MOLLY HATCHET’S latest studio effort Justice is available now on SPV/Steamhammer. In support of the album, MOLLY HATCHET has just confirmed the 2011 “Justice” North American tour. Dates are listed below:
3/9 – DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA BIKE WEEK @ DOGHOUSE
3/10 – REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA @ BRIXTON REDONDO
3/11 – AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA @ THE CANYON
3/12 – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA @ RAMONA MAIN STAGE
3/13 – SAN LUIS OBISTO, CALIFORNIA @ SLO BREWING COMPANY
3/15 – EXETER, CALIFORNIA @ ORANGE BLOSSOM JUNCTION
3/17 – BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS @ SPRING FESTIVAL
3/25 – GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA @ BLIND TIGER
3/26 – JIM THORPE, PENNSYLVANIA @ PENN’S PEAK
3/27 – CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA @ SPRING FEST 2011
4/30 – ORANGE PARK, FLORIDA @ SUNSHINE BIKE RUN AND SOMER CONCERT
5/27 – MONTEAGLE, TENNESSEE @ BIKER FEST 2011
5/28 – EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA @ 2 RIVERS SPRING BIKE RALLY
5/30 – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI @ SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK RIB AMERICA FESTIVAL
6/4 – MEARS, MICHIGAN @ VAL DU LAKES
7/15 – DETROIT, MICHIGAN @ WOUNDED WARRIORS BIKE RALLY
7/16 – OGEMAW, MICHIGAN @ BIKE WEEK FESTIVAL
7/23 – BIRKENFELD, OREGON @ NORTHWEST’S PREMIERE BIKER RALLY
7/30 – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI @ WOUNDED WARRIORS BIKE RALLY
9/16 – NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS @ OTT RALLY COUNTY EXPO FAIRGROUNDS
9/17 – PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA @ RIB AMERICA FESTIVAL
12/1 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/2 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/3 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/4 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/5 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
To Bobby Ingram, brain, guitarist and main songwriter of American Southern rock act MOLLY HATCHET, the term ‘Justice’ is more than just a word. To him, this basic concept expresses his whole philosophy of life. Justice, fairness, trust between friends, family members, parents and their children: what could be more important? MOLLY HATCHET live this maxim, to them this solemn promise applies not only within the international Southern Rock community, but also to their music and its impact on their fans. Yet Ingram saves himself any kind of self-assessment, leaving the verdict on MOLLY HATCHET’S latest offering, Justice, to his audience. “Have we evolved as a band? Have we become better? Stronger? These are questions that everybody should answer for themselves when they have listened to our new album. I’m sure that the clarification of this matter will turn out in our favor.”
Ingram’s confidence, his joy and his pride in the new material on Justice are well warranted. A dozen rock numbers prove that MOLLY HATCHET are justly considered to be on par with legends such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. Justice is marked by hot Southern Rock that is exceptionally powerful and diverse. Almost every single track signals its musical and thematic direction. As front man Phil McCormack unmistakably sings on ‘American Pride’: “Got that American pride with that southern style, born and bred something deep inside.” And the title track is pretty much representative of the whole album: “We need some Justice to make the wrong into right.”
At the same time, MOLLY HATCHET don’t just broadcast these type of statements, they fill them with altruistic commitment, the most impressive example being ‘Fly On Wings Of Angels (Somer’s Song)’, which is based on a true story. MOLLY HATCHET have dedicated this haunting track to seven-year-old Somer Thompson from Florida, who was abused and brutally murdered. Without a second’s hesitation, Ingram and the band supported Somer’s parents when they needed help, by playing a charity concert to raise money and informing the public about the tragic events. As a listener, you can’t help but be moved when you hear Somer’s sister Abby Thompson sing at the beginning and end of the track. “Coincidentally, a few days ago a prime suspect was arrested,” Ingram says. “The indications are that he killed her, but we will be fair and not prematurely judge him until all questions have been answered. That’s also part of true Justice.”
There are so many exciting aspects to discover on an album which presents MOLLY HATCHET (Ingram, McCormick, Dave Hlubek (guitar), Tim Lindsey (bass), Shawn Beamer (drums), John Galvin (keyboards)) at the pinnacle of their creativity. MOLLY HATCHET have recorded a true masterpiece; not only in terms of their compositions, but also in terms of its production, Justice leaves nothing to be desired. Producer Ingram is responsible for the awesome sound, supported by sound engineer Tommy Newton, who mixed the album. “I wanted a warm, natural sound, which you only get with an analog mixing desk,” Ingram explains his decision of working with Newton and his Area 51 studio. And so Justice has turned into an album which impresses at all levels: earthy, dynamic, with a lot of love for detail and loads of energy. You could say it’s MOLLY HATCHET at their best!
