Bret Michaels is no stranger to the small screen with a multi-season hit show on VH1 but television is set to heat up in the coming weeks with multiple appearances from the rock icon. Bret will appear on Regis and Kelly (March 10th), Joy Behar Week in Review (March 12th) and Rachel Ray on the St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and of course NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice which premieres March 14th and runs through May 23rd.
Bret’s busy week is topped off by the singer’s birthday on March 15th! Fans can give Bret the gift of music by calling their local radio stations and requesting the new single, “Nothing to Lose.” To buy a copy visit either iTunes or www.BretMichaels.com where the 5 track CD is available featuring all versions of the single.
Tonight from 10 P.M. EST – 1 A.M. (9 P.M. – 12:00 CST), the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show will take over the airwaves at KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX. Listen online at www.kacvfm.org.
The show this week will feature new music from Black Robot (featuring former members of Buckcherry), The Poodles, Reckless Love, (Brent Muscat) Sin City Sinners, Broken Teeth, Jetboy, Airbourne, Krokus and our pick of the week, Taking Dawn!
Don’t miss out on this great night of rock!
Multi-platinum selling artist Godsmack are preparing to release their highly anticipated album, The Oracle. With two consecutive number one albums on the Billboard Top 200 (Faceless and IV) and their latest single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” rapidly climbing the charts, this is one album you do not want to miss.
Drummer, Shannon Larkin describes the sound of The Oracle as much more like the band’s self-titled album, “It’s going to be a monster. The drums sound incredible, Sully Erna’s voice is on fire it’s gonna be much more like the first record; much heavier, with simple, catchy guitar-driven riffs.”
To build anticipation for The Oracle’s May 4th release, Godsmack has unveiled a series of webisode’s titled “The Making Of The Oracle,” which follows the band through the recording process of their first studio album in four years. In the latest installment, the band takes their fans inside the studio and gives them an exclusive peek at two new tracks titled, “What If” and “Forever Shamed.” But gears quickly shift from music to sports when front man Sully decides to place a friendly wager on a New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints football game with producer/engineer Jeremy.
I realize we haven’t been around much lately (that’s subject to physical location by the way, because if you were near any one of us… we would in fact, actually be around each other). We’ve been holed up in the studio working out the finer points of a brand spankin’ new Warrant album… HOW EXCITING!!! We are all really amped up (pun intended) to get the new tracks etched in stone, or on tape, or on hard drive as it is these days and out to all of your ears! No concrete release date at the moment, but word on the street is (actually, word between the five of us… mostly in our homes, not so much on the streets) we’re looking forward to an early to mid-summer release… I guess it’s safe to say.
I am using a little bit of extra discretion by NOT leaking too much info just yet… some nasty people still like to steal, even though they know it’s just not right, and I’d hate to have to rewrite this whole thing in the off chance that some of the song titles, concepts, even the album title be stolen right out from under our very eyes should the evil-doers take a stab at breaking the eighth commandment. I will tell you that the band name is Warrant and what we are hoping is that this album will further solidify the sound of this band as being one that is consistently awesome! Okay that may sound a bit trite and grandiose but I’d like to believe it’s also true. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, (although infinite tread, titanium lined tubeless tires would be nice) our hopes are that we will satisfy the cravings of every rock fan that has ever heard a Warrant album and wished they were longer. Consider the new Warrant sound as merely an extension of what we’ve done to date with a little more seasoning behind it. Stylistically the new tracks are perhaps a bit more diverse than on previous releases. Of course there’s the killer ballad (do those two words really belong together?) or two, the up-tempo slam it out until you pass out rockers, and some stuff that harkens back to our 70′s roots, you’ll know it when you hear it and it will definitely satisfy! With Pat Regan skillfully helming the board (You should see him, he actually does “helm” when he mixes) as he did on “Born Again” the sound is pure Warrant and then some – thanks to the boy with the golden pipes, Robert Mason.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as things progress, and keep checking in for new dates as they come in – we look forward to seeing you all this summer, wherever you are – and hopefully we’ll be there too, or else you can come to us depending on how far a drive it is. Scratch that just show up and we’ll have a great summer together!
I have always considered myself a casual Rob Zombie fan. I have enjoyed many (but not all) of his songs in the past. With that being said, I am having a lot of trouble getting into the newest CD, Hellbilly Deluxe 2. After spinning this CD a few times, I found moments of brilliance, incredible guitar work, and a catchy song or two. On the other hand, I found Rob’s over industrialized vocals to be rather bland and noisy.
I have no problem with profanity in rock, but the repeated chorus of “Rock Motherfucker” in the song “Sick Bubblegum” does not work for this rock fan. I guess I am in a place in my life where I don’t need to hear the profanities over and over again. I am sure the angst filled teenagers will love it. I don’t care for it.
I must admit that I found the song “What?” extremely catchy, and I have grown to like this one a lot.
