Guitarist Michelle Meldrum (Meldrum, Phantom Blue) will be honored at the 2009 NAMM in the main lobby of the convention center Thursday, January 15th at 5:00pm. For more on the tribute please click here: www.namm.org/library/articles/memoriam-tribute-industry-leaders.
On May 18, 2008 Michelle Meldrum, leader of the band Meldrum and former Phantom Blue guitarist, was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank in critical condition. She passed away late afternoon Wednesday, May 21, 2008 as a result of a cystic growth that had restricted oxygen and blood flow to her brain rendering her brain dead.
Meldrum had just completed writing and recording the bands soon to be released album with drummer Gene Hoglan, along with the new lineup Michele Madden (vocals) and Laura Christine (bass). The surviving band members plan to release the album later this year in tribute to their fallen band-mate.
Those who knew Michelle recognize that she lived every moment for the music, and was regarded as both an exceptional guitarist and a nurturer by her associates, friends, family and son.
Meldrum, 39 is survived by her parents and three year old son, Jake Thomas. Her family and band members appreciate all the support that has been shown over the past few days through this trying time. A memorial tribute benefit will be announced in the following weeks.
Michelle Meldrum was born on Sept 28, 1968 in Detroit, Michigan to a family of musicians and actors. At 13, Meldrum moved to Los Angeles, California and started her career in music by forming the thrash metal band WARGOD with drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, DEATH, and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD). When WARGOD disbanded Meldrum continued her search for a band and become both co-founder and lead guitarist in all girl metal/rock band PHANTOM BLUE. PHANTOM BLUE released their self-titled debut album on Shrapnel Records as well as Roadrunner Records, and eventually landed a deal with major label Geffen.
Once PHANTOM BLUE disbanded after a successful run at fame, Michelle Meldrum moved to Sweden and formed her current band MELDRUM. After many triumphant tours with such acts as MOTÖRHEAD and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, she reunited with Hoglan in 2006. Hoglan had appeared as a special guest on the MELDRUM album prior and played several events. Inspired to once again collaborate, Meldrum moved back to America where she and Hoglan began writing the aforementioned third MELDRUM album together.
Papa Roach will release their forthcoming fifth studio album, Metamorphosis on March 24th through DGC/Interscope Records. Co-Produced by Jay Baumgardner and Papa Roach with additional co-production by James Michael on six of the tracks, the new album conjures a vicious, vibrant intensity that is raw, relevant and ready to rock. The multi-platinum selling, Grammy-nominated Northern California quartet is back with their album of the decade.
Papa Roach is Jacoby Shaddix (vocals), Tobin Esperance (bass), Jerry Horton (guitar) and new member (ex-Unwritten Law’s) Tony Palermo (drums). Since bursting onto the scene in 2000, the band has toured the world and churned out Top 10 multi-format Billboard hits including “Last Resort,” “Forever,” “Getting Away With Murder,” “Scars” and “To Be Loved,” three of those on the last release. There is no shortage of classic songs on Metamorphosis either. The album’s first radio single, “Lifeline,” combines an AC/DC-style fret run with an undeniable chorus.
Fans got their first taste of the new songs from the album during their live performances on Crue Fest 2008 and with a free download of the viral video release for the song “Hollywood Whore” which the band released in November 2008 as a gift to long-time fans. The video has had more than a million views.
Metamorphosis captures Papa Roach’s incendiary live energy on record. The album engages a full-on rock n’ roll assault fueled by the band’s punky raw energy, catchy guitar riffs and irrefutable melodies. They have delivered the most entertaining album of their career; it’s the culmination of their devotion to performing live and always giving their fans what they want while staying true to themselves.
Leading up to album release, Papa Roach will embark on a national tour alongside Buckcherry, Avenged Sevenfold and Saving Abel, kicking off on January 28th in Salt Lake City. This follows a half year of non-stop touring in front of 700,000 people that included the main stage on Motley Crue’s Crue Fest and a recent autumn run with Staind and Seether.
“We bring it live,” says Shaddix. “When you come to one of our shows, it’s like the last tribal experience. Playing shows every night is what we’re built for. We make a club feel like an arena and we make an arena feel like a club. We’re going to tour our guts out and bring our music to fans all over the world.”
PAPA ROACH ON TOUR:
1/28 Salt Lake City, UT “E” Center
1/30 Phoenix, AZ Jobing Arena
1/31 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
2/2 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Arena
2/3 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
2/5 Yakima, WA Yakima Valley Sundome
2/6 Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
2/7 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
2/9 Spokane. WA Star Theater at Spokane Arena
2/10 Great Falls, MT Four Seasons Arena*
2/12 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/13 Mankato, MN, Alltel Center
2/14 Council Bluffs, ID Mid America Center
2/16 Ft. Wayne, ID, Allen County Memorial Coliseum
2/17 St. Louis, MO The Family Arena
2/20 Cleveland, OH The Wolstein Center
2/21 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
2/23 Cincinnati, OH The Bank of Kentucky Center
2/24 Pikeville, KY Easter Kentucky Expo Center
2/25 Pittsburgh, PA The Peterson Events Center
2/27 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Blues/Rock Guitarist PAT TRAVERS on 2009 Tour
“Stick with What You Know – Live in Europe” on Provogue Records
In Stores NOW!!
Revered blues/rock guitar guru Pat Travers is back out and touring including select shows performing live acoustic and the rest full electric Pat Travers Band. This tour is on the tail end of 2008’s successful long awaited tour that was in support of his new live release “Stick with What You Know – Live in Europe” on Provogue Records. The current line-up for the Pat Travers band is Pat Travers (Guitar/vox), Kirk McKim (Lead Guitar / Backing Vox), Sean “The Cannon” Shannon (Drums) and Rodney O’Quinn (Bass / Backing Vocals).
This hard rocking blues performance is in the true Pat Travers signature style, in your face full of big guitars. The album was recorded live at the Bosuil in Weert, The Netherlands. The Pat Travers band on this live performance consists of Pat Travers (guitars, slide guitar & vocals), Kirk McKim (guitar & backing vocals), Frank McDaniel (bass & backing vocals) and Eric Frates (drums & backing vocals). The album was mixed at the Red Room Studios by Sean Shannon assisted by Brad Johnson.
Jan 15 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Tugboat Tavern Cohoes, NY
Jan 18 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Sweet Caroline’s Manchester, VA
Jan 23 Pat Travers Band Clearwater Theatre West Dundee, IL
Jan 24 Pat Travers Band New York, New York Chesterfield, MI
Jan 29 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Fishlips Bakersfield, CA
Jan 31 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Planet Gemini Monterey, CA
Feb 1 Pat & Kirk Acoustic Tommy T’s Pleasanton, CA
Feb 19 Pat Travers Band Route 33 Rhythym & Brews Wapakoneta, OH
Feb 21 Pat Travers Band Rockin Horse Mansfield, OH
Feb 26 Pat Travers Band Jumpin Turtle San Diego, CA
Feb 27 Pat Travers Band Cashe Creek Casino Brooks, CA
The Votes for Best Rock Festival of 2008 was a close one. In fact less than 50 votes seperate our Silver and Gold Award winners.
Rocklahoma has become one of the United States largest music festivals, attracting people from all over the world. The 2008 lineup included, Bret Michaels, Jetboy, XYZ, Triumph, Extreme, Armored Saint, Queensryche, Tesla, Firehouse, Jackyl, RATT, Sebastian Bach, Kingdom Come Night Ranger and many more bands. The festival was plagued by terrible weather in 2008, but it was still very much a fan favorite this year.
The voting on the last day of the Reader Awards was intense as fans from several different bands were logging their votes on the last day. Two bands rose above them all, and Jaded Sun nearly claimed the Gold Award in 2008. Nonetheless, Jaded Sun’s new album “Gypsy Trip” is a great new disc, and one you should definitely check out!
Less than 200 votes separated our Silver and Gold winners for Best New Album of 2008. Tesla’s Forever More was my favorite pick of 2008, as was many of yours. “Forever More” is easily one of the better albums in the Tesla catalog. It is one of the must own records in 2008.
Congratulations to the Silver Award Winners! Stop back tomorrow for our final awards day, and find out won the top honors in the 2008 Hard Rock Hideout Reader Awards!
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!
Global Music are proud to release to you the artwork and track listing for the upcoming album from Irish left-field rockers, Therapy?.
