THEIR ALBUM OF THE DECADE CARRIES AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
“Lifeline” Smash Alternative and Rock Single
Papa Roach’s album of the decade Metamorphosis debuts at number 8 this week on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart with 44,456 units sold. First week sales of Metamorphosis exceed that of their 2006 The Paramour Sessions which sold 36,742 units – that’s an 18% increase despite a tough economic climate and a sign that demand for the band’s signature brand of rock is only increasing. Released on March 24th on DGC/Interscope Records the album marks the band’s 10 years together and showcases their ever-growing talent as musicians and songwriters with a career that includes seven Top Ten multi-format hits including “Last Resort,” “Forever,” “Getting Away With Murder,” “Scars” and “To Be Loved.”
The first official single from Metamorphosis, “Lifeline,” is currently in the top 5 of both the Alternative and Rock charts (no. 4 and no. 1) in the country with digital sales of the single spiking by 139% with 18,878 sold this week. The video for the single is currently the #1 most played on FUSE and the #1 rock video on MTV2. Directed by Chris Sims (Queens of the Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World), the “Lifeline” video underscores the dire state of the global economy: http://www.imeem.com/paparoach/video/bv_KUO4l/papa-roach-lifeline-music-video/.
Frontman Jacoby Shaddix explains, “While we were writing Metamorphosis in early 2008, the band was very aware of the grave issue of our economy’s downward spiral. It was literally right in front of us in my hometown of Sacramento. Houses left and right were foreclosing with families left on their asses out in the cold, which inspired me to write the lyrics to “Lifeline.” He continues, “Other tracks on the album such as ‘Change or Die,’ ‘Had Enough’ and ‘March Out Of The Darkness’ also tap into the struggles so many people are facing in these difficult economic times.”
Papa Roach is currently on a 47 date tour with Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold and will be trekking through Europe in April and back again in June for their first headlining tour in over 2 years before hitting the road with Nickelback this summer starting July 10. For full list of tour dates, visit http://www.paparoach.com
The German Hard Rock Guitar Virtuoso Returns To America
With Gipsy Lady and His Highly-Skilled Group Of Musicians
Gipsy Lady, the first album from the Michael Schenker-Gary Barden Acoustic Project, will be available on CD and vinyl on May 19 (just before the US tour begins). Gary Barden’s vocals give the cleverly arranged songs just the touch of soul they need for full impact The long-term Schenker collaborator wrote the lyrics virtually off the top of his head. Also on board is Michael Voss, an experienced producer and second guitarist, who also provides background vocals. Kai Luennemann on percussion completes the team.
With such a distinctive, soft sound from Michael Schenker’s guitar, this album distinguishes itself easily. In this way, using a flamenco guitar with castanets in “Dance Lady Gipsy” conjures up a hot-blooded gipsy dancing before your eyes, while the fiddle and flutes in “Fight for Freedom” transport you to beautiful Ireland. The new album from Michael Schenker-Gary Barden Acoustic Project is more than an acoustic album; it demonstrates all Michael Schenker’s expertise as a guitarist and songwriter.
The live Michael Schenker experience will come to fruition through the “In the Midst of Beauty World Tour” headed for the United States.
The line up for the US Tour is:
Michael Schenker – Guitars
Gary Barden – Vocals
Chris Slade – Drums
Wayne Findlay – Guitar & Keyboards
Robbie Crane – Bass
The tour begins on Tuesday, June 9th in Hollywood:
06-09 – Key Club – Hollywood, CA
06-10 – Fat Cat – Modesto, CA
06-12 – Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA
06-16 – Club 101 – El Paso, TX
06-18 – Pontiac Garage – Dallas, TX
06-19 – House Of Blues – Houston, TX
06-20 – Camargo Park – San Antonio, TX
06-21 – Aces – Austin, TX
06-24 – Blender Theater at Gramercy – New York, NY
06-25 – Jaxx – Springfield, VA
06-30 – Pops – Sauget, IL
07-03 – Vinnies – Concord, CA
07-04 – 19 Broadway – Fairfax, CA
07-07 – Element – Victoria, BC
07-08 – Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
07-10 – Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA
07-11 – Galaxy – Theater Santa Ana, CA
Schenker is truly a legend From helping form the Scorpions to his stint with UFO, his guitar prowess has been electrifying from the beginning. “In the Midst of Beauty perfectly captures the MSG aesthetic and mystique, which makes sense as 4/5ths of the original MSG are back in the fold!
Singer Gary Barden and the rest of the band make this one of their best (and most highly anticipated) recordings and a return to classic MSG form. Pushing the boundaries of hard rock, heavy metal and blues rock to the limits which his old fans love and which will impress a wide range of new fans.
“In the Midst of Beauty was the first runner-up for Best Metal Album of 2008 on IGN.com – http://bestof.ign.com/2008/music/4.html
“…Rock and roll with a certified master guitarist.”
- Ralph Greco, VINTAGE ROCK
“Every song is well written, every band member’s performance is solid, and the axework is pure classic Schenker. “
- Steve Angulo, HEAVY METAL ADDICTION
Some of the best work Schenker has done in years.”
- Allan Athans, THE RIGHT TO ROCK
Gavin Rossdale will take his wanderlust on the road, starting his headlining solo tour on April 14 in Seattle, WA. The former Bush lead singer is touring in support of his debut solo album Wanderlust. The album features the platinum-certified single “Love Remains the Same,” and the follow-up, the current hit “Forever May You Run.”
Since the album’s release last summer, Rossdale has toured endlessly, performing the song on shows as varied as ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and CBS’s “A Home for the Holidays,” as well as making talk-show stops on “Ellen” (twice), “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” US Weekly dubbed his return “The Rock Rebirth of the Year” and his first single, “Love Remains the Same” was ubiquitous as the backdrop to the commercials for the film “Nights in Rodanthe” (starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane). It was also recently disclosed that Gavin’s music is a favorite aboard Air Force One.
As busy as last year was, 2009 is going to be bigger and better. Gavin Rossdale’s tour hits the following cities:
April 14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
April 15 – Portland, OR – Roseland
April 17 – Coquitlam, BC – Red Robinson Theater
April 18 – Calgary, AB – Macewan Ballroom (Univ. of Calgary)
April 19 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center
April 20 – Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Center
April 22 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theater
April 25 – Toronto, ONT – Music Hall
April 26 – Montreal, QC – Le National
April 27 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall
April 28 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
April 30 – Orono, ME – 103 Ultra Lounge
May 1 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
May 2 – E. Rutherford, NJ – Bamboozle Festival-Meadowlands Complex
May 3 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
May 5 – New York, NY – Blender Theater @ Gramercy
May 6 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
May 7 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 8 – Traverse City, MI – The Terminal
May 9 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
May 11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Gateway Clipper “Majestic”
May 12 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 13 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
May 14 – Knoxville, TN – Sundown in the City
May 15 – Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center-Greenville Crawfish Boil
May 16 – Nashville, TN – Riverfront Park-Merrell Crawfish Boil
May 18 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
May 19 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
May 20 – Atlanta, GA – CW Center Stage
May 22 – Little Rock, AR – Downtown Festival
May 23 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
May 24 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
May 25 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
May 28 – Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino
May 29 – Council Bluffs, IA – Whiskey Roadhouse @ Horseshoe Casino
May 31 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
June 2 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
June 4 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
June 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Pool
June 6 – Los Angeles, CA – The El Rey Theater
June 7 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
Incendiary Northern Irish 4 piece THE ANSWER are all set to release their new single ‘Tonight’ on May 24th, the 2nd from newly released UK top 30 album ‘Everyday Demons’. The single will be backed by two new exclusive B-sides:
TONIGHT (exclusive acoustic version)
DEAD OF THE NIGHT (exclusive live electric version)
The new album’s high UK chart placing comes quickly after the January success in Japan where ‘Everyday Demons’ entered the international Japanese album charts at number 8! There is heightened expectation also in Europe and the US, where ‘Everyday Demons’ has also been released. The USA has already seen an iTunes ‘Single of the week’ of the album track ‘Demon Eyes’ which was downloaded over 280,000 times last week.
