KICKS OFF JULY 31 IN SPRINGFIELD, IL
SELECT RADIO PRE-SALE TICKETS AVAILABLE TUESDAY, MAY 22
PUBLIC ON-SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Let the madness begin again.
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, the annual touring rock extravaganza, will make its roaring return with rock titans EVANESCENCE, CHEVELLE, HALESTORM and NEW MEDICINE. Kicking off Tuesday, July 31 in Springfield, IL, the 2012 trek will hit major cities across the U.S. including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh (see full itinerary below). Select radio pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 22; Carnival of Madness fan club members can begin purchasing tickets Wednesday, May 23; artist fan club pre-sales start Thursday, May 24; and general public on-sale begins Friday, June 1. Please note that Halestorm will be performing on the majority of the tour. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/.
EVANESCENCE has sold more than 25 million records worldwide with more than 10 million in the U.S. alone. The band’s global, Top 10 hit singles “Bring Me To Life” and “My Immortal”–off their 2003 major-label debut Fallen (Wind-up Records)–led the group to two Grammy Awards (Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance for “Bring Me To Life”). Propelling the band to sales of more than 15 million albums worldwide, Fallen spent over 100 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and was certified gold or platinum in over 35 countries. The band’s follow up was 2006’s The Open Door, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and spawned the hit “Call Me When You’re Sober.” In October of 2011, they released their highly anticipated third studio album Evanescence, which marked the band’s first album in five years and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album charts. The newly released album has spawned hit tracks “What You Want,” “Made Of Stone,” and “My Heart Is Broken.” Check out the video for “My Heart Is Broken” which has been viewed over 5 million times online: http://youtu.be/f1QGnq9jUU0.
“We’re really looking forward to the Carnival of Madness tour this summer. We love Chevelle and haven’t hit the road together in years, and I’m really stoked to finally be playing some shows with Halestorm. Naturally I’m a fan of strong women in music and Lzzy’s voice is spectacular,” said front woman AMY LEE about the upcoming tour.
EVANESCENCE is AMY LEE (vocals, piano), TERRY BALSAMO (guitar), TROY MCLAWHORN (guitar), TIM MCCORD (bass) and WILL HUNT (drums). For more information, please visit their website, www.evanescence.com.
Platinum-selling alternative hard rock trio CHEVELLE–PETE LOEFFLER (Guitars, Vocals), SAM LOEFFLER (Drums) and DEAN BERNARDINI (Bass, Vocals)–released their latest and sixth full-length album Hats Off To The Bull (Epic Records) late 2011. The album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #19 and is being hailed as one of the finest albums of the band’s long and successful career. The explosive debut single, “Face To The Floor,” dominated the rock charts, claiming the #1 spot at Active Rock for 13 weeks. With a hypnotic and grinding riff, the song rails against the corporate corruption of Bernie Madoff and Wall Street and is a testament to the band’s songwriting prowess and eternal knack for a hit. The Chicago group’s latest single “Hats Off To The Bull” is following the same trajectory, shooting up the Active Rock chart, currently occupying the #3 position. A newly released video for the title track can be seen here: http://youtu.be/4MRLd1Cgbdg.
Pennsylvania quartet HALESTORM returned in April 2012 with their second full-length, The Strange Case of…. (Atlantic Records) after scoring two top 10 singles (“I Get Off” and “It’s Not You”) from their self-titled debut album and touring steadily with acts as diverse as Shinedown, Stone Sour, Disturbed, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Godsmack and countless others. Musically diverse and emotionally revealing, the album resonates with a newfound poignancy that takes HALESTORM–frontwoman LZZY HALE, drummer AREJAY HALE, guitarist JOE HOTTINGER and bassist JOSH SMITH–to a new level of creative achievement. The first single “Love Bites (So Do I)” is a storming rocker that illustrates frontwoman LZZY HALE’s individuality, sense of humor, and willingness to represent young women in today’s fast-paced society. The massive hit reached the Top Spot at Active Rock and is currently #2. Watch the official video here: http://youtu.be/FmkHqUwa4zg.
NEW MEDICINE–JAKE SCHERER (Vocals), DAN GARLAND (Guitar), MATTHEW BRADY (Bass) and RYAN GUANZON (Drums)–injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You To The Bottom (Photo Finish Records). Each song tells a story, whether it’s about the loss of a loved one on “Little Sister” or the state of the world on “Race You To The Bottom.” “Laid,” the album’s first single, examines relationship troubles with a combination of wit and wisdom. The song is a propulsive lovelorn rocker that sugarcoats nothing. Scherer, who co-wrote the song with producers S*A*M & Sluggo, reveals, “It’s about an experience with a girl who’s the ultimate wild child. She gets under your skin, drives you totally crazy and she’s gone.” Their latest track at radio, “Race You To The Bottom,” has gone on to sell over 11,000 copies and the video for the song, which recently debuted on AOL’s Noisecreep, can be seen here: http://youtu.be/VjxE2RTevMQ.
For up-to-the-minute news on CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, visit http://carnivalofmadness.com/, http://www.facebook.com/CarnivalofMadness and www.twitter.com/carnivalmadness.
CARNIVAL OF MADNESS Tour Dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
w/ Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine:
TUE 7/31/12 Springfield, IL Prairie Capital Convention Center
WED 8/1/12 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
FRI 8/3/12 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues
SAT 8/4/12 Chester, PA Harrah’s Chester Downs
MON 8/6/12 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
TUE 8/7/12 Baltimore, MD Pier Six
WED 8/8/12 Charlotte, NC (**) Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
FRI 8/10/12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
SAT 8/11/12 Gulfport, MS Jones Park
MON 8/13/12 Belton, TX Bell County Expo
TUE 8/14/12 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Center
WED 8/15/12 Midland, TX Midland Horseshoe Arena
FRI 8/17/12 Lubbock, TX Venue TBA
SAT 8/18/12 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
MON 8/20/12 Sioux City, IA Venue TBA
TUE 8/21/12 Milwaukee, WI (*) Eagles Ballroom
THU 8/23/12 Grand Rapids, MI (**) Rock The Rapids – Downtown
FRI 8/24/12 Detroit, MI DTE Music Theatre
SUN 8/26/12 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
TUE 8/28/12 Pittsburgh, PA (**) Stage AE
WED 8/29/12 Holmdel, NJ PNC Amphiteatre
THU 8/30/12 Uncasville, CT (**) Mohegan Sun
SUN 9/2/12 Buffalo, NY (**) Venue TBA
WED 9/5/12 Evansville, IN Venue TBA
(*) Show features Evanescence and New Medicine with very special guests.
(**) Show features Evanescence and Chevelle with very special guests.
Hard Rock band Candlelight Red has just released a new music video for “She’s Got the Look,” the second single off their 2011 debut album The Wreckage. The video was shot in Stanley Kubrick’s family warehouse by indie video aficionado Alex de Campi (Art Brut, Los Campesinos!). The video twists the song into a horror story of a lonely teen boy who dreams of finding a girl who ends up finding him, as well as featuring an electrifying performance by the band.
After a string of spring dates with Trapt and Lacuna Coil, Candlelight Red are gearing up to hit the road for a summer tour with Crossfade followed by an appearance on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Fest.
6/1 Knoxville, TN The Valarium w/ Crossfade
6/2 Greenville, SC The Handlebar w/ Crossfade
6/3 Johnson City, TN Capones w/ Crossfade
6/4 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage w/ Crossfade
6/6 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon w/ Crossfade
6/7 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance w/ Crossfade
6/8 Bristol, CT Bleechers w/ Crossfade
6/9 Lancaster, PA The Chamelon w/ Crossfade
6/10 Toledo, OH Frankie’s w/ Crossfade
6/11 Newport, KY Thompson House w/ Crossfade
6/13 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero w/ Crossfade
6/14 Flint, MI The Machine Shop w/ Crossfade
6/15 Jackson, MI Avenue Billiards w/ Crossfade
6/16 Libertyville, IL Austins Fuel Room w/ Crossfade
6/17 St. Louis, MO Pops w/ Crossfade
6/19 Little Rock, AR Juanitas w/ Crossfade
6/20 Kansas City, MO Beaumont w/ Crossfade
6/22 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse w/ Crossfade
6/23 Birmingham, AL Crush w/ Crossfade
6/25 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 w/ Crossfade
6/26 Atlanta, GA Masquerede w/ Crossfade
6/29 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel w/ Crossfade
6/30 Charleston, SC Music Farm w/ Crossfade
7/1 Charlotte, NC Amos’ w/ Crossfade
As there always is with any festival the size of M3, the low points come alongside of the high points. And while they were few and far in between, there were some unfortunate lows at the 2012 M3 Music Festival.
While Friday night’s show went off without a hitch, the same cannot be said for the Saturday show. Great White was supposed to kick off at 12:10PM shortly after the opening acts of Let There Be Rock and Drum Wars. At 12:30PM I was nestled in my seat, still waiting for the band to come onstage and still wondering what was happening. By 12:50PM, Great White finally took the stage.
I do not know what caused the delay. I do not know if it was the band, the festival producers, or some other unforeseen force, but what I do know is that the late start time cost some acts their stage time. Great White was supposed to play for 45 minutes and they got reduced to 35. If that wasn’t bad enough, Stryper had to do their sound check in front of the live audience, and their set was cut to 30 minutes. They didn’t even get to perform Honestly, or Always There For You, which pissed me off. Again, I don’t know who to direct my anger at, but at the end of Stryper’s set I was extremely aggravated. They had just given a brilliant performance and they weren’t even allowed to do a final song. What the hell is up with that?
One word describes Dokken’s set—terrible. Don sounded awful, and while the fill in band members he assembled were decent, they lacked the cohesiveness of the original band. Hearing Dokken butcher his own songs was hard to sit through. In fact, Rob Rockitt decided he’d had enough about halfway through the set and left to get pictures of the next band. I muddled my way to the end, but was sorry I did. The fans in attendance seemed to love it, but between Dokken’s awful vocals, his jab at George Lynch, and his endless desire to pretend that it was 1987 again, I couldn’t stomach the set. Don, if you want to live in the past, then pull out your vinyl albums and stay at home.
I know that I am in the minority with my opinion here. I know that the fans were ecstatic to see Stephen Pearcy back in Ratt. I know that the M3 crowd went berserk when Ratt took the stage, but to me, they had absolutely no right to headline M3. I know that Cinderella was supposed to headline and had to bow out due to injury, so M3 had to put someone in that slot. However, after seeing Queensryche and Ratt, it’s obvious that Queensryche should have headlined.
Ratt was terrible. Yes, Juan Croucier was back for this show and Stephen Pearcy was at the helm, but it couldn’t save their abysmal performance. Look, I am a huge Ratt fan, have been since 1984, but I’m also honest. Stephen Pearcy cannot sing anymore. His vocals at M3 reminded me so much of Slaughter’s performance last year, that I was just happy when the set was over. As terrible as that sounds, it’s true.
For the first three songs, Pearcy couldn’t even be heard, because their soundboard technician was not very good at his job. Once his microphone situation was fixed, it was easy to tell that he was straining to sing. His voice has lost any power that it had, and he sounded like a cover of his former self. The guitars were way too loud and drowned out the rest of the music. Bobby Blotzer’s drums could barely be heard. Overall, their performance was disappointing at best, but to me it was just horrendous. Judging by the fans response, no one else felt this way, so maybe I was just expecting too much, or I wasn’t drunk enough, but the next time Ratt is on the road with Stephen Pearcy, count me out.
GEOFF TATE’S MICROPHONE INCIDENT
As I mentioned, Queensryche performance was brilliant. However, there was one moment during their set that I found a little disturbing. During one of their first three songs (perhaps it was I Don’t Believe In Love) Geoff Tate decided that it would be all right to throw the microphone stand.
Sometimes this is rock star cool, like when guitars get smashed. Unfortunately, in this instance, Tate decided to throw the stand as hard as he could at the photographers in the pit. What was up with that? I found it strange and even though to myself “I hope no one got hit with that.” I was also hoping it was done as a performance enhancement. Apparently, that was not the case.
I later found out that the stand did hit one of the photographers, and that there have been instances with Tate and photographers in the past. I guess some rock stars just think it’s cool to hate on photographers. It’s one thing to hate the Paparazzi, but to direct anger toward professional photographers that are there to give your band press coverage is just kind of stupid.
Don’t miss out tomorrow when I talk about all The Pleasant Surprises.
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