Bill Adams is the lucky winner of our 2013 M3 Lawn Tickets.
Don’t forget tickets for the fifth annual M3 Rock Festival go onsale this morning at 10:00 A.M. at Ticketfly.com.
Enjoy this video from the Friday Night Headliner KIX!
The fifth annual M3 Rock Festival will take place on May 3rd and 4th in Columbia, MD, at the Merriweather Post Pavillion. The line up for this year’s hair metal spectacular is arguably the best one yet. W.A.S.P., Brett Michaels Band, KIX, Loudness, Twisted Sister, Steel Panther, Great White, Tuff, Trixter and many more. The tickets go on sale this Friday, January 25th through ticketfly. Thanks to the great folks at MPP, you can beat the box office by entering to win a pair of lawn tickets for M3.
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What can I say about George Lynch that hasn’t been said before? I am a huge fan, and it is always a big thrill for me to see him play live. The last time I saw Lynch Mob was in Columbus, Ohio in the summer of 2011. The band had a different line up at the time, and quite frankly, didn’t give the best of performances. This was not the case at M3!
At the M3 Rock Festival, Oni Logan was back in the band, along with Robbie Crane on bass and Scott Coogan on drums. I don’t know
what it is, but when Oni is singing with George, Lynch Mob can do no wrong in my opinion. Lynch was on fire at M3, and Oni Logan’s vocals were spot on perfect. Robbie Crane has been a great addition to the band since joining them last year. He does a great job on bass, and helps out with the background vocals too. Scott Coogan didn’t miss a beat.
Most of the songs in the set were from the Lynch Mob debut album. The set list consisted of “She’s Evil But She’s Mine”, “River of Love”
“Mr. Scary”, “Where Do You Sleep at Night?”, “Sweet Sister Mercy” and “Wicked Sensation”.
Lynch Mob was one of the best two acts on the side stage at M3 in 2012. I hope they return, and hopefully will get a chance to play a longer
set on the main stage next year.
Check out a couple of clips and our photo gallery below!
One of the bands I was looking forward to the most at the M3 Rock Festival was Stryper. I never got to see the band play live before, and they rarely ever come to my area. Due to the messed up start times on Saturday, Stryper’s set was greatly shortened, and I couldn’t have been more disappointed. The band only got to play 6 songs, and there was no “the Rock That Makes Me Roll”, no “In God We Trust, and no “Honestly”. M3 kind of redeemed themselves by bringing out Oz Fox, Tim Gaines and Michael Sweet to perform “Heaven and Hell” with both Vinnie Appice and Carmine Appice on drums during the All-Star Jam. That was a cool rock and roll moment that I will never forget. I hope Stryper gets asked to come back to M3, and to play a longer set. They were easily one of the best bands at M3.
The All-Star Jam overall was cool but overall disappointing. How do you have an All-Star Jam without George Lynch or Warren DeMartini? The possibility was there to something very cool, but the short Jam session seemed much more like an after thought than a planned segment of the M3 Rock Festival. Who did participate in the All-Star Jam? Robert Mason, Terry Ilous, Michael Sweet, Mark Kendall, Oz Fox, Chris Taylor, Tim Gaines, Sean McNabb, Carmine Appice and Vinny Appice.
Stryper’s set list consisted of the songs: “Sing-Along Song”, “Reach Out”, “Calling On You”, “Free”, “To Hell With The Devil” and “Soldiers Under Command”.
The All-Star Jam set list was: “Rainbow In The Dark”, “All Right Now” and “Heaven And Hell”
Check out our Stryper and All-Star Jam photo gallery below!
Bang Tango’s set at M3 was a short one. They only played six songs, but for having an early time slot, I thought the band did a pretty good job. I thought Bang Tango would play more of their classic material, but they actually played two new songs off of their latest CD, Pistol Whipped In the Bible Belt, “Suck It Up, and “Bring On the World”. Their new album is much better than expected, and definitely worth checking out. (You can read the Hard Rock Hideout Review here!) I am sure that Bang Tango’s set was shortened due to the late start time of the bands on Saturday, but they made the best of it. I enjoyed their set, I just wish it was longer.
Bang Tango’s set list was “Suck It Up”, “Ready To Go”, “Attack of Life”, “Bring On the World”, “Soul to Soul”, and my favorite “Someone Like You”.
You can check out our Photo Gallery below!
As there always is with any festival the size of M3, the low points come alongside of the high points. And while they were few and far in between, there were some unfortunate lows at the 2012 M3 Music Festival.
While Friday night’s show went off without a hitch, the same cannot be said for the Saturday show. Great White was supposed to kick off at 12:10PM shortly after the opening acts of Let There Be Rock and Drum Wars. At 12:30PM I was nestled in my seat, still waiting for the band to come onstage and still wondering what was happening. By 12:50PM, Great White finally took the stage.
I do not know what caused the delay. I do not know if it was the band, the festival producers, or some other unforeseen force, but what I do know is that the late start time cost some acts their stage time. Great White was supposed to play for 45 minutes and they got reduced to 35. If that wasn’t bad enough, Stryper had to do their sound check in front of the live audience, and their set was cut to 30 minutes. They didn’t even get to perform Honestly, or Always There For You, which pissed me off. Again, I don’t know who to direct my anger at, but at the end of Stryper’s set I was extremely aggravated. They had just given a brilliant performance and they weren’t even allowed to do a final song. What the hell is up with that?