The band comment on their upcoming release: We’re really excited about getting these tracks heard and can’t wait to play them live. We’ve spent enough time away now – it’s time to get involved. There’s always the risk of getting lazy and simply churning out what’s ‘expected’ or a ‘safe bet’ but that was never an option for “Crooked Timber”. Making the album was a great experience and now it’s time to get back in peoples faces.
Their new studio album, Crooked Timber, was produced by Gang of Four’s, Andy Gill, and is due out March 23rd 2009.
Full track listing of Crooked Timber:
The Head That Tried To Strangle Itself
Enjoy The Struggle
I Told You I Was Ill
Blacken The Page
Bad Excuse For Daylight
Les Claypool’s Latest Masterpiece to Release March 17th
OF FUNGI AND FOE on Prawn Song Records
Les Claypool will release yet another brilliant work of art, OF FUNGI AND FOE, March 17, 2009 on Prawn Song Records.
“OF FUNGI AND FOE” is the expansion of material Claypool has recorded over the past few years for the video game “Mushroom Men” and the motion picture “Pig Hunt”. Being inspired by these 2 projects Claypool decided to keep creating and turn it inot an album. The song Mushroom Men on this release is a more in depth version of the theme song from the video game. Additionally a jam session with Gogol Bordello’s charismatic front-man Eugene Hutz turned into the track “Bite Out Of Life”.
Since his last album release, 2006’s “Of Whales and Woe”, Claypool has been busy with his films, scoring other’s films and video games while having fun out on tour. This album is a collection of songs inspired by the projects he has been working on over the past few year.
Long acknowledged as one of rock’s leading bassists, Claypool began branching out from
the alt-rock sound of Primus in 2000, starting Colonel Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, courting the jam band audience and beyond. Selling over 500,000 cd’s since then under a few different band names (including Oysterhead with the Police’s Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio of Phish), Claypool put out the career spanning DVD “5 Gallons of Diesel” in 2005 and the live tour DVD “Fancy” in 2007.
1. Mushroom Men
3. Red State Girl
4. Booneville Stomp
5. What Would Sir George Martin Do
6. you Can’t Tell Errol Anything
7. Bite Out Of Life * Featuring Eugene Hutz
9. Primed by 29
10. Pretty Little Song
The Never too Late EP is an awesome introduction to The Answer. Not only does it have some of the best songs from the band’s debut album, “Rise” (which was never released in the United States) it also has a new tune, “Highwater or Hell” which is pretty darn good too.
The DVD included with this CD, has all of The Answer’s videos that they released from Rise, as well as some pretty cool interviews with the band.
This is a lot of music for such a very small price, and is a great prelude to The Answer’s new album, “Everyday Demons” which is due in February.
You can find the Never Too Late EP at most retailers for roughly $6.00. It is worth every penny. Go get it!!
1. Never Too Late
2. Be What You Want
3. Under The Sky
4. Come Follow Me
5. Let The Good Times Roll (Tour Footage)
6. Keep Believin
The Answer is:
Cormac Neeson – Vocals
Paul Mahon – Guitar
Micky Waters – Bass Guitar
James Heatley – Drums
TESLA RELEASES FIRST VINYL LP IN 20 YEARS and celebrates at R5
TESLA will be appearing January 27, 2009 FROM 6:30 -8:30 PM at R5 records (home of the original Tower Records Store) at 2500 16th street and Broadway in Sacramento CA, to sign autographs and celebrate the release of their new album “FOREVER MORE” on a limited run of collectors vinyl LPs. There will be 1000 limited edition vinyl LP’s produced of the album,
which has a full gatefold 12” jacket complete with pictures and artwork, along with the 12 vinyl LP record. 300 of these 1000 units will available at R5 this January 27th and the band will personally autograph the albums for the first 300 people.
ALSO, there will be a public viewing of the new video for the single “Fallin’ Apart” showing as a premiere, and a special contest to enter a drawing for people who buy the Forever More CD or LP at R5 after January 27th to win the original “acetate” version of the vinyl LP! For those of you who don’t know what an “acetate” is, it is the ORIGINAL test pressing of the Forever More Vinyl LP album…which is a very highly collectable piece of TESLA music history!!
So, come on down to R5 records at 2500 16th street and Broadway in Sacramento Tuesday January 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, get the new FOREVER MORE album on Vinyl, enter the contest to win the acetate, see the new TESLA “Fallin’ Apart” video, and have the band sign your copy of the collectible killer 12 inch album! A must have for the rock music connoisseur.