Cavo’s hotly anticipated major-label debut, Bright Nights * Dark Days is out TODAY. Produced by David Bendeth (Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, All Time Low), the album includes the tracks “Let It Go” from the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen soundtrack, and “Champagne,” their chart-topping debut single. For a preview, listen to the album in its entirety here.
Cavo, which is singer Casey Walker, guitarist Chris Hobbs, drummer Chad La Roy, and bassist Brian Smith, have been on the road all summer performing at Motley Crue’s hard-rock extravaganza Crue Fest 2, which wraps August 30th in Charlotte, NC. Cavo will then hit the road for a fall tour with Shinedown and Sick Puppies through October. See below for all tour dates, and visit their Myspace for more info. Make sure to pick up your copy of Bright Nights * Dark Days in stores now!!
CAVO with Shinedown and Sick Puppies:
9/14 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
9/18 Boise, ID The Knitting Factory
9/19 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
9/21 Medford, OR Medford Armory
9/22 Seattle, WA Seattle Showbox SODO
9/24 Blackfoot, ID El Rey Events Center
9/25 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
9/28 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
9/29 Modesto, CA Center Plaza
9/30 San Diego, CA House of Blues 1
10/05 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater W/ TBD
10/07 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station
10/09 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
ELTON JOHN MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
ON NEW ALICE IN CHAINS ALBUM
ROCK LEGENDS COLLABORATE ON TITLE TRACK FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALICE IN CHAINS ALBUM
BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE
ALBUM IN STORES SEPTEMBER 29
Among the many highlights on Black Gives Way To Blue, the highly anticipated new album from ALICE IN CHAINS, is a special guest performance by Elton John. The two rock legends collaborated on the album’s stunning title track, “Black Gives Way To Blue,” a heart-stirring tribute to Alice In Chains’ late lead singer Layne Staley. The album arrives in stores September 29.
“We were thinking about adding piano to the track and a friend suggested we call Elton,” recalls guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell. “I remember laughing and saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll get right on that.’ But I decided it was worth trying and wrote Elton an email explaining what that song means to us — that it’s a real, raw openhearted song for Layne. We sent him the track and got a call shortly after saying he thought it was beautiful and that he wanted to play on it. We were blown away. Elton John is a huge influence on me as a songwriter and having him on that song is an amazing honor for us.”
“I’ve long been an admirer of Jerry Cantrell and when he asked me to play on ‘Black Gives Way To Blue,’ I was very flattered and couldn’t resist,” says John. “It was a great recording session with Alice In Chains for a beautiful song. ”
About the collaboration, Cantrell says, “Elton was finishing his Red Piano run in Vegas, so we flew there and hung out for a few hours. Walking into a studio and seeing the sheet music for that song on Elton’s piano made it meaningful on so many different levels. The whole experience was pretty magical.”
BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE is Alice In Chains’ first new studio release in more than 10 years. The quartet (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and guitarist/vocalist William DuVall) recorded the album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and Henson Studios in Hollywood.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. “All Secrets Known”
2. “Check My Brain”
3. “Last Of My Kind”
4. “Your Decision”
5. “A Looking In View”
6. “When The Sun Rose Again”
7. “Acid Bubble”
8. “Lessons Learned”
9. “Take Her Out”
10. “Private Hell”
11. “Black Gives Way To Blue”
On August 22, band will join Tool and Linkin Park for the first-ever Epicenter show at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, to be followed by a headlining tour set to kick off September 4th at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. For show information, please visit www.aliceinchains.com.
Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, wrote and recorded 11 top 10 hit singles and stood atop Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart with two No. 1 records.
