The 2nd leg of the Buckcherry tour with Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach has been announced. Buckcherry Bombsquad members will be getting their presale passwords in email tomorrow!! (December 10th).
Jan 28, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
Jan 30, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Jan 31, 2009 Albuqurque, NM Tingley
Feb 02, 2009 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Feb 03, 2009 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Feb 05, 2009 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
Feb 06, 2009 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
Feb 07, 2009 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Feb 09, 2009 Spokane, WA Star Theater
Feb 10, 2009 Great Falls, MT Four Seasons Arena
Feb 12, 2009 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Feb 13, 2009 TBA Kearney, Nebraska
Feb 14, 2009 Council Bluffs, IA Mid America Center
Feb 17, 2009 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena
Feb 19, 2009 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
Feb 20, 2009 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
Feb 21, 2009 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
Feb 23, 2009 Highland Heights, KY The Bank of Kentucky Center
Feb 24, 2009 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Feb 25, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
Fusion III Distribution, which imports recordings and handles Canadian distribution from more than 600 labels in Europe, Asia, South America, and the U.S. including such as SPV, Napalm, Frontiers, InsideOut has been placed into bankruptcy protection and slashed its staffing levels as the company fights to survive.
Founded almost three decades ago by Jim West, Fusion distributes numerous labels, including West’s own Justin Time Records, Secret City Records (managed by West’s son Justin), as well as distributing French-language releases in the Quebec market for EMI Music Canada as part of a deal announced in July.
The company, which once employed more than 50, has seen that cut to a skeleton staff of 13. Six positions were cut last Friday, West says.
“There’s no question that [Fusion] is in big trouble,” West says. “It will be tough to reorganize.”
Fusion has 30 days to try to restructure the business, West says. He says the deal with EMI, which saw a Fusion employee move into EMI’s new Toronto offices, is also likely finished.
“We’re operating on a very limited way,” he says. “We’ve stopped selling product. I don’t want to hurt anyone through this process.”
West says that he, along with Justin Time Records, are the biggest creditors to Fusion, and are owed around $500,000 Canadian ($394,000).
“I think we’re in a transition mode in the industry in Canada,” he says. “The majors saw it first, but the indies are feeling it now. We are getting hit by all the problems.”
West pointed to declining catalog sales as one of the most significant factors for Fusion’s potential demise.
The home belonging to longtime Rob Zombie producer Scott Humphrey has come on the market at $2,695,000. Without question, one could easily go to the grave without crossing paths with Zombie, so readers might want to envision a heavy metal musician with a horror-slasher film twist and a slice of the demonic — and that’s just his tattoos.
Humphrey, who clearly must like to live at the office, is selling a gated compound in the Hollywood Hills that includes the famous Chop Shop recording studio, which has been graced by the presence of Zombie, Tommy Lee, Ozzy Osbourne and pretty much every other heavy metalist worth his smashed guitar. There’s a screening room, four bedrooms, six bathrooms and a Zen garden and waterfall for those mellower moments. The 4,997-square-foot house has an “overflowing vessel tub” in the master bedroom suite, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
Record producer-mix engineer Humphrey also has worked with Dwight Yoakam, Nine Inch Nails, ‘N Sync and the Cult. He was Zombie’s co-composer for the score of the Zombie film “House of 1000 Corpses.”
On January 13, Locomotive Records will release Helstar’s fifth studio album, The King Of Hell. This highly anticipated album is the first studio album to be released by Helstar in 13 years.
The band’s current line up includes vocalist James Rivera, guitarists Larry Barragan and Rob Trevino, bassist Jerry Abarca, and drummer Russel DeLeon. The bands and artists that Helstar has toured with in the past is more than impressive and includes world renowned musicians including Megadeth, W.A.S.P., and Yngwie Malmsteen.
With this new album, Helstar will satisfy their old fans, as well as entice new fans. Barragan and Trevino’s screaming guitar harmonies on The King Of Hell along with Rivera’s powerful vocals will captivate metal fans. Praised for their technical skills and creativity, Helstar is back to lead the metal scene once again.
1) The King Of Hell
2) The Plague Called Man
5) Wicked Disposition
6) Caress Of The Dead
7) When Empires Fall
8) In My Darkness
9) Garden Of Temptation
If you add the Saliva track “Family Reunion” to your myspace profile and change your name to YOUR NAME (LOVES THE NEW SALIVA ALBUM CINCO DIABLO) you will be in the running to win a copy of the new CD when it comes out next Tuesday Dec 16th!!
After you add the song and change your name title leave us a comment here in this blog to “COME CHECK OUT MY PAGE” and we we will a look and pick 15 random winners!! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
Please visit the Saliva Myspace page to participate.
Question? Is it possible to be legends and still nobody knows who you are? In this instance I am going to say yes because that is exactly what D-A-D are, though I still prefer to call them by their original name Disneyland After Dark just to piss off the mouse company. This Danish band has been recording and releasing records for over 22 years and are considered superstars and legends in Europe and Asia. But with the exception of two albums “No Fuel Left for the Pilgrims” and “Riskin It All” that were released by Warner Bros. D-A-D has been pretty much ignored here in the states which is an outright shame. Unfortunately with their 10th studio release “Monster Philosophy” I don’t see that changing. As great as “Monster Philosophy” is, it doesn’t fit into any of the catagories Americans like to put bands in. D-A-D does have two things most bands wish they could have, an instantly recognizable singer in Jesper Binzer and an instantly recognizable and original sound. In case you haven’t heard D-A-D before the best way to describe the sound is AC/DC meets cowpunk.
“Monster Philosophy” kicks off with “Revolution” after a short intro it blasts off into a foot stompin’, head banging feast with a very cool solo from guitarist Jacob “Cobber” Binzer, all the while letting the listener sing right along with the band.
“Nightmares in the Daytime” is the second track and though it starts off as a mid tempo song it kicks in at the chorus with another great solo from Cobber and excellent performance from drummer Laust Sonne.
“Too Deep For Me” is another mid tempo song but unlike the previously mentioned “Nightmares” it stays mid tempo with a jazzy guitar sound and really good bass from co-founder Stig Pedersen.
“Beautiful Together” gets the band back to the foot stomping rock-n-roll. I think it would hard to find a band that sounds tighter than D-A-D does on this track. It seems like everything fell in place when it was recorded, great vocals and playing throughout.
The title track “Monster Philosophy” is up next and it wouldn’t surprise me to hear this song remixed and playing in dance clubs around the world. Definitely a different sound for the guys.
“Milk & Honey” follows and it more of the classic D-A-D sound reminding me of past songs like “Hate To Say I Told You So” & “Down A Dusty 3rd World Road”
The rest of “Monster Philosophy” is filled with great songs “You Won’t Change”, “You Had A Head”, and “Money Always Takes The Place of Life” really stand out no just on the latter part of the album but the album as a whole.
In all honesty you simply can not go wrong with “Monster Philosophy” if you are already a fan listening to this album is like seeing a old friend you haven’t seen in years and if you are checking out D-A-D for the first time it is a great introduction to the band before you go back to check out the rest of their catalog.
22 years and 10 studio albums and D-A-D have never disappointed me, I just hope that someday the U.S. gives this band the respect that they deserve.
You can preview songs from “Monster Philosophy” at the D-A-D myspace page.
2. Nightmares In The Daytime
3. Too Deep For Me
4. Beautiful Together
5. Monster Philosophy
6. Milk And Honey
7. You Won’t Change
8. You Had A Head
9. I Am The River
11. Money Always Takes The Place Of Life
13. If I Succeed
Jesper Binzer – Vocals
Jacob Binzer – Guitars
Stig Pedersen – Bass
Laust Sonne – Drums
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
Speed X — the new band featuring BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Nick Catanese, QUEENSRŸCHE axeman Mike Stone, DOUBLEDRIVE drummerMike Froedge and former DOUBLEDRIVE bassist Joshua Sattler — has announced its first live appearance:
January 9, 2009
Three Bears Café
105 North Park Square
Marrietta, Georgia 30060
Henning is most widely known for his two ground breaking CD’s under the moniker “Frameshift”, the first with James LaBrie, the second with Sebastian Bach. He also released 2 albums with his band Chain and 3 solo albums, the last one “Babysteps” was the last time we heard from him in the summer of 2006, but now he’s back with vocalist Juan Roos who last worked with him on his solo album “Credit Where Credit is Due” the year before.
“Shadow’s Mignon” was born out of an idea Henning Pauly had one day. He heard some classic metal in the car and decided to try to write some music in this style on his own. He employed the help of singer Juan Roos to give the project the definite metal vocal sound. At some point Keyboard player Stephan Kernbach brought over his Roland D50 for the official 80’s keyboard sounds. He laid down some parts of his own, especially his signature Hammond B3 playing.
The music of the band is everything you would expect from the glory days of the 80’s when guitar solos still screamed and vocals soared just like the eagles and dragons they were singing about. The album also features a few of the “must-have” ballads with all the classic chorusy guitars and keyboard sounds. “We were able to do so many things and use so many sounds we are told we “can’t use anymore” today because they are out of date, so we went back to our roots and made music that cannot live without them.”, says Henning.
“Henning has been with me almost since the beginning of the label, I think of him as an insanely talented little brother and I always enjoy what he puts out and this CD really took me back to the days when Dio ruled my turntable.”, said Shawn Gordon, President of ProgRock Records.
“Midnight Sky Masquerade” is the latest project from Henning Pauly released on ProgRock Records and can be found at http://www.progrockrecords.com/artists/view.php?id=112. This is a great album for those that enjoy 80’s metal. The album is available for immediate order and will ship in late December and be available at your favorite brick and mortar retailer on February 10, 2009. Presales are discounted $2 on the ProgRock Records site until the album starts shipping.
You can hear full songs on the myspace page here:
SHADOW’s MIGNON MYSPACE PAGE
According to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS, GUNS N’ ROSES‘ long-awaited new album, “Chinese Democracy”, will drop out of the Billboard Top 10 next week with second-week U.S. sales that are expected to fall below the 80,000 mark.
“Chinese Democracy” sold 261,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release (including a reported 25,000 downloads at iTunes on November 23 not counted towards the opening week) to debut at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart — right behind TAYLOR SWIFT‘s“Fearless” at No. 2 (with 267,400 sold) and KANYE WEST‘s “808s & Heartbreak”, which opens at No. 1 with sales of 450,000 and change.
According to Billboard.biz, “Chinese Democracy” topped the European Top 100 Albums chart this past week after making a series of notable debuts in European markets. That includes only one No. 1 debut, in Switzerland, but the album secures a second week at the helm in Finland and debuts at No.2 in the United Kingdom (on 119,000 sales) and Germany, No. 3 in Italy, Austria and Ireland, No. 4 in Holland, Sweden and Hungary and No. 9 in Portugal. The comeback release also climbs 5-2 in Norway and 26-10 in France.
Only singer Axl Rose remains in the current GUNS roster, having taken some 15 years to complete “Chinese Democracy” with a revolving cast of musicians.
As previously reported, “Chinese Democracy” looks set to drop out of the UK Top 5 this Sunday (December 6) based on the midweek figures released by Music Week. The CD debuted at No. 2 in the UK after failing to outsell “Day & Age”, the latest album from Las Vegas rock group THE KILLERS.
MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:
“I am going over the week and what I have accomplished and what still needs to be done going forward. It was a great week, we are up to eight song ideas, and not only did James and I get a load of work accomplished, but we also managed to get over to the U.S. Naval Hospital and visit the cancer and leukemia patients and all of the amputees from the I.E.D.s in Iraq. That was a very sobering moment.
I was also able to do a photo shoot for Dean Guitars yesterday of me and my new R.I.P. V (VMNT) and it looks absolutely amazing. I have had the misfortune of losing several of the “more beautiful” guitars in my collection over the years to malfunctions, and mental meltdowns, but this is a guitar that I believe, even “I” would not be able to see get hurt or damaged in any way.
In other words – this is the baddest mutha-f*cka I have ever had!
You will no doubt see soon, and probably at NAMM this year, which I will be proudly practising my penmanship at the DEAN Guitars booth. I will hopefully be able to stop in and say hello and thanks to all of my endorsers, which aren’t many because I don’t play stuff just because its kewl or free or costs less, just like I only play the best guitars because they are the best guitars!
I do endorse several products that you can see on my gear page, and there will be a few slight additions to my repertoire, like the surprise coming from Marshall Amplifiers this next year. You will be able to see these magnificent works of art on the JUDAS PRIEST – Megadeth – TESTAMENT tour coming up in February, in the UK and Europe, as well as Gigantour in the USA and Canada this spring and summer, and around the rest of the world for the following months.
You will also be able to hear these new products on the new record that we are working on in my personal studio, the 12th studio record for Megadeth, so stay posted for uploaded clips of new music at our fan club and all over the Official Megadeth websites.
Thank you for all of your participation in the contests with Megadeth.com and with our Official Megadeth Fan Club – the MFC. On January 1st we are going to be accepting new memberships for the Official Megadeth MegaFanClub again. Stay tuned to details on that too.
Today I will be going over the artwork for the Christmas Card entries and picking the winner. If you entered, cross your fingers, and we will notify the winner and runners up soon.
Lastly, our beloved Webmaster is finalizing the criteria for the “Challenge.” This is going to be a great way for you or someone you know to help their community and do something good with themselves, and do the “pay it forward” kinda thing. As things become clearer, so will what we are going to consider meeting the “Challenge.
Hell, there aren’t really a lot of us, and there are a lot of concerts and we could easily have a lot of people from each city coming back to meet us, if it results in making their cities and their countries and ultimately the world a better place, then just tell me when can we start this?
I am off to seize the day, and will keep you updated here and at all of our “Official Megadeth Circle of Sites.” ANd you can get periodic updates from me and the other band members from TheLiveLine. Just check out their numbers and call them. There is going to be a new site launched for TheLiveLine in the near future and the behind the seens work that is going on is fascinating. I can’t wait to bring this to you “LIVE!”
Guns N’ Roses returned to the U.S. pop charts this week with their first studio album in 17 years … but had to settle for a disappointing No. 3 slot.
“Chinese Democracy” sold a modest 261,000 copies. The tally paled against those of the band’s last studio efforts, “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II,” which debuted at Nos. 2 and 1, respectively, with sales of 685,000 and 770,000 after being released on the same day in 1991.
Best Buy Senior Entertainment Officer Gary Arnold had predicted “Chinese Democracy” would be the week’s top seller, but it ended up being bested by Kanye West’s new release “808s & Heartbreak” with 450,000 copies and country star Taylor Swift’s former champ “Fearless” with 267,000.
What happened? Wasn’t “Chinese Democracy” one of the most-anticipated and talked-about albums of all time? Wasn’t it so steeped in myth and lore that a massive debut week was all but assured? Maybe not.
The October release of AC/DC’s “Black Ice,” while not a perfect comparison, comes to mind. Like Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC was a band that had been off the radar for a while and opted to partner with one retailer — Wal-Mart — for the release of its own long-awaited new album. “Ice” ultimately chilled with 784,000 copies in its debut week — the veteran group’s best sales frame since tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan started in 1991.
And now we have GNR’s album, in an exclusive deal with Best Buy (and iTunes). And it starts with much less.
So, why didn’t GNR’s number even get close to AC/DC’s?
Wal-Mart gave AC/DC the red-carpet treatment. The retail giant made sure the album had the appearance of an event record — something every Wal-Mart shopper needed to own. If that didn’t convince consumers, maybe their famed store-within-a-store display did.
But at Best Buy, based on reports from Billboard staffers on the ground during release week, the promotion was on a smaller scale.
Beyond the retail promotion of “Chinese Democracy,” what about the intangibles?
Maybe the public got tired of waiting for an album that was probably never going to live up to their expectations? Maybe fans were turned off by the ever-shifting lineup of band members? Maybe it would have sold more had reclusive frontman Axl Rose and his bandmates made a promotional appearance in support of the release? Perhaps it would have started stronger had it been available to all retailers?
Or, maybe pundits should just take a step back, breathe and see where the album goes from here. There very well may be quite a long, healthy road ahead for “Chinese Democracy.”
West may have also been disappointed with the 450,000 start for “808s & Heartbreak.” Many pundits, including some at his Universal Music Group label, had expected his fourth album to have a better week.
His last album, “Graduation,” started at No. 1 with 957,000 last year. Before that, “Late Registration,” chalked up an 860,000-unit entry at No. 1 in 2005. His freshman effort, “The College Dropout,” started at No. 2 with 441,000 in 2004.
New stuff from Motorhead, Airbourne, Sebastian Bach, Guns N’ Roses, Dokken, Danger, Pink Cream 69, Jorn, and M.O.B are on the menu tonight! Plus a ton of classics from KISS, Winger, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and Black Sabbath; deep cuts from Vince Neil, XYZ, Warrant, and Judas Priest! Don’t miss Hard Rock Nights, 9-11 p.m. eastern on 88.9 FM in Cincinnati or classxradio.com WORLDWIDE!
Hard Rock Hideout is giving three lucky winners a copy of The Answer’s new EP, “Never Too Late”. If you haven’t ever heard the Answer before, this CD/DVD set is a great introduction to the band.
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It seems like three or four times a year a new hard rock tribute CD comes out. Name a big band from the 80’s and they probably have one. In light of Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” finally seeing the light of day, I decided to check out the latest tribute to L.A.’s finest sleaze rockers.
The song selection on this CD is a pretty good mix, and there are a lot of talented musicians involved on this disc including John Corabi, Jason McMaster, Joe Lynn Turner, Ron Keel, Tracii Guns, and Blues Saraceno.
If anything, this tribute CD made me appreciate just how good Guns N’ Roses really were when the original band was together. Some of my thoughts on the songs included are below:
Jason McMaster is up first with his rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle”. Jason is a good choice to sing this song. He has a similar style of vocals as Axl Rose. The thing is, his voice is not as strong, as Rose’s, and it shows just how powerful the originally tune really was. Richard Kendrick does his best to play those awesome guitar parts by Slash, but he falls flat.
Before this CD, I haven’t ever heard of Rose Reiter. This Canadian songstress turns the G N’ R Classic, “November Rain” into a cool piano based ballad. This gives the song a very melancholy type feel. You will hardly recognize this as a Guns N’ Roses song, but it is a very cool version.
Chris Catena takes a very cool Guns tune, and practically destroys it. He doesn’t have the vocals for “Out to Get Me” and it shows. The backup vocals are practically just as bad. Blues Saraceno is the highlight here. His guitar licks smoke on this track. It is too bad that the vocals don’t fit the music.
Corey Craven handles the vocals and guitar duties on “Dust N Bones”. I haven’t heard of him before, but his vocals are solid enough, and his guitar work is solid enough. The song is pretty much the same rendition of the original song, but it sounds good.
As a whole, this disc made me realize just how much I like the original Guns N’ Roses tunes. When the artists involved in this tribute try to reproduce the original songs they often fall flat. Only the songs are given a unique treatment are truly worth checking out. This is a tribute CD for the Guns N’ Roses die hard fans only.
- Welcome to the Jungle – Jason McMaster/Richard Kendrick
- I Used to Love Her – John Corabi/Tracii Guns/Randy Castillo
- 14 Years – Harry Slash/Felix Hanemann/Arno Hecht/Steve ‘Budgie’ Warner/Tony Moore/Artie Dillon/Joe Lynn Turner
- Locomotive – Urban Preacher
- November Rain – Rose Reiter
- Outta Get Me – Chris Catena/Blues Saraceno
- Dust N’ Bones – Corey Craven
- Don’t Cry – Ron Keel/Randy Cantor
- My Michelle – Charlie Bonnett III
- Move to the City – Chris Heaven/Tracy G
- You’re Crazy (acoustic) – Katet
- Double Talkin’ Jive – Lee Thompson & The Jonez
Megadeth’s “Hangar 18″ video is still one of my all time favorites, as is the album it is found on, “Rust In Peace”. Check out “Hangar 18″ below.
Danny Vaughn posted the following on his blog today:
Just when I thought my life was calming down some, it’s all gotten even crazier! I’ve got a lot to share with you about solo shows, new cds, old cds, TYKETTO shows and ILLEGAL EAGLE shows so sit back and get comfortable!
First off, I want to remind everybody about the Danny Vaughn Unplugged semi acoustic Christmas Bash!!! A lot has changed since we first had the idea of making these acoustic Christmas shows of mine a small tradition. We are doing 2 shows, Dec. 12th at JB’s in DUDLEY, UK and Dec. 13th at THE CLUNY in NEWCASTLE UK. The band is now a 5 man line up with myself and Tony Marshall on guitars, Lee Morris on Drums, Steve Mckenna on bass, and a newcomer to our family, Mike Corfield ..boards. We are going to be doing a variety of songs from all through my career with some special attention paid to a number of songs that haven’t been played much, if at all, in a live setting. This will include songs from both FTI albums as well as all my solo records, and, of course, some Tyketto thrown in for good measure. Rather than an acoustic show, think of it more like an MTV Unplugged sort of vibe. At the shows we’re also gonna have t-shirts for the event and, I’m very proud to say, in collaboration with the fab people at www.hardrockhouse.com we are re releasing my old acoustic cd “Standing Alone”. I only ever had 1,000 copies made in the first place and they were long gone back in 2002. It’s a very basic, stripped down version of some of my better known songs and was a real labour of love to make. It will be available for sale at the shows for 6 pounds, but if you’re unable to be there, or live in another part of the world you can order it here at: www.hardrockhouse.com/StandingAlone.htm
If you order on line it will cost 7 pounds (includes shipping) to the UK, 7.50 pounds (including shipping) to the rest of Europe and 8 pounds (you guessed it, including shipping) to the rest of the world. There are also some samples on the web site for you to listen to.
But it ain’t over yet!! We have decided to do a live recording of the Christmas Bash at the Cluny, (for which there are only 5 tickets left, btw, and you can get them at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk) for release next year. There will be a very limited edition double disc available only to the people that attended the shows and you can place an order by filling out a form over at the merchandise desk at either show. There will be a single disc version available to everybody else sometime early next year through Hardrockhouse.com
We are all really excited about having this chance to make it a big Christmas party with all of our friends so make sure you come prepared to sing, clap, and generally get heard!!
On to TYKETTO news. We all want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Firefest. There were so many people that I talked to that were supportive and happy to see the band play as well as so many members of great bands that were all there to show support for the entire event. I would like to extend a personal thank you to 2 gentlemen that I had the pleasure of discussing my personal passion, song writing with on the day. I’m no good with names but one of you I met back stage doing a project for college and the other was a young fella from New Jersey I met at the hotel bar that damned near made my jaw hit the floor by seeming to understand exactly how and why I write music in the first place. It was a pleasure talking with you both.
As Tyketto was working with a new line up we were really pleased at how well received we were. And let’s face it, PJ’s guitar playing was about as powerful as a Sherman Tank! He is now a permanent member of Tyketto and we have also decided to add a very well known keyboard wizard from the New Jersey area, Bobby Lynch, to the family. So, it’s time to start touring again! And here are the dates for our “Around the world in 18 Days” 2009 tour!
Thursday, January 15th, BAR A in Lake Como New Jersey, USA
Saturday, January 17th, MEXICALI LIVE in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Sunday, January 18th, MAXIMUM CAPACITY in Chicopee, Massachussettes, USA
Thursday, January 22nd, JB’s in Dudley, UK
Friday, January 23rd, De BOSUIL in Weert, Holland
Saturday, January 24th, SALA CARACOL, Madrid, Spain
Sunday, January 25th, SALA PARANINFO, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Wednesday, January 28th, STAZIONE BIRRA, Rome, Itlay
Friday, January 30th, SOTTOTETTO SOUND CLUB, Bologna, Italy
Saturday, January 31st, Z7 KONZERTFABRIK, Pratteln, Switzerland
Sunday, February 1st, THE CORPORATION, Sheffield, UK
And this is only the beginning! Tyketto are also going to be playing in South America again in May (dates will be announced soon) and are now in serious negotiations with summer festivals in the US and in Europe and Scandinavia. So, after a long hiatus, we’re going to try and visit all our friends around the world! Stay tuned, true believers!
THE ILLEGAL EAGLES just finished a really successful tour of the UK that lasted through 2 and a half months and covered about 30 or more shows. Next year it’s getting even bigger with an ambitious new set and some of the biggest venues we have yet played over almost 40 dates. The plan next year is to do the entire first set devoted to songs from “The Long Road Out Of Eden” album and the second set will be all of the classics that we can cram in. We are pleased to be playing such amazing venues as the Edinburgh Playhouse, Belfast Waterfront, and The Bournemouth Pavilion, to name a few, but the most amazing one of all is the Indigo 2 in London, where the Eagles themselves first premiered their new album. I know I’ve got a lot of friends in London dying to get to show, well this would be the one. For more info, please go to www.illegaleagles.com
Okay, my head is spinning from all this so yours certainly must be. My thanks to so very many people I’ve met at all the shows I’ve done this year. It’s been such a pleasure to be back out on the road so much again. Thanks also to our crews, drivers, promoters, and managers that made the whole thing possible.
And I want to wish all of you the best of everything for the Holidays!
See you soon,
Nothing screams holiday spirit like a Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold tour. The hard rock co-headliners are extending their trek with a second leg set to begin Jan. 28 in Albuquerque, N.M. Joining them on the bill will be Papa Roach and Saving Abel.
The four-band bill is priced to sell, with tickets less than $40. “The idea was to take four acts that could tour alone and put them together for $40 or less to be able to let people hear three-and-a-half hours of music and experience some up-and-coming acts,” says Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, which manages Buckcherry and Papa Roach. “You’re talking about a demo that seems to be 15 to 25 [years old], and their disposable income right now is a lot less than it was before.”
Tickets go on sale Dec. 15, and the price tag will ensure they’ll be under the Christmas trees of many a headbanger.
Kovac points out that fans of these acts don’t wait for warm weather concerts. “We’ve found that rock is a 365-day sport in secondaries, tertiaries and major markets,” he says. “And when you start getting into the tertiary markets, rock is still king.”
Radio will be a key element in 10th Street’s tour marketing, Kovac says. “A lot of what we’re doing is making sure we have different bands on different formats,” he says. “Saving Abel is focusing on AC and pop, while Avenged works alternative and Buckcherry’s working active rock. And because Buckcherry has had some success with hot AC and pop, we’re using the new track to really make sure that audience knows they’re coming to town as well. Papa Roach will focus on the alternative side. It’s really a four-format tour; it’s not an active rock or alternative tour.”
Buckcherry and Avenged could have asked for higher guarantees, Kovac says, “but they wouldn’t have been able to take these other acts out with them. By taking these other bands out, they will more than make up the loss in guarantees. And when you’re doing 6,000- to 10,000- [capacity venues] as opposed to 2,000, that tends to make itself up in many, many areas.”