The musicianship on this CD is stellar,and I get a kick out of Rob’s horror filled lyrics. For whatever reason, Rob Zombie’s vocals grate on my nerves on this CD. People who like Rob’s vocals may find more to like with Hellbilly Deluxe 2, as John 5, and Piggy D do a great job here.
I have tried repeatedly to listen to this CD, and I have struggled with it ever time. For this listener, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is a macabre mess of distorted mayhem. The Zombieheads out there will probably love this. I found it to be above average at best.
1. Jesus Frankenstein
2. Sick Bubble-Gum
4. Mars Needs Women
5. Werewolf, Baby!
6. Virgin Witch
7. Death and Destiny Inside the Dream Factory
9. Cease to Exist
10.Werewolf Women of the SS
11.The Man Who Laughs
Rob Zombie – Vocals & Lyrics
John 5 – Guitars
Piggy D. – Bass
Tommy Clufetos – Drums
Tyler Bates – String Arrangements
Chris Baseford – Keyboards and Programming
Check out the newest video from Trivium, “Shattering The Skies Above”. This is available on the God of War “Blood & Metal” soundtrack. This soundtrack also features new music from Taking Dawn, Dream Theater and Mutiny Within. You can purchase the song at this link .
Slash posted the following update today:
Hello out there, a little long between updates I know, but I’ve been busy with promo, rehearsal etc. But all is well, I just had a great little trip to Europe doing press, everybody was great. It was very productive all in all.
Its my pleasure to mention that I have finally regained control of my website from my old merch company, as I am no longer working with them. That means Slashonline.com will be active again ASAP.
Tour dates are coming together. I will have Europe, Japan & Australia dates to announce by next week. South America, Mexico & US dates will soon follow.
I’ll announce the touring band next week as well. Its going to be a pretty fucking cool band to say the least.
The new “Slash model” Les Paul comes out April 1st in the USA & Custom Shop limited edition models. The Epiphone version hits the stores August 1st.
The Marshall AFD is in development & coming along fantastically. We’ll keep you in the loop at afd100.com. This is definitely one hell of a Marshall!
The 1st single from my solo record, “By the Sword” featuring Andrew Stockdale is out, so hit up your local radio station & get them to play it. Use what ever means of coercion possible!
That’s it for now but I will have all the show updates & band details coming your way this week.
Until then, caio! Iiii|; ),
Nashville rock band Halo Stereo has announced their All Access Spring 2010 Tour starting on March 11th. The tour kicks off at Innisfree in Tuscaloosa, AL and includes two showcases at SXSW in Austin, TX before concluding on April 10th at Crash Mansion in New York, NY.
Halo Stereo has also announced a contest for a lucky fan to win a chance to be in their next music video. The contest is running now and the winner will be selected on April 20th.
Here is how to enter:
If you are attending a Halo Stereo live show from their All Access Spring Tour this spring, confirm you are coming to this event and get a chance to be on set and play a role in their next music video.
1. Friend Halo Stereo on Facebook (<- Click Here)
2. Confirm that you are coming to the All Access 2010 tour event via Facebook
3. Then suggest the All Access 2010 tour event to as many of your friends as possible
4. Tell them how many people you suggested to on Halo Stereo’s Facebook wall
**Everyone who suggests to a minimum of 20 people will be put in a drawing, with the winner to be selected on April 20th.
Upcoming tour dates for Halo Stereo on The All Access 2010 Spring Tour:
March 11th – Tuscaloosa, AL- Innisfree Pub
March 12th – Jackson, MS – Hal and Mal’s
March 13th – Monroe, LA – Coda Bar
March 14th – Lafayette, LA – Artmosphere
March 15th – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
March 16th – San Antonio,TX – Zombies
March 18th – Austin, TX – Cuba Libre ( uno SXSW Showcase )
March 19th – Austin, TX – The Blind Pig ( uno SXSW Showcase
March 21st – FT.Worth, TX – The Aardvark
April 7th – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10 Club
April 8th – Philadelphia,PA – Danger Danger Gallery
April 9th – New York City,NY – Arlene’s Grocery
April 10th – New York City,NY – Crash Mansion
About Halo Stereo:
Halo Stereo’s sound is most easily described as mainstream American rock with UK influenced melodies. When mentioning the music of Halo Stereo three topics come to mind: love, machines and the end of civilization. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, these four musicians have tapped into a vein of pop rock music that is topped off with psychedelic lyrics and well-honed musicianship. It’s also loud. They are a melodically oriented rock act with well-written songs, poetic lyrics and head-turning musicianship.
Halo Stereo music can be purchased on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-invisible-war/id279587128)
or by visiting www.halostereo.com.
The Aussie force to be reckoned with known as Airbourne will be spreading their rock ‘n roll seeds all across the US this Spring, when they embark on a full US tour supporting Bullet For My Valentine.
Airbourne are revved up and raring for another go-round with American audiences, with vocalist/guitarist Joel O’Keeffe saying, “We’re really lookin’ forward to tearin’ it up on US Soil again! This time with No Guts. No Glory., it’s gonna be even more rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been a bloody long time between drinks with you guys and we’ve missed rockin out with you all. See ya out on the road, America!”
Airbourne’s second effort for Roadrunner, No Guts. No Glory., will hit retail shelves on April 20. The current single, ‘No Way But the Hard Way,’ is getting started at radio and is picking up new stations and airplay every week! Key adds include KISW/Seattle, KOMP/Las Vegas, WBUZ/Nashville, KFRQ/McAllen, TX, WQXA/Harrisburg, WRTT/Huntsville, WDHA/Morristown, NJ, WKLC/Charleston, WMMR/Philadelphia, Sirius/Octane and Music Choice.
The band recently laid a hurtin’ on Canada and claimed the country’s love during a tour with Mötley Crüe earlier this year. The band is presently in the Top 10 of Canada’s Active Rock Mediabase Charts.
Also, the band is headlining shows in Europe, many of which are sold out, before they head back to the US.
North American tour dates are as follows:
April 30, 2010 – The Palladium – Worchester, MA
May 2, 2010 – Ram’s Head Live – Baltimore, MD
May 4, 2010 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
May 5, 2010 – Rocketown – Nashville, TN
May 7, 2010 – House of Blues (Dallas) – Dallas, TX
May 9, 2010 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
May 11, 2010 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
May 12, 2010 – House of Blues (Las Vegas) – Las Vegas, NV
May 14, 2010 – The Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
May 16, 2010 – Regency Center Grand Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
May 18, 2010 – The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
May 19, 2010 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
May 21, 2010 – The Pageant – St Louis, MO
May 22, 2010 – Riviera Theater – Chicago, IL
May 25, 2010 – Rave Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
May 26, 2010 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
May 28, 2010 – The Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
May 30, 2010 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
“TAKE US ALIVE” WILL BE RELEASED APRIL 23rd IN EUROPE & MAY 4TH IN THE USA
EXTREME is releasing their ‘Take Us Alive’ live CD and DVD on Frontiers Records world-wide April 23rd in Europe & May 4th In USA. In 2008, following a 13 year hiatus, the band returned to the stage for their ‘Take Us Alive’ world tour, which encompassed 75 cities and multiple continents in support of their new and groundbreaking record, Saudades de Rock.
This recording captures EXTREME at the peak of their game with a renewed enthusiasm led by Gary Cherone’s spellbinding stage performance and powerful vocals, Nuno Bettencourt’s ferocious guitar, Pat Badger’s flawless bass and Kevin Figueiredo’s pounding drums not to mention the Extreme trademark, spot on, back up vocals.
This brilliant performance was recorded on the last night of their tour at the House of Blues August 8, 2009 in EXTREME’s hometown of Boston, MA . “We wanted to do something really special for our hometown fans that were there for us since the beginning… the club days,” states Nuno. “It was the last night of the tour and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing it back to where it all started… Boston.”
The concert showcases material from all 5 EXTREME albums and exhibits the bands broad stylistic abilities. Features include a blistering rendition of the Zeppelin-minded “Comfortably Dumb,” the scorching “Play With Me,” the funked-up “Cupid’s Dead” as well as the anthemic “Get The Funk Out.” Songs like their #1 hit “More Than Words” and the top 5 “Hole Hearted,” highlight the crowds enthusiasm and loyal support their fan base has had for this beloved foursome. “As much as we enjoy recording, for me, I’ve always loved playing live for the fans,” Cherone says. “We couldn’t wait to get out there and play for our fans.”
The DVD will contain 4 unreleased bonus videos from their latest record Saudades de Rock. Videos include the songs “King of the Ladies”, “Interface”, “Run” and “Ghost.” The videos were produced by Nuno Bettencourt. “This DVD/CD is a culmination of all the years we played together and the chemistry the four of us put out live,” explains Bettencourt.
Concert Track Listing
Decadence Dance, Comfortably Dumb, Rest in Peace, It (‘s a Monster), Star, Tell me Something I Don’t Know, Medley – Kid Ego – Little Girls -Teachers Pet, Play With Me, Midnight Express, More Than Words, Ghost, Cupid’s Dead, Take us Alive, Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee, Get the Funk Out, Am I Ever Gonna Change, Hole Hearted.
Bonus Music Videos (DVD only)
King of the Ladies, Interface, Run, Ghost
To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set—selling over 10 million records worldwide. They also achieved a #1 hit single, “More Than Words”—from their 1990 multi-platinum album Extreme II: Pornograffitti—on the Billboard Hot 100, which they followed with the Top Five “Hole Hearted.” Although these two acoustic hits brought the band great mainstream success, the band’s trademark sound has always been more a mix of hard rock funk—fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums.
The Independent Music Awards (IMA) program in USA selected the new Eldorado album as one of the five best hard rock albums of the year 2009. The recognition to the band now comes from Australia, from the MusicOZ awards. These awards are mainly centered in Australian bands, where the bands compete in different categories: rock, pop, jazz etc. Nevertheless, the Musicoz awards have a category for international bands and Eldorado song “The House of the 7 Smokestacks” is finalist as best international song.
Jesús: ”this is one of the first songs we composed for our new album. When we played it in our gigs the people connected incredibly with the song and we decided that “The House of the 7 Smokestacks” would be the first single of our new album. And we were right!
To receive this recognition from these different and reputed sources is very motivating as an artist, it pushes us to continue with enthusiasm and energy”
OVERKILL - with 15 studio and a few live albums released by Overkill since their 1985 Feel The Fire debut, these Thrash Metal legends originating from New Jersey, have unleashed their newest Metal carnage among the masses… IRONBOUND. Released on February 9, 2010 on E1 Music, Ironbound could very well be Overkill’s finest album to date. Judging from the speed and thrashtastic riffage, leads and solo’s of Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer, frenetic drumming of Ron Lipnicki, empowering bass grooves from DD Verni and of course, the trademark, hardened and vicious vocals of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, to walk away from Ironbound feeling Thrash fulfilled is a Metal understatement. The two opening songs – “The Green And Black” and “Ironbound” are how Thrash Metal albums are supposed to begin… like decisive missile strikes and extremely Metal monumental.
“Ironbound” just sounds as if DD and “Blitz” decided to not just remind the world they are Thrash Metal originators and icons, they have also pronounced and engraved their loyalty to a genre they helped create. “The Green And Black” offers such a diverse song structure, with it’s near epic length of over 8 minutes. “Endless War” capitalizes on the combination of lyrical imagery, (a soldiers dread, suffering and anguish of dying) and blazingly brilliant, Thrash musicianship. The sinister acoustic intro to “The Goal Is Your Soul”, only accentuates the impending Thrash heaviness that is to follow. This song’s message can/may be interpreted: reap what you sow by your actions/words and knowing one can lose their soul to damnation and the dark unknown, despite life’s blessings being fulfilled or not. This is Overkill’s reality check… as only they can deliver it.
“The Head And Heart” is emblematic of what Overkill’s Thrash Metal makeup is all about. A dark lined intro that submerges your ears into the Thrash assault of heavy and fast grooves with the punctuated vocals of “Blitz” that come across with hellish and angst ridden conviction. The more times I delve my senses into Ironbound, the more I become convinced of Overkill’s allegiance to the foundation of Thrash Metal. Overkill reaches into their underground roots if you will, which is conveyed by them with dominance in their playing, energy, spirit, sound and feel of Ironbound.
Metal truth be told, this is probably the first Overkill album ever, where I have been highly enticed by deciphering the lyrics! This is not to say Overkill never possessed smart, entertaining or attention grabbing lyrics in their past albums. Ironbound just carries with it, an increased intellectual approach to it’s lyrical messages, in my Metal opinion. DD and “Blitz” seemed to turn it up a notch with their lyrics and song writing and this entire Overkill unit has obviously approached this Ironbound album with a type of new found Thrash epiphany.
Lyrical meanings aside, Ironbound is equal to or more explosive, heavy, fast and mean as any Thrash album in Overkill’s iconic catalog. If Overkill were ever be remembered as Metal martyrs, they would be for the Thrash Metal cause they have valiantly forged, with blue collar blood, sweat and muscle for over 25 years. Overkill carrying and waving the flag of Thrash Metal, spanning across decades, is not something I or countless others can ignore. This Overkill lineup has cast their finest album together, Ironbound is a new Overkill Thrash Metal classic, proving once again, this band has not abandoned the Thrash Metal cause, their fans or themselves.
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass, Backing Vocals
Derek “The Skull” Tailer – Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Ron Lipnicki – Drums
Dave Linsk – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Justin and Dan Hawkins have reportedly held talks about reforming rock band The Darkness. According to The Sun, the brothers are currently demoing new material in a Lowestoft studio. “If their stuff is liked by label staff they will attempt to reunite The Darkness,” said a source.
The Darkness scored a number one album with their 2003 debut Permission to Land, which included the singles ‘Growing On Me’ and ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’.
Their follow-up disc, One Way Ticket to Hell… And Back, charted at number 11, but frontman Justin left the group in 2006 after a spell in rehab. Since leaving, he has worked on musical projects including British Whale and glam rock group Hot Leg.
During a Hot Leg concert in 2009, the Hawkins brothers reunited on stage for a performance of ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, sparking rumors of a full Darkness reunion.
Courtesy of DigitalSpy.com
In celebration of their tour with Nickelback, Sick Puppies and Virgin Records are giving you a chance to win a 32″ Flat Screen TV and 8.0 megapixel camera phone, brought to you by Samsung Mobile and Virgin Records.
Three (3) lucky runner-ups will get a Samsung Bluetooth headset.
After releasing his new single “Nothing To Lose” ahead of schedule, thanks to a flood of attention surrounding the track, Bret Michaels headed to late night show Lopez Tonight for the first live performance of the ballad. Michaels stripped down the performance sitting under the stage lights just himself and an acoustic guitar, as the song was originally written. Witnessing the audience’s reaction to Michaels’ heartfelt performance George Lopez closed with, “That is how real rockstars do it!”
Fans of Bret can catch him on tour starting March 12th and on the new season of Celebrity Apprentice starting March 14th. “Nothing To Lose” is also available on iTunes and at www.BretMichaels.com on CD which includes all five recorded versions of the song; solo, solo acoustic, featuring Miley Cyrus, acoustic featuring Miley Cyrus and a country version also featuring the Disney starlet. “Nothing To Lose” will also be on Michaels’ forthcoming full-length Custom Built.
You can watch the video from the George Lopez show, at this link.
Mar 12 The Venue @ The Hub Fargo, North Dakota
Mar 13 Surf Ballroom Clear Lake, Iowa
Mar 15 Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque, Iowa
Mar 17 Joe’s Bar Chicago, Illinois
Mar 18 LCO Casino Hayward, Wisconsin
Mar 19 Seven Clans Casino Red Lake, Minnesota
Mar 20 Seven Flags Event Center Clive, Iowa
Mar 23 The Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Mar 25 Ameristar Casino St. Charles, Missouri
Mar 26 Ameristar Casino Kansas City, Missouri
Mar 27 Primm Valley Resort / Star of the Desert Arena Primm, Nevada
Mar 29 Oneida Casino Green Bay, Wisconsin
Mar 30 Potawatomi Bingo Casino Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mar 31 Potawatomi Bingo Casino Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Apr 1 Mountain Arts Center Prestonsburg, Kentucky
Apr 2 Wildhorse Saloon Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 3 Peoria Civic Center (Rivermen Post Game Concert) Peoria, Illinois
Apr 9 Heritage Hall Ardmore, Oklahoma
Apr 9 Two FrogsGrill (Official After Party) Ardmore, Oklahoma
Apr 10 Billy Bob’s Fort Worth, Texas
Apr 11 Sea World – Nautilus Arena San Antonio, Texas
Apr 17 State Farm Arena Hidalgo, Texas
Apr 24 Belterra Resort & Casino Florence, Indiana
May 2 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, Tennessee
May 5 Grizzly Rose Denver, Colorado
May 6 Cowboy’s Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 8 Route 66 Casino Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 12 Turning Stone Resort & Casino Showroom Verona, New York
May 13 Theatre at Westbury Westbury, New York
May 14 Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton, New Hampshire
May 28 Hard Rock Casino Biloxi, Mississippi
Jun 5 Prairie Knights Casino & Resort Ford Yates, North Dakota
Jul 23 Dakota Rock Fest Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Aug 6 Clearfield County Fair Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Sep 3 Rib America Festival Indianapolis, Indiana
UNITED STATES FORCES IS FUNDING MARCH CONCERTS IN IRAQ
HOWE to Perform From Upcoming New Release CIRCUS BAR
Releasing February 26th On Frontiers Records
Rock’s legendary voice, Brian Howe finds himself preparing for a history-making event and concert. Four March concerts are scheduled for Kuwait and Iraq and one is a “command performance” for the historic “Change of Command Ceremony”– Baghdad – March 12, 2010.
The Bad Company/Brian Howe/Kuwait/Iraq mini-tour is funded (and supported) by the U.S. Forces Iraq/Entertainment Branch. The “Change of Command Ceremony” marks the day the Iraq national police take partial command of Baghdad and it is the first phase of President Obama’s overall withdrawal of US troops – Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Baghdad-based U.S. Forces Iraq had Bad Company’s Brian Howe on “their short list”. They called group’s agent, who told the band there was an offer from the Iraq Entertainment Branch requesting Brian and the band to perform four concerts in March. The call came however, just as Brian was making promotional plans for “Circus Bar”. Quick and simple – “Circus Bar’s launch” would be postponed for a week or two.
This out-of-the-blue “command performance” for the troops was an honor the band did not expect that day. The concerts in Kuwait and Iraq were not going to be ordinary concerts – there is a risk element in the mix. Brian and the band decided that even with their commitment to a heavy 2010 touring schedule, they could not pass up this chance of lifetime to give back to our men and women serving overseas.
“At first news, I could not believe what I was hearing – me going to Iraq? What are they going to do – parachute me in and ask me to sing on the way town to scare the Taliban? Seriously though, the boys and girls in uniform have been there for awhile without any real Rock ‘n Roll that I know of. I could not pass up the chance of doing concerts in Iraq. This time Baghdad is going to be rocked in a different way.
We are heading to a city where bombings occur on a daily basis. However, this time, it will be our explosive rock ‘n roll show that shakes Baghdad – Bad Company style.
The U.S. Forces division and their production expertise are well-known. This isn’t their first concert. Also, Jeff Thornton of Lone Wolf Entertainment is managing the dates along with my management/booking agency, Artists International Mgt. (Boca Raton, FL.). So I’d say we have our bases covered – Iraq and Baghdad here we come,” Howe said.
Supagroup has posted the following update on their blog:
It’s Supagroup here. Miss us? We missed you! To make up for our long and agonizing absence, we’re going to preview a bit of our new record “Hail! Hail! tomorrow, Friday March 5th at Noon CST. http://www.myspace.com/supagroup
Usually a band puts out a record and it’s at most one or two good songs and the rest a bunch of filler. We hate that! We would never do that to you. So, just to prove just how bad ass we are, we’re going to start by previewing the END of the record first – AKA “Side Four”. That’s right, “Hail! Hail!” is a four sided, double album of eighteen rock and roll gems. We’ll do the same kind of preview for “Side Three” next Friday, 3/12, “Side Two” on 3/19, and “Side One” on the 3/26.
I’m thinking we’ll leave the songs up for 24 hours, but if there’s enough interest, maybe we’ll leave them up for the weekend. Hope you like them! Remember to friend us on your facebook account here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Supagroup/106132465098, or if you’re into twitter, at twitter.com/supagroup.
We want to know what you think, so make a comment after you’ve heard.
Rockin’ til the end,
Social Code is giving away a free download of their song “Satisfied”. Please visit this link to the free download.
SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison will spend the spring and summer of 2010 pounding the skins for new labelmate Rob Zombie, who is embarking on a very busy touring schedule. Zombie said, “Joey is an absolutely crushing drummer and I am thrilled to have him as part of the Zombie family. His amazing skills promise to take the live show to a whole new level of insanity.”
Jordison also commented, saying, “I am honored, proud and excited to announce that I have joined the ranks as the new touring drummer for Rob Zombie. I’ve been a fan of Zombie’s since the beginning. I’ve toured with them and have always wanted to play for them. When John 5 called me up to ask if I knew any drummers I could recommend, I said, only half-jokingly, ‘Yeah, me!”
Jordison is universally recognized as not only one of the best drummers in hard rock, but as one of the most talented skinsmen in music, period. He will be sitting behind the kit for several appearances and tours throughout the year, namely the “Gruesome Twosome” tour, which features Zombie along with his longtime pal, Alice Cooper, which begins April 26 in Canada and runs through May 4 in Wyoming. Following that historic tour, Jordison will tour alongside Zombie as part of the 2010 Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, which Zombie is co-headlining with Korn. That tour kicks off July 10 in San Bernardino, California and runs through August 14 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“This show and set-list is mind blowing, and what better way to kick things off than the ‘Gruesome Twosome’ tour with horror-rock legend Alice Cooper,” Jordison said. “I want to thank all the Slipknot fans for their support and the Rob Zombie fans for welcoming me in. The Demonoid Phenomenon is on its way!”
Jordison will make his debut with Zombie at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held on April 8, 2010, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Zombie will be closing out the evening’s awards ceremony with what is sure to be a “must see” performance.
Norwegian rocker talks about band’s history, current release
Glam, the lead singer for the Norwegian rock band Wig Wam, will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights March 5-11. The singer will share details about the formation of the band several years ago, recording a cover version of former Spice Girls member Mel C.’s “I Turn To You,” and the band’s current release, “Non Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll.” The new record, released on Frontiers Records, is the group’s first in the United States.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program heard on a number of rock and metal stations on the FM and AM dials and the internet. Visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a full list of stations and airtimes.
AOL RADIO HAS THE EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD FROM UPCOMING RELEASE “OMEGA”
ASIA and AOL join forces to bring you an exclusive track off the bands new release OMEGA on Frontiers Records. FINGER ON THE TRIGGER is the first single and can be yours free at:
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.
OMEGA will be released in the first pressing in digipak with one exclusive bonus track:
Finger on the Trigger; Through My Veins; Holy War; Ever Yours: Listen Children; End of the World; Light The Way; Emily (*); Still The Same; There Was a Time; I Believe; Don’t Wanna Lose You Now.
(*) Bonus track first pressing in digipak.
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IRON MAIDEN are pleased to announce that their forthcoming new studio album will be called ‘THE FINAL FRONTIER‘, and is expected be released late summer of this year.
The announcement comes with news of a North American Tour with Very Special Guests Dream Theater to open in Dallas, Texas, on 9th June and finish in Washington D.C. on 20th July, making it Maiden’s most extensive North American tour in many years.
Following these shows in USA and Canada The Final Frontier World Tour will travel back to Europe for a few selected major festival and stadium shows with the band planning to continue to many other countries in 2011 (full currently confirmed dates below).
The full Live Nation North America press release for the North American Tour is posted here.
An exclusive pre-sale allowing members of the IRON MAIDEN fan club first access to tickets to the North American Maiden Shows will be made available two days prior to them being available to the public.
Tickets for the Canadian shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday 13th March at 10am PST (10am EST for Toronto and 12 noon EST Montreal).
Exclusive first access to the tickets will be available to IM fan club members on Wednesday 10th March at 10am PST through to Thursday 11th March at 6pm PST (EST for Toronto).
Regretfully due to technical reasons an exclusive Pre-Sale in Montreal is not possible.
Tickets for the US Shows will go on sale to the public on Saturday 20th March at 10am EST.
Exclusive first access to the tickets will be available to IM fan club members on Wednesday 17th March at 10am EST through to Thursday 18th March at 6pm EST
As IRON MAIDEN are actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have access to the best possible tickets at the fairest possible price, without being subject to scalping for good seats, so many North American shows will operate, at least in part, a paperless ticket policy: More information on Ticketmaster Paperless Ticketing can be found here
To give IRON MAIDEN fan club members a privileged insight to their touring world, IMTV will return to http://www.ironmaiden.com to cover THE FINAL FRONTIER WORLD TOUR. This exclusive footage includes regular video from the live shows, touring, band interviews, insights into our crew and what they do and much much more. The website will also feature exclusive tour diaries, exclusive photographs and anything else that helps the fans get a real insight into the dynamics of a big tour.
|**THE FINAL FRONTIER 2010 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR**
With Very Special Guests Dream Theater
|Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center
Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
Albuquerque, NM – The Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Wireless Pavilion
San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheatre
Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion
Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Vancouver, BC – GM Place
Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Center
Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center +
+Dream Theater will not be performing in Winnipeg
|Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Holmdel, NJ – PNC
New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagra Pavilion
Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Washington D.C. – Jiffy Lube Live
|**THE FINAL FRONTIER 2010 EUROPEAN TOUR**
|July 30 -Aug 1
|UK – Knebworth Sonisphere Festival
Germany – Wacken Festival
Y&T are excited to announce their new album release event at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Saturday, May 22. The band is especially happy to have their buddy Don Dokken open the show. This is an “All Ages” show, so bring the kids. Tickets go on sale Sunday, March 7. Y&T’s annual Fillmore show always sells out so be sure to get your tickets early.
A huge thanks to all the fans who gave their support and helped get Y&T to Reno. See tour dates for outcome! Look for many more tour dates to come this year.
NEW Y&T ALBUM
The band is locked in the recording studio long hours, day and night, working on the new album. Drop by the web site forum and see the latest info that Dave Meniketti has posted about the progress of the new Y&T album. We’ll keep you updated as news develops, but check out the forum for the most up-to-date info on this new Y&T project. Forum fans hear the news first.
Details for each of the shows below are on the TOUR DATES page of the web site.
Stay tuned…many more 2010 shows to come!
May 1 ~ Chicago (Elgin), IL – MelodicRock Fest
May 13 ~ Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club (all ages show–under 18 must be with a paying adult)
May 14 ~ San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House (all ages show)
May 15 ~ Redondo Beach, CA – Brixton
May 22 ~ San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (all ages show) + special guest Don Dokken
July 16 ~ Portland, OR – Peter’s Room @ Roseland Theater
July 17 ~ Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
July 24 ~ Wichita, KS – Midwest Rock Fest (all ages)
August 5 ~ Allentown, PA – Sterling Rock Room (all ages show)
August 6 ~ Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theatre (16 & over)
August 7 ~ New York, NY – BB King Blues Club (all ages show)
August 14 ~ San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
August 15 ~ El Paso, TX – The Vault
August 20 ~ Reno, NV – New Oasis (all ages show)
August 21 ~ Sacramento, CA – The Crest Theater (all ages show)
August 26 ~ Hollywood, CA – Key Club
August 27 ~ Tempe, AZ – Club Red
August 28 ~ Las Vegas, NV – Feelgoods
June 10 ~ Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival
June 16 ~ Zwolle, Netherlands – Hedon Podium
June 17 ~ Dordrecht, Netherlands – Bibelot
June 19 ~ Clisson, France – Hellfest
It seems to me that this year, as well as in years past, Europe has been kicking the United States ass when it comes to major music festivals. I decided to breakdown some of major festivals this year and see which ones provided the most bang for your buck.
