Hard rock mavens Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm will be teaming up this summer for the “Stimulate This!” tour, a four-band bill designed to offer fans maximum value at a minimal price.
Making its way across the U.S. beginning July 1 and extending through early September, the “Stimulate This!” tour will hit more than 40 U.S. markets, including some of the hardest hit by the recession. In a show of solidarity for their fans, the four bands have worked closely with the concert promoters to create a package of exceptional value for ticket buyers. Through their collective efforts, they’ve been able to maintain modest base ticket prices that remain mostly under $40 each — half the cost of comparable multi-band summer tour packages — with some venues offering lawn seats for less than $10. Additionally, each tour stop will include special promotions for ticket holders that will vary from market to market, but could include discounts on concessions at the venue during the show, store discounts at local retailers, and online rebates for band merchandise to name a few.
Inspired by the bands’ efforts to craft a cost-efficient tour for their fans during these hard times, Atlantic Records will give away a pair of tickets to five fans in every market who pose the best reason as to why they need a free night of rock. Fans can send their stories and enter the contest through Atlantic Records’ website, www.atlanticrecords.com. More details will be available soon on the website.
“Wall Street got its bailout; now it’s time for rock fans to get theirs,” said Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. “This summer, we want to give our fans one night where they can forget about everything else and experience a great rock show.”
“We’ve always said that we, as a band, only answer to one boss… and that’s everyone in the audience,” offers Shinedown’s Brent Smith. “It’s our job… our privilege to offer our fans an escape. Teaming up with these other great bands, we’re doing what we can to help lift everyone’s spirits in these tough times… the power of music can do that.”
Staind’s latest album, “The Illusion of Progress,” marks the band’s fourth consecutive studio album to debut in the top 3 on the Billboard 200 and features the #1 alternative rock song, “Believe.” The Atlantic recording group’s decade-long career is marked by more than 13 million in album sales worldwide and five #1 singles spanning three different radio formats. “The Illusion of Progress” is the band’s sixth studio album and the follow-up to 2005’s certified platinum “Chapter V.” Produced by Johnny K (3 Doors Down, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold), Staind recorded “The Illusion of Progress” in frontman Aaron Lewis’s home studio. Currently the third single from the album, “This Is It,” is climbing up the Active Rock radio chart. Staind is Aaron Lewis (vocals/guitar), Mike Mushok (guitar), Jon Wysocki (drums/percussion), and Johnny April (bass, vocals).
Atlantic recording group Shinedown’s latest single, “Second Chance,” is proving to be a cross-over smash, earning the Jacksonville, Florida-based band its highest chart position yet on the pop charts, coming in at #11 this week and rising — the track has already gone to #1 at Active Rock and #2 at Alternative. The companion video for “Second Chance” has climbed to #4 on VH1’s Top 20 Countdown and also enjoys airplay on MTV, MTV2, and Fuse. The title track from Shinedown’s current album, “THE SOUND OF MADNESS,” recently stormed to #6 at Active Rock, continuing the band’s staggering run of 10 consecutive Top 10 hits at the format. Produced by multiple Grammy award winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” has been RIAA-certified Gold after debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 upon release last summer. The album marks the band’s first foray into the international marketplace and has already been met with incredible enthusiasm, particularly in the UK: “The man is simply a masterful entertainer and frontman, a star,” enthused Kerrang! about lead singer Brent Smith; “There’s little doubt that Shinedown are among the most exciting new bands around,” declared Classic Rock. “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” follows the band’s platinum selling debut “LEAVE A WHISPER” and gold-certified followup “US AND THEM.” Shinedown is Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
Multi-platinum Epic recording artists Chevelle have just wrapped up recording their highly-anticipated new album “Letter From a Thief” which will hit stores later this summer. The Chicago-based trio spent seven weeks co-producing the new album with Brian Virtue (Jane’s Addiction, 30 Seconds to Mars, Deftones) in Nashville, Tennessee and are excited to hit the road and debut their new material. “Letter From a Thief” marks Chevelle’s fifth studio album and will follow up 2007’s smash “Vena Sera.” Formed in 1995, the Chicago-based band has remained a staple in the hard rock scene with six Top 5 Modern Rock hits under their belt, including the #1 songs “Send the Pain Below” and “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)” as well as fan favorites, “The Red” and “The Clincher.” Chevelle is Pete Loeffler (vocals, guitars), brother Sam Loeffler (drums), and brother-in-law Dean Bernardini (bass).
Atlantic recording group Halestorm just released their self-titled debut album. Produced by Howard Benson, “Halestorm” is an explosive collection of infectious hard rock anthems, a fiery flurry of sexy hooks and rough and tumble grooves. Steering this runaway train is singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, who brings a hypnotic intensity to such tracks as the sensual first single “I Get Off,” which is bulleting up the top 30 on the Active Rock radio chart.
Visit www.staind.com, www.shinedown.com, www.chevelleinc.com and www.halestormrocks.com for up-to-the-minute updates.
All dates with Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm
except * (see below):
7/2 and 7/31 with Staind, Chevelle and Halestorm only
7/12 all four bands part of WHRL Big Day Out festival
7/25 with Staind and Shinedown only
Additional dates to be announced.
1 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
2 St. Paul, MN Harriet Island*
4 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
7 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Convention Center
9 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
10 Gilford, NH Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
12 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
14 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
16 Wallingford, CT Chevrolet Theatre
17 Asbury Park, NJ Asbury Park Convention Hall
21 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
22 Corbin, KY Southeastern KY Agricultural & Expo
24 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium
25 Dubuque, IA Dubuque County Fair*
26 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
28 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena
29 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena
31 Rochester, MN Mayo Civic Center*
10 Ridgefield, WA The Amphitheatre at Clark County
13 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
14 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center
15 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
18 Laredo, TX Laredo Entertainment Center
28 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
30 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing