Edguy post the following update tonight:
After a successful world tour with more than 100 concerts all over the globe in support of their latest release “Tinnitus Sanctus” in 2008, Edguy have entered the studio to record a new album. Still under the influence of their arena tour as special guests of “the Scorpions” and the latest “Avantasia” world tour (featuring Tobias Sammet and Felix Bohnke), Edguy feel it’s about time to squeeze their energy on tape in a recording studio again. This time the band has chosen the famous Peppermint-Park in Hannover (Scorpions, Phil Collins), according to the band ” a recording temple with a tremendously great sounding room”. Tobias comments: “We have chosen the Peppermint Park to record the basics there. I had done a few little bits and pieces for Avantasia there, but it’s so great to record drums and stuff like Hammond B3 with a big bad fat mean Leslie there. The room is big and the sound is mean! We were always striving for a powerful but natural sound. I guess we had a good sound recently, but I think there is always room to improve. The more I listen to what’s going on in the Heavy Metal world these days, the more I long for drums that sound like drums. I want them to sound powerful without sounding like Atari. Sascha and I came to the conclusion that we have to start from scratch and do things the way they have to be done, not the fashionable way. I don’t want a distorted master-copy, just so it is loud enough on an iPhone or on PC-speakers. If you talk to your most fancy producer he will say something like: “Well, it’s the sign of the times, you have to be able to compete in the loudness war…” What the fuck?! If I want it to be loud I turn up the stereo. I want dynamics, room, a real big sound, not that distorted trendy compression. Why don’t we all move back a little and record great sounding music, not loud sounding music? Do a Google search for “loudness war” and you’ll see what I mean. Whatever, the new songs sound great, we have thirteen of them, and we’ll pick maybe ten and put them on the album. We have anthemic melodies, although it’s not kitsch. When you record anthemic music, you tend to be dangerously close to kitsch, it’s a fine line and I think we balance on that fine line pretty well. To cut a long story a little insignificantly shorter: I just think it is great, and that’s what counts. Real music, you know? We’ll keep you informed, if you want it or not! ;-) – Tobi
The Hard Rock & Metal Tour Event of the Summer Kicks Off on July 9th, 2011
Tickets Go On Sale to the General Public on April 15th, 2011
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, the heralded hard rock and metal event of the summer, is swiftly becoming the heavy music fans’ summertime rite of passage. TheROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is pleased to announce the official 72-hour ticket pre-sale time period, beginning on Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 10am in all time zones.
The festival will be running a “Get Off Your Ass” promotion which will run for the first 72 hours of the pre-sale period, ending on Monday, April 11th at 10am. This “Get Off Your Ass” promotion will knock $5 off of any ticket price for any show date, including pit, reserved and lawn tickets! Highlights of the 72-hour “Get Off Your Ass” ticket pre-sale offer include a specially priced 3D commemorative ticket which doubles as a “jump the line” pass, early entrance to your local show, access to a limited edition ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL pre-sale t-shirt offer, and a specially priced subscription offer from Revolver Magazine. This is a limited time offer, while supplies last and limited to six tickets per person. Note that the 72-hour “Get Off Your Ass” offer does not apply to Boise, ID, Montreal, QC and Oklahoma City, OK. Oklahoma City, OK will not be offering the $5 discount, but pre-sale tickets will be available on Friday, April 8th at the regular rate.
Fans have the opportunity to pre-register for the official pre-sale at this link. Pre-registering will put fans at the front of the line at the time of pre-sale. Boise, ID and Montreal, QC dates are not eligible for this pre-registration offer.
This year, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is offering two special VIP packages at this link. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL VIP packages not only provide seats close to the stage, but fans also get early entry inside the venue, access to the Rockstar Lounge, an exclusive ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL skate deck, limited edition tour poster, laminate, custom guitar picks and more. Head to this link to view different special VIP package items.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Tune in towww.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a ferocious mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. For the first time in festival history, through their success, IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour. This year sees the return of festival veterans DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, and SUICIDE SILENCE. TheJAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
The 4th annual ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also featureROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL attendees can enjoy a plethora of festival activities, including perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that enhance the concert experience. It’s a 10 hour trip to heavy nirvana.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL is produced by Rockstar Taste of Chaos organizer John Reese, Vans Warped Tour founder and MusiCares MAP Fund“From the Heart Award” recipient Kevin Lyman and Creative Artists Agency. The trio has made the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL a standout on the summer concert circuit by following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience. This year sees them joining forces once again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the title sponsor.
“Metal is ALIVE and WELL in 2011,” states tour producer John Reese. “Each year the tour gets bigger and better and 2011 is no exception. This group of artists this year are going to apply a big, bad, metal shellacking for the fans across the USA and Canada.”
“ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2011 is a true mix of molten veterans and smoldering up-and-comers, who are bringing their A games and giving the fans nothing less of an amazing day,” adds tour producer Kevin Lyman.
In 2008, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL bulldozed onto the scene and quickly made itself known as the preeminent summer destination for the hard rock and metal community. ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL boasts the most powerful artist line-ups in heavy music. Artists who have performed in ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL’s past include hard music legends SLAYER, SLIPKNOT, MARILYN MANSON, KORN, ROB ZOMBIE, LAMB OF GOD, HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, MASTODON, FIVE FINGER DEATHPUNCH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and many more. All have pummeled the stage, while delivering the intensity and heaviness that fans have grown to expect year after year.
See below for all current tour dates. When viewing, fans should take notice of the line-up changes on the San Bernardino, Mountain View and Montreal dates. On July 9th in San Bernardino, CA, Cartoon Network/Adult Swim’s metal cartoon phenomenon DETHKLOK will perform in the place ofMEGADETH, and colossal Bay Area thrash kings TESTAMENT will perform in the place of IN FLAMES. TESTAMENT will also perform in the place of IN FLAMES on the July 10th Mountain View, CA date. HATEBREED is now scheduled to perform with the festival in the place ofTRIVIUM on August 5th in Tinley Park, IL, August 6th in Clarkston, MI, and August 7th in Noblesville, IN. MEGADETH will not be appearing on the Montreal, QC Heavy MTL date. Other bands will be announced for Heavy MTL soon. Go to www.heavymtl.com for further information.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL TOUR DATES:
7/9 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA (Los Angeles, CA)
7/10 – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA (San Francisco, CA)
7/12 – White River Amphitheatre – Auburn, WA (Seattle, WA)
7/13 – Idaho Center Amphitheater – Nampa, ID (Boise, ID)
7/15 – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion – Phoenix, AZ
7/16 – Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion – Albuquerque, NM
7/17 – Comfort Dental Amphitheater – Englewood, CO (Denver, CO)
7/19 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, MO (St. Louis, MO)
7/20 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
7/22 – Comcast Center – Mansfield, MA (Boston, MA)
7/23 – Parc Jean-Drapeau – (Heavy MTL) - Montreal, QC /www.heavymtl.com
7/24 – Comcast Theatre – Hartford, CT
7/27 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
7/29 – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown, PA (Pittsburgh, PA)
7/30 – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA (Washington DC)
7/31 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
8/2 – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach, VA
8/3 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek – Raleigh, NC
8/5 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago IL)
8/6 – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI (Detroit, MI)
8/7 – Verizon Wireless Music Center – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis, IN)
8/9 – Zoo Amphitheatre – Oklahoma City, OK
8/10 – Gexa Energy Pavilion – Dallas, TX
8/12 – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
8/13 – 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
8/14 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, FL
For more information on the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL, visitwww.rockstarmayhemfest.com.
Eddie Trunk, Buckcherry and their friends over at Jägermeister, have joined together to give you another rockin’ giveaway! Buckcherry’s Keith Nelson has rocked this guitar on the latest tour, and he got the entire band to sign it just for you guys! ENTER NOW! (1) Grand Prize Winner Gets:
- (1) Buckcherry AUTOGRAPHED Custom Jägermeister-branded Schechter Tempest Guitar
- (1) Buckcherry “Crazy Bitch” Prize Pack for the ladies
- (1) Stripper Pouch
- (1) Ladies Tshirt
- (1) Boy Shorts
- (1) Red Lipstick
- and a couple other “Sexy Surprises!”
We know you all are excited about the “Sexy Suprises”, so (2) runner up winners will also get their hands on a Buckcherry “Crazy Bitch” prize pack… you’re welcome, guys!
This contest ends on Friday, April 29th, but you can enter once a day! Make sure to keep coming back in order to get your hands on the sick guitar and the other… ahem… goodies.
One of the biggest bands in the world of heavy metal is back with a vengeance. After teaming up with Century Media Records for the upcoming release of ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’, IN FLAMES is now announcing the first single for fans eagerly awaiting the new record. Titled “Deliver Us”, the new digital single will be released on Tuesday, May 10th in North America. This will be the first opportunity to experience ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’ before it is released on June 20, 2011. Recorded in their own IF Studios with Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnklo, expect nothing less than the best album in years from a partnership between one of the biggest metal bands with one of the world’s biggest metal labels.
IN FLAMES was founded in 1990 in Gothenburg and soon became one of the most successful Swedish metal bands upon the release of their breakthrough album ‘The Jester Race’ in 1996. Like many of their previous efforts, their last album ‘A Sense Of Purpose’ (2008) charted all over the world including the band’s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28 debut. Other notable chart entries include: #1 in Sweden, #7 in Canada, #6 in Germany, #3 in Finland and the 7th best selling album in the entire continent of Europe upon release.
2011 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour Dates (please note, In Flames will not be appearing on the first two dates):
12 – Seattle – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
13 – Boise – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
15 – Phoenix – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
16 – Albequerque – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
17 – Denver – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
18 – Omaha – Sokol Auditorium – Headline Show*
19 – St Louis – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
20 – Cincinnati – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
22 – Boston – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
23 – Montreal Rockstar Mayhem tour/Heavy Metal Fest canada
24 – Hartford – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
25 – Niagara Falls – Rapids Theatre – Headline show*
26 – Clifton Park – Norhtern Lights – Headline Show*
27 – Holmdel – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
29 – Pittsburgh – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
30 – Washington DC – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
31 – Camden – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
1 – Charlotte – Amos Southend – Headline Show*
2 – Virginia beach – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
3 – Raleigh – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
5 – Chicago – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
6 – Detroit – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
7 – Indianapolis – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
8 – North Kansas City – Harrah’s Kansas City – Headline Show*
9 – Oklahoma – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
10 – Dallas – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
12 – Atlanta – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
13 – Tampa – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
14 – West Palm Beach – Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – USA
* Support on headline shows comes from: Trivium, Kingdom of Sorrow & Straight Line Stitch
Y&T officially announces Brad Lang joining the band on bass guitar. Those who have witnessed Brad’s infectious energy on stages around the world during last year’s Facemelter tour–as he so graciously subbed for Phil–know how much he brings to the band. Thank you all for so warmly welcoming Brad.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 7 at 11PM, as that’s the airdate of Dave Meniketti”s episode on Season 7 of That Metal Show on VH1-Classic. Set your DVR, and then come out to Y&T’s Fillmore show that night.
Hourcast is hitting the road with Volbeat and The Damned Things. To celebrate, the band will be giving away a custom Apollo 125cc Pit Bike valued at over $1000. The band’s new album “Dystopia” is available everywhere now!
Tokyo Blade have made the first track from their new studio album Thousand Men Strong available for FREE download from their website.
Until Wednesday 13th April, the piledriving album opener ‘Black Abyss’ will be free to download and keep as an MP3 from www.tokyoblade.com.
Additionally, previews of all tracks on the album are also available with the site’s media player.
Released on March 18th this year the album is available in three formats, the standard CD release, the CD Fan Pack and the brand new deluxe vinyl edition.
Available exclusively from the band’s website the fan pack includes the CD, personalised guitar pick, signed Blade Clan laminate and membership to the Blade Clan.
Standard CD release is £8.99 with the CD Fan Pack great value at £10.99 and the vinyl at £15.99. All include worldwide shipping.
The website itself is brand new having been completely redesigned in under 3 weeks. It was felt that the previous site needed a better layout and with the demand for new Tokyo Blade product reaching higher levels, a more flexible web store was also needed.
The current Tokyo Blade line-up includes four of the five original members, Andy Boulton (guitar), Andy Wrighton (bass), John Wiggins (guitar) and Steve Pierce (drums) and is completed by powerhouse vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow.
Official Website: www.tokyoblade.com
Check out Taddy Porter’s new video for “Long Slow Drag” off of the debut album Taddy Porter (Primary Wave Records). The video features model/actress Chelsea Tyler (daughter of Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler) and was directed by Casey Tebo (Aerosmith, Judas Priest).