Atlantic recording group Shinedown will kick off 2009 with an eight-country, European tour starting on January 21st at London’s O2 Academy Islington. The Jacksonville, FL-based band will make stops in Paris, Amsterdam and Stockholm for the Radio Bandit Awards among numerous other cities.
Beginning with the Punk To Crunk Festival in Lafayette, LA, on February 23rd, the group returns for another run of U.S. tour dates (see attached itinerary). More shows will be announced as the band expects to be on the road for the rest of the year in support of The Sound Of Madness. Fans can check http://www.shinedown.com for the latest tour updates and information.
In other news, Shinedown has landed their second consecutive #1 hit at rock radio with “Second Chance.” The band’s run of hit singles from their first three albums makes them one of the most successful rock bands of the decade. Shinedown launched “Second Chance” with a blistering performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this past fall. The song’s companion music video made its debut on MSN.com at the start of the new year and has been added to FUSE’s Rock & Alternative Countdown shows. “Second Chance” goes to Top 40 radio later this month.
Shinedown’s latest album, The Sound Of Madness, was produced by multiple Grammy Award-winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Upon its release it became the band’s biggest debut of their career landing at # 8 it’s first week on the charts. The album has remained on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for 16 consecutive weeks. Both singles from The Sound of Madness: “Devour” and “Second Chance” have reached #1 on the Billboard Active and Mediabase Rock charts.
SHINEDOWN 2009 WORLD TOUR DATES
Jan 21 London, UK O2 Academy Islington
Jan 22 Birmingham, UK Barfly
Jan 23 Glasgow, UK King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
Jan 25 Manchester, UK Academy
Jan 27 Amsterdam, NE Melkweg
Jan 28 Paris, FR La Maroquiniere
Jan 30 Stockholm, SWE Radio Bandit Awards
Feb 1 Helsinki, FIN Tavastia
Feb 3 Hamburg, GER Logo
Feb 4 Berlin, GER Lido
Feb 6 Cologne, GER Luxor
Feb 8 Munich, GER Ampere
Feb 9 Zurich, SWT Abart
Feb 10 Vienna, AUS Verein Forum Wien Arena
Feb-23 Lafayette, LA Punk to Crunk Festival
Feb-25 Charleston, SC Music Farm
Feb-27 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
Feb-28 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater
Mar 2 Columbia, SC Level
Mar 3 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
Mar 5 Jim Thorpe, PA Penns Peak
Mar 6 Albany, NY Northern Lights
Mar 7 Rochester, NY The Armory
Mar 9 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Mar 10 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
Mar 11 Mokena, IL Pearl Room
Mar 13 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater
Mar 15 Kearny, NE First Tier Event Center
Mar 17 Sioux Falls, SD Ramkota Hall
Mar 18 Bismarck, ND Civic Center
Mar 20 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center
For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit http://www.shinedown.com and http://www.myspace.com/shinedown .
If you are an XM Radio listener, you have probably been anxiously awaiting the return of The Boneyard, to XM Radio. Wait no more! The Boneyard has returned to XM Radio Channel 53!
On the drive home tonight, I heard Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Aerosmith. I didn’t hear the familiar “Bone Me”, but I am hopeful that the station will return to the format it once had. Time will tell.
The new episode of ‘Eric Braverman’s The Greatest Music Ever Created And How It Ruined Out Lives’ is now available for viewing. This episode finds Metal Overlorde Eric Braverman first meeting up with Chicago White Sox first baseman and metal enthusiast Paul Konerko. The duo discuss Paul’s favourite band, Metallica, and the power of heavy metal music and, in particular, how it gets him pumped up before a game. Konerko also compares a baseball team’s pre game warmup to a metal
Next Braverman hooks up with the legend known as Lemmy. The Motorhead mainman discusses The Beatles, World War II, video games, his disdain for politicians and of course, the importance of Motorhead in modern culture and society. Eric also finds himself at the mercy of a lunatic director who he just can’t seem to please…
The episode can be viewed at: http://www.killingtimeproductions.com/content/metal/6/
As always,watchuntil the very end, as you never know what may transpire.
Cirkus is celebrating the start of the new year, their new Cirkus Freak Shop and last but not least, their debut album Let the Madness Begin by giving away one of their previously released songs for free !
Download “D.O.A.” ( taken from the EP/Demo 2006 Shut Up N’ Suck) in MP3 format to your computer by clicking on the following link : http://www.cirkusmusic.se/index2.php?page=doadownload
( To download the MP3 right click on the link and “save as target”. If you have tool to unzip files you can download the zip file by just clicking on the link).
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated second album from PLACE VENDOME entitled “Streets of Fire” on February 20th 2009.
