Multi-Platinum Alternative rock band Linkin Park have just released their much-anticipated track for Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. The single “New Divide” will serve as the official theme song for the movie which is slated for silver screen release on June 24th. Working intimately with composers Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer for the project, Linkin Park contributed their hard-driving, alternative rock sensibility to the film’s score in addition to the title track. “New Divide,” is now available exclusively on iTunes. Be sure to download your copy today!
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bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original
sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by
the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30 from Rhino Records at all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98 (CD), $12.99 (digital).
A limited edition pink vinyl package with the original “Stay Hungry” album
art and bonus poster will also be released this summer at the suggested retail price of $24.98.
The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May
1984 original. The album was a smash thanks to a pair of fist-pumping
anthems of youthful rebellion “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take
It” that went Top 40. The band balanced those catchy songs with the harder
edge of metal classics like “Burn In Hell” and “Horror-Teria,” a macabre
song that would later serve as the inspiration for Strangeland, a 1998
horror film written by Snider, who also starred as the sadistic Captain
The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased recordings that range from alternate
versions of album tracks–including “We’re Not Gonna Take It”–to several
non-album tracks such as “Death From Above,” “Prime Motivator,” and “Pay
The Price,” a song from the band’s earlier club days. Along with the
vintage tracks, the collection includes “30,” Twisted’s first new song in
11 years recorded by the band for the 25th Anniversary Edition.
“30” was originally written by Dee Snider with Marc Beeman and Sharon
Lawson for the reality series Gone Country. Dee says, “While ’30’ was my
attempt at a country song for the show, the realization was that rock ‘n’
roll is a direct outgrowth of country music. Since ’30’ was written about
my Twisted Sister experience, it seemed only natural for us to record it
and rock it out.”
More than a decade after Twisted Sister’s last show, the band reformed in
2001 for a benefit and continued playing together, including an astonishing
run of over 50 headline festival dates performing in front of two million
people in over 23 countries. In 2006, the band returned to the charts with
Twisted Christmas, a holiday album that buzzsaws through yuletide classics
such as, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silver Bells.” That same year, the
Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Twisted Sister. The band is currently at work on a new album and a Broadway musical based on Twisted Christmas. Twisted Sister will headline the annual Rocklahoma music festival July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Rock of Ages, Broadway’s latest musical hit with five Tony® nominations, features Twisted Sister
prominently in its story line and with the band’s aforementioned iconic
anthems, “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition
1. “Stay Hungry”
2. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
3. “Burn In Hell”
4. “Horror-Teria (The Beginning)”
a. “Captain Howdy”
b. “Street Justice”
5. “I Wanna Rock”
6. “The Price”
7. “Don’t Let Me Down”
8. “The Beast”
1. “Death From Above”
2. “Prime Motivator”
3. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Early Demo)
4. “Death Run”
5. “This One’s For You”
6. “S.M.F.” (Early Demo)
7. “We’re Coming On”
8. “Call My Name”
9. “Burn In Hell” (Early Demo)
10. “Pay The Price”
11. “What’s Love Without You”
12. “Our Voice Will Be Heard”
13. “You Got To Fight”
14. “The Price” (Early Demo)
15. “Stay Hungry” (Early Demo)
16. KMET (L.A.) [Radio spot]
17. “30” (New track)
18. “Lollipop Guild” (Hidden track)
You can listen to Stay Hungry at the following links:
You Can Preorder “Stay Hungry” Here!
CHICKENFOOT RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM TODAY AND INVADE THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
CHICKENFOOT, the new supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose), Joe Satriani, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and Michael Anthony (Van Halen), release their self-titled debut album today. Produced by Andy Johns, the album features the first single “Oh Yeah,” which you can check out below. Chickenfoot will be hitting the road for a tour starting in late June. The band will also be performing on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien tonight, June 5th.
Here is some cool new metal to get your Tuesday started. Check out Artillery’s video “10,000 Devils” below.
Wildstreet was formed in 2006 by front man Eric Jayk and guitarist Jimmie Marlowe but they soon added bassist Ali Hassan, drummer Brian Beck and lead guitarist Keith Robert to complete their lineup. When I listen to Wildstreet’s debut E.P. I am reminded of two sayings one being “All That’s Old Is New Again” and the other is “Looks Are Deceiving”. Going strictly by the band’s look one could think these New Yorkers overdosed on Hanoi Rocks and Guns ‘N Roses but once you start listening to Wildstreet you realize it was Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Hysteria the band OD’d on. Even the production sounds so much like a “Mutt” Lange record it is almost impossible to believe the band produced the album themselves.
Their debut is chock full of Leppardesque anthems and power ballads ready made for stadiums and radio if radio actually played this type of hard rock. “Wanna Get It On” starts everything off sounding like a mix of “Let It Rock” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” right away you will find yourself wanting to sing along Eric and the guys and Brian Beck’s drums sound absolutely massive. “Hard On You” is another huge sounding anthem tailor made for arenas with hand claps, terrific gang vocals, a great solo by Keith Robert and massive drums by Beck once again. “For So Long” is a power ballad that would make Joe Elliott and the boys proud once again this track is filled with hand claps, massive background vocals just a great sing a long track. “Soldier of Love” sounds like it could have came out of the “Pyromania” recording sessions, Jayk sounds more like Joe Elliott on this song than any other song on the album. “Midnight Gypsy” is a solid instrumental track which you don’t see alot anymore especially from bands that fall into the pop metal/hard rock category. “Open Up Your Eyes” is a fantastic mid tempo rock ballad absolutely fantastic lighters and cell phones will definitely be lighting up the room when this song is played live.
Unfortunately this album doesn’t close as strong as it started out and in the end it brings the album down a notch “the Fist of Fury” is absolutely ridiculous why this was even put on this album is beyond me. This song by itself almost killed the album for me which is saying a lot considering how much I love the first six songs. The band covers Mott The Hooples “All The Young Dudes” which is a decent cover but one that has been done by just about everyone. I would have much rather heard another original song as long as it wasn’t in the vein of “the Fist of Fury”. The album closes out with an acoustic version of “Soldier of Love” which is pretty cool but I liked the plugged in version better.
If I rated the album on the first six songs I would give it a 7 but the last three songs really hurt this album. I am still looking forward to the band releasing a full album and see what they can do with that. Wildstreet definitely has the chops and talent to make some noise and twenty years ago at least four of the songs on here would have went straight to the top of the charts but in today’s day and age I guess we’ll have to see. As long as they stay away from songs like “the Fist of Fury” I will be willing to tag along for the ride. You can check out Wildstreet at www.myspace.com/wildstreet and you buy their E.P. at www.retrospectrecords.com/products/wildstreet.html# Wildstreet is also available on Amazon and I-Tunes.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Wanna Get It On
2.Hard On You
3. For So Long
4. Soldier Of Love
5. Midnight Gypsy
6. Open Up Your Eyes
7. The Fist of Fury
8. All the Young Dudes
9. Soldier of Love (Acoustic)
Eric Jayck – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jimmie Marlowe – Guitar
Keith Robert – Lead Guitar
Ali Hassan – Bass
Beck – Drums
There is a lot of buzz on the internet about the new CrashDiet song, “Caught In Despair” with CrashDiet’s new (but yet to be named) singer. Check out the new song below!
First Show to Feature Rock Icons Stone Temple Pilots at Los Angeles House of Blues
The newly created St. Jude Rock ‘n Roll Hope Show will kick off July 1 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, California with rock icons Stone Temple Pilots headlining the first show. Tickets are set to go on sale to the public on Saturday, June 6 and will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers.
The St. Jude Rock ‘n Roll Hope Show is a charity concert event created by the grandson of St. Jude founder and TV icon Danny Thomas (“Make Room For Daddy,” “The Danny Thomas Show”), musician Jason Thomas Gordon, and digital entrepreneur/music manager Tom Carolan of Total Live Music. Together, Gordon and Carolan partnered with Live Nation to bring these remarkable concerts to the House of Blues venues across the country and beyond. The goal of these very special musical events is to raise money and awareness for the children of St. Jude.
The inaugural concert for The St. Jude Rock ‘n Roll Hope Show promises nothing short of excellence with the reunited Stone Temple Pilots performing for the hope and health of the children of St. Jude. Since the moment they appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Stone Temple Pilots dominated the decade from start to finish, racking up 15 singles on the Billboard Top Ten, winning a “Best Hard Rock Performance” GRAMMY in 1994 for “Plush,” and having their five albums sell more than 35 million copies worldwide.
STP singer Scott Wieland had this to say about playing the event: “We are humbled, honored and filled with grace by being given this very special opportunity. To be asked to play the first of what we all hope will be many of these events for children in dire medical needs at the St. Jude Rock n Roll show. Reading the Press Release I am almost embarrassed as it lists accolades of a life of music. The good life. What the rest speaks of is the horrible but true realities that those diseases bring to children and these families.
“Hope has been found in breast cancer. My mother is a testament to that, but leukemia and other diseases seem to offer less ‘statistically.’ Let this be a night of hope and a night of faith and maybe even a little providence. Couldn’t we all use a little? God knows they should have it all from us on this special night, or any night. Once again, thank you.”
The July 1 concert will open with Jason Thomas Gordon’s band, Kingsize. The L.A.-based rock band recently released a duo of EP’s — “The Good Fight,” with their first single “Miss America,” and its sister EP “The Bad Night,” that counter-punched with “Rabbits.” During the past year, Kingsize has become one of L.A.’s most exciting new live acts with one of the band’s songs being chosen as the opening theme for CBS TV’s best new comedy “Gary Unmarried.”
“St. Jude is a part of my blood in the same way that music has always been. To bring them together is a great feeling,” said Gordon. “You always hear people say how music saved their life. A band or a song changed them, healed them in some way. Well, this is that expression being manifest in a very physical way. This is rock ‘n roll truly saving lives.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
Celebrated rock pioneers RATT and EXTREME have teamed up to bring you this summer’s most rockin’ tour lineup.
The tour, which will feature sets from both bands with Ratt closing, kicks off on July 12th in Amarillo, TX and runs through August 7th in Hampton Beach, NH. It will cross the US and cover 16 markets, with more to be announced soon.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut Out Of The Cellar, Ratt will be playing the album in its entirety.
Both bands are excited about the double bill. “Warren DeMartini and Nuno Bettencourt on same stage, same night?? ‘Nuff said, we’ll see you there!” says Ratt’s Bobby Blotzer.
Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt concurs, “One hot summer night. Two bands fully loaded with musicianship. Mix in one part memorable songwriting. Add nine ounces of passionate performers. Throw in three well respected guitarists. Add a touch of West Coast raunch and a hint of East Coast funk. And you get yourself a recipe for one night of unforgettable rock and roll.”
Ratt is currently in the studio recording its first new record in over 10 years with famed producer Elvis Baskette (credits). The band announced its new partnership with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records earlier this year. The album is planned for release this fall.
Extreme recently released their first new album in thirteen years Saudades de Rock (pronounced “sow-dodge”) which is a groundbreaking record that reaffirms the beloved, Boston-bred foursome’s stature as innovators in the world of rock & roll.
Over the past two years, Ratt has toured the world in support of their releases Tell The World – The Very Best Of Ratt and their first ever DVD, Videos from the Cellar- The Atlantic Years. During this time, the current lineup of Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane and Carlos Cavazo played shows in Australia, Colombia and Peru for the first time in their careers. Their mega-hit ‘Round and Round’ was prominently featured in the Oscar nominated 2008 film The Wrestler, and the band will be headlining Rocklahoma this July.
One of the most popular rock acts of the past 20 years, Ratt’s brand of guitar-driven melodic rock helped shape the LA metal scene. The band boasts a deep catalog of hits including smashes like ‘Round and Round’, ‘Lay It Down’, ‘You’re In Love’, ‘Lack of Communication’ and ‘Wanted Man’, which are beloved by fans the world over. The band has gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide. With 1984’s mega-platinum debut Out Of The Cellar celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the band is looking forward to starting a new chapter with new music to complement the impressive legacy they have established over two-plus decades.
To date, the Grammy-nominated Extreme have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set – selling over 10 million records worldwide. They also achieved a #1 hit single, ‘More Than Words’ – from their 1990 multi-platinum album Extreme II: Pornograffitti – on the Billboard Hot 100, which they followed with the Top Five ‘Hole Hearted’. Although these two acoustic hits brought the band great mainstream success, the band’s trademark sound has always been more a mix of hard rock funk – fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Extreme has recently been introduced to an entire new generation of fans with the inclusion of their song ‘Play With Me’ in the popular video game Guitar Hero as well as ‘More Than Words’ featured in hit movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Love Guru.
Tour dates are as follows:
10 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma **
12 – Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo
13 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar
14 – Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
16 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
17 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater
18 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
19 – Anaheim, CA – Grove
22 – Denver, CO – Ogdon Theater
23 – Kansas City – Crossroads
24 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
25 – Toledo OH – Harley Davidson-LOT **
26 – Cheswick, PA – Ches-a-rena
28 – New York, NY – Nokia Theater
30 – Westbury, NY – Westbury Theater
2 – Allentown, PA – Crock Rock Festival
5 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx ***
6 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
7 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
8 – Clearfield, PA – ClearfieldCountyFairgrounds **
15 – Sky City, NM – Sky City Casino **
29 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Casino **
** – Ratt only
*** – Extreme only
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
OUTLOUD is a brand new Hard Rock band featuring unique vocalist Chandler Mogel (Talon), Bob Katsionis (Firewind) on guitars and keyboards, Mark Cross (Firewind, Helloween, Kingdom Come…) on drums, Tony Kash on guitars and Jason Mercury on bass. These guys give you melodic hard rock with an edge that takes the best of every sub-genre and molds it all into one big ball of intensity!!!! From straight ahead arena rock with melodic and current sensibilities and ballads, the debut self-titled album from OUTLOUD has it all – and has been totally designed to simply ROCK YOUR FACE OFF! Produced by Bob Katsionis and mixed and mastered by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Jorn, TNT, etc.) at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark! Frontiers Records is proud to announce the release of such masterpiece on August 28th in Europe and September 13th 2009 in the USA. Get ready for the ride of the century!!! Since the release of the album upon the world is just a couple of months away, you’ll want to be prepared!
Lizzy Borden posted a new picture of the new line-up for 2009
The picture was shot backstage at the whisky a go-go right before their performance at the MICHELLE MELDRUM & FAMILY benefit concert on May 26th.
Lizzy Borden will be playing at The Rock Gone Wild Music Festival, August 23rd, 2009.
GAME is offering music fans the chance to win three pairs of exclusive VIP all-weekend camping tickets for Download Festival
GAME is offering its music-loving customers the chance to win tickets to the UK’s premier rock festival, Download. The festival takes place in Donington Park between 12-14th June and GAME has three sets of exclusive VIP all-weekend camping tickets up for grabs. The three lucky Download Festival winners will get to see some of the biggest rock and metal bands performing live, including Slipknot, Korn, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Marilyn Manson and Faith No More.
Those attending the festival can also experience what it feels like to be a real rock star with the opportunity to play Guitar Hero Metallica (http://www.game.co.uk/lowdown.aspx?lid=11173&cm_sp=guita … ) on stage in front of a crowd of up to a thousand people. Other events planned for the Download Festival include laser quest, drumming workshops, human table-football and much more.
With camping tickets for Download Festival 2009 now officially sold out and all other tickets selling out fast, the three pairs of tickets offered by GAME could be one of the last opportunities rock fans have to attend the festival.
To be in with a chance of winning a full weekend at this summer’s Download Festival, all music fans have to do is go to the GAME website (http://www.game.co.uk/Competitions/ ) and answer one simple Slipknot-related question. The competition ends on 29th May 2009 and full details of the festival can be found on the official Download Festival website. According to the IFPI, the download music industry was worth an estimated 3.7 billion US dollars in 2008, accounting for around 20% of all recorded music sales. With game downloads also increasing in popularity, GAME is more committed than ever to growing its online digital strategy and now stocks a range of iPods, including the iPod Touch. Part games console, part PDA and part web browser, the iPod Touch is a must for tech lovers who want to get much more out of a music player than just great sounds. For more information visit the iPod Buyers Guide (http://www.game.co.uk/lowdown.aspx?lid=10946&cm_sp=ipod-_-topbnav-_-guide) on the GAME website. More about GAME GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. GAME caters for all formats, including Xbox, Wii, PS3 and all the relevant accessories such as the wii remote (http://www.game.co.uk/Wii/Hardware/Accessory/~r329663/Official-Nintendo-Wii-Remote/ ). GAME operates from over 1,300 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with the company’s online shopping services, GAME’s aim is to be the destination of choice for every consumer.
CHICKENFOOT — the new rock supergroup comprised of drummer Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-VAN HALEN), guitarist Joe Satriani and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-VAN HALEN) — will kick off its first major North American tour on August 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This upcoming trek will visit larger venues than the May North American club tour, which sold out in a matter of minutes and received strong reviews.
The North American tour includes a free show on August 15 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.
The dates are as follows:
Aug. 02 – Citadel Hill – Halifax, NS
Aug. 04 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
Aug. 05 – Riverplex Amphitheatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 07 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
Aug. 08 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
Aug. 10 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
Aug. 11 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, MO
Aug. 13 – Fifth-Third Ballpark – Comstock Park, MI
Aug. 15 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
Aug. 17 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
Aug. 18 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
Aug. 20 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Aug. 21 – Borgata Spa & Resort, Music Box – Atlantic City, NJ
Aug. 23 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 24 – Bank Of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Aug. 26 – Ntelos Pavilion – Portsmouth, VA
Aug. 27 – The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory – Charlotte, NC
Aug. 29 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach – N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug. 30 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Sep. 05 – Harveys Resort Hotel and Casino – Lake Tahoe, NV
All dates will go on sale June 13 with the exception of the August 24 show in Boston, which will go on sale June 12.
Additional dates will be announced shortly.
CHICKENFOOT will perform on the June 5 edition of NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show”, helping to kick off the program’s first week with new host Conan O’Brien. The appearance comes just days before the June 9 release of CHICKENFOOT’s self-titled debut album.
Although many “supergroups” tend to make one or two albums before its members go their separate ways or back to other projects, Satriani told The Pulse of Radio that he thinks CHICKENFOOT will be around for a while. “Well, I hope so, and I have a very good feeling that everybody is feeling the same way, that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime connection that you get, and that nobody wants to see it evaporate,” he said. “The good thing about being where we are in our careers is that we can pretty much decide what we want to do, and when to do it. But on the same token, nobody wants to disrupt anybody else’s trajectory with their other bands or their solo careers.”
The first single from CHICKENFOOT’s album is called “Oh Yeah”.
