Want to chat with a rock icon about Sports? Today at 5PM EST Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell will be chatting with sports fans nationwide on ESPN’s Sports Nation. You can submit your questions to Jerry here.
The band released the album Black Gives Way To Blue last year, and entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5, with first-week sales exceeding 126K copies.
The band is about to embark on a North American tour in February. Tour dates are as follows:
2/2 – Vancouver – Orpheum Theatre
2/4 – Seattle – Paramount Theatre
2/6 – Salem – Salem Armory
2/8 – Boise – Knitting Factory
2/10 – Reno – Knitting Factory
2/11 – Oakland – Fox Theatre
2/17 – Phoenix – Dodge Theatre
2/19 – Denver – Fillmore
2/21 – Kansas City – Midland Theatre
2/22 – St. Louis – Pageant
2/23 – Louisville – Louisville Palace
2/25 – Atlanta – Tabernacle
2/27 – Myrtle Beach – House Of Blues
3/1 – Nashville – Municipal Auditorium
3/2 – Charlotte – Fillmore
3/3 – Washington DC – DAR Constitution Hall
3/5 – Richmond – The National
3/6 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods
3/8 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
3/12 – Atlantic City – Borgata
3/13 – Philadelphia – Tower Theatre
3/14 – Boston – Orpheum Theatre
3/16 – Montreal – Metropolis
3/17 – Toronto – Sound Academy
3/19 – Detroit – Fillmore
3/20 – Chicago – Aragon Ballroom
3/21 – Minneapolis – Roy Wilkens Auditorium
Send your questions in here – http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/30451/chat-with-jerry-cantrell
Join us tonight for Hard Rock Hideout Radio. Brian Basher has a play list tonight that will surprise many people. We have music from the best new hard rock bands, and rare cuts that you won’t hear anywhere else. Hard Rock Hideout Radio is on every Wednesday night on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST.
The show is broadcast live via www.kacvfm.org. Please join us !!
After conquering the charts with their new album, War Is the Answer, Five Finger Death Punch are looking to get into the food business.
On Wednesday, January 20th from Noon to 2pm ONLY, LA-based heavy metal burger truck Grill ‘Em All will be offering a new menu item: a burger specially designed by the band Five Finger Death Punch. The “Death Punch- Lunch” which contains Applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese and beer-soaked onions will only be available this Wednesday in Los Angeles from noon- 2pm on Venice & Grand View in West LA, by Floyd’s Barber Shop.
Grill ‘Em All is offering the burger in celebration of Five Finger Death Punch’s upcoming headlining tour, which kicks off Thursday at the House of Blues Anaheim with special guests Shadows Fall, God Forbid and 2Cents. At most dates, the first 100 women to line up get in free. For a list of all tour dates, please visit www.5fdp.com or see below.
5FDP have sold over 500,000 albums worldwide, and their new album War Is the Answer debuted at # 7 on the Billboard 200. Their current single, “Walk Away” is rushing up the Active Rock and Alternative charts, and their winter US headlining tour is already primed to be another huge success.
Grill ‘Em All is a fresh new theme for the mobile restaurant food market specializing in gourmet hamburgers. Launched one month ago in Los Angeles, Grill ,Em All offers a startling array of gourmet burgers with themes directly influenced by Heavy Metal music and pop culture. Amazing food mixed with a sly nod to the music, movies and culture that is the rotten, beating heart of their world. Finally, La has a food truck for people who carry the rock and roll flag. The truck will be visible at the coolest parties, concerts and events serving great food, music and a lot of good times. Grill ‘Em All is lead by the team of Chef Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus. For more info, please visit grillemalltruck.com.
