In 2008, I think I attended a record number of live shows. In no order, I saw the following artists: The Bulletboys, Joey Belladonna, Van Halen, AC/DC, The Answer, Bang Tango, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Hinder, Rev Theory, Trapt, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Motley Crue, Poison, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Airbourne, Theory of a Deadman, Disturbed, Slipknot, Endeverafter, Stonerider, RATT, Jackyl, Pop Evil and more.
Hopefully 2009 will be as good as 2008 from a live perspective!
The following are my favorites of 2008!
5. Bang Tango, L.A. Guns and Faster Pussycat
Ok, so none of these bands have their original lineups anymore. Does that mean that they rock less? Absolutely not. Bang Tango kicked ass. Marty Casey proved to be a good front man for the the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns, and Faster Pussycat was still sleazy as ever.
4. Stonerider, Endeverafter and Airbourne
This was my first Airbourne experience, and I will never forget it. Stonerider and Endeverafter kicked ass too.
A great show for a mere $10.00.
3. Mayhem Festival
At this show the bands that I caught live were Black Tide, Five Finger Death Punch, Airbourne, Dragonforce, Disturbed and Slipknot.
I got to meet the guys in Dragonforce and Airbourne at this show. This was my first time seeing Slipknot live. A crazy day and some great live shows!
I am biased, but I love seeing Motley Crue live. They may not be the best band in the world, but they do put on one of the best live shows. Buckcherry, Sixx A.M. and Papa Roach were all great too!
1. AC/DC with The Answer
Even though my seats were terrible, this show was excellent, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I loved getting to see The Answer for the first time. AC/DC puts on one the biggest and loudest live shows that I have ever seen. Awesome!
As good as 2007 was for new releases, 2008 blew it away. At the beginning of the year, I don’t think anyone expected to have new releases by AC/DC, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses all in the same year.
This year Rocknrollcoastie joined the HRH team and I asked him to submit his picks for 2008 as well. This way you get a double dose of the The 15 Albums from Hard Rock Hideout.
The following are Rob Rockitt’s Top Picks for 2008!
15. Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
What’s this? Have I lost my mind? When Chinese Democracy came out, I expected Hell to Freeze over. Much like many of you, I didn’t expect this album to ever see the light of day, much less in 2008. I didn’t give this album the best review when it was released. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t like it very much. Lets face it, this more like the Axl Rose Project than a true Guns N’ Roses CD. There is no Slash, no Izzy, No Duff. The album has very few sounds that resemble the old band that once cranked out some awesome hard rock.
I didn’t give up on this album and kept it in my playlist. After a couple of weeks of repeat plays, I have warmed up to this disc. Sure it doesn’t sound like the old band, but there is some pretty good music to be found if you give this the proper chance.
14. Thunder – Bang!
When Rocknrollcoastie reviewed this CD earlier this year, I previewed all of the clips, then quickly purchased the CD. I have liked Thunder since their Backstreet Symphony CD, and this disc is on par with that one in my opinion. It is a great sounding bluesy hard rock disc Buy it!
13. Jaded Sun – Gypsy Trip
Ireland’s latest rock act delivers the goods with their excellent debut CD, Gypsy Trip. I have been playing this CD a lot as of late. I think you will be hearing a lot more about these guys in 2009.
12. Black Tide – Light From Above
Somebody must have forgotten to give the young men in Black Tide a calendar. These guys rock like is 1988. You have to love it when a new band can reproduce that classic 80′s metal sound. Light From Above is a great debut for these Florida rockers.
11. Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
I have never been a huge Shinedown fan, but this CD changed my mind. “The Sound of Madness” is the first Shinedown CD that I could listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track or two. I like all of the songs on this disc. This is a very solid record, and one of 2008′s nice surprises.
10. JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Jorn Lande has been bringing us great new hard rock every year for several years now. Whether it is a solo CD, or another project he is working on, you can always expect Jorn Lande to be fairly consistent. Lonely Are The Brave is a little darker than most JORN CD’s but is a very good disc. Take one listen to the songs “Night City”, “Shadow People” or the very Black Sabbath with Dio like tune, “Soul of the Wind”, and you are bound to love this disc.
9. Metallica – Death Magnetic
This album has divided fans with its sound, but I thought this was a pretty good disc from Metallica. Sure, this disc doesn’t live up to their classic thrash metal from the 80′s, but at least they gave it their best shot. They should take notes from Testament next time around.
8. Testament – The Formation of Damnation
In my opinion, Testament one upped Metallica for best Thrash album of 2008. Heavy and killer! No thrash metal fan should be without this.
7. Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
With S.O.L.A. Motley Crue turned in their best album since Dr. Feelgood. This one is still in heavy rotation in my play list today.
6. Disturbed – Indestructible
From the opening air raid sirens of Indestructible, you can almost tell immediately that you are about to take in one excellent album. In my opinion, this is Disturbed’s best work ever. The songs on this disc have an excellent heavy groove, that will satisfy the majority of headbangers out there. There are a ton of awesome guitar licks on this disc by Disturbed axeman Dan Donegan. Disturbed even got nominated for a Grammy for their song, “Inside The Fire”. Don’t miss this!
5. Alice Cooper – Along Came A Spider
Alice Cooper is an artist that has always been hit or miss with me. When I first read about the new concept album, “Along Came A Spider”, I rolled my eyes and dismissed this disc as another Alice Cooper album that would not deliver. Boy was I wrong! “Along Came A Spider” is one of the better Alice Cooper releases. The story behind this disc is creepy and cool. Slash plays on a track, and this is probably the only place you will hear Ozzy Osbourne playing a harmonica. Cool stuff!
4. Black Stone Cherry – Folklore and Superstition
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite newer hard rock acts, since 2006 or so. Folklore and Superstition wasn’t quite as heavy as their debut, but is still as solid as ever. “Blind Man”, “Soulcreek”, “Please Come In” and “The Bitter End” are as good as it comes.
3. Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
David Coverdale nearly pulled an Axl Rose, by making us wait so long for this new disc. While Good To Be Bad isn’t as good as ’84′s “Slide It In”, or the fabled self titled album from 1987, it is a return to the sound that Whitesnake fans love, and easily one of the top discs of 2008. Doug Aldrich could be the best guitarist to take the stage with Coverdale since John Sykes. Don’t believe me? Give this one another listen!
