A new North American release date for the new full-length from PRO-PAIN has been set for September 28th, via Regain Records. The powerful new album, entitled Absolute Power, is the thirteenth studio full-length from these American crossover champions.
Absolute Power explores several sides to the tried-and-true American unit’s somewhat patented sound. While a vast chunk of the album immediately recalls standard PRO-PAIN NYC-style metal/hardcore crossover attacks, many elements at play on Absolute Power infiltrate totally new ground for the band. Recorded at Little Creek Studio in Gelterkinden, Switzerland, the record features ten thunderous anthems that bridge the gap between the hardcore club and the rock arena.
Absolute Power Track Listing:
02. Destroy The Enemy
03. Stand My Ground [featuring Schmier from Destruction]
04. Road To Nowhere
06. Hell On Earth
07. Divided We Stand
08. Gone Rogue (I Apologize)
09. Rise Of The Antichrist
10. Hate Coalition
Formed by vocalist/bassist Gary Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), New York-based PRO-PAIN have over the years benefited from substantial support from an ever-growing and loyal fanbase as well as metal media and radio. Today, now joined by long term guitarist Tom Klimchuck, as well as newer members Marshall Stephens on rhythm guitar and Ricky Halverson (ex-Narcotic Self, Cellador, Stephen Pearcy’s RATT) on drums, the band’s worldwide catalog sales approaches one million units.
“Musically, the band is well into its second decade but their high energy attack still hits like a runaway freight train… This is everything that you would want from a NYHC album…” – Brooklyn Rocks
“If metal were a dependability contest, then no one would be more popular than Pro-Pain.”
“…the band knows how to dish out one tasty-meaty riff after another and the catchiness lies mostly in the songs’ choruses.” – Slug Magazine
“Let us not neglect our forefathers but honor those that deserving honoring. Pro-Pain broke the chains shackling me to generic, current music by showing that older can definitely be superior.” – The New Review
“…what we have here is Pro-Pain. Plain, simple, to the point and powerful.” – Pitriff
http://www.myspace.com/regainrecords – Blistering
Special guests on What Lies Beneath include Phil Labonte (All That Remains), Joe Satriani, Jason Hook (5 Finger Death Punch), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), The Slovak National Symphony Orchestra and Choir and more. About.com said the album features “tons of melody to spare, and Tarja’s soaring soprano all over the place” while RockSound extolls, “this remains very much a distinctly classy showcase for Turunen’s utterly flawless, inimitable vocals, strong songwriting skills, and admirable desire to neither rest on her laurels, nor confine herself to any particular style.”
Today: Ustream live chat with Philip H. Anselmo @ 4PM PST / 7PM EST http://www.ustream.tv/pantera
Happy Tuesday Everyone! Check out the video clips “Lost Beyond Belief” & “Bad Days” from UK rockers Exit State below!
After the tragic passing of co-founding Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow in 2007, many figured that the band was over. But while going through the vaults of vintage video material for an upcoming documentary of the band’s history, the spark was reignited once more for drummer Frankie Banali to kick QR back in gear. The easy part was filling the guitar and bass slots – as former members Chuck Wright (bass) and Alex Grossi (guitar) promptly signed on. However, having to fill DuBrow’s large shoes was no small task.
A longtime fan of heavy metal, singer Mark Huff came to Banali’s attention while fronting a California-based Van Halen tribute band (that focused on the “Sammy Hagar era”). A true Cinderella story, Huff auditioned via a cattle call audition, promptly blew Banali away, and got the gig. After getting the blessing from DuBrow’s mother to carry on with Quiet Riot (and to celebrate her son’s music), the group was ready to rock once more.
Quiet Riot hit mega-success with their first-ever US release in 1983, the classic ‘Metal Health.’ Spawning two hit singles that have gone on to become synonymous with heavy metal – “Cum On Feel the Noize” and “Metal Health” – the ‘Metal Health’ album went on to become the first-ever metal US debut to hit the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts, and resulted in a solid year of sold-out arena shows and non-stop MTV video airplay. However, it was the DuBrow-Banali-Wright-Grossi line-up that proved to be DuBrow’s favorite touring line-up (and also, most stable).
