Serj Tankian has just released a performance clip of “Empty Walls” from his upcoming Elect the Dead Symphony CD/DVD release, due in-stores March 9th.
On March 16th, 2009, the Grammy Award winner and one of rocks most unconventional front men, took the stage at the majestic Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra to perform a very special orchestral interpretation of his critically acclaimed debut solo album Elect the Dead. The dynamic one-off performance was recorded and filmed in HD by six cameras, and the dramatic result has been captured in Elect the Dead Symphony.
Elect the Dead Symphony will be released as a deluxe CD/DVD 6 panel digi-pack with an eight page full color booklet, on vinyl in a double gatefold jacket with full color insert, and as a CD-only version. Each version of the packaging features unique images not included in the other formats.
Reprise Records and Serj have also teamed up with Cinema Purgatorio to present a series of nationwide screenings of Elect the Dead Symphony.
Screening dates are as follows:
2/19 Portland, OR The Hollywood
2/19 Indianapolis, IN Republic Theatres
2/19-20 Bloomington, IN The Ryder at the Fine Arts
2/19-21 New Concord, OH Muskingum University
2/20 Providence, RI The Cable Car (9 pm)
2/20 Seattle, WA Northwest Film Forum
2/21 San Antonio, TX Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes
2/21 New York, NY The Leonard Nimoy Theatre @ Symphony Space
2/22 Somerville, MA The Coolidge Corner
2/26-27 Salt Lake City, UT The Tower
2/27 New Haven, CT Criterion Cinemas (8 pm)
3/04 Syracuse, NY The Palace Theatre
3/06 Shreveport, LA Robinson Film Center
3/07 Chicago, IL CIMM Festival at Lincoln Hall
Fans who pre-order the audio album now for $11.99 will receive access to their download on 2/23 – two weeks before the album is available in stores and from all digital service providers. Pre-order the album here: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPreorder?id=351916561
For more info on Serj, clips from Elect the Dead Symphony, and more check out his new widget : http://deluxe.serjtankian.com/widget/
Did you listen to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show last night? If not, you missed a ton of new music from Helix, Broken Teeth, Tunnel, Wig Wam, Reckless Love, Godsmack, RATT, and a bunch more. Check out the play list from last night’s show below:
Helix – The Animal Inside (Won’t Be Denied)
Bulletboys – Kissin’ Kitty
Tunnel – In Your Groove
Sweet F.A. – Nothin’ For Nothin’
Snowblynd – One Time Ain’t Enough
Hanoi Rocks – This One’s For Rock N’ Roll
Broken Teeth – Twister (Random Pick of the Week)
Backyard Babies – Heaven 2.9 (By Request)
Wig Wam – Do Ya Wanna Taste It
Dynazty – Adrenaline
Marcello Vestry – All I Wanna Do Is You
Reckless Love – Beautiful Bomb
Broken Teeth – Bullet
KISS – Down On Your Knees (By Request)
Maylene & The Sons of Disaster – Step Up (I’m On It)
Ammotrack – A Bigger Bang
Tesla – All of Me
Lorenzo – Nothing Left To Talk About
Day of Fire – Light ’em Up
It’s Alive – Pieces
U.P.O. – Dust
Razer – Superpaun
Shaman’s Harvest – Turn It Up
Sweet Cynanide – SLM
Hate Gallery – Liberation
Fallin’ Down Dave Rude Band
Godsmack – Cryin’ Like A Bitch
Like A Storm – Chemical Infatuation
Broken Teeth – Exploder (Random Pick of the Week)
Faster Pussycat – Babylon
Shakra – Why Don’t You Call Me
Gotthard – Lift U Up
Acacia Avenue – Don’t Call Me Tonight
Missing Tide – Never Surrender
Chains – Fool For Love
Hush Don’t Say Goodnight
Tyketto – Meet Me In The Night
Cheap Trick – Through The Night
Blue Murder – Itchycoo Park
Mr. Big – Next Time Around
Blue Tears – Rockin’ With The Radio
Ratt – Best of Me
Black N’ Blue – Live It Up
You can listen to Hard Rock Hideout Radio every Wednesday night from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST (10 P.M. – 1 A.m. EST) on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX, and online at http://www.kacvfm.org/listen_up/.
