US guitar player XANDER DEMOS has signed an exclusive worldwide digital distribution deal with German-based metal label, Rock N Growl Records. The new album “GUITARCADIA” was produced by Xander Demos, mixed and mastered by CJ Snare of Firehouse, it contains 10 incredible tracks of pure guitar heaven. Release date will be annouced shortly.
Check out the song “Chase the Sun” below.
Xander Demos is a high-energy rock and metal guitar player from Pittsburgh, PA. He currently fronts his own solo band, as well as playing lead guitar for Pittsburgh’s favorite party rock outfit, Into The Arena. Xander performs in excess of 100 times a year, and he is active in recording collaborations with artists all over the world. Xander’s style ranges from the beautifully melodic to the jaw-droppingly insane. His playing encompasses much of what he has learned and absorbed from other players over the years. One constant in his music is a focus on strong guitar melodies.
Xander has been making quite the name for himself and his solo band by appearing as support for acts like Adrenaline Mob, Buckethead, UFO, Lizzy Borden, Kip Winger, Neil Zaza and Dio Disciples. Xander has recently been featured on The Real Radio Show with AJ Pero of Twisted Sister, Steve Vai’s GuitarTV.com, GuitarWorld.com, Hair Metal Mansion, Iron City Rocks, Metal Temple, Bravewords and many other top rock and metal shows and websites. Nominated for Best Guitarist, 2011 Iron City Rocks Music Awards and 2012 Southern Star Network Independent Artist of the Year, Xander’s music will also appear on several releases from other artists: Ged Ryland (Ten, Tygers of Pan Tang) Derek Buddemeyer (Down Boys Records) and Liberty ‘N’ Justice’s long awaited “Cigar Chronicles,” also featuring George Lynch (Dokken), Jeff Labar (Cinderella) and Jerry Dixon (Warrant). Xander recently joined James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath tribute band, which will tour on the east coast of the US this year.
Xander plays: V-Picks, the Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra as well as Hughes and Kettner amps, ISP Guitar Systems and Suhr Guitars, Amps & Effects, McNaught Guitars, who are currently manufacturing the first Xander Demos Signature Guitar, Conklin Guitars and John Dixon Cases. Many of Xander’s guitars are outfitted with EMG pickups and accessories. He exclusively uses the FloydUpgrades tremolos or the GraphTech LB-63 piezo-equipped Floyd tremolo.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have released a new video for “Brendan’s Death Song.” The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld & shot in New Orleans, Louisiana. The video and track pays homage to the band’s long time friend Brendan Mullen, founder of The Masque club in Hollywood.
“Brendan’s Death Song” is on Red Hot Chili Peppers latest album I’m With You which is available now!
Double Disc DVD includes Short Film featuring ELIJAH WOOD, SELMA BLAIR, LEMMY (Motörhead) and More!
New Documentary: Bring On The Mountain WORLD PREMIERE at NXNE 2012 on June 12, 2012
NEW ALBUM Coming Fall 2012!
Canadian rock phenomenon DANKO JONES is gearing up to release the first ever official DANKO JONES DVD, entitled Bring On The Mountain on July 3, 2012 in the United States. The two-disc DVD features a comprehensive 90 minute documentary spanning the band’s incredible career, including a slew of exclusive live clips from some of their most memorable performances from around the world. In order to give their fans the best viewing experience possible, the band has blended the greatest clips and moments captured on video throughout their career—forming the outstanding DVD that rabid DANKO JONES fans have been clamoring for. Shot by the Diamond Bros., the documentary offers a unique insight into the ups and downs of one of the hardest working bands around today.
An extra special treat for fans comes in the format of a short film titled The Ballad of Danko Jones. Based on Danko Jones’ most recent video trilogy, the film features actors Elijah Wood, Selma Blair, Ralph Macchio, Jena Malone, musicians Lemmy (Motorhead), Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE), and many other familiar faces. All 19 music videos the band has ever made, including videos that have not been available in over 10 years, are also included.
The world premiere of Bring On The Mountain will take place at the National Film Board during the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto, ON on June 12, 2012 (encore performance on June 15), followed by The Ballad of Danko Jones on June 13. Although DANKO JONES will be busy touring in Europe, directors Josh and Jason Diamond will be on hand for the premiere.
DANKO JONES recently wrapped up recording a new album at Noble Street Studios in their hometown of Toronto, ON with producer Matt DeMatteo, and is currently in Vancouver working on the final mixes with engineer Mike Fraser. The currently untitled album is expected to be released early fall 2012.
DANKO JONES’ most recent full-length release, Below the Belt, is the band’s most successful album in many years and includes their biggest commercial radio single to date, entitled ‘Full of Regret’. The single was one of the most played rock songs on Canadian radio in 2010 and charted within the Top 30 on the US Active Rock charts. The album also charted in seven European countries + Canada, including a top 10 position in Sweden. The band’s music has been featured on television on HBO’s True Blood and CSI: NY, on video games like Need for Speed Nitro and NHL 2011, and on the Saw VI and VII soundtracks—just to name a few. DANKO JONES has performed with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Motorhead, The Rolling Stones, and more and have sold-out numerous headline tours of Europe and Canada.
DANKO JONES will be taking part in a special European festival run kicking off on June 7, 2012 in Sweden at the Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg. Fall dates in both the U.S. and Canada will be announced shortly along with more European dates. See below for all currently confirmed international tour dates.
CONFIRMED DANKO JONES TOUR DATES:
06.07 – Sweden Rock Festival, Sölvesborg, Sweden
06.09 – Millencolin 20 year festival, Örebro, Sweden
06.15 – Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain
06.28 – Open Air St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
07.13 – Optimus Live, Lisbon, Portugal
07.19 – Hegyalja Festival, Tokaj, Hungary
07.20 – Devilside, Oberhausen, Germany
08.01 – Wacken Festival, Germany (Spoken Word)
08.02 – Wacken Festival, Germany (Spoken Word)
08.17 – Rockstad, Falun, Sweden
10.16 – Circus, Helsinki, Finland
10.21 – Docks, Hamburg, Germany
10.24 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
10.25 – AB, Brussels, Belgium
10.26 – Le Trabendo, Paris, France
10.29 – Arena, Wien, Austria
10.30 – Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
10.31 – Theater Fabrik, Münich, Germany
11.01 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
11.02 – FZW, Dortmund, Germany
11.03 – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany
DANKO JONES is:
Danko Jones (vocals/guitar)
John ‘JC’ Calabrese (bass guitar)
Atom Willard (drums)
Watch the Bring On The Mountain Documentary trailer here: http://cdn.topspin.net/api/v3/player/144164
Short Film The Ballad of Danko Jones trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9HR3hmZpGI
Full DVD trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ4no-VvLbg
Check out what the press is saying about DANKO JONES’ most recent album, ‘Below The Belt’:
“Expect nothing resembling subtlety on this Toronto trio’s latest batch of retribution anthems — all brutal punch-pop riffing, rumble-gut bass, and accusatory posturing.”
– SPIN MAGAZINE (7 out of 10 stars)
…this is a great album with no weak tracks. On the whole, it is likely the best damn thing this band has ever released, distilling everything they do so brilliantly. Infusing their raw sound with elements of polished melody, DANKO JONES have improved their chemistry without messing with their formula… If playing these songs in your car doesn’t make you break speed limits, we can’t be friends.”
– CHARTATTACK (4/5 out of 5 stars)
“Below the Belt offers all the fist-pumping muscle-car riffs and in-your-face attitude fans expect from DANKO JONES…with its sing-along choruses and stadium-sized production, it’s the band’s slickest album…”
- AOL SPINNER
Swedish heavy metal outfit, Bullet, has revealed the cover art and track list for its upcoming full-length, Full Pull, which is slated for a late-September release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Gustav Sandstedt supplied the album’s artwork.
