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.