
Parent company, Myrtle Beach Holdings, LLC, announced yesterday that they will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the theme park will close for the remainder of the 2008 season effective immediately.
“The downturn in overall consumer spending combined with rising fuel costs have had a significant impact on tourism in Myrtle Beach and other markets, said Chief Executive Officer Steven Goodwin. “Additionally, the frozen credit markets and the unprecedented volatility in the global financial markets has severely limited our ability to line up the planned financial resources needed to execute our summer marketing plan and adequately promote the Park.”
Myrtle Beach Holding is hoping this process will give them the opportunity to restructure its balance sheet and reduce its debt to ensure the future health and sustainability of the company.
“I would like to thank our employees, annual pass holders, visitors, vendors, sponsors and all of the other great people that were essential in making our inaugural season happen, added Goodwin. “Visitors to Hard Rock Park overwhelmingly compare their experience to the best that major theme parks have to offer and we look forward to continued success as a first class entertainment destination in the years to come.”
Rumors of the parks troubles have been circulating for weeks, but the first signs were apparent when the park announced it was laying off employees more than a month ago. Adding to the problems, one of the park’s major roller coasters, Maximum RPM, temporarily closed and due to the ride manufacturer disabling the ride due to delinquent payment.
Guests visiting Hard Rock Park this summer reported finding empty midways and little to no queue lines for major attractions.
The park had projected that it would attract approximately three million guests in its first year. Big name performers were part of the failed plan to fill the theme park.
See related: www.hardrockpark.com
Trivium’s entire new album Shogun is now streaming in all its glory on the band’s Myspace page.
Maybe you’ve had a taste of the album, but experience all of Shogun for the first time, only on Myspace, only until the release date – September 30.
The track listing for Trivium is as follows:
1. Kirisute Gomen
2. Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis
3. Down From The Sky
5. Into The Mouth Of Hell We March
6. Throes Of Perdition
7. He Who Spawned the Furies
8. Of Prometheus And The Crucifix
9. The Calamity
10. Like Callisto To A Star In Heaven
Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic Records hard rock band Buckcherry scored their first Top 10 album today on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart with Black Butterfly, the much-anticipated follow-up to 2006’s RIAA-certified platinum 15.
Black Butterfly debuted at #8 on the chart, the highest debuting rock album.
“Buckcherry keeps letting it rip,” said People magazine in a 3/4 star review of the album.
“There’s no denying it, Buckcherry is what in-your-face rock ‘n’ roll is all about.”—Associated Press
Dubbed the Next Great American Rock Band, Buckcherry, who just two years ago performed to rooms of 200 people, are currently playing to crowds of tens of thousands. A full tour itinerary is below.
BUCKCHERRY – ON TOUR 2008
9/24-9/30 with Shinedown and Saving Abel
10/2-11 with Saving Abel * 10/8-9 also with 12 Stones
10/19-10/26 in Japan
11/4-11/22 with Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, and Saving Abel except *
11/4, 11/5, 11/8 with Avenged Sevenfold and Saving Abel only
24 Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
26 Huntsville, AL Big Spring Jam
27 Memphis, TN Mud Island Amphitheatre
28 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
30 Clemson, SC Little John Coliseum
2 Sauget, IL Pop’s
3 Little Rock, AR Clear Channel Metroplex
4 Mobile, AL Bayfest* (also with Shinedown)
8 Charlotte, NC Grady Cole Center
9 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
11 Kinston, NC NC Lenoir County Fairgrounds
19 Saitama Loud Park Festival
21 Koutou-ku, Tokyo Studio Coast
22 Nagoya-Aichi Diamond Hall—Nagoya
23 Naka-ku, Hiroshima Club Quattro—Hiroshima
25 Osaka-Jo Osaka-Jo Hall (Crüe Fest)
26 Yamashita Shin Yokohama Yokohama Bay Hall
4 Casper, WY Casper Event Center Arena*
5 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena*
6 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena
8 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium*
9 Fargo, ND Fargodome
11 Bloomington, IL US Cellular Coliseum
14 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
15 Waterloo, IA McElroy Auditorium
16 La Crosse, WI LeCrosse Center
18 Grand Rapids, MI Deltaplex
19 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
21 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
22 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Centre
You can check out the video for “Too Drunk…” below!
The Babylon Bombs have released a new single, “Goodbye Good Luck“.
Check it out on their myspace page!
Saxon has announced that their brand new studio album, “Into The Labyrinth” is set to be released on January 12th in Europe (9th in Germany) and January 13th in North America. The albums first single, “Live To Rock” will be made available as a download on October 17th.