The Full Pull track list is…
01. Midnight Oil
02. Full Pull
03. Running Away
04. All Fired Up
05. Rolling Home
06. In The Heat
07. High On The Hog
08. Rush Hour
12. Get On
Full Pull was recorded in “Gutterview Recorders” in Solna/Stockholm, along with Nicke Andersson (ex-Entombed) and Fred Estby (ex-Dismember).
In advance of the album, Bullet will release a two-track single, out on July 13th. The single will be available digitally and on vinyl, with various colors, and artwork from Adam Zars (Enforcer).
The single track list is…
Side A: Full Pull
Side B: Get On
Stay tuned for more information on Bullet and Full Pull.
The Darkness have released a new video (and perfect Friday afternoon music) “Everybody Have A Good Time”. This song will be on the Darkness’ new album, Hot Cakes which will be released on August 20th in the UK, and August 21st in the United States.
Helsinki vampire rockers, THE 69 EYES, are currently putting finishing touches to their new, 10th studio album. “We’ve never really celebrated anything, not that we’ve been playing 20 years or so (vampires don’t count decades). Thus this time we thought to celebrate a bit: the new album is entitled as tenth in Roman numbers, it’ll be called “X””, says lead vampire, Jyrki69.
The first single release from album is called “Red” and it’s due in August as the album comes out late in September on Nuclear Blast Records.
The album was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by “On The Verge” production team.
The mixing is done by Stefan Boman (THE HELLACOPTERS, BULLET). “The sound is the most melodic, yet melancholic, we’ve ever had. Listening to the pre-mixes have been giving goose bumps to everyone here. This is the best 69 EYES album ever done!” the singer states.
At the same time the band will also launch their own vampire style red wine, simply called as “Red” which will mainly be distributed in Sweden and Finland.
While waiting for the album, the Helsinki vampire enthusiastic can go to listen to singer Jyrki’s DJ skills as he hosts his Goth’n’Roll club nights in Barcelona’s UNDEAD club in July 7th and FANGTASIA II event in New Orleans, USA in July 21st.
Blessed by A Broken Heart has released a new video in support of their album, Feel the Power. Check out the clip “Rockin’ All Night” below!
You can check out the Hard Rock Hideout review of Feel The Power at this link.
The July Edition of the Hard Rock Hideout Podcast is available for streaming (below) and for download here (right click and save).
In this podcast, we give out final thoughts about the 2012 M3 Rock Festival, the Great White debacle, and up and coming KISS and Motley Crue tour.
Check it out!
For more than three decades, veteran multi-platinum Canadian rockers Loverboy have been lovin’ every minute of it…and now are proud to announce the upcoming worldwide release of ROCK ‘N’ ROLL REVIVAL via Frontiers Records. The album is set for an August 14th release in North America and August 24th in Europe and features nine newly re-recorded Loverboy hits, as well as three brand new songs. Loverboy founder/guitarist and producer of the album, Paul Dean commented, “The new songs on this album are in the same spirit as our classic material. Working with our old friend, Bob Rock, on ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘No Tomorrow’ was very easy and natural. And, the track ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival’ brought Mike Reno and me back to our collaborative spirit of the 80’s. As far as the classic hits on the album, these songs are reflective of the evolution of our past 30 years of playing them LIVE.”
Featuring original band members Mike Reno, Paul Dean, Matt Frenette, Doug Johnson along with Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (who replaced the late Scott Smith), Loverboy recently reunited at Bryan Adams’ Vancouver studio The Warehouse, with their original engineer, legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Aerosmith, The Cure, Bon Jovi) to record the two new songs which are included on the album, “Heartbreaker” and “No Tomorrow,” which were added to another specially-written new track, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival.” The re-recorded hit tracks capture 30+ years of the evolution of each song during Loverboy’s stellar live shows.
Next month, Loverboy will hit the road on a massive nationwide tour as special guests supporting Journey and Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo. This tour comes full circle for Loverboy as they played with Journey three decades ago, in support of their iconic album, “Get Lucky.”
Please see below for confirmed tour dates, with more to be announced.
For more than 30 years, LOVERBOY has been “Working for the Weekend” and on weekends, delighting audiences around the world since forming in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques, including the four-million-selling GET LUCKY, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983’s KEEP IT UP and 1985’s LOVIN’ EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the anthem “Working for the Weekend,” such arena rock staples as “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” “This Could Be the Night,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Heaven In Your Eyes,” “Turn Me Loose,” “When It’s Over,” “Heaven In Your Eyes” and “Queen of the Broken Hearts.” Loverboy is: Mike Reno (vocals), Paul Dean (guitars), Matt Frenette (drums), Doug Johnson (keyboards) and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve (bass).
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL REVIVAL track listing includes:
Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival; No Tomorrow; Heartbreaker; Turn Me Loose; Working For The Weekend; Lovin’ Every Minute of It; The Kid Is Hot Tonight; Lucky Ones; Always On My Mind; Queen Of The Broken Hearts; When It’s Over; Hot Girls In Love.
Loverboy supporting Journey and Pat Benatar featuring Neil Giraldo:
21 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater
22 Stateline, CA Harvey’s Outdoor Arena
24 Paso Robles, CA Pasa Robles Fair
26 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days
28 Seattle, WA The Gorge
29 Spokane, WA Northern Quest Casino
1 Great Falls, MT Montana State Fair
3 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
4 Boise, ID Idaho Center
6 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground
8 Indianapolis, IN Indiana State Fair
10 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater At Jones Beach
14 Watertown, NY Watertown Fairgrounds
15 Canandaigua, NY Constellations Brands PAC
17 Louisville, KY Kentucky State Fair
18 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair
22 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Outdoor Theater
24 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
25 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
27 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheater
28 Lafayette, LA Cajun Dome
31 Kansas City, KS LiveStrong Sporting Park
1 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair
15 Mt. Pleasant, MI Soaring Eagle Casino
19 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
21 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
22 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
25 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
26 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
28 Bangor, ME Waterfront Park
29 Providence, RI Dunkin Donuts Center
2 Norfolk, VA Constant Convocation Center
3 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
5 Mobile, AL Bayfest
6 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater At Lakewood
9 Little Rock, AR Verizon Arena
10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
12 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheater
13 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
30 New York, NY Barclays Bank Arena
2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
3 Manchester, NH Verizon Center
5 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
7 Columbus, OH Schottenstein/Nationwide
8 Evansville, IN Ford Center
10 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
11 Fort Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial
13 Moline, IL iWireless Center
14 Sioux City, IA Tyson Center
16 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
17 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
19 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
24 Grand Praire, AB Crystal Center
27 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
28 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
30 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome
1 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
3 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
4 Victoria, BC Save-On Food Centre
7 Las Vegas, NV Planet Hollywood
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TESTAMENT STREAMING NEW TRACK “TRUE AMERICAN HATE,” ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR-DATES
10th studio album “Dark Roots Of Earth” out July 31st on Nuclear Blast Records
Bay Area thrash metal legend, Testament, has launched a stream of the new track, “True American Hate,” via Nuclear Blast’s website: http://bit.ly/tdroelp, along with several Dark Roots Of Earth pre-order options. “True American Hate” is the first track to surface from the band’s highly anticipated 10th studio album, Dark Roots Of Earth – its first release in over four years following 2008’s critically acclaimed, The Formation Of Damnation.
Dark Roots Of Earth is due out on July 31st in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
The CD was produced, mixed and mastered by acclaimed British producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Accept, Exodus). Special bonus tracks were recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head,Exodus, Ted Nugent, Night Ranger) at his Trident Studios. Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with Atheist, Sigh, Anacrusis and Gwar, among others, provided the cover artwork.
