CONSFEARACY is an International Metal group with band members hailing from the United States and Europe, featuring vocalist Brian O’Connor, guitarists Fabian Schwarz and Ira Black, bassist Guenter Auschrat and drummer Timo Weis. Uniting east with west, these well-established professional recording artists have come together to create an undeniable metal force. Collectively, these musicians have completed countless records, dvd’s, tours, radio airplay, magazine/press coverage and festival performances to thousands of fans worldwide.
CONSFEARACY was formed in 2008 by Brian O’Connor, former lead vocalist of Vicious Rumors, and Fabian Schwarz, guitarist of The New Black and Runamok. They set out to write and perform a transatlantic style of Metal and expand their musical collaborations worldwide, thus CONSFEARACY was born. Soon after, they obtained management with Marble Stone Entertainment and a great team of professional business-minded musicians joined the group’s ranks; Guenter Auschrat, bassist of Abandoned and The New Black; Ira Black, guitarist who has played with Metal Church, Lizzy Borden, Heathen, and Vicious Rumors; and drummer extraordinaire Timo Weis.
Securing this successful formula in partnership with a supportive record label, CONSFEARACY will launch their heavy, yet sophisticated assault of Metal to the masses and become a mainstay in the worldwide market of music. CONSFEARACY is looking forward to the trials and tribulations that lead to a successful career and future in the music industry.
Check out Consfearacy’s new songs, “Pain Infantry” and “Fall From Grace” in the widget below.
1. Hold Your Ground
3. Send Me A Sign
4. Rebellion In Dreamland
6. Brothers (extended version)
7. Rebellion In Dreamland (Karaoke version)
It’s going to get hot soon with Rory Gallagher, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Ben Waters’ Ian Stewart Tribute, Christopher Cross, Nazareth, Jeff Healey Band, Heaven & Hell, Willy DeVille, David Byrne, Primal Scream, Twisted Sister, Bad Company and Sheryl Crow!
New York, NY (March 24, 2011)—Eagle Rock Entertainment will be heating up right along with the weather as it brings you an incredible run of musical genres and elite recording artists. Here’s just some of the upcoming action.
April 12 (pre-book order date March 18)
Rory Gallagher/Irish Tour ‘74/CD, DVD, Vinyl, & Blu-Ray
A major influence on a generation of guitar players including The Edge and Slash, Rory Gallagher stretched the limits of the blues with his ferocious guitar, compositional skill and guttural vocals. Now available for the first time on Blu-Ray, filmmaker Tony Palmer captured this one-of-a-kind artist on a tour through his native Ireland in 1974. The results are staggering, a visceral gut-punch of electricity, daring and showmanship. [MSRP $19.98 for Blu-ray, $14.98 for DVD, $13.98 for CD and $29.98 for 2LP]
April 19 (pre-book order date March 25)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded/The Taking/CD
One of America’s pre-eminent hard rock bassists, Duff McKagan has sold over 100 million records as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded, which debuted with Sick in 2009. Follow-up The Taking, which will also be released on vinyl on April 12, features McKagan on guitar and lead vocals with bassist Jeff Rouse, guitarist Mike Squires and drummer Isaac Carpenter. “The Taking is the closest thing to a ‘concept’ record that I’ve ever been involved with,” says Duff. “Pain, loss, triumph, and redemption. Life. Bring it.” [MSRP $13.98]
Ben Waters/Boogie 4 Stu/CD
Boogie-woogie piano player Ben Waters wanted to honor Rolling Stones founder Ian Stewart and when word got out of what was to be a solo project, an incredible array of artists signed on. Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, Jools Holland, PJ Harvey, and a kickin’ horn section perform on material by Sam Cooke, Big Joe Turner, Albert Ammons, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Jimmy Yancey and Big Maceo. The album closes with a live cut from Ian Stewart’s Montreux Jazz Festival appearance with Rocket 88. This just may be THE blues album of the year! [MSRP $13.98]
May 10 (pre-book order date April 15)
Rory Gallagher/Rory Gallagher, Deuce, Blueprint, & Live In Europe re-issues/CD
Get ready for a boatload of original studio recordings from the late great guitarist Rory Gallagher, all to be re-released throughout the year.
The kick-off starts with Rory Gallagher, his first solo album (1970) after disbanding his pioneering power trio Taste. It contains raging covers of Muddy Waters (“Gypsy Woman”) and Otis Rush (“It Takes Time”) as well as one his career-long concert favorites, ‘Laundromat.”
The 1971 follow-up, Deuce, cemented his rep as THE hotshot guitar slinger who captured the attention of a generation: songs like “In Your Town,” “Crest Of A Wave” and “Used To Be” are but three of the 10 stand-outs.
His third album, 1973’s Blueprint, birthed classics like “Walk On Hot Coals,” “(Back On My) Stompin’ Ground,” and “Banker’s Blues.”
Live In Europe was recorded during his 1972 tour, and is the first of several legendary live recordings.
[MSRP $13.98 for each CD]
Christopher Cross/Doctor Faith/CD
On his first all-new studio album in 13 years, five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross has changed it up from his usual keyboard base to a more guitar-oriented sound. Dedicated to Joni Mitchell “for a lifetime of inspiration,” Cross—for the first time in his 30-year career—goes profoundly topical here on material that resonates with the kind of attention-to-detail that only deep soul-searching can unearth. Vocalist Michael McDonald is on hand as is Cross’ fellow Texan, guitarist Eric Johnson. “This album feels not only like a new chapter to my career; it feels like starting a whole new book.” [MSRP $13.98]
This most Classic of Classic Rock bands (from Scotland) recorded Big Dogz with the intent to create something they vowed would be organic: just four rockers plying their craft and getting back to the kind of basics they spewed forth on such favorites as 1975’s Hair Of The Dog or 1979’s No Mean City. Lead vocalist Dan McCafferty is in great voice as he fronts bassist Pete Agnew, lead guitarist Jimmy Murrison and drummer Lee Agnew on a furious 11-song journey to the soul of rock’n’roll. [MSRP $13.98]
May 17 (pre-book order date April 22)
Jeff Healey Band/Live At Grossman’s/CD
Recorded live in Toronto at the same venue that spawned the birth of the band itself, this 1994 set, culled from two hot nights, served as rehearsals for what would become their fourth album, Cover To Cover. With guest artists Pat Rush on rhythm and slide guitar and harmonica man Michael Pickett, the Jeff Healey Band goes from Beatles to Hendrix to blues. Healey sounds positively inspired to be back home, his vocals and keyboard runs wild with abandon. [MSRP $13.98]
Heaven & Hell/Radio City Music Hall: Live! /Blu-ray
2007. Radio City Music Hall. Ronnie James Dio. Tony Iommi. Geezer Butler. Vinny Appice. Known collectively as Heaven & Hell. Their first U.S. show together in 15 years, this night was so transcendent, it spawned a tour, a studio album and plans for world domination but for the untimely death of Dio. Now, for the first time on Blu-Ray, that magical night—15 songs!—comes thrillingly to life. [MSRP $19.98]
Rory Gallagher/Notes From San Francisco/2CD
Unavailable until now, these are rare studio sides by the late Rory Gallagher that have now been unearthed! In 1977, six years into his solo career, the guitarist laid down these tracks with bassist Gerry McAvoy, keyboardist Lou Martin, drummer Rod de’Ath, violinist Joe O’Donnell and saxophonist Martin Fiero only to have the album in question shelved. Disc #2 consists of a 1979 power trio live show at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco with bassist McAvoy and drummer Ted McKenna. [MSRP $17.98]
May 24 (pre-book order date April 29)
Duff McKagan’s Loaded/Sick re-issue/CD/DVD
Originally released in 2009, Sick, by Duff McKagan’s Loaded, now comes complete with a 94-minute bonus DVD filmed at The Garage in Glasgow, Scotland and featuring a blistering band performance as well as the “No More” video, and five “webisodes,” four on the making of the album and one on the 2008 UK tour. Plus, two new additional bonus tracks have been included on the CD. [MSRP $15.98]
Willy DeVille/Come A Little Bit Closer – Best of Live /CD
Taken from over two decades of concert classics that this great American renaissance man recorded, Come A Little Bit Closer comes as close as one can to the kind of high-stylized idiosyncratic blend of New Orleans blues mixed’n’matched with Cajun flavor, his own Brill Building-styled composition, Mariachi Hendrixian flair, New York street corner doo-wop and classic rock soul punk as only he can fuse. And that’s just for starters. DeVille was such an original that he had no musical precedent whatsoever! There’s never been anyone like him. And it’s all on display in this 17-song Spanish stroll through a career that ended way too soon. Highlights? Every Song. [MSRP $13.98]
May 31 (pre-book order date April 29)
Primal Scream/Screamadelica Live DVD+CD, Blu-ray
Primal Scream formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1982 and in 1991 recorded what many rock critics have listed as one of the great alternative albums of the 1990s, Screamadelica. Screamadelica Live captures the band performing this album in its entirety for the very first time, at London’s Olympia in 2010. The Blu-ray includes an exclusive bonus of the Screamadelica Classic Album documentary. The DVD version includes a CD of the Screamadelica Live performance. [MSRP $19.98 for both sets]
David Byrne/Ride Rise Roar/ DVD and Blu-ray
June 7 (pre-book order date May 13)
Bad Company/Live At Wembley/CD, DVD & Blu-Ray
Recorded live at the prestigious Wembley Arena in London in 2010, these celebrated musicians are at the top of their game, playing their beloved songs as hard as ever in front of a packed and enthusiastic crowd. Founding members vocalist Paul Rodgers, lead guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke (bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006) are supplemented by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Lynn Sorensen. These songs that have stood the test of time come thrillingly to life alongside some rarely heard gems in a 15-song celebration! [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray, and $13.98 for CD]
Sheryl Crow/Miles From Memphis/DVD & Blu-Ray
This stunning 18-song two-hour+ concert was captured last year at the spectacular art-deco Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California. Sheryl Crow, touring in support of her 100 Miles From Memphis album, performs a set filled with all her hits, deep catalog cuts and current songs, an 18-year trip. Bonuses include a “Behind-The-Scenes” segment wherein she preps for the show, introduces the band and soundchecks two more tracks—“Eye To Eye” and “Stop” (20 songs total). [MSRP $14.98 for DVD, $19.98 for Blu-ray]
JUSTICE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW
Rev Theory have released another behind the scenes webisode that documents the creation of their new album Justice, which is available now. This week’s webisode features the band members in the studio recording the song “Never Again.” Drummer Dave Agoglia talks about the focus and progression of the band on the new album, “We always try to move forward in our records, but at the same time I think we got back a little more to our roots, and we did what we felt was right.”
The band will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13th in Broussard, LA. For the complete list of dates visit www.harddrivelivetour.com.
Breakthrough band Biffy Clyro will be hitting the road with Foo Fighters for a portion of their spring tour. The string of dates, which kick off May 17th in Tulsa, OK, will follow a run with Cage the Elephant and an appearance at the Bamboozle Festival in Rutherford, NJ April 30th.
The Scottish trio is fresh off a successful US headlining tour, which included sold-out NYC and LA shows, a KROQ Backyard BBQ performance and a performance on FUEL TV’s The Daily Habit. The band’s current US single “Many of Horror” is currently off to a great start at alternative radio with major support from Live 105-San Francisco, x96-Salt Lake City, WFNX-Boston, WRFF-Philadelphia, KEXX-Phoenix, CD101-Columbus, KBZT-San Diego and others. They will also be performing “Many of Horror” on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly Wednesday, March 23rd.
Biffy Clyro was also recently awarded the Shockwave NME Award for Best Live Band, beating out Muse and Arcade Fire. This win adds to Biffy’s already lengthy list of accolades. Their fifth studio release, the Garth Richardson-produced Only Revolutions, has spawned three Top Ten singles in the UK and is well on its way to being certified double-platinum there. Only Revolutions was nominated for the coveted 2010 Mercury Prize and their single “Captain” won Best Video at both the Kerrang! and NME Awards in 2010. Only Revolutions has also received substantial critical acclaim in the UK. The Sunday Times, Kerrang and Q each gave it four stars, Esquire labeled it “a blistering triumph” and the NME declared that the release “springs the band instantly level with the greatest rock acts in the world.”
Vocalist/guitarist Simon Neil, bassist James Johnston and drummer Ben Johnston formed Biffy Clyro in 1995 and quickly began honing their unique sound, a mind-boggling mix of off-kilter tempos, itchy, unpredictable guitars, soulful choruses and feral screams. Relentless touring built a dedicated army of followers and turned Biffy Clyro into one of the most celebrated live bands in the UK — they’ve shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Linkin Park, filled Wembley Arena on a recent headlining run and became the first band ever to play in the Houses of Parliament. Biffy Clyro US tour dates are below. For more information please visit www.biffyclyro.com.