01. Been To Heaven Been To Hell
02. Safe In My Skin
03. Deep Water
04. American Pride
05. I´m Gonna Live `Til I Die
06. Fly On Wings Of Angels (Somers Song)
07. As Heaven Is Forever
08. Tomorrows And Forevers
10. In The Darkness Of The Night
Rocklahoma returns May 27-29 to kick off summer with the nation’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party at Catch The Fever Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK! 2011 marks the 5th Anniversary of the three-day camp & rock festival that will feature a mix of the best classic bands and today’s top active rock artists. Rocklahoma is proud to be presented by Bud Light.
The initial Rocklahoma lineup includes: Motley Crue, Staind, Whitesnake, Seether, Papa Roach, Saving Abel, Skillet, Sick Puppies, Sebastian Bach, Black Label Society, Drowning Pool, My Darkest Days, Rev Theory, All That Remains, Escape the Fate, Cavo, The Gracious Few, Hail the Villian, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Taddy Porter, Pop Evil, Crooked X, Texas Hippie Coalition, New Medicine, Art of Dying, Electric Touch, One Less Reason, Gypsy Pistoleros, Alias, Wildstreet, The Glitter Boys, Gunner Sixx, Black Tora, Mad Max, Aura Surreal, Firstryke, Aska, Pretty Little Suicide, Arena, Blue Tiger, Bad Things, Cutlass, Mock Star and more special guests to be announced.
“2011 promises to deliver the biggest Rocklahoma punch to date!” says Joe Litvag, Senior Vice President of AEG Live and Co-Executive Producer of Rocklahoma. “Not only have we stepped up our game with the top active rock artists on the charts this year like Seether, Papa Roach and Sick Puppies, but we’ve also taken the classic artists to a new level of insanity with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Whitesnake, and a few surprises yet to come! The Rocklahoma loyalists asked for it, and we heard them loud and clear…This is the perfect balance of talent that will give something to every rock fan in the region!”
General Admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 18 at 10am CST at all Ticketmaster outlets and http://www.Rocklahoma.com. General Admission 3-day ticket prices start as low as $99.50. Fans can save by buying early as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288, where fans can choose their exact campsite.
The VIP tickets and packages for the 2011 festival are sure to please the most rabid rock fans. This year’s VIP packages include:
Groupie Package (1 Person)
– VIP Reserved Ticket
– Access to air-conditioned VIP Catering Tent
– Private Backstage Lounge Access
– Weekend Pit Access
Roadie Package (1 Person)
– VIP Reserved Ticket
– Access to air-conditioned VIP Catering Tent
– Private Backstage Lounge Access
– Private Restroom Access
– Weekend Pit Access
– VIP Deck Access
– Event Poster, T-Shirt and Festival Mug
– Commemorative Laminate
Rockstar Package (2 Person)
– All amenities from Roadie Package
– Three Night Stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
– Shuttle Service to and from festival
– Best Seats in the House
For a detailed list of amenities included in the 2011 Rocklahoma VIP ticket packages, visit Rocklahoma.com.
“We’ve always tried to offer the greatest experience to our Rocklahoma VIPs,” comments Mark Nuessle, President of Catch the Fever Festival Grounds and Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “This year we’ve brought back the air-conditioning to our VIP catering tent and backstage lounge, by popular demand, and we’ve expanded our packages to include Pit access, Best Seats in the House, and even hotel accommodations and transportation this year! For those who want to be pampered, Rocklahoma will take good care of you!”
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The Catch the Fever Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” Rocklahoma was revamped for 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists.
For additional information, visit Rocklahoma.com.
NEW SOLO ALBUM “DIAMONDS AND DIRT” OUT ON APRIL 5 IN NORTH AMERICA
Legendary guitarist BRIAN ROBERTSON recently took some time out to reflect and remember former band mate and friend Gary Moore, who passed away earlier this week.
BRIAN spoke about the recording process of the Thin Lizzy “Nightlife” album and his refusal to re-record Gary’s solos:
“When I first joined Thin Lizzy and we recorded the Nightlife album, there was this track that we had to do, a song called “Still In Love With You”. As it was time to record the guitar solos I refused to replace Gary’s original solos. They were the best solos I’d ever heard at that point and I wouldn’t let anyone talk me into changing that!”
ROBERTSON reflected on just one of his memorable Gary Moore stories:
“In the early days with Lizzy we did a tour of Europe with Colosseum II, which was the band Gary was in at the time, and we did a gig in Arnhem, Holland. Gary came round my room at the hotel after the show with a crate of brandy. Needless to say, we had a great time and we ended up hosing each other down with the fire hoses in the hallway. Unfortunately the fire alarm went off and the whole hotel had to be evacuated. It was a very cheap hotel and it had lots of senior citizens living there, so all of these people had help each other out of the hotel in the middle of the night while Gazza and I stayed in the room and tried to hide. We ended up in the nick for that prank, but it was quickly sorted by our managements”
BRIAN ROBERTSON is set to release his first solo album “Diamonds and Dirt”, on April 5th in North America on SPV/Steamhammer. The album blends hard rock with definite blues elements and gritty mainstream, wonderfully melodic excellent guitar arrangements. In terms of compositions, the album presents a number of outstanding Robertson numbers, such as the driving title track, the truly intense “Passion”, “Texas Wind” with its wonderfully atmospheric beginning, and the powerful “Devil In My Soul” with its awesome wah-wah guitar solo. The album is rounded off by tracks from Robertson’s extremely successful collaboration with Phil Lynott during their Thin Lizzy days in the years 1974 to 1978 and his fellow-countryman Frankie Miller, with whom he recorded “Dancing in the Rain” in 1986, among others.
01: Diamonds And Dirt (Brian Robertson)
02: Passion (Brian Robertson)
03: It’s Only Money (Phil Lynott)
04: Mail Box (Frankie Miller)
05: Running Back (Phil Lynott)
06: Texas Wind (Brian Robertson)
07: Devil In My Soul (Brian Robertson)
08: Do It Till We Drop (Drop It) (Frankie Miller/Jeff Barry/Brian Robertson)
09: Blues Boy (Brian Robertson/Phil Lynott)
10: That’s All…! (Brian Robertson)
11: 10 Miles To Go On A 9 Mile Road (Jim White)
12: Running Back (Phil Lynott) (slow version)
13: Ain’t Got No Money (Frankie Miller) (bonus track)
Produced by Chris Laney, Sören Lindberg and Brian Robertson except for “Ain’t Got No Money” produced by Sören Lindberg and Brian Robertson
Brian Robertson – All Guitars, Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards(Bass Guitar and Percussion on “Ain’t Got No Money) (Ex-THIN LIZZY, Ex-MOTÖRHEAD, Ex-WILD HORSES)
Ian Haugland – Drums and Percussion (Drummer EUROPE)
Nalley Påhlsson – Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals (Bassplayer THERION and TREAT)
Leif Sundin – Lead Vocals (Ex-singer of MSG)
Liny Wood – Backing Vocals
Rickard Jakobson – Percussion
Chris Antblad – Piano on “Running Back”
Ola Gustafsson – Dobro on “Running Back”(slow version only!)
Rob Lamothe – Lead Vocals on “Ain’t Got No Money” (RIVERDOGS)
Ellinor Alm – Backing Vocals on “Ain’t Got No Money”
Håkan Persson – Drums on “Ain’t Got No Money”
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Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the highly anticipated fourth album from THE POODLES entitled “Performocracy” on April 15th in Europe and May 5th in North America.
The title of the album is a combination of the words “Performance” and “Democracy”, meaning “The power of Performance” or “Rule by Performance”. The album was again produced by Mats Valentin, but this time Tobias Lindell (Europe, Mustasch) mixed the 12 outstanding tracks that make up the cd. “I think we have followed through on what we started with the last album, “Clash of the Elements”, explains singer Jakob Samuel. “Besides continuing to work with producer extraordinaire, Mats Valentin, we took a step further with some of the material that was hinted at on “Clash of the Elements”. On “Performocracy” there is a more epic and darker character to some of the songs that we wanted to explore in more detail. Having said this, we have definitely stayed with a lot of the signature melodic elements that are trademark of the band”.
The first single off “Performocracy” is “Cuts like a knife”, which promises to entice both Poodles fans and anyone with a passion for rock n’ roll. The song will impact at radio on February 21st and the single will be released digitally only on March 3rd. A video produced by Steve Ravic, who also shot and produced the band’s landmark DVD release “In the Flesh”, will accompany the release of the first single. After the gold and platinum records that the band was able to achieve in their home country Sweden, now it is time for them to take on the world !
“One important aspect of having a few releases in the bag is that you know more what you want as a band” adds bassist Pontus Egberg. “Someone once said that “if you want to dream big, you have to dream in great detail”. To us this means that we take all the knowledge and experience that we have acquired from our previous efforts and use that to plan ahead and make our dreams bigger.”
As the album title suggests, performing songs live is the reason for what The Poodles are as a band. A full European tour is planned for the early fall of 2011 and in conjunction to this The Poodles will also head to South America and Japan to support the release of “Performocracy”. For the summer of 2011 The Poodles will take part to festivals and shows with a focus on Sweden.
“Performocracy” will include the following tracks: I Want It All; Until Our Kingdom Falls; Father To A Son; I Believe In You; Cuts Like A Knife; As Time Is Passing; Love Is All; Your Time Is Now; Action!; Bring Back The Night; Vampire’s Call; Into The Quiet Night; Don’t Tell Me (Bonus Track).
Heavy Metal has never been more exciting and the new album promises to be a milestone in rock n’ roll history!
Jakob Samuel – vocals
Pontus Egberg – bass
Christian Lundqvist – drums
Henrik Bergqvist – guitars