Nickelback Fans Attending the April 8th Show at the Sprint Center to Receive Free Content via Bluetooth & Wi-Fi — Fans, Turn Your Bluetooth Visibility “ON”
Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc. announced today that they have teamed with Nickelback and Sprint to deliver what has come to be known as Ace’s flagship product, Rockzimity — a dynamic Bluetooth & Wi-Fi multimedia content delivery system compatible with over 1000 mobile devices, including the iPhone. All fans have to do is to turn their Bluetooth Visibility to “On” & Discoverable and upon entering key areas in and around The Sprint Center in Kansas City, for example, fans will be presented a message “Would You Like A Free Video From Nickelback?”. Upon accepting “YES” the message download immediately begins, quickly and seamlessly and is then stored in the consumers media folder. From there the content can be virally spread to family and friends via email or Bluetooth. For Wi-Fi enabled devices all consumers have to do is connect to the Nickelback localized network that is created and then launch their browser.
Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc., a mobile marketing leader focused on the advancement of the brand to consumer relationship, utilize Proximity Marketing to engage fans and touch them from many angles and access points. Most recently, Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc. and Madison Square Garden successfully delivered content and downloads to thousands of consumers in their most recent campaign focused on delivering branded content & promotional ticket offers to some select events at the Garden. Michael Trepeta, President for Ace Marketing & Promotions Inc., stated, “We have seen great results in our most recent campaigns at MSG and across the country, fans are coming to the shows with their Bluetooth Visibility ‘On’ and coming expecting something exciting, something that engages them.” When asked, Nickelback Manager, Bryan Coleman, stated, “Nickelback are continually searching for new and exciting ways to interact with their fans. This amazingly creative Bluetooth technology allows for actual ‘real time’ contact with our fans during our live show and creates unlimited opportunities.”
Matt Gaines, CMO for Ace Marketing & Promotions, went onto say “We are focused on what we want to accomplish with this pilot program with Nickelback and Sprint. We want to engage fans, deliver rich media relevant content from Nickelback and motivate consumers to make a move to Sprint. By enhancing the artist-to-fan relationship, something vital in today’s music industry climate, we can allow fans to participate in the marketing campaign. All fans coming to this event with their Bluetooth Visibility enabled, they leave with something on their mobile device that they share with families and friends not only at the event, but for weeks to come, a perfect viral result. Fans will receive wallpapers, ringtones and some other great pieces of content, totally Free from Nickelback and Sprint.”
Twice in 2008 (and maybe more) we have had examples of bands stealing songs from another group. First, Velvet Revolver was busted for swiping a guitar riff off of the band Dirty Deeds. More recently Joe Satriani has accused the band Coldplay of the same thing.
Last night I was listening to Saliva’s 2007 CD, “Blood Stained Love Story”. A song of interest to me was the song “Black Sheep” by Saliva. This wasn’t a hit by Saliva, but I thought it sounded somewhat familiar. It finally dawned on me what song this reminded me of. It was Nickelback’s song “Animal” off of their 2005 CD, All The Right Reasons.
Here is a copy of Saliva’s tune “Black Sheep”:
Here is Nickelback’s “Animals”:
Listen to the music! The similarities are uncanny. While the songs are not exactly the same, there are parts of “Black Sheep” that sounds like it was heavily borrowed from Nickelback.
This seems to be a disturbing trend that I am seeing more often as of late. I don’t know if this recent example is lawsuit worthy or not, but you can’t deny how similar the songs are.
I am sure there are a lot more examples than this one.
Do you know of any songs that sound the same from two different artists?
CHICKENFOOT – the band which features former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist JOE SATRIANI, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith – have announced the global release of their debut album Chickenfoot. The album will be released by earMUSIC in Germany on June 5th and in the UK on Monday June 8th. The album will be released by Best Buy in the US on Sunday, June 7th.
The album, hailed as the most intense rock’n’roll album since LED ZEPPELIN, coincides with a European tour that will consist of outdoor festivals, including Montreaux, Switzerland, and Bospop, Holland, plus various intimate indoor rock shows including the London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on June 25th.
Click here for the full European tour dates.
The debut album will be packaged in heat sensitive artwork (pictured), which means when you put hour hand on the CD inlay, photos of the band members will be revealed behind the Chickenfoot band logo. “People have this idea of what this band is about, or what Sammy Hagar is about as a lyricist and a vocalist,” says Joe Satriani. “We manage to get each guy to up his game in a non-confrontational way. When I play with Chickenfoot, I want to give them more all the time, and I don’t hold anything back. I think the rest of the guys feel the same way.”
“Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is from Detroit and he can play the hell out of funk, but he’s a rocker,” says Sammy Hagar. “He plays hard and he’s balanced. Chickenfoot wouldn’t exist without his groove.”
Chickenfoot tracklisting: ‘Avenida Revolution’, ‘Soap On A Rope’, ‘Sexy Little Thing’, ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Runnin’ Out’, ‘Get It Up’, ‘Down the Drain’, ‘My Kinda Girl’, ‘Learning to Fall’, ‘Turnin’ Left’, ‘Future In The Past’.
The tracks ‘Soap On A Rope’ and ‘Down the Drain’ are streaming at http://www.myspace.com/thechickenfoot.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
Hollywood hair metal dreamers Steel Panther have launched an all out attack on the pop mainstream with their newest video “Death to All But Metal”. Asserting their alpha male dominance with plenty of hairspray, spandex, and sick stage moves, Steel Panther have taken shots against anyone NOT flying the hair metal flag. Kanye West, Madonna, and 50-Cent are among the superstars targeted by lead singer Michael Starr’s wrath in the clip.
“Death to All But Metal” is an homage to Van Halen’s classic “Hot For Teacher” video and also features a cameo by smart mouth comedienne Sarah Silverman as the school principal.
Steel Panther’s new album, Feel The Steel, hits stores on 6/9 (how fitting is that date?!)
Check out Steel Panther’s new video for “Death To All But Metal” below:
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the new album from SAINT DEAMON “Pandeamonium” on May 22nd in Europe and June 9th in the USA.
Named after a fictitious ghost rider called S. Deamon, and with a nod towards the contrast between the heavenly/diabolical feel of the name, the Saint Deamon was put together in 2006 by drummer Ronny Milianowicz (ex Dionysus and songwriter for Primal Fear, Cans and Place Vendome among others), together with bass player Nobby Noberg (also ex Dionysus), guitar virtuoso Toya Johansson and the golden voice of the Norwegian Jan Thore GrefstadIn Shadows Lost From the Brave”, a record that garnered great acclaim from both critics and fans. (ex Highland Glory). The band debuted in early 2008 with a stunning album “
Saint Deamon toured extensively in support of the release during 2008, with gigs in Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, England and USA appearing in some of the world’s finest metal festivals like Prog Power US and Bloodstock UK creating a vast buzz being one of the hardest working band in the scene.
Just over a year after the release of their debut album, Saint Deamon are back with a strong head wind in their sails with the worthy follow up “Pandeamonium”. Produced by two of the world’s most famous Heavy Metal producers, Roy Z (Judas Priest, Halford, Helloween, Bruce Dickinson, who also co-wrote the album’s title track with the band) & Jens Bogren (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Amon Amarth), “Pandeamonium” shows a well oiled Metal machine that has no limits in terms of inspiration, musical direction and focus, dedicated members or professionalism. “The chance to work with Roy was actually pure luck”, explains founder and drummer Ronny Milianowicz “He had been renting our studio for 4 weeks to work with the new Wolf album and I was just there to brew some coffee, drive his equipment here and there to different recording places and to make his time in Sweden as pleasant as possible. But after 4 weeks together we became friends and I really mean FRIENDS, you know that kinda friend you can call in the middle of the night if you really need to. So one night at the local bar the night before his flight were supposed to go back he decided to stay, and this after being 4 weeks in our studio already! And with Jens we have the solid ground that never let us down and that make us perform that little extra out of every take in the studio. I hardly think we will ever work without him”.
Ronny enthuses: “I really believe that our fans can hear the true passion and brotherhood in the production of Pandeamonium”.
Final Tracklisting of “Pandeamonium” includes: Deception; The Only One Sane; Pandeamonium; Eyes of the Devil; A Day to Come; Way Home; Fallen Angel; The Deamon Within; Oceans of Glory; Fear In a Fragile Mind. Also includes Pandeamonium (videoclip)
So prepare to sail on, on the Metal seas, with Saint Deamon and their crew into the “Pandeamonium”!
It’s hard to believe that after debuting in 1992 “Leaving The End Open” is only Hardline’s third studio album. Hardline’s debut “Double Eclipse” is an outstanding album that I still listen to regularly and is as viable today as it was 17 years ago. Now while “II” was decent it did not come close to comparing to “Double Eclipse”. So needless to say I was a little apprehensive when I got “Leaving The End Open” especially knowing that neither Neal Schon or Joey Gioeli were involved in the project. But Hardline, which is now made up of Johnny Gioeli (Vocals), Josh Ramos (Guitars), Michael T. Ross (Keyboards), Jamie Brown (Bass), and Atma Anur (Drums), put my apprehension somewhat to rest when I heard “Falling Free” the second track on “Leaving The End Open” and followed it up with “Start Again” because the one thing I thought was missing on “II” was strong songs the band had found again.
“Leaving The End Open” has a good mix of rock, mid-tempo, and ballads and while not every song is a winner, there are enough here to make me want to keep listening to the album and give the whole album a chance to grow on me. Besides the two previously mentioned songs “Pieces of the Puzzle”, “Before This”, “Give In To This Love”, and “Leaving The End Open” are all strong songs and given the chance such songs as “Voices”, “Bittersweet”, and “In This Moment” will probably grow on me too.
I am gaining new respect for Josh Ramos as a guitarist and I have always thought Gioeli has a great voice and he doesn’t disappoint here, he is definitely the star of the band. The rest of the band are all solid performers with Anur standing out among the three. Hardline really shines on the mid-tempo songs here but what is missing on this album and “II” are the attitude filled dirty groove songs such as “Takin’ Me Down”, “Bad Taste”, “Dr. Love”, “Rhythm From A Red Car”, and “Hot Cherie” that were loaded on “Double Eclipse”, that is the Hardline I know and love.
While “Leaving The End Open” is definitely better than “II” it still falls way short of the expectations set 17 years ago with the release of “Double Eclipse”.
For more information on Hardline, please visit the band’s myspace page.
02. Falling Free
03. Start Again
04. Pieces Of Puzzles
06. She Sleeps In Madness
07. In This Moment
08. Give In To This Love
09. Before This
10. Hole In My Head
11. Leaving The End Open
Johnny Gioeli – vocals
Josh Ramos – guitars
Michael T. Ross – keyboards
Jamie Brown – bass
Atma Anur – drums
For the better part of the summer and fall of 2009, Damon will be returning to the Alice Cooper Band for tour dates in the U.S., Russia, Europe, and Australia. Whiskey Falls will be focusing exclusively on writing and recording and preparing to release new material in various packages throughout the year. “I’m looking forward to playing with Alice again, and am even more excited about the new material that we are writing and producing in Whiskey Falls”, says Damon. After a successful tour with The World’s Toughest Rodeo, the Whiskey Falls guys are grateful for the huge fan base they have built up and want to get their new songs out as soon as possible. Continuing to operate independently and without a major record label, WF will perform select dates throughout the year, depending on scheduling. Updates will be posted here as they come.
Courtesy of Damon Johnson.com
Check out the live video below of Alice Cooper performing School’s Out with Damon Johnson on Guitar.
If you have been trying to buy a copy of Million Dollar Reload’s awesome debut record, “Anthems Of A Degeneration”, your wait is over!!
‘Anthems of a Degeneration’ is now officially released in the USA today through Koch Records.
The track listing is as follows:-
1. Get It Up
2. Livin’ In The City
3. Goodnight New York
4. Give It All
6. International Anthem
7. The Last Icon
9. Tattoos And Dirty Girls
11. Dead Like You (Freeloader)
12. Fire Your Guns
13. Cold Hard Day
14. You Can’t Stop Me From Flying
Check out Million Dollar Reload’s video, “Livin’ In the City” below.
“Lifeline” One of The Fastest Growing Singles At Active, Alternative and Mainstream Rock Formats Addresses Economic and Social Issues Hitting US Now
Spending over 10 years as an alternative rock force, Papa Roach have returned in 2009 revitalized and ready to bring their infectious anthems to scores of fans around the world. Boasting a wealth of growth and bravado, their fifth studio album, Metamorphosis, is out today, March 24th via DGC/Interscope Records. Remaining true to their LA roots, Metamorphosis was written at the legendary Paramour Mansion and recorded at NRG Recording Studios. The album was co-produced by Jay Baumgardener (311, Evanescence, Incubus) and the band, with James Michael (Motley Crue, Sixx:A.M.) picking up additional co-production credits on five of the tracks. Metamorphosis secures the bands’ legacy in modern rock, showcasing their songwriting growth and maturity over the last decade.
The first single from Metamorphosis, “Lifeline” hit radio in January and was the most added song at Rock radio in its first week. Only 8 weeks in, the track has hit #1 at Active Rock and exhibits serious staying power. The band performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 6th. “Lifeline” is one of the fastest growing songs at active, alternative and mainstream rock and is available online at iTunes, various digital outlets and at Hot Topic stores on an exclusive two-song CD single. Papa Roach recently shot the official video for the song with director Chris Sims (Queens of the Stone Age, Jimmy Eat World), which was immediately premiered on imeem.com, and added at MTV2, MTVu, Fuse, and Music Choice. The video underscores the social messages prevalent throughout the track and the album. Papa Roach will be hitting the road with Nickleback for a full US tour in July, as well as trekking through Europe in June for their first headlining tour in over 2 years.
As a thank you to their most loyal fans, anyone purchasing Metamorphosis as a CD or iTunes digital album will be granted access to the “Backstage Pass” section of the bands site, which will feature exclusive video greetings from the band and more, and will be regularly updated. The URL is http://www.paparoach.com/promo/backstagepass <</FONT>http://www.paparoach.com/promo/backstagepass> (those that purchased the CD must have it in their CD-drive to access content).
Check out the video for “Lifeline” here:
PAPA ROACH TOUR 2009
WITH BUCKCHERRY & AVENGED SEVENFOLD:
3/24 Chattanooga, TN Memorial Auditorium
3/26 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall
3/27 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
3/28 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
3/30 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
4/2 Poplar Bluff, MO Black River Coliseum
4/3 Grand Island, NE Heartland Events Center
4/4 Topeka, KS Topeka Event Center
4/6 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
4/7 Belton, TX Belton County Expo Center
4/9 Amarillo, TX Amarillo Civic Center
4/10 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
4/11 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center
EUROPEAN HEADLINING DATES:
4/16 Machester, UK Academy
4/17 London, UK Forum
4/18 Birmingham, UK Academy
4/20 Cologne Live Music Hall
4/21 Amsterdam Melkweg
4/22 Hamburg, GER Docks
4/24 Berlin, GER Huxley’s
4/25 Vienna, AUS Gasometer
4/27 Munich, GER New Backstage
4/28 Zurich, GER X-Tra
CANADIAN AND US DATES
5/2 Vancouver, British Columbia UBC Thunderbird Arena
5/3 Prince George, British Columbia CN Centre
5/5 Edmonton, Alberta Shaw Conference Centre
5/7 Calgary, Alberta Stampede Corral
5/12 Orlando, Florida House Of Blues
5/13 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina House Of Blues
5/15 Richmond, Virginia The National
EUROPEAN SUMMER FESTIVALS:
6/3 Moscow, RUS Tochka
6/5 Nuernberg, GER Rock im ring
6/6 Nuernberg, GER Rock im park
6/7 Prague, CZECH REP Roxy
6/9 Copenhagen, DEN Vega
6/13 Bergum, NETH Waldrock Festival
6/14 Donnington, UK Download Festival
6/15 Exeter, UK Great Hall
6/19 Nantes, FR Hell Fest
6/20 Bilboa, SP Kobetasonik Festival
6/22 Lusanne, CH Les Docks
6/26 Dessel, Belgium Graspop
6/28 Luxembourg Rock A Field Festival
PAPA ROACH ON TOUR WITH NICKELBACK:
7/10 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/14 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
7/15 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/18 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
7/21 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/22 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/24 Boston, MA Comcast Center
7/25 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater
7/28 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
7/29 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion
7/31 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
8/1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
8/12 Clarkson, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/14 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
8/15 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/17 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/19 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
8/21 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
8/25 Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/26 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
8/28 Ridgefield, WA Amphitheater at Clark County
8/29 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/31 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/1 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
9/3 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/5 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9/9 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
AUTUMN HOUR, featuring vocalist Alan Tecchio (HADES, WATCHTOWER, NON-FICTION, SEVEN WITCHES), drummer Dave Lescinsky(Hades), bassist Clint Arent (PAINMUSEUM,
Seven Witches), and guitarist Justin Jurman are set to release their new CD, Dethroned, via Rock Ridge Music on May 5th.
Already garnering attention for their cover of the EURYTHMICS ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, Autumn Hour combines a unique blend of metal, hard rock, and progressive music with a lyrical concept about a mechanized future.
Check out ‘Here Comes The Rain Again’, along with other tracks at myspace.com/autumnhour.
Blind Fury emerged on the metal scene soon after the release of Satan’s “Court In The Act”. This wasn’t a mere coincidence – Blind Fury WAS in fact Satan, or to be more precise – Satan’s new incarnation. Under that name the group recorded only one album – “Out of Reach” (1985) – but it was enough to make Blind Fury a true metal icon! The album was rooted in the NWOBHM tradition, but instead of purely technical playing, the band went towards a more melodic and straight-forward approach. Songs like the brilliant opener “Do It Loud” or “Contact Rock and Roll” have a unique rock feel to them. Other highlights include “Evil Eyes”, “Back Inside” and the epic “Dance of the Crimson Lady, Part 1”. And even though the music on “Out of Reach” was less complex than on Satan’s last release, it was still far from radio-friendly and got often compared by the critics to the likes of Liege Lord, Attacker or Omen. The LP became a cult classic from the start, bringing a truly powerful dose of prime heavy metal.
After one listen to M.O.B’s “The Greatest Enemy”, I am convinced that Sweden’s top exports are their hard rock acts. There has been a mind boggling amount of great hard rock coming of Sweden, and M.O.B raises the bar once more.
On the inside cover of The M.O.B’s new CD, “The Greatest Enemy” there is a quote from Julias Caeser that states “The greatest enemy will hide in the last place you would ever look.” Well Sweden’s M.O.B and their cool new CD, “The Greatest Enemy” has been hiding from me for quite some time, and I am embarrassed that I haven’t discovered this band sooner. The current lineup of M.O.B have been playing together since 1996, and have released four CD’s during this span.
Judging from the sounds of “The Greatest Enemy”, I will need to purchase their back catalog in the very near future. This CD features 14 songs that are a good blend of classic metal and melodic hard rock. M.O.B’s sound reminds me of a cross of two very cool classic metal acts, Krokus and Saxon. It isn’t every day that I stumble upon a band with a sound this cool, but believe me M.O.B most certainly rocks.
There are a bunch of good tunes on this disc that are worth checking out. Some of my favorites include “In My Dreams”, the title track “The Greatest Enemy”, “Stone Cold”, and “Behind the Wall”. I love the hard crunching guitar riffs of Peter Gustafsson. His guitar work is a potent combination when mixed with the vocals of Fredrik Notling. It is a sound that should appeal to most classic metal fans. Overall, “The Greatest Enemy’ is a solid effort by M.O.B and one that is worth checking out.
1. Back On Track
2. In My Dreams
3. The Greatest Enemy
5. Eye of the Beholder
6. Human Nature
7. Inside the Fire
8. Who Are You?
9. Anger Management
10. When Death Gives
11. Stone Cold
12. In Love
13. Behind the Wall
14. You Are…
Fredrik Notling-Lead Vocals
Peter Gustafsson-Guitar & Backing Vocals
Richard Averdahl – Drums
Conny Goldschmidt-Bass & Backing Vocals
In preparation for the upcoming festivities, the user-generated website Rock Immortal has been launched to give rock enthusiasts a closer look at the 2009 inductees, as well as the opportunity to post your own fan messages, photos and videos for the inductees and other fans to view. This year promises to be packed full of rockin’ events and special concerts starting Thursday, March 26th and going until Saturday, April 4th.
You can find a full list of events taking place as we gear up for this exciting week in rock history at http://www.rockimmortal.com.
Airbourne’s Debut CD is quickly becoming the Holy Grail of Hard Rock CD’s. The last time I saw one of these CD’s hit Ebay was in May of 2008. Another copy of “Ready to Rock” showed up once more. It appears to have been a legit copy, and not a facsimile of the original disc.
This have been a highly coveted CD for me for quite some time. Yes, you can find the files on the web and through torrents, but I would like to find a real copy of this disc.
Some lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it) winner in Poughkeepsie, New York spent a whopping $317.56 + 4.95 shipping. That is a crazy $40.31 per song.
As badly as I would like to buy this CD, there is no way I could drop $320.00 for one CD.
I am still hoping that Airbourne will reissue this some day.
European Summer Vacation, part 2,347 will end on August 2, so that can only mean one thing … more dates in the U.S. and Canada! We just rocked Austin at SXSW and are super psyched that we’ll be back in North America visiting our friends in the Fall as the World Magnetic Tour keeps rolling on. We had an amazing time on the last run in ’08 and early ’09 and we are so ready to do it again!
Tickets go on sale either April 4 or April 11 – please see dates below and keep watching here for more information about on sale times and support acts. Met Clubbers, check http://www.metclub.com for more info on pre-sales.
So here’s how the rest of our 2009 looks:
September 14 Nashville, TN Sommet Center on sale April 4
September 15 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena on sale April 4
September 17 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse on sale April 11
September 19 Montreal, QC Bell Centre on sale April 4
September 28 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center on sale April 4
September 29 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center on sale April 4
October 1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center on sale April 4
October 3 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum on sale April 4
October 4 Atlanta, GA Phillips Arena on sale April 4
October 12 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre on sale April 4
October 13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center on sale April 4
October 15 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena on sale April 4
October 17 Charlottesville, VA JPJ Arena on sale April 11
October 18 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Bobcats Arena on sale April 4
October 26 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre on sale April 4
October 29 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place on sale April 4
October 31 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi on sale April 4
November 9 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena on sale April 4
November 10 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena on sale April 4
November 12 Albany, NY Times Union Center on sale April 4
November 14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden on sale April 11
December 5 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay on sale April 4
December 7 Boise, ID Idaho Center on sale April 4
December 8 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena on sale April 4
December 10 Anaheim, CA Honda Center on sale April 11
December 12 San Jose, CA HP Pavillion on sale April 4
The Answer has returned with their sophomore effort “Everyday Demons”. If you are a regular visitor to Hard Rock Hideout, you have read my prattling about these awesome Irish Rockers for a while now. I have been extremely excited to hear this album, and after a couple of spins, I couldn’t be more overjoyed.
“Everyday Demons” is The Answer’s full length debut in the United States. As good as The Answer’s first album “Rise” was, I believe “Everyday Demons” has managed to top The Answer’s European debut.
I love it when a band brings their “A” game to the studio. You can tell that The Answer put a lot of heart into this disc.
I had the pleasure of hearing some of these songs prior to receiving a copy of the CD. “On and On” first showed up on Yahoo Music last month, and I loved this track on the first play. Getting to hear it on a real stereo system, gives me a whole new appreciation for the song. It just explodes out of the speakers just a like a stadium anthem should.
“On and On” isn’t the lone highlight on this disc. There are in fact many great songs to absorb.
“Demon Eyes” is a killer opening track with monster riffs that will get your blood pumping quickly. This song sets the stage for “Everyday Demons”.
“Too Far Gone” sees The Answer channeling their inner Zeppelin. James Heatley’s drums just explode on this track. The Zeppelinesque riff blended with Neeson’s howling vocals really drive this song home. Awesome!
After three upbeat rockers, The Answer drops the tempo down on the song “Cry Out”. This song is not one of my favorites on this disc. I just can’t seem to get into the riff on this song. It isn’t bad, but after the first three tunes, this one falls flat for me.
On the other hand, the song “Why’d You Change Your Mind” is much more to my liking. The music on this tunes oscillates between a moody low tempo number and explodes into an upbeat rocker, before heading back to its original slow pace. This is a cool tune that takes a few listens to fully appreciate.
“Pride” ought to be released as a single off of Everyday Demons. Cormac Neeson’s voice soars on this tune. This one has hit written all over it.
“Walkin’ Mat” is another tune that sees The Answer tap into their inner Zeppelin. You can’t deny the influence on this song, but it doesn’t come out sounding like a rip off aka Kingdom Come either. This is another song that I could hear getting some airplay before long. Good Stuff!
“Tonight” is the type of tune that you want to roll your car windows down and crank up loud. This song has a Thin Lizzy like vibe to it, but is a very happy, upbeat song.
“Dead of the Night” is one of my favorite tunes off “Everyday Demons”. This song is very catchy and gets in your head. This is another hit worthy tune.
“Comfort Zone” is another low to mid tempo song that needs a few listens to grow on you. I like the chorus on this tune, but it seems like it takes a while to get going.
“Evil Man” is the third song on Everyday Demons that has a Led Zeppelin like sound about it. This is a rocking tune that Paul Mahon and Mickey Waters take advantage of with their heavy riffs.
If you haven’t listened to The Answer before, “Everyday Demons” is a great place to start. If you are a fan of classic 70’s hard rock, you will enjoy this disc. The Answer has delivered another impressive release in 2009. Grab it!
Rating: Out of 10
- Demon Eyes
- Too Far Gone
- On and On
- Cry Out
- Why’d You Change Your Mind
- Walkin’ Mat
- Dead of the Night
- Comfort Zone
- Evil Man
The Answer is:
Cormac Neeson – Vocals
Paul Mahon – Guitar
Micky Waters – Bass Guitar
James Heatley – Drums
Continuing their month-long celebration of Metallica’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fuse TV recently went to Manchester, England to
document the band’s true feelings about what it means to receive rock’s greatest honor.
In just a few words, frontman James Hetfield shared his thoughts: “When you hit the stage and start playing and you look them in the eye, dude, it’s over,
man!!! That’s the ultimate drug, the ultimate dream, the ultimate feeling, and we are addicted to it.”
Watch the world premiere of this brand new Metallica documentary: “Metallica: In Their Own Words” on Monday, March 30 at 9 p.m. on Fuse and then tune in again
on April 4th at 9p.m. to see the band be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame live!
A preview of the documentary can be viewed below.
Vic Rivera from Adriangale and Poley/Rivera posted the following update on his blog:
Very sorry for the lack of communication to most of you from my end – I have been keeping a very busy work schedule (more than ever believe it or not, and in spite of what some may think) and it’s pretty demanding on my time management – see below. As a result, I don’t get to respond to all of the mail I get here, but to all of my friends – please know that everyone’s friendship means worlds to me. To my fans, your support is appreciated more than I can ever express!
Ted and I are keeping a fair pace these days: please see my upcoming show schedule for details on our appearances at Z Rock’s shows in England and Canada this coming May and August, respectively. We will also be once again appearing at Concert Under The Stars with Eric Martin (Mr. Big) in King of Prussia, PA in August as well – details on that show will follow shortly. Ted’s also working on some other appearances for us…stay tuned…
In the studio: I’ve been working towards wrapping the writing/playing/producing of seven songs for Justin Murr’s latest edition of his acclaimed Liberty & Justice Project, which has me collaborating with the talents of Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance (formerly of Harem Scarem), Robert Mason and Jerry Dixon (Warrant), CJ Snare and Bill Leverty (Firehouse), Les Carlson (Bloodgood), Oz Fox (Stryper, Bloodgood), Marq Torien (Bulletboys), Kerri Kelli (Alice Cooper) and, of course my brother-in-arms Ted Poley! (Hopefully, there will be one more
VERY big name singer included in this mix, pending his review and acceptance of one of the tunes I have written for this…) It’s been pretty exciting to be a part of this thing and it will be a special CD when it is finished; unending thanks to Justin Murr for bringing me on board. Props to my greatly talented friends Mike Ledesma, John Pine and Kelli McCloud (whose backing vocals will be featured on the release) for helping out with all of the guide vocal tracks!
I have also just completed work with Ted on writing and recording vocals for an upcoming video game…Ted’s prior work with Sega (Sonic The Hedghog’s SONIC HEROES, etc) was the catalyst here and I thank brother Ted for making me a part of this world because it should lead to a nice expansion to my line of work! Next up, commercials, movie scoring….well, it’s a long way before I’m there but HOPEFULLY that may figure into my future!
PLENTY of other stuff happening concurrently in addition to the above:
– I’m working on new Poley/Rivera material; I am endeavoring to FINALLY get around to RPG this year (no, I will not rest until we get that project off the ground, my brothers Pelata and Gravley);
– I’ve begun discussions with talented Ruben Gomez (Kings Harem, Menudo) towards a collaboration; he and Ted also happen to be very good friends and Ted will accordingly be in the mix as well. This promises to be interesting, fun and exciting!
– On top of all of this, I’m about to seriously upgrade my recording studio, so that’s going to take a bit of time to assemble and sort out, but it will be well worth the effort to keep up with the latest technology as it will make the recording and producing process MUCH more efficient – in turn, helping ME to be much more efficient with my time!
– Lastly, I’m hopeful that at some point this year I can get started on recording new CRUNCH material but THAT will probably have to wait ’till 2010 – all of the guys and I have various things going on in our professional and personal lives but when we’re ready, we will reconvene with guns BLAZING!
Well, there you have it. Quite long-winded but you all know me, when I’ve been gone a while I tend to try and give an accounting for it. Thanks to everyone for all of your friendship and support. Stay well and see ya soon!
Chickenfoot, the new band featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith, has sent out a new greeting, and has new songs for you to listen to.
Check out “Soap On A Rope” and “Down The Drain” at this link.
Saving Abel, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, and Aveneged Sevenfold came to the Bank of Kentucky Center, February 23rd, for this brand new arena’s first ever rock show.
Saving Abel seems to be the band I always miss when I attend these multi-band concerts. The start time for this concert was 6:30, which seems damn near impossible for me to make. I missed Saving Abel at another show last year when they opened for Airbourne and Theory of A Deadman.
While I can’t speak of how Saving Abel was, we made it the Bank of Kentucky Center just in time for Papa Roach. Both JT and I agreed that the band sounded better than they did at Cruefest. Papa Roach whipped out a few new songs off of their up and coming CD, “Metamorphisis” including “Lifeline” and “Hollywood Whore”, as well as a bunch of their hits including: “Last Resort”, “Getting Away With Murder”, “Scars”, “To Be Loved”, “Dead Cell and “Between Angels & Insects”. It was a fairly short set, but a very good one. Jacoby Shaddix knows how to get a crowd going, and commands the stage well. During the set, he ran out into the stands to join the fans while singing a song. He did this at Cruefest too, but it is still a cool move on his part, and the fans loved it. Jacoby was one hard person to photograph, as he is constantly moving. He never stands still during Papa Roach’s set. After several blurred atempts at catching a picture of him live, I gave and decided to enjoy the rest of the show.
Buckcherry is the second band from the Cruefest Alumni to take the stage in this show. They were a co-headliner with Avenged Sevenfold for this concert. As a result, they were far better than their appearance last summer with Motley Crue.
Buckcherry had a massive screen behind the drum kit that played random images throughout the whole concert. I thought Josh Todd and company sounded a hell of a lot better during this show as well. Buckcherry performed a set that mostly from their albums “15” and “Black Butterfly” but there were was some of their older tunes in there too. The set list had the following songs in no certain order: “Rescue Me”, “Don’t Go Away”, “Too Drunk”, “Everything”, “Lit Up”and the crowd pleaser “Crazy Bitch”. This version of “Crazy Bitch” was truer to the recorded song. No Billy Squier “Stroke It” mixed in, just the song as it was intended. It was MUCH better this way. I loved every minute of the Buckcherry set, but I must admit that Josh Todd is one vulgar, mo fo. While his antics didn’t bother me, his language and sexual innuendos would not be for the feint of heart, and definitely not for kids. Leave the kiddies at home if your going to see Buckcherry folks! Everyone else, get your ass to the show. Buckcherry is one hell of a good headliner. I thought they were going to be a hard act to follow, but Avenged Sevenfold soon proved me wrong.
