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BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH is set to launch the second leg of his first-ever solo U.S. tour in support of his debut album, SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, which was released September 9 on his Driven Music Group label.
With a new band at his side–Scott Von Heldt (guitars), Ralph Patlan (guitars), Michael Valentine (bass), Dan Johnson (drums), Brian Ruedy (keyboards/programming)—HEAD will embark on another round of dates starting August 14 in Los Angeles, including a free concert in Las Vegas on August 29 at the 20,000 seat Thomas & Mack Arena along with Flyleaf, Blindside, and others.
“The first leg of the tour a couple months ago was a great warm up tour,” says HEAD. “Now we’re ready to kick it up a notch. We’re coming into my neck of the woods with this West Coast leg and I’m expecting to see a great turn out and a lot of energy at the shows!”
SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, had tremendous sales its first week, making its debut on Billboard‘s “Top Hard Rock Albums” chart at #13, #7 on Billboard’s “Top Independent Albums” chart and #21 on SoundScan’s “Top Current Rock Albums” chart. Overall, against all genres, including new releases and catalogue, Head’s album debuted on Billboard’s “Top 200 Albums” chart at # 63.
Critics are taking notice as well. To wit:
“…an honest, forceful, spiritual metal record…”
–Brian Stillman, Revolver
“It’s downright impressive how a guitarist who has never sung before could release such a melodic, haunting record…”
–Robert VerBruggen, Outburn
“As shown throughout Head’s debut solo effort, SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, though his lyrical messages may now be more positive and uplifting than anything found in the Korn hard rock catalogue, the style of music brought forth here is as heavy as anything Mr. Welch has ever presented before.”
“The hefty, synth-led ‘Flush’ nods towards Korn and early Static-X, while the amusingly titled ‘Die Religion Die’ is a dark stomper. All evidence that for Head, life these days, is definitely peachy.”
–Ronnie Kerswell, Rock Sound (U.K.)
Check out HEAD at any of the following stops:
DATE CITY VENUE
Fri 8/14 Los Angeles, CA The Whisky
Sun 8/16 Bakersfield, CA VBF Campus
Tue 8/18 Fresno, CA Babylon Club
Wed 8/19 Modesto, CA Fat Cat
Fri 8/21 Camas, WA Tom Festival (Christian Music Festival)
Sat 8/22 Coeur D’Alene ID The Grail
Sun 8/23 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Tue 8/25 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
Wed 8/26 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Thu 8/27 Tucson, AZ Mainstreet Concert and Events Center
Sat 8/29 Las Vegas, NV Thomas & Mack Arena (w/ Flyleaf, Blindside)
http://www.myspace.com/brianheadwelch (for full concert details)
Having rocked UK audiences with sold-out tour earlier this year, Papa Roach, the Grammy nominated Californian quartet, are crossing the Atlantic this September for a UK and European tour in support of the their fifth studio album Metamorphosis and forthcoming single I Almost Told You I Loved You. . The tour kicks off on September 29 in Weisbaden, Germany and carries through October 24 at the Academy in London. VIP and presale tickets will be available from Saturday 1st August from www.paparoach.com and for general sale from Wednesday 5th August.
Metamorphosis debuted at No. 8 in the Billboard charts and spawned the No. 1 hit single Lifeline in the US. While Kerrang! Magazine confirmed “they’re now armed with a set of songs and a command of both stage and audience that are superb on every level.”
Since bursting onto the scene in 2000, Papa Roach have established themselves on an international stage having sold over 8 million albums worldwide and playing in cities across the globe.
Every Papa Roach show is jammed full of pounding guitars, rock star swagger, catchy hooks and a phenomenal raw energy that means these gigs are not to be missed.
Papa Roach will be supported on their UK and European tour by US band Madina Lake and the UK’s own Heaven’s Basement.
VIP tickets will be available on Saturday 1st August as presale exclusively through www.paparoach.com and for general sale from Wednesday 5th August.
Tue-Sep-29 Weisbaden GERMANY Schlachthof
Thu-Oct-01 Tilburg NETHERLANDS O13
Fri-Oct-02 Dortmund GER FZW- VISIONS PARTY!