Tour dates are as follows (additional shows to be confirmed):
August 22 – Pomona, CA Epicenter
Sept. 4 – Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Sept. 5 – Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
Sept. 7 – Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Sept. 8 – New York, NY The Fillmore
Sept. 11 – Nashville, TN WBUZ Buzzfest
Sept. 12 – Indianapolis, IN X-Fest
Sept. 13 – Dayton, OH X-Fest
Sept. 15 – Toronto, ON The Opera House
Sept. 16 – Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Sept. 17 – Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
Sept. 19 – Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sept. 20 – Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Sept. 21 – Minneapolis, MN First Ave
Sept. 24 – Seattle, WA Moore Theater
Sept. 26 – Portland, OR Roseland Grill
Sept. 28 – San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Guitar Center Sessions presents AN EVENING of DISCUSSION and INSIGHT with PAUL GILBERT
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 12TH at the Hollywood Guitar Center @7pm
Guitar Virtuoso PAUL GILBERT Will Discuss And Perform Music At An Exclusive In-Store Appearance – Open To The Public
In the next installment of the “GC Sessions” series, Guitar Center welcomes guitar virtuoso PAUL GILBERT for an exclusive in-store event at the Hollywood Guitar Center. Gilbert will be sharing his experiences, discussing his signature Ibanez and showcasing his brand of crunching riffs & flawless techniques as he performs songs from his catalog of music including his newly released album, UNITED STATES.
When it comes to edge-of-your- seat speed and seamless technique, Paul Gilbert is in a class by himself. Gilbert exploded onto the guitar scene in 1986 with heavy metal innovators Racer X, charted a #1 hit with super-group Mr. Big, and continues to drop jaws around the world with his adventurous solo albums, tours and numerous instructional columns and videos. Join us as Paul Gilbert demonstrates the techniques and licks that define his unique style, and shares wisdom and insights from his long and influential career.
GC Sessions: Paul Gilbert is presented by Guitar Center with the support of Ibanez Guitars and Hoshino USA.
Developed to promote players with a deep passion for and commitment to the craft, Guitar Center Sessions is a music education-based, artist-centric initiative developed to educate, inspire and conserve the tradition and art of music, Featuring informative, provocative discussions and hands-on tutorials from today’s top artists, GC Sessions serves as an incubator for musicians, providing them with an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge
from their heroes in a comfortable and intimate setting.
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Heavy metal icon to perform before a sold-out crowd at Blizzard Entertainment’s epic gaming festival.
Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced that the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, will headline the closing concert at this year’s BlizzCon®, which will take place August 21-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center. While tickets to the convention sold out in minutes, a live Pay Per View event will be available via Internet stream and in HD on DIRECTV.
The largest event of its kind, BlizzCon is a celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft®, Diablo®, and StarCraft® game universes and the global player communities surrounding them. At the closing ceremony on August 22, Ozzy will unleash a thunderous spectacle of rock to put the Lich King in his place and cement his own title as the one true Prince of Darkness.
One of the most influential rock musicians of all time, Ozzy Osbourne rose to prominence as the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath before embarking on a multi-platinum solo career. He is also known for putting on the Ozzfest music festival and for starring in his own reality TV show. Ozzy Osbourne’s career has spanned four decades and his music is as relevant today as ever. The Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has sold over 100 million albums worldwide–50 with Black Sabbath and as many as a solo artist–and in 2003 was honored with a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame.” This is his second collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, following a recent TV spot for World of Warcraft®.
“Our goal with BlizzCon is to deliver an unforgettable weekend of entertainment, and we can’t think of a better way to close out this year’s show than having Ozzy rock the house,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Many of us at Blizzard are lifelong fans of Ozzy’s music, and we’re thrilled that he’ll be performing for all of our BlizzCon attendees as well as those joining us via DIRECTV and the live Internet stream.”
In addition to serving as a gathering place for the different Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer an array of activities, including discussion panels, hands-on playtime with upcoming games, contests, tournaments showcasing the skills of top eSports gamers from around the world, and more. While tickets to the convention are currently sold out, the live Pay Per View event can still be ordered for $39.95 USD, and is available via DIRECTV and Internet stream (pricing and availability may vary by region). Visit http://www.blizzcon.com for more details and ordering information.