Into The Labyrinth was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. Saxon recorded 13 new songs at Blind Guardian’s studio, starting with their monumental opener, ‘Battalions Of Steel’, through ‘Demon Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Valley Of The Kings’, which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track, ‘Coming Home’ (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from Saxon’s Killing Ground album). Saxon are currently still working on an additional 14th track, which will be available exclusively as a download on iTunes from the release date. “The new material was written in England and at my house in France,” Byford explains. “Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between Lionheart and The Inner Sanctum, a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. We’re very happy with the production and proud of Into The Labyrinth.”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Battalions Of Steel
2. Live To Rock
3. Demon Sweeney Todd
4. The Letter
5. Valley Of The Kings
6. Slow Lane Blues
7. Crime Of Passion
8. Premonition in D Minor
10. Protect Yourselves
12. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
13. Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)
According to Billboard.com, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” holds tight at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week after its first full frame at retail. The Warner Bros. set sold 337,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; it debuted with 490,000 last week after just three days of sales thanks to an off-cycle Friday release.
Starting right behind at No. 2 is Ne-Yo’s “Year of the Gentleman” with 250,000. The Def Jam effort comes on the heels of two No. 1 bows for the artist: 2006 debut “In My Own Words” (301,000) and 2007’s “Because of You” (251,000). New single “Miss Independent” continues to climb the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally, moving 16-5 in this latest frame, while first single “Closer” sits at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
Nelly’s “Brass Knuckles” (Derrty/Universal Motown), the rapper’s first studio set since 2004, enters at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 with 84,000. Four years ago, he dropped two separate albums on the same day — “Suit” and “Sweat” – which debuted at Nos. 1 and 2 with 396,000 and 342,000, respectively.
In its 50th week on the chart, Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” (Top Dog/Atlantic) drops 3-4 on a 15% decline to 64,000 copies.
Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker debuts at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums with the Capitol Nashville project “Learn to Live,” with 60,000. On Hot Country Songs, his single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” hits No. 1 this week. This marks the second week in a row a singer best known from another genre crosses over to hit No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, following last week’s penthouse debut for Jessica Simpson’s “Do You Know.”
Young Jeezy’s “The Recession” (Def Jam) falls 2-6 on The Billboard 200 with 60,000, a 33% sales decline. DJ Khaled notches his third straight top 15 album as “We Global” (We the Best/Def Jam) enters at No. 7 with 49,000. His first two charting albums — 2006’s “Listennn: The Album” and 2007’s “We the Best” — debuted and peaked at Nos. 12 and 8, respectively.
Buckcherry earns its best sales week ever and highest charting album as “Black Butterfly” (Eleven Seven Music/Atlantic) opens at No. 8 with 47,000. Previously, the rock band went as far as No. 39 with its last album “15,” and had never sold more than 26,000 in a single week with any release. But “15” wound up spending 126 weeks on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.3 million copies to date.
Lil Wayne’s Cash Money effort “Tha Carter III” slips 9% in sales and descends 8-9 with 43,000 while the Game’s “LAX” (Geffen) moves 7-10 with 42,000 (-16%).
Other debuts this week include All That Remains‘ “Overcome” (Prosthetic/Razor & Tie, No. 16, 29,000), Raphael Saadiq’s “The Way I See It” (Columbia, No. 19, 23,000), Avenged Sevenfold’s “Live in the LBC &; Diamond in the Rough” (Warner Bros., No. 24, 20,000) and Eli Young Band’s “Jet Black & Jealous” (Universal South, No. 33, 15,000).
At 6.92 million units, sales this week are up 1.1% from last week’s sum and down a 16.5% from the same week last year.
Rumor has it that Danger Danger is in the studio recording their first album with Ted Poley on vocals in something like 15 years. Well to tide you over until the album is released comes Marcello Vestry, what does Marcello Vestry have to do with Danger Danger you ask? There are quite a few things actually. First off guitarist Rob Marcello has been playing with D2 for the past few years, secondly D2 head honcho Bruno Ravel plays bass and produced this album, and last but not least Marcello Vestry play fun party melodic rock just like D2, in fact if I didn’t know any better it would be very possible to think this album was released right along side D2’s debut album in ’89.
In all honesty, I had no idea who Frank Vestry was before hearing this album, but he has been around the music business for quite a while singing in Burning Starr back in the mid-80’s. Regardless of his past I am a fan now after hearing him on this album. He has a strong powerful voice that fits each of these songs to a T.
Now let’s get to the music, “Fireworks” gets us started and what a great start it is with a cool intro by Marcello and keyboards reminding me of Kasey Smith. It is impossible to listen to this song and not want to sing along or play a little air guitar or maybe keyboards. Great gang vocals for the chorus and Vestry shines.
