The prayers of the faithful have been answered. Not only will the world have a new Lillian Axe release on Blistering Records, entitled “Sad Day On Planet Earth,” but the fans will be able to own Lillian Axe’s “Poetic Justice” and “Psychoschizophrenia” albums once again. These sought after gems have been out of print for a very long time and the fans have been paying premium prices to own these albums. But not anymore……
On February 24, 2009, EMI Music will reissue as download only releases, the albums: “Poetic Justice” and “Psychoschizophrenia” on I-Tunes and Amazon. Originally released on Grand Slamm / IRS Records, these albums were Lillian Axe’s best selling releases. “Poetic Justice” featured the hit single “True Believer” and the video for Lillian Axe’s version of Badfinger’s “No Matter What.” “Psychoschizophrenia” featured the explosive single “Crucified” and the AOR friendly “Moonlight In Your Blood.”
On a side note, Lillian Axe has a couple of tour dates, on in the near future.
Coming up this Saturday – 02.14.09
Lillian Axe with Seether
Jackson, MS – Fire
El Paso, TX – Uncle Paulie’s
Metal Queen Doro Pesch was a guest on Bruce Dickinson’s Radio Show this week on BBC 6.
The taped broadcast can be found at this link.
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we will be joined by T.Y.R. Tonight You Rock frontman Joel Valentine while we play the greatest hard rock ever made…Iron Maiden, AC/DC, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, Keel, and more! We’ll also sneak in a few new tracks from Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper, M.O.B, Black Stone Cherry, and Danger along the way. You can listen to Hard Rock Nights on classxradio.com from anywhere in the world every Saturday night from 9-11 pm eastern.
Chicago’s 7th Heaven have released a new video for the song “Cellophane” from their latest album “U.S.A.-U.K.” . They also have tour dates, both unplugged and with the full band, scheduled from January until the end of May with more dates to be announced. Definitely worth checking out if you get the chance.
|Fri||January 23||Private Corporate Event||–||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|Sat||January 24||Durty Nellies||Palatine||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||February 7||Shark City||Glendale Heights||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Tues||February 10||Real Time Sports||Elk Grove||IL||9:30pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||February 13||Kams||Champaign||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||University of Illinois||Map||Website|
|Sat||February 14||Famous Freddies||Mt. Prospect||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Thur||February 19||Fire Bar & Grill||Crystal Lake||IL||9:00pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||February 20||John Barleycorn||Schaumburg||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||February 21||Tailgaters||Boilingbrook||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||February 27||Austin’s||Libertyville||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Wed||March 4||Finn McCools||Crystal Lake||IL||9:00pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Thur||March 5||Finn McCool’s||Schaumburg||IL||9:30pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||March 7||The Lodge||Lisle||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Tues||March 10||Real Time Sports||Elk Grove||IL||9:30pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||March 13||Kams||Champaign||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||University of Illinois||Map||Website|
|Sat||March 14||Chicago City Liimits||Schaumburg||IL||11:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Thur||March 19||Alpha Gamma Sigma||Champaign||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||University of Illinois||Map||Website|
|Fri||March 20||Durty Nellies||Palatine||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||March 21||United Center||Chicago||IL||7:00pm||Full Band||Chicago Bulls Game / WGN||Map||Website|
|Sat||March 28||Real Time Sports||St. Charles||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||April 4||Kams||Champaign||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||University of Illinois||Map||Website|
|Sat||April 11||Famous Freddies||Mt. Prospect||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Tues||April 14||Real Time Sports||Elk Grove||IL||9:30pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Thur||April 16||Fire Bar & Grill||Crystal Lake||IL||9:00pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||April 18||Shark City||Glendale Heights||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||April 24||John Barleycorn||Schaumburg||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||May 9||El Sombrero||Mt. Prospect||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||Cinco De Mayo Festival||Map||Website|
|Tues||May 12||Real Time Sports||Elk Grove||IL||9:30pm||Unplugged||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||May 16||Chicago City Liimits||Schaumburg||IL||11:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||May 22||Bourbon Street||Merrionette Park||IL||9:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||May 23||The Lodge||Lisle||IL||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Fri||May 29||Beer Barrel – PIB||Put in Bay||OH||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
|Sat||May 30||Beer Barrel – PIB||Put in Bay||OH||10:00pm||Full Band||–||Map||Website|
A fourth band has now been confirmed for the Rock on The Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Pop Evil joins Saliva, Charm City Devils and Crooked X. Rock on the Range takes place May 16th and 17th. For more information, check out the Rock on the Range Website.
Check out Pop Evil’s video, “Hero” below.
Once upon a time, The Throbs were touted as New York’s answer to Guns N’Roses. Their debut record “The Language of Thieves & Vagabonds”, which was produced by Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Alice Cooper) on Geffen Records should have by all means, made these guys stars. Were they the next Guns N’ Roses? Probably not, but their debut CD is quite good.
Singer Ronnie Sweetheart has gritty vocals that reminds me a lot of Mike Trash from The Erotics and maybe even a little bit of David Johansen from the New York Dolls. His vocals take a little bit of time to get used to, but I have grown to like them quite a bit. Sweetheart’s vocals are quite a bit different from most of the band’s of the early nineties.
The music on this disc is nothing short of fantastic. Big guitars and great piano work saturate this disc. In fact, the keyboards on this disc are handles by Bob Ezrin, with the exception of a couple of guest stars. Little Richard plays the piano on the song, “Ecstasy” and Freddy Mandel (Alice Cooper) handles the
keyboards on It’s Not the End of the World” and “Rip It Up”.
How would I describe this music? Bluesy, ragtime hard rock that should have appealed to both 80’s and 90’s rock fans. The music dabbles with some hints of post Appetite Guns N’ Roses with some guitar sounds that bring KISS to mind. The band might look like an early 90’s hair metal act, but let me assure you, this is NOT a hair metal CD. The Throbs “The Language of Vagabonds and Thieves” is full of good songs that must be heard to be appreciated. Play it LOUD!
This CD has been out of print in the United States for a long time. It was reissued in the UK by Rock Candy Records in 2007. You can still find copies of this CD, for under $5.00 at this link. It is worth every penny!
You can find The Throbs on myspace at this link. Check them out, you will be glad you did!
2. Come Down Sister
3. It’s Not the End of the World
6. Rip It Up
7. Ocean of Love
8. Only Way Out
9. Sweet Addiction
11. Strange Behaviour
The Throbs are:
Ronnie Sweetheart – Vocals
Roger Ericson – Guitars
Danny Nordahl – Bass
Ronnie Magri – Drums
From Rolling Stone.com:
Even Jeff Spicoli couldn’t have imagined a life this awesome: Wolfgang Van Halen, 17, spent last year on the road with his dad’s band Van Halen, playing bass on “Runnin’ With the Devil” and “Panama” to packed arenas — and he’s still on schedule to graduate from high school this June. “Wolfie had it the toughest on tour: he had three or four hours of [tutoring] every day, and then the gig,” says Eddie Van Halen. “I yanked him out of school for 11th grade, which is actually the most important year, because that’s what they go by for college. And the school said, ‘We’re not going to let him back in, if you pull him out, because we’ve never done that before.’ Well, first time for everything, dude, you know? They did let him back for 12th grade, because he wanted to graduate with his buddies.”
Wolfie plans to attend college at some point in the future, according to his dad: “He’s obviously going to Julliard or something like that — and they’ll take him at the drop of a hat, because he is ready. And the kid can act, too.” But for now? “He is a part of Van Halen. Permanently.”
That means Wolfgang is certainly a part of the band’s plans for a new album: In the current issue, Eddie Van Halen said he’s writing new songs for the next time Van Halen take the road. “I’ve got tons of music written, such a variety of stuff,” Eddie told Rolling Stone. “The essence of me is obviously there, and those drums, they’re always recognizable. But people expect a certain thing from Van Halen, and this isn’t exactly bang-your-head-against-the-wall stuff.”
Some people thought “Chinese Democracy” would never come out. Were there times during the making of the album when you felt that way yourself?
Axl Rose: Not so much that it wouldn’t come out but that we could in some way legally be forced to release it either incomplete or with so many business areas unresolved that the beginning would be the end as well.
Without sounding presumptuous, what took so long to get the album out?
And without sounding facetious, what didn’t? There aren’t too many issues of the hundreds [we ran into] that happened as quickly as anyone would have preferred, from building my studio; finding the right players; never did find a producer; still don’t have real record company involvement or support; to getting it out and mixed and mastered.
All that aside, it’s the right record and I couldn’t ask for more in that regard. Could have been a more enjoyable journey, but it’s there now. The art comes first. It dictates if not the course [then] the destination artistically.
For me, once the real accompanying artwork is there with a few videos and some touring, the package was achieved and delivered.
And to do so at this level in terms of quality, both artistic and performance-wise, both on record and live, is something that’s a miracle at minimum and something that wouldn’t have happened, no matter how anyone tries to convince others, with old Guns, regardless of anyone’s intentions. It was just as ugly in old Guns, regardless of our success.
What were your expectations in terms of what Best Buy would do to promote the album?
Best Buy has been great. Going with Best Buy was a way to work out a deal with Universal and we were fortunate enough to work with Irving [Azoff, as manager] and deal more directly with Universal. I’ve asked for information regarding their role in working the record but that hasn’t come yet so I’m not able to tell what Universal has or hasn’t done, although Zach [Horowitz, Universal Music Group president/COO], or whoever’s behind the international efforts, is doing great. It’s more than appreciated and a welcome relief.
