Finland’s’ first band to go gold in the USA, HIM will release their new album, Venus Doom, on September 18th. Venus Doom is the follow up to 2005’s breakthrough album Dark Light. The album features the new single “Kiss of Dawn,” and has the dark, hard rocking sound that fans of the band love. HIM recently wrapped up the Projekt Revolution tour and kick off their headlining tour on October 18th. To celebrate the release of Venus Doom, HIM and Hardrock Hideout are giving one lucky winner a chance to win an autographed Fender Stratocaster. All you have to do to win the guitar is fill in your information below.
Rob Zombie has proved that he is not only a heavy metal god, but also a horror film master. “Halloween” murdered the box office record for a Labor Day release with $31 million. Rob Zombie not only brought the classic horror franchise back to life, but also used his musical talents to make a killer soundtrack to accompany the release. The Halloween soundtrack features classic hits from the 70’s like Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” In addition to the sinister arena rock from the ‘70s, Rob also had some original music created for the film.
Check out the eerie stalker score of “The Shape Stalks Laurie” by Tyler Bates (300, Slither, The Devil’s Rejects) and the haunting remake of “Mr. Sandman” by Nan Vernon.
Here is the trailer for Rob Zombie’s Halloween!
The new single “Rise Today,” from the Florida quartet Alter Bridge, has been climbing the rock charts and now they are making the jump to TV.
“Rise Today” is featured in the new TV spots for the season premiere of the CBS hit show CSI: Miami. Alter Bridge will release their sophomore effort, Blackbird, on October 9th via Universal Republic.
Check out “Rise Today” and a preview of the season premiere of CSI: Miami here: http://video.umrg.com/alterbridge/csi/
Another Animal contains an interconnected group of musicians from Godsmack and Ugly Kid Joe that have merged their musical formula with aggressive and classic songwriting to create their debut self-titled record Another Animal. The band will launch a U.S. tour on October 2nd in Tallahassee, FL with Alter Bridge. You can preview Another Animal’s first single “Broken Again” on the band’s Myspace page – http://www.myspace.com/anotheranimalxxx or click here to listen!
Another Animal w/ Alter Bridge
10/02 Tallahassee, FL – Floyds Music Store
10/04 N. Charleston, SC – The Plex
10/05 Chattanooga, TN – Club Fathom
10/06 Noblesville, IN – X Fest – Verizon Wireless Music Center
10/08 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
10/09 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10/10 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/12 Hampton, VA – Mill Point Park
10/13 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
10/14 Boston, MA – The Roxy
10/16 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/17 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
10/19 Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
10/21 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
10/27 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
10/28 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/30 Dallas, TX – The Palladium Ballroom
10/31 Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo
11/02 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
11/03 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
According to Classic Rock magazine, the new WHITESNAKE album, “Good to be Bad”, will be released on May 13, 2008 via SPV. The CD was produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, AEROSMITH, COVERDALE/PAGE, METALLICA, etc.) and David Coverdale and features 14 songs (12 hard rock songs and two ballads), all of which were written by David Coverdale and guitarist Doug Aldrich. Other band members include Reb Beach (guitar), Tommy Aldridge (drums) and Uriah Duffy (bass).
Comment: Hopefully, the new album will be worth the wait!
In celebration of the long-awaited, September 18th release of Nikki Sixx’s insightful and disturbing book “The Heroin Diaries,” Eleven Seven Records opened the vault to release a live EP from Mötley Crüe, featuring the first five songs from Carnival of Sin.
Fans of Nikki Sixx and Mötley Crüe can download “Shout at the Devil” now for free. Get “Shout At The Devil” here: http://newmedia.10thst.com/motley_crue/shout_at_the_devil.m4a for the free, and get your copy of “The Heroin Diaries” signed at one of the book tour dates below.
Heroin Diaries Book Tour
September 18th – Borders / Westwood – Los Angeles, CA
September 22nd – Barnes and Noble / Mall of America – Minneapolis, MN
September 23rd – Borders – Oakwood, IL (Chicago)
September 24th – Borders – Detroit, MI
September 25th – Virgin / Times Square – New York, NY
September 26th – Borders – Philadelphia, PA
September 27th – Borders – Boston, MA
No Fuel Left For the Pilgrims is a late 80’s classic that has been out of print for years.
I once owned this on cassette, and have not been able to track this one down again until now.
