Collective Soul, Jonny Lang, Don Felder, Hoobastank and Blackberry Smoke have all been added to this year’s Moondance Jam schedule, joining the previously-announced Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar (with Neil Giraldo) and Buckcherry. Now the country’s largest classic rock festival, this year’s event will take place July 14-17, 2010 in Walker, Minnesota. Tickets are available now at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 1-877-MOONJAM.
Collective Soul is still touring behind its self-titled 2009 release that featured the hit single “Welcome All Again,” and makes its first ever Jam appearance this year. The quintet is still best known for its massive singles “Shine,” “December” and “Heavy,” and has sold over eight million records in the U.S. during its 15 year career.
Lang returns for the second time to Walker and the first since he won a Grammy in 2007 for his “Turn Around” record. Former Eagle Felder will perform his “Evening at the Hotel California” set that features many of his former band’s greatest songs. Atlanta-based southern rocker group Blackberry Smoke is still touring behind its “Little Piece of Dixie” set, while modern rockers Hoobastank bring its big hits “My Turn,” “The Reason,” “Crawling in the Dark” and “Running Away” to the ever-expanding party.
Tickets are now available in a variety of packages. Concert goers can purchase Rockstar All Access (with onstage viewing), three-day VIP, three-day general admission, weekend packages and single day admission, as well as camping sites and parking passes by contacting the Jam office in Walker. At the festival, general admission tickets get you front row access-there is no VIP in-front seating in Walker.
An official announcement concerning the entire festival line-up is due sometime later this month. Expect 15 bands to pack the main stage over three days and many more side stage acts to be added in the coming months.
The Moondance Jam has been held at the same location in Walker since 1992. This year marks the 19th edition of the festival, which was started by resident Bill Bieloh. The Moondance Jam and its sister festival, Moondance Jamming Country Fest, help bring thousands of music fans to the Walker area every summer. Its idyllic location, situated in the middle of Chippewa National Forest on a private 300-acre ranch and located on the third largest lake in Minnesota, houses thousands of camping sites during the festivals, and has been cited by many as to why they return year after year to Walker for the shows.
Check out the clip below from Dark New Day. This is the short lived band that featured Brett Hestla of Virgos Merlot, Troy McLawhorn of DoubleDrive, Clint Lowery of Sevendust, Corey Lowery of Stereomud, Stuck Mojo, and Will Hunt of Skrape
Are you looking forward to Slash’s new CD as much as I am? Check out this version that is being released from Classic Rock Magazine!
The Classic Rock Slashpack release of Slash’s new album Slash will go on sale on April 7 and includes giant poster, patch and 132-page magazine devoted to Slash!
Slash’s debut solo album Slash featuring high profile collaborators such as Ozzy, Iggy Pop, Lemmy, Chris Cornell and Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) is out in the UK in May, but Classic Rock is selling a very special Slash fanpack on the newsstands from April 7.
The Classic Rock Slashpack will also be the only album version to include two extra bonus tracks: Baby Can’t Drive (feature Alice Cooper/Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls) and a wicked cover of the classic Guns N’ Roses track Paradise City (featuring Fergie/Cypress Hill).
Classic Rock has 1,000 early-bird copies of the Slashpack that you can order now for those of you who just can’t wait! Pre-order your exclusive Slashpack for just £14.99 (inclusing P&P within the UK) and be the first to get it on April 7! (Please note, all orders placed outside of the UK will include additional postage and packing fees.)
The Classic Rock Slashpack will be available on magazine newsstands nationwide, in over 3,000 non-conventional music retail outlets such as WH Smith, and all supermarket chains and many independent high street newsagents on April 7.
A Play.com exclusive version is available featuring a Slash pin-badge. Order the Play.com Slashpack here.
Roadrunner Records will be releasing the conventional Slash album in the UK on May 10.
The tracklisting is as follows:
Ghost (Ian Astbury – The Cult) 3:34
Crucify The Dead (Ozzy Osbourne) 4:04
Beautiful Dangerous (Fergie – The Black Eyes Peas) 4:35
Promise (Chris Cornell – Soundgarden/Audioslave) 4:41
By The Sword (Andrew Stockdale – Wolfmother) 4:50
Gotten (Adam Levine – Maroon 5) 5:05
Doctor Alibi (Lemmy – Motorhead) 3:07
Watch This Dave (Dave Grohl/Duff McKagan) 3:46
I Hold On (Kid Rock) 4:10
Nothing To Say (M Shadows – Avenged Sevenfold) 5:27
Starlight (Myles Kennedy – Alter Bridge) 5:35
Saint Is A Sinner Too (Rocco De Luca) 3:28
We’re All Gonna Die (Iggy Pop) 4:30
Bonus tracks only available with the Classic Rock Slashpack:
Baby Can’t Drive (Alice Cooper/Nicole Scherzinger)
Paradise City (Fergie/Cypress Hill)
You can listen to “By The Sword” with Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother at this link!
April 15 – Portland, ME – Civic Center on-sale 3/5
April 16 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Arena on-sale 3/6
April 17 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena on-sale 3/6
April 19 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Arena on-sale 3/5
April 20 – Norfolk, VA – Norva on-sale 3/13
April 21 – Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium on-sale 3/5
April 23 – Ft. Myers, FL – Live X AVAILABLE NOW
April 24 – Tampa, FL – 98Rockfest AVAILABLE NOW
April 25 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
April 27 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium on-sale 3/12
April 28 – Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium on-sale 3/5
April 30 – Birmingham, AL – Crawfish Fest on-sale 3/5
May 1 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Fest on-sale 3/4
May 19 – Glen Falls, NY – Glen Falls Civic Center AVAILABLE NOW
May 20 – West Long Branch, NJ – MAC Center @ Monmouth University on-sale 3/5
May 23 – Camden, NJ – MMRBQ @ Susquehanna Bank Center AVAILABLE NOW
Want some dirt cheap rock to get your Friday going? Amazon.com has a killer deal on Breaking Benjamin’s latest release, Dear Agony.
You can download the entire CD for $2.99! Get it here!
ASIA, rock’s first important super-group of the 80s – featuring members from Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and The Buggles – will release Omega, its highly anticipated new album of original material. The record is due in the spring of 2010 on Frontiers Records.
Geoffrey Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton, the four original Asia members, reunited in 2006, twenty-three years after all four had last played together. The much publicised reunion resulted in highly successful world tours, a double live LP and DVD (entitled Fantasia: Live In Tokyo) and an acclaimed studio album Phoenix in 2008 which debuted at number 73 in the Billboard charts in the USA and entered the top 100 in several European countries.
Formed at the dawn of the MTV era, Asia’s first release was the best selling album in the world in 1982 and sat at the number 1 spot in the USA for 9 weeks, powered by the classic rock anthem, “Heat Of The Moment,” and four other radio hits. Asia’s 1983 sophomore album, Alpha, also went multi-platinum and enjoyed several hit singles, including the #1 smash, “Don’t Cry”. During the recording of its third disc, the band splintered, and by the 1990s, only Geoff Downes remained from the original line-up.
The reunion came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band, but morphed itself into an ongoing endeavour. In 2008, they returned with the first new studio album, Phoenix, which had been strongly influenced by the fusion of talents and heritages that the band excited the music world with back in 1982. Omega shows a new renaissance for this amazing group of musicians, which seem to live up to a joie-de-vivre that stands the test of time.
Begun during the summer 2009, the writing and recording sessions of Omega, immediately showed inspiration and good feelings. “We were looking to create something different with Omega,” says keyboardist Geoff Downes. “Of course, the sound of the 4 band members of Asia will always have a certain hallmark when we play together. That’s a given. But we approached the song writing with a mind to getting a degree of variety into these compositions. Hence, you will hear areas of textures where arguably we have never gone before.”
Adds lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist John Wetton: “Asia is an English prog-rock band with a pop edge, always has been, and hopefully always will be. Accessible, melodic, anthemic songs with great playing, luxuriating in a bed of lush orchestration, with lyrics that strike a sympathetic chord in even the most cynical heart. There you have it, Omega is a themed album in Asia’s fine tradition, without the millstone of a concept.”
Steve Howe adds that “the whole recording process has been inspiring and rewarding, and I’m very excited about the result”. “I would say these are all strong individual songs” says drummer Carl Palmer. “It was a very smooth experience, and arguably one of our best records.”
For the first time since the debut album, ASIA worked with an outside producer, Mike Paxman (Uriah Heep, Status Quo) who managed to create a truly special sounding album with the highs, lows and lots of dynamics. He helped the band to put together a tapestry of sound, which demonstrates the rich strata of Asia’s music. Paxman was able to achieve this through the songs which spun real stories of actual events and experiences in locations around the globe. “The songs always have a message, hopefully positive,” says Wetton. “My songs are almost always autobiographical, so there is hope and experience in there, too. The lyric will never leave you on a negative thought. “
As with the most popular of ASIA releases, the cover art specifically designed for the project by acclaimed artist Roger Dean. The concept of the title (Omega), and the ‘Year of the Tiger’ referencing of the cover art underline the fact that this is real Asia. John Wetton explains: “The title ‘Omega’, as any fan of the band will tell you, is ‘very Asia’ (as is the album, by the way). It no more means ‘final’ than ‘Alpha’ means ‘the first’ (which it wasn’t). It’s a great sounding/looking word, and a bookend to ‘Alpha’. In many ways, musically and conceptually, the two albums share commonality.”
“We are embarking on our European tour around the middle of April, then straight in to Japan for the middle of May” says Downes. “It’s going to be fun working out the new setlist because obviously we have another album under our belt now with Omega.”
After touring Europe and Japan, ASIA will embark on a US tour late in the summer of 2010.
Omega will be released in the first pressing in digipak with one exclusive bonus track:
(*) Bonus track first pressing in digipak.
ASIA EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
Apr. 21 – Helsinki, Finland – House of Culture
Apr. 22 – Moscow, Russia – B1 Club
Apr. 24 – Rome, Italy – Auditorium
Apr. 26 – Prague, Czech Republic – Lidovy dum Kbely
Apr. 27 – Winterthur, Switzerland – Salzhaus
Apr. 28 – Graz, Austria – Orpheum
Apr. 30 – Paris, France – Casino De Paris
May 1 – Uden, Netherlands – de Pul
May 2 – Asschaffenburg, Germany
May 3 – Nuremburg, Germany – Hirsch
May 4 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
May 6 – Reichenbach, Germany – Die Halle
May 7 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche Prinz-Regent-Strasse 50-60
May 8 – Osnabruck, Germany – Rosenhof Rosenplatz 23
May 9 – Bonn, Germany – Bruckenforum
For All Things ASIA, please visit:
It seems like every year there is a solid new modern hard rock act that comes along. After listening to Razer’s new CD, Dark Devotion over the last few weeks, I would have to say they are one of the best new metal acts that I have heard in a long time. At first I thought Razer sounded like a decent mix of bands like Godsmack & Drowning Pool. In all honesty, that isn’t really fair, they may be better than both of those bands.
The first thing I noticed about Razer was the vocals of Chris Powers. Powers delivers the songs on Dark Devotion with plenty of conviction, and he has just enough roughness in his voice to make the songs interesting. The rhythm section of Razer is damn near perfect. Thundering drums and heavy bass lines help bolster the songs this album. Chris Catero has played in Mary Friedman’s solo band, so you know this guy can deliver the goods. He definitely gets it done on Dark Devotion. Jeremy Graves and Paul Sullivan are no slouches on the guitar either. There are plenty of riffs for you to feast your ears on. I doubt you will be able to listen to Dark Devotion from beginning to end without the desire to head bang, or play the air guitar.
The lead off single “Superpaun” is a heavy rocker that gets in your head. I have been listening to a large variety of bands as of late, and it is the riff from “Superpaun” that keeps sticking with me. As good as “Superpaun” is, it isn’t the best song on Dark Devotion by any means. There are several good tunes on this CD including “Cold War”, “Never Understand”, “Frozen” and “The Broken”. All of these songs could easily be a single for Razer. I believe you will be hard pressed to find a bad song on this CD.
Overall, Dark Devotion is a very strong debut from a band that we are going to be hearing a lot more about in the years to come. If you missed out on Hard Rock Hideout’s Dark Devotion listening party last Friday (2/19/10) you can still check out some songs from this album at the Razer myspace page. Don’t miss out on this hard rockin’ CD!
Rating: Out of 10
02. What I Say
03. Cold War
04. Never Understand
05. Dark Devotion
06. Right Kind Of Evil
07. Fall From Grace
09. Falling In Line
10. Save The World
11. Cut And Paste
12. The Broken
Chris Powers – Vocals
Jeremy Graves – Guitar
Paul Sullivan – Guitar
Eric Bongiorno – Drums, Backing Vocals
Chris Catero – Bass, Backing Vocals
Check out the new video “House” from Aussie rockers, The Poor.