Quiet Riot is currently firming up plans for a full U.S. tour – their first in three years. And with the aforementioned documentary on the horizon, and the band’s music being used in hit films (‘The Wrestler,’ ‘Tropic Thunder’), video games (‘Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80’s’), and even musicals (‘Rock of Ages’) – as well as QR being name-checked in songs by Weezer and Ben Folds – Quiet Riot remains a major force in heavy metal. And soon, you will get a chance to bang your head once more to Quiet Riot, at a concert venue near you!
Please visit Quiet Riot’s website, where you hear classic Quiet Riot songs recorded with Mark Huff on vocals. (HRH Note: They sound great! You gotta check this out!!)
Whitesnake have announced keyboardist Timothy Drury is leaving the band to pursue a solo career.
“For over seven years now I have been fortunate enough to travel the world, to play and sing my heart out and to share the stage with David Coverdale as a part of Whitesnake.
I’ve learned so much from David Coverdale and this experience, about following one’s heart, about being authentic, about never letting fear prevent one from pursuing one’s destiny.
More than ever, I see the value of what I can express as a composer and producer, photographer, songwriter, singer… as an artist. That is why I must now say my goodbyes to you all and take my leave to pursue some very important creative projects that have been brewing for some time now.
I am currently preparing for my first photography show in the Winfield Gallery in Carmel where I will be performing my cinematic music at the opening and projecting my images and video on screens. The event will be happening as part of the Carmel Art and Film Festival, October 6th through the 10th. http://carmelartandfilm.com/ ”
Whitesnake singer David Coverdale said…” We are sad to lose such a valued member of the band, but, we understand, support & sincerely wish Timothy every success in his solo career & thank him for a great, fun journey together.”
At this time the band are focusing on finishing the new studio album before seeking a replacement keyboard player.
For the full statement from Timothy please visit www.whitesnake.com
Finnish rockers White Flame released their sophomore effort Tour Bus Diaries in 2009, and believe me this one band that has not hit a slump. There are a bunch of cool tunes on this disc, of which I have described just a few of.
Tour Bus Diaries picks up where 2007’s Yesterday’s News left off, with the hard rocker, “Tall Thin In”. This song is a cool rocker that has a distinct Aerosmith vibe to it.
“FU&” is so insanely catchy, it should be a crime. You might find your self singing this out loud “FU& I will have my fun”. One thing is for certain, you will want to rip the knob off of your stereo with this impressive rocker.
The bass groove on “Frontrow Girl” is absolutely infectious. The song is short, but it absolutely delivers the goods.
“The Ground” is a very catchy sleaze style rocker that will get your foot tapping in no time.
I can’t ever hear enough of the cowbell in a song, and “Twins” has this and a lot more. This upbeat hit worthy rocker also has horns, piano and some kick ass guitar work to boot.
“Shouldn’t Been Messin’ is a really cool tune that oscillates between a cool piano based number, and a heavy rocker that would make Ugly Kid Joe proud. I love the Saxophone & horns on this tune! Well done!
From the opening blues harp on “Life We Never Had”, I detected another Aerosmith like feel. The song almost starts off like “F.I.N.E.”, but then quickly becomes a massive tune that stands out on its own. This is a slower paced number that have been a massive hit for White Flame. The rock gods are far too unkind to this band.
“No Frozen Angels” features former Bloodpit singer Matthau Mikojan on vocals. I can’t say I am familiar with Bloodpit, but Mikojan’s voice sounds tailor-made for this good & sleazy music.
Do I dare say that “Life We Never Had” has a “Purple Rain” like feel to it? For whatever reason, that is what this song reminds me of, although “Life We Never Had” has more of a bluesy edge to it.
Every time I listen to Tourbus Diaries it seems to get better and better. If White Flame keeps putting out CD’s of this quality, the band will become international superstars. One thing is for certain, if you are a hard rock fan, you need to take a ride on to White Flame’s TourBus now! You won’t want to miss out on this kick ass CD.
Rating: Out of 10
- Catwalk Surprise
- Tall Thin In
- No Good
- Dancing With Her Sister
- Frontrow Girl
- Certainly Something
- The Ground
- Shouldn’t Been Messin’
- 2 Become #1
- No Frozen Angels (featuring Matthau Mikojan)
- Life We Never Had
- Gone By Tomorrow
White Flame is:
Vince – Vocals, Background vocals, Beatbox
Anthon – Guitars, Background vocals, Piano, Organ
Sammye – Bass, Background vocals
Jony – Drums, Percussions
Jari Latomaa Piano, Rhodes, Organs, Percussions, Background vocals
Matthau Mikojan Vocals (13) and Bg-vocals (14)
Sami Hintsanen Background vocals
Antti Mäkinen percussions
STT Horns (4,10,11,13):
Antti Lauronen Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Janne Toivonen Trumpet
Juho Viljanen Trombone
Anu Rasimus Violins (14)
Hanna Heinonen Violins (8,13)
Eeva Kontu Flute (3,14)
Raffe Harmonica (12,14)
Raff Rafferty Soolo Hiphop guy no:1 (6)
Attitude Master Hiphop guy no:2 (6)
Soundwave Decepticon (2,3,9)
Tuna Pasta Girl Laughs (1)
Check out this classic clip, “Trouble in Paradise” from Princess Pang.
Guitars, Beers & Tears, the recently released album from Dave “Bucket” Colwell, features “Reach Out,” a track featuring Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith. The song was originally recorded by Maiden in 1986 and served as a B-side to their “Wasted Years” single. Written by Colwell, the song was re-recorded for his new album with Smith joining him in the studio.
Colwell is a veteran UK axeslinger who has been a member of Humble Pie, Bad Company, Samson and ASAP, among others. Other guests on Guitars, Beers & Tears include Steve Conte (New York Dolls), Edwin McCain, Spike (The Quireboys), and Danny Bowes (Thunder).
Pick up the album here and check out “Reach Out” below:
9/27/2010 Tube – Portland, OR w/ DJ Nate C
9/28/2010 Redroom – Boise, ID
9/29/2010 Club Vegas – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Dwellers, Bees
9/30/2010 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
10/1/2010 Bourbon Theater – Lincoln, NE
10/2/2010 Turf Club – Minneapolis, MN
10/3/2010 The Borg Ward – Milwaukee, WI
10/4/2010 The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL
10/6/2010 Southgate House – Newport, KY
10/7/2010 Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
10/8/2010 The Shop – Toronto, ON
10/9/2010 Playhouse – Montreal, QC
10/10/2010 Geno’s – Portland, ME
10/11/2010 O’Brien’s – Boston, MA w/ Kintaan
10/12/2010 Machines With Magnets – Providence, RI w/ The Body, Kintaan
10/13/2010 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
10/14/2010 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA w/ Serpent Throne
10/15/2010 Golden West – Baltimore, MD
10/16/2010 The Triple – Richmond, VA
10/17/2010 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
10/18/2010 Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
10/19/2010 529 – Atlanta, GA
10/20/2010 Hi-Tone Cafe – Memphis, TN
10/21/2010 Nightmare – Dallas, TX w/ Deadsea
10/22/2010 Red 7 – Austin, TX
10/23/2010 *TBA – San Antonio, TX
10/24/2010 *TBA – El Paso, TX
10/25/2010 Solar Culture – Tucson, AZ
10/26/2010 Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
10/27/2010 Blue Lagoon – Santa Cruz, CA
10/28/2010 *TBA – Oakland, CA
10/29/2010 The Hemlock – San Francisco, CA
10/30/2010 Alibi – Arcata, CA
10/31/2010 Oak St Speakeasy – Eugene, OR
“The more you listen to Agony & Opium, the more you find yourself wanting to be engulfed by everything this band has to offer.” - Heavy Metal Examiner
“It rocks too goddamned much. 4/5″ – Mouth For War
MODERN SUPERSTAR have revamped the lineup adding guitarist Danny Watts and making the group a 4 piece. “After coming off of the Summer Of Sin Tour it was evident that we needed to make some changes in the band. The label suggested Danny who is an exceptional guitarist and Danny was up for it. He came in, rehearsed and got the gig. We’re stronger now and much more solid. Danny was put to the test last week for a series of shows.” – says drummer Ryche Green.
Danny is endorsed by SPAWN Custom Design Guitars. SPAWN is custom building Danny his very own signature model.
MODERN SUPERSTAR have recently inked deals with A.T.A Management and a clothing endorsement with Killers Never Die Clothing.
MODERN SUPERSTAR will be sharing the stage with Tantric and Burn Halo September 20th @ Moniraes in Pennelleville, NY. A fall tour will be announced shortly. The initial debut release date has been shelved as the band heads to Alpine Sound November 13th-21st to begin re recording the project and add new tracks. A complete rework of I Part Saint, II Parts Sinner is in the works. More to come on MODERN SUPERSTAR.
For more information visit www.jamsyncmusic.com.
When most people hear the name Bad Boys, they immediately think about the them song from the show COPS. Well back in the early nineties, there was a short lived band named Badd Boyz that featured former Quiet Riot members Paul Shortino and Sean McNabb, as well as Mitch Perry (Talas, Steeler, Heaven), Michael Guy (Shark Island, House of Lords) and Rich Carlton.
This self titled effort was released in Japan after the band split up, and has been out of print for years. So it this CD worth tracking down? If you are a fan of Paul Shortino, chances are you are going to like this. In my opinion, Paul Shortino has a very cool, and unique voice that truly stands out. I enjoyed the stuff he has recorded with Rough Cutt, and Quiet Riot, so it was only natural for me to finally track this CD down.
There are some really cool tunes on this disc including, “Leave It To The Law”, “No Time For Cryin” and “Straight To My Heart”. I would put these songs up against anything else Shortino has ever recorded. They are that good!
Some of the songs that the band put together were not available at the time this CD were recorded, so Paul fleshed out the rest of the CD with the songs, “This Must Be Love”, “Hard To Say Goodbye”, “You’re Mine Tonight” and “Save Our Land”. The only problem with doing this is, it made the CD seem a little uneven. The whole disc is solid 80’s / early 90’s style hair metal, the second half is not quite as heavy, and isn’t as good. There really isn’t a bad song on the CD, I just enjoyed the first half a lot more.
If you can find this at a reasonable price, I would definitely recommend picking it up. Ebay or Gemm may be the the only way to find this rare CD from Badd Boyz!
Rating: Out of 10
- Leave It To The Law
- No Time For Cryin
- I Don’t Want to Hear Your Heart Break
- Straight to My Heart
- You’re Mine Tonight
- This Must Be Love
- Hard To Say Goodbye
- Save Our Land
Badd Boys are:
Paul Shortino – Vocals
Mitch Perry – Guitars
Sean McNabb – Bass/Vocals
Rich Carlton – Drums
Michael Guy – Guitars
Steve Fister – Guitars
Matt Abts – Drums
Florida rockers Big Engine have just released a new live clip of their song, “I’m Ready Let’s Go”. Check it out!
Hinder will be performation at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Tonight, and you can watch the webcast for FREE!
Friday, September 10th
9pm East / 8pm Central / 6pm Pacific / 1am GMT
Watch it LIVE for FREE at webcast.therave.com.
Rotosound are proud to announce an exclusive workshop with the legendary bassist Billy Sheehan at the Hollywood Guitar Centre on the October 21st, 2010, 7PM-10PM
Known for his work with Steve Vai, David Lee Roth and Mr. Big, Billy has won many Best Bass Player awards and continues to be one of the most in demand players on the planet. He will demonstrate his jaw dropping technique with the use of chording, two-handed tapping, right hand “three finger picking” technique and controlled feedback as well as giving an incite to the industry and his career.
The evening includes a question and answer session, an opportunity to meet Billy to get his autograph and will be an amazing opportunity to see up close one the worlds most technically accomplished players in a comfortable and intimate setting.
Billy has been a Rotosound endorsee for over 25 years and his signature stainless steel roundwound strings have helped shaped his unique sound. He will also be playing further masterclasses in association with Rotosound across the Atlantic at the Bass day UK in October 2010 plus a further three dates at the PMT stores in Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester.
To find out more about the Rotosound Strings visit http://www.rotosound.com/
Another summer has come to an end and another season of travelling package tours has closed out. This summer brought us some great combination tours such as Shinedown/Puddle of Mudd; Avenged Sevenfold/Disturbed; and The Scorpions/Cinderella, just to name a few.
As the summer of 2010 comes to a close, it’s already time to start looking ahead to next year. What packaged hard rock tours would make you run out and buy tickets in 2011? What bands should get together and hit the road next summer? Here’s a list of what I would love to see in the summer of 2011.
How cool would it be to see a former member of Buckcherry touring with the new incarnation of BC? Black Robot is a kick ass rock and roll band that can hold their own, and to see them open for Buckcherry would be an astounding experience. Add in the opportunity for JB Brightman to perform some classics with his former band mates, and I see a sold out tour.
Chances of this tour happening: 8%. Brightman hasn’t really made up with Josh Todd and Keith Nelson, and though the fans may want this bad, some scars are too hard to heal.
Papa Roach just released a live album with 5 brand new tracks and Airbourne is still touring behind this year’s No Guts, No Glory. There are rumors that Hinder is in the studio working on their third LP for a 2011 release, so why not take three of the greatest modern hard rock acts and put them together on one bill? Both Hinder and Papa Roach are ready to headline, so deciding who would close out this show could be a bit of a challenge, but other than that, there are not many conflicts. Airbourne would benefit from the mainstream exposure, and this tour would sell. Perhaps not arenas, but definitely amphitheaters, and in the summer there’s no better place to see a concert.
Chances of this tour happening: 59%. Papa Roach and Hinder have toured together before, so they aren’t strangers. Airbourne, however, rarely makes the states, and I’ve yet to see them on a major bill, so that could be the broken link in the chain.
Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society/Anthrax
Ozzy, former Ozzy guitarist Zak Wylde, and the bad boys from Anthrax – all on one bill. How amazing would that be? Both Ozzy and BLS are supporting new albums and Anthrax has been touring recently, so adding them to this bill would be relatively easy. This would be an exceptional hard rock tour that would be up there with the Megadeath/Slayer/Testament tour from earlier this year. Ozzy, BLS, and Anthrax are some serious heavy metal for your ear drums.
Chances of this tour happening: 83%. Ozzy and Black Label Society were on the road this summer for the latest incarnation of Ozzfest (along with Motley Crue), so to have all of them band together for an extensive tour wouldn’t take much. Ozzy and Zak still get along – it would just be a matter of convincing Anthrax to join the tour, which shouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
Nickelback/Theory of a Deadman/Skillet
Known for their endless tour schedules, both Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman have been on the road for over two years supporting their latest albums. Nickelback’s Chad Kroger produced Theory’s first album, so they have a connection there. Both bands are also from Canada, for whatever that’s worth (maybe this is a Canada only tour). Skillet is a band that has been around for a long time, but really needs some mainstream exposure to push them over the top. Touring with Nickelback and Theory would provide just the audience they need to give them the exposure that would catapult their name into a more well-known circle. Skillet is a fantastic band and seeing them open for Nickelback and Theory would provide an amazing three band platform.
Chances of this tour happening: 22%. Theory is off the road and resting before recording a new record. Nickelback is currently on a fall tour and then they are rumored to be taking some time off. That’s not to say that they wouldn’t record a new album and get back out on the road by next summer, but it’s more likely that they would like to take some time off.
Take three of the best hair metal bands from the 80s, put them on one bill, and let them go out on the road for the summer. That sounds like a recipe for a huge summer success. Ratt is supporting a new album, Cinderella and Poison need to record new albums, but even if they don’t, both bands draw fans to their live shows. Since these bands have all toured together before, it wouldn’t be difficult for a promoter to package this tour for next summer.
Chance of this tour happening: 47%. Poison is the big question mark here. Cinderella was on the road this summer with The Scorpions, and on the strength of their reception, I could see them touring again next summer. Ratt has been touring behind their latest album all year and they’ve always been amenable to package tours. That leaves Poison. What are the chances they’ll get together next year and hit the road?
These are the packaged hard rock tours that I would pay cash money to see next year. What travelling package tours would you like to see?
Check out the HOT new video”Two Girls” from UK rockers Jettblack below!
Rock band Disturbed claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as “Asylum” debuts atop the list with 179,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the act’s fourth consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, a feat achieved by only two other rock bands in the history of the chart: Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.
Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater posted the following on the DT blog tonight:
I am about to write something I never imagined I’d ever write:
After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater….the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century.
To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision…it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so….
After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater…
Please don’t misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them…it’s just that I think we are in serious need of a little break…
Dream Theater was always my baby…and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985…24/7, 365…never taking time off from DT’s never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was “off” between cycles)…working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band…
But I’ve come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out…and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired.
We have been on an endless write/record/tour cycle for almost 20 years now (of which I have overseen EVERY aspect without a break) and while a few months apart from each other here & there over the years has been much needed and helpful, I honestly hoped the band could simply agree with me to taking a bit of a “hiatus” to recharge our batteries and “save me from ourselves”…
Sadly, in discussing this with the guys, they determined they do not share my feelings and have decided to continue without me rather than take a breather…I even offered to do some occasional work throughout 2011 against my initial wishes, but it was not to be…
While it truly hurts for me to even think of a Dream Theater without Mike Portnoy (hell, my father named the band!!), I do not want to stand in their way…so I have decided to sacrifice myself and simply leave the band so as to not hold them back against their wishes….
Strangely enough, I just read an interview that I recently did that asked me about the future of DT and I talked about “always following your heart and being true to yourself”…sadly I must say that at this particular moment, my heart is not with Dream Theater…and I would simply be “going through the motions”, and would honestly NOT be true to myself if I stayed for the sake of obligation without taking the break I felt I needed.
I wish the guys the best and hope the music and legacy we created together is enjoyed by fans for decades to come…I am proud of every album we made, every song we wrote and every show we played….
I’m sorry to all the disappointed DT fans around the world…I really tried to salvage the situation and make it work…I honestly just wanted a break (not a split)…but happiness cannot be forced, it needs to come from within….
You DT fans are the greatest fans in the world and as you all know, I have always busted my ass for you guys and I hope that you will stay with me on my future musical journey, wherever it may lead me….(and as you all know my work ethic, there will surely be no shortage of future MP projects!)
Your fearless ex-leader and drummer,
“Move on be brave, don’t weep at my grave, because I am no longer here…
But please never let your memory of me disappear….”
— The Spirit Carries On
Want to hear the best new Hard Rock on planet Earth? Tune in to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show tonight and check out new music from our Pick of the Week Bad City, as well as a bunch of new rock & classics that you will not hear anywhere else.
The Hard Rock Hideout Radio show can be listened to online tonight and every Wednesday night at 9 P.M. Central at www.kacvfm.org and on the FM Dial at KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, Texas. Turn off the T.V., turn on KACV, and prepare to get rocked!!
Hard Rock Hideout Radio Playlist 9/1/2010 – #34
Dr. Feelgood Motley Crue
Rock and a Hard Place Crazy Lixx
Two Girls Jettblack
Black & Sunny Day Glitzy Glow
Rock It Away the Black Saints
Rip & Tear L.A. Guns
Watching The Sky Saxon
The Final Frontier Iron Maiden
Hearts of Fire Black Tora
Rock It Away the Black Saints
This Is My World Spread Eagle
Switchblade Serenade Spread Eagle
Spread Eagle Spread Eagle
21 ‘Til I Die Crazy Lixx
L.C.S. Dirty Penny
Got No Shame Brother Cane
Devil’s Daughter Silvertide
28 Days Tora Tora
Big Enough Taddy Porter
One Last Soul Black Country Communion
Sin! Voodoo Johnson
Do Ya Wanna Touch Me? Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Cathouse Faster Pussycat
California Sun Kristy “Krash” Majors
Look What The Cat Dragged In Poison
All Hail The Altar Broken Teeth
Low Down Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre
Money Black Robot
She Stands There D Generation
She’s Mine Crazy Lixx
Another Man’s Gun Tuff
Do You Believe in Rock N’ Roll Bad City
Owed To Joe Bulletboys
Can’t Stop Messin’ Aerosmith
West Coast Dreamer Scarlet Carson
Open Up For Me Tunnel
Youth Time Skills In Vein
Unleash The Freak Eat The Gun
Sound of the Underground Sister Sin
Dirty Girl Skull Daze
Losin’ Your Mind Pride & Glory
Love Song Downspirit
Brother Go On Black Water Rising
Road To Babylon Crazy Lixx
Do You Remember Rock N’ Roll Radio Kiss
10/16/2010 Roseland – Portland, OR
10/17/2010 Showbox – Seattle, WA
10/20/2010 Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
10/22/2010 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
10/26/2010 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
10/29/2010 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
10/30/2010 Eagles – Milwaukee, WI
10/31/2010 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/02/2010 Pops – St. Louis, MO
11/04/2010 Meridioen – Houston, TX
11/06/2010 Palladium Showroom – Dallas, TX
11/07/2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest – Austin, TX
11/09/2010 State Theatre – Tampa, FL
11/10/2010 Firestone – Orlando, FL
11/12/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
11/13/2010 Palladium – Worcester, MA
11/17/2010 Metro – Chicago, IL
11/18/2010 Cabooze – Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2010 Summit – Denver, CO
11/21/2010 Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
From the ashes of the band Powerspace, comes a cool new Chicago based band, Bad City. Bad City’s debut effort Welcome to the Wasteland is a good mix of pop & classic rock, with a bunch of catchy songs that is going to please a wide variety of music fans.
“Showdown in Central Park” is a decent enough opener for this album. Josh Caddy’s vocals remind me of Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins somewhat, and the gang background vocals bring the band Bang Camaro to mind. Is it ironic that the band is touring with The Smashing Pumpkins? I think not.
“Take Me For A Ride” would have made a much better opener for this disc. With the big sing along chorus, and cool riffs, this song has hit written all over it. This sounds like something Bon Jovi would have written in the eighties.
“Do you Believe in Rock N Roll” (Yes I do!) has some cool 70’s influences that stand out in this song. I immediately hear a little bit of Queen in the vocals, and a little bit of Thin Lizzy sprinkled in the guitar riffs. Bad City did a very nice job with this song, and it is one of my favorites on the CD.
“Wildlife” is the first single off of the album. This is a pretty cool track for the most part. It could have been a stronger tune without the gang background vocals, but it is still a decent song nonetheless.
At this point Bad City needed something to break up the pace of the album, and they did just that with the power ballad, “Fire In The Pouring Rain”. This catchy tune could be a big hit on the pop rock stations. This may be of a power pop song, but it enjoyable nonetheless.
Bad City lets their inner KISS fan shine with the cool cut, “Call Paul Stanley”. This song kind of has a Cheap Trick vibe to it, and is another super catchy tune. I thought it was cool to see the band immortalize one of their heroes in the form of a song.
Overall, Welcome to the Wasteland is a solid album, and a fine debut for these Chicago rockers. This CD isn’t super heavy, and may have a broader appeal as a result. I like this CD, and I think you will too!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Showdown In Central Park
2. Take Me For A Ride
3. Do You Believe In Rock N Roll
5. Fire In The Pouring Rain
6. Call Pall Stanley
8. Look Out!
10. Straight To The Grave
Bad City is:
Josh Caddy – Vocals
Tom Schleiter – Lead Guitar
Max Perenchio – Lead Guitar
Jake Serek – Bass
Kevin Kane – Drums
DUFF MCKAGAN has split from JANE’s ADDICTION, five months after joining the band. Reuters reports PERRY FARRELL, DAVE NAVARRO and STEPHEN PERKINS issued a statement via e-mail, thanking McKagan for helping them write songs. The group e-mail stated, “We love the songs we worked on with him -– and the gigs were a blast -– but musically we were headed in a different direction. From here, Duff is off to work on his own stuff so we wish him all the best.”
In a Twitter posting, Farrell wrote, “Jane’s wishes Duff much luck with his band LOADED. What a fun time we all had working together. Look out for his record and tour this fall.” Blabbermouth.net reports Loaded recently finished recording its new album at a studio in the Seattle area.
Five months ago, McKagan said he joined Jane’s Addiction because he needed to occupy himself while VELVET REVOLVER was searching for a new singer. In an interview with Seattle Weekly in April, the bassist said, “Velvet is in a period of downtime right now, and perhaps we will one day get a new singer. For now, though, I have to look at opportunities when they are presented.”
American Speedway, the beer guzzlin’ punk rock n roll foursome from the Philadelphia-area, have nearly completed their sophomore album A Bigger Boat (due Winter 2010). A 7″ vinyl single will be released in Fall 2010 and the featured track entitled “Howl (Ya Doin?) is exclusively streaming on Stereokiller.com right now – http://www.stereokiller.com/AmericanSpeedway .
In January 2010, Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty joined the band as the new lead guitarist. McGurty was lead axe for an all female metal band called WENCH, who (in the early 90s) had a good amount of success domestically and also toured throughout Europe and the UK several times.
American Speedway is most known for topping the charts on Sirius Satellite Radio, Punk Channel 29, with their hit single “One Foot In, One Foot Out” back in Summer of 2008. They also charted on CMJ’s Heavy Rock charts with their single “Ship of Fools” in November 2008. “Ship of Fools” was the title track to their debut album released in January 2007.
The band has engaged on tours with The Meatmen, as well as provided main support for The Supersuckers, Mike Watt, Valient Thorr, just to name a few.
The street date for A Bigger Boat has yet to be set, but it will be released by Prophase Music, and distributed nationally by MVD Entertainment Group. The bands sophomore release will be available on CD and vinyl. The vinyl will include a card with a unique number so fans can download the entire album on MP3.
The band is:
Michael Thursby Speedway – Guitar/Lead Vocals
Chris Callahan – Drums
Billy Angry – Bass/Vocals
Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty – Guitar
In an official band statement made this afternoon, KAMELOT have postponed their North American tour, which was set to begin this week:
“Hi Kamelot Nation.
As many of you know, Roy has fallen ill and could not make the North American tour. We have been rehearsing like madmen here in Tampa — the band is tighter than ever and Michael from Circus Maximus is truly an amazing singer; if there is one male vocalist in this world who is on par with Roy, it is Michael! However, after today’s rehearsal, we all decided that we do not feel right about doing the North American tour as anything less than a 100% Kamelot Experience. We appreciate that many fans have waited more than 2 years for new material and to see us perform together. Our new album, Poetry for the Poisoned represents a labor of love from us, and to present it at anything less than full strength seems a disservice to all involved.
Though we will suffer financial losses on this late hour cancellation, we still feel it’s the right decision for us as a band to make – we regret disappointing all those who worked so hard to shape this tour, and especially those fans who were still so willing to come through and support us despite Roy’s absence. We are humbled by that type of support, and we sincerely hope that our return in full form Kamelot strength will be more reward for your unwavering loyalty! We will reschedule all shows in the near future, once Roy is able to return. To thank Michael for his effort, the band will still appear at the sold-out Progpower Festival, as a one off show with him and many special guest singers from the festival. Again, we want to thank all of you for your amazing support!!
Best regards, Kamelot Members”
Metal Heaven is pleased to announce the signing of Swiss Hard Rock outfit Sideburn to their label for Europe & Japan release (except Switzerland).
The band comments: “We have been in contact with Georg at AOR Heaven since the release of Cherry Red, who has done a great work promoting it and our previous releases. And as we are pretty loyal, it’s a quite a logical move for us to collaborate with such a passionate company.”
Sideburn are: Roland Pierrehumbert – Vocals, Fred Gudit – Rythm Guitars, Boris – Lead Guitar, Michel Demierre – Bass, Lionel Blanc – Drums.
The new album will be released in February 2011 and will be co-produced, mixed and mastered by the legendary producer Beau Hill.Check out the video clip of “Cherry Red” below!
It’s been a busy summer for New York rock combo THE CRINGE—singer/songwriter/guitarist John Cusimano, lead guitarist James Rotondi (ex-Air, Mr. Bungle), bassist Jonny Matias (ex-Crash Moderns) and drummer Shawn Pelton (“Saturday Night Live” Band, Bruce Springsteen)—and their activity is only accelerating heading into the Fall. Since the June 8 release of their third album, PLAY THING, the band has kept busy on the road, online and in the media.