The vinyl version of the record will feature a bonus cut called “Bitten By The Wolf”.
In an interview with Gibson Guitars, guitar god Zakk Wylde called Aerosmith “as phony as Britney Spears” because they used outside songwriters. That’s a pretty big slap in the face to a pretty big, legendary rock band, but does Zakk have a point? He references bands like Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix who didn’t need outside writers, so why does Aerosmith need songwriters? Zakk even brings up a disappointing moment when “professional” song writers were brought in for Ozzy.
I see Zakk’s point. True musicians should be able to write their own music, especially if they’re at the level of Aerosmith. With all those years of experience, why would they need help writing music? Some music elitists would argue that bands who use outside writers aren’t nearly as talented, worthwhile or legitimate. Think about it for a minute…would you consider Britney Spears a REAL artist? Sure, she looks smokin’ hot, she can dance, and she’s got an incredible career, but how many songs has she written all by herself without any help from anyone? Let’s not even mention the fact that I’m not even sure she can really sing. Yes, I catch myself bobbing my head to her tunes when they come on the radio, but I’m not sure I’d be so quick to call her an artist. So if there are all these “artists” out there who sing other people’s songs and make millions and we don’t think that highly of them, then where does Aerosmith fall in this complicated equation?
Aerosmith is one of the greatest rock bands ever. They’ve written incredible music over the years, but are they “phony” because someone helped write some of their songs? I’m not so sure about that. Although I’m not a huge Desmond Child fan (that song he wrote for Vince Neil was AWFUL), he did co-write Angel and that song is amazing. Another favorite Aerosmith tune of mine is Cryin’ which was co-written with Taylor Rhodes. But Aerosmith’s demise was Don’t Want to Miss A Thing. For me that was Aerosmith’s lowest musical point, and that’s probably because they didn’t even write this song; song writing credit goes to Diane Warren (rumor has it the song was originally intended for Celine Dion…Yikes!). I don’t think Aerosmith, or any band for that matter, has any business performing songs that they didn’t at least help write.
Perhaps that’s what Zakk was talking about, that sappy, crappy musical moment where Aerosmith gave in and performed a song that wasn’t theirs; maybe he’s not even talking about songs that were co-written with other people. There are plenty of bands out there who use co-writers. Does that make them any less credible? According to Zakk, “If you can’t write songs you’re just a puppet as phony as Britney Spears and all those boy bands. If you can’t sit behind a piano or pick up a guitar and write a song, then you don’t have any business making records.” What do you think?
And check out the latest post on my blog about my ridiculous night with Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction.
Autumn is not the typical band you will find on Metal Blade Records. I was pretty surprised to find that this was one of the acts on their label. I kind of like this song, but want to see what you all think.
Should Autumn’s “The Heart Demands” SINK or SWIM? Please vote below, and feel free to leave your comments!
Hey EZN friends! Time for an update? Well where do we start? First of all ‘Dissonance’! The cd got its Japanese release recently! Check out the artwork…
Here’s the tracklisting…
2. Fine Line
3. Lazy Day
4. Roll Away
6. Altered States
8. Sometimes (Japanese bonus)
9. Joni Lynn
11. When Doves Cry (Japanese bonus)
The packaging is up to the usual Japanese standards including lyrics/sticker/obi strip and does our guys proud! If you don’t already have the limited US release, or can’t wait for the OFFICIAL US/European/Rest of the World release you can order this Japanese version at www.cdjapan.co.jp (or to save you even MORE clicks http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KICP-1365 ). These guys are RELIABLE and the shipping time has proved to be PDQ!!! I can’t recommend this Japanese release ENUFF!
Baltimore, Maryland’s Charm City Devil’s debut CD, “Let’s Rock-N-Roll” is now available for sale at most retailers. You can grab your own copy of the disc in the Hard Rock Hideout Music Store.
Charm City Devil’s first video, “Let’s Rock N Roll (Endless Road)” can be viewed below!
Click below to buy this CD now!
Legendary Judas Priest guitarist making an appearance this Saturday!
K. K. Downing will appear this Saturday on the Hard Rock Nights radio program on WMWX-FM Cincinnati, streaming on-line at http://www.classxradio.com. The program airs at 9 pm EDT every Saturday. Downing will discuss Judas Priest’s upcoming tour, the new live album, their last studio album Nostradamus, and other bands playing Priest songs.
Judas Priest is preparing to hit the road with Whitesnake for a summer tour, in which they will perform their classic British Steel album from beginning to finish. The band is also releasing a new live album in July, A Touch of Evil: Live, featuring a number of songs that have never before been officially available in a live context.
Hard Rock Nights features the best hard rock from the past four decades and can be heard every Saturday night at 9pm EDT on http://www.classxradio.com.
Leading drum manufacturer DDRUM has signed Ryche Green (BULLETBOYS) to their roster of top notched endorsed artists. DDRUM artists include: Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), drum legend Carmine Appice (Blue Murder, SLAMM), Joey Dandaneau (Theory of a Deadman), Ray Luzier (Korn), plus Will Hunt (Static X) and John Humphrey (Seether). DDRUM has offered Ryche a full endorsement and is currently building his custom kit.
Ryche will be out using and abusing his DDRUM kit on tour this summer with the BULLETBOYS in support of their highly anticipated brand new release, 10c Billionaire.
A mini Rockitt Rant this week. In light of Ticketmaster/Live Nation’s new no service charges on Wednesday, I decided to give another look to the cost of the Poison and Def Leppard tickets. I found some exciting (insert sarcasm here) new ticket packages available from Poison.
Choose from one of three Poison Ticket Packages!
Each Poison Nothin’ but a Good Time’ Experience includes:
-One reserved seated ticket located in the first 10 rows of the stage
-Exclusive Velvet Rope Side Stage Seating during Poison’s performance
-Preshow Poison Backstage tour
-Official Poison VIP Laminate
-Exclusive Poison Shirt
-Autographed 8X10 photo of the band
-Collectible Poison Coloring Book & Markers
-Exclusive Poison Bandana
-Set of official Poison Guitar Picks & Drum Sticks
-$25 voucher to the official Poison on-line store
-Early access to the Poison merchandise booth
You can have Nothin’ but a Good Time for a mere $621.50 per ticket.