If you missed last night’s Hard Rock Hideout Radio show, you missed one of our best shows yet. Last night’s show featured a ton of classic hard rock & glam metal, plus some new songs from Krokus, Airbourne, KEEL, Shylock & more.
Lita Ford – Hungry
Saints & Sinners – Rip It Up
Krokus – Hoodoo Woman (New!)
Gypsy Rose – Poisoned By Love
Toxic Heart – Ticket
Saigon Kick – All I Want
Southgang – Tainted Angel
Shake City – Lust & Love
Danger Danger – Lovin’ A Girl Like YOu
Enuff Z’nuff – For Now
Trixter – Heart of Steel
Kenni Denile – We Are The Young
KEEL – Lookin’ For a Good Time (Random Pick of the Week)
King Kobra – Burnin’ In Her Fire
Paul Stanley – All About You
Fire – Lost Without You
Eyes – Wired For Love
Dare – Heartbreaker
Shylock – Damn Good (New!)
Treat – Paper Tiger
The Poor – What I’d Do (To Get A Piece of You)
Sister Whiskey – I’d Lie To You For Your Love
Tora Tora – Lost In Paradise (NEW!)
Britny Fox – Gudbuy T’ Jane
Quiet Riot – Mama Weer All Crazee Now
Slade – Leave Them Girls Alone
KEEL – Hit The Ground Runnin’ (Random Pick of the Week)
Silent Rage – Rebel With A Cause
L.A. Guns – Some Lie 4 Love
Wildside – Heart N’ Soul
KingoftheHill – Just A Little Bit
Slik Toxik – White Lies/Black Truth
Lillian Axe – Show A Little Love
The Darkness – One Way Ticket
Hansel – Rocketship of Love
Wig Wam – Kill My Rock N Roll
Harlot’s Webb – Wild Times
Joan Jett – A.C.D.C.
Girlschool – Fox On The Run
Sweet – Wig Wam Bam
KEEL – No More Lonely Nights (Random Pick of the Week)
Airbourne – No Way, But The Hard Way (New!!)
You can listen to Hard Rock Hideout every Wednesday night at KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, Texas, or online at www.kacvfm.org.
Any Metalhead will attest, (from what we can recall), that they had a pretty darn good time back in the ’80’s, so did Ron Keel. This man has seen and done it all – musician, vocalist, song writer, lyricist, composer… and he is still writing his own legacy in 2010. Ron’s most famous band KEEL not only jumped on board the Heavy Metal explosion of those colorful ’80’s, the original lineup is back for another hard and heavy go round with their loyal fans… both old school and new. Ron Keel is a smitten guy these days and there is more to this Heavy Metal veteran, more to this man, once you take in what he has to say. Oh, Ron Keel does have a lot to say too, taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to Hard Rock Hideout recently.
With the new KEEL album Streets of Rock & Roll, (released February 9, 2010), receiving it’s just praise from around the Heavy Metal and Hard Rock circles, concerts being aligned in support of this album and the KEEL NATION rising, Ron Keel is a man that is busy, happy and proud to be alive! Ron is excited about the present, reflects on the past, looks more to the future, holds friendship sacred, values his fans, respects and cares about the American troops both past and present, has a charitable heart, reveals his Heavy Metal and Hard Rock dreams and also has a message for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Walmart too… (phew), check it out:
HRH: So, Ron, how are you doing?
Ron Keel: I’m doing great! Keel is back! We just released Streets of Rock & Roll and I’ve never been a bigger fan of Keel in my entire life than right now!
HRH: You sound really happy Ron!
Ron Keel: I am! You know, back in the ’80’s, I used to want to go down in a blaze of glory. I used to think it would be cool to die young in a plane crash or something crazy like that. All those crazy thoughts go through your mind when your young. Now, I want to live! I’m 48 years old and I’ve seen and done it all and I’ve never felt better about life! I’m a husband, father and grandfather now, I want to make music, tour, do the things I love most in life and continue to Rock! I want to continue on with Keel and talk about this band and new album to everyone!
HRH: I’ll have to admit Ron, I really like this Streets of Rock & Roll album, it’s a great album. It Rocks hard.
Ron Keel: Thanks, I really appreciate that, I’m glad you enjoy it. It’s an album that I have in my truck right now, a great album to listen to while taking a long drive through the desert with the windows down. People are liking it, unfortunately Streets of Rock & Roll has been downloaded illegally already. There are ten thousand illegal downloads that were aware of in the first two weeks alone. It’s the other one million illegal downloads that we don’t know about!
HRH: That’s terrible Ron, it’s definitely not like the ’80’s anymore, where each album sold is accounted for.
Ron Keel: Sure, only back in the 80’s there were people out there buying chart positions. It gets real bad with how some albums got pushed up in the charts back then. It’s something I might want to touch on with my autobiography that I’m working on.
HRH: I’m sure I would be schooled on some of those stories.
Ron Keel: Keel was a young band back then, we were screwed out of money, we didn’t know any better back then. We probably sold a lot more albums than was being told to us, maybe a million more. It’s not like that anymore, I’m in charge now of everything.
HRH: Going in to record Streets of Rock & Roll, were there any pre-conceived ideas that were scrapped at the last minute?
Ron Keel: None. The cream always rises to the top, we just let it happen. Recording this album was a natural, easy, creative process. The entire album was written last year, after our (Keel) reunion and there was an excitement of working together again. There was no band meeting or anything like that. It was a six month creative process, it came to be where expressing two to three songs a day was happening and we recorded on June 18th of 2009. Streets of Rock & Roll was the greatest joy of my recording career.
HRH: Sounds like you are very proud of this new album.
Ron Keel: Definitely, it’s a reunion album, it was the right move and I have no regrets. Streets of Rock & Roll has all the great qualities of past Keel albums, the twin guitars of Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay trading licks, big choruses, rhythmic duo voicings, power grooves, the lyrical content, strong attitude and fighting for what we believe in. Lot’s of power. Plus there are different tempos and key grooves, a whole different feel on this new album that takes you on a journey. The strong bond and friendship among Keel shows through these songs. Life felt very natural in the studio while recording Streets of Rock & Roll. This new album would not sound as great if not for Pat Regan, he is the best in the business, his state of the art recording techniques made this album happen!
HRH: Hold Steady, bravo for writing such a patriotic song! Are there loved one’s of yours serving or have served in the Armed Forces?
Ron Keel: Both of my parents served and I have many dear friends that have served or are serving. Back in ’98 and ’99 we toured military bases and that inspiration carries to this day! Everyday is a sacrifice for our service men and women. I have dedicated, to their honor, a free mp3 download of Hold Steady that is available on Keelnation.com. We appreciate and honor the service men and women, by giving them and the fans this song.