Michael Barnes (vocals)
Jasen Rauch (guitars)
Anthony Armstrong (guitar)
Randy Armstrong (bass)
Still riding the momentum of its huge-selling Grammy-nominated debut album End of Silence, Red returns with Innocence & Instinct, a provocative new album forged in a perfect storm of inspiration and catastrophe. From the literary spark of Dante’s Inferno to the bloody aftermath of a 75-mph highway crash, Red absorbed a flood of ideas and emotions that empowered the band to create next generation rock songs. Finding the sonic sweet spot where epic and primal converge, Innocence & Instinct features animated dynamics that super-charge its innocence vs. instinct theme.
“Innocence & Instinct is about the duality of man,” explains guitarist Jasen Rauch. “The album examines the fight between our childlike innocence and the instinctive side that makes us do things we shouldn’t.”
The group’s debut, which sold over a quarter-million copies and earned several awards and nominations, focused heavily on personal struggles. Bringing back Silence producer Rob Graves and mixer Ben Grosse (Sevendust, Disturbed, Depeche Mode), Innocence & Instinct goes a giant step further by tackling the fight itself. It’s about the dueling impulses that wage war within our souls.
In writing the album, Red found Inferno to be an illuminating guide. The literary classic, which starts with Dante and Virgil standing before the Gates of Hell, illustrated ways in which the band might tackle deep issues in a more poetic way. And if Dante enhanced the storytelling, a highway crash in late ’07 accelerated the band’s emotional core. As the tour van smashed into a guardrail and violently slid sideways across the highway, the band experienced new heights of horror that they channeled into Innocence & Instinct.
“It brought an intensity and depth that we couldn’t reach without going through this experience,” Rauch reflects. “In the months after the accident, it felt like everything was in overdrive.”
“In a split second, it changed our lives,” adds six-stringer Anthony Armstrong, whose twin brother Randy handles the band’s basslines.
Setting the tone early, “Fight Inside” rides beautiful piano keys to an unforgettable chorus as glaring agitation builds to a savage finish. The song epitomizes the album’s effortless transitions between simmering angst, melodic hooks and pretty major-key resolves, while its inner-monologue sets up the lyrical theme by cursing the frail duality of innocence and instinct. “Death of Me” furthers the first-person schizophrenia as vocalist Michael Barnes cries “You tear me down and then you pick me up” against a backdrop of deafening guitars, sweeping symphonics and nerve-rattling screams. “Shadows,” co-written by Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin, pushes against the darkness while “Out From Under” could be called Fight Club with guitars.
“There are moments that switch between never feeling so close to someone to never feeling so abandoned, but that’s part of the human experience,” says Rauch. “These extreme feelings, these paradoxes, coexist all the time.”
While several songs veer toward an internal apocalypse, “Never Be the Same” personifies Innocence with optimistic reflections poured out over lush fields of electric and acoustic guitars. The piano-powered “Start Again” addresses the conflicted remorse of a failed relationship, while “Mystery of You” ponders the inexplicable over industrial-strength loops and keys. Innocence & Instinct even features a juiced-up cover of Duran Duran’s utopian “Ordinary World.”
Formed in Nashville, Tennessee over four years ago, Red made an immediate impact with its 2006 debut, End of Silence. The Grammy-nominated disc, featuring the radio hits “Breathe Into Me” (Top 10, Active Rock) and “Already Over” (Top 15, Active Rock), introduced the sonic layering, rich orchestration and visceral dynamics that became Red’s signature sound. The album steadily built momentum cracking the Billboard 200 a year after its release as sales steadily broke out to hundreds of thousands of copies sold. Not surprisingly, the album became a hit with other bands as well, leading to tours and shows with Papa Roach, Sevendust, Three Days Grace, Flyleaf, Buckcherry and Seether, among others. These opportunities contributed to the band’s impressive 500+ live show schedule between albums.
Heading into Innocence & Instinct, Red had no shortage of creative sparks. A near-death accident ignited their emotions, a literary masterpiece spurred their creativity, peer support lifted their spirits, heavy touring empowered their performances and fans challenged the group to do even more to impact their lives. These experiences infused Innocence & Instinct with layered narratives, heightened sensibilities and an artistic boldness that dramatically raises the bar for new millennial rock ‘n’ roll.
In Dante’s Inferno, the Gates of Hell read, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” But when the Gates finally face Innocence & Instinct, Hell won’t know what hit it.