“Ready or Not” is the next piece of ear candy for us to enjoy. Once again a great intro by Marcello and a great sing along chorus with a shout out to Twisted Sister and of course Danger Danger thrown in. If guitar gods still existed in this day and age Rob Marcello could definitely be leading the pack. I believe he would make Andy Timmons proud with his solo on this song.
“All I Wanna Do Is U” is hands down my favorite song on this album. Melodic rock perfection is the only way to describe this song. As much as I love this song I think I would love it even more if I got to hear Ted Poley singing. This song has classic Danger Danger written all over it.
“Gone” is one of the obligatory mid tempo power ballads on the album and probably the best one on the album. I can’t stress enough how skillful Rob Marcello is as a guitarist or how strong Frank Vestry’s vocals are
Two more songs that would easily fit on any Poley sang Danger Danger album “Live Life” and “Love Injection” also border on perfection. The only song on this album I couldn’t get into is “Gangster of Love” not that it is a bad song it just didn’t do anything for me. One misfire out of eleven songs is not bad at all, speaking of the 11th song, if you spend the money for the import version you are rewarded with an acoustic version of “Gone”, which really shows the power of Vestry’s voice.
As much as I am looking forward to Danger Danger’s new album I am already looking forward to the next Marcello Vestry album also, it would be an absolute shame if they do not record another album, because after listening to this one I think they are on to something great.
Marcello Vestry is:
Rob Marcello – Guitars, Keyboards
Frank Vestry – Lead Vocals
Kory Young – Guitars
Bruno Ravel – Bass, Background Vocals
Lynn D. Ruhms – Drums
“Call It What You Want” is the 2nd single off of Tesla’s 1991 CD, Psychotic Supper.
Check out the video below!
RIA Artist’ LSPS will be releasing their sophomore album entitled, “Make Another Offer” on Saturday, October 4th @ Fitzgeralds. Fitzgeralds established in 1977 is located at 2706 White Oak Drive in the historic Heights of Houston, Texas. The venue has hosted many great national artist such as Nine Inch Nails, Suicidal Tendencies, The Misfits, Deadhorse, Black Flag, King’s X, (hed)pe, Staind, 30 Foot Fall, Danzig and many others over the last 31 years. The October 4th show is an all ages event and tickets are only $10.00. www. fitzlive. com
Special guest that evening include Chrome 44, Energy Williams and Almost Sober. Hundreds of people are scheduled to attend and LSPS will be giving away a signed Halo Custom Guitar and a FREE COPY of the new album as door prizes to the first 40 people in attendance. Media, critics, friends, fans and all music lovers alike are encouraged to attend this event.
U.S. RELEASE DATE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST – IN STORES NATIONWIDE
LSPS is an award winning artist from Houston, Texas. They are known for fusing their unique hard rock sound with punk rock attitude and sex appeal. Infecting legions of fans thru out the south and parts of the mid-west, the band has established a cult-like following over the last five years. LSPS has been labeled by the media as the “Hardest working band in Texas” and have opened for other national artist such as (HED)pe, Lit, Saliva, Twiztid, Boondox, Mickey Avalon, OPM, Vanilla Ice, Potluck, The Dirtball, Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), 2 Live Crew, etc. Their energetic and explosive live shows are rumored to be taking over the nation and quite possibly the planet with this next release. LSPS takes a no prisoners approach and places all bets on the table with the 2008 L.P., Make Another Offer!
“This is not your mother’s rock band” – INsite Magazine (Austin,TX)
LSPS released their debut album entitled; Protection on July 8th 2006 and later signed a large scale nationwide distribution deal with BCD Music Group and Starz Music. Thousands of cd sales later, the album is still available for purchase at any Best Buy, Sam Goody, FYE, Circuit City, Target, Specs, Virgin, CD Warehouse, Borders, Walmart, and/or Barnes & Noble store across the U.S. , Canada and parts of the U.K. BCD is based in Kingwood, Texas and also has a second office in London, England. They are known mostly for platinum selling rap artist such as Chamillionaire, Missy Eliot, Lil’ Flip, Bun B and Paul Wall, but also host a large selection of well known rock titles from artist such as Quiet Riot, Enuf Z Nuff, Papa Roach, The Dreaming (featuring Christopher Hall of Stabbing Westward), Hydrogyn, DownSiid, Rikki Rocket (Poison), Skin Lab, Bumblefoot (Guns & Roses), Clutch, Saturate, Cage, Vallejo, Dave Evans (formerly of AC/DC), Marzi (formerly of Superjoint Ritual), and many others. www. bcdmg. com
“LSPS has put the fun, excitement, sex and debauchery back in rock n roll again and not a moment too soon.” – BCD Music Group/Deep Distribution/Starz Music, inc. (U.S.A. & U.K.
