To update an article posted here at Hardrockhideout.com back on November 6th.
Musink producers have announced that the 2009 tattoo and music tour has been canceled due to the current economic climate. The U.S. tour was scheduled to launch January 30, 2009 and feature SOCIAL DISTORTION and MOTÖRHEAD, along with renowned tattoo artists from around the world, including Musink co-producer Kat Von D. “I’m sad that this year’s festival will not go on as planned, but I’d rather the fans not be disappointed, as there were key elements that did not come together as originally designed,” says Kat Von D.
Musink debuted in Orange County, CA in February 2008, with over 15,000 people in attendance for the three-day lifestyle event. Headliners THE USED, TIGER ARMY and METAL SKOOL were joined by 300 of the best tattoo artists from around the world.
President Ed van Zijl Recaps the First Year in the U.S.A
Mascot U.S.A announces today the new releases for 2009. This news follows on the coattails of a very successful first year as a new Indie label in the U.S.A. President Ed van Zijl talks of the first year in the states:
“The first year is actually the first half year as we started releasing album per June 2008.
Volbeat is the only non US band that we released this year and we have been getting such a great response on them in the US that their new album “Guitar Gangsters and Cadillac Blood” will be scheduled for release in March 2009 with the band touring the US in May as support to Nightwish.
Walter Trout is getting the best response ever and he will be starting his second leg of the US tour in March with us releasing the single “All My Life” early 2009.
Further releases of Pat Travers (live), Devil’s Slingshot, Marty Friedman (live), Don Airey. The release this month of Science Faxtion will round off our first “year” in the US.
2009 will see the release of some great albums on the label by artists such as Volbeat, Paul Gilbert + Paul Nelson, Vinnie Moore, Billy Sheehan, John Norum, Andreas Kisser in the guitar arena, as well as Dutch metal act Pestilence (the second non- US act on the label – and will be playing the Maryland Death Fest).
Although markets are tough everywhere the Mascot-Provogue labels are doing well and we have confidence that we will be able to further build our roster in the US and make the label as successful here as it is in Europe.”
2009 RELEASE SCHEDULE (not necessarily in order of release dates):
Andreas Kisser Hubris I&II
Pestilence Resurrection Macabre
Volbeat Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
Vinnie Moore To The Core
John Norum Magnetic Soul
Billy Sheehan Holy Cow
Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson United States
Within The Mind (James Murphy) – In Homage to the musical legacy of Chuck Schuldiner
Heathen *Title to be announced
As we approach the New Year, the folks at iTunes have recently reminisced on who their favorites of 2008 were. Under the “Best New Artists” category, Pop Evil has been holding steady alongside some of the biggest acts in the world. The band’s debut album Lipstick On The Mirror has also gained notoriety on Active Rock radio by reaching into the #2 most added record in the country according to Billboard. Pop Evil continues their U.S. tour through the holidays with Theory of a Deadman.
Check out Pop Evil featured as one of iTunes “Best New Artists” of 2008 here:
Pop Evil Tour Itinerary w/Theory of a Deadman:
Dec 8 2008 7:00P
Valarium w/Theory of a Deadman
Dec 10 2008 7:00P
Club Roxbury w/Theory of a Deadman
Dec 11 2008 6:30P
Mayo Civic Center
Dec 13 2008 6:00P
The Venue w/Theory of a Deadman
Fargo, North Dakota
Dec 14 2008 7:00P
Ramkota Exhibit Hall w/Theory of a Deadman
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Dec 16 2008 8:00P
Dec 19 2008 8:00P
Bridge Street Bar & Grill
Dec 21 2008 7:00P
WGRD Acoustic Story Tellers @ The Intersection ALL AGES SHOW
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dec 27 2008 7:00P
Planet Rock Battlecreek, Michigan
Dec 31 2008 8:00P
NEW YEARS EVE SHOW @ THE INTERSECTION
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan
Last week HRH had the chance to talk to Saliva guitarist Jonathan Montoya before the band hit the stage at Sammy T’s in Huntsville, AL. I’d never talked to Jonathan before so I was a little hesitant about how everything would turn out. But it went great Jonathan was extremely easy to talk too with a funny sense of humor. Be sure and check out Cinco Diablo when it hits stores Dec 16th.
HRH: You guys are releasing Cinco Diablo on Dec 16th unfortunately the only song I have heard so far is “Family Reunion”. Can you tell me about some of the other songs on the album?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah, they are a little darker, a little heavier. You know it is the classic Saliva sound, like “Family Reunion” is a classic Saliva staple sound. The rest of it we took a step towards the dark side, though not lyrically. Lyrically the songs are a lot more positive but the music is a little more darker, a little more Alice in Chains you know but it still Saliva. We’ve found our sound and we took the best of all our records and put them together.
HRH: What songs besides “Family Reunion” would you like to see released as singles?
HRH: Everyone is under the impression the title ”Cinco Diablo” is because this is Saliva’s fifth album. But it is actually Saliva’s sixth album is there another story behind the title?
Jonathan Montoya: Well fifth major label release and and there are five members in the band so it could be both.
HRH: Bob Marlette has produced three Saliva albums did the band work with him this time around?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah we did.
HRH: Is the recording process easier when you have worked with a producer in the past?
Jonathan Montoya: Oh yeah absolutely. I had worked with Bob before in a band called Full Devil Jacket
HRH: You joined the band before “Blood Stained Love Story” was recorded. Was it easier for you going into the studio with the band this time since you recorded and toured for the last album?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah but I was in the band before, I filled in for Chris Dabaldo and they brought me in no questions asked. I had helped them get a record deal so when my band broke up they called me and we didn’t even have a tryout. Our first show was in front of 33,000 people. It was pretty crazy.
HRH: Were you able to have more in-put in the songwriting and the recording process?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah absolutely, most of the last album was done when I got in the band. So this time I had a big part.
HRH: In the past Nikki Sixx has written a song for Saliva, does Cinco Diablo have any guest song writers?
Jonathan Montoya: Well John 5 from Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson wrote 3 songs with us but only one made the record. I just wrote 2 songs with DJ and Nikki for Sixx:AM.
HRH: I saw an interview with you on Dean Guitars website and you mentioned a song called “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” whatever happened with it?
Jonathan Montoya: It didn’t make it, man we had so many songs that some didn’t even get to be heard. But that was one that Josey and me really wanted to push but it’ll end up somewhere, sometime. We’re definitely going to record it cause me and Josey were talking about it yesterday and how we want to make sure that happens.
HRH: You’re previous band Full Devil Jacket was from Jackson, TN and the guys in Saliva are from the Memphis area. Did you know the guys in the band before you joined?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah we did a bunch of showcases with them and actually Full Devil got signed first and I literally dug their c.d. out of the garbage at Capitol Records and gave it to our A&R guy at Island and said “Hey you might wanna check these guys out.” Next thing I know we were doing a show in L.A. and Josey was in the crowd and he told me they got a deal with Island.
HRH: I’ve heard where bands put new members through different initiations after they join. Did the guys do that to you?
Jonathan Montoya: (Laughing) No I think they got initiated not me.
HRH: The Memphis area has a pretty storied past in music history, what is the music scene there like now?
Jonathan Montoya: (Laughing) To be honest Shitty pretty much for all intents and purposes it is pretty terrible.
HRH: I read where you have another band called Supernova Syndicate and an album was recorded but never released what is the status of that project?
Jonathan Montoya: Well maybe someday, hopefully. I wrote or cowrote all the songs and sing, it’s not that much different from what I am doing now. It maybe a little more like Guns N’ Roses mixed with Saliva a little more raw. Still the same big arena rock chrous like Motley Crue. I sound like Marilyn Manson meets Axl Rose when I sing. It’s on myspace if anyone wants to check it out ( http://www.myspace.com/supnernovasin).
HRH: The first leg of Saliva’s tour just wrapped up and it featured Drowning Pool, Tantric, and Jet Black Stare. What was that leg like?
Jonathan Montoya: It went alright you know the first of it was a little tough but you could see as the songs got played more on the radio there were more and more people every night. Finally the last week of the tour we sold out so it’s like finally we’re getting some results.
HRH: The band announced dates for the second leg is the band line-up going to be the same or are there some changes?
Jonathan Montoya: Well right now we aren’t out with anyone, we are just headlining and playing with local openers and stuff.
HRH: Now days a lot of tours are going out with 3 or 4 bands on the bill. Do you think that trend is here to stay?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah you have to with the economy, you have to pack the bill with known names.
HRH: In the interview on Dean Guitars website I was talking about earlier you said Pantera was a huge influence on you have you had a chance to read Dimebag’s biography that was recently released?
Jonathan Montoya: I’ve got it in the drawer right below me right now.
HRH: What are some of the bands out today that you listen too or would like to take out on the road with Saliva?
Jonathan Montoya: Jet Black Stare, I really like them. I can’t think of anymore that stick out in my head, that is why I don’t listen to radio anymore they don’t give new bands a chance, that is why I like Sirius so much you do get to hear something different.
HRH: What are some of the bands you would like to take out with Saliva?
Jonathan Montoya: Uh I don’t know…I know I would love to go out with AC/DC!
HRH: Saliva’s music has been used in everything from video games to wrestling soundtracks and theme songs and Sony promoted the heck out of the Playstation 3 with ”Ladies and Gentleman”. Do you have some unique promotions planned for Cinco Diablo?
Jonathan Montoya: Oh I’m sure we do but we don’t have anything to do with that. Our management takes care of all of that.
HRH: Is there anything you would like to say to the fans before we let you go?
Jonathan Montoya: Yeah buy the record don’t download it!! Buy the record and help a starving musician out!!
Today is the 4th Anniversary of the death of Pantera/Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. I still remember hearing about his murder on the evening news. Not only was I stunned that this happened during a club show but it was also one that I had been to in the past. I was a fan of Darrell’s while he was in Pantera. He helped make some amazing music during the Pantera years, and the heavy metal community lost one hell of an awesome guitar player.
If you have stories about “Dimebag”, feel free to share them in the comments.
Rest in Peace Darrell. You are missed!
The songs below are how I remember Dimebag best.
Pantera – Cowboy’s From Hell
Pantera – Walk
Pantera – Cemetary Gates
Pantera – This Love