Unfortunately [going with Best Buy] didn’t change us having to rely on Interscope as much as we’d hoped. The opinions expressed or “jumped” on publicly regarding promotion seem to be [about] my or our involvement with mainstream media — talk shows, rock magazines and dot-coms — which have generally held negative public stances toward myself or the band for years, [and they] unfortunately have not been resolved. Efforts are being made to understand the relationships and evaluate how best to proceed.
Our focus was in getting the record deal done while finishing the album, which hit many an unexpected bump or sinkhole in the road right up until the actual release. We never intended a huge public rollout, especially without resolving certain issues, and no one ever suggested us doing so, though Interscope’s communications with Best Buy in these areas may not have been as clear as anyone would have preferred.
Our approach, for better or worse, has always been to work the record over the course of the following tour cycles, with attempts to forge new or better and hopefully redefined relationships with the different forms of media that may be interested along the way. In regard to our promotion, it was based around certain agreements with Universal, Interscope, our management and legal [teams] that unfortunately never happened. I won’t get into specifics but am beginning to address some of those issues in my own way as opposed to “working together,” and we’ll see how that plays out.
Read the rest at this link: Billboard.com Axl Rose Interview
Welcome to the 5th edition of HRH “Fresh Blood” and with our 5th edition we take our 3rd trip to Ohio. This time we are showcasing Cincinnati’s 8KOunt.
This 4 piece is made up of Vocalist Sugar, Niki T on guitars, Robby D’lor on bass, and Tsumms on drums. The guys list everyone from Zepplin to U2 and N.I.N. as influences. The band has scored international attention in Metal Edge, Hit Parader, Concrete Corner and Fuse television. 8KOunt has released one c.d. titled “Cornered” in ’06 and a readying a new E.P. titled “Getaway Car” for release on Feb. 21st.
Unlike the previous two Ohio bands we have profiled Robot Lords of Tokyo and Snowblynd, 8KOunt’s music has a more modern rock feel to it especially on “Cornered” but their music rocks nonetheless. Some of the stand out tracks from “Cornered” include “Fall In Line”, “Insanity Defense”, and “the Very Thing”. With the release of “Getaway Car” and it’s first single “Ashes to Ashes” you can expect 8KOunt to be all over the airwaves on both rock and modern rock stations and should definitely bring 8KOunt some much deserved attention.
You can check out 8KOunt and their music by visiting www.myspace.com/8kount. You can also preview some tracks both old and new at http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/artist_1005. If you like what you hear you can purchase “Cornered” from CDBaby at http://cdbaby.com/cd/8kount or ITunes.
Check out 8KOunt’s video for their new song “Ashes to Ashes” below.
Freshly signed to WorldSound Music, it shouldn’t be long before Carbon 9 is launched upon an unsuspecting world – especially after hearing their latest release, The Bull. Mixed by Frank Gryner (ROB ZOMBIE, PERFECT CIRCLE, TOMMY LEE, etc.) The Bull manages to balance electro rock sounds with strong pop melodies and anthemic choruses – resulting in a sound that sounds custom-made for crossover success.
Comprised of members Stacey Quinealty (vocals and sequencing), Danny Cistone (backing vocals), Darwin DeVitis (guitars and vocals), Omar D. Brancato (bass and vocals), and Matty Milani (drums), Carbon 9 has already made numerous impressive inroads into the music industry, including their music appearing on XM Radio and commercials.
Also, the band has received rave reviews from L.A. Alive (“I have seen the future of rock, and it is Carbon 9”), Music Connection (“The music is so overwhelming no one is spared”), and KNAC.com (“Carbon 9 craft memorable songs while still keeping the head-throbbing beats”), and has headlined such renowned clubs as the Whisky A-Go-Go, the Viper Room, the Roxy, and the Troubadour, among others.
But it’s the numbers that speak loudest – the group has sold over 5,000 copies of their earlier releases, while their Myspace page has over 14,000 friends signed up.
If you’re still unsure, just check out the handful of songs from The Bull that are currently posted on Carbon 9’s label page for the proof – including such originals as ‘My Friend’ (a song that according to Stacey is “Directly about that one person that constantly stabs you in the back yet we continue to keep them close within the circle”), ‘Somebody Like Me’ (which is “A very egocentric song that states the fact that we need a significant other but usually demand someone to follow our ways and do as we do”), and the title track (“It is about the strength in belief of the self”), as well as a rockin’ version of the Danzig classic, ‘Mother’ (“This was our first cover song to ever record and we chose it very carefully”).