This band was wrongly lumped into the hair metal category, and even had a couple of videos on the MTV Head Banger’s Ball.
If you put AC/DC into a blender, added the funk of the Electric Boys, and maybe a little bit of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, and hit puree, you might get something that sounds something like D*A*D. This is a cool CD with some funky rock tunes.
The gruff vocals of Jesper Binzer compliment the heavy and sometimes steel guitar licks of his brother Jacob. It is one of the more unique sounding CD’s of the late 80’s, and a worthy pick up in 2007. Check it out!
For more information on D*A*D, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
As we near the day of a new beginning for Trapt with their upcoming release of Trapt Live! on September 18th, the band is preparing to hit the road in support of the record and have also decided to give their fans a preview of the record online. You can listen to a full stream of Trapt Live! right now. Trapt will play select shows with special guest Fuel so make sure to check out the tour dates listed below to catch Trapt live!
10.16.07 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
10.19.07 Milwaukee, WI The Rave w/Fuel
10.20.07 Maplewood, MN The Rock
10.22.07 Mt. Clemens, MI The Emerald w/Fuel
10.23.07 Chicago, IL House of Blues w/Fuel
10.25.07 Ft. Wayne, IN Pierre’s w/Fuel
10.26.07 Traverse City, MI Streeters
10.27.07 Flint, MI Machine Shop
10.28.07 Rochester, NY Water Street
10.30.07 State College, PA Cell Block
10.31.07 Albany, NY Northern Lights w/Fuel
11.01.07 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom w/Fuel
11.02.07 Worcester, MA Palladium w/Fuel
11.04.07 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
11.05.07 Allentown, PA The Croc
11.06.07 Lancaster, PA Chameleon
11.08.07 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
German industrial metal powerhouses, Rammstein, have announced the release of their new DVD, Völkerball, on September 18th. Rammstein has a stage show that is unlike any other artist and this DVD captures all the excitement of the live show. Germany’s #1 music export and 2 time Grammy Nominee (Best Metal Performance ’99 and ’05) have racked up combined sales of 14 million albums which puts them amongst the most successful and influential rock acts today.
To celebrate the release of Völkerball, Rammstein and Hardrock Hideout are giving one lucky winner the chance to play Richard Z. Kruspes brand new Limited edition ESP RZK guitar. This guitar has been signed by all Rammstein band-members! All you have to do to win is fill in your information below.
The group split in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham and have performed only a handful of reunion gigs, last taking the stage 12 years ago at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Music Web site NME.com reported the show will be held in November in London.
Bonham’s son Jason is expected to wield the drum sticks for the band known to many fans simply as Zep.
Rounding out Led Zeppelin, rated the best ever hard-rock band by U.S. channel VH1, would be its classic founding trio of singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones.
NME.com said it would be a one-off show, not a full-fledged reunion tour.
Plant and Page have joined forces over the years, notably on an album in 1994, but Jones has been more distant. When Bonham passed away after a long battle with alcoholism, his bandmates said Led Zeppelin, formed in 1968, had died with him.
November is the scheduled release month for a greatest hits collection from the band.
The reunion gig is slated for London’s 02 Arena, which has a capacity of 20,000.
Courtesy of MSNBC.com
One of the nicer surprises in 2007, is the debut release by Detroit rockers, Ugly.
I had my first taste of Ugly in 2007, when they performed live in during the Labor day riverfest celebration in Cincinnati. I liked the live show so much, it only made sense to check out their new CD.
Much like the band’s live show, this CD does not disappoint! This is a hard rock CD with a great classic rock feel. There are great vocals, guitar solos and plenty of rocking drum beats to get your blood pumping.
24 Hours sounds like it was shot out of rock and roll cannon. This song will grab most listeners on the very first play.
Pusher keeps the party going. The cowbell drumming of Donnie Highland really turns the energy up on this track and makes this a fun song to listen to.
Friday Night (In the City) is a solid track with major radio potential. The background vocals of bassist Frank Green and Kevin McCreery, greatly enhances the playability of this song.
Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll was the first song that I heard by Ugly. I liked this song enough to check the band out, and I am glad I did. This song kicks ass! Check out the video below!
Son is a low tempo bluesy number that has to be listened to to be fully appreciated.
Social Keeper is an upbeat rocker that has all of the swagger of an AC/DC song. Great Stuff! I took a video of the band performing this song in Cincinnati, check it out!
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love the song, Driving Me Under. Kevin McCreery’s smoking guitar licks and the overall sing along quality of this song has made this one of my favorite tunes on this record.
Idea is another song that I first heard Ugly perform in Cincinnati. This is another good sleaze filled rocker.
Washed Out has an almost Beatlesque feel to it. The sound of this track was completely unexpected, but totally cool.
The Cats Ass has a killer groove, and a Guns ‘N Roses sleezy vibe about it.
Everything is a mid tempo ballad with monster radio potential.
Everytime I listen to The Train it reminds of the same style of bluesy rock that Aerosmith is famous for. This is an exceptional track to close this record out with.
The shredding guitars of Kevin McCreery, and Geo Teubl’s excellent vocal delivery really drives these hard rocking tunes home. At times, Geo reminds me of The Cult’s Ian Astbury, and that is very cool indeed! Producer Rick Parashar (Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, 3 Doors Down) did a bang up job with this CD. The production quality on this disc is top notch. This is a energetic disc full of hard-driving, sleazy good tunes that will put a big smile on your face. The tunes are so good, they are Ugly!
If the rock gods are kind, the whole world will know about Ugly before long. You can get on board by now by pre-ordering Ugly’s new CD through Rock Ridge Music.com for a mere $8.99. At this price, it is a steal. Go buy it today!
For more information on Ugly, stop by the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
- 24 Hours
- Friday Night (In the City)
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
- Social Keeper
- Driving Me Under
- Washed Out
- The Cats Ass
- The Train
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of SILENT RAGE for the release of the band’s fourth studio album.
Silent Rage formed in 1985 and became immediately well-known in the Californian scene, thanks to the captivating vocals, their style of blending guitar and bass and signature song writing. Their debut album “Shattered Hearts” was produced by the legendary Paul Sabu in 1987 and gained immediate attention from the Hard Rock fans all over the world. One year later, Gene Simmons signed them to his own label and in 1989 “Don’t Touch Me There” followed up. This album reached #1 on European Import charts and is still today regarded as one of the top examples of Melodic Hard Rock sound of the late 80’s.
The band finally came back with a third studio album “Still Alive” in 2002. In the summer 2007 the band featuring founding members by EJ Curse on bass, Jesse Damon on vocals and guitar, Mark Hawkins on guitar and with Rodney Pino on drums, went back to the studio to give birth to their long awaited new cd.
The guys are right now recording the new songs at Redrum Recording Studios in Los Angeles with former Guns n Roses & Rockstar Supernova guitarist, Gilby Clarke producing and mixing. Having mid-summer pre-production behind them, the band is well into tracking new songs for the latest CD and they’re anticipating a completion date by the end of October. Look for some very interesting special guest appearances.
Jesse Damon states: ” It’s a great time for the band right now, we’re all very excited about signing with Frontiers Records and being in the studio recording new songs with Gilby Clarke as our Producer! Everyone in the band is focused and giving 100 % to this new CD. Expect strong performances with a classic Silent Rage style rock”!
Lookout for Silent Rage new album in the shops in early 2008 !
The long-awaited first live album from Rob Zombie has arrived. A brain-bashing, soul-shaking sonic earthquake, Zombie – Live (Geffen Records/UMe), released October 23, 2007, in both clean and explicit versions, spans songs from the hard rocker’s entire career.
Recorded in 2006 during the tour supporting the Educated Horses album, which hit #5 on the Pop chart, Zombie Live finds Zombie leading a supercharged band featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, drummer Tommy Clufetos and was produced by long-time co-writer and producer Scott Humphrey.
Zombie – Live includes the concert’s renditions of the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy-nominated “Thunder Kiss ‘65” and “Black Sunshine” from White Zombie’s 1992 major label debut La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1, which went Top 40 and double platinum. “Super Charger Heaven,” “Creature Of The Wheel” and “More Human Than Human,” also Grammy nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance, were first heard on White Zombie’s 1995 Top 10, double platinum Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head.