During the winter of 2004 fomer HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske, whose voice is still nowadays regarded as one of the most fascinating of the whole scene in Rock, accepted to be part of a Melodic Rock oriented concept patronized by Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino. The resulting PLACE VENDOME debut album brought Kiske back to a more straight ahead and Rock sound, still very accessible and melodic and far from the Heavy Metal stereotypes of blood, violence and hate from which Kiske decided to move away from. He collaborated for the first time with PINK CREAM 69’s Dennis Ward, Kosta Zafiriou and Uwe Reitenauer with Gunther Werno (VANDENPLAS) on keyboards. In a quite ironic twist of fate Michael found himself to work with members of PINK CREAM 69, when the band’s original singer Andy Deris took his place in HELLOWEEN when he left. In Kiske’s view “Without Serafino Perugino offering me this Place Vendome project, I would probably never have sung a few of the musical styles on there up to this day (also in terms of lyrics), because my own songwriting is different. But I have found it exactly because of that reason interesting to do: it’s like playing roles or testing possibilities. To sing songs you did not write has its own quality: you can learn something here you otherwise probably wouldn’t and get a chance to look beyond your own borders. AOR won’t ”revolutionize” our music-world these days, but it is certainly fun to sing and people seemed to have enjoyed the first Place Vendome a lot. It did pretty well and also received surprisingly good reviews all over the world”.
The very favorable acceptance of the first PLACE VENDOME album planted the seeds for a second recording which was recorded during 2008. The songs this time were supplied by different songwriters, particularly motivated and enthusiast to be part of this new album. Torsti Spoof (Leverage) offered “Dancer”, “Changes”, “Believer” and the title-track “Streets of Fire”. Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon and songwriter for Primal Fear) wrote “Surrender Your Soul”, “Completely Breathless” and “A Scene In Replay”, while Robert Sall (Work of Art, W.E.T) supplied “Follow Me” and “Valerie”. The production and the musicians’ team have anyway remained unchanged with Ward, Zafiriou, Reitenauer and Werno supplying all the necessary musicianship and skill to make this new album a success. “This second one appears to be even more AOR for my ears. It was also (again) very interesting for me to see how different a song sounded after I did the vocals” says Michael, adding “When Serafino sent me the songs one by one as demos, I sometimes secretly thought: OK, nice tune, painless and sweet, but it could also be a bit better. But after I did the vocals and Dennis Ward produced it in his own way with his guys, that impression changed and I am always surprised at how good it actually turns out in the end! This shows once more the importance of ‘HOW’ we do things”.
A promo videoclip for the song” My Guardian Angel” (written by Magnus Karlsson) is included as a special interactive bonus on the album and marks Michael Kiske’s visual return on the scene after years of a self-imposed exile. A record that marks a strong beginning of the year in Melodic Rock and brings back again Michael Kiske to the spotlight that he truly deserves as an artist and performer.
“Streets of Fire” final tracklisting includes:
Streets Of Fire; My Guardian Angel; Completely Breathless; Follow Me; Set Me Free; Believer; Valerie; A Scene In Replay; Changes; Surrender Your Soul; Dancer; I’d Die For You. My Guardian Angel (bonus videoclip).
One of the better bands to hit the music scene in 2008 was Muskegon, Michigan’s Pop Evil. I picked up a copy of this CD months ago, and I should have reviewed this long before now. When Pop Evil’s latest single “100 in a 55” was played on XM Radio yesterday, I unfiled my copy of the CD to check out “Lipstick on the Mirror” once more.
Singer Leigh Kakaty’s vocals are the driving force behind Pop Evil’s hard rocking tunes. He has just enough coarseness in his voice to separate Pop Evil’s music from the many sound alike acts on main stream radio.
There are several songs on “Lipstick on the Mirror” that could be hit worthy tunes. As I mentioned before, “100 in a 55” is already getting airplay on XM Radio (as well as Sirius) and many terrestrial radio stations. There are quite a few other tunes that should help get this band noticed including the debut single “Hero”, “Somebody Like You”. “Stepping Stone” is this massive sounding song where Kakaty’s voice truly shines. This is the type of song that put Creed on the map, and should do the same for Pop Evil.
If there are any downfalls on “Lipstick on the Mirror”, some of the song writing is kind of weak. I expect that will improve as the band continues to grow. There are moments on this disc where the band reminds me of acts like Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains and Creed. That is pretty good company to be in, if you are going to make in the music business.
All in all, this is a very solid debut from Pop Evil, and is one that I will be playing a lot more over the coming months.
4. 100 in a 55
5. Somebody Like You
6. 3 Seconds to Freedom
7. Another Romeo & Juliet
8. Stepping Stone
9. Jupiter in June
10. One More Goodbye
11. Ready or Not
12. Hard Highway
13. Hey Mister
Pop Evil is:
Leigh Kakaty – lead vocals
Dylan Allison – drums
Dave Grahs – guitar
Tony Greve – guitar
Matt DiRito – bass