The ass kickers from Sweden known as Badmouth have opened their first official merchandise store. You can visit http://www.deaf-dumb.com/badmouth/ to get your hands on such merchandise as T-shirts and hoodies with more goodies to be added.
Also Bruce Dickinson will be spinning the band’s “Pedal To the Metal” on his radio show today with guests Glen Tipton and Rob Halford of Judas Priest. You can check out the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/shows/bruce_dickinson/
Today is the day when the next chapter of the White Flame saga begins with the release of the first single off their new album. The massively attacking song “Tall Thin In” continues in classic WF tradition with it’s raunchy guitar riffs and witty texts wrapped in a tight package of energetic Rock&Roll.
Vince is thrilled to be back on the scene as is eager to let people hear the new tune. “For me Tall Thin In is just the perfect song to put out as the first single. It has everything we are good at. The mean groove and those wicked harmonies and a good message to back it up.”
You can listen to Tall Thin In on White Flame MySpace!
Vince wished to take this time to talk about the upcoming album titled Tourbus Diaries. “It’s a road album. Many of the songs were written while we’ve been touring and there are songs that tell stories of how we as a band see life on the road. Some tell happier stories, while others expose the raw truth of the hell You experience out there.”
Tourbus Diaries will be out on the 27th of March across Europe. The album will contain songs like Dancing With Her Sister, Frontrow Girl, Certainly Something, (No) Frosen Angels (duet with Matthau Mikojan) and of course the new single “Tall Thin In”.
John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes are two icons of british Rock Music. Their pedigree speaks for themselves with a career spent in such bands are King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Roxy Music, Buggles, yes and of course ASIA, the supergroup the two of them founded in 1981.
After several years when the two went their separate ways, the couple rejoined in the year 2002 and soon gave birth to the ICON project with the release of the self-titled debut album. Hailed by fans and critics as their best work in years, John and Geoff released a sophomore album entitled “Rubicon”, before putting together again the original ASIA lineup for a brand new record “Phoenix” released in 2008.
“3” is Wetton/Downes Icon brand new album. A record where the power of Geoff Downes’ keyboards and John Wetton’s jaw-dropping voice and stellar bass playing are enhanced by compelling guitar virtuoso Dave Kilminster, fresh from successful tours with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson. Former ELO Cellist Hugh McDowell, whose unique sound has helped frame all three iCon studio releases, is once again involved. Rounding out the band is Pete Riley, considered one of the “best drummers in the world”, whose work with Keith Emerson, Kilminster and extensive live and session work shows an extraordinary breadth and depth of style.
Special guests: renowned harpist Andreas Wolleweider and Anne Marie Helder (Karnataka, Mostly Autumn) dueting on vocals with John Wetton.
- Sound samples in mp3 (click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
- My Space page: www.myspace.com/wettondownesicon
Since reuniting in January 07’ to perform a benefit concert, Great White has moved forward with the successful release in the summer of the same year of their return album “Back to the Rhythm”, a record which was hailed by critics and fans as a return to the heydays of the band. After a world tour that celebrated the first 25 years of Great White and that brought them for 14 concerts to Europe, bass player Sean McNabb opted out and was replaced by Scott Snyder (ex Ramos, Accomplice).
The band (which of course includes long-time members by Jack Russell, Michael Lardie, Audie Desbrow and Mark Kendall) went back to the studio and produced the brand new album “Rising”, once again a tribute to the Great White root sound with Rock, Blues and strong melodic elements.
The Southern California blues Hard Rock band first took a bite out of the rock scene in 1984 and since then has achieved worldwide success, encompassing sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and earned a double platinum certification for the album “…Twice Shy”. The late 80’s were boom years for the band, marked by non-stop touring with some of the biggest bands of the era and playing also in Europe and Japan. Great White recorded two more albums for Capitol — “Hooked”, which was certified gold and “Psycho City”.
The album includes an exclusive bonus track for Europe “Let’s Spend the Night Together”.
- Sound samples in mp3 (click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
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AC/DC take their hugely successful Black Ice World Tour to Europe. Dates begin on February 18 in Oslo and conclude in Glasgow on June 30 (see below for full itinerary). AC/DC kicked off their Black Ice World Tour in late October 2008, crisscrossing North America and garnering raves from critics along the way. The Dallas Morning News raved “This is real rock n roll,” while The Boston Globe exclaimed “AC/DC is the greatest band ever.”
The Black Ice World Tour was given the ‘Major Tour of the Year’ award at the 20th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The awards ceremony took place in Los Angeles on January 30th at Nokia Theatre.
Released globally on October 20, 2008, Black Ice was recently certified Double Platinum in the U.S. Black Ice is AC/DC’s first new album in over eight years and it’s evident the band is still an incredible force in rock.
Black Ice made history debuting at #1 on album charts in 29 countries and also has the distinction of being Columbia Records’ biggest debut album (since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data for Billboard in March of 1991). Black Ice has been certified Multi Platinum in eight countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Czech Republic. Additionally Black Ice has achieved Platinum status in twelve countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, UK, Argentina, Singapore and New Zealand) and Gold status in four countries (Netherland, Spain, Poland and Brazil). With over 6.5 million copies of Black Ice shipped worldwide, combined with over 5.5 million in catalog sold this year, AC/DC have surpassed The Beatles as the #1 selling catalog artist in the US for 2008. In the US, Black Ice is being sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam’s Club, and www.acdc.com.
Black Ice World Tour Dates
February 18 Oslo, NO Telenor Arena
February 20 Stockholm, SE The Globe
February 22 Stockholm, SE The Globe
February 25 Paris, FR Bercy
February 27 Paris, FR Bercy
March 1 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
March 3 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
March 5 Leipzig, DE Halle 1
March 7 Dusseldorf, DE ISS Dome
March 9 Oberhausen, DE Kopi Arena
March 11 Bremen , DE AWD Dome
March 13 Rotterdam, NL Ahoy
March 15 Dortmund, DE Westfallenhalle
March 17 Prague 02 Arena
March 19 Milan, IT Datch Forum
March 21 Milan, IT Datch Forum
March 23 Budapest, HU Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena
March 25 Frankfurt, DE Festhalle
March 27 Munich, DE Olympiahalle
March 29 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion
March 31 Barcelona, ES Sant Jordi
April 2 Madrid, ES Palacio de los Deportes
April 14 London, UK 02 Arena
April 16 London, UK 02 Arena
April 18 Dublin, IE 02 Arena
April 21 Manchester, UK MEN
April 23 Birmingham, UK NEC
May 13 Leipzig, DE Zentralstadium
May 15 Munich, DE Olympic Stadium
May 17 Gelsenkirchen, DE Veltins Arena
May 19 Cologne, DE Stadion
May 22 Hockenheimring, DE Formula 1 Racing Track
May 24 Vienna, AU Ernst-Happel Stadium
May 26 Belgrade, SRB Partizan Stadium
May 28 Athens, GR Olympic Stadium
June 3 Lisbon, POR Alvalade Stadium
June 5 Madrid, SP Madrid Vicente Calderon
June 7 Barcelona, SP Estadi Olympic
June 9 Marseille, FR Stadt Velodrome
June 12 Paris, FR Stadt de France
June 15 Oslo, NO Valle Hovin
June 17 Helsinki, FI Olympic Stadium
June 19 Copenhagen, DE Parken
June 21 Gothenburg, SW Ullevi Stadium
June 23 Amsterdam, NE Amsterdam Arena
June 26 London, UK Wembley Stadium
June 28 Dublin, IR Punchestown Racetrack
June 30 Glasgow, UK Hampden Park
The Rock on the Range Festival have announced their 2009 lineup, and it is a GREAT one!
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2009:
ROCK FESTIVAL RETURNS
SATURDAY, MAY 16 AND SUNDAY, MAY 17
TO COLUMBUS, OHIO’S CREW STADIUM;
SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE,
ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD
MORE THAN 35 ACTS TO PERFORM
ON THREE STAGES
ROCK ON THE RANGE–America’s premiere destination rock festival– will return to Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The 2009 line-up for the nationally renowned festival
centrally located in the heart of the country will be highlighted by performances from some of rock’s biggest artists including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.
“We try to listen to our fans and they’ve been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. “We’re really excited to play one of America’s great rock festivals.”
SLIPKNOT’s Corey Taylor says, “Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I
personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year’s well-rounded mix of rock’s
top artists also includes Shinedown, Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage,
the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms–for contest winners–and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, ROCK ON THE RANGE will also increase their “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at http://www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE, as well as VIP Packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 AM (ET) via http://www.rockontherange.com and http://www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day
ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
2009 LINEUP (subject to change): MÖTLEY CRÜE, SLIPKNOT, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KORN, BUCKCHERRY, SHINEDOWN, CHEVELLE, FLYLEAF, SALIVA, SAVING ABEL, BLUE OCTOBER, HOOBASTANK, ATREYU, BLACK STONE CHERRY, TRAPT, STATIC X, SICK PUPPIES, THE USED, BILLY TALENT, ALL THAT REMAINS, CROOKED X, POP EVIL, STATE OF SHOCK, CAVO, FRAMING HANLEY, ADELITA’S WAY, BURN HALO, THE LEO PROJECT, HALESTORM, X FACTOR 1, CHARM CITY DEVILS, DRIVE A and EARLY PEARL.
Surefire Machine is based out of Toronto Canada. Comprised of Rail Road Wilson vocals/guitar, guitarist Zeke, Bones Bowman on bass, and Jonny Fantastic on drums. The roots of Surefire Machine go back to 2004 when Rail Road and Zeke got into a fight with each other. After releasing two e.p.’s and touring Western Canada with their former band Tarbender, the guys decide to head east to Toronto where they eventually hooked up with Bowman and Fantastic and Surefire Machine was born. The guys released their debut self titled album late last year and an ass kicking it is.
If you are looking for soft and sweet ballads you’ll need to keep on looking because you will not find that with these guys. But songs like “Blue Bloods”, “Hot Leaded Woman”, “Trucker’s Trade” and “69 Nova” are guaranteed to get your blood pumping and your head banging. The best way to describe Surefire Machine’s sound is ZZ Top meets Lynyrd Skynyrd with Lemmy from Motorhead on vocals. You can check out songs from their debut and download their album for free by visiting www.myspace.com/surefiremachine.
You can also visit http://www.surefiremachine.com/to get all the latest news for the band. If you like your rock n’ roll loud, in your face, with plenty of attitude, Surefire Machine is just the band for you.