Collective Soul, Jonny Lang, Don Felder, Hoobastank and Blackberry Smoke have all been added to this year’s Moondance Jam schedule, joining the previously-announced Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar (with Neil Giraldo) and Buckcherry. Now the country’s largest classic rock festival, this year’s event will take place July 14-17, 2010 in Walker, Minnesota. Tickets are available now at www.moondancejam.com or by calling 1-877-MOONJAM.
Collective Soul is still touring behind its self-titled 2009 release that featured the hit single “Welcome All Again,” and makes its first ever Jam appearance this year. The quintet is still best known for its massive singles “Shine,” “December” and “Heavy,” and has sold over eight million records in the U.S. during its 15 year career.
Lang returns for the second time to Walker and the first since he won a Grammy in 2007 for his “Turn Around” record. Former Eagle Felder will perform his “Evening at the Hotel California” set that features many of his former band’s greatest songs. Atlanta-based southern rocker group Blackberry Smoke is still touring behind its “Little Piece of Dixie” set, while modern rockers Hoobastank bring its big hits “My Turn,” “The Reason,” “Crawling in the Dark” and “Running Away” to the ever-expanding party.
Tickets are now available in a variety of packages. Concert goers can purchase Rockstar All Access (with onstage viewing), three-day VIP, three-day general admission, weekend packages and single day admission, as well as camping sites and parking passes by contacting the Jam office in Walker. At the festival, general admission tickets get you front row access-there is no VIP in-front seating in Walker.
An official announcement concerning the entire festival line-up is due sometime later this month. Expect 15 bands to pack the main stage over three days and many more side stage acts to be added in the coming months.
The Moondance Jam has been held at the same location in Walker since 1992. This year marks the 19th edition of the festival, which was started by resident Bill Bieloh. The Moondance Jam and its sister festival, Moondance Jamming Country Fest, help bring thousands of music fans to the Walker area every summer. Its idyllic location, situated in the middle of Chippewa National Forest on a private 300-acre ranch and located on the third largest lake in Minnesota, houses thousands of camping sites during the festivals, and has been cited by many as to why they return year after year to Walker for the shows.
First Single, “Staring Down,” Available Digitally on June 16th
Collective Soul launch a new headlining tour just as their newest album, “Collective Soul (Rabbit),” is released. Due in stores on August 25th (their first for Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records), the album was written and produced by the band and the first single, “Staring Down,” will be available via all major digital retailers on June 16th. “Welcome All Again” will be available June 30th digitally.
“Collective Soul (Rabbit)” is the band’s eighth studio album. One of rock’s most enduring acts, they have amassed nineteen hit singles in their 16 year career, seven of those reaching the #1 spot on Billboard magazine’s radio charts. Most recently, Collective Soul were featured on the multi-platinum selling “Twilight” soundtrack and their song, “Hollywood” (from their 2007 Top 25 album “Afterwords”), was featured prominently in “American Idol’s” Fall 2008 season for several weeks. Collective Soul frontman, Ed Roland, later collaborated with winner and longtime fan David Cook on his debut album.
Collective Soul will perform in the following cities: August 7 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Club* August 11 Mt Clemens, MI Emerald Theatre* August 13 Newport, RI Newport Yachting Center* August 14 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino* August 15 Chatham, ON Chatham Rockstock August 17 Danbury, CT Ives Concert Park* August 20 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom*+ August 25 New York, NY Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza*+ August 28 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte*+ September 1 Houston, TX House of Blues+ September 2 Dallas, TX House of Blues+ September 4 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Hotel & Casino September 11 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Hotel & Casino September 12 Wendover (Reno, NV) Peppermill Hotel Casino *With Safety Suit +With Black Stone Cherry
Collective Soul announces the re-release of their 8th studio album, Afterwords, on December 9th to all retail and digital outlets. The album was originally released in August 2007 via exclusive deals with Target and iTunes. This brand new edition includes for the very first time three solo songs by songwriter and singer Ed Roland; “An Evening With,” “Ain’t That Enough” and “Give.” The physical album also included a year’s membership to the band’s fan club, The Collective Souls. The digital album includes a Deluxe Edition with a 7 minute video diary from the band’s trip to Peru in early 2008.
Afterwords debuted in the Top 25 of Billboard’s Album Chart and on the iTunes Top 10 when it was originally released last year. At the same time, the disc’s first single, “Hollywood,” was used in commercials by American Idol throughout their lengthy audition process. By sheer coincidence winner David Cook was a big fan, performing Collective Soul’s classic hit, “The World I Know,” on the show’s finale, causing Entertainment Weekly to note that Cook “staked his entire Idol career on a Collective Soul cover,” and won. Songs from Afterwords have also been featured in television shows The Hills, 90210, Celebrity Apprentice, Womens Murder Club, Brothers and Sisters and Shark.
Currently, Collective Soul has a song featured in the new blockbuster film Twilight as well as the accompanying chart topping soundtrack. The soundtrack held the #1 positions on both iTunes and the Billboard charts the week it was released.
Collective Soul have released a total of 8 studio albums in their 14 year career, with nineteen singles landing in the Billboard charts, seven of those reaching the #1 spot on the magazine’s radio charts.
When HRH was offered the opportunity to review the new Twilight soundtrack, I jumped at the chance. Any movie soundtrack that is capable of taking a huge bite out of AC/DC’s sales is something worth investigating. A quick look at the artists on this disc, and there aren’t many that fall into the hard rock genre, although Linkin Park and Collective Soul might come close. A quick listen of the CD, and I passed this disc over to the resident Twilight expert in my household (my wife). She has read the Twilight series of books, and is much more knowledgeable on the subject matter of this disc than I.
With that being said, the review below is written by my wife Bonnie, the biggest Twilight fan that I know.
Being a huge fan of the Twilight book (and the others in the saga), and being very impatient for the movie release date to get here, I was really excited to find out that Hard Rock Hideout would be reviewing the soundtrack. Unfortunately, that excitement faded pretty fast as I gave a listen. My first impression of the soundtrack was that it was a bit strange. I have now listened to it at least 20 times, and I still can’t find a better description for it. For the most part, the lyrics to most of the songs are just bizarre, but the music itself is pleasant enough that you find yourself listening anyway.
That being said, there are a few songs on the disc worth mentioning…”Leave Out All The Rest” by Linkin Park is by far my favorite, and was immediately. The flow of the music, the lyrics…it just works. I had never listened to Linkin Park prior to this, but I am definitely a fan now.
“Spotlight” by Mutemath is a catchy little tune that immediately has you singing along. Not hard to do considering the same lyrics lace the majority of the song, but even so, it’s one of the better songs on the disc.
Paramore has two tracks on the CD, “Decode” and “I Caught Myself”, both of which are likeable in their own way. The band has a distinctive guitar sound which adds to their charm.
“Full Moon” by the Black Ghosts reminds me of something by Manheim Steamroller. Different is the only word that comes to mind, but it’s nice to listen to.
The hottest vampire living, Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen, also has a spot on the CD with “Never Think”. The guitar is very nice, and I read that it is actually him playing, but the lyrics are mumbled and hard to understand. I really wanted to LOVE this song, and even though it is Edward, and that sexy vampire accent of his, I hope his acting impresses me more than this tune.
Wrapping up, the movie has to be better than this soundtrack, or my months of excitement and anticipation will have been wasted time. As much as I wanted to enjoy this record, I found it to be unusual and slightly disappointing. Three or four of the songs on the disc are above average, but the majority of them leave me longing for a rainy day in the forests of Forks, and a chance meeting with a vampire.
1. Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
2. Decode – Paramore
3. Full Moon – The Black Ghosts
4. Leave Out All The Rest – Linkin Park
5. Spotlight [Twilight Mix] – Mutemath
6. Go All The Way [Into the Twilight] – Perry Farrell
7. Tremble For My Beloved – Collective Soul
8. I Caught Myself – Paramore
9. Eyes On Fire – Blue Foundation
10. Never Think – Rob Pattinson
11. Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
12. Bella’s Lullaby – Carter Burwell