Each Poison ‘I Want Action’ Ticket Package includes:
-One reserved seated ticket located in the first 10 rows of the stage
-Preshow Poison Backstage tour
-Official Poison VIP Laminate
-Exclusive Poison Shirt
-Autographed 8X10 photo of the band
-Collectible Poison Coloring Book & Markers
-Exclusive Poison Bandana
-Set of official Poison Guitar Picks & Drum Sticks
-$25 voucher to the official Poison on-line store
-Early access to the Poison merchandise booth
You can have all the Action you want for a mere $471.50 per ticket.
Each Poison ‘Ride the Wind’ Ticket Package includes:
-One reserved seated ticket located in the first 15 rows of the stage
-Exclusive Poison Shirt
-Exclusive Poison Bandana
-Collectible Poison Coloring Book & Markers
-Set of official Poison Guitar Picks & Drum Sticks
-$25 voucher to the official Poison on-line store
-Ticket Package BONUS! Two lucky fans will be upgraded to the Poison ‘I Want Action’ package.
You can Ride the Wind for $271.50.
The ticket limit for the packages is (4) tickets per package. Will call only. Merchandise will be shipped separately from your ticket.
As high as ticket prices are in 2009, someone in Poison’s management must have found the need to bleed more money out of the fans. I am sure someone out there will pay these prices too. I know Bret Michael’s hair extensions must be costly, but this is absurd.
End of rant!
Sick of Sarah was added to the Rock Gone Wild music festival a few months ago, and this addition had quite a few people scratching their heads, self included.
The band released a new video called “Bittersweet”. Check it out below!
You can check out Sick of Sarah, when they perform live at the Rock Gone Wild Festival, August 20th, 2009.
Former Eighteen Visions singer James Hart is back with his brand new rock band “Burn Halo”. James Hart has collaborated with Zac Malloy (The Nixons) to write a disc full of radio ready tunes that should put Burn Halo on the rock and roll map, and in your CD player quickly.
If you aren’t completely hooked by the time you have listened to the stadium anthem, “Dirty Little Girl”, there are several more songs that will get their hooks into you. “Dirty Little Girl” was my first introduction to Burn Halo, and immediately took a liking to this band. Burn Halo gets a little bit of help on this song by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synnester Gates who plays on this song (and also appears in the video below). Gates also wrote the track Anejo on this CD.
It is a shame that Hart couldn’t keep some of the musicians that helped him create this CD. The drums were laid down by Daniel Adair from Nickelback, Neal Tiemann (who is now with American Idol winner David Cook’s band) provided the guitars.
So what does Burn Halo sound like? I think their sound falls somewhere between Eighteen Vision & Rev Theory. James Hart’s voice has never sounded better. His vocals really help push the songs on the CD over the edge.
The song writing on this CD is very good, in fact it is better than a lot of the music that the veteran acts are releasing to radio today. This disc is filled with a bunch of catchy tunes, and there isn’t a bad song in the lot.
Some of my favorites on this CD are “Dirty Little Girl”, “Save Me”, “Back To the Start”, and “Gasoline”.
It seems like every year, a couple of really good modern hard rock albums come out. In 2009, Burn Halo will definitely be one of the highlights! You can get your own copy of this CD, in the HRH Music store. Check it out!
For more information on Burn Halo, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Dirty Little Girl
2. Save Me
3. Here With Me
4. Too Late To Tell You Now
5. So Addicted
6. Dead End Roads & Lost Highways
7. Saloon Song
8. Our House
9. Fallin’ Faster
11. Back To The Start
Burn Halo is:
James Hart – Vocals
Joey Cunha – Guitar
Allen Wheeler – Guitar
Aaron Baylor – Bass
Timmy Russell- Drums
In anticipation of Fuse TV’s upcoming Fuse Fest: Bonnaroo 2009 concert special on June 20th, the network will be airing the best performances from Bonnaroo 2008 tomorrow night, Wednesday June 3rd @ 10pm. Included in tomorrow’s special are performances from metal luminaries Metallica and Mastodon.
For more information about tomorrow night’s special as well as the June 20th Bonnaroo 2009 broacast, head here: http://fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo/
Additionally, Fuse has launched the ultimate online music news source, Tweetaroo – “Mashing Twitter and Music since 2009!” The site let’s you follow the Tweets from all of the artists playing Bonnaroo this year including Nine Inch Nails, the Dillinger Escape Plan and much more..all in one centralized online hub: http://fusefest.fuse.tv
Cheap Trick is stepping outside of the label world to release its next studio album, “The Latest,” itself.
The veteran rock group will start taking pre-orders for the 13-track set, which it recorded during the past year mostly in Los Angeles with producer Julian Raymond, on Friday via its official web site, http://www.cheaptrick.com, and at Amazon.com. Those who pre-order will receive “The Latest” on June 23, the day Cheap Trick starts it summer tour with Def Leppard and Poison in Camden, N.J. Amazon will have exclusive rights for one month, and the album will also be available in limited LP and 8-track editions.
Dave Frey of Red Light Management tells Billboard.com that via Amazon and other database information, anyone who’s purchased Cheap Trick music, merchandise or concert tickets in the recent past will be notified about the album. Those buying tickets for the tour will also be able to purchase “The Latest” at a slight discount.
“We just want to sell it over time and not have it be all about making a big impact in the first few weeks,” Frey says. “We’ve got a lot going on with online marketing direct to people who have bought Cheap Trick things. We want to try to do as much direct to consumer activity as possible and do everything we can to remove anything that’s in the way of the band reaching the fans directly.”
“The Latest” is certainly an album likely to curry favor with the Cheap Trick faithful, filled with anthemic power pop tunes such as “Miss Tomorrow,” “California Girl,” “Alive” and a cover of Slade’s “When the Lights Are Out,” Beatlesque songs like “Miracle,” “Everybody Knows” and “Times of Our Lives,” and the power ballads “These Days,” “Closer…” and “Smile.” “We wanted to make a record that sounded like 2009, get something that sounds like us this year,” drummer Bun E. Carlos explains.
Guitarist Rick Nielsen adds that, “I think it seems like we kinda grew up but didn’t too old, ’cause musically there’s a lot of different aspects to it. When you hear something like (‘Sick Man of Europe’), you think, ‘This can’t be the same guys.’ It sounds too energized for what people expect from somebody who’s been around as long as we have…But musically I think it sounds like we grew up a bit.”
Besides “The Latest,” Cheap Trick has also recorded a version of the “Transformers” theme for the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” soundtrack, which also comes out June 23.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Hair Metal heroes Steel Panther have returned to unveil a new track from their vault of Hollywood glitz and skin tight leather. Packing all the flavor of an 80s hair metal ballad, Steel Panther reveals a vulnerable side with Community Property to round out their raucous guitar licks and sick stage moves. To get a load of the action, be sure to check out Steel Panther’s latest single “Community Property” now available on iTunes.
For the latest news from Steel Panther and the upcoming release of the music video, check out www.SteelPantherRocks.com,
Groundbreaker Female Rocker Releases First Album in 18 Years, Wicked Wonderland, This Fall
Can a beautiful woman whose family comes first be a hard rock icon and guitar star as well as a wife and mother of two boys? Sure, if she’s Lita Ford. After a 15-year hiatus from the rock’n’roll scene during which she married, moved to a remote Caribbean island, and started a family, the guitarist, singer and songwriter returns to the stage this summer to give her many fans a taste of her new album to be released this fall, Wicked Wonderland, and bring back to them the music that made her the Queen of Heavy Metal.
The album sizzles with the adult libidinal passion that Lita has found in her marriage to Jim Gillette, former lead singer of the band Nitro. Lita’s maturity and family life has anything but dampened her rock’n’roll fire, and in fact ignited her most fiery set of songs and brought even further force and finesse to her guitar playing.
As she has from the start of her career with The Runaways through her many accomplishments as a solo artist, Lita continues to blaze trails for women in rock’n’roll. Now it’s as “a great wife and a pretty cool mom that just happens to be a rock star,” as she describes herself today.
Over some three decades of rocking as hard as any man, Lita forged a legacy of hit songs, best-selling albums and sizzling live performances. But after marrying fellow rocker Gillette, she set stardom aside to excel in another endeavor. “I needed to raise my sons and I needed to get them to the point where it was okay for me to travel,” she explains as she now hits the road again. “I didn’t want to travel with two little infants.”
Instead, Lita and Gillette made their home on a small tropical island where she focused on rearing and home schooling the couple’s sons, James (now 12 years old) and Rocco (age seven). She devoted herself to family with the same focus and drive that made her a musical legend. “When you have a husband and two boys to take care of, you never have any spare time,” Lita explains. “I know there are a lot of other moms out there that know exactly what I am talking about.”
Just as Lita pioneered new modes for women in rock music, her unique family life demonstrates how high love and devotion to a husband and children can be as dynamic and cutting edge as her musical endeavors. She resumed her musical career after the decision was put to a family vote, with both of her kids in favor of her rocking again. As they said to her, “Mom — you’re Lita!”
“This album is what got me to leave the island life behind,” she explains. “It gave me an excuse to take my family all over the world. They love it and are very supportive and behind me every step of the way.” Plus their travel together offers an extension of the boys’ home schooling as she plays festivals and other select dates in America and Europe this summer. “Now it’s educational to take them out and show them places like Sweden and Italy and tour all through the United States.”
And even her stage shows are a family affair. Gillette serves as road manager and joins his wife on some songs to sing backup vocals and a few duets. James — a budding guitarist and singer — and Rocco also join in on the fun during her sets. “They throw balloons into the audience and get the audience to sing along. ‘I can’t hear you!’ Stuff like that,” Lita reports.
With Gillette and the boys all sporting Mohawk haircuts and Mom rocking out in leather outfits and stiletto heel boots, the foursome hardly appear to be the average parents and kids on their summer travels. But as Gillette notes, “even though we look like ‘The Addams Family,’ we operate more like ‘Leave It To Beaver.’”
“When we meet somebody, they’re not sure what to make of us,” Lita observes. “We’re an abnormal family, but we’re very tight.” Now that she is back in musical action, Lita would like to continue being an inspiration and role model for other women who rock. “I hope to set the path for even more female guitarists,” she says. “Bet we’ll be seeing a lot in the future.”
Check out the brand new video, “Monkey Business” by the Swedish rockers, PAIN. This song is from their 2008 CD, Cynic Paradise.
I must admit that I was pretty excited when I first read about the lineup for the M3 festival in Columbia, Maryland. Unlike Rock Gone Wild, and Rocklahoma, this is a one day festival, cram packed with more classic hard rock acts that you can handle in one day. There was several bands on this festival’s roster that I have not seen before, so it was a complete no-brainer. I made the trek to Columbia, MD Friday night. Sure it took roughly 8 hours each way by car, but it was well worth it, in my opinion.
The weather was perfect for the event. It was hot and sunny all day, and the crowd for M3 filled up the stands pretty quick.
Before most folks made into the festival, they were greeted by the heavy beats of Carmine Appice’s SLAMM. I only caught the tail end of their performance, but it seemed pretty cool for the most part. This wasn’t SLAMM’s scheduled set time, as they played later on in the festival. Their early performance helped to generate excitement amongst the large crowd filing into the venue.
The festival kicked off with former Guns N’ Roses and Kill for Thrills Guitarist, Gilby Clarke. Gilby’s set was short, but he fired off some of my favorite songs of his including “Tijiuana Jail“ and “Cure Me or Kill Me“. He even threw in “Be Yourself” from the Rockstar: Supernova CD. Imagine That! I never expected to hear a song from this CD again. I think Gilby handled it better than Lukas Rossi.
After Clarke’s set, I had to pick and choose which bands I wanted to see play live because several of the set times over lapped. I HATED this part of the festival. I genuinely like every band on the bill, and wanted the chance to see every band perform. This was not possible, so I had to sacrifice one band over another several times throughout the day. I don’t think this was fair to the bands, or to the fans who paid to see them.
The first choice was Y&T vs. XYZ. Y&T beat out XYZ in the battle of the alphabet bands,and rightly so. Y&T is celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2009, and I wasn’t budging from my seat. This band doesn’t know where Cincinnati, Ohio is on the map (they never play in my hometown), so I couldn’t wait to see them play. Dave Meniketti and company blasted out a rocking set of tunes that spanned over their vast career including, “Dirty Girl”, “Black Tiger”, “Mean Streak”, and “Summertime Girls”. My only complaint is that their set was too short. I would have loved to have heard some more Y&T songs. Some friends of mine were at the XYZ stage, and said XYZ put on a hell of a show as well. I guess you win some and you lose some. I enjoyed Y&T and I hope the rock gods will be kind enough to offer me another chance to see this band, when they can play a full show.
