Pennsylvania-Based Rock Outfit to Herald Release With Full-Tilt, Non-Stop Live Schedule, Including Major Tours Alongside Shinedown, Saliva, and Black Stone Cherry; “HALESTORM” Arrives in Stores and Online on April 28th
Atlantic Records has announced the upcoming release of the self-titled first album from Halestorm. The new rock outfit’s full-length debut — which includes the single, “I Get Off” — will be available in stores and via all online retailers on April 28th.
“HALESTORM” will be available at the band’s live shows and for pre-order via the Pennsylvania-based band’s official website, www.halestormrocks.com, and official MySpace page, www.myspace.com/halestorm, beginning on February 24th. All fans pre-ordering “HALESTORM” will immediately receive a digital download of the complete album with the option to receive the physical copy on the release date.
Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), “HALESTORM” is an explosive collection of infectious hard rock anthems, a fiery flurry of sexy hooks and rough and tumble grooves. Steering this runaway train is dynamic singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, who brings a hypnotic intensity to such tracks as the sensual “I Get Off” and “Bet U Wish U Had Me Back.”
“This album has been a long time coming,” says Lzzy. “There’s been a lot of dirty work that went into making it. Creatively, we went to rock ‘n’ roll college through the experience. It was crazy, raw, down and dirty. Our blood, sweat, and tears went into this thing.”
Halestorm has slated an all-out tour schedule to herald the album’s release. The dates kick off on February 19th with a performance alongside Avenged Sevenfold at Indianapolis’ Egyptian Room (see itinerary below). From there, the band will take to the road alongside Shinedown, beginning February 25th at The Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina, and then running through an April 4th tour finale at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.
Formed in 1998 by Lzzy and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm has made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such like-minded artists as Shinedown, Seether, Flyleaf, and Trapt. 2006 saw the release of Halestorm’s debut Atlantic EP, “ONE AND DONE,” which expertly captured the intensity and energy of the band’s live show.
HALESTORM On Tour 2009
Feb. 25-Mar. 6 w/Shinedown & Black Stone Cherry
Mar. 9-20 w/Shinedown & Saliva except Mar. 12 & 13 w/Saliva only
Mar. 24-Apr. 4 w/Shinedown
19 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
20 Flint, MI Machine Shop
21 Detroit, MI Harpo’s
22 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
25 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
27 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
28 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
2 Columbia, SC Club Level
3 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
5 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
6 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
7 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
9 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
10 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
11 Mokena, IL The Pearl Room
12 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
13 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s
15 Kearney, NE FirstTier Event Center
17 Sioux Falls, SD Ramkota Exhibit Hall
18 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
20 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center
21 Kenosha, WI Brat Shop
23 Youngstown, OH Wedgewood Entertainment Complex
24 Cheswick, PA Gravity
25 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
27 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
28 Boston, MA House of Blues
29 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater
31 New York, NY The Fillmore New York @ Irving Plaza
2 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live!
3 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
4 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Live Nation (NYSE: LYV) and Ticketmaster Entertainment (“Ticketmaster”) (NASDAQ: TKTM) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create the world’s premier live entertainment company. The combined entity, which will be called Live Nation Entertainment, joins Live Nation’s concert promotions expertise with Ticketmaster’s world-class ticketing solutions and artist relationships to improve the live entertainment experience and drive major innovations in ticketing technology, marketing and service. Live Nation Entertainment will have the tools to expand access, improve transparency and deliver artists and fans more choice – driving greater attendance at live events and bringing more value to all major constituents in the industry.
The companies will be combined in a tax-free, all-stock merger of equals with a combined enterprise value of approximately $2.5 billion. Under the agreement, Ticketmaster shareholders will receive 1.384 shares of Live Nation common stock for each share of Ticketmaster they own, subject to certain adjustments defined within the agreement. Live Nation and Ticketmaster shareholders will each own approximately 50 percent of the combined company. The new company anticipates generating approximately $40 million of operating synergies through the combination of their ticketing, marketing, data centers and back-office functions. The merger agreement was approved by both companies’ boards of directors.
