In conjunction with Fuse TV’s upcoming live broadcast of Metallica’s 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 4th @ 9pm/8c, the network will be celebrating Metallica’s achievement all month long with a series of Metallica TV specials. First up, tomorrow night, March 11th @ 9pm, be sure to tune in to Fuse TV to see Metallica’s inclusion in the “Kings of Rock: Rock Hall Inductees ’09” special, followed at 10:00 pm by “The Metallica Chronicles: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Special Edition.” All information about tomorrow night’s Metallica specials can be found here: http://fuse.tv/rockhall Stay tuned for more announcements of Fuse TV’s Metallica coverage throughout the month!
For a video trailer of Metallica’s inclusion in the Fuse Rock and Roll Hall of Fame broadcast, head right here:
Progressive metal band Mastodon, celebrating the release of their fourth full-length album Crack The Skye, will play F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin(TM) with Xbox LIVE® Gold members March 19.
If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member (if not, upgrade now at http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/goldBenefits.htm), and you want a chance to play with Mastodon, send a friend request to the Gamertag “Mastodon GWF” and be online half an hour before (6:00 p.m. EST) the Game with Fame session starts on Thursday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. EST. If you get a chance to play with Mastodon, Xbox wants to hear about it! Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “GWF – Mastodon.” Be sure to include your Gamertag and hometown.
After three well-received albums, and a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for the song “Colony of Birchmen” off Blood Mountain, Mastodon’s latest effort, Crack The Skye, is an intensely personal work and an emotional journey. Guitarist Bill Kelliher says, “This is the record we’ve always wanted to make.” And bass player Troy Sanders chimes in, “It’s not just seven songs, but an up-and-down journey. It was to truly dig in and pull personal inspiration from both the darkest and dearest parts of our souls, and simultaneously with our wonder and amazement of the entire universe.”
Check out Mastodon’s Artist of the Month Page here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/artist/rock/mastodon.htm
The band consists of Kelliher, Sanders, drummer Brann Dailor, and guitarist Brent Hinds. The band worked with producer Brendan O’Brien to get a more old-school rock feel to the album. Kelliher calls the band’s sound, “Progressive on top of progressive, on the roots of Mastodon, still those heavy things and have your fans grow with you. There’s no formula. We can play any style we want for as long as we all feel it. And on this record there’s a lot more singing and harmonizing, less screaming. We’re honing our skills in our music. We just made a better record than the last record and that’s what we want to do the rest of our lives.”
Get a feel for the band’s sound by setting up these music videos for download through Xbox LIVE Marketplace:
“Colony of Birchmen”
Mastodon is currently on their ShockHound-sponsored tour. Check out dates for April & May and get tickets here:
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST)
Game: F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Gamertag: Mastodon GWF
Grammy-Award nominated accredited songwriter/producer and “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi makes her music video debut in Theory of A Deadman’s hit tune “Not Meant To Be.” DioGuardi, who co-wrote the song with the band’s frontman Tyler Connolly, skillfully plays the female lead in a tale of a romance on the rocks.
With the announcement of Tyketto and Crazy Lixx added to the Rock Gone Wild Line Up today, I wanted to refresh my memory and yours about the bands Tyketto and Crazy Lixx. I have included a video from each of the bands below.
Crazy Lixx Video – Want It
Tyketto – Forever More
Surrounded by the rough and tumble streets of New York City and the beauties of Scandinavia, two bands formed to rock your ass off in Middle America. Hard rockers Tyketto and youngsters Crazy Lixx will both join the already massive Rock Gone Wild 2009 lineup. Tickets in three pricing levels are available now by visiting www.rockgonewild.com. Rock Gone Wild is slated for August 20-23, 2009 in Algona, Iowa.
Tyketto formed at the end of the 1980s in New York City. Never forgotten by a legion of rabid fans, TykettoDanny Vaughn, Jimi Kennedy, Michael Clayton Arbeeny and P.J. Zitarosa are Tyketto. are known for great AOR melodies with catchy guitar hooks. The band has five albums to their credit and reformed just a handful of years ago to appease fans. Members have recently hinted at the possibility of new music.
Don’t know Crazy Lixx? You will. The Scandinavian Glam band formed in 2002 in Malmö, Sweden. They are heavily influenced by 80s hard rock – and for this they make no apologies! The band released their critically acclaimed debut Loud Minority at the end of 2007. Danny Rexon, Joey Cirera, Luke Rivano and Andy Dawson are Crazy Lixx.
RV campsites are currently on sale and very limited in number! If you are planning to camp at Rock Gone Wild, reserve your spot now to avoid disappointment. RV campsites are nearly sold out. Tent camping also available. To purchase your campsite, please visit http://tickets.rockgonewild.com/.
Headline acts announced very soon! Bands you’ll see at Rock Gone Wild 2009 include Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Warrant, Skid Row, Candlebox, Lita Ford, Tantric, Kix, Eve 6, Saxon, Great White, Hardcore Superstar, Saigon Kick, Tigertailz, Lizzy Borden, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Rhino Bucket, Junkyard and thewith many more to come! Gypsy Pistoleros
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
If you build it, they will rock.
Bieler Bros. Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Sweden’s DEATHSTARS. Their North American debut, “Night Electric Night” will be in stores on May 19th with tour dates soon to follow. Metal Hammer’s new cover story boldly states, CRUE, MANSON, SLIPKNOT a new generation of sickness the DEATHSTARS.
A New Rock Club is opening this Friday night in Cincinnati.
The Riverstar Sports & Entertainment Complex has a brand new club set up to feature your favorite bands.
Warrant featuring Robert Mason on vocals will help Riverstar celebrate their grand opening.
Some of this new club’s scheduled acts include, Skid Row, Dokken and L.A. Guns.
Check them out on the web at this link.
Google announced on Monday that it would block users in England from watching music videos on YouTube.
As you might guess, money is what matters in this decision. Specifically, how large a royalty-pie slice YouTube should pay composers and publishers.
Google, which owns YouTube, has been negotiating with PRS for Music, Britain’s music royalty-collecting organization. Google wants to pay smaller royalty fees for showing music vids to Englanders, while the PRS wants the Internet giant to pay more.
Google says the PRS-proposed new rates would result in Google losing money every time someone in Britain watches a music video on YouTube.
“Our previous license from PRS for Music has expired, and we’ve been unable so far to come to an agreement to renew it on terms that are economically sustainable for us,” Google said in a statement, adding, “we will be blocking premium music videos in the UK that have been supplied or claimed by record labels.”
The PRS issued its own statement, saying the YouTube embargo caught it by surprise, and that the dispute and the resulting blockade all boiled down to Google greed.
“Google has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing.”
The Music Publishers Association, the trade association for music publishers in the U.K., issued its own statement. But aside from siding with the PRS in the royalty dispute, the MPA also dissed Google for shutting off the music.
“It is difficult to see how anyone’s interests are served by denying to the YouTube community the content they most enjoy,” read a statement on the MPA’s Web site.
In other words, forget about the money, this is all about YouTube’s British users. Big bad Google has blocked England’s citizens from watching music videos thereby preventing Brits from enjoying more rewarding lives.
Neither side has stated how much the PRS wants or what Google is willing to pay.
This is one of those dustups where both sides will plead their respective cases in the court of public opinion while negotiators try to put a deal on the table. Google is playing hardball by blocking music videos from British viewing.
Meanwhile, the PRS is portraying Google as something less than honorable because the Internet company doesn’t want to pay what the PRS thinks is fair. In other words, the PRS is calling Google cheap.
Which is probably a compliment to Google. Cheap is something the company understands.
Click here for the MPA’s Web site.
Click here for PRS For Music’s Web site.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp has been making it possible for music fans to jam with their favorite rock stars since 1997. But the next session — running April 29th through May 3rd in Hollywood, CA — is bound to blow the roof off the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp as it welcomes for the first time ever the legendary Steven Tyler as its headliner.
Tyler, lead singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist for the Grammy-winning, Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, which has sold 100 million albums in a career spanning four decades, will bring his own inimitable style to the proceedings, fielding questions and sharing insights and stories from his incredible career.
“Steven has generously agreed to donate exclusive autographed memorabilia for our traditional closing night concert and charity auction to benefit MusiCares, which will take place at the world famous Whiskey A Go Go,” said David Fishof, Producer, Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
The five-day rock camp, which runs April 29th through May 3rd in Hollywood, CA, gives music lovers — regardless of their musical ability — a once-a-lifetime opportunity to live like a rock star and jam with their idols. Participants form separate bands, each of which receives intensive coaching from a different rock star providing an unforgettable, life-changing experience.
This rock camp’s all-star roster of musicians also includes Grammy award-winning producer Mark Hudson, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (Toto), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Alan White (Yes), Elliot Easton (The Cars) and many more. Several celebrity campers have signed on for the April session, including ice skater/Olympic Gold medalist Scott Hamilton and Guy Fieri, the “bad boy” of Food Network.
Previous camp guest stars have included Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Roger Daltrey (The Who), Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) and Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones). The Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were featured in a special Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp episode of “The Simpsons.”
There are a limited number of spots open for the upcoming Hollywood session of Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. To register, please visit http://www.rockcamp.com or call 1-888-762-2263.
GLOBAL MUSIC and ROCK SOUND MAGAZINE have teamed up to bring all you Wednesday13 fans the chance to meet the Prince of Punk-Horror himself, and win a load of W13 goodies to boot!
Global Music and Rock Sound are offering the opportunity for you and a friend to go backstage at any up-coming Wednesday13 concert and shake the hand of Mr.13 – Make sure you get your photo taken too!
As our specially selected winner, you’ll also receive a signed Skeletons CD, plus a copy of Wednesday13s latest release, F**l It, We’ll Do It Live DVD and the new Bloodwork EP.
To enter just visit the Rock Sound “Smash & Grab” link below:
One winner will be selected for each show, that’s 15 in total!!, so make sure you state which concert you’d like to attend, should you win.
Wednesday13 will be appearing at the following shows with support from Glamour of the Kill and The Chelsea Smiles:
Mar 20 2009 The Park, Peterborough
Mar 21 2009 Rock City, Nottingham
Mar 22 2009 Academy 2, Birmingham
Mar 23 2009 Waterfront, Norwich
Mar 24 2009 Academy, Bristol
Mar 25 2009 Sugarmill, Stoke-On-Trent
Mar 26 2009 Club Academy, Manchester
Mar 27 2009 The Assembly, Leamington Spa
Mar 28 2009 Cockpit, Leeds
Mar 29 2009 Corporation, Sheffield
Mar 30 2009 Cat House, Glasgow
Mar 31 2009 Academy, Newcastle
Apr 1 2009 Concorde 2, Brighton
Apr 2 2009 Brook, Southampton
Apr 3 2009 Electric Ballroom, London
Entrants must be 14+
Legendary hard rock guitarist George Lynch will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights this Saturday, March 14. Lynch, the original guitarist for Dokken, has a new project called Souls Of We and has recently announced that Lynch Mob will record a new album with vocalist Oni Logan. Listen to Hard Rock Nights to find out what Lynch has to say about his new projects and a possible future reunion with Dokken.
Hard Rock Nights airs every Saturday night at 9 pm EDT on WMWX in Cincinnati, simulcast on http://www.classxradio.com. More information about the program can be found at http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com and http://www.myspace.com/jtshardrockradio.
Great White seems to live by the old addage “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It” and after 27 years, 12 original studio albums, and countless live and compilation albums it has worked, but sometimes even if it doesn’t need fixed a little tweaking can do wonders. On their newest release “Rising” the guys could have definitely used a little tweaking. Now don’t get me wrong “Rising” rocks it just doesn’t rock hard enough at least on a consistent basis.”Rising” starts out promising enough as the first three tracks “Situation”, “All Or Nothin’”, and “I Don’t Mind” are absolutely vintage Great White. Jack Russell’s voice is still one of the best in the business and doesn’t sound like it has lost in power over the years as some singers are prone to do. Newcomer, bassist, Scott Snyder makes his presence known right from the start with a great foot tapping bass line on “Situation” and follows it up with another great performance on “All Or Nothin’”. The rest of the band, guitarist, Mark Kendall, who is still one of the most underrated players in the music business, guitarist/keyboard Michael Lardie, and drummer Audie Desbrow are all outstanding and give solid performances from start to finish.
The problem I have with “Rising” are the songs themselves. They seem to be stuck in the mid-tempo range and rarely break out into full fledged rockers I have come to expect from Great White, with “Danger Zone” being the one exception, and to be completely honest they just aren’t very memorable. Of the 12 tracks on this album there are 4 songs I would consider standout tracks as I said before ”Situation”, “All Or Nothin’”, and “I Don’t Mind” are all vintage Great White and you can add the ballad “Only You Can Do” to that list also. “Loveless” is almost there but it is missing that little something extra to make it special. It would not surprise me at all if a country artist ended up covering “Is It Enough” or “the Last Chance”, even the versions on “Rising” could get airplay on today’s country stations. The rest of the songs are just there more like background music than anything you would crank the stereo up too.
I’m sure for the fans just discovering Great White “Rising” will fill their cup, but for lifelong fans, like myself, “Rising” will definitely leave you feeling a little deflated. “Rising” is a prime example of the pieces being better than the whole.
02. All Or Nothin’
03. I Don’t Mind
06. It Is Enough
07. Last Chance
08. Danger Zone
09. Down On The Level
10. Only You Can Do
11. My Sanctaury
12. Let’s Spend The Night Together
Great White is:
Jack Russell – vocals
Michael Lardie – guitars, keyboards
Mark Kendall – guitars
Scott Snyder – bass
Audie Desbrow – drums
Land of Tales is a brand new band masterminded by two guys, Kristian (vocals and guitar) and Palle (keyboards). They have been playing together for fifteen years in a band called Naiskala. However all the time, there has been a constant urge to make more adult oriented rock music, sung in English.
Kristian started writing songs in November 2006, meanwhile Petri Lahtinen and Mika Mäkiranta wrote the lyrics for the tales. They uploaded them on their Myspace page getting a fabulous response from all over the world. International fan clubs have been already founded in Germany and overseas. Land of Tales therefore started shopping their music around, until they caught the interest of Frontiers Records
The Land of Tales sound is an equal union of keyboards and guitar, crafted with catchy melodies and BIG choruses! The result is a somewhat original and peculiar approach to songwriting and music that makes them stand apart from many other bands of the Melodic Rock genre.
In the summer 2007 long time musical friends Sami Rajala on bass and Sami Ojala on drums joined the band during the recording sessions.
Land of Tales are now geared up to take the Melodic Rock world by storm. Get ready for their exciting slice of class, melodies and Rock!