Are the high priced tickets for the 2007 Van Halen tour worth it? The world will know soon enough.
Here is a short video from the VH rehearsal. Check it out!
New Tour EP and Collector’s Editions of Fear of a Blank Planet Released
Following the release earlier this year of its Fear of a Blank Planet album and a sold-out tour of the United States, Porcupine Tree will be returning to North America with a fall go-round , new EP, and new format releases of Blank Planet on vinyl and DVD-Audio.
Building on its reputation as a dynamic and engaging live act, Porcupine Tree will be playing the largest North American venues of its career, including a stop at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 13 and New Orleans ‘ Voodoo Fest on October 26.
To coincide with the tour, the band has released a four-song EP, Nil Recurring, which was written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions. The title track features King Crimson’s Robert Fripp on guitar. The fan club-only release is sold out online, but will be available at the tour dates. Fear of a Blank Planet has also been released in DVD-A 5.1 surround sound, with the four Nil Recurring tracks also mixed in 5.1. On October 3, the album will be released by ToneFloat on 180 gram double vinyl.
PORCUPINE TREE FALL 2007 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Wed 03 Oct – ORLANDO, FL, HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat 06 Oct – MEXICO CITY, METROPOLITAN THEATER
Tue 09 Oct – NASHVILLE, CITY HALL
Wed 10 Oct – ASHEVILLE, ORANGE PEEL
Thu 11 Oct – RALEIGH, NC, LINCOLN THEATER
Fri 12 Oct – WASHINGTON, DC, STATE THEATER
Sat 13 Oct – NEW YORK, NY, BEACON THEATER
Mon 15 Oct – QUEBEC, SALLE ALBERT – ROUSSEAU
Tue 16 Oct – TORONTO, ON, PHOENIX
Thu 18 Oct – ALBANY, THE EGG
Fri 19 Oct – HARTFORD, CT, WEBSTER THEATER
Sat 20 Oct – ATLANTIC CITY, THE SHELL AT TRUMP MARINA
Mon 22 Oct – CLEVELAND, OH, HOB
Tue 23 Oct – CINCINNATI, OH, BOGART’S
Wed 24 Oct – KANSAS CITY, MO BEAUMONT CLUB
Fri 26 Oct – NEW ORLEANS, LA, VOODOO FEST
Sat 27 Oct – HOUSTON, TX, MERIDIAN
Sun 28 Oct – DALLAS, TX, HOUSE OF BLUES
Mon 29 Oct – ATLANTA, GA, ROXY
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX on November 9th 2007.
THE CODEX marks the return to recording – after a 3 years hiatus – for Mark Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN! Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year.
Mark also released 3 successful solo albums and fronted the Power-Prog Metal band Ring Of Fire (which such musical giants as Virgil Donati, Tony MacAlpine and Vitalij Kuprij), with whom he released another 3 studio albums and one live cd / dvd.
“I am feeling great, better than ever!” says Boals about his comeback, “I was interested in working with Magnus after hearing his work, I love his guitar playing, and of course his songwriting is superb! There are great melodies and I really enjoyed singing on this one. It’s really a catchy album, and I have been listening to it a lot, which I rarely do with my work”.
Boals’ partner in crime on THE CODEX is another Swedish guitar-wizard, Magnus Karlsson, a super-talented and busy guy actually, since he is the mastermind behind Starbreaker (with Tony Harnell) and the recent very successful Allen / Lande collaboration.
“It’s really an honour to work with such a fantastic singer”, states Karlsson, “It’s very easy to write for Mark because he has this enormous vocal range. I have never heard anything like it! He sings some unbelievably high notes and he does it so beautiful. Musically I wanted to stretch the borders a little more than usual, with almost a Power Metal style in some songs and very soft parts in others. I use a lot of orchestral arrangement to make it bigger but at the same time I try to leave space for the heaviness in the guitars, drums and bass. I also wanted this to be an album with focus on the vocals and melody as I always do but I added a lot of guitar shredding as well”.
Completing the line-up are Linus Abrahamson on bass and Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) on drums.
THE CODEX is truly a creative and diverse album which shows a very different side of Karlsson songwriting and gives Boals the chance to showcase some of his most aggressive and heaviest vocals ever. It is probably the heaviest cd where the two artists have ever been involved with, still keeping intact the trademarks of a monster Melodic Metal album.
Headbangers are kindly invited to sink their teeth into this !
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
For those of you that have forked out the big bucks for a 2007 Van Halen show, here is a taste of what you may see.
This video is from the 1983 US Festival, before David Lee Roth left the band.
Check out this Motley Crue video from the 1983 US Festival, where the band performs Livewire! (It takes a while to load, but is worth the wait!)
Nikki Sixx finally realized that life is beautiful. In the final installment of the Heroin Diaries Podcast, Nikki explains that he is living the happy ending that is described in his new book that hits shelves on September 18th. Working with the Sixx:A.M. team of James Michael and DJ Ashba, Nikki feels that they could keep the creative process going. On September 18th, with the release of “The Heroin Diaries” book, Nikki’s story of addiction will come to and end, but his story of recovery is something he will deal with for the rest of his life.
Check out the final installment of The Heroin Diaries Podcast here: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast6.mov
If you missed any of the previous episodes get caught up here:
Episode 1: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast1.mov
Episode 2: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast2.mov
Episode 3: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast3.mov
Episode 4: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast4.mov
Episode 5: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast5.mov
German industrial metal icons, Rammstein, are set to release their Volkerball DVD on September 18th. The DVD features explosive performances from around the world, and features a full concert from Nimes, France. Rammstein fans can choose between three formats for the release ranging from a standard 2-disc package to a limited edition 190-page book that contains photos from the tour and 4 discs that have a bonus documentary disk and two live audio discs. For US fans of the band, this will be their first chance to see the amazing pyrotechnics and dramatic stage show that has been absent from America for a long time.
Get a taste of what Volkerball has to offer in this video clip for their song “Sonne” filmed at the Brixton Academy in London.
OPERATOR has announced a US tour starting late October opening for Avenged Sevenfold. In celebration of the tour, Operator has launched a game that will give players with the top 3 scores the chance to win lunch with Operator and tickets to the nearest tour date. The game lets you be lead singer Johnny Strong as you blast villains that you may recognize from the Soulcrusher Video. Make sure to wipe the blood off the screen so you can see the opponents! Operator will be touring in support of their recent release Soulcrusher on Atlantic Records.
OPERATOR GAME (win lunch with Operator and Tickets!)
OPERATOR performing with AVENGED SEVENFOLD
October 29, The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
October 31, House Of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
November 2, Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 4, Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
November 5, Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
November 6, Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
November 8, Congress Theatre Chicago, Illinois
November 9, State Theater Detroit, Michigan
November 10, Lifestyles Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
November 12, Lupo’s Providence, Rhode Island
November 14, Hammerstein New York, New York
November 15, Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 16, Sarasota Florida (not with Avenged Sevenfold)
November 17, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
November 20, Amos’ Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
November 21, Toad’s Place Richmond, Virginia
November 23, House Of Blues Orlando, Florida
November 24, Jannus Landing Tampa, Florida
November 25, Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
There will be no rest for Against Me! this fall as they prepare for their latest US tour. The band returns from London to kick off the next leg of the tour in Asbury Park, NJ on November 3rd for their first show. Tickets are on sale for select dates with additional dates being added Saturday, September 15th.
Against Me! have been out playing shows in support of their album New Wave. The first single off the album, “Thrash Unreal,” has been making a steady climb up the rock radio charts and currently sits in the #16 spot Modern Rock/Alternative charts. Check out the video for “Thrash Unreal” here:
Nov 3 Asbury Park Convention Hall – Asbury Park, NJ
Nov 4 Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Nov 5 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 6 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Nov 8 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 9 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
Nov 10 Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
Nov 12 Norva Theater – Norfolk, VA
Nov 13 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Nov 15 Lupo’s – Providence, RI
Nov 16 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 17 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Nov 19 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Nov 20 Clutch Cargos – Pontiac, MI
Nov 21 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov 22 Metro – Chicago, IL
Nov 23 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
This CD gets a lot of play on XMRadio’s The Boneyard, but sadly, is becoming rarer than hen’s teeth. Used copies sell for over $20.00 at Amazon.com and on Ebay.
Is it worth seeking out? Absolutely! The songs Bang Go the Bells, Hammer Swings Down, and the Kid Goes Wild (featuring the late, great Sam Kinision) are worth the price of admission just by themselves.
With three big videos on MTV at the time, it puzzles me why this band didn’t hit the same level of success as some of their late 80’s counterparts.
To me their debut release is their best effort, and is one that will appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. If you can find it, grab it, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on Babylon A.D., check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bang Go the Bells
2. Hammer Swings Down
3. Caught Up in the Crossfire
5. The Kid Goes Wild
6. Shot O’ Love
8. Back in Babylon
9. Sweet Temptation
10. Sally Danced
Drowning Pool have been working hard to not only release their new album Full Circle, but also to have been working to draw attention to obtain medical treatment for the troops returning from battle. Recently the guys took time out of their busy schedule on the road to talk with their guitar sponsor, Gibson. Check out the full interview and download the first single off Full Circle, “Soldiers” by clicking here!
Drowning Pool Headlining Tour
September 13th Dos Amigos Bar & Grill – Odessa, TX
September 14th Scout Bar – Houston, TX
September 15th Old Kelly’s – Abilene, TX
September 18th Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
September 20th Webster Theatre – Hartford, CT
September 21st Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
September 23rd Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
September 24th Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub – Cambridge, MA
September 27th Polish Picnic Ground – Dayton, OH
September 28th The Wedge – Austintown, OH
September 30th Midtown – Chattanooga, TN
October 2nd Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
October 3rd Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
October 5th The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
October 7th Sammy T’s – Huntsville, AL
October 9th Juanita’s – Little Rock, AR
October 11th Woody’s Bar – Evansville, IN
October 13th Jakes – Lubbuck, TX
October 18th House of Blues – San Diego, CA
October 19th The Whisky – West Hollywood, CA
November 2nd Flashbacks Dance Club – Wichita, KS
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!