I love when opening acts are so fantastic that I want to run out and buy their music at the merchandise stand. Such was the case with Royal Bliss, a band that I did not know existed prior to seeing them open for Puddle of Mudd at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. After their blistering opening performance, I will be paying more attention to the band.
When Royal Bliss took the stage, I was willing to give them a chance, as I am with any opening act I see. However, I couldn’t help thinking that the lead singer was out of shape and that there was no way this band was going to be good. Boy, am I glad that Royal Bliss proved me wrong. Lead singer, Neal Middleton not only energized the crowd with his amazing front man abilities, but the man can also sing his ass off!
Middleton won over the crowd from the first song. As the Royal Bliss set went on, he got the crowd signing along. It was quite a moment and as an opening act, Royal Bliss was astonishing. If you get the opportunity to see them live, I highly recommend that you take advantage of it. You will not be disappointed.
Rev Theory was out next and I was looking forward to seeing their performance. I like the band and had never witnessed them in concert, so my expectations were high, but perhaps a little higher than they should have been.
Lead singer Rich Luzzi, who hails from New Jersey, burst onto the stage, guns-a-blazing. He was looking to whip his hometown crowd up immediately. There was only one problem. His microphone was not working too well. The vocals were hard to hear and the rest of the band did not seem to bring as much passion as Luzzi did.
Rev Theory’s set was pretty weak, which was a disappointment, because I really wanted to like their live act. Yet, between poor sound, and Luzzi’s voice appearing to be road weary, the band just couldn’t get me excited. However, that doesn’t mean the rest of the crowd wasn’t excited, because they were. The New Jersey fans loved Rev Theory and when the band kicked into “Hell Yeah,” from 2007’s Light It Up, the ballroom went bananas.
After Rev Theory, it was time for the purpose of the evening. Puddle Of Mudd performing two sets, with the first being a set of covers. When the lights went down, I leapt to my feet and roared. I was excited to see what this band could bring live. Knowing their first batch of songs were covers found me ripe with anticipation. What cover songs would they perform? How would they sound?
The band started the night with The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter” which is not an easy song to cover. Armed with additional musicians to compliment the core players from Puddle Of Mudd, the full band did an exceptional job on their rendition of the Stones classic. I was singing along like it was a Puddle of Mudd original. It was quite impressive how well the band performed “Gimme Shelter.”
The covers set was a quick one, totaling seven songs in all. And while there were plenty of high notes, there were also some lows. The biggest low of the night was backup singer, Tyra Juliette. It was hard for me to identify the purpose that she served other than being the second vocalist on “Stop Dragging My Heart Around.” Juliette did not sing well and overall, Puddle Of Mudd’s rendition of the Tom Petty classic was pretty sour.
The band closed their covers set with the Elton John classic, “Rocket Man,” and when Wes Scantlin introduced the song, I was uncertain. I did not think that the band was going to do the song justice. They proved me wrong, however, and closed the first set in style. Their version of “Rocket Man” was amazing and just might be worth buying their covers album for. I was thoroughly impressed.
The second set, the set of hits, kicked off with “Out Of My Head” from the band’s debut album. Hit after hit would follow including “Control,” “Away From Me,” “Famous” and “Psycho.” While the second set was short, it was jam packed with some of the best cuts from Puddle Of Mudd’s history.
Guitarist Paul Phillips was incredible on lead guitar. He looked great and played even better. His solos were spot on and his ability to work the crowd was stellar. I’ve always felt that he’s a bit underrated and after seeing his live performance, I know that he is. He was absolutely sensational.
Wes Scantlin did a great job on lead vocals, and left most of the guitar work to Phillips and Dizzi Devereux. While he did play guitar on a few songs, Scantlin is focusing mostly on being the band’s lead singer these days. Scantlin sounded just like he does on the record. His voice was crisp and sharp and he nailed every song that was performed during the second set.
The band closed the second set with their massive hit, “Psycho” which drove fans over the edge. The entire floor was jumping up and down during that performance and it’s a wonder the floor didn’t collapse. The crowd was into it and so was the band. “Psycho” made for the moment of the night.