To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard Entertainment games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at http://www.blizzard.com/jobs. As BlizzCon draws closer, further details about the show will be announced at http://www.blizzcon.com.
Summer is ending with a bang as Live Nation’s No Service Fee Wednesday promotion goes deep discount and all-in, bringing fans $10 lawn tickets and $15 reserved seats with absolutely no service fees. Let the movies wait and put down the remote control, for 24 hours only, on August 12th at 12:01AM at LiveNation.com, live music fans can purchase tickets at the absolute lowest price of the summer season. The special all-in pricing means fans pay zero fees and can save up to 60% on summer concert tickets for shows by artists such as Creed, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode and Lil’ Wayne.
“In these tough economic times we have been offering fans deep discounts all summer long, from no service fee tickets, to all-in pricing, half-priced tickets and more with an overwhelmingly positive response from fans week after week,” said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. “This week’s final blow-out sale is our biggest and best value offering yet. With these unprecedented low prices, we want everyone to have the opportunity to see their favorite artist in their local amphitheater, before the end of summer.”
For a full list of concerts included in the one day ticket sale, please visit http://www.LiveNation.com.
Subject to availability at participating venues and select shows. Includes print at home and US mail delivery, parking where applicable. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
Bruce Dickinson likes to fly some heavy metal — about 240,000 pounds of it — when he’s not performing as Iron Maiden’s frontman.
On the band’s 2008-09 tour — showcased on the new DVD “Flight 666″ which was voted best music documentary at the South by Southwest Festival — Dickinson pulled double duty as lead singer and chief pilot on the band’s customized Boeing 757, named “Ed Force One” with Maiden’s zombie mascot “Eddie” on the tail fin.
He’d wear his Astraeus Airlines uniform — white shirt with epaulets and pressed trousers — when flying between tour stops. Then, he’d leap around the stage in outlandish costumes — putting on a red 19th-century British army tunic while singing “The Trooper” or a feathered mask for “Powerslave.”
As the band’s “designated driver,” he’d refrain from late-night carousing, turning in early and avoiding any drinking to meet aviation industry regulations for mandatory rest periods and zero blood-alcohol content.
But Dickinson didn’t mind “being a party pooper” since the tour offered a chance to combine his passions for flying and rock music.
“The only caveat is that I was working much harder than everybody else,” said Dickinson. “But I never get tired of going to work because I just think that singing with Iron Maiden and flying a jet airliner are the two best jobs in the world.”
The British heavy metal band wrapped up its tour in early April after performing before nearly 2 million fans in 38 countries. Maiden’s other members — founder-bassist Steve Harris, drummer Nicko McBrain, and guitarists Dave Murray, Adrian Smith and Janick Gers — took a monthslong break with plans to begin work later this year on a new album due out in 2010.
But Dickinson quickly returned to his day job as a commercial airline captain for Astraeus, which leases planes to other airlines. He’s been making regular runs to such far-flung locales as Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone and Djibouti.
It’s not as if the 51-year-old Dickinson needs his pilot’s salary. Iron Maiden remains one of the most enduring and successful heavy metal bands with record sales of more than 70 million since their 1980 debut album.
But Dickinson finds that being in the cockpit offers a welcome respite from the frenzied life of a touring rock star.
“Music always follows you around. especially when you’re on tour … and I think that comes out on the DVD,” said Dickinson, speaking by telephone from his London home. “There’s no escaping the fury that surrounds Iron Maiden in these places and we are essentially prisoners in our hotel rooms unless we want to go out and cause a riot. …
“But as a pilot one of the nice things is that you get to shut the door,” he said with a laugh. “It’s just you, the airplane and the sky and going where you’re going and it’s quite pleasant. It’s quite a nice little Zen moment.”
Astraeus Chief Executive Mario Fulgoni credits Dickinson for “possessing both a high degree of professionalism and intense enthusiasm for flying.”
“His rock star status in no way detracts from his performance as an airline captain,” Fulgoni said.
