After we finished up our shopping in Times Square, and stopped to eat lunch (in the Hard Rock Cafe of course), we headed on the Subway to Battery Park to catch a ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.
I don’t think you can truly appreciate this magnificent monument without seeing up and close and in person.
After a nice stop on the island for a few pictures, we headed back to Manhattan, for another subway ride back to Rockefeller Plaza.
We walked by Radio City Music Hall. Deep Purple was playing there that night…..Oh if I could have only stayed another day….
Our final stop was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral which is a short walk from Rockefeller Plaza. This is the most amazing church you will see anywhere. Both inside, and out, this building was breathtaking.
After a long tiring day, with lots of walking, we headed back to Grand Central Station in time to catch the second to last train back to Poughkeepsie.
It was a full day affair in the Big Apple, and there many sights that we didn’t get a chance to see, but we still caught our fair amount. New York City isn’t nearly as frightening as it seems. I would like to go back when I have more time.
I have attached a slideshow below with more pictures that I took along the way. Enjoy!
The clip is a small segment of a longer video for the “Bleed Well”.
Hidden within the video is another secret key code that will unlock a hidden video from the band. Check out the video below to crack the code on Heartagram.com.
After our time on top of the Empire State Building, we headed to tourist trap #2, Times Square. I can’t image any place on earth that has so much digital signage, neon signs, and advertisements. It is quite the spectacle. We were there in the early afternoon, so I could not see the night time glow, but it was still pretty impressive.
As you can see from the picture to the left, Ronnie James Dio has made his mark in New York City. The Devil Horn / Fork sign is outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
We had our trade offs in Times Square, we promised my stepdaughter that we would go to Toys R Us in Times Square.
My request was that we had to hit the Virgin Record Store which was right next door.
The Toys R Us store in Times Square has to be the biggest Toy Store Anywhere. This store has multiple floors, and huge displays. Shoppers entering the store are greeted with a huge Ferris Wheel, and an almost amusement park like environment. It was quite an amazing store. I never expected to come face to face with a 20 foot animated T-Rex. Very cool indeed! Check out the video below!
The Virgin Record Store was equally as big as Toys R Us. It was 3 floors of music, movies and mayhem. I was quite surprised at how good the hard rock selection was there. They even had JORN on the shelf as an import. (Something I have never seen anywhere.) Someone like me could get lost in a big store like that, never to be seen again. ;)
Just walking around in Times Square was pretty amazing. It was a sight worth seeing, and a great place to shop and eat. Television just doesn’t do it justice.
Below are more pictures and video that I shot in Times Square. Enjoy!
Atreyu will premiere their new album Lead Sails Paper Anchor to the world on August 24th. The band has set-up a special listening party with Myspace where all their fans can preview the new album before it goes on sale August 28th. To listen to the new album just go to www.myspace.com/atreyurock.
To celebrate the release of Lead Sails Paper Anchor, Atreyu have scheduled two special in store events for their home town fans. On August 28th, the band will be in Irvine, CA at the Irvine Spectrum and will be signing copies of their new album starting at 5pm. Then on August 30th, the band head down to Horton Plaza in San Diego, CA for another signing at the Hot Topic store. Fans that purchase the record in advance of street date at the Irvine location will get a wristband that will guarantee them a meet-and-greet with Atreyu and the same applies to the San Diego fans that purchase the record on August 28th.
On Tuesday Morning, we took an early train from Poughkeepsie, NY to New York City. We were advised that this was the most cost effective way to get to and from New York City. Everything costs an arm and a leg in NYC, especially the parking. Trust me, you DO NOT want to have to drive in New York City. You may get run over by a crazed taxi driver.
Nonetheless, our train pulled into Grand Central Station (an amazing train station) around 8:30 A.M. After meeting a friend of ours from New Jersey, and getting a bite to eat, we headed to one of the two biggest tourist traps in New York City, The Empire State Building.
Walking to The Empire State Building, the one thing I noticed is that everyone seems to be on their way somewhere, and in a big hurry to get there. It is one fast paced life style in the Big Apple. After a short blocks, we made it to our destination.
The Empire State Building is now the tallest building in New York City at a whipping 1472 feet tall. This is near three times taller than the tallest building in Cincinnati, the city that I live closest too. The famed building has been in countless movies, and the view is to die for. Views like this don’t come cheap however.
