THE DONNAS TO BE FIRST ACT SIGNED TO CROWDBANDS
Innovative Start-up will Empower Members to Make Creative Decisions for Bands and Overall Direction of the Company
The Donnas have built a rabid group of followers in the years since their 1993 founding, and starting this year, their fans and thousands of others will have a say in their next album, thanks to a partnership with Crowdbands (www.crowdbands.com), an innovative new start-up.
“We’ve done the major labels… we’ve done the independent labels… now it’s time for us to do the fan-driven label,” said Allison Robertson, Brett Anderson and Maya Ford of The Donnas. “Our fans have inspired us through the years, and exposed us to new music that’s influenced what we’ve done. We’re excited to take that to the next level and let them inside the making of our next album.”
Crowdbands is the first online community to empower members to run the company through a democratic voting process regarding corporate and band presentation and marketing decisions. Crowdbands is taking a world-renowned act that has already proved their commercial viability and sharing the experience of guiding the creative process from writing and recording to promoting and touring with their closest 10,000 fans around the world.
Here’s how Crowdbands works: members will make decisions with the rest of the Crowdbands community regarding the next album by The Donnas as it is recorded. Decisions might include things such as which single to release, possible cover art ideas, where to go on tour and more. Members will also receive the album before it is released to the public and get exclusive access to VIP content and events with the band.
“The Ramones summed it up pretty well when they sang: “We need change, we need it fast… before rock’s just part of the past,” said Tom Sarig, co-founder of Crowdbands and current president of Esther Creative Group and a former senior A&R Executive at MCA Records, TVT Records, Arista, and A&M. “The traditional label system no longer works for the artists or the fans. Allowing music lovers to be part of the creative process will provide a fresh perspective for everyone involved.”
About Crowdbands: Remember when music was great, inspiring, uplifting? Well it still is. We at Crowdbands are a hopeful construction in the midst of the chaos of the music world. We believe that people are more passionate about and interested in music than ever before. We believe that music is more integral to people’s lives than ever before. And, in this new socially-connected Internet age, we believe people are interested in taking an active role in the discovery of music.
“The business model we’re exploring with Crowdbands is really unique and appropriate for the current climate in the music industry we’re stoked to try something new and different!” – Brett
“We’re ecstatic about working together with Crowdbands to finally break out of the music industry mold and forge new ground ahead for people who actually like rock and roll with their music!” – Allison
We encourage you all to come join us at: www.crowdbands.com
Allison & Brett on the Advantages of Working with Crowdbands:
Torry Castellano, The drummer from the rock band, The Donnas has posted the following on the Donnas website:
This is a very difficult message for me to write. As many of you already know, I’ve been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for the last 2 years and I have had to take time off from playing the drums. I have tried numerous different therapies, including physical therapy, sometimes up to 3 times a week, trigger point shots, exercises, and rest, but none of them have gotten me to a place where I can play again. Unfortunately, unlike when I had my wrist problems, there is no specific surgery that can help with my shoulder.
As I am still in pain, my doctors have come to the conclusion that I cannot play the drums anymore because if I continue I will be in pain for the rest of my life. After much thought and many conversations with the other girls I have decided I have to retire. My retirement has brought me a lot of sadness because I love playing the drums and being a part of the Donnas family, which of course includes all of you. I’ve loved all the experiences that we’ve had together and I really want to thank all of you for your support and the fun times. Even though I can’t play anymore, I would never want the other girls to have to give up something that they love and I know that they will continue to make and play great rock ‘n roll.
I’ve had to think about what I’m going to do now. While I have been resting my shoulder, I’ve been taking some classes and doing this has really helped me to have something to put my energies into. I’ve decided to continue with this, and I will be starting Stanford University in the fall. I know that I’ll miss living near the other girls, but I’ll be seeing them and the rest of you at their future Bay Area shows.
No matter what, I will always be a Donna and be a part of the Donna’s family. I know you guys will continue to support the band and I’ll be there too, as the #1 Donnaholic.
The Donnas have a song available as a free download from Amazon.com. Get “Are You Gonna Move It For Me” at this link.
You can check out the live version of the song in the clip below.
Back in 1999, The Donnas did a cover of the KISS song “Strutter” for the Detroit Rock City Movie Soundtrack. Check out the video clip below.
The new KISS CD, Sonic Boom was released in Walmart stores everywhere today!
No one parties like The Donnas and they throw a Sweet Sixteen like no other. Their new album The Donnas Greatest Hits, Vol. 16 (the band’s 8th release) is sixteen tracks of rock bliss, a collection of the classic Donnas songs you love and the new ones you’ll die for. It has three unreleased songs, “We Own the Night”, “She’s Out of Control”, and “Don’t Wanna Break Your Head”.
The Donnas Greatest Hits, Vol. 16, is a comprehensive album featuring a mix of new songs, never-before-heard b-sides, live recordings as well as re-recorded classics, and previously unreleased tracks.
Check out the video clip, “Get Off” below!
You can get a free download of the song, “Perfect Stranger” at this link!Click on the cover above to order now!
“Invasion Of Your Holiday” Tour
Friday, December 26th at The House Of Blues – Sunset Strip !!!
The House Of Blues and Club Vodka would like to invite you to a very special event, as we welcome back to Southern California…
Featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane and Carlos Cavazo.
Performing all their greatest hits, like… “Round and Round”, “Lay It Down”, “Way Cool Jr.”, “I Want A Woman”, “You’re In Love”, “Lovin’ You’s A Dirty Job”, “Back For More”, “Nobody Rides For Free”, “Body Talk”, “Lack Of Communication”, “Slip Of The Lip”, “Wanted Man” and the list goes on.
With Special Guests…
Performing all their hits, like… “Take It Off”, “I Don’t Care”, “Fall Behind Me”, “Don’t Wait Up For Me”, “Who Invited You”, “Too Bad About Your Girl”, “Take Me To The Backseat” and more.
The The House Of Blues has set up a few ways for Club Vodka patrons to get Discount Tickets for a Holiday Price !!!
Drive yourself over to the HOB Box Office from now through the show date, you can get the Cash & Carry Price of $25 !!! No fees !!! No taxes !!!! No questions asked… Nothing !!! $25 Cash & Carry.
No limits either !!!
Or, if you don’t have the time to stop by the box office, you can always log on to the HOB. com Web Site and simply purchase tickets here:
http://www. hob. com/tickets/eventdetail. asp?eventid=55037
The House Of Blues – Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Blvd. W. Hollywood, CA 90069.
Box Office open at 9 AM daily. (323) 848-5100. Doors open at 8:00 PM. Show at 9:00 PM. 18 and over.
You can view RATT performing “Body Talk” in the video below.