The Monsters of Rock Cruise announced the addition of UFO to their star studded lineup which includes Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Keel, Stryper, Lynch Mob, Y&T, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, XYZ, Bang Tango, Black N’ Blue, Eric Martin and Jon Corabi.
The Monsters of Rock departs Fort Lauderdale on February 25th, 2012. For more info, please visit, MonstersofRockCruise.com
Singer and guitarist Phil Humphries from Powerage Records recording artist Lethargy posted the following announcement today:
From Phil to Fans, Friends, Punter, Telly & Gaz.
It is with a seriously heavy heart that I’m announcing my departure from Lethargy. This may come as a shock to you, it’s a shock to me too and still doesn’t feel real even though I informed Punter, Telly & Gaz of my decision nearly a week ago. It’s a decision I’ve struggled with for over half a year so please believe me when I say it’s not been an easy one to make.
I suppose I’d better start with my reason for leaving as when I read these sort of “statements” myself, it’s always the first thing I’m asking in my mind.
Well, I have to set the record straight before any rumours start and say that it’s nothing to do with the musical direction we’ve taken in the last few years, you’ll hear that on the new album and it’s something I’m extremely proud of. Also, I’m glad to say there’s been no falling out between myself and the boys either, I still consider them my best friends and will always love them dearly.
Unfortunately when you’re in a band and you start getting to a certain level in your career, it becomes a lot more than just making great music with great people. I’m not going to go into exact details on why I’m leaving as it’s personal to me and the band but I will say it’s got to do with a lot of the other elements that make up being a band and for me, it’s become unbearable and if I stayed, I’d probably make it that way for everyone else. Like I said before, we’re all still friends, there were no bust ups on tour and nobody’s slept with anyone they shouldn’t have!
I never thought I’d leave Lethargy, it’s the band I started when I was 15 and still at school with Danny, who left the the band in 2005. For a long time I thought that would be the only member change Lethargy would ever see. I’m glad it happened though as I know Danny’s getting on with a whole new life with an excellent partner and great friends, plus I made a new friend in Gaz. If the member change never happened all those years ago, I may still just know Gaz as Punter’s brother to this day. Whoever fills my shoes in Lethargy, I hope they realise how lucky they are and I hope the rest of the boys get to make a new best friend like I did.
I’ve also made some great friends along the way playing with other bands, working with people within the industry and meeting new fans, it would take me forever to name everyone, including our family members and I’m sure you all know who you are – so thank you. Lethargy would never have gotten this far without each and every one of you and I hope you continue to support it’s next installment.
I’ve already said it privately to the band but would like to publicly say I’m gonna miss playing with the boys, they are the best musicians, songwriters and singers that I know which definitely makes leaving that little bit tougher. There’s never gonna be another Andrew Hunt, who can fit stunning melodies over chords that I could never have come up with, who can then stick in the most unconventional key change and make it flow like a river. I’ve had the privilege of watching Marc T. Jones’ voice develop from almost shy to totally unstoppable and it’s been a joy to sing along side him during that and Lethargy is not Lethargy without some the most unique and complimenting bass lines I’ve heard. And last but not least, Gaz is the best drummer in the country, you couldn’t even try to convince me of otherwise and I’ve seen a lot of drummers, no offence to any drummers I know but it’s true. As I’ve already said to you personally boys, I’m thankful that we’ve done so much together and I’m proud to say that I was a part of it – you truely are brothers. I hope I play with all of you again in the future under different circumstances. It’s been an amazing 11 years that will stay with me forever.
Before I go, I’d like to make it clear that I’m not quitting music, if I did that, I’d have nothing to do for the rest of my life. You’ll see me again as soon as it feels right with whatever I do next. I’ll be focusing on what was my side-project, Kilvey and take it from there. I have no idea what the future holds, it feels slightly scary but exciting and all I’m gonna do from this point is look forward.
I’ll see you all again soon.
Please read below for the official band statement:
We would like to publicly give our sincere thanks to Phil for all his time, endeavours, and most importantly, brotherhood and friendship over the years. It was a privilege and we have some of the best memories of our lives upto this point with you. Its been one ride.