Barry Diller, Chairman of Ticketmaster Entertainment, said, “It was less than two months ago that Ticketmaster ended its 10-year partnership with Live Nation, and I’m extremely glad we could reunite with this combination. No different from any other industry, the challenges are all around every aspect of live entertainment. Being able to put Live Nation and Ticketmaster into an equal partnership will allow the companies to get through this difficult period and be able to expand live entertainment options to audiences throughout the world.”
Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, said, “This combination will drive measurable benefits to consumers and accelerate the execution of our strategy to build a better artist-to-fan direct distribution platform. As every industry observer knows, too many tickets go unsold and too many fans are frustrated with their ticket-buying experiences. The current inefficiencies in the system result in higher costs and confusion over access to seats. Together, we will work to simplify the ticketing process and ultimately increase attendance at live events. This is also a logical step in the evolution of our business model, creating a more diversified company with a stronger financial profile that will drive improved shareholder value over the long term.”
Irving Azoff, CEO of Ticketmaster Entertainment, said, “This merger, and the resources of these combined companies, will create a new dynamic and unique creative platform of choice for fans across all levels of the live entertainment experience. There is nothing more magical than the bond and the intimate relationship of fans to artists. It is truly an experience that needs to be embraced and nurtured with both integrity and respect. One of the mandates of the combined company will be to develop that bond to unsurpassed levels. Additionally, the Live Nation and Ticketmaster relationship will allow the live entertainment community and their respective venues to reach fans on unparalleled platforms. I look forward to working closely with Michael Rapino and the Live Nation team during this exciting and industry changing time.”
By integrating these two businesses, Live Nation Entertainment can work to:
Improve Access and Transparency
By uniting an artist, promoter and ticketing company under a combined banner, the new entity will be positioned to address the challenges of serving fans better at the point of the initial ticket sale with more options and better access.
Improve Ticket Pricing Options
The merger will enable more innovative and dynamic promotion arrangements that create more choice and a more fan-friendly purchasing experience. As an example, the Eagles’ recent all-inclusive pricing initiative was favorably received by the public as well as the broader industry.
Invest in Better Ticketing Technology
The combination will enable increased R&D investment and the sort of technology advances that improve the ticketing experience for consumers and deliver best-in-class solutions to artists, other content owners and venues. Live Nation Entertainment will be better positioned to deliver technological advances such as paperless ticketing as well as interactive seat access and mobile delivery.
Increase Event Attendance
A very substantial portion of the tickets put on sale to the public for live events goes unsold. The new company will be positioned to take full advantage of its combined online resources, databases and promotional operations to strengthen and enhance the direct connection between artists and fans. This will create opportunities to improve attendance at events, benefiting venues and supporting a healthier live entertainment industry.
The combined company will be led by Barry Diller as Chairman of the Board, Michael Rapino as CEO and President of Live Nation Entertainment and Irving Azoff as Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and CEO of Front Line. Live Nation Entertainment’s board will consist of 14 directors, seven from each company. The companies will continue to operate independently until the transaction is completed and will work together to determine where the combined company’s headquarters location will be as well as to determine additional management appointments prior to closing.
The transaction is subject to approval by both companies’ shareholders, consent of Ticketmaster bank lenders and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and regulatory review and approvals. The companies expect the transaction to be completed by the second half of 2009.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal counsel to Live Nation. Deutsche Bank provided advisory services and delivered a fairness opinion to the Board of Live Nation. J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisor and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP acted as legal advisors to Ticketmaster. Allen & Company delivered a fairness opinion to Ticketmaster.
For more information about this transaction, please visit www.premierliveentertainment.com.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
The companies will host a joint conference call and webcast today at 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT) to discuss this announcement. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (866) 394-0797 within the U.S. or (706) 679-3454 for international callers, referencing passcode 85124431. The webcast can be accessed at both www.livenation.com/investors and http://investors.ticketmaster.com.
A replay of the conference call will be available for one week and can be accessed by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291 and referencing passcode 85124431. A webcast replay also will be available on the Live Nation and Ticketmaster websites.