2. AC/DC – Black Ice
I am sure a lot of folks will disagree with me, but I think “Black Ice” is the best new AC/DC CD since “The Razor’s Edge”. Some of the songs on this disc may go down as AC/DC classics.
1. Tesla – Forever More
Tesla is a band that rarely disappoints me. If you have ever seen my Last FM playlist, you know I play the hell out of this band. Tesla’s 2004 CD “Into The Now” was probably my least favorite out of all of Tesla’s releases. With that being said, it made Tesla’s CD Forever More sound that much better. I like every song on this disc, and I never grow tired of listening to it. This is easily one of the best discs that the band has releases to date. For my ears, it was the highlight of 2008!
RocknRoll Coastie’s Top 15 of 2008!
Man! What an amazing year both musically and personally. With releases from bands like Motley Crue, White Lion, Dokken, Alice Cooper, & Whitesnake, just to name a few, it felt more like 1988 than 2008. So much great music came out this year and it showed me more than any other year that hard rock is very much alive and well.
Personally it was a great year because I happened to not only stumble across HardRockHideout, which I happen to think is the best hard rock site on the internet. I harassed Rob Rockitt a few times and of all things he invited me to jump on this train that HardRockHideout has become and come along for the journey. Damn what a wild ride it has been so far not only have I made a good friend, I have been introduced to so much new music it is not even funny and let’s face it, it isn’t everyday a person pisses off a whole country but somehow I managed to do just that by giving a Hungarian band a bad review. As wild and crazy as it has been this year I have the feeling it is only going to get better.
When Rob asked me if I wanted to put together my top 15 albums I thought there is no way because there has been so much great music come out in the past year. Then I was faced with do I go with the popular choices loved by the masses or do I stick to my guns and go with the bands and albums that I loved? I decided to go with the bands and albums that I loved this year, I guess I should warn everyone not to expect a lot of big name bands on my list. NOBODY forced me to choose these albums, I chose them of my own free will so love’em or hate’em here they are:
15. The Wildhearts – Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before Vol 1
Yeah I know it is a covers album which has almost become a cliche in itself. But this isn’t your everyday run of the mill covers album with songs from Warren Zevon to the Toadies to Fugazi it is a pretty eclectic choice of songs here. To be honest the Wildhearts are probably one of the few bands that could get me to listen to the 90′s alternative music on here.
14. Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
I pretty much spent most of the summer cranking the third release from this Canadian band. Finally out of the shadow of Nickelback the guys really stepped out on their own with Bad Girlfriend, I Hate My Life, & Little Smirk just to name a few.
13. From The Inside – Visions
The second release from Danny Vaughn’s Journey inspired project. Tons of great music here including Light Years, Making Waves, Listen To Your Heart, and 21st Century.
12. Big Cock – Motherload
Taking sexual innuedos to a new level Robert Mason and the guys 3rd release simply rocks. I wish these guys would take themselves seriously and go on tour I could guarantee they would be one of the best shows out there. If you haven’t heard Breaking My Balls, Bump and Grind, or M.I.L.F. you are missing out.
11. Hinder – Take It To The Limit
I can see most people rolling their eyes at this pick and to be honest when I heard Hinder had a new album coming out I wasn’t expecting much. But the guys put out an album filled with good time party anthems and let’s be honest it is going to be bands like Hinder, Buckcherry, and Nickelback that are going to keep straight up rock in the limelight in the 21st century. Besides what man can resist a video filled with hot Playboy cybergirls??
10. Talon – Fallen Angels
This California band came out of nowhere and completely blew me away. Melodic rock at it’s finest, Chandler Mogel is a monster singer with a great voice and Jim Kee is a phenomenal guitarist. Burn, Baby Jane, What About Me, and Always Be My Baby are all great songs.
9. 7th Heaven – U.S.A-U.K.
This is another band that came from out of nowhere and blew me away. From what I understand these Chicago natives have been around for a while but replaced their former singer with Kevin Semple before recording this album and he is an awesome singer. If you are a fan of “Hysteria” era Def Leppard you have to get this album you would be hard pressed to tell the bands apart if you didn’t know the songs.
8. Marcello/Vestry – Self Titled
Another slab of melodic rock, this time it comes from Danger Danger axeman Rob Marcello and vocalist Frank Vestry, with a little help from Danger Danger’s Bruno Ravel who played bass and produced the record. Great catchy sing along songs like Fireworks, All I Wanna Do Is U, and Gone fill this record. It is exactly what you would expect from members of Danger Danger and I for one am not complaining at all.
7. House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
After the fiasco that was the Power & the Myth, James Christian started pretty much from scratch with House of Lords and released World Upside Down in 06. In ’08 the band came back even stronger with Come To My Kingdom dare I say the best HoL album to date. James’ voice still sounds great and Jimi Bell, B.J. Zampa, and Matt McKenna have made the band even stronger. I don’t think there is a weak song on this album.
5. Extreme – Saudades de Rock –
One of the first albums I reviewed for HRH. 13 years is a long time to wait between albums but honestly I think it was a good thing for the guys in Extreme. They came back stronger than ever with some strong kick ass songs and the addition of Kevin Figueiredo was an awesome decision. I liked this album when it was released but the more I listened to it the more I loved it.
5. Tesla – Forever More
Four years between new albums also did Tesla a world of good. Forever More is head and shoulders above 04′s Into The Now and like Extreme the addition of guitarist Dave Rude did wonders for the band. I Wanna Live, Just In Case, All of Me, and Pvt Ledbetter are just a few of the stand out tracks on Forever More.
4. There is no number 4 because of a tie for third.
3. The Quireboys – Homewreckers & Heartbreakers (Tie)
One of my all time favorite bands returned in ’08 with a new album their first in 4 years and all I can say is Wow! Homewreckers & Heartbreakers is the best Quireboys album since A Bit of What You Fancy. Bluesy Faces inspired rock at it very best, Spike has never sounded better than he does on this album. Mona Lisa Smiled, I Love This Dirty Town, Louder, and One For The Road are a few of the highlights on this album. In case you didn’t know Spike also released a great solo album titled So Called Friends around the same time definitely worth checking out.
3. Badmouth – S/T (Tie)
If I had a song of the year hands down it would be Rivethead by these Swedish ass kickers. Just that one song makes Badmouth’s debut worth the money but on top of Rivethead this album is filled with straight up rock n roll anthems like Pedal to the Metal, Kick It Up, and Cocaine Girl. Throw in a couple of songs like Last Train and Take Your Toothbrush With You that remind me of one of my favorite bands Backyard Babies you have a can’t miss album.
2. Backyard Babies – S/T
This album was my choice for my number 1 for the longest time but it was dethroned when the band at number 1 now released their new album. But this album from Sweden’s finest has everything a great rock record should great sing a long in your face songs, great solos, a hell of a lot of attitude. Degenerated, Come Undone, Nomadic, Abandon, and Back on the Juice are just a few of the ass kickings you have in store when listening to this album.
1. D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) – Monster Philosophy
Is it just me or did Scandinavian bands kick a lot of rock n roll ass this year? Another of my all time favorite bands and I know there may be only one person in the states that agrees with me here but hands down Monster Philosophy is the best album of the year. 22 years and 10 studio albums and still most rock fans in America have no clue who D-A-D are. In one word LEGENDS, this album is filled not only with great songs but great vocals from Jesper Binzer and the sounds Jacob “Cobber” Binzer gets from his guitar are unbelievable. I can’t forget Stig Pedersn on bass or drums by Laust Sonne. While there are albums that may have three great songs and the rest of the album are good songs, on Monster Philosophy there are 13 great songs and each one sounds completely different from the others. Maybe some person at an American record company will pull their head out of the sand and sign D-A-D and get their albums released and re-released here in the states but if they don’t I will keep paying the import price because every one of their albums are worth the money.
I hope you enjoyed our top picks for 2008. If you would like to see what other hard rock and metal writers have picked as their top albums of 2008, check out the following links below:
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://hardrockheavymetal.wordpress.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
Rock And Roll and Meandering Nonsense — http://rnrnonsense.toomanyvoices.com/
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Rock Of Ages — http://rockofages.wordpress.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
The Metal Minute — http://rayvanhornjr.blogspot.com/
Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx turned 50 today!
Happy Birthday Nikki!
Motley Crue wants the fans to vote for their new single.
The choices are “Chick = Trouble”, and “White Trash Circus”.
METALLICA, JUDAS PRIEST, MÖTLEY CRÜE, SLIPKNOT and DISTURBEDare among the nominees for the 51th annual Grammy Awards, which will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The nominees in the “Hard Rock”, “Metal”, “Rock Instrumental” and “Rock” categories are as follows:
Best Hard Rock Performance:
Best Metal Performance:
DRAGONFORCE – “Heroes Of Our Time”
JUDAS PRIEST – “Nostradamus”
METALLICA – “My Apocalypse”
MINISTRY – “Under My Thumb”
SLIPKNOT – “Psychosocial”
Best Rock Instrumental Performance:
Best Rock Album:
COLDPLAY – Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
KID ROCK – Rock N Roll Jesus
KINGS OF LEON – Only By The Night
METALLICA – Death Magnetic
THE RACONTEURS – Consolers Of The Lonely
For the first time, nominations were announced on prime-time television as part of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! – Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night”. The one-hour special — broadcast live on CBSfrom Nokia Theatre L.A Live — featured past Grammy winners and nominees reading nominations in several categories, as well as performing songs from the Grammy Hall Of Fame in celebration of the grand opening of the Grammy Museum.
Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on December 17 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm Deloitte by January 14, 2009, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the telecast.
The 51st annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
As reported by Billboard.com, Motley Crue will follow up this summer’s Crue Fest amphitheater tour with a North American arena trek, beginning Feb. 2, 2009, at Cox Arena in San Diego and wrapping March 18 at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
The 25-city-plus jaunt will feature support from Hinder, Theory of a Deadman and the Last Vegas. Chicago-based the Last Vegas recently won the first Guitar Center On-Stage: Your Chance to Make Rock History contest. Along with an opening slot on Motley Crue’s upcoming tour, the rock outfit’s prize includes a management contract with Tenth Street Entertainment and a recording deal with Eleven Seven Music.
Ticket prices for the Live Nation-produced Saints of Los Angeles 2009 tour will range from $25 to $75, with public on-sales beginning Nov. 21 in various markets. Other tour partners besides Guitar Center include American Express and Fuse, according to Tenth Street Entertainment/Eleven Seven Music CEO Allen Kovac.
Kovac, who has served as Motley Crue’s manager since 1994, says the band’s winter jaunt picks up where Crue Fest left off. “These are markets we didn’t play,” Kovac tells Billboard. “Rock has always been a middle-of-the-country sport, and you have to go to where your fans are.”
The inaugural 40-plus-city North American Crue Fest — which also featured rock acts Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx:A.M. — grossed $16.6 million and drew more than 613,000 concertgoers, according to Billboard Boxscore. The trek followed the June release of “Saints of Los Angeles,” the first Motley Crue album in more than a decade recorded by the band’s original members. The set has sold 236,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
After March, Motley Crue will break from touring until the summer, when it will visit European cities in June. From there, the band will return stateside from July through September for the second edition of Crue Fest, Kovac says. Support acts for the summer tour are still in the works.
Here are Motley Crue’s North American tour dates
Feb. 2: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Feb. 4: Reno, Nev. (Reno Events Center)
Feb. 6-7: Las Vegas (the Joint)
Feb. 10: Omaha, Neb. (Quest Center)
Feb. 11: Moline, Ill. (iWireless Center)
Feb. 13: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Feb. 14: Madison, Wis. (Alliant Energy Center)
Feb. 15: Rockford, Ill. (Metro Centre)
Feb. 17: Des Moines, Iowa (Wells Fargo Arena)
Feb. 18: Saint Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Feb. 19: Green Bay, Wis. (Resch Center)
Feb. 21: Nashville (Sommet Center)
Feb. 22: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex)
Feb. 25: Greensville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
Feb. 27: Lafayette, La. (Cajun Dome)
Feb. 28: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
March 3: Miami (Hard Rock Casino)
March 4: Orlando, Fla. (UCF Arena)
March 6: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa)
March 7: Erie, Pa. (Erie Events Center)
March 8: Hershey, Pa. (Giant Center)
March 10: Ottawa, Ontario (Scotiabank Place)
March 11: Hamilton, Ontario (Copps Coliseum)
March 13: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
March 14: Baltimore (1st Mariner Arena)
March 16: New York (Madison Square Garden)
March 17: Manchester, N.H. (Verizon Wireless)
March 18: Portland, Maine (Cumberland County Civic Center)
In front of a capacity crowd at the world-famous Whisky A-Go-Go, complete with music industry tastemakers, Guitar Center and MÖTLEY CRÜE selected THE LAST VEGAS from Chicago, Illinois as the winner of Guitar Center On-Stage last night.
Over the past eight weeks, bands across the United States submitted their music at makerockhistory.com. From close to 8,000 submissions, 30 semi-finalists were selected, which were then narrowed down to the six top undiscovered bands in the country, with THE LAST VEGAS prevailing as the one band chosen for the ultimate, career altering opportunity — the chance to open on tour for rock icons MÖTLEY CRÜE.
In addition to the slot on MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s 2009 “Saints Of Los Angeles” U.S. tour (dates to be announced on Friday, November 14), THE LAST VEGAS also takes home $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitars, management from Tenth Street Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music. In true CRÜE fashion, THE LAST VEGAS also found out that their career is literally going from “0″ to “60″ overnight and will be opening for the notorious rockers at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles this Friday, November 14. The band will record its first single immediately. It will be available as a stream on AOL on November 24 and as a download on iTunes by November 25.
Guitar Center On-Stage is a revolutionary platform for organically scouting and launching upcoming, unsigned artists in the music industry. The six final bands each performed three songs live for their potential tour mates and mentors, MÖTLEY CRÜE. However, it was THE LAST VEGAS that truly stole the night.
“The overall talent and energy of THE LAST VEGAS surpassed our expectations,” said MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Vince Neil. “MÖTLEY CRÜE is excited to pass the torch on to these amazing musicians, just as Ozzy did for us over 25 years ago.”
Norman Hajjar, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Guitar Center noted, “We are thrilled with the outcome of the debut of the Guitar Center On-Stage initiative. The proof is in the amount of fans and bands that showed their support on the makerockhistory.com site — with over 500,000 unique visitors per month. Not only was this our most ambitious program to date, but also so fulfilling to provide a platform that discovers up and coming bands from across the nation, and now for THE LAST VEGAS. On-Stage marks a major milestone in Guitar Center‘s history for supporting aspiring artists.”
“From the label and management perspective,” said Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Tenth Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music, “We are looking forward to supporting THE LAST VEGAS, and taking the next steps to further launch their career and support them with innovative marketing, radio promotion, public relations and of course preparing them for the tour of their lives — with MÖTLEY CRÜE!”
Chad Cherry, lead singer of THE LAST VEGAS, said, “Guitar Center On-Stage has been an amazing journey so far and we are just getting started. It is hard to grasp right now, but we know our lives are going to completely change. Now we are ready to put on a killer live show and are ready to rock at the Hollywood Palladium.”
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.
Guitar Center and Motley Crue announced today the six finalists for the Guitar Center On-Stage: Your Chance To Make Rock History. The final six bands were chosen from a pool of 30 semi-finalists over a period of two days as each semi- finalist performed one song live in front of a panel of industry experts at Guitar Center’s legendary Sunset Boulevard location. The final six bands will continue onto the finals to perform live for Motley Crue at the world famous Whisky A Go-Go on November 10th in Hollywood.
The top six bands were chosen by influential leaders in the music industry, including President of FUSE TV, Eric Sherman; Producer and Front man of Sixx:A.M., James Michael; Music Director of Los Angeles radio station 98.7, Julie Pilat; Chris Nilsson of Tenth St. Entertainment and General Manager of Eleven Seven Music, Frank Woodworth.
Sixx:A.M. front man and producer, James Michael shares, “I was amazed by the talent I saw over the past few days. Rarely do I get to see so many great bands play one after another. The “Guitar Center On Stage” program has already proven effective in finding America’s best up and coming rock bands.”
The finalists who are just one step closer to being official rock stars include:
— The Spittin’ Cobras (Seattle, WA)
Since launching the search for the next great American rock band in August, Guitar Center and Motley Crue have had a staggering 7,930 bands register and close to 175,000 online votes cast at the program’s web site — makerockhistory.com. The site also garnered nearly one million unique visitors since its launch on August 1st.
Motley Crue’s Mick Mars notes, “Our partnership with Guitar Center gives us the opportunity to help an up-and-coming band by giving them every element needed to succeed. Like Ozzy did for us when he took an unknown band called Motley Crue on the road, we too are looking for the next generation’s great rock band.”
Continuing its support of aspiring artists, Guitar Center and the world’s most notorious rock band will provide one up-and-coming band the ultimate, career-altering opportunity — the chance to open on tour for rock icons, Motley Crue. The winning band will also receive $25,000 cash, $20,000 in exclusive new gear from Gibson Guitar, management from Tenth St. Entertainment, and a recording deal from Eleven Seven Music, Motley’s management and record label.
“Guitar Center On-Stage is our most revolutionary program yet, and we are truly amazed with the quality of talent that will go onto perform for Motley at the finals,” said Norman Hajjar, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for Guitar Center. “Guitar Center invests millions every year behind programs that are dedicated to helping striving artists realize their musical dreams and this initiative is literally going to make rock history.”
The Guitar Center On-Stage finals, which are free to the public, will be held November 10th at the world famous Whisky A-Go-Go at 7 p.m., where each of the bands will perform live for Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil and Mick Mars of Motley Crue who will select the top band and winner of Guitar Center On-Stage.
Allen Kovac, CEO and Founder of Tenth Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music said, “From the performances that we have witnessed over the duration of this initiative, it’s apparent that Guitar Center On-Stage is an innovative platform that helps find fresh and groundbreaking new artists, whom would otherwise not have a chance to tour with the likes of Motley Crue. The winning band will not only have the chance of a lifetime to open for the notorious rockers, but they will have the support of the record label, management, credibility from Guitar Center and marketing to launch them into the competitive music industry to jump start a long and successful career.”
To check out the audio and videos of the final six bands or for more information about the finals at the Whisky A-Go-Go on November 10th, please go to http://www.makerockhistory.com.
Who should win the Opening slot of Cruefest 2009? Vote below!
Nikki Sixx has posted the following on his blog:
HEY GUYS, WANTED TO GIVE YOU A HEAD UP ABOUT THIS NEXT EPISODE OF LA INK * OCT 23*.
KATHERINE TATTOOED A KILLER PORTRAIT OF MICK MARS ON MY LEG AND WE GOT TO SURPRISE HIM WITH IT AT THE LOS ANGELES CRUE FEST SHOW.IT WAS A PRETTY EMOTIONAL ROLLARCOASTER RIDE TO SHARE THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WITH KATHERINE, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE IDEA TO THE END WHEN WE FINALLY SHOW MICK.
I HAD A FUCKING BLAST,HOPE ALL YOU CRUEHEADS TUNE IN AND WATCH OCT 23…
Blabbermouth.net posted the following article this afternoon:
HINDER frontman Austin Winkler has told The Pulse of Radio that the band will team up with MÖTLEY CRÜE for an arena tour early next year. Winkler did not provide any more information about the trek except that it will begin in January. HINDER will be supporting its second album, “Take It to the Limit”, which arrives on November 4 and has its own CRÜE connection: guitarist Mick Mars plays lead on the title track. Drummer Cody Hanson told The Pulse of Radio how they got together. “He actually called us up and wanted to do some writing,” he said. “And we were like, ‘Yeah, of course, I mean, would you be interested in playing some guitar on the album? And he was like, ‘Absolutely,’ you know. So we sent him the track and he loved it, and we ended up going up to his house. And, you know, he laid down a few different passes of the solo on ‘Take It to the Limit’. So it was an amazing experience, you know, getting to meet one of your idols, I guess.”
“Take It to the Limit” arrives on Election Day (November 4). The CD’s first single is called “Use Me”.
The new album will follow up HINDER‘s triple-platinum 2005 debut, “Extreme Behavior”.
Before joining the CRÜE in January, HINDER will headline this fall’s Jägermeister Music Tour, which kicks off on October 24 in Magna, Utah and lasts through mid-December. TRAPT and REV THEORY will be the opening acts.
We’ve got a little bit of everything on tap for Hard Rock Nights tonight…new stuff from Extreme, Whitesnake, and Krokus…unheard of bands like Overloaded, M.O.B, and Armory…and some rare stuff as well. We’ve got a couple of songs that are only available online at the moment, Lynam’s “A Lifetime Ain’t Enough” and Babylon Bombs’ “Goodbye Good Luck.” We’re also going to check out an Ozzy track that was only available on the Japanese version of Black Rain. And of course, we’ll play some classics from bands like Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, and Poison. Don’t miss it!
Hard Rock Nights is broadcast every Saturday night from 9-11 pm eastern on classxradio.com. Check out the official HRN blog for playlists, articles, and a new interview with guitar wiz Erik Kluiber from Overloaded!
Before Mötley Crüe started their set, the winners of the Rock Band competition performed/played Bang Camaro’s Push Push (Lady Lightning). They screens of the game being played showed up on the giant screens on the left and right hand side of the stage. It had to be cool for these kids to be on stage in front of thousands of people.
Mötley Crüe’s stage opened up with an angelic looking image glowing though the black curtain that kept the stage hidden, this image was followed up with a Devil complete with pitchfork. I don’t think anyone knew what to expect before the curtain dropped.
Mötley Crüe has been known to put on a huge stage production and Cruefest ’08 is no exception. The stage has the huge steel letters Los Angeles in Reverse. The light show and sound were fantastic.
Mötley Crüe’s set list included the songs “Shout at the Devil”, “Kickstart My Heart”, “Dr. Feelgood”, “Live Wire”, “Don’t Go Away Mad” “Sick Love Song”, “Same Ol’ Situation”, “Primal Scream”, “Looks that Kill”, “Girls Girls Girls” and new songs “Saints of Los Angeles” and “Mother Fucker of the year” and an encore of “Home Sweet Home”.
I don’t know how Mick Mars manages to perform to the level he does on stage. His battles with ankylosing spondylitis has him in a lot of pain. Regardless if he is overwhelmed with pain, he plays to the best of his ability. He was great in Cincinnati. He played a bunch of solos including one that he borrowed from Jimi Hendrix. Awesome!
I thought Mötley Crüe as a whole sounded great, and if they didn’t I would gladly say so. My wife didn’t think Vince Neil was singing all the words, but I though he sounded pretty good for the most part. There was a part of “Mother Fucker of the Year“, where he looked like he forgot a lyric. You can see it in the video below. He recovered pretty quickly though.
“Saints of Los Angeles” was pretty cool. The song closed out with the gang vocals of James Michael, Jacob Shaddix, Chris Brown and Josh Todd.
It seems that the Mötley Crüe Tittycam (or Tit E. Cam if you prefer) has taken the place of Tommy Lee’s drum solo which there was none. One of the things you could always count on at a live Motley Crue show was an over the top drum solo by Tommy Lee. I was disappointed that he didn’t do something special this year. This was about my only disappointment with this show.
Motley Crue’s set was great, as was Cruefest’ 08. I can’t wait to see what the Crüe has in store for us on Cruefest ’09! I will definitely be there!
I have included some of my favorite pictures from the Mötley Crüe set, and a couple of video clips as well. Enjoy!
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Sixx A.M.’s set was over way too fast. The road crew had the stage ready for Papa Roach in record time. I must admit that in the case of Papa Roach, they were one of the bands on the Cruefest bill that I did not care about. I didn’t own any of their music. I knew a few of their songs that I heard on the radio, but that was about the extent of it.
From the first second Papa Roach took the stage, I was pretty amazed. Jacoby Shaddix is an extremely energetic front man. He didn’t stand still for a second, and even came out into the crowd while singing a song. (This also made it damn near impossible to get a good picture of him.) The whole Papa Roach set was very high energy, and really got the crowd going. Their live set was so good that my personal opinion of the band went from “don’t care” to “draw“. I would go see these guys again in a heart beat.
Papa Roach’s live set included the songs: “…To Be Loved“, “Forever“, “Time Is Running Out“, “Getting Away With Murder“, “Scars“, “Last Resort” and a brand new song, “I Almost Told You I Loved You“, which will be on the new Papa Roach CD, Metamorphisis, that will be released later this year. You can see the video for this song below.
After seeing Papa Roach live for the first time, I completely understand why they got the nod to open for Motley Crue, in Cruefest 2008. I am glad they where there. They gained a bunch of new fans on the Cincinnati stop of the tour.
Nikki Sixx posted the following on his blog this afternoon:
HEY ALL,BEEN SWAMPED,TOURING TWO BANDS,OUR OWN FESTIVAL,ROYAL UNDERGROUND,FAMILY,PRESS,RECORDING NEW MUSIC,WORKING WITH NEW BANDS AT 11-7,DOING PHOTOGRAPHY,TRYING TO SEE KATHERINE AND TRAVELING NON STOP….SO SWAMPED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT BUT NOT A COMPLAINT.
WERE SHOOTING A LIVE DVD OF CRUE FEST TOMORROW IN TORONTO AND IM AT THE AIRPORT WAITING FOR MY RED EYE( AND YES THEY ARE TOO)….
4 MORE SHOWS AND CRUE FEST >ONE< IS OVER…IT WENT SO FAST,AND NEXT YEAR IS APPROACHING EVEN QUICKER….
DONT HAVE MUCH TO REPORT,REALLY JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU ALL FOR A KILLER SUMMER.
LOVE AND ROCK N ROLL
Motley Crue has released their second video in support of their new album, Saints of Los Angeles.
Check out the video for Mother Fucker of the Year below.
You can watch the video for the title track, Saints of Los Angeles here.
Tonight at 10:00 P.M. Pacific/ 12:00 A.M. Eastern, Motley Crue will be broadcasting their Las Vegas concert Live via Deep Rock Drive. Go to DeepRockDrive.com to get your free ticket to watch tonight’s show!!
Mötley Crüe have announced today that they will perform in a live global concert on Friday, August 1st, 2008, from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The groundbreaking event will be available live on-line, free of charge, compliments of DeepRockDrive.com and Mötley Crüe, to anyone with broadband Internet access.
The August 1st event is DeepRockDrive’s official launch of a series of partnerships with industry-leading venues to bring live performances to global audiences via the Internet. Fans that previously would be unable to attend performances will now have instant digital access to their favorite artists from the convenience of their own homes.
Mötley Crüe hits the stage August 1st at 9:30PM PST. As with any concert, tickets are limited so reserve your seat today! Fans can pick up their free ticket now at http://www.deeprockdrive.com/!
Motley Crue released a new video a couple of weeks ago for their single, Saints of Los Angeles. Check it out!
I started compiling the following list of New releases for 2008. This may not be a complete list, but so much great new music has arrived in 2008, so far, I though it would be a good idea to keep a running tab of what has come out, and what is on the way. The releases through August have been confirmed. Releases with a question mark have not been confirmed yet. This list will be updated as more news arrives.
Updated July 9, 2008
Drive By Truckers – Brigher Than Creation’s Dark
Airbourne – Running Wild (U.S. Release)
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free, Part 2
Ayreon – 01011001
American Speedway – Ship of Fools
Lillian Axe – Love and War (Reissue)
Lillian Axe – S/T (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Screwed Blued & Tattooed (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Powertool (Reissue)
Stonerider – Three Legs of Trouble
Thieves & Liars – When Dreams Become Reality
Tiles – Fly Paper
Saint Daemon – In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
DVD – Iron Maiden – Live After Death
DVD – Scorpions – Live at Wacken Open Air 2006
DVD – Overkill – Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
DVD – Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Three – End is Begun
Pillar – For the Love of the Game
Avantasia – The Scarecrow
UFO – Phenomenon (Reissue)
UFO – No Heavy Pettin (Reissue)
UFO – Force It (Reissue)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Red Version)
Hurricane – Over the Edge (Reissue)
Hurricane – Take What You Want (Reissue)
Hurricane – Slave To the Thrill (Reissue)
Hericane Alice – Tear the House Down (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Shake Your Soul (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Lights Out on The Playground (Reissue)
Wrathchild America – Climbing the Walls (Reissue)
Tangier – Four Winds (Reissue)
Tangier – Stranded (Reissue)
Danko Jones – Never Too Loud
King’s Call – No Alibi
Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
Inflikted – Cavalera Conspiracy
Saving Abel – S/T
Steve Stevens – Memory Crash
Firewind – The Premonition
DVD – Zebra
King Kobra – Ready to Strike (Reissue)
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime (Reissue)
Icon – Right Between the Eyes (Reissue)
Black Tide – Light From Above
House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (Reissue)
Shannon – Angel in Disguise
Whitecross – 1987
Black Crowes – Warpaint
Diamond Head – Borrowed Time (Reissue)
Diamond Head – Canterbury (Reissue)
Fatal Smile – World Domination
Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner
Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Dominici – 03 A Trilogy Part 3
Asia – Phoenix
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
The Sword – Gods of The Earth
Dream Theater – Greatest Hit (And 21 other pretty cool songs)
P.O.D. – When Angels and Serpents Dance
Sevendust – Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
In Flames – Sense of Purpose
Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
Ministry – Cover Up
DVD – Axel Rudi Pell – Live Over Europe
Keel – Lay Down the Law (Reissue)
White Lion – Return of the Pride
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Crimson Glory – S/T (Reissue)
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (Reissue)
Tantric – The End Begins
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV
Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
MSG – In the Midst of Beauty
3 Doors Down – S/T
Bombay Black – Psycho Magnet
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Kip Winger – From the Moon To the Sun
Eden – Oblivion
King’s X – XV
M.ILL.ION – Thrill Of The Chase
Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10 Years – Division
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning
Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (Reissue)
Gun Barrel – Outlaw invasion
Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Southern Gentleman – Valley of Fire
10 Years – Division
Glenn Hughes – First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Souls of We – Let The Truth Be Known (Featuring George Lynch and London LeGrand)
Disturbed – Indestructible
Bret Michaels – Rock My World
Man Raze – Surreal
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2 CD Set)
JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Flotsam & Jetsam – When The Storm Comes Down (Reissue)
Clusterhead – Times of No Trust
Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
Harem Scarem – Hope
Valient Thorr – Immortalizer
The Dogs Divine – Way of Life
Stephen Pearcy – Under My Skin
Tesla – Comin Atcha Live – DVD
Hydrogyn – Deadly Passions
Gypsy Rose – S/T (Featuring David Reece)
Harem Scarem – Hope
Ritchie Kotzen – Live in San Paolo
Silent Rage – Four Letter World
Night Ranger – Hole in the Sun
Jet Black Stare - In This Life
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc – Rev It Up and Go Go
Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider
Black Sabbath – The Rules of Hell CD Boxset
Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
Trapt – Only Through The Pain (Aug 5th)
The Showdown – Back Breaker
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Extreme – Saudades De Rock (Aug 15th)
Papa Roach – Metamorphisis
Evergrey – Torn
Bullet – Bite the Bullet
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Iced Earth – The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Starbreaker – Love’s Dying Wish
After much too long of a wait, 8 years to be exact, we finally have a new Motley Crue disc with all new material.
It has been far too long since the L.A. bad boys have released any good new material. Their last couple of studio albums have been disappointing in my opinion. I have been hoping that Saints of Los Angeles would put Motley Crue back in form.
So was S.O.L.A. worth the wait?
The opening cut, L.A.M.F., sounds like the band was looking for an epic opening ala, In the Beginning from Shout at the Devil. Sadly, this isn’t it. This track is annoying, and should have been left off of the album.
Face Down in the Dirt is the song that should have led off Saints of Los Angeles. This hard rocking tune is one of the better tracks on S.O.L.A.
What’s It Gonna Take is an o.k. track that feels a little bit like filler to me. It isn’t the worst Crue song I have ever heard, but it is far from their best.
I like the tune, Down at the Whisky pretty well. This song would have fit in well with the Girls, Girls, Girls album.
Chances are you have already heard the title track, Saints of Los Angeles a few times as have I. I liked this tune as soon as I heard it, and still do.
Motherfucker of the Year is pretty much the main lyric of this aptly titled song. The song writing is pretty simple stuff, but Motley Crue makes it work. The content has pretty much guaranteed that this tune will get no radio airplay. I doubt the band cares. I like it.
The Animal in Me is a mid-tempo song that feels like another filler song. It isn’t terrible, but just an average Crue song. It does break up the pace of the record, but that is about it.
Welcome to The Machine is not a Pink Floyd cover song (thank goodness). This hard rocking tune is growing on me with each listen.
Just Another Psycho is one of those songs that you either love or hate. Mick Mars has some cool guitar riffs on this song. The lyrics are kind of silly, but this song is catchy.
Anyone that has read the Nikki Sixx book, The Heroin Diaries, will automatically recognize the song title, Chicks = Trouble. This seems like a quick cash in for Nikki Sixx. Vince Neil makes this song work. This song also sounds as if it would have been home on the Girls, Girls, Girls album.
This Ain’t A Love Song is another tune that is just o.k. This isn’t as good as Sick Love Song from the 2005 Red, White and Crue greatest hits compilation, but it doesn’t suck either.
White Trash Circus has a cool sleazy groove to it. I didn’t like this song at first, but it is definitely another tune that will grow on you.
Goin’ Out Swinging is the song that Motley Crue went back into the studio to record, after the album was finished. This late addition was desperately needed on S.O.L.A. Not only is this one of the better songs on the disc, but it gives the Crue a hard hitting tune to close out the album with.
I played the heck out of this disc while I was on vacation last week. While I don’t think this is Motley Crue’s best work, it is most certainly a return to form for the L.A. hard rockers. For this listener, S.O.L.A. was worth the wait!
You can buy a copy of Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles CD at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Face Down In The Dirt
3. What’s It Gonna Take
4. Down At The Whisky
5. Saints of Los Angeles (Gang Vocal)
6. Motherfucker of the Year
7. The Animal In Me
8. Welcome To The Machine
9. Just Another Psycho
10. Chicks = Trouble
11. This Ain’t A Love Song
12. White Trash Circus
13. Goin’ Out Swingin’
Motley Crue is:
Vince Neil – Vocals
Mick Mars – Guitar
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Tommy Lee – Drums
In 1983, Motley Crue performed their cover of the Beatles tune, Helter Skelter, live in front of an estimated crowd of 375,000 people at the US Festival in San Bernadino, CA.
Have you seen the new Motley Crue E-Card? It is 2 short days until the release of brand new CD, Saints of Los Angeles.
Click here to listen to the first single, Saints of Los Angeles, read the Crue’s bio and more.
The Colossal Motley Crue announcement has come and gone. Other than the announcement, of Motley Crue’s new single, Saints of Los Angeles getting an early release on ITunes, and as a download on the Rockband video games, there were no real surprises. Most of the information regarding Cruefest was leaked over a month ago.
Their was no real shock that Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Trapt and Sixx A.M. was going to be on the road with Motley Crue.
Nikki Sixx said the criteria for picking bands for this new rock festival was a) each band had to have some hits, and b) they had to live the rock and roll and lifestyle.
I can’t deny the logic too much. If you are going to go on the road with Motley Crue, you will certainly have to be able to hold your own.
Buckcherry is a solid choice. Especially with their newfound success, with their CD 15.
Sixx A.M. is a no brainer choice since Nikki Sixx is a member of that band as well.
I have read comments by many people questioning the addition of Trapt, and Papa Roach. Most of them are not complimentary.
Aside from Motley Crue, all of the other acts on the bill came from the mid 90′s to the 00′s. This can’t be called an 80′s has been festival, as Motley Crue is the only act from that era of rock.
Is the addition of Trapt and Papa Roach smart marketing? It could be. I don’t know how big the fan bases are for those two bands, but this festival could draw three generations of rock fans, instead of teenagers and twenty somethings that might pay to see this show. Papa Roach and Trapt are two of a short list of rock acts that have managed to sell over a million albums since the year 2000.
Could this be the festival that brings rock back to the mainstream? Time will tell. It is certainly an interesting approach, and I applaud Motley Crue for trying to bring rock back to the masses.
As far as the Saints of Los Angeles single, I didn’t think it was all that great, but you know what, it gets in your head. I bet they will have a hit with this tune!
I will be in the stands when Cruefest hits Cincinnati. Are you going to go?
Please comment and tell me what you think about Cruefest!
This Tour is being billed at The Loudest Show on Earth.
Motley Crue is releasing their new single, Saints of Los Angeles, as a download for the game Rockband for XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
A second stage will be set up at Cruefest, where fans can compete in the game Rockband.
Motley Crue’s new Album, The Dirt, will be released on June 17th.
Motley Crue’s new video, Saints of Lost Angeles premiered during the announcement. The first part of the tour will have 60 U.S dates. They have not decided if they are going to take the tour to Europe or South America, yet.
Here are the tour dates for the 2008 Crue Fest!
Members of Motley Crue’s S.I.N. Club can preorder tickets now!
Jul 01, 2008 West Palm Beach FL US Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 03, 2008 Tampa FL US Ford Center
Jul 05, 2008 Charlotte NC US Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 06, 2008 Virginia Beach VA US Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Jul 08, 2008 Wantagh NY US Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 09, 2008 Buffalo NY US Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 12, 2008 Philadelphia PA US Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 13, 2008 Washington DC US Nissan Pavilion Coming Soon
Jul 15, 2008 Detroit MI US DTE Energy Music Theater
Jul 16, 2008 Chicago IL US First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jul 18, 2008 Indianapolis IN US Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul 19, 2008 Milwaukee WI US Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 20, 2008 St. Louis MO US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 22, 2008 Houston TX US Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 23, 2008 San Antonio TX US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 24, 2008 Dallas TX US Superpages.com center
Jul 26, 2008 Albuquerque NM US Journal Pavilion
Jul 27, 2008 Denver CO US Coors Amphitheater at Fiddler’s Green
Jul 29, 2008 Salt Lake City UT US USANA Amphitheater
Aug 01, 2008 Phoenix AZ US Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Aug 02, 2008 Los Angeles CA US Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Haven
Aug 05, 2008 Sacramento CA US Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug 06, 2008 San Francisco CA US Shoreline Amphitheater at Mountain View
Aug 08, 2008 Seattle WA US White River Amphitheater
Aug 09, 2008 Portland OR US Rose Garden Arena
Aug 11, 2008 Vancouver BC CA GM Place
Aug 13, 2008 Edmonton AB CA Rexall Place
Aug 14, 2008 Calgary AB CA Pengrowth Saddledome
Aug 15, 2008 Saskatoon SK CA Credit Union Centre
Aug 17, 2008 Winnipeg MB CA MTS Centre
Aug 19, 2008 Cincinnati OH US Riverbend Music Center
Aug 20, 2008 Cleveland OH US Blossom Music Center
Aug 22, 2008 Boston MA US Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 23, 2008 Holmdel NJ US PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 24, 2008 Uncasville CT US Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 28, 2008 Toronto ON CA Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 29, 2008 Albany NY US Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 30, 2008 Scranton PA US Toyota Pavilion
Aug 31, 2008 Pittsburgh PA US Post-Gazette Pavilion
Motley Crue is going to make their “Colossal” announcement tonight at 7 P.M.
They will kick off Cruefest, in support of their new album, The Dirt with the bands Buckcherry, Trapt, Sixx A.M. and Papa Roach. One date in Tampa, Florida, has already been confirmed by Live Nation.
It has been a while since Motley Crue, has released any new tunes. 2005 to be exact, when the band released 2 new songs, and a cover tune, on their Red, White & Crue compiliation.
Here is the video for Sick Love Song!
and here is a preview of the new Motley Crue song, Saints of Los Angeles.
What do you think of the new Crue tunes?
DON’T FORGET TO WATCH MOTLEY CRUE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, TONIGHT AT 12:05 A.M. EST!!!
A new MÖTLEY CRÜE song, entitled “Saints of Los Angeles”, is being streamed exclusively at Spinner.com. The song is expected to be the first single off the band’s ninth album, “The Dirt”, which is tentatively due on July 8. The single will arrive at radio stations in early May.
Several registered members of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s official message board previously commented on a 28-second leak of “Saints of Los Angeles”, with one fan describing the track as “definitely that elusive cross between ‘Shout at the Devil’ and ‘Dr. Feelgood’ we always heard about.” Another board user writes, “[it] reminds be a bit of the ‘Sick Love Song’ [a track that was included on MÖTLEY CRÜE's two-CD 'greatest hits' collection, 'Red, White & Crüe' in 2005] style of material, but has a ‘Wildside’ vibe. I’m glad to see the CRÜE go back to a classic/heavy sound while not sounding like ‘New Tattoo’ . This is the style they should stay in.”
“The Dirt” is based on the band’s 2001 memoir of the same name and will be its first all-new studio effort since 2000′s “New Tattoo”. 1997′s “Generation Swine” was the last to feature the group’s original lineup, which reunited for a successful world tour in 2005.
Although it was reported last fall that drummer Tommy Lee had again quit the CRÜE over legal issues, he and the group have reconciled.
Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote in a recent online update, “10 songs done for the new CRÜE album so far, I’m very proud of the songs. I think we’re onto some of the better songs we’ve had in years…Time will tell, of course. A couple of song titles on the CRÜE album are called ‘A Scar On Hollywood Boulevard’ and ‘The Saints Of Los Angeles’… The chemistry in the studio as we’re writing is unbelievable.”
The CRÜE recently denied a post at Robin Leach‘s Las Vegas gossip blog which suggested that the band had signed a three-album, three-tour deal with Live Nation for $100 million. Although the source of the rumor was reportedly singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement, “MÖTLEY CRÜE has not signed any deals to tour or record whatsoever. Any information to the contrary is 100 percent incorrect.”
The management company that represents MÖTLEY CRÜE told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that rumors about the band headlining a festival-type tour called “Cruefest” are “blatantly false and completely unfounded,” although the company, 10th Street Entertainment, did admit that the band’s press conference scheduled for April 15 in Los Angeles will involve at least “a few” of more than two dozen acts. Rumors began circulating about a so-called “Cruefest” after the CRÜE revealed that it will make a “colossal announcement” on April 15, with other 10th Street bands like BUCKCHERRY, DROWNING POOL and PAPA ROACH reportedly on board.
A “video teaser” for the press conference and contest — which appears to contain images of MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH and SIXX: A.M. — can be viewed at this location (Quicktime required).
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net.
MÖTLEY CRÜE is rumored to be teaming up with several other acts from the Tenth Street Entertainment management stable — BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH and DROWNING POOL — for a U.S. tour that will kick off in early July. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the trek will go out under the moniker Cruefest — which is not to be confused with the association that organizes concerts at various locations around the world throughout the year to raise money for the various CRÜE-affiliated charities (including Skylar Neil Memorial Fund, Nikki Sixx‘s Running Wild in the Night foundation, Tommy Lee‘s charity of choice St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mick Mars‘ charity Spondylitis Association of America).
CRÜE will officially announce its touring plans on April 15th in Los Angeles, according to a press release. All four members of the group will be present at a location yet to be determined for what the release hyped as “by far…one of the biggest music announcements of the year!!” The band is also launching a contest in which one grand prize winner from each major city in the country will be flown to Los Angeles to cover the announcement, complete with a chance to interview the band and have the interview broadcast live. Details can be found at the official CRÜE site.
The band is currently working on its ninth studio album and first featuring all four original members since 1997′s “Generation Swine”. Bassist Nikki Sixx said in an online posting, “Tommy‘s (Lee, drums) kickin’ ass, Vince (Neil, vocals) sounds insane and (Mick) Mars is shredding on guitars. It doesn’t feel like one song is better or worse than any other. It feels so good to be excited about something you’ve worked on so hard…I’m so excited for you all to hear it.”
The album, titled “The Dirt” after the group’s memoir of the same name, is tentatively due out on July 8.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net