Dark Roots Of Earth jewel case CD track listing is…
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
Dark Roots Of Earth CD/DVD track listing is…
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
13. Throne Of Thornes (extended version)
+ Bonus DVD
Dark Roots Of Earth vinyl track listing is…
01. Rise Up
02. Native Blood
03. Dark Roots Of Earth
04. True American Hate
05. A Day In The Death
06. Cold Embrace
07. Man Kills Mankind
08. Throne Of Thorns
09. Last Stand For Independence
Side D (Bonus):
10. Dragon Attack (QUEEN cover)
11. Animal Magnetism (SCORPIONS cover)
12. Powerslave (IRON MAIDEN cover)
Testament recently wrapped up filming a music video for “Native Blood” with director, Mike Sloat. The song, whose lyrics are about vocalist Chuck Billy’s Native American heritage, was filmed at the Hopland Indian Reservation in Hopland, Calif. last weekend. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151823567205332.866192.23598655331&type=1.
Testament has also revealed several co-headlining tour-dates with fellow American thrash metal greats, Anthrax, in support of the summer release. The September run will feature Death Angel in support, and is slated to kick off on Sept. 14thin Sacramento, Calif. A list of all confirmed dates can be seen below.
Stay tuned for more information on Testament and Dark Roots Of Earth.
Testament w/ Anthrax and Death Angel…
9/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
9/15 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
9/16 – Kennewick, WA @ Toyota Center (Kennewick)
9/17 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
9/20 – Vancouver, BC – CANADA @ Vogue Theater
9/21 – Calgary, AB – CANADA @ MacEwan Hall
9/22 – Edmonton, AB – CANADA @ Edmonton Event Centre
9/24 – Saskatoon, SK – CANADA @ Odeon Event Center
9/25 – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA @ Burton Cummings Theatre
9/29 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ Danforth Music Hall
9/30 – Quebec City, QC – CANADA @ Capitole du Quebec
10/02 – Montreal, QC – CANADA @ Metropolis
10/03 – Portland, ME @ State Theater
10/05 – Montclair, NJ@ Wellmont Theatre
Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitar
Alex Skolnick – Guitar
Greg Christian – Bass
Gene Hoglan – Drums
BAND FOUNDED BY IN FLAMES GUITARIST NICLAS ENGELIN
Swedish quintet Engel is set to release their third album via new North American label home, FrostByte Media. Produced by Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Hatesphere, Dark Tranquility), BLOOD OF SAINTS will hit streets on September 25th in North America. Already receiving rave reviews abroad where the album was released earlier this year, BLOOD OF SAINTS features the electronica-infused metal for which the band has come to be known. UK’s Powerplay declared, “This third album sees the band at the top of their game…heavy as hell and instantly memorable…absolutely killer production.” To experience the propulsive rhythms, chilling twin guitar work and impassioned vocals that is Engel, check out the video for new single “Question Your Place” below.
Hailing from, Gothenburg, Sweden, Engel is the brainchild of In Flames guitarist Niclas Engelin. Fusing elements of death, thrash and progressive metal with electronica and industrial beats, Engel has distinguished themselves on the world stage with two critically-acclaimed international releases (2007’s ABSOLUTE DESIGN and 2010’s THRENODY) and relentless touring. Engel is: Niclas Engelin (guitar), Marcus Sunneson (guitar), Magnus Klavborn (vocals), Steve Drennan (bass) and Jimmy Olausson (drums).
About FrostByte Media
FrostByte Media Inc. is a full service media and entertainment company based in Toronto. With worldwide physical and digital distribution via eOne Entertainment, FrostByte is committed to breaking its diverse roster of artists onto the world stage. In addition to traditional music services, the aggressive newly-founded organization and its international partners can also provide song-writing collaboration, production and engineering, sponsorships and video production, as well as film and television licensing.
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The upcoming, young Norwegian melodic hard rock/glam metal band Valerie just released their s/t debut album (courtesy of Hellish Records) on the June 23. 2012 through various Norwegian retailers, and through www.hellishrecords.no and www.valerie.no for International orders. The official release date through online retailers such as Amazon.com, iTunes etc is still TBA (Coming very soon)
The album truly shows Valerie’s distinct, but diverse sound. From aor driven pop-melodies like When two hearts collide and Love is like a heart attack to fist-pumping hard rock anthems such as Tear down the walls and It’s not love – It’s not war, the record is full-out 35.minutes of catchy melodic hard rock.
Valerie – S/T
All songs written and performed by Valerie
Produced by Bård Torstensen
01. It’s not love – it’s not war
02. Heat of the night
03. When two hearts collide
05. Tear down the walls
06. Love is like a heart attack
07. Taste the bullet
08. Love is not enough
Valerie also just posted a NEW SINGLE called “Vixen”, which can be heard here:
RockEyez.com is the first site to post a review of the album and awarded the it 4.5/5
Here in excerpt:
“…..These guys, for such young talent really explode and blow my mind. The opening track “It’s Not Love – It’s Not War” rips right off the bat. Great lyrics and moving guitar work by BT Valerie plus his vocals can reach the masses. VALERIE is a full-package band that brings sleaze and melodic rock to its knees. Track two, “Heat Of The Night”, is another killer track that has a gripping chorus and I love the change of direction in music, how the hell do these guys master songs when even veteran musicians lack that spark that VALERIE possesses….”
The fans demanded it, and the fans finally got it. After 20 years apart, the long-awaited Triumph reunion (of vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore) took place at Sweden Rock Festival, on June 7th, 2008. And on August 28th, 2012, fans outside of Sweden will finally get a chance to see, hear, and experience this awesome reunion.
The ‘Live at Sweden Rock Festival’ set consists of a DVD and CD (both featuring identical track listings), and features all of the Triumph classics fans could hope for.. including – “When the Lights Go Down,” “Lay It On the Line, “Never Surrender,” “Magic Power” and “Fight the Good Fight “.
Additionally, there are several bonus features, including the on site Triumph Press Conference, a cool “behind the scenes” at the festival, and a photo gallery.
“It’s great to finally be able show the world Triumph’s reunion show at the Sweden Rock Festival,” says Levine. “It certainly is one of the most memorable performances of our entire career! And they said it would never happen…”
The Canadian trio became one of the leading hard rock acts in the world during the ’70s and ’80s, with an arsenal of rocking, stadium-shaking anthems, and a magnificent light show that surpassed all of the competition.
Their classic albums ‘Just a Game,’ ‘Allied Forces,’ and ‘Never Surrender’ remain steady sellers, and all of the aforementioned Triumph songs remain rock radio staples – receiving steady play on Clear Channel iHeart Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
‘Live at Sweden Rock Festival’ will be released throughout Europe on August 24th on Frontiers Records.
‘Live at Sweden Rock Festival’ track listing:
CD: When The Lights Go Down; Lay It On The Line; Allied Forces; Never Surrender; I Live For The Weekend; Blinding Light Show; Rocky Mountain Way; Magic Power; Rock & Roll Machine; Fight The Good Fight.
DVD: When The Lights Go Down; Lay It On The Line; Allied Forces; Never Surrender; I Live For The Weekend; Blinding Light Show; Rocky Mountain Way; Magic Power; Rock & Roll Machine; Fight The Good Fight.
Barbe-Q-Barbies have made their song “Twisted Little Sister” available as a free download. If you want to hear an all girl rock band that freakin’ rocks, give this song a download. I think you will like it!
Check out their clips “Spell”, “Twisted Little Sister” and live version of “My Salvation”.
Coming soon to the Hard Rock Hideout Podcast (you have been downloading and listening, right?) will be a new game titled “Is It Hard?” In this game, Rob Rockitt and I will debate the hardness of certain rock bands that teeter on the cusp of what could be considered hard rock music. As an introduction to the game, I thought it would be nice to do a column in advance, discussing the first band that I would like to debate in the “Is It Hard?” category—The White Stripes.
The White Stripes were a band that consisted of Jack and Meg White who were either married, brother and sister, or as some believe, both. Regardless of their supposed infidelities, The White Stripes were a fantastic band that split up way too early in their career. I still yearn to hear some new White Stripes music, but instead have to settle for solo Jack White, which is good, but not as good as The White Stripes.
Although the band released their first album in 1999, it wasn’t until the 2002 major label re-release of White Blood Cells that The White Stripes rose in popularity and recognition. The first single from White Blood Cells, “Fell In Love With A Girl” was one of the hardest rocking songs of its time. The power chords that opened this song demanded immediate attention. Once Jack White’s voice filled the speakers, I was hooked. This was hard rock at its finest—a new wave of hard rock. Sure, the purists would label it garage rock, but it was all the same to me.
After listening to White Blood Cells several times, I noticed that it was difficult to pin the White Stripes into just one category. First, their music consisted on one singer/guitarist and one drummer. No bass, no keyboards, no extra anything. It was Jack White’s ability with the guitar in his hand that really drove home the music. The sounds he could make were simply astonishing. White Blood Cells as well as the bands later albums contained soft songs, esoteric songs, and punk songs. However at the center of all their albums, was hard rock music at its finest. From the aforementioned “Fell In Love With A Girl” to “Icky Thump,” the cranking, shredding guitar, heavy drum tunes have hard rock written all over them. Songs like “Offend In Every Way,” and “There’s No Room For You Here” are closer to heavy metal than anything else, and the White Stripes recorded several hard rockers during their career.
Granted, their third major label album, Get Behind Me Satan, was filled with more experimental songs that lacked the punch of their predecessors, but The White Stripes were quick to correct that on their swan song, Icky Thump. And while Get Behind Me Satan was a strong, fun record, it was certainly not a rocker in any imaginable form. However, the short lived experiment found the White Stripes returning to their roots of hard rocking hits on their next album.
In 2009, The White Stripes abruptly ended a tour when Meg White was overcome with anxiety. While it was disappointing to see the band cease the tour, what was even more disheartening was the fact that it would be the beginning of the end for The White Stripes. After 2007’s Icky Thump, the band never released another album. Early in 2011, they officially called it quits, announcing that there would no longer be a White Stripes.
Listening to songs like “Ball And Biscuit” and “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As Your Told), the logical conclusion is that the White Stripes are hard rock music. Yes, they may fit the bill more for punk rock than any other genre, but a lot of punk bands can still be considered hard rock. The White Stripes certainly fit this category. Their music was edgy and masterful with blistering guitars and thundering drums. Nothing screams hard rock more than that. And while they are gone yet not forgotten, they are still missed.
When you observe the entire body of work that The White Stripes released during a ten year period, there is no doubt in my mind that they are a hard rock band. What about you? What’s your opinion of The White Stripes? Would you say “It’s hard” when it comes to The White Stripes?
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Def Leppard has released a Lyric Video for their re-recorded version of their song “Rock of Ages”. The Def Leppard Rock of Ages Tour with Poison and Lita Ford is now underway. Check here for all dates and details go to: http://bit.ly/KeVSb2
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SLASH Featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators–Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns (bass) and Frank Sidoris (guitar)–have announced a fall headlining tour starting September 4 in San Diego, CA and wrapping October 3 in Los Angeles, CA. The exclusive presale for Citi card members starts Tuesday, July 3. Citi card members will also have special access to tickets as well as VIP experiences at http://www.citiprivatepass.com/. A limited amount of VIP packages–including a chance to meet SLASH and get an autographed guitar–will also be available for fans during the pre sale which begins Tuesday, July 10th. General public on sales will begin Friday, July 13th. Ticket info will be available at http://slashonline.com/tour/. See the tour dates below.
This news comes as the band, coming off a successful European trek, gets ready to launch a summer headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada July 12 in Portland, OR, right after the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee will be honored with his own star on the Hollywood Blvd Walk of Fame on July 10.
The tour is in connection with the success of SLASH’s second solo studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE which stormed onto the BillboardTop 200 Albums Chart at #4, marking the top rock debut that week. SLASH has achieved his first-ever #1 hit at rock radio as the explosive first single “You’re A Lie” vaults to the #1 spot this week at Active Rock. Watch the video for “You’re A Lie” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SZrJLMTO-8. The album also entered the Top 5 in seven countries outside the U.S.: Canada (#2), Australia (#2), New Zealand (#1), Germany (#5), France (#7), Japan (#2), Sweden (#4) and Switzerland (#3). All the songs on APOCALYPTIC LOVE (Dik Hayd International, distributed through EMI Label Services) were written together by SLASH and Myles Kennedy.
For the tour, SLASH teamed with Guitar Center–the world’s largest music retailer-–to offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to twenty unsigned American bands. Twenty bands will be hand-selected to be SLASH’s opening acts and will perform on the fall tourin the cities closest to their hometown. At the end of the fall run, one of the opening bands will be named by SLASH as the grand prize winner of Guitar Center On-Stage. Not only will the bands be opening for one of the world’s greatest guitarists, but they will also receive a tour support prize pack that includes gear from Ernie Ball, Zoom, Dunlop, Monster Cable, Pro-Mark, and Converse. The top performing band on the tour, as selected by SLASH, will be named the grand prize winner and take home $10,000 in guitars from Gibson and Epiphone, plus a $5,000 shopping spree at Guitar Center and more. The twenty bands will be announced in August.
“I’m a strong believer that the best way to get your music heard is to get out there and play shows,” said SLASH. “There are tons of talented bands that simply don’t have the resources to go on tour, so I’m glad to be able to host them on my tour and at the same time introduce my fans to great, undiscovered artists.”
SLASH and his band are riding a wave of critical acclaim with a four-star review in Revolver magazine noting: “Apocalyptic Love is at heart a collection of lean, high-octane rock-and-roll tunes built to be blasted out of open-top sports cars or, more suitably, open-air stadiums” (July 2012). Elsewhere, the Los Angeles Times said: “Fans of his work in GNR and Velvet Revolver will find much to embrace in the album’s 13 tracks, ranging from the sneering rock hooks of ‘You’re a Lie’ and the heavy metal grind of ‘Halo’ to the extended instrumental passages on ‘Anastasia’” (May 24, 2012).
SLASH: featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators tour dates:
|w/ Monster Truck supporting:|
|Thu||7/12||Portland, OR||Roseland Theater|
|Fri||7/13||Seattle, WA||Paramount Theatre|
|Sat||7/14||Vancouver, BC||Queen Elizabeth Theatre|
|Mon||7/16||Edmonton, AB||Northern Alberta Jubilee|
|Tue||7/17||Calgary, AB||Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium|
|Thu||7/19||Medicine Hat, AB||Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre|
|Fri||7/20||Saskatoon, SK||TCU Place|
|Sat||7/21||Winnipeg, MB||Burton Cummings Theatre|
|Mon||7/23||Thunder Bay, ON||Thunder Bay Community Auditorium|
|Wed||7/25||Belleville, ON||Empire Square Live|
|Thu||7/26||London, ON||Harris Park|
|Fri||7/27||Montreal, QC||Olympia Theater|
|Sun||7/29||Quebec City, QC||Agora de Quebec|
|Mon||7/30||Moncton, New Brunswick||Centre-Casino Moncton|
|Tue||7/31||Halifax, NS||Cunard Events Centre|
|Thu||8/2||Boston, MA||House of Blues|
|Fri||8/3||Montclair, NJ||Wellmo nt Theatre|
|Sat||8/4||Huntington, NY||The Paramount|
|Tue||8/7||Dubuque, IA||Diamond Jo Casino-Mississippi Moon Bar|
|Wed||8/8||St. Louis, MO||The Pageant|
|Fri||8/10||Sturgis, SD||Buffalo Chip Campground|
|Fall Headline Tour with Foxy Shazam:|
|Tue||9/4||San Diego, CA||House of Blues|
|Wed||9/5||Phoenix, AZ||Celebrity Theatre|
|Sat||9/8||Dallas, TX||House of Blues|
|Sun||9/9||Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|Tue||9/11||New Orleans, LA||House of Blues|
|*Sun||9/16||Hampton Beach, NH||Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom|
|Tue||9/18||New York, NY||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|Wed||9/19||Cleveland, OH||House of Blues|
|*Sun||9/23||Toronto, ON||Sound Academy|
|Tue||9/25||Indianapolis, IN||Egyptian Room|
|Fri||9/28||Chicago, IL||Riviera Theater|
|Sat||9/29||Springfield, MO||O’Reilly Family Events Center|
|Tue||10/2||Oakland, CA||Fox Theater|
|Wed||10/3||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
What can I say about George Lynch that hasn’t been said before? I am a huge fan, and it is always a big thrill for me to see him play live. The last time I saw Lynch Mob was in Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 2011. The band had a different line up at the time, and quite frankly, didn’t give the best of performances. This was not the case at M3!
At the M3 Rock Festival, Oni Logan was back in the band, along with Robbie Crane on bass and Scott Coogan on drums. I don’t know
what it is, but when Oni is singing with George, Lynch Mob can do no wrong in my opinion. Lynch was on fire at M3, and Oni Logan’s vocals were spot on perfect. Robbie Crane has been a great addition to the band since joining them last year. He does a great job on bass, and helps out with the background vocals too. Scott Coogan didn’t miss a beat.
Most of the songs in the set were from the Lynch Mob debut album. The set list consisted of “She’s Evil But She’s Mine”, “River of Love”
“Mr. Scary”, “Where Do You Sleep at Night?”, “Sweet Sister Mercy” and “Wicked Sensation”.
Lynch Mob was one of the best two acts on the side stage at M3 in 2012. I hope they return, and hopefully will get a chance to play a longer
set on the main stage next year.
Check out a couple of clips and our photo gallery below!
IN THIS MOMENT PREPARES TO SPILL “BLOOD” – VIDEO
TEASER FOR FIRST SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW; FULL VIDEO TO MAKE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ON LOUDWIRE.COM
A true labor of love, In This Moment are preparing to spill “Blood,” the first single/video from their forthcoming album of the same title. The full video for “Blood” will make its worldwide premiere on Loudwire.com – Monday, July 9th, but fans can check out a sultry teaser for the new video right now – click here to experience. The single is available on iTunes and can be purchased here. “Blood” showcases the intense vocals, relentless guitars, deeply personal lyrics, driving rhythms and gothic flair for which In This Momenthas come to be known.
BLOOD is due out in North America on August 14th and was produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch). This marks the band’s fourth album for longtime label Century Media Records. In This Moment is confirmed for this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival kicking off in August and is currently out on an extensive trek of North America later this month. This run includes headlining dates, as well as support slots with Papa Roach and later with Shinedown and Adelita’s Way. Please see below for the itinerary.
In This Moment was formed in 2005 and have released three full length albums to date, selling over a quarter of a million records in the US alone. They’ve cracked the Top 40 Active Rock charts and have appeared on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, as well as Warped and Ozzfest tours. Frontwoman Maria Brink was recently named Revolver’s Hottest Chick in Metal. In This Moment is: Maria Brink (vocals), Chris Howorth (lead guitar), Randy Weitzel (rhythm guitar), Travis Johnson (bass) and Tom Hane (drums).
In This Moment tour dates:
28 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s*
29 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre*
30 Rock Island, IL Rock The District*
2 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock*
5 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront**
6 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena**
8 Montreal, QC Club Soda**
10 Toronto, ON Kool Haus**
12 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
13 Fargo, ND The Venue**
14 Kearney, NE Viaero Events Center**
16 Evansville, IN Victory Theatre**
18 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
19 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom*
20 Davenport, IA Adler Theater**
21 St. Paul, MN The Station
23 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse Theater**
24 Saskatoon, SK Odeon Events Centre**
26 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center**
28 Missoula, MT Adams Center**
30 Billings, MT Shrine Auditorium**
31 Casper, WY Casper Events Center Arena**
2 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Events Center Arena**
3 Sioux Falls, SD WH LYON Fairgrounds**
6 Omaha, NE Sokol Underground
8 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
10 Joliet, IL Mojoes (w/ All That Remains)
11 Birch Run, MI Dirtfest/Birch Run Expo Center
12 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero
14 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s House Of Rock
15 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theater
17 Bonner Springs, KS Capitol Park***
18 Little Rock, AR Arkansas State Fairgrounds***
19 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater***
21 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre (w/ Redlight King)
22 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Pavilion***
24 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center***
26 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center***
28 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion***
29 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center***
31 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion***
1 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center***
2 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live***
5 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s
7 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
*with Papa Roach
**with Shinedown and Adelita’s Way
***Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival
For more information please visit:
NEW ALBUM FROM LINKIN PARK ‘LIVING THINGS’ OUT TODAY
“BURN IT DOWN” #1 ROCK SONG IN THE US
Band to Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live and X Games
Honda Civic Tour kicks off August 11th
From their official website www.linkinpark.com LINKIN PARK’s fifth studio album, LIVING THINGS (Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros) is out today and available on iTunes. Fans that purchase LIVING THINGS today on www.linkinpark.com will get a special bonus ‘Remix Subscription’ and receive one remix a month from the album for the rest of the year.
“BURN IT DOWN,” the debut single from LIVING THINGS, is #1 at both Active and Mainstream Rock, making it the band’s 10th chart -topping single. Rolling Stone magazine hails the song as “one of their best singles yet.”
In celebration of the album release, Linkin Park will be performing 2 consecutive nights on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday June 27th and Thursday June 28th. The band will be playing songs from LIVING THINGS as well as some of their biggest hits. Tune in to ABC-TV at 12:00pm PST / EST or check for local listings.
Linkin Park will also be performing at X Games Los Angeles 2012 as part of a new initiative being introduced to the X Games brand in 2013 – X Games Music. The band will perform a private show at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on June 29th that will be streamed live on Myspace www.myspace.com/livestream/linkinpark at 11:00pm PST. A very limited number of tickets will be available free for Linkin Park Underground fan club members. For further information go to www.lpunderground.com
See Linkin Park live this summer on the 2012 Honda Civic Tour with Incubus, and support Mutemath. The tour will be kicking off August 11th in Bristow, Virginia @ Jiffy Lube Live. To purchase tickets go to www.linkinpark.com.
Honda Civic Tour Dates:
8/11 Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live*
8/12 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena*
8/14 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
8/15 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/17 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/19 Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/21 Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
8/22 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
8/24 Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
8/25 Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
8/27 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/28 Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/30 Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
9/5 Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
9/7 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/8 Carson, CA @ Home Depot Center
9/10 San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
*Incubus will not appear at this event
Linkin Park with Incubus:
9/4 Vancouver @ Rogers Arena
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated ECLIPSE fourth studio album entitled “Bleed and Scream” on August 24th in Europe and August 28th in North America.
“Bleed and Scream” marks the return from the Swedish Hard Rockers 4 years after the acclaimed album “Are You Ready to Rock”, which gained the band a solid reputation and a steady following, thanks also to their live appearances which culminated with dates as opening act for Deep Purple and a Firefest show in 2009.
Besides this, Eclipse singer Erik Martensson has been busy producing and writing a number of successful songs and records for such artists as: W.E.T, Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison just to name a few. Erik and Eclipse guitarist Magnus Henriksson also wrote the song “Brothers in Arms” (originally an Eclipse-track) which was voted as # 1 for best song of the year in Melodicrock.com awards for 2009.
In 2011 Eclipse teamed up again to write what was to become their latest effort “Bleed and Scream”. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album. “We knew we had to do everything better on this album. If we couldn’t have achieved that we never would have released it! But boy did it turn out well! When it was taking shape we realized this was to be a monster of an album”, says guitarist Magnus Henriksson.
“With Eclipse we never think of what other people want or expect from us. We write for ourselves and make the music we love to listen to. If I’d think of a perfect album this is how it will sound! And once the album was written the recording process went pretty smooth as we knew exactly what goal we aimed for. I’d say it’s our own pimped version of the classic hard rock we grew up listening to”, adds guitarist/singer Erik Martensson.
“Every song has qualities as a single. Erik´s vocals are way better than ever. The guitar-sound is just awesome! The whole production is just in your face. It has something for everyone in it! We worked so hard at making this record that it drove us nearly nuts and made us wanna scream, but now it’s your turn to bleed & scream”, concludes Magnus.
“Bleed and Scream” track listing includes: Wake Me Up; Bleed And Scream; Ain’t Dead Yet; Battlegrounds; A Bitter Taste; Falling Down; S.O.S.; Take Back The Fear; The Unspoken Heroes; About To Break; After The End Of The World.
The first single “Bleed And Scream” will be exclusively distributed in Sweden through Sweden Rock Magazine in the issue that will hit the streets on July 17th. This special release will include two exclusive bonus tracks (unavailable elsewhere) : “Come Hell or High Water” and “Into The Fire”. You can stream the song on the Frontiers Records webradio (www.frontiers.it/webradio) or listen to a sample following the link via Melodicrock.com : http://www.melodicrock.com/audio/Eclipse02.mp3
Erik Martenssom – Bleeding vocals, guitar & bass
Magnus Henriksson – Screaming lead guitar
Robban Bäck – Roaring drums
Johan Berlin – Epic synthesisers
IRON MAIDEN’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE SOUTH EAST!
THE OPENING SHOW OF THE MAIDEN ENGLAND WORLD TOUR IN CHARLOTTE NC THURSDAY NIGHT
Close to 14,000 fans turned out in force Thursday night for the opening show of Iron Maiden’s MAIDEN ENGLAND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR in Charlotte NC, setting the spectacular tour off to a flying start.
Singer Bruce Dickinson commented “We haven’t played in Charlotte since 1988 so we really didn’t expect anything like this number of people would come and see us! And what a terrific audience! Truly magical.”
“We had expected this to be a sort of lower key warm-up show to get the production, pyro and stuff into shape, and ourselves too! It was our first show since those at London’s 02 Arena last August so band and crew can all get a bit rusty. But a crowd this loud and supportive soon blew the cobwebs away – thank you Charlotte!”
Bass player Steve Harris added “It was fantastic to see so many fans since we were last here with the original Seventh Son tour 24 years ago. Some of the songs we’ve not performed for many years and the crowd reaction was just amazing, especially among the younger fans hearing them live for the first time. A response like that on the first night was incredible. We’re totally knocked out and can’t wait for the rest of the tour!”
Courtney Devores from The Charlotte Observer commented “The crowd response was that of fans that had been waiting over two decades (and in some cases their entire lives), The reaction to The Trooper..was arguably unparalleled throughout the night.” Read the full review here http://cltsoundbites.blogspot.com/?m=0
Creative Loafing’s Jeff Hahne called the show “A feast for the eyes and ears……Maiden isn’t on a nostalgia trip this time round. They’re putting everything they’ve got into the music, getting the crowd involved at every chance and loving every minute of it.” Read the full review here http://clclt.com/vibes/archives/2012/06/22/live-review-iron-maiden-verizon-wireless-amphitheatre-6212012
The full set list at Charlotte was: Moonchild, Can I Play With Madness, The Prisoner, 2 Minutes To Midnight, Afraid To Shoot Strangers, The Trooper, The Number Of The Beast, Phantom Of The Opera, Run To The Hills, Wasted Years, Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, Clairvoyant, Fear Of The Dark, Iron Maiden, Aces High, The Evil That Men Do, Running Free.
The 34 date MAIDEN ENGLAND tour is the band’s most extensive visit to North America for many years and includes a number of other cities the band have not played in a very long time such as Atlanta, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Sacramento, and places like Sarnia (Ontario, Canada) and Cadott, WI where they have never visited before. The tour is based on the band’s “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son Tour” with a set list almost exclusively from the 1980s featuring all the classic songs and hits. The same spectacular stage set as was used on the original 1988 tour has been recreated, complete with a magnificent light show, pyro and a newly reincarnated Eddie!
Fans can check out a sneak peek video at www.ironmaiden.com for a taste of the new Eddies and some truly breathtaking pyro!
Iron Maiden are delighted to announce that the extraordinary and legendary Alice Cooper will be their Very Special Guest on all shows up to July 21. After that date, Special Guest will be Coheed and Cambria, the inspiring, cutting edge band from New York.
TIckets for the MAIDEN ENGLAND tour are on sale now and Fan Club members should check out ironmaiden.com to enter the draw to be ‘First To The Barrier’ which will be run in appropriate venues and allows fans access to the venue on show day before doors open to the public.
Iron Maiden continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way. Manager Rod Smallwood comments:
“We are trying to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want in the prime positions without paying over the odds to ticket scalpers. Maiden get infuriated with the way fans sometimes have to pay more than the ticket price to get good positions at our shows. So we will, wherever possible (Festivals excluded), with the assistance of the Promoters, arrange a paperless ticketing system at least for the front sections to try to eliminate as much of the ticket scalping and exchanges as we can. We put this into practice on our North American Tour in 2010; it worked well and we received many positive comments back from our fans, so we intend to increase this where feasible. With paperless ticketing, only those who actually pay initially for the tickets will get into the show so scalping is generally avoided (please see the comments from Ticketmaster below). We are also doing everything we can to avoid any drain of prime tickets going to the Secondary Ticketing sites which we feel make unfair profits from music fans.
As we consider all our fans to be VIPs, no tickets will be held specifically for VIP use. At some venues, the Promoter may provide the option for fans to pay extra for “VIP Parking”, early access, access to “VIP Bar” etc. But these will be purely optional for ticket holders only and will not be tied to ticket locations – the ability to get the best tickets should be the same for everybody outside of the usual presales.
Where possible the North American Iron Maiden shows will operate a paperless ticket policy. Select tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticket delivery, which means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser’s party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue’s ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show. To purchase paperless tickets or for more information, fans should visit www.ticketmaster.com/paperless or call the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000.”