Having trod the stages of such events as Lollapalooza, Woodstock 94, Redding, Bonnaroo, Ozzfest, etc. I’ve come to realize that there really hasn’t been an event that truly represents the type of idiosyncratic performers that I am kin to. In my youth I was always scouring the radio, clubs, record stores and concert halls for that group or individual that had new and unique perspectives to music. The freaks.
THE ODDITY FAIRE: A MUTATED MINI-FEST, is just the event where one will encounter such diverse and unique artists. The notion of the festival is to bring together folks that naturally dwell outside the box so that they may perform before a collective audience that is looking for something that hasn’t been cultivated by American Idol or crammed down their throats by the Disney Corporation.
THE ODDITY FAIRE: A MUTATED MINI-FEST is a multi-medium event that will play in intimate environments around the country. The musicians and performers will rotate from region to region. Importantly, the ticket price for a 3-4 hour event will be well within reason given the current state of the economy.
THE ODDITY FAIRE: A MUTATED MINI FEST, a “brain-candy bargain for a recessed age”, promises to be a smorgasbord of irregular and unconventional entertainment for all.
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Do you know who Alex Beyrodt is? His name may not ring a bell with most hard rock fans, but it probably should. This criminally under rated guitar player has been playing in the bands Sinner and Silent Force for years. His neo-classical style of play is quite similar to guitar god, Yngwie Malmsteen.
When I first got word of his new side project with David Readman from Pink Cream 69, I knew I would have to check it out. I have been a fan of Readman’s for years, so picking this CD up was pretty much a no-brainer. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle is fleshed out with Beyrodt’s band mate from Sinner, Matt Sinner on bass, keyboardist Jimmy Kresic, and Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) on drums.
If you have ever listened to Pink Cream 69 (shame on you, if you haven’t), you know that David Readman is one of those singers that could sing the phone book and make it sound good. His vocals augment the music from a very talented group of musicians on this disc.
Alex Beyrodt is the true star on this disc. His masterful six string work is the driving force behind these fantastic tunes. There are guitar parts in these songs that are so good, that they will raise the hairs on your arms. Yes, they really are that good. Thanks to the keyboards of Jimmy Kresic, Voodoo Circle’s sound has a classic 80’s metal feel, in the vein of such acts Whitesnake & Rainbow.
There really isn’t a bad song on this disc, and guitar fans like myself will certainly eat it up!
You can preview songs from this CD at the Voodoo Circle website, and the band’s myspace page. If you like what you hear, you can purchase a copy of this CD, at this link. Check it out. You will be glad you did.
1. Spewing Lies
2. Desperate Heart
3. Kingdom of the Blind
4. Man and Machine
5. Master of Illusion
6. We’ll Never Learn
7. Dream of Eden
8. Heaven Can Wait
9. Angels Will Cry
10. Enter My World of Darkness
11. White Lady Requiem
Voodoo Circle is:
Alex Beyrodt – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
David Readman – Vocals
Matt Sinner – Bass
Jimmy Kresic – Keyboards
Mel Gaynor – Drums
Chris Cornell has announced that he will hit the road for a 2009 US tour to support his upcoming Timbaland produced album, Scream, which hits stores March 10th. The tour will kick off in Austin, TX on March 27th and continuing through April 19th hitting major cities like Chicago, New York, and Boston. Check out Cornell’s MySpace page to hear tracks from his upcoming album and head over to his official page for more information regarding the tour and to read his personal blog. Tickets for the tour go on sale this coming Friday, February 13th.
Scream is out March 10th on Mosley Music/Interscope Records
March 27th in Austin, TX @ Stubbs Bar-B-Q
March 28th in Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
March 29th in Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
March 31st in New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
April 1st in Atlanta, GA @ CW Center Stage
April 3rd in Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
April 4th in Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
April 5th in Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
April 7th in New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 8th in New York, NY @ Webster Hall
April 10th in Boston, MA @ House of Blues
April 11th in Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
April 13th in Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
April 14th in Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
April 15th in Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre
April 17th in Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
April 18th in St Paul, MN @ MYTH
April 19th in Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater