FEATURES LINEUP INCLUDING
GUNS N’ ROSES, ALICE IN CHAINS & KORN
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND–MAY 24, 25 & 26–IN PRYOR, OK
Rocklahoma celebrates its seventh year May 24, 25 and 26 with a stellar rock lineup not to be missed. Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains and Korn will headline the three-day camping festival which features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Rocklahoma is proud to be presented by Bud Light.
The initial list of performers for America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party includes: Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, Bush, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach, Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Steel Panther, Asking Alexandria, Ratt, Halestorm, Device (with David Draiman), All That Remains, Escape the Fate, Dokken, Clutch, Motionless In White, Big Wreck, The Sword, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Mindset Evolution, Heaven’s Basement, We As Humans, American Fangs, O’Brother, and more.
In addition, the Retrospect Records Stage will feature performances from: The Last Vegas, London, Wildstreet, Mad Max, Bai Bang, Lynam, De La Cruz, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, Firstryke, Ragdoll, Hessler, Switchblade Scarlett, Nasty Habit, Sister’s Doll, London’s Dungeon, Rhyme, Emerald City, Wicked, Down n Dirty, Station, Ruff Justice, Mystery, and Fist of Rage.
The lineup for the AXiS Campground Tent will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Bush is thrilled to be playing Rocklahoma with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.”
General Admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 22 at 10am CST at www.rocklahoma.com. To get access to the Rocklahoma internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 20 at 10am CST through Thursday, February 21 at 10pm CST, go to www.rocklahoma.com and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Fans save by buying early, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.
Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing email@example.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 19 and will remain open though Tuesday, May 28.
“We’ve waited seven years, and we’re finally bringing the #1 most requested band by the fans to Rocklahoma, the one and only Guns N’ Roses! Couple that with the undisputed legacy of Alice In Chains, the unforgettable live spectacle of Korn and the hits of Bush, and we’re in store for a truly legendary weekend,” comments Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Rocklahoma for AEG Live.
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” Rocklahoma was revamped in 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists. In 2011, a record-breaking crowd of over 35,000 fans turned out for the festival, which raised over $10,000 for the American Red Cross as part of their tornado relief efforts in nearby Joplin, MO. In 2012, a national television audience was able to experience many Rocklahoma band performances in HD when AXS TV aired live coverage of the festival.
Rocklahoma marks the final event of the 2013 World’s Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live and Right Arm Entertainment, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in five distinct U.S. concert atmospheres: Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rockfest, Rock On The Range, and Rocklahoma. In 2012, the World’s Loudest Month featured over 100 artists playing for more than 200,000 rock music fans across the country on five consecutive weekends, confirming that rock music is as vital as ever.
Rocklahoma is proud to be sponsored by Bud Light, Hard Rock (presenting the Hard Rock 2nd Stage), Jägermeister, and Monster Energy.
ROCKLAHOMA – Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Rock!
At a press conference at the Grove mall in Los Angeles, just around the corner from the American Idol studio, the members of Aerosmith (minus guitarist Brad Whitford) bravely stepped into the sunshine and proved that they don’t melt in daylight. After being introduced by Jimmy Kimmel – “Aerosmith are literally walking this way” – the band confirmed that their Global Warming tourwill kick off on June 16th in Minneapolis; it’s currently scheduled through August 8th, with Cheap Trick rocking the opening slot.
As much as we love new music at Hard Rock Hideout, sometimes we have to take a few minutes to remember the classics.
2012 marks the 30th anniversary (Released April 30th, 1982) of Cheap Trick’s sixth (and possibly most underrated) album, One On One.
One on One is a very easy album to listen to from beginning to end. Even with eleven songs, it clocks in under thirty five minutes. This album features an eclectic mix of pop rockers, and a song or two that you wouldn’t expect from Cheap Trick. Cheap Trick has some mild success with the song “She’s Tight”. This was a top 20 rock hit for Cheap Trick, and still sounds great today.
Why the song “I Want You” doesn’t get airplay today mystifies me. It is a short rocker that seems tailor-made for the radio.
“If You Want My Love” is one of my favorites on One On One. This song is dripping with the influence of The Beatles, but that is what makes it so cool.
“Oo La La La” might have some silly lyrics, but this song is also ridiculously catchy.
I am not sure how to classify the song, “Saturday at Midnight”. Is it disco? Is it rock? You can definitely tell this one is from the eighties with its keyboard effects, but I like it anyway.
Could “I Want Be Man” have influenced a young Trent Reznor? This song almost sounds like early Industrial rock, before their was a genre. I know many Cheap Trick fans hate this song, but I think it is cool for what it is.
The album “Four Letter Word” sounds as if it could have been on a Billy Squier album. It is a semi heavier number, and a really good tune.
One On One is first album to feature Jon Brant on bass. A position he filled for several years before Tom Petersen’s return. I don’t know if Brant added a heavier influence to the songs, but he was a good addition to Cheap Trick even if it was temporary at best.
One On One might be thirty years old this year, but it still sounds better than a lot of the crap that is on the FM dial. Do yourself a favor and check this CD out!
Rating: Out of 10
- I Want You
- One on One
- If You Want My Love
- Oo La La La
- Lookin’ Out For Number One
- She’s Tight
- Time is Runnin’
- Saturday at Midnight
- Love’s Got a Hold on Me
- I Want Be Man
- Four Letter Word
Cheap Trick is:
Robin Zander – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Rick Nielsen – lead guitar, backing vocals
Jon Brant – bass, backing vocals
Bun E. Carlos – drums, percussion
Cheap Trick and Audi of America come together to rock the big game on Sunday, February 7. Cheap Trick went back to the studio to rescore the hit “Dream Police” and renamed it “Green Police”. The new version will be featured as the music track in the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel commercial scheduled to air during the game. The spot shows, in a fun way, how choosing the green car A3 TDi clean diesel is an easy way to lend a hand to Mother Nature when faced with many difficult eco choices. A limited number of free downloads will be available exclusively for Twitter followers and Facebook fans at www.facebook.com/audi.
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/
Due to unforeseen personal matters, the third leg of Def Leppard’s North American Tour, set to begin on October 22nd with special guest Cheap Trick, has been cancelled. “We know how truly blessed we are to have such committed fans,” said the band in a statement. “That’s why we’ve agonized over this decision. Even if just a single concert, we don’t take cancelling shows lightly, but unfortunately life’s commitments need to be the priority.”
Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.
If you missed Cheap Trick’s performance on Cheap Trick last night, you can check out the clip below. Cheap Trick is performing their new song, “Sick Man of Europe”. If you haven’t picked up Cheap Trick’s new CD, ‘The Latest”, check out our review with song clips here.
Check out Cheap Trick’s brand new video, “Sick Man of Europe”. This song is on the band’s brand new CD, The Latest. Get it here!!
Cheap Trick is a band that needs no introduction and there should be no argument that they are legends, who deserve a place in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame. They have sold millions of records not only in the U.S. but worldwide and they have influenced countless bands. Unlike a lot of the bands that came out around the same time, Rockford, IL finest are not content resting on their achievements and just touring off their catalog. In fact I think the guys have gotten better since their so-called “heyday”. With their newest release simply titled “the Latest” one listen is all it takes to realize the British Invasion and the Beatles were a huge influence, more so than on any other previous albums, and that influence has given Cheap Trick their best album in the last 20 years.
After a short intro titled “Sleep Forever” Robin Zander and the guys kick into “When The Lights Are Out” which is a good time fun song filled with melodies galore, a great groove and sing along chorus that should put a smile on your face unless you are legally dead. “Miss Tomorrow” is up next which reminds me of the late George Harrison when he was working with Jeff Lynne with the acoustic guitars, strings, and Zander’s absolutely perfect vocals. The album’s first single “Sick Man of Europe” is one of the heavier songs on the album with a Kinks feel to it. For all you useless trivia buffs Sick Man of Europe was also a band name used by Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson before they finally decided on Cheap Trick. “These Days” is a classic Cheap Trick type of ballad, which should get major airplay at the very least on the classic rock stations. John Lennon’s influence is all over “Miracle” an absolutely great song. “Everyday You Make Me Crazy” may only be a minute and twenty seven seconds long but the guys make the most of it. “California Girl” is another song that sounds heavily influenced by both the Kinks and the Beatles, this stomper is a perfect song for summer. “Alive” is another stomper in the classic Cheap Trick fashion, unlike a lot of guitarists Rick Nielsen does not need a flashy solo every song to show the world how great he is and his playing on “Alive” is a prime example of that.
With 13 songs on “the Latest” Cheap Trick makes sure everyone gets their money’s worth delivering a fantastic album filled with layer upon layer of hooks, melodies, and catchy well written and played songs, one hell of a great summertime album.
Rating: Out of 10
- Sleep Forever
- When The Lights Are Out
- Miss Tomorrow
- Sick Man of Europe
- These Days
- Everyday You Make Me Crazy
- California Girl
- Everybody Knows
- Times of Our Lives
- Closer, The Ballad of Burt and Linda
Cheap Trick is:
Robin Zander – vocals, guitar
Rick Nielsen – guitar, vocals
Tom Petersson – 12-string bass, vocals
Bun E. Carlos – drums, percussion
Cheap Trick is stepping outside of the label world to release its next studio album, “The Latest,” itself.
The veteran rock group will start taking pre-orders for the 13-track set, which it recorded during the past year mostly in Los Angeles with producer Julian Raymond, on Friday via its official web site, http://www.cheaptrick.com, and at Amazon.com. Those who pre-order will receive “The Latest” on June 23, the day Cheap Trick starts it summer tour with Def Leppard and Poison in Camden, N.J. Amazon will have exclusive rights for one month, and the album will also be available in limited LP and 8-track editions.
Dave Frey of Red Light Management tells Billboard.com that via Amazon and other database information, anyone who’s purchased Cheap Trick music, merchandise or concert tickets in the recent past will be notified about the album. Those buying tickets for the tour will also be able to purchase “The Latest” at a slight discount.
“We just want to sell it over time and not have it be all about making a big impact in the first few weeks,” Frey says. “We’ve got a lot going on with online marketing direct to people who have bought Cheap Trick things. We want to try to do as much direct to consumer activity as possible and do everything we can to remove anything that’s in the way of the band reaching the fans directly.”
“The Latest” is certainly an album likely to curry favor with the Cheap Trick faithful, filled with anthemic power pop tunes such as “Miss Tomorrow,” “California Girl,” “Alive” and a cover of Slade’s “When the Lights Are Out,” Beatlesque songs like “Miracle,” “Everybody Knows” and “Times of Our Lives,” and the power ballads “These Days,” “Closer…” and “Smile.” “We wanted to make a record that sounded like 2009, get something that sounds like us this year,” drummer Bun E. Carlos explains.
Guitarist Rick Nielsen adds that, “I think it seems like we kinda grew up but didn’t too old, ’cause musically there’s a lot of different aspects to it. When you hear something like (‘Sick Man of Europe’), you think, ‘This can’t be the same guys.’ It sounds too energized for what people expect from somebody who’s been around as long as we have…But musically I think it sounds like we grew up a bit.”
Besides “The Latest,” Cheap Trick has also recorded a version of the “Transformers” theme for the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” soundtrack, which also comes out June 23.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
DEF LEPPARD ANNOUNCES 40-CITY TOUR WITH POISON & SPECIAL GUEST CHEAP TRICK
TICKETS FOR THE CONCERT EVENT OF THE SUMMER GO ON SALE BEGINNING MARCH 6TH
In what is sure to be the biggest rock event this summer, Britain’s greatest arena rock band Def Leppard will join forces with Poison and special guest Cheap Trick for a 39-city North American Tour. Tickets go on-sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 6th at www.livenation.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning March 4th at 10am local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.privatepass.citi.com.
With combined sales of 100 Million albums worldwide, 65 million from Leppard alone, fans can expect hits like “PHOTOGRAPH,” “ROCK OF AGES,” “C’MON C’MON,” “POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME,” “FOOLIN’,” “BRINGIN’ ON THE HEARTBREAK, “NINE LIVES,” and countless others creating an evening of rock ‘n’ roll unlike any other this summer.
The tour, which kicks off on June 23rd in Camden, N.J, promises an unprecedented night for those in attendance. The show will highlight three decades of music from three of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest bands for a four-hour interactive concert experience that will begin the moment that the doors open. It will feature Bluetooth technology and delivery, text communications prior to and during performances and a host of interactive offerings. This in addition to an arsenal of nearly 60 Top 40 hits including Poison’s “EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN,” “UNSKINNY BOP,” “RIDE THE WIND,” “SOMETHIN’ TO BELIEVE IN,” and “NOTHIN’ BUT A GOOD TIME,” as well as Cheap Trick’s “I WANT YOU TO WANT ME” and “SURRENDER.”