While they’ve often been noted as the “hardest working band in L.A.,” with the arrival of The Bull, perhaps a more fitting description of Carbon 9 is the “hardest rocking band in L.A.”
The tracklisting: ‘What Is It We’re Made Of’, ‘Crawling Over Me’, ‘My Friend’, ‘Somebody Like Me’, ‘The Bull’, ‘Mother’, ‘Butterflies In My Head’, ‘For You’, ‘The Life’, ‘Mary Mannequin’, ‘I’m Not Broken’, ‘Loving You’, ‘I’m On My Own’, ‘Lonely In Love’, ‘Tongues’.
Dope has posted three songs from the band’s long-awaited fifth album,”No Regrets”, which will be released March 10th. Check out the tracks “Addiction”, “No Regrets” and “Die Boom Bang Burn Fuck” at www.myspace.com/dope. Zakk Wylde lent his signature guitar squeals to the song “Addiction”.
Dope has tapped directors Kevin Custer (Kingdom of Sorrow, Testament) and Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Trivium, Hatebreed) to helm the videos for the songs “Addiction” and “66Sick”. The clips were filmed in New Jersey on January 8-10. Prior to the video shoot, the band put out a call for a “bad-ass chopper” and a large boa constrictor or a python to feature in one of the videos.
Vocalist and guitarist Edsel Dope, alongside Virus, has revitalized Dope’s lineup on “No Regrets”. Joining them on bass and backing vocals is Tripp Tribbet, formerly frontman of Twisted Method, who also happens to be the younger brother of Mudvayne/Hellyeah guitarist Greg Tribbet. On drums, DOPE recruited former Genitorturers drummer Angel Bartolotta.
Dope will be on tour with Black Label Society and Sevendust all spring long.
|The Boardwalk||Orangevale, California|
|The Fillmore||San Francisco, California|
|The New Oasis||Sparks, Nevada|
|The Senator Theater||Chico, California|
|McMenamins Crystal Ballroom||Portland, Oregon|
|Knitting Factory||Spokane, Washington|
|Showbox SoDo||Seattle, Washington|
|Commodore Ballroom||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Calgary Corral||Calgary, Alberta|
|Edmonton Events Centre||Edmonton, Alberta|
|Odeon Events Center||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan|
|Burton Cummings Theater||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|The Myth||St. Paul, Minnesota|
|McElroy Auditorium||Waterloo, Iowa|
|Harrah’s North||Kansas City, Missouri|
|The Annex||Madison, Wisconsin|
|Eagle’s Ballroom||Milwaukee, Wisconsin|
|Congress Theater||Chicago, Illinois|
|Madison Theater||Covington, Kentucky|
|The Intersection||Grand Rapids, Michigan|
|Emerald Theater||Mt. Clemens, Michigan|
|Club Zoo||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|The Chance||Poughkeepsie, New York|
|Main Street Armory||Rochester, New York|
|Sound Academy||Toronto, Ontario|
|Webster Theater||Hartford, Connecticut|
|Starland Ballroom||Sayerville, New Jersey|
|Verizon Wireless Arena||Manchester, New Hampshire|
|Hammerstein Ballroom||New York, New York|
|The Electric Factory||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Crocodile Rock||Allentown, Pennsylvania|
|House of Blues||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Ram’s Head Live||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Jaxx Nightclub||West Springfield, Virginia|
|House of Blues||North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina|
|Wild Bill’s||Duluth, Georgia|
|Warehouse Live||Houston, Texas|
|House of Blues||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Scout Bar||San Antonio, Texas|
|Stubb’s Waller Creek||Austin, Texas|
|Paladium Ballroom||Dallas, Texas|
|Cain’s Ballroom||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Marquee Theater||Tempe, Arizona|
|Marquee Theater||Tempe, Arizona|
|Brick By Brick||San Diego, California|
|House of Blues||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|The Wiltern||Los Angeles, California|
The Maryland Jockey Club today announced at a news conference in the Terrace Dining Room at Pimlico Race Course that it is redefining the Infield experience on Preakness day, May 16, 2009. Preakness InfieldFEST will feature a concert with three rock performances, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and Grammy-nominated Buckcherry, along with a pro volleyball tournament and an interactive section prior to the running of the $1 million Preakness® Stakes (Grade I). A new Infield (including the Infield’s Top of the Stretch seating area) policy on alcohol and all beverages will be implemented for the 134th event, the middle jewel of racing’s Triple Crown.
“The Preakness Stakes is the biggest single-day sporting event in the state with attendance figures exceeding 100,000 nine of the last 10 years, including eight straight,” said Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. “In 100 days, the best three-year-old horses will be in Baltimore and we feel it is time for our public Infield customers to enjoy a new way to party. In this year of change it is now time to transform the Preakness Infield experience.”