Luckily, we got there early enough to beat the long lines, and our wait time was minimal at best. We paid our admission to the 86th floor observatory. The $93.00 admission to go the 102nd floor was far too much for the same view only 16 floors higher.
The video below was taken from digital camera. Enjoy the view!
Atreyu have posted the track “Doomsday” from their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, on Myspace. “Doomsday” brings back the screaming, shredding guitars, and melodic choruses that Atreyu is best known for by their hardcore fans. Lead Sails Paper Anchor hits stores on August 28th, but fans can pre-order the album now from Smartpunk.com or Interpunk.com.
Go to Atreyu’s Myspace page, www.myspace.com/atreyurock or listen to “Doomsday” here:
Let me know what you think about the new song!
It’s a bloodier and even more brutal prequel to the cult classic film from Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame, only this time it’s in comic book form! STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS arrives on August 29th from Fangoria Comics. It’s a “Horror Vengeance” title that tells the terrifying tale of how Carleton Hendricks becomes the merciless Captain Howdy, and the sadistic path of revenge he takes against the seven individuals responsible.
Taking on the writing chores for this four-issue mini-series is Dee’s son, Jesse Blaze Snider. In addition to fronting the up-and-coming band BAPTiZED BY FiRE, Jesse will have work featured in the forthcoming Marvel Comics Presents series.
Joining Jesse on art will be Irish artist Stephen Mooney, best known for his contributions to the CSI comic books and various titles from IDW’s Angel series. Rounding out the art team is Jason Jensen, an industry vet who has colored everything from Chaos! to Archie.
STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS is a four-issue monthly mini-series from Fangoria Comics. Each issue clocks in at 32 pages for $3.99. All issues sport covers by Mooney and Jensen.
Check out the new video by Adrenaline Factor – Ride! You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review for Adrenaline Factor’s CD here!
As the days of summer race forward, many have been awaiting an assortment of record and video releases from around the world. Today we join the race toward the August 27th release of Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor, with the premier of their video and first single “Becoming the Bull”. The video was directed by Kevin Kerslake (Rise Against, Green Day, Nirvana) and shows a new side of a band that has refined their outlook on the music they make.
Corporate Punishment is proud to announce the addition of one of the UK’s most unique and talented new bands to our roster in the form of VICTORY PILL, featuring ex-Pitchshifter/ Prodigy guitarist Jim Davies, and ex-Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
Victory Pill is the brainchild of JIM DAVIES, long considered one of the UK’s most revered and respected guitarists, whose much documented first break came in the form of The Prodigy, where he shaped his style playing on several tracks on their breakthrough Fat Of The Land album, including Prodigy staples “Firestarter” and “Breathe”, as well as supplying guitars on the bands next 2 records. Jim toured worldwide with the band including a headline slot at Reading 2001
“I started playing guitar, solely rock/metal. My turning point was when ‘dance’ bands like The Prodigy started using guitars. I loved all the squelchy synth sounds and textures which I started to replicate on the guitar. I also started to get more into effects and sounds which I think is when I developed a bit of a unique style for myself.”
A fan and regular stage-diver at Pitchshifter gigs, Jim approached JS Clayden after a show in 1997. “We got talking and he suggested I add some guitars to some of their tunes. He gave me a demo of http://www.pitchshifter.com. I added some guitars for a track called “Please Sir” after which the band invited me to Nottingham to record it. I ended up playing on 6 tracks and was asked to join the band”, where he went on to co-write the albums Deviant and PSI .
Jim’s last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized as the Bootlegged, Distorted live album. “My last gig with them was a massive high and I will always remember it as such.”
A unique brand of Modern Rock with a dark, electronic side, VICTORY PILL came to fruition after Jim’s departure from PSI, when he teamed up with former Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
“I had a big writing session over a few months which resulted in nearly 20 tunes. I played the tracks to Kieron and realized that I needed to get a band together. I tried vocals for the first time and it seemed to work well”. With Kieron on board as a Bass player and second vocalist, VICTORY PILL was formed.
With that pedigree, it is no surprise then that the result is a mammoth debut album of inventive and infectious sounds, like the explosive “Downfall” and “Another Clone” as well as the critically acclaimed first single “Worst Case Scenario”.
VICTORY PILL will release their self-titled debut in the US and CANADA on 10/23 via CORPORATE PUNISHMENT/ KOCH, and in the UK on 10/1 via OTHERSIDE/ UNIVERSAL.
You can check out several tracks from the upcoming album on the band’s MYSPACE at www.myspace.com/victorypill
MySpace has launched a special Artist on Artist interview today with Nikki Sixx of Sixx: A.M. and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Nikki and Chester discuss how they met, coping with addiction, Nikki’s Royal Underground clothing line, Chester’s clothing line, and what’s up next for both of them. You can see the video of the special artist on artist interview at www.myspace.com/sixxam
On a side note, Nikki Sixx was on Chelsea Live on E! tonight. He barely got a chance to talk before Chelsea went on to the next segment on her show. I was disappointed that Nikki hardly got a decent amount of time to speak. It was a waste of his time.
The latest volume of the Atreyu Behind The Scenes video series moves up the west coast to San Simeon, CA. The band turns the peaceful beach of the northern California vacation area into an oceanic soundscape for recording the heavier parts of the vocal melodies on their latest record Lead Sails Paper Anchor. The forthcoming album from Atreyu will hit stores August 28th and you can watch the latest video clip below.
Getting my hands on a copy of Airbourne’s debut, Running Wild has been one of 2007′s biggest ordering challenges. After a month of waiting and a few follow up calls to check on my order, the disc finally arrived in the mail. The $25,000 question is, was this disc worth the wait.
Damn straight it was! Running Wild could end up being one of my top hard rock CD’s of the year.
Airbourne’s style of music is easily compared to AC/DC type of party rock. These Aussie rockers do it right by coming out with a full disc of hard rocking tunes that totally kick ass! Songs that are full of great drumming, guitar solos, sing along choruses and massive energy. What more could you want?
Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll is the type of anthem that will get you off of your Barcalounger, make you throw your fist in the air, and scream “Hell Yeah”! This is a high energy rocker that will make you a new Airbourne fan on the first listen.
Runnin’ Wild is a catchy sing along anthem, that will give you whiplash from all of the headbanging you WILL be doing.
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast is the first song that I ever heard by Airbourne. It only took one listen for me to start trying to find out more about this group. This is another sing along anthem that rocks hard.
If the first three videos above haven’t made you a fan yet, you have probably clicked on the Hard Rock Hideout address by accident.
Those of you that are still reading are probably asking, “how are the rest of the songs?” Without breaking the songs down any further, every single song on this record rocks. Their are no wimpy power ballads. There are no songs that you will want to skip. This is great party music all the way until the last song Let’s Ride.
WARNING!!After you listen to this disc, the first time, you may find yourself hitting repeat.
I have heard a lot of bands recreate the AC/DC sound over the years, and I think Airbourne does it better than most of them. Running Wild is a compact disc that will surpass the expectations of most hard rock fans. 80′s rock fans and AC/DC fans will love this.
You can pick this up at Impulse Music, CD Inzane, and a through the HRH storefront at Amazon.com. Go Get It!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll
2. Runnin’ Wild
3. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
4. Diamond in the Rough
5. Fat City
7. What’s Eatin’ You
8. Girls in Black
9. Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women
11. Let’s Ride
Joel O’Keeffe – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Ryan O’Keeffe – Drums
David Roads – Rhythm Guitar
Justin Street – Bass Guitar
In episode 3 of the Heroin Diaries Podcast, Nikki explains that the honesty and drug-induced warring factions that raged inside him helped to inspire all of the tracks on the album. The Heroin Diaries soundtrack will be released August 21st with the book to following on September 18th .
Check out the Podcast here.
If you can’t wait for August 21st to hear Nikki and his new band Sixx:A.M., you can check then out now.
VH1.com is running a special listening party of The Heroin Diaries soundtrack. Go to VH1 to hear the album now.
Also check out Sixx:A.M. on Headbangers Ball this Saturday, 8/18 on MTV2 at 10p ET.
Check out the new single, “The Weekend” by a new Hollywood, CA rock band, Only The Young.
Listen to “The Weekend” here.
In August 2007, with Josh Hogan on vocals and bass, Johnny Royal and Alexander Drizos on guitars, and Cole Dalton on drums, Only the Young set to create something aggressive, arousing, catchy, and contemporary with their new music and agreed to share the excitement and altitude they had found with everyone. Producer Lee Miles (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Puddle Of Mudd) of The Loving Loss began working with the band in the studio and helped shape the singles from the Hollywood Summer Sessions demos that are being released every few weeks with “The Weekend” starting the rotation. Writing has commenced for Only the Young’s full-length record with no release date as of yet and the band plans on touring throughout the West Coast and Midwest over the next year.
Check out Only the Young on myspace here.
OPERATOR have posted the e-Card for their debut album Soulcrusher , which will hit stores on August 21st through Atlantic Records. The album can currently be purchased now on digital retailers such as iTunes and Burnlounge.com. The single “Soulcrusher” is currently tearing up active rock radio charts and will be featured in Madden ’08 which hits stores tomorrow. The band will finish out the summer playing various radio festivals with fall tour announcements coming soon.
E-CARD - http://www.operatormusic.com/ecard
OPERATOR TOUR DATES
Aug 21 House Of Blues Dallas Dallas, Texas
Aug 22 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, Texas
Aug 24 Michigan State Fair Detroit, Michigan
Aug 26 Pop’s Sauget, Illinois
Aug 27 The Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
Aug 28 Remmington’s Downtown Springfield, Missouri
Aug 30 Central Wisconsin State Fair Marshfield, Wisconsin
Aug 31 On the Waterfront Rockford, Illinois
Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Eddie’s son Wolfgang will be touring this fall.
The band has been together since last October and has been rehearsing heavily over the last four month.
David Lee Roth says they have rehearsed more this year, than he has in the last twenty years.
Alex Van Halen says the band sounds better than it ever has.
Eddie Van Halen is happy that the band is together, and says the reunion is the shit.
David Lee Roth – This isn’t a reunion. This is like a new band. This is not rockers with walkers.
David Lee Roth – Michael Anthony is part of this band’s history and alumni of Van Halen as am I. Wolfgang is in the band because the kid is fucking amazing.
David Lee Roth - The ambition behind Van Halen is this isn’t a temporary reunion. We plan to tour and record new albums.
Eddie Van Halen – We are a band, and we will continue.
The tour starts in Charlotte, NC on Sept 27th.
9/27 – Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Bobcats Arena)
9/29 – Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA (The Wachovia Centre)
10/7 – Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
10/10 – Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
10/14 – Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse)
10/16 – Rosemont, IL (Allstate Arena)
10/18 – Chicago, IL (United Center)
10/22 – Auburn Hills, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
10/26 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
10/28 – St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
10/30 – Boston, MA (TD Banknorth Garden)
11/3 – East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena)
11/13 – New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
11/23 – Glendale, AZ (Jobing.com Arena)
11/25 – San Diego, CA (Cox Arena)
11/27 – Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)
11/29 – San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
12/1 – Portland, OR (Rose Garden Arena)
12/3 – Seattle, WA (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
12/5 – Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)
12/9 – Edmonton, AB (Rexall Palace)
12/11 – Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddledome)
The following news may be a little old to some people, but it is worth mentioning again. If you have been a regular visitor to the Hard Rock Hideout, you know The Answer is a band that I have been pushing for several months now. The following news could not make this writer happier:
Irish adrenalin rockers The Answer continue on a massive roll. With the successful recent re-issue of their debut album ‘Rise,’ their no gimmicks balls out rock ?n? roll has attracted support offers from The Who and The Rolling Stones.
Following a mesmerizing and acclaimed performance at Hyde Park with Aerosmith, the band immediately followed that with two support slots with Messrs. Daltrey and Townsend in Dublin and Cork. They jet off to Belgrade next week to play with the ‘Stones’ as the only support act. Add to that impressive list support shows with the likes of Whitesnake and Paul Rodgers and it is not hard to see why The Answer are being acclaimed as the next huge stadium rock act.
