This summer just got a whole lot hotter, harder, faster and louder. THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR 2009, featuring MUDVAYNE and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, will kick off July 24 in Portland, ME, and conclude September 9, in Oklahoma City, OK (see complete itinerary below). Joining the two metal juggernauts on the road will be STATIC-X, SUICIDE SILENCE, DOPE, BURY YOUR DEAD, and the extremely twisted HELLZAPOPPIN sideshow review, performing during set changes throughout the evening. Pre-sale tickets are available to all of the bands’ fan club members beginning Wednesday, June 10, at 12pm local time at www.pedaltothemetaltour.com (website will go live June 10), with general public on sale beginning Friday, June 12, at 10am local time. “The tour started as a summer tour with us and Black Label Society, but as we started fleshing out ideas, it transformed into this really cool concept,” says Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray. The final result is the inaugural run of THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR, a road ready and battle-proven assemblage of hard rock and heavy metal bands guaranteed to raise temperatures and melt asphalt over the summer months. “We’re really excited, because this package is a merging of great bands, good people and fucking amazing fans. It’ll be great to bring them all together.” “I was looking forward to a full throttle assault with just Mudvayne this summer, but when Chad said ‘Let’s do more,’ I was all-in.” declares Zakk Wylde, the iconic and self professed General Patton of Black Label Society. Adding, “On behalf of JD, Craig, Nick, the Doom Crew Inc. and myself, we can’t wait to see our Black Label family and the entire Black Label nation once again, rollin’ through hell and destroying everything in our path! Fire up the barbecues, fire up the tunes, and get ready for the rest of your Pedal To The Metal family to fire it up and let the engines roll… Game m-f-’n on!” Says Static-X frontman Wayne Static of the tour: “I’m very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don’t think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package.” THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR is being booked exclusively by TKO [The Kirby Organization], the agents for Mudvayne, and is being promoted nationally by Frank Productions and Knitting Factory Presents. The package will travel more than 12,000 miles of highway across America this summer, stopping in nearly three dozen cities over seven weeks.
PEDAL TO THE METAL TOUR 2009 ITINERARY:
24 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
25 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
28 Reading, PA Sovereign Center
29 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center
31 Big Flatts, NY Tags Summer Stage
1 Albany, NY Altamont Fairgrounds
4 Fort Wayne, IN War Memorial Coliseum
5 Battle Creek, MI Kellogg Arena
7 Moline, IL I Wireless Center
8 Rockford, IL Rockford Metro Center
9 Madison, WI Willow Island
11 Topeka, KS Landon Arena
12 Mankato, MN Alltel Arena
14 Omaha, NE Westfair Amphitheater
15 Little Rock, AR NS River Water Park
16 Wichita, KS KS Coliseum Lot
18 Boise, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater
19 Missoula, MT Ryan Creek Amphitheater
21 Spokane, WA Spokane Arena
22 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
23 Portland, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
25 Eugene, OR Cubhert Amphitheater
26 Reno, NV Events Center
28 San Jose, CA San Jose Civic Auditorium
29 Bakersfield, CA Rabo Bank Arena
1 San Diego, CA San Diego Sports Arena
2 Mesa, AZ Mesa Amphitheater
4 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
5 San Antonio, TX Sunken Gardens
6 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
8 Dallas, TX TBA
9 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheater
*Radio shows may not include entire Pedal To The Metal lineup*
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
MUDVAYNE Mudvayne are one of the most creative and distinctive bands in the aggressive music world, and one of the only acts in heavy music to hold the distinction of seeing every one of their five studio albums attain at least gold certification by the RIAA. Not bad for a band that never cared about following trends or playing to the masses. Latest release The New Game was released in November ’08, and is a lesson in controlled chaos that tempers hard rock, heavy metal, prog rock and sadistic splatters of pop into an onslaught of metallic highs and emotional lows. Mudvayne have sold more than five million units worldwide, and performed for more than one million fans on every continent. They were nominated for “Best Metal Performance” at the 2005 Grammys, and also shared headlining status on that year’s Ozzfest, performing immediately before Iron Maiden. The Pedal To The Metal Tour marks the next step in Mudvayne’s live evolution.
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY In the two decades since Ozzy Osbourne hired him away from his job at a New Jersey gas station to become his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde has established himself as a guitar icon known and revered the world over. He spawned his now legendary Black Label Society in 1994, and in the fifteen years since has turned the outfit into a heavy metal institution true to his vision of uncompromising, unfiltered and unrestrained rock and roll. Inspired by guitarists including Frank Marino, Robin Trower and Al DiMeola, as well as the vocal stylings of Elton John, Gregg Allman and late Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie VanZant, Wylde has won every guitar award imaginable and is a major influence to the new wave of heavy metal guitarists. Wherever Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society travels, one thing is for certain: brewtality is sure to follow.
STATIC-X Since the release of their Wisconsin Death Trip debut a decade ago, Static-X have sold more than three million records worldwide. Their latest opus, Cult of Static, was released in March and debuted in the Billboard Top 20, marking their most impressive first-week showing since 2001. Known for their high intensity fusion of metal mayhem and industrial fervor, Static-X have one of the most allegiant fan bases in heavy music. “I jokingly call it a cult, but our fans have that kind of loyalty,” says frontman Wayne Static. “We’re one of the biggest underground bands ever.”
SUICIDE SILENCE The winners of the Best New Talent award at the Revolver Golden God Awards in April, Suicide Silence have emerged at the forefront of the new wave of American heavy metal, and have sold more than 70,000 copies of their 2008 debut, The Cleansing. Hailed as one of the “100 bands you need to know about” by Alternative Press, their sophomore release No Time To Bleed will hit stores June 29, just in time for Pedal To The Metal 2009. DOPE Dope aren’t the heaviest band on this summer’s Pedal To The Metal tour, but they can stake a claim at being the most brutal: Their track “Die Mother Fucker Die” was on a short list of songs used by the United States government to aid in the interrogation of enemy combatants in the war against Iraq. They’ve sold more than one million albums in their decade-plus career, their latest release being last year’s No Regrets. BURY YOUR DEAD Written and recorded in the wake of an accident last September that flipped and rolled the Bury Your Dead tour van, there was no shortage of inspiration for the bone-crunching and chest-pounding canons that mark new release It’s Nothing Personal. Armed with grinding music, spitfire lyrics and melodic interludes, the album packs everything fans have come to expect from the New England metal-core veterans – and, as always, a little bit more…
HELLZAPOPPIN Hellzapoppin bill themselves as “The Greatest Show In Hell,” delivering a burlesque and macabre flavored take on Barnum’s more family-friendly sideshow attractions. Featuring a penguin boy, fire eating, sword swallowing and a self-professed torture king amongst their off-center oddities, the Hellzapoppin sideshow review promises to keep fans eerily entertained and darkly amused between sets on the Pedal To The Metal Tour 2009.
TKO (The Kirby Organization) With offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, and a roster of more than 150 artists – including Mudvayne, Buckcherry, The Cult, Motorhead, Hellyeah, Hank III, Papa Roach, Drowning Pool and Anthrax – TKO is one of the entertainment industry’s premier music booking agencies.
Multi-Platinum Alternative rock band Linkin Park have just released their much-anticipated track for Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen. The single “New Divide” will serve as the official theme song for the movie which is slated for silver screen release on June 24th. Working intimately with composers Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer for the project, Linkin Park contributed their hard-driving, alternative rock sensibility to the film’s score in addition to the title track. “New Divide,” is now available exclusively on iTunes. Be sure to download your copy today!
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bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original
sessions, as well as a new track recorded especially for this collection by
the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza, and A.J. Pero. STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition will be available June 30 from Rhino Records at all retail outlets, including www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $19.98 (CD), $12.99 (digital).
A limited edition pink vinyl package with the original “Stay Hungry” album
art and bonus poster will also be released this summer at the suggested retail price of $24.98.
The first disc contains remastered versions of the nine tracks from the May
1984 original. The album was a smash thanks to a pair of fist-pumping
anthems of youthful rebellion “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take
It” that went Top 40. The band balanced those catchy songs with the harder
edge of metal classics like “Burn In Hell” and “Horror-Teria,” a macabre
song that would later serve as the inspiration for Strangeland, a 1998
horror film written by Snider, who also starred as the sadistic Captain
The bonus disc uncovers 15 unreleased recordings that range from alternate
versions of album tracks–including “We’re Not Gonna Take It”–to several
non-album tracks such as “Death From Above,” “Prime Motivator,” and “Pay
The Price,” a song from the band’s earlier club days. Along with the
vintage tracks, the collection includes “30,” Twisted’s first new song in
11 years recorded by the band for the 25th Anniversary Edition.
“30” was originally written by Dee Snider with Marc Beeman and Sharon
Lawson for the reality series Gone Country. Dee says, “While ’30’ was my
attempt at a country song for the show, the realization was that rock ‘n’
roll is a direct outgrowth of country music. Since ’30’ was written about
my Twisted Sister experience, it seemed only natural for us to record it
and rock it out.”
