Michael Sweet posted the following update on Stryper’s blog:
Wow! Typically (and historically) speaking, a new Stryper record comes out every 2-3 years. I’m pleased to announce shocking news – we are starting pre-production at the end of February (of this year) and we begin recording the 2nd week of March (of this year)! We will have a new record completed by early May 2010 and we will be planning for a release later in the year!!!
I don’t want to say too much at this time but I will write an update by next week describing what we’re going to do and I can tell you this – it won’t be what anyone expects and it will show a completely different side to Stryper that the world has never heard before. Let the controversy begin………..
The band is incredibly excited about this project and the label is equally as excited… Great things ahead!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Take notes everyone, Steel Panther finally answer the love and sex questions that fans submitted on Shockhound. Check it out!
Las Vegas rockers Taking Dawn have just announced that they will be joining forces with Airbourne for a European tour starting in Milan on March 3rd and ending in Dublin on April 14th.
Currently on tour in the States with Theory of a Deadman, Taking Dawn are taking the rock world by storm, one city at a time. Blurring the lines between rock and metal, their Roadrunner Records debut, Time To Burn, boasts huge vocals, epic choruses and even bigger guitars. The album will be released in the UK on April 12th, Continental Europe on March 1st, Japan in mid April, and Australia on March 1st.
The band also released a video for the first single “Time to Burn” , which features everything from hot chicks to break dancers and even a hilarious spoof on the Kanye West VMA incident.
European tour dates with Airbourne are as follows:
Mar 3 2010 8:00P
Alcatraz (w/Airbourne) Milan
Mar 4 2010 8:00P
Posthof (w/Airbourne ) Linz
Mar 5 2010 8:00P
Gasometer (w/Airbourne) Vienna
Mar 6 2010 8:00P
Durer Kirt (w/ Airbourne) Budapest
Mar 8 2010 8:00P
Tonhalle/Zenith (w/ Airbourne)
Mar 9 2010 8:00P
Volkhaus (w/ Airbourne ) Zurich
Mar 10 2010 8:00P
Schlactof (w/ Airbourne) Wiesbaden
Mar 11 2010 8:00P
Longhorn (w/Airbourne) Stuttgart
Mar 13 2010 8:00P
C Halle (w/Airbourne) Berlin
Mar 14 2010 8:00P
Pumpehuset (w/Airbourne) Copenhagen
Mar 15 2010 8:00P
John Dee (w/Airbourne) Oslo
Mar 17 2010 8:00P
Nosturi (w/Airbourne) Helsinki
Mar 18 2010 8:00P
Klubi (w/Airbourne) Tempere
Mar 20 2010 8:00P
KB Halle (w/ Airbourne) Malmo
Mar 21 2010 8:00P
Gross Freheit (w/Airbourne) Hamburg
Mar 22 2010 8:00P
Ewerk/Palladium (w/Airbourne) Koln
Mar 23 2010 8:00P
Pul (w/Airbourne) Uden Niewe, Holland
Mar 25 2010 8:00P
Melkweg (w/Airbourne) Amsterdam, Holland
Mar 26 2010 8:00P
Zenith (w/Airbourne) Paris
Mar 27 2010 8:00P
Rockhal Club Luxembourg (w/Airbourne) Luxembourg
Mar 29 2010 8:00P
Guildhall (w/Airbourne) Portsmouth, England
Mar 30 2010 8:00P
Colson Hall (w/Airbourne) Bristol, England
Apr 1 2010 8:00P
Hammersmith Apollo (w/Airbourne) London, England
Apr 2 2010 8:00P
Academy (w/Airbourne) Liverpool, England
Apr 3 2010 8:00P
Apollo (w/Airbourne) Manchester
Apr 5 2010 8:00P
Picturehouse (w/Airbourne) Edinburgh, Scotland
Apr 6 2010 8:00P
Academy (w/Airbourne) Glasgow, Scotland
Apr 7 2010 8:00P
Academy (w/Airbourne) Leeds, England
Apr 8 2010 8:00P
Academy (w/Airbourne) New Castle, England
Apr 10 2010 8:00P
Civic Hall (w/Airbourne) Wolverhampton, England
Apr 11 2010 8:00P
Rock City (w/Airbourne) Nottingham, England
Apr 13 2010 8:00P
Mandella Hall (w/Airbourne) Belfast
Apr 14 2010 8:00P
Academy (w/Airbourne) Dublin
Time to Burn album buy link : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/time-to-burn-special-edition/id350134971
ALICE IN CHAINS COLLABORATE WITH FANS ON ONLINE “YOUR DECISION” COMIC CONTEST
CONTEST OFFERS FANS THE CHANCE TO WIN NYC FLYAWAY PLUS HAVE THEIR STORY IDEAS ILLUSTRATED AND IMMORTALIZED, BY POPCULT / DEVIL’S DUE COMICS
ALICE IN CHAINS has teamed with Popcult (in association with Devils Due Comics) for a promotion allowing fans to add their chapters to the controversial storyline depicted in the video for current single Your Decision.
The Your Decision comic picks up where the video leaves off, fans will determine how the story ends. A tumblelog page featuring a master storyboard with comics opening chapter will be laid out at AliceInChains.com/YourDecision.
Fans can then post their suggestions for what they think should be the next chapter (in 150 words or less). Once approved, all new chapter posts will be viewable to the public. They can be read, commented on and voted for / liked by other users. At each chapter stage, the submission with the most likes will be the winner. Each winning submission will be elevated to the master storyboard and guide the path the story takes next. Winning entrants will see their chapter illustrated by Pop Cult / Devils Due Comics, and immortalized into the Make Your Decision comic book.
Fans are encouraged to share their submissions via Facebook and Twitter to pull extra votes. There will be five new chapters in total, so five opportunities to win. Sign up to Tumblr to vote.
The grand prize winner will be chosen by the band, based on the best entry of all five chapters. This prize will comprise of a flyaway for two to see Alice In Chains perform at a sold-out Terminal 5 show in New York City on March 9th, with opportunity to meet the band. Runners up will receive their own limited edition Your Decision illustrated lithographs, signed by the band.
The finalized Your Decision comic (comprised of all six successive parts) will be offered as a free PDF download to everyone. Sign up at AliceInChains.com/YourDecision at any point throughout the contest to receive. The comic ill be sent on storys completion, February 26 2010.
Contest launches at 12:30pm PST today (Friday, February 12) and will close Friday, February 26.
Last week Alice In Chains launched a sold-out tour of North American supporting new album BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE (Virgin/EMI). Fans and critics alike have lauded the record: Revolver magazine named it Album of the Year and readers of Guitar World magazine voted BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE Rock Album of the Year. The Readers Poll also saw Jerry Cantrell voted Best Rock Guitarist and lead single Check My Brain voted Best Riff.
New single Your Decision recently cracked the Billboard charts, making it the 12th top 10 Mainstream Rock hit of Alice In Chains career. The tracks debauchery-filled video, inspired in part by the film Eyes Wide Shut, was shot in a Malibu, CA mansion and directed by Stephen Schuster.
You can catch Alice In Chains performing Your Decision, Check My Brain and a thrilling mix of classic hits and new favorites during their current tour. Dates are as follows:
Date Venue City
Sat., Feb 13 Palladium Los Angeles, CA
Wed., Feb 17 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Fri., Feb 19 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
Sun., Feb. 21 Midland Theatre Kansas City, MO
Mon., Feb. 22 The Pageant St Louis, MO
Tues., Feb 23 Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
Thurs., Feb 25 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Fri., Feb. 26 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Sat., Feb.27 House of Blues/Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC
Mon., March 1 Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville, TN
Tues., March 2 The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC
Wed., March 3 Constitution Hall Washington, DC
Fri., March 5 The National Richmond, VA
Sat., March 6 MGM Grand Theater at Foxwood Mashantucket, CT
Mon., March 8 Terminal 5 New York City, NY
Tues., March 9 Terminal 5 New York City, NY
Fri., March 12 Borgata Atlantic City, NJ
Sat., March 13 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA
Sun., March 14 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
Tues., March 16 Metropolis Montreal, QC
Wed., March 17 The Sound Academy Toronto
Fri., March 19 The Fillmore Detroit, MI
Sat., March 20 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
Sun., March 21 Roy Wilkins Auditorium Saint Paul, MN