Dickinson said his passengers, who recently included the president of Sierra Leone, rarely make the connection with his rock star persona. It’s hard to imagine that the pilot who reassuringly talks about a little turbulence is the singer whose screaming on songs like “Bring Your Daughter … to the Slaughter” earned him the nickname “The Air-Raid Siren.”
Dickinson’s passion for aviation goes back to childhood. His godfather and uncle were engineers in the Royal Air Force, and he’d attend air shows and build model airplanes. But Dickinson became enamored with rock as a teenager and began singing with the first wave of British metal bands in the late ’70s, eventually joining Iron Maiden in 1981.
Dickinson — who had left Maiden in 1993 to pursue a solo career before rejoining the band in 1999 — began taking flying lessons in the early ’90s while on a family vacation in Florida, going on to earn his private pilot’s license and a license to fly commercial jets.
Dickinson landed a pilot’s job with British World Airlines in 2000, and when it folded after 9/11, signed on with the newly formed Astraeus. He continued to fly even though Maiden has enjoyed a resurgence, releasing new albums such as “A Matter of Life and Death” (2006) and putting their old hits on video games like “Rock Band” that have attracted a new generation of fans. On their latest tour, Maiden revisited highlights from their ’80s albums so their young fans could hear them performed live.
“We love what we do and we’ve never compromised with the demands of media industry or musical fashion,” Dickinson said.
Dickinson does see a link in the precise teamwork required to get a plane to its destination or to pull off an intricately staged rock show.
“Obviously as a pilot … everything seems to be in control,” said Dickinson. “But people look at rock musicians and think they’re wild and crazy and it’s all out of control up there. … But you have to be very disciplined to do what we do in Iron Maiden … It just looks like it’s crazy.”
From the Associated Press.
It never ceases to amaze me how many cool bands have come out of Sweden as of late. Dynazty is latest bunch of hard rockers ready to kick your ass.
It makes me feel old when a band like Dynazty comes along, and rocks out like it is 1987 all over again. The funny thing is, the oldest member of Dynazty is 24. With the way, Bring the Thunder rocks, you would think these guys were veterans of the Sunset Strip. In all honesty, these guys were in diapers when the L.A. Scene hit its peak. Nonetheless, Dynazty brings us a classic sounding rock record with big hooks on their debut release Bring the Thunder.
Before I heard Dynazty for the first time, I noticed that one of their two guitarists was none other than Rob Love from the band Zan Clan. He is an up and coming shredder that can play with the best of them. Lucky for him, he had John Berg to trade licks with. Berg is no slouch in the six string department either. As a result, Bring The Thunder is a guitar noodlefest and I love it!
Dynazty’s singer, Nils Molin has a serious set of pipes. He has an impressive vocal range that falls somewhere in between former Crash Diet singer Dave Lepard (R.I.P.), and ex TNT front man Tony Harnell. The bottom line is this, the guy can flat out sing, and he can hit some notes that few other singers would even try.
This disc has a bunch of cool rockers including the kick ass title track “Bring the Thunder”, “Catch the Night”, “Lights Out” and “Top of The Line”. There really isn’t a bad song in the bunch. Producer Chris Laney worked his magic on this disc, and as a result it sounds amazing.
If you are a fan of bands like Steel Panther, Shotgun Messiah or Crash Diet. You will probably love this CD as much as I do. Bring the Thunder is a fantastic debut by Dynazty. With an album this good, you are going to be hearing a lot more about this talented band in the near future.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bring the Thunder
2. Catch the Night
3. Lights Out (in Candyland)
4. Far Away
5. Top of the Line
6. Monkey Wants, Monkey Needs
8. Take Me Down
9. The Devil’s Shake
10. Higher n’ Higher
11. Sail Away (bonus track)
Nils Molin – Vocals
Rob Love – Guitar
John Berg – Guitar
George Egg – Drums
Joey Fox – Bass
Check out the brand new video from Endless Hallway, “Cell”. This song is from the band’s new CD, Autonomy Games.
For more info on Endless Hallway, check out their myspace page.