THE ANSWER will also be main support on all of the AC/DC European and UK stadium shows across the summer (Wembley, Hampden Park and Punchestown, Dublin), which is in addition to their European Arena tour, currently ongoing on across Europe (UK in April). The band will also be doing some record store signings during their own April UK headline dates, with a major ANSWER/AC/DC competition draw:
April 20th – HMV Donegall Arcade, Belfast – at 1pm SHARP – the band will be there for the signing and draw to win 2 tickets to see THE ANSWER play with AC/DC at Punchestown Racecourse on June 28th – plus a back stage meet the band as well. (Please note, NO transport or accommodation will be provided)
The Answer’s SOLD OUT headline shows in April 09:
15th – Concorde 2 Brighton
20th – Mandela hall Belfast (Day of HMV signing)
24th – Rescue rooms Nottingham
25th -Classic Grand Glasgow
Recent UK press on ‘Everyday Demons’
Classic Rock Magazine – ALBUM OF THE MONTH
‘They have just raised the game on every level. The future of classic rock is in good hands’ – Classic Rock
Kerrang! – ALBUM OF THE WEEK, UK front cover today March 3rd.
‘An inspired piece of work.….the work of an improved band , one that is playing on pure animal instinct’ – Kerrang!
Total Guitar – ALBUM OF THE MONTH, UK front cover, March 2009.
‘As close to original Led Zep as any new band will get…The new harbringers of rock’ – Total Guitar
Guitarist – ALBUM OF THE MONTH
‘It’s hard to imagine anything stopping them now’ – Guitarist
Rock Sound – ROCK ALBUM OF THE MONTH
‘’Everyday Demons’ is carved from the soul, and that’s what is going to make it timeless’ – Rock Sound
Metal Hammer – 2nd LEAD ALBUM OF THE MONTH
‘An album of depth, clarity, vision and class’ – Metal Hammer
THE ANSWER are:
Cormac Neeson – lead vocals
Paul Mahon – guitar
Micky Waters – bass
James Heatley – drums
With VH1’s Do It for the Band: The Women of the Sunset Strip set to premiere on Friday, April 3rd, I thought it was only fitting to discuss the pivotal role we ladies played in the life of rock & roll. Without us, the genre of 80’s rock as we know it may have never existed.
Most of us affiliate the women of rock with groupies. That’s probably correct about 90% of the time. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t want to get down and dirty with a rock star? I know I do (Nikki Sixx, I’m talking to you.) But for some of these ladies, it wasn’t just about putting another notch in their up and coming rock star belt; it was about helping the up and coming rock star make it big at any cost. The Band Aid.
If any of you have read The Dirt, then you know the low down, dirty, filthy, disgusting, vile behavior the rockers on the Sunset Strip lived. They were out to use whoever, whenever as long as it meant furthering the career of the band. The whoever in this case usually happened to be a hot girl who was willing to fuck and give a buck all for the cause. These women gave it all: sex, drugs, booze, food, clothes, money, apartments, cars. Why? They did it to support the men and the music they believed in.
Imagine if no women supported Nikki Sixx or Bret Michaels or Stephen Pearcy or Slash? Let that soak in for a minute…now imagine a world without their bands. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Frightening, isn’t it? Supporting these broke musicians helped an entire genre of music be born. They allowed all of these amazing talents to progress and thrive, no matter the cost to them. Had they not given these guys a place to crash or $20 for a beer run, I may be writing a blog about Flock of Seagulls right now.
And what did these ladies get in return? Love? Devotion? Absolutely not. They got treated like trash, cheated on, and probably got a venereal disease or two. Did that stop them from supporting any of these wanna be rock stars? Absolutely not. I’m sure some of them cheated on their wanna be rock stars and moved on to support other wanna be rock stars. In the end, these ladies sacrificed almost everything to be left in the dust while the men they loved rose to the top.
Thank you ladies for giving it up and giving everything to let these men succeed. Without you, we may have missed out on one of the greatest periods of rock & roll, and I may have missed out on my obsession with Nikki Sixx.
Check out my latest blog and see which rock stars I would have supported back in the day had I been old enough.