“I’m very pleased that we are coming back to North America,” said Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott. “We’re gonna be touring with some new friends and some old friends and can guarantee it will be the Rock Tour of the summer.”
“There is nothing better than an epic summer concert and this tour is a dream come true for rock ‘n’ roll fans. It will be a night of a thousand hits with three hard-charging rock bands on the road together,” said Poison front man and star of VH1’s top-rated “Rock of Love Bus” reality show Bret Michaels.
Def Leppard (Joe Elliott – vocals, Vivian Campbell – guitar, Phil Collen – guitar, Rick “Sav” Savage -bass and Rick Allen – drums) sits at the top of an iconic class of rock ‘n’ roll bands. In fact, they are one of a handful of select groups, including the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Eagles, who have been awarded the RIAA’s prestigious Diamond Award more than once (“PYROMANIA” and “HYSTERIA“). The band’s most recent album “SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE” debuted last year at #5 on the Billboard Top 200; earning Def Leppard their highest-charting debut since their 1992 album “ADRENALIZE“.
Over the course of their career, Def Leppard has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums that set the sound for generations of music fans and artists. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful melodic rock anthems, have become synonymous with their name and are an institution in the touring industry as they continue to sell out arenas worldwide.
Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, has been one of the music industry’s top acts, with multi-platinum album sales and sold out tours since first bursting onto the scene in 1986. Poison’s Bret Michaels, C.C. Deville, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and charted twelve Top 10 hits. Throughout Poison’s career, the band’s members have enjoyed collaborative and solo successes from the stage to screen. Bret Michaels currently stars in the #1 viewed reality show on cable, VH1’s “Rock of Love Bus.”
With more than 5,000 performances, 20 million records sold, 29 movie soundtracks and 40 gold and platinum-recording awards, Cheap Trick may be one of the most covered bands of all time. Since the 70s they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal in a way that is instantly catchy and recognizable.
Live Nation will produce the tour nationally.
For a list of tour dates, please visit Def Leppard’s tour page.
DATE CITY VENUE TICKETS
JUN 12 Dublin (Ireland) O2 Arena on sale FEB 27, 9:00 AM
w/Whitesnake and Journey
JUN 14 Derby (UK) Download festival on sale FEB 13, 3:00 PM
w/special guests Whitesnake
JUN 23 Camden, NJ (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUN 25 Cuyahoga Falls, OH (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUN 26 Darien Center, NY (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUN 28 Scranton, PA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUN 30 Mansfield, MA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 01 Holmdel, NJ (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 03 Saratoga, NY (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 04 Toronto, ON (Canada) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 07 Hartford, CT (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 08 Wantagh, NY (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 10 Burgettstown, PA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 11 Virginia Beach, VA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 12 Bristow, VA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 15 Cincinnati, OH (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 17 Tinley Park, IL (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 18 Milwaukee, WI (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 20 Maryland Heights, MO (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 21 Kansas City, MO (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 23 Noblesville, IN (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
JUL 24 Clarkston, MI (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 07 Raleigh, NC (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 08 Charlotte, NC (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 10 Nashville, TN (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 11 Birmingham, AL (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 13 West Palm Beach, FL (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 14 Tampa, FL (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 15 Atlanta, GA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 18 New Orleans, LA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 19 Houston, TX (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 21 Dallas, TX (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 22 Tulsa, OK (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 24 Englewood, CO (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 25 Salt Lake City, UT (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 28 Albuquerque, NM (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 29 Phoenix, AZ (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
AUG 30 Irvine, CA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
SEP 02 Mountain View, CA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
SEP 03 Sacramento, CA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
SEP 05 Las Vegas, NV (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
SEP 06 San Bernardino, CA (US) w/Poison, Cheap Trick
As it prepares to remember its breakthrough with the upcoming “Live at Budokan: 30th Anniversary” boxed set, Cheap Trick is also readying the release of its next studio album, which guitarist Rick Nielsen says is in the can and ready to go — although no label, title or release date are set yet.
“It sounds cool,” Nielsen tells Billboard.com about the set, which the group worked on with producer Julien Raymond and which he calls a “continuation” of Cheap Trick’s 2006 album “Rockford.” “There are a lot of strong songs. I think (frontman) Robin (Zander) sounds great on it. I mean, the thing starts with Robin singing a cappella, which we’ve never really done for a whole song.
