South Texas Rock Fest – HELSTAR, SNAKE SKIN PRISON Confirmed For New Second Stage
HELSTAR and SNAKE SKIN PRISON are the lastest acts confirmed for the South Texas Rock Fest, which runs from July 11th – 13th at the Javelina Harley Davidson Festival Grounds in Boerne, TX. Both acts are confirmed for the new Second Stage.
Organizers comment: “Due to the overwhelming response on the South Texas Rock Fest, we have decided to bring in a second stage and give all indie and up and coming bands the opportunity to play!”
The running order for the Main Stage is as follows:
Friday, July 11
QUEENSRYCHE – 10:00 PM
DOKKEN – 8:30 PM
SKID ROW – 7:00 PM
BULLET BOYS – 5:30 PM
PRETTY BOY FLOYD – 4:30 PM
HOUSE OF LORDS – 3:15 PM
AXE – 2:15
Saturday, July 12
TESLA – 10:00 PM
Y&T – 8:30 PM
STEPHEN PEARCY OF RATT – 7:00 PM
UFO – 5:30 PM
FASTER PUSSY CAT – 4:15 PM
LA GUNS – 3:10 PM
BANG TANGO – 2:05 PM
ZERO HOUR – 1:00 PM
MAD MARGRITT – 11:55 AM
Sunday, July 13
JACKYL – 8:30 PM
FIREHOUSE – 7:00 PM
HELIX – 5:30 PM
THE GODZ – 4:00 PM
OZZ KNOZZ – 2:30 PM
JOKESTER – 1:15 PM
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Whitesnake has released a new video in support of their new CD, Good To Be Bad. Good To Be Bad debuted at #76 on the U.S. Billboard Chart.
FRESH Productions and Marketing is proud to announce that Lance King Productions / Nightmare records (www.nightmare-records.com) has signed a worldwide distribution deal with New Jersey’s latest rock sensation Lipstick Magazine. Coming off of a perfect target round of rave reviews for their highly acclaimed and impressive self-titled debut live album, Lipstick Magazine has recently completed their follow up, full scale rock and roll cd assault entitled “Skin Deep” which is set for release August, 2008.
Additionally, Lipstick Magazine has acquired the ammunition for several rounds to come as evidenced by their distribution deal with Koch International out of New York http://www.kochentertainment.com/intro.htm) and two targeted radio campaigns in support of “Skin Deep” will take the cd across the US through Skateboard Marketing (http://www.skateboardmarketing.com/).
Adding to their audio ammo, Lipstick Magazine will also release “Skin Deep” overseas at the end of 2008 increasing their fan base and marching their sound across all musical borders.
What has been kept high on the list of shooting ranges of firearm rock and roll is the signature sound and stage attack of Lipstick Magazine who never fail to deliver a cartridge holder of power packed tunes and soulful melodies.
Lead Singer, Toni Loyas is a refreshing voice on the rock scene able to deliver everything from a melodious song to a hard rock anthem with spot on precision. For those that miss the days of MSG or DeGarmo-esque solos, you’ll find comfort in the guitar work of Damon Marks and Nat Gardiner. Their sound is a whiskey-smooth, velvety, dual slinger journey that moves past tablature and recalls 80’s metal guitar Gods in their glory. Keyboardist David Loyas channels a bit of Jim Steinman in his compositions and adds an edge to the band’s sound. Marc Rabin on Bass and Russell K on drums are consistently in the pocket together and prove that unqualified rhythm will keep Lipstick Magazine on the shooting range of firearm rock and roll.
Lipstick Magazine will be performing at Rocklahoma 2008 on Saturday July 12th.
Poison frontman Michaels recently wrapped season two when he chose aspiring actress Ambre Lake as the winner and his new girlfriend.
Despite the first season being exposed as a fraud–the winning contestant already had a boyfriend–Michaels and Lake insist this time it is for real, and they are handing the show over to another single star.
Bon Jovi guitarist Sambora, 48, has been single since his April 2007 divorce from actress Heather Locklear and a short-lived romance with Locklear’s former friend Denise Richards ended last year.
And TV bosses want to help him find love. A source tells OK! magazine, “He’s perfect for TV. If you thought Bret was must-see TV, you ain’t seen anything yet. Richie is going to be a train wreck looking for love.”
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Stuck Mojo has a new video out in support of their album Southern Born Killers. The disc was re-released in the U.S. on March 4th.
You decide the bands fate at HRH. If you say SINK, we won’t review this disc. If you say SWIM, we will check it out and post a review on the site.
Chavis Records has announced the signing of the BULLETBOYS to the label for their new worldwide release. The band is currently in the studio finishing the final recordings before heading to the mixing and mastering phase. The project is being recorded at El Garaje Studios in Cape Coral, FL.
Singer Marq Torien comments – “I am extremely excited about signing with a label that really understands what I am about and that my talent still perseveres. This is extremely rare in the business these days.”
The Bulletboys will be heading out on the road this summer in support of their new release with major tour announcements to be released in the very near future. Checkout the new track ‘Road To Nowhere’ here.
HRH Note: Hmmm could this be the Foo Fighters tour that Marq Torien mentioned in Cincinnati?!
Theory of a Deadman got their first break, when Chad Kroeger from Nickelback signed the band to his label, 604 Records. Scars & Souvenirs is the bands’ third release, but the first one that I have picked up.
Two things made me pick up Scars & Souvenirs. The song So Happy has gotten a lot of airplay on our local radio station, 96 Rock. The band is also the headliner of a concert, that Airbourne is opening up for tomorrow night.
I don’t recall hearing T.O.A.D.’s tunes prior to this record, and I can hear a definite similarity between their music, and Nickelbacks’ tunes. If you don’t like the latter band, you probably won’t enjoy T.O.A.D.’s music either. For those of you that do, you are going to find quite a few songs to enjoy on Scars & Souvenirs. There are at least 4 or 5 songs that could be singles on this record, if not more. I prefer the harder numbers on this record, therefore the songs, So Happy, Crutch, Bad Girlfriend and Little Smirk are my current favorites. I also like the tunes, All or Nothing and Heaven, both of which are balladesque tunes that could be massive hits for T.O.A.D.
Theory of a Deadman has two platinum albums in Canada, and without a doubt, this will be their third. Will this be their first platinum album in the U.S.? With the right amount of support, it just might. Theory of a Deadman has put together a very solid modern rock album that should have mass appeal. Scars & Souvenirs was a nice surprise, and worth picking up for fans of bands like Hinder, Nickelback and Daughtry.
For more information on Theory of a Deadman, please visit their website. Road Runner Records are also giving away a free download of the band’s first sing So Happy. Just right click and save the file and enjoy!
Rating:Out of 10
1. So Happy
2. By The Way
3. Got It Made
4. Not Meant To Be
6. All Or Nothing
7. Heaven (Little By Little)
8. Bad Girlfriend
9. Hate My Life
10. Little Smirk
11. End Of The Summer
12. Wait For Me
Theory of a Deadman is:
Tyler Connolly – Vocals, Guitar
Dean Back – Bass
David Brenner – Guitar
More chart entries for the brand new ASIA album “Phoenix”! In the week of release “Phoenix” was certified # 58 in the German official sales charts and # 75 in the official Swiss album charts. Moreover “Phoenix” was certified No. 77 in the Top 200 in the first week of release in the USA. This is Asia ‘s highest debut in the soundscan era and the first Frontiers Records production to chart overseas.
Some of you may know the band Pink Cream 69, but many of you do not.
This German hard rock band was founded by Andi Deris, Dennis Ward, Alfred Koffler, and Kosta Zafiriou.
Andi Deris left Pink Cream 69 in 1994 to join Helloween, and David Readman took over the lead vocal spot.
The band has released 11 CD’s since 1989. Three with Deris, and 8 with David Readman. If you are a fan of 80’s style hard rock, there is a lot of great music to explore.
A lot of bands suffer when they change singers, but Pink Cream 69, has only gotten better and stronger, with David Readman.
Pink Cream 69 isn’t well known in the United States, but they should be. These guys still rock like it is 1989. If you are a fan of 80’s style hard rock or glam metal, you need to give Pink Cream 69 a look. They have eleven studio albums, most of which are available through Amazon.com. The videos below will give you a taste of their music. Check them out!!
Greatest Hits CD/DVD Due Out September
Joan Jett, multi platinum-selling rock icon famous for massive hits like “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “I Love Rock N Roll” and known for her incredible live shows, will be touring throughout the summer, leading up to the release of a Greatest Hits CD/DVD in early September. Jett and her band, The Blackhearts, will also be joining the True Colors Tour for four dates in June with Cyndi Lauper and The B-52s. Tour dates are below.
Here’s a taste of Joan Jett’s exciting live show as her and The Blackhearts perform “ACDC” from her recent album, ‘Sinner':
Joan Jett also recently spoke with AOL Spinner on her life as a rock icon and the history of Blackheart Records, which she started as an independent label over 25 years ago. You can read the interview here:
May 2 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
May 21 – Santa Fe, NM – Camel Rock Casino
June 7 – Fairfax, VA – Celebrate Fairfax
June 21 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (True Colors Tour)
June 22 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center (True Colors Tour)
June 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre (True Colors Tour)
June 27 – Alpine, CA – Viejas Casino (True Colors Tour)
June 28 – El Paso, TX – El Paso Downtown Street Festival
June 29 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 2 – San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair
July 3 – Miami, FL – Miccosukee Resort
July 9 – Calgary, Alberta – Fort Calgary
July 12 – Beloit, WI – Beloit Riverfest
July 19 – Fond Du Lac, WI – Fond Du Lac County Fair
July 24 – London, Ontario – Rock The Park
July 25 – Oswego, NY – Harborfest
July 26 – Buffalo, NY – Gateway Park
Aug 16 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair
Aug 22 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino
Aug 23 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
Aug 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
Aug 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary
Sept 6 – Grand Junction, CO – Festival Grounds
Sep 22 – Bakersfield, CA Kern – County Fair
“COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! 2008″, The long Anticipated Live Concert DVD Filmed Live in Minnesota This Year. This DVD is the first Live concert DVD released by Tesla since the 5 Man Acoustic Jam, and will feature many bonus features including an exlusive look at the bands gear and behind the scenes live on the road.
SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE, THE DVD WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ALL
EDGUY singer Tobias Sammet has issued the following update on his AVANTASIA solo project:
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for your great support. ‘The Scarecrow’ is an album that means a lot to me and it was quite a commercial risk to just follow my heart instead of doing exactly what people expected. But if I take a look at the chart positions and sales — it went into the album charts in 16 countries, hitting the Top10 in four countries — it seems like you appreciate my honesty! Thank you!
Now preparing for the festival summer with AVANTASIA seems so surreal. AVANTASIA has never been on stage before and all of the sudden we are headlining the biggest festivals in the world, just been confirmed for the Sziget festival in Hungary on the 13th of August, playing amongst legendary bands such as R.E.M., DIE ÄRZTE, IRON MAIDEN and the SEX PISTOLS. Amazing!
“The AVANTASIA line up will be Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), André Matos (ex-ANGRA), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann, Bob Catley (MAGNUM — not all shows), Sascha Paeth, Miro, Robert Hunecke, Claudy Yang and Frank Lindenthal who is gonna replace Eric Singer who’ll be playing with KISS. Despite all rumors Michael Kiske will not be there, as he didn’t wanna do it and I respect that! We’ll put on a huge epic show anyway. Nobody has done something like that before and I swear, nobody will ever forget the event, neither you nor us!!!”
Moscow | DK Gorbunova
Tokyo | Shinagawa Prince Stellar
Mexico City | Circo Volador
Buenos Aires | Obras
Santiago | Caupolican
Sao Paulo | Credicard Hall
If you are a fan of Theory of a Deadman, you now have a chance to talk to the band live….well sort of. They will be signing on starting SUNDAY 4/27 FROM 1PM to 2PM (CST on 4/27, EST every following sunday).
The chance to converse with the men of Theory ends SUNDAY 5/19.
* Tyler Connolly – TylerCfromTheory
* Dean Back – DeanBfromTheory
* David Brenner – DavidBfromTheory
So, starting this sunday, get online and chat your ass off with Theory of a Deadman!
