Wow! I just finished listening and then listening and listening again to the new Avenged Sevenfold album Hail To the King. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the band’s new album. I was sure it would be good, but this album isn’t good, it is outfreakinstanding.
Hail to the King is the first album without Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. “The Rev” was always such a driving force in A7X’s music, I was wondering how the band would handle his tragic loss, and how it would affect their music. A7X’s music has definitely changed, but it has changed for the better in my opinion.
What A7X has done is change their tempo, and completely move away from their metalcore roots. The band has crafted a bunch of songs that could easily be staples on rock radio everywhere. The change of tempo doesn’t mean that Synnester Gates and Zacky Vengeance don’t play their asses off. There is some fine guitar work on this album, and I hear little bits of Megadeth, Metallica and even Guns N’ Roses influence in the music on Hail To the King. Kudos to drummer Arin Ilejay, who does a find job behind the kit on this record.
The first four songs “Shepherd of Fire”, “Hail To The King”, “Doing Time” and “This Means War” really set the stage for this album, by delivering several excellent, hard rockin’ numbers that will have you hooked after the first listen. While these are my favorites, the great songs don’t end there.
I like the creepiness of “Requiem”. I look for Damien Omen to show up every time I listen to this one. “Heretic” is one catchy rocker that I would love to see A7X perform live. I love the lyrics on this song. “Acid Rain” is one of those deep cuts on “Hail To the King” that will keep me spinning this disc for a long time. I love the haunting piano melodies on this song.
This may be the most mainstream A7X album yet. It is rare when an album exceeds my expectations, but I believe this is Avenged Sevenfold’s best album yet. I thought some fans would be unhappy with A7X’s current direction, but judging from he fact that the album is # 1 in the U.S., Canada and the UK, most A7X fans must think it is pretty cool too!
If you buy one version of the album, get the Deluxe version of the album, which will give you two cool A7X coasters, and a password for a free download of the bonus track “St. James” which is a pretty cool song too!
I won’t be surprised to find “Hail To the King” on top of many best of 2013 lists. It really is that good! Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Shepherd of Fire
02. Hail To the King
03. Doing Time
04. This Means War
06. Crimson Day
08. Coming Home
10. Acid Rain
Bonus Track (as a download from the A7X website)
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – Vocals
Synyster Gates – Lead Guitar
Zacky Vengeance – Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Christ – Bass
Arin Ilejay – Drums
Hollywood Undead have now joined Avenged Sevenfold on the “Buried Alive” Tour. In celebration of the tour, the bands are giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky winner for each date of the tour AND a huge Grand Prize at tour’s end including a bunch of sweet autographed shit from all of the bands. The tour kicks off November 23rd in Ft. Myers, FL and will run through December 14th finishing in Yakima, WA. Enter below and tweet the message to the right for a chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the dates in your city now!
Click here to visit the contest page, and enter the drawing!!!
48 HOURS FESTIVAL POWERED BY ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
REVEALS PERFORMANCE TIMES
WORLD’S BIGGEST ROCK & ROLL PARTY WEEKEND…LIVE FROM THE LAS VEGAS STRIP
The daily performance times have been revealed for the inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, the ultimate destination rock music event scheduled for Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at the Luxor Festival Grounds, on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
Band performance times are as follows:
Saturday, October 15 (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage
9:10 PM Avenged Sevenfold
7:40 PM Five Finger Death Punch
6:20 PM Hollywood Undead
5:00 PM Bullet For My Valentine
4:00 PM Escape The Fate
3:00 PM Adelitas Way
5:40 PM Hatebreed
4:30 PM Rev Theory
3:30 PM Black Tide
2:35 PM Hell Or Highwater
2:00 PM Orange Blossom Special
Sunday, October 16 (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage
9:10 PM Korn
7:40 PM Godsmack
6:20 PM Three Days Grace
5:00 PM Seether
4:00 PM Sick Puppies
3:00 PM 10 Years
5:40 PM Sevendust
4:30 PM Art of Dying
3:30 PM Taking Dawn
2:35 PM Eyes Set To Kill
2:00 PM Valora
Performance times are subject to change.
Two-day weekend ticket packages for the 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink are ONLY $99 and can be purchased at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets. In addition, a limited number of DEBAUCHERY VIP packages are still available. For additional information and discount hotel packages at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur, visit www.48HoursFestival.com.
Located on the Luxor Festival Fairgrounds across the street from Luxor Hotel and Casino, 48 Hours Festival will feature two stages of pure rock with a royal flush of festivities at various Las Vegas locations spanning the entire weekend. The festival also will feature multiple big air freestyle motocross jump shows daily by Rockstar/Metal Mulisha riders Derek Garland, Wes Agee, and other Metal Mulisha riders. Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan will also be onsite for an appearance. In addition, the 48 Hours Festival is holding various contests to win “Survival Kits” from bands performing at the festival through its Facebook page.
The countdown to 48 Hours Festival begins Friday, October 14 with the Official 48 Hours Festival Kick Off Party at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, featuring Steel Panther.
The Official 48 Hours Festival After Party is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Hosted by Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, the exclusive after party for 48 Hours Festival artists and music industry will feature an All-Star Jam with special guests sitting in with the Sin City Sinners, a performance from Chris Jericho’s band fozzy, and DJ Wulf will get the party started and keep the night going. Special guests from the Revolver “Hottest Chicks In Hard Rock” issue will include Maria Brink of In This Moment, Syd Duran of Valora, Alexia and Anissa Rodriquez of Eyes Set To Kill, and Butcher Babies. A limited number of tickets also will be available to the public for purchase beginning Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00 AM PT at www.48HoursFestival.com.
The Sunday morning Hangover Brunch at The Beach at Mandalay Bay on October 16 will feature a rare DJ performance by Korn’s Jonathan Davis.
Don’t miss out on “The World’s Biggest Rock & Roll Party Weekend.” Buy a two-day weekend ticket for ONLY $99 at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets and join the party for the 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink.
The inaugural 48 Hours Festival Powered by Rockstar Energy Drink, the ultimate rock and roll music event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, is offering fans the opportunity to win an exclusive weekend concert experience with the “Debauchery VIP Package.” To enter to win, visit http://48hoursfestival.com/48hrs-festival-flyaway/. The winner and a guest will be flown to Las Vegas and receive:
- Two-day Debauchery VIP ticket to 48 Hours Festival with exclusive VIP entrance
- Access to Debauchery VIP Party Tent with discounted beer and drink specials
- 48 Hours Festival Limited Edition T-Shirt and collectible souvenir ticket
- Official Debauchery VIP Laminate
Located on the Luxor Festival Fairgrounds across the street from Luxor Hotel and Casino, 48 Hours Festival will feature two stages of pure rock with a royal flush of festivities at various Las Vegas locations spanning the entire weekend. Along with scheduled performances by Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace and many more, the festival also will feature multiple big air freestyle motocross jump shows by the Rockstar Metal Militia daily. In addition, the 48 Hours Festival is holding various contests to win “Survival Kits” from bands performing at the festival through its Facebook page.
The countdown to 48 Hours Festival begins Friday, Oct. 14 with a kick-off party at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino featuring Steel Panther. On Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16, concertgoers can continue raging at the official after-party at the House of Blues. In addition, Korn’s Jonathan Davis will DJ a Sunday morning Hangover Brunch at Mandalay Bay.
Two-day weekend ticket packages start at $99 and can be purchased at www.48HoursFestival.com/tickets/. In addition, a limited number of once-in-a-lifetime exclusive VIP packages are available including the “All Excess – Cabanas” package featuring a full-service cabana with premium elevated sight lines. For additional information and discount hotel packages at Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur, visit www.48HoursFestival.com.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
IMPLEMENTS “$25 PARTY PASS FOR 25 HOURS” PROMOTION
COURTESY OF ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK
BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has announced the “$25 PARTY PASS FOR 25 HOURS,” courtesy of Rockstar Energy Drink. These limited $25 “all in” general admission lawn tickets include all fees and are available for only 25 hours, from 9:00 AM local time on Wednesday, August 17 until 10:00 AM local time on Thursday, August 18 in select markets.