From Rob Zombie’s 1998 solo debut, the Top 5, triple platinum Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, are “Superbeast,” “Living Dead Girl,” “Demonoid Phenomenon” and “Dragula.” Songs from 2001’s Top 10 and platinum The Sinister Urge are “Demon Speeding,” “Dead Girl Superstar” and “Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy).” The latest songs hail from Educated Horses: “Sawdust In The Blood,” “American Witch,” “Let It All Bleed Out” and “Lords Of Salem.” Heard too are the title songs from the first two feature films directed by Zombie, 2000’s cult smash hit House Of 1000 Corpses and 2004’s critically acclaimed The Devil’s Rejects.
Rob Zombie unleashed his terrifying remake of the classic film Halloween on August 31, 2007, premiering on more than 2000 screens. Zombie, who previously wrote and directed The Devil’s Rejects (2000) and House Of 1000 Corpses (2004), offers an entirely new take on the highly successful series of Halloween films that began in 1978. As a recording artist Rob Zombie has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and continues to be one of Geffen Record’s top selling artists.
The DVD companion to Zombie – Live will be available in the Spring of 2008 and will include bonus footage.
Los Angeles based Onesidezero have been added to KROQ’s LA Invasion featuring Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Kid Rock and Chris Cornell at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on September 15th, 2007.
Onesidezero will headline the Bud Light sponsored second stage, which starts at 11am and admission is free.
“We’re honored that KROQ would consider adding our band to such a huge festival,” says Onesidezero guitarist Levon Sultanian. “KROQ has been one of the biggest supporters of our new self-titled album and we cannot thank them enough for all their support. We’ve had such a great reaction to our new album from the fans and we cannot wait to get out on the road and share it with everyone in early 2008.”
Onsidezero is currently supporting their recently released Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Stabbing Westward, Taproot) produced sophomore album, which was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album is the long awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut Is This Room Getting Smaller, which saw the group tour with the likes of Incubus, 311, Static-X, and Soulfly.
ONESIDEZERO TOUR DATES:
Sept 1 5 Home Depot Center, Los Angeles, CA *** KROQ’s LA Invasion
Sept 27 Highlands, Hollywood, CA *** Make A Wish Benefit Concer
The online world premiere of HIM’s new record Venus Doom is available exclusively on AOL Music. You can listen to the full album and check out the single “Kiss of Dawn.” Venus Doom will be available in stores everywhere on September 18th.
Listen to the full album stream of Venus Doom here:
This past weekend, my wife and I made the trek to Cherokee, NC for the Cherokee Survivors Motorcycle Rally and Concert for our Anniversary. We stayed in Gatlinburg, TN, which is roughly 35 miles from the site of the concert. The only way to Cherokee, NC from our hotel is a very long, and extremely windy two lane highway through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This road is not for the faint of heart, or those with weak stomachs. It takes no less than an hour, to get there from Gatlinburg.
As it turns out, this was also the weekend of the Shades of the Past Rod Run. If you live in the Eastern United States and own a muscle car, or hot rod from the 1930’s or beyond, chances are you were in Gatlinburg, TN over the weekend. It made for an extremely hectic weekend, with tons of people that were in town for both events.
RATT – Friday, September 7th
On Friday night, we made it to the concert just a few minutes before RATT took the stage. This was our second time to see RATT this year, and after the Cincinnati show, my expectations were low. I have been a big fan of RATT in the past, and still listen to plenty of RATT tunes in 2007, but once again, I was not impressed by RATT, or mainly Stephen Pearcy. The band itself was actually much tighter than the Cincinnati show. Warren DiMartini was great, and the whole band had a lot more energy that the previous show we saw. The song selection was a lot better too. This is the set list from the Friday night show:
Walkin’ the Dog
Dangerous But Worth The Risk
You Think Your Tough
City to City
Slip of The Lip
Way Cool Jr.
Nobody Rides For Free
Back For More
Lack of Communication
Lay It Down
You’re In Love
Round and Round
The major problem here once again was Stephen Pearcy’s voice. His range is not what it used to be. He sounded marginally better than the 2007 Cincinnati show, but no where near as good as he has in the past. Another disappointment was that they only played for an hour. As a headliner, I would expect the band to play a longer set.
FIREHOUSE AND TESLA – Saturday, September 8th
On Saturday, we returned to Cherokee to catch Firehouse and Tesla play. I have seen Firehouse a few times in the past, but it had been a few years since I have seen them live. I am glad to say that Firehouse was awesome. They played an extremely tight set, and covered material off of all of their releases. I was surprised when they performed Door to Door, off of their 2004 disc Prime Time. This is a hellaciously good song that every Nascar fan needs to hear. This song is sung by drummer Michael Foster. Great Stuff!
Guitarist Bill Leverty was pretty amazing to watch. I have a new respect for him as a guitarist. Luckily, I was able to meet Bill after their show. He informed me that he had a new instrumental CD coming out next month. Check out BillLeverty.com for more details on the CD.
The one unusual thing about this concert is The bikers were allowed to park their bikes fairly close to the stage.
Sadly, the drunken and rowdy bikers were getting extremely obnoxious at this show. They decided to have an engine revving contests throughout the concert. It sometimes made hearing what the singers had to say, and hearing the bands perform somewhat difficult.
Even though my patience was thinning, due to the rude and intoxicated bikers, I was anxiously awaiting to see Tesla play. I have seen Tesla several times in the past, and they have never disappointed me. Saturday night was no exception!
Tesla took the stage around 9:40 P.M. or so, and played close to two hours long. It was an extremely tight set that inluded tunes from all six of their studio releases. This was the first time I heard the band perform any songs off of their 1994 disc, Bust a Nut, or their 2004 effort, Into the Now. They also did a few cover tunes off their Side A and Side B discs of Real to Reel.
New band member, guitarist Dave Rude complimented Frank Hannon’s excellent guitar licks greatly. Jeff Keith was in perfect vocal form all night. Troy Luccketta was kicking ass on the drums all night.
Frank Hannon played two different twelve string guitars during the show. One of which I recognized to be the one that belonged to the late great Steve Clark from Def Leppard. See this link on the story for that. He was also entertaining with his multiple hat changes (tophat, Uncle Sam, Indian Head dress).
In Conclusion, both Firehouse and Tesla put on a killer show. It was a great night of rock and roll Saturday Night in Cherokee, NC. I am glad there are great hard rock bands like Firehouse and Tesla that are still kicking ass in 2007! Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
OZZY OSBOURNE returns to the road October 18 in Seattle, WA for a massive 40-show North American fall tour in support of BLACK RAIN–his critically acclaimed first album of new studio material in six years–with special guest ROB ZOMBIE. ZOMBIE’s hit film Halloween premiered number one at the box office this past weekend and broke all Labor Day Weekend records while grossing an estimated 31 million dollars.
Promoted by AEG Live, these concerts will mark OZZY’s first arena tour in six years in the U.S. and four years in Canada. Bringing together two of rock’s best and most dynamic frontmen in one unforgettable extravaganza, the tour will include stops in Seattle, Vancouver, Salt Lake City, Oakland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Detroit and more, with a special Halloween show in Minneapolis. It will also mark OZZY’s first time ever playing in a number of the tour markets, including Saskatoon, Rapid City, Billings and Stockton, and will be highlighted by OZZY’s first show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in 23 years.
General ticket on sales start Friday, September 14. Visit http://www.ozzy.com for details.
Thu 10/18 Seattle, WA KeyArena
Sat 10/20 Vancouver, BC GM Place
Mon 10/22 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Wed 10/24 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Sat 10/27 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
Mon 10/29 Fargo, ND Fargodome
Wed 10/31 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Fri 11/2 Des Moines, IA Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Sun 11/4 Sioux City, IA Gateway Arena
Tue 11/6 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Fri 11/9 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena
Sun 11/11 Salt Lake City, UT The E-Center
Wed 11/14 Portland, OR Rose Garden
Fri 11/16 Stockton, CA Stockton Arena
Sun 11/18 Oakland, CA ORACLE Arena
Tue 11/20 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
Sat 11/24 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Mon 11/26 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
Wed 11/28 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com Arena
Fri 11/30 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center
Tue 12/4 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Thu 12/6 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
Sat 12/8 Wichita, KS Kansas Coliseum
Tue 12/11 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Thu 12/13 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Sun 12/16 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Tue 12/18 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
Thu 12/20 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Sat 12/22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thu 1/3 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
Sat 1/5 Washington, DC Verizon Center
Tue 1/8 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Thu 1/10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Mon 1/14 Quebec City, QC Colisée Pepsi Arena
Wed 1/16 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Sat 1/19 London, ON John Labatt Centre
Mon 1/21 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Thu 1/24 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Evans Blue will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline,” hosted by Bob Coburn, airing Monday, September 10th at 11:30p EST/8:30p PST. The band will perform four acoustic songs from the new album, The Pursuit Begins When This portrayal Of Life Ends, which is in stores now. Fans can talk live with Evans Blue by calling 800-344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you or if you miss the show Monday, go to http://www.rocklineradio.com for all the details on the show.
Check out Evans Blue video, “The Pursuit” below!
Check out the first single/video “Well Enough Alone” off of Chevelle’s new disc, Vena Sera.
CHEVELLE has added two months worth of dates to its fall tour schedule, which now extends well into November. CHEVELLE is touring in support of its fourth album, “Vena Sera”, which came out this past spring. The Chicago trio took most of August off so that bassist Dean Bernardini could be home for the arrival of his child. Bernardini‘s daughter, Lola Anne Bernardini, was born on August 3, weighing in at seven pounds and five ounces.
CHEVELLE resumed roadwork on August 25 and plays Tuesday night (September 4) in Binghamton, New York.
The latest single from “Vena Sera” is “I Get It”.
Newly confirmed CHEVELLE tour dates:
Sep. 18 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Sep. 20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
Sep. 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena
Sep. 22 – Boise, ID – Big Easy Concert House
Sep. 24 – Spokane, WA – Big Easy
Sep. 25 – Seattle, WA – Showbox At The Market
Sep. 26 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Sep. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Red’s
Sep. 30 – St. Louis, MO – TBA
Oct. 06 – Memphis, TN – Mud Island Amphitheatre (radio festival)
Oct. 07 – Hattiesburg, MS – The Bottling Company
Oct. 09 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’Southend
Oct. 11 – North Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues
Oct. 13 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
Oct. 14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Oct. 16 – New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues
Oct. 18 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
Oct. 19 – Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo & Piranha Club
Oct. 20 – Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
Oct. 22 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Oct. 24 – San Diego, CA – SOMA San Diego
Oct. 25 – Tempe, AZ – The Marquee Theatre
Oct. 26 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre
Oct. 28 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
Oct. 29 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
Oct. 30 – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
Nov. 01 – Reno, NV – Stoney’s Indoor Skate Park
Nov. 03 – Kinston, NC – Kinston Fairgrounds
Nov. 05 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Nov. 06 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 09 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion
Nov. 10 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 12 – Springfield, MO – Remington’s Niteclub
Nov. 13 – Louisville, KY – Headliners
For more info on Chevelle, check out the band’s myspace page.
Swiss Metal band “The Order” has a new video, “Satisfaction“.This is on their CD, Metal Casino, available now through Impulse Music.
Holy Diver is the debut by DIO, which features Vivian Campbell on Guitar, Black Sabbath band mate, Vinny Appice on drums and Jimmy Bain on bass.
To this listener, Holy Diver will always be a timeless metal classic. Ronnie James Dio’s ultra powerful vocals alone, make this a disc for all metalheads to check out. Vivian Campbell’s playing on this record is nothing short of superb. His playing on Holy Diver is far beyond anything he has done with his current employer, Def Leppard.
Vinny Appice has always been a great metal drummer, and his heavy drum beats on this record are nothing short of perfect!
The songs Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark, are still two of the biggest rock anthems that Ronnie James Dio has ever sung.
Some other favorite cuts of mine off of this disc, are Stand Up and Shout and Don’t Talk to Strangers.
Ronnie James Dio has been, and forever will be one of my favorite metal singers. I have followed his career since the Elf days, and Holy Diver is still one of my favorite records by Ronnie and company.
If you don’t own this record….what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out on this Classic Metal record!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Holy Diver
4. Caught in the Middle
5. Don’t Talk to Strangers
6. Straight Through the Heart
8. Rainbow in the Dark
9. Shame on the Night
With the release of Nikki’s new book, “The Heroin Diaries,” nothing has changed.
Nikki mixes disturbing sketches with eerie photographs to illustrate the decay that was going on in his mind and in his body.
To help bring his vision to life Nikki brought in P.R. Brown (Art Direction: Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson).
Check out the fifth edition of the Heroin Diaries Podcast to get the full story on the art of the Heroin Diaries.
One of the more obscure Pop Metal bands of the early 90’s is New York’s Trouble Tribe.
This band features singer Jimmy Driscoll , Adam Wacht on lead guitar, Eric Klaastad on bass, and Stephen Durrell on drums.
The band had a semi-hit on MTV with Here Comes Trouble. On the opening of this song, Jimmy Driscoll and band sounds a lot like mid 80’s KISS.
It is a fairly decent pop metal disc by one of the lesser known bands of the hair metal era. This record has a few solid cuts including Tattoo, Here Comes Trouble, and the solid power ballad, In The End. The band also covered the Beatles’ Dear Prudence.
After Trouble Tribe broke up, Adam Wacht later played in the bands Left For Dead and Opinion with drummer Bobby Borg. Jimmy Driscoll started the band, In the Wild.
You can still find a few used copies of the Trouble Tribe disc at Amazon.com. It is becoming more rare by the day. It is a nice little glam metal gem that is worth seeking out.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Here Comes Trouble
3. Gimme Something Sweet
4. In the End
5. Back to the Well
6. Boys Nite Out
7. Tribal Beast
8. Red Light Zone
9. (Angel With A) Devil’s Kiss
10. Dear Prudence
11. One by One
12. Cold Heart
13. F’s Nightmare
ATREYU ENTER BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 AT #8
AND BILLBOARD’S ROCK AND HARD ROCK ALBUM CHARTS AT #1
LEAD SAILS PAPER ANCHOR IS THE HIGHEST-CHARTING ALBUM OF THE BAND’S CAREER!
LOS ANGELES, CA – ATREYU’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor rocketed onto Billboard’s Top 200 this week at No. 8, and Billboard’s Rock and Hard Rock Album charts at No. 1, making it the highest-charting album of the band’s career. The debut is also significant in that Atreyu distinguish themselves as one among a very short list of hard rock acts to have debuted in the Top 10 this year.
News of the album’s explosive arrival follows a flurry of headline-making moves for Atreyu, who were recently named as a headliner on one of the biggest tours of the new year: “Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour.” That announcement comes on the heels of the Family Values Tour, which saw Atreyu play third on the bill and share stages alongside Korn and Evanescence. Atreyu will launch a headlining tour on September 9th at the Big Easy in Boise, ID with openers Haste The Day, It Dies Today and So They Say.
Lead Sails Paper Anchor has been drawing rave reviews from media outlets around the world, including Metal Hammer, who called the disc “a truly landmark album.” Kerrang! gave the record 4 K’s and Blender gave it 3 = stars and called it “metal that takes you to a magical bygone era.” Revolver awarded the album 4 stars and praised it for flowing “beautifully through the speakers” and for being “a coffin-tight collection of singles.”
Among those singles is propulsive lead track “Becoming The Bull,” which is featured in EA Sports mega-popular new Madden ‘08 video game. The band and director Kevin Kerslake (Green Day, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins) shot a video for the song, which was recently added at MTV2.
Atreyu recorded Lead Sails Paper Anchor this past spring with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte). The album was mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Slipknot, Linkin Park).
Don’t miss your chance to catch Atreyu live and hear them perform songs from new album Lead Sails Paper Anchor.
DATE CITY VENUE
Sept. 9 Boise, ID Big Easy Concert House
Sept. 10 Spokane, WA Big Easy Concert Hall
Sept. 12 Fargo, ND The Venue @ Playmakers
Sept. 14 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club
Sept. 15 Grand Rapids,MI Orbit Room
Sept. 16 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Sept. 18 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Sept. 19 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
Sept. 21 Reading, PA The Silo
Sept. 22 Richmond, VA Canal Club
Sept. 23 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Sept. 24 Charlotte,NC Tremont Music Hall
Sept. 25 North Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Sept. 27 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Sept. 28 Jacksonville, FL Plush
Sept. 29 Nashville, TN Rocketown
Sept. 30 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Oct. 2 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos
Oct. 3 El Paso, TX Club 101
Oct. 4 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
Oct. 6 Pomona, CA Glass House
Dates, venues and other bands on the “Rockstar Taste of Chaos” 2008 tour will be released soon.
Legendary Sunset Strip band L.A. Guns will Embark on a fall world tour that will take them to Australia for the first time and will hookup with rock icons Hanoi Rocks for a European tour that will take them through Italy, Spain, the U.K. and Scotland.
The “ONE AND ONLY L.A.GUNS” featuring the real voice of L.A.Guns, the charasmatic Phil Lewis, legendary drummer Steve Riley,Lead Guitarist Stacey Blades and Bassist Scotty Griffin will hit the Australian shores for 4 dates in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. The Guns are stoked and honoured to be playing for rabid Aussie fans and this tour will surely blow the roof off down under!