HRH: The song and the free download are commendable, Ron.
Ron Keel: Thank you. We really care about our veterans, I like to donate money when it’s available by taking it out of whatever comes through the office in earnings. I don’t care about having the extra money laying around, I’d rather donate it. Just recently, I wrote a check out for The Veteran’s Hospital in Las Vegas. My wife and I strongly support and endorse a special charity as well, it’s to pay for arts classes for kids with parents that have been either severely injured or passed away in war or service. Anyone can donate by visiting http://www.our militarykids.org., it means a great deal to us.
HRH: Again Ron, very commendable.
Ron Keel: Thank you. I have lived a good life and made my money. Donating is not going to hurt our bottom line.
HRH: Live, from Streets of Rock & Roll, is this a personal message from the heart? Sounds like it to me.
Ron Keel: Forty eight years of experience wrote the lyrics to this song. I thought of these lyrics while driving home from a gig one night. I never expected to live this long, I love my life and all of it’s blessings. I have also gone through a change in my personality. My thought is now… you get through the bad times to enjoy the good times. Live is a celebration of good stuff in my life. Let me just say, finding the music to fit the lyrics for Live was the challenge! The melody and lyrics came first, then the music. I’m used to writing or being handed the music first, then adding the lyrics.
HRH: Live came out just fine to me, it Rocks!
Ron Keel: Thank you, I appreciate that you like it.
HRH: I have read recently your statement, that you have some unfinished business to still take care of. What singer or musician do you wish to collaborate with as an unfinished business item?
Ron Keel: One band I want to open for is the Scorpions, on their farewell tour. Keel wants to play with the Scorpions! I am friends with Jon Bon Jovi, Keel opened for him on the Slippery When Wet Tour, so I would love to sit down with him and write some songs together. I also would want to write songs with Chris Daughtry, he is a special, strong and unique talent. I feel Chris Daughtry has bridged the gap between modern Hard Rock edge and old school mentality.
HRH: Those are some powerhouse choices of musicians and bands, Ron. Plus, I really hope the Scorpions read this and give you an opening slot on their tour! You just never know Ron.
Ron Keel: Thats it, plus it would be a dream to play with the Scorpions! I would want to sit down with both Jon Bon Jovi and Chris Daughtry, drink some beers and kick out some songs for an album. I think the three of us together, we would write some great Hard Rock songs!
HRH: (laughs) I would love to sit down with you guys and share a six pack while you write songs.
Ron Keel: (laughs) Oh yeah!
HRH: How come Streets of Rock & Roll is not at Walmart or Target?
Ron Keel: Hey, don’t go to Walmart to buy your music! I buy everything online, it’s all out there. Walmart has nothing for Hard Rock or Heavy Metal! Hey, if Walmart wants me to send them two million copies of Streets of Rock & Roll, no problem! Just ask me! The AC/DC Black Ice marketing campaign was incredible, what Walmart did with them was brilliant.
HRH: KISS Sonic Boom as well. They had the KISS kiosk.
Ron Keel: Yes, KISS Sonic Boom was huge at Walmart! I remember seeing that KISS kiosk.
HRH: You know what you need to get into Walmart besides CD’s, is a Keel kiosk! (laughs)
Ron Keel: (laughs) Yeah! A Keel kiosk! That sounds good to me!
HRH: Well, you know how it is Ron, I’m caught in Walmart, with the family, the CD aisle is a cool escape to hang out in.
Ron Keel: I understand, actually, I went into a Walmart recently and looked for the new Chris Daughtry deluxe edition CD. Walmart didn’t even have it!
HRH: What 1980’s moment in your career do you laugh most about now?
Ron Keel: The ’80’s were happy times, it was a non-stop grind with all of the arena shows. Everyday in the ’80’s was like the 4th of July, New Years Eve and Halloween all together! We had nothing but sold out shows in Japan. As far as remembering a moment where I can laugh about today… there were many crazy female moments.
HRH: Crazy female moments? Such as? Or do we use our imagination?
Ron Keel: (laughs) Yeah! Use our imagination! That’s a good way to put it! Actually, there was this one time, where a girl handcuffed herself to our tour bus door.
HRH: Gee, what happened to this girl?
Ron Keel: (laughs) Well, no one had the key to the handcuffs! I really don’t remember what happened to her! Honestly.
HRH: (laughs) That’s funny.
HRH: What band would you pay top dollar to see, past or present?
Ron Keel: Well, top dollar or no dollar, because I’m friends with many of the bands. I like to support my friend Bret Michaels on his solo tours as much as I can. Nickelback, only when they came to Vegas, I was out of town on tour. Chris Daughtry, AC/DC, and a Van Halen reunion. Bon Jovi just blows me away every night as a fan! Queensryche as well, as a fan!
HRH: What band or musician has been ignored too long by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Ron Keel: KISS! They are one of the five most iconic bands that ever lived! Don’t even get me started on this topic! I’ve expressed my disgust for that place many times in my past. Who votes in that place anyways? I’m not trying to throw The Who under the bus here, but, one hundred years from now, most people will say who is The Who? Not with KISS! One hundred years from now, people will know who KISS is and was! I’m not just saying this because Gene Simmons is a friend of mine either. Man, Gene Simmons’s kids will be running KISS, then the grandchildren will have the run of KISS! Their music, marketing and brand will never go away.
HRH: What song or album did you hear, that inspired you to become a musician?
Ron Keel: The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was two years old, it was February of 1963, I believe. The song was I Wanna Hold Your Hand. I remember looking at my parents and saying, this is what I want to do! I became so addicted and drawn to it at that moment. There were many milestone albums and songs, I devoured it all! KISS, Aerosmith, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin all inspired me. Later on, the edgier stuff like Black Sabbath I listened to. As a kid, it all goes back to the 45, those little records I would buy at K-mart. The top thirty songs on 45, I bought them all! Every week, if the top thirty changed too. I learned them and sung them all! My father used to play Country Music all around the house, that is where my Country exposure came from. The Van Halen 1 album changed the world when I was a junior in high school! When I first heard Van Halen, everyone was saying, who is this guy Eddie Van Halen? No one was around that sounded like Eddie Van Halen on guitar. No one sounded like Van Halen, it was great! Because of Van Halen’s overnight explosion, credit Heavy Metal in America because of them.
HRH: Those are really cool influences.
Ron Keel: The kids today, they already know about most of these bands because of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. These two games are exposing all of this great Hard Rock and Heavy Metal to new generations, our music will be kept live and fresh for decades to come.