Following over 100,000 worldwide sales of their debut album the band have just inked a US deal with the Titan Global Entertainment group (Universal Music) which will see them tour the US in October and November this year as they build towards their US debut album release. Says president of Titan / Pyramid, Allen Jacobi: “We have been trying to sign The Answer for over a year. This particular act can be massive in the US ? they are pure energy rock & roll like we haven?t seen for many a year. It is so exciting to see a contemporary act perform with all the qualities of the great iconic acts of the 70′s“Albert Productions head of international A&R James Cassidy is equally delighted commenting: “We are thrilled to have such great commitment from Titan / Universal and we are looking forward to an exciting and successful relationship in America“
Tour dates are below:
07/05 Quartz festival, Norway
07/06 Roskilde festival, Finland
07/07 Bosspop festival, Holland
07/08 Ruisrock festival, Finland
07/14 The Rolling Stones, Belgrade
07/15 Istanbul festival, Turkey
07/27 Pentaport festival, Korea
07/29 Fuji Rock festival, Japan
08/03 Wacken festival, Germany
08/04 Estraveyer festival, Switzerland
08/10 Bossingham festival, Switzerland
08/17 Gample festival, Switzerland
08/19 Lowlands festival, Holland
Courtesy of Ultimate Guitar.com.
NEW YORK (August 7, 2007) – Texas hard rock band Drowning Pool and non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are launching a national concert tour ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are campaigning and asking Americans to support legislation currently before Congress that addresses the urgent need to provide better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org which hosts a petition urging Congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video.
Drowning Pool is taking their message on the road in the form of a tour in conjunction with the IAVA. Supporting the troops is nothing new for Drowning Pool who toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and will donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning service members. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It has been an amazing experience working with IAVA. After returning from playing for the troops in Baghdad we wanted to find a way to support the men and women serving our country. While working with Paul and everyone at IAVA we have been able to do that and so much more, said Ryan from Drowning Pool.
The band and IAVA are encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director.
Drowning Pool will release their third album, Full Circle on Eleven Seven Music/ADA on August 7th. It’s the third album for the band, and the first release with new lead vocalist Ryan McCombs.
The first single “Soldiers” is a nod to the very same soldiers who would listen to their 2001 song “Bodies” while flying missions over Iraq. It’s a heartfelt tribute that urges the public to support the troops, even if they don’t agree with the war.
‘This Is For The Soldiers’ Tour Dates:
9/3 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavillion at Concrete Street
9/5 Harker Heights, TX @ Harker Heights Convention Center
9/7 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
9/8 San Antonio, TX @ Hemisphere Park
9/9 Tyler, TX @ Click’s Billiards
9/11 Pharr, TX @ Graham Central Station
9/13 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos Bar & Grill
9/14 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/15 Abilene, TX @ Midnite Rodeo
9/18 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/20 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/21 Manchester, NH @ Marks Place
9/22 Altamont, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
9/23 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
9/24 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
9/27 Dayton, OH @ Polish Picnic Grounds
9/28 Youngstown, OH @ The Wedge
9/29 Louisville, KY @ The Great Lawn / WLRS Band Camp
9/30 Chattanooga, TN @ Midtown
10/2 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
10/3 Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
10/5 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre / 93xfest
10/7 Huntsville, AL @ Sammy T’s
10/9 Little Rock, AK @ Juanita’s
10/11 Evansville, IN @ Woody’s
10/13 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
10/14 Farmington, NM @ Gator’s Bar and Grill
10/18 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/19 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/26 Couer D’Alene, ID @ The Great Event Center
11/2 Wichita, KS @ Flashbacks
11/8 New York, NY @ Highline
Asphalt Ballet’s name comes from a motorcycle crashing at high speed and sliding across the pavement. Their music is no accident, even though the band eventually crashed and burned.
The self title debut from 1991 is a damn good one, by this San Diego five piece unit.
This CD blends the west coast sleaze sound with southern rock. It may sound like a strange combination, but it works.
Asphalt Ballet was a regular on the MTV headbanger’s ball back in the early 90′s. Three videos were released in support of this disc:
Unlucky Mr. Lucky
After this release, the band was pushed to alter their sound to grunge, so they could stay current in the music scene. Needless to say, that decision would spell their demise.
I would have loved to have heard another disc, in the vein of this one, with the original band’s lineup in tact. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
This CD has several good songs including Hell’s Kitchen, Blood on the Highway, Goodbye Yesterday , and the three songs featured in the videos above.
Singer, Gary Jeffries has been in several bands since Asphalt Ballet, and is currently in a Dayton, Ohio band called Gary Jeffries and the Gator Stew Band. Guitarist Julius Ulrich, and drummer Michael Kiner are in a Hollywood Metal band called 13-A.
This disc has been out of print for a while, and regularly goes for over $20.00 on Ebay right now. This disc will appeal to most sleaze and southern rock fans. I like this one a lot. If you can find it, buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Hell’s Kitchen
2. Soul Survive
3. Tuesday’s Rain
4. Unlucky Mr. Lucky
5. End of My Rope
6. Heaven Winds Blow
7. Blood on the Highway
8. Goodbye Yesterday
9. Wasted Time
10. Taking a Walk
11. Hangmans Swing
12. Blue Movie
13. Do It All Over Again
Catch Against Me! On Tour
August 9th Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
August 10th Houston, TX – Meridian
August 11th New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
August 13th Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar
August 14th Nashville, TN – Rocketown
August 15th Charlotte – NC – Amos’ Southend
August 16th Charleston, SC – Music Farm
August 17th St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
August 18th Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
August 19th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
August 20th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds – benefit for Harvest of Hope
August 24th Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
August 26th Reading, UK – Reading Festival
September 4th Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 5th Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 6th Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
September 7th Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
September 8th Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
September 9th Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s
September 11th Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
September 12th Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
September 13th Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
September 14th Las Vegas, NV – Jillian’s
September 16th Tuscon, AZ – KFMA Radio Fest
September 18th Reno, NV – Stoney’s
September 19th Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
September 20th Eugene, OR – W.O.W Hall
September 21st Bend, OR – Domino Room
September 22nd Seattle, WA – End Fest
September 23rd Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 25th Chico, CA – Senator Theater
September 26th Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
September 27th Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
November 3rd Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Convention Hall
Records is pleased to announce all details of the release on “Sinister Mind” the new album from the Melodic Hard Rock
Masters JADED HEART !
The new album is the second
that was recorded after singer Michael Bormann’s
departure from the line-up. Swedish ex SCUDIERO shouter Johan Fahlberg proved to be a more than perfect
replacement and his live performances have conquered many new fans during the
recent JADED HEART European tours. The new album is also going to present a new
face, the guitarist Peter Ostros,
who has contributed strongly to the songwriting of
this kick-ass new release.
The sound on the album is
definitely heavier and more in your face, still keeping intact the elements that has created the recognizable and well-known
JADED HEART sound. Production was handled by some of the most requested guys in
the German Hard Rock
scene: Michael Voss
(Mad Max, Voices Of Rock), Chris Lausmann (ex-Bonfire, Voices Of Rock) and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and you can definitely hear a
sound that has the “million dollar bucks” trademark!
JADED HEART are already working on new tour dates to visitas many European countries as possible in the next few months.
“Sinister Mind” final tracklisting includes (click on song titles for mp3 samples):
Release date in Europe is set for October 19th. Don’t miss it !
On Tuesday, August 7th, Drowning Pool hosted a press conference to a full-house at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA to announce the release of Full Circle and their fall tour with The Exies. Drowning Pool was joined by over 25 members of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and war veterans who validated the importance of their efforts. The band spoke of their concern for supporting the U.S. troops upon their return from the middle-east. The press conference was a very moving and emotional experience urging the validation of the American people to support the troops upon their return. Check out the highlights of the press conference here (http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dp/pc/index.html).
Check out the new video for the song Soliders below:
Atreyu have filmed a video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. This next installment of the video series opens Atreyu’s book of guitar-methodology and open highway of creative writing between guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel on Lead Sails Paper Anchor.
I have mixed feeling regarding Whipped. There are a few songs that are halfway decent, and others that I can hardly listen to. Your enjoyment of this disc, will likely depend on how big of a fan you are of this band.
The only thing that kept Nonstop to Nowhere from being a major hit is the song length (6:57). The video for this song, is much shorter, than the actual song length.
Body Thief and Jack the Bastard are full of sleaze and rock hard. Both of these songs are among my favorites on this disc.
If it wasn’t for Taime Downe’s vocals on Big Dictionary, I would actually think I was listening to a Dave Matthews song. The music style is very unlike anything I recall Faster Pussycat doing in the past. I have mixed feelings on this song. It almost seems out of place here.
I wish I could tell you that I didn’t like Maid in Wonderland, but the fact is, I do. The guitar riff is catchy, and the song is solid.
Friends kind of sounds like Faster Pussycat trying to pull off a Cinderella type ballad. I will pass on this one. Cinderella does these piano based numbers much better. Taime Downe is certainly no Tom Keifer.
Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique has grown on me somewhat, but the rest of the songs here, Cat Bash (silly), Loose Booty (This sounds like a song the Beastie Boys rejected), Mr.Lovedog (noisy), and Out with a Bang (more noise) fail to excite me.
I don’t know if it Taime Downe’s voice that annoys me so much, or the lack of strong songs on this disc, but I doubt that I will listen to Whipped very much in the future. It has a few decent moments, but this disc is far from being stellar.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Nonstop to Nowhere
2. Body Thief
3. Jack the Bastard
4. Big Dictionary
5. Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique
6. Only Way Out
7. Maid in Wonderland
9. Cat Bash
10. Loose Booty
11. Mr. Lovedog
12. Out With a Bang
For some reason, I feel compelled to keep buying the latest releases by Yngwie Malmsteen. Luckily, I scored this disc for a whopping $3.00, so I figured it was worth the risk, in case I didn’t enjoy it.
Attack features the former voice of Rainbow, Doogie White, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and longtime drummer Patrick Johansson.
As much as I try to get into Attack!!, I have trouble doing so. There is no question, that Yngwie Malmsteen is an extremely talented guitar player, but as a song writer, I think he may be a little lacking. Attack!! features plenty of neo-classical guitar noodling, and light speed double bass drumming, but the songs lack heart, or anything that make you want to listen to them a second time. Most of these songs are just a high speed jam sessions with lyrics thrown in for good measure.
If you heard one Malmsteen song on Attack!!, you have heard them all. If you have to listen to this disc, check out the track Stronghold. This song has some Dio era Black Sabbath like elements to it, and is this CD’s sole redeeming track.
This isn’t a disc that I will not be recommending to anyone, except the die hard fans of Yngwie. Now, I know why I was able to pick this up for $3.00.
1. Razor Eater
2. Rise Up
3. Valley of Kings
4. Ship of Fools
6. Baroque & Roll (Instrumental)
7. Stronghold 4:17
8. Mad Dog 3:24
9. In the Name of God
10. Freedom Isn’t Free
11. Majestic Blue (Instrumental)
13. Iron Clad
14. Air (Instrumental)
15. Battlefield (Previously Unreleased)
16. Dreaming (Live)
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Mike Ireland – vocals
Greg Laikin – bass
Dave Troutman – drums
Brian Bresett – guitars
Pinto – guitars
1. Watch You Bleed
4. Line It Up
5. Salt of the Earth
8. All The Freaks
9. Live Fast
10. Teenage Parasite
11. No Fun City
Producer: Jeff Dawson
Hailing from Canada, Crystal Pistols self titled full length debut starts off promising. The first three tracks are nice little rockers. Singer Mike Ireland has a great sleazy, grimy sounding voice and the first two songs in particular, Watch You Bleed and Rockstar, show off his dirty gritty snarl perfectly.
I’m not really sure what Crystal Pistol are trying to do with the Crystal Pistol band shot rest of the tracks on this CD. Some of it has a punk element to it, some have a rock element, some goth sounding. I guess its “punk rock”, but to me it sounds as if they are trying to put too many different types of musical sounds into each song.
The songs are fast and short, in fact this CD only clocks in at just over 35 minutes. After the third song, the rest of the songs are decent. I’m not saying they are bad, some are catchy but there is nothing really standout after Locomotive. Salt of the Earth is a nice change of pace but it all gets fairly boring and predicable fairly quickly. All in all a mixed bag. Good enough but not great. Check them out at their myspace to get a taste of some Crystal Pistol.
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You know the ones.
Those obsessive fans who will go to any lengths to “appropriately follow” their favorite band.
I consider Aerosmith my favorite band, but now I’ve really got a handle on my addiction. I rarely write about them over at Bring Back Glam! and I don’t spend hordes of money on the Bad Boys of Boston like years past.
I’m 27 and I’m learning to set boundaries. Right now, I’ve got a creative obsession with music writing. I want to transition from a current news-based journalism career to one in which I get paid to listen to music all day. In a lot of ways, I can thank Aerosmith for my music drive.
