“Mike Tramp & The Rock ‘N’ Roll Circuz”, the new album to be released October 5th 2009, promises to be the most profound musical statement by Mike Tramp yet. “With this album no stone has been left unturned, no compromises made, this album is complete in every way”. The album will be first only released in Denmark via Kick music/Sony Music, but also made available via http://www.miketramp.com so that loyal fans around the world can purchase the album Tramp refers as “my best ever, my masterpiece.”Co-produced with guitar player Søren Andersen, the term “Rock N Roll Circuz” refers to the atmosphere created by Tramp around the band in the studio when recording the album. “It made us visualize this old fallen apart circus, from there we built certain things into the songs and into the album.” The album was recorded and mixed in the same studio in Copenhagen.Having now returned home to Copenhagen, Denmark, the road that Tramp has traveled in his 32 years of rock n roll is uniquely his own.
The stories of which can be heard throughout his 5 studio solo albums, his latest no exception. “This album is even deeper and more personal than ever before. People should get ready for “All Of My Life”, a song that lyrically speaks for itself, with many describing it as “Classic Tramp”.First rising to stardom over 30 years ago with “Mabel”, Tramp earlier this year re-emerged as a public figure in Denmark via his appearance on the TV show “All Stars”. “It was a great chance to show and tell an entire country my life story of 32 years in rock’n’roll”. In October 2009, Tramp will be embarking on his first big tour of Denmark ever and early next year will venture out into the world, step by step.As someone who has gambled his life and given his heart and soul to rock n roll, Tramp is philosophical when pondering what rock n roll has given him in return. “To me it is my lifestyle, a pair of glasses that I view life through, a pair of boots that take me to where I want to go and a religion that allows you freedom to follow your heart and do what you want.”Mike Tramp – “a life of no limits, rules or compromises”.
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Breaking Benjamin have just released a new flash game entitled “Altered Benjamin” here. The game features lead singer Benjamin Burnley as the main hero, battling waves of ghouls and goblins that resemble those found in the original Sega Genesis game “Altered Beast”, with the ultimate goal of not “Bowing Down”. Breaking Benjamin’s new album Dear Agony featuring the single “I Will Not Bow”, is in-stores everywhere 9/29.
“Altered Benjamin” link: http://bit.ly/soB1
Rocker Joins Panel of Judges for Ninth Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands
Legendary drummer Tommy Lee of rock band Motley Crue is one of three judges chosen to pick the best corporate rock band in the upcoming FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands presented by NAMM, the trade association of the international music products industry, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Lee will be joined by noted musician and author Jeff Carlisi and Making Music magazine editor-in-chief Antoinette Follett as judges at the ninth annual event, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
The first music competition of its kind, the battle provides amateur, company-sponsored bands with the opportunity to step out of the conference room and celebrate their passion for making music. Eight qualifying bands from across the U.S. will take the stage at the Rock Hall, with the chance to earn the title of best corporate band. The event is also generously supported by Gibson Guitar.
“I’m happy to be part of this year’s FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands,” said Lee. “An amazing amount of talent exists across the country, and for people to come together in the workplace and express themselves in a different way proves what kind of power music has in elevating morale and bringing people together.”
In addition to Lee’s role as a judge at this year’s Battle of the Bands, the Tommy Lee-fronted ensemble “Methods of Mayhem” is inviting fans to make music of their own and help record their upcoming album. Starting on October 5, isolated instrument tracks, or stems, will be posted on the Web site, http://thepublicrecord.com. Fans can download the stems and add their own musical ideas, including original recordings, song mixes, arrangements and more.
About the Judges
At the age of 17, drummer Tommy Lee teamed up to form Grammy-nominated hard rock band Motley Crue, releasing their debut album Too Fast for Love in November 1981. By the ’80s, Motley Crue had released a string of albums, including Shout at the Devil (1983) and Theatre Of Pain (1985). However, it was Girls, Girls, Girls (1987) and 1989’s Dr. Feelgood that catapulted the band into the mainstream. After nearly two decades of success, Lee took time away from the Crue to record a solo record and tour with his own band, Methods of Mayhem and with DJ Aero under the moniker of “Electric Mayhem.” In 2004, Lee reunited with Motley Crue and their 2005-2006 “Carnival of Sins” tour, which included more than 100 arena dates in the U.S. alone, was ranked by Pollstar among the top five grossing tours of 2005. Motley Crue has since been on the road, recently concluding their “Crue Fest 2” tour this month. Lee is currently working on a new album with “Methods of Mayhem.” He is also a published author of The New York Times best-seller “Tommyland” and a co-star on Battleground Earth, Discovery Planet’s green environment-themed reality series.
Jeff Carlisi was one of the founding members of the rock band .38 Special and wrote or co-wrote many of their biggest hits, including “Second Chance,” “Caught Up In You” and “Hold On Loosely.” The band sold more than 14 million records and enjoyed worldwide popular and critical acclaim. Carlisi left the band in 1997, and is now one of the co-founders of Camp Jam, where he trains young musicians, and Camp Jam, Inc., conducting team-building workshops for corporations. Earlier this year, Carlisi released his book “Jam! Amp Your Team, Rock Your Business!,” which shares a musician’s insight into navigating the music industry.
Antoinette Follett is the managing editor of the AFM’s International Musician magazine and editor-in-chief of Making Music, a lifestyle magazine for amateur musicians. To serve the growing community of musicians, Follett focuses on features and articles geared toward players from the intrepid beginner to the dedicated, experienced hobbyist–stories about amateur musicians, groups, and ensembles; learning tips and techniques; buying guides and gear reviews; book and DVD resources, and more. An expert in the field of the benefits of making music, at Bentley-Hall, Inc., where she is president, she has overseen marketing and communications projects for a number of companies in the music industry including Yamaha, Roland, and the American Federation of Musicians. Her expertise in marketing and music has led Bentley-Hall to work with the Percussion Marketing Council, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and RADD, the entertainment industry’s voice for road safety. Follett also presents marketing seminars for the AFM and NAMM.
About the Finalists
From 34 entries, 18 amateur bands from across the country were chosen to participate in one of two semi-final regional competitions, and in the end, eight finalists were selected to vie for the top spot. The finalists of the Ninth Annual FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands include: “Aeroroot” from Frontier Natural Products (Norway, Iowa), “Manage This” from Symantec (Lindon, Utah), “Roland’s Stones” from Chevron (Pascagoula, Miss.), “The S.A.P.’s” from Johnson & Johnson (Morristown, N.J.), “Slump” from Oceanside Glasstile (Carlsbad, Calif.), “The Mighty Electric St. Jude Band” from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.), “Strat 5” from Healthways (Franklin, Tenn.) and “The Weasels” from The Sunflower Group (Overland, Kan.).
FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands is a partnership between NAMM (the trade association of the international music products industry), FORTUNE magazine, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The national competition celebrates the positive effects of making music, which has been shown to increase employee morale and productivity in the workplace.
For more information on the FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands, please visit http://rockhall.com/fortunebattle. For more information about the proven benefits of making music, please visit http://wannaplaymusic.com.
The National Association of Music Merchants, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry. NAMM’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of more than 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can visit http://namm.org or call 800.767.NAMM (6266).
About Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, the Museum is open until 9 p.m. Museum admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12). When you become a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the world of rock and roll becomes yours to explore. Call 216.515.8425 for information on becoming a member. For general inquiries, please call 216.781.ROCK or visit www.rockhall.com.
FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly five million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 “Best Companies to Work For.” FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand’s mission into live settings, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE magazine’s online home is http://CNNMoney.com, the most visited and utilized business destination Web site.
First single ‘I Will Not Bow’ Top 5 at rock radio; Featured in upcoming Bruce Willis film ‘Surrogates’
Multi-platinum rock band BREAKING BENJAMIN (Ben Burnley, vocals/guitar; Aaron Fink, guitar; Mark James, bass; Chad Szeliga, drums) have completed their fourth album for Hollywood Records with long-time producer David Bendeth. The album, titled Dear Agony, is set to release on September 29th.
The first single, “I Will Not Bow,” is Top 5 at rock radio, has scanned over 87,000 digital units in only 2 weeks and will be the featured song in Bruce Willis’ upcoming action thriller, Surrogates, due out September 25th. The video which has garnered over 500,000 views was shot at the World Trade Center in NYC by director Rich Lee (Evanescence, All American Rejects) and features band performance as well as clips from the movie.
Dear Agony marks the third straight Breaking Benjamin/David Bendeth collaboration. The first two–2004’s We Are Not Alone and 2006’s Phobia–yielded spectacular results with each being certified Platinum. It also marks the first time that Burnley, the band’s sole lyricist, collaborated with Jasen Rauch, guitarist of the Grammy-nominated band RED.
We Are Not Alone spawned a pair of No. 1 radio hits (“So Cold” and “Sooner Or Later”) and sold 2.3 million units (albums and digital tracks). Phobia debuted at No. 2 on Billboard‘s Top 200, hit No. 1 on the Rock Album Chart and was one of the top 50 selling rock albums of 2006. It featured one No. 1 and two Top Five rock radio hits (“Breath,” “Diary of Jane,” and “Until The End”) and sold 2.8 million units (albums and digital tracks).