Sat-Oct-03 Berlin GERMANY Huxley’s
Sun-Oct-04 Stuttgart GERMANY Longhorn
Tue-Oct-06 Wolverhampton ENGLAND Wolverhampton Civic
Wed-Oct-07 Nottingham ENGLAND Rock City
Fri-Oct-09 Glasgow SCOTLAND Academy
Sat-Oct-10 London ENGLAND Brixton Academy
Sun-Oct-11 Manchester ENGLAND Academy
Tue-Oct-13 Newcastle ENGLAND Academy
Wed-Oct-14 Sheffield ENGLAND Academy
Atlantic recording group Shinedown has announced details of its upcoming headline tour. The much-anticipated dates will kick off on September 10th at Baltimore’s Powerplant Live, and then traverse the United States though an October 24th finale at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Uptown Amphitheater (see below itinerary).
The tour carries on the sensational success of Shinedown’s RIAA gold certified third album, “THE SOUND OF MADNESS.” The acclaimed collection is highlighted by the #1 smash, “Second Chance,” currently standing atop the Hot AC airplay ranking for the eighth consecutive week. The Jacksonville, Florida-based quartet’s biggest crossover hit to date, “Second Chance” has also topped the charts at both Active Rock and Mainstream, while reaching the top 5 at CHR/Top 40 outlets nationwide. After dominating the rock charts, the track’s mainstream success has seen the band’s profile raised dramatically — People magazine recently featured the band while Entertainment Weekly highlighted “Second Chance” in its “10 Songs of Summer” playlist by noting, “Every summer needs its shamelessly histrionic big-blast-chorus crossover from the modern-rock charts. Shinedown win this year’s prize.” The band will be performing “Second Chance” on NBC’s “The Today Show,” airing Friday, September 4.
In addition, the RIAA platinum certified single’s companion video has proven equally popular. The clip — directed by Ryan Smith (Eminem, Breaking Benjamin) — is presently in “Heavy” rotation at MTV and MTV Hits, “Elite 8” rotation at MTV2, and “X-Large” rotation at VH1, where it has gone to #1 on the network’s Top 20 Countdown numerous times.
As if all that weren’t enough, Shinedown’s most recent single, “The Sound of Madness,” continues to ring out at radio outlets across the country. The track currently stands at #2 at Mainstream, Alternative, and Active Rock, where it previously reached the #1 position. With the album’s lead-off single, “Devour,” also going to the top of the charts, Shinedown has earned the distinction of having all three singles from “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” become #1 Active Rock smashes. What’s more, the success of “The Sound Of Madness” marks Shinedown’s tenth consecutive top 10 showing at the format.
The next single from “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” will be “If You Only Knew,” slated to ship to Active Rock, Alternative Rock, and Hot AC radio outlets in late August. A companion video clip is currently in pre-production.
Shinedown — who recently performed “Second Chance” on CBS’ “The Early Show Saturday Edition” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — is currently traveling the country as part of the “Stimulate This!” tour, set to run through late August. The four-band bill — also featuring fellow Atlantic artists Staind and Halestorm, along with Chevelle — was designed to offer hard rock fans maximum value at a minimal price. In a show of solidarity for their fans, Shinedown and their tourmates have worked closely with the concert promoters to create a package of exceptional value for ticket buyers. Through their collective efforts, base ticket prices for “Stimulate This!” 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.
Produced by multiple Grammy award winner Rob Cavallo (Kid Rock, Green Day), “THE SOUND OF MADNESS” debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 upon its release last summer. In addition to enjoying their biggest domestic cross-over success, the album also marks the dynamic hard rock band’s first foray into the international marketplace, where it has been met with incredible enthusiasm, particularly in the UK: “Shinedown deliver monster ballads Bon Jovi would be proud of,” decreed Metal Hammer, “and there’s an angsty crunch that can comfortably kick Disturbed’s arse.” “There’s little doubt that Shinedown are among the most exciting new bands around,” declared Classic Rock, while Kerrang! praised singer Brent Smith as “simply a masterful entertainer and frontman, a star.”
Fueled by the ecstatic popular and critical response, Shinedown recently crossed the Atlantic for a major European tour, including performances at such world famous festivals as England’s Download Festival, Germany’s Rock am Ring and Rock im Park, and the Netherlands’ Pinkpop. Following the tour, Kerrang! again waxed ecstatic: “The Florida quintet receive a headliners welcome for a set that combines pummeling metal riffery with suitable hooky choruses and a sense of showmanship straight out of the Aerosmith/Guns N’ Roses school of rock.”
“THE SOUND OF MADNESS” follows the band’s RIAA platinum certified 2003 debut “LEAVE A WHISPER” and its gold certified 2005 follow-up, “US AND THEM.” Both albums have yielded a staggering seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including “Fly From the Inside,” “45,” and the chart-topping “Save Me.”
Shinedown is Brent Smith (vocals), Barry Kerch (drums), Zach Myers (guitars), and Eric Bass (bass).
SHINEDOWN - ON TOUR 2009 7/28-8/31: "Stimulate This!" w/Staind, Chevelle, and Halestorm Except * 9/10-10/24: Headlining Tour JULY 28 Rapid City, SD Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena 29 Billings, MT MetraPark Arena 31 Rock Springs, WY Sweetwater County Events Complex * AUGUST 10 Ridgefield, WA The Amphitheatre at Clark County 11 Weatchee, WA Town Toyota Center 13 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium 14 Rio Rancho, NM Santa Ana Star Center 15 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater 17 Hidalgo, TX Dodge Arena 18 Laredo, TX Laredo Entertainment Center 20 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fair * 21 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fair * 22 Louisville, KY Kentucky State Fair * 23 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 25 Pittsburgh, PA Amphitheater At Union Square 27 Chicago, IL Congress Theater 28 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre 29 Syracuse, NY New York State Fair * 30 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier @ Penn's Landing 31 Essex Junction, VT Champlain Valley Exposition SEPTEMBER 10 Baltimore, MD Powerplant Live 11 Richmond, VA The National 12 Huntington, WV Xfest 2009 @ Harris Riverfront Park 14 Madison, WI The Orpheum 15 Walker, MN Northern Lights Casino 18 Boise, ID Knitting Factory 19 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Ballroom 21 Medford, OR Medford Armory 22 Seattle, WA The Showbox SoDo 24 Blackfoot, ID El Rey Events Center 25 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air 26 St. George, UT Dixie Center 28 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues 29 Modesto, CA Center Plaza 30 San Diego, CA House of Blues OCTOBER 3 San Francisco, CA Grand Ballroom 4 Pomona, CA Fairplex 5 Tempe, AZ Marquee 7 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station 9 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater 10 Tulsa, OK Tulsa State Fair 11 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom 13 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete St. Apm 14 Little Rock, AR The Metroplex 16 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center 17 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena 19 Augusta, GA James Brown Arena 20 Myrtle Beach, FL House of Blues 21 Orlando, FL House of Blues 23 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium 24 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheater
Super 400 is slated to hit the airwaves this month with their new single “Flashlight” from their forthcoming junior album. Denver, Colorado based Response Records is releasing the album in the September 15. Sweet Fist will be manufactured and distributed through Rock Ridge Music with an exclusive license.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Response Records to distribute and promote Super 400” , says Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music. He goes on to say, “Sweet Fist” is a tremendous rock record, one that will please the band’s current fan base and surely make them new ones.”
Lifelong fans of the influential Memphis sounds of Stax Records and Big Star, Super 400 chose the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee to record their third album, Sweet Fist. As much history museum as functioning studio, Ardent has captured the essence of such greats as Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Isaac Hayes, & Big Star, to name a few. As the legends before them, they recorded the album entirely on tape, capturing most final cuts on the first take.
Hall of fame mastering guru Larry Nix, along with son Kevin, refurbished the one and only Stax Record Lathe that before being moved to Ardent, created the first copy and master for every Stax Record and later classic albums such as Led Zeppelin: III, Stevie Ray Vaughn: The Sky Is Crying and ZZ Top: Afterburner. Months of valuable time and unmentionable resources were spent to insure that the historical lathe made its’ return debut to cut the new Super 400 album. It can humbly be said that history has been made.