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, ZZ Top is considered by many to be the premiere party band on the planet. Formed in Houston in 1969, the band still features its original three members: guitarist Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard. The band’s catalog of iconic hits includes such songs as “La Grange,” “Tush”, “Sharp Dressed Man”, “Legs” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’” and reflects its Texas roots. Their hirsute look, as seen in a string of hit videos at the dawn of the MTV era, has made ZZ Top one of the world’s most instantly recognizable groups over the course of the past 40 hard rocking years.
Dubbed the Next Great American Rock Band, the Multi-Platinum, Grammy-nominated Buckcherry is touring in support of their fourth album, Black Butterfly, which was named iTunes Rock Album of the Year and has produced three multi-format hits including “Don’t Go Away” and “Rescue Me”. The band’s first Top 10 single, “Sorry”, hit the Hot 100 Billboard chart in 2008. The Los Angeles-based band is currently co-headlining a North American arena tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Papa Roach and Saving Abel.
A third band will be added to the lineup at a later date.
Ian Gillan is one of the greatest rock singers of all times and is renowned as a member of Deep Purple, as well as bands named after himself. Despite Deep Purple have often been called “Heavy Metal Pioneers”, Ian Gillan never felt he really belonged to that music category. His all time music inspiration and heroes are names such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Little Richard and the rockers of the 50s. It‘s with no surprise that all true Ian Gillan coinosseurs will find all these influences on “One Eye To Morocco”, the new studio album written and recorded with the line up that made “Live in Anaheim” one of the best live albums Gillan has ever released.
A 100% rock album, “One Eye To Morocco” will conquer new and old Gillan fans with an impressive collection of songs showing a big variety of moods and colors. From classic Gillan rock and roll, to the arabic sound of the title track, soulful ballads and bluesy mid-tempos.
1. One Eye to Morocco
2. No Lotion for That
3. Don’t Stop
4. Change My Ways
5. Girl Goes to Show
6. Better Days
7. Deal with it
8. Ultimate Groove
9. Lonely Days
10. Texas State of Mind
11. It Would Be Nice
12. Always The Traveller
“One Eye To Morocco” will be released March 31st, 2009.
The management for HEAVEN AND HELL – the legendary band featuring BLACK SABBATH icons Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Vinny Appice (drums) – have provided Black-sabbath.com webmaster Joe Siegler the following official, up-to-date list of dates for the band:
30 – Moscow, Russia – B1
31 – Moscow, Russia – B1
2 – Helsinki, Finland – Icehell
4 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
8 – Giessen, Germany – Hessenhallen
9 – Berlin, Germany – Zitadelle
10 – Bamburg, Germany – Jakoarena
13 – Bergum, Germany – Festivalterrein Zomerweg (Waldrock Festival)
14 – Kalsruhe, Germany – Europehalle
16 – Bonn, Germany – Museumsplatz
17 – Zurich, Germany – Volkshaus
The new Heaven And Hell album is now complete and will be released some time in March/April via Rhino. The group’s first LP since Sabbath’s Dehumanizer (1992) was recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales, UK (where Dehumanizer was also tracked).
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
DC4 featuring Rowan Robertson (formerly of Dio), Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint), Shawn Duncan (Odin) and Matt Duncan announce first of 2009 tour dates.
Mar 20 2009 7:00P
SXSW/ Guitar Hero 3 Stage/Free show!! Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
SXSW/ TBA Austin, Texas
Mar 22 2009 9:00P
The Scout Bar w/ Jet Black Stare Houston, Texas
Apr 16 2009 8:00P
Las Vegas Hemp Fest Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 18 2009 10:00P
ANGELS ROADHOUSE W/MICHAEL SCHENKER Yucaipa, California
May 7 2009 8:00P
TBA Tuscon, Arizona
May 8 2009 8:00P
Uncle Paulie’s Pub El Paso, TX
May 9 2009 8:00P
TBA Austin, Texas
May 10 2009 7:00P
THUNDER OF GODS FESTIVAL RIPPING SPRINGS/AUSTIN, Texas
July 3 2009 8:00P
SAVE A LIFE “THE ANIMAL BENEFIT SHOW” Live @ KEY CLUB
EXPLODE by DC4 has been offically released through CHAVIS RECORDS and is now available. Click here to checkout audio samples
Irish rockers THE ANSWER, who were recently featured in Billboard Magazine as one of 15 artists to watch in 2009, recently released a video for “On & On,” the first single from their forthcoming North American debut full-length album, Everyday Demons (out March 31). The video, which was directed by Isaiah Seret (Angelina Jolie “Wanted”) and shot in US whilst the band were on tour with AC/DC, combines the raw unadulterated performance of THE ANSWER with a rockin’ game of strip Memory.
The video can be viewed in high quality here:
THE ANSWER have a message for their fans in the US, which you can check out at here:
THE ANSWER recently premiered an MP3 for another song, “Demon Eyes,” exclusively through Spin.com. “Demon Eyes,” the opening cut from Everyday Demons, is available for downloading, posting, and sharing at the following location:
THE ANSWER, who are fresh off a 42-date tour with AC/DC, released Never Too Late, a four song EP, in November of last year. The EP gives fans a small taste of what’s to come on Everyday Demons, which was recorded in summer ’08 in Los Angeles with John Travis (Kid Rock, Static-X, Killing Heidi, etc.) producing.
The band appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and in December was featured in Rolling Stone’s “Hot Issue” where the magazine proclaimed them “Rock Gods In Training.”
THE ANSWER is:
Cormac Neeson (vocals)
Paul Mahon (guitar)
Michael Waters (bass)
James Heatley (drums)
THE ANSWER on the web:
Today is the 11th Anniversary of the death of Slaughter guitarist, Tim Kelly.
The following is from the Slaughter website:
On February 5, 1998 while compiling tracks for this very recording, we recieved the most difficult and disturbing phone call of our lives. An Arizona highway patrol trooper, much to our disbelief, confirmed that Tim Kelly had passed away as a result of a tragic auto/truck accident in Bagdad, AZ. That day we lost a family member, guitar player and best friend.
“The things that we’ve gone through together over the last almost ten years created a bond between the four of us that is beyond description. Tim Kelly has forever changed my life. He was and always will be a part of me, and his spirit will remain with me forever.”….BlasElias
Life is and will always not be the same, without “Tim Kelly.” It still seems like a bad dream, I wish I could wake up and it be back to the way things were….Tim was a true “Rock Star”, Tim lived for the moment and will be part of us no matter where he is”….Dana Strum ”
Tim was always concerned about others. he was a very compassionate man and was the guy who always put a smile on your face. Tim ,You”ll always be on my mind, I think I’ve learned a lesson on how fragile life is, Savor every moment…Spread your wings, and Fly to the angels in Eternal Life…..God Bless you my friend” ….Mark Slaughter
We want to make sure that Tim Kelly, who dedicated his life to making goodtime, upbeat music will not to be forgotten. Everyone from fellow musicians to industry professionals, CNN, MTV, local and national news and his fans paritcipated in paying homage to this music man. There is no question that Tim Kelly is and always will be a very missed man.
It’s never a good feeling when one of your favorite bands takes a turn for the worse. I don’t mean health wise…I mean music wise. They put out an album or release a song that just makes you go, “What the f*ck were they thinking?” More commonly known as “jumping the shark,” these moments (or periods) of musical farts can make the most loyal fan turn their nose up in digust.
While sitting at work the other day amidst a snow storm from hell, my friend (who remained in the comfort and warmth of his own home to work), sent me an interesting article about musicians who have jumped the shark:
The list was interesting and humorous for sure, but it left me pondering (instead of working), “What bands whom I love have jumped the shark?” And so the list starts…in no particular order:
1. Metallica – Once you go Black, you can’t go back. That’s right, Metallica took a nose dive into the toilet after this album. I HATE everything they released after the Black album. The exception of course is their newest album, which surprisingly doesn’t suck as badly as I thought it would. I think they finally came to the realization that they rocked A LOT harder back in the day and (to the glee of most music fans) decided to turn back the hands of time and produce an album that sounded a lot more like the old Metallica we know and love. Kudos to them for trying to right their wrongs.
2. Van Halen – Look, it’s never an easy task to replace your lead singer. As far as I’m concerned, a band should call it quits if their singer bails. There are very few cases in rock & roll history where a new lead singer has been able to continue carrying the torch of his predecessor. Van Halen surprisingly made things work with Sammy Hagar, but I have no idea what the hell they were thinking when they tried to replace both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar with Gary Cherone. After Sammy, they should have just stopped. Continuing on with Gary Cherone was like trying to fit a square peg into a circle; it just wasn’t going to work. And it didn’t. Gary Cherone was bad and that album was bad. I’m even a huge fan of Gary Cherone; I’m just not a huge fan of him in Van Halen.
3. KISS – There are SO many “jump the shark” moments to chose from. Some of you would pick the moment KISS took off their make up. Or maybe you would chose when KISS went disco. Perhaps Gene Simmons doing his reality show really set you off. Whatever it is, take your pick. My jump the shark moment for KISS may not be a moment so much as a whole period. There is no doubt that KISS is legendary, amazing, and one of the most influential bands in rock history. However, it’s heartbreaking for me when KISS the band decides to turn into KISS the money making machine. Is it even about the music anymore? Was it ever about the music? Or was it just about how many KISS condoms or KISS coffins they could sell?
4. Kid Rock – One of the reasons I actually like Kid Rock is because of his fusion of rock and country. He’s shared the stage with the likes of some of country music’s most influential musicians like Hank Jr., but Mr. Bawitdaba threw me for a loop when he recorded a duet with Kenny Chesney for a Waylon Jennings tribute album: I’ve Always Been Crazy. These guys covered “Luckenbach, Texas” and Kenny Chesney ruins it. I HATE Kenny Chesney. I think he’s a hack and a joke. His music is crap, and it’s hard for me to understand why Kid Rock thought he was good enough to collaborate with. I hope it was the workings of some music industry kooks who threw these two together, and that it wasn’t by choice.
5. Bret Michaels – This one is a no brainer. The second this guy signed on to do Rock of Love, he also jumped the shark. Now that it’s dragged on for three seasons, I’m almost positive that he’s trying to ruin his career…or make the entire world think he’s a douchebag. Either way, it’s working.
6. Nikki Sixx – He went straight from jumping the shark to jumping Kat Von D (and not me). Damn it. What does he see in her? She’s smokin’ hot, almost half his age, uber cool, super successful, and is an incredible tattoo artist. What man looks for those qualities in a chick? Now I have to witness their over indulgent love fest while I’ll cyber stalking him on myspace. It’s disgusting. I wish he’d go back to his womanizing ways.
I’m sure some of you will agree, and a lot of you will disagree (especially with #3). So what do you think? Did I leave anyone out? Did I include anyone who should have been left off the list? Who do you think has jumped the shark?
BLACK WATER RISING, the New York-based band featuring former members of STEREOMUD, BOILER ROOM and DUST TO DUST, will release its self-titled debut album on April 7.
“Black Water Rising” is a collection of soul-baring, angst-ridden, riff-heavy material that is proudly anchored in the foundations of traditional hard rock songwriting. Its giant, guitar-driven monster riffs are served up on a bed of crushing grooves with soaring melodic vocals and big hooks. Basically, no-frills riff rock!
Lyrically, the message is socially and politically driven by the dark times we live in. With darkness seemingly growing by the day, BLACK WATER RISING is a name that fits this band like a glove.
After releasing two self-produced albums nationwide with a band called DUST TO DUST, singer songwriter Rob Traynor locked himself away for two years in his Brooklyn, New York recording studio, later emerging with a collection of songs that would become the seeds of BLACK WATER RISING.
Traynor is joined by former BOILER ROOM drummer Mike Meselsohn, former STEREOMUD guitarist Johnny Fattoruso and bassist Oddie McLaughlin.
“After Rob’s last project, he sat down and started writing songs,” saysFattoruso. “Mike was in BOILER ROOM, which had gone belly-up. Robcalled him up and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got some new stuff, let’s record these songs. They needed another guitar player, and found me via MySpace. I heard two riffs and said, ‘I’m in!’ Oddie and I were in our first band together back in high school. I had gotten back in touch with him, he was still playing. I brought him down to the studio, introduced him to the other guys. I brought him back three times, but the other guys loved him from the start. We wanted to give him a little test, ha!”
BLACK WATER RISING’s 11-song, self-titled debut has received major play (power rotation) on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Octane channel (commercial station) for the song “Brother Go On” and was the #6 album in the Top 20 for October (the only unsigned band on the chart!), #2 most requested phones and in the Top 20 weekly chart many times. The single has grown legs and is still receiving spins and requests 40 weeks later.
“It’s got that raw sound,” says Fattoruso. “It’s in your face, no gimmicks, straight-on hard rock/heavy metal, done the classic way. We wanted to get away from the cookie-cutter bands, back to where music was fun again.”
“I’m very proud of this album, because I think I have finally captured the sound and style I have heard in my head for years and always wanted to get out,” adds Traynor. “I believe BWR will appeal to the rock and metal spectrum. This is the type of band that can share a stage with bands likeBUCKCHERRY and DISTURBED, then play with a PANTERA or SLAYER. If you like rock and metal, new or old school, I believe we have you covered. Our fan base demonstrates this. We have the balls, the riffs and the melody to bring it.”
The band worked with director Noah Shulman (SOIL, THE AUTUMN OFFERING) on an MTV-quality music video for their song “Brother Go On” which has been getting stellar reviews on YouTube, MySpace and other media sites.
BLACK WATER RISING will perform at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, New York on February 17.
the Quireboys have issued the following update:
“Looks like a busy year… a full U.K. major venue tour will shortly be announced for November/December with at least a couple of festival appearances in the summer. Many festivals being booked in Europe… gigs in Germany, Italy, Scandanavia and France will shortly be announced. There are also plans to record an acoustic album and also a live acoustic concert DVD.”
EMI Records last year released “The Best Of” from the Quireboys, a double CD of material from the band’s EMI-era recordings. It contains many previously unreleased tracks and rarities and is available at a budget price.
The Quireboys’ latest album, “Homewreckers & Heartbreakers”, was made available in stores in June 2008 via Townsend Records. The CD was mixed at Good Luck studios in London with Mark Wallis, who has previously worked with Travis and U2. According to a posting on the group’s web site, “this album sees the band returning to their roots with a more varied selection of styles than ‘Well Oiled’ .”
“Homewreckers & Heartbreakers” was also considered by HRH as being one of the best albums released in 2008.
You can check out live videos from the DVD and tracks from “Homewreckers & Heartbreakers” at www.myspace.com/thequireboys
Christian rockers STRYPER have issued the following update:
“We are pleased to announce Gilvan Rangel of Campina Grande, Brazil as the winning designer of the Murder By Pride artwork contest.
Hundreds of submissions were received and carefully reviewed. We were amazed and thrilled by all the accomplished artists in the Stryper network of fans. Many of you are extremely talented and we extend our sincere gratitude to everyone that took time to submit art.
Stay tuned to Stryper.com and Michaelsweet.com for details on a release date, tour dates, and more.”
The official tracklisting and running times for Murder by Pride. It is as follows:
‘Eclipse Of The Son’ (4:04)
‘4 Leaf Clover’ (3:42)
‘Peace Of Mind’ (3:58)
‘The Plan’ (3:10)
‘Murder By Pride’ ((3:18)
‘I Believe’ (3:43)
‘Run In You’ (4:15)
‘Love Is Why’ (4:07)
‘Mercy Over Blame’ (4:07)
‘My Love’ (3:14)
About the album, frontman Michael Sweet commented recently: “After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like ‘more guitars’, ‘more solos’ and ‘more screams’, I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of Stryper yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It’s certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to Murder By Pride, I think that was accomplished.
I got the idea of the title Murder By Pride from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives. We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!”
Those infamous “redneck punks” JACKYL are about to embark on a mini road jaunt. Confirmed dates are as follows:
18 – Crocodile Rock Cafe – Allentown, PA
19 – The Warehouse Nightclub – Kittaning, PA
20 – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC
21 – Annie’s – Cincinnati, OH
Finnish monster rockers LORDI have teamed up with premier lifestyle site UGO.com to bring fans the Lordi HeroMachine, a highly-detailed and fully-customizable interactive character-building game.
A press release reads as follows: “Welcome to the Lordi Army. Legions of fans from around the world have already sworn their allegiance and now is your chance to join their ravenous chorus. Create your own character, male or female, and add gnarly spikes, studs, armor and what ever else you need for battle. The Lordi Hero Machine is here for your own wicked imagination to run wild. Check out the LORDI HeroMachine at the following location.”
Lordi unleashed their latest album, Deadache, in North America on October 28th, 2008. Deadache is jam-packed with sing-along rock ‘n’ roll anthems, including the single ‘Bite It Like A Bulldog’.
February 13, Pittsfield MA show postponed: The Michael Sweet show scheduled for February 13 at Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom in Pittsfield, MA will be postponed until further notice. As many of our friends and fans know, Kyle Sweet (Michael’s wife) has been battling cancer for some time now and after recent developments, and with much prayer and consideration, we believe it to be in the best interest of all for Michael to spend time with, and caring for, his wife. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date. Stay tuned to MichaelSweet.com for an announcement of the rescheduled date. For more information or questions email promoter, Matthew Sposato at email@example.com
Swedish metal powerhouse ENFORCER will be supporting their critically acclaimed album, Into the Night with an upcoming European tour along with fellow Swedish headbangers PORTRAIT. Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal. Listed below are the tour dates.
Additionally ENFORCER will be announcing full US tour dates shortly. Prepare to enter the world of ENFORCER where heavy metal is the law!
February 7th Murcia, Spain @ Heavy Metal Espectros Fest
February 20th Pforsheim, Germany @ Kupferdachle
February 21st Wurzburg, Germany @ Fist Held High Festival
February 22nd Berlin, Germany @ Amnesie
February 23rd Kiel, Germany @ Pumpe
February 24th Osnabruck, Germany @ Bastard Club
February 25th Lille, France @ Chimere
February 26th Gent, Belgium @ TBA
February 27th Leeuwarden, Holland @ Mukkes
February 28th Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
March 21st Sandviken, Sweden @ Byggeriet Metal Club
Listen to ENFORCER at http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
Hollywood Undead and Hard Rock Hideout have teamed up to hook up one lucky grand prize winner with a Playstation 3 prize pack that includes the game system and Madden NFL ’09.
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