If you use iTunes as your media player, you can add Hard Rock Hideout Radio to your playlist by opening up iTunes, clicking on the Advanced Tab, click on Open Audio Stream, and cut and paste this link: http://www.kacvfm.org:8055/listen.pls and click Ok.
Las Vegas rockers, Adelitas Way, are giving fans the chance to download their brand new single, “Last Stand,” for free! All you have to do is click here to enter your information and download now! “Last Stand” is the follow up to the bands breakout single “Invincible.” The song is a power rock anthem that will have you singing at the top of your lungs.
Make sure to download the song now and stop by the bands official MySpace page for a list of upcoming tour dates with Three Days Grace and Chevelle!
Would she follow in her father’s operatic rock footsteps? Or would she venture into metal alongside her husband, Scott Ian? Pearl Aday did neither on her first, full length album, Little Immaculate White Fox. She followed her own road to rock, and it’s good.
With such a colorful musical upbringing, there was no way this lady wasn’t destined for rock greatness. Meatloaf is her father, whom she performed and toured with. That was followed by a stint as a back up singer for Motley Crue (call me jealous). And now Pearl is taking her well deserved position at center stage.
The first track, “Rock Child,” establishes all this and more. From being a “little girl living center stage” and “sleeping in a guitar case,” this song is a rock anthem about her life. She comes out wailing and comes out with a bang that makes you stop and take notice.
She follows that up with a rockin’ rendition of Tina Turner’s “Nutbush City Limit,” which is a perfect selection for her voice and would definitely make Ms. Turner proud.
Although it’s easy to spot all of the different musical influences in her music, the one influence that isn’t overly stated is the influence from her father. The one song that really has that Meatloaf vibe to it is “Whore.” From the harmonies to the musical and vocal phrasing, it just screams Meatloaf . Whether she meant to do it or not, it is quite an excellent homage to her father.
Pearl wasn’t messing around when putting together musicians for this album. Her band consists of guys from Mother Superior, who have backed The Rollins Band and U2. Husband Scott Ian plays guitar, and there are a couple of other tasty guitar players who also make appearances.
First up, Ted Nugent. Yeah, you just can’t go wrong with Uncle Ted. And the second you hear “Check Out Charlie,” there’s no denying that Ted Nugent guitar sound. The song is heavy and solid and Pearl proves that she can stand her ground in the rock world.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Pearl can slow it down and croon a touching ballad too. With Jerry Cantrell’s guitar mastering on “Anything,” Pearl’s soft, sweet vocals blend perfectly with his soulful sound. It was the perfect way to end the album. Some may question ending an album with a ballad, but this worked well for me, like a moment of zen after rockin’ out for almost an hour.
Song after song, your ears are bombarded with great rock and roll. Sometimes it’s hard for me to really get into an album. With this one, there was no problem at all. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to it already and it hasn’t grown old. Why? Because it’s real. Rock is in her heart, her soul and her blood and it’s obvious when you hear her voice. There are plenty of decent rock singers and rock bands out there, but there are very few that make you feel it. Pearl makes you feel it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Rock Child
2. Nutbush City Limits
3. Broken White
4. Check Out Charlie
6. My Heart Isn’t In It
8. Worth Defending
9. Love Pyre
Pearl Aday – Vocals
Scott Ian – Guitars & Background Vocals
Jim Wilson – Guitars & Background Vocals
Marcus Blake – Bass & Background Vocals
Matt Tecu – Drums
Check out Fuelblooded’s new video, “The End Starts Here”. Fuelblooded’s new album, Off the Face of the Earth, will be released on February 23rd, 2010. Check them out on myspace at this link.