The next band dilemna after Y&T was Slaughter vs. Jetboy. I like Slaughter, but this was no competition for me at all. I immediately ran over to the second stage to check out Jetboy’s set. I got there early, and was front and center for the show.
Jetboy guitarist Billy Rowe was having some sound issues to start the show, but the crew got him fixed up pretty quickly. Jetboy rocked the crowd hard, and put on an extremely tight set of tunes. Out of all of the bands at M3, I would say Jetboy was in the top 2 as far as the performance they gave. These guys should have played on the main stage for sure. Mickey Finn’s vocals were great, and his bright green Mohawk made him one of the most photogenic rockers of the day. The whole band was on fire during this set. Fernie Rod and Billy Rowe’s playing was great. I didn’t know who to keep an eye on. Billy was blasting away on the slide guitar, and Fernie was adding in his awesome licks. Michael Butler is a pretty fun bass player to watch as well. This guy knows how to get a crowd going. New drummer Doug Hovan didn’t miss a beat. Those that hung out for Jetboy’s set got treated to some classic Jetboy tunes including “Feel The Shake”, and “Heavy Chevy”. They also a played a few new unreleased songs that were nothing short of A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!. I can’t wait to see what fans reactions are when they hear these songs. Prepare to be blown away!!
Next up on the main stage was Jani Lane and his new solo band featuring Kerri Kelli from Alice Cooper on Guitar. Jani’s set consisted primarily of Warrant tunes (no surprise there), and a brand new unreleased track. Jani’s voice sounded good, as did his band. Jani has always managed to attract some pretty good guitar players, and Kerri Kelli is definitely one of the better ones. I like Jani Lane and I wanted to stay for more songs, but he is coming to my hometown in a couple of months, and I will definitely be going to see him then. I hung out for 3 or 4 songs, and ran back to stage two for the Bulletboys.
Marq Torien might be the only original member left of the Bulletboys, but this band does not rock any less. I didn’t make it over for the start of their set, but I did catch three or four of their songs before I had to depart for my Jetboy interview. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to hear “Smooth Up In Ya”, but I will definitely catch the Bulletboys on their tour with Faster Pussycat later this year.
I met up with Fernie Rod and Billy Rowe, for a really cool sit down interview, which I will post at HRH later this week. By the time our interview was done, Dokken was finishing up their set. They sounded ok from where I was standing, and I was able to catch Jon Levin wailing away on those infamous George Lynch solos.
I quickly ran back up to stage two to catch Steel Panther perform. I didn’t expect much from these guys, but you know what…. I loved their set. Their songs are a really good hair metal parody, but they are so good at what they do, you can’t help but like them. I must admit that the only songs that I knew were “Death To All But Metal” and “Fat Girl”, but I liked all of the tunes they performed. I will certainly pick up their CD when it becomes available. I couldn’t stay for Steel Panther’s entire set either, as I didn’t want to miss one minute of Kix’s set. I ran back down the hill to stage one and got there right before Kix took the Stage.
The best performance of the day, easily goes to Kix. They were absolutely fantastic. Maryland obviously has a strong appreciation for their band, and rightfully so. Kix’s excellent set included the following songs (in no certain order): “Midnight Dynamite”, “Itch”, “Get It White It’s Hot”, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” , “Cold Blood”, “Blow My Fuse”, “Girl Money” and a bunch more. Singer Steve Whiteman is every bit as good as the day he started this band. Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe have to be one of the most under appreciated guitar tandems in rock today. Kix’s set was so good, they could have closed this show, and everyone would have been happy. Luckily, there was plenty of rock left on this day. I ran back up the hill to stage two to catch L.A. Guns.
This L.A. Guns is the version with Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Scotty Griffin and Stacey Blades. The same lineup has been together for quite a few years now and sound great. Stacey Blades might not be Tracii Guns, but he is a damn good guitarist, and does a great job on these classic L.A. Guns tunes. Phil Lewis made this rock fan feel old by mentioning that 2009 was the 20th anniversary of the Cocked & Loaded CD. Good Grief…has it been 20 years already? I enjoyed their short set.
Extreme’s set over lapped with L.A. Guns so I missed the beginning of their show. I really wanted to stay for the whole Extreme set too, but the end of their set overlapped with KEEL’s. From what I could tell, Gary Cherone sounded exactly the same, and Nuno Bettencourt was amazing as always. I enjoyed the few songs that I got to hear.
I quickly ran back up the hill (are you seeing a pattern here) to catch the start of KEEL’s set. Judging from what I could tell from KEEL, I should have stayed to watch Extreme. I don’t know what the deal was, but something was missing in KEEL’s performance. I think Ron Keel may have been having some sound issues as his voice did not seem very loud in a few songs. He was using a wireless microphone, and this could have been oen of the problems. I thought his voice was a lot smoother, and no where near as coarse as it was back in the 80’s. It was this coarseness that gave KEEL such a cool metal sound, and I didn’t hear it during their set. They played songs from all of their albums which was cool, but I kept feeling like this was a phone in perfomance. Some of the songs from the KEEL set list was (in no order): “Cherry Lane”, “The Right to Rock”, “Speed Demon”, “Because The Night” and a few more. I hope I get the chance to see KEEL again. I love their music, and they definitely deserve a second chance. I had high expectations for KEEL at M3, and the band didn’t meet them.
I headed back down the hill one final time for RATT & Twisted Sister. I wanted to see Carmine Appice’s SLAMM, but I was ready to see two full sets of music before I called it a day.
RATT was up next, and they did not disappoint me. Pearcy’s voice sounded pretty good for the most part, and Warren DeMartini was awesome. He has been one of my favorite guitarists for a long time, and he did not disappoint. My seat for the main stage event was on the far right hand side of the stage, and the sight line wasn’t the greatest. I immediately realised that the rhythm guitarist was not Carlos Cavazo, but appeared to be John Corabi. His hair was a little different since the last time I saw him, and I almost didn’t recognize him. The one thing I have noticed the last couple of times that I have seen RATT is that Corabi kind of stands off to the side and lets the rest of the band do their thing. I don’t know if there is bad blood there, or what the deal is. Corabi is a terrific musician and singer, but I wonder how happy he is in RATT. Aside from that, I enjoyed RATT’s set. Their set list included: “Lay It Down”, “You’re In Love”, “Back For More”, “Wanted Man” and much to my surprise and enjoyment, “Nobody Rides For Free’ (From the Point Break Movie soundtrack).
Twisted Sister took the stage around 9:30, and immediately was experiencing sound issues. JJ French did not have any sound to start the show, and it took quite a while for the Twisted Sister crew to get him fixed up. After the inital snafu’s at the beginning of their set. Twister Sister kicked some major ass to close out the M3 festival. This was my first experience seeing Twisted Sister and a couple of things surprised me. These guys talk a lot during their shows. Dee Snider was pretty funny, but did he really need to continue to advertise his House of Hair Radio show during Twisted Sister’s set? Was JJ French’s rant about American Idol really necessary? Twisted Sister needs to play more and talk less during their shows, in my opinion. Aside from too much talking, I loved Twisted Sister. Their set was high energy, hair flinging fun, and the band really does try to put on the best show possible. Their set list included the following songs: “Under the Blade”, ‘Horror-teria”, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, “Burn in Hell”, “The Price”, and I Wanna Rock”. Twisted Sister’s set was a great ending to an amazing day at Merriweather Post Pavillion. I hope they make this an annual event. If they do, I will be back!!
Crüe Fest 2 has announced a partnership with Monster Energy to add an additional stage at this year’s festival.
The new Monster Energy Stage doubles the entertainment value at Crüe Fest 2 with five extra bands showcasing the next generation of rock, including one local band in each tour market. The performances on the Monster Energy Stage will be staggered between main stage acts creating a non-stop music event and adding to the overall festival atmosphere. With no change in ticket prices, rock fans will be given the opportunity to see ten great rock bands for the price of one.
A local band will be chosen by the presenting radio station in each market contributing to the legacy of rock bands on the tour. The chosen band will open the Monster Energy Stage for a dedicated and Crüe Fest 2 sized crowd.
“It’s always been in our hearts to turn our fans onto new rock music. A 2nd stage seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Crüe Fest 2 and gives loyal Crüe and rock fans more for their hard earned money. See ya there,” said Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Vince Neil and Tommy Lee.
Monster Energy has dedicated its brand to live music over the years as part of major National and International festivals, specialty concert tours and substantial one-offs, in both core sponsor and associate sponsor categories utilizing on-site activation through multiple avenues. The partnership with Crüe Fest 2 marks the first time Monster Energy will have a mobile stage dedicated entirely to their brand.
“Mötley Crüe is such an iconic band with the most loyal fans in the world. In a time where it seems everything is being cut back, Mötley Crüe is giving more to its fans and at the same time giving up and coming bands exposure. Monster Energy is proud to be a part of the havoc that will be wreaked across the nation this summer,” says Brent Hamilton of Monster Energy.
The main stage at the Live Nation produced Crüe Fest 2 stars Mötley Crüe and features GODSMACK, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, DROWING POOL, and introduces CHARM CITY DEVILS. The sequel to last summer’s most successful touring festival begins its North American trek in Camden, NJ on July 19th and comes to an end on September 5th in Darien Lake, NY.
Crue Fest 2: The White Trash Circus dates:
19 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
21 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
22 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
24 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair (Mötley Crüe only)
27 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
28 – Portland, OR – The Amphitheater at Clark County
30 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
31 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater
1 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
3 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
4 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
5 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
7 – Spring, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
9 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
11 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis
12 – Indianapolis, IN – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
14 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
15 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
19 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
21 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
22 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
23 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
29 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
30 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
1 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
3 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair (Mötley Crüe only)
4 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion
5 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Like your music fast, loud, proud, and heavy on the rock? Then Bullet is the band for you. Hailing from Sweden (where all the great metal bands seem to come from lately), Bullet is a kick in the balls, fast rocking, take no prisoners, all out assault metal band. With a lead singer whose vocals could be the love offspring of Blackie Lawless and Jessie James Dupree, with a sprinkle of Joel O’Keeffe, Bullet rocks hard, fast, and heavy.
Bite The Bullet kicks off with “Pay The Price” which sets the tone for the album and this band, hard rocking in the vein of old school metal. The track starts off with soft guitars that gradually build then lead singer Hell Hofer launches into a siren scream, and Pay The Price is off and running. An AC/DC tempo rocker, this is a nice lead off single that will bring you back for more.
“Road King” kicks the disc into the next gear and leaves it there for a while. An upbeat, fast tempo, hard rocking good time, Road King is sure to have feet tapping and fists pumping in no time. Complete with motor bike sound effects, this song makes you want to hit the highway, roll down the windows, romp on the gas, and move. The guitar solo sounds like a high speed chase on the interstate, and is punctuated with excellent riffs and a heavy drum beat to keep the pace. Without a doubt one of the best tracks on the disc and bound to have you singing along in no time.
“Dusk Til Dawn” keeps the record on track, opening with slamming drums and a mini scream from Hell. The 1-2 boogie beat in this song is more AC/DC (or Airbourne) than anything else, but still with the unique flavor that makes Bullet original. Another excellent track, “Dusk Til Dawn” fights hard for the honor of best song on the disc.
“Nailed To The Ground” keeps the music traveling at the lightning pace this band likes to work at, and includes even more slick guitar playing from Hampus Klang and Erik Almstrom. Their combination assault on the senses helps launch this record to the next stratosphere and keep it there without fear of falling on their face. Talent and dedication are the trademarks of this CD.
Hell Hofer’s vocals are a unique experience and definitely add to the flavor of Bite The Bullet. A unique blend of former metal singers serve his pipes well, comparable to a high pitch Lemmy, that can hit the Bruce Dickinson siren-like notes, listening to him sing is a pleasurable experience.
Bullet is a party band that has brought the party to their music. It translates well on Bite The Bullet, which is an excellent CD, chock full of little nuggets of greatness. If you’re looking for some new rock that stands apart from the mass marketed, mainstream music that saturates the airwaves, give Bite The Bullet a try. You’ll be glad that you did.
Rating: Out of 10
- Pay The Price
- Road King
- Bite The Bullet
- Dusk Til Dawn
- Nailed To The Ground
- City Of Sins
- Waste My Time
- Rock N Roll Remedy
- Rock Us Tonight
- Wheels Keep On Turning
- The Rebels Return
Hell Hofer – Vocals
Hampus Klang – Guitar
Erik Almstrom – Guitar
Gustav Hjortsjo – Drums
Adam Hector – Bass
Reviewed by Ryo Vie