Innocence & Instinct Track Listing:
1. Fight Inside
2. Death of Me<
3. Mystery of You
4. Start Again
5. Never Be The Same
6. Confession (What’s Inside My Head)
8. Ordinary World (Duran Duran cover)
9. Out From Under
10. Take It All Away
If you have been wanting to check out Nikki Sixx’s book, “The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star”, and the price has been too high for you for the hard back book, you are in luck.
On October 28th, A paperback version of the book has been released, and HardRockHideout.com has a copy to give away to one lucky reader!
The Hard back edition of the book debuted at #7 on the New York Times Best Seller List when it was released last September.
The Heroin Diaries is a collection of diary entries written between Christmas of 1986 and Christmas of 1987 chronicling Sixx’s wild lifestyle, drug addiction, descent into paranoia and depression, and his subsequent recovery. The book includes a whole bunch of amazing black-and-white photographs, lyrics, random thoughts and artwork.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of The Heroin Diaries here.
If you would like to put your name in the drawing for a copy of the book, please submit your name and email address in the box below!
“Tomorrow,” which is featured on the hit CD The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, is the follow up to the #1 rock track “Life Is Beautiful” and is a tale of accountability and hope for those battling addiction and for those in recovery. Sixx:A.M. released the CD soundtrack in conjunction with the New York Times bestselling book, The Heroin Diaries.
You can watch a copy of the Sixx A.M. video Tomorrow below.
You can also download a free (legal) copy of the Tomorrow mp3 file at this link!
Northern Light Orchestra highlights majestic, orchestrated rock music featuring soaring vocals, incredible guitar solos worthy of true ‘guitar hero’ status, and pounding rhythms sure to impress and invigorate the baby boomer generation that grew up on what is today classic rock!
Combined with the talents of executive producer and longtime record mogul Russ Regan, (responsible for over 800 million record sales with such artists as Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Barry White as well as soundtracks such as Flashdance and Jesus Christ Superstar), NLO is slated to become a seasonal live performance and recording entity that provides the very best in entertainment!
The brainchild of re-mix keyboardist/writer Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Robert Plant, Hall & Oates, POE) and produced by industry veteran Ken Mary (House Of Lords, Trik Turner, Alice Cooper, Beach Boys), NLO is designed to create a total musical experience combining the powerful drama of Webber and Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar with the emotionally moving musical styles of Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, and Kansas. Vocalists and musicians appearing on NLO have been responsible for the sale of over 200 million albums worldwide and include members and former members of household names such as the Beach Boys, Sly And The Family Stone, Alice Cooper, Survivor, Steely Dan, Firehouse, Megadeth, Sister Sledge, Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge, Winger, Bob Carlisle, Guns N’ Roses, Grand Funk Railroad, Kiss, House Of Lords, and Whitesnake, just to name a few. Live performances will highlight a spectacular light and video presentation, theatrical movements, as well as incredible musicianship all assembled to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago.
The new nine-track release of Northern Light Orchestra, The Spirit Of Christmas, provides merely a hint of what is to come, with nine additional tracks already in production for next year
Phil Bardowell (Beach Boys, Magdalen)
Bob Carlisle (‘Butterfly Kisses’)
Eddie James (gospel singer)
Jon Gibson (Jon Gibson)
Robin McAuley (Survivor)
Debbie Sledge (Sister Sledge)
Rose Stone (Sly And The Family Stone)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
Kendall Bechtel (Fifth Angel)
Lanny Cordola (House Of Lords)
Jason Hook (Alice Cooper, Mandy Moore)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss, Grand Funk Railroad)
Bill Leverty (Firehouse)
George Lynch (Dokken, Lynchmob)
Elliot Randell (Steely Dan)
David Ellefson (Megadeth, F5)
Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, Vanilla Fudge)
Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, House Of Lords)
Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper)
Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses)
Brian Stewart (Backstreet Boys, Poe)
For more info visit www.myspace.com/northernlightorchestra.
Billboard.com is reporting rock guitarist Joe Satriani has sued British band Coldplay, accusing the Grammy-nominated stars of plagiarizing one of his songs.
Satriani’s copyright infringement suit, filed yesterday (Dec. 4) in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song “Viva La Vida” incorporates “substantial original portions” of his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly.”
The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and “any and all profits” attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.
“Viva La Vida” is credited to the band’s four members, singer Chris Martin; bass player Guy Berryman; guitarist Johnny Buckland; and drummer Will Champion. The title was inspired by a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
The Satriani track comes from his album “Is There Love in Space?” Further comment from Satriani’s attorney, or reaction from Coldplay’s management was not immediately available.