AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S JULY 31ST SHOW AT NY STATE FAIRGROUNDS TO STREAM LIVE ON USTREAM AND MYSPACE
Avenged Sevenfold whose fifth studio album “Nightmare” was released yesterday, July 27th will chat with fans this Thursday, July 29th at 5PM EST at www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold.
Also this Thursday July 29th fans can purchase a copy of the album at the Best Buy store in Orange, CA and receive a wristband for a chance to meet the band at their in-store signing on Friday, August 6th. This Saturday, July 31st, the band will perform a special live concert webcast from Syracuse, NY. The webcast can be seen at: www.avengedsevenfold.com, www.myspace.com/avengedsevenfold, and www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold.
The deluxe version of Nightmare is currently No. 1 on the iTunes album chart, and No.3 on Amazon.com. The special edition direct to consumer piece has sold-out all 7,000 copies of it’s limited run. The album’s first single and title track “Nightmare” is No.2 at BDS Active Rock, and in the top 15 at Alternative Radio. The official video for “Nightmare,” premiered on MTV2, MTV.com, and MTV2.com, on July 17th and became the second most popular video on Youtube, racking up more than 1.2 million views last week. Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bGzWyHbu0
In August the band will co-headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival with Disturbed. Also on the bill are Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. The UPROAR tour, which will hit amphitheatres and arenas, marks the band’s first tour since the passing of Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Mike Portnoy from Dream Theatre plays drums on Nightmare and will also tour with the band for UPROAR.
A7X Ustream URL: http://www.ustream.tv/avengedsevenfold
Everyone’s favorite band of outlaw’s, Texas Hippie Coalition, have just released two new clips. In the first clip the band invited renowned disc jockey and host of That Metal Show Eddie Trunk into the tour bus to have a roundhouse chat with the band about their new album and touring plans.
The second clip features footage from the band’s recent trip to Holland and the Bospop Festival. Follow the band from the airport to the stage where thousands of orange clad concert goers got their first taste of Southern Fried Metal.
The band are back home now and will soon embark on a few select dates. Tour dates are as follows:
Jul 30 2010 6:30P
Choctaw Events Center w/ Bad Company Durant, OK
Jul 31 2010 8:00P
Dreamworld music complex/ RIDE FOR DIME 6 Arlington, Texas , US
Aug 13 2010 7:30P
America’s Pub Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 14 2010 8:00P
Aftershock Merriam, Kansas
Aug 20 2010 8:00P
Arbuckle Ballroom Davis, Oklahoma
Aug 21 2010 7:30P
The Bone Yard Wichita Falls, TX
Aug 25 2010 8:00P
Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 26 2010 7:30P
Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Aug 27 2010 7:00P
BRADLEYS 2 CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS
Aug 28 2010 7:30P
Tailgater’s Bolingbrook, Illinois
Sep 4 2010 6:30P
National Orange Show San Bernardino, CA
Texas Hippie Coalition’s sophomore album, Rollin’, is in-stores now.
Interview with Eddie Trunk
THC Invade Amsterdam URL:
The only thing better than the Rock N’ America festival last weekend was the Rock N’ America kick off on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show last week. Check out what you missed on last week’s show!
Hard Rock Hideout Radio Playlist #28 (7/21/10)
On The Road Again – Trixter
For the Love of Money – Bulletboys
She Likes It On Top – Lillian Axe
Bathroom Wall – Faster Pussycat
As Good As It Gets – Ratt
I Wanna Rock – Twisted Sister
Freak of the Week – Marvelous 3
1985 – SR-71
Best Friend is My Radio – Teenage Casket Company
Rock N’ Roll Forever – Kottak
I Believe In Me John Corabi
Love (I Don’t Need It Anymore) – John Corabi
Poison Apples – John Corabi
If I Were You (I’d Hate Me Too) – Dirty Penny
Devil Child – Broken Teeth
Reach for the Sky – Firehouse
Heaven & Hell – Enuff Z’nuff
Toast of the Town – Pretty Boy Floyd
Rock N’ Roll (I Just Wanna) – Steelheart
Nasty, But I Like It – Toxin
Rip & Tear – L.A. Guns
Leave Them Girls Alone – Slade
Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
Rock N’ Roll Party In The Streets – Axe
Gimme Your Love – McAuley-Schenker Group
Anytime – McAuley-Schenker Group
Rock ‘til Your Crazy – McAuley-Schenker Group
On My Sleeve – Dirty Penny
Raised On Rock N’ Roll – Distorted Wonderland
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Warrant
Burnin’ Bridges – Slaughter
KMAG – Pretty Little Suicide
Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Great White
Rock N’ Roll Dream – Crooked X
The Last Mile – Cinderella
Wicked Sensation – Lynch Mob
Rock N’ Roll Children – Dio
Don’t Stop At The Top – Scorpions
Raised On Rock – Scorpions
Wild Child – Scorpions
L.C.S. – Dirty Penny
Do Ya Remember Rock N’ Roll Radio – Kiss
Hard Rock Hideout Radio is on the air tonight at 9 P.M. CST on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, Texas, and online www.kacvfm.org. Tune in and crank it up!!
NAZARETH “THE NEWZ” – CLASSIC HARD ROCK FROM 2008 NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD!
Back in 1971, Nazareth, a bluesy Rockin’ band from Dunfermline, Scotland, released their self-titled debut album on Warner Bros. Records. Fast forward to 2008 and Nazareth is still going strong, with their Classic Rock colliding with Hard Rock and mixed with a blues influence that so pronounces their musical style. The Newz was released on March 31, 2008, on Demolition Records. There are many great albums that have been released in the last few years, “The Newz” is a great Hard Rock album, one that needs to be re-introduced to our loyal Hard Rock Hideout following! As I write this, I am jumping up and down and stomping my feet in Classic Hard Rock glee, that’s how emphatic I am about Nazareth and “The Newz”. Alright, I might not be stomping my feet.
Ten years removed from the last Nazareth studio album, (1998’s “Boogaloo”), “The Newz” reinstates that this band still has a full tank of Rock ‘N’ Roll gas and enough Old School vibe to shake and stir the Classic Rock Gods from their slumber. With original members Dan McCafferty on lead vocals and Pete Agnew on bass, along with longtime member Jimmy Murrison on guitars and Lee Agnew on drums, this is Nazareth… present day, circa 2008 and they don’t stray from their bluesy-Hard Rock ways. Lee Agnew is Pete Agnew’s son, (Lee replaced original drummer Darrell Sweet upon his passing away in 1999). 2008 was a year which in which Nazareth celebrated their 40th Anniversary of Rock ‘N’ Roll, as truest and revered a milestone any band in the land could ever hope for.
Onto the songs heard on “The Newz”… “Goin’ Loco” kicks off this Nazareth Rock party with all the free-spirited energy that this legendary band has been so famous for. To say this song is groovy is an understatement, the guitar licks from Jimmy are stuff that would make Prince himself proud and any guitarist out there knows that’s a compliment. “Goin’ Loco” is a perfect opener for “The Newz”, establishing that Nazareth still maintains and glorifies that Classic Rock attitude and sound.
“A Day At The Beach” just might be the most happy song I’ve ever heard from Nazareth, alongside “May The Sunshine” from their iconic 1979 album – “No Mean City”. Truth be told, I listened to “A Day At The Beach” while driving in many snowstorms the past couple of years… and this song literally made me feel like Summer was just a day away and everything really was alright. A fun, melodic and instantly memorable song that is supposed to lift one’s spirits. Oh… this song Rocks too.
From “Goin’ Loco” straight through to “Dying Breed”, I applaud and raise my horns to the air for the vocals of Dan McCafferty. In my most honest opinion, Dan has NOT lost a single step in his voice, making each song trademark Nazareth, just due to his vocals alone. “Liar” is easily the heaviest song on “The Newz”, with Jimmy delivering the Heavy Metal riffs coupled with some funky laden leads. With Pete and Lee pumping up the beats on the rhythm section, I find myself “banging thy head” to “Liar” without any sense of control.
“Warning” takes over where “Liar” left off. Whoa… this song could have been a hit in ANY decade of Nazareth Rock ‘N’ Roll. “Warning” should be played on mainstream FM just to highlight what REAL Hard Rock sounds like, Old School and brandishing all the Hard guitar goodness that this genre was built upon. Jimmy ignites “Warning” at the closing with an impressive guitar solo that leaves me wanting more of that cool stuff. “Loggin’ On” is a catchy Hard Rock song that lyrically puts a reality check on the world of the internet and how people can waste their life away by “Loggin’ On”.
Overall, it is very difficult for me to choose a “favorite” song on “The Newz”. This dilemma only deepens when “Mean Streets” gets it’s Hard, Heavy and Funky Groovin’ sound cranked up to the maximum level. Yes Virginia, there is some consistent Funk in that guitar of Jimmy’s. “Mean Streets” title may fool you, however, it is a song that can be enjoyed loud while doing a psyche-out dance by yourself, with no witnesses… of course. “Dying Breed” is a haunting, Hard & Heavy epic, clocking in at 13:23, don’t think for one second Nazareth has lost their flare for some sinister Rock ‘N’ Roll! Just when you think this song has neared its end… keep this CD playing… for “Dying Breed” is a creeper and a keeper!
“The Newz” carries it weight with the utmost musical integrity of its songs. “Road Trip”, “The Gathering”, “Warning” and “Liar” are the heavyweights, with “Gloria” being the ultra-cool and reflective ballad and “A Day At The Beach” reinstating the “fun-side” to Hard Rock. Mix in the underrated guitar play of Jimmy Murrison and the astute drumming of Lee Agnew, coupled with the legendary Pete Agnew on bass and the sandpapered vocals of Dan McCafferty… and you have one ultra solid, Classic Hard Rock album, one that rises from the pack for this lifetime Nazareth fan and Rock ‘N’ Rollaholic.
Setting any Nazareth fan bias I may bestow aside, “The Newz” should not disappoint those looking for a quality album of songs. This is a Hard Rock album that is a throwback to those days when creating songs really did matter, days when those overly glorified radio hits were just a shot in the dark.
Rating: Out of 10
- Goin’ Loco
- Day At The Beach
- See Me
- Enough Love
- Mean Streets
- Road Trip
- Keep On Travellin’
- Loggin’ On
- The Gathering
- Dying Breed
Dan McCafferty – lead vocals
Pete Agnew – bass guitar, backing vocals
Jimmy Murrison – guitars
Lee Agnew – drums