The band has been compared to the likes of Snot, Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine, (HED) P.E., Papa Roach, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Faith No More, Buck Cherry, Limp Bizkit, and Suicidal Tendencies. Their musical talents and work ethic have won them the endorsements of Pearl Drums, Halo Custom Guitars, Rock Star Energy Drink, and Juliet & Romeo Couture. The band has toured all over Texas, and musical hot spots thru-out Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, California and plan on embarking on a national tour first of next year to support the new album. www. myspace. com/lsps
“Women, debauchery and trouble. LSPS is the modern day Motley Crue.” – Live Nation (U.S.A.
The debut album SOLD OUT at several FYE and Best Buy stores in and around the Houston area within the first week it was released and was nominated as “Best album of the year” in the 2006 Texas Buzz Music Awards on Clear Channel station FM 94.5 KTBZ. Regardless of the fact the CD was only released less than 30 days earlier, the album was also ranked one of the “Top 10 albums of 2006″ in the December 28th issue of the Houston Chronicle. www. houstonchron. com www. billboard. com
“The best party band in Texas.
” – Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)
The album has received a generous amount of airtime and promotion from both commercial and college radio stations all over Texas and parts of the Midwest. The band even went on to write and record a theme song for Clear Channel’s KTBZ FM 94.5 in honor of the program’s official “Steak & BJ Day” on the Rod Ryan Morning Show in Houston, TX and have also been the featured artist on the station’s local “Texas Buzz” program with host Zak United on several occasions. www. thebuzz. com
LSPS won the award in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for “Best Alternative Rock Band” at the Houston Press Music Awards and were nominated once again in 2008. The band was also picked by the Houston Press staff as “Best live stage act of 2006″ in the annual Best of Houston Awards. www. houstonpress. com
LSPS music has been featured in several motion pictures and/or videos including but not limited to; “Dawn of the Damned”, “Ice Scream”, and gulf coast based surfing documentary “Tex 2 Mex Chix”.
“If California can claim the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Texas has LSPS.
” – Music News Magazine (Houston, TX)
The new album is slated for U.S. release Tuesday, October 21st 2008. The album will be available online and for purchase at select stores across the U.S., U.K., Japan, Europe and Canada via the band’s new record deal with RIA Records and distribution via BCD Music Group and Starz Music. LSPS will continue to seek out major label attention with the new highly anticipated release! The band plans on doing this thru means of advertising in major music publications, grass roots marketing, commercial and college radio play, nationwide in store appearances, heavy touring, video and radio commercials on mtv, vh1 and fuse. LSPS will be hosting a series of in-store appearances at Best Buy, FYE, Sam Goody, and Hastings locations thru-out the U.S. in support of the album. The band will also be announcing their U.S. tour dates shortly after the album’s release date Tuesday, October 21st 2008. www. pollstar. com
Saturday, October 18th, LSPS will be performing live at the Grand Opening of the Best Buy store in The Woodlands, Texas (Pinecroft Center) near Market Street. The store will also have pre-release copies of the new album in-stock and available for purchase that day. Plus you can have your copy autographed by the band after their performance. Check website for time and details. www. myspace. com/lsps
Saturday, October 25th, the day before BUZZ FEST, LSPS will be performing live at the Grand Opening of the NEW Best Buy store located at the Galleria in Houston, TX. The new LSPS album will be available for purchase and there will be a 40 minute performance from the band followed by a two hour record signing and in-store appearance. Best Buy stores nationwide will stock several thousand copies of the new LSPS album, Make Another Offer. The corporate music retail leader has partnered with LSPS to host several new music concept store re-openings and grand openings nationwide. www. bestbuy. com
“The thing is as soon as you are hooked, the band takes out a shovel and hits you upside the head. The beat picks up, the vocals get a bit angrier and then they take you back down to the dark recesses of rock you were at before your musical lobotomy.
” – SugarBuzz Magazine (Los Angeles)
Dangerous Toys, Junkyard and Helix Added to Rock Gone Wild 2009
They might come from different parts of North America, but in August 2009, Dangerous Toys, Junkyard and Helix will join forces in Algona, Iowa for the inaugural Rock Gone Wild festival. The festival is slated for August 20-23, 2009. Rock Gone Wild will feature more than 50 bands on two stages over four days of hard rock and heavy metal. The festival promises four decades of rock n’ roll debauchery at its finest!
Dangerous Toys formed in Texas in 1987. They immediately impacted radio and MTV with hits like “Teas’n, Pleas’n” and “Scared.” The band has released four studio albums, a live disc and a greatest hits compilation. The current Dangerous Toys lineup features Jason McMaster (vocals), Paul Lidel and Scott Dalhover (guitars), Mike Watson (bass) and Mark Geary (drums).
