Heavy metal legends ICED EARTH will be touring North America starting next week, hitting the road with VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, and THE SIXXIS for an extensive 5-week trek. In regards to this upcoming tour, Jon Schaffer (rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars/backing vocals) comments: “I’m completely stoked, VOLBEAT is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Michael and the boys are great people. There is a lot of mutual respect and admiration, and I think we are in for a hell of a good time! This will be a package that won’t soon be forgotten, I’m sure of that.”
ICED EARTH will be touring in support of their critically acclaimed 10th studio album, Dystopia. Released last year via Century Media Records, Dystopia debuted at #67 on the Billboard chart and has since received rave reviews from fans and critics alike, with Revolver Magazine naming it one of the 20 Best Albums of 2011 and declaring, “Twenty years after releasing their self-titled debut, this Florida fivesome has never sounded better.”
To commemorate the tour, ICED EARTH are releasing a limited tour edition of Dystopia. Currently available only at the merchandise stands on the tour, the 2-disc Dystopia Tour Edition contains the original full-length album, as well as b-side covers of IRON MAIDEN “The Trooper” and BLACK SABBATH “Mob Rules,” as well as the classic 17-minute ICED EARTH track “Dante’s Inferno” re-recorded with vocalist Stu Block. The bonus disc also contains both music videos from Dystopia – the title track and “Anthem” – as well as a ‘Making of Dystopia‘ studio interview with the band, and exclusive cell phone skins and desktop backgrounds.
All upcoming ICED EARTH tour dates are below, so check to see when they’ll be coming to a city near you!
ICED EARTH tour dates feat. VOLBEAT, HELLYEAH, THE SIXXIS
6/18–Kool Haus–Toronto, ON
6/19–The Fillmore–Detroit, MI
6/20–Chameleon Club–Lancaster, PA **headlining off date**
6/21–House Of Blues–Boston, MA
6/22–Paramount Theatre–Huntington, NY
6/23–Northern Lights–Clifton Park, NY
6/25–House Of Blues–Chicago, IL **off date with HELLYEAH**
6/26–MYTH–St. Paul, MN
6/27–Burton Cummings Theatre–Winnipeg, MB
6/29–Crescent Point Place–Weyburn, SA
7/2–Shrine Auditorium–Billings, MT
7/3–Knitting Factory–Spokane, WA
7/5–Knitting Factory–Spokane, WA
7/6–Knitting Factory–Boise, ID
7/7–Knitting Factory–Reno, NV
7/8–Warfield Theatre–San Francisco, CA
7/10–The Grove of Anaheim–Anaheim, CA
7/11–Marquee Theatre–Tempe, AZ
7/12–House Of Blues–Las Vegas, NV
7/13–The Great Salt Air–Magna, UT
7/14–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO **headlining off date**
7/15–Colorado Springs City Auditorium–Colorado Springs, CO
7/16–Sokol Auditorium–Omaha, NE **off date with VOLBEAT**
7/18–Sherman Theater–Stroudsburg, PA
7/19–Rams Head Live!–Baltimore, MD
7/22–Sherman Theater–Stroudsburg, PA
7/23–Norva Theater–Norfolk, VA
7/24–Rams Head Live!–Baltimore, MD
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Unless you’ve been living under a soft rock, you have no doubt heard that there is a huge, double-bill, rock and roll tour heading to a city near you this summer. Kiss will be teaming up with Motley Crue for what looks to be one of the hardest rocking double bills I’ve seen in years. I am looking forward to this amazing hard rock show when they roll into New Jersey this September. It’s going to be an awesome, late summer Friday night of fun and havoc!
Like I do with almost any concert that I attend, I’ve been thinking about what the setlists could be for each band this year. Will they stick to only the hits? Are they going to pull out some early classics? Will there be a surprise or two that no one expects? I’m always anxious to hear some deep cuts whenever I see either of these bands live, and this year is no exception. After giving it much thought, I’ve come up with a list of songs that would make me wet myself if they were performed live. Last time I wrote about the Motley songs I want to hear, this time, here are the five songs that I would love to hear from KISS.
Sweet Pain (Destroyer)
“Sweet Pain” could be my favorite Kiss song ever. To the best of my knowledge, Kiss has only played this song live during their acoustic Konvention tour, where they played any song that the fans would call out. I have a copy of that song on a bootleg, and while it took a while for the band to get it down, they did a decent job. As one of the best songs on Destroyer it is a true shame that this song has never received a proper live performance. If Kiss would take the time to study this tune and pull it out for the upcoming tour, the buzz from the fans would be maddening. With the song’s power and intensity combined with it being a deep cut classic, all Kiss fans would love to hear “Sweet Pain.”
I (Music From The Elder)
How in the world does a rock band have a song that is so amazing, so powerful, and so fantastic that they never play it? It baffles my mind that Kiss has only performed “I” less than a handful of times and never since the acoustic Konvention tour back in 1995. “I” is one of those great Kiss classics where Gene and Paul trade verses to the delight of the Kiss Army. The song is a powerful anthem about believing in yourself and going above and beyond to achieve what you want in life. Like other Kiss anthems, “I” is a song that would rev the crowd up to such a massive dynamic, that the audience would scream their throats raw. “I” would be the best main set closer that Kiss has ever done since “Let Me Go Rock And Roll” held that honor in the early 70s. It would be a Kiss fan’s dream come true.
Love ‘Em And Leave ‘Em (Rock And Roll Over)
“Love ‘Em And Leave ‘Em” is a great late-70s Gene sung song centered on the theme of womanizing. This is a topic that Gene wrote about a lot back in the 70s and 80s and still writes a fair amount about today. “Love ‘Em And Leave ‘Em” is a fantastic ode to the one night stand, and a Kiss song that has never gotten the proper attention that it deserves. Kiss has the chance to right that wrong this summer by pulling out this fantastic homage to loving the ladies for one night only.
I Still Love You (Creatures Of The Night)
Granted, out of all the Kiss songs that I would like to hear in concert this year, “I Still Love You” is the one that has been played most recently. It is also the one song on this list that has the best chance of being played live during this concert. “I Still Love You” is one of Kiss’ strongest, operatic ballads and the live version is simply amazing. If Paul Stanley still has the range, pulling out this classic Kiss song would likely see an amazing crowd reaction.
Almost Human (Love Gun)
“Almost Human” is practically an unknown Kiss song. Any time that I mention this song to anyone, even die-hard Kiss fans, they always give me a quizzical look. When I remind them that it was a side two track from Love Gun, I usually get a similar response of, “Oh, I’m going to have to go back and listen to that one again.” That’s how deep a track “Almost Human” is. However, just because it’s a deep track, doesn’t mean that it’s not a good track. This is one of my all time favorite Gene Simmons songs. It’s dark and haunting, with a theme centered on science fiction and fantasy more than women or rock and roll (a rarity for a Kiss song). Perhaps meant to be the sequel to “God Of Thunder,” “Almost Human” received no attention after being released on Love Gun. Now, 35 years after its release, Kiss could really make a statement and perform this song live for the first time ever. This would also be a great song for Gene Simmons to fly and spit blood before performing, giving it an added bonus of excitement for the fans.
Those are the five songs that I would like to hear Kiss perform on tour this summer. What about you? What Kiss songs are you hoping that the band dusts off? Which Kiss rarities have you always wanted to see in concert? Drop a line in the comments section and share your opinion!
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Texas Hippie Coalition has just released a brand new video “Turn It Up”. This song will be on THC’s new album Peacemaker that will be released August 14th, 2012. The new song is now available for purchase through iTunes and Amazon.com.
Swiss rockers 69 Chambers have released a new video “Cause and Effect” in support of their recently released album, Torque. Check it out!
Iconic guitarist Slash has partnered with MATIvision to create the world’s first multi-camera 360-degree interactive music applications for the Apple iPad, iPod and iPhone to accompany his newly released album Apocalyptic Love.
The apps let you follow every moment of the band performing songs from their new album through six 360-degree spherical cameras. You choose the camera angle via touch or gyroscopic control – each camera rotates a full 360-degrees. Pinch in or out on your device to use the zoom feature to get closer to the action. Each app also includes additional content, such as exclusive photos and song lyrics. Slash360 provides a unique way to experience Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators unlike anything else.
There are two versions of the app to choose from – one version includes the hit single “You’re A Lie” along with lyrics and other extras (http://itunes.apple.com/app/slash-360-lt-apocalyptic-love/id524517739?mt=8) and the second a full version that includes the full Apocalyptic Love album, photos, lyrics and other extras (http://itunes.apple.com/app/slash-360-apocalyptic-love/id524544296?mt=8). The apps are priced in the United States iTunes store at $0.99 and $4.99, respectively. Pricing varies by territory.
“The way we recorded this album was pretty much live as we played it,” Slash explains. “It was an “old school” way of doing it and captures the energy of the band in the best possible way. Being able to capture the band and allow fans to experience it as if they were in the room is very cool, it’s like being in the room with us.”
Slash and his band featuring lead singer Myles Kennedy, drummer Brent Fitz and bassist Todd Kearns aka The Conspirators have just released Apocalyptic Love (May 22). Apocalyptic Love stormed onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4, marking the top rock debut for that week. The disc also debuted at #1 Independent Albums Chart and #1 Hard Music Albums Chart. All songs on Apocalyptic Love released on Slash’s own Dik Hayd International, and distributed through EMI Label Services were written together by Slash and Myles Kennedy as they spent the last two years on tour all over the world. In addition, Apocalyptic Love is also Top 5 in seven countries outside the U.S. Critical acclaim is pouring in for the album and its hard-driving first single “You’re A Lie.”
Revolver magazine declared, “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). The Los Angeles Times added, “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.’” Elsewhere, Rolling Stone.com hailed, “the album is filled with head bangers and plenty of fancy fretwork, most notably on standout tracks like ‘Hard and Fast’ and ‘Standing in the Sun.’” Slash and his band are currently on the road performing sold-out shows across the country and overseas.
MATIvision (Multi Angle Totally Interactive Vision) delivers THE ultimate interactive “I Was There Experience.” MATIvision technology captures live or staged events or performances and brings the experience directly to fans as never before. Filmed with multiple MATIvision cameras, an event or performance can be viewed from almost every angle in full 360-degree glory. The groundbreaking multi-camera MATIvision Player then provides the user with an individually controlled interactive viewing experience. MATIvision multi-camera interactive players allow the user to choose between multiple synchronized camera views/angles, zoom in and out along with other functions. The players are available for the Internet (via YouTube, live streaming or VOD), standalone desktop and/or Apple mobile platforms (iPad, iPhone and selected iPods). Whether live streamed or recorded, MATIvision enabled content is a new way to connect with millions of fans, while still allowing each of them to customize their experience.