HRH: If you could go back in time and rewrite a movie soundtrack, what movie would it be and why?
Ron Keel: I’m a music movie fan, I also like music biographies of famous people. I would not want to go into the past, I’d rather want to do something new. It’s interesting to consider, with all the t.v. and film work that I do. If I had to go back, it would be Spinal Tap. I would rewrite all the music and lyrics for that one! I wouldn’t mind contributing to a Rock movie as well. My favorites are Eddie and the Cruisers, Pure Country, Crossroads and Rock Star with Mark Wahlberg.
HRH: If you were to make just one more album, knowing it would be your last, what genre would it represent?
Ron Keel: An acoustic album by myself. I already released an acoustic album called Alone At Last. It was the biggest and most personal music achievement of my career. I sang the best of my career on Alone At Last. I want my next generation to listen to it and know that grandpa gave this to them, to know that I am at my happiest when by myself with a guitar and song. Alone At Last was the single most demanding project that I have ever done in my life. My fingers literally bled while making that album. Alone At Last is driving at night songs, through the desert. You can find it on CDBaby.com. Sabre Tiger is the heaviest music I have ever done, progressive too. Country maybe… it would be another acoustic album.
HRH: What is the common thread that has kept Ron Keel, Marc Ferrari, Bryan Jay and Dwain Miller together from the very start?
Ron Keel: Friendship. We never let anything get in the way of friendship, not money, women, drugs, nothing. We became Rock stars together, sharing the best times of our life together. Now we get to do it again! This Keel reunion is not about money, together we have already pumped so much money back into the business. At the end of the day, we settle our differences. We raise our glass to each other, brothers in blood is what we are!
HRH: Just like the song on Streets of Rock & Roll.
Ron Keel: Just like that.
HRH: Any message you want to say to the fans?
Ron Keel: Listen to this new record and enjoy it! It’s special. Fans of commercial Heavy Metal and Hard Rock will enjoy it. Fans can stay in touch with us by visiting online at Keelnation.com. The Keel fans are the people that helped me, helped us, to live a dream life and I cannot forget that. Twenty years from now, I hope the fans still listen to Streets of Rock & Roll!
Not only is Motley Crue front man, Vince Neil giving up a free download of ‘Tattoos & Tequila”, he is also giving away the video for free too! Visit the Vince Neil website and get yours!!
The Deftones made the first single off of their upcoming album, Diamond Eyes, available as a free download. You can get the song, titled “Rocket Skates,” directly by clicking here. The album is due in stores May 18th.
WATCH JET PERFORM 2 SONGS ON NBC’S LATE NIGHT COVERAGE OF
THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS
LATE NIGHT COVERAGE BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 24 AT 12:05AM (TECHNICALLY FEBRUARY 25) ON NBC<
DJ Brian Basher takes over the airwaves tonight at 9 P.M. CST (10 P.M. EST) at KACV FM 90 with the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show! You will also be able to check out new music from Tora Tora, Treat, Toxic Heart, Krokus and our random pick of the week, KEEL. There will also be songs from Slade, Sweet, Enuff Z’nuff, Silent Rage and a whole lot more.
Listen to Hard Rock Hideout Radio online at www.kacvfm.org and on KACV FM90 in Amarillo, TX.
AXXIS “UTOPIA” IS POWER METAL THEATER AT IT’S FINEST!
AXXIS, the Dortmund, Germany, Heavy Metal band has made quite an impression on me over the years… one being of the upmost Metal respect that I have for them. Going on 21 years in the Heavy Music business, the latest AXXIS release – Utopia, (released on October 6, 2009), is nothing short of dramatic and powerful Heavy Metal. All 11 songs are an all encompassing ride into the stratosphere of Power Metal enlightenment. Structurally solid are the songs on this album, the richness and power of the keyboards are what makes this album sound like I am actually on a journey to Utopia itself. Combine the song writing and semi-progressiveness of Utopia with the nod to old school Heavy Metal and what comes forth is not your standard Power Metal album… or band.
If I am to sum up Utopia with just one word, theatrical would be justified. This is not a word to shy away from on the Power Metal stage, it actually is what should be strived for and Axxis does it so well. Sarah Wanna Die and My Father’s Eyes are fortified with stirring emotion both musically and vocally, very moving are these songs lyrically. Axxis original Bernhard Weiss on lead vocals creates the emotional mood and feelings of this Utopia album, his vocals are of an almost sacred exaltation, with the chorus and keyboards only elevating what’s already powerfully high.
Heavy Rain is my favorite song on Utopia, one that could be construed as a soundtrack for self empowerment into reasoning the darkest of days. Axxis mainstay Harry Oellers on keyboards doesn’t just make background atmospherics, the importance of his musicianship goes beyond the norm on Utopia. His keyboards are the glue that pieces Utopia together, bridging the highs and lows of each songs tempo, while simultaneously lending as a chorus in it’s own musical right.
Lest not forget, that Utopia does Rock heavy, with Marco Wriedt on guitar reminding me of that, with each solid lead, riff and solo. A blend of old school Speed Metal and Traditional Heavy Metal guitar is what Marco brings, exhibiting some classical brilliance along the way. Rob Schomaker on bass and Alex Landenburg on drums add the thunderous pulse to what Axxis has created on Utopia, they are just as integral to these songs overall excellence.
At the end of my Metal day, I will tell anyone that Axxis is an electrifying and theatrical Power Metal Band, Utopia is an album that exhibits this, from beginning to end. Axxis just exercises more emotion within the lyrics and structures of their songs, which is a unique aspect to their brand of Power Metal. Axxis utilizes layering within their music not just because they can, it’s done with reason and with grandiose style that sets them apart. For a powerful, heavy and theatrical journey, get a hold of Utopia and enjoy. Axxis fans have already been on this Utopian, Power Metal trip and are getting ready to board again!
Utopia was released on AFM Records & EMI Capitol.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Journey To Utopia
3. Last Man On Earth
4. Fass Mich An
5. Sarah Wanna Die
6. My Fathers’ Eyes
7. The Monsters Crawl
8. Eyes Of A Child
9. Heavy Rain
10. For You I Will Die
Bernhard Weiss – vocals
Harry Oellers – keyboards
Marco Wriedt – guitar
Rob Schomaker – bass
Alex Landenburg – drums
Check out the latest video clip “White Feather” from Wolfmother. Wolfmother’s new album, “Cosmic Egg” is in stores now.
It’s a bill that fans of horror and hard rock could only dream of until now: Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper sharing the stage for a night of theatrical rock n’ roll madness. For the first time ever, the “gruesome twosome” will play an exclusive limited run of North American tour dates beginning April 26th at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, MB. Rob Zombie commented, “The dream or the nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for the last 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock ‘N’ Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls.” Alice Cooper added, “I’m looking forward to theses concerts with Rob. It’s sort of like Dracula Vs. Frankenstein. We’re like this generation’s classic monsters. When we’re not onstage frightening audiences, we’ll be backstage trying to scare each other.”
Following the dates with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and longtime bandmates guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Tommy Clufetos will hit the road for an extensive North American trek to co-headline this year’s Mayhem Festival (visit: www.robzombie.com or www.myspace.com/robzombie or please see below for all tour dates).
It’s been a busy year for multi-platinum hard rock artist and filmmaker Rob Zombie. Zombie’s brand new album HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 just debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, marking his second Top Ten debut in 6 months. The Zombie-helmed Halloween 2 landed at #3 at the box office in August, 2009 and went on to become one of the biggest horror movies of the year, grossing more than $37 million to date. Zombie will make his television directorial debut with an episode of CBS’ highly-rated show CSI: Miami set to air on Monday, March 1st at 10:00PM, EST.
With more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos under his belt, Rob Zombie is a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. Zombie’s unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and more recently his vision as a director and writer.
Alice Cooper, the rock innovator generally credited with pioneering theatrics and bringing stagecraft to the rock idiom, has been a huge influence on successive generations of artists. On tour with Rob Zombie, he will be performing his Theatre of Death production that he will subsequently take it on the road in North America and Europe throughout 2010. He is backed in concert by longtime band members Damon Johnson and Keri Kelli (guitars), bassist Chuck Garric, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. Alice is preparing to release a live Theatre of Death DVD, filmed in London late last year, and is currently in pre-production on a new album.
Alice Cooper is the host of Nights with Alice Cooper, produced and distributed by the United Stations Radio Networks. Alice anchors 30 hours per week of original Classic Rock programming. Alice’s time slot reaches 1.1 million listeners (12+) each week, and his affiliates have a weekly reach of over 6 million listeners. For more facts, figures, fans, features and fun go to www.nightswithalicecooper.com.
ROB ZOMBIE/ALICE COOPER – The Gruesome Twosome Tour
26 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
27 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union
28 Edmonton, AB (1) Rexall Place
29 Calgary, AB (2) Corral
1 Vancouver, BC (3) Pacific Coliseum
2 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center
4 Casper, WY (4) Casper Events Center
(1) – Nights With Alice Cooper heard on CIRK/97.3FM
(2) – Nights With Alice Cooper heard on CFGQ/107/3FM
(3) – Nights With Alice Cooper heard on CFMI/101FM
(4) – Nights With Alice Cooper heard on KRNK/96.7FM
ROB ZOMBIE co-headlining Mayhem Festival
10 San Bernadino, CA San Manuel Ampitheater
11 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Ampitheatre
13 Southeast Auburn, WA White River Ampitheater
14 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Ampitheater
16 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
17 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
18 Englewood, CO Comfort Dental Ampitheatre
20 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Ampitheater
21 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
23 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
24 Hartford, CT The Comcast Center
25 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
27 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
28 Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
30 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
31 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
1 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Ampitheatre
4 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Ampitheatre
6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion At Star Lake
8 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
10 Tampa, FL Ford Ampitheatre
11 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Ampitheater
13 Dallas, TX SuperPages.com Center
14 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Ampitheatre
Heaven’s Basement sent out the following update today:
Hi guys, writing stuff like this is never easy so we’ll just come right out with
Unfortunately, Richie has decided to leave Heaven’s Basement. This will probably
come as a surprise to most of you (as it did us) but to be honest we’ve seen
signs in Richie over the last few months that suggested there was something
wrong. He first told us about how he felt when we regrouped for some writing
sessions in the studio last month. Richie was upfront with us all about his
doubts in continuing. He feels he can no longer keep up with everything that
goes along with being part of Heaven’s Basement. He’s written a message for you
all, so here it is.
“After 18 months of amazing highs and amazing experiences, I feel that the
lifestyle and constant touring has taken its toll and its time for me to move on
to different pastures! In short guys, I’m afraid I will be stepping down as the
lead singer of Heaven’s Basement.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me through this amazing time in my
life. I also want to thank my brothers in HB for their understanding and
friendship! I would like to thank all the fans of Heavens Basement for all
their love and support over the last 2 years! You’ve all made my life a brighter
I wish the guys all the luck in the world for their future.
It goes without saying that we’ll miss him, Richie will always be an important
part of the band’s history as one of the founding members. It’s not even two
years yet since the first Heaven’s Basement show but during that time we’ve had
some amazing times together which we’ll never forget. We’ve all become great
friends over the past few years and he was a very important part of what makes
the band chemistry work. We wish him all the best for the future, we’re sure he
will go on to do well in what ever path he chooses.
I guess you will all be wondering about what we’re going to do about the
upcoming tour dates we have. While we initially thought that Richie would come
out and play these tours with us until we found ourselves a new frontman, that’s
not going to be the case anymore. As you know, we’re not the kind of guys to let
a small thing like not having a singer get in the way, so we’re happy to say
that they will all be going ahead as planned! Us guys thrive of being on the
road, it’s what HB is about. We pride ourselves on being a live band. We’ve been
through our fair share of sticky situations in the past and always managed to
pull through, obviously losing your singer a couple of weeks before a two month
tour is a new thing for us but if there’s a way to make it work, we’ll find that
way. We’re lucky to have met and played alongside some great musicians over the
past few years which have fused some great friendships, this has led to our
saviour for these dates, our good friend Johnn
y Fallen. Johnny’s been working hard with us for the past few days on our set,
he’s doing a great job at learning the stuff at such sort notice. Learning an
hour long headline set in a week is no easy task! Lucky for us his own band
theFALLEN have a break in their schedule so he’s able to stand in for us on the
upcoming dates. Massive thanks to all the guys in his band….we’re very
grateful for this and we owe ya’s one!!
Johnnys really excited about coming out on tour. We’ve told him all good stuff
about you guys and we know you will all give him a warm welcome when he takes to
the stage with us!
Aside from all this, the search is now on for our future full time singer.
Obviously we’re keen to get someone in as soon as we can, as we already have a
lot more tours and festivals booked and this year will be our busiest yet. We’re
lining up auditions as soon as we return from the Theory Of A Deadman tour.
Anyone interested should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
title “singer”, some samples of them singing (either a myspace link or
attachment), photos and a bio that covers basic info such as age, location etc..
So, as clichéd as it is, a new chapter begins in our history, one thing you all
should know is that us four guys are as fired up as ever, we know people
naturally become concerned whenever a band loses a member but we’re not going
anywhere! We’re so glad that we’re able to keep on the road despite this
situation and we have no doubt that we’ll look back on this in the future as
another obstacle that we turned into a positive!
Anyway, its time for us to get back in the rehearsal room with Johnny! We hope
you lot have all got our lyrics down to give him a hand over the coming weeks if
he needs it! ;)
We’ll see you on tour
Jonny, Sid, Chris, Rob
THE REVAMPED ROCKLAHOMA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!
ZZ TOP, GODSMACK, BUCKCHERRY, AND TESLA HIGHLIGHT THE 2010 EVENT!
Today, festival organizers announced the much anticipated return of ROCKLAHOMA, set for Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 29, 30, 2010 in Pryor, OK. The new, captivating line-up for ROCKLAHOMA highlights some of the biggest rock bands in the United States from the ‘80s, ‘90s & today!
Established in 2007 as a Classic Rock destination festival, ROCKLAHOMA organizers focused on revamping the 2010 event to encompass a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists. Mission Accomplished!
The ROCKLAHOMA 2010 line-up includes: ZZ Top, Godsmack, Tesla, Buckcherry, Cinderella, Chevelle, Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, Saliva, Saving Abel, Adelitas Way, Janus, Aranda, Burn Halo, Richy Nix, Shaman’s Harvest, Taddy Porter, Like A Storm, Taking Dawn, New Medicine, Year Long Disaster, Brookroyal, Within Reason, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Krank, The Glitter Boys and more very special guests to be announced!
ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons commented, “As life-long residents of ‘Baja, Oklahoma,’ Dusty, Frank and I are looking forward to making the northward trek to Pryor in May. The idea of sharing the stage with so many great, cutting-edge bands out there today is most appealing. It’s like rock ‘n’ roll summer camp; does that make us campers or counselors?”
“The new vision for ROCKLAHOMA is to draw a much wider rock audience by exploring more sides of the genre,” commented Joe Litvag, Senior Vice-President of AEG Live and Executive Consultant to the ROCKLAHOMA organizers. “This is such an amazing location for a multi-day camping festival, and I’m proud of the fact that we’ve been able to bring together some true icons of rock to perform alongside many of the hottest news and established rock acts in the country! It is definitely going to be a holiday weekend to remember,” Litvag concluded.
Three-day passes start at only $95 and will go on-sale on Saturday, February 27th at 10am CST, exclusively at http://www.rocklahoma.com. Camping add-ons, VIP packages, and seat upgrades will also be offered at the time of purchase. For a full list of amenities, including VIP camping spots, reserved concert seating, and unlimited, all-inclusive food and drink, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.
Festival president Mark Nuessle explains the value and experience that Rocklahoma offers by adding, “It has always been a top priority for Rocklahoma to be an affordable experience for all. Where else can the ultimate rock fan see this many artists for under $100? And for our VIP’s to be able to eat and drink for free, at their leisure, as part of the inclusive VIP experience? These are the elements that really make Rocklahoma a one-of-a-kind rock experience!”
ROCKLAHOMA is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premiere destination for a multi-day festival, and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas & much more.
For additional information, please visit http://www.rocklahoma.com.
ROCKLAHOMA – Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock!
Amazon.com is giving customer’s a free download of Fozzy’s song “Let The Madness Begin” off of their new album, Chasing the Grail. This free download is only available for a limited time. Go to this link and get yours!!
Seattle rockers THE FLOOD are about to join up with Sevendust and Drowning Pool on a tour that starts on Feb. 28th in Englewood, Colorado. THE FLOOD were recently featured on the Saw VI soundtrack and were featured on the Saw tour with Mushroomhead, among others.
The band entered the studio last year with Sylvia Massy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins) to record their debut full-length at her Radiostar Studios in Weed, CA.
The band also recently release a digital EP on iTunes which can be purchased here: http://itunes.apple.com/album/self-titled-ep/id342665461
Tour dates with Sevendust and Drowning Pool are as follows:
Feb 28 2010 7:45P
The Gothic Theatre w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Englewood, Colorado
Mar 2 2010 6:30P
Knitting Factory w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Reno, Nevada
Mar 3 2010 7:00P
The Knitting Factory w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Boise, Idaho
Mar 4 2010 7:00P
Wilma Theater w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Missoula, Montana
Mar 6 2010 7:00P
The Knitting Factory w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Spokane, Washington
Mar 7 2010 7:45P
Showbox at the Market w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Seattle, Washington
Mar 9 2010 6:30P
Grand Ballroom@Regency Center w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer San Francisco, California
Mar 10 2010 7:00P
House of Blues w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer W. Hollywood, California
Mar 12 2010 5:30P
House of Blues/Mandalay Bay w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 13 2010 7:00P
House of Blues w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Anaheim, California
Mar 14 2010 7:00P
Marquee Theatre w/Sevendust, Drowning Pool, Digital Summer Tempe, Arizona
Mar 16 2010 7:00P
Sunshine Theatre w/Sevendust, Digital Summer, Anesthesia Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mar 17 2010 7:00P
The Black Sheep w/Sevendust, Digital Summer, Sanguine Addiction Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 19 2010 7:00P
The Scout Bar w/Sevendust, Digital Summer, ONEisONE San Antonio, Texas
Mar 20 2010 7:00P
The Scout Bar w/Sevendust, Digital Summer, Melovine Houston, Texas
After a long winter it’s time to burn considerably on Walpurgis Eve and May Day with ROCK!
To this two-days festival you don´t need to worry of bad weather or campsite! Under roof, near the metro and buses located in Alvik you will find the “old printing company” where Stockholm Rock Out is held for the first time on April 30 and May 1.
In addition to these great bands, there will be bars, shops, tattoo artists and more. Stockholm Rock Out is an initiative by Chris Lemon from Badmouth.
The Festival stellar line-up will include:
–Friday April 30: Great White, KIX, Keel, Dizzy Reed of Guns’n’Roses, TUFF, Vains of Jenna, M.ILL.ION
–Saturday May 1: Slaughter, Steelheart, Pretty Boy Floyd, BulletBoys, Tigertailz, Crashdiet, Nasty Idols
Check out the Festival link: http://www.sthlmrockout.com/
Tickets on sale now at: http://www.tickster.com/sv/events/kbwjrthwtupax2k
Don’t miss it. It will be an awesome ROCK event!!!
Recording NEW single with Hugo Ferreira as producer..