Phil, Steve, Stacey and Scott are eager to get back to Europe as L.A.GUNS have not played there in 2 years. The Demolition Ball tour which will also feature Vixen is sure to pack the houses and the boys are stoked to be playing the famed “Astoria” in London.
The Guns will be playing all the favourites plus a few numbers from their crictically acclaimed 2005 release “Tales From The Strip”.
The band plans to release a new album in 2008 and will be produced once again by the legendary Andy Johns(Stones,Zepplin,Van Halen,etc)
The Climax and return of the European Tour for the Guns to the States will feature a show with Vince Neil of Motley Crue at the Myth in Minneapolis as part of a Thanksgiving Midwest Holiday run of dates prior to returing to home turf of the Sunset Strip.
I haven’t listened to Supagroup before, so I didn’t know what to expect.
After listening to Rules a couple of times, I can safely say they fit into the Classic Rock mold. They have a party rock sound that is similar to, but not the same as AC/DC.
This disc is filled with high speed to mid-tempo, 3 chord mayhem that will get you on your feet rocking.
Let’s Go (Get Wasted) is about as big of a party anthem as you are ever going to hear.
Other highlights on this disc include the bluesy, “I’m Gonna Change“, The infectious “Ready To Go”, “Bastard” and “It Takes Balls”.
If you are a fan of AC/DC, Rhino Bucket or Airbourne, Supagroup may be a band for you to check out!
Rules is a solid slab of feel good, hard rock and will whet your appetite for the new disc, Fire for Hire coming at the end of September.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ready To Go
2. Hot Times
4. Let’s Go (Get Wasted)
5. It Takes Balls
6. Invincible Me
7. I’m Gonna Change
8. One For The Money
9. Ruling (Is Its Own Reward)
10. Hog Wild
11. Rough Edge
If there’s no education like adversity, then Hurt is the smartest band around. On the quartet’s second Capitol album, Vol. II, the sweat and sacrifice is palpable in the dozen potent tracks, which further the dramatic alt-metal meld forged on 2006’s Vol. 1. Singer J. Loren goes so far to say that Hurt’s music has the power to save lives: “I know that’s not unfounded, because people have written to the band and told me that.” And it’s saved his life—“I’m compelled to do it. I have no other functionality in this life,” he states unequivocally. His goals for the band are equally forthright: “I want to invoke feeling. Period. If listeners feel good, if it compels them to tears… If all you can think about is a song for five minutes at a time, I’m happy to be that distraction. I’ve wasted my whole life to be that.”Vol. II’s ‘first single, “Ten Ton Brick,” can actually be considered the third single—if you look at Vol. 1 and Vol. II as a body of work. “I would have released both albums together, but for a young band, that’s too ambitious. These Volumes are not concept albums—my life is not a fucking concept,” declares Loren, his direct personality as intense onstage as off. “Both records are like a collection of short stories. They often intertwine and cross-reference each other between the albums. Some of the songs were written 10 years ago, some this year, but our songs are often situational, and about irony and age-old truths, so I return to themes that are important to me.” For instance, Vol. II’s “Aftermath” is a companion piece to “Ten Ton Brick,” both songs on Vol. II, the pair akin to a “movement” in classical music. Vol. II’s ‘Summer’s Lost” is related to “House Carpenter” on Vol. 1…which the listener can discern by playing “House Carpenter” backward.
Togetherness was key to Vol. II. Although the sessions were exhaustive, the lineup, together for four years, got along better than they ever had. “Through adversity we’ve done this and I’m really proud of it. When you can’t afford to eat and you work 18 hours a day for six months, I’d call that adversity.” At the production helm (as he was for Vol. 1). was Eric Greedy (Ringo Starr, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Barbra Streisand), who, in tandem with Hurt, realized Vol. II in several studios around Los Angeles. While it wasn’t always smooth sailing, that’s what gives Vol. II—and the band members—a discernible audio edge.
Vol II. will be in stores Sept. 25th
Listen to “Ten Ton Brick” here!
9/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
9/24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
9/25 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
9/26 Libertyville, IL @ Austin’s
9/27 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
9/30 Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10/2 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
10/3 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
10/4 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center