More than a decade after Twisted Sister’s last show, the band reformed in
2001 for a benefit and continued playing together, including an astonishing
run of over 50 headline festival dates performing in front of two million
people in over 23 countries. In 2006, the band returned to the charts with
Twisted Christmas, a holiday album that buzzsaws through yuletide classics
such as, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silver Bells.” That same year, the
Long Island Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Twisted Sister. The band is currently at work on a new album and a Broadway musical based on Twisted Christmas. Twisted Sister will headline the annual Rocklahoma music festival July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Rock of Ages, Broadway’s latest musical hit with five Tony® nominations, features Twisted Sister
prominently in its story line and with the band’s aforementioned iconic
anthems, “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”
STAY HUNGRY 25th Anniversary Edition
1. “Stay Hungry”
2. “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
3. “Burn In Hell”
4. “Horror-Teria (The Beginning)”
a. “Captain Howdy”
b. “Street Justice”
5. “I Wanna Rock”
6. “The Price”
7. “Don’t Let Me Down”
8. “The Beast”
1. “Death From Above”
2. “Prime Motivator”
3. “We’re Not Gonna Take It” (Early Demo)
4. “Death Run”
5. “This One’s For You”
6. “S.M.F.” (Early Demo)
7. “We’re Coming On”
8. “Call My Name”
9. “Burn In Hell” (Early Demo)
10. “Pay The Price”
11. “What’s Love Without You”
12. “Our Voice Will Be Heard”
13. “You Got To Fight”
14. “The Price” (Early Demo)
15. “Stay Hungry” (Early Demo)
16. KMET (L.A.) [Radio spot]
17. “30” (New track)
18. “Lollipop Guild” (Hidden track)
You can listen to Stay Hungry at the following links:
You Can Preorder “Stay Hungry” Here!
CHICKENFOOT RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM TODAY AND INVADE THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
CHICKENFOOT, the new supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose), Joe Satriani, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and Michael Anthony (Van Halen), release their self-titled debut album today. Produced by Andy Johns, the album features the first single “Oh Yeah,” which you can check out below. Chickenfoot will be hitting the road for a tour starting in late June. The band will also be performing on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien tonight, June 5th.
Here is some cool new metal to get your Tuesday started. Check out Artillery’s video “10,000 Devils” below.
Wildstreet was formed in 2006 by front man Eric Jayk and guitarist Jimmie Marlowe but they soon added bassist Ali Hassan, drummer Brian Beck and lead guitarist Keith Robert to complete their lineup. When I listen to Wildstreet’s debut E.P. I am reminded of two sayings one being “All That’s Old Is New Again” and the other is “Looks Are Deceiving”. Going strictly by the band’s look one could think these New Yorkers overdosed on Hanoi Rocks and Guns ‘N Roses but once you start listening to Wildstreet you realize it was Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Hysteria the band OD’d on. Even the production sounds so much like a “Mutt” Lange record it is almost impossible to believe the band produced the album themselves.
Their debut is chock full of Leppardesque anthems and power ballads ready made for stadiums and radio if radio actually played this type of hard rock. “Wanna Get It On” starts everything off sounding like a mix of “Let It Rock” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” right away you will find yourself wanting to sing along Eric and the guys and Brian Beck’s drums sound absolutely massive. “Hard On You” is another huge sounding anthem tailor made for arenas with hand claps, terrific gang vocals, a great solo by Keith Robert and massive drums by Beck once again. “For So Long” is a power ballad that would make Joe Elliott and the boys proud once again this track is filled with hand claps, massive background vocals just a great sing a long track. “Soldier of Love” sounds like it could have came out of the “Pyromania” recording sessions, Jayk sounds more like Joe Elliott on this song than any other song on the album. “Midnight Gypsy” is a solid instrumental track which you don’t see alot anymore especially from bands that fall into the pop metal/hard rock category. “Open Up Your Eyes” is a fantastic mid tempo rock ballad absolutely fantastic lighters and cell phones will definitely be lighting up the room when this song is played live.
Unfortunately this album doesn’t close as strong as it started out and in the end it brings the album down a notch “the Fist of Fury” is absolutely ridiculous why this was even put on this album is beyond me. This song by itself almost killed the album for me which is saying a lot considering how much I love the first six songs. The band covers Mott The Hooples “All The Young Dudes” which is a decent cover but one that has been done by just about everyone. I would have much rather heard another original song as long as it wasn’t in the vein of “the Fist of Fury”. The album closes out with an acoustic version of “Soldier of Love” which is pretty cool but I liked the plugged in version better.
If I rated the album on the first six songs I would give it a 7 but the last three songs really hurt this album. I am still looking forward to the band releasing a full album and see what they can do with that. Wildstreet definitely has the chops and talent to make some noise and twenty years ago at least four of the songs on here would have went straight to the top of the charts but in today’s day and age I guess we’ll have to see. As long as they stay away from songs like “the Fist of Fury” I will be willing to tag along for the ride. You can check out Wildstreet at www.myspace.com/wildstreet and you buy their E.P. at www.retrospectrecords.com/products/wildstreet.html# Wildstreet is also available on Amazon and I-Tunes.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Wanna Get It On
2.Hard On You
3. For So Long
4. Soldier Of Love
5. Midnight Gypsy
6. Open Up Your Eyes
7. The Fist of Fury
8. All the Young Dudes
9. Soldier of Love (Acoustic)
Eric Jayck – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jimmie Marlowe – Guitar
Keith Robert – Lead Guitar
Ali Hassan – Bass
Beck – Drums