To celebrate the release of Dimebag Darrell: He Came to Rock—the official biography of the fallen guitar hero—HardRockHideout.com is giving one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of this awesome retrospective of Dimebag’s life.
The book, written by Susan Doll and David Morrow, is a 400-plus photo driven biography assembled from the private and personal collections of friends and family including Dime’s father, Jerry Abbott, and his brother, former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. The book also contains anecdotes from Dime’s metal peers such as Kerry King and Zakk Wylde.
Also included is a revised version of Dimevision on DVD that includes some never-before-seen bonus clips made by Dimebag himself.
In order to win a copy of the book, all you have to do is answer the following Trivia Questions, and submit your name and email address, with the answers in the box below.
Question #1 Name the first singer of Pantera.
Question #2 Which Guitar company has signature Dimebag Darrell models?
Question #3 What was Darrell’s nickname before he was called “Dimebag”?
Having recently completed a 30-plus-date European tour, Kiss will “eventually when we’re ready tour America,” co-founder Gene Simmons said during a keynote address today (Nov. 20) at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference, held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York.
Referring to Kiss as the “juggernaut of all rock’n’roll brands,” Simmons said the band is currently working out future tour details. “We’ve been talking with [manager Doc McGhee] about Europe and then doing a year-long tour maybe this coming summer, but we’ll see,” Simmons said. “Kiss and Queen, that would be a smash. That would kill. So far (it’s) 50/50.”
During the address, Simmons, who is also a reality TV star and entrepreneur, stressed the duties of being a live performer. “I don’t care if you’re Axl Rose, forgot to tie your shoelaces or your father molested you when you were three — you’re a bitch if you don’t show up onstage when it says 9 o’clock,” he said, drawing loud applause from the audience.
“You need to have the integrity and self-respect to respect the promoter who paid you the money in advance, the hall and the people who makes all our lives possible,” he continued.
Speaking to an audience of primarily concert promoters, venue officials and booking agents, Simmons warned those in the live entertainment industry that it wouldn’t be wise to lower concert ticket prices. “Don’t do that, you’re training an entire generation of people to pay less for something and then more for something else,” he said. “They won’t know what the value is and they’d rather pay less every time.”
Simmons stressed that the touring business needs to quickly think about the future of its model. “Thank God you’re the last vestiges of a dying breed, because the record industry is already dead, because we trained the people [that] they don’t have to pay for stuff that they used to pay for,” he said. “The record industry allowed that and people are shocked they’re out of business.”
Meanwhile, Simmons expressed his discontent with the fact that Kiss, which he co-founded in 1972, has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “A lot of those guys on the board can go and get my sandwich when I want, and I mean that in the nicest way,” he said. “There are disco bands, rap bands, Yiddish folk song bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but not Kiss. I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.”
Billboard executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment Ray Waddell conducted today’s Q&A with Simmons. The keynote address was filmed for an episode of his A&E reality show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” currently in its third season.
Are you ready to get wild with Hardcore Superstar and Lizzy Borden? Both bands have joined the ever-growing Rock Gone Wild lineup. No other festival in America gives fans the chance to see bands from four different decades of rock and many countries in the world. And, for just four hours only, fans can enjoy a special ticket offer — in time for the holiday season! Rock Gone Wild is slated for August 20-23, 2009 in Algona, Iowa.
The festival lineup is shaping up as: Puddle of Mudd, Skid Row, Kix, Great White, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Saigon Kick, Rhino Bucket and Junkyard. The addition of Hardcore Superstar and Lizzy Borden add a dynamic twist of glam and shock rock to the multi-day bill.
Hardcore Superstar is not new to the Glam scene. They formed around 1997 and have spent the past decade honing their sound and stage show. Their concerts are legendary in Sweden – their albums famous worldwide for those music lovers “in the know.” Fans love Hardcore Superstar for their raucous attitude and party lyrics. Favorite songs include “We Don’t Celebrate Sundays,” “Wild Boys,” and “Dreamin’ in a Casket.” Hardcore Superstar are Joakim Berg, Vic Zino, Martin Sandvick and Magnus Andreasson.
Heavy Metallers Lizzy Borden take crazy stage antics to new heights. Forming on the Sunset Strip in the early 80s, Lizzy Borden have rocked fans the world over. Eight albums, two decades and a live performance in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II later, Lizzy Borden are still going strong. Band members are Lizzy Borden, Joey Scott Harges, Marten Andersson and Ira Black.
In America, the day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. Traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year, consumers grab great bargains. On Friday, November 28, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST fans can purchase three (3) four day general admission tickets – and receive two additional tickets FREE! That means five friends can attend Rock Gone Wild for the price of only three tickets. This is a one-time Black Friday offer only valid on general admission tickets during the four hour window of 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Visit http://www.rockgonewild.com/ to purchase tickets and for more information.
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the Freedom Park festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
If you build it, they will rock.
When HRH was offered the opportunity to review the new Twilight soundtrack, I jumped at the chance. Any movie soundtrack that is capable of taking a huge bite out of AC/DC’s sales is something worth investigating. A quick look at the artists on this disc, and there aren’t many that fall into the hard rock genre, although Linkin Park and Collective Soul might come close. A quick listen of the CD, and I passed this disc over to the resident Twilight expert in my household (my wife). She has read the Twilight series of books, and is much more knowledgeable on the subject matter of this disc than I.
With that being said, the review below is written by my wife Bonnie, the biggest Twilight fan that I know.
Being a huge fan of the Twilight book (and the others in the saga), and being very impatient for the movie release date to get here, I was really excited to find out that Hard Rock Hideout would be reviewing the soundtrack. Unfortunately, that excitement faded pretty fast as I gave a listen. My first impression of the soundtrack was that it was a bit strange. I have now listened to it at least 20 times, and I still can’t find a better description for it. For the most part, the lyrics to most of the songs are just bizarre, but the music itself is pleasant enough that you find yourself listening anyway.
That being said, there are a few songs on the disc worth mentioning…”Leave Out All The Rest” by Linkin Park is by far my favorite, and was immediately. The flow of the music, the lyrics…it just works. I had never listened to Linkin Park prior to this, but I am definitely a fan now.
“Spotlight” by Mutemath is a catchy little tune that immediately has you singing along. Not hard to do considering the same lyrics lace the majority of the song, but even so, it’s one of the better songs on the disc.
Paramore has two tracks on the CD, “Decode” and “I Caught Myself”, both of which are likeable in their own way. The band has a distinctive guitar sound which adds to their charm.
“Full Moon” by the Black Ghosts reminds me of something by Manheim Steamroller. Different is the only word that comes to mind, but it’s nice to listen to.
The hottest vampire living, Robert Pattinson, aka Edward Cullen, also has a spot on the CD with “Never Think”. The guitar is very nice, and I read that it is actually him playing, but the lyrics are mumbled and hard to understand. I really wanted to LOVE this song, and even though it is Edward, and that sexy vampire accent of his, I hope his acting impresses me more than this tune.
Wrapping up, the movie has to be better than this soundtrack, or my months of excitement and anticipation will have been wasted time. As much as I wanted to enjoy this record, I found it to be unusual and slightly disappointing. Three or four of the songs on the disc are above average, but the majority of them leave me longing for a rainy day in the forests of Forks, and a chance meeting with a vampire.
1. Supermassive Black Hole – Muse
2. Decode – Paramore
3. Full Moon – The Black Ghosts
4. Leave Out All The Rest – Linkin Park
5. Spotlight [Twilight Mix] – Mutemath
6. Go All The Way [Into the Twilight] – Perry Farrell
7. Tremble For My Beloved – Collective Soul
8. I Caught Myself – Paramore
9. Eyes On Fire – Blue Foundation
10. Never Think – Rob Pattinson
11. Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine
12. Bella’s Lullaby – Carter Burwell