One word describes Dokken’s set—terrible. Don sounded awful, and while the fill in band members he assembled were decent, they lacked the cohesiveness of the original band. Hearing Dokken butcher his own songs was hard to sit through. In fact, Rob Rockitt decided he’d had enough about halfway through the set and left to get pictures of the next band. I muddled my way to the end, but was sorry I did. The fans in attendance seemed to love it, but between Dokken’s awful vocals, his jab at George Lynch, and his endless desire to pretend that it was 1987 again, I couldn’t stomach the set. Don, if you want to live in the past, then pull out your vinyl albums and stay at home.
I know that I am in the minority with my opinion here. I know that the fans were ecstatic to see Stephen Pearcy back in Ratt. I know that the M3 crowd went berserk when Ratt took the stage, but to me, they had absolutely no right to headline M3. I know that Cinderella was supposed to headline and had to bow out due to injury, so M3 had to put someone in that slot. However, after seeing Queensryche and Ratt, it’s obvious that Queensryche should have headlined.
Ratt was terrible. Yes, Juan Croucier was back for this show and Stephen Pearcy was at the helm, but it couldn’t save their abysmal performance. Look, I am a huge Ratt fan, have been since 1984, but I’m also honest. Stephen Pearcy cannot sing anymore. His vocals at M3 reminded me so much of Slaughter’s performance last year, that I was just happy when the set was over. As terrible as that sounds, it’s true.
For the first three songs, Pearcy couldn’t even be heard, because their soundboard technician was not very good at his job. Once his microphone situation was fixed, it was easy to tell that he was straining to sing. His voice has lost any power that it had, and he sounded like a cover of his former self. The guitars were way too loud and drowned out the rest of the music. Bobby Blotzer’s drums could barely be heard. Overall, their performance was disappointing at best, but to me it was just horrendous. Judging by the fans response, no one else felt this way, so maybe I was just expecting too much, or I wasn’t drunk enough, but the next time Ratt is on the road with Stephen Pearcy, count me out.
GEOFF TATE’S MICROPHONE INCIDENT
As I mentioned, Queensryche performance was brilliant. However, there was one moment during their set that I found a little disturbing. During one of their first three songs (perhaps it was I Don’t Believe In Love) Geoff Tate decided that it would be all right to throw the microphone stand.
Sometimes this is rock star cool, like when guitars get smashed. Unfortunately, in this instance, Tate decided to throw the stand as hard as he could at the photographers in the pit. What was up with that? I found it strange and even though to myself “I hope no one got hit with that.” I was also hoping it was done as a performance enhancement. Apparently, that was not the case.
I later found out that the stand did hit one of the photographers, and that there have been instances with Tate and photographers in the past. I guess some rock stars just think it’s cool to hate on photographers. It’s one thing to hate the Paparazzi, but to direct anger toward professional photographers that are there to give your band press coverage is just kind of stupid.
Don’t miss out tomorrow when I talk about all The Pleasant Surprises.
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How can you possibly pass up a hometown headlining show from KIX?!? At the Kick off Party tonight at the M3 Rock Festival, Night Ranger, Enuff Znuff and KIX will be taking the stage. This is the only festival where KIX will headline! If you haven’t ever seen KIX perform live before, you are truly missing out on one of Hard Rock music’s great treasures. Lead Singer Steve Whiteman, is a tremendous front man, and knows how to ignite a crowd. Kix is easily one of the best bands at the M3 rock festival, each and every year. That is why they keep getting asked to return.
Tonight’s show at M3 is going to rock, and you all should be there! The M3 Rock Festival is happening today, and tomorrow at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Don’t miss out one of the best music festivals of 2012!!!
Even with the recently released Tour Dates, Stryper doesn’t tour very much, so your chances to see the band play live are few and far between. Stryper will be performing on the main stage at the M3 Rock Festival at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday May 12th. This will be my first opportunity to see them live, and I can’t wait!
Why is RATT a reason to go to the M3 Rock Festival? It is the long waited return of Juan Croucier to the RATT lineup. RATT hasn’t toured since 2010, so if you never got the chance to see RATT perform songs off of their latest album, Infestation, this is the place to do it!
Get your tickets for the M3 Rock Festival through Ticketfly at this link!
Japan’s Loudness makes a rare U.S. Appearance this weekend at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. If you have never seen Loudness before, this is a great opportunity to check the band out! This is the first appearance from Loudness at M3, and it is going to rock!! You can still get tickets here!!
Check out the band’s video clips, “Heavy Chains”,”Let It Go”, “Crazy Nights” and “You Shook Me”below!
We received the following info regarding the M3 Rock Festival a few mintues ago:
There have been some changes to this year’s M3 line-up and we want to fill you in. Unfortunately, we just learned that Cinderella is unable to perform as their lead guitarist, Jeff LaBar, is currently receiving attention for an unspecified medical condition, and the band will be off the road through mid June. We wish Jeff well.
We are glad to report, however, that we’ve added LA Guns and Great White to the bill – and there’s another exciting addition. There will be an unforgettable M3 All-Star Jam with many artists from this year’s festival joining onstage, showcasing their talents in this one-time only epic event.
We look forward to seeing you May 11 and 12th!
If you have any questions regarding this change, you can reach us via email at email@example.com. Please include the name of the event and your confirmation number in all correspondences.
M3 has announced their 2012 lineup. Tickets go on sale February 3rd. Check out the full lineup below!
OFFICIAL M3 KIX-OFF PARTY & CONCERT FRIDAY, MAY 11 at 5pm 2012 M3 ROCK FESTIVAL SATURDAY, MAY 12 at 11am
Discounted 2-Day Packages on sale Friday, February 3 If Available, Single-Day Tickets On Sale Friday, February 24
The heavy metal time machine will turn back to the 1980s and ʻ90s when Queensryche, Cinderella, Ratt, Kix, Warrant and Night Ranger are among the 19 bands to take over Merriweather Post Pavilion, playing full sets of their glam rock and heavy metal hits. For the first time, M3 fans wonʼt have to choose between bands with overlapping set times, since each band will play one at a time. Also, the festival will take place on two separate stages, each simulcasting the other, giving fans the option to stay in one seat and watch all the bands as they appear on both stages, or fans can move from stage to stage without missing a note.
In its fourth year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival starts with The Official M3 Kix-Off Party Friday May 11th at 7pm. Acts playing Friday night include Night Ranger, Kix, Enuff ZʼNuff, In the Pink and Let There Be Rock. The full- blown 2012 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 12th at 11am and will include Queensryche, Cinderella, Ratt, Skid Row, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Stryper, Loudness, Lynch Mob, XYZ, Bang Tango, Drumwars, and Street Light Circus.
Each year VIP and Pavilion seats sell out in minutes. VIP and discounted 2-Day Packages will go on sale Friday, Feb. 3 at 10am EST through Ticketfly. If there are any tickets remaining as of February 24th, they will go on sale as Single-Day tickets at 10 am EST. Tickets can also be purchased at the Merriweather and 9:30 Club Box Offices. For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/ or http://www.m3rockfest.com
VIP ticket holders will have:
• Private VIP Entrance gate
• Official M3 2012 Festival T-shirt
• Official M3 2012 Concert Poster
• Access to floor and prime pavilion seating
• Access to M3 VIP Deck located backstage (includes access to VIP concessions and VIP restrooms)
• Access to Artist Meet-&-Greet Lounge.
M3 is officially scheduled for May 11th and 12th this year. As of now, the only bands that are quasi-confirmed are Quiet Riot and Warrant. Every year, M3 manages to bring some major hair metal bands to the show. Here are the bands that I’d like to see grace the stage this May.
Jetboy needs to come back and be on the main stage once again. New singer D.K. Revelle has been magnificent and Jetboy was one of the best bands of the festival in 2011. Having them return for the fourth year would be a real treat.
Kix should be back and it would be great if they headlined the Friday night slot once again. Their live performance is always one of the best in rock and roll and playing a hometown headlining gig in Maryland for the second straight year would be worth the money.
Pretty Boy Floyd has to return and they should get a spot on the main stage this year. They were possibly the best band at last year’s M3. While Tesla comes close, Pretty Boy Floyd was fantastic, and anyone who did not get over to the second stage to see them missed out on an amazing experience.
Tesla, Sebastian Bach, and L.A. Guns should also return. They all gave exceptional performances last year and the fans loved them. Bringing them back would be rewarding the fans in a big way.
There are a lot of bands that have not yet performed at M3, but should.
Mike Tramp/White Lion
I don’t know if Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp have officially made up, but Mike Tramp has been able to use the White Lion name in recent years. While a reunion of all original members would be preferred, Mike Tramp’s version of White Lion would be acceptable. With massive hits such as “Wait,” “Tell Me,” and their splendid cover of “Radar Love,” White Lion would be an excellent addition to M3.
After being dead silent since 1990, Vain has recently made a comeback. They put out an album of unreleased material in 2010 titled All Those Strangers and toured the UK in 2011. Last year they released Enough Rope, one of the best rock albums of 2011. While no tour plans have been announced yet, M3 would be a great way for the band to kick off a summer tour to the delight of many fans.
Jackyl is a band that I never get tired of listening to. The energy that frontman Jesse James Dupree brings is legendary and up there with the likes of Bruce Dickinson. The man knows how to work the crowd, how to have a good time on stage, and how to host a rock and roll party. With plenty of hard rocking hits that would wow the masses, Jackyl is a band that should get serious consideration for an M3 performance. They are currently scheduled to tour California this January, and a slot at M3 in May would be a great starting point for a summer tour.
Since it is virtually impossible that a Dokken reunion with George Lynch and Don Dokken will occur, seeing the Lynch Mob would be the next best thing. I’ve always been a fan of lead singer Oni Logan, and Lynch Mob’s last album (2009’s Smoke and Mirrors) was spectacular and one of the best albums I’ve heard in years. George Lynch is one of the finest guitarists in rock and it’s a shame that he hasn’t performed at this festival already. There are rumors that the band is in the studio working on a follow up to Smoke And Mirrors. If the timing works out, Lynch Mob could release the record right around the time M3 arrives. A performance at this festival would be a great way to inform fans about a new record.
Every year, M3 gets an incredible band to headline the Saturday night performance and close out the show in style. This year’s headliner should be WASP. Their concert performances are legendary, and even though it is Blackie Lawless and a bunch of studio musicians, a WASP concert is still an amazing thing to see live. Blackie gives his all, the band plays all the hits, and the fans always leave feeling more than satisfied. Having WASP headline M3 in 2012 could be one of the best experiences the festival ever had.
What bands would you like to see at this year’s M3?
The M3 Rock Festival will be returning for the fourth consecutive year in Columbia, MD on May 11th & 12th, 2012. Only one band has been confirmed so far, and that is Quiet Riot. Save the Date!! More info coming soon!
Slaughter made their third annual appearance to the M3 Rock Festival in 2011. Ok, so they technically played at three m3 Rock Festivals. Two thirds of Slaughter was Vince Neil’s backing band in 2010.
I have to admit that when I saw Slaughter at the first M3, I was pretty disappointed. Every band has its bad day, and I was hoping they would be better in 2011. Honestly, they weren’t better. Mark Slaughter’s voice wasn’t at it’s best, and that made for what I considered a somewhat lopsided performance. On the flipside, Zoltan Chaney is an absolute beast on the drums, and he is a hell of a lot of fun to watch, as is Dana Strum who always has his hair flying, and making crazy faces while playing. The band played the songs you would expect including “Spend My Life”, “Burning Bridges”, “Take Me Away”, “Wild Life”, “Up All Night”,and “Fly To the Angels”. At one point in the show, Mark Slaughter made his way into the stands while singing, which was much to the joy of many fans.
Overall, Slaughter attempted to bring it at M3, but I thought they fell a little short. I was somewhat disappointed in their set, but it was one of the few low points at M3, so who am I to complain. For another perspective on Slaughter’s set, check out Ryo’s opinion here.
You can view our Photo Gallery from Slaughter’s set at this link.
I can’t believe it has been three weeks since M3, but our coverage continues………..
When I last saw Firehouse back in 2007, at the Cherokee, NC they were one of the better bands of the weekend. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to seeing Firehouse play live again. With a short set, but band played everything I expected them to, but it would have been nice to see a song or two off of their last album Primetime. Their set list included the songs “Shake & Tumble”, “All She Wrote”, “When I Look Into Your Eyes”, “Overnight Sensation”,”Love Of A Lifetime”, “Reach For The Sky”, “and Don’t Treat Me Bad”. I thought Firehouse sounded good, but nowhere near as good as the last time I saw them. They still brought it, and that is all I can ask for!
The band did mention that they have a new greatest hits CD, Full Circle (released June 1st; available at iTunes, CDBaby & Amazon.com) so if you are looking for a cool compilation with all of Firehouse’s hit tunes (re-recorded), you may want to check that out. Also CJ Snare has a new side project called Rubicon Cross with Chris Green from Furyon. You can check out the samples here.
Check out our Firehouse Photo Gallery at this link.
In 2009, at the first M3 Rock Festival, many of us thought Kix should have headlined that show. They were much better than the bands they played before (RATT, & Twisted Sister).
In 2010, they were stuck behind Vince Neil, Cinderella & The Scorpions, and again they should have been much higher on the bill.
Like Steve Whiteman mentioned during the show, M3 is probably the only place where Kix could headline, and this year Kix got the respect they deserve by headlining the Friday night show on Day 1 of the M3 Rock Festival.
I have seen Kix a few times over the years, but this was easily the longest set I have ever seen the band perform live. Kix’s set list went something like this: “No Ring Around Rosie”, “Atomic Bombs”, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “Sex”, “The Itch”, “Hot Wire”, “Girl Money”, “Cold Shower”, “Blow My Fuse”. The Encore had the following songs: “Kix Are for Kids”, “For Shame”, “Midnite Dynamite”, and “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”.
I don’t know how old Steve Whiteman is, but the man has more energy than most singers I have seen. He is an incredible performer, and his energy on stage is completely infectious. Trying to capture images of him live is a daunting task, as he is always moving on stage.
Once again, Kix was one of the major highlights at M3. Kix still sounds amazing in 2011, and their performance at M3 was second to none.
I wish I had the opportunity to see these guys more than once a year, but with the performance Kix put on, they ought to be the first band on the bill for the 2012 M3 Rock Festival.
Now if we could only get the band to record some new tunes. I bet there are many of us that would love to have a new Kix album!! One can only hope……….
Check out our Kix Photo Gallery at this link.
These are just a few of the photo we took of L.A. Guns at M3. Enjoy!!
For the second year in a row (and third M3 overall), Jetboy kicked off the M3 Music Festival in style. With a brand new lead singer in tow, there were several question marks about how their performance would go over. However, the question marks came from the fans and not the band. The band always knew how great their live
performance was going to be. Then Jetboy went onstage and proved it to the rest of the hard rock world.
Last year, Jetboy was one of the most underrated bands on the M3 bill. Their noon performance kicked off the 2010 M3 Festival in style and they had one of the best live performances. This year was no different. Despite the fact that Mickey Finn is no longer in the band, new lead vocalist, DK Revelle squashed any concerns that fans may have had about Jetboy with a new lead singer.
The band stormed the stage on Friday night with ferocious energy, ready to rock. The Kix-Off party found the Merriweather Post Pavilion pretty full by the 7:00 PM start time. While fans were still filtering in, most had found their seats (or spots on the lawn) when Jetboy took to the stage. And they came out with the force of a tsunami. Their high energy, hard rock filled performance was one to be remembered. DK Revelle’s impact was immediately felt.
DK’s vocal style is considerably different from Mickey Finn’s, but not in a negative manner. The gravelly, growly, singing style fits in perfectly with Jetboy’s sleaze rock sound. While fans may have been wondering where Finn was at the start of the first song, by the end of that song, their attention had changed. No longer were they focused on Mickey Finn. They were now asking the more appropriate question. Who is this DK Revelle? Simply stated, he was amazing.
The band behind him was typical Jetboy, but with a new found love for live performances. The addition of Revelle has helped the band gel in the live setting and finds the boys having more fun than they have in years. Sometimes a personnel change will do that. In the case of Jetboy, it has done it well.
Revelle filled in the lead vocalist role with ease. Coming off a tour of Europe, the band had time to bond and feel each other out on stage. While at times it was noticeable that DK is still finding his groove as the lead singer of Jetboy, their live performance receives a high passing grade.
While on the road, the band had time to write some new material. Two new songs were performed for the M3 crowd. The first, “Strip Down,” is a four beat, blues style, sleaze rock song that sounded amazing. If this song was available on a record, I would have bought it that night. This could be the best Jetboy song I’ve ever heard, and that includes “Feel The Shake.”
The second new song that the band graced us with was “Little Miss Sin Eater.” This song was equally as brilliant and performed in the similar fun, sleazy, Jetboy style. Hearing both of these songs live has me yearning for a new Jetboy album. Hopefully there were some record executives in the crowd that felt the same way.
The band closed their tight 30-minute set with their best known tune, “Feel The Shake.” DK was able to take the hit single and make it his own. It’s obvious that he was into the song as much as his band mates. “Feel The Shake” was performed with passion and the fans responded in kind, singing along as loud as they could.
At the end of their set, Jetboy received a well-deserved rousing ovation, and most of the fans had forgotten about the band’s past. They were more focused on the band’s future. And with the addition of new lead singer DK Revelle, some exceptional new songs, and a brand new attitude, the future for Jetboy is something the fans should be focused on.
Check below for the newly announced Set Times for the M3 Rock Festival!
Next week I will be travelling down to Columbia, Maryland to enjoy this year’s M3 Festival (http://m3rock.webs.com) . Last year I attended the festival for the first time and was very glad to have done so. The food was great, the beer was cold, the fans were awesome, and the music was amazing. Sure, the weather was hotter than a Jenna Jamison flick, but I survived. This year, with the festival taking place in mid-May, the weather should be gorgeous, which will only add to the greatness of this festival.
I enjoy road trips. I especially enjoy road trips to a music festival. I’ve already determined what albums I’m going to listen to on the way down to Columbia, and when those albums aren’t playing, I’m certain that I will have Hair Nation dialed in on satellite radio. While I’m cruising down the highway blasting the latest from Whitesnake and Hurtsmile, I’ll also be thinking about the things I am hoping to see at M3.
KIX is headlining the opening night of the festival, and they are one of the bands that I am really looking forward to. Their performance at last year’s M3 was superb, and this year they get a headlining slot, which means a full set of KIX. In their home state of Maryland, this is going to be one awesome performance. I hope that they will dust off some rare gems, but I would be completely satisfied with a standard set of expected classics.
Warrant will be performing on the main stage just before KIX, and I think they are getting a full 90 minute slot as well. If that’s true, that would be wild. I hope to hear some songs from their new disc and I really hope they play some songs from Ultraphobic. That is one Warrant album that just doesn’t get enough attention. With lead singer Robert Mason in tow, Warrant is guaranteed to give a performance to remember.
On Saturday, the full day part of the festival, I am obviously excited to see Whitesnake. I have never seen this band live before, so their headlining performance to close out the festival is going to be a real treat. I want to hear a few new songs from their latest album, Forevermore. I hope that they don’t just play the current single. Forevermore is too good to ignore some of the other tracks. Other than that, a set of hits similar to last year would be fine by me. Other fans may not agree, but hey, it’s my first time enjoying live Whitesnake.
I haven’t seen Tesla live in many years, so I am looking forward to their set, which is right before Whitesnake. Basically any song that Tesla plays is going to be good, so I don’t even need to speculate on that set list. I’d like to see Mr. Big play a lot from their new album, but I have a feeling that it will be one or two songs at most. Their time slot is probably only 45 minutes, which really limits the songs that can be played.
I have no expectations for Lita Ford or Sebastian Bach. I think that they are both over the hill and I’m not sure if they can bring it in the live setting. Perhaps they will prove me wrong, but I doubt it. Every time I’ve seen solo Bach, it’s been pretty horrendous. As for Lita Ford, I’ve never seen her live, but I also haven’t listened to any of her music since 1989.
I am really hoping that Faster Pussycat plays their cover of “You’re So Vain.” Their version is one of my favorite cover songs of all time and I would just mess my pants if they played it live. It would make the festival for me. Perhaps if I get the chance to talk to the band, I’ll put in a special request.
I am also looking forward to seeing Gary Cherone’s latest project, Hurtsmile. I’m sure they will perform a lot of their songs, but I expect some Extreme songs mixed in as well. Maybe we’ll get really lucky and Gary will throw in a track from Van Halen 3, but I highly doubt that. It would be a real treat though.
All in all, I think this year’s M3 festival is going to be even greater than last year. The lineup is solid and the festival runs like clockwork, which leads to almost no waiting time in between bands. I am just counting the days until May 13th. To this hair metal lover, it’s like waiting for Christmas to arrive!
Spring has finally arrived. Gone are the cold, snowy days of winter and entering are the warmer, sunny days of spring. And with the arrival of spring, summer and the summer hard rock festivals are right around the corner. Rock festivals are the best way to enjoy some of your favorite bands all at once without breaking the bank. The only challenge is deciding which festival to attend. For this edition of Vie’s Verses, I’ve outlined some of the most promising festivals of 2011 both in the USA and Europe (for you world travelers).
For those fans that are a little more daring, or just wish to see another country while they enjoy their metal, Europe has some great rock festivals to attend. Below are the two most popular festivals. They are also the two with the hottest lineups in rock.
Download Festival – June 10th – June 12th
Taking place in Donington Park, UK, Download Festival is a world renowned metal fest. Every year, Download is able to secure some of the biggest names in rock and this year is no exception. With acts like Def Leppard, Alter Bridge, System Of A Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, Black Stone Cherry, The Gaslight Anthem, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, and Twisted Sister gracing the stage, Download simply rocks. Ticket packages are available that include camping for 5 nights and access to all three days of the concert starting at 190 pounds, which is roughly 380 American dollars. If you plan on visiting the UK this summer, early June would be the perfect time to attend.