Ohio modern rockers, 8KOunt, will be joining forces with Tantric frontman Hugo Ferreira as producer for their next single. Break Down Productions and KOnkussion Productions are happy to announce the partnership. Recording is set to begin the last weekend in February.
“8KOunt is pure American uncut rock-n-roll” Hugo Ferreira
“I’m really looking forward to working with Hugo” said 8KOunt frontman “Sugar” James Sayer. “I got a chance to hang out with him some and see how he works with a band. He just has a great way in the studio and I’m anxious to see what kind of alchemy we can create!”
8 KOunt is a hard-driving modern rock band based out of Ohio. Founded in 2004 by vocalist “Sugar” James Sayer, the current lineup featuring Robby D’Lor (Bass), Niki Tirey (Guitar) and Tarry Summers (Drums) has been in place since February 2008. The band has already shared the stage with the likes of Saliva, Shinedown, Sick Puppies and Tantric; proving their live bona fides in front of screaming audiences. The band has also scored international attention for their two recordings Cornered and Getaway Car in publications such as Metal Edge, Hit Parader and Concrete Corner as well as Fuse television.
Hugo Ferreira is best known for his work in the band Tantric which he co-founded along with former members of Days of the New. The band released their first album in 2001, with Hugo providing lead vocals. This debut proved a success, including hits such as “Breakdown”, “Mourning” and “Astounded.” The band recently released “Mind Control” with the hit single of the same name.
8KOunt will be opening for TANTRIC March 20th @ McGuffys House Of Rock in Dayton, Ohio. Get your tickets now as this show could easily sell out. Respond to this email to get your tickets @ $12
Check out the latest video “Superpaun” from Phoenix rockers, Razer!
It all started one day in 1999. Professional wrestler Chris Jericho was wrestling at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Rich Ward of Stuck Mojo happened to be at the event and met Jericho backstage. While conversing, they began to discuss their shared love of music and discovered that they had been heavily influenced by many of the same bands. A few months later, Ward invited Jericho to sing with a cover band he had started, and Fozzy was born.
Upon signing a record deal, Ward and Jericho decided that they should do something to differentiate themselves from other cover bands and decided to develop a “Spinal Tap” sort of backstory. The members of the band adopted characters and acted as if the songs they covered were actually their own songs, but the songs had been stolen from them while they had been exiled from America due to a record deal gone wrong. The label took the story and ran with it, filming a 30 minute “mockumentary” which aired on MTV and received rave reviews. Then in October of 2000, the band released it’s self-titled debut that consisted primarily of covers. The last two songs on the album were originals. Fozzy sounded exactly like what they were on that first album…nothing more than a mediocre cover band.
When the band began work on their second album, they had determined that they wanted to progress as a band and worked diligently toward that end. Happenstance was released in 2002, consisting of half covers and half originals. They gained much more notoriety, particularly in Europe. Longing to be taken seriously, the band dropped their storyline.
Fozzy’s third album, All That Remains, was released in 2005. This was the their first collection of all original material, and it was good enough to make the metal world pay attention. Fozzy wasn’t a joke anymore. With this album came confirmation that Fozzy might just have what it takes to become a force to be reckoned with.
Fast forward to 2010 and the release of Chasing The Grail. Fozzy has returned with a fire-breathing vengeance, and there can no longer be any doubt – this band is the real deal. While traces of influences such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest still exist, Fozzy succeeds in making the music their own. From start to finish, the album is energetic and aggressive, incorporating thick guitar riffs, bludgeoning drums, and vocals that deliver ferocity and melody in tandem.
Chasing The Grail is undeniably complex, blending components of both arena and melodic rock, and even taking a progressive turn at the end of the album. The first track, “Under Blackened Skies,” is a double-barreled, relentless, inflammatory assault on your speakers and sets the stage for what’s to come. It’s followed by “Martyr No More,” a heavy yet melodious rock anthem which was used as the theme song for WWE’s 2010 Royal Rumble. “Grail” is next and is my pick for best song on the album. The drum work is literally mind-blowing; Frank Fontsere’s skills on the kit are beyond astounding. The song is purely addictive.
“Broken Soul” is the album’s sole ballad. The guitar riffs give the song an ’80’s feel. Jericho’s vocals are reminiscent of Ozzy, and the band backs him with very tight harmonies. “Let The Madness Begin” follows with a thrashy, powerful groove. “Pray For Blood”….I don’t even know where to start! This song is pummeling, and true metalheads will LOVE it. From a musical standpoint, the song is more than technically sound. After hearing it, Fozzy’s musicianship is simply undeniable. Oh, did I mention that Frank Fontsere is a drum god?!?!
Next is “New Day’s Dawn.” This is my least favorite song on the album. It has a very strange feel. It seriously sounds like something that Adam Lambert would sing, and it makes me feel like I’m listening to a soundtrack from a vampire movie. Thankfully, things pick back up with “God Pounds His Nails” and “Watch Me Shine,” a couple of straight-up hard rock songs, the latter of which is quite melodic.
Metalheads, rejoice!! “Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday The 13th)” is riddled with speed metal at its finest. “Revival” is a magnificent, heavy song with complex sounds and crafty key-changes. The final song, “Wormwood,” is a 14 minute progressive rock song composed of more elements than you can imagine….from acoustic guitars to a Hammond organ to a rousing chorus that brings the pain, it is nothing short of amazing.
I first listened to Fozzy because I was a fan of Chris Jericho, and I found the band’s “backstory” to be amusing. I’m listening to Fozzy now and will continue to do so because they’ve just put out a damn good rock album. If the grail equates to rock superiority, Fozzy can stop chasing – they’ve already captured it.
Welcome to the big leagues, boys!!
Rating on Dee’s How Hard Does It Rock Scale: Out of 10
1. Under Blackened Skies
2. Martyr No More
4. Broken Soul
5. Let The Madness Begin
6. Pray For Blood
7. New Day’s Dawn
8. God Pounds His Nails
9. Watch Me Shine
10. Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday The 13th)
Chris Jericho – Vocals
Rich Ward – Guitar
Sean Delson – Bass
Frank Fontsere – Drums
Them Crooked Vultures, hot off a mind-erasing Saturday Night Live performance, and the release of their debut album are teaming up with Hard Rock Hideout to give one lucky fan a chance to score a sweet prize pack. One winner will be able to jam to Them Crooked Vultures on Rock Band 2 on their brand new XBOX 360!
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Swedish rockers, The Chuck Norris Experiment, are giving away their new EP, Five Monster Hits, as a free download. All you have to do is add them as a fan on Facebook.