The Download Festival is quite possibly the biggest music festival anywhere. The promoters for this festival understand that if you want to draw a lot of people, you have to have a major headliner. This year, the Download festival has more than one with AC/DC, Aerosmith, Megadeth on the same bill. Add Motorhead, Rage Against The Machine, and Stone Temple Pilots to the bill, and you have the makings of one incredible rock show. The lineup for this festival is already stout, and they will be adding more bands soon. Will Aerosmith implode before then? Who knows? I imagine the paycheck must be pretty fat for big rock shows. Maybe money has healed all wounds with them. I know that if I lived in Europe, there is no question where I would be that weekend. This festival drew 120,000 in 2009, and will probably exceed that in 2010.
The six festivals I chose are Download, The Stockholm Rockout, The Sweden Rock Festival, Rock on the Range, Rocklahoma, and M3. There are many more that I didn’t consider in this including Sonisphere and Hard Rock Hell. Any way you look at it, Europe has the U.S. beat on major rocks festivals.
Why is the United States getting the major shaft on major festivals? What can be done to turn this around? What are your thoughts about this? This rock fan is fed up!
HRH Grade: A
Download Festival June 11 – 13
Donnington Park, Derby, United Kingdom
(196.35 – 244 prices include camping)
Rage Against The Machine
Them Crooked Vultures
Stone Temple Pilots
Bullet For My Valentine
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Lamb of God
Five Finger Death Punch
Stockholm Rock Out is a newer festival that is comparable to M3 in Columbia, Maryland. This festival has a solid lineup, although there are no real headliners. There are twenty bands performing over the two days of this festival, many of which you will not see perform in the United States. Is it worth $166 dollars? Probably not.
HRH: Grade C+
Stockholm Rock Out (April 30th – May 1st)
2 Day ticket $166.07
Dizzy Reed of Guns n Roses
Pretty Boy Floyd
Vains of Jenna
Killer Clan of F.U.N.
The Sweden Rock Festival has been around since ’98, and seems to get bigger and better every year. This multi-day festival has a good mix of hard rock and heavy metal. It would be this metalhead’s dream to see some of the band’s on this bill play live. With 4 days at $295.00, the price is pretty steep for the average rocker. I am guessing most folks will buy a single day ticket, and catch some of their favorite bands and live with it.
HRH: Grade A-
Sweden Rock Festival (June 9th – 12th)
4 Days $295.00
1 Day avg $165.38
Guns N’ Roses
Bachman & Turner
The M3 Rock Festival is a hair metal festival in Columbia, Maryland that is celebrating its second year. This is the only music festival that I attended last year, and will probably be the only one in 2010 as well. If you are really low on dough, you can cough up $35.00 for a lawn seat (an pray it doesn’t rain). The average price in the pavilion is $75.00. For 14 bands this isn’t a bad deal at all, although I admit there are a couple of bands on the bill that I could skip. Seeing the Scorpions on their farewell tour is a must! I am looking forward to this one!
HRH Grade: B+
M3 (1 Day $35 – $175.00) Saturday June 19th
Dizzy Reed of G&R
Rock on the Range has become the premiere modern rock festival in the U.S. This is the festival’s fourth year, and the festival promoters always manage collect a large amount of radio friendly bands. This year, I believe the festival lineup is a lot weaker than the 2009 bill which had Motley Crue, Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry but it is still a solid bill nonetheless. No single day tickets are available for this show, which is a complete disappointment to me. Is Godsmack or Rob Zombie a true festival headliner? I don’t think so. This festival typically draws about 60,000 over the two day event. My guess is, this year it will be less.
HRH Grade: C+
Rock on the Range (May 22nd & 23rd)
US $99.50 – US $119.50 (for 2 day ticket)
Three Days Grace
Theory of a Deadman
Bullet For My Valentine
Coheed & Cambria
Puddle of Mudd
Escape the Fate
Year Long Disaster
Like A Storm
Wow, I understand that the folks at Rocklahoma nearly lost their shirts last year, but this new direction is not a good one. Something had to change, as the attendance was absolutely abysmal in 2009. AEG has taken this hard rockin’ hair metal festival and turned it into Rock on the Range part 2. In years past, Rocklahoma was a destination music festival. Now it is a regional one at best. They still haven’t figured out that you need a headliner to draw folks to a show. While I like ZZ Top & Godsmack, they really are not headliners. While I love Tesla and Cinderella, having them on the bill isn’t enough for me to travel to a multi-day festival. They at least got it right by moving the date to Memorial weekend, when it isn’t 105 degrees in Oklahoma. I am betting that they have alienated the majority of the folks who attended (or played) in this festival in the past. M3 will continue to grow as a result of this. Will the attendance be better than last year? Yes. Will it exceed 25,000 for the three days? Highly doubtful.
HRH Grade: C-
Rocklahoma ( May 28th – 30th)
(95 – 749)
Theory of a Deadman
Like A Storm
Year Long Disaster
The Glitter Boys