The band, who have been off the road for the past two years, plan to announce their highly-anticipated Fall tour plans shortly.
ADDITIONAL U.S. AND CANADIAN SHOWS ADDED TO THE CONCERT EVENT OF THE SUMMER
The hottest rock tour of the summer has just gotten hotter. Fifteen additional concerts, including seven in Canada, have been added to the critically hailed tour of the summer starring British rock legends Def Leppard, special guests Cheap Trick and Man Raze. Tickets in select markets go on sale beginning September 25th at LiveNation.com. Additional dates to be announced soon.
“We are really amazed by how well the tour has been received,” said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. “Our fans have been absolutely fantastic. There’s really no greater compliment than to be asked to keep on doing it so that’s what we’re going to do.”
The tour’s third leg will kick off in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, October 22nd. It highlights three decades of music from one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest bands. With combined sales of 80 Million albums worldwide, 65 million from Leppard alone, fans will be treated to hits like “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages,” “C’mon C’mon,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Foolin’,” “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak,” “Nine Lives,” as well as Cheap Trick classics “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender.”
The tour has played to massive crowds throughout the summer. Celebrity guests, some of which include Taylor Swift, Larry Mullen, Jr. Of U2, and Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, along with a wide range of fans of all ages have come to see the mega hit-filled show. Def Leppard also launched the first interactive tour in history via Rockzimity, a Bluetooth and Wifi exclusive.
Def Leppard (Joe Elliott/vocals, Vivian Campbell/guitar, Phil Collen/guitar, Rick “Sav” Savage/bass and Rick Allen/drums) sits at the top of an iconic class of rock ‘n’ roll bands. In fact, they are one of a handful of select groups, including the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and The Eagles, who have been awarded the R.I.A.A.’s prestigious Diamond Award more than once (Pyromania and Hysteria). The band’s most recent album Songs From The Sparkle Lounge debuted last year at #5 on the Billboard Top 200. They’ve also sold out the 02 in Dublin AND headlined Britain’s Download Festival 2009 to more then 80,000. Over the course of their career, Def Leppard has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name and are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum-recording awards, Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable.
Cheap Trick’s acclaimed new album, The Latest, continues their reign as power-pop progenitors as they celebrate their 35th anniversary together. Since forming in the city of Rockford, IL in 1974, they have sold over 20 million albums and had numerous hits including “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me” and “Dream Police.” Cheap Trick features the original line-up of Robin Zander – vocals and guitar, Rick Nielsen – guitar and backing vocals, Bun E. Carlos – drums and backing vocals & Tom Petersson – bass and backing vocals.
Live Nation will produce the tour nationally. Additional ticket and tour information is available at LiveNation.com.
Def Leppard has teamed up with I Love All Access to offer the ultimate fan experience for the tour featuring a variety of packages. For more details go to http://www.iloveallaccess.com
For more Def Leppard tour news and information go to www.defleppard.com.
October 22 Reno, NV Events Center October 24 Boise, ID Idaho Center October 25 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena October 27 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum October 31 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place November 2 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome November 4 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre November 6 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Center November 9 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena November 10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena November 12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place November 13 Hamilton ON Copps Coliseum November 14 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena November 18 Montreal, QC Bell Centre November 24 Nashville, TN Sommet Center* *Nashville is a rescheduled date with tickets currently on sale.
Jacob Lynam of the Birmingham-based hard rock band Lynam will be the special guest on this week’s edition of Hard Rock Nights (September 25-October 1). Jacob will join JT to talk about the band’s latest release, ‘Tragic City Symphony,’ working with the legendary Beau Hill, and touring with bands such as Hinder. Jacob will also explain the Battle Creek incident in which Lynam was kicked out of the club.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program heard on several rock and metal stations, including 93.9 MAXX in New Hampshire. Click http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a complete list of stations and airtimes.
ROCK SOLDIERS!!!……From the bottom of my heart thank you for your support of Anomaly….
I just got the 1st week chart numbers….And we should all be proud of ourselves!!!……..I couldn’t have done it without you………..
#1 Amazon Hard Rock
#1 iTunes Hard Rock
#2 Indie Album Chart
#8 Rock Album Chart
#15 Internet Albums Chart……..&……
#27 Billboard Top 200 Chart (my 1978 solo album debuted at #26 on Billboard)
….but we can’t slow down now……we’ve gone into a second printing of the double-disc Vinyl copy of Anomaly which hits stores this week…….& more Anomaly Tour dates will be posted here at AceFrehley.com in the next few days……..and by the way, I hear the four original members of KISS have been nominated for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame……not bad.”
Special thanks to Slash and Geroge Lopez for showing up at the Viper Room and making it an extra special night!!
We have some great pics from the show, come check them out here: