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 email@example.com 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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