Charm City Devils invaded the town of Maysville, Ky for a kick ass rock and roll show at the Maysville Music Mayhem on October 4th. Hard Rock Hideout has the pictures to prove it. Check out our photo gallery below, and visit Looks That Kill for a review of the show!
Charm City Devils have released a new video “Devil Is a Woman” in support of their album Sins. Check out the the clip below! Get Your copy of Sins here!
Ahhh, it’s that time of the year again. The end of 2012 is upon us. We’ve survived the prophesied apocalypse and now we can look forward to the dawn of 2013. However, before we can move ahead and discuss all of the great rock music that the New Year has in store, we must take a moment to reflect on all the brilliance that was delivered over the last twelve months. So, I am here to do my part. Below are my favorite albums from 2012. I can only hope that 2013 is just as rewarding.
#10 – Kill Devil Hill: Kill Devil Hill
There are few things more enjoyable than being blasted in the ears by the opening track of a brilliant hard rock record. With Vinny Appice and Rex Brown at the helm, you just know that good things are waiting. And good things are exactly what Kill Devil Hill presented. Loud, pure unadulterated, hard rock music delivered with a vengeance. This is doom and gloom meets modern rock minus all of the filler. Kill Devil Hill makes you want to rock out in your bedroom (or wherever you like to rock out) for hours on end. Once the album is over, it’s fun to hit repeat and let it play again.
You can read my full review of Kill Devil Hill here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/06/22/kill-devil-hill-st-2012
Album Highlights: “War Machine,” “Old Man”
#9 – Danko Jones: Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue
Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue made me wish I had paid attention to Danko Jones sooner. This is an album that comes equipped with a blues/rock sound full of sexual vibe, hard rocking music, and a whole lot of fun. From odes to the beautiful legs on women, to the joy of waking up to another day, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue comes stocked with uplifting songs that make feet move and faces smile. This is an album that forces the listener to feel happy by the time it is over. This record is a great reminder that music doesn’t always have to be deep and meaningful with insightful thought put into every word that is sung. Sometimes music is just meant to be fun, and that is what Danko Jones captured on Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue — a whole lot of fun!
You can read my full review of Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/10/16/danko-jones-rock-and-roll-is-black-and-blue-2012
Album Highlights: “Legs,” “Always Away”
#8 – The Veer Union: Divide The Blackened Sky
Still relatively new to the music scene, The Veer Union delivered a gem this year with Divide The Blackened Sky, a hard hitting, highly enjoyable, modern rock record. The Veer Union have captured the modern rock sound and delivered it flawlessly on their sophomore effort. Divide The Blackened Sky is rife with dark and gritty songs that touch on themes of pain, retribution, and ultimately, hope. The Veer Union did not shy away from the challenge of putting out a heavy, dark, hard rocking record. If you’re looking for some enjoyable modern rock to add to your collection, pick up a copy of Divide The Blackened Sky.
You can read my full review of Divide The Blackened Sky here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/04/16/the-veer-union-divide-the-blackened-sky-2012
Album Highlights: “Borderline,” “Inside Our Scars”
#7 – Bullet: Full Pull
Swedish Metal is great. When Swedish Metal is performed by Bullet, it’s even greater! Full Pull is the latest record from this band and it is grand in every sense. Exceptional guitars, heavy drums, and vocals sung by a voice that feels it is erupting from the soul of the Earth, all collide to make Full Pull an amazing record worthy of seeking out. If you haven’t checked out Bullet yet, Full Pull is a great record to introduce yourself to the band and their music. Part AC/DC, part Jackyl, Bullet is all great. If you like your rock loud and proud, you are going to love Full Pull.
You can read my full review of Full Pull here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/12/18/bullet-full-pull-2012
Album Highlights: “Full Pull,” “High On the Hog”
#6 – Charm City Devils: Sins
One of the best musical surprises of the year was Charm City Devils’ Sins. I had not paid much attention to this band prior to the release of this album, and that was probably a mistake on my part. Sins is a hard rocking, tempo driven, fun record to listen to. Fun is the most important word in that equation. Sins is just that — fun. If you’re a fan of old school hair metal or hard rock music that makes you want to sing along while stuck in traffic, Sins is the album for you. Perfectly balanced with hard rock anthems, loving ballads, and songs that strippers will be dancing on stage to for years to come, Sins is a terrific album.
You can read Rob’s full review of Sins here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/05/02/charm-city-devils-sins-2012
Album Highlights: “Devil Is A Woman,” “Walk Away”
#5 – Shinedown: Amaryllis
Man, these guys just keep getting better and better with every release. With their first release, Leave A Whisper, Shinedown took the music world by storm with massive hits and potential. Their last album, Sound Of Madness, was a phenomenal record that really made me a fan of the band. When the follow up was released earlier this year, I was skeptical that it was going to be as good as The Sound Of Madness. Fortunately for fans, it turned out to be even better. Amaryllis is a hard rocking album that is a pure joy to listen to. From the opening notes of “Adrenaline” to the closing moments of “Through The Ghost,” Amaryllis is a fun ride of rock and roll.
You can read my full review of Amaryllis here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/04/06/shinedown-amaryllis-2012
Album Highlights: “Amaryllis,” “Bully”
#4 – Van Halen: A Different Kind Of Truth
With the return of David Lee Roth to a Van Halen album of all original material fans rejoiced, and rightfully so. This was a true gift given to Van Halen fans that waited years for the return of Diamond Dave. And while their tour may have crashed and burned, and the absence of Michael Anthony is noticeable, that still doesn’t diminish the brilliance of A Different Kind Of Truth. This is Van Halen the way they were meant to be and A Different Kind Of Truth is a great follow up to 1984 even if it came many years later than fans had hoped. Packed with plenty of Dave scat, wicked solos by the great Edward Van Halen, and a song style that could only be pulled off by this band, A Different Kind Of Truth is one of the greatest records 2012 had to offer.
You can read Rob’s full review of A Different Kind Of Truth here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/02/05/van-halen-a-different-kind-of-truth-2012
Album Highlights: “Tattoo,” “Big River”
#3 – Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball
Okay, bring on the haters. Regardless of what a lot of people may think, I personally find Springsteen to be hard rock. He has all of the elements a hard rock band needs (heavy guitars, drums, solos, and an Us against Them mentality), so to me he’s hard rock. And since I find Springsteen to be hard rock, I get to put his latest album in my top 10. Wrecking Ball has done nothing but get better over the course of this year. While a lot of albums that are released in the early spring are long forgotten, Bruce’s magnificent Wrecking Ball is not. The record holds up well many months later and is still the highlight of my playlist for 2012. There’s a reason that Springsteen is the Boss—he knows how to write great music. Packed with nothing but potential hits, Wrecking Ball is a satisfying record and one of the best Springsteen has ever released. If he keeps making records this great, I’ll keep buying them, along with millions of other fans.
You can read my full review of Wrecking Ball here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/03/07/bruce-springsteen-wrecking-ball-2012
Album Highlights: “Easy Money,” “Shackled And Drawn”
#2 – KISS: Monster
Kiss released an album of all new material, the follow up to the amazing Sonic Boom. What’s not to love? Haters be damned (you know the ones that call Eric and Tommy scabs), this is a phenomenal KISS record. Yes, it could challenge any of the classics for top 5 Kiss record. Yes, it is even better than Sonic Boom. Yes, Tommy and Eric sound terrific on this album. Look, we all love Ace and Peter and miss them very much, but they are out of the band and fans need to let them go. This is the new incarnation of KISS, and as far as I am concerned, they are incredible in their own right. Monster makes me hope that we get more new KISS music very soon. Psycho Circus never made me feel that way. If you haven’t gotten your copy of Monster yet, well, what the heck are you waiting for?
You can read my full review on Monster here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/10/10/kiss-monster-2012
Album Highlights: “Freak,” “Long Way Down”
#1 – Dead Sara: Dead Sara
Let’s face it—when you listen to an album at least once a week since you received it, there is no way that it can’t be your favorite album of the year. Such is the case with Dead Sara. While I love Kiss’ Monster, Dead Sara beats it out. Simply put, I’ve never stopped listening to it. This album hit me hard from the first time I played it. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much because the record had been so hyped up by other bloggers, reviewers, and critics. Usually when an album gets that much hype it fails to produce the necessary results. Dead Sara, however, actually exceeded the hype. The last debut album that I thought was this good came from a band called Guns N Roses. Dead Sara has the opportunity to go down in history as one of the greatest rookie releases ever. Yes, the album is that fantastic. If you haven’t sought out Dead Sara, stop everything and order it online now. You owe it to yourself to start 2013 off with a bang!
You can read my full review of Dead Sara here: http://hardrockhideout.com/2012/05/11/dead-sara-st-2012
Album Highlights: “Whispers & Ashes,” “Test On My Patience”
Charm City Devils and Theory of A Deadman closed out the July concert season at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 29th.
I have loved the band Charm City Devils since I first heard their song “Let’s Rock N Roll” under their old moniker Chosen Son on the Cruefest Compilation CD. The band doesn’t come to Cincinnati often. I believe the 2009 Cruefest was the last time they were here. Needless to say, when they come to town, I make a point to go.
The last couple of times I have seen Charm City Devils perform, I thought they were great, but on this particular night in Cincinnati, Ohio, they were the best I had ever seen them. Singer John Allen did an amazing job controlling the crowd. The band turned in a blistering set of tunes that included their songs “Burn Baby Burn”, “Spite”, “Start It Up”, “Love N’ War”, “Devil Is A Woman”, “Best of the Worst”, “True Love”, “I Got Mine (The Black Keys Cover)”, “Unstoppable”, “Man of Constant Sorrow” and “Let’s Rock N Roll”. If you get a chance to see them live, you should definitely go. You will not be disappointed. You can grab their newly released CD, Sins at Amazon.com.
I have to admit that I have been pretty tough on Theory of a Deadman in the past. Their live shows in the past have been somewhat of a let down to me. This was not the case at their Cincinnati show at all. The band made me eat crow, and I am ok with that. The band brought their “A” game to Cincinnati.
Tyler Connolly was interacting with the packed house at Bogart’s all night. The band was tight and sounded great. They did part of their set acoustically, while sitting on bar stools on the stage. It brought the old MTV Unplugged show to mind. I thought it was a very cool part of their show, and was a nice surprise. Theory of a Deadman performed their songs “Got It Made”, “So Happy”, “All or Nothing”, “Bitch Came Back”, “Gentleman”, “Nothing Could Come Between Us”, “Not Meant To Be”, “Truth Is”, “Out of My Head”, “Easy To Love You”, “Better Off” and “Low Life”. I am glad that I got to see Theory of a Deadman again, and won’t hesitate to do so in the future.
It was a fun night of rock and roll in Cincinnati. I will be looking forward to seeing Charm City Devils and Theory of A Deadman again in the future!
Baltimore rock act CHARM CITY DEVILS has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music. The band will release their brand new record, “Sins” on July 31, 2012. “We are so excited to be part of the eOne family! We can’t thank Dave Cash at Fat Lady Music for getting the ball rolling and bringing it to Scott Givens at eOne,” says front man John Allen. “When you find people with a passion for music and are willing to give a commitment to rock music, you know you’re in the right place. The eOne staff has a fantastic reputation of developing new rock bands. Words can’t express how happy we are to find a home with such a great label!”
3. Man Of Constant Sorrow
4. Still Alive
5. Walk Away
6. Devil Is A Woman
7. Start It Up
8. Love N War
11. All You’ll Ever Need
After returning to Sound Kitchen Studios with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central) CHARM CITY DEVILS emerge with their newest album, “Sins”. The band’s second full length effort finds them adding harder, edgier tones to their blues-based roots.
The result of the band’s life experiences over the past few years, “Sins” features an aggression and energy that hits you right between the eyes. From the first note of “Spite” to the last cymbal crash of “Unstoppable,” (the newest WWE “NO WAY OUT” offcial theme song) and most notably in the hit single “Man Of Constant Sorrow” which has climbed all the way to #22 on the Active Rock Charts.
Frontman John Allen concludes, “When we came off of the road at the end of Cruefest 2, we all felt so pumped and excited to keep moving and growing. We were so blown away at the reaction that we didn’t want to lose that creative energy. We started laying down tracks and ideas for this record almost immediately.”
Rock out this Memorial Day weekend and experience an epic LIVE Rock ‘n Roll event featuring an electrifying lineup of classic hair metal and hard rock bands.
On Sunday, May 27, HDNet takes fans to the Heartland for seven hours of exclusive LIVE coverage from the sixth annual Rocklahoma Music Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma.
This year’s lineup features the best of classic rock bands from the 80s, 90s and today including local Oklahoma City band Aranda, plus Rains, Charm City Devils, Puddle of Mudd, Jackyl, Chickenfoot, Queensyrche and more.
As CHARM CITY DEVILS continue to travel around the U.S. on their “Sinners Ball Tour” in support of their SINS album (out now via Fat Lady Music), additional shows are now being added, supporting Taproot (starting May 30) and Theory Of A Deadman (starting July 20), that will keep them on the road into the Fall.
The first single from SINS, a cover of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” (from the Grammy®-winning soundtrack of the George Clooney Oscar®-nominated film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), generates new adds at Active Rock radio every week. It’s currently being spinned on 37 stations and sits in the Top 25 on the Active Rock charts. A video for the song can be seen here: http://bit.ly/IvUtsn. And the lyric video with over 268,000 views can be seen here: http://bit.ly/wDUuy2.
A live CHARM CITY DEVILS show is not one to be missed. Of a recent concert in their hometown (Baltimore), Shockwavemagzine.com praised: “…the boys delivered it tonight, Rock and Roll style, broken strings and all, gritty and heartfelt connecting with the fans in attendance tonight. The crowd was captivated or in tune with the guys tonight. This is and was Rock and Roll, it’s what it’s all about, the music and the passion and the connection with the people. Charm City Devils, the people’s band tonight.”
And the album’s been garnering rave reviews since its April 10 release, including:
“…(SINS) is ideal for fans of straight-up two-guitar rock with some edge…Charm City Devils has brought a quasi-retro, trend-free sound to their latest effort and may begin to see the benefits of staying true to that particular style.”
“As much as I loved the band’s debut album, LET’S ROCK-N-ROLL, SINS simply blows that album out of the water. ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’ is the best cover song I have listened to in a long, long time. Charm City Devils have taken this 100 year old folk song, and turned into something completely their own. I think they did an outstanding job with this cover…John Allen and company have crafted a bunch of catchy tunes, many of which ought to be hits for Charm City Devils…Don’t miss out on one of the best hard rock albums of 2012!”
“From the opening crash of ‘Spite,’ through to the heavy rock sound of ‘Unstoppable’ into the riff-fueled ‘All You’ll Ever Need,’ SINS is a true rock album with all of the polish and sound necessary to climb the charts.”
“SINS takes the band to some memorable heights through the course of eleven tracks…the kind of record you’d hear playing loud and proud in a bar or on the national radio waves…Give Charm City Devils a chance with this one.”
Check out CHARM CITY DEVILS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 5/25 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse
Sun 5/27 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma
* Wed 5/30 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
* Thu 5/31 Hagerstown, MD Breakaways II
* Fri 6/1 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
* Sat 6/2 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
* Sun 6/3 Portland, ME The Asylum
Fri 6/22 Savannah, GA The Rock House
Sat 6/23 Johnson City, TN Capone’s
Thu 6/28 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest (Rock Stage)
Fri 6/29 Ft. Wayne, IN Piere’s (with Redlight King)
Sat 6/30 Detroit, MI Small’s Bar
Sat 7/14 Chesaning, MI Showboat Rockfest
** Fri 7/20 Panama City Beach, FL Club La Vela Gulfside Amphitheatre
Sat 7/21 Carlisle, PA Carlisle Bike Fest
** Wed 7/25 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
** Sun 7/29 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
** Wed 8/1 Lincoln NE The Bourbon Theatre
** Sun 8/5 Lewiston, ID Boomer’s Garden
** Tue 8/7 Modesto CA Modesto Centre Plaza
** Fri 8/10 Chico, CA Senator Theatre
** Sat 8/11 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
Sat 10/13 Centreville, MD Island Bay Day Festival
* With Taproot
** With Theory Of A Deadman
Baltimore rockers, Charm City Devils have released their sophomore effort, Sins. As much as I loved the band’s debut album, Let’s Rock N Roll, Sins simply blows that album out of the water.
“Man of Constant Sorrow” is the best cover song I have listened to in a long, long time. Charm City Devils have taken this 100 year old folk song, and turned into something completely their own. I think they did an outstanding job with this cover. While “Man of Constant Sorrow” may be the only song that many of you have heard from Sins, the album is much deeper than that.
John Allen and company have crafted a bunch of catchy tunes, many of which ought to be hits for Charm City Devils.
“Walk Away” is massively infectious tune that all rock fans need to hear. I am hopeful that this will be released as a single. This is a great song!
“Still Alive” is the type of song that you will find yourself singing to after the first play.
The opening tunes “Spite” and “Unstoppable” have more of a modern hard rock feel style. “Spite” has a great message, and is another cool tune. This song rocks hard!
If you want some high octane rockers, Sins has those too. Give the songs “Love N War” and “Unstoppable” a listen. You won’t be disappointed. “Love N War” is the heaviest song on the album, and the driving rhythm is completely infectious. I thought “Unstoppable” had a Godsmack like vibe to it, and is extremely cool too!
Overall, Sins is a great album! It is rare when you get an album where you don’t want to skip a song or two. There isn’t a bad tune on Sins. You won’t want to skip any of them! The CD hasn’t left my play list since I purchased it. Don’t miss out on one of the best hard rock albums of 2012! I love Sins, and I think you will too!
You can purchase your copy of Sins from CDBaby at this link!
For more information on Charm City Devils, please visit the band’s links below:
Rating: Out of 10
03. Man of Constant Sorrow
04. Still Alive
05. Walk Away
06. Devil Is A Woman
07. Start It Up
08. Love N War
11. All You’ll Ever Need
Charm City Devils Are:
The latest edition of the Hard Rock Hideout Podcast is now available for streaming or download. Our latest podcast features interviews with Charm City Devil’s front man, John Allen, and Leigh Kakaty from Pop Evil. Check it out!
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Baltimore rockers Charm City Devils invaded The Basement in Columbus, Ohio Sunday night. I wish I could tell you the band played to a packed house on this chilly Sunday evening, but unfortunately, they did not. This little promoted show had a small turn out, but to the guys in Charm City Devils rocked out as if there were 1,000 people in the building.
Singer John Allen mentioned to me prior to the show that he was getting over a bout with laryngitis. You would have never known this, as his vocals were stronger than ever. The band performed several songs off of their debut record Lets Rock-N-Roll and their recently released CD Sins. It was awesome to hear the new songs from Sins played live. The band played their new cover, and hit single “Man of Constant Sorrow”, “Love & War”, “Devil Is A Woman”, and “Unstoppable”. I thought their cover of The Black Keys tune “I Got Mine” was pretty cool too.
It has been nearly three years since I have last seen Charm City Devils play. The first and only time I seen them prior to this show was at Cruefest in 2009. I loved their brief set opening for Motley Crue back then, but they were much better this evening. They rocked the house, and I am hope they will return in “Spite” of the small turnout.
After the show, the band hung around and signed autographs, took pictures and hung out with the fans. They are easily some of the coolest and nicest musicians I have ever met. It was a great night of rock in Columbus, Ohio, and I am quite glad I went.
Don’t miss Charm City Devils when they come to your town. You can check out the band’s tour dates at the Charm City Devils website. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Sins while you are there!
Check out our photo gallery below!
Another large release day in the hard rock world with new releases from Accept, Halestorm, Charm City Devils & more!
Accept – Stalingrad
Halestorm – The Strange Case Of…
Taproot – Episodes
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion
Fastway – Eat Dog Eat
Ignitor – Year of the Metal Tiger (Jason McMasters)
Murder Bay – Never Was An Angel
RattleShake – S/T
Charm City Devils – Sins
Stone Axe – II
Trucker Diablo – Devil Rhythm
SNEW – Pull My Stinger (Single)
CHARM CITY DEVILS–singer John Allen, guitarist Vic Karrera, bassist Anthony Arambula, guitarist Nick Kay and drummer Jason Heiser–has just released the video for the first single, “Man Of Constant Sorrow,” from their forthcoming album, SINS. The album will be released on iTunes and CD Baby April 10 via Fat Lady Music.
The clip was shot in Baltimore and directed by CHARM CITY DEVILS bassist Anthony Arambula.
“Man Of Constant Sorrow” (from the Grammy®-winning soundtrack of the George Clooney Oscar®-nominated film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”) has been exploding on the Active Rock radio airwaves ever since it was released on January 23. The song has quickly become a Top 10 Most Played smash on such stations as SiriusXM’s “Octane” (currently #9 on their “Big Uns” countdown), 98 Rock (Baltimore), WJJO (Madison), KHTQ (Spokane), KILO (Colorado Springs), KQXR (Boise) and WZBH (Ocean City). Due to the fans’ overwhelming response to the radio airplay, “Man Of Constant Sorrow” has had an impressive 56% increase in sales on iTunes since its release.
You can purchase “Man of Constant Sorrow” from iTunes at this link.
To give the already-growing mass of fans what they want now, SINS, the second album from CHARM CITY DEVILS, will be released exclusively via iTunes on April 1 via Fat Lady Music.
The first single from SINS, a cover of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” (from the Grammy®-winning soundtrack of the George Clooney Oscar®-nominated film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”), is quickly making a name for itself on the Rock radio airwaves. Fans have been burning up the request lines on such radio outlets as SiriusXM’s “Octane” channel, 98 Rock (Baltimore), KILO (Colorado Springs), WZBH (Ocean City), KHTQ (Spokane), KQXR (Boise), WJXQ (Lansing) and KTUX (Shreveport). “Man Of Constant Sorry” recently debuted on Billboard’s “Active Rock” chart at #36. A lyric video for the song was recently released and can be seen here: http://bit.ly/wDUuy2.
When the band (singer John Allen, guitarist Vic Karrera, bassist Anthony Arambula, guitarist Nick Kay and drummer Jason Heiser) started to put the new album together, they discussed covering a classic song and incorporating it into their live show. As singer John Allen, “There were many ideas kicked around, but which one? ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’ came up and we decided to give it a try. It’s an incredibly powerful song, but it was a challenge to develop and arrange it in a way that captured the essence of the song but would also ROCK! We all loved the version from ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ Skidd Mills and I built a foundation and with much tweaking and editing, and I think we delivered a great version of the song. The song transcends generations. It’s a timeless classic and it’s been around a long time. I’m excited to bring it to a whole new group of rock fans.”
SINS finds the Baltimore band adding harder, edgier tones to their blues-based roots. The result of the band’s life experiences over the past few years, SINS features an aggression and energy that hits you right between the eyes. From the first note of “Spite” to the last cymbal crash of “Unstoppable,” SINS showcases the bands power, directness and new found energy and intensity.
Recorded at Sound Kitchen Studios in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Egypt Central), guitarist Nick Kay reflects on the process, “Our previous record had been a compilation of songs written and recorded over a two to three year period. It was recorded in a couple of different settings and tracked by a few different people. This time, we went into one studio with one producer to give the record a cohesive sound and direction.”
“Everyone has ups and downs – that’s life,” proclaims singer John Allen. “I’ve been a professional musician since I could carry my gear and have seen and experienced what this industry ‘good and bad’ has to offer. We wanted SINS to be deep with songs that people can relate to. On this record, I wanted to put it all out there with songs about love, anger, revenge, lust and all the emotions that I was feeling. Expressing what I, and everyone in this band, had been through. These feelings are universal. They touch everyone and we used our experiences to put together a powerful statement that we believe listeners can connect with.”
And what about the album title? “When it came to giving the record a title we wanted something that hit a nerve,” he continues. “We have five different personalities in this band and it can sometimes be a challenge to agree on one idea. The one thing we all could agree on is in one form or another we have all sinned. Some of us more than others.”
In touring news, check out CHARM CITY DEVILS at any of the following stops, with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks:
3. Man Of Constant Sorrow
4. Still Alive
5. Walk Away
6. Devil is a Woman
7. Start it Up
8. Love N War
11. All You’ll Ever Need
Charm City Devils has posted their new (& killer) cover of “Man of Constant Sorrow” online. This song is from the band’s up and coming album, Sin! Click on the songs tab below, and give it a play! It rocks!!!
CHARM CITY DEVILS perform “Best Of The Worst” LIVE acoustically on 98 Rock Baltimore with afternoon Jock STASH! Check out this cool clip!
It seems like every year I put together a top list at Hard Rock Hideout, it becomes a harder task. In 2009, there was a crazy amount of excellent releases, and choosing the best ten was a daunting task to say the least. It was too hard to pick ten, so of course, I had to add some additional releases to my top list. The following releases are my top of 2009. All of these are worth picking up, and I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase any of these a second time. Check them out and see what you think!
#13 Shake City – S/T
Eonian Records has released quite a few undiscovered gems in 2009. Their best release of 2009 is easily Shake City. Shake City features the original singer of Warrant, Adam Shore. I don’t know why Adam left Warrant, but the fates should have been kinder to his band Shake City. If this CD would have been released twenty years ago, this disc could have easily gone platinum. It is better than many of the hair metal releases of the late 80’s. It is a crime that this band didn’t get the mainstream success of their peers. If you are a hair metal fan, you need to find this CD now. You wont be disappointed.
#12 Papa Roach – Metamorphosis
Papa Roach started introducing songs from Metamorphosis into their live sets in 2008, and as a result, I was familiar with several of the tunes by the time this CD was released. In my opinion, this is the strongest Papa Roach CD to date, with several hit worthy tunes. A worthy pick up for the modern rock fans out there.
#11 Cheap Trick – The Latest
I must admit that I have never been the biggest Cheap Trick fan over the years, but I can not deny how good their latest CD, The Latest is. While this may not be the most rocking CD of 2009, it does have some fun rockers, and is quality music all the way through. Robin Zander still sounds great after all of these years. This is a must own CD for Cheap Trick fans, all others ought to give it a shot.
#10 Chickenfoot – S/T
This is another CD that I didn’t really know what to expect. Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have been playing together in Van Halen for years, but how would this new band work out with Joe Satriani and Chad Smith? Satriani’s playing on this CD is great, and when he does cut loose, he doesn’t over shadow the rest of the band. Overall, Chickenfoot is a supergroup that could have some legs. I hope these guys stick around for a few more releases. Van Halen’s other half still delivers.
#9 The Answer – Everyday Demons
The Answer’s debut CD Rise was one of my favorites of 2007. I had high expectations for their U.S. Debut, Everyday Demons. Luckily, it did not disappoint me in the least. Everyday Demons is powered by Zeppelin influenced rockers “Demon Eyes”, “On and On” “Walkin’ Mat”. The band couldn’t have asked for a bigger tour to be on in 2009. Opening up for AC/DC has gained them a ton of new fans. I can’t wait to see what the band has in store for us next. The only thing I didn’t like about Everyday Demons was cover art.
#8 Steel Panther – Feel the Steel
Steel Panther could be the greatest hair metal parody band of all time. Feel the Steel is packed full of tongue in cheek lyrics that many folks may find offensive. You can’t deny the stellar musicianship of these California rockers. I had the opportunity to see the band play at M3 earlier this year, and they did not disappoint. When is the U.S. Club tour guys?
#7 Charm City Devils – Let’s Rock N’ Roll
Who would have thought that drummer John Allen would front a new kick ass rock and roll band in 2009? I didn’t at all. I have been rockin’ with CCD’s debut CD since its release. This is quality hard rock all the way through. In case you missed it, Charm City Devils had a pretty big year with their opening slot on the 2009 Cruefest. I am still hopeful that they will do a club tour, (and break out some Child Play tunes in their set).
#6 KISS – Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom is the first KISS CD in a long time that I have been able to listen to, all the way through without skipping a song. While I don’t consider this CD their best, it is definitely in their top ten, if not top five CD’s of all time. I didn’t expect this CD to be much. Sonic Boom was one of 2009’s biggest surprises.
#5 Coldspell – Infinite Stargaze
When I first heard the demo tracks from Coldspell in 2008, I about crapped myself. I couldn’t wait to hear Coldspell’s debut CD. I have played this CD over and over again in 2009, and will continue to do so for years to come. This is melodic rock at its finest.
#4 Winger – Karma
Holy Crap?! I get the feeling that Kip Winger and Reb Beach were pissed off when they wrote this record. This is easily the heaviest Winger album to date. Reb Beach unleashes his fury on his six strings, and Karma shines as a result. The songs aren’t all heavy, but they are all top quality. I am hopeful that Kip and company will tour for this album in 2010. Great Stuff, and worthy to be in anyone’s collection.
#3 Black Robot – S/T
Black Robot – I had no expectations when I first heard Black Robot’s self titled effort. I figured any band with former Buckcherry members would probably rock, but I had no idea that I would enjoy this CD as much as I have. “Cocaine” is easily the best cover song I have heard in 2009. Black Robot
gets the nod for best new band of 2009. If you missed this CD when it was released earlier this year, you will have to wait to grab this in 2010. The original pressing is out of print, but Black Robot will be re-releasing this CD next year with bonus tracks !!
#2 Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson – United States
United States has been my feelgood CD of 2009. Paul Gilbert’s guitar work is quite impressive, and Freddie Nelson’s mimicry of Freddie Mercury is pretty incredible. Once I started playing this, I couldn’t stop. Absolutely fantastic music!
#1 The Last Vegas – Whatever Gets You Off
The Last Vegas has been rocking hard since 2003, but their 2009 CD, Whatever Gets You Off is easily their breakthrough release. It didn’t hurt that they had a little help from Nikki Sixx, and DJ Ashba who produced this disc. I still don’t understand why this band didn’t get the nod for Cruefest last summer. They seemed tailor made for that festival but the promoters didn’t ask for my advice. Whatever Gets You Off is crazy good. Apologize might be the biggest power ballad of this decade (no I am not kidding). This is another great party CD, and easily my favorite of 2009.
For more great top lists for 2009, please check out the following websites:
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://heavymetaladdiction.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.com/
The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/ (Ray posted his list on 12/4)
Metal Odyssey — http://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/
Rock Of Ages — http://rockofages.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th was the official start of Cruefest. All this week, Hard Rock Hideout will post videos from all of the Cruefest bands! Who else but Charm City Devils to start up the fun this week?
Don’t forget to get your FREE DOWNLOAD of “Lets Rock-N-Roll” at this link!
Ever since I first heard the song, “Lets Rock-N-Roll” on the Cruefest Compilation CD last year, I have been anxious to hear more from the band formerly known as Chosen Son. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Charm City Devils front man, John Allen about their new CD, “Lets Rock-N-Roll’, their up and coming tour with Motley Crue and more.
HRH: When did you start putting together Charm City Devils? How long have you been together now?
John Allen: This lineup has been together, we just had our two year anniversary. Prior to that I was playing with my guitar player Nick, playing guitar and signing for about six months, maybe longer than that. I had to put the guitar down and be able to run around the stage like a crazy person and engage the crowd. Playing the guitar, I could only stand in one spot on stage, and stand in front of the mic stand. That is a drag. I want to rock out.
HRH: Did you play all of the instruments on your new CD?
John Allen: I played a lot of them. The real beginning of this project was me down in my basement studio messing around. I wrote “Burn Baby Burn”. I played all of the instruments on that one initially. I had a bass player come in and track an additional bass track on there for me at one point. A lot of the songs evolved that way. I would lay a drum track down, and then play guitars and stuff. Prior to this record coming out, I had guitar players go in and recut a lot of my stuff, so they had their flavor in there. Quite frankly, there stuff was better than mine was (laughs) I started out as a drummer for years. The whole band is on there in different places. Our drummer played on the last two tracks on the record.
HRH: The song “Burn Baby Burn” is a really catchy tune, and gets in your head. That is a perfect song for a single.
John Allen: Thank You. When I wrote that, that is the whole reason for this band. When I wrote that song, I thought that I might be onto something here. I am not sure what it is. But I think I may be onto something. That is the first song that started the whole ball rolling.
HRH: There is a video on youtube for Burn Baby Burn that has been out there since 2007. Did you did this prior to the band starting out? How did this video come about?
John Allen: Yeah, my idea originally was to put a video together, before I had a band together really. My hope was I guess to get an indie label to buy the record from me. My plan for world domination was, I was going to sell it off piece mailed to different territories around the world. It never happened. I would up working out the bugs, and learning how to be a front man, here in the region, beating my head against the wall in the clubs. Finally, once I had this lineup together two years ago. I played this show, and a local radio programmer happened to be out in the audience. He said “Lets Rock-N-Roll” sounds really great tonight. I am going to try to put this into rotation next week. I have been in the business for a while, and I thought it was really cool, but I never expected it to happen. Sure enough, the next week he called me and said hey man I need you to do me a favor. I need a copy of Lets Rock -N-Roll, we are going to add it this week. I said man, you need to learn the definition of a favor. That is not me doing you a favor, that is you doing me a HUGE favor. He put the song in rotation. He called me a couple weeks later and said “Hey man, I wanted to give you a heads up, but early indications are that the song is doing really well. I don’t have the final stuff back yet, but I just wanted to let you know.” So I was all fired up. I shot off some emails to people I know in the industry, but nobody hit me back. I sent an email to Eleven Seven, and I didn’t even know anybody. I sent it to an info@ email address. The next day I get a phone call back, “Hey we really like what we heard, we want you to come to New York to meet with us.” I thought somebody was punking me, but no one knew I sent this email. Ok, its real. A couple of weeks later I went to New York and had the meeting, at the end of the meeting, they said “Ok, lets do this.” I thought “you got to be kidding me, things don’t happen that way”.
HRH: So, things went really fast once your song hit.
John Allen: They really seemed to, then the lawyers got involved and delayed it a year. (laughs)
HRH: What station was it that broke “Lets Rock-N-Roll” ?
John Allen: 98 Rock here in town.
HRH: So you met with Eleven Seven, how did you meet up with Nikki Sixx?
John Allen: He was on the west coast at the time. It wasn’t until I talked with him on the phone a while later. It has been Surreal, a month or so later, I was on the tour bus with him and the Sixx A.M. guys on the first Cruefest. He said, I really dig your record, and maybe next year you will be on Cruefest 2. I said that would be awesome!
HRH: Are you pretty excited to be playing on Cruefest 2?
John Allen: Oh My God Yeah, to put it mildly. We are jumping out of skin. We can’t wait to play for the crowds and play in the amphitheater and arenas. I have managed to do it for a little while playing the drums and there is nothing like it. I have been playing in clubs for a long time. Clubs are fine and good and everything, but when you to an arena it is awesome, and to play with such great bands like Motley Crue, and Godsmack, Theory of A Deadman and Drowning Pool. It is such an honor.
HRH: You have played in front of a couple of large crowds already this year at Rock on the Range and The Preakness.
John Allen: Yeah, those were awesome shows. For me, fronting the band, it is so much easier to play for a large crowd. People are there to rock out. They love live music and are there to party. It is a great thing. There is nothing like it in the world to play music for people and see their instantaneous response right there.
HRH: I first found out about you guys when you had “Lets Rock’N’Roll on the Cruefest compilation CD. Your song was under the name Chosen Son at the time. You went through a couple of name changes before you settled on Charm City Devils.
John Allen: That name, I am adopted so, Chosen Son, it is kind of like, well my adopted parents picked me. I am forever thankful for that. I am very fortunate that those two adopted me, and have been supportive of me throughout my life and my career. It is also happens to be a motorcycle gang here when I was kid called the “Chosen Sons”. I thought they weren’t around anywhere. Right we we decided to keep that name, there was a news item on the evening. One of the leaders of Chosen Sons was killed by police. I though aww man, this is bad. We decided that it wasn’t a good idea to keep the name so similar as a motorcyle gang. They might get offended, and might not look at it as a tribute. I was on the phone with Nikki Sixx talking about it, and brain storming names. He called me back a week or two later and said “I got it!” Charm City because that is the nickname of Baltimore, and Devils, because you guys are a rock and roll band, and are a gang. I said “done that is perfect”.
HRH: You were recently in Motley Crue’s “White Trash Circus” video. What was that experience like?
John Allen: That whole week was so surreal. It was crazy. I got the call on Monday around 10:00 A.M. from management saying congratulations you got the Motley Crue tour, Cruefest. We need you to cut the vocals for the chorus for White Trash Circus and have it back to us by 9:00 P.M. tonight or something crazy like that. That was fine I could go into the studio in my basement and cut the vocals real fast. You have to be on a plane to L.A. on Wednesday to shoot the video on Thursday. The whole week was an incredible trip.
HRH: You and Nick Kay were both in a really cool band called “Child’s Play”. Any chance you will work some Child’s Play music into your live set?
John Allen: Not right now, there is not a plan to do that. We were talking about dusting off “My Bottle” the other night. What would you like to hear?
HRH: The one song I like a lot is “Wind”.
John Allen: Yeah, that is a great tune our bass player Idzi wrote that tune. We only have a half hour to play on Cruefest. We will probably stick with the first record. If we have shows that we can break out to an hour or an hour fifteen, who knows what we will play.
HRH: Do you still keep in touch with Brian Jack (former singer from Child’s Play)?
John Allen: Yeah, he was just at our CD release party on the 29th. The night before M3.
HRH: Is there any chance you will re-release the Child’s Play CD’s Rat Race or Long Way?
John Allen: I doubt it. Rat Race was on Chrysalis Records. I am not sure of the legalities of the whole thing. I think the catalog is owned by EMI or Capital EMI. I don’t know what it would take to get that back out. I don’t know how much it would take to get that back out. Every once in a while I have people hitting me up to see if I have an extra CD, but I only have one.
HRH: You were a big part of SR-71’s CD “Tomorrow” as well as their Japanese disc “Here We Go Again”. You were the drummer, as well as the song writer and producer. How did you get involved with SR-71?
John Allen: It is a long convoluted story. I have known Mitch forever. I showcased with the band with their drummer was having some health issues, before they got a record deal. I appeared on the first album singing back up vocals on the song “Paul McCartney”, and then during the first tour, their drummer got sick again. He had mono or whatever. He couldn’t do two weeks worth of Christmas shows. I wound up filling in for him again. After that, they wanted to make a change. I joined the band right before they opened for Bon Jovi for the last couple of months. That is what I alluding to earlier, as far as getting to the arena level. Aw man, finally this is awesome!
HRH: Is SR-71 done now?
John Allen: Yeah, we never really said hey its done. Mitch came into town for the CD release party. I pulled him in to produce two cuts on the “Lets Rock-N-Roll” record, and we co-wrote one of those songs together. His song writing and producing career is really taking off and doing well. My time is pretty eaten up by this. We tried to get SR-71 a new U.S. deal. We thought after the success of the song “1985” that would be forthcoming, but that didn’t happen.
HRH: One of the songs that Mitch Allan produced, “Almost Home” really hit home with me. What inspired the lyrics for that song?
John Allen: My mother is a breast cancer survivor. So, the song, we don’t really let you know that. The song is about when we found out that she had a lump. She didn’t want to get a mammogram. She put it off forever. My old girlfriend really, really hammered her, you really need to do this. Your cousin died from breast cancer, and your aunt had to have a mastectomy. It runs in your family, you need to do this. When she finally did, my dad got the phone call from a doctor saying hey there is something here. My father didn’t know how to tell her. I wasn’t living at home at the time. That is what the song is about. Getting that phone call and having to break the news to your mom, its pretty heavy. The rest of the record, there is a lot of fun stuff on there, but that is a pretty heavy subject on that song. It is real. When I wrote it, I played it for my girl. We just sat there. Every time we would play it back we would cry. We were real fortunate. This was in 96 or 97. She is doing real well, getting check ups and stuff. She has a great doctor. I definitely advocate mammograms for early detection, I guess that is the key.
HRH: There was talk that Mitch was going to release a singer song writer album, called “Clawing My Way To My Middle”. Is that something you were involved with?
John Allen: Yeah, most of the tracks were stuff that were cut in my basement studio. I think his song writing and producing career in Los Angeles has slowed that down quite a bit. That has made this take a back seat. He is working with Kara Dioguardia. The last track for the two co-finalists on American Idol, he wrote that with Kara. He has some really great things going. Any help he needs with that, I would be glad to do. He has been so good to me over the years. I know a lot of fans would like to hear it.
HRH: With Charm City Devils it seems like you are getting back to your hard rock roots.
John Allen: Yeah, I think you are right. With SR-71 I was trying to fit in as my role as a drummer, and then trying to help out as much as I could on the song writing end. I wasn’t the main song writer in the band, Mitch was. There was only so far I could put my imprint on what we were doing musically. I think you are right. I think I have come full circle and I am back to the blues based hard rock where I got my start. I still think there is some raw elements and energy, and a little bit of the punk energy that gives it a little bit of a different flavor, but yeah, I would have to agree with you.
HRH: How big of an influence were AC/DC and Aerosmith on you?
John Allen: HUGE. Two incredible bands, both heavily blues based. Both bands have a lot of groove elements albeit both of them have a different take on groove and how they approach it. They are both two incredible bands that I have loved for most of my life from the point when I discovered them. I wear my influences on my sleeve I guess.
HRH: I think your CD is a good mix of classic and modern hard rock. It ought to appeal to a large group of rock fans.
John Allen: I appreciate that. There are a lot of modern guys that I like a lot too. The Hives have that high kinetic energy, punk, raw stripped down ethic. Jack White, White Stripes, he really plays a huge nod towards early blues men, Delta Blues. I really love that stuff too. I dig where he comes from. That stripped down garagey version of that stuff. Hopefully like you said, we can appeal to a wide range of listeners of rock music.
HRH: So what is next for you guys, Cruefest doesn’t start up until late July right?
John Allen: July 19th. We are going to head down south, and do some regional one off shows here and there. We are going to do some shows with Red and Framing Hanley just prior to Cruefest. We are trying to keep busy, and meet as many people as we can.
HRH: Is there anything you would like to tell your fans out there?
John Allen: Hit us up on myspace or facebook or whatever. Come up and say hello to us at the shows. We are very approachable, and we like to meet as many people as possible. Check out the record. We are getting a lot of positive feedback from people who have bought the record. Please pass the message along to others!
2009 has ushered in some pretty good new acts to the hard rock scene, and Charm City Devils is definitely one of them. Hard rock veteran John Allen has stepped away from his drum kit to take on the role of lead singer for this Baltimore based rock band.
John Allen wrote all of the songs and played a lot of the music on this disc. His friend and former band mate, Mitch Allan (from SR-71) produced the songs “Best of the Worst” and “Almost Home”.
So what does Charm City Devils sound like? They are a blues based hard rock act that has a sound that shows the influences of bands like AC/DC and Aerosmith and dishes out the swagger of Buckcherry. Does Let’s Rock-N-Roll rock? You bet it does!
CCD’s first single “Let’s Rock-N-Roll (Endless Road)” is one kick ass tune to get this disc started. (See video below) The up tempo rocker, “House of Fire” keeps the pace going nicely. In fact, the pace doesn’t let up until the mid tempo tune, “Best of the Worst”. One word describes this song, massive! This ought to be the second single from this disc.
“True Love (Hell Yeah) is cool stadium anthem that will get everyone throwing their hands in the air!
“Almost Home” is a slower number with heartfelt lyrics depicting a true story by John Allen. If you have ever had a breast cancer scare in your family, you need to hear this. This is a great song.
“Pour Me” is a whiskey soaked rocker that AC/DC wished they wrote.
The album closer, “Burn Baby Burn” is a simple rocking tune, but is extremely catchy and it will stick in your head after a couple of listens. This is a pretty cool way to close out this CD.
This songs on Let’s Rock N-Roll are filled with riff heavy guitar rock that should appeal to most hard rock fans. This is the type of CD that makes you want to crank the stereo knob to ten, and crack open your favorite adult beverage. Let’s Rock-N-Roll will definitely get the party started! Buy it!! You won’t be disappointed.
You can check out CCD online at myspace, at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Let’s Rock-N-Roll (Endless Road)
2. House Fire
3. 10,000 Miles
4. Best Of the Worst
5. True Love (Hell Yeah)
7. One Day
8. Almost Home
9. Night Is Dark
10. Pour Me
11. Burn Baby Burn
Charm City Devils are:
John Allen – Vocals
Nick Kay – Guitar
Victor Korrera – Guitar
Anthony Arambula – Bass
Jason Heiser – Drums
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JVC Mobile Entertainment, a leading developer and manufacturer of sophisticated mobile, audio, and video products, announces their 2009 “TURN ME ON 2” campaign to promote four new in-car A/V products: the El Kameleon-KD-AVX77 5.4″ wide touch screen multimedia receiver, the KW-AVX720 7″ touch screen multimedia receiver, the KW-NT1 6.1″ touch screen navigation system, and the KW-NX7000BT 7″ touch screen navigation system. The campaign will feature a breakthrough online viral video with placement on the high definition video billboard in Times Square and in an extensive campaign that includes print ads, online banner ads, radio promotions and a summer partnership with the 2009 Crue Fest 2 tour.
Last year, JVC Mobile completely rethought its marketing strategy by dedicating the majority of its marketing and media budget to an explosive online viral video featuring Josh Todd of Buckcherry and Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach. Actively promoted throughout the inaugural Crue Fest, the top rock festival of the summer, the video shattered industry records for a product advertisement as it garnered over 5 million views, with video imbeds on thousands of individual community site pages such as MySpace, YouTUBE, and other blog sites.
This year, JVC Mobile has increased the stakes, with a larger production and a more expansive video concept, including over a dozen shoot locations and a cast and crew of over 60 people. The intensive 2-day shoot took place at the world-renowned Universal Studios back lot and the CBS Studios New York Street lot, with creative director/writer, Danny Klein (e2amp) and director, Steven Lippman (Steven Lippman Print + Film) at the helm. “TURN ME ON 2″ stars Charm City Devils who are featured on the Crue Fest 2 Tour this summer, and Darling Stilettos, managed and produced by Matt Sorum for One Gun Music Management, along with 7 beautiful women, all of whom race to an impromptu block party guided by their JVC Mobile navigation systems. As with last year’s video, the action in TURN ME ON 2 is driven by a diverse soundtrack emanating from the JVC Mobile in-dash units, which includes new songs from Charm City Devils, Darling Stilettos and The Last Vegas.
“We experienced significant sales growth from last year’s ‘Turn Me On’ video exposure and we anticipate even bigger results from this year’s campaign,” said Bill Turner, Vice President for JVC Mobile Entertainment.
Along with rock stars, entertainment, and great music, the viral video incorporates key interactions with JVC Mobile’s in-car technology, including the revolutionary proximity sensor, iPod/iPhone utilizing a full speed USB connections, Bluetooth compatibility, touch screen controls, and navigation capabilities. “Our new viral video is a great snapshot into JVC Mobile’s core demographic,” said Chad Vogelsong, General Manager of Marketing for JVC Mobile Entertainment. “The video makes our product the ‘hero’ by using it to navigate to a fun destination, while also entertaining everyone on the way to the destination.”
Media partner Spin Magazine has been tapped to assist in marketing, distribution, and hosting of the video at www.spin.com/turnmeon. This exclusive page will include a Behind the Scenes “Making Of” video, with interviews and testimonials from the cast and crew. Users will be able to grab imbed codes and site links from the Spin.com to spread the “TURN ME ON 2″ video around the web. The page will include an email opt-in area to capture JVC Mobile fan emails, as well as a “Buy Now” button that will take users to the Dealer Locater page the JVC Mobile’s website. This page will also feature a one-month free MP3 download promotion, which will allow viewers to download music from the viral video soundtrack before it is available for purchase.
JVC Mobile will be an official sponsor of Crue Fest 2 this summer, which stars Motley Crue, features Godsmack, Drowning Pool and Theory of a Deadman and introduces the Charm City Devils. The campaign will be actively promoted on the Crue Fest 2 tour (www.CrueFest2.com) with the viral video featured on the closed circuit venue screens at each show date as well as on the web assets for Charm City Devils, the Darling Stilettos and The Last Vegas.
To view the “TURN ME ON 2″ online viral video, log onto:
MÖTLEY CRÜE announced the lineup today for their second annual summer festival tour, Crüe Fest 2, at the Fuse TV studio in New York City. The trek will feature performances by the following artists:
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
CHARM CITY DEVILS
In addition to announcing the lineup, the CRÜE debuted a new music video featuring members of all five Crüe Fest 2 bands performing the single “White Trash Circus”. During the announcement, MÖTLEY CRÜE was joined on stage by Sully Erna of GODSMACK, Tyler Connolly of THEORY OF A DEADMAN, Ryan McCombs ofDROWNING POOL and John Allen of CHARM CITY DEVILS. The single of this track featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE with these vocalists is available to radio today.
Crüe Fest 2, produced by Live Nation and kicking off on July 19 in Camden, NJ tours across North America and concludes on September 5 in Darien Lake, NY. Select dates go on sale to the public on March 20, the remainder go on sale March 21.
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Nikki Sixx says, “This is what we imagined when we came up with the idea of Crüe Fest last summer — putting together the most kick-ass bands on one bill for a day of rock. All of the bands on this tour compliment the others — musically, theatrically and passionately.”
To kick off the press conference, MÖTLEY CRÜE stopped lunch-hour traffic in New York City arriving at Fuse in a “Dr. Feelgood”-era ambulance accompanied by scantily clad nurses. As previously announced, the band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first #1 album by playing “Dr. Feelgood” from beginning to end every night of Crüe Fest 2. In addition, fans can expect MÖTLEY CRÜE to bring out hits from their entire catalog through their latest hit, “Saints of Los Angeles”.
Fuse is gearing up for a full-hour of programming dedicated to Crüe Fest 2 starting Monday, March 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT with a special edition of “Loaded: Crüe Fest”, featuring exclusive press conference coverage and a block of videos from the festival’s artists as well as “Loaded: Mötley Crüe”, filled with a selection of videos that have made the CRÜE rock legends. Also, don’t miss an inside look at the brand new DVD of “Crüe Fest 1″ featuring performances from MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH, SIXX: A.M. and TRAPT. “Crüe Fest 1″ premieres Thursday, March 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse TV.
Fans can see a special live, network premiere performance of the CRÜE and the Crüe Fest 2 lead vocalists performing “White Trash Circus” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Friday, March 20 on ABC TV at 12:05 a.m./11:05c.
Imeem will be the online partner for Crüe Fest 2, starting on March 17 with heavy promotion on imeem.com, and constant information updated on http://www.imeem.com/cruefest2. Once a week, brand new content from the tour will debut on Imeem, including playlist, video, and audio content, and will be cross promoted across Imeem and band-branded assets.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
HRH Comment: Only one change from the previously leaked lineup. Charm City Devils takes the place of Saving Abel. While I like the fact that I haven’t seen 3 of the bands in this lineup, I am not so sure that this a better group than last year.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the Charm City Devils, the first signing from Eleven Seven Music’s President, Nikki Sixx. “When I first heard Charm City Devils, my initial thought, along with everyone at Eleven Seven, was this is a real rock band! When I listen to their music I hear elements of credible bands like Aerosmith and I feel AC/DC. I like the fact that they’re from Baltimore and the way they relate the working mans experience. They’re not from New York or LA. You don’t hear many bands from Baltimore and these guys carry on tradition with their own relevant and modern sound with classic riffs,” said Sixx.
“This album comes from an emotional level. The lyrics are very honest; they’re pieces of my life, real things. Some are more sensitive and some deal with heavy issues, but they are balanced out by the fun, energetic songs that bring back some of that 1980s heyday of hard rock that audiences are longing for” says frontman John Allen. “I truly believe that raw emotion and honesty transcend all trends, and that if music has that classic kind of sound, it will have longevity,” he states. “That’s our goal: to transcend the times and not compromise the integrity of what we do.”
The band’s debut album Let’s Rock-N-Roll, is slated to hit stores on May 26, 2009. In support of the release from Eleven Seven Music, Charm City Devils will be touring regionally, as well as going on the road with Motley Crue, Buckcherry, and Papa Roach in 2009. Their music can be heard at: www.myspace.com/charmcitydevils
Attached is a letter from Nikki Sixx introducing the Charm City Devils. Please feel free to download and listen to the band’s first single Let’s Rock-N-Roll (Endless Road) here: http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=kfnfByr3q51uYbNvn5IHwvws3bi79FUI&UserName=Unknown
Check out Charm City Devils’ video – Let’s Rock-N-Roll (Endless Road) below.
3/10- Recher Theatre Towson, Maryland
3/12- The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
3/14- 93.5 The Beach “SHAMROCKER” Parade after party at The House Sports Bar and Grill Laurel, Delaware
3/17- Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
3/20- 105.7 The X PMS 4th Anniversary/Broke Ass Ball @ The West Shore Hardware Bar Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
3/28- Brunswick VFH Brunswick, Maryland
4/10- Doc Watson’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
5/16- Pimlico Race Track for InfieldFEST Baltimore, Maryland
5/17- Rock On The Range Crew Stadium Columbus, Ohio
The Rock on the Range Festival have announced their 2009 lineup, and it is a GREAT one!
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2009:
ROCK FESTIVAL RETURNS
SATURDAY, MAY 16 AND SUNDAY, MAY 17
TO COLUMBUS, OHIO’S CREW STADIUM;
SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE,
ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD
MORE THAN 35 ACTS TO PERFORM
ON THREE STAGES
ROCK ON THE RANGE–America’s premiere destination rock festival– will return to Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. The 2009 line-up for the nationally renowned festival
centrally located in the heart of the country will be highlighted by performances from some of rock’s biggest artists including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.
“We try to listen to our fans and they’ve been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe. “We’re really excited to play one of America’s great rock festivals.”
SLIPKNOT’s Corey Taylor says, “Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I
personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year’s well-rounded mix of rock’s
top artists also includes Shinedown, Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage,
the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms–for contest winners–and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, ROCK ON THE RANGE will also increase their “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at http://www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE, as well as VIP Packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 AM (ET) via http://www.rockontherange.com and http://www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day
ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
2009 LINEUP (subject to change): MÖTLEY CRÜE, SLIPKNOT, ALICE IN CHAINS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KORN, BUCKCHERRY, SHINEDOWN, CHEVELLE, FLYLEAF, SALIVA, SAVING ABEL, BLUE OCTOBER, HOOBASTANK, ATREYU, BLACK STONE CHERRY, TRAPT, STATIC X, SICK PUPPIES, THE USED, BILLY TALENT, ALL THAT REMAINS, CROOKED X, POP EVIL, STATE OF SHOCK, CAVO, FRAMING HANLEY, ADELITA’S WAY, BURN HALO, THE LEO PROJECT, HALESTORM, X FACTOR 1, CHARM CITY DEVILS, DRIVE A and EARLY PEARL.
What’s In A Name? Baltimore Rockers, Forty Acres changed their name to Chosen Son, and then settled on the new moniker, Charm City Devils and signed to Eleven Seven Music. Nikki Sixx came up with the name for band.
Check out their video, Lets RockNRoll below. You can buy this song off of ITunes today!