The “$25 PARTY PASS FOR 25 HOURS” includes:
● One General Admission Lawn Ticket
● Early entry to the venue to avoid lines
● Party Pass wristband when entering to the show with access to the “Party Zone”:
○ Located in the festival area near the Best Buy Music Gear Stage
○ Open 2-6pm
○ Private bathrooms
○ Food and beverage concessions
○ Photo opportunities with the contestants of Sullen Art Collective’s Miss UPROAR 2011 Model Search
“Rockstar Energy Drink is excited to be able to offer this opportunity to bring the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival experience to a new level with this special party pass,” says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival features multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, along with main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The North American touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and Hell Or Highwater.
The all-day Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities. The trek launches August 28 in Camden, NJ and wraps October 14 in San Francisco. Go to www.rockstaruproar.com/25for25 and www.LiveNation.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour markets participating in the promotion are as follows:
Date Tour Market Venue Web Link
Fri 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/camden/
Sat 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion http://rockstaruproar.com/city/scranton/
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/boston/
Wed 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live http://rockstaruproar.com/city/washingtondc/
Thur 9/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/virginiabeach/
Sat 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/tampa/
Mon 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pav. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/houston/
Fri 9/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Centre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/detroit/
Sat 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Perf. Arts Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/buffalo/
Sun 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/hartford/
Wed 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amp. * http://rockstaruproar.com/city/toronto/
Fri 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion http://rockstaruproar.com/city/pittsburgh/
Sat 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/indianapolis/
Sun 9/18 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Pav. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/chicago/
Wed 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center http://rockstaruproar.com/city/cleveland/
Sat 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater http://rockstaruproar.com/city/kansascity/
Sun 9/25 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/stlouis/
Sat 10/1 Seattle, WA White River Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/auburn/
Wed 10/5 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/denver/
Fri 10/7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion http://rockstaruproar.com/city/albuquerque/
Sat 10/8 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pav. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/phoenix/
Sun 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amp. http://rockstaruproar.com/city/sandiego/
Thur 10/13 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/sacramento/
Fri 10/14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre http://rockstaruproar.com/city/mountainview/
* Sevendust will not be performing at these shows.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Zoom, Schecter Guitars, KRANK Amps, Zippo, KICKER Performance Audio, Castiv, Guitar Player Magazine, Jägermeister Canada, Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, Army Reserves, The Marines, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.
ADDITIONAL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
FEATURING HEADLINERS AVENGED SEVENFOLD
AS WELL AS THREE DAYS GRACE, SEETHER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE,
ESCAPE THE FATE, SEVENDUST, BLACK TIDE,
ART OF DYING AND THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE
Additional tour dates have been revealed for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, along with main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The North American touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival launches August 26 in Camden, NJ and will criss-cross North America before wrapping October 14 (see below for current tour dates). The newly announced shows include: Virginia Beach, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Sacramento and San Francisco.
The all-day festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities, and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Tickets for several of the shows are on sale now (see below for full list of on-sale dates), and early bird pre-sale ticket packages will be available for the newly announced tour dates. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale beginning July 8 in select markets. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
As previously announced, a portion of the proceeds from each Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation. More information on Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation can be found at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/causes.
This marks the second year that the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival has joined forces with Child Find of America. “We’re incredibly honored that the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is continuing their partnership with Child Find of America in 2011,” said Mark Delluomo, Director of Operations, Child Find of America, Inc. “Last year’s tour promoted safety and awareness as well as raising over $40,000 which went directly to program costs. All of us at Child Find are very grateful to the producers, bands and fans who so generously contributed. We’re also excited that UPROAR has given us another opportunity to let thousands of rock fans know more about us through their website, programs and press releases. Traffic to Child Find’s website and Facebook cause page spiked over the course of the tour and continues to be vigorous. Many people still don’t realize Child Find not only investigates and resolves cases, but also has programs that work to promote safety and prevent abductions. For example, we’re really proud of the Parent Help and Parent Help for Military Families programs which are designed to help dads and moms parenting apart to problem-solve their challenges – including such issues as visitation, custody and child support. This kind of publicity can change all that.”
The current Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour dates are as follows. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Date Tour Market Venue Tickets On Sale
Fri 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center on sale now
Sat 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion on sale now
Sun 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center on sale now
Wed 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live on sale now
Thur 9/1 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 7/8 *
Sat 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre on sale now
Sun 9/4 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum on sale now
Mon 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on sale now
Fri 9/9 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Centre 7/15 *
Sat 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on sale now
Sun 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre on sale now
Wed 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on sale now
Fri 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion on sale now
Sat 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on sale now
Sun 9/18 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Pavilion 7/15 *
Wed 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center on sale now
Fri 9/23 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater on sale now
Sat 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater on sale now
Sun 9/25 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on sale now *
Sat 10/1 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre 8/5 *
Wed 10/5 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater 7/23 *
Fri 10/7 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion 7/22 *
Sat 10/8 Phoenix, AZ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion 7/22 *
Sun 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre on sale now
Thur 10/13 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 7/15 *
Fri 10/14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre 7/15 *
*indicates newly announced tour date
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Guitar Player Magazine, Schecter Guitars, Jägermeister Canada, KICKER Performance Audio, Zippo, Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, KRANK Amps, Army Reserves, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.
THREE DAYS GRACE, SEETHER, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE,
ESCAPE THE FATE, SEVENDUST,
BLACK TIDE, ART OF DYING AND THE BLACK CLOUD COLLECTIVE
The initial tour dates have been announced for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, also featuring main stage artists Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. The touring music and lifestyle festival also includes Best Buy Music Gear Stage headliners Sevendust, as well as Black Tide, Art Of Dying and The Black Cloud Collective.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival launches August 26 in Camden, NJ and will criss-cross North America before wrapping October 15 (see below for current tour dates). Additional tour dates will be announced on June 29. The all day festival will run from 2pm-11pm in most cities and tickets are affordably priced between $20 and $69.99. Tickets for several of the shows go on sale June 17 (see below for full list of on-sale dates). Early bird pre-sale ticket packages will be available. Go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes and CAA in conjunction with Live Nation and will entertain fans with a full afternoon and evening of great rock bands. The festival will also include a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities.
Main stage artist Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace notes, “In the slightest chance that the Mayan calendar is right, and the world is ending in 2012, then this could technically be the last big rock tour in the history of human existence.”
A portion of the proceeds of each Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival ticket sold will benefit Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation. More information on Child Find of America and the Road 2 Recovery Foundation can be found at www.RockstarUPROAR.com/causes.
The current Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival tour dates are as follows. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Date Tour Market Venue Tickets On Sale
Friday, 8/26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center 6/24
Saturday, 8/27 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion 6/17
Sunday, 8/28 Boston, MA Comcast Center 6/30
Wednesday, 8/31 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live 6/24
Saturday, 9/3 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre 6/24
Sunday, 9/4 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum 6/17
Monday, 9/5 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 6/24
Saturday, 9/10 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 6/24
Sunday, 9/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre 6/30
Wednesday, 9/14 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 6/24
Friday, 9/16 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion 6/24
Saturday, 9/17 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 6/18
Wednesday, 9/21 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center 6/24
Friday, 9/23 Omaha, NE WestFair Amphitheater on sale now
Saturday, 9/24 Kansas City, MO Sandstone Amphitheater 6/18
Sunday, 10/9 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 6/25
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Best Buy Music Gear, Ernie Ball, Guitar Player
Magazine, Schechter Guitars, Jägermeister Canada, KICKER Performance Audio, Zippo,
Vertical-Xtreme, Air Force Reserve, KRANK Amps, Army Reserves, Fearless Music, NoCover.com and No Cover Event Guide, and others.
This video is a raw and emotional tribute to Avenged Sevenfold’s late drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and celebrates the long-time friendship the band members have shared since forming A7X in Huntington Beach, CA, in 1999. The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has directed videos for such artists as Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, and Def Leppard, among many others. The heartfelt quality of the video is in keeping with the emotional resonance of the song, a very personal goodbye to Sullivan that appears on the band’s album Nightmare.
Get Avenged Sevenfold’s new song “Not Ready To Die” now available on iTunes. The song is featured in Call of the Dead, one of five new maps in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Escalation content pack – available now on Xbox Live. Make sure you go play Black Ops to listen to the new song while taking out Zombies.
Recently Bullet For My Valentine delivered a deluxe CD/DVD edition of their third full-length album Fever titled Fever Tour Edition, which was released February 15 on Jive Records.
Fever Tour Edition features three new songs recorded live at XFM radio in the UK (“Fever,” “The Last Fight” and “Bittersweet Memories“) and a DVD of “Your Betrayal,” “Fever” and “Waking the Demon” recorded live from Graspop Metal Meeting 2010 in Dessel, Belgium. The DVD also includes videos for “Your Betrayal,” “The Last Fight” and “The Making of The Last Fight” as well as a Bullet For My Valentine track-by-track commentary of Fever.
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE TOUR DATES:May 3 Springfield, MA Mass Mutual Center
May 4 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
May 6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
May 7 Charlotte, NC Metrolina Trade Show Expo
May 9 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
May 10 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
May 13 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
May 14 Wichita, KS Intrust Bank Arena
May 15 Indianola, IA National Balloon Classic Field
May 17 Lubbock, TX LoneStar Amphitheatre
May 18 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
May 19 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie
May 21 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE (Indoor Stage)*
May 22 Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium* (Rock on the Range)
May 24 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club *#
May 25 Providence, RI Lupo’s *#
May 26 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom *#
* Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace not playing
# Halestorm supporting
More Bullet For My Valentine dates to be announced shortly. Stay on top of all the Bullet news by visiting the links below:
Three Days Grace is joining Avenged Sevenfold as special guests on their “Welcome To the Family” Spring Tour this April & May! The tour kicks off 4/22 in Bossier City, LA and ends in San Antonio, TX on 5/18. “Welcome To The Family” includes festival appearances at Edgefest in Little Rock, AR on 4/23, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC on 5/7 and Lazerfest in Des Moines, IA on 5/15.
Also appearing on the “Welcome To The Family” Spring Tour are Sevendust from 4/22 to 5/1 and Bullet For My Valentine from 5/3 to 5/20.
Check out the full routing below:
4/22 Bossier City, LA Century Tel Center
4/23 Little Rock, AR Edgefest @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds
4/25 Cape Girardeau, MO Show Me Center
4/26 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
4/27 Rockford, IL MetroCentre
4/29 Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun Arena
4/30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
5/03 Springfield, MA Mass Mutual Center
5/07 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion @ Metrolina Expo
5/10 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
5/11 Lafayetta, LA Cajundome
5/13 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
5/14 Wichita, KS InTrust Bank Center
5/15 Des Moines, IA Lazerfest @ National Balloon Classic Launch Field
5/17 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheatre
5/18 San Antonio, TX Illusions Theatre – Alamo Dome
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011:
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S PREMIER
DESTINATION ROCK FESTIVAL
WITH SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF ROCK HEAVYWEIGHTS
A PERFECT CIRCLE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD,
DISTURBED, KORN, STONE SOUR AND STAIND
LINE-UP ALSO INCLUDES PERFORMANCES FROM
DANZIG, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ALTER BRIDGE
ROCK ON THE RANGE is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary! America’s premier destination rock festival–May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio–will feature a spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights including A Perfect Circle (first performance of 2011), Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind (first performance in two years). The unforgettable weekend will also be highlighted by performances from Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. In addition, Juliya of Fuse TV will return as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
“Three years ago my other band Ashes Divide was fortunate enough to play Rock On The Range as a support act; to return to the same festival and headline this year with A Perfect Circle is truly an honor,” says Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.
“We are honored that Rock On The Range has asked us be one of the headliners,” says M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. “Not only is it an amazing show to be apart of, but it holds a deep spot in our hearts. Rock On The Range was the last American show we played with our best friend and drummer, The Rev. We are looking forward to continuing his legacy of rock n roll insanity that night! See you all there.”
“If you suffer from stimulus overload, the fifth anniversary of Rock On The Range may be too much for you,” quips Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Virtually all of the bands that make up the top of the Active Rock charts are performing at America’s biggest Rock festival. When you look at the acts on the bill, and think of the massive list of songs that live in the body of that lineup, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with excitement.”
The ROCK ON THE RANGE celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with the nation’s biggest pre-festival Anniversary Party at the venue, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists–Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin. Best of all, your ticket to the Anniversary Party will be absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase!
“It seems like only yesterday that we created this vision for an active rock festival in the heartland, but it’s actually been five years now.” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “If it weren’t for the loyal fan base of active rock fans, the ‘Rangers,’ Rock On The Range would still just be an idea on the back of a napkin! We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ then to throw a big FREE party for everyone! It will be a night of unmatched celebration!”
A special ROCK ON THE RANGE ticket pre-sale will take place from Wednesday, February 9 at 10:00 AM (ET) through Friday, February 11 at 10:00 PM (ET). For details on pre-sale, go to: www.facebook.com/rockontherange. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 AM (ET). Two-day weekend festival passes start at just $99.50 plus service and transaction fees. Layaway ticket purchase options are also still available for a limited time.
“We are extremely excited about the lineup for Rock On The Range’s Fifth Anniversary show at Crew Stadium,” said Mark McCullers, President & General Manager of the Columbus Crew, a co-executive Producer of Rock On The Range. “We are coming off another record year in 2010 and are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2011.”
ROCK ON THE RANGE–The Book is another new bonus for fans in connection with the fifth anniversary of the festival. This limited edition coffee-table photo book captures the first four years of ROTR and features behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen performance shots, and testimonials from past ROTR performers including Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, Slash, Godsmack, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Rise Against and many more. Copies of ROTR—The Book will be included in each of the VIP and Hotel ticket packages and is also available independently for $25 plus shipping and handling at www.rockontherange.com.
The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011 is as follows: A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour, Staind, Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Hinder, Escape The Fate, All That Remains, P.O.D., The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, Black Veil Brides, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Cavo, Trapt, Rev Theory and Pop Evil.
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn crowds in excess of 30,000 per day since its inception in 2007.
Avenged Sevenfold have released the following statement announcing the new drummer, Arin Ilejay, who will be joining them on the “Nightmare After Christmas” tour. Arin previously played in Southern California metal outfit Confide.
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas tour.
Hard Rock Hideout’s Stone - Picking the “top ten list” of anything in life is not that easy. Choosing my Top Ten Albums Of 2010 proved to be more daunting than I had initially expected, with there being multiple dozens of excellent albums released this past year, spanning across each sub-genre of Metal, not to mention Hard Rock and Rock as well. I decided this year, to pick out only those ten albums that I can honestly say moved me… as a complete album of songs. I have neverlimited my ears, mind and soul to just Metal, anyone who knows me, understands this. Therefore, finding an album in my “top ten” that is not full-throttle, pedal to the Metal, shouldn’t come across as scandalous.
An album that makes my “top ten” list will move me emotionally, sending signals to my senses that either A: psyches-me-out of my Metal mind or B: makes me feel as though I’ve found a long lost friend, a friend I’ll now have for the rest of my Metal life. Of course quality musicianship, songwriting and overall production comes into play… only those three attributes will fall into place when an album is truly special to me.
Maybe you’ll enjoy, become slightly amused and or confused by my Top Ten Albums Of 2010. Either way, my intent is to showcase and appluad these albums and the bands that created them. Hopefully I peak your interest to buy an album or two from this list. These are the albums that will stand the test of my Metal time on Earth.
KATAKLYSM epitomizes the marriage of melodic and heavy… and succeeds so brilliantly in a Death Metal genre, a genre that has profoundly matured into mandatory importance in my Metal history book, many full moons ago. I’ll say this time and again, when Maurizio Iacono sings, I listen. Jean-Francois Dagenais on guitar is not just impressive, his playing is beyond that. If Death Metal needed “that band” to bridge the gap between the meat & potatoes and the progressive, then KATAKLYSM is that band. “Heaven’s Venom” is more than just another excellent Melodic Death Metal album, it is a collective “sound” and “vibe” that makes me realize that maybe “extreme” should be replaced with “pristine” when describing these ten songs.
On December 2, 2010, I posted a review on Heaven’s Venom, giving more Metal details as to why KATAKLYSM is sitting atop my tier of Metal legendary bands. Clicking the link above will take you there!
The “Classic” Krokus lineup returned in 2010 to bring their Hard Rockin’ brand back… to kick our asses! Metal be thy name, Krokus DID kick my ass with “Hoodoo” and all I can say is: “thank you sirs, may I have more?” A (gasp) fun album is “Hoodoo”, that gives a wink and a smile to the gloriously loud and colorful 80′s decade of Arena Rock and good times thrills. If the songs “Too Hot” and “Hoodoo Woman” doesn’t get your Hard Rock adrenaline flowing, then maybe you should consider living as a hermit in the forests of Maine.
On April 27, 2010, I reviewed Hoodoo and did not hold back my Hard Rockin’ affection for this timeless Hard Rockin’ band. Click on the link above to see it!
Jon Oliva is a man of music. He proves this on “Festival”, by connecting the Rock ‘N’ Roll dots, Jon Oliva has his Classic Rock influences of the Beatles and The Electric Light Orchestra coexisting with the Savatage blood that flows through his ultra-talented veins. Is “Festival” a Heavy Metal album? On the surface it is… only once you really listen to this album a few dozen times, you might very well agree with me that “Festival” is a celebration of Jon Oliva’s musical career. The dark themes and nightmarish lyrics behold a realism that I find stunning, making me hope and pray that Jon Oliva and his band will create a “Festival”… part 2.
On April 15, 2010, my review for “Festival” was posted on Hard Rock Hideout. Click on the link above to read all about it!
What Greg Hampton (founding member, lead guitarist & vocalist) created with his band The New Czars, is one of the finest blends of Rock Music styles my ears have heard in years. “Doomsday Revolution” takes a Modern Hard Rock lead, with Industrial and Funk experimentation weaved within it’s lustrous interior. Greg Hampton might very well be the “missing link” within a generation of Rock vocal legends such as Glenn Hughes, Ian Gillan, David Coverdale and yes… Robert Plant. If that sounds too good to be true, then get yourself a copy of “Doomsday Revolution” and thank Stone for serving you right.
Back on September 8, 2010, I posted a detailed album review for Doomsday Revolution. You can click the link above if you want to read all about it!
“Nightmare” is the fifth studio album from A7X and very well should be anointed as their very best. Powerful, angry and raging is “God Hates Us”, while the album opener “Nightmare” speeds on with it’s relentless up-tempo that makes me feel like I belong in the pit, carrying on like a psyched-out Metalhead from 1989. Seriously, what A7X has accomplished with “Nightmare” is nothing short of a Metal miracle, with having to cope with the loss of Jimmy “The Reverend” Sullivan. I won’t hold back calling this “Nightmare” album the “Back In Black” or “Black Album” of A7X’s catalog.
On November 9, 2010, my review for “Nightmare” was posted on Hard Rock Hideout. Check it out by clicking the link below!
What’s this? A Hard Rock three piece? A Modern Hard Rock three piece? Can these guys play? Who invited them to the party? Stone will tell you right now… KOPEK is a three piece, they are a Hard Rock band and they bought the copyright for the word relevance. By the way, KOPEK will be invited to the party and they are bringing with them a case of Hard Rock whoop ass that will have you begging “them” for more. Guitarist and vocalist Daniel Jordan brings that “it” factor to the Hard Rock table, “it” being his charisma that resonates from each and every song I hear on “White Collar Lies”. Drummer Shane Cooney and bassist Brad Kinsella round out this Hard Rockin’ trio from Dublin, Ireland, making them a band I recommend to every breathing human being on Earth.
On June 28, 2010, I presented to the world, an album review for White Collar Lies. If you want to know more about this KOPEK album that you should really buy, then click the link above… it will serve you right!
This new DANZIG album could have easily been titled: “How Glenn Danzig Got His Groove Back”. “Deth Red Sabaoth” is a return to dark form for Glenn, with each song carrying it’s worthy weight of thump and stump heaviness. Dare I say once again… Old School? These flashbacks to the Heavy Metal glory years never hurt any band and DANZIG churns out the songs that I want to hear on a long, lost, dark nights cruise through the remote countryside. “Black Candy”, Deth Red Moon” and “Ju Ju Bone” are the three songs that stand-out among, well, 11 stand-out songs. Each time I listen to “Deth Red Sabaoth” I realize wholly, that Glenn Danzig is back… and that makes Stone feel very Metal comfy.
On July 22, 2010, my review for “Deth Red Sabaoth” was posted on Hard Rock Hideout. Check it out for yourself by clicking the link above!
An Udo-less Accept is hard to “accept”… unless you listen to “Blood Of The Nations”. Mark Tornillo made me a believer from the first note he bellows on “Beat The Bastards”, while not being an Udo clone, Mark just accomplished what always came natural to him… that’s to sing like an Old School Metal warrior! With a near perfect version of the original Accept lineup grinding out 14 songs, at the culmination of my first listen to this album I wanted MORE! This is an Accept album that solidifies this band’s Heavy Metal importance and existence of both past and present. “Blood Of The Nations” also reminds all of us aging Metalheads, that Old School Heavy Metal dreams really do come true.
On September 14, 2010, I posted a very psyched-out review for this Blood Of The Nations album. Check it out if you like, by clicking the link above!
#2 (Tie) EXODUS - EXHIBIT B: THE HUMAN CONDITION
Why have I made it a “tie” between EXODUS - Exhibit B: The Human Condition and OVERKILL -Ironbound? The answer is simple… Thrash Metal albums, from these two ultra-legends, sounding this damn outstanding, has fortunately collided with an uncanny equality. Choosing between these two albums as which is best, is liking choosing between two iced mugs of Blue Moon Ale. Pick ‘em. Founding members Gary Holt (guitar) and Tom Hunting (drums) are the Metal backbone to Exodus being not just pioneers of Thrash Metal, Exodus is one of this genre’s true leaders in 2010. This album is as brutal as any that Exodus has released… and these guys sound tighter than ever!
#2 (Tie) OVERKILL - IRONBOUND
As with Exodus, Overkill are pioneers of the Thrash Metal movement that has seen a resurgence of popularity that reminds me of the 80′s. “Ironbound” is full-blown and in-your-face Thrash Metal that glistens with Old School hunger and never relents with it’s crushing and force driven songs. Founding members Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (vocals) and D.D. Verni (bass) are living proof that they can create and play Thrash Metal for 30 years and counting, with different lineups, while never losing a touch of relevance. After three decades of albums, Overkill quite possibly made their verybest with “Ironbound.”
On March 8, 2010, I reviewed “Ironbound” on Hard Rock Hideout. Click the header link above read the complete details!
#1 SCORPIONS - STING IN THE TAIL
“Sting In The Tail” radiates every quality that I yearn for in choosing a #1 album: heaviness, hardness, melodic, memorable, emotional and Old School… all wrapped up into one celebratory goodbye after spanning nearly five decades of existence. This album dominated my Metal soul like none other in 2010, even the ballads “The Good Die Young” and “The Best Is Yet To Come” made an instant impact on me… and I never wave the flag for ballads that often. Klaus Meine sounds as incredible as ever on vocals, while this entire band plays with the fire of twenty year olds. “Sting In The Tail” was not a return to the glory days of 80′s Heavy Metal, instead, this album showcases just how electrifying the Scorpions still are after so many decades. The Scorpions go out proving to me, they never lost their edge. There will never be another band like the Scorpions.
Back on April 3, 2010, I posted a detailed album review on Sting In The Tail. Click the large header below, to read about how much I really dig this Scorpions album!
LONG LIVE METAL.
THANK YOU SCORPIONS.
LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.
Bundle Contains Previously Unreleased Track, “4:00 AM” — The Last Unreleased Song From Recording Sessions for Band’s Current Album Nightmare
Avenged Sevenfold have released a deluxe three-song digital single on iTunes, titled “Welcome To The Family,” today. The bundle includes “Welcome To The Family” (off the band’s current album Nightmare), “4:00 AM” (a previously unreleased b-side), and a live version of “Seize The Day” (off City of Evil) recorded in Seattle. Those who purchase the iTunes bundle will also receive a PDF that includes more than 30 photos of the band shot by photographer Greg Watermann during the band’s 2010 co-headlining stint on the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
Avenged Sevenfold cemented their status as the world’s next rock powerhouse with their highly personal fifth studio album Nightmare, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s album chart and also topped Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. Its No. 1 debut is the band’s highest first-week chart position ever. The title track, “Nightmare” is the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010.
Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road for their “Nightmare After Christmas” Tour on January 20th, 2011, headlining arenas in the United States.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Nightmare” – The Crown Jewel Of A7X
It has been a little over two months since the July 27th, 2010 release of “Nightmare” from Avenged Sevenfold. This has been more than enough time for me to listen to their fifth studio album and come to this realization… “Nightmare” is profoundly bigger and more badass than any critics out there ever expected. To listen to this new A7X album and walk away unimpressed tells me only one thing… your oozing with quality Metal envy. The #1 album chart status and sales figures alone for “Nightmare” are telling of the popularity and quality that A7X carries with their brand of Heavy Rock.
The lead single of “Nightmare” alone is as fine an example of the musical maturation that A7X has reached, in factually just a decade. With shades of Metallica influence combined within their own Metal prowess, A7X can very well know they have made the song of their lives. Just when you think “Nightmare” is going to subside, it doesn’t. This song is uncannily relentless with its psyche-you-out continuity. I can’t help but think to myself… this “Nightmare” song will make Metallica wish it was theirs. I state this as a compliment to both bands, I’m opposed to stirring up controversy. Sometimes.
Anyone still unfamiliar with this “Nightmare” album should consider themselves either a rain forest hermit or walking in their sleep while still having functioning body parts. To pick apart this album would be rather easy… if you never listened to it. That sadly, has been the morbid case in situations that are few and far between. “Nightmare” is so much more than the lead single. As is always the case with A7X, this is a total album of songs. As diverse as it is dynamic, “Nightmare” flourishes with its originality from song to song, with not a micro hint of cut and paste with this extraordinary group of musicians.
If “Danger Line” doesn’t bring your eyes to some semblance of tears, then obviously the lyrics go right over your head. “Danger Line” incorporates whistling and a piano for extra emotional affect, evaporating the immature mentality out there that A7X is NOT a screaming Metalcore band for teenage boys only. Take that, all of you liberal and over compensated mainstream Rock Music critics. “Buried Alive” relies on its melodic heaviness to carry out it’s more than memorable song structure. This is a song that plays out in two parts, one part heavy ballad and second part melt your eardrums into Heavy Metal delirium.
“So Far Away” further removes the unsubstantiated stereotype and misgivings that A7X at times have to duck away from. This song is remarkable in both its musicianship and lyrics. “So Far Away” is the bridge between A7X the Metal Band and A7X the diverse and skillful musicians that they glowingly are. “Tonight The World Dies” tantalizes with a Classic Rock sensibility that marries into the emotionally driven darkness that is this “Nightmare” album. M. Shadows vocally switches from crooning to power bellows with flawless and inherent confidence.
“God Hates Us” is undisputedly the heaviest track on “Nightmare”, exposing the full throttle and extreme side that A7X can credibly unleash through song. If “Nightmare” was built around the sound and fury of “God Hates Us”, A7X would be just another Metal Band that made a “decent” album. This song is grand and mighty in every musical aspect, only A7X doesn’t need to rely on this high level of heaviness to be as great as they are. It is songs like “Victim” that enriches this “Nightmare” album into its “necessity to own” status. A heavy ballad is “Victim” and it does not resemble anything you have ever heard in a “heavy ballad” before. This is as modernistic and emblematic of what a heavy ballad should sound like… and A7X created it.
M. Shadows sings his heart out on this entire album, with the purest and most legitimate emotion spilling over each and every syllable. Yes, hearing Dream Theater founder and former drummer Mike Portnoy on drums is evident and incredible all the same. Mike Portnoy only escalates the totality of power and drive with his rhythmic essence and elegance within these songs heard on “Nightmare”. Synyster Gates on lead guitar and Zacky Vengeance on rhythm guitar compliment one another to the point where they are a guitar brotherhood. Listening to both play together on “Nightmare” is seamless in their unison. Johnny Christ on bass is heard very clearly, playing alongside Mike Portnoy with rhythmic precision, to my ears anyways.
“Save Me” is the epic song on “Nightmare”, coming in a few seconds short of eleven minutes. If Synyster Gates intentionally wanted his guitar to sound as if it were singing, he succeeded here. This song is not going to be a dreaded epic listen, for those of you who have not heard it just yet. A7X took great care into considering song structure for “Save Me”, it plays out as a short story with ample guitar parts that focus on melody and harmony, rather than raw power leads. With a ballad formula that compensates by its overall hardness, “Save Me” never loses my attention for a second. The speed kicks in at the midway point, with multiple guitar solo’s that brandish speed, while never compromising this song’s melodic intent.
Jimmy “The Reverend” Sullivan sings on “Fiction” and is credited with the drum arrangements as well. Hearing “The Rev” sing these lyrics on “Fiction” is chilling and leaves an emotional impression on me. Not to sound cliche, yet, “The Rev” was a one of a kind drummer. A7X will never be the same band without “The Rev”, his untimely and tragic passing only reminds me to never take for granted great musicians who have brought joy to my Metal loving life… and to not take life for granted either.
“Lost It All” is the non-album track that is available on itunes as a deluxe version bonus track. This song’s dark theme and heaviness fits right into the “Nightmare” scheme of things, showcasing just how brilliant sounding A7X is, when they combine present day “hardness” with their already patented “heaviness”.
I liken “Nightmare” to be Avenged Sevenfold’s “Back In Black” album, possibly their “Black Album” of their career. It surely comes across this way to my ears and senses. A7X took a dark approach lyrically and delicately weaved some heavy emotion into an album of songs that is fittingly titled “Nightmare”. Not one song sounds forced or contrived “at the last minute” of recording. This is an album to embrace for not just its skillful musicians, this album must be embraced for its end product being the totality of “real” songs. There is nothing pre-packaged here, this is “Nightmare” and A7X can stand tall and proud in “my” Metal world.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To The Family
- Danger Line
- Buried Alive
- Natural Born Killer
- So Far Away
- God Hates Us
- Tonight The World Dies
- Save Me
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, backing vocals
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass
The Rev – Drum arrangements, Lead Vocals on Fiction, Drums on Nightmare’s demo
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussions
Brian Haner, Sr. – guitars on “So Far Away”
Sharlotte Gibson – backing vocals
Jessi Collins – backing vocals
David Palmer – piano, keyboards
Stevie Blacke – Strings, string arrangement
Stewart Cole – trumpet
Mike Elizondo – keyboards
The Whistler – Whistling
Avenged Sevenfold‘s current single “Nightmare” is the most played song at Media Base Active Rock for 2010. The track has achieved 34,311 spins and is expected to hold the No. 1 position for the rest of the year. The song climbed to No. 1 on the Active Rock chart in August, where it remained for three weeks. “Nightmare” has also enjoyed airplay at Mainstream and Modern Rock radio stations across the country and was the No. 1 Rock Song on iTunes in the U.S. and the U.K. in its debut week.
“Nightmare” is the title track to the band’s highly personal new album, which bowed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s album chart and also topped Billboard‘s Rock, Hard Rock, and Digital charts. Its No. 1 debut is the band’s highest first-week chart position ever.
Produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace, Nightmare was in the works when the band’s beloved drummer, Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, passed away. The Los Angeles Times has praised Nightmare‘s “elegiac power ballads,” and called it “the band’s most personal effort yet.” USA Today declared, “A7X has as broad a musical palette as any act in metal, with soaring guitar melodies and sorrowful ballads that offset growling metalcore vocals and Metallica-like jackhammer rhythms.”
Avenged Sevenfold, who recently wound up a stint co-headlining the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed, are currently on the road in Europe and the UK. The band will play their last show of the year on December 11th, headlining X107.5′s Holiday Havoc 2010 at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Read what critics have been saying about Avenged Sevenfold live!
“Their set was easily one of the most impressive performances I’ve seen in a very long time.” — Seattle Post Intelligencer
“The band sounded tighter and more focused than ever.” – Arizona Republic
“Aside from the energy present in singer Shadow’s delivery, the guitar work of Avenged is top notch. Both Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates do some mind-bending solos, but more impressively they perfectly harmonize many of the complicated leads” — OC Weekly
AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S JULY 31ST SHOW AT NY STATE FAIRGROUNDS TO STREAM LIVE ON USTREAM AND MYSPACE
Avenged Sevenfold whose fifth studio album “Nightmare” was released yesterday, July 27th will chat with fans this Thursday, July 29th at 5PM EST at www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold.
Also this Thursday July 29th fans can purchase a copy of the album at the Best Buy store in Orange, CA and receive a wristband for a chance to meet the band at their in-store signing on Friday, August 6th. This Saturday, July 31st, the band will perform a special live concert webcast from Syracuse, NY. The webcast can be seen at: www.avengedsevenfold.com, www.myspace.com/avengedsevenfold, and www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold.
The deluxe version of Nightmare is currently No. 1 on the iTunes album chart, and No.3 on Amazon.com. The special edition direct to consumer piece has sold-out all 7,000 copies of it’s limited run. The album’s first single and title track “Nightmare” is No.2 at BDS Active Rock, and in the top 15 at Alternative Radio. The official video for “Nightmare,” premiered on MTV2, MTV.com, and MTV2.com, on July 17th and became the second most popular video on Youtube, racking up more than 1.2 million views last week. Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bGzWyHbu0
In August the band will co-headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. The UPROAR tour, which will hit amphitheatres and arenas, marks the band’s first tour since the passing of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for UPROAR.
A7X Ustream URL: http://www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold
Check out Avenged Sevenfold’s latest video, “Nightmare” below! Avenged Sevenfold’s new album, Nightmare, featuring Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy on drums, will be released, and in stores tomorrow (July 27th, 2010).
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold are offering fans the chance to hear another new track off the upcoming album Nightmare on their Facebook page. A lyric video for the track “Buried Alive” can be unlocked when fans “Like” the Avenged Sevenfold Facebook page and share the video via status update.
The band’s fifth studio album, Nightmare, in-stores on July 27th. The band will hit the road later this Summer on the Rockstar UPROAR tour with Disturbed.
“NIGHTMARE” VIDEO PREMIERES ON MTV.COM 11AM EST JULY 17TH
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold have just released three new teaser trailers in anticipation of the “Nightmare” video premiere on MTV.com on July 17th at 11AM EST. The three trailers can be seen on the band’s Youtube Channel. The band will be releasing its fifth studio album, Nightmare, on July 27th and will also be teaming up with Disturbed on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour later this Summer.
Nightmare Deluxe iTunes pre-order URL: http://itunes.apple.com/preorder/nightmare-deluxe-version/id379461578
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Southern California’s Avenged Sevenfold have just unveiled the artwork for their upcoming album, Nightmare, which will be in-stores on July 27th. The band will also be releasing a special limited edition of their upcoming album on Warner Bros. Records. Nightmare was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Eminem) and mixed by noted engineer Andy Wallace. Please see below for full track-listing.
Book of Nightmares includes the full Nightmare album on CD, plus an expanded booklet featuring lyric sheets from the band and exclusive artwork — all packaged in a bound book with a silver-plated “Nightmare” crest. The package also includes a limited 24” x 36” lithograph entitled “Death Bat Anatomy” featuring original artwork on textured paper embossed, as well as an instant digital download of Avenged Sevenfold’s current single “Nightmare.” Book of Nightmares is only for sale from the band’s official website, http://www.avengedsevenfold.com, where it is currently available for pre-order for $49.99.
The album’s first single and title track has enjoyed airplay at Active Rock, Mainstream, and Modern Rock radio stations across the country and was the No. 1 Rock Song on iTunes in the U.S. and the U.K. in its debut week. A lyric video of “Nightmare” that premiered via a Youtube on the band’s website received more than 275,000 plays in 24 hours and has since racked up nearly 1.7 million views.
In August, Avenged Sevenfold will set out co-headlining the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. The UPROAR tour, which will hit amphitheatres and arenas, marks the band’s first tour since the passing of beloved friend and drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for UPROAR. Please visit http://www.rockstaruproar.com for details.
The track-listing for Nightmare is as follows:
2. Welcome To The Family
3. Danger Line
4. Buried Alive
5. Natural Born Killer
6. So Far Away
7. God Hates Us
9. Tonight The World Dies
11. Save Me
Avenged Sevenfold have a released a new song titled “Nightmare”. The new song is available via iTunes at this link. You can check out the song in the clip below.
Jimmy you are forever in our hearts.
We love you.
M Shadows, Synyster Gates, Zacky Vengeance and Johnny Christ
Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, and Aveneged Sevenfold came to the Bank of Kentucky Center, February 23rd, for this brand new arena’s first ever rock show.
Saving Abel seems to be the band I always miss when I attend these multi-band concerts. The start time for this concert was 6:30, which seems damn near impossible for me to make. I missed Saving Abel at another show last year when they opened for Airbourne and Theory of A Deadman.
While I can’t speak of how Saving Abel was, we made it the Bank of Kentucky Center just in time for Papa Roach. Both JT and I agreed that the band sounded better than they did at Cruefest. Papa Roach whipped out a few new songs off of their up and coming CD, “Metamorphisis” including “Lifeline” and “Hollywood Whore”, as well as a bunch of their hits including: “Last Resort”, “Getting Away With Murder”, “Scars”, “To Be Loved”, “Dead Cell and “Between Angels & Insects”. It was a fairly short set, but a very good one. Jacoby Shaddix knows how to get a crowd going, and commands the stage well. During the set, he ran out into the stands to join the fans while singing a song. He did this at Cruefest too, but it is still a cool move on his part, and the fans loved it. Jacoby was one hard person to photograph, as he is constantly moving. He never stands still during Papa Roach’s set. After several blurred atempts at catching a picture of him live, I gave and decided to enjoy the rest of the show.
Buckcherry is the second band from the Cruefest Alumni to take the stage in this show. They were a co-headliner with Avenged Sevenfold for this concert. As a result, they were far better than their appearance last summer with Motley Crue.
Buckcherry had a massive screen behind the drum kit that played random images throughout the whole concert. I thought Josh Todd and company sounded a hell of a lot better during this show as well. Buckcherry performed a set that mostly from their albums “15″ and “Black Butterfly” but there were was some of their older tunes in there too. The set list had the following songs in no certain order: “Rescue Me”, “Don’t Go Away”, “Too Drunk”, “Everything”, “Lit Up”and the crowd pleaser “Crazy Bitch”. This version of “Crazy Bitch” was truer to the recorded song. No Billy Squier “Stroke It” mixed in, just the song as it was intended. It was MUCH better this way. I loved every minute of the Buckcherry set, but I must admit that Josh Todd is one vulgar, mo fo. While his antics didn’t bother me, his language and sexual innuendos would not be for the feint of heart, and definitely not for kids. Leave the kiddies at home if your going to see Buckcherry folks! Everyone else, get your ass to the show. Buckcherry is one hell of a good headliner. I thought they were going to be a hard act to follow, but Avenged Sevenfold soon proved me wrong.
The intermission between the Buckcherry and A7X sets was absolutely ridiculous, and the crowd was getting extremely impatient. Tempers were flaring and fights were starting a little too often.
When Avenged Sevenfold took the stage, I can only describe the crowd at this show as chaotic. Crowd surfing, and mosh pits consumed quite a bit of the floor. This was an open floor concert, no assigned seats on the floor, so the crowd was extra rowdy. This was my first time seeing A7X, and I thought they were a lot better than I expected them to be. They had a massive lighting rig, and one of the biggest drum kits I have ever seen at a live event.
Their set list included the following songs: “Critical Acclaim”, “Afterlife”, “The Beast and the Harlot”, “Scream”, “Dear God”, “Bat Country”, “Gunslinger”, “Unholy Confessions” and “Almost Easy”.
As a whole, A7X rocked hard, and the crowd never settled down until the last note was played. I thought the guitar solo of Synnester Gates was a little on the nerdy side. This guy is a pretty talented player, but his solo was somewhat disappointing. Aside from the long wait, and the lackluster guitar solo, Avenged Sevenfold put on a good show.
As a whole, this concert was well worth the money spent. If you get the chance, definitely catch these bands live!
As good as 2007 was for new releases, 2008 blew it away. At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone expected to have new releases by AC/DC, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses all in the same year.
This year Rocknrollcoastie joined the HRH team and I asked him to submit his picks for 2008 as well. This way you get a double dose of the The 15 Albums from Hard Rock Hideout.
The following are Rob Rockitt’s Top Picks for 2008!
15. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
What’s this? Have I lost my mind? When Chinese Democracy came out, I expected Hell to Freeze over. Much like many of you, I didn’t expect this album to ever see the light of day, much less in 2008. I didn’t give this album the best review when it was released. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t like it very much. Lets face it, this more like the Axl Rose Project than a true Guns N’ Roses CD. There is no Slash, no Izzy, No Duff. The album has very few sounds that resemble the old band that once cranked out some awesome hard rock.
I didn’t give up on this album and kept it in my playlist. After a couple of weeks of repeat plays, I have warmed up to this disc. Sure it doesn’t sound like the old band, but there is some pretty good music to be found if you give this the proper chance.
14. Thunder – Bang!
When Rocknrollcoastie reviewed this CD earlier this year, I previewed all of the clips, then quickly purchased the CD. I have liked Thunder since their Backstreet Symphony CD, and this disc is on par with that one in my opinion. It is a great sounding bluesy hard rock disc Buy it!
13. Jaded Sun – Gypsy Trip
Ireland’s latest rock act delivers the goods with their excellent debut CD, Gypsy Trip. I have been playing this CD a lot as of late. I think you will be hearing a lot more about these guys in 2009.
12. Black Tide – Light From Above
Somebody must have forgotten to give the young men in Black Tide a calendar. These guys rock like is 1988. You have to love it when a new band can reproduce that classic 80′s metal sound. Light From Above is a great debut for these Florida rockers.
11. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
I have never been a huge Shinedown fan, but this CD changed my mind. “The Sound of Madness” is the first Shinedown CD that I could listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track or two. I like all of the songs on this disc. This is a very solid record, and one of 2008′s nice surprises.
10. JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Jorn Lande has been bringing us great new hard rock every year for several years now. Whether it is a solo CD, or another project he is working on, you can always expect Jorn Lande to be fairly consistent. Lonely Are The Brave is a little darker than most JORN CD’s but is a very good disc. Take one listen to the songs “Night City”, “Shadow People” or the very Black Sabbath with Dio like tune, “Soul of the Wind”, and you are bound to love this disc.
9. Metallica – Death Magnetic
This album has divided fans with its sound, but I thought this was a pretty good disc from Metallica. Sure, this disc doesn’t live up to their classic thrash metal from the 80′s, but at least they gave it their best shot. They should take notes from Testament next time around.
8. Testament – The Formation of Damnation
In my opinion, Testament one upped Metallica for best Thrash album of 2008. Heavy and killer! No thrash metal fan should be without this.
7. Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
With S.O.L.A. Motley Crue turned in their best album since Dr. Feelgood. This one is still in heavy rotation in my play list today.
6. Disturbed – Indestructible
From the opening air raid sirens of Indestructible, you can almost tell immediately that you are about to take in one excellent album. In my opinion, this is Disturbed’s best work ever. The songs on this disc have an excellent heavy groove, that will satisfy the majority of headbangers out there. There are a ton of awesome guitar licks on this disc by Disturbed axeman Dan Donegan. Disturbed even got nominated for a Grammy for their song, “Inside The Fire”. Don’t miss this!
5. Alice Cooper – Along Came A Spider
Alice Cooper is an artist that has always been hit or miss with me. When I first read about the new concept album, “Along Came A Spider”, I rolled my eyes and dismissed this disc as another Alice Cooper album that would not deliver. Boy was I wrong! “Along Came A Spider” is one of the better Alice Cooper releases. The story behind this disc is creepy and cool. Slash plays on a track, and this is probably the only place you will hear Ozzy Osbourne playing a harmonica. Cool stuff!
4. Black Stone Cherry – Folklore and Superstition
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite newer hard rock acts, since 2006 or so. Folklore and Superstition wasn’t quite as heavy as their debut, but is still as solid as ever. “Blind Man”, “Soulcreek”, “Please Come In” and “The Bitter End” are as good as it comes.
3. Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
David Coverdale nearly pulled an Axl Rose, by making us wait so long for this new disc. While Good To Be Bad isn’t as good as ’84′s “Slide It In”, or the fabled self titled album from 1987, it is a return to the sound that Whitesnake fans love, and easily one of the top discs of 2008. Doug Aldrich could be the best guitarist to take the stage with Coverdale since John Sykes. Don’t believe me? Give this one another listen!
2. AC/DC – Black Ice
I am sure a lot of folks will disagree with me, but I think “Black Ice” is the best new AC/DC CD since “The Razor’s Edge”. Some of the songs on this disc may go down as AC/DC classics.
1. Tesla – Forever More
Tesla is a band that rarely disappoints me. If you have ever seen my Last FM playlist, you know I play the hell out of this band. Tesla’s 2004 CD “Into The Now” was probably my least favorite out of all of Tesla’s releases. With that being said, it made Tesla’s CD Forever More sound that much better. I like every song on this disc, and I never grow tired of listening to it. This is easily one of the best discs that the band has releases to date. For my ears, it was the highlight of 2008!
RocknRoll Coastie’s Top 15 of 2008!
Man! What an amazing year both musically and personally. With releases from bands like Motley Crue, White Lion, Dokken, Alice Cooper, & Whitesnake, just to name a few, it felt more like 1988 than 2008. So much great music came out this year and it showed me more than any other year that hard rock is very much alive and well.
Personally it was a great year because I happened to not only stumble across HardRockHideout, which I happen to think is the best hard rock site on the internet. I harassed Rob Rockitt a few times and of all things he invited me to jump on this train that HardRockHideout has become and come along for the journey. Damn what a wild ride it has been so far not only have I made a good friend, I have been introduced to so much new music it is not even funny and let’s face it, it isn’t everyday a person pisses off a whole country but somehow I managed to do just that by giving a Hungarian band a bad review. As wild and crazy as it has been this year I have the feeling it is only going to get better.
When Rob asked me if I wanted to put together my top 15 albums I thought there is no way because there has been so much great music come out in the past year. Then I was faced with do I go with the popular choices loved by the masses or do I stick to my guns and go with the bands and albums that I loved? I decided to go with the bands and albums that I loved this year, I guess I should warn everyone not to expect a lot of big name bands on my list. NOBODY forced me to choose these albums, I chose them of my own free will so love’em or hate’em here they are:
15. The Wildhearts – Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before Vol 1
Yeah I know it is a covers album which has almost become a cliche in itself. But this isn’t your everyday run of the mill covers album with songs from Warren Zevon to the Toadies to Fugazi it is a pretty eclectic choice of songs here. To be honest the Wildhearts are probably one of the few bands that could get me to listen to the 90′s alternative music on here.
14. Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
I pretty much spent most of the summer cranking the third release from this Canadian band. Finally out of the shadow of Nickelback the guys really stepped out on their own with Bad Girlfriend, I Hate My Life, & Little Smirk just to name a few.
13. From The Inside – Visions
The second release from Danny Vaughn’s Journey inspired project. Tons of great music here including Light Years, Making Waves, Listen To Your Heart, and 21st Century.
12. Big Cock – Motherload
Taking sexual innuedos to a new level Robert Mason and the guys 3rd release simply rocks. I wish these guys would take themselves seriously and go on tour I could guarantee they would be one of the best shows out there. If you haven’t heard Breaking My Balls, Bump and Grind, or M.I.L.F. you are missing out.
11. Hinder – Take It To The Limit
I can see most people rolling their eyes at this pick and to be honest when I heard Hinder had a new album coming out I wasn’t expecting much. But the guys put out an album filled with good time party anthems and let’s be honest it is going to be bands like Hinder, Buckcherry, and Nickelback that are going to keep straight up rock in the limelight in the 21st century. Besides what man can resist a video filled with hot Playboy cybergirls??
10. Talon – Fallen Angels
This California band came out of nowhere and completely blew me away. Melodic rock at it’s finest, Chandler Mogel is a monster singer with a great voice and Jim Kee is a phenomenal guitarist. Burn, Baby Jane, What About Me, and Always Be My Baby are all great songs.
9. 7th Heaven – U.S.A-U.K.
This is another band that came from out of nowhere and blew me away. From what I understand these Chicago natives have been around for a while but replaced their former singer with Kevin Semple before recording this album and he is an awesome singer. If you are a fan of “Hysteria” era Def Leppard you have to get this album you would be hard pressed to tell the bands apart if you didn’t know the songs.
8. Marcello/Vestry – Self Titled
Another slab of melodic rock, this time it comes from Danger Danger axeman Rob Marcello and vocalist Frank Vestry, with a little help from Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel who played bass and produced the record. Great catchy sing along songs like Fireworks, All I Wanna Do Is U, and Gone fill this record. It is exactly what you would expect from members of Danger Danger and I for one am not complaining at all.
7. House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
After the fiasco that was the Power & the Myth, James Christian started pretty much from scratch with House of Lords and released World Upside Down in 06. In ’08 the band came back even stronger with Come To My Kingdom dare I say the best HoL album to date. James’ voice still sounds great and Jimi Bell, B.J. Zampa, and Matt McKenna have made the band even stronger. I don’t think there is a weak song on this album.
5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock –
One of the first albums I reviewed for HRH. 13 years is a long time to wait between albums but honestly I think it was a good thing for the guys in Extreme. They came back stronger than ever with some strong kick ass songs and the addition of Kevin Figueiredo was an awesome decision. I liked this album when it was released but the more I listened to it the more I loved it.
5. Tesla – Forever More
Four years between new albums also did Tesla a world of good. Forever More is head and shoulders above 04′s Into The Now and like Extreme the addition of guitarist Dave Rude did wonders for the band. I Wanna Live, Just In Case, All of Me, and Pvt Ledbetter are just a few of the stand out tracks on Forever More.
4. There is no number 4 because of a tie for third.
3. The Quireboys – Homewreckers & Heartbreakers (Tie)
One of my all time favorite bands returned in ’08 with a new album their first in 4 years and all I can say is Wow! Homewreckers & Heartbreakers is the best Quireboys album since A Bit of What You Fancy. Bluesy Faces inspired rock at it very best, Spike has never sounded better than he does on this album. Mona Lisa Smiled, I Love This Dirty Town, Louder, and One For The Road are a few of the highlights on this album. In case you didn’t know Spike also released a great solo album titled So Called Friends around the same time definitely worth checking out.
3. Badmouth – S/T (Tie)
If I had a song of the year hands down it would be Rivethead by these Swedish ass kickers. Just that one song makes Badmouth’s debut worth the money but on top of Rivethead this album is filled with straight up rock n roll anthems like Pedal to the Metal, Kick It Up, and Cocaine Girl. Throw in a couple of songs like Last Train and Take Your Toothbrush With You that remind me of one of my favorite bands Backyard Babies you have a can’t miss album.
2. Backyard Babies – S/T
This album was my choice for my number 1 for the longest time but it was dethroned when the band at number 1 now released their new album. But this album from Sweden’s finest has everything a great rock record should great sing a long in your face songs, great solos, a hell of a lot of attitude. Degenerated, Come Undone, Nomadic, Abandon, and Back on the Juice are just a few of the ass kickings you have in store when listening to this album.
1. D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) – Monster Philosophy
Is it just me or did Scandinavian bands kick a lot of rock n roll ass this year? Another of my all time favorite bands and I know there may be only one person in the states that agrees with me here but hands down Monster Philosophy is the best album of the year. 22 years and 10 studio albums and still most rock fans in America have no clue who D-A-D are. In one word LEGENDS, this album is filled not only with great songs but great vocals from Jesper Binzer and the sounds Jacob “Cobber” Binzer gets from his guitar are unbelievable. I can’t forget Stig Pedersn on bass or drums by Laust Sonne. While there are albums that may have three great songs and the rest of the album are good songs, on Monster Philosophy there are 13 great songs and each one sounds completely different from the others. Maybe some person at an American record company will pull their head out of the sand and sign D-A-D and get their albums released and re-released here in the states but if they don’t I will keep paying the import price because every one of their albums are worth the money.
I hope you enjoyed our top picks for 2008. If you would like to see what other hard rock and metal writers have picked as their top albums of 2008, check out the following links below:
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
Rock And Roll and Meandering Nonsense — http://rnrnonsense.toomanyvoices.com/
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Rock Of Ages — http://rockofages.wordpress.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/
Warner Music Group said they will pull all of their music videos and related content off YouTube this weekend as negotiations between the label and the video site hit a stand still. WMG was one of the first of the majors to align itself with YouTube. “We are working actively to find a resolution with YouTube that would enable the return of our artists’ content to the site,” the label says in a statement. “Until then, we simply cannot accept terms that fail to appropriately and fairly compensate recording artists, songwriters, labels and publishers for the value they provide.”
While WMG has withdrawn their videos from YouTube, the videos are still streaming at YouTube’s biggest challengers, MySpace Music and MTV Music. “Sometimes, if we can’t reach acceptable business terms, we must part ways with successful partners,” YouTube responds in a statement. Despite the reports and threats to pull their catalogue from YouTube, pretty much every WMG video we looked up at YouTube is still streaming. Madonna, Van Halen, T.I., Led Zeppelin… all still there, their “official video channels” still intact.
HRH Comment: This seems like it would hurt the artists more than it would help them. What do you think?
Buckcherry have just released a live video performance of their new single, “Rescue Me.” The clip was filmed in Japan during their recent tour there supporting Black Butterfly. “Rescue Me” Building on the success of their current co-headlining tour, Avenged Sevenfold and Buckcherry have announced the next leg beginning on January 28th in Salt Lake City, UT. The next dates on the arena tour include Papa Roach and Saving Abel, offering fans 4 bands for under $40.00. The Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold package is considered to be one of the three major successful rock tours of the season, along with AC/DC and Metallica.
Check out “Rescue Me (live in Japan)” here:
Check out the tour announcement video here:
BUCKCHERRY/AVENGED SEVENFOLD 2009 TOUR DATES
With Papa Roach and Saving Abel
* Buckcherry/Avenged Sevenfold and Papa Roach only
28 Salt Lake City, UT “E” Center
30 Phoenix, AZ Jobing.com Arena
31 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
2 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
3 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
5 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley SunDome
6 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
9 Spokane, WA Star Theater at Spokane Arena
12 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
14 Council Bluffs, ID Mid America Center *
17 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena *
20 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
21 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena *
23 Cincinnati, OH The Bank of Kentucky Center *
24 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
25 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center