WHAT: Grill ‘Em All, mobile burger joint offers special Five Finger Death Punch-designed burger
WHEN: Wednesday, January 21 from NOON- 2PM ONLY
WHERE: Venice & Grandview in West LA
WHY: To kick off 5FDP’s US Headlining Winter Tour
Grill ‘Em All Catering Truck
Five Finger Death Punch Headlining Tour Dates- First 100 Ladies Get In FREE*
1/21 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/23 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
1/24 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
1/26 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/27 McAllen, TX @ McAllen Convention Center
1/29 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
1/30 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/2 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
2/3 Greenville, SC @ Handle Bar **First 50 Ladies get in free ONLY
2/5 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/6 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/8 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
2/9 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
2/11 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/12 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop *
2/13 Dayton, OH McGuffys House of Rock *
2/14 St. Louis, MO @ Pops
2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
* “First 100 Ladies in Free” promotion NOT valid in these select markets
Ladies are subject to all venue age restrictions. Contact your local box office for details.
After three years of loyal patience, ANDREW W.K. fans can finally experience the ‘lost’ third album from the established party rocker. Previously released in Japan and Korea in 2006, CLOSE CALLS WITH BRICK WALLS will officially become available in the United States on February 23, 2010, being released by STEEV MIKE, as a special two album package (the original CLOSE CALLS WITH BRICK WALLS on one disc, and an additional CD called MOTHER OF MANKIND, containing rare and unreleased material). After the recent release of 55 CADILLAC – a compilation of improvised solo piano compositions – CLOSE CALLS WITH BRICK WALLS and MOTHER OF MANKIND deliver the slamming, inspirational music for which Andrew W.K. is loved, coupled with new sounds and feelings rarely associated with his traditional work.
Close Calls With Brick Walls was recorded in multiple sessions throughout 2004 and 2005, using the full Andrew W.K. touring band for the first time. With a full instrumental band, the new album includes exciting new performances, styles, and rhythms. The lyrics are more complex although still very playful, and Andrew’s voice has grown into something much more distinct and expressive.
The roots of the album and the changes it signals lie in the story behind the unorthodox path Andrew took to fame and, specifically, the dramatic contrast between his early years as part of a free-spirited music scene in his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan and the transformation in attitude and image and personality that came about after he had assumed the role of Andrew W.K..
The trademark white t-shirt and jeans he wore in public was also adopted in order to help create an easily-identifiable image. And it worked. Audiences embraced Andrew W.K. as the long-haired, straight-talking, everyman rock icon who oozed positivity and made his fans feel that not only was it OK to be different but that it was OK to be yourself and not feel embarrassed about being awkward or unusual.
In one sense, Close Calls With Brick Walls is the sound of Andrew W.K. reclaiming and embracing aspects of his personality and his music that were obscured and closed off to him by the process of generating an image and a persona that could be sold to the public. The cover of the album even suggests as much. It features an image of Andrew W.K. standing, arms crossed and dressed in his trademark white tee-shirt, in front of a brick wall that is painted a shade of indigo so dark it appears to be swallowing all the light around it. There’s a gleam in his eye and a broad smile pasted across his face. But, oddly, he doesn’t look as if he’s having fun. The entire package seems to pose a conundrum.
Since the initial 2006 release of Close Calls, Andrew’s career has certainly moved in all sorts of surprising directions. He did a lot of things that were unexpected, yet offered little in the way of explanation for behavior that, on one level, seemed quite natural and, on another, entirely unnatural. Instead of promoting and touring the album in the U.S., he went on a lecture tour as an inspirational new-age motivational speaker. He cut his hair. It grew back. He stepped out of his dirty whites and into a tailored suit to model for gentleman’s magazines like Esquire and V-Man, he produced a Grammy-nominated album for reggae artist, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, opened a night club in New York (Santos Party House) and became the host of the Cartoon Network game show, Destroy Build Destroy. He recorded a solo piano album and went on tour with a classical string quartet.
And so the story comes full circle. The world catches up with Andrew W.K. and, in return, he releases Close Calls With Brick Walls, the album that the world was almost denied from hearing by forces beyond his control. But rather than crash into walls that barred his way to make that happen, he broke them down brick by brick and then stepped on through to the other side. And where he goes from here… who knows?
For more information visit http://www.andrewwk.com/.
Kentucky rockers Stitch Rivet have released a video for their song, “Frankenstein”. Check it out and see what you think about the song and video. If you like it vote SWIM, if you hate it, vote SINK. If the majority votes SWIM, we play “Frankenstein” on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show.
Check out the video below.