California metallers LIZZY BORDEN will bring their blood-red American metal to the U.S. and seven countries in Europe this fall.
The show will feature songs from the band’s latest release, “Appointment With Death”, as well as classic anthems from the group’s 25-year career catalog.
The U.S. dates will see LIZZY joining forces with Finland’s own LORDI, and will include select LIZZY BORDEN headlining shows around the country.
Commented the band’s singer/namesake: “We are all ecstatic about performing in America and Europe this fall. The three shows we did this summer at the Sweden Rock festival and the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Germany were amazing! We can’t wait to see all our new and old friends in Europe, and blasting through the U.S dates with LORDI promises to be a monster fest! And yes, oh yes, there will be blood!”
Upcoming LIZZY BORDEN tour dates:
Nov. 07 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 08 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Nov. 09 – San Antonio, TX – The White Rabbit
Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
Nov. 13 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 16 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
Nov. 17 – Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
Nov. 20 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
Nov. 22 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Nov. 23 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Nov. 24 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Dec. 06 – Essen, Germany – Turock
Dec. 09 – Frankfurt, Germany – Die halle
Dec. 10 – Glasgow, Poland – Mayday
Dec. 12 – Zaragoza, Spain – Centro Civico Delicias
Dec. 13 – Palencia, Spain – Fronton Eras de Santa Marina
Dec. 18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock
Dec. 19 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Sticky Fingers
Dec. 20 – Lubeck, Germany – Treibsand
Apr. 24 – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany – Keep It True XII Festival
Cinder Road posted the following bulletin this afternoon:
It’s been WAY to long since Cinder Road has rocked the West Coast and that is about to change… Our great friends in TESLA have asked us to support them on 6 awesome West Coast shows! We are busy writing and recording our new album but we just couldn’t turn down and opportunity to hit the stage with Tesla and see our West Coast friends. The dates are listed below. Please get your tickets early as EVERY show we played with Tesla was SOLD-OUT!
Nov. 28th House of Blues – San Diego, CA.
Nov. 29th Dodge Theatre – Phoenix, AZ.
Dec. 1st House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA.
Dec. 3rd Canyon Club – Agoura Hills, CA.
Dec. 5th The Joint @ Hard Rock – Las Vegas, NV.
Dec. 6th House of Blues – Anaheim, CA.
Hope to see you there!!
HIM, THE 69 EYES and NEGATIVE are among the confirmed bands for the fourth annual Helldone Festival, set to take place December 29-31, 2008 at various clubs in Helsinki, Oulu and Tempere Finland.
This time around HIM, KYPCK (pronounced “Kursk”) and 45 DEGREE WOMAN will take the festival on the road, to the cities of Oulu and Tampere. While this fearless trio shares some good vibes with the rest of the country, Helldone HQ in Helsinki is rocking to the sounds ofSTAM1NA, DIABLO and GODSPLAGUE on Monday, December 29; andTHE 69 EYES, NEGATIVE and SARA on Tuesday, December 30. New Year’s Eve marks the eagerly awaited return of the road warriors.
During the past couple of years, the Helldone Festival has been proud to present some cool bands from overseas but the fans have politely pointed out that the thing they really want to see and hear are Finnish bands. Finnish bands in the dark heart of the Finnish winter.
Some of this year’s bands have played at the festival before but none has been invited back purely for old times’ sake. Each and every band in theHelldone 2008 lineup has recently reached important milestones in their careers: be it a killer album, a breakthrough in new territories or a big tour. They all are alive, hungry, fast and furious. And definitely as cool as a December night in downtown Hellsinki.
Helldone 2008 marks the tenth anniversary of HIM‘s New Year’s Eve shows at Tavastia Club — the tradition out of which the Helldone Festival was born. Each night there will be three top bands on the Tavastia stage, while the neighboring venue Semifinal serves as a chill out zone with some familiar faces spinning records. HIM will traditionally start their set at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Helldone Festival 2008:
Dec. 29-31 @ Tavastia & Semifinal, Helsinki
Dec. 29 @ Teatria, Oulu
Dec. 30 @ Pakkahuone & Klubi, Tampere
THE 69 EYES (FIN)
45 DEGREE WOMAN (FIN)
Queensrÿche is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their 12th studio album, AMERICAN SOLDIER. The concept album, due this spring from Rhino/Atco, finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. AMERICAN SOLDIER examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album’s release, Queensrÿche plan to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The first date of the tour will be a hometown gig at Seattle’s Snoqualmie Casino on April 16.
“Queensrÿche has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services,” says Tate. “It seems like after every show, I’d end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story. Over the last two years, I’ve conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with veterans of many different American wars. I listened to their amazing and moving recounts and did my best to examine war through their eyes.”
I am closing in on two, separate offers to relaunch my SIMMONS RECORDS label. When I’ve decided which offer I’ll accept, you’ll read it here first.
For those of you in bands who have demos (demonstration tapes), please don’t send em. I’ve received literally thousands upon thousands of demos over the years. There simply isn’t enough time in the world to wade through it all.
The history of SIMMONS RECORDS dates back to Bob Buziak former head of RCA RECORDS. I signed HOUSE OF LORDS ( a name I trademarked and let Greg Giuffria use for his band), SILENT RAGE, a California rock band and GYPSY ROSE a Canadian rock band RCA wanted to release through my label.
Music was going through a revolution and Grunge and Seattle snuffed out most of the rock bands of the day. I went on record then and stand by what I said: Though the bands coming out of Seattle were certainly valid, the tone and self destructive nature of it was not. Seattle would be the death of most rock bands. And, it was. What followed was the saddest period in Rock I can remember.
Gone were rock shows. Gone were groupies. Gone was the Culture of Rock. The bands that ignored Seattle and simply went on doing what they did best: Rock!!!….survived. And got bigger. Seattle bands? Almost all are gone.
Back in the early 90’s, I was also managing LIZA MINNELLI’s recording career and got her a deal at Epic Records. Her record was produced by the Pet Shop Boys.
For the most part, I lost interest in fighting an uphill battle with my label. Then by early 2000, I met and liked the nice folks at Sanctuary and over there, I re-launched the SIMMONS RECORDS label for two releases: my solo album, ASSHOLE and a Canadian one-man-band named BAG. Eventually, Sanctuary went under and that forced us to shut our doors yet again.
This time, we have two majors who want to do this the right way.
And, we will. As soon as more news comes, you’ll see it here first.
Hinder drummer Cody Hanson and his bandmates just bought 120 bottles of Jagermeister, the 70-proof German spirit. The Oklahoma City rock quintet recently installed a Jagermeister machine on its tour bus.
“It’s just a machine with three bottles that go in upside down,” Hanson says. “It keeps them at the perfect temperature, right above freezing.”
It should come in handy for Hinder’s upcoming headlining club tour, which is sponsored by the liquor company. On the road, the band guzzles about five bottles of Jager per night, the drummer estimates. “We’re partying and sharing a couple of them,” he says, “but for the most part we’re basically killing ourselves. It’s a good time, so it’s worth it.”
The party hasn’t stopped since the release of Hinder’s 2005 debut album, “Extreme Behavior,” which has sold 2.7 million units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And after more than two years of touring to support the album, which featured crossover radio hit “Lips of an Angel,” Hinder will attempt to keep the momentum going with “Take It to the Limit,” due November 4 on Universal Republic.
“It’s definitely round two,” Hinder singer Austin Winkler says. “We got a little taste of what it’s like and what our lives can be like on the road with ‘Extreme Behavior,’ and we want to take it to the next step.”
‘THEY LIKE TO HAVE FUN’
For “Take It to the Limit,” the group — Hanson, Winkler, bassist Mike Rodden and guitarists Joe “Blower” Garvey and Mark King — is connecting with its core rock fan base by selecting in-your-face track “Use Me” as its first radio single. The song is No. 4 this week on the Mainstream Rock chart. Second single “Without You” is an acoustic-tinged ballad.
Hinder’s male fans should be pleased with the “Take It to the Limit” cover art: a photo of the quintet posing in front of a multimillion-dollar mansion and a bevy of Playboy Playmates. The album will be available in two versions: PG- and X-rated. Both feature the same cover, but the X-rated album, tagged with a warning sticker, contains photos inside of nude Playmates.
“It’s a little twist to remind people that this is a rock band and they like to have fun,” manager Kevin “Chief” Zaruk says. “It’s shot very tastefully.”
In another attempt to reach its rock demographic, Hinder has been releasing monthly webisodes about life on the road and the making of “Take It to the Limit” to various rock sites, including ultimate-guitar.com, artistdirect.com, tunelabmusic.com, cagerattle.com, dailymotion.com and the about.com rock page.
The group launched the 35-plus-date Jagermeister Music tour October 24 with support from hard rock groupsRev Theory and Trapt. The U.S. trek will visit 1,000- to 2,000-capacity venues through the end of the year.
Most of the new album was written on the road. Primary songwriters Winkler and Hanson agree that “Take It to the Limit” is “a little more old-school-sounding” than “Extreme Behavior.”
“You can see our influences come out,” Hanson says, citing acts like Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. “We do some things that haven’t been done in a while, as far as the big gang vocals and hooks that you used to hear back in the day from our favorite rock bands.”
BAD BOYS OF ROCK
It’s been three years since Hinder’s last album, but through extensive touring alongside such acts asNickelback, 3 Doors Down, Aerosmith, Staind and Godsmack, the group has managed to remain in the public eye.
In 2007, Hinder grossed $4.4 million and drew more than 171,000 fans to 54 headlining concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore. A significant amount of those earnings came from last summer’s Bad Boys of Rock amphitheater tour, which also featured support acts Buckcherry and Papa Roach.
Hinder’s first road success began in markets around the band’s home. In the months following the release of “Extreme Behavior,” the act primarily performed in Midwest and Southern markets. The band received a branding boost from adult film company Girls Gone Wild during a four-week winter club tour in 2006, with video crews filming the group and its college-leaning audiences.
Zaruk says the Girls Gone Wild trek was a blatant attempt to inform radio stations and press outlets that Hinder was a rock act. “We didn’t want to sugarcoat it or hide the fact that they were an old-school rock band that has great songs and want to have fun,” he says. “If there was any question about what kind of band these guys are, we let them know right away.”
Living the rock star lifestyle has played to Hinder’s advantage in more ways than one. On some tours, the group played concerts in the same market several times. So what keeps fans in those cities coming back during such a short period of time?
“We take our shows and treat them like a party,” Hanson says. “Everybody had that buddy in high school who always threw a party every weekend. And you had fun every time you went, so you just kept on going. That’s kind of how our shows are.”
Winkler says that partying on the road never gets old, but there are rare moments of regret. “We definitely draw the line when we go on YouTube and a see a show that’s just absolutely dreadful,” he says. “We know we partied too hard the night before. It happens every once in a while.”
“Rock ‘n’ roll is supposed to be fun. It’s not supposed to be dark and depressing,” Winkler explains. “We write about true-life experiences, and that’s why people connect with us so well.”
Hinder made its biggest connection with fans after the release of “Lips of an Angel,” its highest-charting and best-selling song to date. Everyone in the Hinder camp agrees that the track’s debut on top 40 radio was the turning point for the band, and replicating its success this time around may be difficult.
Between October and December 2006, with a major boost from “Lips of an Angel,” “Extreme Behavior” was selling an average of 81,000 copies per week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song went on to sell 2 million ringtones, according to Nielsen RingScan, and has sold 2.3 million digital downloads.
Establishing good relationships with radio programmers has played a large role in Hinder’s rise on the charts. During its early visits to stations for on-air interviews and acoustic performances, the band would bring along Hinder-branded tequila bottles. A few shots later, the group was making influential new friends.
“Whether it was seven at night or seven in the morning, they walked in with a case of beer, a bunch of shot glasses and a tequila bottle and said, ‘OK, let’s have a good interview,'” Zaruk says. “Radio stations were calling Universal after every interview, saying, ‘I haven’t done an interview like that in 10 years.'”
As reported by Billboard.com:
Turning back the challenge of 11 new entries in the top 20, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” (Columbia) begins a second week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 after selling 271,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Black Ice,” which is exclusively available via Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and AC/DC’s Web site, was down 65% over its debut total. The album has sold more than 1 million units in two weeks.
Pink scores her best chart placement ever and best sales week in seven years as “Funhouse” bows at No. 2 with 180,000. The 2001 album “Missundaztood” rang up 220,000 when it debuted at No. 8, and later sold 323,000 copies in one week around Christmas. Pink’s previous effort, “I’m Not Dead,” started at No. 6 with 126,000 in 2006.
The soundtrack to Disney’s “High School Musical 3” slips a notch 2-3 in its second week on the chart with 162,000 (-45%). Entering at No. 4 is John Legend’s third album, “Evolver” (Columbia), which sold 133,000. Its predecessor, “Once Again,” started at No. 3 in 2006 with 231,000.
A pair of superstar country acts start side by side on the big chart, with Toby Keith’s “That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy” (Show Dog Nashville) bowing at No. 5 with 91,000 and Rascal Flatts’ first greatest hits set from Lyric Street Records entering at No. 6 with 89,000. Keith’s 2007 album “Big Dog Daddy” debuted at No. 1.
On an 18% sales slip, T.I.’s Grand Hustle/Atlantic album “Paper Trail” falls 3-7 to 77,000. Another hits album, Celine Dion’s “My Love: Essential Collection” (Sony) starts at No. 8 with 57,000. Dion’s last proper hits package, “All The Wa y… A Decade of Song,” bowed at No. 3 in late 1999 with 302,000 before eventually spending three weeks at No. 1.
Snow Patrol notches its highest charting album as “A Hundred Million Suns” (Fiction/Polydor) debuts at No. 9 with 48,000. The Scottish/Irish rock band’s previous best came with 2006’s “Eyes Open,” which peaked at No. 27 and went on to sell 1.16 million copies. Digital downloads accounted for 52% of the new set’s first week sum, no doubt aided by a $3.99 sale price via Amazon’s download store.
With a 53% dip, Kenny Chesney’s “Lucky Old Sun” drops 4-10 with 41,000. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals’ “Cardinology” lands at No. 11 with 40,000. The prolific songwriter’s last studio album, 2007’s “Easy Tiger,” began at No. 7 with 61,000.
The Cure earns its 18th charting album on The Billboard 200 as “4:13 Dream” (Suretone/Geffen) opens at No. 16 with 24,000. The veteran band’s last release, a 2004’s self-titled set, entered at No. 7 with 91,000.
Lady GaGa’s debut Streamline/Interscope album, “The Fame,” bows at No. 17 with 24,000. The set’s first single, “Just Dance,” debuts on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart this week at No. 34, after peaking at No. 2 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in June.
The CD version of Bloc Party’s “Intimacy” (Atlantic) debuts at No. 18 with 24,000; a different digital version was sold via the band’s Web site over the summer. Bloc Party’s last album, 2007’s “A Weekend in the City,” debuted and peaked at No. 12 with 48,000.
Christian singer Michael W. Smith’s live album “A New Hallelujah” debuts at No. 19 with 23,000. His best charting album came with 2004’s “Healing Rain” at No. 11.
Album sales this week came in at 6.96 million units, down 1.7% from last issue’s charts and down 25% from same week last year.
HRH Comment: Black Ice is AC/DC’s 17th Platinum Album (over 1 million units sold). It is a good day for hard rock when AC/DC beats out High School Musical!
At Friday November 7th, CIRKUS will officially launch their new CD “ Let The Madness Begin “ with a big MySpace online release party at www.myspace.com/cirkusmusic where all songs will be streaming from 20.00 till 24.00 CET !
After releasing 3 successful EP’s for three years straight, Cirkus has just finished their full on frontal assault debut album titled “Let the Madness Begin” together with musical genius Chris Tsangarides, a Grammy nominated producer and mixing engineer for bands such as Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Bruce Dickinson and Yngwie Malmsteen. Let the Madness Begin is set for a US release on November 11th through Nightmare Records/Koch Distribution. It’s called a shock to the system and senses so what better way to describe a Cirkus attack than Let the Madness Begin. The songs, the sound and the quality of the album speak for itself. The European release can be expected in March 2009 through SPV Distribution.
TRACKLIST “Let The Madness Begin” :
Let the Madness Begin
Hard Headed Woman
Fuck’em N’ Flee
Get it On
Sweden’s CRUCIFIED BARBARA have issued the following update:
“Finally, we’re proud to give all of you patient people our first album single “Sex Action”, hope you’ll enjoy it!!! Listen to it here on MySpace or download it here. ‘Sex Action’ is taken from the upcoming album ‘Til Death Do Us Party, that will be out in February 2009.
We’re planning to get back on the road as soon as the new album is released so keep checkin’ back for updates.”
Lots of love and beer,
If there is one band to take a chance on and spend your hard earned cash on it is highly recommended that band be Dirty Sweet believe me you will not be disappointed, especially if you like 70’s blues based rock. Taking their name from the lyrics of the T Rex classic “Get It On (Bang A Gong)” these California guys eat, breathe, and sleep the 70’s and definitely did their homework when learning how to play kick ass rock-n-roll. Taking the best of what was offered by such legends as Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers, and Bad Company just to name a few, Dirty Sweet wastes no time in getting the proverbial ass kicking started with “Baby Come Home” right out of the gate. It has a great groove that just dares you to try and listen without tapping your feet, or doing the old head nod.
“Deliah” is up next with a swampy bluesy feel once again with a great groove, some excellent slide guitar work and one thing that is missing from a lot of the releases today, vocal harmonies but with four of the five members supplying vocals it should be no surprise the harmonies are as tight as they are. Ryan Koontz sounds like a cross between Kelly Holland (Cry of Love) and Shane (Law and Order) with great range and emotion in his voice. The band as a whole, guitarists Nathan Beale, Mark Murino, bassist/keyboard Shaun Cornell, and drummer Chris Mendez-Vanacore, are all excellent musicians and play great together.
“Come Again“, “Goldensole“, and “Born To Bleed” all offer more great grooves and sing along choruses. “Born To Bleed” along with “Baby Come Home” are my two favorite tracks on the album. If there is a song that could be considered an epic it is the fourth track “Long Line Down” with its haunting lyrics and keyboards then half way through it becomes a full throttle rock song with some great playing especially from the rhythm section of Cornell and Vanacore before settling back down to finish the song out.
“Sixteen” is another full out burner that completely oozes the 70’s. Once again with a great groove, vocal harmonies, and solo. If there was one surprise on “Monarchs & Beggars” it has to be “Isabel”. It could easily be found on an alternative country station as any rock station.
All in all “Of Monarchs & Beggars” is a great album through and through, with great songs, and great playing. If you take the chance you will not be disappointed in the least bit.
Dirty Sweet is:
Ryan Koontz – Vocals
Nathan Beale – Guitars
Mark Murino – Guitars
Shaun Cornell – Bass/ Keyboards
Chris Mendez-Vanacore – Drums
Check out the new video “Ministry of Saints” below.
Edguy have just confirmed the first European tour dates for the “Tinnitus Sanctus World Tour 2009” to support their forthcoming brand new album “Tinnitus Sanctus” that will be released on November 14th. The support acts for the European tour will be the Swedish Hard Rock band “H.E.A.T.” for all shows, “Andre Matos” from Brazil and his band for the first 11 dates and Swedish band “All Ends” for the rest of the dates. Ticket information will follow soon.
With Special Guest ANDRE MATOS (& Band) + H.E.A.T.
08.01.2009 Belgium – Dessel, Biebob
09.01.2009 UK – Dudley, JB..s
10.01.2009 UK – London, Carling Academy Islington
12.01.2009 France – Paris, Elysee Montmatre
13.01.2009 France – Bordeaux, Theatre Barbey
15.01.2009 Spain – Granada, La Copera
16.01.2009 Spain – Madrid, La Riviera
17.01.2009 Spain – Bilbao, Rock Star Live
18.01.2009 Spain – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
20.01.2009 France – Lyon, Transbordeur
21.01.2009 Italy – Milan, Rolling Stone
With Special Guest ALL ENDS + H.E.A.T.
23.01.2009 Germany – Filderstadt, Filharmonie
24.01.2009 Germany – Kaufbeuren, All Kart Halle
25.01.2009 Switzerland – Pratteln, Z7
27.01.2009 Germany – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
28.01.2009 Germany – Köln, Live Music Hall
30.01.2009 Germany – Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage
31.01.2009 Germany – Bamberg, JaKo Arena
01.02.2009 Germany – Hamburg, Docks
02.02.2009 Sweden – Gothenborg, Lisberghallen
04.02.2009 Sweden – Stockholm, Arenan
05.02.2009 Sweden – Malmö, KB
07.02.2009 Germany – Fulda, Wartenberg Oval
Nickelback has posted a new song off of their up and coming CD, “Dark Horse”. Visit their myspace and check out their new song, “Something In Your Mouth”.
(No, I did not make up that song title.) =)