Like many bands from the 1980s, blues-based rockers Junkyard saw their beginnings in Los Angeles. Forming in 1987, the band got their start with a little cash from Geffen Records. The band made some demos and later released a self-titled debut album. Junkyard has released seven albums, including early demos, live cuts and the recent Put It on Ten and Pull the Knobs Off! The current Junkyard lineup features David Roach (vocals), Chris Gates (guitar and vocals), Tim Mosher (guitar), Todd Muscat (bass) and Patrick Muzingo (drums).
Canadian rockers Helix formed in 1974 and hit their stride in the early 1980s, releasing songs like “Heavy Metal Love” and “Rock You.” To date, Helix has well over a dozen albums to their credit. That discography will grow as Helix prepares to release A Heavy Metal Christmas in the next few weeks. The current Helix line-up features Brian Vollmer (vocals), Paul Fonseca (bass), Jim Lawson (guitar), Rick VanDyk (guitar) and Brent Niemi (drums).
Dangerous Toys, Junkyard and Helix will join Saigon Kick on the Rock Gone Wild festival roster. Rock Gone Wild marks the only festival appearance for Saigon Kick – featuring Matt Kramer and Phil Varone – in 2009.
Rock Gone Wild artists will chat online exclusively with festival ticket-holders. This exciting interactive experience kicks off in the coming weeks and will continue until August 2009. Fans must purchase a ticket to chat with your favorite musician! Visit www.rockgonewild.com for more information.
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa. While Algona is a rural community, the area is close to many hotels and both the Des Moines and Minneapolis airports are easily accessible.
Both platinum and VIP seating is severely limited. Rock fans from more than 30 states and five countries have already purchased tickets. This means over half of the platinum seating area is already sold – so fans should act fast if they want to get wild in August 2009.
Rock now. Rock on. Rock wild.
The ACDC.com Official Store wants you to be a part of a very special “Secret Show” before the start of the tour. All AC/DC fans who pre-order Black Ice (releasing on 10/20/08) will be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the show.
On Friday, 10/10, you will receive an email with a bit more information about the show. At that time you will have 72 hours to confirm your desire to attend and the 250 winners will be chosen from that list.
All AC/DC fans who have already pre-ordered have been entered into this contest.
Grand Prize: Two hundred and fifty (250) Grand Prize winners will receive a pair of tickets to see AC/DC in a Secret Show somewhere in the Greater New York area of the US on October 26. No tickets will be sold to this show. This is your exclusive opportunity to be a part of this event.
To be honest I put off reviewing Overloaded for as long as I could because the sample clips I had previously heard did not impress me at all. When it came down to crunch time and I forced myself to sit down and give Overloaded a listen I realized what an idiot I was. I’m not sure what I was listening to before but “Regeneration” is loaded with in your face rock from start to finish.
When the first track “What’s In There” kicked off it took me a while to put my finger on who vocalist Chris Gillen reminded me of, so I sit back listened and enjoyed. The song has a great riff from guitarist Erik Kluiber and a ranting chorus from Gillen.
The second track “Obviously Envious” starts off and it hits me Gillen is the lovechild of Kory Clarke and Ron Keel. Which could also explain the heavy Warrior Soul influence or it could be something as simple as both bands are from Detroit. While Overloaded’s songs are not as politically charged Warrior Soul influence is dripping all over this album. If you don’t believe me just give “President’s Day” or “Ride That Feeling” a spin and it will hit you square in the face like a 2×4.
But just when you think you have Gillen figured out he throws everyone for a loop on “Don’t Leave Me This Way” channeling a little Jesse James Dupree. Other songs that impressed me were “Feeling Overloaded”, “Flashy Girl”, and “Try This One On For Size”.
Buyer beware that the band that recorded this album is not the same band you will see live now as Gillen and Kluiber replaced the rhythm section and added a second guitarist in Jan. 08. But “Regeneration” is a strong album with great playing from Kluiber and was an especially pleasant surprise to me when I was expecting the worst. Who said second impressions aren’t important?
Rating: Out of 10
1. What’s In There
2. Obviously Envious
3. Feeling Overloaded
4. Presidents Day
5. Ride That Feeling
6. Why Don’t You Love Me Anymore
7. Don’t Leave This Way
8. Flashy Girl
9. Try This On For Size
Chris Gillen – Vocals
Eric Kluiber – Guitars
John Sullens – Rhythm Guitar
Michael Massie – Bass
Lorenzo Gonzalez – Drums
Atlanta based rap metal legends Stuck Mojo has announced that their forthcoming new album will be entitled, “The Great Revival” and is set for a November 28th release via Napalm Records.
The track listing for “The Great Revival” is as follows:
1. Worshipping A False God
2. 15 Minutes Of Fame
4. The Flood
5. Now That You’re All Alone
6. There’s A Doctor In Town
7. The Fear
8. There’s A Miracle Coming
9. Country Road
11. Superstar Part 1 (The Journey Begins)
12. Superstar Part 2 (The World Of Egos And Thieves)
From MSN.com, Run-D.M.C. could “Walk This Way” into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The 1980s rap act, along with Metallica and the Stooges are among the nine nominees for next year’s hall of fame class, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced Monday.
The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic, the only nominee back from last year’s ballot.
The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4, 2009, in Cleveland.
The ceremony typically has been held in New York but is returning to Cleveland after more than a decade-long absence. Tickets will be made available to the public for the first time.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five opened the door for rap at the Rock Hall as the first hip-hop act to be inducted in 2007. Now, Run-D.M.C., nominated in the first year of its eligibility, has the chance to follow on the strength of rock and rap blends such as the 1986 cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and classics like “It’s Tricky” and “My Adidas.”
Metallica jumped on the heavy metal wave of the ’80s and 25 years later is still selling out arenas. This month the group released “Death Magnetic,” which marks a return to its early speed metal days.
The Stooges, recently given props in the film “Juno,” get another shot after last appearing on the ballot two years ago.
Left off the ballot were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bon Jovi. Both had been eligible for the first time. To be nominated an act must have released its first single or album 25 years prior.
More than 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the inductions.
HRH Comment: Once again, some nominees make sense, and others do not.
Why don’t they rename this place, the Rock, Pop, Rap, Soul, R&B Hall of Fame? Then their choices might make more sense.
Acts who are getting the shaft that have released albums 25 years ago, Alice Cooper, KISS, Motley Crue, Rush, Triumph, Yes, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and many more.
Metallica is nominated in their first year of eligibility (Kill em All was released in 1983). While it is cool that Metallica gets the nod, it is a major over sight by the Rock and Roll Hall of fame to not nominate any of the acts I listed above.
Putting Run D.M.C. or Chic in the Hall before any of the acts above is a complete and total joke, in my opinion.
What do you think of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2009?
Bryn Terfel, Shan Cothi and Tigertailz release a a new single today Monday 22nd September available from iTunes as a digital download only.
This is being used to launch a Cancer Charity in memory of Tigertailz Bass player Pepsi Tate (Justin Smith) who tragically died from Pancreatic cancer last year.
The song only costs 79p so if you could buy/download the single this week we would be very grateful.
To find the song on iTunes navigate as follows:
Search on ‘tigertailz’
when the results are shown there will be a panel on the left saying ‘ARTISTS AND MORE’
Click on ‘Pop’ in there and the single should be displayed
The single is one of our Tigertailz songs called ‘I Believe’ and is sung by the Welsh Opera singer Bryn Terfel and Justin’s wife Shan Cothi (also an Opera singer).
All sales of the single will go to raise money for the new charity – http://www. amserjustintime. org/
Shinedown has been a real hit and miss band for me over the last few years. There are some songs that I like a lot by the band, but I typically struggle to listen to an entire album from beginning to end. The Sound of Madness is the first Shinedown album to change that.
The Sound of Madness has no less than 5 songs that could be instant radio hits. Yes, it really is that good.
The first time I listened to the song “Devour“, I thought it sounded more like a Disturbed song, than a Shinedown tune. Nonetheless this song has grown on me quite a bit, and a like it a lot.
The title track “Sound of Madness” is driven by a heavy bass line and rhythm guitar. This is another cool tune that is radio worthy.
I have always felt that best instrument that Shinedown has is the voice of Brent Smith. On “Second Chance” he lets his voice shine. This is one of my favorite songs on this record.
“Cry For Help” is the kind of chunky rocker that I would expect from Velvet Revolver, not Shinedown. This song does a good job at breaking up the pace on the record. This is the type of song that will pump the crowd up when played live.
“The Crow and the Butterfly” is a massive tune. This ballad like tune reminds of Guns ‘N Roses, “November Rain”. The production is huge on this song. This will be a major hit for Shinedown.
I was hoping for another rocker at this point on the album. “If You Only Knew” is a mid-tempo tune that sounds tailor made for radio. It is a good tune, but I wanted to hear something a little heavier. Luckily, I got my wish with “Sin With A Grin“. This rocker gets better with every listen.
“What a Shame” is one of the few songs that just hasn’t got its hooks into me yet. It kind of feels like it is trying to repeat the success of Shinedown’s tune “45”, but this song isn’t as good as that.
“Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide” is another heavy tune that rocks hard. I like this song a lot.
Something about “Breaking Inside” reminds me of Buckcherry’s “Sorry“. It doesn’t sound like “Sorry” but it has that same formula that could help propel this song to hit status.
“Call Me” closes out The Sound of Madness with a very good piano driven ballad. This is another solid tune, on an album that is full of them.