Wacken – August 4th – August 6th
If you haven’t already obtained your tickets for this festival, then all I can say is good luck. Wacken is officially sold out, but tickets can be found through various ticket broker sites across the internet. Taking place in Schleswig Holstein, Germany for the past 20 years, Wacken is one of the most well known international metal festivals in existence. This year’s bands on the bill include: Airborne, Bullet, Crashdiet, Helloween, Iced Earth, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Sepultura, and Suicidal Tendencies. If you like British or Swedish heavy metal, this is the one place where you can see a lot of those bands. Since this festival is officially sold out (for the sixth year in a row) ticket prices can range anywhere from just over face value to ridiculously insane.
If travelling abroad is not your thing, there are plenty of great festivals to attend right here in the good old United States of America. Below are some of the most well known and popular spring/summer rock fests for 2011.
M3 Festival – May 13th – May 14th
The M3 Festival is a hair metal lover’s delight. Taking place in Columbia, Maryland, M3 is in its third year and just keeps getting better and better. The lineup this year includes Kix, LA Guns, Warrant, Hurtsmile, Faster Pussycat, Mr. Big, Slaughter, Sebastian Bach, Tesla, and Whitesnake. Tickets can be purchased for an affordable $45 for lawn seats. Seats in the amphitheater go for $95, and for those wanting to get the whole VIP experience, VIP tickets are available for $195. With so many great bands on the bill, this is the festival to attend if you love hair metal.
Rock On The Range – May 21st – May 22nd
Celebrating their fifth year of rocking the masses at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Rock On The Range is a modern rock lover’s dream festival. No classic or hair metal bands are featured here. Rock On The Range only brings the new rock. Acts that are performing this year include: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Pop Evil, Hinder, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, Staind, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, and A Perfect Circle. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and cost between $100 – $130 before fees. Single day tickets can be had for $60 – $70 before fees. If modern rock is your thing, then Rock On The Range is your festival.
Rocklahoma – May 27th – May 29th
Rocklahoma is celebrating their fifth year of entertaining hard rock fans in Pryor, Oklahoma. What started out as one of the best hair metal festivals in existence has recently morphed into a hair metal/modern rock fest. While last year’s bill was not so solid, this year’s offering more than makes up for it. With featured acts Motley Crue, Poison, Whitesnake, Staind, Black Label Society, Papa Roach, Hinder, Skillet, and Pop Evil all performing, this looks to be one fine weekend for music lovers. Granted, there are a lot of bands on the bill that I never heard of, but there are a lot of bands on the bill that are exceptional. Camping is available on site and ticket prices for this festival range from $139 for general admission to $350 for VIP. For a three-day event, those are decent prices.
Rock Fest – July 14th – July 17th
Rock fest has been around for 18 years. Taking place in Cadott, Wisconsin, this festival mixes hard rock acts both old and new. This is a great festival for fans of multiple metal genres. This year’s acts include Avenged Sevenfold, Hinder, Kid Rock, Cinderella, Slaughter, Three Days Grace, Rob Zombie, Saliva, Seether, Tesla, Heart, and Def Leppard. Tickets are a little pricey compared with other summer festivals, but with the bands on this bill, the entertainment value is high. General admission tickets go for $155, while reserved seating is $250, and the all access VIP experience is $500.
Rock USA – July 14th – July 16th
Solid rock. No Limits. That is the slogan for Rock USA, the rock music festival being held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There are definitely some solid rock bands on the bill for this fest. Featured acts include: Journey, Cheap Trick, Puddle Of Mudd, Buckcherry, Warrant, Dokken, Korn, and festival headliners, Kiss. If you purchase your tickets prior to May 6th, a three-day pass can be had for $79. After May 6th, the price increases to $129. The early bird gets the discount. Rock USA offers a multitude of VIP packages that range between $89 – $329, if purchased by May 6th. Prices for the VIP packages spike after that date. With a mix of classic and modern bands, Rock USA looks to be a great summer metal festival.
And there you have it—full information for some of the greatest rock festivals of 2011. Which ones are you planning to attend?
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GLAM & HEAVY METAL RETURNS TO MERRIWEATHER I.M.P. PRESENTS 2011 M3 ROCK FESTIVAL IN ITS 3RD YEAR ADDS KICK-OFF PARTY & CONCERT
OFFICIAL M3 KIX-OFF PARTY & CONCERT FRIDAY, MAY 13 at 7pm 2011 M3 ROCK FESTIVAL SATURDAY, MAY 14 at Noon
Pre- Sale Thursday, Feb. 3, Discounted 2-Day Packages on sale Friday, February 4, If Available, Single-Day Tickets On Sale Friday March 4
No, youʼre not having flashbacks. These intensely vivid heavy metal memories youʼre about to experience will ignite in 2011. Kix, Warrant, LA Guns, Whitesnake, Tesla and Lita Ford will be among the acts taking over Merriweather Post Pavilion, playing full sets of their glam rock and heavy metal hits, along with other unexpected amazements.
In its third year, I.M.P. Presents M3 Rock Festival will add a Kick Off Party and Concert featuring full sets, since one day alone canʼt contain all this metal. The Official M3 Kix-Off Party will get things started Friday, May 13th at 7pm. The full-blown 2011 M3 Rock Festival begins Saturday, May 14 at Noon. Last year VIP and Pavilion seats sold out faster than you could flick your Bic, so headbangers hoping to get close enough to smell the sweat will want to be at their computers Thursday, Feb 3 at 10am EST for the insiders pre-sale. Only members of M3 Rockersʼ Forum will be given the pre-sale promo code. Fans can sign up for the Rockersʼ Forum on http://www.m3rockfest.com/
Discounted 2-Day Packages will go on sale to the general public Friday, Feb 4 at 10am EST. If there are any tickets remaining as of March 4th, they will go on sale as Single-Day tickets at 10 am EST through Ticketfly. Tickets can also be purchased at the Merriweather and 9:30 Club Box Offices. For more information, visit http://www.ticketfly.com/
M3 Rock Festival will feature two music stages, the Freak Stage and a Festival Village. Playing Friday night, May 13: Kix, with special guests Warrant, LA Guns and Jetboy. Playing Saturday, May 14: Whitesnake, Tesla, Sebastian Bach, Lita Ford, Mr. Big, Slaughter, Great White, Danger Danger, Firehouse, Big Noize, Black and Blue, Hurtsmile, Faster Pussycat and Pretty Boy Floyd.
VIP ticket holders will have:
• Special VIP parking • Private VIP Entrance gate • Official M3 2011 Festival T-shirt • Official M3 2011 Concert Poster and sharpie • Access to floor and front of house seating • Access to M3 VIP Deck located backstage (access to VIP concessions and VIP restrooms) • Access to Artist Meet-&-Greet Lounge.
2-Day Packages (May 13th and 14th) – On Sale February 4
• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn
$175.00 Ticket Limit (4) $95.00 Ticket Limit (6) $65.00 Ticket Limit (6) $45.00 Ticket Limit (6)(IF AVAILABLE) May 13 Official Kix-Off Party and Concert Tickets-On sale March 4th
• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn
$60.00 Ticket Limit (4) $35.00 Ticket Limit (6) $30.00 Ticket Limit (6) $25.00 Ticket Limit (6)
(IF AVAILABLE) May 14th 2011 M3 Rock Festival Tickets- On sale March 4th
• VIP • Pavilion 1 • Pavilion 2 • Lawn $35.00
$150.00 Ticket Limit (4) $75.00 $55.00
Early in the day at the M3 Festival, Eddie Trunk broke the news on Twitter that Klaus Meine from the Scorpions was sick, but would perform. I didn’t quite know what to expect at this point, but was a little disappointed that my first (and possibly last) Scorpions show would not have the band at 100%. The show started out with an extended instrumental only version of the Scorpions song “New Generation” from the Unbreakable album.. I don’t know if it was a miscue or what, but they played the song for about five minutes with the stage lights on, and no vocals. It was just weird. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.
The Scorpions obviously had the best stage show. The video screen behind the stage was pretty awesome, and James Kottak’s drum kit was on a rising platform, that was raised over ten feet in the air with chains that were mounted to the floor of the drum riser. It was a pretty cool site. I really got a kick out of watching the band play. Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs were much more animated than I expected them to be. One upon a time, I heard Rudoph Schenker was kind of a shy guy. You would never know it from his stage performance. He was incredible!
Luckily, the Scorpions got their act together and played a blazing set of their classic tunes, including “Blackout”, “The Zoo”, “Rock Me Like a Hurricane”, “Big City Nights”, “Holiday”, “Bad Boys Running Wild”, “Winds of Change”,”Coast to Coast” “Tease Me Please Me” and “Another Piece of Meat” in which the band brought out Vince Neil on vocals to give Klaus a hand. My first thought was, “Oh Great, Here is ANOTHER song that Vince can forget the lyrics too”. Luckily Klaus did most of the singing. Quite honestly, I thought the Scorpions sounded incredible, even though Klaus was not singing up to his normal level. I could tell that he was definitely holding back somewhat, and struggling a little bit, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the show. A dumbass fan in the front row was giving a Klaus a hard time, and telling him to sing louder. Klaus seemed a little pissed and explained to all of the fans that he was sick, and his voice was shot. He encouraged everyone to sing a long. He was truly doing the best he could. Lets face it , the band could have easily canceled this show, but decided not to. I thought it was cool for them to carry on with the show. I would have been greatly disappointed if they didn’t play. I can’t believe a stupid fan would disrespect the band, and Klaus in this way. I don’t know if it was the extreme heat at M3, or what, but the dumb ass fans seemed to be in abundance in the pit. The front row heckler was not the only knucklehead. A guy in the fourth row, who was easily over 6 foot tall decided to stand on his chair and block our view. Security took care of him after a few songs, but it wasn’t any where soon enough in my opinion. Seriously folks, if you are taller than a freakin’ beanstalk, do you really need to stand on a chair and block other fan’s views?
Aside from the boneheads at the show, I really did enjoy the Scorpions quite a bit. The band performed a few of their new tunes including “Raised on Rock”, “Sting in the Tail” and “The Best Is Yet to Come”. I love their new album, Sting in the Tail, but I probably would have traded one of these songs for “Still Loving You”, but what are you going to do. I enjoyed the Scorpions farewell tour at M3, and I hope and pray that they play near me one more time, before they call it a day. They will be greatly missed when they retire. The Scorpions closed out M3 in fine fashion. I can’t wait until the next festival in 2011!
Check out the pictures and clips of the show below!
Which Cinderella we were going to get at the M3 Rock Festival was anyone’s guess. Poor Tom Keifer has been through so many vocal surgeries, and has had so many issues with his voice in the past, it doesn’t seem fair. A few years ago, when Cinderella last toured, Tom’s voice was not at its best, and a lot of folks were disappointed with some of the band’s live shows. With the band back on tour in 2010, I assumed that Tom was 100 % again, but didn’t know until he took the stage.
For the fans at the M3 Rock Festival, they got to see Tom Keifer in fine form. He looked and sounded great, and overall Cinderella put on a pretty tight set that included the songs, “Shake Me”, “Nobody’s Fool”, “Night Songs”, “Bad Seamstress Blues/Fallin’ Apart At the Seams”, “Gypsy Road”, “Don’t Know What You Got (‘Til It’s Gone”, “Somebody Save Me”, “Coming Home” & “Heartbreak Station”. I am thankful that Cinderella is back in action, and sounding better than ever. In my opinion, Tom Keifer has one of the coolest, more unique voices in rock. I am very glad I got to see him sing again. My only disappointment with this show, was that Cinderella didn’t do one of my favorite songs of theirs, “Long Cold Winter”. Aside from that, I thought they were very good live.
I am hopeful that Cinderella will put out some new music in the career, although they have no current plans to record anything new. Thankfully, you will have several chances to catch them on tour this year, with the Scorpions!
In 2009, Kix nearly stole the show at the M3 rock festival, and in 2010, they repeated that effort!! Why Kix was so far down on the bill seems like a crime to me. There were better than most of the bands that they opened up for. I don’t know what fountain of youth Kix front man Steve Whiteman has tapped into, but I would certainly like some of that stuff. Whiteman is an explosive front man with more energy than singers half his age. The way he jumps and dances around on stage, you would think that he is a teenager. More importantly, are his vocals which are spot on perfect. Overall, he is just a lot of fun to watch and listen to. I can’t give all of the credit to Steve Whiteman though, as the band backing him up are totally awesome. Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe do a terrific job playing guitar, and Jimmy Chalafant continues to prove why he is the best man to hit the skins for Kix. (On a side note, is it just me or does Ronnie Younkins look like Steven Tyler’s brother?)
Kix’s set list included the songs (in no certain order) “Blow My Fuse”, “Sex”, “Cold Shower”, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, “Cold Blood”, and “Girl Money”. There were probably a few more songs too, but I was too busy rockin’ than writing them all down.
The only song that I didn’t really care for was “Yeah, Yeah Yeah” which got very crude in this extended version of the song. That was the only downfall, and aside from that, they were excellent. If you have never seen Kix live, you owe it to yourself to at least make it out to M3, or one of the band’s local shows in Maryland. The band kicks ass, and they were easily one of the best at M3 in 2010. Check out Kix’s website for tour dates. I can only hope that Kix will stay together to write some new tunes. They still have every bit of the energy and talent that made them famous.
You can watch a couple of the video clips and check out our pictures of the show below!
It is hard to believe that the M3 festival was over a week ago already. This week went so fast. One of the bands that I haven’t seen many folks talk about at M3 is L.A. Guns. L.A. Guns was the third band on the main stage at the M3 Rock Festival last weekend. I was looking forward to seeing them again. I knew that the band probably wouldn’t have any new tunes to offer live (they didn’t), but they always put on a pretty good set, and their M3 appearance was no exception. I have seen L.A. Guns at least once a year for the last four years, and they haven’t ever disappointed me. This is the band’s second appearance at M3, and first with new member, Kenny Kweens.
Kenny Kweens (ex. Beautiful Creatures) is the new bass player for L.A. Guns. I knew this guy was good, but was surprised to find that he actually added something to L.A Guns live show. Kweens is a talented player, and has a lot of energy on stage. He also has a very cool glam look that is a nice addition to the band.
It was extremely hot at the M3 Festival, and in the Pavillion area under the roof, it was even hotter. Phil Lewis came out with a long sleeve shirt and leather vest. Did someone not tell Phil it was hotter than hell in Maryland? He looked great, but I can’t even image how hot he had to be.
L.A. Guns set offered no real surprises in their set list, but they did put on a good show. I know the band gets a lot of crap with the constant feud with Tracii Guns, but honestly, I still believe that this is the one, and only version of L.A. Guns that you need to see live. Stacey Blades may not be as good as Tracii, but he does do a good job with the songs. Ironically, a tweet came over on Twitter from Tracii Guns, when L.A. Guns was on stage. Coincidence? I think not.
You can check out a couple of clips and pictures from the show below.
Jetboy made their 2nd appearance at the M3 Festival, and much like last year, the band put on one kick ass show. This year they opened up the festival on the main stage. They played all of their new tunes from their recently released EP, Off Your Rocker, including “Going Down Above the Clouds”, “Dogs Gotta Roam”, “Perfectly Wrong”, and several of their classics including “Heavy Chevy”, “High Gear”, “Evil”, and “Feel the Shake”. After the show, I met up with the Jetboy in the VIP Tent, and got to meet the band’s newest members, Jesse Mendez, and Jes Reckless, as well as Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, and Billy Rowe.
Jetboy is a great band live. If you missed them at the festival, you missed out on a great show. They were easily one of the best bands at M3. Jetboy doesn’t get to the east coast much, so you have to take advantage of the times they are here! Their next festival appearance will be at the Midwest Rock Festival in Wichita, Kansas on Saturday July 24th, with the bands Y&T, Black N’ Blue, XYZ, Twisted Sister, Winger, Bang Tango, Icarus Witch, Toxin, and Kix.
You can check out the clip “Going Down Above the Clouds” below!
The hottest rock festival in the east, the M3 Rock Festival just announced their full lineup for 2010. The Scorpions are the headliner, plus Cinderella, Kix, Vince Neil, Winger, Nelson, Trixter, Jetboy, Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses, Bang Tango, ZO@ and Black Mambooza (who?!)
Please visit M3 Rock Fest online for more info!!