Def Leppard hasn’t been known for hard rock in over two decades. The band moved more towards a pop rock sound ages ago. Fans have been longing for the band to return to the sound that made them famous in the early 80’s. Songs From the Sparkle Lounge isn’t a Pyromania or Hysteria part two, but this album does have some of the heaviest tracks that the band has done in quite a while. The songwriting on this record took a more simplistic approach. Most cuts on Songs From the Sparkle Lounge have an anthemic quality about it. As a result, the lyrics are easy to remember, easy to sing along with, and the band could have their first hit record with new material since 1993’s Retroactive. Yes, the band has had Gold Albums since then, but none of their releases, aside from their Greatest hit compilations, have sold more than a million copies since 1993’s Retroactive.
Those of you fearing that Def Leppard is going to tread down the road that Bon Jovi went down, I can gladly say, they did not. This album has a couple of heavy cuts. Just listen to the first track Go, and you will understand how much of a difference the sound is over the past few records. This is the first album where I have heard Vivian Campbell cut loose on a Def Leppard album, and all I can say is, ITS ABOUT TIME! The band has not jettisoned their pop rock sound on this disc, so the fans of the NWOBHM Def Leppard albums, probably won’t enjoy this record as much. Those of you looking for a disc full of good pop songs, will probably be quite happy with this disc. Songs from the Sparkle Lounge probably has more in common with Adrenalize than any of Def Leppard’s prior work.
Yes, Tim McGraw sings the intro on Nine Lives. His involvement with the song adds absolutely nothing to the song or the record. It is easily a quick marketing grab for Def Leppard, who could draw a few fans from the music buying Country Music audience. Either way it is probably a smart move for the band, especially when most bands are struggling to sell records in 2008.
Like most Def Leppard albums, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge has a power ballad, called Love. This song has more syrup than IHOP. This song has a center part that gives it a Queen like feel to it.
So far my favorite cuts are Go, Cruise Control, Hallucinate and Bad Actress.
Songs From the Sparkle Lounge isn’t a terribly long affair. It clocks in just shy of 40 minutes. This isn’t Def Leppard’s best work, but it is far from their worst. Will this new album be enough to garner new success for Def Leppard? It just might. I had low expectations for this record, and as a result I enjoyed it. I think most of you will too.
You can listen to samples of this album at the Sparkle Lounge Micro site.
Def Leppard is:
Joe Elliott – Vocals
Phil Collen – Guitars
Vivian Campbell – Guitars
Rick Allen – Drums
Rick Savage – Bass
Watch the video….it will all be clear.
Something about this video, Silence For the Peacefully makes me want to see Hardcore Superstar live! They need to come to the U.S. to tour!!
Check out the brand new video that Airbourne has released, featuring none other than Lemmy from Motorhead.
Join Rev Theory as they take you behind-the-scenes and on the set during the making of their video for debut single “Hell Yeah.” Fast cars, crashed planes and a WWE Diva set the perfect stage for the fist pumping rock anthem.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video here
Light it Up featuring “Hell Yeah” will be in stores June 10th.
Def Leppard has released a new video, for the song Nine Lives. This video also features, Country Music star, Tim McGraw.
2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Alcatrazz debut album, No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This disc features the vocal talents of former Rainbow and MSG singer, Graham Bonnet, and none other than Yngwie Malmsteen on Guitar.
Alcatrazz had a fair amount of success in Japan, and even with a solid amount of airplay on MTV, with their video for Island In the Sun, the band did not much success in the United States.
Malmsteen’s neo classical style of guitar playing is present on this record, but not as overbearing as it is on his solo releases. I am guessing that the music on No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll is influenced by Bonnet’s early work in Rainbow, as there are a few similar elements, especially with the 70’s style keyboards of former New Englander Jimmy Waldo.
Yngwie Malmsteen’s awesome guitar playing is takes this record to the next level. Without his guitar work, I doubt that I would have cared much about the songs on this record, but his amazing fret work is always something that I enjoy hearing, especially with his varied styles from song to song this disc.
Sadly, this disc has been out of print in the United States for a long time now. You can still find import copies, but the high prices on those will scare away most hard rock fans. No Parole For Rock ‘N’ Roll is definitely a must own disc for Malmsteen fans everywhere.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Island In The Sun
2. General Hospital
3. Jet To Jet
4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
5. Kree Nakoorie
7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
8. Big Foot
9. Starcarr Lane
10. Suffer Me
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen – Guitars
Gary Shea – Bass
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jan Uvena – Drums
10 Years‘ new album, Division, will hit stores on May 13th, but their smash hit single “Beautiful” is already all over radio! Division is the follow up to 10 Years’ breakthrough album The Autumn Effect. With a musically eclectic, technically adept and emotionally poignant style, the songs shatter preconceptions, revealing a tapestry of previously unexplored influences and a larger array of stunning melodies.
To celebrate the release of Division, 10 Years and Hard Rock Hideout are giving one lucky winner a chance to own Tater’s guitar he used in the recording of the new album and to sweeten the deal, the guitar’s signed by all the members of 10 Years!
Prior to releasing their full length disc, Running Wild, Airbourne released an 8 song EP, Ready To Rock. This disc had a very limited pressing, and is out of print.
Fans all over the world are out to get this one, (self included). Another copy recently turned up on EBAY and sold for a whopping $410.00.
I believe in paying for music, but $51.25 a song is a bit much.
Van Halen’s reunion tour came to Cincinnati Tuesday night. This show has been long awaited by myself and many of the fans in the area, especially since this rescheduled show was originally supposed to take place on March 5th. This show was postponed so Eddie Van Halen could take care of an undisclosed medical condition. ( Turf Toe?, Male Pattern Baldness?, Erectile disfunction? the world may never know.)
I never had the chance to see David Lee Roth with Van Halen, back in the early 80’s and I have always regretted it. I wouldn’t dare miss this reunion show, especially with how volatile the bands’ relationship has been over the years.
The questions I had going into this show were the following:
Will Michael Anthony be missed? Can David Lee Roth still sing?
Can Eddie Van Halen still get it done live? Is Van Halen worth the over inflated ticket price?
I have heard and read a lot of good and bad things about this tour, from the cities where it took place prior to Tuesday Night’s Show.
I opted for the cheaper seats for this show, and by cheap, I mean the $49.50 ticket before Ticketmaster added their extortion rates to the ticket price. With the huge video screen behind the stage, there truly wasn’t a bad seat to be had for this show. U.S. Bank Arena was at near capacity. If this wasn’t a sell out, it was damn close.
The Stage set up for Van Halen was quite cool. The stage was set up in a Giant S configuration. The bottom part of the S reached out into the stands, and circled the people in the pit close to the main stage. The lighting, and monsterous video screen were pretty cool, in fact the video screen greatly enhanced my view from my nosebleed seats.
So as far the Answers to my questions…….
Michael Anthony was definitely missed. At times I thought they may have used his recorded back up vocals. Michael always was one to run around the stage and get the crowd going. Wolfgang Van Halen is not. The kid can certainly play bass, and his Frankenstein paint scheme was pretty cool. The bad thing is, the kid doesn’t have any stage presence. None, zero, zilch. This will come in due time, but it isn’t there in 2008.
David Lee Roth was the surprise of the night for me. Diamond Dave sounds great. He can’t hit all of those high notes he used to, but his vocal performance was spot on.
Eddie Van Halen was pretty impressive and boring all at the same time. While his fretwork was second to none, he didn’t move from his position on stage. I don’t know if his legs were chained down to a certain area, but Eddie was center stage for 99% of the show. He moved very little, and certainly did not make use of the cool ramps they had on stage. His playing and solos were awesome, especially when he played Eruption, but his lack of energy was extremely disappointing.
Aside from David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen had the most energy. His drumming was excellent all night, and his drum solo was very cool.
As a whole, Van Halen sounded awesome all night, they just didn’t have any energy on stage. Maybe I have been spoiled by seeing Airbourne’s high energy live show recently. Van Halen had about a tenth of the energy in their show that Airbourne had.
The energy from the crowd at U.S. Bank Arena was quite a different story. Tons of people were singing along and dancing. As a whole most people seemed to leave happy, and quite a few were hooting and hollering as they exited the arena.
So the Bottomline…..was Van Halen worth the ticket price. In my estimation, yes they were. I wouldn’t have paid the mega bucks required to sit on the floor ($150.00), but I was glad that I went. David Lee Roth called the band three quarters original, one quarter inevitable.
Maybe it was inevitable that Van Halen’s live performance would not quite live up to my expectations. The band is certainly past their prime. Van Halen is still one of the biggest hard rock bands to ever come from the United States. Past their prime or not, I am glad I got to see them with Roth as the singer for the first time. Even though they were not at their best, they still sounded great. The live music is what matters the most!
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