Cheap Trick recorded the album at various points during the past 10 months, working “all over the place. We did a song here, a song there — some in Florida, some in Chicago, some in L.A., some in London — and then mixed them all at the same time.”
Nielsen says the group also hopes to release a CD and DVD from its 30th anniversary visit to Budokan this past April, as well as of performances the group did of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in New York and Hollywood. Also on the docket is a release of the 1998 re-recording of 1977’s “In Color” with Steve Albini; Nielsen promises “it’s gonna happen” but won’t say when.
The primary archival focus, however, is on the “Live at Budokan” box, which features the entire concert first released in 1998 for the 20th anniversary along with a DVD and CD of the April 30, 1978, show that was broadcast on Japanese television that year and has been in the vaults ever since.
Nielsen says the best part about these later “Budokan” releases has been the chance to show the world the entirety of the show, which he feels offers a better representation of Cheap Trick than the 10-song 1978 album that became an import sensation and the band’s commercial breakthrough in the U.S.
“It shows a bit more of a heavy side to Cheap Trick … songs that were definitely more heavy than what the (original) record was,” Nielsen explains. “I was always surprised that with the success we had (in 1978-79), the ex-record company and the ex-manager didn’t say, ‘Gee, let’s exploit this and put it out!’ We waited 20 years to put the complete thing out. That’s how smart we were, eh?”
The Journey show scheduled to play the Verizon Wireless Arena this Wednesday, September 3, 2008 has been postponed due to a case of bronchitis for lead singer Arnel Pineda. The show has been rescheduled for December 2nd and all tickets will be honored. Refunds are available at points of purchase.***
We expect to play Toronto and thanks for understanding. See you on the Road!!
Classic-rock fans have a triple-play to look forward to this summer when Journey, Cheap Trick and Heart join forces for a massive tour.
The 50-date run is scheduled to kick off July 9 in Denver and is booked primarily at amphitheaters throughout the US. The itinerary, included below, stretches into early October.
The outing will mark the debut of new Journey singer Arnel Pineda, whom the group crowned in December as the replacement for the band’s short-lived previous vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto, who split with the group last May after fronting the act for less than a year. Soto stepped into the role in 2006 when then-lead singer Steve Augieri was sidelined with vocal problems; Augieri had held the slot since the late ’90s after taking over for the group’s best-known singer, Steve Perry, with whom the band scored a flock of late-’70s and early ’80s hits including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Fathfully,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Open Arms.”
The upcoming tour supports Journey’s forthcoming June 3 release, “Revelation,” a three-disc CD and DVD package that will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America, according to a press release. Disc one comprises 11 re-recorded classics, disc two features 11 new songs, and disc three is a concert DVD.
Heart–sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson–released its most recent album, “Jupiter’s Darling,” in 2004. The set marked the pair’s first new studio collection in more than a decade.
Last September, Ann Wilson offered up her first solo album, “Hope & Glory.” She’s backing the set with a series of live shows that are scattered through mid-June; details are available at her MySpace page.
Cheap Trick dropped its latest album, “Rockford,” in 2006.
9 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
11 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
12 – Stateline, NV – Harvey’s Lake Resort
15 – Chula Vista, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
16 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Amphitheatre
18 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Arena
19 – Tucson, AZ – Casino Anselmo
22 – Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center
23 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
25 – Selma, TX – Verizon Amphitheatre
26 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
27 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Amphitheatre
30 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
31 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre
2 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Amphitheatre
3, 4 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Amphitheatre
6 – Orange Beach, FL – The Amphitheatre @ The Wharf
7 – Nashville, TN – Sommett Center
9 – Birmingham, AL – Verizon Amphitheatre
10 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Amphitheatre
14 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach
16 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Amphitheatre
17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Casino
19 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
21 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
23 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
24 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga PAC
26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
27 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
30 – Bethel, NY – Center for the Arts
31 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Pavilion
4 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Baseball Diamond
6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Amphitheatre
9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Amphitheatre
12 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
13 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Amphitheatre
15 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
16 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center/Casino
19 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
21 – Ridgefield, WA – Clark County Amphitheatre
24 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
26 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Sacramento
27 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
30 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
3 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
4 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion