Release dates for both the standard and deluxe version of the CD have been set for May 12th (US, Canada) . The official version contains 10 songs in a jewel case. The deluxe edition has 14 songs and is packaged in an elaborate digipack with a 16 page lyric and photo booklet. All four bonus tracks in the deluxe package are additional brand new songs. Why two editions? “Pricing, really” says Rob Thorne. “Old-school Oathbangers won’t have any qualms paying $14 for the deluxe, but newcomers to the band might, and we’re working on an exclusive with iTunes to feature the album at a discounted price. You just can’t do that with 14 songs.”
Tesla has announced the following tour dates for April.
|Wed 4/1/2009||Warnors Theatre||Fresno||CA|
|Thu 4/2/2009||Fox Theater||Oakland||CA|
|Sat 4/4/2009||Showbox SoDo||Seattle||WA|
|Sun 4/5/2009||Roseland Theater||Portland||OR|
|Tue 4/7/2009||Knitting Factory||Spokane||WA|
|Wed 4/8/2009||Knitting Factory||Boise||ID|
|Fri 4/10/2009||Shrine Auditorium||Billings||MT|
|Sat 4/11/2009||The Venue at the Hub||Fargo||ND|
|Tue 4/14/2009||Meyer Theatre||Green Bay||WI|
|Wed 4/15/2009||Barrymore Theatre||Madison||WI|
|Fri 4/17/2009||Genesee Theatre||Waukegan||IL|
|Sat 4/18/2009||Piere’s||Fort Wayne||IN|
|Sun 4/19/2009||Rialto Square Theatre||Joliet||IL|
Multi-platinum rock powerhouse Nickelback have announced dates for their North American summer tour, in support of their latest album, Dark Horse, on the heels of their opening night sellout of Nashville’s Sommet Center last week. The summer leg of the 2009 tour rolls through Live Nation outdoor amphitheaters beginning July 10 in Darien Lake, NY at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, with Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel in support.
Nickelback is currently on a 32 city tour, selling out arenas across the country. The Nashville Scene said of the kickoff show on February 25th, “…nobody puts on a better show than Nickelback does. You can believe that.”
Nickelback tickets for the summer tour go on sale beginning March 13th. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning March 10th at 10am Local Time through Citi’s Private Pass(R) Program. For complete presale details visit: http://www.citiprivatepass.com. Nickelback fanclub members will be able to purchase tickets starting on March 9th. Tickets and tour information are available at http://www.livenation.com, with additional dates to be announced soon.
The latest single from the band’s 2008 platinum release Dark Horse, “If Today Was Your Last Day” will be impacting on March 24th at all formats. The brazen rocker “Something In Your Mouth” is currently the #1 rock song in the country.
Nickelback are a phenomenally successful touring band whose tours have grossed in excess of $100 million thus far and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Dark Horse is Nickelback’s first release since the immensely popular All The Right Reasons, released in 2005.
The Newly Announced Summer Dates are as follows:
July 10 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center*
July 11 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Pavilion*
July 14 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
July 15 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
July 17 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Stadium & Star Pavilion*
July 18 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
July 21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 22 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
July 24 Boston, MA Comcast Center
July 25 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater
July 28 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater*
July 29 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
July 31 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
Aug 01 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug 12 Clarkson, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
Aug 15 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
Aug 17 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham
Aug 19 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Aug 21 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
Aug 25 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Aug 26 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Aug 28 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater at Clark County
Aug 29 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
Aug 31 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sept 01 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
Sept 03 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sept 05 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Sept 09 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
* Support TBA.
These Nickelback Tour Dates are currently on sale:
Thu/Mar-05 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Fri/Mar-06 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Sun/Mar-08 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Mon/Mar-09 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Wed/Mar-11 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Thu/Mar-12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Sat/Mar-14 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
Sun/Mar-15 Moline, IL iwireless Center
Tue/Mar-17 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Wed/Mar-18 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena at the Iowa Events Center
Wed/Apr-01 Edmonton, AL Rexall Centre
Thu/Apr-02 Calgary, AL Pengrowth Saddledome
Sat/Apr-04 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Sun/Apr-05 Winnipeg, MT MTS Centre
Tue/Apr-07 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Wed/Apr-08 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Fri/Apr-10 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Sat/Apr-11 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
Mon/Apr-13 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Ctr
Tue/Apr-14 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Thu/Apr-16 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Fri/Apr-17 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
Sun/Apr-19 Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
Wed/Apr-22 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Thu/Apr-23 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Sat/Apr-25 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Sun/Apr-26 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
While scouring the internet looking for something to write about, I ran across a blog that sparked my interest: The Singers Who Didn’t Quite Work Out (www.classicrockmagazine.com/blog). Line up changes are a never ending constant in the world of rock & roll, but the loss of a lead singer is often detrimental and hard to come back from. The contributors of the blog had great suggestions and some that I didn’t even think of. Of course this got me thinking, so here is my list.
1. Gary Cherone and Van Halen – This was also the first one listed on ClassicRockMagazine.com’s list, and I mentioned it on a previous post for the moment Van Halen jumped the shark. It was just a weird combination that didn’t work well or fit naturally.
2. John Corabi and Motley Crue – I think everyone agrees that John Corabi did a fine job on the Motley Crue album but it still didn’t work. Why? The band sounded great, but it just wasn’t Motley Crue. One of the major distinctions in Motley Crue’s sound is Vince Neil’s voice. Without it, it’s not Motley Crue. The fans and record label realized that. I’m not saying that John Corabi sucked at all. If they would have slapped a different name on that album, it would have worked.
3. All Singers and Journey – I don’t care how much you sound like Steve Perry…you’re not Steve Perry.
4. Ripper Owens and Judas Priest – Please see explanation for #3. He’s not Rob Halford.
It’s not always all bad. There are a few bands that have actually stood the test of time with a new singer.
1. Brian Johnson and AC/DC – After the tragic death of Bon Scott, I’m sure it was difficult for anyone to think that AC/DC could go on without him. Thankfully, the band took the bold step and replaced him with Brian Johnson, and they lived happily ever after. This is probably the best success story of them all.
2. Johnny Van Zant & Lynyrd Skynyrd – Like AC/DC, it was death that brought a new lead singer to Skynyrd. A 1977 plane crash took the lives of six people, including Skynyrd’s singer, Ronnie Van Zant. About 10 years later, Ronnie’s brother, Johnny, stepped up to take over the the lead singer spot and Skynyrd’s been rocking ever since.
God knows I’ve missed some on each list, and there were others whom I didn’t know where to place (ex: Johnny Solinger and Skid Row). Replacing a singer is a ballsy move for any band. In the end, it’s usually the fans who decide if it’s a hit or a miss. So how do you feel? Who didn’t work and who did?
Right from the get-go The King Blues’ music has defied convention. Unafraid to mix up dub bass lines, doo-wop a cappella songs, ska rhythms, Lonnie Donegan-styled skiffle, British folk and gritty poetry, theirs is a stripped-down, hot-wired one where ukuleles, acoustic guitars and melodicas feature heavily. It is punk music as it was intended – engaging, forward-thinking, all-encompassing.
The early months of 2008 saw the Hackney collective holed up in the studio making album number two, Save The World, Get The Girl, with producers Clive Langer (Madness, Dexy’s, Elvis Costello) and Peter Miles. Two years on since they cut their debut album Under The Fog and The King Blues are a changing entity. If their debut was a slogan-strewn howl of discontent against all that’s wrong with the world – albeit one jam-packed with uplifting songs – then Save The World, Get The Girl is a much more personalized take on social ills.
Recognising that pulpit-bashing preaching rarely extends beyond the converts of the punk scene, frontman Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox has poured his heart and soul into this new set of songs. Digging deep to draw on life experiences, Save The World, Get The Girl documents the rites de passage of a young man in the modern age. It is a polemical record with a conscience, a philosophy, a sense of humour and a concept.
As Itch explains: “The album tells the story of a protester who falls in love on the frontline as it were, has his heart broken, gets into drugs, then comes out of it in the end realizing that ultimately he is nothing without love. The over-riding theme then is: ‘love conquers all’.”
Save The World, Get The Girl certainly reflects the evolution of a band who have gone from being threatened with ASBOs for guerrilla performances at Canary Wharf and Westminster to shows at Wembley Arena. These days they’re viewing the bigger picture – and searching for solutions. “Initially we just wanted to be a soundtrack for the movement but now we feel that we have explored our art and opened our hearts,” says Itch. “As a result, our political ideas carry a lot more weight now.”
With a nod to the Dead Kennedys, the album was preceded by lead single ‘Let’s Hang The Landlord’, released as a split single with Flobots on August 4th. If Under The Fog was The King Blues’ equivalent of ‘White Riot’ (raw, energized, unstoppable) then this track is their ‘Stay Free’ (soulful, introspective, autobiographical).
“It’s an autobiographical story about my youth,” says Itch. “Previously I was singing about wider issues, possibly to avoid making myself vulnerable to criticism. But this time I’ve stepped things up and gone personal. There are fewer slogans and more depth. The universal truths of our music however – things we have explored in the past, like life and love – remain.”
Second single ‘My Boulder’ has already been championed by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, who recommended it highly to his studio guest, Noel Gallagher.
Armed with a ukulele, a guitar and a commitment to politics and resistance, The King Blues began life in 2004 when Itch and Jamie Jazz began performing at squat parties and punk shows in and around London. Guitarist Fruitbag joined soon after. Inspired by the reggae-reared punk bands such as The Clash, The Specials and Operation Ivy and the growing worldwide resistance movement, they played anywhere that would have them – pavements, car parks, political rallies and on The King Blues Sound System – a mobile PA carried on a giant tricycle that the band built, allowing them to play literally anywhere. Few bands can say they genuinely come from the streets, but The King Blues are one of them.
Expanded to a six-piece live, The King Blues’ guerilla tactics, support from Radio 1’s Mike Davies and heavy road work – including tours with kindred spirits such as Anti Flag, Bedouin Soundclash and Gogol Bordello, and one record-breaking day that saw seven shows in seven towns – lead to them releasing Under The Fog with leading UK punk label Household Name.
Numerous festival slots followed before the band were signed to Field Recordings by owner Rollo of Faithless after hearing the band on a music panel at In The City. Next came the release in 2007 of two killer singles: bass-heavy dub-punk rallying cry ‘Come Fi Di Youth’ and summer ska tune (complete with some fine vocal toasting), ‘Mr Music Man’.
Today friends and supporters range from Tariq Ali to Hard-Fi, who The King Blues supported at the aforementioned Wembley Arena show in 2007 (the first time they played there was in the car park).
Never has there been a better time for a band like The King Blues than now. Politically-sussed, constantly active but never dogmatic, they are the latest in a long tradition of well-read, well-intentioned British refuseniks representing the disenfranchised youth from the ground up. With war in Iraq still raging, a Conservative leader in charge of their home city and an economy in decline, the world needs bands like The King Blues more than ever.
In years to come, when they’re asked by their grandchildren what they contributed to the course of political and social history, The King Blues can say – with great pride – they got involved. They got people thinking and, perhaps just as importantly, they got people dancing and smiling.
The King Blues album”Save The World, Get The Girl” is out now.
Click here to get a free download of the song, “Let’s Hang the Landlord”!