I must admit that I didn’t expect much from The Sound of Madness and it far exceeded my expectations. This is a strong album for Shinedown, and one of my favorites this year. Check it out!
For more information on Shinedown, check out their myspace page.
2. Sound Of Madness
3. Second Chance
4. Cry For Help
5. The Crow & The Butterfly
6. If You Only Knew
7. Sin With A Grin
8. What A Shame
9. Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide
10. Breaking Inside
11. Call Me
Brent Smith – Vocals
Barry Kerch – Drums
Zach Myers – Guitar
Nick Perri – Guitar
Eric Bass – Bass
A new live fan video was posted on youtube yesterday featuring Warrant with Robert Mason performing Down Boys at the Myth night club in Minnesota. The video starts off dark for the first two minutes, before Warrant starts.
What do you think? Robert seems to be a good fit for Warrant from what I can see in the video.
Check it out below.
Freakshow, the new band featuring Markus Allen Christoper (Miss Crazy), Frankie Banali (Quiet RIot), Jeff Labar (Cinderella) and Tony Franklin (Blue Murder) have released a new song called “Everyone” on their myspace page.
Cinderella fans are going to love it! The guitar riff on this tune reminds me a lot of Cinderella’s song, “Somebody Save Me”
Go to myspace.com/freakshowrox to check it out!
Disturbed was the co-headliner (with Slipknot) at the Indianapolis Mayhem Festival. This is the second time that I have seen Disturbed live in 2008. I kind of knew what to expect going into this show, but the last time I saw Disturbed, it was a club show. This time around they were playing for an estimated 16,000 people.
The first time I saw Disturbed, I was pretty impressed with how the crowd fed off of the band’s energy. At the Mayhem festival, I was a little more on the concerned side. My ticket was in the lawn area for the show. Imagine the 5,000 or so people in the lawn, some of which were drunk, and another large percentage jacked up on their free Rockstar Energy drinks.
The lawn area at the Verizon Wireless Music Center became a frenzied mosh pit of mayhem. Needless to say their wasn’t too many safe places to stand, but I dug in, wanting to catch Disturbed’s set. I wasn’t going to let this unruly crown ruin my concert experience.
Disturbed’s set list included the following songs: “Perfect Insanity”, “Liberate”, “Just Stop”, “Voices”, “Indestructible”, “Prayer”, “Stupify”, “Criminal”, “Ten Thousand Fists”, “The Game”, “Inside the Fire”, “Stricken”, “Down With the Sickness”. I was glad to see that they included a few songs in their set off of their new album, Indestructible.
Singer, David Draiman is an expert when it comes to getting the crowd charged up. I don’t think one person was sitting after Disturbed started their set. Dan Donegan must be one of the most under rated guitarists out there. He impressed me with his playing once again.
Disturbed’s set was pretty good. I enjoyed the music, and the cool stage set up. They were better this time than the last time I saw them, and they were very good then too.
I don’t think I took Disturbed seriously enough prior to their new album release. After seeing two good shows by these guys in 2008, they will always be a draw for me, from now on.
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
Disturbed – Indestructible
Disturbed – Ten Thousand Fists
Disturbed – The Game
The Motley Cruise might be a thing of history, but the new Rocking the Waves Cruise, is starting to look like a mini Rocklahoma lineup. This Cruise has Skid Row, Firehouse, Trixter, L.A. Guns (Phil Lewis) and now Warrant lined up to hit the waves next March. Go to BestMusicCruises.com for more info.
Dan McCafferty and Kurt Monson had figured their days as rockers in the 1980s hair band Wild August were over for good.
That was before the two Traverse City natives’ former group was rediscovered by Retrospect Records. The company now sells their old recordings on the Web and talked them into getting back together in July for the Rocklahoma music festival, where they played in front of tens of thousands of glam-rock fans.
“It was a great time,” said Monson, who played bass in the band and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1980. “We were all waiting for a reason to get back together. We rehearsed again, did the show and pulled it off.”
The group’s reunion is also the subject of a documentary being filmed by Lior Ben-Aharon. The screenwriter heard about the band because he is a neighbor of its singer, Sullivan Bigg in Los Angeles. He traveled to New York, where most of the band still lives, and to Oklahoma to film rehearsals and the concert.
He is editing the footage he already has and plans to reconnect with members in a few months to see if the opportunity to get back together has made a lasting impact on them.
“My angle with it is, ‘What is it like to get a chance to be a rock star for one more day?'” Ben-Aharon said. He hopes to get the movie on the film festival circuit.
McCafferty is older than Monson, having graduated from St. Francis High School in 1973. The two were acquaintances when they lived here, having played in competing bands in town.
Yet they didn’t become friends or band-mates until they both moved to New York City in the early ’80s. While there, they met through mutual friends and helped form Wild August.
The group had promise. It recorded on independent labels and opened for such acts as Slaughter, Warrant, Ace Frehley of Kiss and in what they said was a mismatch, Katrina and the Waves.
Yet just when they figured they were poised to break through — they were talking to major record labels and they made an appearance on the soap opera “Another World,” a performance that lives on through YouTube — the entire musical world changed.
“Right about our pinnacle was the time Nirvana came around and turned the whole thing on its head, which we kind of felt it needed to do,” Monson said.
The band was disappointed as the era of one-color guitars, leopard-skin tights and big hair ended.
Still, they stayed together until the mid-1990s, even trying to change with the times. But it seemed contrived for them, so they finally called it quits.
Monson now owns and operates a record studio. McCafferty is a studio and live guitarist around New York City and performs with Dee Snyder, formerly of Twisted Sister, and other acts.
In 2006, out of the blue, Retrospect Records contacted them wanting to re-release their music for a new audience.
“I just think their music is fun,” said Sam McCaslin, president of the company, which specializes in hard-rock re-issues. “All the guys are real talented musicians. The songs are very memorable; great hooks. And I liked their look too.”
The group has been one of Retrospect’s best sellers, with fans primarily in the United States, Japan and Germany ordering their CDs. The group also has old and new videos on its Myspace Web site: www.myspace.com/wildaugustband.
When Retrospect secured a stage at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Okla. this year, it asked Wild August to perform a set.
Being a nostalgia act, they dressed similarly to how they did back in the day, but toned it down a bit. They played the second day of the four-day festival, which also included bands like Ratt and Tesla.
Wild August members don’t know how long the newfound interest in them will last.
“It’s probably already over,” Monson said. “But it’s amazing how many younger fans are into this type of music now.”
Courtesy of the Traverse City Record Eagle
Fighting For the Earth is Warrior’s debut CD, that has been long out of print, until its reissue in 2008.
Singer Parramore McCarty is a classic metal singer/screamer that falls somewhere in between Ron Keel, and Rob Halford. I don’t recall hearing him sing until I picked this CD up. I am pretty amazed that he is still virtually unknown. He also sang on the Steve Stevens Atomic Playboys CD from 1992.
This disc has it all. Great vocals, killer guitar work and good songs. I recommend this CD to all of the metal heads that want to hear some classic metal done right. If your are looking for a cool metal CD, in the vein of Keel and Judas Priest, you ought to give Warrior’s Fighting For the Earth a look.
Parramore McCarty – Vocals
Joe Floyd – Guitars
Tommy Asakawa – Guitars
Rick Bennet – Bass
Liam Jason – Drums
Pop Evil, the five-piece rock band from Grand Rapids, Michigan who have just released their debut CD Lipstick on the Mirror on Pazzo/Jar’d Star/Fontana/Universal and single, “Hero” on a cross-section of active rock and alternative radio stations across the country, have been questioned in the alleged assault of their attorney.
Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals), Dylan Allison (drums), Dave Grahs (guitar), Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass) are shown on camera at a Grand Rapids nightclub identified as The Whiskey Lounge, where the band is rehearsing for their upcoming fall tour with the rock band, Tesla.
That same footage shows an attack on Pop Evil attorney, Jay Kakaty. Also identified on tape are members of the band’s road crew and friends, as well as a gentleman identified as Don Pazzo, allegedly with ties to both the Pop Evil management team and an unnamed organization based overseas.
The tape was posted on the Internet late Tuesday (16) night, traced back to the computer of one Jason Honeycutt, a video director known for his work with such artists as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Mary J. Blige.
No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made.
Sammy Hagar is the first signing to new Roadrunner imprint Loud & Proud, which will focus on established artists. His label debut, “Cosmic Universal Fashion,” will arrive Nov. 18.
The album’s title track was written online by Hagar with an Iraqi rock fan named Steven Lost. The cut and its accompanying video, an homage to Van Halen’s text-heavy 1992 clip for “Right Now,” can be samples on Hagar’s Web site.
“‘Cosmic Universal Fashion‘ is not about supporting left or right, blue or red, but rather an attempt to appeal to people on a personal level to get involved,” says Hagar.
The album also includes the song “Loud,” featuring the Cult’s Billy Duffy and Matt Sorum along with former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, and a cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right To Party.”
Hagar was most recently signed to Rhino, which issued his 2006 album “Livin’ It Up.” The set has sold 52,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here is the track list for “Cosmic Universal Fashion“:
“Cosmic Universal Fashion”
“Fight for Your Right To Party”
“Switch on the Light”
“When the Sun Don’t Shine”
“I’m on a Roll”
You can watch the video for “Cosmic Universal Fashion” below!