MAIDEN ENGLAND TOUR DATES 2012
THU 21 JUN CHARLOTTE NC VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
SAT 23 JUN ATLANTA GA AARONS AMPHITHEATRE AT LAKEWOOD
TUE 26 JUN BOSTON MA COMCAST CENTER
WED 27 JUN WANTAGH NY JONES BEACH
FRI 29 JUN PHILADELPHIA PA SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
SAT 30 JUN WASHINGTON DC JIFFY LUBE LIVE
MON 2 JUL NEWARK NJ PRUDENTIAL CENTER
WED 4 JUL MILWAUKEE WI SUMMERFEST
THU 5 JUL CHICAGO IL FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPHITHEATRE
SAT 7 JUL OTTAWA ON OTTAWA BLUESFEST
SUN 8 JUL QUEBEC CITY QC COLISEE PEPSI ARENA
WED 11 JUL MONTREAL QC BELL CENTRE
FRI 13 JUL TORONTO ON MOLSON AMPHITHEATRE
SAT 14 JUL SARNIA ON BAYFEST
MON 16 JUL BUFFALO NY DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
WED 18 JUL DETROIT MI DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE
THU 19 JUL INDIANAPOLIS IN KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
SAT 21 JUL CADOTT WI CHIPPEWA VALLEY ROCK FEST
TUE 24 JUL WINNIPEG MB MTS CENTER
THU 26 JUL CALGARY AB SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME
FRI 27 JUL EDMONTON AB REXALL PLACE
SUN 29 JUL VANCOUVER BC PACIFIC COLISEUM
MON 30 JUL SEATTLE WA WHITE RIVER AMPHITHEATRE
WED 1 AUG SALT LAKE CITY UT USANA AMPHITHEATRE
FRI 3 AUG SAN FRANSISCO CA SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
SAT 4 AUG SACRAMENTO CA SLEEP TRAIN AMPHITHEATRE
MON 6 AUG PHOENIX AZ ASHLEY FURNITURE HOMESTORE PAVILION
THU 9 AUG IRVINE CA VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
FRI 10 AUG IRVINE CA VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
SUN 12 AUG ALBUQUERQUE NM HARD ROCK PAVILION
MON 13 AUG DENVER CO COMFORT DENTAL AMPHITHEATRE
WED 15 AUG SAN ANTONIO TX AT&T CENTER
FRI 17 AUG DALLAS TX GEXA ENERGY PAVILION
SAT 18 AUG HOUSTON TX THE WOODLANDS
Legendary German alcoholic thrash metal act, Tankard, has posted some behind-the-scenes footage from the group’s upcoming music video for the track, “A Girl Called Cerveza.” Head over to Nuclear Blast Europe’s YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/OM774kO4NQE to take a look behind the curtain, and stay tuned for the official music video to be released on July 9th!A Girl Called Cerveza, Tankard’s 30th Anniversary album, will be released on July 31st via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track list for A Girl Called Cerveza is…
11. RUNNING ON FUMES
12. A GIRL CALLED CERVEZA
13. WITCHHUNT 2.O
14. MASTERS OF FARCES
15. THE METAL LADY BOY (feat. DORO)
16. NOT ONE DAY DEAD (BUT ONE DAY MAD)
17. SON OF A FRIDGE
18. FANDOM AT RANDOM
19. METAL MAGNOLIA
20. RAPID FIRE (A TYRANT`S ELEGY)
Track-by-track videos, providing further insight into the record’s 10 songs, can be seen at the following locations…
Track-by-Track Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBOci_oAVdE&feature=youtu.be
Track-by-Track Part II: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLK3BVwy_jA
Track-by-Track Part III: http://youtu.be/EQeAC2rNg3s
Stay tuned for more information on Tankard and A Girl Called Cerveza.
Reigning Queen of Metal DORO PESCH is featured in Decibel Magazine’s August 2012 special “Women In Metal” issue. In an interview conducted by J. Bennett, DORO discusses her new Raise Your Fist record, reminisces about quitting her job in 1986 to tour with Judas Priest, what her one-year stint in a hospital years ago taught her, and the nexus of attitude and being dignified.
Secure your copy of Decibel Issue #94 HERE.
DORO’s Raise Your Fist album was recorded and written in the U.S., Germany, and Scandinavia and will be released in North America this Fall. “Most important to me are the power hymns ‘Raise Your Fist In The Air’ and ‘Victory,’” DORO has previously stated. “Both songs have been played live on our last tour and also made last year’s Wacken Open Air shake!”
Musical guests on Raise Your Fist include Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and Ozzy/Firewind guitarist Gus G. Album artwork has once again been created by British artist and longtime collaborator Geoffrey Gillespie.
DORO appeared in a May episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with Billy Duffy and Ian Astbury of The Cult; watch it HERE. Exclusive backstage bonus clips are available HERE and DORO discusses her pre-show rituals HERE.
DOWNSPIRIT, the heavy rock band formed by ex-SYMPHORCE/ex-FREEDOM CALL guitarist Cedric “Cede” Dupont have revealed the album title Bulletproof as well as unveiled the cover art, tracklisting and confirmed the album’s release date.
Bulletproof Track List:
2) Life After her
3) Get the F*** Up
4) The Wish
5) Human Gift
6) Are you Proud?
9) Gotta Get Away
10) What a Way to Die
11) I’m a Survivor
12) The Look
The European release date is scheduled for July 27th and the North American release date is set for August 14th.
Furthermore DOWNSPIRIT have announced the following touring with their “Bulletproof” album.
DOWNSPIRIT summer tour w/ADRENALINE MOB
6/25: – Germany Aschaffenburg (Colos-Saal)
6/26: – Germany Hamburg (Knust)
7/5: – Germany Ludwigsburg (Rockfabrik)
7/6: – Germany München (Theaterfabrik)
7/7: – Germany Bochum (Matrix)
DOWNSPIRIT Tour Dates in fall 2012:
8/18: – Germany Dassel
9/7: – Germany Nürburgring (+Doro)
9/22: – Germany Mannheim Alte Seilerei (+Freedom Call)
10/17: – France Colmar Grillen (+Freedom Call)
10/18: – Germany München Backstage (+Freedom Call)
10/19: – Mirano (VE) Wig Wam (+Freedom Call)
10/10: – Italy Rozzano (MI) Theatre Club (+Freedom Call)
Modern Rock Outfit STAR CITY MELTDOWN Unleash
Debut Music Video “Here With You” Via BlankTV
“Here With You” Available For Free Download
Debut Album ‘Razorblades & Hand Grenades’ Releasing September 25 Via Standby Records
Club Tour Through July 7; Paranormal Fest 7/27-7/28
With an explosive stage show, uncompromising confidence, and a sound described as “Journey meets Avenged Sevenfold” that will appeal to fans of Staind, Breaking Benjamin and Godsmack, East Tennessee’s STAR CITY MELTDOWN released “Here With You,” the first single from their hotly anticipated sophomore album, on June 5 as a free download, via Microsoft SkyDrive, at http://j.mp/herewithyou.
Also available via scannable QR code on full page ads in the latest issues of Alternative Press, Revolver, AMP, Hails and Horns, Substream and Outburn, “Here With You” appears on the band’s Razorblades and Hand Grenades album due September 25th on Standby Records (Black Veil Brides, Modern Day Escape). The companion music video, directed by Sean Babas, will make its world premiere on BlankTV on June 25 (http://www.blanktv.com/index.php/videos/special-presentations/37-premieres/233-star-city-meltdown-qhere-with-youq).
Standby Records President Neil Sheehan developed the rollout for the single, “Here With You’ seems like the perfect way for Standby Records to kick off the summer! Its addictive hook and passionate lyrics will certainly get stuck in anyone’s head, while its message just oozes the vibe of a typical budding summertime relationship. What better way could we find than to introduce Star City Meltdown to the masses than to offer this excellent song to fans for free? What better way is there to introduce the latest band to our Rock N’ Roll 2.0 movement? Click the link, and Star City Meltdown will be ‘Here With You’.”
Reuniting for round two with former Creed bassist/producer Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Framing Hanley, Tantric), Razorblades and Hand Grenades is the follow-up to the group’s 2009 release Stick In the Eye which featured the hit single “Ready or Not”.
Star City Meltdown is comprised of singer Brad Dills, guitarist/vocalist Lukas Patterson, bassist Cody Cupp, drummer Dean Andrews Jr. and guitarist Chris Stewart, whom as one of the original members in Black Veil Brides, co-wrote the smash hit “Knives and Pens” which has garnered over 40 million views on You Tube.
Having built a rabid fan base over the past three years while touring with Art of Dying, Saving Abel, Crossfade, Saliva and Korn, Star City Meltdown are locked and loaded to unleash more explosive shows for the remainder of 2012 and well into next year.
STAR CITY MELTDOWN
Jun 27 – Columbus, OH @ O’Sheckys
Jun 28 – Akron, OH @ Ripper Owens Tap House
Jun 29 – Marion, OH @ Tink’s Rock House
Jun 30 – Covington, KY @ Molly Malone’s
Jul 01 – Kent, OH @ Outpost
Jul 04 – Pascagoula, MS @ Thunder’s Tavern
Jul 05 – Columbus, OH @ Soho
Jul 06 – Marietta, GA @ 120 Tavern
Jul 07 – Sheffield, AL @ Sandbar
Jul 27 – Birmingham, AL @ Spirits Of Birmingham Paranormal Fest
Jul 28 – Birmingham, AL @ Spirits Of Birmingham Paranormal Fest
STAR CITY MELTDOWN
Brad Dills – Vocals
Lukas Patterson – Guitars/Vocals
Chris Stewart – Guitars
Cody Cupp – Bass
Dean Andrews Jr. – Drums
GEOFF TATE, the legendary Queensryche frontman and one of the most acclaimed vocalists in the history of hard rock and heavy metal, has signed a worldwide recording contract with INSIDEOUT MUSIC.
“I’m very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music,” says Tate of his multi-album deal. “They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available.”
As the frontman of Queensryche, GEOFF TATE has sold more than 20 million records and received four Grammy nominations. The band’s landmark concept album Operation: Mindcrime thrust their unique social consciousness, expertly crafted lyrics and progressive style into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by Empire in 1990, the album that delivered the band to arena-headlining status and sold more than three million albums on the back of hit singles “Silent Lucidity” and “Jet City Woman.” By the time Queensryche released Promised Land in 1994, Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind progressive metal’s most innovative force in mainstream music. Queensryche have released 12 studio albums, with one of their most overlooked gems being American Soldier in 2009, Tate’s ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans.
“Obviously, we at the label have been fans of Geoff for a long time,” says InsideOut Music founder Thomas Waber. “We are looking forward to working with such a renowned musician – welcome to the InsideOut Music family!”
GEOFF TATE is currently finishing production on his first InsideOut Music release. The album is planned for release this fall, with details to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tate joins an InsideOut Music roster that includes Devin Townsend, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, King’s X, Fates Warning, Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, The Flower Kings, Arjen Lucassen, Pain Of Salvation, and many more.
GEOFF TATE ONLINE:
INSIDEOUT MUSIC ONLINE:
While there is a few good tunes on the new CD, it did not live up to my expectations.
On the good side, Slash plays his ass off, and truly delivers some killer riffs. This might be his best playing since his Guns N’ Roses days.
On the bad side, I think I have seen (or heard) Myles Kennedy’s one weakness as a singer. On the mid tempo songs he sounds great! On the high tempo songs, he gets a little screachy, and in my opinion, his voice doesn’t work well on those songs. Luckily there aren’t many songs like this, but
there are a few that I want to skip over.
Apocalyptic Love really starts picking up steam with “You’re A Lie”. The best songs on the album start at this point on Apocalyptic Love.
With that being said, there are a few good songs worth checking out including the first single “You’re A Lie”, “No More Heroes”, “Anastasia”, “Hard Rain”, and “Shots Fired”.
My favorite track on Apocalyptic Love is “Anastasia”. This song starts off with a simple acoustic part which makes you
think this is going to be a simple or even a weak track. One listen, and you quickly find that is one of the strongest
songs on the album. (Check it out below).
“Far and Away” is the slowest number on Apocalyptic Love. This song has a blusier feel to it, and Kennedy’s voice shines on this track.
Apocalyptic Love isn’t a perfect CD, but it is still worth checking out. I enjoyed most of the songs on the album, and few stronger tracks and this could have been one of 2012’s best albums.
01. Apocalyptic Love
02. One Last Thrill
03. Standing In The Sun
04. You’re A Lie
05. No More Heroes
07. We Will Roam
09. Not For Me
10. Bad Rain
11. Hard And Fast
12. Far And Away
13. Shots Fired
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators are:
Slash – Guitar
Myles Kennedy – Vocals
Todd Kerns – Bass
Brent Fitz – Drums
You can purchase Apocalyptic Love from Amazon.com at this link.
Rock veterans Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) and Rex Brown (Pantera) have formed a stupendous band named Kill Devil Hill. Named after the town in North Carolina that was famous for pirating way back when, Kill Devil Hill has released their self-titled debut album. With a seasoned veteran like Appice at the helm, there is no doubt that Kill Devil Hill is going to be one amazing hard rock ride.
I really like vocalist Dewey Bragg’s voice on this record. Little is known (or at least, little is revealed) about his background and past musical accomplishments, but however his band mates found him, they should be proud of themselves. Dewey Bragg sings like a seasoned champion. He has a deep, dark voice that fits the melodies of 90s grunge (think Alice In Chains). His vocals are sharp and clear, and his voice adds plenty of depth to the great rhythms played by the rest of the band.
The overall mood on Kill Devil Hill is dark and eerie, yet highly enjoyable. It is doom and gloom meets modern rock minus all the filler. There are only choice cuts of hearty music to be had on this exciting debut record. Imagine a hybrid of Blue Murder and Alice In Chains and that will give you the best idea of what Kill Devil Hill sounds like. This music is fantastic!
With an infectious groove and sultry vocals from Bragg, “Voodoo Doll” is one of the strongest tracks on Kill Devil Hill. The song launches with a superb guitar solo from Mark Zavon (most recently a guitarist for WASP). It then kicks into overdrive as Bragg sings some of his best work on the record. Filled with exceptional time changes, powerful vocals, and incredible melodies, “Voodoo Doll” is a song that everyone is bound to fall in love with.
“We’re All Gonna Die” is another solid song that showcases not only Bragg’s ability, but also the intensity of rhythm section Vinny Appice (on drums) and Rex Brown (on bass guitar). Launching with a roaring drum beat then sliding into dark vocals from Bragg, “We’re All Gonna Die,” is a heavy, grunge-tinged song, very reminiscent of 90-s rock. This could be Appice’s best work on the record, as the drums are extraordinary. Rex Brown keeps pace with some superb bass playing and all tied together “We’re All Gonna Die” is an excellent song.
“Old Man” is a song that plays like a perfect session of love making. Fast and furious leads into slow and caring, then speeds up again before hitting the climax. The tune starts hard and heavy, like most sessions do, building to a rhythmic pace of excellence. When the hook comes, the song slows down, becoming melodic and deep. Then it’s back to the fast paced verse. The pacing of “Old Man” is the biggest part of what makes it such an attractive song. Kill Devil Hill could have a real hit on their hands if they were to release “Old Man” as a single.
With a great rhythm section, an astonishing lead singer, and some wicked guitars, Kill Devil Hill is a solid record that hard rock fans should add to their collection. If your ears hunger to hear some innovative, solid rock music, then grab a copy of Kill Devil Hill and let it play. You’re guaranteed some fantastic music created by some of the best in the business.
- War Machine
- Voodoo Doll
- Gates Of Hell
- Rise From The Shadows
- We’re All Gonna Die
- Time & Time Again
- Old Man
- Mysterious Ways
- Up In Flames
Kill Devil Hill Is:
Rex Brown – Bass
Vinny Appice – Drums
Mark Zavon – Guitar
Dewey Bragg – Vocals
Buy your copy of Kill Devil Hill’s CD at Amazon.com at this link!