The intermission between the Buckcherry and A7X sets was absolutely ridiculous, and the crowd was getting extremely impatient. Tempers were flaring and fights were starting a little too often.
When Avenged Sevenfold took the stage, I can only describe the crowd at this show as chaotic. Crowd surfing, and mosh pits consumed quite a bit of the floor. This was an open floor concert, no assigned seats on the floor, so the crowd was extra rowdy. This was my first time seeing A7X, and I thought they were a lot better than I expected them to be. They had a massive lighting rig, and one of the biggest drum kits I have ever seen at a live event.
Their set list included the following songs: “Critical Acclaim”, “Afterlife”, “The Beast and the Harlot”, “Scream”, “Dear God”, “Bat Country”, “Gunslinger”, “Unholy Confessions” and “Almost Easy”.
As a whole, A7X rocked hard, and the crowd never settled down until the last note was played. I thought the guitar solo of Synnester Gates was a little on the nerdy side. This guy is a pretty talented player, but his solo was somewhat disappointing. Aside from the long wait, and the lackluster guitar solo, Avenged Sevenfold put on a good show.
As a whole, this concert was well worth the money spent. If you get the chance, definitely catch these bands live!
Last night I was inspired by Hard Rock Nights interview with Billy Sheehan. I started looking for some old Mr. Big videos and stumbled on one that I don’t remember seeing.
Check out “Wind Me Up” below. This is the second track off of Mr. Big’s 1989 debut.
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Tattooed Millionaires are giving away six free downloads through True Anthem. The following songs are available for download: “Subsonic”, “Laid In the U.S.A.”, “Are You Ready For the Heat”, “We’re In For A Bad Spell”, “Bad Boys And Astronauts” and “There Goes The Neighborhood”. Get them at this link!
If you are vacationing in Hawaii next week, and you are a Journey fan, you are in luck. Journey has five dates scheduled in Hawaai next week. Check below for tour dates.
March 23, 2009 – Kahului, HI – Maui Arts & Cultural
March 25, 2009 – Honolulu, HI – Blaisdell Arena
March 26, 2009 – Honolulu, Hawaii – Blaisdel Arena —– 9:00 pm
March 28, 2009 – Honolulu, HI – Blaisdell Arena
March 29, 2009 – Waukoloa, Kona –
May 23, 2009 – SACRAMENTO , CA – Raleys Field —– 9:00 pm
August 21, 2009 – Louisville, KY – State Fair – Freedom Hall
August 23, 2009 – Des Moines, IA – State Fair – Grandstand
Guns N’ Roses is proud to announce that guitarist n’ songwriter Dj Ashba has joined the band for an upcoming tour. Ashba, who officially replaces current NIN guitarist Robin Finck, is best known as co-founder of hard rock bands Sixx AM and Beautiful Creatures.
“Dj’s a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N’ Roses is proud to have on board!!” exclaims Axl Rose. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work together. Guns’ radar has silently been aware of Dj’s presence for quite some time! He brings a fresh approach to our particular brand of mayhem expanding the tapestry of Guns N’ Roses live. Once Dj’s name was in the hat, the hat disappeared!!” “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of a band that I have always loved and respected,” said Dj Ashba. “I’m looking forward to working with Axl, who is not only one of the few great front men of our generation, but a true artist.” Dj Ashba co-wrote and co-produced Motley Crue’s latest album “Saints of Los Angeles,” which garnered a 2008 GRAMMY nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance, as well as co-wrote and co-produced the Sixx AM album “Heroin Diaries.” Robin continues to be part of GN’R, by virtue of Guns’ history and his involvement in Chinese Democracy.
Now, one step closer to the abyss, Ashba joins a band who’s all time roster is nearly as long as it’s founder Axl Rose’s rap sheet!
Tonight on Hard Rock Nights we are joined by the amazing Billy Sheehan! Billy is best known for his work with Mr. Big and David Lee Roth and has just released a new album, Holy Cow! featuring guest appearances by Paul Gilbert, Billy Gibbons, and Dug Pinnick. We’ll be spinning plenty of Sheehan solo stuff, and some Mr. Big and David Lee Roth to boot! And of course, your favorite classic bands and new stuff from Joetown and Queensrÿche! Tune in from 9-11 pm EDT at classxradio.com, and check out our new daily blog feature, “Hard Rock History,” at the official HRN blog!