Our new album, titled “After All This Has Gone” is finished and is due for release very soon. We will keep all you good people updated with the exact release date asap. Thanks for sticking with us and we will see you all very soon.
Love Andrew, Marc and Gareth xxx
Dutch progressive metallers TEXTURES have released the first taste of new music off their forthcoming studio album, Dualism.
The track, entitled “Singularity,” is available for streaming on the band’s Facebook page.
TEXTURES will head west for their inauguralNorth American tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract, and The Contortionist, which kicks off on September 3rd in Raleigh, North Carolina and wraps up in Baltimore, Maryland on October 8th, 2011. will head west for their inaugural North American tour with Periphery, The Human Abstract, and The Contortionist, which kicks off on September 3rd in Raleigh, North Carolina and wraps up in Baltimore, Maryland on October 8th, 2011.
FULL TOUR DATES are on the band’s Facebook page.
TEXTURES are also offering a free download of the track”Singularity” so if you want it, spread the word!
LA’s red-hot rock revivalists RIVAL SONS made their explosive television debut on “Lopez Tonight”last night where they electrified the audience with a raucous rendition of their new single/title track “Pressure and Time” and an incendiary performance of “Burn Down Los Angeles” from their new album, leading host George Lopez to exclaim “that’s how you rock ‘n’ roll, like that!”.
Stryper frontman and accomplished solo artist Michael Sweet announced his departure from legendary rock band BOSTON today, in order to devote his full attention to his longstanding role as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist for multi-platinum rock outfit Stryper – a band he co-founded in 1983. Sweet joined BOSTON in 2008, sharing lead vocals and playing guitar on a headlining tour of North America, performing the band’s classic hits like “More than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” “Amanda” and “Don’t Look Back.”
Following the BOSTON tour, Stryper released the 2009 studio album “Murder by Pride” (featuring a cover of BOSTON’s “Peace of Mind”), which led to a yearlong world tour with all of the original members. In 2010, Stryper released “The Covering,” and another world tour recently concluded. Stryper is currently in the studio working on an untitled release for 2011, with tour dates already announced for this fall.
“My focus and my loyalty lies with Stryper, the band that I’ve committed almost thirty years of my life to,” says Sweet. “The guys in Stryper are my brothers and I’m excited about our future together. The music of BOSTON helped shape who I am as an artist, and the opportunity to be a part of their musical legacy is overwhelming. It’s been an honor to share the stage with them, and a bigger honor to call them my friends.”
In addition to the increasing demands for Stryper, Sweet has been spending some of his time off the road in Nashville, writing with A-list songwriters such as Blair Daly (Rascal Flatts, Uncle Kracker, Lynyrd Skynyrd), Luke Laird (Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw), Britton Cameron (Steel Magnolia, Lonestar, Eden’s Edge) and others.
“I’ve always loved the writing process and to be able to collaborate with some of the greatest writers in Nashville is an absolutely amazing experience for me,” explains Sweet. “I’m looking forward to many more successful trips to Music City.”
Stryper has sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. The group’s unprecedented 1986 album “To Hell with the Devil” went double-platinum and was named one of the “100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music” by CCM Magazine.
UFO CONFIRM ADDITIONAL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
BRAZILIAN ROCKERS MINDFLOW TO SUPPORT ON ALL SHOWS
British rockers UFO have confirmed additional tour dates for the West Coast leg of their North American tour which kicks off this September in Santa Rosa, CA. The band will be touring in support of their greatest hits collection “Best of a Decade” which is out now on SPV/Steamhammer. UFO is also in the process of working on a new studio album which is scheduled for release in early 2012.
True rock legends such as UFO are characterized not only by the fact that they have added several classic anthems to the annals of rock history, but that their musical output, after many years, still remains at such a consistently high level and they always have something new and fresh coming up. With classic albums such as “Phenomenon”, “Force it” and “No Heavy Pettin” Phil Mogg, Vinnie Moore, Andy Parker and Paul Raymond still sound vital and imaginative to this day.
Providing direct support on the tour with be Brazilian rockers MINDFLOW. Their latest release “With Bare Hands” is available now on Nightmare Records. Heavy metal, hard rock, modern rock…try to put MINDFLOW‘s music into a category and you either don’t know where to stop or you can’t find the words. It’s all there – the compelling energy of the rhythm section – drums and bass pounding relentless power.
UFO ON TOUR WITH MINDFLOW
9/15: Santa Rosa, CA @ Last Day Saloon
9/16: Sacramento/Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
9/17: Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon
9/19: Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
9/21: Modesto, CA @ The Fat Cat
9/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @The Key Club
9/26: Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
9/27: Fresno, CA @ Warnor’s Center For The Performing Arts
9/29: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
9/30: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/4: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/6: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/7: Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
10/8: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
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PLANET 9 is announcing an upcoming tour beginning in October with KILL DEVIL HILL the new band featuring Vinny Appice (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Rex Brown (DOWN, PANTERA) on bass, Mark Zavon (RATT, W.A.S.P., 40 CYCLE HUM) on guitar and Jason “Dewey” Bragg (PISSING RAZORS) on vocals.
Sun 10/02/11 Clifton,NJ Dingbatz
Tue 10/04/11 Morgantown,WV 123 Pleasant St.
Wed 10/05/11 Reading,PA Reverb
Fri 10/07/11 Charlotte,NC Tremont Music Hall
Sat 10/08/11 Spartanburg,SC Ground Zero
Sun 10/09/11 Greensboro,NC Arizona Pete’s
Fri 10/14/11 Fort Worth,TX The Aardvark
Sat 10/15/11 Houston,TX Warehouse Live
Thu 10/20/11 Shreveport,LA The Warehouse
Fri 10/21/11 Lafayette,LA Vermillionville
Wed 11/02/11 Des Moines,IA House Of Bricks
Fri 11/04/11 Salina,KS The Santa Fe Saloon
Sat 11/05/11 Cape Girardeau,MO Pitters Cafe and Lounge
PLANET 9 released their self titled debut July 26th on Jamsync Music. A full length clip of the track titled ’40 Days’ is available at this location.
Band Holds Record for Most No. 1′s in the Chart’s History; “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” Is First Single Off Multi-Platinum Band’s Upcoming Album I’m With You, Due August 30th in North America From Warner Bros. Records
With the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” claiming the top spot on Billboard‘s Alternative chart this week, the Los Angeles quartet have surpassed their own record for the artist with the most Number One singles in Modern Rock radio chart history with 12. The track is also No. 1 on both the BDS and Mediabase charts.
The band’s previous Number One Modern Rock tracks are 1991′s “Give It Away,” 1993′s “Soul to Squeeze,” 1995′s “My Friends,” 1999′s “Scar Tissue,” 2000′s “Otherside” and “Californication,” 2002′s “By the Way” and “Can’t Stop,” and 2006′s “Dani California,” (which spent 14 weeks at No. 1 and is one of three songs in the history of Billboard‘s Alternative Chart to debut in the top spot), “Tell Me Baby,” and “Snow (Hey Oh).”
“The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie” is the first single from the band’s upcoming tenth studio album I’m With You, which will be released in the U.S. and Canada on August 30th and varying dates internationally through Warner Bros. Records.
Recorded at East West in Los Angeles and Shangri-la in Malibu, CA, I’m With You was produced by Rick Rubin, who produced the band’s previous five albums, “Stadium Arcadium” (2006), “By The Way” (2002), “Californication” (1999), “One Hot Minute” (1995), and “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” (1991). The album was mixed by Andrew Scheps and Greg Fidelman.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, will headline Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka on August 13th and in Tokyo on August 14th. They will also perform at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on August 24th before traveling to South America in September for several shows, including a headlining stint at the Rock in Rio Festival in Brazil on the 24th. In October, the band set off on a European tour. Please visit www.redhotchilipeppers.com for all tour dates.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s new album, How I Go, is in stores now. Get it here!! Check out the band’s brand new video “Never Lookin’ Back” below!