Adam Anderson, Response Records states, “The new album Sweet Fist marks a magnificent pinnacle in the sonic evolution of Super 400. Both powerful and soulful, the band took the analog Memphis sound and gave it a shot of adrenaline on this record.” The band has become one of the most loyally followed rock bands in the Northeast, and the fan base is growing; last year’s national tours started a chain of bootleg recordings that have been traded and coveted around the world. Back home, the mayor of Troy gave Super 400 their own official holiday, ‘Super 400 Day‘, to recognize the band’s musical achievements as well as the love and support the city has shown for them.
Each of their completely unique performances evokes the raw, euphoric essence of Rock and Roll. Their upcoming release, Sweet Fist, truly reflects the light and dark of this new millennium; it unravels the tales of this modern world with an analog tongue rarely heard in the digital age. It represents both homage to their influences and an insightful progression of the dynamic power of Super 400.
Five years after they announced Ted Poley had rejoined Danger Danger and 20 years after the release of their debut, Danger Danger returns with “Revolve”. Was it worth the wait? I guess that depends if you are a fan of the Danger Danger from 20 years ago with songs filled with sexual innuendo such as “Naughty Naughty” and “Slipped Her The Big One” or an older more mature band with 20+ years of music business experience behind them. I happen to be a fan of both and have made no secret of how much I was looking forward to hearing the new music. While I liked the albums with Paul Laine on vocals, Ted Poley will always be the voice of Danger Danger to me, and he has never sounded better than he does on “Revolve”.
“That’s What I’m Talking About” starts “Revolve” off and while I don’t think it is the best way to open the album it is a great song that makes you want to crank the stereo up and sing at the top of your lungs, the rhythm section of Steve West and Bruno Ravel sound as great as ever and Rob Marcello plays guitar like a man obsessed. “the Ghost of Love” is a great melodic rocker the band is famous for as tight as the band sounds you would never think it has been 11 years since Ravel, West, and Poley were in the studio together. “Killin’ Love” has some slow driving bass lines and though it is a slower mid tempo song it still makes you want to crank it up and sing along. “Hearts On The Highway” can’t say enough about this song it is classic Danger Danger at their best, great melodies, great hooks and background vocals one of the best on the album. “Fugitive” is a ballad with acoustic guitars, piano, and strings starting things off which could give the guys a Top 40 hit if released as a single. “Keep On Keepin’ On” would be my pick as the album opener this is a great summertime song yet another track that makes you want to crank it up and sing along as your flying down the highway, probably Rob Marcello’s best solo on the album and another one of the best songs on “Revolve”. “Rocket To Your Heart” once again classic Danger Danger, Ted Poley sounds great on this song as does Bruno’s bass. “F.U. $” is an anthem about exactly what the title suggests filled with some great gang vocals, another nice solo from Marcello that should go over well live. “Beautiful Regret” is a heavy modern sounding song but fits perfectly on “Revolve”. “Never Give Up” is a mid tempo song that would’ve fit perfectly on the band’s debut or “Screw It” once again classic Danger Danger sound. Leave it to Danger Danger to save the best for last with “Dirty Mind” not only does Poley sound great the band as a whole really nail this song a great rocking song and the perfect way to close “Revolve”.
No matter what you think of Danger Danger they definitely deserve some respect. While alot of other “80’s” bands have dried up and blown away these guys kept putting out some great music and with Ted Poley back in the band I believe it is only going to get better. I just hope it isn’t another 5 years before the follow-up to “Revolve” is released.
Rating: Out of 10
01. That’s What I’m Talking About
02. Ghost Of Love
03. Killin’ Love
04. Hearts On The Highway
06. Keep On Keepin’ On
07. Rocket To Your Heart
09. Beautiful Regret
10. Never Give Up
11. Dirty Mind
Danger Danger is:
Ted Poley – Vocals
Bruno Ravel – Bass
Rob Marcello – Guitars
Steve West – Drums
Former Tigertailz singer Steevi Jaimz has released a new video “Amazing”, in support of his new solo CD, My Private Hell.
Check out “Amazing” below!