The expected encore consisted of “She Hates Me” and an amazing version of “Blurry” that everyone in the building sang at the top of their lungs. After that, the night was over. While I was a bit disappointed in the length of the show, I am willing to forgive the band because I left the Starland Ballroom happy. Sure, I would liked to have heard some more Puddle Of Mudd songs, but their willingness to take a chance on the two set format scored them high marks.
Puddle of Mudd’s Setlist
SET ONE (Re:(disc)overed Cover Set)
Gimme Shelter, Shooting Star, Stop Dragging My Heart Around, T.N.T., Old Man, The Joker, Rocket Man
Out Of My Head, Control, Stoned, Away From Me, Drift And Die, Famous, Psycho
She Hates Me, Blurry
Puddle of Mudd’s new cover album, Re:(disc)overed will be released August 30th. You can pre-order it here!
JUSTICE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW
Rev Theory have released another behind the scenes webisode that documents the creation of their new album Justice, which is available now. This week’s webisode features the band members in the studio recording the song “Never Again.” Drummer Dave Agoglia talks about the focus and progression of the band on the new album, “We always try to move forward in our records, but at the same time I think we got back a little more to our roots, and we did what we felt was right.”
The band will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13th in Broussard, LA. For the complete list of dates visit www.harddrivelivetour.com.
Rev Theory have recently released another studio webisode from their Justice recording sessions. In the clip the band takes you behind the scenes of the making of the song “Loaded Gun,” which is featured on the band’s new album Justice (available everywhere now).Vocalist Rich Luzzi dishes on the meaning behind the song, “Loaded Gun is a pretty cool song because most times songs talk about wanting to go to the party. Loaded Gun is talking about getting away from the party.”
The band will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13th in Broussard, LA. For the complete list of dates visit www.harddrivelivetour.com.
Rev Theory will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13 in Broussard, LA. Alongside Rev Theory, the tour will feature Saliva, Emphatic, Madam Adam, and Seven Day Sonnet. For the complete list of dates visit: www.harddrivelivetour.com
The band also recently revealed a new webisode for the song “Enemy Within”, which is featured on the band’s new album Justice, which is available everywhere now. The clip can be seen here: http://vevo.ly/f0jD43
HardDrive tour dates:
Wed, Apr 13, 2011 Broussard, LA The Station
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 New Orleans, LA The Hangar
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 Jackson, MS Club Fire
Sat, Apr 16, 2011 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Mon, Apr 18, 2011 Augusta, GA The Vue
Tue, Apr 19, 2011 Pensacola Beach, FL Capt’n Fun
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 N. Charleston, SC Market Street Saloon
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 Huntsville, AL Sammy T’s
Fri, Apr 22, 2011 Johnson City, TN Chrome
Sat, Apr 23, 2011 Norfolk, VA The Norva
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 West Springfield, VA Jaxx Niteclub
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Sun, May 1, 2011 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Tue, May 3, 2011 West Chester, PA The Note
Wed, May 4, 2011 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
Thu, May 5, 2011 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s
Fri, May 6, 2011 Detroit, MI Harpos
Sat, May 7, 2011 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Sun, May 8, 2011 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero
Mon, May 9, 2011 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
Wed, May 11, 2011 Joilet, IL Mojoes
Thu, May 12, 2011 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s House of Rock
Fri, May 13, 2011 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
Sat, May 14, 2011 Springfield, MO (RADIO SHOW) Springfield Ramada Oasis Hotel
Sun, May 15, 2011 Indianola, IA (RADIO SHOW) National Balloon Classic Launch Field
*Rev Theory on all dates except May 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14 and 15
Rev Theory is back with their third effort Justice. After the success of their last album, Light it Up, I expected the band to travel down that same dreaded path that Saving Abel, and Theory of a Deadman moved on to trying to sound like the next Nickelback. With producer Terry Date (who has also produced records for Soundgarden, Pantera, and Metal Church), Rev Theory attempted to get a more live feel with Justice, and to my ears they have succeeded. While Justice lacks the big stadium style anthems of Light it Up, I honestly believe the music is better on Justice.
While Justice does have a couple of Nickelback like moments, there are also some heavy tunes that remind me of Stone Temple Pilots. The music on the opening cut, “Dead In A Grave” is the first song that has that STP grungy sound to it. The song has plenty of attitude, and shows quickly that Rev Theory is here to rock.
I have to be honest. I am not very fond of the title track “Justice” that was released as the first single from the album. I am sure the song has what it takes to get plenty of airplay on the Clear Channel rock stations out there, but this is my least favorite song on Justice.
To my ears, “Hangman” is much catchier than “Justice” and ought to be under consideration for Rev Theory’s next single. This song is MUCH better.
“Fire” and “Say Goodbye” are both slower numbers that could easily be hits for Rev Theory. While both have that Nickelback like vibe, they also pretty good. I have always like Rich Luzzi’s voice, and he is in fine form on both songs.
I prefer the heavier numbers on Justice, and “Loaded Gun”, ‘”Guilty By Design” and “Wicked Wonderland are easily the best ones on the CD.
Overall, I found myself missing the big hits of Light it Up, but I have enjoyed the music on Justice. To my ears Justice is more of a grower type of record. It might not bite you the first time around, but the songs get better with repeated listens. Check it out!
1. Dead In A Grave
5. Loaded Gun
6. Guilty By Design
7. Enemy Within
8. Wicked Wonderland
9. Say Goodbye
10. Never Again
11. Hollow Man
12. Hell Yeah (Live From Kansas City) * Bonus Track
13. Falling Down (Live From the Gibson Lounge) * Bonus Track
Rev Theory is:
Rich Luzzi- Vocals
Rikki Lixx- Guitar
Julien Jorgensen- Guitar
Matt McCloskey- Bass, Backing Vocals
Dave Agoglia- Drums
Rev Theory will be releasing their new album, Justice, on 2/15.
In anticipation of the release of their new album, Justice on 2/15, Rev Theory have released a new studio webisode that takes fans behind the scenes for the making of the song “Dead In A Grave.” Justice was recorded with legendary producer Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Soundgarden).
“I think overall as a band we are the most proud of this song (“Dead In A Grave),” states guitarist Julien. “It’s probably the oldest song song and its made it all the way through so it’s always nice to see something that you’ve created together as a band on the road come all the way through and literally make it this far through this process, because it’s a really trying process.”
The band will be headlining the Monster Energy Outbreak tour starting on February 16th. Go to www.outbreaktour.com for complete tour dates.
Pre-order Justice on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/gTSKBK
ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011:
FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S PREMIER
DESTINATION ROCK FESTIVAL
WITH SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF ROCK HEAVYWEIGHTS
A PERFECT CIRCLE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD,
DISTURBED, KORN, STONE SOUR AND STAIND
LINE-UP ALSO INCLUDES PERFORMANCES FROM
DANZIG, HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY AND ALTER BRIDGE
ROCK ON THE RANGE is celebrating its Fifth Anniversary! America’s premier destination rock festival–May 21-22 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio–will feature a spectacular lineup of rock heavyweights including A Perfect Circle (first performance of 2011), Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour and Staind (first performance in two years). The unforgettable weekend will also be highlighted by performances from Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society and Alter Bridge. In addition, Juliya of Fuse TV will return as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event.
“Three years ago my other band Ashes Divide was fortunate enough to play Rock On The Range as a support act; to return to the same festival and headline this year with A Perfect Circle is truly an honor,” says Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.
“We are honored that Rock On The Range has asked us be one of the headliners,” says M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold. “Not only is it an amazing show to be apart of, but it holds a deep spot in our hearts. Rock On The Range was the last American show we played with our best friend and drummer, The Rev. We are looking forward to continuing his legacy of rock n roll insanity that night! See you all there.”
“If you suffer from stimulus overload, the fifth anniversary of Rock On The Range may be too much for you,” quips Del Williams, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. “Virtually all of the bands that make up the top of the Active Rock charts are performing at America’s biggest Rock festival. When you look at the acts on the bill, and think of the massive list of songs that live in the body of that lineup, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with excitement.”
The ROCK ON THE RANGE celebration will start early on Friday night, May 20 with the nation’s biggest pre-festival Anniversary Party at the venue, featuring performances from two of the world’s craziest throwback rock artists–Steel Panther and Lez Zeppelin. Best of all, your ticket to the Anniversary Party will be absolutely FREE with every ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend ticket purchase!
“It seems like only yesterday that we created this vision for an active rock festival in the heartland, but it’s actually been five years now.” comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. “If it weren’t for the loyal fan base of active rock fans, the ‘Rangers,’ Rock On The Range would still just be an idea on the back of a napkin! We can’t think of a better way to say ‘thank you’ then to throw a big FREE party for everyone! It will be a night of unmatched celebration!”
A special ROCK ON THE RANGE ticket pre-sale will take place from Wednesday, February 9 at 10:00 AM (ET) through Friday, February 11 at 10:00 PM (ET). For details on pre-sale, go to: www.facebook.com/rockontherange. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, February 12 at 10:00 AM (ET). Two-day weekend festival passes start at just $99.50 plus service and transaction fees. Layaway ticket purchase options are also still available for a limited time.
“We are extremely excited about the lineup for Rock On The Range’s Fifth Anniversary show at Crew Stadium,” said Mark McCullers, President & General Manager of the Columbus Crew, a co-executive Producer of Rock On The Range. “We are coming off another record year in 2010 and are looking forward to raising the bar again in 2011.”
ROCK ON THE RANGE–The Book is another new bonus for fans in connection with the fifth anniversary of the festival. This limited edition coffee-table photo book captures the first four years of ROTR and features behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen performance shots, and testimonials from past ROTR performers including Stone Temple Pilots, Slipknot, Slash, Godsmack, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Rise Against and many more. Copies of ROTR—The Book will be included in each of the VIP and Hotel ticket packages and is also available independently for $25 plus shipping and handling at www.rockontherange.com.
The current lineup for ROCK ON THE RANGE 2011 is as follows: A Perfect Circle, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Korn, Stone Sour, Staind, Danzig, Hollywood Undead, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, A Day To Remember, Hinder, Escape The Fate, All That Remains, P.O.D., The Damned Things, Fu Manchu, Black Veil Brides, Saving Abel, Sick Puppies, Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Crossfade, Cavo, Trapt, Rev Theory and Pop Evil.
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG Live and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn crowds in excess of 30,000 per day since its inception in 2007.
NEW ALBUM JUSTICE IN-STORES 2/15
Rev Theory have just released a new webisode that documents the recording of their song “The Fire,” which is featured on the band’s forthcoming album Justice (in-stores 2/15). “The whole premise behind ‘The Fire’ is kind of about a twisted relationship”, remarked bassist Matty McCloskey when asked about the meaning of “The Fire.”
Lead Guitarist Rikki Lixx talks about the recording process, “We just spent most of the day recording drum tracks for ‘The Fire.’ We did about 100 takes, but it came out and things are looking good.”
Check out the webisode here: http://bit.ly/hX3mAw
To stay current with all things Rev Theory visit www.revtheory.com
Rev Theory have just unleashed the video for their new single, “Justice.” The clip was directed by Artificial Army (The Sword, Mars Volta, Coheed and Cambria) and features the band giving a rocking performance, mixed with footage of riots and various forms of “Justice.”
The band will be releasing its sophomore album with Interscope Records on February 15th, titled Justice. On February 16th the band will be kicking off the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, which they will be headlining.
Tour dates are as follows:
Wed-Feb-16 Phoenix AZ Club House
Fri-Feb-18 Salt Lake City UT Avalon
Sat-Feb-19 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep
Sun-Feb-20 Denver CO Bluebird
Tue-Feb-22 Des Moines IA People’s Court
Wed-Feb-23 Madison WI Majestic Theatre
Thu-Feb-24 Kansas City MO Midland
Fri-Feb-25 OK Marquee
Sat-Feb-26 Little Rock AR Juanita’s Cantina
Wed-Mar-02 Huntsville AL Sammy T’s
Fri-Mar-04 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live
Sat-Mar-05 Hartford CT Webster Underground
Sun-Mar-06 Jermyn PA Eleanor Rigby’s
Rev Theory are back! The band recently released “Justice”, which is the first single off of the bands forthcoming album of the same name. You can purchase the single on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/cWwKs9. Justice will be the band’s third studio album and the follow up to 2008’s breakthrough Light It Up.
“Justice means so much to us,” explains guitarist Julien Jorgensen. “It’s not just an album title. It’s a call to action. As a band we have rallied around the belief that, with this album, our time has come and we are going to grab it.”
For updates on Rev Theory and to hear the new single visit: www.revtheory.com
Rev Theory (formerly Revelation Theory) is easily the biggest band on stage two at Cruefest this year. Check out their video clips below.
REV THEORY TO PERFORM CONCERT SATURDAY;
IN FANZONE SUNDAY AT AUTO CLUB 500 WEEKEND
GAVIN ROSSDALE TO PERFORM CONCERT
PRIOR TO AUTO CLUB 500
Rev Theory, currently on tour with Theory of a Deadman and Ten Second Epic, will perform Saturday Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Auto Club Speedway FanZone as part of the festivities surrounding the Auto Club 500 Weekend – the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR for 2009.
Rich Luzzi, Julien Jorgensen, Dave Agoglia, Matt McCloskey and Ricky Lixx will rock the stage with their signature hard rock music at a post race concert Saturday (Feb. 21) in the Auto Club Speedway FanZone following the Stater Bros. 300 NASCAR Nationwide series race and again Sunday, prior to the NASCAR Spring Cup series Auto Club 500.
Formed in 1997, the group released their debut album, Truth Is Currency, on EMI subsidiary Element Records in 2005. They are currently signed to Interscope Records and their 2008 release Light it Up is featured on the NASCAR ‘09 video game and was the official theme music for WrestleMania 24.
Interscope Geffen A&M Records and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, have joined forces to premiere the hard rock act Rev Theory’s new music video exclusively on the Xbox LIVE Video Store. This will make Rev Theory’s hit single “Hell Yeah” the first ever video premiere on Xbox
Gavin Rossdale, who is currently enjoying the success of his Top 40 hit single “Love Remains the Same”, will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Auto Club 500, NASCAR’s 2009 West Coast Premier at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 22.
Rossdale will perform four songs at Auto Club Speedway. His four songs will include his hit single “Love Remains the Same” as well as classic hits from his days as the frontman for rock group “Bush”.
Said Rossdale of his first solo album, WANDERlust, “The wanderlust I’m talking about isn’t that desire to travel and see the world. “It’s my overwhelming desire to get out and play music for people. I feel like a racehorse that’s been stuck in the stables a bit too long.”
About Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway is the premier Speedway in Southern California. Hosting two NASCAR Sprint Cup events as well as NHRA and AMA events, a day at Auto Club Speedway is a full day of excitement and entertainment that includes sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the Speedway’s fan amenities, including escalators, shade structures and misting zones, souvenir shopping and quality restaurants.
The red hot REV THEORY is heading back on the road for a headlining tour and is giving 10 fans for each show, VIP ticket upgrades to not only see the band live, but attend an acoustic performance, receive an autographed poster, AND meet the band in person. Please note that this is NOT a contest, each VIP upgrade is $35 USD and there are only 10 upgrades per show, so get your tickets now before it’s too late! And if you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Light It Up in stores and all digital markets everywhere!
February 20th Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
February 23rd Lafayette, LA @ Punk and Crunk Festival w/ Shinedown
February 25th Jackson, MS @ Touch Night Club
February 27th Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
February 28th Goose Creek, SC @ The Dive
March 3rd Townson, MD @ Recher Theatre
March 4th Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
March 5th Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
With the incredible response to Rev Theory’s new video for “Light It Up,” the band has decided to launch a video contest for their fans. Each fan now has the opportunity to create their own music video for “Light It Up,” have it selected by the band and become one of three videos placed on their YouTube page. After they are posted, fans will have two weeks to vote on which they think is the best. The winner will receive a Rev Theory prize package with a signed guitar and more from the band. Click here to read further details and get your chance to win!
Get your copy of Light It Up featuring “Hell Yeah,” and the self-titled single, “Light It Up,” in stores and all digital markets now!
Interscope artists Rev Theory have partnered with online music gaming platform Jam Legend, which has just left private beta and is now open to the public!
Rev Theory’s track “Hell Yeah” will be available at launch, with current single “Light It Up” debuting next week. Both songs come from Rev Theory’s major label debut Light It Up, which hit stores earlier this year.
Jam Legend is a free, browser-based gaming platform that simulates the thrill of rocking out to a sold out crowd, while enabling features never before available in console games such as Rock Band or Guitar Hero. CNet’s Josh Lowensohn called it “just brilliant,” and that experience is now available to players everywhere.
On the road this winter with Hinder for the Jägermeister Music Tour, Rev Theory have been playing to sold-out crowds and, in their off time, reviewing videogames on their bus for IGN.com with their Gamercast video series.
Rev Theory – www.RevTheory.com
Jam Legend – www.JamLegend.com
Check out Rev Theory’s video, “Light It Up” below!
Did you miss Rev Theory or Airbourne on Jimmy Kimmel Live? You can watch them here!
Airbourne – Running Wild
Rev Theory – Hell Yeah
The New York five piece band, Rev Theory have released their sophomore effort, Light It Up, on Interscope Records.
If the first single, Hell Yeah, is any indication what is in store for this band, Rev Theory could have a platinum album in the hands. Hell Yeah is easily the best stadium anthem that I have heard in a long time. This Guns ‘N Roses flavored tune could be the one that takes Rev Theory to the next level.
What I think is kind of cool about this band is they have a sound that crosses three decades of rock. On Light It Up, I hear elements of G ‘N R, Alice in Chains, and a mix of Hinder and Nickelback.
There are several songs on this disc that have major hit potential including Hell Yeah, Favorite Disease, Broken Bones and Wanted Man.
Every time a play this disc, it seems to get a little bit better. Their is no doubt in my mind that Rev Theory has a hit record on their hands. How far it goes is up to you! If you check out one modern rock band in 2008, give Rev Theory a look. I think you will like what you hear.
Check out Rev Theory on MySpace! Light It Up is in stores now.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Hell Yeah
2. Favorite Disease
3. Light It Up
4. Broken Bones
5. Kill The Headlights
6. Wanted Man
7. Ten Years
8. Falling Down
9. You’re The One
10. Far From Over
Rev Theory is:
Rich Luzzi – Vocals
Julien Jorgensen – GUitar
Rikki Lixx – Guitar
Matt McCloskey – Bass/Backing Vocals
Dave Agoglia – Drums
REV THEORY TEAMING UP WITH THE MALOOF BROTHERS FOR THE JUNE 10 RELEASE OF “LIGHT IT UP”
Rain Nightclub at Palms Resort and Casino to host June 12 party celebrating debut release from Maloof Music, the Maloof brothers new joint-venture with Interscope Records
The Maloof brothers have already established themselves as trendsetting moguls in the worlds of sports, food & beverages and banking. Next up? Rock music.
The June 10 on-sale of “Light It Up,” the sophomore effort from New York’s Rev Theory, will mark the inaugural release from Maloof Music, a joint venture between the famed businessmen and Interscope Records. To commemorate the relationship, the Maloof’s are hosting a party destined to return the “sin” to the words “hit single,” with Rev Theory taking over the luxurious Rain Nightclub at the Maloof’s Palms Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas.
The June 12 festivities – to be hosted by Las Vegas radio station KOMP 92.3 – will feature a performance by Rev Theory, a “Hottest Girl In Vegas” competition which will award three of the City of Sin’s finest with cash prizes and a featured role in the new video for the album’s title track and second single (which will be shot in Vegas in the coming weeks), and the usually bevy of special guests and decadent details that have made the Rain Nightclub and Palms Resort and Casino one of Las Vegas’ main attractions after dark, and well into the morning hours.
“We’re music buffs and music fans, and Rev Theory blew us away with their presence and power,” says Phil Maloof, who oversees Maloof Music, the latest venture from the family that reinvented the Las Vegas strip with the Palms, a full-service resort and casino complete with a state-of-the-art, $10.0 million recording studio that has hosted the likes of Michael Jackson, the Killers, and Panic At The Disco. The family’s other operations include (but are not limited to) the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise, the Sacramento Monarchs WNBA franchise, and western distribution rights to Coors and Miller products. “We can, and will, do a lot of ancillary marketing through the NBA, Miller, the casino, and all of our other avenues that we’ve found success with. That is where music is going, and we’re looking forward to taking it the next level.”
“Their first single, ‘Hell Yeah,’ and their next single, ‘Light It Up,’ are anthems that we know will continue to get played at sporting events for a long time to come, then they have the crossover songs, the great ballads that we know will have appeal at different radio formats,” echoes Tony Guanci, a partner in Maloof Music and a number of the family’s other ventures. “We try very hard not to be corporate, so that our products create more of a groundswell, and we expect to apply the same theories here that we do in all of our other businesses, one customer at a time. Rev Theory are the perfect band for us to partner with – The music is already there, once we open up our contacts and marketing machine, it’s only going to further the process and strengthen the momentum.”
Even before the June 10 release of the album via Interscope/DGC/Van Howes Records/Maloof Music/Idol Roc, lead single “Hell Yeah” continues to build momentum. The track has been chosen as the official theme song for the WWE’s “One Night Stand” Pay Per View June 1, and its video became the first video ever to be premiered on XBOX Life, which features more than 12.0 subscribers. The single will also be part of the soundtrack for EA Sports’ best-selling video game “Madden ’09,” which will be released Aug. 12.
“Light It Up” was produced by Brian Howes and Josh Abraham. Howes is most recently known for his work as producer and co-writer on Hinder’s triple-platinum “Extreme Behavior,” and also co-wrote on “American Idol” runner-up Chris Daughtry’s self-titled, quadruple-platinum debut. Abraham’s recent production projects include Linkin Park, Staind, Velvet Revolver and 30 Seconds To Mars.
Well-traveled road warriors, Rev Theory – Rich Luzzi, Julien Jorgensen, Dave Agoglia, Matt McCloskey and Rikky Lixx – will embark on an expansive two-month summer trek with Puddle of Mudd that kicks off July 5 in Des Moines, IA. Other notable summer appearances include a TV performance on CBS that is taped on July 11th at the first ever Maloof Money Cup (a skateboard festival in Orange County produced by the Maloof’s), as well as an August 9 performance at the Sturgis Bikefest, where the crowd is expected to top the 650,000 mark.
Have you read about the latest Drowning Pool Saga? Kudos to Blabbermouth.net for this great find.
DROWNING POOL frontman Ryan McCombs has posted the following message on the band’s official MySpace blog:
“The powers that be have been after me for some time to write another blog. Hell, at one point it was even suggested that I try to start some controversy with some other acts. You know the old ‘no such thing as bad press’ BS. It was suggested that I take a shot at Kid Rock one time. WHAT??? Here’s a dude that marches the same path we do supporting our troops. Yeah, right, I’ll get right on that.
“Actually, I will, but not at Kid Rock. Hell, I respect the guy — why would I do that?! I need a reason to be a prick. Anyone out there that knows me knows that much. So let me get to it. Let me make everyone happy.
“I’m sitting here in Mt. Clemens, Michigan at a radio show for WRIF, a bad-ass station up here in these parts. On the bill tonight was four bands that led us to look forward to this show tonight. REV THEORY, who we’ve been on the road with for a few shows here the past couple of weeks. ALTER BRIDGE, who I have no idea about, and PAPA ROACH, who happens to be 10th Street (our management) family of ours. Family, my ass.
“I have never witnessed such a short-dick syndrome in my career. Mind you, back in the SOIL days, I opened up for OZZY [OSBOURNE], [ROB] ZOMBIE and MUDVAYNE and I have never been treated like such a piece of shit. Not that any one of those three bands would ever even think of treating another performing artist the way PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE treated REV THEORY and ourselves today.
“A room full of people/fans completely get dicked out of the show they paid for because PAPA ROACH decides they need enough room behind the drum kit to park a fucking tour bus between it and the back of the stage. Then ALTER BRIDGE doesn’t strike their kit. Something completely in the right of the headliner but an inflated-head move for a support band, of any level. So the paying audience gets to see DROWNING POOL and REV THEORY try to navigate within about one foot of space between the kit and the front wedge (monitor).
“You know, I don’t get this shit. People in this business are so quick to spew brotherhood and family bullshit. And then the short-dick syndrome kicks in. What’s the point of being such shits to other bands in this business? Are you scared you can’t bring it when the fucking time comes? Are you so worried that somebody might bring the shit some night and give the crowd what they paid for that you have to handcuff them before the show even starts? I hope the people that paid for four shows tonight get fucking checks in the mail to cover their ticket costs from PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE. You all deserve it. You deserve what you pay for. I’m sorry along with the rest of the guys and along with REV THEORY that you all got fucked out of the four performances that you paid for.
“Just saw ALTER BRIDGE. Looks like we should have switched spots. You could have done your-feet-nailed-to-the-floor routine in our foot of space easily…
“Sorry if I piss off any fans out there, that isn’t my point. You hear this brotherhood BS and then you see the tongue-waggers for what they are.
“To PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE… leave the handcuffs on the headboard where they belong, allow the fans the show they paid for.
“Now, not being a spring chicken, I do realize that maybe these bands got put in a position of looking bad to REV and us due to their crew. But I’ve always been a firm believer that a bands crew is a reflection of the people they work for. So choke on it.”
UPDATE: McCombs has posted the following “clarification” regarding a point he raised in the above blog:
“I’ve been thinking of the last blog I posted and I wanted to make sure I explained a point I was trying to make.
“When I mentioned the ‘Merry Mahem Tour’ I did back in the SOIL days with MUDVAYNE, ZOMBIE and OZZY, I was trying to make a point that may be lost on some that aren’t familiar with these bands or their shows. All three of these bands had good, if not huge, productions (stage shows). But every night they did what they could to make sure everyone could do their show to the best of their ability. My mentioning of this tour and those bands was just to show that having been out with bands with their production size, and all together on one stage, that even then the pro in them stood out.
“We’ve all been in those situations where our hands are tied due to stage size but tonight was not one of them. Tonight was just a matter of not giving a shit. Was it the first time a band or bands acted in such a way? Nope. Will it be the last? Sadly enough, probably not. It was what it was. A bad night that could easily have been avoided. Misfortunate for the fans, and again to them I’m sorry for the way things played out.”
DROWNING POOL has been on the road in support of its third album, “Full Circle”, which marks the recording debut of McCombs.
Rev Theory is revving up to release Light It Up on June 10th. The Brian Howes (Hinder, Puddle of Mudd) and Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Korn) produced album features the raucous single “Hell Yeah” and Wrestle Mania XXIV theme song “Light it Up.”
To celebrate the unleashing of Light It Up, Rev Theory and Hard Rock Hideout are giving one winner an Xbox 360 Elite along with an Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel and Nascar 09 which features a song by Rev Theory.
Rev Theory will be takikng the stage on Sunday May 18th at the Rock at the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio.
The video below, is for the band’s single, Slowburn. This is off of their debut album,Truth is Currency, from 2005. The band has a new album on the way, called Light It Up, that will be released on June 10th.
Rev Theory have just unveiled the cover to their album Light It Up. The band has also added a 5th member to their line up with guitar player Rikki Lixx. A familiar face in the hard rock realm, Lixx joins Rev Theory from California based Operator.
The Brian Howes and Josh Abraham produced Light It Up hits stores June 10th
Join Rev Theory as they take you behind-the-scenes and on the set during the making of their video for debut single “Hell Yeah.” Fast cars, crashed planes and a WWE Diva set the perfect stage for the fist pumping rock anthem.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video here
Light it Up featuring “Hell Yeah” will be in stores June 10th.
Rev Theory have just released full-length audio streams of “Hell Yeah,” the first single from the forthcoming album Light it Up as well as the Wrestlemania 24 theme and title track “Light it Up.”
“Hell Yeah” audio stream:
“Light It Up” audio stream:
Rev Theory will perform live at Wrestlemania XXIV at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on Sunday, March 30th.
Having already penned “Light It Up,” this year’s official theme song for Wrestlemania, Rev Theory will bring their hard-rocking live show to the stage for the more than 60,000 fans from around the world expected to attend.
“Music is an integral component for the World Wrestling Entertainment brand and in the case of Rev Theory, we’ve chosen “Light It Up” as one of the theme songs for WrestleMania 24,” says Neil Lawi of the WWE. “The band and the song exude the excitement and emotion we look for to accompany sports-entertainment’s pinnacle event and the band has crafted an anthemic song for an anthemic event.”
For wrestling fans looking for more Rev Theory, the band’s upcoming Interscope debut album featuring “Light It Up” comes out June 2008.
Rev Theory Official Website – www.RevTheory.com
Wrestlemania XXIV video featuring “Light It Up” –
Rev Theory have just announced they will join Seether and Flyleaf on the road this April. The hard-rocking Rev Theory will kick off their leg of the tour on April 8th in Denver, Colorado and wrap up April 23rd in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Fans can also catch Rev Theory at Wrestlemania 24 on March 30th in Orlando, Florida and on Day Two of the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio.
Light it Up featuring the single “Hell Yeah” hits stores June 10th!
You can preview the single Light it Up here!