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DROWNING POOL frontman Ryan McCombs has posted the following message on the band’s official MySpace blog:
“The powers that be have been after me for some time to write another blog. Hell, at one point it was even suggested that I try to start some controversy with some other acts. You know the old ‘no such thing as bad press’ BS. It was suggested that I take a shot at Kid Rock one time. WHAT??? Here’s a dude that marches the same path we do supporting our troops. Yeah, right, I’ll get right on that.
“Actually, I will, but not at Kid Rock. Hell, I respect the guy — why would I do that?! I need a reason to be a prick. Anyone out there that knows me knows that much. So let me get to it. Let me make everyone happy.
“I’m sitting here in Mt. Clemens, Michigan at a radio show for WRIF, a bad-ass station up here in these parts. On the bill tonight was four bands that led us to look forward to this show tonight. REV THEORY, who we’ve been on the road with for a few shows here the past couple of weeks. ALTER BRIDGE, who I have no idea about, and PAPA ROACH, who happens to be 10th Street (our management) family of ours. Family, my ass.
“I have never witnessed such a short-dick syndrome in my career. Mind you, back in the SOIL days, I opened up for OZZY [OSBOURNE], [ROB] ZOMBIE and MUDVAYNE and I have never been treated like such a piece of shit. Not that any one of those three bands would ever even think of treating another performing artist the way PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE treated REV THEORY and ourselves today.
“A room full of people/fans completely get dicked out of the show they paid for because PAPA ROACH decides they need enough room behind the drum kit to park a fucking tour bus between it and the back of the stage. Then ALTER BRIDGE doesn’t strike their kit. Something completely in the right of the headliner but an inflated-head move for a support band, of any level. So the paying audience gets to see DROWNING POOL and REV THEORY try to navigate within about one foot of space between the kit and the front wedge (monitor).
“You know, I don’t get this shit. People in this business are so quick to spew brotherhood and family bullshit. And then the short-dick syndrome kicks in. What’s the point of being such shits to other bands in this business? Are you scared you can’t bring it when the fucking time comes? Are you so worried that somebody might bring the shit some night and give the crowd what they paid for that you have to handcuff them before the show even starts? I hope the people that paid for four shows tonight get fucking checks in the mail to cover their ticket costs from PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE. You all deserve it. You deserve what you pay for. I’m sorry along with the rest of the guys and along with REV THEORY that you all got fucked out of the four performances that you paid for.
“Just saw ALTER BRIDGE. Looks like we should have switched spots. You could have done your-feet-nailed-to-the-floor routine in our foot of space easily…
“Sorry if I piss off any fans out there, that isn’t my point. You hear this brotherhood BS and then you see the tongue-waggers for what they are.
“To PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE… leave the handcuffs on the headboard where they belong, allow the fans the show they paid for.
“Now, not being a spring chicken, I do realize that maybe these bands got put in a position of looking bad to REV and us due to their crew. But I’ve always been a firm believer that a bands crew is a reflection of the people they work for. So choke on it.”
UPDATE: McCombs has posted the following “clarification” regarding a point he raised in the above blog:
“I’ve been thinking of the last blog I posted and I wanted to make sure I explained a point I was trying to make.
“When I mentioned the ‘Merry Mahem Tour’ I did back in the SOIL days with MUDVAYNE, ZOMBIE and OZZY, I was trying to make a point that may be lost on some that aren’t familiar with these bands or their shows. All three of these bands had good, if not huge, productions (stage shows). But every night they did what they could to make sure everyone could do their show to the best of their ability. My mentioning of this tour and those bands was just to show that having been out with bands with their production size, and all together on one stage, that even then the pro in them stood out.
“We’ve all been in those situations where our hands are tied due to stage size but tonight was not one of them. Tonight was just a matter of not giving a shit. Was it the first time a band or bands acted in such a way? Nope. Will it be the last? Sadly enough, probably not. It was what it was. A bad night that could easily have been avoided. Misfortunate for the fans, and again to them I’m sorry for the way things played out.”
DROWNING POOL has been on the road in support of its third album, “Full Circle”, which marks the recording debut of McCombs.
Alter Bridge’s new music video for “Ties that Bind” premieres today on Yahoo! Music. The band shot the video while on the road for their North American tour with Another Animal. Alter Bridge is getting ready to kick off the European leg of their tour on January 18th. You can also catch Alter Bridge’s hit single “Rise Today” as the promo song on the highly anticipated Fox show “The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Alter Bridge’s sophomore album, Blackbird, is in stores now.
If you are a fan of the band Creed, then Alter Bridge probably needs no introduction. Alter Bridge consists of 3 former members of platinum recording artist Creed, and ex-Mayfield Four singer, Myles Kennedy.
With the new CD Blackbird, not only has the band crafted their finest work since the breakup of Creed, but they have also created what could be one of the best new hard rock records of 2007. Yes, It really is that good!
Blackbird starts off with a crushing rocker, Ties That Bind. This song sets the stage immediately for what I knew was going to be an incredible listening experience.
Come To Life has a cool groove, a heavy bass line, sing along lyrics, and killer guitar work. GREAT!!
The pace slows down a bit with Brand New Start. Myles Kennedy excellent voice shines almost as much as his guitar work on this track. More Great Stuff!
I have listened to Buried Alive a few times now and this song hasn’t impressed me as much as some of the others. It is slowly growing on me.
Coming Home has a very heavy bass line. This is another headbanging track that has a Tool like feel about it. Cool!
Before Tomorrow Comes will be a monster radio hit! This song is exactly the type of tune that Creed had some hits off. Soaring vocals and sing along lyrics. I love this song!
Rise Today is the first single and video from Blackbird. If you like this song, you are going to love this disc. This was the first song that I heard, and I knew that I had to hear more after listening to this one. Check out the video below:
Blackbird is the longest song on this disc, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes in length. This is like 2 or 3 songs wrapped up in one. At times, it has a stoner rock like feel, but then the music slows down, and Myles Kennedy’s voice takes off. The guitars really howl on this track. This is an extremely cool song that does not feel too long. In fact, you will find yourself replaying this one to pick up on things that you didn’t catch the first time around. Amazing!
The bass riff that starts off on One By One sounds like something that Tony Iommi would write. The song itself has a slightly darker feel to it, but once again the voice of Myles Kennedy powers this song to new heights. This song has some hit potential.
Watch Over You slows the tempo back down again. At this point Myles Kennedy has me saying Scott who? This guy has a killer voice!
Break Me Down is a song that I think could have had much more potential with a little different arrangement on the music. It is still a solid tune though.
White Knuckles is one of the heavier songs on Blackbird. Be prepared to headbang to this one!
Wayward One is a mid tempo, moody sounding song. It is a solid track, but not the strongest one on Blackbird. I probably would have mixed this song higher in the playing order, but that is just my personal taste.
Don’t even hesitate in picking this disc up! Blackbird is nothing short of a brilliant listening experience. You don’t even have to take my word for it! Alter Bridge have launched a special listening party for their fans a chance to check out the album in its entirety. Click this link to listen to Blackbird in its entirety. Warning…..you will be heading to store to purchase this one, if you take the time out to preview it!
1. Ties That Bind
2. Come To Life
3. Brand New Start
4. Buried Alive
5. Coming Home
6. Before Tomorrow Comes
7. Rise Today
10. Watch Over You
11. Break Me Down
12. White Knuckles
13. Wayward One
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Brian Marshall – Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums