DANZIG, THROWDOWN and ATREYU are scheduled to perform at the second annual Musink tattoo convention and music festival, set to take place February 20-22, 2009 at the Orange County Fair and Exhibition Center in Costa Mesa, California. The event will feature over 200 of the world’s finest tattoo artists, art exhibits, lifestyle vendors, educational seminars and skateboarding/BMX demos and more.
Musink debuted in Orange County, California in February 2008, with over 15,000 people in attendance for the three-day lifestyle event. HeadlinersTHE USED, TIGER ARMY and METAL SKOOL were joined by 300 of the best tattoo artists from around the world.
Musink was conceived by Kat Von D — one of the most popular tattoo artists in the world and the star of the TLC show “L.A. Ink” (a top-rated show on cable network television).
The first annual nationwide Kat Von D And Samsung Mobile Musink Tattoo And Music Festival — which was scheduled to launch January 30, 2009 and traverse 25 major cities in the United States for six weeks — was cancelled earlier this month due to the current economic climate. The tour was slated to feature SOCIAL DISTORTION and MOTÖRHEAD, along with renowned tattoo artists from around the world, including Musink co-producer Kat Von D. “I’m sad that this year’s festival will not go on as planned, but I’d rather the fans not be disappointed, as there were key elements that did not come together as originally designed,” Kat Von Dsaid in a statement.
For more information, visit Musink.org.
This year’s South Texas Rock Fest took place July 11-13 at the Javelina Harley-Davidson Festival grounds in San Antonio and included performances by QUEENSRŸCHE, DOKKEN, SKID ROW, BULLETBOYS,TESLA and Y&T, among many other artists.
Hard-rocking Southern band BLACK STONE CHERRY will be onXbox Live January 12 to play members in Call Of Duty: World At War. If you’re an Xbox LIVE Gold member, and you want a chance to play with Black Stone Cherry, send a friend request to the following Gamertag and be online half an hour before (5:00 P.M.) the Game with Fame session starts on Monday, January 12, 5:30 PM ET.
For more info click here.
STUCK MOJO guitarist/vocalist Rich Ward is featured in a new interview with Hails And Horns. An excerpt is available below:
Hails And Horns: You have never been shy of tackling difficult subjects, for example ‘Worshipping A False God’ or ‘For The Cause Of Allah’. Do you ever worry that politics and religion can offend members of your audience, or is it important for you as an artist to talk about issues that affect you?
Rich: “It’s not that I consider it important to talk about, I just write about things that interest me. If we’re keeping it real, I’m just a guitarplayer from a small town in Georgia, so in the big scheme of things, nothing I do should be considered of any great consequence. If I happen to inspire a listener to take up an interest in something than great, if not, I hope there’s a riff or two that they can get off on. As for offending people, these days you can’t seem to avoid that. When it comes to opinions on politics or social issues, it seems to me that people have become hyper sensitive and defensive of their positions. When I write a song about something political, it reflects my world view, based on my experiences, and the prism that I see the world through. I expect people to disagree, because none of us are going to see the world exactly the same way. We all have different life experiences that shape our opinions, and as I see it, there are no absolute right or wrongs. A common respect for each other’s opinions is where we can come together.”
Hails and Horns: After over 15 years in the music business where do you find your inspiration? Do you ever worry that this is just becoming a job?
Rich: “I find it in the same same places I did when I first started. At my core, I’m still that 14 year old kid that loses his mind over a great riff, a big catchy chorus, and a ripping guitar solo. When it starts feeling like a job, I’ll do something else that actually pays good.”
Hails and Horns: I guess your peers would be RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, FAITH NO MORE, RUN DMC. Those bands have had huge commercial success, which is sometime I believe you also deserved. Is the time right for your style to grab the world’s attention? Do you ever envy the success of a band like RHCP?
Rich: “I didn’t ever in my wildest dreams think that I would get to where I am now. I was the worst guitar player in my group of friends, but when all my musician friends went to college, started professional careers, and got married, I just kept playing. I never envisioned myself being in some big band, I just loved playing guitar and writing songs, so it remained the focus of my life. I’m not sure at what point I actually thought that I had a chance to make a living as a musician, but I’m sure that my career has certainly exceeded any expectations that I had. With that said, I have no expectations moving forward. In 10 years we could be bigger than ever, or I could be working at Burger King. Either way, I’ll still play and write music for fun and I’ll never be envious of the success of good bands.”