Biffy Clyro tour dates are as follows:
|3/31||Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH *|
|4/1||Headliners Music Hall, Louisville, KY *|
|4/2||Rhythm and Brews, Chattanooga, TN *|
|4/4||Orange Peel, Asheville, NC *|
|4/5||Valarium, Knoxville, TN *|
|4/6||Revolution Music Room, Little Rock, AR *|
|4/8||George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, AR *|
|4/9||Blue Note, Columbia, MO *|
|4/10||Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK *|
|4/12||Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM *|
|4/13||Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ *|
|4/14||Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA ^|
|4/15||The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ ^|
|4/17||The Parish, Austin, TX ^|
|4/19||Beaumont Club, Kansas City, MO ^|
|4/20||Double Door, Chicago, IL ^|
|4/22||Water Street Music Hall, Rochester, NY ^|
|4/23||Mod Club, Toronto, ON ^|
|4/27||The Note, West Chester, PA **|
|4/28||Lupo’s, Providence, RI **|
|4/29||Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT **|
|4/30||Bamboozle Festival, East Rutherford, NJ|
|5/1||Recher Theatre, Towson, MD **|
|5/17||BOK Center, Tulsa, OK %|
|5/18||Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR %|
|5/20||FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN %|
|5/23||Mid America Center, Council Bluffs, IA %|
|5/26||Adams Center, Missoula, MT %|
|5/27||Sasquatch! Festival, George, WA|
* supporting Cage the Elephant
** supporting Alkaline Trio
% supporting Foo Fighters
Inspired by the recent Rockitt Rant about Poison releasing yet another greatest hits album and most likely performing the same set list (again), I’ve given some thought to why bands don’t mix up their live sets anymore. What’s the matter with these rockers? Don’t they connect with their fans? Why won’t they perform some deep cuts?
Kiss is a classic example of this. Sure, they played some new songs from Sonic Boom on their last tour, but when’s the last time the band really reached into their catalog to pull out the deep tracks like “I,” “Saint and Sinner,” or “Sweet Pain?” Hell, even “Shandi” played anywhere except Australia would be a treat. These bands have to know that the fans love to hear deep tracks, and if you’re worried about casual fans not knowing the songs, or complaining about not hearing the hits, then only play one or two deep cuts. Or maybe, just maybe, the band could mix it up and perform a different set every night? Aerosmith always does. Springsteen always does. It’s one way to sell multiple tickets to area shows.
Poison is another perfect example. They’ve been touring the amphitheaters since 1999 and they’ve played the same greatest hits set since then too. Although songs like “Sexual Thing” and “Lay Your Body Down” have been out in the public since the late 90s, they’ve never performed these songs live. There are also 5 great songs on Power To The People that they could perform, and while “I Hate Every Bone In Your Body But Mine” was played on one (or two) tours, they have since forgotten about these songs. I would love to hear “Strange,” or “Can’t Bring Me Down,” or anything from Crack A Smile, but the band won’t do it.
Motley Crue needs to mix it up as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the Crue pull out songs like “All I Need,” or “Too Fast For Love?” Other Crue tracks that would sound great live are songs like “Afraid,” “Misunderstood” (I know Vince didn’t sing this one, but so what? Play it anyway. Vince is only going to sing every third word regardless), or “Hell On High Heels.” That would be spectacular!
Bands need to reach deeper into their catalog to entertain the masses. While Kix does a great job of mixing it up, I would cream my pants if they would play “Luv-A-Holic” just once in concert. We know that you have to play “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “Cold Blood,” but there are other great songs in your repertoire that would sound great in concert. Buckcherry — is there any chance that you could perform “For The Movies” or “Borderline?” Papa Roach, why not play “Infest?” The die-hard fans would go nuts!
Iron Maiden is a superb example of a band that gets it right. Sure, some fans mocked their decision to play A Matter Of Life And Death in its entirety, and other fans were disappointed when the band toured last year only playing newer material, but all of their concerts sold out. On other tours, Maiden gave the fans only the hits from back in the day. Every Iron Maiden tour is a new experience and that’s why I will continue to pay for their tickets. If Poison mixed it up like that, I would make it a point to see them every summer.
Pearl Jam is another band that really gets it. Not only do they perform different sets tour after tour, they perform different sets night after night. When Pearl Jam plays three nights at Madison Square Garden, all three nights sell out. A big part of that is due to repeat customers. Fans know that every Pearl Jam concert is going to be a different experience, so they purchase tickets for all three nights, not just one. Could Poison or Kiss sell out multiple nights at the Garden? They’re having enough trouble selling out one night at an amphitheater.
Bands need to realize that the cost of tickets has skyrocketed in recent years, and if they expect fans to part with $100 to see a show, then they really need to work hard. Not just on stage, but they need to scrutinize their set list and dust off some classics. Don’t be lazy! Re-learn some of your older material and bring the deeper cuts to the concert. That would make every show worthwhile and it’s almost guaranteed that fans would come back year after year. I know I’d shell out my money. Would you?