Maximum Rock and Thrash band Old Head has finished mixing their debut studio album at Mark-It-Zero Music Studios with producer Dan O’Hare.
Old Head is totally psyched to unleash 10 songs of heavy rock and old school thrash on the world, including new original material and classic covers by
Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Old Head is Maximum Rock and Thrash and features MegaDan Tumolo on lead vocals, guitarist Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder), producer/bass guitarist Dan
O’Hare (Mark-It-Zero Music Studios) and drummer Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth/TFD).
PERFORMANCE AUGUST 12TH TO LAUNCH NEW CD ALL NIGHT LONG OUT AUGUST 3RD
NORTH AMERICAN DATES SUPPORTING NICKLEBACK BEGIN SEPTEMBER 14TH
Rockers BUCKCHERRY are set to bring the party to late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” with a raucous performance on Thursday, August 12th – on ABC at 12:05AM, ET/PT. The performance will come on the heels of the release of Buckcherry’s new album, ALL NIGHT LONG, due out on August 3rd via their original independent label, Eleven Seven Music. In their August issue on stands now, Spin declared the album the “ultimate all-night rager soundtrack”. The very same issue also features an in-depth Q&A feature with Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. The title track of All Night Long has been called “The top down anthem” by Billboard and is currently heating up the airwaves, coming in at #14 on the Active Rock and #15 on the Mainstream Rock charts, respectively.
In other Buckcherry news, the band is currently on the road playing select tour dates and will gear up for an extensive North American tour supporting Nickelback beginning September 14th in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena. Please see below for a full list of Buckcherry tour dates.
In their more than decade-long career, multi-platinum artists Buckcherry have established themselves as a definitive hard rock band with a massive presence at radio. Hits such as “Lit Up,” “Crazy Bitch,” and “Sorry” have propelled the band’s sales to more than 3 million albums worldwide and have garnered Buckcherry two Grammy nominations. Their most recent album, 2008’s Black Butterfly, earned the band their first-ever Top Ten Billboard album debut, with the album coming in at #8. Black Butterfly was deemed the “Album Of The Year” by Entertainment Weekly and “Best Rock Album” by iTunes.
Buckcherry recently released a video for “All Night Long” and make sure to stay up to date on what the band is doing on their official site, www.buckcherry.com. Look out for All Night Long in stores everywhere August 3rd!
Rocker and winner of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” Bret Michaels, will perform his signature song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” on Wednesday, August 4 on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Michaels’ “Rock of Love” television series is one of the most successful in VH1’s history. With three record breaking seasons under his belt, Michaels is currently embarking on several other television projects, including the upcoming VH1 show “Bret Michaels: Life as You Know It” this fall.
As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles, including “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothing But a Good Time” and the timeless #1 smash “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” In the new millennium Poison’s music has been featured in such big screen flicks as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Grandma’s Boy” and “Deuce Bigelow-European Gigolo.” They continue to be one of the industry’s top-grossing concert attractions and their “20 Years of Rock” CD was a bona fide Top 20 smash. Michaels’ new CD “Custom Built” is in stores now and is the #1 independent and hard rock album on Billboard.
In its fifth season, “America’s Got Talent,” features Nick Cannon as the host and Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan star as the celebrity panel of judges. Check your local listings for airtimes and be sure to catch Bret Michaels live performance on August 4th.
Win a VIP trip for two to a NASCAR Weekend at Michigan Speedway with Saving Abel!
Enter for a chance to win two tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide race, VIP tickets to Saving Abel concert after the race on Saturday August 14th then on the following day Sunday, August 15th, the winner will also get VIP access and tickets for NASCAR Sprint Cup race and hang with the band all day!
Included as well is a flight to Michigan, hotel accommodations and transportation from hotel to the track!
Anyone who remembers WASP from back in the day knows what a rowdy, raunchy, and exceptional metal band they were. These wild boys from the Sunset Strip did everything in excess – pills, booze, women, and cursing; a whole lot of cursing. One of the bands signature songs was called Animal (F*CK Like A Beast). Such language and themes brought the ire of parents who did not like their children hearing that kind of music. This then brought forth the rallying cry of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), fronted by (then Senator) Al Gore’s wife, Tipper.
The PMRC was a group of senators wives formed in 1985 with the intent to make parents aware of albums that contained “explicit content” by putting warning stickers on album covers. The PMRC claimed that the change in rock music was destroying the core of the American family. They recommended that the Recording Industry Association of America come up with a rating system for albums.
Blackie fought the PMRC with venom and refused to back down. At concerts, before playing Animal, he would curse the PMRC and call out Tipper Gore specifically. He would talk about freedom of speech and how WASP had a right to record and perform any songs that they wanted without being censored. He talked about the uptight Washington wives and what a joke they were. Then the band would cut into Animal.
This went on for years. As recently as 2007, Blackie was still cutting down the PMRC and Tipper Gore. Blackie was still fighting the fight and still singing Animal, to the delight of many WASP fans. Then a strange thing happened. Blackie found religion. He started to censor his own lyrics and the band completely stopped playing Animal.
Most notably the lyrics to Chainsaw Charlie were changed (in the live format) from “I’m a cocksucking asshole, yes that’s what they call me” to “I guess I’m a rock star, because that’s what they call me.” What? That doesn’t even make sense, Blackie. Charlie wasn’t the rock star, he was the record executive.
Lawless even went as far as saying he wasn’t proud of the songs he released in the past, specifically Animal. He didn’t find it right for 13-year-old kids to be singing that song. He said that the band would never play it live again.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a man’s religious beliefs, but doesn’t that make Blackie a total hypocrite? Here is the man who vehemently fought the PMRC and played his song with passion, only to years later remove it completely. Isn’t that what the PMRC wanted to do in 1985? Doesn’t this mean that in the end, the PMRC really won the battle?
The biggest disappointment in all of this though, is the knowledge that we will never hear Animal live again. I suppose we’ll never hear another Blackie rant on the PMRC again either, but perhaps that’s for the best. Tipper has other battles to fight these days, mainly her soon to be ex-husband, Al. Maybe Blackie will say a prayer for them.
“The Crow & The Butterfly” is the fifth single off of Shinedown’s 2008 CD, The Sound of Madness. Check out the band’s video clip for the song below!