I didn’t know much about Aerosmith until I was probably 13. Then, Get a Grip was released on April 20, 1993 and suddenly, I was a die-hard rock fan. Back in the early 90s, MTV still played videos, and Aerosmith had the name and the cash to crank out awesome clips. From Get a Grip alone there was “Cryin,’” “Crazy,” “Amazing” and of course, “Livin’ on the Edge.” As Aerosmith’s first album in their third decade of rock started to hit big, MTV started playing more of the band’s older clips. Soon, I found myself scraping together money to buy every Aerosmith release. After I owned just about everything on CD (sometimes I had to settle for cassette when I just didn’t have enough cash), I switched to collecting vinyl. Then T-shirts and other memorabilia. Then magazines with any member of Aerosmith on the cover. It didn’t matter: if my band was out there, endorsing something or on a special television appearance, I had to have it or watch it. No exceptions.
When I was older, I finally got a chance to see Aerosmith live in concert. In fact, I’ve seen Aerosmith in concert more times than any other band, and when they roll through town again, I’ll buy more tickets.
In my senior year of high school, my English teacher assigned the class a project. We had to tell the future of another classmate. One of my friends – who knew my Aerosmith obsession quite well – wrote that I would return to my high school reunion as the president of a record label. While I don’t even work for a label, she was close in guessing that I wanted to turn my passion for music into a money-making venture.
I’m not terrified of success; in fact, I think I’m getting a little closer to my goal every day. Still, I’m terrified at the prospect of meeting – let alone interview – any member of Aerosmith. Would sitting just inches from the one and only Joe Perry turn me into the shell of the woman I’ve become? Would Steven Tyler intimidate so much that I wouldn’t even be able to ask coherent questions?
I like to think that someday I’ll get there: backstage at an Aerosmith show, press pass proudly dangling from my neck. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull off a quality interview and review…and still tell Boston’s most famous rockers how much they’ve changed my life.
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Lita Ford-Out for blood/Dancin’ on the edge
The kind people at BGO (Beat goes on) records recently re-mastered Lita Ford’s first two releases and stuck them on one disc. I used to have both titles on cassette back in the 1980’s, but have not heard either since the early 90’s. Ultimately it seems that her debut is not quite as good as I remembered it while the sophomore effort is perhaps even better than I recalled it being. Out for blood sounds a little like Ford’s previous band the Runaways at times. So it was even slightly dated for 1983 and it’s more rock with hard rock undertones. It’s decent, but a little clunk y at times as the band seems to be reaching to establish a style and the slightly fuzzy production also makes it sound a little amateurish. Still it’s lively and energetic for the most part.
Dancin’ on the edge (originally released in 1984) is the real prize here though. It’s obvious that someone with some say wanted Lita to go in a more hard rock direction and she does with some proficiency. The production values are much stronger than the debut with a more professional sound. Also Lita’s vocals are way more focused and powerful here. I think she also manages to somewhat establish her own guitar style as well. Unfortunately she didn’t really follow up on this guitar style on her later albums. As far as the level of heaviness I would say the overall sound might be comparable to what Ratt or KISS were doing at the same time. The one thing that maybe really makes this album is that the band manages to keep the songs interesting by having new riffs interjected down the stretch. This is done on several songs and it keeps the music from being too repetitious which is a trap that too many hard rock artists fell into. This version is re-mastered and overall sounds fine. There are no bonus tracks, but there is a thick booklet with some history about what Lita Ford did between the end of the Runaways and when she finally did these these two albums. It runs about $21-23 so that’s not bad for two complete albums.
Here’s a track listing with Out for blood being tracks 1-10 and Dancin’ on the edge is 11-19.
1. Out for Blood
2. Stay with Me Baby
3. Just a Feeling
4. Ready, Willing and Able
5. Die for Me Only (Black Widow)
6. Rock ‘N Roll Made Me What I Am Today
7. If You Can’t Live with It
8. On the Run
9. Any Way That You Want Me
10. I Can’t Stand It
11. Gotta Let Go
12. Dancin’ on the Edge
13. Dressed to Kill
14. Hit ‘N Run
15. Lady Killer
16. Still Waitin’
17. Fire in My Heart
18. Don’t Let Me Down Tonight
19. Run with the $